Review: Taken from the recent and quite unexpected album collaboration between the prog house titans and bestselling sci-fi writer John Twelve Hawks, "3B3" catches the partnership at its expansive best. The central element is the bass, cavernous and spacious, that allows insidious acid lines, dark snare rolls and a vocal sample - "3B3 is a living thing" - seep through the heavy, rolling arrangement. The Robacid vs Babicz mix sees veteran German producer Babicz draw on his Rob Acid guise for inspiration. It results in a reshape that throbs with squelchy acid but at the same time is tethered by a buzzing, distorted bass.
Review: Long time partners in prog John Digweed and Nick Muir offer up a new pair of perspectives on Jozif's "Groove Del Verano" in a continuation of their remix series on their home turf of Bedrock. Maher Daniel is also invited into the creative crossover, with the Canadian producer following up on successful turns on 8bit and Rejected by delivering a haunting remix rich in detail and emotion without overcooking the ingredients. Digweed and Muir meanwhile turn out a dynamic version that bursts out of the speakers with its canny blend of measured tension and thrilling twists.
Review: Following a recent sell-out London show to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Digweed's iconic and genre leading record label he drops volume 14, and to us it sounds like one of the biggest and best yet. Across the 21 tracks, label favorites get a good showing, with; Pig & Dan's 'Crazy', Guy J with 'Mish Mash', and 'Whispering Leaves' from Marco Bailey. Plus a plethora of new talent coming through such as Maxime Dangles on 'Unsteady Curve'. Check out the tasty Electric Rescue mix of Digweed & Muir collab 'Raise'.. This is an essential for prog heads.
Review: The latest Bedrock release sees owner Jon Digweed and his long-term studio partner Nick Muir collaborate with the Ibiza-based producer Eagles & Butterflies. On "Crazy Diamond", the creative trio runs wild, with a loose, percussive arrangement leading into a sun-kissed, tranced out break down. Vivid in tone, it captures the White Isle's natural beauty, and could as easily work in sunset or more discerning peak time settings. "Divenire" is quite a different proposition. It sees the trio focus on a pulsating, dance floor-primed groove that resounds to insistent tones and a building siren crescendo that will cause mayhem whenever it's dropped.
Review: Gabriel Ananda is back. The German tech house legend was most popular in the mid noughties with his trippy blend of minimal groove, made most popular by the anthem "Suessholz" which went to the top of the German DJ charts. It was followed by another hit in 2005 titled '"hre Persoenliche Gluecksmelodie" and of course the totally mental "Doppelwhipper" in 2006. In 2008, Gabriel founded his own record label, Basmati. Here he can add another milestone to a so far successful career, in the form of a release for UK powerhouse Bedrock. He teams up with label head honcho John Digweed (and his right hand man Nick Muir) on "Tachyon Dream", a buzzy and bustling progressive house journey featuring a truly epic use of melody that will hypnotise you into submission. The rework on the flip sees the trio deliver a more powerful and straight-ahead version, with more powerful rhythm arrangements and a faster tempo.
Review: Originally released way back in 2010 on Bedrock, John Digweed and long-time production partner Nick Muir's "Satellite" now gets reworked by Oxia, an artist the duo has long admired. The French producer takes the pair's big room sound and makes it even more impactful. The beats are stripped back but steely and effective, while the synths swirl in menacingly overhead before dropping on a few occasions. While Digweed and Muir are known for their big room style, the Oxia reshape retains this sensibility but also catapults the pair into the techno domain. Expect to hear it in underground clubs over the summer season.
Review: What a trio: Bedrock head honcho John Digweed with fellow progressive house don (and former Underworld member) Darren Emerson with rising star Nick Muir: who all work their magic on this joint effort entitled "Tracer". This moody and hypnotic cut has all the qualities of a Bedrock hit with just the right amount of adrenaline and suspense within its fine arrangement. The remixes are pretty fine too: the aforementioned Emerson steps in to deliver another rendition with the "Womb mix" and it's surprisingly heavy: taking its cues from heavyweight labels like Klockworks or Figure, would you believe? It's impressive and damn fierce. German tech house hero Ruede Hagelstein steps up to the challenge too and delivers a brooding and atmospheric take that's geared for proper dancefloor drama: Berlin style.
Review: With so many producers involved in this release, it is surprising that "Morphism" manages to sound so cohesive and flow so seamlessly. Built on tough but heavy dubby beats, its deep, textured chords lend it an opaque, mysterious feeling. However, this is only a temporary state and soon enough, the four-man act drops in a resonating, plunging bass that cuts through the sonic ether. It acts a wake-up call from the surrounding musical fog, but it also gives the arrangement the dance floor muscle it needs. Dreamy but effective, this is exactly the kind of track that will make its way into Digweed's re-cord box.
Review: It wouldn't be the weekend without another collection of classic tracks from the Bedrock vaults, and this latest 10 is filled with some killers.. all for just L5.99. The real stand outs here are; 'Under Pressure' and 'Gekko' by Guy J, John Digweed & Nick Muir collaboration 'Aquatonic', and the acid rave anthem 'Sabotage' from Pete Heller. There are some more recent sound also, notabaly from Jim Rivers on 'Empathy'. Tracks like this are also great to throw in a mix and add a special dynamic to set, as let's face it.. they all sound ultra fresh even to this day