Review: "Teach Me" was originally released on Drumcode back in 2014 - and now label boss Adam Beyer hands the creative reigns over to Amelie Lens to provide two storming remixes. Unless you have been hiding up a gum tree for the past few years, it will have been impossible to have avoided her rise to stardom. Releases on Second State, Elevate and Arts, as well as unmissable gigs have raised her profile faster than her peers - and these reworks provide an insight into Lens' popularity. The main mix is a bruising, grungy workout that drops and builds to the sound of vocal samples, rolling break beats and a visceral bass. Meanwhile, the acid version will sear its way into your consciousness with a 303 line that stings as badly as a dying wasp.
Review: No Defeat... is Beyer's first solo EP in five years and was recorded during lockdown. For a producer who made his name with the drum-heavy Swedish sound, "Park People" may come as a surprise. Featuring slurred, repetitive vocals and the kind of synth hook that might not sound out of place on a Hacker record, it resounds to an uplifting, filtered groove. Meanwhile on the title track, Beyer picks up the pace with a pulsating bass and a steely rhythm that underpin dramatic vocal samples and rousing guitar riffs. It makes for a dramatic - and quite different - approach from one of techno's big names.
Review: Drumcode head honcho Adam Beyer and Chicagoan legend Curtis Jones (aka Green Velvet) had discussed writing music together for a long time. Also, Beyer's protege Layton Giordani had admired the mohawked Jones' work for as long as he could remember. When he got to DJ alongside him at Belfast's Shine - the spark and subsequent friendship was immediate. The outcome of this respected trio's musical journey comes in the form of "Space Date" which will be familiar to many who've followed their sets over recent months. Featuring a relentless main room stomp with steely hats and droney synth leads, all accompanied by Green Velvet's trademark vocal delivery. The thunderous peak time energy of "Rome Future" is likewise guaranteed to rock the house - that killer Reese bassline particularly is sure to blow the doors off!
Review: This collaboration, originally released last year on Adam Beyer's label, now gets two different but equally effective remixes. First up is the Pleasurekraft pair with a peak time version. Underpinning the original track's vocals with a visceral bass, heads-down drums and murky riffs, it strikes a flawless balance between being functional and Pleasurekraft's idiosyncratic sound. John Monkman, who has released on Kompakt and Crosstown Rebels, has also supplied a remix. At first, his take sounds understated thanks to its low-slung rhythm and a more subtle use of the vocals, but a series of drum rolls quickly propel it towards the big room.
Review: As CLR approach their tenth anniversary, Sweden's Adam Beyer delivers a track to help Chris Liebing's revered label celebrate. "Antisitus", which will appear on the imprint's tenth anniversary compilation, explodes into some loop heavy techno. Sure to destroy the big clubs and festivals this summer, this is a true monster in Beyer's immutable style. Brian Sanhaji's offer for the compilation, "Higgs", digs much deeper but keeps the driving sentiment the same. Warbling sub bass shakes the foundations here.
Review: One of Europe's biggest electronic music parties sets out an impressive taster for this year's event. Mixed by French DJ/producer Brodinski, it moves from the deranged, siren-led "Slope" by Joe, through the swinging techno of Randomer's "Bring" and the chord-heavy groove of Brendon Moeller's take on Appleblim & Peverelist's "Over Here" before moving into more raw forms. This is articulated by the rough analogue jack of Marquis Hawkes' "Outta This Hood" and the firing, lean techno of Robert Hood's "Protein Valve (Edit 1). Brodinski also deserves kudos for dropping the grainy, surging bass and crisp drums of Claro Intelecto's rumbling electro killer, "Tone"