It’s a match made in heaven, or your money back, with thudding piano-driven, bar, and ballroom-blitzing beats and a stiletto-heeled vocal, equal parts femininity and empowerment and 100 percent not taking any nonsense. ‘Ain’t Real,’ a house music buccaneer grabbing you from the very first moment he gets busy on the keys and his muse clears her throat, is another Melsenspecial for Be Yourself Music following his hype run in 2021. The funkiest dancefloor dust-up you can joyfully thrust and sing along to this year – Melsen remains the man to watch.
That run over the last 12 months, culminating in clubbers finally being able to return to the thick of the action, saw Melsen drop ‘Alone’, ‘You’, Keep Loving You’, ‘California Dream’ with Hoved and ‘Try Again’ with Flexxus, an impressive Be Yourself collection continuing his mission to make “music that lifts your spirits and gives you a positive vibe”. Melsen’s upbeat attitude has had listeners and tastemakers flocking to Beatport’s House and main charts, the iTunes USA Dance chart, and DMC’s Buzz Chart, thanks to Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Nicky Romero, R3hab, David Guetta, Hardwell, Alesso, Martin Garrix, and Bingo Players.
Hexagon, Revealed, Enormous Chills, and Protocol Recordings have all embraced his vibes and melody, with Be Yourself offshoots Big & Dirty and ARTWRK rounding out his discography. If you don’t believe it ‘Ain’t Real,’ start believing Melsen will make this year his own.