Second Storey returns to Houndstooth with ‘Shaman Champagne’, the prelude single to a forthcoming album project for the label. If it’s indicative of what we can expect, then I for one am excited because it’s pretty fucking tense and wild.
A solid fistful of wobbly, throbbing rollers from this Copenhagen vs. London collabo between RDG & Hitman, that all feels very 2007 in its vibe and approach. Whilst Tempa’s AxH has a pop at remixing the title track, the standout cut is RDG’s 'Space Age', which combines syncopated drums, a pulsing bassline and weird electrical feedback effects to create a space-time continuum of bassweight funk.
Berlin's Max Graef and Fantastic Man — aka Mic Newman — got together last year, and thank goodness they did, because this is a stunning two-tracker for east London's excellent Love Fever imprint. 'Soothe Me' busts out that wonky Detroit style, its jazzual synths somehow abstract but still locked in over the panel-beating loop. Over, there's 'At the Flip', all crackling 808/909 percussion, with a sliced and diced old school piano. While the classic house revival becomes more and more wearisome, it's the real quality that starts to stick out, sore thumb-like.
Re-Style is on fire this year with one killer collaboration EP under his belt already. This next track sees him teaming up with the Masters of Hardcore legend Bass-D. It hits a great balance of upfront and fresh style, and old skool influence. Bouncy rap vocals, a progressive trancey melody and pounding 909 kicks are going to make this one a peak set monster for many hardcore DJs the world over in the coming months.