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PowerStateFailure – The Selector: A Hauntingly Fitting Acid House Tribute to Andrew Weatherall

Just one minute into PowerStateFailure’s latest single “The Selector (A Tribute to Andrew Weatherall)”, tears affirmed just how fitting the ode was.

For those unaware, Andrew Weatherall was a British artist, DJ, producer and a pivotal part of the Acid House movement in the 80s. His tragic passing in February 2020 made us all too aware of how much he contributed to the music industry. His deft touch was put upon cult classics by artists such as Happy Mondays, New Order, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine.

After hearing PowerStateFailure’s tribute, I’m fairly sure Acid House Electronica has never come with such a pensively arresting feel. The Selector perfectly captures the industrious grassroots energy which surrounded the take-off of the Acid House era. It’s a nostalgia trip of how much life Acid House brought to the bleak Thatcher years. Yet, the single sits perfectly on contemporary airwaves and playlists.

With the haunting atmospheric tones, this reflective tribute will leave a lingering resonance long after the 6-minute track has faded to a close.

You can check out PowerStateFailure’s track for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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San Pedro Collective – Where Do I Begin: Entrancingly Atmospheric Acid House

San Pedro Collective

San Pedro Collective are due to drop their hotly anticipated Dance hit “Where Do I Begin” in February 2020 and blast the airwaves with an arrestive revival of those nostalgic 90s Acid House tones which would have sat the Hacienda alight.

The Hacienda may be long gone (well, it’s a block of flats now), but the Manchester-based collective’s sound is well and truly alive with vibrant sensuous mesmerism which hooks more than your mind into the seamlessly orchestrated and produced beats. Sarah Bouchier’s harmonically hypnotic vocals resonate like they were born to dominate a mix such as Where Do I Begin.

Starting off as a sensually mellifluous atmospheric soundscape, the progressive mix amasses momentum through the deft switch-ups until you reach the breakdown. A breakdown momentous enough to affirm that if any up and coming artist has what it takes to create a charting EDM floor-filler it’s San Pedro Collective.

You’ll have to wait until February 22nd to check out Where Do I Begin for yourselves. In the meantime, head over to Facebook and keep up to date with news of the release. And check out the standout track The Things You See from their Debut EP via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Van Den Dries has dropped their latest Acid House Floor Filler “HOT FACE”

With elements of Hardstyle, Synthpop, Acid House, and Ambient EDM laced into the latest drop “HOT FACE” from up and coming artist and producer, you’re treated to a feat of euphoric alchemy like no other.

Finding discernible distinction in EDM isn’t an enviable task. Yet when hitting play on tracks such as HOT FACE you’re generously rewarded with shimmering beats which allow you to taste the ecstasy it was created from.

Even though there are brief glimpses of nostalgia within the soundscape, it still resonates as contemporary thanks to the unbridled curve-creating ingenuity which is more than tangible in the deftly executed mix.

You can check out the official music video to Van Des Dries latest single HOT FACE by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast