...XTRAHard Records! Do you know it? Got to learn it!
'Sounds of Summer' is the title of a very fresh DJ friendly compilation album including 11 unmixed tunes of proper positive energy I'd rather say, because that's exactly what the label appeals to be.
Just a headsup to get into the spirit. The most recent album following the same direction, was 'Keep It Floored' coming out some months ago from Raveskool Recordings, managed by Paul Cronin, a well known hcb guru.
Deadly Nightshade (a.k.a Stuart Brown) from UK, is the man behind XTRAHard Records, aiming to give an uplifting character in and out his label. And so he has succeeded, after running 1 year of XTRAHard single releases, to set up the first compilation right on time for the summer!
Entering the album's music part you can notice some established producers in the scene like Polish producer/DJ/label manager, Nefti who combines sweet piano melodies with rockin' breakbeats on 'Falling', the human tune machine like Paul Cronin who's all around in nuskool hardcore, spits a 150bpm 'Uplifting Heaven', while the duet of Gareth Monks and DJ Rave In Peace getting themselves on proper 145bpm hcb piano breaks tunes, good example of how they're well reborn throughtout this year.
Next step goes to two serious piano breaks talents.
Long to seem them on a release but you surely remember them from the Good Times Recordings days. It's the duet of Andy Wilson and Tom Parr or even better call them Pinky & The Brain on the Nu-Rave scene and 'Sweetheart' is a sensational piano breaks opener of the album, full of happiness!
In the rest of the album, Finchman from the mighty crew of Sonic Fortress, delivers two 150bpm stormers and is so good seeing him involved on this album, since his productions deserve attention from the Nu-Rave masses. Tunes like 'Desire' are absolutely astonishing!
'Broken Wails' from Davey Brite is the most different track off this album.
A 178bpm liquid D&B driven tune of nostalgia, an excellent work proper to drive with your car for hours and hours and neverending...
Last tunes to display coming out from the youngest member of this release, who's the Spanish producer Nayim, less than 20 years old but already Vinyl addict and signed on labels like KODE 5, Ravenoyz Recordings.
'In The Air' is a 140bpm breaks roller which will force you to kick your legs in the air!
And finally, closing with the man who run this whole project like Deadly Nightshade who offers 2 incredible stormers with 'Uplifting Heaven' being my personal favourite as the second chapter of this banger reminds me quite a lot of his aggressive releases over Switchblade Digital!
In overall it's pretty good to see in general albums like these into the scene promoting and pushing out the Nu-Rave and Hardcore Breaks movement!
Worth giving love and support the label and all producers involved on this superb Nuskool release!
Grab your copies now on bandcamp here by the price of 6 quid or even more if you wish supporting the effort and work of the label
Deadly Nightshade 'Uplifting Heaven'
Finchman 'Desire For You'
PINKY & THE BRAIN
DJ RAVE IN PEACE