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Sandstorm: Darude’s Greatest Contribution to the Techno Music Industry

Few songs can make people feel energized, excited, anxious, powerful, breathless, and edgy all at the same time. Such an explosive musical masterpiece as Darude’s 1999 song, “Sandstorm,” only comes around every few years. Perfect for clubs and discos around the world, “Sandstorm” has been a hit for years. And with that kind of techno-inspired genius, it’s no wonder this song has become so successful.

From its roots in Finland clubs by DJ Darude – eventually produced professionally by 16 Inch Records and released in November of 1999 – “Sandstorm” took the country by storm (no pun intended). Due to its raving national success, the recording company took “Sandstorm” global, releasing it to a broader European audience in 2000. It also gained popularity there, almost instantaneously becoming a worldwide hit in the first year of the new millennium.

With the entrancing first minute of the song, listeners are slowly introduced to a techno-venture, as the sound of cymbals clashing grows closer and more menacing with each passing beat. Rhythmatic techno beats begin softly in the distance and grow louder and more powerful until an explosion of techno beats take over the initial sensitive sequence of the song.

It is a masterfully-woven, yet heart-racing collection of beats that go from high speed trance to stuttering, cautious ticks of a beat, and right back to the unending assimilation of techno choruses that keep the song flowing faster than a raging hurricane.

The middle of the extended version (the radio edit is approximately 3:30, the longer version is over seven minutes) contains a brief pause in the flow of the beats, with just the occasional ominous cymbal once again clattering far off in the distance. The entire feel of the song gives the listener the feeling of the music coming from some far away location, not in the close proximity of their ears.

Furthermore, this song was so popular all over the world that it managed to land in some prestigious dancing-based games, such as DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution. Despite it’s declining popularity since its first release over a decade ago, it has received top awards from countries such as Germany, Australia and the US. It is still often played today during various sporting events to encourage excitement amongst the crowds for the home team.

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