Dutch producer Re-Style is back with another killer track on the iconic hardcore imprint Masters Of Hardcore. 'Brainstorm' offers the perfect balance between hard and euphoric with your trademark distorted 909s offset by the spine-chilling yet uplifting melody. All this with some classic battle rap snippets and you’re good to go for yet another hardcore hit!
A thoroughly blazing selection here from Leipzig's Mikesh, alumnus of Maceo Plex's Ellum imprint and classy spots like Hamburg's sterling Liebe*Detail. 2014 was actually the year of the horse (presumably when he made it), but matters such as the timely accuracy of the Chinese zodiac will likely be far from your mind when 'Power Plant' washes over you. It's bliss. 'Havok In The Stable' has the feel of DJ Koze's peerless Pampa imprint — joyous house music with a twist, the break-inducing shivers. 'Standing' goes for the off-kilter beats, while 'Phoenix' is gut-wrenchingly beautiful. One of the best of the year, for damn sure.
Anjunabeats newcomer Jason Ross delivers a titan of a bigroom record here. Propelled with an extravagant stomp that explodes with rolling percussion and big, techy synth stabs, those grooves are just so polished. When the breakdown hits, it’s rueful emotion instead of overcooked melodrama, but of course that’s before the euphoric melodies detonate after the drop. It might come from the Anjuna camp, but this record is versatile enough to work for an array of main stage DJs. Stadium-strength ‘Trance 2.0’ doesn’t get any better than this.
Here we have a real collective of heavyweight headliners in the UK hardcore scene, so this collaboration has a lot to deliver, right? Don’t worry, they don’t fail. 'Stay Young' is a euphoric, catchy track with an especially memorable sing-a-long vocal and hands-up melody drop. It goes without saying that the production on the track is impeccable. You’re very much hearing one of the anthems of the year here.