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Devotion - Tuneboy feat E-Life - Titanic

Hardstyle seems to be currently divided between the ‘mainstream’ and the ‘raw’ sound. This latest track from Italian hardstyle pioneer Tuneboy avoids current trends and shoots down the middle for a straight-up, traditional hardstyle track. Bouncy kick and bass, screeches and bleeps are served up in the intro before the main break, where E-Life ponders the meaning of life for a hardstyle fanatic, in a classic FTS style. The track drops again with the same kick and bass, which is ultra refreshing, opting not to go for the ‘climax kick’ as has been the formula for many years now. A simple track that perfectly hits a growing demand for no frills, traditional hardstyle.

No Realer - Junclassic feat Maniac - Stereoboom Records

Holy hell is this the sound of Strange U/Boot Records percolating its sick way across the Atlantic and affecting our US bredren, or merely the sound of the US underground recovering the dark, dank depths of Show & AG's 'Goodfellas' all on their own reconnaissance? Either way — who cares! This is astonishing! Maniac laces together a truly dungeonesque mix of harsh neck-snapping snare and truly spooky sounds, blood-dripping on the dulcimer, strings and woodwind culled from the strangest lost Shaw Bros horror movie that actually doesn't exist but damn well should do. Superb stuff and making me want to hear way more from these (to me anyhoo) as yet unknown sonic perverts and degenerates. SICK BRUV. 

Not Stochastic - Bruce - Hessle Audio

Previously popping up on Livity Sounds sister label, Dnuos Ytivil, Bruce drops his second piece on Pearson Sound, Ben UFO and Pangaea’s flagship label. Here you’ll find stretched and cyclical techno abstractions alongside introverted tribal meanderings. But it’s all about the title track, ‘Not Stochastic’, an echo trip of tightly apreggiated synth waves that traps you in an intensely hypnotic whirlwind. As usual on Hessle, understated but excellent.

Gelatine - Impellizzeri & Stupia Vs Mendo - Circus Recordings

Majestic stuff from Yousef's Circus Recordings, and something of a departure from the imprint's usual, club-heavy gear. Italians Mario Impellizzeri and Luigi Stupia hypnotise with 'Gelatine', a ponderous, captivating slow-burner, clamorous marimbas layered in Steve Reich style over what sound like playground field recordings twisted up and spat out. It's a truly beautiful thing. Mendo provide a further three mixes — of graduating intensity — in case the original isn't quite dancefloor-ready enough for you.