First released back in 2013, “Wakanda” is one of the duo’s hardest hitting tracks ever, and a staple for the era of big room.
So, 2013 was 7 years ago. You feel old, now, we know. But let’s reminisce a bit, shall we? The landscape of the dance music world was very different than what it is how. Alesso was blowing up dancefloors with “If I Lose Myself”, Hardwell was the nº1 DJ in the world, some dude called Martin Garrix broke the internet with his single “Animals” and Swedish House Mafia said goodbye (temporarily). In the midst of all of this, big room’s popularity was at an all time high, allowing a relatively up and coming duo by the name of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to rise through the ranks.
Becoming well known for their antics as Tomorrowland’s residents, Dimitri and Michael Thivaios had already released tracks like “REJ”, “Generation X” and “Madness”. But their big breakthrough was yet to come, and that came in the form of “Wakanda”, released on Axwell’s Axtone.
Starting off with basic claps and featuring intro percussion evocative of African tribal rhythms, we’re introduced to the now eternal chant at the 1min mark. Deep, rumble-y kick fill our ears as the snare fills creep in the background, leading up to the undying drop with trumpet-like synths intonating a painfully basic melody, coupled with gigantic stadium claps and massive kicks.
“Wakanda” was and still is the very embodiment of what 2013 and big room represented: some have called it a trend, some have said it was revolutionary, some praised it as a movement. The truth lies somewhere in that grey area but what cannot be denied is what Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have done since, becoming head honchos of the dance music world and reaching immeasurable amounts of success.
Relive “Wakanda” and flashback to 2013 with us!