Australian producer Hook N Sling has an uncanny ability to keep pace with mainroom house as it evolves. While festival fodder is nearly unrecognisable nowadays compared to when he began producing a decade ago, here he’s effortlessly sounding like one of the Dutch EDM new breed. Huge spiky grooves, dashes of fidgety noise plus an appropriate serving of class.
Bassy beats and chopped vocals, not refreshing like a Caribbean waterfall, more a pressure hose from your dad’s car cleaning set. But still, pretty effective at getting most parts wet, ‘Push’ certainly feels edgy and nodding towards Wen, Mumdance and Logos territory, if not quite as citrusy. ‘Birds & the Bees’ is for swaying drainpipe-jeaned teenagers, and the rest is equally as fun. It’s hard not to like them.
It's been over three years since Maya Jane Cole's last outing on Anja Schneider & Ralf Kollmann's venerable Mobilee. Since then, it's fair to say things have "gone totally mental" for the producer. But now the dust has settled on her debut set for I/AM/ME, it would appear she's back in the game for producing sturdy, heads-down club music. 'From the Dark' bristles and shuffles skilfully, but it's 'I Would Fly' which wins out here, a frisky, hypnotic loop which burrows itself into the mind.
Marc Romboy celebrates the 10th anniversary this year of his Systematic stable, and here longrunning collaborator Bodzin helps his studio compatriot blow out the candles. ‘Sungam’ is a polished mix of twinkly melodic techno and electro grunt that packs the right kind of punch.