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Singles - Hard - Issue 542

Astral

Drop It

Subground

9.5
Huge release here from Subground, sounding miles apart from the other releases on this label. Featuring a sublime trance lead breakdown, uplifting euphoric melodies and a subtle main drop, don't be fooled by this, as it builds back up with heavy snares dropping with hardstyle kicks and screeches that will blow the roof off any club. This label keeps getting better with each release. Exciting times for Subground!

Rebourne feat Melissa Pixel

'Beyond'

Fusion

10
With 2014 being the year of rawstyle, it’s great to see 2015 kicking off with another fresh take on the hardstyle sound. Rebourne opts for a softer approach to the genre, with a gentle, euphoric melody reminiscent of the millennium's Balearic trance sound, and a beautiful dreamy vocal. The kicks are still tough without being overpowering, and compliment the track perfectly. If not labeled hardstyle this would surely be the hard trance sound of 2015, simply awesome.

Da Tweekaz

'Celebration of Sin (Freqshow Anthem 2014)'

Q Dance

9.0
Our favourite Norwegian duo deliver the anthem to 2014's NYE event by scene leaders Q Dance, steering away from their typical hardstyle sound to deliver a more sinister crossover sound, but still keeping that tongue and cheek Da Tweekaz theme running throughout, with the strumming guitar and trumpet in the main breakdown. Excellent work by these guys as always and impeccable production throughout.

Geck-o

'Lekker Sapje'

CDR

8.0
Something different, as always with Geck-o. Predictability is never an option. This track can best be described as a fusion between hardstyle and techno. Firmly on a hardstyle BPM with a tough kick-drum, this track deviates from the usual formula by adding off-beat rides, and even subtle breakbeat loops which give the track a real feeling of pace rather than the traditional on-beat, stompy hardstyle sound. Perfect DJ tool to build into hardstyle for those DJs not afraid to cross genres.

Dillytek feat MZ

'Losing Control'

Keep It Up Music

8.5
Second release from this Australian duo on Frontliner’s Keep It Up Music label, which for any newcomer to the scene is quite an achievement. Fitting perfectly into the ethos of this label, this track features a harmonic female vocal by MZ, uplifting power melodies and monstrous drops. Expect a lot of hands in the air action!

Thyron

'Lucid Dream'

Fusion

8.0
Rawstyle act Thyron releases his new artist album on Fusion, with this being the title track, packed full of nasty, raw, brutal beats. This track sums up the album well, with creepy pads, dark and twisted key changes, some intricate kick fills, and twists and turns throughout, all tied together with tight production and a creepy vocal. For all you raw heads, make sure you check out this album.

Technikal

'Mindtrix'

Tidy Two

7.5
Bringing back the UK hard trance vibes, Tidy Two has been pumping out releases over the past six months since its relaunch, fronted by the pioneer of this sound Technikal. On this new release he unleashes some serious rolling bassline-driven power trance with bubbling acid, soaring melodies and short female vocal samples ticking all the boxes for a solid UK hard trance release.

LNY TNZ & Ruthless & Jebroer

'Paranoia'

CDR

8.5
A cool collaboration between these Dutch artists, far from their first time in the studio together, but certainly a notable moment after their recent success in 2014. This track fuses elements of hip-hop with a vocoded vocal in the break, then four-to-the-floor jump/tek on the drop, with some tasty trap fills thrown in for good measure. A great crossover track that I’m sure would be as well-received in the USA as well as the Benelux area.

Miss K8

'The Poison'

Masters Of Hardcore

9.0
This track is nothing other than absolute ear brutality. Right from the filtered intro kicks, you know this is going to be a set finisher. Many times with hard music, the hard drops are offset with euphoric breaks, but not here. Miss K8 only opts to let you pause for breath for brief moments of sinister haunting synth-work before unleashing hell out of the speakers again. It’s not going to be to everyone's tastes and nor is it meant to be, this is pure hardcore for a hardcore purist.

Chase & Status

'Time (DaY-mar Hardcore Bootleg)'

CDR

8.0
The queen of underground hardcore techno beats is back with this cheeky bootleg of Chase & Status’s drum & bass hit from yesteryear. As we’ve come to expect from DaY-mar’s work, the tempo is high and the beats are hard. This is a no-nonsense bootleg — all the elements loved from the original are wrapped up in a simple but effective hardcore package with the sole purpose of destroying dancefloors.