Fans have been waiting for a full-length debut album from Dutch musician Sander van Dijck, better known as San Holo, for at least four years, intrigued more by his multifaceted sound than his infamous future-bass remix of Dr. Dre’s “Next Episode” that put him on the dance music radar.
Album1 arrived September 21 flush with organic sounds and guitar work. EDM devotees are gravitating to album opener “Everything Matters (When it Comes to You)” and the emotional, big-drop “Surface,” but bittersweet anthem “Brighter Days,” featuring pop singer Bipolar Sunshine (Adio Marchant) is the newest song to land on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic charts and it’s ripe and ready for some big club remixing.
Marchant’s earnest vocals strike the right chord for van Dijck’s somber-to-jubilant melodic progression, singing “Am I the only one?/Looking at blue skies, dreaming of old times,” as the chorus bubbles over. “Brighter Days” could be an ideal Vegas set closer as the Strip’s sunny dayclub season subsides, but San Holo won’t be done any time soon: his Album 1 tour hits Las Vegas’ Brooklyn Bowl on December 13.