High Contrast.... ahhh Lincoln, breathing life into the drum and bass scene for the budding bass music nerd - offering hope to those who have swapped the tracksuit bottoms and a burberry hat, for a cup of tea and an old cardigan.

If We Ever and the Adele remix (hometown glory for those of you who've been on another planet) sprung Linc into the limelight with the easiest tunes to mix, as well as being intensely happy and generally timeless. Lest we forget absolute boom-town classics like Days go by, twighlights last gleaming (happiest dnb tune of all time? check yourself via this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lF0WTMqc1k ) and lesser spotted favourite of mine - mr majestik and the other side in collab with Northern Irish Drum n bass rarity Calibre.

High Contrast is now established as the Welsh poster-boy for geeks into DnB on the side when not analysing art-nouveua film productions and checking out free galleries.

But has Nero offered a route into Dubstep in a similar fashion? Absolutely plain looking in appearance, quite easily aspired to by those leaving their school years with a midi keyboard and a set of decks in their bedroom at their parents. AND they make HUGE remixes of tunes that are otherwise 'radio'hits.

Check these for example. Massive entries into the bootleg remix market on the dubstep scene, it has to be said - they could sound fairly similar, but if the first remix was brilliant.... if it ain't broke....

Check it out.

The Streets - Blinded by the lights (Nero rmx)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_3VeZnIPeM

MJ Cole - Sincere (Nero rmx)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV1bI7xLnf8

Calvin Harris - You used to hold me (Nero rmx)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcBryDAKJuY

Deadmau5 - Ghosts and stuff (Nero rmx)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gb3faOzvBk&feature=related

DJ Fresh - Hypercaine (Nero rmx)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bzwotiDbSM


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Is electro getting a small revival...!?!

No.

Almost certainly not. Unless you're a fluorescent-hat-and-sunglasses-wearing-even-when-you're-inside kind of idiot.

Though it has to be said, folks such as erol alkan, jack beats, fake blood and co do know how to kill a dancefloor when its required of them.

If there is one thing we can be grateful to this haircut-sporting-big-trainer-wearing movement of DJs and revellers alike, at least they've got fucking minimal techno out of the way.

Anyway heres some half decent electro/jackin house style tunes in the meantime.

Boris Dlugosch - Bangkok

Boyz Noise feat. Erol Alkan - Waves

Boyz Noise - Ah! (A-Trak Remix)


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With artists now realising the money is in live performance, as record sales are plummeting, its done nothing if not kick a few bands into shape and get them to play live to the audiences who are dying to see them on tour.

Time spent bouncing around various gigs/performances on YouTube is always justified when you come across an absolute winner of a tune played live with devastating effect. I've decided to post a few examples of what I'm on about. Some I was at, and some that I wish I was....

First up is Daft Punk. I wasn't actually at this gig, but as anyone who knows Daft Punk will be aware, they mash up their own tunes from inside their world famous light-show pyramid (which incidentally looks like this from their view)

This particular video of their mash up between the two classics - Aerodynamic and One More Time, the crowd reaction says it all.


Second up is Chemical Brothers @ Glastonbury 2007 playing Star Guitar, in my view one of the greatest festival tunes to watch live of all time. Chemical Bros always put on a huge show, and Star Guitar is that ultimate mix of electronica and happy festival feeling... perfect to get the dancing shoes on for a festival (aaargh i cant wait until glastonbury this year!! chemical brothers are rumoured - but with orbital and faithless already as good as confirmed where the hell will they be on the bill if they are playing???)




Thirdly and finally - bit off kilter but this always makes my hairs stand on end, just because you can see the band really appreciating the ridiculous crowd reaction. Fiancé took me to see FLC in Bristol recently as part of my christmas present and it was absolutely brilliant. Fair play - Huey is such a legend



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