It's always great to see the cross-pollination of styles in dance music, and the current interest in hardstyle remixes from house to hardcore is testament to how influential the hardstyle sound has become. One of the most high-profile examples of this is Armin van Buuren asking Frontliner to remix his classic 'Shivers'. Keeping all the elegant charm of the trance anthem in the break, this remix gives you the hands-in-the-air euphoria, before the brutal hard drop with Frontliner's trademark impeccable production, that will only cut deeper the bigger the soundsystem it is exposed on. A truly awesome clash of styles.
Lifted from the sonically challenging surrounds of the ‘Black Light Spiral’ long-player, ‘Drop It On the One’ and ‘Sing A Love Song’ could be the two oddest tracks you might hear over the coming months, that pay homage as much to sound design and Musique Concrete as they do dancehall or the formative jungle and hardcore background of creator Jack Dunning. Playing with loops, dark and erstwhile fx and broken patterns is the raison d’etre for Dunning now, and what a delight it is. Kinked and fu**ed all at the same time.
A decent low-end take, but nothing quite tops the original and its hypnotic charm, that still has enough bass to get by.
The head don of Scantraxx Records and all-round legend The Prophet returns with another strong single on his Scantraxx label, taking the sound of the label away from its usual melodic uplifting hardstyle with some heavier, darker beats. Featuring great use of the chopped-up vocal sample, screechy stabs and seriously pounding kick drums, this is going to pick up a lot of plays.