There must be something in the water this month. Here's yet another journey back to the classic rave era, and this time in the company of SP23, who were fellow travellers with the mighty Spiral Tribe back in the days of Castlemorton, the Criminal Justice Bill et al. Titled simply 'SP23', featuring a vocal about the same and released on ... yes, you guessed it ... SP23 Records, this one reminds me of MC Rhymes-era 808 State with its urgent and unashamed white-boy rapper retro-chic. The drums flit fitfully between breakbeat and 4/4 while stabs of vocal and effects clearly designed to form a symbiotic relationship with the chemicals coursing through one's system fire energetically through the mix. Close your eyes and you can just imagine being lost somewhere in a field in Hampshire surrounded by incredibly friendly blokes wearing their dads' high-vis dayglo jackets.
This standout from Trentemoller’s 'Lost Reworks EP' features a trippy and intense psychedelic interpretation from Pablo Clements and James Griffiths (UNKLE, Psychonauts etc). It's glam, but not as we know it!
It’s a funny thing that as soon as Jaytech struck out from his long-term home at Anjunabeats to start his Positronic label, he began producing records that were perfectly suited for a storming trance set. Loaded with an irreverent sense of humour, ‘Arrival’ is also positively packed with grunt, and a rumbly bottom end that’s heavy enough to shake up a stadium, with a dash of melody lightening things a little in the breakdown. ‘Arrival’ is the perfect electro/progressive oxymoron; representing the sound of trance in 2014, without being particularly trancey.
The hardcore hit machine is back with a new release to damage your eardrums with! Known for his euphoric, hands-in-the-air approach to the hardcore sound, Evil Activities throws us a curveball this time, with a monster hardcore hip-hop fusion. With the main hook of the track being the '80s style East-coast influenced break, this is perfect to give the dancefloor an opportunity to catch their breath to the bouncy b-boy beats, before the build and drop that releases pure fury out of the speakers. An instant hit!