Those of you who are familiar with Ekoplekz's modus operandi will know the kind of sonic pressure that will be awaiting you in any of his records. And this, a supposedly “dancefloor/ club”-orientated record is more like an opening set in a dank club in Elephant & Castle than any main room affair. Muted, dubwise, spatial and trippy with a hint of low-end theory pulse, this six-tracker is a slowly closing mandible of threshold dance music.
Cool California future jungle from the Los Angeles-based badman, who samples Beats International's 'Dub Be Good to Me' and lets loose with heavy Amen breakbeats, dubwise keys and a menacing growl of a bassline.
Some tracks build into anthems over time through repetition. Others hit you with an instant feeling on the first play. Frontliner's latest production is very much the latter. Everything about this track is cutting-edge hardstyle, but whether it’s the vintage style vocal or epic melody, something hits you with a warm feeling of nostalgia the first time you hear it. A true example of music with feeling and emotion, and a perfect end-of-night anthem from the melody man of Holland.
Tangle’s second for VANDIT this year (in and around a mass of other productions for his own Tangled Audio imprint, Lange Recordings and others)… ‘I Believe’ is less snarly 303-driven tech (ala February’s ‘Aquarius EP’) and far more of a get-down-the-front, shirt-pulling euphoric number. Its angelically sung hook will mark it well for the crowd and as the synths go vertical, so, very likely, will the hands.