Hit The Sky
Roq n Roller
This Dutch duo have exploded on to the scene over the past few years with their mobster-themed live performances and quirky productions, with melodies that will be spinning in your head for days after just one listen. This latest offering is an absolute killer, with an instantly catchy vocal in the break, a simple and effective melody, and a build and drop to tear up any dancefloor that is ready to party. As with much of the Dutch freestyle scene, this track focuses on only a few elements and executes them flawlessly.
This Spanish producer is on fire at the moment, with an onslaught of tracks being released this summer. But don’t confuse high quantity for lack of quality, as each track is unique in its theme and style. 'Bhandara' is a hard dancer taking heavy influence from the current explosion in psy-trance, with a triplet arrangement, rolling bassline and tribal vocal — plus a pounding kick-drum at 150bpm.
Korsakoff & Tears Of Fury
Masters Of Hardcore
The queen of hardcore Korsakoff is back with an energetic collaboration with Tears Of Fury. The track features Korsakoff’s trademark melodic sounds along with Tears Of Fury's pristine production. Certainly not one for the faint of heart, but if you like your beats brutal, this is one to check out for sure.
LNY TNZ x Ruthless
Two of my favourite acts teaming up on this one. These guys know how to rock a party, as proven by their in-demand festival DJ sets, and this bleeds perfectly back into their tracks, all no-nonsense dancefloor bangers. 'Move Over' certainly leans in the harder direction, with timely injections of EDM and trap, which both artists flirt with. A modest vocal gives the track an identity, but the main hook drips with classic jump nostalgia, backed up with a super powerful kick-drum.
'Put Them Up'
The Scottish hardcore legend is back with another hit, an evolution (if you will excuse the pun) of his 2000-era sound, with a modern twist. Edited rap samples and sinister screeches carry this track to the breakdown, where it opens into a happy, melodic affair. Hints of melancholy stop the track feeling too divorced from the previous section. Another great track in Scott’s discography.
Kav Verhouzer & Sjaak
'Stap Voor Stap (Frequencerz Remix)'
The Dutch hardstyle duo Frequencerz have been drafted in to remix this commercial Dutch bass house track. I would have said there aren’t any elements of the original that warrant a hard remix, but somehow, the guys manage to take the vocal and parts of the song and twist them into a bouncy and fun hard dancer. I really like the remix, but all the bits I like seem to be original, begging the question if this even needed to be a remix. But it will raise the profile of Frequencerz, which can only be a good thing.
'We Had Disco'
Primeshock have been releasing a steady stream of hardstyle tracks that I personally feel haven’t been getting the credit they deserve. They are always impeccably produced and have a consistently fun sound. This one is no different, with a chopped vocal reminiscing about music genres gone by, before it unleashes a bouncy kick and bass, and a mandatory hardstyle euphoric breakdown.
Atmozfears & Demi Kanon
Nothing less than you would expect — a super emotional hardstyle track with a full original vocal on the break, followed by euphoric melodies and pitched kick-drums. As with any project Atmozfears is involved in, you can expect pristine production and sublime attention to detail. Another anthem on the legendary Scantraxx record label.