Good thing we placed our bets on Hard Rock Sofa when we chose our Top 10 Rising House Producers. The Russian trio has rapidly risen in popularity over 2010 and 2011 for their hard-hitting house sounds that sound just unique enough to stand out from the rest of the crowd. Now they’re back with some massive new releases, and these may just be their best yet.
The newest and most highly publicized release is True Emotion, a “festival-in-an-can” kind of track that has even Tiesto as a supporter. This track slams in from second 1, with industrial slams and rising pitches leading into a drop that shows you what I meant by the phrase “festival-in-a-can.” Of course, no track as such is complete without an anthemic vocal passage that ends in lots of “OHs” and “AHs.” Luckily, True Emotion doesn’t let us down; it touts a fine vocal as well. Next up is the trio’s remix of You Found Me, a track by Dim Chris that features the vocals of the one and only Amanda Wilson of Seek Bromance fame. Her voice sounds amazing and unmistakable in this track–I’m quite a big fan of her vocals. Not to be discounted is the slamming percussive track that underlies her lyrics, full of big room stabs and rolling snares.
Finally we come to their July Cr2 release, Steam Gun. This track finds Hard Rock Sofa collaborating once again with fellow Russians Swanky Tunes. This track has a unique, more techno-based take on Dutch-style sounds, so it should come as no surprise that forward-thinking Chuckie also signed this track to personal label Dirty Dutch.