Jus Like Music Records
Head for the AT LAST remix. The higher frequencies are removed, leaving something a little warmer on the ear. Emotional downbeat.
'Italo House - The Re-Edits'
Joey Negro lovingly re-edits Shafty's 'Deep Inside of You', Keytronics Ensemble's 'House of Calypso' and D-Rail's unimpeachable 'Bring It On Down' from his ace 'Italo Classics' album. Solid.
'Never Be Mine'
Bad Habit Muzik
Cool California future jungle from the Los Angeles-based badman, who samples Beats International's 'Dub Be Good to Me' and lets loose with heavy Amen breakbeats, dubwise keys and a menacing growl of a bassline.
'Record Kicks '
A great pop tune by you-know-who gets the ska treatment, and top marks too. As sharp as any zoot suit.
Watch your motor, because Patrice Bäumel clobbers it past the outfield and out into the car park with 'Mile High Gang', a brooding, pulsating, chugging houser with big brass balls.
'Get A Rush On (Noemi Tacoronte, Yera W, Broken Styleers Remix) '
Solid slice of rave piano-led breakbeat, with heavily delayed vocals and slightly dated wobble dubstep-style bass hits. Another decent outing from the Tenerife-based Noemi & Yera.
'World Restart feat Kelela & Ade'
Slo-mo alt soul that slinks and slides into the grey matter. Drums are a tad cluttered but a solid jam nonetheless.
Soul Clap feat Robert Owens
Soul Clap Records
The Soul Clap boys cosy up to the legendary Robert Owens (on the vocals) and Louie Vega (on the remixes). The results are classy, Vega's acidic 'Swirl Bass Mix' in particular.
Three spacey tracks spread right across the lower end of trance-progressive’s tempo scale. Music to soundtrack your next gaze up into the heavens by.
Phace & Misanthrop
Not the usual atmospheric tech you’d usually expect from the Neosignal pair, ‘Sex Sells’ is a lot more upbeat and a lot less cinematic than their customary offerings. Still glitchy and fidgety as ever and still packing that almighty pair of weighty cajones (that’s some powerful bass), but with some added promiscuity in the samples.
'Shadow of You (Original Mix)'
Curling acid, minor key sub-riffs and plenty of ooh-ah chords and pads mark ‘Shadow’s outset. Add a foxily voxed topline and Monster Force’s latest is clearly on the right track.
Neat little roller with its main draw distinctly in the low-end. The drums are fresh and zesty-sounding, acting as a foil to the warm and enveloping bass; like an enchanting siren it lulls you into its dark midst.
Man With No Name
Whatever rock Martin Freeland’s been hiding under for the last decade, I’m damn glad he’s emerged from it. ‘Vice Versa’ certifies that M.W.N.N. has all the life skills necessary to exist in Goa trance’s second golden age.
Sully follows up his Keysound EP, 'Blue', with another duo of cuts aimed squarely at junglists. I read somewhere about his ‘tangle of drums’ and since then I’ve not been able to get the phrase out of my mind, it’s so perfectly apt.
Above & Beyond
'Anjunabeach (Genix vs. Las Salinas Remix)'
‘Say Another What’ and ‘Arcadia’ proved that the on-paper possibly not-so-obvious pairing of Genix & Las Salinas was in fact stylistic alchemy. That’s something their ‘Anjunabeach’ redux only serves to underline.
'The .XVX Files'
What do you think rave music created by the guy widely credited with creating the internet trend seapunk would sound like? Confused? Manic? Synthetic? Neon and set sail on a tide of crystalline pixels? Yeah, these four tracks are all that and more.
Gun fingers at the ready, and this time you can pretend you have little lasers shooting out of them. Down and dirty, steppy jump-up with some old school jungle breaks thrown in for good measure. Check out the rest of the EP too for some monstrous, squelchy bass, ‘Piranha’ is massive!
'Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us'
Stepping forward with a single sided 12”, Brunks layers his sub loaded stepper rattle underneath an acapella reverbed so it sounds archaic. A cut that holds a lot of promise for those looking to inject a sly melody into the cloud.
The multitasking, musical mastermind that is Matias Aguayo reminds us yet again of what an original and creative soul he is with this great four-track EP for Kompakt.
Sampling Busta and wielding snares like early Blawan can never be that bad a thing, can it really? Irish duo Effy hit out with two big slices of smudged techno, enlisting Troy Gunner and Houndscales on the remix.
'The Mara EP'
Blasé Boys' Club
Catchy, mid-tempo, electro disco three-track EP from young London-based producer, Kiwi. Features a remix from label boss, Duke Dumont. One for the Blitz/Nag Nag Nag wouldabeens.
Lack of Afro
Full-tilt, horn-drenched, vocal funk cut featuring Jack Tyson Charles. Complete with additional remixes from Wah Wah’s rising stars The Gene Dudley Group.
'Aint No Stoppin’ Us '
A white label only single-sided release, newcomer Brunks, who hails from the North West of England, could have made this in 2002/03. It drips with influences from the early dubstep sound of EL-B. ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us’ opens up with a soulful vocal, nicely counterpointed by a rolling MC flow over a darkside, rolling, syncopated garage riddim.
