Review: Following a recent sell-out London show to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Digweed's iconic and genre leading record label he drops volume 14, and to us it sounds like one of the biggest and best yet. Across the 21 tracks, label favorites get a good showing, with; Pig & Dan's 'Crazy', Guy J with 'Mish Mash', and 'Whispering Leaves' from Marco Bailey. Plus a plethora of new talent coming through such as Maxime Dangles on 'Unsteady Curve'. Check out the tasty Electric Rescue mix of Digweed & Muir collab 'Raise'.. This is an essential for prog heads.
Review: Mark Knights Toolroom label and the flagship Knights compilation series never fails to impress. For the latest installment they enlist the party fueled tech house sounds of Italy's leading light Stefano Noferini. Joining the ranks with the likes of; Umek, John Dalhback, and Fedde Le Grand, he digs deep for 20 of the biggest and best tech tunes around, including three exclusive productions of his own. It's a constant blast of energy at every turn, with just a few of the highlights coming from; Christian Smith, Pirupa, Marc Romby, and Bart Skils. An essential purchase!!
Review: Over the past few years Australian songstress Emma Hewitt has steadily and credibly worked her way from features on producers records to becoming a name in her own right. Her lyrical talents are as strong and unique as her tone and delivery and here we have a classy array of new remixes for a track lifted from her 'Burn The Sky Down' album. Mikka thrashes out a heavily electro influence party starter, with Dabruck & Klein following suit. Both will do the damage however for us its fellow countryman TyDi who produces something more sympathetic to the Original.
Review: Veteran Italian electronic producer Robotnick has been making weird and wonderful sounds for the best part of three whole decades. With many guises and across countless releases he has ventured into all aspects of electronica and of course amassed an unimaginable array of influences along the way. His Archives series has been running for some time, and to critical acclaim. Showcasing his experimental flair. For this Collection he has put together a massive 31 full length tracks for you to get your teeth into, and twist your mind around.
Review: Originally released last December, Zinc's Sasha Keable-fronted electro wriggler "Only For Tonight" gets the remix treatment from TEED (low-swung, sludgy bass jack session) and the up-and-coming Maison Sky (warped garage with trippy pitched down vocals, oddball percussion and waspish bass). In case you and the original aren't familiar yet, it's here in both its soul-coated vocal glory and naked bouncy instrumental state.
Review: With previous releases on Iboga, Baroque, and Whartone, and following on from a solid remix on Peter Guns 'Rock You', fast rising UK talent Ben Coda returns to Tribal Vision with two wicked new progressive cuts. The relentless rolling groove of 'Broken' gives plenty of dancelfoor power with a noticeable techno influence throughout, a quality picked up and taken further by Greek producer Tash on the remix. Just as big on the flip is the darker 'Pressure', with foundation shaking deep wobbly bass-line and distorted vocal. Both of these need to be unleashed peak-time.. Check them out!!
Review: French electro goes one of two ways - super sexy Daft Punk/Breakbot style. Or all-out teeth-baring Surkin/French Fries style. Panteros666 is definitely in the latter category. And they're not teeth; they're fangs! Whether you're being battered into submission by the tonked-up Picotto-flavoured drama of the twisted "Euroshima", or you're being felt up by the grabby mechanical hands of "Snaredrum Warfare" or you're grabbing the white gloves and glo-sticks from the 1990s treasure chest, this adds a whole new dimension to the reassuringly expansive French electro scene.
Review: Back to the warehouse sounds of Pig & Dan and the flawless Bedrock label. Here the infamous duo follow up 'Machines' with a fresh double header. Once again proving label honcho Digweed still knows how to pick them (and road-test them), 'Emotions' kicks things off with a fidgety groove, growling bottom end and big drum rolls. Its deep and intoxicating prog that will have the floor head down and rocking. The pace is picked up on the flip with 'Let The Show Begin' having much more of a techno edge which will grab you by the nuts and shake you inside the speaker cones. Killer vibes on both of these versatile dance-floor bombs.. Turn them up!!
Review: To round of what has been a monumental year for Russian youngster Arty, the Armind label enlist some fellow hot talent to bring their flavours to his anthemic BT collaboration 'Must Be Love' featuring the now imbedded classy vocals of Nadia Ali. All three of the new interpretations are of the highest quality, however for us its Armada regular Shogun who wraps the stunning vocals in gentle melody lines and subtle deepness which brings plenty of warmth. The breakdown is an absolute joy too, and If you want more power then head straight for Dannic's cut, while Au5 sits somewhere between the two.
Review: The legend that is Paul Van Dyk has had a great year, with his 'Evolution' album reminding us what a great producer he is. One of the biggest tracks from that LP here gets some serious remix treatment curtsey of 3Beat. Adam Young's crossover vocals are of course the central point for all the interpretations, with man of the moment Austin Leeds coming up trumps on his proggy cut. Every box is ticked, with a banging Drum & Bass mix from Camo & Krooked, uplifting trance from Giuseppe Ottaviani, and an edgier peak time slammer from fast rising star Gary Proud.. See which one your feeling!
Review: A newie on Defected from funky house duo Copyright, who go seriously deep on "I'm All Yours". A break from their more upfront sound, the pair let Nuwella Love's vocals build over a pitch-perfect tech-house beat that allows for hypnotising arpeggios to get slowly filtered up and down over all 8 minutes and 5 seconds of this sweaty, and dare we say, very sexy tune. Clearly one that's going to do well on the island over the next few months, get ready to hear this many many times.
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.
Review: A somewhat experimental smorgasbord of genres and influences on this solid debut from Tulioxi. House-meets-disco with an element of tech and more than a slight nod back to the 80's, coming from both the synth and effects as well as the vocals on the title track. 'Wrong Reference' is a cool hybrid or modern and retro and has an all round cooler feel to it. With 'In 1996 I Was Like This' he gets all acid induced with a psy flex, while completing the package is an instant crowd pleaser with his cover of 'White Wedding'. A bit of everything here, with some proper outside-the-box thinking, which will add an interesting twist to any set.
Review: We all know by now that John Digweeds Bedrock bring the heat to the floor, and over the past year they have been at their very best. This latest release is a real gem with two of our favourite forward thinking producers coming together. Belgian techno don Marco Bailey hot on the heels of his 'High Volume' album, locks horns with fellow countryman Filterheadz for two wicked tech-meets-prog smashers. First up is the dark and twisted 'Mansion' with a throbbing bottom end and eerie fills, while 'Avenue' in perfect contrast is lighter and funkier with a relentless techno rhythm and the Filterheadz trademark tribal vibes flashing through. This is a partnership that most definitely works, more of the same please!
Review: There aren't many producers out there who have something in common with the Pope, well Chateau Flight does.. He's from Vatican. The similarities most definitely stop there though. 'Kounka' is a trippy journey through afro-acid, psychedelic, and progressive. It sounds like a musical experiment at a toxic energy plant with the most crazy of fills, effects, and bizarre noises of electronica. This is one to save for the early hours to really twist up your crowds, or simply for inspiration and those messed up after parties. Loose yourself, open up your minds and dive on into this weird and wonderful world.
Review: We are big fans of the Silk Royal label, one of the best at unearthing the hottest talent from across the globe. With this latest lifted from Volume 2 in their 'Showcase' compilation series, it's the perfect reflection of what the label is about. The original is blissfully captivating progressive with a plethora of stunning melodies and atmospherics and fast rising Japanese talent Shingo Nakamura takes the beauty even further, he is most certainly one to watch over the coming year.. Check it out!!
Review: This weeks psy essential comes from the always-on-point Solar One label, and the launch of an exciting new series of collaborations entitled 'The Exaltics meets...'. Putting them up alongside a new artist each time, this one is down to Shad T Scott aka Gosub and the result is four diverse and interesting tracks of progressive and psy. Exaltics offerings pack the most energy, especially on the shattering melodies of 'My Language'. While Gosub bring something totally different on the twisted vocal led 'Plug In'.. Get stuck in and see which is doing it for you.
Review: With plenty of heat and hype building from the underground and streets, the talented singer/rapper Zee Musiq gets the full club remix treatment for her latest single 'High'. With support across Radio 1xtra and Rinse she looks set for big things and these cool and classy remixes from the likes of DJ SKT make for a really nice soulful house moment, bringing plenty of summer vibes. Her songwriting and smooth vocals flow effortlessly with the housey flavours, and there's also a very of-the-moment UKG mix from Crezza, as well as a big room cut from Tucka. All bases covered on this solid release, and we are tipping Zee Musiq for big things this year. Lock in and get to know!!