Wippenberg, aka Olaf Dieckman, has been a nonstop hit-machine for the last couple of years. For those of you who’ve never heard of this melodic master before, be sure to check out Proto’s post on Wippenberg’s classic tune Pong and the sick Wide Boys remix. Wippenberg first gained traction with Chakalaka, a deeply emotive piece that became a great festival track for house and trance DJs alike. Since then, Olaf has been building a body of work that has quickly made him one of the more recognizable names in melodic dance music.
Recently, Wippenberg’s been branching out and experimenting with different styles. Phange featured his most recent creation Phoenix in his post about EDC moving to Las Vegas, which definitely has a Swedish House Mafia feel to it. His new remix of the 2010 trance hit Hoipolloi by Marc Tall and Kay D. Smith is infused with some uncharacteristically hard tech drops. But I’ll be the last to complain–what Wippenberg has done so well with melody in the past he does here with beats. Perhaps he is starting to tailor his music more for live sets? Who knows. Either way, Wippenberg’s originality and ability to branch out successfully only means good things for dance music.