Review: The land of the Pharaohs provides the inspiration for this two-tracker from Madrid native Rams, which comes on James Rod's Golden Soul label. 'Egyptian Beads' itself opens with portentous, plodding drums, a hefty throbbing bassline and indecipherable spoken vocal snips, alongside which various synths drift in and out of the mix, all of which adds up to a cut that's druggy, hazy, hypnotic and at times almost apocalyptic in feel. The accompanying 'Egyptian Hieroglyphic' has a very similar MO, but is just a tiny bit pacier. Neither will go down well at your local Ritzys, but either/both should keep more "educated" disco floors grooving along nicely.
Review: Golden Soul bring us a couple of Italo/cosmic workouts courtesy of Spanish producer Ivan De La Rouch and fellow countryman and frequent collaborator Rams. The mid-paced 'Blessing' then gets a slightly tuffer, dubbier makeover from Italy's Belabouche, whose work has previously appeared on Midnight Riot and FKR, while the more funk-fuelled 'Freshhigh' is given an apocalyptic-sounding and lightly acidic refix from the mighty James Rod. The most dramatic remix, though, comes from Berlin's Grey Pantone, in whose hands 'Freshhigh' becomes a high-octane techno/electro workout to punish even the most energised of dancefloors.