Like a shot of pure energy Ladies From The Block fires fast and lose serving sizzling percussion together with a magnificent, thumping kick drum. You will also hear snippets of voice but for the most part it’s the sheer, breathless instrumental excitement that takes hold. In ways, Rolling Twist does similar things but in more inventive ways as pads and stabs augment the rhythm section with a bolder, rugged bassline alongside colourful atmospheric flourishes lifting it all skyward.
Gabriele di Natale and Antonio Cosentino aka Proudly People ignite the airwaves with this brilliantly, energetic workout of feverish proportions across three tracks. In one sense it’s all about the fiery percussion that never fails to bump and grind, or for that matter the bass which does much the same thing. I guess the words I’m looking for here are, irresistibly funky. Spotlight is the dynamite opener, while the equally invigorating charge of the Acid informed Module One follows suite. Last but certainly not least is the very excellent That’s Right which closes with an array of contrasting, devastating intensity visiting atmospheres, moods and a deeper understanding.
Release: October 25
Of course DJ W!LD’s latest production was going to appear in Magazine Sixty. Not just because the title makes reference to one of our favourite pieces of electronic music but also because it kicks and rocks like all the other fiery productions generated by the DJ. The title fuels eight minutes of brutal drums and bass in typical keynote style while ending via a fizzy pulse of Acid, and is then followed by the equally smouldering rhythms of Peecome, contrasting by channelling a soulful slice of eighties melody throughout the breakdown. Next, Half Way loops magical, atmospheric piano over spoken words while grainy, robust drums ignite the arrangement. Finally, the Hanfry Martinez of Trans Europe Express completes with an insistent remix that also factors light into shade as the swirl of moody pads add defiant brushes of emotional colour.
Release: September 6
Another great release of energy from Roush. This time it’s the turn of Spanish producer/ DJ’s Disaia who deliver their trademark sounds via a fiery, engaging rush of emotionally charged rhythm and melody. Just the one version to contend with here, but then this says it all as it is. Tough drums, insistent hi-hats plus rolling, fierce bass do all the work as soulful vocals provide the icing to the already generous prize.
Release: April 22
Infused with a liquid funkiness that’s hard to pin down GÃ¡bor Szeles aka No Else supplies four equally killer numbers for Roush. The title track, Get Ya kicks off with a series of fiery, no messing drums and bass which became all the more fascinating when augmented by the creative sounds and effects colouring the stereo. The crunchy, Tape Matters comes next with shuffling rhythms offset by more crazy voice snippets and ideas moulding themselves into your subconscious. While, Off The Handle then aims squarely for the dancefloor, leaving the addictive snares and hi-hats of the excellent Popstop to work themselves into distraction completing this first rate release.
Release: October 19