Mark Knight & Armand Van Helden Unite on “The Music Began To Play”

Listen to a golden first-time collaboration between two of house music’s most esteemed acts.

3 min
Mark Knight Armand Van Helden Beatport
Aug 12, 2022
Cameron Holbrook

Two dance music titans — Armand Van Helden and Mark Knight — join forces on what has come to be both artists’ most anticipated release of the year, “The Music Began To Play” — out now via Toolroom.

There is no lack of accolades to speak of between these two dance floor icons. Van Helden’s storied 30-year career has treated us to chart-topping hits like “U Don’t Know Me,” “My My My,” “I Want Your Soul,” and so many others, not to mention his festival headlining project Duck Sauce with A-Trak. As the leader of one of Beatport’s all-time top-selling labels, Toolroom, the venerated Mark Knight is one of the scene’s most prolific DJs and producers. With a dizzying amount of tracks to his name, some of his more recent successes include his Mason collaboration “Givin’ Up,” his Darius Syrossian link-up “Get This Feeling,” and “I Can’t Go For That” with Gene Farris.

Even though both of these artists have worked with almost every renowned act in clubland, “The Music Began To Play” is this pair’s debut collaboration, and trust us when we tell you that it’s a match made in house music heaven. Listen below.

Centered around a priceless disco sample from the 1979 T.J.M record “I Don’t Need No Music,” Mark and Armand’s love for classic cuts shines brilliantly throughout the track, accompanied by a euphoric groove, a tireless bassline, and rock-solid drum work. The result is a timeless dance floor tune in the making from two of house music’s best and brightest.

Armand Van Helden and Mark Knight’s joint single “The Music Began To Play” is out now via Toolroom. Buy it on Beatport.

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