Hi-Gate

Pitchin' (In Every Direction)

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It's sometimes dangerous to witness people from the underground walking the streets. From pirate DJ roots and club-frenzied adulation, Judge Jules has moved into a solid Radio 1 slot at the BBC, headlined countless dance festivals, and even formed a successful recording pseudonym collective known as Hi-Gate. "Pitchin' (In Every Direction)" marks the first official release by this three-piece (made up of Jules, producer Paul Masterson, and vocalist Jina) and everything feels right. A monstrously seductive hard house beast, this debut slams in an extraordinary heavy bass, cresting drum rolls, and hardcore trance synth-lines that will cause the heart to skip more than just a few beats. It only wavers when it's handed to others. The mixes are fine (the Celine Diablo one even adding a caterpillar beat to the original), but it's surprisingly Jina's vocals that cause the most damage. She has a surreally soothing voice, and is leagues above most "hands in the air" female vocalists, yet her integration into this hard house mammoth feels haphazard and destructive. All in all, though, the focus is on the instrumental original, as well it should be. "Pitchin'" is a stellar introduction, and only a marvelous scream of potential for future forays into Jules' world of dance.

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