Various - "Magik Four" (continuous DJ mix by DJ Tiesto) - (1:13:43) 136 BPM
Review: These days when you see Tiesto and Magik Muzik on the same sleeve, you know it's going to be something special, and here they dig out the classic Magik Four 'A New Adventure' compilation from the Black Hole vaults. 16 timeless anthems from the golden era of trance, handpicked and mixed by the original superstar DJ on the label he made his name. Featuring amongst others; 'Your Own Acid' by Kai Tracid, Armin 'Communication' and the Cygnus X remix of Art of Trance 'Easter Island'. At just L9.49 it is an essential moment in history that needs to be in your collection.
White Glow (feat Al Goz & Helena) - (7:23) 126 BPM
Misty Mirror - (7:52) 124 BPM
Sumatra Rain (feat Al Goz & Helena) - (7:05) 126 BPM
Run To You - (7:40) 114 BPM
Review: Sneaker makes his debut on Uncanny Valley, with an EP supposedly inspired by a hot, humid stay in Indonesia. There's certainly something decidedly sweaty and tropical about the intensely percussive "White Glow" (featuring guests Al Goz and Helena, whose stylish vocal perfectly fits the cacophonous, guitar-ridden groove), while "Misty Mirror" sounds like the product of a combination of tropical fever, and too many nights spent listening to eyeliner-wearing new wave and post punk records. The dubby, wide-eyed and decidedly out-there "Sumatra Rain" - a kind of alt-rock house track, with added post-punk attitude -is similarly inclined, while "Run To You" (a bizarre but brilliant Brian Adams cover) is deeper, but no less fuzzy. Interesting stuff, all told.
Review: Dresden-based imprint Uncanny Valley reach release number four with this three track EP from Sneaker, Cvbox and Stefan Lohse. Sneaker's "You Think You Think" kicks things off with claps and a chuggy bass forming the rhythmic thrust along with some decidedly metallic synth twangs! Cvbox's "Machinematch" gurgles with acidic intent, while Lohse's "Pl'a'tschern" is comprised of water drips and an ominous thudding techno bass drum serving as the metronomic pulse, before a warped bassline comes in to provide the track with that oddball charm that Uncanny Valley specialise in. Be sure to keep and ear out for release number five, which will be helmed by Jacob Korn (with a notable deviation in terms of artwork from previous releases). UV is fast becoming an essential little label.
Review: Jacksonville jammers Kick It Recordings celebrate their strongest year to date with this bountiful collection of beats. Showcasing their talented roster and flare for consistency, they launch us into bass hyperspace with the extreme grit of Karetus's aptly named "Loudness War" and bring us back down to earth with Direct Input's woozily beautiful "Fire Dub". In between the well picked opener and finale you'll find Kwerk's slap bass odyssey "Switch That Bass", Farace & Trevor Rockwell's snarling slice of futuristic hip-hop "Feel That Ammunition" and a Silent H remix of "Turkish Policeman" that's so intense this review took five hours to write because we kept having to have a little lie down!
Review: The Straight Up trawler has sailed into the choppy breakbeat seas and, once again, caught a fine catch. 26 tracks, in total, each one reflecting a different flavour of the genre, this could be one of the label's finest fishing sessions to date. Ranging from the classic, sneering Botchit-style tears of "Da Dogz" and BreaksMafia's super-rude take on Dave London's classic "Black Disc" to the more contemporary trance-tinged "As Ice" and the filmic spine-shuddering rushes of "Vertigo", Straight Up have ensured no breakbeat fan has been ignored during the making of this extensive album. Epic.
Review: Here's something rather novel (and, arguably, timely): a tribute to Belgium's greatest contribution to electronic music, new beat, with contemporary artists delivering tracks inspired by the woozy, late night chug of the mid-to-late '80s sound. All involved step up to the mark, delivering druggy, twisted, wonky and on occasions near anthemic cuts. Picking out highlights is tough, but check the ragged electronic pulse of Red D's "I Only Wanna", JD Twitch's tough "Just Like That", Aril Brikha's chugging, melodic "Nineveh By Night" and, most impressively, the intoxicating percussion abuse of the Uncanny Valley crew's "Drum Abuse". Superb stuff.