It is the moment that Kygo fans have been waiting for. Besides his first single "Epsilon" on Ensis Records back in mid-2013 that sounds like more like a piano experiment than an official release, Kygo fans have not gotten to hear originals from the Norwegian producer sensation. Out a day early on Spotify, "Firestone," featuring the 300-signed Australian singer Conrad, reinforces the faith in Kygo that he can help carry the torch for dance music into 2015.
"Firestone" was first previewed earlier last week in his "Endless Summer" tour recap that followed him to sold out shows in New York, Los Angeles and hung out with him in the studio as he gave viewers as glimpse at how he made "Firestone." Speaking to his role in the dance music scene and why he has been so popular, he observes, "In the electronic scene, everything has started to sound the same over the past two years. So maybe people are looking for something new."
"Firestone" does not deviate too far from the formula that has been so successful for Kygo to date. Working with a blank canvas, Kygo had complete freedom to create what he wanted and he constructed another hit with an irresistibly, catchy melody, a soothing, piano driven break and laid-back percussion.
Enlisting Conrad's poppy vocals was a potential risk, but they mesh perfectly with the song and he has shown with past remixes that his instrumentals flow impeccably under the right vocal. Hats off to Kygo and his team for finding Conrad to song on "Firestone."
He has become the leader of the genre "tropical house" and "Firestone" may be the new anthem for the new sound that is heating up the winter in the Northern Hemisphere and acting as the soundtrack to pool parties down under.
This is just the first of many originals to come with an album to be released on Sony at some point next year. It will be interesting to see how he puts together a whole body of work in the tropical Kygo sound.