Here we have a real collective of heavyweight headliners in the UK hardcore scene, so this collaboration has a lot to deliver, right? Don’t worry, they don’t fail. 'Stay Young' is a euphoric, catchy track with an especially memorable sing-a-long vocal and hands-up melody drop. It goes without saying that the production on the track is impeccable. You’re very much hearing one of the anthems of the year here.
I just read in The WIRE words to the effect of: in your twenties you feel like you know everything and then, over time, you end up embracing the fact that you really just know nothing. And I feel like this applies to Etch’s music, like part of me knows he’s a drum break nut and that he captures a sample gloriously well, but the other part is just amazed at how fluid he is at arranging them.
French nu-disco duo make their way back into the spotlight with another EP release on Nang. Their second release for the label continues with a theme of mid-tempo, electronic disco, drawing upon various Balearic music influences. All this considered, Pete Herbert is the apt remix choice to work in a propulsive club mix from the heady original — appearing in vocal and dub versions, both being the highlights of the release.
Nailing the Madtech sound like an absolute boss here is Ben Mono, previously of Munich's venerable Compost Records, and latterly unleashing deepness through Gomma and Strictly Rhythm. Title track 'Why?' is a pulsating, serpentine groove, all metallic percussion and off-beat stabs. It's solid, as is Russian producer Xandi's scything, occasionally acidic version. Over, 'Rather Kill Me' brings the garage, wobbling its way through a lean four minutes, delivering all that's needed and nothing more. Bravo.