An Eric Prydz remix is probably as far as you could imagine Kölsch steering things towards the stadiums, though the Danish producer is nonetheless famous for his unabashed affinity with emotion, and he does a bang-up job of striking the right balance with ‘Generate’. It’s a calculated remix that hits all the right points while still keeping things authentic, its bleepy electro stabs morphing into a rich framework where Kölsch summons genuine emotion from the vocals.
After first appearing on Blackdown’s Keysound imprint back in 2013, Brighton’s Etch has been pushing his dark, skeletal identity via the Soundman Chronicles and Space + Time labels. On new label Wisdom Teeth, he offers up a typical anachronistic piece, an esoteric skin stretched across the faded bones of jungle’s past for a slow-mo bump. In contrast, label honcho K-Lone drops a chirpy little number full of jiggly rhythmic elements and slinky sub bass.
Mr Scrilla returns to OM Unit’s Cosmic Bridge label for the third time, delivering an EP of variety and deep, textured soul underpinned by his usual beats-orientated style. Don’t be expecting 'Helium' and 'Rigel7' to be busting the speakers in the rave any time soon though, leave that for ‘Jello’ the subaqueous beast full of pressurised bass, tin-pot percussion, and dungeonstep weight. Rounded off by the superb liquid drum funk of 'Free Flight' feat Om Unit.
Grum makes his Anjunabeats debut with another solid indication he’s ready for the big league. ‘U’ is an enigmatic, progressive stormer that pitches its flag somewhere ambiguously between house and trance, maximising appeal for both scenes. Led by a rich, colourful electro synth hook, it’s backed by a driving house kick that maximises dancefloor functionality. More importantly though is how Grum has tapped into that mysterious essence that defined early progressive, making ‘U’ one of the standout electro/progressive records of the year so far.