Dan Nugent's latest release on Discover Dark is a sure thing for trance sets, says Danny Slade
Latex Zebra AKA Dan Nugent returns to Discover Dark, flexing his dark audio tendencies with the fierce Monumental - a take-no-prisoners trance stomper from start to finish.
As a DJ, every now and then you get sent a tune that instantly grabs your attention, which you just know is going to go off big time when played at the right moment. It's not instantly anthemic with clever melodies and pristine production values, its just a simple, no-nonsense thumper that will hold a floor and act as a bridge in your set between, say, a couple of big hands-in-the-air anthems, and so is an essential DJ tool.
This particular example opens with a large kick and clap and builds through layers of percussion and acidic stabs until the long snare roll kicks in and ushers forth the galloping bassline, which takes you to a long riser and then more layers of acidic sounds. It then builds again and introduces the main riff, which in this case isn't complicated and fluffy but will still be enough to keep that dancefloor churning right up to a simple but well thought-out breakdown - and onwards it flies.
If you're looking for some quality audio glue to help you piece together a great trance set full of highs and lows, this is a surefire contender.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 30 July
Review Score: 7