This is bliss-heavy house music from London pairing Dief & Baker, who only unleashed their first sonic salvo last year. 'YGT' is the pick of this spine-tingling bunch.
Genix’s productions always sound like they’ve been late night fretted over, regularly resulting in something that fair mushrooms out of the speakers. No exception, ‘Lux’ initially walks the high-wire between dark echoing, phased & delayed tech-trace and more atmospheric pad & chord-led arrangements. Break-side shafts of uplift filter in, but nothing that’ll quite prepare you for the overt uplift that’s but two minutes around the corner.
'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.
With The Qult sound sweeping across key festivals in Europe this year, championed by Q-Dance, we have seen a greater output of releases of this sound from the key acts driving it forward. Already well-known for his techy hard dance sounds Ukrainian act Diablik suits this movement well, with his new release reworked by Italian partners in crime Antolini & Montorsi for a driving sub-heavy club banger.