Review: Frenchman Julian Jeweil can be counted on for absolute peak time weaponry and his new offering on Drumcode is no exception. The tunnelling trance induction of dynamic opener "Space" sets the scene right away, and from here prepare to surrender to the void! "Answer" boosts the adrenaline levels immediately on this pummeling assault to the senses, assisted by some intense dub chords for dramatic effect. On the flip, "South" gets back to the program with yet another strobe-lit affair full of druggy risers and massive drops galore. Finally "Encke" provides something definitely in tune with the Drumcode sound, on this bleepy and hypnotic DJ tool which will have a broad appeal to a wide selection of techno DJs.
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Enrico Sangiuliano remix) (7:17)
Go (Manic Brothers remix) (9:09)
Review: Moby's back catalogue has been reworked rather a lot lately, with Drumcode following the lead of 2DIY4 in releasing a string of contemporary remixes of the Vegan beat-smith's classic productions. This 12" - the second of four the Swedish imprint is releasing - begins with a storming version of "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" by Enrico Sanguilano. It makes good use of the original's famous vocal sample, working it into a banging techno track that looks to the riff-heavy world of trance for inspiration. On the flip, the Manic Brothers offer their interpretation of "Go", combining the original's evocative chords and vocal samples with heavy new techno beats.
Review: Ever the champion of brains and brawn in equal measure, Maceo Plex makes his debut appearance on Drumcode with this punchy beast of a single. "Conjure Dreams" features plenty of Plex signifiers, from the rounded and rowdy bassline pump to the haunting tone of the synth lines, neatly packaged in a chunky framework of big room drums. "Conjure Floyd" meanwhile burrows into more minimal territory where the tones are amelodic and the percussion takes the lead, calling to mind the restraint and tension of classic M_nus productions where so much could be said with so little.