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.
Milan-based Hunter/Game launch their new label here, and inside you’ll find this charming remix from Lulu Rouge that deals in dark, brooding progressive that keeps it very deep, while still dealing in an impressive amount of emotion. Perfect for adding that build to your DJ set.
Dubby, spacey stuff from the ever-essential Defenders and Prophets, 'Ferme La Bouche' is perfect for this cold weather, so damn spectral and suggestive it feel covered in stalactites, sharp rhymes from everyone concerned and a unique vibe I'm not hearing anywhere else. On the flip 'Smash & Grab' is a little more conventional, but even here you find glimmers of oddity, a strange keyboard creeping into the chorus, rap music absolutely possessed and infected by its own unique northern sense of place and space. Go get.
Muscular new-wave/disco hybrid on Tronik Youth’s Nein label, which has maintained quality levels throughout their catalogue. Part of the UK’s Clueless System Crew, Spanish production duo, Dr Beat & Borja Campion as Two Mamarrachos, have settled into a new sound, following the years spinning acid house. This lively label debut sees strong mixes from the likes of Rodion, Factory Floor, Pete Herbert & Phil Mison under their Reverso 68 guise, and Damon Gee.