Review: Q-Dance's contribution to the harder side of the dancefloor goes from strength to strength this year as the Dutch brand curate a full-flavoured four-pack of barbed-bass EDM/hardstyle hybrids. Geck-E's "She Likes It' is the most uncompromising of the bunch thanks to demonic pitched down vocal and gabber slow-jam stomp. Elsewhere we find Acti polishing up a classic Public Enemy sample, Audiofreq getting all emotional and anthemic and A*S*Y*S getting all militant and tribal. "QULT" = quality.
Review: Following on from 2018's first Forever split release, Perc Trax delivers a blinding second instalment. The chilling strings and pounding kicks of "Morning Sesh" by AnD set a frenetic pace for the release, but it can't compare to the intensity levels on Tymon's "Woodman". While it is considerably slower, the rough drums, skewed percussion and driving rhythm all come together to make for an exhilarating piece. D.A.V.E. The Drummer from the veteran Stay Up Forever collective drops a similarly inclined banger in the shape of "133.33000000000001", while Mickey Nox's "Filtered Metal" is all about the pounding kicks and bursts of white noise. Maintaining the peak-time sound, Keepsakes' "I Breathe Slow & Watch With Gusto" weaves chopped up vocals into its ghetto techno backing.