This is a case where the name says it all. Power Cut, by frequent Discover contributor Matt Bowdidge and Fraction staple Phil Taylor, is the second release from fledgling label Mental Asylum Records–an effort by tech trance producer Indecent Noise to create another label home for darker and techier tracks, which are rapidly becoming a divergent entity of their own.
The original mix is a suitably dark track that flies low to the ground, with a consistent driving bassline but few dramatic flourishes; the break soars on a sea of arps, then nosedives straight back into a techy lead. Estigma’s remix lightens up the mood a bit with a bouncier bassline that wouldn’t be out of place in a typical uplifting track.
While Bowdidge & Taylor provide a great foundation in the form of Power Cut, it’s the new label head who really proves that he can live up to his own name. Indecent Noise takes the cake on this release with a remix that gets more outrageously techy by the second, with cheeky vocal samples–including a dramatic movie quote-esque monologue in the break–and ear-grinding lead synths that could easily break a club’s sound system. I don’t think anyone would complain. I definitely wouldn’t—although if Mental Asylum keeps delivering tracks like these, they may have to replace my earplugs. And eardrums.