Review: With the Dekmantel machine growing by the week the label has come to a point over the last 10 years where it's happy to stand up and represent the otherside of dance music, bands. That now includes The Mauskovic Dance Band, a five piece group outta Amsterdam setting new tropical and Latin inspired flavours for our forthcoming hawaaian t-shirt summer season especially brought to you by the best merry makers in the business. It brings with it a diggers vibe of disco and percussion music with slights of '70s cosmique and exotica. Lo-fi, funky and chic.
Review: Everybody's main man when it comes to trance delivers another defining volume of his State Of Trance compilation series which once again delivers a smorgasbord of pop-infused classics to set off into the sunset with. Opening with Avicii's extended remix to Armin Van Buren's own vocal hit "Drowning" featuring Laura V, the compilation also takes in Paul Oakenfold's all time classic "Southern Sun" via Tiesto's epic extended remix, to Ferry Corsten deeper, four-to-the-floor remix of Moby's heartstring pulling "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". A truly inspiring journey accompanied furthermore by Above & Beyond's "On My Way To Heaven". If there was a soundtrack for the road to the pearly gates, this would be it.
Review: Dusky's first outing for Running Back, "Life Signs", was arguably one of their most euphoric and uplifting releases to date, so it's little surprise to find that this much-anticipated sequel explores similar sonic territory. The future anthem is undoubtedly "Metropolis", a shimmering retro-futurist number that layers bleeping lead lines and spine-tingling pads atop a weighty analogue bassline and heavy beats. You get vocal and dub mixes, with the former making great use of a loved-up female vocal snippet that adds to the cut's old school credentials. Elsewhere, "Seed Tray" is a rushing, warehouse-ready stomper smothered in rave-era piano stabs, "Mushroom Samba" adds bleeps to a suitably psychedelic, all-action backing track, and "Fridge" is a nostalgic, retro-futurist romp that defies easy categorization.
Review: D.Dan launches his latest EP in storming form; "Switchblade (Descendant Mix)", with its visceral kicks and wild filtered builds, sounds inspired by the more abrasive end of the Synewave catalogue. On the title track, he opts again for a heads-down approach, with ominous filtered chords underpinned by tough kicks, while on "Burnout", the pace picks up and the drums are more relentless as the Berlin-based producer's track hurtles its way towards Advent-style intensity. "Escape The Echo Chamber" is less pac-y and resounds to a rolling house groove and vocal snippets, but even here the underlying feeling is one of understated menace. Offering some solace for battered ears is the deep techno of "Take It Easy".
Review: Now this is a truly interesting project as we see the well respected production crew: Hexagon Dubs get to work on rebuilding some of most classic original dubstep tunes there has ever been with this brand new 'DMZ Rebuilt' EP. Firstly, Grey.scale unleashes his production wizardry for a moody recreation of 'Mud', before Sheik unleashes the breakbeat bullets for his tidy take on Loefah's 'Ruffage'. Aranha then switches the vibe up immensely, unleashing some silky pad textures for his 'Demilitarized Bootleg' of the anthem 'Anti War Dub', before Rafe & Umpah get busy with their potent overhaul of Mala's 'Lean Forward' classic. It's a dangerous job to remix cult classics, but we feel the Hexagon Dubs team have done the originals proud!
Review: It's time to explore the unexpected here as we jump head first into the latest selections from the Colony team who unveil a very weighty full length project from K.L.O. The project is absolutely stacked with collaborative energies for starters, with exciting features including the likes of Kursa, Lone Drum and Osmetic. Our favourites across the whole project have to include the super syncopated hip hop flavours of 'Lamp Sandwich', alongside the demonic synthesizer slaps of 'Avant Parred' and eerie melodic twists of 'Yo Eye Right Now'. We would thoroughly recommend letting this one roll out on long play!