If ever there was a track which sounded like how I felt jacked on four double espressos then ‘Wigu Hill’ is it — jittery as fuck and loaded with a woodpecker-like purpose. It has an intense, weird and hypnotic quality. As does the rest of the EP from Glasgow’s Mr Ludd; track names like ‘Molcorp Mountain Pass’, ‘Garimpos’ and ‘Prisoner’s Dilema’ only hint at the madness contained within. I urge you to explore.
Sasha plays a classic bait-and-switch trick with ‘Ether’ by opening on a hefty note of techno, before evolving into a swirly progressive monster in the second half, the brittle sounds giving way to delicious cyclones of melody, demonstrating again he’s not afraid at the moment to go for the jugular. There are elements of a return to the euphoric sounds that defined his earlier years, without the danger of it feeling retrospective.
Grum makes his Anjunabeats debut with another solid indication he’s ready for the big league. ‘U’ is an enigmatic, progressive stormer that pitches its flag somewhere ambiguously between house and trance, maximising appeal for both scenes. Led by a rich, colourful electro synth hook, it’s backed by a driving house kick that maximises dancefloor functionality. More importantly though is how Grum has tapped into that mysterious essence that defined early progressive, making ‘U’ one of the standout electro/progressive records of the year so far.
A euphoric, summery house record that’s been floating around in record boxes for a while finally gets its release on Intricate. Starting with a jerky slowdown of its main groove that kicks it into fifth gear, it brims with upbeat vibes until the melodic aspects are really brought to the fore.