DJ Rap returns with the “Supernova” – the latest release on her Propa Talent imprint, – which is a delicious slice of rolling drum ‘n’ bass action.
“Supernova” features the sublime voice of Deanna, whose slick vocals sit nicely on atop Rap’s anthemic d’n’b. The emphasis is on precise drums and hefty waves of bass that collide to create an energetic smash that’s ready-made for skanking on the dance floor.
The track flies along with soaring vocals and works in perfect tandem with the soundscape beneath that’s well-crafted for home listening and raving.
The highlight of “Supernova” is the massive drop toward the end when Deanna’s vocals fade in and out before a wave of rhythm erupts to end the track brilliantly. It’s the icing on the top of the cake on a track that is guaranteed to be a firm favorite in DJ sets for the rest of the year and into the next.
DJ Rap has been in the game for the past 30 years and has forged a number of key releases in 2019, a year that has seen her play renowned festivals such as Outlook and Boomtown. “Supernova” sets the stage for momentum that will no doubt continue into the new year.
Until then, releasing vital, forward-thinking tracks of the calibre of “Supernova” will continue to affirm her matchless legacy in jungle and drum ‘n’ bass circles.
UK producer SevenDoors is back for another emotional, passion-infused ride through the dreamscape of melodic techno on Mesoplodon (Carioca Records). SevenDoors’ unique sound is layered with seemingly random 808 attacks, staccato rolls and a synthetic lushness. “Oceano” ushers in heady atmospheric swirls around a pulsing bassline and galloping drums. “Belaena” brings big bottom beats with stuttering acid rips and hypnotic percussion cresting melodic layers of techy riffs. Title track “Mesoplodon” packs a gut-punchin’ kick drum and lays a solid foundation for stacking sounds and fills, each finding its own order from techno chaos. As they drop into place the big picture slowly builds into something you hoped for but weren’t sure you should expect. The angelic chorus and smashing breakdown wash back into the heavy undercurrent of drums; this is my top pick of the release.
As the name suggests, CEV’s Raw EP out now on Hi! Energy Records is just that: raw. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The nervous energy might be a bit busy to some old-fashioned ears, but it works here. “Raw to the Roots” serves up a fat, almost garage-y groove with big beats, stuttered hits, fun fills and percussive rolls. Twisted samples reach up through the musical madness and electric keys sprout from the chaos to punctuate the groove. Nico Medez’s “Raw” remix ditches the faux-garage reminiscence as he retools the tune in a deeper, more sinister tech-house image. The EP rounds out with the upbeat “Set Me Free,” a driving house shuffle riding a funkin’ bassline into a classic club vibe. Solid cuts all the way around from French producer Julien Cadet.
Giorgio Moroder was pioneering the sound of the future long before he gained international notoriety in the ‘70s. Lauded for his groundbreaking production work, musical partnership with disco diva Donna Summer as well as collaborating with David Bowie, Blondie and countless artists, Moroder’s artistic renaissance began to take shape in 2013 by way of “Giorgio on Moroder,” a track on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The expansive 9-minute homage opened him up to a new generation and gave him the chance to provide a first-person account of his amazing career. “Nobody told me what to do, there was no preconception about what to do.”
After beginning his DJ career at 74 later that year, the now 75-year-old synth legend presents his first album in 30 years, Déjà Vu. Despite of his impeccable credentials, influence on dance music and heartwarming comeback story, Déjà Vu is underwhelming pop fluff.
With its cookie cutter buildups and breakdowns “4 U With Love” is schlocky and unimaginative EDM. “Don’t Let Go” featuring Mikky Ekko is one of those unlistenable faux inspirational songs torn from David Guetta’s crossover songbook. “Diamonds” featuring Charli XCX and “I Do This For You” featuring Marlene are both horrific pop-dance schmaltz. Both tunes fit the archetype of the frustratingly awful Euro songs you’ll hear bleating from a pizza joint on Collins Avenue in Miami any day of the year.
Moroder’s cover of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” featuring Britney Spears is the album’s strongest moment. Spears’ voice is bold and suits Mordor’s rock-solid production which builds upon Vega’s 1987 original and DNA’s subsequent chart-topping 1990 remix. In the end this glimmer of hope isn’t nearly enough to turn the tide.
Giorgio Morodor’s 17th album, Déjà Vu, is one I’d prefer not to have again.