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Kiko - Grenoble - (Noir Music)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Regular partner of Olivier Giacomotto, Kiko steps into the solo limelight on Noir Music with a fierce and sharp fanged tech house double tracker that draws blood like a thirsty vampire. ‘Grenoble’ is a grumbling builder with psychotic cymbals, a bass line that pumps like an open vein and effects that scoop you up in their swirling eddies. ‘Apollo’ is a tech funk dance off, all hand claps and break dance posturing around a stuttering, disco nrg bassline. This device pretty much takes the strain w...
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Honne - Coastal Love - (Tatemae Records)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
If you like smooth funky grooves with an alternative indie sounding vocal then I’ve dog-eared Honne’s ‘Coastal Love’ just for you. It’s the sort of record that makes you want to go on a country drive in a vintage convertible with a wicker picnic basket full of all your favourite goodies (tartan rug optional but straw in the hair essential). It’s got a great pace for radio too so check it out, you won’t be sorry. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {http://soundcloud.com/hellohon...
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Dotan - Hungry (Niklas Ibach Remix) - (Poesie Musik)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
The holiday season is nearly upon us so it’s time to limber up your footwork and get ready for the acoustic and flamenco guitar track influx. Niklas Ibach remixes the alternative folk / rock Dotan until they are smooth, creamy and strong like a freshly poured Guinness. It’s got that Jolene reminiscent fret slide, a whispery male vocal that says ‘I’m hungry for you my love’ and a bridge with a Highlander strength drum break and vocal chant that makes it nothing less than daytime radio catnip. Add...
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Robosonic Ft. STAG - Wurd (Want More Remix) - (Armada Deep)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Repeat after me, when I hear the bluesy vocal “With every wurd that you say … Have I told you”? vocal and its Montgolfier balloon of a bassline sound anywhere in the world, I will drop everything and start to dance like there’s a crazy disco in my pants. Now count back from ten and when you open your eyes you will not remember anything that has just happened. Until you hear this song. It’s a holiday and compilation track par excellence. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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DJ Fresh & Adam F - Believer - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
DJ Fresh takes the vocal choral route for a riotous rave sees breaks and raises it with drum and bass romp through national chart territory. It’s anthemic, enthusiastic and should have festival tents rocking from the BBC Big Weekend onwards. David Zowie steps up to the plate to hit a second home run for the package with his rousing piano house tear up that will undoubtedly raise hands to testify to its greatness the world over. It is that good. Fun too. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   ...
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Cropper - Forever - (AATW)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Bristol’s own Niall Cropper delivers an epic nu-house excursion with a feisty diva vocal that works a treat on the dancefloor. Sonny Fodera creates a punchy and scowling nu-garage dub with room filling synths and a moody sub. Owen Westlake turns up the heat for hollow bamboo hit, nu-house roller with clipped vocals and sustained strings for added pep. It’s all about the extended mix for me though with its balance of sticky beats, sweet vocals, sparkling keys and a sultry sub bass. The tricksy pi...
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Janosh - Sign Your Name (Ft. Angelo Pace) - (Dusted)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
It’s been nearly 30 years since Terence Trent D’Arby’s ‘Sign Your Name’ blazed its comet like trail across the charts – back then it was an ‘erection section’, slow dance anthem for the coolest of cool – those with big hair, Banana Republic suits, brick sized mobile phones, flash company cars and no doubt did wonders for the then publicly advertised sale of condoms. Now TTD is known as Sananda Maitreya and the song has since been covered by La Roux, Sheryl Crow ft Justin Timberlake, Flying Picke...
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Johannes Brecht - Trois Nocturnes - (Poker Flat)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Deep house is a term that gets bandied about all too frivolously these days so it makes a change when a release takes me diving into the deep blue with its kaleidoscope of colours and sounds.Johannes Brecht’s ‘Trois Nocturnes’ is a feast of late night music that soothes the soul, makes the spirit soar and makes everything around it resonate with positive vibrations. ‘Nuages’ is soft and billowing, inviting you to settle, lifting you above, moving on through the gentle percussive rhythms and then...
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Dosem - Presence EP - (Toolroom)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
For full techno and tech house consistency you can’t go wrong with Girona’s favourite son, Dosem. Here you have a two track ep where the title track ‘Presence’ sports tightly regimented beats, laid down with almost German precision and a brass topline that tweaks you and pulls you into the next realm for a trilled techno treat. ‘Next Room’ is a low cycling, repetitive groove that bursts and blooms like a spring flower with bright keys and hissing rides. A breakbeat breakdown is speedily drum rol...
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Various Artists - Shir Khan Presents Black Jukebox 11 - (Exploited)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 Compilations
I’ve always had a soft spot for all things Exploited – all the artists in Shir Khan’s stable just seem to have a way with a funky groove and a house beat and this EP is happy valley for anyone who loves downtempo vibes or is a geeky trainspotter who likes to name that sampled tune in one. Take Purple Disco Machine and ‘Magic’ – here the ‘Saturday’ slithery bassline and organ riff sits happily underneath the MC Magic vocal prompts and makes you wriggle to its simple slo-mo beat. Dayne S works a r...
