Another prime example of how Innervisions are climbing towards trancier territories with their recent output (and managing to blow the roof off with it). French maestro Agoria delivers possibly his most melodic, epic effort yet with ‘Alluvion’, from the opening twinkle of bleeps that greet its gradually rising syth swells, to the mad rushes of melody that swell in its latter parts. Drama and deepness come in equal measures here and make for a winning combination.
These two leaders from the Dutch rawstyle scene collaborate for an ear-blistering release on A2 Records, featuring a suitably screaming male vocal, distorted twisted sounds and one of the hardest kicks I’ve heard in a track in a while. Not a sprinkling of euphoria in sight, this heads straight for the jugular with relentless hard-as-nails drops, lots of screeches and dark key changes.
Australian hardstyle duo Dillytek are back on Frontliner’s Keep It Up Music label with their third release, raising the bar each time as they prove why they are one of the hottest new acts on the scene. Keeping very much in the theme of this label, this new release features soaring hard trance melodies, big anthemic drops and a great vocal from Ellie, which is reminiscent of a UK hardcore tune. It's great to see new talent like this coming through from distant shores.
London producer DJ Quest was one of the main players on the 'tear-out breaks' scene a few years back, but the first track on his new EP unfortunately serves to indicate how much dance music has moved on in the six years since he last put out a record. 'Long Time' is a listless, noisenik slice of darkcore breakbeat with a descending bassline, the odd fleck of acid and distorted vocal samples. Plainly put, it's not up to much. On the flip, 'Special Forces' is a lot more interesting, throwing down a pleasantly weird synth-funk b-line, atmospheric effects and a cool "We move like Special Forces" sample. It's the kind of gnarly, offbeat tune you can just about imagine making an impact on the resurgent grime scene.