Review: Dutch techno producer Joop Junior might be new on the scene but he's already been a busy little bee; heralded by none other than Richie Hawtin in his 2012 New Horizons series as an artist to watch, his unique combination of erratic sampling and industrial beats make for a curiously satisfying listen. Meeting somewhere in the middle between experimental, progressive and minimal, there's something odd and intriguing about Joop Junior's style. Whether it's his sample choices, the way his percussion sounds simultaneously huge and flat or how each track feels cut-and-pressed and ready for the club, there's no denying that this little beauty is a definite worth a look.
Review: Big name collaborations can ever so often be a hit and miss affair, with one half of the pairing taking centre stage and leaving the others style tagging along behind. This definitely isn't the case with 'Absolut' with High Contrast regulars Leon Bolier and Joop both adding equally measures of their unique styles. Big hitting tech trance that heads straight for peak time and will send energy levels soaring in an instant. A mighty lead riff rips through in the breakdown, matched by techy fills, noisy lines, and the backbone of ultra crisp rolling percussion.. Monsterous!!
Review: Hot on the heels of mixing the High Contrast Ibiza 2011 compilation, Dutch trance legend Joop drops another monstrous EP. 'Closer To Zero' is his trademark combination of tech and uplifting trance, the kind of stadium sound that blows the festivals such as Trance Energy to pieces. On the flip and our fav is 'Stronger' with its heavy electric line making it raises well above the parapet and a loveable uplifting lead out of the drop that has a slight whiff of the 'trouse'.
Review: Dutch super-producer Joop has been back to his very best with his last couple of releases, and there is no sign of letting up as the next bomb of dance-floor destruction for High Contrast sees him lock horns with Lebanon's leading electronic force, Raneem. 'Plur' is packed full of drama and big room appeal, with Joops notoriously techy beats shuffling alongside a rumbling synth line and intricately panned infill's. The epic as always breakdown transcends from gentle pianos and warming pads to a rip roaring electric lead line that will quite simply erupt any club. As if that wasn't enough 'Poison Ivy' on the flip is another wicked tech trancer worthy of a release in its own right.. Turn these up, loud!!
Review: The boss is back! The legendary UK pioneer and Bedrock head honcho gives us a live set from Canada's second city, complete with crowd noise. Digweed's knack for sniffing out the most cutting edge progressive and tech house grooves is second to none and you can bet that this set is chock block full of narrative, innovative grooves: one journey you'll never forget! Featuring contributions from Germany's Recondite ("Tame"/"Baro"), Glasgow's Sei A ("You Can Bring"), Berlin's Smash TV ("Cascadia"/"God Key") and Los Angeles' Eagles & Butterflies amongst a host of other big names. Also comes as six continuous mixes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
Ben Gold - "Fall With Me" (feat The Glass Child) - (7:16) 132 BPM
Review: Since 2005 Dutch label group Be Yourself have been at the very top of the elite pack. With imprints like' High Contrast, InCharge, and Flamingo under the umbrella, the A&R quality control has never faltered. Here they look to the year ahead with a selection of some of the years biggest trancers alongside future favourites. Amongst the jaw dropping 75 tracks are the likes of; Joop, Marcel Woods, Dazzle, Ali Wilson, Mark Norman, Rank 1, and Gareth Emery, to name but a few. The definitive guide to the sound of trance.. Get stuck in to this lot!!