'Carbon Fibre Grinder'
This cute lil' instrumental comes free when you purchase a Faze Miyake carbon fibre grinder, complete with Woofer Music logo — and let’s just say we’ve got the Paypal page open right now.
Milli Major x Tempa T
'OOO NA NA'
This one sounds like it’s been made specifically for the uni/festival crew, but it’s a UKG-meets-bassline banger that’s colourful and so fun that it's essentially tough to dislike.
Forerunners & Mir Omar
Excellent stuff from the onedotsixtwo imprint, that sees it operating with its typical MO of understated style. Here, Arizona producer Forerunners teams with NYC’s Mir Omar for a summery, deep progressive groover, with a turbo-charged remix on the B-side that shouldn’t be slept on.
'Gone My Way (KhoMa Remix)'
KhoMa is a rising star at the trancey end of the big room spectrum, who clearly knows how to use the technology to produce high impact stadium bangers for Armin, A&B and co. This is well on display here, with a remix that works cleverly with the original vocal, brimming with sugary melodies that are flipped on their head by one whopper of a dirty bassline.
'Jump (Armin van Buuren Remix)'
David Lee Roth appearing alongside Armin at Ultra Miami was one of those perfect “kill your heroes” moments (upstaged in brazen obnoxiousness only by the KFC fiasco). Listening to the final remix though, and ranked alongside the other trash landing in the Beatport charts, it’s impossible to deny its pure “fun factor”. The kind of guilty pleasure that requires a shower immediately afterwards.
Perfect sunshine vibes and blue-eyed soul that should find crossover appeal. Love his voice and the echoes of Edwyn Collins.
Junk Mail may be a new name to the Ram roster, but you’re such to recognise this alias as a familiar face of the Ram family as one half of Mind Vortex. Here he gives us a high energy, dancefloor banger, very much in the signature style of this famous imprint.
Warm, dubby vibes from Zerødays, aka Soma and Plastic City alum Rico Casazza. 'Warm Spirit' skips in all the right places, while the languid funk of 'Funk U' sends you to the moon and back.
'This Is Home'
Three very smart edits from Lobster Theremin main man Asquith. The spirit of the roller disco is truly in these humping behemoths, so make sure your wheels are sufficiently oiled.
'Feel Like Whatever'
The meeting of Millionhands boss Tee Mango and Detroit bandleader Amp Fiddler is an inspired thing indeed. 'Feel Like Whatever' is a warm, busted up houser for deeper floors.
'Still Blind (Remixes)'
Moscow-based talent Phil Gerus brings some Balearic/new wave/proto house goodness via the unstoppable (Emotional) Especial label. Remixes from Jamie Paton and Lauer.
Espen T Hangard
Enthusiasts for the weirder end of electro (braindance, IDM, call it what you will), should pay attention to this album, full of acid noises and lush off-world synth.
More funked up electro beats from the production Terminator that is Carl Finlow. ‘Cobalt Blue’ itself mixes moody analogue bass with atmospheric keys, while ‘Protocol 2’ is capacious and eerie. Fans will be happy.
A 1997 track from Braincoral Records that has had Discogs sharks rubbing their hands with glee, ‘Voice’ gets the reissue treatment here: a mellow, Balearic even, slab of house-influenced electro with skittering beats.
'Squeeze The Prime Time'
He’s back with an EP of brilliant minimal wave and industrial music experiments. Love the '80s Metroplex vibe on the standout cut, ‘Improper Conduct’.
'Cherry Chocolate Chaud Vol. 1'
Master digger/DJ Loud-E unearths and re-edits three tracks of exotic, sophisticated disco spice for Hugo Capablanca’s excellent Discos Capablanca label. Strictly for the connoisseurs.
'You Aint Down '
Two Fingers, aka Amon Tobin, releases another growling, tech-focused track from his bass-driven, club-orientated nom de plume. Beware!
That moment before the boogie drops, when the drum beat could actually go anywhere, is an exciting moment for me.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Stop what you’re doing and go watch the video of Freddie Gibbs as a zebra farmer on YouTube. You’re welcome...
