Andy Whitby’s HARD brand has been taking over the UK’s hard dance circuit this year, with packed events across the country, as well as his highly popular monthly Hardkast. With the label now in full swing this new release features a very catchy male vocal overload on top of a piano lead breakdown, building with sharp snares and dropping with a dirty electro bassline, with a bouncy element. Fresh hard house for 2014.
Sampling Busta and wielding snares like early Blawan can never be that bad a thing, can it really? Irish duo Effy hit out with two big slices of smudged techno, enlisting Troy Gunner and Houndscales on the remix.
Back before Fred Baker started making big room not particularly well, he made trance, usually brilliantly. A case in point is ‘Beautiful Sunshine’, from which James Dymond impressively manages to achieve even higher levels of euphoric altitude. Also included for good measure, lest you overlooked its finery first time round, is Stoneface & Terminal's almost as tasty 2007 treatment.
Breaking the rules of both hardstyle and moombahton on this one, an 105bpm booty shaker with brutal kick drums. I love it!