In just a few short years, rising DJ/producer Dabin has skyrocketed to festival main stages. With an instrumental background in piano, drums, and guitar, and stylistic influences stemming from indie, folk, and blues, Dabin’s expertise in the industry is wide-ranging. Building upon the momentum accrued over the past year, Dabin’s latest release maintains his winning streak and serves as a remarkable follow-up to his previous single, “Holding On.”
The new track, “Hope It Hurts,” begins with a melancholic acoustic riff that effortlessly transitions into Essenger’s resonant vocals. The song builds upon itself, with the drop releasing tension and acting as a prime contrast to the stripped nature of the first half of the track. Weaving a sonic tapestry of imaginatively fine-tuned noises, sounds, instruments, and varying vocal pitches, Dabin is able to consistently evoke raw emotion in an unparalleled fashion.
Harkening back to the alternative rock of the mid-2000s, Dabin’s ability to blend this style of music with dance elements is music to the ears. It’s a style that fans can bet will be on his next significant body of work, which hasn’t yet been announced, although fans know it’s coming. After all, he did announce last year that he was leaving Illenium’s live act to pursue his own career.
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