Review: Up for a bit of Matrix and Futurebound nastiness? Of course you are. "Glow Worm" was cast as Friction's fire track back in April and since then it's been blowing up. A huge return to form for these chaps, it's as heavy as it is epic and if you've seen it played out in the wild, you'll already know the power it has over the dance. It was made for carefree flailing and concentrated skanking. You'll hear it everywhere. You'll hear it in some of the best mixes this year. You'll hear it out on the rewind more than once.
Review: 20 years deep and still way ahead of their time; Optical's "To Shape The Future" was a perfectly fitting title. Alien, unnerving and uncompromised; if you were lost in space, this would be the soundtrack. "Raging Calm" follows with its concrete breaks and spooky jazz textures that nod heavily at the foundations of Detroit in both sound and atmosphere. Finally we have Optical's brother Matrix with beautiful ambient composition "Undersea Flight". All remastered, all relevant, all reminders of where we were heading when the very idea of 2017 seemed like a bizarre, far-away concept.
Review: This is a deliciously simple idea, impeccably executed. It sees a quartet of contemporary producers take it in turns to remix archival tracks by Madhouse boss (and all round legend) Kerri Chandler. Dutch duo Detroit Swindle steps up first, delivering a bustling, bass-heavy, interpretation of '92 jam Get Out that sits somewhere between booming, warehouse-friendly pump and fluid, disco-influenced NYC bounce. Josh Butler's take on the Chandler-producer Dreamer G anthem I Got That Feeling is an organ-laced, 21st century U.S garage treat, while Peggy Gou's interpretation of 1993's I Need You effortlessly joins the dots between vintage New Jersey deep house and wild acid tweakery. Finally, Jimspter delivers a fine version of "Powder" that's simultaneously lusciously warm and pleasingly bouncy.