'Walking On The Moon'
"Giant steps are what you take…" killer mash up of jungle breakbeats, searing Reese basses and Sting himself on dubby vocal duties. Goes off.
Taken from her amazing new album 'Self Part 1', 'Howl' is a deep, discordant, acidy journey into the underbelly of trip-hop/breaks.
Force Mass Motion
'Quicker Than The Speed Of Light '
Force Mass Motion Recordings
Heavy late-night vibes with an authentic old skool feel. Older heads will be thrilled to know that FMM is still dropping dope beats.
Ben channels some mid-late 2000s minimalism for this atmospheric and deeply techy trip. Leiris Koh Tao remixes it into wild after-hours territory. Delightful.
'Nuances De Nuit Vol 1'
Nuances De Nuit
Get your ears around this super four-track VA to launch the new Parisian imprint. DJ Steaw, Armless Kid and E.Wan supply swinging house beats and electro, and there are intricate techy bits like label co-founder T. Jacques’ ‘Context’.
ART OF FIGHTERS
'Vulcano Action (Reevoid Remix)'
Reevoid is one of the unsung rising talents in the hardcore scene, and with consistent, bouncy and well-produced tracks like this, it's only a matter of time before he blows up.
Blasco & Pherato
A beautifully fresh-sounding, euphoric hardstyle track. Uplifting melodies contrasted by modern, punchy kicks will make this a tasty addition to any hardstyle DJ’s set.
Dodge & Fuski
'Massacre (MADGRRL REMIX) '
LA's MADGRRL is the latest female artist to break through the ranks, flitting between dubstep and hardstyle. This remix of the brutal dubstep banger takes things harder, with a four-four kick to get people jumping.
Bleak as our future, heavy as our present, shot through with flashbacks to a horrible past, goddamnit this is some BRACKISH stuff from Sheffield's Vard, pointing towards similar darkness on his soon-dropping 'Dreams' full length. Sup deep.
Fat Beats Records
Richmond, Virginia's Ohbliv's 50-plus Bandcamp releases are some compelling, raw-assed shit, and this single from his ace new album 'Give Thanks' should draw you into his maelstrom — a super rock-hard beat slathered in gorgeous squelchy synths, reminiscent of Kuartz or Remulak's heaviest work. Go get.
That astonishing Bronx Slang LP has my ears cocked Fabyl-wards this year, and this natty little banger from Finnish production duo Cut Beetlez (here paired with US rappers The Good Team) keeps the intrigue going. The forthcoming collabo project 'Cut Peoples' is shaping up to be a doozie, get in early.
Because of Art
Impressive debut EP from an act that is inspired by Aril Brikha, as the lush but pulsating ‘Area Seven’ and ‘Astral Travel’ effortlessly demonstrate.
'Executioners From Shaolin'
‘Haslam’ and ‘Bonucci Unit’ are surefire techno bangers, but the most impressive track on this release is the dreamy, stepping ‘P-9’.
Great comeback release from Transparent Sound, with its founder Orson Bramley delivering a heady fusion of mournful synths and spiralling acid lines that play out over a techno/electro backing.
'Temple Of Artemis (Rated R Remix)'
Absolutely top-notch treatment of what’s already one of Neptune Project’s finest. From the outset, Rated R’s approach is zero-fat, with every sound, element and sequence machined for absolute lift. A feel-brilliant track if ever there was one.
'Time (Madwave Remix)'
Black Hole Recordings
Tastexperience were always the most accidental of trance acts. Lush and chilled across its three original mixes, ‘Time’ sounds as trance-hesitant as ever. Just as well Madwave’s around to give it a sympathetic repointing, which should ensure its captivating vocal sees the business side of dancefloors.
With a title like ‘Kill Jester’, few would expect a straight shooter. Sure enough, heaps of squelch, distortion blaze and machine-gun-fast vocal clips let rip. There’s also a Da Hool-ish edge to its lead sound, giving this the feel of a ‘Love Parade’ off its meds.