When two of the Netherlands’ biggest dance music names combine, you know you’re in for trouble. Pooling their many years of collective experience, Sander Van Doorn and Chocolate Puma clash heads on the thumping new dancefloor bomb “Raise Your Hands Up” this month. What on paper may seem like an unusual collaboration—Sander Van Doorn known for his tough-edged sounds that border tech, trance and electro and Chocolate Puma with their chunky house stylings—actually makes for riveting results.
Meeting perfectly in the middle of their two worlds, “Raise Your Hands Up” has an old skool hard house feel that combines groove and power in equal measures. Shuffling percussion draws us in as a squelching bass groove gradually morphs into life, doubling up its rhythm when the kick and open hats drop in. The atmospherics slowly build until we reach the break, when a ravey stab line filters into action over huge snare builds and classic rap vox snippets. The build in tension is markedly different to the usual dance structure, with a heavy nod to the past in its style, and when the drop unleashes that raw riff in its full glory, it makes for a huge impact. The rolling groove continues until the last second and keeps you hooked throughout.
The track is heading for big things, with a DMC Buzzchart #1 spot already in the bag and a video of Tiësto dropping the track at Ultra Music Festival has already had 200,000 plays in a week.
One of the most influential producers in the world today, Sander van Doorn has been at the top of his game for generations. Creating his own sound and style since day 1, Sander has released two full-length albums and countless hit singles to date. Songs like “Not Alone,” “Cuba Libre” and “Tribal” with Gregor Salto. Sander even has his own weekly radio show “Identity” where he debuts his latest releases in addition to promoting and playing young talent. With Sander’s new Studio Sessions tutorial video series now launched and getting great feedback, it’s a busy month for the prolific talent. Catch him on tour soon at RFM Beach Power in Portugal (July 30), Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza (August 4), Nature One in Germany (August 5) and Blue Marlin Beach Club in Turkey (August 6).
Dubbed the “Godfathers of Dutch house music,” by Laidback Luke, the Dutch production duo have had released on top labels such as Spinnin,’ Dim Mak, Defected, Size, and Mixmash. The pair has also had a slew of #1 hits on the Beatport charts including “Tonco Tone,” “Disco Electrique,” and “Touch Me” with Bingo Players. Earlier this year, the dynamic duo released their collaboration “Lullaby” with Firebeatz, “Space Sheep” with Oliver Heldens and “Selecta” with Kryder, and have played major venues and festivals including We Are NRG in San Bernandino, Digital Dreams in Toronto and San Francisco’s Temple Nightclub. Be sure to catch Chocolate Puma at their upcoming shows at Coda in Philadelphia (7/29), Governor’s Island alongside Oliver Heldens in New York (7/31) and Ushuaia in Spain with Hardwell (8/9)!