Mick Jeets packs a hell of a lot into the sub-three minute move your feet. Ravey breakbeats, footwork, garage and frantic old-school vocals all make an appearance, while the overall track still manages to be both sparse and contemplative. Impressively invigorating stuff to shake your out of your Monday coma.
US producer The Range is responsible for one of my all-time favourite and go-to “get shit done at work” mix. His new album Mercury is full of the same sample-heavy., outrageously feel-good electronic tunes, and while it doesn’t quite compete in terms of sheer propulsive energy as his mixes, is still definitely worth checking out.
Fantazia came out on the brilliantly-named album Weaponised Serenity around six months ago, but aside from this piece from A Strangely Isolated Place I can’t find any coverage for it at all. Recorded by Dennis Huddleston under his 36 alias for the 9128.live label – which asks artists to push their creative boundaries by presenting new and experimental approaches to music creation – Weaponised Serenity is a joyous journey through Huddleston’s rave heritage, exploring both the deeply meditative qualities and drug-fulled hedonism of the rave, often within a single track.
I can already feel the backlash building against the new album from former PC Music-affiliate Danny L Harle aka DJ Danny, but frankly if you don’t find even the tiniest bit of joy in this album you’re dead inside and there is no hope for you. On A Mountain perfectly blends rave sounds from the peak of its 90s ridiculousness with crisp, thumping PC-ish production, injecting us with a mighty pure shot of rave nostalgia. Gas masks at the ready.
I heard this on the radio earlier today as the sun was just breaking through the morning haze and it made me feel incredibly calm and happy. It’s from London producer Flaurese’s debut EP which is out now on Circa ’99, and it’s a real delight: warm chords and winding melodies with an almost 8-bit bassline that chugs on throughout before entering throwback rave territory for the final third. Quite the debut.