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DJ Fresh: 'Nextlevelism' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Oct 1 2012

DJ Fresh 'Nextlevelism' artwork
After struggling on the charts for almost a decade, Worthing-born Daniel Stein aka DJ Fresh finally found mainstream success with last summer's chart-topping 'Louder'; a track that led the charge for combining drum 'n' bass with a pop melody and '90s club-classic vocal that felt both new and classic.

As such, Fresh's third album repeats the same trick a further 11 times over, manoeuvring between dubstep, rap, rock and D&B and giving it all the same high-sheen level of dancefloor-friendly gloss. The Rita Ora-assisted 'Hot Right Now' is an easier-on-the-ears version of its predecessor, while latest single 'The Feeling' once again benefits from a distinctive vocal, this time courtesy of RaVaughn.

The lineup of guest singers continues to be intriguing and well-considered throughout; opting for household names Dizzee Rascal on 'The Power' and Ms Dynamite for 'Gold Dust' - the latter on which her garage roots just manage to permeate through - while up-and-comers Ayah Marar and Fleur hold their own on their respective Balearic-inspired romps.

That said, the turnstyle effect of the propelling club beats, studio squiggles and all-too-familiar lyrics quickly become grating, leaving you either glued to the dancefloor or wanting to avoid it altogether. In fact, closing number and epic doom-ballad 'Forever More' featuring The Fray and Professor Green points to a producer who is more than ready for his next challenge.



Tracks to download: 'Hot Right Now', 'The Edge', 'Gold Dust', 'Forever More'
If you like this, you'll like: Sub Focus, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Chase & Status

Watch the music video for DJ Fresh's latest single 'The Feeling' below:

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