DVBBS be good to us: long-haired brothers van den Hoef make their third consecutive appearance in the Top 100 after another high-profile year in the big league they’ve called home since their breakthrough 2013 smash, ‘Tsunami’.
Studio-wise, 2016 has been one of their most interesting years so far musically. Continuing their consistently prolific output, they seem to have explored further into multi-genre territories with an even keener sense of variety and breadth than previous years. Kicking off 2016 with the big room balladry of the Dante Leon-fronted ‘Angel’, the Toronto duo proceeded to run the electronic gamut with big hits delivered by Dutch giants Spinnin’… The blissed-out beats and Shaun Frank’s delicate vocals on ‘La La Land’, the unabashed cinematic narrative and sly breakbeat twist of their MOTi collaboration ‘Switch’, the white knuckle trap dynamics, dramatic drop and boundary-blurring switches of ‘24K’, and the emotion-soaked future house cut ‘Ur On My Mind’ all join the dots between EDM, trap, electro and future house.
DVBBS continue to traverse the globe’s most prominent main stages — from the legendary Arcadia spider in Bangkok square to Tomorrowland to Creamfields to one of their biggest crowds to date at the Veld Festival on their own Toronto stomping ground. Not shy of a few explosive appearances in Ibiza — both Amnesia and Ushuaia — DVBBS have been a dominant force in mainstream dance music throughout the year. With a high-profile collaboration with Steve Aoki and 2 Chainz already locked in the chamber, the year certainly isn’t over for the party-loving brothers. DAVE JENKINS