British house music stalwart, Classic, is back with its doors wide open for business again with this strobing disco homage to NYC house music. 'Dan's Jam' and 'This Feeling' lament one of the Big Apple's greatest clubs, Sound Factory, with dark, wild-pitch touches, nodding to Farley & Heller's Roach Motel. Clearly titled, 'Trippy Pumper' lets loose a fierce bass arpeggio to get a Balearic overhaul from Justin Robertson's Deadstock 33s and a brilliant, techy dub ver- sion from Caravan label boss, October.
It's always great to see the cross-pollination of styles in dance music, and the current interest in hardstyle remixes from house to hardcore is testament to how influential the hardstyle sound has become. One of the most high-profile examples of this is Armin van Buuren asking Frontliner to remix his classic 'Shivers'. Keeping all the elegant charm of the trance anthem in the break, this remix gives you the hands-in-the-air euphoria, before the brutal hard drop with Frontliner's trademark impeccable production, that will only cut deeper the bigger the soundsystem it is exposed on. A truly awesome clash of styles.
Opening the score sheet for Solarstone's new imprint, a now conspicuously on-the-march Driftmoon locks his studio dial to pure trance. To be fair his output is already very much in the vicinity, but on 'Howl At the Moon' those keystone components come evermore accentuated. On his 'Retouch Mix' Solarstone adds his running/pummelling b-line hallmark and further beefs up the payoff. All in all, an impressive opener.
Brilliant label debut from London-based synth-pop duo, Echoes, gets remixed and remodelled by Capracara, James Trystan, Boderline Jack and WLD.