In 2015, Protocol Recordings gave young newcomer Florian Picasso his first major break, releasing his superb ‘Origami’ on an unsuspecting world. Later re-released with a vocal as ‘Want It Back (Origami)’, the anthemic track picked up millions of plays and became his most popular solo single. Since ‘Origami‘ the bond between Protocol and Picasso grew even more, with the release of ‘Only for your Love’ a collab track with Nicky Romero, ‘Hanabi’ with Raiden, and several performances at Protocol shows.
Once again Picasso chooses a Japanese name for his track, expressing his love for the Japanese culture and his Asian roots. ‘Hikari’ means ‘light’ in Japanese, and this track is certainly befitting of that title with its bright, life-giving sound.
Warm on-beat synth chords immediately introduce us to the uplifting progression at the heart of this track. A delectable plucked riff dances its way on to of this backbone, with a gorgeous vocal synth bolstering its beautiful melody. A big snare build thrusts us to the drop where a joyous, stuttered take on this lead melody plays out through big trance chords and thick, buzzing bass. The main break twists and turns these superbly scintillating melodies further, launching us into one final fist-pumping, pyrotechnic-laden drop. Slick, brilliantly honed production galvanizes this excellent track, marking another hit for Florian.
‘Hikari‘ is Picasso’s third track in a month after ‘Glitch‘ and ‘The Answer‘ both announced his comeback in style. Making his mark once again with this hot new cut, he has shown that he is back for good and that 2019 is going to be a huge year for him.