Oliver Heldens Drops New Single, "I Don't Wanna Go Home," Leaves Us Wondering Intention Behind Song
If your shuffling shoes are stored in your closet, or collecting dust under your bed awaiting their appearance for the next festival season, it’s time to break them out early. Prepare to cut shapes to the latest Oliver Heldens release, “I Don’t Wanna Go Home.”
Released on Heldens’s own Heldeep Records label, “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” bears Helden’s signature sound, a blend of tech house/future house elements complemented by a vocal—in this case, a male vocal—around which the song is centered. The song’s eponymous refrain “I don’t wanna go home” repeats as a beat not unlike that of Helden’s 2014 release, “Koala,” cycles in the background.
The Rotterdam, Netherlands born DJ has built a following since his 2013 debut, when his smash hit, the vocally instructive “Gecko (Overdrive)” dropped on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label. Earning acclaim for a sound that is distinctly “Heldens,” and furthermore a sound that anyone familiar with Heldens’s productions would immediately recognize by a mere few beats, Heldens has in some senses, pioneered the future house genre.
A category of dance music production that emerged in 2010, future house couples elements of deep house and traditional EDM. “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” surprisingly does not delve as deeply as it might into the future house genre in which Heldens has consistently worked so comfortably. One might infer that it seems Heldens is holding something back on this track, but what?
Perhaps “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” is intended to be a display of Helden’s versatility, i.e. his ability to provide a more “housey” track rather than a strictly or predominately future house single. “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” is noticeably of a softer, less bass dependent quality when compared to other Heldens productions. The track is the musical representation of Heldens with a hair cut—still the same DJ/producer, albeit one that looks—or in this case, sounds—a little different.
It seems that Heldens is in the midst of sound expansion and experimentation. Listen to “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” below.