Review: 18 months on from the first volume of Gareth Emery's 'Sound of Garuda' compilation and the globe trotting DJ has taken the label up to sit amongst the likes of Armada, Spinnin, and Anjunabeats. This latest collection shows just how he has achieved that in a short space of time. A big highlight is the exclusive Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge collaboration 'Mansion' made on a trip to Miami WMC and the label boss again with Ben Gold on 'Flash'. Other killers come thick and fast from; MIKE, Damian William, Paul Webster and Filo & Peri featuring Sara Crockett on the anthemic 'The Hardest Thing'.
Daniele Lo Presti - "Immenso - Outro Vol.002" - (2:05) 130 BPM
Review: The word 'unique' is grave danger of wheezing its last breath these days. Very few things genuinely are 'one of a kind' Especially in dance music. The crazy Italian kids at Slowild, however, are really unique. Taking hardstyle theory to the glitch and moombhaton audience, they've slowed down one of the scariest forms of music to create something really interesting. At points you'll be reaching for the record player to switch the speed up, before realising it's digital and supposed to sound this way. Oozing drama and imagination, this is the best hardstyle album you will ever hear.
William VanDyke - "Here It Go" (original mix) - (4:29) 129 BPM
Lucky Date - "Grind On Me" (Curtis B DTW remaster mix) - (5:02) 129 BPM
Curtis B - "Keep On Movin" (feat Whiskey Pete - DTW remaster mix) - (5:00) 130 BPM
Review: Four supercharged electro-breaks standouts courtesy of the Drop The World label, and a quartet of ace producers united on this new EP. Justin Faze elicits huge, octave-straddling chords and epic builds on the winning "Tigers Blood", while William Van Dyke's "Here It Go" goes for classic chunky breakbeat drum hits over a wild, rising synth riff. Curtis B gets low and filthy on his bass-busting mix of Lucky Date's "Grind On Me", featuring some of the stickiest vocal hooks heard in a long while, while on his own "Keep On Movin'", Curtis channels old-school hip-hop thanks to long-time cohort Whiskey Pete's streetwise rhymes.
Review: The latest instalment in the long-running 'Late Night Tales' series has been curated by experimental beatsmith and jazzbo Floating Points. Sarah Davachi's opener 'Untitled' sets the tone: essentially seven minutes of a single modulating synth chord, it's an early warning that this is no cobbled-together collection of 'chill-out' tunes destined for Top Shop's in-store soundsystem, but instead a journey to some of downtempo music's more far-out fringes, where you'll find straight-up soul and jazz nestled up alongside 70s agit-folk, flotation tank ambience, experimental electronica and more. It might all be a little dense and daunting for the uninitiated, but Floating Points fans will lap it up.