Joey Riot vs Roosy K
It’s strange how certain tracks get a revival from time to time, most recently The Cranberries' 'Zombie', which received a litany of remixes and covers last year, bizarrely just before the passing of the band's lead singer. Just when I was at the point of eye rolling, I listened to this reimagining from hardcore artists Joey Riot and Roosy K, and man did this make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. The vocal has been reused, yet somehow catches the charm and character of the unique original. The melody and rapid fire nature of the beats perfectly complement it, to create a high drama, epic set finisher that has been a staple in my sets since receiving it.
Gunz For Hire
The masked rawstyle gangsters are back with another hard-hitting track to damage your ears with. As with all G4H productions, this track has a distinct theme, this time with a softly sung Italian themed vocal fit for a mobster's funeral. Following this, we are hit with cinematic drums and a powerful melody, with long dramatic notes to complement the vocal preceding it. The track then builds pace, with snare rolls and a far more aggressive vocal, before dropping into the brutally raw beats. This track oozes drama, and if you can handle your beats hard, I’m sure you’ll love it too.
MYST & Sound Rush & Elyn
A clash of sounds here within the hardstyle scene, as raw meets euphoric. The styles blend beautifully, as MYST’s raw kicks perfectly complement the trademark sound rush melodies to deliver a sinister yet euphoric hit. The delicate vocal from Elyn elevates the quality of this track to anthem status, and it will surely be a festival hit this summer.
Technikore & Ravine
The UK meets Australia on this release, as one of the most accomplished producers in the UK hard dance scene Technikore teams up with YouTube sensation Ravine. Produced at the currently hotly debated 160bpm, this track is a classic happy hardcore influenced rave affair, with breakbeats and pianos galore. The track takes a modern twist on the drop however, with a distinct EDM / bass music influence. Despite these elements being worlds apart, the track gels into a seamless hit suitable for dancefloors spanning many genres.
The Italian queen of hardcore is back with a brand new album, my pick of the LP being 'Insane Hardcore', a moderately paced stomper with an effortlessly chunky groove peppered with old skool rap samples. The main hook of the track is a classic vocal sample that has had many incarnations within the rave scene over the years. However, it has been left alone for long enough that it makes a welcome return.
Code Black & Toneshifterz
'OI F#KN OI'
When it comes to crowd reaction, adding a world renowned chant such as this to your beat is never going to fail on the dancefloor. Reminiscent of the Showtek classic, this track is directly to the point, with short, catchy melodies and bouncing kicks. The main breakdown adds a little more depth, with a pointed spoken vocal addressing the Sydney nightclub 1AM lockout rule, a topic hotly contested in the nightlife scene and unsurprisingly touched on by two Australian producers. Following this, we’re back to the beats and dancefloor destruction.
Lady Faith is one of the leading artists in the American hardstyle scene, playing the biggest festivals and regular state to state club shows. Her latest track is a reverse bass banger, with some old skool hard trance influences at the forefront and a dreamy spoken vocal reciting the famous US rave mantra of peace, love, unity, respect. The main drop switches up to a pitched kick, which follows the melody before breaking back to the reverse bass for the outro.
The godfather of UK hardcore returns with another stomper. Known for his vocal anthems, this time Styles adopts an instrumental approach, no less anthemic, with a tearing, hands-up super saw riff. The drop gives us something fresh, with a rolling bass in line with the current psy-trance crossover hype, and gives the track incredible energy at 160bpm, a relatively modest tempo for the hardcore scene. An awesome track, nothing less than you would expect from the hit machine himself.
'We Are The Underdogz'
The Underdogz are a new masked duo on the hardstyle scene. Protecting their identities from previous success under other pseudonyms perhaps? Speculation aside, this debut release is rather good. Offering a variety of sounds throughout the track, from reverse bass to rolling basslines, to straight kick drums, 'We Are The Underdogz' opts out of anthem melodies in favour of an old skool screech attack approach, which complements the beats and aggressive vocal. Nice debut track — I'm very interested to hear how the sound develops.