Back before Fred Baker started making big room not particularly well, he made trance, usually brilliantly. A case in point is ‘Beautiful Sunshine’, from which James Dymond impressively manages to achieve even higher levels of euphoric altitude. Also included for good measure, lest you overlooked its finery first time round, is Stoneface & Terminal's almost as tasty 2007 treatment.
From the get go, ‘Coax’ feels like the sound of Graze resetting all the machine defaults after their 'Edges' album dropped back in January. A different beast altogether, there’s a tougher more actual assault to it; from the very temperament of the drums to the timbre of the lead line it feels like it all has a specific purpose. If people overlooked Graze before, coming with a sound such as this certainly makes them harder to ignore.
Fulgeance is one funky French guy; I watched him totally slaughter a crowd with a dual MPC set-up at Thugs & Hugs once. His latest endeavour with Darius Broobecker as Claude drops the hip-hop and dials up the dancefloor proper though, toting certain tracks that channel Dorian Concept’s early thickened synth work and others that would sound like they were toeing the five-panel techno line if it weren't for the genuinely enjoyable conga and organ flourishes.
More complexity, tick. More dubwise detail, tick. More structural variety, tick. Ahhh, it’s good to hear a bit of experimentation and progression in the old dubstep sound. Whilst the rest have been stuck a little in the rigidity of the halfstep template, Sleeper has been really pushing the sonic scaffolding in his last few releases, and this is no different — moody, poly-rhythmical and industrial textures abound, but still with a swagger that will bruk a dancefloor.