Mainframe Recordings – This Was Open Air Festival LP 2016 – [Review]


Following the festival that happened last month at the Arena Wien in Vienna, comes a banging VA (various artists) album, courtesy of Mainframe Recordings. Similarly with the fest; this LP packs a serious artist line-up.

This Was Open Air Festival 2016 is in simple terms, a mash-up of artists, who came up with jams ideal for that kind of fest. However, it does contain differing tastes and styles throughout the songs whilst, it manages well to stick with the theme. I mean, from the get go, with Dorian kick-starting things with ‘Come Closer’; and having the godfather of the Brazillian D&B scene, the legendary DJ Marky following up with some power in ‘Electrified’. We could go through the track list step-by-step if this was anything either than a brief glimpse. However, the list goes on; there’s TR Tactics closing it with the last tune; Protune; Aaronic; and Breakpitt with some ‘Watchdogs’ to keep the heart pumping some more.

There’s also three duos and collabos that come out as dope, heavy hitters namely; ‘Beatfunk VIP’ by Dossa & Locuzzed; Chris.SU & Mindscape with ‘Talk To Me’; as well as Hybris & Subtension slowing things down to a head-boppin’ beats with ‘Fay’. Lastly, there’s the dance hall influence behind Transparent’s ‘Double Up’ to get your freak on to.

This was compiled and mashed for the heads especially, those who love to go buck on the dance floor. We’re quite sure that, for those who’ve jammed at Mainframe’s Open Air Festival, this album will surely bring back the memories.

Words By: Tsheola ‘Vagabond’ Asavela


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