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Dan Perkins

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

John Morales presents - The M+M Mixes Volume 3 - BBE Records

Thursday, 25 April 2013 House
I don’t know, perhaps I'm biased but exploring Volume 3 of John Morales series of classic productions sounds like heaven to me. But then how could it not with a track list that includes Barry White whose opening ten minute opus, ‘Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up’ is second to none. Following on from that is Side Effect’s timeless ‘Always There’, Jean Carn’s soulful gem ‘Was That All It Was’ and that’s only the first three tracks on cd one! The three cd set then proceeds to include many favourites s...
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Various Artists 'Music For Dancefloors: The Cream Of The KPM Music Green Label Sessions' (Strut)

Thursday, 18 April 2013 Compilations
This is described as ‘a journey through the archives of the fabled and historic KPM Music Library, but there’s no stuffy old relics here! In fact there is a wealth of original funk and groove, often used by DJs either in sets or for sampling, with an impressive live feel to the recordings that holds the whole way through. Duncan Lamont’s ‘Funky Express’ typifies the sound, with its bright and brassy approach, while John Cameron’s ‘Swamp Fever’ is cool and groovy. William Farley and Dennis Bovell...
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Various Artists 'Disco Circus Vol.4 Mixed By Mighty Mouse' (Bears Eat Fish)

Thursday, 18 April 2013 Compilations
‘Disco Circus’ has been an extremely well planned and received series by Mighty Mouse, and the fourth volume continues the winning blend of disco past and present, while never taking itself too seriously. CD1 is paced to perfection, kicking off with the chugging ‘Spaceship’ of Triangle Sun and moving through to piano-led hands in the air anthems like Phonetica Vs. Soulemotion’s ‘Impossible Love’, presented here in its Casio Social Club Acid Sunrise remix. Believe me it’s worth the long title! Fu...
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Rokia Traoré 'Beautiful Africa' (Nonesuch)

Thursday, 18 April 2013 Albums
Few voices, Western or otherwise, have the range of expression and natural instinct that Rokia Traoré does – and here she returns to a slightly more Western way of thinking with the inclusion of producer John Parish. The title track is striking, not just because she sings in English, but because it comes from the very heart of her home continent. It is symbolic of the intense motion felt throughout the album, whether in the gentle breeze of ‘Ka Moun Ke’ or the lighter instrumental arrangements o...
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Pearl Necklace 'Soft Opening' (Smalltown Supersound)

Thursday, 18 April 2013 Albums
If you excuse the frankly dubious name and album title, Pearl Necklace are well worth investigating, because they make the kind of slower, leftfield beats that Norwegians are so good at. A key part of this is the guest slots of Arp, who crops up on the loping, slow disco of ‘Did You Feel It’. Meanwhile the woozy, unfocused sounds in Why Toto? work nicely, as does the shimmering ‘Wist’. Sometimes a bit more pace would be welcome, and ‘Don’t’ feels like it creaks along rather, but overall this is ...
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Portico Quartet 'Live / Remix' (Realworld)

Thursday, 18 April 2013 Albums
This is an irresistible package from the Portico Quartet, offering two albums in effect – a live set that catches the band on tour last year, and a set of remixes that serves to illustrate just how malleable their music is. The live album is definitely best heard in one go, and shows how strong and cohesive the band are. The style is elusive, so best perhaps just to call it ‘leftfield’ and say that fans of Four Tet and all things Warp and Ninja would definitely find something to tickle their fan...
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Edu Imbernon & Los Suruba - Fayer EP - Culprit

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 House
What strikes you immediately about this combined Spanish production is the sheer diversity of the sounds employed and just how fresh it all feels. Starting with the Original Mix which sees fizzy electronics and commanding guitars sizzle upon Balearic infused rhythms with just the right hint of voice completing the picture. At times this feels more ambient/ ethereal but none the less this has a pulsating, moody quality to it all the same. The Adriatique Deeper Vibe Remix gets, as the title sugges...
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Anja Schneider - Diagonal EP - Mobilee Records

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 House
And now down to business as Mobilee’s founder Anja Schneider delivers a set of inspired productions her latest EP. The title track tack simmers with dark energy and an undulating funkiness that neatly crosses the joint T’s of tech and taste. And at just over eight minutes it’s imaginative enough to keep you engaged, while tough enough to keep you moving via its moody stabs and punchy drums. ‘Surrender’ then follows a more reflective path holding the tension at breaking point as further moody not...
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Defected presents MK In The House - Defected Records

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 Albums
For someone who needs little introduction this compilation sure makes a loud noise. As if it wasn’t enough to help define the sound of House Music in the nineties MK now pushes forward with his excellent selection for Defected’s In The House series. Its taken almost twenty years for some of these sounds to come back into fashion, which just goes to prove it was all good in the first place! and is perhaps best typified by the opening number from MK himself featuring Alana ‘Love Changes' with its ...
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Amadar feat. Mr Nugget - Move On - (The Brothers Tracks)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 House
Since their inception in 2011, Swiss label The Brothers have gathered some serious momentum with their soulful and funky house output. Expanding in 2013, Edi Carlucci and Franky Freshy launch their exciting new offshoot label, which is set to feature releases from their deeper and techier artists, The Brothers Tracks. To mark the label launch is a brand new collaboration between upcoming Swiss house producer Amadar and British MC Mr Nugget who deliver a sublime deep house outing that carries a c...
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Yoyohoney - YOYO / Groove On - (Black Sugar Music)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 House
Following the recent rework of their classic single ‘Groove On’ - a smooth and soulful nugget, complete with a set of stunning new club mixes that ooze with seductive disco, jazz and house flavours, stellar outfit Yoyohoney return with another slab of soul-drenched dynamite to get you groovin’ titled ‘YOYO’. ‘YOYO’ is a laid back funky jam, laced with an uber vocal performance and a beautiful flute that dances around an infectious guitar hook. Also on the package is a delicious deep house rework...
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The Lewis Project - The More I Get, The More I Want - (Galleria Records)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 House
Serving up some feel-good Disco House to fire up the WMC dance floors and beyond are The Lewis Project with their stellar replay of the Teddy Pendergrass soulful classic 'The More I Get, The More I Want'. This high class cover comes with lush sweeping strings and sparkling beats, armed with a potent soul-brother vocal from band leader Vernon Lewis. The release marks the debut for The Sheffield (UK) based collective on Galleria Records, who came together after touring the world working alongside ...
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Marco Finotello feat. Sandy Spady - Get Carried Away - (Favouritizm)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 House
After making his feel-good debut on Favouritizm back in 2011 with 'People Get Together', featuring Maggie Smile, ace Italian sound designer/producer Marco Finotello makes a welcome return with a beautiful new single for Spring! 'Get Carried Away' is a gorgeous love song that features the stunning and highly distinctive vocal tones of Sandy Spady, who delivers raw heartfelt vocal over a delicious soulful club soundtrack. Also on the package is sublime Chill Out Mix laced with a beautiful sax perf...
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Various Artists 'Acid – Mysterons Invade The Jacking Zone: Chicago Acid And Experimental House 1986-93' (Soul Jazz)

Thursday, 11 April 2013 Compilations
Has there ever been a Soul Jazz release in the last few years that doesn’t immediately appeal? The latest inspired double pack from the label is a retrospective of Chicago house in a period where things were kicking off for the acid house movement. They present these tracks with a real sense of the period, with a graphic novel, a postcard set and some appropriately bonkers artwork. The music itself, freshly remastered, is an assault on the ears – but in a good way, as the squiggles and treble-he...
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Daniel Dexter 'Focus On... Daniel Dexter' (Poker Flat)

Thursday, 11 April 2013 Albums
A welcome collection from a man whose house credentials are already formidable. Daniel Dexter gets just the right blend of deepness and energy to his music, making sure that he also has hooks aplenty in the locker. This is effectively a compilation of his work over the last couple of years, and its best moments – ‘Sirens’ and ‘Why So Serious’, for instance – show he has the knack of pacing a track perfectly. Also included here are two of his best remixes, for Zombie Disco Squad (‘Righteous Sound...
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Brandt Brauer Frick 'Miami' (!K7)

Thursday, 11 April 2013 Albums
Brandt Brauer Frick have built their reputation still further since the excellent second album ‘Mr Machine’, establishing themselves as a must-see live band. If you have seen them live recently you’ll have heard a fair bit of the music to Miami, and you’ll know they are gradually working more vocalists in to the mix. The Miami Theme itself is a brooding affair, with piercing bass from a really low tuba, and tense vocal interjections. It stays slow the whole way through despite threatening to bre...
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Vector Lovers 'iPhonica' (Soma)

Thursday, 11 April 2013 Albums
Martin Wheeler makes a very welcome return with this long player, recorded entirely using just an iPhone equipped with Blip Interactive’s ‘Nanostudio’ app and a pair of headphones. You wouldn’t know from the final results though, for he manages to use a kaleidoscopic breadth of sounds, delivered with the clarity that we’ve become accustomed to from this source. The tracks are typically well constructed, with intricate melodies that complement each other well. Within this framework, ‘Clandestine’...
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Bonobo 'The North Borders' (Ninja Tune)

Thursday, 11 April 2013 Albums
Internationally, Bonobo is now well and truly massive, one of Ninja Tune’s biggest acts – and ‘The North Borders’ is only likely to extend that appeal, with a sound that occupies more centre ground than ‘Black Sands’. Simon Green brings his customary expertise to the string arrangements, and has carefully chosen his vocalists to complement the slightly downbeat mood. Grey Reverend is excellent in the opener ‘’, while Erykah Badu’s wonderfully sonorous lower register is a treat to listen to on ‘’...
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Dubble D presents Moodymanc - Church! - RebelLION

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 House
If House music is a spiritual experience then play on. Moodymanc’s gospel inspired interpretation of the format opens by teasing you with relatively restrained preacher’s vocals telling you just how it is as simmering tension builds beneath via infectious, funky loops and splashing hi-hats. There’s something almost nostalgic going on here but if it was good then, it’s still good now! The Ashley Beedle Revision version then reworks the elements adding a different dynamic to the drums and filters ...
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Larry Cadge - Funk Revolution - Smiley Fingers

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 House
Its been a while since I’ve heard the funky tones of Mr James Brown on a record so this from Larry Cadge comes as a most pleasant surprise. Not least of all because of the heavy-duty funk driven beats and accompanying guitar lick, but equally impressive is that this seamlessly repetitive production ticks all the party boxes while remaining faithful to the underground. Second track, ‘My Roots’ subtlety replays a classic Disco sample over punchy handclaps with sweeping sound effects for added meas...
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