Well here's a genuine treat. Radioactive Man, aka former Two Lone Swordsman Keith Tenniswood, has delivered a five-track EP of blissfully mesmeric analogue electro breakbeat — "machine funk" according to the press release. Opener 'White Light Monochrome' throws down eerie '80s pads, squelchy bass and unfussy 808 beats for an epic seven-minute electronic odyssey, while 'Space Ranger' drops the tempo for a funked out, glitch hop-influenced percussive roller. 'Transponder' gives us zippy breakbeats, warm fuzz bass, heavenly synths and glorious New Order-influenced guitar-work for an irresistible slice of indie-electro rapture, while 'Mechanical Music Menace' sounds like the result of a jam session between Nirvana's rhythm section and Kraftwerk. Finally 'Hideout' blends funky organ keyboard riffs with electro b-line attitude and heady, abstract synthwork. Simply splendid.
I’ve been championing these guys for the past two years now and it's great to see them rise up so fast within the hardstyle scene to be one of the hot exciting acts, with many of the hardstyle Top 100 acts naming them as breakthrough producers of 2014. This new official remix for Nervo & Rehab showcases their uplifting euphoric sound, with some intricate triplet sections breaking up the groove after the main drop.
Finishing 2014 the way they finished 2013, Coyote Records have united for a second compilation instalment that features another 10 exclusive productions from the reverent talent crop of instrumental grime producers it repeatedly plunders. Enlisting blossoming names like Yamaneko, Strict Face and Chemist’ll ensure that the collection piques a lot of dudes' interest, but the real joy of it is in discovering assertive bits like Famous Eno’s ‘Puzzlebox Riddim’ or Rejig’s positively baltic ‘Ice Xungle.’
The word ‘anthem’ gets bounced about a lot these days, especially in hardstyle, but it's 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 people's nostalgia that things were better “back in the days” with a hands up, clap along break, then picking up the 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 simple track that will have seas of ravers clapping along at festivals for years to come, no doubt.