Still pushing some of the best in stripped, functional techno, Ilian Tape return with 'Serum', a collection of five cuts from Skee Mask that they’re calling ‘Offroad Swinging Herbal Jams’. The snare drums on ‘Reduct Live’ are by far the standout.
Durag Dynasty's Tristate hooks up with the magnificent Rasco to drop this slow-burning banger, replete with lush '70s soul samples and a gorgeous beat, Tri & Ras letting the heat simmer nicely, with sharp rhymes and stream-of-aggravation anger. DD's next production project is called 'Gold Diggers'; by the sounds of this, it'll be an essential this autumn.
D Block & S-Te-Fan drop their 'X RAW EP' on the Evolution label — a full EP of remixes of their biggest tracks, drafting in the hottest acts on the rawstyle scene to give them a fresh spin for 2014. My pick of the bunch is this Ran-D remix, which twists and distorts 'Villain’s original vocal, adding some killer drops and as always impeccable production by Ran-D, delivering accessible rawstyle for the masses.
Scottish hardcore legend Scott Brown is back with a new release on his Evolution imprint. Scott has always been at the forefront of the bouncy side of hardcore, be it the European flavour, or his native UK style. This release focuses on the current ‘powerstomp’ sound rocking the UK at the moment. No big epic breaks, this is all about 4/4 kicks, bass, blips and bleeps. If there is a better definition of music written for the dancefloor, I want to hear it!