Review: Duck Sauce aka unmagnifiable hype merchants Armand Van Helden and A Trak mercifully don't wait as long to unleash their latest club conqueror "Big Bad Wolf" as they did for their previous hit (which will remain unnamed to prevent it's vocal hook lodging itself in your head for the weekend). Regular listeners of the Annie Mac radio show will no doubt already be familiar with the charms of "Big Bad Wolf," which is unusually restrained given the duo's recent form. Bound to feature heavily at any upcoming Halloween parties, Duck Sauce ensure the track has longevity beyond the novelty seasonal play via the accompanying Gesaffelstein remix. The new French darling of the Turbo family turns in a suitably rowdy banger with just the right dash of backwards glances towards the electroclash era.
Review: On his first album since parting company with Hospital Records, Lincoln Barrett has decided to do things differently. Inspired by a mixture of co-producing Underworld's last album and nostalgia for the music of his youth, Night Gallery sees him expand his musical repertoire in impressive style. So, while his famed melody-rich, festival-friendly drum and bass workouts are still present, they're accompanied by tracks that variously touch on Daft Punk style disco ("The Beat Don't Feel The Same"), punk-rock ("Shotgun Mouthwash"), string-laden progressive house ("Ambient Recovery"), Balearic-minded breakbeat-pop ("Save Somebody") and euphoric indie-rock ("Come Together"). It's a bold move, but one that should be applauded; after all, the album hangs together just as well as any of his previous sets.