Oh man, the backdrop to this is sooooo sweet — a gentle lo-fi ripple of guitar and somnabulent beats akin to Anticon but way better than anything I recall THEM doing. More like that dream Yo La Tengo/Pavement/DCBasehead collaboration we dreamt of that night we hit the bad acid hard. Album's called 'Dark Comedy'. I want a shot of it right now.
Barcelona's Daniel Trim returns on Kevin McKay's Glasgow Underground with a storming three-tracker, the title banger 'H.O.U.S.E.' being one of those groove-heavy rollers that can flip a good party into the realms of a great party. Over, 'Our Light' manages to straddle the dizzyingly intricate with the gloriously anthemic. Always impressive, if you can carry it off. 'Rainbow Rising', meanwhile, is primed for those 5am dancefloors which, frankly, deserve to be freaked out. A jacking Detroit-style groove with European sensibilities.
Nancy Whang’s cover of Dennis Parker’s ‘Like An Eagle’ featured on this page a while ago. It’s now time for the full compliment of covers to be released in this tribute to the Casablanca disco stable. Bonar Bradberry, Etienne de Crecy and The Revenge all hop onboard, but despite the weight of the co-producers' names it’s a bit of a limp affair with no real musical weight to get excited by. Shame.
One of the hottest rising talents in the hardcore scene, hailing from Italy, Advanced Dealer eases off the gas (relatively speaking, of course) for a bouncy triplet, super euphoric anthem. The happy melody reminds me of some of the early Art of Fighters work from the turn of the millennium with its erratic intensity. This track even seems to break the golden hardcore rule, and pitches the kick to follow the melody when it drops. A production technique used in hardstyle, but usually frowned upon in the rougher hardcore sound. But the support this track has had on the scene shows to break the mould and make a hit, you have to throw the rulebook away.