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Slam Dunk'd - No Price - (Baked Recordings)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Arthur Baker launches his new label Baked Recordings with ‘No Price’ a sizzling, orchestrated 80s influenced slice of filtered disco house. The strings will turn any dancefloor into a mass of twirling disco dervishes whilst the vocal is a lip-synching, choreographed moment that needs to be dressed in velvet, sequins and satin. With Arthur’s experience and background there is no questioning the authenticity of the sounds, production or arrangement – in fact, I almost can’t see past the afros and ...
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Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS - Gold Skies - (Spinnin)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Already a big room monster, Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix and DVBBS ‘Gold Skies’ returns with an enormous anthemic, progressive slash trance slash kazoo propelled dutch house remix from Tiesto. Dubvision go the similar route but brighten it with some sparkly keys, harps and more a more joyous attitude. The surprise of the bunch is Redondo & Ferreck Dawn who deliver a deep, skippy, piano driven reworking with snipped and razored vocals that, once the bassline drops, is sexier than a weekend...
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Troye Sivan - Happy Little Pill - (Polydor)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
South African born, Australian actor and 19 year old and already viral darling of the blogs, Troye Sivan, releases his debut single for Polydor which is a polished yet moreish, bass drum-kicking, trip hop affair which has echoes and subtle tones of the song writing and vocal deliveries that keep Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, London Grammar, Sam Smith and cohorts at the top of the game and the top of the charts. The Casper Zazz remix works the carnival bamboo keys into the mix, pulling everything i...
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R3hab Ft. Trevor Guthrie - Soundwave - (Spinnin Records)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Here comes an anthemic singalong that is destined to open many an A-lister’s set for the coming months. This is R3hab at his most jubilant, uplifting synth pads, driving beats and a vocal that touches the audience like a waterpark wave on a giant Li-lo. It’s a frothy and foaming, aural amusement park that’s fun to surf on. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Groove Armada - You Got To - (Moda Black)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Groove Armada more than live up their name with ‘You Got To’ their latest release on Jaymo and Andy George’s rather spiffing label Moda Black. It’s an magic carpet jam that rolls out on an undulating bassline, following the smooth twists and turns signalled by the stacatto vocal snippets and soulful ‘You Got To … hurry’ moan. A gentle gear change and you’re lead boldly through a dense, evergreen piano house landscape until you reach the euphoric and final ‘dj’ prompted, podium-topping stop. It w...
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Micha Moor & Avaro - Kwago - (Staar Music)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
It’s time to join the marching band and blow Micha Moor and Avaro’s cornet, trumpet, trombone and tuba for all they’re worth, since ‘Kwango’ is a stomping, baton twirling, majorette’s wet dream. Joyful, jolly and keeps that annoyingly overused ‘so peak time it auses grievous aural damage’ screech and squeal to a minimum – which is probably why I like it even more. If you love your ears and like to feature something a bit more musical in your main room set then ‘Kwango’ has been made just for you...
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Mat Zo - The Up Down Left Right EP - (Mad Zoo)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Anjunabeats’ Matan Zohar launches his new label ‘Mad Zoo’ with a varied and funky double-sided stick-it-to-you-thon. First up, ‘Get Down 2 Get Up’ is a vocodered filtered disco cut up featuring new pop hopefuls ‘The Knocks’. It is effervescent and euphoric and bounces like a basketball in the NBA playoffs. ‘Left to Right’ is a bold, beat banging, frog chorus with wobbly effects and a buzzsaw bass that could shear through wood, concrete and metal with butterknife ease. Its high octane breaks atti...
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Denis Koyu - To The Sun - (Axtone)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
All the A-listers seem to be concerned with sun and sky – Guetta, Sander Van Doorn and now Denis Koyu offer up their odes to good weather ( and let’s face it, festival hook ups are always a lot more fun in the sun after all). Falsetto vocals, swathes of smooth synth washes, rat a tat military snares and a jolly, jump up party attitude are what sets this aside from other radio & BigTop bound EDM vocal offerings. Good for peak time sets. 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://sound...
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Knife Party - Resistance - (Big Beat)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Knife Party – those kings of moshpit mayhem – return with ‘Resistance’ – the first single to be lifted from the ‘Abandon Ship’ album and what a call to arms it is. Aggressive, gear grinding bassline sounds do battle with bone crushing beats and soaring effects to create a headrush matched only by an adrenaline filled hypodermic syringe planted dead centre of your heart. It’s a reanimator of the highest order. Resistance is futile. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com...
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Various Artists - John Morales Presents Club Motown - (Motown / Universal Music Catalogue)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Compilations
The title alone should be able to tell you if you need this release or not – because John Morales has come up with an exemplary selection of 12” cuts from the Motown catalogue that are fit for purpose for pretty much any dancefloor – and if they weren’t before then Morales, one half of the M+M mix team, has made them so. Easing in with Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett’s ‘Don’t Look Any Further’, he also works up some sax drive and a large dose of funk with the Extended M+M mix of Michael Lovesm...
