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Partykillers and Syskey – Mayday EP

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MAYDAY EP.jpgLabel: GURU RecordingsScore:  9/10

The same relentless energy and explosive attitude that has long since been the trademark of Gregori Klosman’s DJ sets is now clearly recognized as a mark of the Parisian’s own record label, GURU Recordings. Only twelve releases in, the burgeoning imprint has already built a reputation for exposing EDM to a dynamic and potent strain of adrenalin-fuelled house music. Even fresh of the heels of the bona fide club smash of DJ Sub Zero’s “In The Club” GURU refuse to let up the intensity and drop another hard-hitting dancefloor destroyer, this time courtesy of a collaboration between Radio FG residents Partykillers and rising French talent Syskey.

The aptly named “Hijack” is a full on, no holds barred hijack of the senses. Immediately attacking the central nervous system, the music paralyses you with an assault of floor-shaking synth stabs, hard, wobbling basslines, pounding drums and futuristic FXs. It creates a soundscape that although hard and edgy, is intoxicating and immersive. With “Hijak” blasting out of the speakers you are less captive hostage and more willing accomplice.

Far from a cry for help, “Mayday” is another ravaging house titan. Although it starts with a slightly more considered approach, the track explodes into an even more powerful behemoth than its predecessor. Stomping beats, crunching basslines, out of control drum machines and shouted vocals collide to create a track that is as exhausting as it is impressive and as fearless as it is intense.

Seemingly growing in ferocity with every release, you can’t help wonder what red-faced monster will be spawned from the fires of GURU Recordings next. The only assurance we can have at this stage is that it will sound great whenever it opens it mouth!

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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