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Reset Robot - Lost In A Duvet EP - (Truesoul)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
I am seriously digging my Truesoul releases at the moment. Anything that grabs me by the funk ghoulies and makes me dance until it releases its grip always gets my vote and Reset Robot’s ‘Lost In A Duvet EP’ certainly does this. ‘Lost In a Duvet’ pummels you with its thai massage beats until the dark piano chords and plaintiff cry add a dramatic dancefloor dynamic. ‘Beep Beep’ is a stripped back, bleeps and bubbles vibe track that gets itself into a proper tizzy around the 4 minute mark for your...
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Steve Bug - Coconut Paradise - (Poker Flat)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Steve Bug flexes his sun-drenched deep house muscles with his Coconut Paradise EP. The title track shimmers in that hazy, wavering heat or water road effect way. It’s a mid-day to sunset affair perfumed with synth pads and suntan lotion, moody Moog sustained notes like melting ice creams in the ehat and keys that make it as glad and happy as a chilled glass of rosé on a sandy table. ‘Thick As Mud’ is dense and gritty with cycling, polyrhythmic beats that swirl like sediment in a quicksand whirlp...
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Roots Manuva - Facety 2:11 - (Big Dada)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Roots Manuva returns with the rolling, bouncing, dub drenched ‘Facety 2:11’. Produced by 4Tet ‘Facety’ (face-ty as in out of order / cheeky in jamaican patois) is a ‘boat race’ crowd chant wind up and a festival / blues / carnival rewind guaranteed. Would love to be in the crowd when this is performed live as it kicks. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Stephan Bodzin - Birth EP - (Herzblut Recordings)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
‘The Birth EP’ is as fine a precursor to Stephan Bodzin’s album ‘Powers of Ten’ as any melodic / abstract techno fan could hope for. Here ‘Birth’ is delivered to us in two guises: the rhythm of the Ja Mix courses through your veins carried forward by crisp snares and claps, it contracts and expands with synth pads and washes like the fast, whispered rush of blood to the head, then peace. Super Flu’s Early Contractions remix is like an ultrasound, its wonky, distorted kick flowing freely then sur...
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Dana Ruh - Yardang – (Brouqade)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Returning with three brand new tracks to her own label Brouqade sees the artist deliver music high on soul and distinction. ‘case sensitive’ begins the release with an exercise in understated though compelling sounds that effortlessly glide in-between the crisp drums creating life affirming atmosphere’s care off a selection of warm chords. The more probing, ‘I’m Surprised What's Real’ gets all the more intense via insistent snares and moody pads creating a rich ambience that you won’t be able to...
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Alex Neri & Federico Grazzini - Desert Rose - (VIVa MUSIC)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Kicking off with Alex Neri’s excellent Dub version for Steve Lawler’s VIVa transports you straight to the glory days via some irresistible, syncopated drum programming that spells out the word Jack loud and proud. Add in the brilliant bassline and the music does all the talking necessary. Conversely, his Mix version sequences tough stabs and more Tech orientated flavours to the production, which also features a great breakdown care of some fiery 909 snares. Burnski’s NYC Mix takes a deeper appro...
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Marsupials - Gotta Get You EP – (Madhouse)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Undoubtedly one of my favourite releases on the irrepressible Madhouse imprint for a while now. Luigi Giomini and Massimiliano Miele aka Marsupials deliver three equally infectious productions for the label, each packing a Deep emotional intensity that proves hard to beat. ‘Gotta Get You’ starts with low-slung beats, smoky cool organ and a soulful vocal refrain which all proceed to simply hit the spot. Next up is, ‘Quilb’ which again doesn’t overcook the tempo and feels all the more intense for ...
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Vanni & Fav - 'Are You Dancing?' - (Favouritizm)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Production duo Vanni & Fav disch up another 80's fused helping of synthology on their new single 'Are You Dancing?' Available in two flavours for the dance-floor, they have dug out the old Casio and delivered a dynamic slice of electronic disco with it's incessantly catchy synth hook, pulsating bassline and also giving a nod to one of their late heroes, Steve Strange, RIP. Flipping the script, they cook up a warm sophisticated Deep House version, laced with another kind of infectious "ooopah...
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Jesse Perez - 'This Ain't No Rave EP' - (I’m A House Gangster)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 House
Miami bad-boy Jesse Perez returns to the I’m A House Gangster stable bringing with him a box of dynamite cuts that have already hit the Buzz Chart! ‘This Ain’t No Rave EP’ comes armed with 3 Bass charged bullets; the title track is a straight up slab of Bass House, backed with pressure beats, toying with a Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock classic ‘It Takes Two’ sample to effect. ‘Too Many DJs, Not Enough Hoes’ is a sassy Hip-House tinged groover, which tips it’s hat to the old skool, and is a prime exa...
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Tortured Soul - 'Hot For Your Love Tonight' - (Dome Records)

Thursday, 23 April 2015 Albums
US Soulful House trio Tortured Soul are proof that modern soulful house can be freed from the DJ booth. Influenced by such classic artists as Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang, the band deliver their third cool, groove-centred album, 'Hot For Your Love Tonight', dedicated to the memory of keyboard player and founding member Ethan White, who tragically passed away suddenly this year. 'Hot For Your Love Tonight' is ripe with the awesomely soulful Tortured Soul signature style that their fan...
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