No one could accuse Dusky of lacking confidence. Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell's lush production oozes it. 'Love Taking Over' is deliciously moody, reminiscent of lost jungle mixtapes from the mid-'90s. On the flip, 'Inta' goes as far as to sample Grooverider's dark rave standard of the same name, unleashed under his Inta Warriors alias. Loading it with dark stabs, chanting piano chords pull it from the gloom and into the dazzling light. Winding up with the equally girthsome 'Expectations', you just have to take your hat off to them.
One of the pioneers of the hardstyle sound teams up with studio partner E-Force for this brutally raw affair on A2 Records. Without a shred of euphoria, this is as nasty as it gets.
"Such a dark tune, really hit me first time I heard it."
Kerridge has thus far released on Regis’ Downwards label, and now he brings his droning atmospheric sound to Blueprint. As the funereal, clanging beats, tortured screeches and searing drones of ‘Surrender to the Void’ show, not much has changed in Kerridge’s wonderfully bleak worldview. Or has it? ‘Operation Neptune’ is the UK producer’s first real dancefloor exploration, as he fuses eerie howls with surging bass patterns. It’s only a temporary distraction however, and all too soon he’s back with the apocalyptic slow grind of ‘Paint it Black’.