A few years ago, hardstyle wasn’t a genre of EDM that was even on my radar. However, thanks to the outstanding musical output of artists such as Headhunterz and Showtek, a style of music has been popular for years in Europe is now finally growing a following stateside. Dutch DJ Headhunterz has a huge following (11th in the DJ Mag Top 100) and his remix of Hardwell’s Spaceman has received support from young superstars such as Porter Robinson.
Headhunterz’ newest release, Hard With Style, is a compilation album featuring a huge collection of hardstyle jams from various artists. Pounding kick drums, heavy distortion, inverted bass, and synth-driven melodies abound here, not to mention a bunch of surreal vocal snippets to keep the vibe heavy and fun. The highlight of the album is most definitely the huge remix of Nicky Romero’s Toulouse by Headhunterz himself. Fans of both hardstyle and electro rejoice–you’re going to love this one. The catchy melody is still there, only this time it is supported by a bouncy, relentless beat. Other standouts include Brighter Day by Code Black and Reignite, again by Headhunterz,. Both of these are powerful, vocal-driven tunes that flirt with the edges of trance music while still retaining that hard-hitting inverted bass sound that crowds can’t get enough of. With an ever-expanding fan base, now is the time to check out this genre of music. Pick up the full album on Beatport here, and prepare to go hard.