Welcome one more Sunday to our selection of the best releases of the week. The Short Gist Awards are coming up, and the big songs keep coming… Ready?
Paul Elstak & Russian Village Boys – CRAZY MEGA COOL [Kontor Records]
The godfather of hardcore, Paul Elstak brings us this week along with Russian Village Boys a very lively and extremely hot version of Ian Oliver’s classic Bucovina.
“CRAZY MEGA COOL” is characterized by starting with the Russians humming the well-known melody, until reaching a hard drop that later is also impregnated with it with a more aggressive kick in each measure. Definitely a partier issue as his own, that would stick perfectly on a hour power of the Defqon.1
Sega Bodega – Cicada (Feat. Arca) [NUXXE]
“Romeo” is the second and stellar studio album by producer Sega Bodega, a tailor’s box that brings unexpected tracks like “Cicada”, a collaboration in which the Venezuelan Arca brings vocals to a British production in which his dark and dreamlike style is close to Spanish, including elements of our folklore such as clapping, castanets and flamenco guitar.
Juelz – Hideaway [Sable Valley Records]
The latest from Sable Valley comes direct from Juelz, one of its most talented and experimental producers. “Hideaway” is a track that boasts originality and versatility, showing us an insane amount of different sounds in both drops. Here the pre-established structures do not work, brand of the house. A court full of bass music that, on occasions, plays with percussions and sounds typical of other aspects such as house. Variety and quality in its purest form!
IMANU, The Caracal Project & Leotrix – Gaspin 4 Air [UKF]
This is undoubtedly the collaboration of the week. IMANU , multi-genre artist that nothing can resist. The Caracal Project, with its refreshing sound within drum n ‘bass and sometimes dubstep; and Leotrix one of the fittest dubstep artists of the moment.
Their joint creation “Gaspin 4 Air” is full of a futuristic bass, more inclined towards dubstep, and loaded with details such as the vocal chops that do not stop throughout the whole song.
Act of Rage & Nolz – Road Rage [Minus Is More]
Act Of Rage is an artist who does not usually release a large number of songs, but the waiting time between one and the other is totally worth it. “Road Rage” is a real bomb, it’s like combining the style of Cryex’s kicks and Sefa’s settings (with choirs and organs) in the same song. In addition, Nolz’s vowels give it a very interesting touch. We are left with the distortion of the kick drums in the middle of the song and with the last drop of rawphoric. We do not stop listening to this track!
Rome in Silver – Fill Up My Soul [Deadbeats]
Deadbeats, Zeds Dead’s record label, is another one of those labels that struggles daily to maintain originality in their ranks. Most of their tracks tend to play with bass and house in equal parts, although this time the trend is more towards the second range. Good vibes only is the motto that best suits a song with these characteristics. Ideal to start a day in style!
Chris Giuliano – Off The Wall [Anjunabeats]
American Chris Giuliano is starring this week on British label Anjunabeats. His new reference, entitled “Of The Wall”, is pure energy and dynamism. In this song you will be able to enjoy the great punch of the kick drum intertwined with several manual arpeggios. A production to enjoy, which was already featured on the Above & Beyond podcast in its 450th episode. A real madness!
MBK & Ender – Farewell [Barbaric Records]
In “Katakataboom”, Ender’s latest EP, our national artist MBK has done his thing with a collaboration that will not leave you indifferent. Between vowels vikingas, sudden cuts and kicks extremely hard, “Farewell” is crowned as one of those tracks of uptempo than they really enjoyed it. It goes without saying that Jordi Gran has the first place in terms of the fastest facet of hardcore in Spain. We love this guy!
Phace – Useless [Neosignal Recordings]
German producer Phace continues to prove on his Neosignal Recordings label that he is one of the most versatile producers on the drum and bass scene.
His new ‘Useless’ condenses the forcefulness of his own neurofunk sound with avant-garde touches and even a percussion that plays with 4 × 4 and technero sounds.
CID – Duro [Repopulate Mars]
Our weekly selection ends with the house product, and the good one. The new thing from CID is a real bomb and we couldn’t let it go. There are not many occasions in which we find a commercial tech house with vocals in Spanish. And this “Duro” gathers all the necessary elements to be a success; abundant rhythm, a vocal that hooks and a solid bass that reaffirms the great 2021 that CID has marked.
COUCOU CHLOE – WIZZ [NUXXE]
is a good week for the NUXXE label, because in addition to the Sega Bodega album, the British producer and singer Coucou Chloe brings her single back after all the stir that the use of her song had on the Fenty show.
On “WIZZ,” COUCOU CHLOE puts a twist on a clubhouse base as he always does with all his tracks, including dark synths, a danceable beat, and whispering vocals.
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