Ran-D is best known for pioneering the rawstyle sound that's dominating the hardstyle scene worldwide these days, but this release proves his diversity as a producer. He's still able to deliver huge melodic anthems like this, with a strong vocal by E-Life, stadium-sized breakdowns and powerful drops keeping the kicks raw but the rest of the elements incredibly accessible. This is the definition of an anthem.
Tresor resident Marcel Heese launches his label as PMH, a collaboration with Spanish producer P.E.A.R.L. ‘Entrance’ is a deep, swirling techno affair, steeped in the legacy of Chain Reaction’s cavernous dub and Function’s doubled-up claps. Sleeparchive provides a remix on the flip, but instead of his usual bleepy sound, he merely toughens up the kicks and adds an extra layer of jagged percussion that guarantees maximum impact.
"I love the impact when the drop comes, and it's my first tune on Chestplate, so has a special place for me..."
A three-tracker full of psy-tech bass and spun-out atmospherics from the Leeds-based duo. Lead track 'Illusion Reality' just shades it with stompy dynamics and wiggly synth work, though 'Deeper Down' has a nice line in deep rolling atmospherics.