Mar 27, 2014
Armin Releases Retro Anthem ‘Ping Pong’
Armin van Buuren - Ping Pong (Original Mix) [Armada]

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.

After an outing at various Armin Only events, requests from fans to release “the Ping-Pong track” became so great that Armin finally caved and released it on Armind.

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.

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