The word ‘anthem’ gets bounced about a lot these days, especially in hardstyle, but it rare that a track comes along, that is not an anthem for an event but is an instant anthem by the classic definition. This is one of those rare gems. The sentiment of the track is awesome, playing on peoples nostalgia that things are better “back in the days” with a hands up, clap along break, then picking up pace to remind people “back in the days” has gone and it’s all about the here and now, before delivering a killer techy drop! A clearly simple track that will have seas of raver clapping along at festivals for years to come, no doubt!
The earthshaking grandeur of Guy J’s ‘Candyland’ emanated an appeal that had little to do with conventional dancefloor fodder, though King Unique settles for something a little more straightforward with his rework. Please note though, that it’s equally likely to shake you to your very core with its peaktime swathe of power progressive thrills. Something like ‘BOOM’.
Killer new-wave/disco hybrid from Jonathan Kusuma, who reaches out from his base in Indonesia to Parisian label I’m A Cliché. Four tracks feverishly whip up energy with incessant bass arpeggios and strobing disco fx, resulting in a wild ride that falls somewhere between the sounds of It’s A Fine Line and In Flagranti. Brilliantly original material from a producer that deserves a lot of attention from now on.
Thank the lord for things like this. Modern, edgy house music which isn't just slavish, old school revivalist nonsense. Though we do like that too, sometimes. Just not all the time. Anyway. Wunderkind Gerry Read drops this sparse three-tracker for Will Saul's Aus Music, a wobbling, warping machine groove, all tin-pot percussion and a man saying "numbers". Simple, but totally engrossing. 'Cosmoid' has a bit more shake to it, a more relentless, warehouse smasher, juxtaposed with gentle melodic arps. Very clever. The Nathan Fake mix of the title track is ace too, obviously.