The Remix we have ALL been waiting for…90’s Techno Legend Returns to the Scene to Re-Claim the Throne

Dance, Disco/Techno

Paul Hazel (pictured above) was dubbed the ‘Future of British Techno’ by Melody Maker. Producers from around the world would be working day and night to produce remixes of the Post-Detroit phenomenon that was Test Pattern.

What has inspired his return?

Whilst Paul was on his sabbatical, he took a turn at a job in education, where he taught Music at a University. During his tenure as a lecturer, his students would urge him onto start producing again. Without the encouragement from his students, Paul wouldn’t have had the confidence to revisit his solo project, as he realised it had never lived up to it’s billing.

What does is sound like?

Whether you’re a fan of Techno or not, you have to appreciate the amount of quality that this track emits. The leads created by the software instruments are as authentic as a 1970’s Moog synthesiser, and only enhance the track’s ability to make you want to get up and dance.

The overall mix of this track gives a classic feel with a modern twist. The twist being that the majority of 90’s techno music had a very ‘analog’ sound, which was warm and lacked clarity. Although this to some may contradict my previous comment regarding the ‘authentic’ sound, this does not hinder the track one bit. In-fact, the clarity within the mix gives a fresh take on techno, one that only reinforces Melody Maker’s comments about Paul Hazel.

Along with the single, Paul has released a remix of Test Pattern Redux but with a 2018 renovation, created by talented Croatian producer Kornelije Duras aka Ray Saul. The remix is one that could easily make the UK Top Charts, which slows the tempo down around 30 bpm to ultimately transform the techno classic into modern deep house vibe.

Both the remix and the redux of the original (let’s not try and confuse things here) are fantastic, and to have Paul back in the music industry is a breath of fresh air.



 Paul Hazel will launch ‘Test Pattern Redux’ at Swansea International Festival Fringe on October 5.





Jonny Morello channels 90’s rave with new banger ‘Why Can’t We See’


Ready to be taken back to the 90’s? No, we haven’t figured out time travel (yet..) but Jonny Morello’s new track Why Can’t We See is a real blast from the past. With it’s melodic piano and retro breakbeats, you can feel the inner 90’s raver crawling it’s way out of you, as it begins to take control of your body.  The breakbeats cannot be ignored, and are a pivotal part in making this track sound so impressive. The beat emulates that of Chase & Status, and even has reminiscences of their track Count On Me from their 2013 album Brand New Machine. Although some may call it ‘advantageous’ to compare the two, we have no doubt that Jonny has all the potential to make it as big as them.

Initially, Jonny’s inspiration to become an artist derived from his first live show experience, which was a Jay-Z concert. It was clear that from then on, Jonny was inspired to be like him, and to have the ability to change a crowds mood from track to track, which can be heard within his new single. Jonny was originally self-taught in music production, which is becoming ever more simple as years go by due to Youtube Tutorials. Soon after, he signed up for Music Courses, which opened up a world of opportunity and careers in Sound Design and Production.

There is no doubt in mind that Jonny worked day and night to complete this track. The mix is incredibly impressive, and the vocals sit perfectly on-top of the mix, which when done correctly sounds professional, so to pull this off at this stage in his career is one huge statement!

Jonny Morello’s new single can be listened to on the link below, but make sure that you’re wearing your best and most colourful tracksuit and bucket hat! But remember kids, say NO to drugs!

Words: James Cane | @DJJAMESCANE

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Cosmic Trap Guru, Adam 888, Taps into the Heart of Everything

Alternative, Dance, Electronica

We’ll leave it to Adam 888, Warner’s latest signing, to explain the genesis of his latest single, Chakra 123:

“In our body we have something called nadis, which are energetic pathways that distribute energy throughout the body. We have about 72,000 nadis in our body and they have 114 important junction points – these  junction points are called chakras. Of these chakras, we have 7 major ones that run our being on a physical and non-physical plane.

My intention with this song is to create an expression that symbolises the energy that moves through our first three chakras: the energy of self preservation; our survival instinct. I want to learn more about our body’s internal energy system so we can start to receive & generate pure energy made from truth and love. The song is a reflection of our first 3 chakras”

Blimey! Well, as you might imagine, this is trippy as you like trap (trip-trap?), all beautifully polished and oozing with oddness. Naturally, the accompanying video is equally mad, venturing into dark forests and ending in fiery freakouts. Don’t eat the mushrooms, kids.





Hunter Is Here with Poignant Message… Don’t Be Afraid To Be Yourself

Acoustic, Alternative, Blues, Dance



A Bold and Bright move on Hunters part shows the world what fusing blues with dance music can do, proving that the styles can marry together perfectly.


The song ‘So Gay’ is quite a powerful declaration, and without question fills your heart with a sense of respect for Hunter and the creators behind the musical masterpiece. A track that packs energy, charisma and elegance at the same time is more than welcome over here at rocky road music!


Making the rounds as a solo artist, Hunter is planning on taking his music worldwide, starting with ‘So Gay’, and as we wait in the wings, theorizing his next move, we can only hope that whatever is next for the talented musician is as real and fresh as ‘So Gay’. 


