Second release from promising Antipodean nu-disco duo, Electric Zeus, after a strong debut release for Chris Coco’s Melodica imprint. To accompany, a techy remix production from EzTek will no doubt crossover to the various dancefloors, but the standout here is a mix from JMRS Embracer who (along with a brilliantly retro-sounding name) rouses the soul of '80s electro boogie with some snappy 808 drum sequences. Fun and fully functional — rollerskates at the ready.
This lead single from Knife Party’s debut ‘Abandon Ship’ album, ‘Begin Again’ sees Swire & McGrillen shrugging off any echo of the brostep from their earlier material, in favour of a broader main stage sound that throws a little of everything into the mix. EDM thrills, big trance melodies, ravey breakbeats in the breakdown… you’ll even hear the ghost of Pendulum whispering if you listen carefully. Perhaps the ultimate in hi-fidelity EDM, Knife Party are doing it right here. If this is the sound of the festival main stage in 2015, then you won’t find us complaining.
First hip-hop track I think I've ever heard that references Franz Kafka. Man, if I hadn't already given so much love to Strange U in this column (and if it wasn't the month J-Zone returned) this would be single of the month but don't let that stop you availing yourself of more music from perhaps the finest, and most fucked-up minds currently making art in these isles. Zygote pushes together the elements he's so great at (the greatest hip-hop producer on earth at the moment? I'd say so) and it's such a joy to hear Jehst letting his mouth trip the fuck out on such fecund and rich soil — a chorus so melon-twistingly ace you'll be chanting it in your nightmares. Utterly superb.
No laughing at the back (notice the umlaut). Tunisian HearThuG drops 'Büms & Yüth' through Affkt and Alberto Sola's Sincopat, with mixes from UNER and Darlyn Vlys. Sterling work it all is too.