HABSTRAKT” Delves into His Roots with Vast First Album, “Heritage
Dutch superstar Martin Garrix and American hitmaker Maejor have come together for their long-awaited debut album as AREA21. Titled “La La La“, the album comprises 10 tracks that showcase their unique blend of pop and electronic music.
Garrix and Maejor first teamed up under the AREA21 moniker in 2016, releasing a handful of singles and building a rabid fanbase. The pair had initially met a few years prior, with Garrix later inviting Maejor to join him in the studio to work on music. The duo’s sound is a seamless combination of Maejor’s slick pop hooks and Garrix’s mastery of electronic production, as showcased in tracks like “Mona Lisa” and “Pogo“.
Speaking about the album, Garrix and Maejor said, “We’re so excited to finally share this album with our fans. It’s been a long time coming, and we’ve put so much heart and soul into it. We hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.”
“La La La” is out now on STMPD RCRDS.
Habstrakt’s opening act sees him pairing driving basslines with the smooth hip-hop flows of Roderick Porter in “Outer Space,” a woozy late-night anthem. Following it up with another highlight, Habstrakt slows his roll slightly with the alluring “Call Me” (with Notelle), where innovative vocal processing takes center stage.
There’s plenty on the record that will resonate familiarly for longtime fans of Habstrakt, most notably “Molotov.” His recent high-profile collaboration alongside Malaa is a frenzy of industrial-sounding arpeggiated melodies.
While the energy continues unmitigated throughout, Habstrakt ends on a high with the album’s final act on “Don’t Worry” and “Paradise.” On the former especially, he employs some of his cleanest production work with snappy basslines and bouncing melodic chords.
Overall, Heritage is a welcome enhancement to Habstrakt’s story thus far, as he continues to unearth new and refreshing characteristics in his evolving creative process. The album is out by way of Insomniac Records and you can stream it here.
Habstrakt’s debut album, Heritage, showcases the French DJ’s versatility and evolution as an artist. The opening track, “Outer Space,” is a woozy late-night anthem that pairs driving basslines with the smooth hip-hop flows of Roderick Porter. Habstrakt then slows things down slightly with the alluring “Call Me” (featuring Notelle), where innovative vocal processing takes center stage.
Fans of Habstrakt’s previous work will recognize the industrial-sounding arpeggiated melodies on “Molotov,” his recent high-profile collaboration with Malaa. While the energy continues unmitigated throughout the album, Habstrakt finishes strong with “Don’t Worry” and “Paradise,” showcasing some of his cleanest production work with snappy basslines and bouncing melodic chords.
Overall, Heritage is a welcome enhancement to Habstrakt’s discography, as he explores new sounds and characteristics in his evolving creative process. The album is available now via Insomniac Records, and you can stream it here.