Review: Think of this as a Christmas bonus for Drumcode fans (and there are plenty of them around). It's a single-sided salvo that sees a back catalogue cut from label main man Adam Beyer being remixed by Kompakt Extra regular Kolsch. The track in question is "What You Need", a "Stone Flower EP" favourite that's amongst the most melodious and emotion-rich cuts in Beyer's armoury. Kolsch's version is wonderfully positive, with waves of melodic riffs (similar to the original, but seemingly played on a different synthesizer), glassy-eyed chords and spine-tingling (synthesized) string stabs soaring above a softer touch rhythm track. It effectively turns a fine record into a future peak-time anthem. In our world at least, that's a very good thing indeed.
Review: Drumcode head honcho Adam Beyer and Chicagoan legend Curtis Jones (aka Green Velvet) had discussed writing music together for a long time. Also, Beyer's protege Layton Giordani had admired the mohawked Jones' work for as long as he could remember. When he got to DJ alongside him at Belfast's Shine - the spark and subsequent friendship was immediate. The outcome of this respected trio's musical journey comes in the form of "Space Date" which will be familiar to many who've followed their sets over recent months. Featuring a relentless main room stomp with steely hats and droney synth leads, all accompanied by Green Velvet's trademark vocal delivery. The thunderous peak time energy of "Rome Future" is likewise guaranteed to rock the house - that killer Reese bassline particularly is sure to blow the doors off!
Review: For his first outing of 2019, Adam Beyer has turned over the parts to his 2014 single "Teach Me" to Belgium's first lady of banging, acid-fuelled techno, Amelie Lens. She subsequently serves up two throbbing, peak-time ready revisions, with the A-side "Main Mix" offering a near perfect blend of booming, kick-drum driven beats, military snare fills, cut-up late night vocal samples and distorted, mind-altering riffs. As the title suggests, the flipside "Acid Remix" sees Lens indulge her love of mind-altering TB-303 acid lines, brilliantly wrapping them around a springier drum track, EBM-influenced melodic motifs and more pulsating, manipulated vocal loops.