Radar Records–a fine drum’n’bass label from Belgium that has consistently purveyed some of the hardest, most danceable d’n’b over the past two years. Several noteworthy artists seem to find a home for their tunes on the Belgian label like Netsky, DJ Marky, and Blame, to name a few. The label’s founder happens to be a spectacular DJ, also from Belgium, who goes by the name of Murdock. His latest project, Off the Radar, was to take an eclectic mix of Belgian-produced tunes and have some high-caliber producers remix them into dancefloor anthems. The result was astoundingly successful, delivering a salvo of tunes that are poised to bend subwoofers in half.
While many of the tunes on Off the Radar have seen previous releases, there are still a few stand-outs that must not be missed. One such jewel is Eptic’s remix of Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic. Most people are familiar Eptic’s Like a Boss tune, and his dubstep remix of Pump Up The Jam builds on the same principles that made Like A Boss so memorable–heavy, droning basslines, and lead synths that are modulated into violent bursts of sound akin to a jack-hammer punching away at concrete. For more d’n’b flavor, Crystal Clear’s remix of Zipper by Sound Of Stereo is the perfect fix for a slow heart rate. Crystal Clear has turned Zipper into a hyper-paced, steam-roller of a tune, with pitch-modulated synths and an arpeggiated sequence that nervously bounces from note to note. Netsky also did a splendid job dialing up the aggression on Strobot by Shameboy. The square-wave lead Netsky has crafted almost sounds like a digital brass horn, stabbing away rhythmically while metallic sound effects glisten in the background.