So be sure to keep up to date with all the best from Hunter:








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EZ Does It – Eztain Builds on Australia’s Future Bass Reputation

Dance, Disco/Techno, Electronica, house

Australia’s musical output has been a little wayward over the years – for every Nick Cave, there were ten Angry Andersons; bands who promised much (think along the lines of The Triffids and The Go-Betweens), found it difficult to break out of being critically acclaimed into commercially successful. However, when it comes to dance music, there has been far more influence and interaction with the world at large.

Electro house and progressive house artists have flourished in Australia and are largely seen as trailblazers in the scene. The likes of Cut Copy; The Avalanches; Pendulum and Flume have opened up what dance has traditionally been received as into something approaching a new strand of rock n roll which any kid can listen to and legitimately have a go themselves. Such is the case with Eztain (aka Jake Colson), who has emerged from the outer reaches of Perth to become the next Flume.

Taking house into the future bass arena, his EP shows the wide range of emotion and power that dance has come to embrace, being music to think to as much as music to dance to. The soundscapes are easy to lose yourself in which each track bleeding their essence into each other yet still existing as standing out in their own right. Hugely promising, it’s only a matter of time before the wider world  picks up on Eztain, further blurring how dance music is perceived and how it can evolve even further in the future.









Nej!Las Releases Dark Wave Electro EP

Dance, Disco/Techno, Electronica, house

If you think techno and electro has nowhere else to go, you’re very much mistaken. The latest release from Nej!Las, a two-track EP featuring Washout and Fini, threatens to be a major crossover release. Featuring elephantine throbbing beats, this is an almost shockingly dark, seething crawl through a modern metropolis to the very heart of some gigantic robotic mastermind.

As well as soaking up the more obvious influences you might expect a producer and artist who has spent time in Detroit and Chicago to have in their arsenal, there are other more unusual angles: the organised, futuristic worlds of Flying Lotus; the ever-shifting soundscapes of Boards of Canada, as well as the noir-esque soundtrack work of Thomas Bangalter, John Carpenter and tomandandy.

Nej!Las is no ordinary artist, having founded a charity which has already delivered $2.5 million aid across the crisis-stricken areas of the Middle East, as well as creating her music in eight different cities across two countries. Like her ever-present black hoodie (which also serves as her logo) what may at first glance seem familiar hides a genuinely thrilling hit of cutting-edge dark-wave electro brilliance.

Vispa steps back in time for retro synth-esque ‘Cosmic Force’

Dance, Disco/Techno, Electronica, Synth-Pop

It’s not often that you get to hear music coming from Iran, but it’s a refreshing change to see what’s happening musically in other parts of the world as electronic artist, Vispa, drops his retro-infused dance track, ‘Cosmic Force’.

You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that ‘Cosmic Force’ is straight out of an 80s video game with its pulsating drum beat, resonating synths and sense of tension building. But this is perhaps the best part of Vispa’s music; his ability to draw on style of old and bring them into the modern day.

Not only this, but there’s certainly a dance factor to his music, made all the better with the expertly timed drops and changes in instrumentation throughout the track.

However, much like ‘Cosmic Force’ is a true space-explorer of a track, Vispa is an explorer of music himself, constantly experimenting with genre and sound to gain more ideas for his new material.

Categorising his sound under the sub-genres of ‘synth-pop’, ‘space music’ and ‘electro-orchestral’, Vispa finds inspiration from all over the musical world, taking influence from other notable artists such as classical legend Hans Zimmer, Tangerine Dream, Depeche Mode and synth icons, The Pet Shop Boys.



The legendary funk soul group, Imagination, are back! And drummer Errol Kennedy, proves they have just as powerful groove as ever.

Dance, Funk, Pop

You will be guaranteed a flashback with enough music and lights to keep you going in the heat of the night that you’ll most likely find yourself burning up and wondering was that just an illusion?

2016 is an important year in music history – 35 years since IMAGINATION’s distinctive groovy bass-line sounds first hit the airwaves and gold lame hit the dance floors around the globe…. in fact it was 1981 when they released their chart-breaking platinum debut single (and also platinum debut album!) BODY TALK, which ultimately led the band to become the funk-soul-pop legends the name IMAGINATION is now known for over three decades later.

Errol also has a passion for the inspirational stories of WW2 and has so far written 5 books on some of the greatest stories in aviation history, such as the legends of WWII that were the British Spitfire and US Mustang, the work of the plastic surgeon Archie McIndoe and the Guinea Pig Club, and the restoration of the world’s only air-worthy Blenheim Bomber. The series is available in paperback and hardback as well as an audio book with brilliant narration by the BAFTA nominated Robert Powell.

He has released brand new and upbeat pop single entitled “You Can Be (All You Want To Be)”. The song is super uplifting and encourages people to follow their desires to become what they want to be.

Listen here:

Released on 29/04/2016 (all major online stores and here).

Earlier this year, to let the legacy of IMAGINATION live on, Errol Kennedy also released a very special “GREATEST HITS LIVE” album which he recorded when touring the UK with his own band during their UK tour in 2010-11.

The album features not just all of Imagination’s hits like SO GOOD SO RIGHT, CHANGES, MUSIC AND LIGHTS, IN AND OUT OF LOVE, BURNING UP (to name but a few) and of course IMAGINATION’s signature hit JUST AN ILLUSION but it also includes bonus tracks such as special instrumental versions and a fantastic live version of the new single YOU CAN BE (All You Want To Be).