Detailing records from such leading profiles as Tale Of Us, ANNA and Cirez D, the month of June certainly wasn’t one for the feint-hearted.
ANNA – ‘Razor’ [novamute] – 8th June
Following stand-out releases from such prolific techno names as Nicolas Bougaieff and Charlotte de Witte, the latest entry in the novamute catalogue comes from one of Brazil’s finest exports, ANNA. Quickly ascending the ranks with her seductive yet heavy-hitting brand of techno, ‘Razor’ sees ANNA push forward a durable, unyielding roller schlepped upwards by undulating synths and afflictive drum scuttles to a fierce, overwhelming breakdown of desolate proportions.
Josh Butler – ‘Anonymous’ [Hot Creations] – 8th June
Bringing his production expertise to Hot Creations, Josh Butler turns in a dance floor charged detonator in the form of ‘Anonymous’ – his debut EP for the label. Formulated for low ceiling, sweaty basements, the ORIGINS RCRDS boss shows off a dubbier, more stripped back side of his sound with a fusion of deep, snarling bass and assigned vocal cuts.
Nasser Baker – ‘Say Something’ [Circus Recordings] – 8th June
A protege of the legendary Dennis Ferrer, California native Nasser Baker chimes in on Yousef’s Circus label with his first full, self-penned EP – ‘Say Something’. The title track comes finely furnished with hefty, outrageous, razor-sharp drums complimenting the original vocal throughout the track’s duration. Constantly battered by 909 drums, this belter is filled with vocal hook exchanges.
Energy 52 – ‘Cafe Del Mar’ (Tale Of Us Remix) [Renaissance] – 15th June
Considered absolute royalty when it comes to big-room emotion, Tale Of Us provide us with their take on one of trance’s most iconic deliveries of all time. The second remix of ‘The Remix Collection’ project from Renaissance, the Afterlife duo take the classic elements that made ‘Cafe Del Mar’ so huge in the 90’s and bring it to the modern day with big licks of bass and a massive crescendo.
Billy Turner – ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Style’ [Drumcode Ltd] – 15th June
Adam Beyer’s Drumcode Ltd imprint is all about shining a spotlight on the techno talent of the future, Crawley’s Billy Turner fits the mould perfectly. His latest vinyl-only shooting is an efficacious nocturnal techno stomper. Designed for the peak-time dance floor hours, it comes equipped with a chunky, pulverising bassline and stargazing synth elements.
Dinamarca – ‘Tú y Yo’ [Rinse Recordings] – 15th June
Santiago-born and Stockholm-based, Dinamarca new EP, ‘Sol De Mi Vida’, takes inspiration from his childhood years of continent-hopping forming a rare marriage between trance and reggaeton. Our personal favourite from this release is ‘Tú y Yo’. Filled with ruminating countermelodies, this record definitely presents a symphonious vibe.
Adam Beyer, Bart Skils – ‘Your Mind’ [Drumcode] – 18th June
Already featured in the form of his new sub-label, Drumcode Ltd, Swedish maestro Adam Beyer lands himself a slot on this month’s hottest numbers with his collaboration with Bart Skils, ‘Your Mind’. Originally starting life as a tool, following a positive reaction, this soon became a fully fledged techno weapon comprised complete with heavy percussion, plenty of snares and an acid-fuelled rolling bassline.
Tiga, Kolsch – ‘HAL’ [IPSO] – 22nd June
Danish delight, Kolsch, has quite the knack for wrenching your emotions. His own imprint, IPSO, is no different. The label’s latest release sees him partner up with Turbo chief, Tiga, for a brand new collaboration called ‘HAL’. Made in just a few days in Copenhagen, this exhilarating dance floor heater is a fantastic reflection of both artist’s musical acumen with Kolsch’s vocal sample contusion being a shining example.
Cirez D – ‘Dare U’ [Mouseville] – 25th June
Released just weeks ahead of his second season opening party at Hi Ibiza, Eric Prydz steps up to the plate as Cirez D delivering a dark and heavy fusion of pummelling, club-ready rhythms in ‘Dare U’. Setting the tone with an uncaged harbinger, Eric’s Cirez D alias excels as exquisitely as his Pryda persona did just a few months ago with ‘PRY 039’.
Dasha Rush – ‘Acid Curve’ [Fullpanda] – 29th June
Brand new from Russian experimentalist, Dasha Rush, ‘Acid Curve’ is the highlight of her latest release on Fullpanda, ‘Acid Sketch’, sparking an onslaught of powerful, murky acid techno ventures.