After releasing their first single “Thinking Of You” on Flamingo Recordings, the Austrian duo, HEART FX consisting of Markus Schulz & Mario Staniek, mesmerize us with their newly-born release with its tongue-in-cheek title, “King Without a Throne“. As the leading voice softly goes “I’m looking for a place to settle down, yes it’s hard to find the shelter in this town“, it transfers us to the cavernous space created somewhere above our heads, reminding us that everybody gets lonely and nostalgic at times. And so do HEART FX, bewitching us with their music sensibility and mysterious aura. You might be a bit surprised that the following label is responsible for the release. It’s the Dutch Big & Dirty brand, previously standing for edgy club sounds, are now redefining themselves. As they say about their new direction “We aspire to travel the world, only to worry about deadlines. We encourage freedom of speech, still rather stay quiet than cause a scene. We aim for real friendships, but spend valuable time on our phones. Yet we find balance in music. (…)‘Cause music works like a drug.” However, if we are to believe that the most glorious form of art is, indeed, music, then – Big & Dirty and HEART FX get along perfectly.
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Both, the mysterious yet symbolic title and seemingly fairytale artwork for the cover of the single, “King Without A Throne” touch us with their enigmatic and sensitive aura. Still, the production, with all its halo does not bring any naive or shallow atmosphere to the track, but it perfectly suits what we would love to hear in cold, autumn evenings or what we would like to dance to on vivid dancefloors being surrounded by electronic music lovers. Just like HEART FX like listening to sad music when they’re down and dance in their rooms when they’re excited. That magical set of contradictions is smoothened by music which keeps them in balance, and “King Without A Throne” makes an excellent example to believe that our fresh duo, HEART FX cannot imagine life without their queen – music, herself and they will surely surprise us with their next, forthcoming singles.