Crackazat’s music works for me because it never tries to hide what it wants to be. It’s purely an infectious blend of driving, layered, melody-rich dance music that in the case of ‘Somewhere Else’ sounds a little bit like a 4/4 version of that moment when Dorian Concept took off his shoe onstage and used it, along with his face, to play his microKORG to the braying hordes of punters at Sonar; hand grenades and all.
Life’s weird, eh? Sometimes the partnership you’d have bet money on to deliver something properly exceptional shoots and just misses the mark. Hell, it’s not like there aren’t a bunch of things to love about Acre’s new 'Icons' EP — the awkward bass decay on ‘Reload’ or the bumbling percussion on ‘Icon’ certainly undermine aspects of my argument — but for some reason the music feels like it’s constantly testing you, teasing you to see just how far you’ll bend.
"It's impossible to not dance to this beat."
Journeyman steps up to join some of the best names on the Anjunadeep stable, with an inconceivably lush fusion of deep house and progressive. Featuring one of those rare house vocals that manages to be mesmerising, haunting and deep (assisted by a little digital trickery around the edges), ‘Crash Reel’ begins in its breakdown, electronic noise swirling around its string and chime melodies, before giving way to a heavy hit of bass and some proper progressive bombast. One of the sleeper hits of the year, ‘Crash Reel’ will get inside your head.