Martin Garrix just dropped the first release on his freshly minted label STMPD RCRDS (why no vowels Martin?!). Officially titled "Now That I've Found You" the big, melodic track features the vocals of John & Michel (the combination of Swedish super songwriters and singers John Martin and Michel Zitron, who have worked heavily with Swedish House Mafia among others).
This is the latest chapter in the new transformation of Martin Garrix from his beat-driven, simplistic arrangements such as "Animals" that unleashed an unfortunate revolution of mainstage songs that is thankfully petering out in 2016 to more melody tracks such as "Poison."
The song starts out with the vocals of John Martin and a soft piano, building into the eventual crescendo for the when Garrix's ability to craft some of the biggest and powerful melodies among his peers. During the drop John Martin comes back to some "Save The World" shouts add some sing-a-long moments. The melody has a strong whiff of a mix of older Avicii and some Arty influences, which isn't a problem, but could be tough for Garrix to differentiate himself going forward.
Garrix hasn't released a song since "Bouncybob" on New Year's Eve and that was never going to move the needle for him in terms of radio play or widening his fan base. This is the type of big track that will have the chance to get some serious burn on European radio, Sirius and late night American radio. The streaming numbers on this one should shoot through the roof over the next few weeks, especially with Ultra Music Festival on the horizon.
The song was first created live during a Dancefair masterclass last April when Garrix made a melody on the fly in front of a bunch of aspiring producers. It was officially premiered in instrumental form later in the summer at Sziget Festival and now months later is has a vocal and is released.
Pick up a copy of "Now That I've Found You" here.
Post updated with the official music video: