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.
The third longplayer from Silkie is as hyperreal and technicolour in its gangsta boogie characteristics as ever. Boy, this guy can really play! If ever there was an antidote to the bleaker qualities of dubstep and associated genres, this tapestry of melody, pitch and tone is it. Too many great tracks to mention, but check the euphoric ‘Limits’, the on-trend and suitably named ‘Entrapment’, the minor qualities of ‘Majik’ and the cheeky 'Love Affair'.
A sleeper of a record from Colorize that warrants attention as a proper gem, ‘Back In My Life’ is a seductive slice of melodic progressive that’s brimming with ambient shimmers, dramatic drumrolls and huge basslines, packing a dancefloor punch without letting things spill gratuitously over into trance. Keep it in your box if you really want to take a house set up a notch.
Ahead of the EP dropping in September, BA release a pair of limited-edition socks with two killer tracks — ‘Camo’ is a global riddim atop soft footwork vibes, ‘Fever’ is stripped back percussive jingalism.