ATB & Markus Schulz – Heartbeat

During a recent trip to the German city of Bochum, Markus Schulz decided to pay a visit to an old friend in ATB, and what was originally going to be a catchup over coffee turned into an impromptu studio session.

The result is Heartbeat – the freshman release of ATB’s Ruhrtone Records, under the guise of Kontor.

Working in unison for the first time, the talents of both are evident in Heartbeat – bringing majestic piano chime and sweeping, classically Barber-esque strings, which – further in – hook up with Andre & Markus’ innate, heart homing mainline. At its point of greatest intensity – through cascading synths and its vocal’s touching, lamenting feels, the mix hits its highest altitude.