'Don’t Ask Why'
Hypnagogic pop/disco number from Moon Boots, glowing with iridescent synth touches and a sweet vocal touch from Kyiki. Features remixes from HNNY and Marlon Hoffstad.
Stones Throw Records
"I'm surrounded by hipsters / What does that say about me? / Hipsters love independent movies / Shit, I love independent movies / Actually, I just like independent movies / So I think I'm cool there" — amusing, broken-up and horizontal slice of first-world anxiety from HS and Stones Throw. New album 'Hallways' due soon. Don't sleep.
'Mountain Divide '
Heavy, distorted, ethereal with a bellicose underbelly, the Lakker duo return to R&S with verve, nicely imagined on ‘Math Fall’; a captivating, electronic mind fuck.
'Look At the Sun'
Can it get any more Balearic? Features Tim Burgess on vocals and includes remixes from Prins Thomas and Chris Coco. The label’s even called Ocean Moon.
Run the Jewels
'Blockbuster Night Part 1 '
Mass Appeal Records
EL-P and Killer Mike rolling out a 'fucking brutal' preview from their soon-come second installment of RTJ — crucial thing you should know is that this music should be played loud. Hella loud, in order to have its desired effects. And if the DJ won't turn it up, leave. If it's not unhinging your fillings it's not working.
Pedestrian & Jasperdrum
2nd Drop Records
Continuing where their 'Kalakuta/Ndizi' release from last year stopped, the duo dig deeper into the Afrocentric palette, mutating further into off-kilter techno riddims. On the flip, Alix Perez destroys the remix of 'Kalakuta' with a dub 'n’ bass rework.
'The Way U Do It'
Big feelgood house/disco moment with a Todd Terry-style remix from Damiano Von Erckert, plus Doc Daneeka and Jacques Renault keeping the disco fires burning.
Buckshot & P-Money feat Raz Fresco
'Just Begun '
Dawn Raid/Dirty Records/Duck Down Records
From the just-dropped 'BackPack Travels' LP — great to hear Buckshot on the mic again, who seems to actually have got angrier and sharper since the Black Moon days, and ace production from P-Money too. Tight and triffic.
Boom Jinx feat Meredith Call
A superior example of vocal trance reworking itself into an electro-fied refresh that’s festival ready, ‘The Dark’ is also great singer/songwriting; rare as diamonds in this space. If the challenge is to balance trance emotion with EDM appeal, Boom Jinx nails it here.
Dutch Master Works
Brand new act Audiometrics take on this classic hardstyle track by one half of Showtek, DJ Duro, showcasing that for a brand new act on the scene they already have their production values nailed down to compete with the best. Keep an eye on these guys into 2015...
Marcel Caron provides the latest release on down-tempo techno label Transcendent. ‘Science’ features eerie soundscapes that veer into bleepy abstractions, while 'Dark Spectrum' is built on layer upon layer of atmospheric synths. Hexagon delivers two metallic, clanging versions of 'Space'.
Pan-Pot & Vincenzo
'Fiction Inc '
Big-room techno meets deep house here for an end result that is prog house through and through. The deep whir of that bassline, those robotic soundscapes, and the chilly flashes of melody that work their way into the mix… get your progressive groove on like it’s 1999.
xKore & Stereoliez
Breaking the rules of both hardstyle and moombahton on this one, an 105bpm booty shaker with brutal kick drums. I love it!
Not to be confused with Bosnian pop band Zov, Oliver Ho and Tommy Gillard’s side project focuses on electronic noise. 'Clip' is ear splittingly intense and 'Endless Lines' sounds like a group of wild cats being terminated as Ho and Gillard channel the spirit of the Butthole Surfers.
A sumptuously crafted slice of deepness from Hernan Cattaneo’s label. Mesmerising melodic elements, and a classic groove that really rocks things along. Brace for goosebumps in the breakdown.
The pioneer of the freestyle movement’s latest production is a high energy, house-influenced, triplet stomper guaranteed to get any hard party rocking.
Creme’s label continues to serve up anonymous but atmospheric techno and number 13 is no exception. From the shimmering synths of ‘Onefourone’ to the plunging bass drops on ‘Stolen Birds’, it’s another exhilarating trip.
Michelle Owen, Kruse & Nuernberg feat Isis Salam
'We Find Deep (Remixes)'
Returning all refreshed, 'We Find Deep' gets revisited by Hamburg's H.O.S.H. and Mat.Joe from Hannover, the latter chaps smashing it with a stone-cold block party jam.
Rich & Deller
'Feel My Love (100Me Remix)'
Bad Habit Muzik
Supremely classy breakbeat from the London-based producer, who takes Rich & Deller's soulful vocal-led Balearic house original and twists it up with an electro-style bassline and extra syncopated goodness.
The Exaltics usually specialises in deep, esoteric electro — which is why this release is so surprising. While 'The New Beginning' sees broken beats supporting waves of acid, it’s the stomping cyberpunk techno of 'Coroded' and 'Downwards' that marks a radical change of direction.