Anjunabeats newcomer Jason Ross delivers a titan of a bigroom record here. Propelled with an extravagant stomp that explodes with rolling percussion and big, techy synth stabs, those grooves are just so polished. When the breakdown hits, it’s rueful emotion instead of overcooked melodrama, but of course that’s before the euphoric melodies detonate after the drop. It might come from the Anjuna camp, but this record is versatile enough to work for an array of main stage DJs. Stadium-strength ‘Trance 2.0’ doesn’t get any better than this.
Nailing the Madtech sound like an absolute boss here is Ben Mono, previously of Munich's venerable Compost Records, and latterly unleashing deepness through Gomma and Strictly Rhythm. Title track 'Why?' is a pulsating, serpentine groove, all metallic percussion and off-beat stabs. It's solid, as is Russian producer Xandi's scything, occasionally acidic version. Over, 'Rather Kill Me' brings the garage, wobbling its way through a lean four minutes, delivering all that's needed and nothing more. Bravo.
The legendary Mike Dunn gets re-rubbed here by Ibadan bossman Jerome Sydenham and Sweden's Martin Brodin. Vision Factory of Berlin and their balls-out epic-ness is tough to resist, though.
This track could irradiate any trace of luminosity from anywhere that its sound reaches. Steeped in shadowy techno influence, this could quite possibly be the most sinister track you hear this year — however it has an unnaturally and unexpected calming effect. The beat pounds relentlessly, steadily continuing while futurist, alien machinery labours away in an undeterred, repeated fashion until the second drop, where the intensity is raised to a brooding pressure which is almost too much to handle.