Northern and southern hardcore sounds collide on this collaboration, with the hard and bouncy Northern beats of Re-con meeting the Darren Styles trademark euphoric vocal style. The kick has an almost hardstyle feel to it, with an on-beat bass note, and the tapestop, gliding melody has the cutting-edge stylings of big room house. All this pacing along at a rampant 170bpm, with a catchy vocal courtesy of Matthew Steeper, makes a well-rounded hardcore anthem ready for the summer festival season.
"Qu, perennial master of his own space. I can always tell when a Qu record comes on. Sounds like no other."
The fourth vinyl-only release on Arkhive comes from East Londoner Matches, though this somehow feels more akin to West London, not least because EP opener 'Dreaming' boasts dazzling keys from legendary Bugz in the Attic don Kaidi Tatham, twinkling atop an absorbing bassline. 'Let You' too is all about the broken beats. 'Just Can't Get You Off My Mind' seems all mild mannered, but the bass is plain rude, and once the percussion drops it's uncontrollable. 'Orbit', the most upfront, has it up top too. Erm, blazing stuff.
Fusion Records have been picking up and breaking through a lot of new talent over the past 12 months and this new signing Avana is going to be a serious contender on the scene this year if this E.P is anything to go by. Great original production, delivering a solid hardstyle release without being over melodic or raw, bridging this gap perfectly, which the scene needs at the moment, featuring the classic "the rhythm, the rebel" vocal sample.