Review: Russian tech house star in New York City Serge Devant is back, this time on Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound for some tough and rolling tech house shenanigans. Hot off releases recently for Crosstown Rebels and Circus Recordings, the Confidence EP lives up to its name on these three very assertive exercises in dancefloor dynamics. The title track's humming sub bass is pure adrenaline, complimented by tough drums, Kevin Saunderson style synth leads and rushy laser zaps. It gets a bit deeper, sexier and funky on the stripped back DJ tool "Life Trap" which is perfect sonic artillery for the late night while "Frenzy" hammers the message home in true style with its booming bassline, swing fuelled percussion and heady synth sounds signalling the start of peak time; all after the massive drop of course.
Review: New York City based Russian producer Serge Devant returns, on the always reliable Crosstown Rebels with three servings of slinky tech house. From the brooding and atmospheric raindance of "White Groove" which reaches near tribal moments, followed by a rolling peak time makeover by the FUSE London and Moscow Records affiliated Archie Hamilton - this in particular is one you'll be hearing on the White Isle a lot this Summer. Second original offering "Connect To Server" sees him return to the trance/progressive house style that he originally made his name with, quite a few years back. An immersive and euphoric serving of dancefloor drama that makes an equally worthy weapon for the dancefloor.
Review: Serge Devant has enjoyed many highs in his 13-year production career, which has seen him evolve from a maker of EDM and progressive trance to a genuine underground house hero. "Thinking of You", his first single for Crosstown Rebels, is a delicate, dreamy and melodious treat, with fragile female vocals and positive chord progressions riding a rolling, tech-house influenced groove. Devant beefs it up himself on the accompanying "Floor Cut", before handing the parts over to Reboot and Art Department for remixing. The latter duo delivers two formidably floor-friendly excursions: the rambunctious late night techno hustle of the "Modular Perspective" remix - the package's highlight in our opinion - and a trippy, undulating, percussion-rich interpretation that gives the track a looser feel (the "Jaded Perspective" mix).
Dean Cohen, Eran Hersh, Darmon - "Recently Lost" (original mix) - (5:40) 130 BPM
Review: Make way for this year's mega-session from dance behemoths Ultra. Offering nothing but the biggest names in EDM and beyond, across the 58 track stadium showcase you'll find Chuckie, Timbaland, Snoop Dog, even Scooter! Highlights abound but only a fool wouldn't swoon at the twinkling tremors of Felix Da Housecat and Will.I.Am's "Burn The Disco Down" or the Latino minimalism of Morales's "Stay". Big.