Review: Given his track record and impressive credentials, we were rather surprised to discover that the "Worthless EP" marks Argy's Crosstown Rebels label debut. The title is, of course, tongue-in-cheek, because there's nothing worthless about the killer cuts on show. In fact, the title track is one of Argy's most instantly ear-catching workouts for a while, with the action focused on a crunchy, distorted drum track, rubbery bass guitar, whispered spoken word samples ("I feel worthless... I'm living on the edge") and just the right amount of dystopian noises. Elsewhere, "La Vida" is a crusty chunk of lo-fi jacking funk, while "Get Ready" is a low-slung early morning Warehouse roller.
Review: Hungarian producer Sunny Lax is one of Above & Beyonds great discoveries, signing him up many moons ago to the Anjunabeat empire, and staying a firm fixture in their ranks ever since. Labels like Monster, and AVA soon followed and for the latest he joins the Black Hole camp, via the Songbird imprint. 'Viva La Revolution' is as epic in sound as the title would suggest, with a plethora of soaring melodies filling the soundscape and lifting the euphoria levels to a whole new dimension. The fidgety percussion and rolling bass-line give it plenty of drive to stand out even in a tech trance set. The deeper and more downbeat 'Something Is Broken' on the flip is less obvious, yet still carrying musical depth to turn heads.
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.