Is there anyone else who sounds quite like Todd Helder right now? We doubt it very much. The young STMPD regular stuns with each release, fired out with breathtaking regularity and ease from his Amsterdam lab. Worlds is the latest dance floor weapon that he has crafted, and it’s one of his most spectacular yet.
Helder’s futuristic sounds do not fail to invigorate on this spellbinding new track. The mystical intro alone is a head-spinning trip of soaring atmospheric layers, heady 8-bit melody and warped vocal synths. The scintillating build slams us into a gnarly dubstep-meets-hip-hop rhythm, driven by punishing bass grunts, tight-ass beats and brilliantly chopped-up vocal cuts. The production quality is beyond immense, absolutely dripping with layers of sonic perfection.
Through previous releases Alive, Smile, Ride and I Need It, Helder has caught the attention of the electronic music scene at large. EDM.comcalled him “stunning” and said that he has “shown a lot of versatility“, while winning the Marshmello remix competition really helped to put him on the map when he was starting out.
Todd Helder is the future!
Todd Helder ‘Worlds’ is out on STMPD RCRDS on Friday 16 November.
With huge, forward-thinking cuts I Need and Ride It, Todd Helder has quickly established himself as one of the most innovative names on Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS. He now makes it 3 for 3 with this superb new track, Smile – out now.
Unusual sounds and production techniques are used to create a spooky, futuristic vibe, mashing up 8-bit chiptune with cutting-edge bass and hip-hop motifs. It’s as bombastic as they come, with his computer game influences once again worn proudly on his sleeve on this track.
It’s been an amazing summer season for Helder, with the young producer making not one but two career defining debuts in July, the first alongside Garrix at Ushuaïa Ibiza and the second at super festival Tomorrowland. Both sets were received with great acclaim and with his just released remix of Martin Garrix + Khalid’s Ocean already doing major damage, as well as debut single Pixel Love on Trap Nation, his name is fast making waves throughout the scene.
Newcomer Todd Helder kicks off STMPD RCRDS’ 2018 with I Need
Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS batters down the doors of 2018 with this release coming from hyper-talented newcomer, Todd Helder. Influenced as much by computer games as he is by music — just like Garrix — Helder’s futuristic sounds are something to behold.
I Need is very much the sound of now. A hard-hitting cut that packs a hell of a punch into just 2 minutes and 18 seconds, it carefully finds the balance between intensity and spaciousness. It could maybe most closely be termed dubstep, but there’s something more to it than that, with dashes of hip-hop and indie electronica thrown into the mix too. The contrast between the tense vocal sections and the rowdy drops is truly immense.
On the strength of this huge track, Todd Helder is very much a name for the future. He has no boundaries and continues to break barriers that are set up before him. It looks like STMPD RCRDS has done another masterful bit of A&R with this youngster.