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Puff Daddy & Guy Gerber - 11:11 - (Rumors)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Albums
Puff Daddy – P Diddy – or however he likes to be known at the moment – has quite a bit of previous with house music, as a producer and vocalist with the likes of Deep Dish and DJ Hell. Here he rubs shoulders with Guy Gerber on a substantial album that is probably best described as deep house – but which ticks a number of other Balearic boxes as well. These are powerful if slightly melancholic tracks, surprisingly downbeat in the mellow horns of ‘Floating Messiah’, or lush in the case of ‘I Hear ...
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Jon Hassell - City: Works Of Fiction (Reissue) - (All Saints)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Albums
All sorts of styles converge in the music of Jon Hassell, which emerges as something of a hybrid that can be enjoyed by anyone from jazz music lovers to Brian Eno disciples. Hassell is a trumpeter but also has a vivid imagination for electronic sounds. His vivid sonic imagination is key in the success of this album, for when these pieces are heard on headphones they create individual perspectives and landscapes in sound. Held textures shimmer in the distance, while in the foreground more urgent ...
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Ziguri - Ziguri - (Bureau B)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Albums
This is an incredibly obvious thing to say, but Krautrock doesn’t half go on a bit sometimes! That’s true for music descended from it as well, which is the category Ziguri fall into, the trio made up of Günter Schickert, Udo Erdenreich and Dieter Kölsch. What redeems them is their ability to vary the sounds and loops that they use, enough to make the music more interesting and give it a stronger sense of momentum. It’s percussive and heavy, especially in songs like ‘Massa’ – heavy in the sense t...
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Falty DL - In The Wild - (Ninja Tune)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Albums
It’s great to report a surge of creativity among the beat makers of North America, and that is definitely an area that Ninja are tapping in to at the moment, with previous successes from the likes of Machinedrum and Matthewdavid, to name just two, and a new Daedelus album to follow later in the year. Meanwhile Drew Lustman, aka FaltyDL, has been developing his sound, which initially sounds like a hybrid of two countries, the wide open spaces of the American plains mixed with closed-in urban envi...
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Dark Sky - Imagin - (Monkeytown)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Albums
In case you don’t already know, Dark Sky are a London trio that formed in 2009 – and after tours and remixes for the likes of The XX and Kelis, ‘Imagin’ is their first album. It’s an unpredictable piece of work, which is meant as a compliment – because it shows the trio have a number of strings to their bow. In fact the record gets stronger as it goes on, with the three tracks featuring Cornelia offering some excellent, slightly edgy pop, and the vulnerable ‘Rainkist’ unexpectedly but effectivel...
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Moiré - Shelter - (Ninja Tune)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Albums
Moiré’s first album is an accomplished piece of work, giving the impression he’s been around a lot longer than he actually has. That’s because it’s beautifully crafted and structured, setting out its vision with the hazy sounds and loping beats of ‘Attitude’, which set the mood. The track is deliberately slightly off the beat, dropping off the edge as though it’s a bit too lazy to dance in time. The double header of ‘Elite / Hands On’ ends up as a superb four to the floor cut, beefing up the low...
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The Bug - Angels & Devils - (Ninja Tune)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Albums
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Kevin Martin, but he’s not been idle – and in ‘Angels & Devils’ he has delivered an album that is absolutely essential listening, despite being far from comfortable when you listen to it. The words ‘apocalyptic’ and ‘visionary’ may be overused in album reviews – but are not out of place here, as The Bug explores the corners of the mind to stunning effect. For this is not an album you’ll want to spend time with on the sofa. It’s edgy, paranoid, hyperac...
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Denise Rules - Out Of Tune - (Carton-Pate Records)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
There’s something charmingly endearing about the latest release from French label Carton Pate. From the lovable artwork straight on through to the tunes on offer, it’s immediately obvious that this is a release keen not to take itself too seriously. And while there might be a novelty edge to some of what’s going down here, there’s no doubt that much of what Denise Rules sum up will go down a treat on the floor. Not quite easing us in is the sounds of ’93 Feet’, a full-on sound assault that’s sur...
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Kozber - A Night Food EP - (Cartulis Music)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
If you’ve headed to one of Cartulis’ parties in the capital then you’ll already know that theirs is a musical agenda that is firmly focused toward discerning colours. For the latest in their story, they lean on the sounds of Polish native but London dweller Kozber, who delivers with aplomb courtesy of the A Night Food EP, an offering that comes backed with remixes by some more familiar names. In original form, the title track is a piece of languid, emotive house music, the likes of which glides ...
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David August - Diynamic Revision - (Diynamic)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
The premise is pretty straightforward but if this is anything to go by then this new series of ideas from the label is certain to throw up some absolute gems. Under the title, Diynamic Revisited an artist gets to remix two tracks from the back catalogue, which in this case is by David August. First up is Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s 2009 ‘Last Day’ which is transformed into a delicate but powerful rendition of warm, melodic Techno tones and gently pulsating drums, and is nothing sort of awe-inspiring...
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