Great new bouncy hardstyle release here from one of the original pioneers of the hardstyle scene, featuring a pitch-bending main melody hook and nasty drops.
Destined for undoubted — and thoroughly deserved — greatness, this is a floor-slaying jam from French foursome Club Cheval (aka CanBlaster, Myd, Panteros666 and Sam Tiba). Featuring vocals from Los Angeles singer Phlo Finster — an alumnus of South Central's Crenshaw High, where the likes of Ice-T and several of Odd Future were schooled — hers is a silken, singular performance. But somehow, the absolute best thing about 'From the Basement to the Roof' is the fact that it never totally lets loose, never resorts to the lowest common denominator. Oh, and the piano at the end. Which is ace.
Welsh producer Jay Robinson drops a brooding slice of breakbeat electronica, a track that rises up from the depths with lilting pads and an elegant keyboard refrain while deep sub fills out the low-end frequencies. To be honest, the instrumental mix works better than the full vocal cut, the Ragga Twins' energetic toasting seeming strangely out of place over the gentle, mesmerising beats on offer.
Rennie Foster drops an excellent Detroit-inspired release. In its original format, 'Belladonna' features deeper-than-deep keys with brittle drums, while Foster works in an evocative vocal on the 'Nightshade Remix'. Nubian Mindz delivers a harder, slamming take that doesn’t lose the original track’s musical feeling.