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Dan Perkins

Dan Perkins is a PHP Web Developer / Designer who works for DMC

Golden Girls - Kinetic - Floorplay Music

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 House
Yes it’s that Kinetic from rave’s yesteryear and if you didn’t already know it was originally produced by one half of Orbital. However, Kraak & Smaak have come up with a very clever remix that carefully introduces that infamous, epic stab halfway through the arrangement. But not before the 90’s tinged organ creates its very own time and place, feeling just like those hands in the air moments used to while the infectious vocal hooks spin off in all directions. A golden oldie reignited. 4 out...
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Galaxy Group ft. Rich Medina - Lady Harlem - Loveslap! Recordings

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 House
Harking back to the glory days of Blaze (and that’s a compliment) is this latest from Galaxy Group. Rich Medina’s tastefully smooth spoken words tell the story of ‘Lady Harlem’ over organic, shuffling rhythms and beautifully ponderous Rhodes chords, and if the more soulful American end of House is a place you like to find yourself at then this is heavenly. But what else would you expect from a collaborative project between Charles Spencer and Antoine Green? Agent X provide the first of two great...
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Various Artists - Vega On King Street – A 20 Year Celebration - King Street Sounds

Thursday, 04 April 2013 Compilations
One of New York's very finest house labels, King Street Sounds becomes the latest to notch up a complete two decades in house music. While the ‘Mix The Vibe' series in many ways represents their achievements to date, this new celebration from Lou Vega contains everything about the label that's good. Vega's mix on the first disc is a complete success, with highlights including the sultry Roots Main Mix of Jon Cutler and DJ Romain's ‘De Ja Vu', Mood II Swing's ‘Inhale' and productions by Dennis Fe...
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Deptford Goth - Life After Defo - Merok

Thursday, 04 April 2013 Albums
He's not from Deptford, and he's not a goth – but Daniel Woolhouse has made an album of real beauty to kick off what ought to be a fruitful career. Woolhouse taps in to the same sort of place that James Blake and SBTRKT do – the classic bedroom / laptop combination – but his is a different approach, with songs of emotional tenderness often played out against widescreen productions, with more emphasis on the treble than the bass. With some aching harmonic shifts, ‘Guts No Glory' and ‘Feel Real' a...
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Munk - Misterio - Gomma

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 House
Featuring one half of the people who go to make up Gomma is Mathias Modica aka Munk. To put it simply this is excitement personified immediately grabbing your attention with its edgy bass and guitar riffing against sassy vocals and heavy-duty keys. Feeling dangerously early eighties NYC ‘Misterio’ has a post-punk sensibility to it while tuning cleverly into its own unique frequency. Excellent versions come from Severino whose Horse Meat Disco Remix drives insistent beats together with sizzling p...
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Ejeca - Life In Flux EP - 2020 Vision

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 House
The next hot young producer who has been continuing to reaffirm his name is Ejeca. And this for 2020 Vision has all of his trademark sounds much in evidence, clearly referencing the past while fitting neatly into the future. ‘Jump’ opens with up-tempo beats backed up by punchy, filtered keys and off-kilter snares all feeling vibrant and somewhat peak-time. ‘Purnsley’ then dispenses with the formula to produce something much more atmospheric as layers of ethereal voices and emotive pads sound cin...
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Harry Wolfman & Jouhl - '96 Affair EP - Purp & Soul

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 House
The latest from Purp & Soul once again sees the label reactivate the senses from mind to body with this energized production form Harry Wolfman & Jouhl hitting the spot. It’s all contained within the infectious vocal edits, throbbing bass and warped keys which combine into the fierce workout of ‘Friend Within’. Next ‘High Fidelity’ gets deeper with atmospheric sounds layering up against undulating bass and smoky vocals, while the EP’s title track feels effortlessly funky with its loose a...
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AFFKT & Los Suruba - Los Goonies EP - Suruba

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 House
There's something rather special about Suruba's thirty third ep that sets it apart and places it in a groove of its very own design. The end result is the combining of sensuous, chiming atmospheres alongside richly dark basslines, which feel all at once uplifting, yet most definitely hard-hitting in scope. Add to that an endless array of stunning sound effects plus haunting voices and this certainly qualifies as one of the more imaginative productions around. The not so subtle 'One-eyed Willie' ...
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Richard Seaborne - The Reasons Why - Paper Recordings

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 House
Richard Seaborne's debut for Paper is all about attitude. More bitter than sweet in this case. However, the spoken deadpan delivery here certainly demands your attention with its caustic wit offset by melodic slashes as a temporary respite. Musically the percussion fuelled rhythms sit somewhere between early eighties NYC and 2013, and are little short of irresistible - which the Instrumental version neatly testifies to. Remixes come from Flash Atkins who adds a swing to the drums along with a ch...
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Kings Of Tomorrow featuring April - Fall For You EP - Defected Records

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 House
Defected are on a roll (again) with Sandy Rivera's first production of 2013 sounding every bit like the class act that it so obviously is. Have to say that by the second play of 'Fall for You' you will totally hooked into April Morgan's luscious vocals along with those rolling Stevie Wonder styled Rhodes chords. All of which are backed up by classic strings, punchy beats and emotions that only first rate House music can really register. The Original Mix then features more bassline and less song,...
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Mobilee Back To Back Vol. 7 - presented by Rodriguez Jr. - Mobilee Records

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 House
What else can you say about the ubiquitous Rodriguez Jr. that hasn't already been said? The answer is of course to simply listen to the superlative producer's music. And in this case that begins with his first rate choice from Mobille's impressive catalogue of ingenious electronic numbers on cd one. Setting the scene is Ray Okpara's tastefully atmospheric 'Good Times' as the music proceeds to traverse through the labels typically challenging array of sounds: Re.You - Junction, and Anja Schneider...
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Shade - All I Need To Know - RVS Music

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 House
A nice piece of Mediterranean warmth from RvS, which we certainly need right now! It's almost impossible to contemplate a hot summer at the moment but the original mix of 'All I Need To Know' makes this possible, with cool washes of keyboard and a classy vocal the standout features, all performed at a thoroughly respectable mid-range house tempo. The remixes are equally convincing, with a chunky Joshua Iz version adding a bit of Chicago beef, Asadinho loosening up the vibes with a groovy basslin...
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Martin Brodin - Bla Bla Bla - MB Disco

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 Albums
'Bla Bla Bla' is Martin Brodin's take on the roots of disco and dance music – and it sounds like he had a great time making it. He's certainly gone heavy on the 80s influences, and we get the riff of InXS' 'Need You Tonight' attached a bit clumsily to 'Oh Yeah', but he gets away with it through a combination of good grooves and a sense of fun. While largely house-based, there is always a swing to his rhythms, and a refusal to make things too straight laced. 'Don't Stop The Music' fits his bluepr...
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Autechre - Exai - Warp

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 Albums
It's almost become complacent to expect great things from Autechre, but here they are delivering once again, with an album that clocks in at a more than weighty two hours – but still manages to be inventive at the end of it. 'Exai' manages that balancing act by moving between ambient thoughts and much more active passages, some of which might put the listener in mind of late 1980s house chord sequences. There are some truly odd sounds, too, which could only be achieved by the duo – and these inc...
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Matmos - The Marriage Of Two Minds - Thrill Jockey

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 Albums
You'll have to bear with me while I explain the concept behind Matmos' first album in five years. The Baltimore duo conducted a series of parapsychological experiments to get to some of the sounds and samples that they use here – which to you and me is trying to influence the outcome of their album by using mind control. There are some fascinating results, and some really funny ones too – and the styles of music range from blissed out to full on death metal, with loads in between. The two clearl...
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Various - Moda Black Vol II (Mixed By Jaymo & Andy George) - Moda Black

Thursday, 21 March 2013 Albums
Following on from the award winning Volume 1 Jaymo & Andy George once again push the envelope forward with all that’s finest in House music right now. Just reading the track list feels exciting in itself with the impressive selection taking in the currently hot such as Huxley, Ejeca and Walker & Royce amongst many significant others. Ben Pearce kicks it all off with another excellent production in ‘Pale Ale’ as the mix proceeds to probe between dark and heavy territory, and its more upli...
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George Absent - Together EP - Exotic Refreshment

Thursday, 21 March 2013 House
George Absent’s low-slung and totally captivating production sees the labels’ second vinyl EP score big on atmosphere. The mystery lies somewhere between the effortlessly funky bassline, nervous off-kilter voices and nagging synths, which may not sound all that inviting but work together in a weird and wonderful way. Two very impressive remixes come from Pete Oak and from Patrick Podage. The former adding more energy to the first-rate bass and percussion while augmenting the atmosphere with swir...
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Climbers feat Yasmine Asaiez - Left Your Love - Faceless Recordings

Thursday, 21 March 2013 House
Faceless Recordings is the brand new label from Mexican duo Climbers and London-based Silky and Barber. They have certainly set their sights high with this and their initial release does them justice with an engaging vocal from Yasmine Asaiez sounding sometimes ethereal, sometimes melancholy. The excellent Original is reminiscent of classic 90’s Def Mix in that silky, soulfully rewarding way which isn’t touched upon so much these days. All of which is helpfully underpinned by dark pads giving it...
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Yousef feat. Alexander East – Think Twice - Defected Records

Thursday, 21 March 2013 House
There are lots of reasons why this is good. Not least of all because Alexander East’s yearning, soulful vocals remind you that the power of song is not yet lost. Yousef’s original version feels deep yet invigorating with cool piano and imaginative rhythms lending this a distinctly individual flavor. Heavyweight remixes come from the excellent Catz ‘n’ Dogz who give it a dangerous edge with Acid bass alongside pulsating beats and a definite hint of 1988. Fred Everything’s Lazy Vox Remix Edit then...
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Various Artists - Darkroom Dubs Vol.3 Mixed By Silicone Soul - Darkroom Dubs

Thursday, 14 March 2013 Compilations
To mark Darkroom Dubs’ tenth anniversary (that makes me feel old!) Silicone Soul drop a third mix in the accomplished series of house that is largely deep but always robust. This mix is no different, being packed with high quality, smoky pieces of work such as Soukie & Windish’s ‘Flatmate Ghost’ and a couple of mixes of Terje Saether’s ‘Scared’, which works well with a breakdown that melts in the centre of Gregorythme’s remix. Gradually the pace quickens and the intensity heightens, through ...
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