Like Marcellus, Cook is part of a new wave of European producers - can he distinguish himself from the established set of techno artists? In truth, 'Lighthouse' and 'Nylon' are well-executed but hardly revelatory, revolving around tough, dubby beats, doubled-up claps and mysterious, droning textures. However, when Cook departs from the script, he really impresses. In particular, 'Morse' shifts from stepping rhythms to a pulsing, buzz-saw bass, while 'Suspense' features the kind of jarring riffs and wild siren wails that makes it sound like vintage Joey Beltram, updated for 2014.
DPPLGNGRS change gear and label with this, their fourth 'Moneyshot' and their first release on Arcade Pony. Now that every chancer from Hardstyle cheese merchants to inspirationless 'House legends' have laid claim to EDM and laid bare its Heavy Metal level of subtlety, 'ecelectro' is the buzzword for 2014. And what better example of a new vision could you have than the subtle blend of garage, techno and electro that is 'Azure Protocol' and 'Billion Dollar Brain'?
Into the New Year and the exponential resurgence of Psy/Goa in 2013 shows no signs of abating. 'Salvia' from UAE-based producer Milad Maleki is but one of dozens of this month's crop that draws inspiration from the East.
Known for his vocal hardstyle anthems, The Pitcher is back on Fusion delivering another big hitter for the winter months, with an infectious pitched-up vocal and catchy melody in the main break and drop. Adding some euphoric sounds on this very dark raw label but steering clear of being too obvious in the intro and outro sections compliments the breakdown well.