Antic is one of the ascending stars of the Anjunadeep stable, formerly half of Journeyman before going solo and making his mark with ‘Touch Of My Soul’ earlier this year. He returns with another fantastic record, again featuring his own evocative, aloof processed vocals, plus a little cheeky inspiration in the third act from the sleeper 2000-era progressive hit that was the Lemon8 remix of Arrakis' ‘Aira Force’. Otherwise, ‘Turncoat’ is surrounded by a whole assortment of excellent musical ideas — a bleepy groove, a proggy rhythmic churn as well as liberal splashes of acid. Killer progressive with a wink to the past.
CamelPhat & Christoph
Tech-house titans Camelphat jump in the studio with Prydz protégé Christoph to produce a huge vocal record, and unsurprisingly turn out the most Prydz sounding record we’ve heard from them to date. A stomping progressive energy meets an Italo disco style analogue bassline, plus a brilliant vocal from Jem Cooke that is pure '90s rave euphoria.
Kolonie & Dezza
Ascending duo Kolonie unite with the ever reliable (and increasingly prolific) Dezza for a tremendous progressive trance record that’s a touch more uptempo than your typical Colorize release, though nonetheless imprinted with the same gritty, dirty sounds the label is known for. Its slamming drive is established early, haunting vocal snippets darting around swells of choral synths, before the curtain eventually rises on a plucked synth riff that’s joined by an even bigger Moogish bassline that growls aggressively. Precision and power.
We’re hearing a flood of new music from Gai Barone at the moment (including an entire album on ZeroThree), though this is the best yet — pumping progressive trance with a delicious dash of deepness. Over nine minutes, he builds a groove that grows gradually in momentum, layering ghostly vocal snippets and brittle stabs of synth bass that tear aggressively into the mix, before an elaborate analogue arpeggio melody is introduced, which Barone unravels in full during a late breakdown brimming with intense drum rolls.
TINLICKER FEAT. THOMAS OLIVER
'Nothing Without You (Tinlicker Rework)'
Another from the surplus of excellent releases bursting from the Anjuna dam, following their ‘Group Therapy 300’ simulcast in October (where the label tends to debut a lot of fresh material), this rework made a memorable appearance in Above & Beyond’s ‘deep’ set, and is arguably Tinlicker’s biggest to date. Riffing off their deeper original production and the warm, seductive vocals of Thomas Oliver, this trancey rework pitches up the energy and really hits the spot.
Locked Groove Records
Belgium’s Locked Groove boasts musical talents made for our times: an affinity for luxurious melodies that weave beautifully with his deeper techno stylings. ‘Oscillate’ is a particularly evocative example of the ever-popular ‘melodic house and techno’ genre, loaded with old school analogue vibes that embellish its extravagant chord progressions and arpeggiated synths. Arguably his most dramatic venture into melodic territory to date.
A particularly potent crowdpleaser for Green boss Joris Voorn over the summer, ‘Pacer’ builds from its housier core and a round of dubby percussion and Stimming-like sonic embellishments before it blooms into full-blown bliss, as its modulated synth sequence takes over. Add in the rest of the elaborate cast of sonic details and it’s an unconventional weapon indeed.
'Underwater (Club Edit)'
The huge sounds of RÜFÜS DU SOL finally get the club remix they deserve. The Australian indie-crossover professionals gave Eric Prydz a run for his money when they returned with ‘No Place’ this year, and its follow-up ‘Underwater’ packs just as much grandiosity. With its choir chant samples and arpeggiated trance synths, all the elements were already in line with the original, meaning they didn’t need to tweak a whole lot for the club edit. Add in some great production on the vocals with plenty of reverb, delays and filters, and it’s beautiful.