Adam Beyer VS Pig&Dan
Recent years have proved particularly interesting for Adam Beyer, as he’s evolved from techno purism towards a new versatility that’s seen him equally comfortable DJing Ibizan terraces as the Berghain mainroom. And simply by virtue of doing what he’s always done with Drumcode, it’s developed into a brand with certifiable mass-market appeal. DJing exponentially bigger spaces generally require a shift towards a more epic sound, and Beyer’s latest is an ideal example of this. Produced in collaboration with Pig & Dan, stalwarts of the progressive scene themselves, there’s an undeniable melodic edge to ‘Capsule’ that accompanies its steely warehouse grooves, a sinister edge of trance fused into the techno. It’s primed for predictably big success on the Beatport charts, as well as a huge impact on the dancefloor.
'Are You Gone'
Progressive maestro Dezza flips to the Colorize stable for a record that’s brimming with peaktime energy and synth-heavy emotion, as well as a rougher edge to things to bring the right balance. Dezza really does works hard to flesh out and develop the electro bassline that he allows to take centrestage early on, bringing it to life with plenty of neat sonic touches.
SHDW & Obscure Shape
'Die Weiße Rose (Tale Of Us & Mind Against Version)'
From Another Mind
This year SHDW and Obscure Shape have showcased the fine output of their From Another Mind label via several remix EPs, and the rework delivered by Tale Of Us and Mind Against has earned plenty of attention for representing a particular melodic extravagance. Building over several minutes with the stomping pound of its bass kick, it crescendos eventually into a cascading chord progression melody that’s beautiful and dramatic.
'Eye Luv U (Butch's 80's Warehouse Acid Remix)'
Butch’s remix of the latest quirky club record from Tiga does exactly what it says on the tin, taking the essence of the original and blowing it up for an acid-soaked exploration of late ‘80s warehouse culture. Nostalgic it might be, but there’s plenty of 808 to go around here.
'Land of Goshen (Patrice Bäumel Remix)'
Lost & Found
Israeli progressive specialist Khen delivered a particularly accomplished debut LP on Lost & Found last year, and its new remix package features an equally accomplished remix from Patrice Bäumel, who crystalizes the essence of ‘Land of Goshen’ into a synthier, more melodic dancefloor epic. There’s an emotional deepness here that does really resonate in a club setting, and it’s another example of why Baumel’s remixes are turning heads at the moment.
Intricate boss PROFF defects to the Zerothree camp for a one-off EP that’s something special indeed, a properly diverse collection of club focused sounds that warrants listening to in its entirely courtesy of its ‘Continuous Mix’ that it’s bundled with. From the piano twinkles of its ambient intro, through to spruced-up synthy trap and trademark power progressive that PROFF does so very well, it builds into some real percussive stormers in the business end.
A smash big-room record from Noise Zoo that’s among the best electro/progressive releases so far this year, a perfect blend of laser-focused arena grooves and euphoric energy. While its titular African-flavoured vocal grab might be sonic window dressing, it’s utilised to maximum emotional effect with a particularly joyous breakdown, which is flanked on either side by a thundering electro bassline woven with just the right amount of polished white noise.
The Fatum quartet made their way into the good books of Above & Beyond over the past year with their refined take on bigrooom electro, and ‘Superfecta’ is their most storming effort yet. A driving record that works wonders as a noisy mainstage banger, it also paradoxically taps into the progressive soul of Anjunabeats’ past. Grungy electro grooves, tight percussion and slamming momentum, leading into a broken-beat breakdown that’s embellished with French house stylings. Basically, it’s a festival-strength record with everything but the kitchen sink.