Tipped for the very top in 2014 by the likes of Coone and Brennan Heart, Hard Driver steps up to deliver the anthem for B2S’s Knock Out event, living up this to hype. This track features a cool male rap lyric, sinister melodies and powerful brutal drops, keeping things raw and dark but still accessible.
Like John Heckle, Jay Donaldson aka Palms Trax is skilled in the art of coaxing new possibilities from established Chicago house and Detroit techno tropes. Here, that ability takes shape in contrasting forms with 'People of Tusk', a raw and distorted analogue workout and the title track, a lush, jazzy house affair. Donaldson really impresses however with 'Sumo Acid Crew'; underpinned by a nagging acid line, Donaldson combines cosmic keys and rich disco strings to reach a tripping nirvana.
Yet another record from Prydz that predictably blows the roof off with more precision-honed euphoria than you’ll possibly even be able to handle. ‘Generate’ kicks off on a breakdown that’s prepped for generating goosebumps, before kicking into the main thrust of its drive. It’d be trance if it weren’t so groove-driven. It’s a more commercial affair than what we typically get under his Pryda alias; but if only all radio-friendly club tracks were as good as ‘Generate’.
Spinnin’s idea of ‘deep’ is actually an epic hands-in-the-air progressive record, and Eelke Kleijn delivers a irresistibly emotive effort here. Built around a cleverly deployed guitar lick, it’ll function both as a main room house weapon, as well a peaktime indulgence for some of the deeper DJs.