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Singles - Hard - Issue 527

Phil TY

'A Kay A (Da Tweekaz Remix)'

Titanic

9.5
This quirky hardstyler turned into somewhat of a cult classic back in 2009, but slowly faded into the back of DJs' minds. So how excited I was to see a refresh of this for 2013 by the kings of quirky, Norwegian production duo Da Tweekaz! Keeping all the charm of the original, but with an even more pumped kick and bass mid intro, epic melody and fresh '2013 kick' for the climax, this is everything this remix had to be!

Dark By Design

'Alone (DJ Husband Remix)'

CDR

7.5
Fast and furious hard dance here from the UK's leader of the darker sounds Dark By Design, remixed by Australian act DJ Husband. This remix keeps the DBD power ethos running throughout, with loads of energy and pitched vocals. I think DJ Husband tried to match the DBD style a bit too much here, though, instead of letting his own unique sound shine through. He still delivers a solid remix, nonetheless.

Antolini & Montorsi

'Bad Kids'

Hard Progress Recordings

8.0
Italian hard trance legends Luca Antolini & Andrea Montorsi have been really pushing the tougher electro sounds on their label this year. This new release takes their stance to the next level with some seriously dirty hard drops mixed up with an old school-sounding trance breakdown reminiscent of the late '90s releases, all fused together with hard-hitting snares and pitched-up vocal snippets.

Miss K8

'Breathless'

Masters Of Hardcore

9.0
Fast-rising star in the European hardcore scene, Miss K8 is back with a brutal EP on Masters Of Hardcore. Don't be fooled by her innocent looks, this little lady packs a punch when it comes to beats. Tearing up speakers with distortion and high energy melodies at 170+ bpm, 'Breathless' will quite literally leave you as the title suggests! A must-have for the harder dance music fan.

Diplo & DJ Fresh

'Earthquake (LNY TNZ & Yellow Claw Remix)'

Free DL

8.0
A little tip-off here. Rotterdam trap superstars Yellow Claw team up with jump act LNY TNZ to deliver a remix of this hit, with a distinct hardstyle flavour. And it's free!

Tranz-Linquants vs Onex & Trax

'One More'

Bionic Digital

7.0
South Wales representing here for this killer fast-paced kick and bass-led stomper using the classic Dye Witness ‘Only If I Had One More' vocal rap to devastating effect. There seems to be less focus on the main melody and more on the drops, which makes this a great track to break up your sets with a full-on dancefloor monster.

Zany & B Front

'Redeeming Light (Dream Village 2013 Anthem)'

Fusion

7.0
South Wales representing here for this killer fast-paced kick and bass-led stomper using the classic Dye Witness ‘Only If I Had One More' vocal rap to devastating effect. There seems to be less focus on the main melody and more on the drops, which makes this a great track to break up your sets with a full-on dancefloor monster.

Frequencerz

'Rockstar'

Fusion

8.0
Rawstyle beats here with great use of a strong rap sample, combining twisted, sinister beats and haunting melodies to devastating effect.

Open Source

'Selection'

Gearbox Digital

7.0
Gearbox are always breaking new talent on the scene, and this new hard techy monster from Open Source has all the makings of a solid hard dance release, fusing multiple genres into a dark moody track.

Audiofreq feat MC Shureshock

'Speekaz Kikk'

Dirty Workz

10
The Aussie hardstyler who has been taking the Euro scene by storm is back with this brutal fusion of underground styles ahead of his forthcoming album. Combining elements of reggae and hardstyle may sound a little left of field, but using the 'hype' elements from both genres actually makes perfect sense. Judging by the dancefloor reactions, this melting pot of diversity is a winner all round.

TNT

'Tarantula'

Titanic

10
No strangers to this page, the Italian duo of Technoboy & Tuneboy are back with another dancefloor killer. With recent releases being supported by a range of DJs from Tiesto to Headhunterz, theseguys have never been hotter.Their latest offering, building on the momentum of 'Contrast' and 'Skinner', has the EDM- style arrangement of hands-up melodies, roof-raising builds and dancefloor destroying drops.

Subkilla

'Urban Slayer'

Subground

9.0
2013 has seen hardstyle and house become very resemblant in the sounds and productions used between the genres, sometimes only really differing in the bpms and mixdowns of the track. Activator's Subground label sits tightly in the middle, creating perfect DJ tools to jump between these genres in your sets, and this new release is perfect with hands- in-the-air chord melodies and nasty drops.