Despite critics and fans alike going crazy for this lady, I can’t say that I have been entirely convinced yet. This single however is undoubted quality. More than the sum of its parts; the first thing that stands out is the production, which is super sharp and concise, yet has a beautifully transient, fluid quality that really keeps your ear. Combine that with Ware’s rich, breathy vocal — which is pretty much faultless — and you have yourself a surprisingly addictive and hooky example of peerless electronic soul.
Staccato brass stabs, uplifting soulful house piano chords, wonky synth lines and more urgency than a Middle Eastern air strike. What’s not to love?
Hardstyle seems to be currently divided between the ‘mainstream’ and the ‘raw’ sound. This latest track from Italian hardstyle pioneer Tuneboy avoids current trends and shoots down the middle for a straight-up, traditional hardstyle track. Bouncy kick and bass, screeches and bleeps are served up in the intro before the main break, where E-Life ponders the meaning of life for a hardstyle fanatic, in a classic FTS style. The track drops again with the same kick and bass, which is ultra refreshing, opting not to go for the ‘climax kick’ as has been the formula for many years now. A simple track that perfectly hits a growing demand for no frills, traditional hardstyle.
Home to the likes of Kryptic Minds, Monic and Sleeper, OM have been plying a trade in the more esoteric sides of dubstep and its peripheries since 2006. Here, Manni Dee debuts with a four-track EP of pokey technoid machinations. ‘Nicotine Kisses’ is a brilliantly brooding affair: rolling, relentless, badass. And the rest never really lets up, pacey and insistent throughout. So, if you like your bass music techy and techno bassy, then this is the shiznit!