As one of the key proponents of the hardcore renaissance, Tessela's latest offering on R&S comes weighted under the kind of expectation that was foisted on Joy O releases a year or two ago. The lead tune is undoubtedly an utterly deadly weapon, maximising on stop-start dynamics to create a jaw-slackening moment for the heated dancefloor, all chunky pistons of breaks on top and ominous swells of techno undertow. "Horizon" opts for the dazzling optimism of hardcore synth stabs in the lead in before dishing out another dose of fractured jungle roll to freak out the movers and shakers, while "Gateway" takes the unresolved tension to a whole new level of nail-biting drama.
Craig McWhinney, Ben Sims, Jerome Hill, West Norwood Cassette Library, Luca Agnelli, Corticyte, Adryiano, Deetron, Kastil (Soul Notes/Stale), Resident Advisor, Jack Fell Down, Juno Recommends Bass, Kondaktor, Yooj, Colman Buckley, Aster (Hivern Discs/Mathematics), Nphonix, Riton, My Dry Wet Mess
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