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Culture Shock – I Remember/Troglodyte – RAM
Ram come forth with the goodies again and again. This two-tracker from Culture Shock has all the atmospheric swirls you’d expect, but the beautiful thing about 'I Remember' is that the drums sit way back in the mix allowing you to really float on those gentle yet progressive synth lines. Def one for the main arena, but excellently produced with just a hint of Georgio Moroder thrown in about two thirds of the way through. I thought the flip 'Troglodyte' was named after my missus at first, but no, this one is far darker than that! It burbles in a pretty intense manner. Oh hang on, it is about my missus after all. Jokes! This choon is badd!
Released 15th July 2012
After forging an impressive name for himself, collaborating extensively with a plethora of artists, both unheard and household names, Hervé is ready to grace us with the second single from his album. I’ve always found that with every step taken, he makes an improvement. And with his debut album slated for release this summer, it was with great pleasure I listened to his first single, ‘How Can I Live without You (Make it Right)’.
Rush Records: a refreshing new balance between old school booming basslines and contemporary tweaked-to-perfection mixes of liquid and jungle drum and bass.
Intertwining luscious chords with an element of liquid jazz, Rush have well and truly smashed it with their new EP. The unique vocals are provided by DnBethh, an up-and-coming vocalist in the scene: her voice echoes with a range of beautiful tones and harmonies that you can keep your eyes closed to. Drift away to a sandy white beach somewhere with this musically gifted sensation.
It’s been a busy fortnight so far for me in May. On the DJing front, the beginning of the month saw MC Shocker and myself trek down to Weston-super-Mare for a very hot intimate gig at the Basement on the Friday night, which was followed by a more close to home adventure in Bridgend (Wales) on the Saturday. The weekend just gone had the Chuck-E & Shocker show debut at the Pound ‘da Sound event at Club Oxygen in Swansea followed by the huge Storm, Bionic & Goodgreef show in Leicester that featured the likes of Kutski, Alex Kidd, Organ Donors and the cream of the crop of UK hard trance and hardstyle talent.
100Me v Soul Sinners – Dropship – Top Drawer Digital
TTD are simply unstoppable at the moment. The last 12 months has seen the Midlands based label go from strength to strength, and this latest offering from 100Me v Soul Sinners shows why. With three mixes on the Future Jungle tip and one slightly less aggro techno mix from Audiojackerz, this is yet another value for money release. The original mix sure packs a punch, with a futuristic, jazz tinged minor chord run that whiles it way through the track’s core, this sitting snugly under lots of obscure noises and samples, with some vocal snatches from what I think is one of the Alien movies? Mix of the match award however goes to Sanxion, who I can tell you nothing about apart from this fella has the essence of Future Jungle running through his veins. The mix he has presented here showcases his pure understanding of what FJ is all about. Cool as it gets.