Berlin-based Thoughtless Music is a house and techno label that isn’t afraid to flirt with a little bit of melody, and ‘Freaks Back’ is a tech house record that’s drenched with it; though its real charm comes from the mysterious, otherworldly vibe that Beeston and Numan manage to summon in the studio. While its stark percussion and electro bassline bring a certain harshness, it’s dominated by a haunting psychedelia that gives the record a certain dash of classic progressive house. Also check the turbo-charged remix from Emerson Todd.
These guys keep on delivering vocal hardstyle anthems bordering on a commercial level, but that’s not a bad thing for the scene in general. Featuring a catchy male vocal and bleepy main melody, some clever pitch-bending sections give it that extra edge. This is one of those tracks that's made to be played at peak-time on the main stage at festivals of the harder styles this summer.
Andy Whitby’s HARD brand has been the leading new hard house brand in 2014, with events across the UK as well as albums and of course his ever-popular monthly HARDkast. This debut release on his HARD label sees Andy team up with UK No.1 producer Technikal for a high energy hard house monster, with great rap vocal, bouncy bassline and sharp UK percussive drive.
Continuing on the “powerstomp” sound sweeping the UK hardcore scene at the moment, this collaboration is pure four-to-the-floor bouncy action. The hook of the track is a sample from the '70s power ballad from Foreigner! Despite already having been sampled many times within the rave scene, it’s been just long enough to make this a welcome return of a classic, especially with the new powerstomp twist.