One of the hottest rising talents in the hardcore scene, hailing from Italy, Advanced Dealer eases off the gas (relatively speaking, of course) for a bouncy triplet, super euphoric anthem. The happy melody reminds me of some of the early Art of Fighters work from the turn of the millennium with its erratic intensity. This track even seems to break the golden hardcore rule, and pitches the kick to follow the melody when it drops. A production technique used in hardstyle, but usually frowned upon in the rougher hardcore sound. But the support this track has had on the scene shows to break the mould and make a hit, you have to throw the rulebook away.
'Memorial', is a sweetly macabre four-track outing from Ipswich’s S.Maharba on the low-key Cleaning Tapes label. Built from homespun recordings, waves of static crackle and sombre chord progressions, its shadowy, slow broiling tracks end up feeling quite energising and uplifting.
It’s the sort of sleepless, half-awake thing that resonates best when you're sat semi folded forward with your forehead pressed side on to the wet and fogged interior of a night bus window.
For f*@k’s sake! I had no idea Aphex was releasing a new album. Why didn’t anyone say? Needless to say unless you’ve just been released from exile or woken from a coma you’ll have seen/heard/tried to avoid all this talk of Richard D. James' new LP. No doubt some will be hailing this release as the second coming of Christ; others amongst us will just continue to appreciate and admire this creative soul for brilliant, innovative music like this.
This standout from Trentemoller’s 'Lost Reworks EP' features a trippy and intense psychedelic interpretation from Pablo Clements and James Griffiths (UNKLE, Psychonauts etc). It's glam, but not as we know it!