Review: A brilliant and brutal blast of electro madness from German troublemaker Ampasand, backed up with a pair of equally inspired mixes. Dropping in tight warped hip-hop vocal shots (notably from the Wu-Tang's "Bring Da Ruckus") over heavy Zombie Nation-styled synths, Ampasand works up a truly deadly storm here. Recent Dim Mak signing SonicC, who came out of nowhere last year with the astonishing "Stickin" (played by the likes of Boyz Noize and Erol Alkan) does an audacious mix that's both gothic and grinding, while HighBloo arranges his rework around a hypnotic soca beat and packs in lots of fierce fuzzing synths.
Review: Following up his barnstorming debut EP on Bad Life, Attaque serves up three equally romptastic tracks on Lektroluv. Head straight to the EP's title track for some old school realism, which manages to combine elements of both Detroit homage AND UK rave history with an acid line that's not dissimilar to Leftfield. "Envelopes", a head nod to Attaque's previous employment as a postman, is a little more understated with a relentless one-note bass loop that reverbs its way into oblivion. "Motion" finishes the set with yet more retro-sounding bravado. A nifty vocal snippet, a simple-but-deadly riff and a build up that's been pipped to win gold at this year's build up Olympics make this one surefire big room bullet. The good vibes "Flow"...
Review: Belgian electro house wunderkind Gtronic has been casuing a stir having worked with the likes of the Bloody Beetroots, Foamo, Hostage and Mustard Pimp as well as appearing on the ubiquitous Dim Mak imprint. The Cameltoe EP is Gtronic's first appearance on Belgium's premiere label for rave, Lektroluv Records, home to fellow noiseniks like The Subs and Highbloo. The title track is typically demented sounding electro house, full of devilish bass stabs and with the obligatory big drop. The provocatively titled "Suck My Lollipop" is more lysergic fare with an evil buzzsaw synth dominating proceedings. Remix action comes courtesy of Mustard Pimp and Blatta & Ineesha, with the former turning "Cameltoe" into a truly epileptic raver, while the Italian duo deliver a booming fist pumping remix of "Suck My Lollipop".
Review: Upcoming Belgian producer Highbloo is clearly a name to watch if his third EP, Time To Change, is anything to go by. Spreading the gonzoid electro goodness over two parts, "Part 1" sees a vicious, Crookers-esque baroque arpeggio laid out over many shifting octaves, hyped-drums and even an incredible, slow tempo-drop midway through. "Part 2" is golden too: a Daft Punk-ish use of a disco sample combined with a vicious rising synth all arranged with devilish, rave-friendly abandon.
Review: A huge double-tracker from Dutchmen Mightyfools that's already got support from Ettienne de Crecy, Larry Tee and Shinichi Osawa amongst others. With some corrosive basslines, enormous electro drums, peak-hour builds and an MC egging you along every step of the way, "That's The Shit" is a big big tune and with the glitched-out rave-steppin' "Baguette" on the flip, this is a single not to be missed.
Review: This pair of Dutch electro-tech smashers have had a busy summer touring the world's clubs and festivals, but are officially back off tour with these three huge new tracks for Lektroluv Records. "Thunderbad" is a low down bass monster, guided along with some epic trance chords and rattling 808 snares, while "Eivissa" goes in for a glistening and uplifting electro vibe complete with some piano breakdowns and huge white-noise rises. Keeping the listener firmly on their toes, closing track "Drop The Beast" is a straight-up techno delight, driven along forcefully by a relentless, live-sounding bassline.
Review: Teaming up with fellow Belgian Dr Lektroluv to release this new electro banger on the latter's Lektroluv Records, Modek smashes it over the course of these two newies. "Willow" builds with a crunchy, Mumbai Science/Boys Noize-styled acid lead line before smoothly breaking down into a John Carpenter-esque set of doomy choir stabs that get looped into armageddon for a mighty drop. "Dust" keeps things on an equally filthy tip thanks to generous bass distortion and 808 snares, both fused together for an almighty electro stomp. Strong stuff indeed.
Review: Zu drummer, Mike Patton collaborator and performer in The Bloody Beetroots' new live show, Mooro gets around a bit. Here we find him making his debut on the well respected Lektroluv imprint and it's something of a pristine party showcase. "M66R6" is like Justice if they became glue sniffers, "No Stoppin'" is a jagged electro dagger, "Drums Ignorance" is full-flavoured techno-tastic lash-out with all the grit, distortion and chaos of a late 70s punk gig. "For Those About To Funk" complete this accomplished debut with psychedelic slow-mo gusto. Fantastic stuff. More Mooro please!