An Eric Prydz remix is probably as far as you could imagine Kölsch steering things towards the stadiums, though the Danish producer is nonetheless famous for his unabashed affinity with emotion, and he does a bang-up job of striking the right balance with ‘Generate’. It’s a calculated remix that hits all the right points while still keeping things authentic, its bleepy electro stabs morphing into a rich framework where Kölsch summons genuine emotion from the vocals.
Combining an old skool break with a dark, reverberating industrial sound and a biology lesson about tinnitus, ‘Collecting Dust’ is an ominous monster of a track. Pounding bass and a tumbling drum make this the most enjoyable science class you've ever had.
Sasha plays a classic bait-and-switch trick with ‘Ether’ by opening on a hefty note of techno, before evolving into a swirly progressive monster in the second half, the brittle sounds giving way to delicious cyclones of melody, demonstrating again he’s not afraid at the moment to go for the jugular. There are elements of a return to the euphoric sounds that defined his earlier years, without the danger of it feeling retrospective.
Grum makes his Anjunabeats debut with another solid indication he’s ready for the big league. ‘U’ is an enigmatic, progressive stormer that pitches its flag somewhere ambiguously between house and trance, maximising appeal for both scenes. Led by a rich, colourful electro synth hook, it’s backed by a driving house kick that maximises dancefloor functionality. More importantly though is how Grum has tapped into that mysterious essence that defined early progressive, making ‘U’ one of the standout electro/progressive records of the year so far.