Fear Less (Jody Wisternoff Remix)
Where The Heart Is
Wisternoff arrives from nowhere to deliver a remix that’s disarmingly good. Essentially progressive masquerading as deep house, its punchy appeal doesn’t undermine how excellent it is, with Wisternoff taking a sample of Hohme’s original ideas and weaving them in with his own surplus of musical inspiration for a hypnotic peak-time offering. Flashes of moody melody evolve into a rich synth harmony that functions as a repeating musical motif, guiding Wisternoff’s luxuriant soundscapes, before he strips everything back in the finale to allow the harmony to take the lead as its bassline. Superbly executed.
Matt Nouveau feat. Billie Fountain
Trance veteran Matt Darey just keeps on trucking and delivers an unexpected delight under his Matt Nouveau alias here, where he straddles melodic progressive, edgy techno and main-room vocal house. As incongruous as this might sound, Darey pulls it off as he mashes accomplished studio trickery with the more crowdpleasing moments.
Harry Romero feat. Robert Owens
'Back (Kölsch Remix) '
Kölsch isn’t afraid to merge the dancefloor’s esoteric appeal with its more dramatic moments, and this unexpected remix of Romero and Owens’ record on Subliminal from over a decade ago showcases this to full effect. It’s an ingenious mix of its different elements, polished techno embellished with tight percussion, which draws us towards Owens’ vocals taking centre stage for some explosive dancefloor moments. Make sure you check out the 11-minute extended mix where Kölsch really delves into the ingredients he’s assembled in all of their glory.
Secret Cinema & Egbert
One of the more raucous offerings on the new 'Drumcode A-Sides Vol. 5' compilation. While ‘Maximaal’ might lay its groundwork with a streamlined techno pulse, Secret Cinema and Egbert audaciously steer into tough main-room territory with its electro stabs and a brash, gaudy energy. One for the techno A-league during the moments when things really get out of control.
Sander van Doorn & Chocolate Puma
'Raise Your Hands Up'
A tight offering that somewhat bridges the divide between the clubs and festival mainstage, ‘Raise Your Hands Up’ cleverly welds slamming tech-house with mass-appeal electro, before Doorn and Chocolate Puma bring it to a peak with a noisy tech-trance riff. We’ll take more of this kind of thing in our mainstage records, thanks.
Josh Wink paired with Boysnoize is an exciting proposition, and ‘Shoelaces’ delivers on this promise with an acid-electro record full of sleazy broken beats and mischievous vocal samples, bringing cheek and grit in equal measures. Wink cannily channels his heritage as a serious producer, while bringing enough fun that it’ll slot easily into a Boys Noize party set.
Canadian producer Dezza is really coming into his own as one of the finest sources of classic progressive you’ll find anywhere, and ‘True’ demonstrates again he knows exactly what it takes to assemble a storming emotive record. An early breakdown establishes its ethereal spine tingles, before it slams into its bassline after the drop, dashing in and out of its euphoria. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, ‘True’ diverts to a masterfully-executed broken-beat that masterfully twists, turns and messes with dancefloor expectations. Lush and driving.
Grum delivers one of his biggest records to date. While he’s still drawing on early dancefloor glories, ‘You’ll Know’ is nonetheless progressive trance at its finest. The euphoric breakdowns and rolling basslines are some of the best we’ve heard in a long time, while its build-up is teased out for just the right amount of time. Infinitely more euphoric than euphoric trance.