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Singles - Electro Progressive - Issue 560

Moderat

Running (Tale Of Us Remix)

Monkeytown

9.0
Moderat impressed everyone this year with their new album 'III', flawlessly fusing singer/songwriting flair with cerebral electronica, and their latest single ‘Running’ has been given the epic remix that it was crying out for. Tale Of Us strip back Apparat’s vocals to his core chant about how he’s gonna “keep on running”, and retain all the grandiose elements of the original while hammering them into a melodic techno frame that will offer the Italian duo a few of those requisite epic moments they’ll need for their Space Ibiza residency over the summer.

Chicola

'Childhood (Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile Remix)'

Lost & Found

8.5
The original from Chicola seduced Guy J by virtue of its raw emotion, though it’s Cattaneo and studio buddy Soundexile who hand in the real thumper, sounding like it’ll slide effortlessly into the peak of one of the Argentinian DJ’s beautifully crafted sets. Those forlorn melodies are maintained, though it’s toughened up with a slamming groove that transforms it into a groovy, sexy, shimmering progressive house record that really does come with all the trimmings.

Vintage & Morelli

'Desire (Dezza Remix)'

Silk

7.0
Ascending progressive star Dezza turns his hand to one of the standout tracks from the debut album from Vintage & Morelli, and he delivers a remix full of chunky grooves that offers up grit and melody in equal measures. There’s a sugary-sweet side to ‘Desire,’ though that chainsaw electro bassline that shreds right through the middle also works a charm.

Arty

'Distorted Love'

Anjunabeats

7.5
Just when you thought Russian prodigy Arty had completely traded in his progressive roots for the sake of chasing mainstage glory, he returns to Anjunabeats with an edgy affair that’s the toughest we’ve heard from him in quite a while. A brooding start and grinding grooves bubble towards a functional melodic detonation, which makes it the perfect record to add a bit of grit to festival sets over the summer.

Boys Noize

'May Day'

Boysnoize

9.0
The title track from the new Boys Noize album represents one of his most focused and furious dancefloor moments to date, demonstrating why he’s outlived his other electro colleagues who’ve struggled to stay in the spotlight. All its elements convalesce in perfection; from the sinister tension that opens the record, to the steely percussion and vocal samples he employs with precision, to that cracking thunder of a kick-drum that really brings the fire.

Lopezhouse

'See The Line'

Exploited

8.5
In a year that’s delivered its fair share of pop-dance crossover gems from luminaries like Moderat, this record from Lopezhouse is similarly bursting with crossover charm and electro attitude. Angela delivers some particularly impressive vocals for a straight-up house record, along with a gnarly guitar thrash that rips righteously through the middle of the whole affair.

Jamie xx feat. Romy

'SeeSaw (Nic Fanciulli Remix)'

Saved

8.0
Fanciulli was obviously looking for a summer banger that could be placed within easy reach in his record box, and he does a tight job of it here with the Jamie xx record that was begging for a through-the-roof remix to begin with. There’s some excellent production on display, with Romy’s seductive vocals utilised artfully, and tribal percussion percolating towards a soaring melodic riff that slingshots right over that yawning gulf between house and trance.

Alexey Sonar

'Umba'

Intricate

7.5
One of the many records from the heavy cache of dancefloor weapons that Intricate have airdropped just in time for summer, ‘Umber’ grabs you by the scruff of the neck because of its focussed simplicity. It’s built primarily around the power of its bassline that rumbles in after an early drop, simmering skywards as the intensity levels redline in the second half. It’s more than enough to make it a hugely effective dancefloor tool.