A great track from the Belgian freestyle master Pat B’s latest album. This track manages to fuse the elements of at least three different styles into one. The overall groove of the track is firmly planted in Pat’s bread and butter, tek/jump, with the melody and synth work of a classic '90s Euro hard trancer. This is all glued together with a Dutch influenced hardstyle kick, making for one of the most unique tracks I’ve heard in some time. It jels together perfectly and is a sure-fire hit on the dancefloor.
One time resident at London’s vibrant Trash and Durr clubs, Jonjo Jury, swaps his decks for a DAW and delivers this tidy three-track single debut for Discotexas. There’s some classy-sounding production going on in here with ‘If You Break It’, almost being a hyper-energised tribute to French disco figurehead, Cerrone. Bufi appears with a remix, but with all the drama of those strings and galloping bass arpeggios, it’s hard to stray from the original.
Andrew Morrison was responsible for one of this year’s most idiosyncratic releases as Bud Ludzha and he impresses again with his Cyclist moniker. As its title suggests, ‘Flourish’ is a fluid affair, with a range of influences audible. From the vocal buried in the deep techno groove on the title track to the stepping, garage-style rhythm on ‘Breathless’ and the grungy, jacking rhythm of ‘Tape Grunge Rave’, which is shot through with ravey stabs, ‘Flourish’ offers new possibilities at every turn.
There's a continuing fascination for progressive breakbeat sounds in eastern Europe that almost — but not quite — feeds into the current trend towards deeper flavours in the UK. Unfortunately, Ukraine's Oleg Zubkov does not seem to have quite got the message. 'Audacity' has atmospheric washes and heady progressive effects in spades, but seems to be harking back towards that awful era when every breakbeat producer tried to shoehorn in distorted dubstep b-lines for no other reason than Skrillex seemed to be doing rather well for himself. It even has a completely pointless half-time breakdown. Psy-tech infused remixes from Dre Hectic and Slugware don't do a whole lot to improve matters, though the latter is different enough to make it worth a listen.