Slam ‘Crowded Room’

Slam / ‘Crowded Room’

Vinyl / Digital

Drumcode / Released April 18th 2011


What does it sound like?

Slam, proper techno, or something close to that. Crowded Room rolls, and bumbles its way like a late 90s low-slung juggernaut, offering those percussive breakdowns that guarantee energy retention, dropping back into little other than a flat four-four workout, via snare rolls, capped off with a warbling background synth.

Flip it to find Night Train living very much up to its name, and sounding a little more Drumcode. That means heavy kicks, bouncing toms and a relentlessness that’s difficult to get right, here realised with ease. Darker than the A, and a world away from easygoing, there’s also enough punch and groove to ensure it’s accurately aimed at the feet.

Where would I dance to it?

In some room, as the early hours of the morning descend, most likely under a blue light.

What highlights can I expect to hear?

The title track’s immediate ability to remind you of Essential Mixes soundtracking taxi rides gone by, making it clear, if clarification were needed, that the Scottish production duo can still deliver the goods.

Why should I pay for it?

Both tracks are built for DJs, so you probably need to offer something if a clean, crisp copy is going into either the digital or physical collection.

Where can I buy it?

Juno, Chemical Records