A boundary-crossing selection of reconfigurations from Max’s recent works... Rafaël Frost packs punch-a-plenty on the mix of ‘So Caught Up’, while Max himself puts a celestial twist on the Gai Barone co-op ‘Dying To Survive’. ‘FYC 2013’ with Corti Organ is tons of rave-ily riffed fun, but just out in front is ReOrder’s jet-propelled redux of his and Maarten de Jong’s ‘Lekker’.
Sunil Sharpe’s label delivers its best release to date. Whirling Hall of Knives is a collaboration between Magnetize and The Last Sound, and the title track is a big beast of a tune, its muscular bass lunging and lurching like a prize fighter against a wall of white noise. Ancient Methods delivers a fine, stomping, shredded metal version of ‘Comminute’, but the original material impresses most here; the broken beats of ‘Monopolific’ groan and teeter like a drunk on payday and ‘Scrap Assembly’ descends into oblique, industrial noise.
The current leaders of the nu school of breakbeat are producing deep, groove-led, muscular future funk full of drive and killer synthwork. Bournemouth-based Mafia Kiss deserves his position at the head of the pack, with only American producers Tony Quattro and Wuki currently rivalling him for sheer attitude. This is his first original release on the Stanton Warriors' iconic Punks imprint, and it's full of dark and dangerous cuts that sound about as far from the painful world of the Beatport "Breaks" top 10 as it's possible to get. Lead track 'It Began in Detroit' kicks off with a heady, hazy whirl of lush pads then smacks head-first into killer 808 booms and tough breakbeats. 'Do It' is a stripped-back roller with classy atmospherics and a b-line reminiscent of Dark Sky, while 'Low Enuff' combines an old school funk break with syncopated bass, tight percussion and a wicked little vocal sample. Finally, 'Move My Soul', featuring Alison Levi, is an epic vocal number to send 'em out into the night with smiles on their faces.
The Prophet drops another fresh single on his Scantraxx label with this great simple vocal running throughout it, steering away from the big melodies or the rawstyle distorted sounds which are common on most hardstyle releases at the moment to produce this great club banger track. Written for club dancefloors rather than the big festival arenas, this is sure to pick up plays right across the board and adds a good bit of variety into DJ sets.