The word epic is far too overused these days. But when a track boasts strings from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, it's perfectly acceptable to use it. In fact it would be criminal not to. Emotive, driving and as cinematic as dance music can possible be, "Icarus" will bring any breakbeat set to a tearful climax. Remix-wise Distinctive have put on a generous spread that includes a pumping tech blend from Blanka that's not dissimilar to Depeche Mode, a twinkling, Hooj-style driver from Ohm Fat and a warp-speed Meat Katie style tech funk rub from Chevy One. Get some wings!
Back with his first release since his Cope album of last year, Adam Freeland continues on his journey beyond breakbeat into electro house with this stomping, almost Balearic tune on Marine Parade. Built around an enormous and distorted 16-bar riff, Freeland brings the tune up around it, adding some Italo touches as he does it. Ettienne De Crecy steps in on the remix side to give it a "Rollin' and Scratchin'" feel, while Om Unit takes a rare chill-pill on his mix, adding a laidback and funky vibe to the drums which sets it apart with style.