Review: Julien Jabre's Elias Productions returns with this sterling new package from the esteemed French producer. "Samana EP" kicks off with the Levant mix of the title track, which is a bombastic peak time cut loaded with emotional tension and release thanks to a powerful lead that reaches skywards like the crescendo of an unforgettable open air set. "Far At Sea" is a change of tempo that locks into a low slung groove without sacrificing the bold compositional surges that typify Jabre's approach in the studio. Lazare Hoche come on board to deliver an edit of "Samana" that nudges the wild peaks and valleys of the original towards a more steadfast, streamlined dancefloor workout.
Review: When he first donned the Pryda guise in the mid 2000s, Eric Prydz used it as a vehicle for more underground, techno-tinged fare. In recent times, he seems to have decided it is his moniker of choice and the big room hits have come thick and fast. "Stay With Me", which originally appeared on digital download earlier in the year and is now finally available on wax, is another biggie. Built around a dark, druggy and notably heavy techno rhythm, much of the track's power comes from the veteran DJ/producer's use of mind-altering acid lines and pulsating electronic riffs. It's not subtle in any way, but it is seriously large. If it's not already a big room anthem, it definitely will be soon.
Review: Rick Smith and Karl Hyde's Underworld name is one of those UK heritage projects that's been more than influential in shaping the mood of the scene nowadays. Since the late 1980s these guys have done it all and seen it all, accompanied by the likes of Darren Emerson on the journeys, and even featured on film soundtracks such as Danny Boyle's Trainspotting. Second Toughest In The Infants is their 1996 album, and while we hadn't heard it in a while, we're pleased to hear that it has aged remarkably well. In fact, its magnificent blend of growling house beats and placid breakbeat is almost refreshing to the ears nowadays. The freedom with which these guys operated is a pleasure to immerse yourself in, and if you haven't heard this LP yet, do yourself a favour.