One of the UK's hottest exports at the moment, xKore is tearing up dancefloors around the world with his fusion of electro, trap and dubstep - with a harder twist. His latest project is a rework of the seminal millennium rave classic from Public Domain. This track clocks in at a slower tempo than most hard dance music, but with such a brutally pounding kick will more than compliment a hard dance DJ's track collection. Then the curveball trap drop towards the end will destroy whatever is left of the dancefloor. Massive tune for me at the moment.
Like a satisfying soup on an icy winter's day, this is a drop of heart-warming liquid that will surely thaw even lovers of the darkest, coldest drum & bass. Calming, sweet and emotional vocals stitch the track together with gently plucked strings providing the core melody. Crashing cymbals and a graceful drum pattern implement the percussion. Both Mediks and Hybrid Minds are turning the heads of the scene's most influential tastemakers, so this is not an EP to be missed.
An artcore tropical breakbeat intro to 'Falling' is soon augmented by some lush Laura Steel vox, and then the gently menacing wobbly bassline enters the fray - lurking like a Predator behind a tree. This original is very simply constructed - but sometimes simplicity is just what the doctor ordered. The Stanton Warriors carve out cavemen beats for the intro of their overhaul, giving the vocal space to breathe before dropping down into a rolling, trap-inspired disco-funk cut that features 'Good Vibrations' yelps and pared-down block-banging. Wickaman supplies the d&b version.
If there’s one part of the universe that understands drum & bass like its British creators and guardians, it’s Russia. From St Petersburg comes a new label. Their first release certainly sets an unorthodox, exceptionally high precedent. Tumbling breaks pay homage to the Amen-dominated days, while a poltergeist-frosted vocal soars angelically over the rough and rugged backdrop. This stunning track is a soul searcher and will cause as much devastation to the dancefloor as it will enlightenment through your headphones.