It says something quite special about a producer when they can make a track as a so-called “gimmick”, yet it still sees a full release due to endless high demand. That’s exactly what happened when Armin Van Buuren spent two days making a track initially intended as a joke, in tribute to Pong, the classic video game that was a big part of his childhood.
To be fair to Armin and his fan base, while the backstory may be a joke, the track itself is anything but. Ping Pong is a big, stompy prog room anthem, with the titular “pong” riff providing a very catchy backbone. It’s far from cheesy, at times getting quite dark and serious with a massive 303-style acid line taking the lead for a while during the second break. As a result, it’s easy to see why demand for a release was so high–this is a track that stands out in its own right as a future anthem.
Ping Pong is out now as a Beatport Exclusive.