With each new single from his long-awaited comeback album, Hardwell is proving that his time away was restorative.
The end of Hardwell's four-year hiatus was symbolic not only of the return of an EDM flag-bearer, but also the dawn of a new stylistic era. Debuting a dark, techno-influenced sound and cerebral lyrical elements, it's clear the iconic Dutch DJ is laser-focused on artistic growth.
The latest example is "PACMAN," which Hardwell famously debuted during his scene-stealing Ultra 2022 set. To say the track was a hit would be a gross understatement: