Review: Subsonik doesn't mess about, diving straight in and remixing two absolute belters from darkside soldiers Black Sun Empire and Quadrant & Cease respectively. First up is "Crash Bunny", which he re-works into a discerning dancefloor bomb with stuttering synths and cool percussion. "Rage & Rapture" undergoes a similar treatment, with a trance-like, sci-fi vocal-led intro and spaced out atmospherics, it drops into an epic adventure with rapturous synths and euphoric SFX. One for the ravers.
Review: Quadrant and Dabs switch it up on this split release on Citrus; first it's Dabs remixing Quadrant's "Only Mortal" and then it's vice versa. The former is all terse, punchy drums, dreamy ethereal pads and understated trance-like synths, falling into the main tune with a shudder of SFX and pound of drums. The latter is Quadrant's remix of Dabs' "Crawler" - crisp, stuttering beats are punctuated by hissing hi-hats and warping bass reminiscent of a Jubei release kicks in and dominates for the rest of the tune.
Review: Two very cool D&B winners from Hungarian producer Zero Method, with "Show Me Your Face" tearing up a huge rhythm in a tight, techy style thanks to menacing hats and evil bass sounds, while "Mindstorms" keeps on a much more bleak and dubby vibe despite its 2-step rhythms.
Review: Combining a fresh palette of sounds with D&B beats, Rawtekk & Mofi make new single Snowball really stand out. Harking back to the tech-step days, Snowball is a tough and properly dirty mash up of hard analogue kicks and squelchy pads and synths. Repulsion on the flipside is even more filthy, and it's wonky, disjointed beats make it a dark but brilliant highlight of the single.