Second release from promising Antipodean nu-disco duo, Electric Zeus, after a strong debut release for Chris Coco’s Melodica imprint. To accompany, a techy remix production from EzTek will no doubt crossover to the various dancefloors, but the standout here is a mix from JMRS Embracer who (along with a brilliantly retro-sounding name) rouses the soul of '80s electro boogie with some snappy 808 drum sequences. Fun and fully functional — rollerskates at the ready.
Swiss luminary Deetron, aka Sam Gaiser, unveils the second track on his fledgling Character imprint, following countryman Ripperton dropping the label's opening gambit over the summer. He's not fucking about, as they say. The first few bars, simple yet pounding as they are, seem to hint there's something in the post. It's all almost too simple. Then the piano drops and it's like Underground Resistance in their heyday, Detroit circa 1993 — you're in a warehouse, you've got your top off and you're punching the air. There's even a mucky piano-free dub too. It's just thoroughly brilliant.
The new guise from DFRNT takes his penchant for the dubbier side of the music continuum that little bit further, deeper and more echo chamber-drenched than ever before. ‘While the Lady Sleeps’ is certainly the closest you’ll get to that archetypal Rhythm & Sound aesthetic, but nicely updated. ‘Dwelling’ drops a little touch of Amen to spice things up, whilst ‘Cosy’ is so far into the echo sludge, it's almost static.
Berlin house stable Exploited Records show here they're not immune to the kind of epic melodies that are infiltrating the genre at large, and Adana Twins get in on the progressive action with their remix here. The solid house groove perfectly meets an electro bassline, while the melodies are all hands-in-the-air. Epic, groovy and fun in equal measure.