With the grandeur and deepness of classic progressive once again inspiring underground house producers, the European summer was gifted a few more of those ‘epic’ dancefloor moments; and this certainly dished out the damage at some of the latter parties. While Caribou’s original was anthemic enough in its own cerebral way, this rework from Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough is built from the ground up for maximum euphoria. That simple vocal refrain connects as much as a seminal house vocal, and its thick synth melodies fuse beautifully with the richer, deeper elements. The most definitive slice of ‘nu-prog’ we’ve heard since ‘Gotham’ last summer.
‘Say Another What’ and ‘Arcadia’ proved that the on-paper possibly not-so-obvious pairing of Genix & Las Salinas was in fact stylistic alchemy. That’s something their ‘Anjunabeach’ redux only serves to underline.
Trance’s goggle-eyed fixation with ‘Adagio’ takes another turn. One of two new versions that dropped literally side by side into the inbox the other week, Sixma’s comes underpinned by industrial levels of side chain compression and tremulous wobble-bass. Like Tiësto’s treatment, Mark’s lead is of the caustically bleached-out variety. Unlike Tiësto’s, it does away, almost entirely with the (titular) strings.
Prolific London duo Radiokillaz ramp up the old skool flavours once again here, throwing junglistic breakbeats, dystopian synthwork, hardcore stabs and snatches of pitched-up ragga vocal over heavy kicks and snares for a track that's full of dubwise rave energy. On the remix, Pressa adds clipped keys and heavily-delayed brass stabs, while Galvatron grabs an Amen and furiously freewheels for a reworking that heads into full-on 170bpm d&b territory.