Detroit Swindle's rise to power has been impressively meteoric, and their flourishing Heist imprint is fast becoming a go-to label. Having got in on the ground floor, this three-tracker for Jimpster and Tom Roberts' Freerange is arguably the best material yet from Maarten Smeets and Lars Dales. 'Figure of Speech' has shuffling syncopation up the yin-yang, coupled with snipped Afro vocals. 'Victoria's Secret', meanwhile, throws in wayward, brassy synths like a boss. But it's 'Live at the Cosmic Carnival' that's going to do the damage. It rolls. And rolls. And rolls.
The Hospital camp, including their young disciples at Med-School, have one of the most easily identifiable vibes in the game. This sound is always classy, elegant and admirably authentic and entirely non-conformist to the ebbs and flows of fashion, making them one of the most respected imprints. Keeno has already proved himself worthy of his place in the ranks, with this EP cementing him firmly. Soft and somehow upliftingly melancholy, with a profound sense of musicality. Beautiful.
Great new bouncy hardstyle release here from one of the original pioneers of the hardstyle scene, featuring a pitch-bending main melody hook and nasty drops.
Coming hot on the heels of his 'Yahoo or the Highway' LP, Lockah’s latest EP continues his 8-bit obsession for all things synth and programmable. There’s a flutter of live musicianship on this outing, however on the whole it sounds like a discarded power play soundtrack from an '80s movie that went straight to VHS. We see where he’s going on the slightly more serious ‘Barcelona Drums’, but other than that it’s rather disposable.