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