The latest instalment from Signal Code sees the label focus on what it does best, putting out deep techno with a dancefloor twist. Costelloe’s 'Dreams' strikes a balance between dreamy synths and spiralling 303s over a tribal groove, while Duplex’s ‘Machines and Tapes’ is a sleeker take on Detroit techno. Despite this, the road less travelled provides the real highlights; Mark Du Mosch’s ‘Nexus 5’ is a slinky, melodic affair and best of all, ‘Orbit’ by ESS, a side project of DeFeKT, pits dramatic stabs and acid licks with a murky bass undercurrent.
London crew Urban Knights morph Wax Wreckaz's 2012 dancehall house anthem for the breakbeat garage crew, taking full advantage of Swedish singer Etzia's classy, irresistible vocal. This is one of those gloriously simple affairs: an electro house-style keyboard riff sitting over a clean two-step break and deep, deep sub. Yet the Knights' effortlessly cool re-lick utterly transforms the original track. You've probably already heard this at the summer festivals: if not, make a b-line for your nearest download store — it's a serious anthem.
The Dutch hardstyle duo are back with another monster hard hit, this time teaming up with fellow Dutch hip-hop trio Dope D.O.D. The rough and raw vocals compliment the tough beats perfectly, and the simple yet effective on-beat melody is reminiscent of Psyko Punkz's early hits. A sure-fire hit in the hard scene, and with remixes forthcoming from some of the biggest artists in the wider dance music scene, this could well be a break-out hit for the guys.
Australian producer Strict Face follows up his glossy, globule-like release for Gobstopper with the five-track 'Marble Isles' on the Tuff Wax label and, in many ways, it continues where he left off. Pushing that familiar vein of instrumental margins music, Strict Face circles round a grime template to varying effect, with beatless pieces and a trio of hard-hitters. ‘In Evergreen’ is the clattering peach amongst it all.