Dusky have arguably always delivered progressive bangers that masquerade as deep house, but the parallels are more obvious in this absolute smash-hit of a record, which packs enough of a punch to take it all the way to the very top of the Beatport charts. Essentially a full-blown piano rave anthem, ‘Yoohoo’ pulls out all the stops — a stomping groove, big synth stabs, and even a Kosheen vocal sample — to ensure that maximum hands-in-the-air impact is delivered.
Part two of the 'Infra Audientia' series showcases more of the cherry-picked innovators in the modern intelligent bracket. ‘Gone’ by London-based Native starts the EP with a smooth liquid cut, decorated with an emotional pitched-down vocal. Tinged with melancholy, this is a beautiful piece, although in some places the arrangement is a little odd. The twinkling piano and subtle sub, however, make this a pleasure to listen to. Check out the jazzy second track from Ower too.
The masked leader of the harder styles, ranking No.39 in last year's DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, Angerfist continues his assault on your ears with a brand-new three-disc album. The title track from this LP sends a clear message of what he stands for. Put simply, hard and fast music. With vocals from MC Nolz, this track is almost a call to arms for the hardcore army to unite and rebel against the mainsteam. This will certainly strike a chord with fans of the harder styles, and no doubt raise roofs around the world for months to come.
Out on Christmas Day, this truly is messianic house music from Unknown to the Unknown's Hot Haus imprint. 'Vision' is so simple it's come full circle into genius territory — just a loop tough enough to crack walnuts in its thighs, a stabbing synth bass and a lady insisting that things will be alright. What else is there? 'Solstice', with its bassline of purest rubber, emulates such dazzling simplicity, before dropping a delectable rave pad just before it makes its excuses and packs up. 'Element' is a little more engineered, more sedate by comparison, perhaps, but nonetheless fabulous for it. So, so good.