Review: Afrojack teams up with Dim Mak boss Steve Aoki for this supercharged slice of Dutch house. Riding a brutal and minimal chopped synth line complete with tropical drum hits, the pair smooth out the madness for the Bjork-like choruses from singer Alyssa Palmer before returning to the hypeness. Among the mixes, Gigamesh construct a whole new soft-rock/Italo disco backing for Miss Palmer's vocals while on-fire jungle revivalist and D&B don NuTone creates a beautifully sub-punishing mix that again makes great use of those original vocals.
Review: It's a Steve-on-Steve love-in on a bed of vibrant bleeps right here. Dedications to influential figures in technology are few and far between in electronic music, but if anyone deserves one it's Apple's gone-but-never-forgotten founder Steve Jobs. Aoki's tribute is done with typical gung-ho fervour with a sprightly synths, monstrous bass and a nagging lead that will stick in your head almost as long as memories of your first ever iPod. There's equally cool action on the remix front, too with South Central, Sem Thomasson and Mason all providing interesting interpretations. I imagine Jobsy would be very proud to have his name on such roof-raising talent.
Review: Bringing us all up to speed, Diplo tethers the seemingly disparate strands of his arena-slaying sound with this all-encompassing collection of recent hits, exclusive collaborations and never-heard-before remixes. Besides huge hits such as "Express Yourself", "Boy Oh Boy" and "Biggie Bounce", notable insertions are "6th Gear" (a serious, head-knocking ghetto trap vibe with Alvaro), and "Techno" (an epic slab of hardstyle slammery with Yellow Claw, LNY TNZ and Wacka Flocka Flame). The next-level remixes from Tony Romera, Rickyxsan and Danny Diggz shouldn't be missed either.