Probably techno, really, but it's all house music in the end. Anyway, who knew Cardiff could produce such towering funk? Chayne Ramos, under his alias The Organ Grinder (that makes you the monkey, sadly), teams with 'debutant' Le Horn. The results are abrasive and brilliant. The Hague's Alden Tyrell & Gerd take no prisoners with their mix, and neither does Italian stallion Nicholas. But the original version is no slouch either. They're spoiling us, frankly. Lap it up.
As the Subground sound continues to cross the boundaries between hardstyle and house, this label is very much at the forefront, with Acti delivering a sterling remix of Argy's new single.
While waiting for their telegram Drumsound & Bassline Smith celebrate their turn of the century by releasing Tech 100, 'Nicaragua'. Plucking elements from their experience of the scene since the '90s, the track is a mix of underground and mainstream, which blends nicely to create a metaphor to symbolise their own personal journey to today's position in the scene. The entire EP needs to be listened to, but finale track 'Neighbourhood' is something quite special.
In 'We Turn', Robbie Redway turns out something truly special for Kerri Chandler's Madtech. An eerie and wonderful anthem produced by the blazing hot Citizen. Purchase forthwith.