Last year this pair’s ‘Love Again’ visibly hit a chord (or several), to such a degree that they’re back for round two with ‘Not Afraid’. The infinitesimal balance between a vocalist and producer’s style, tone and approach falls elegantly and perfectly into step on Betsie & Andy’s sophomore effort. Holding absolute sway over the track’s midrange (long Andy’s particular forte), Betsie’s smoulder catalyses his sonics superbly.
A great track from the Belgian freestyle master Pat B’s latest album. This track manages to fuse the elements of at least three different styles into one. The overall groove of the track is firmly planted in Pat’s bread and butter, tek/jump, with the melody and synth work of a classic '90s Euro hard trancer. This is all glued together with a Dutch influenced hardstyle kick, making for one of the most unique tracks I’ve heard in some time. It jels together perfectly and is a sure-fire hit on the dancefloor.
'Abhinada’, the first Machinegewehr record on Bordello was a real anthem, featuring ice maiden vocals. This follow-up is more understated, but doesn’t sacrifice melodies or the sense of drama. The title track is based on crisp 808s and surging, filtered synth sweeps, with the vocals relegated to the background. Meanwhile, ‘Guarding the Frontiers’ goes deeper as Machinegewehr focuses on a pulsing bass and swirling melodies.
To be honest the drop on ‘Sequential Circles’ comes as a bit of a surprise from Bristolian duo, Outboxx — it’s tougher, leaner and more immediate than a lot of what’s come before from them. ‘Moon Loop’ also corroborates that statement neatly.