With a title like this, it was never going to be a cheery affair! Heading down the raw-style route, this sinister hardstyle release makes great use out of the twisted pitch-gliding pads in the main breakdown and ferocious stab sounds, before building to drop with serious power and nasty raw kicks. Not one for the faint-hearted.
A dancefloor directed three-tracker here from one of South London’s finest beatmakers, with a track featuring the effervescent Scratch DVA called 'Oi Dirty', a rolling bass-heavy number with flighty percussion and grime inflections. Title track 'Hold Me' features Cooly’s own vocals with a simple lyrical refrain, but fast-forward to' Molly', which builds nicely with decayed chords and tech flourishes.
Audiojack's Gruuv label is ludicrously reliable as far as stone-cold party music concerned, and this filthy business from Black Loops is unstoppable. Take your pick; 'Simplon' has the rolling, chugging thing down pat. Actually, so does 'Cabron', along with the big room atmosphere. 'Up On You' has a devastating bassline and some swaggering garage attitude. But the Sidney Charles mix of 'Simplon', using the 909 drum palette to devastating effect will slap a big, possibly daft smile across that face of yours.
One of the UK's hottest exports at the moment, xKore is tearing up dancefloors around the world with his fusion of electro, trap and dubstep - with a harder twist. His latest project is a rework of the seminal millennium rave classic from Public Domain. This track clocks in at a slower tempo than most hard dance music, but with such a brutally pounding kick will more than compliment a hard dance DJ's track collection. Then the curveball trap drop towards the end will destroy whatever is left of the dancefloor. Massive tune for me at the moment.