Cody ChestnuTT (basically the reincarnation of Marvin Gaye) proffers a joyously brassy love song in his version of his own track 'Til I Met Thee', released back in 2012, a treatise on life being a bit of a waste of time until the right person comes along. Here, Argentineans Jay West and Manuel Sahagun transform it — well, snippets of his transcendent vocal at least — into a mournful and magnificent house anthem of the most understated stripe. It will play your heartstrings like a banjo. The remixes, while able, have little hope of topping the original.
With hardstyle getting increasingly raw every month, it's great to have an act doing the exact opposite. These guys keep delivering party vocal hardstyle anthems as part of their #Tweekay14 series and I absolutely love it! This new release features a catchy male vocal by Popr3b3l, soaring hard trance melodies and bags of fun for dancefloors and summer festivals.
Rockformz are Formula and Harry Rocksta, who are dropping their debut album 'Anarchy' later on this year. 'Grow Room' is just sublime: dark, grainy, paranoiac, twitchy like you've got a garage full of hydroponics and the NPower bailiffs are at your door, Harry from LDZ sinuously spookily stepping in the spectral spaces left behind by the gaseous eerie production (think Telemachus/Trellion/Sniff strung out on even stranger shit than they've been smoking up til now). Absolutely the most intriguing, unique release of the month. Essential.
‘Start To Feel’ promised lots of electronic music shades and grades. ‘Telefunken’ is perhaps where that becomes more/most apparent. Likely down to Jerome Isma-Ae’s stimuli as much as CG’s artistic desires, the track is all marching drums, tech-noir effects and one strikingly overt Kraftwerk-esque leadline. Innovative certainly, but no more so than ‘Wake Your Mind’s ‘Nothing Ever Lasts’ or ‘Earth Mover’s ‘Analog Feel’… and that shows progressive form.