A lesser-seen instrumental from the usually very vocal Ad Brown here, possibly down to Shawn Mitiska’s influence. ‘Pulse’ develops into a cool, chugging, borderline austere prog-trancer that leans heavily and confidently on the panned, phased sweeps of its minimal lead line. If it’s all too stripped down for you, Ali Wilson’s ‘TEKELEC Remix’ gives it one hefty shove in the direction of the main room.
North Scotland representing on this one. Underground hard dance beats, hardstyle screeches and side-chain kicks and bass, with a nostalgic trance classic on the break.
When I used to see the Kitsuné mark on a release it was a reason to check it out with a high level of anticipation, but for quite a while now their output seems to have lost focus. "Real" sounds like some bad Brit-school attempt at the kind of pop-dance crossover drivel that takes up the majority of Radio One airtime. Part Coldplay, part 'the Voice', it isn't one to be remembered as a landmark release for the label.
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.