MTV has just put Hardwell down as an EDM rookie to watch in 2012, but as even the broken DJ Mag top 100 poll placed him at #24, the classification of Hardwell as a rookie is laughable. Hardwell exploded into public consciousness in early 2011, sharing producer credits with Tiesto on one of the biggest tracks of 2011 in Zero 76.
It's looking like he's primed to make another fantastic start to the year with his newest release, Spaceman, from his own Revealed Recordings. The buttery synths take an abrupt dive into an explosive hook with enough power to launch you into lower orbit. When I saw Hardwell last month at Ten Nightclub in Newport Beach, Spaceman induced girls to clamber onto guys shoulders. When the buzzing drop hit, it induced the girls to flash him while raging balls. The look of joyousness on the 24 year old's face was absolutely classic. Here's hoping this song becomes one of the anthems of year like it deserves to be.