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PAWSA - Phaneron - (Lost Records)

Monday, 30 March 2015 House
Since first coming on to our radar courtesy of works for the likes of My Little Dog, German producer Pawas has consistently impressed with his clued-in house textures. This time, he rocks up on LOST Records for a slab of deep house wonder that’s both cultured but also built for peak-time floors. Entitled ‘Phaneron’, this is an EP that’s full of dexterous deep house class – and one that emphasizes the label’s standing as a purveyor of such quality hues. We’ll get on to the remix in a bit (which i...
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Atapy - Black Bird - (Thrill Of It)

Monday, 30 March 2015 House
Arpi Takacs (aka Atapy) is the latest Romanian producer worth keeping an eye out for. With production credits on the likes of Get Physical, Brise and Noir Music, some seriously influential heads seem to agree, too. The latest such label to jump aboard the Atapy train is Thrill of It, the French label headed by Acumen of Time Has Changed fame. Entitled the Black Bird EP, it’s exactly in keeping with the label’s modus operandi so far in that it’s melodic but also catchy and sexy to boot. And with ...
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Bambook - Tow the Line - (Jeudi)

Monday, 30 March 2015 House
If this is the first time you’ve heard of Bambook, then we’re pretty confident that you’ll be hearing much more from this Swedish duo over the next while. This Swedish pair made carefully considered and luscious house and techno, so it thus comes as no real surprise that they’ve managed to get their latest outing signed to the always on-point Jeudi label thanks to the accomplished sounds of ‘Tow the Line’. Ironically, this is an EP that does indeed straddle different guises, but the overall vibe...
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Boom Merchant, Kaban & Di Rugerio - Overflow/Surge - (Tribal Pulse)

Monday, 30 March 2015 House
The Tribal Pulse label continues to pick up steam here with a new two tracker from Boom Merchant and Kaban & Di Rugerio that is full fat and funky for your dancing pleasure. It comes on the heels of last year's hugely successful Stars/Green Symphony with another perfect balance of rhythmic and melodic elements. First cut Overflow by Kaban & Di Rugerio is a rude boy house cut with retro bass, tribal percussion and lots of cosmic energy all permeating the groove. It builds and builds then...
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Chic Ft. Nile Rodgers - I'll Be There - (Big Beat)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Nile Rodgers delivers more of that funky old school disco groove that made Daft Punk and Pharrell sound so fresh. ‘Back In The Old School’ has a whistle loop that’ll reel you in like today’s catch and the groove is so smooth it would make a baby’s bottom feel wrinkly. It’s fun, happy music that’ll be leaping out of speakers from Spring break to the supermarket. ‘I’ll Be There’ is the deeper Chic reincarnation – with references to the lyrics in the lyrics and tons of lyrics too plus that magical ...
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David Vrong Ft. Olivera - Bring Me All - (Mutants)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
I’m all for producers who push the genre envelope and let’s face it, nowadays boxes are only any use for chocolates, lost kittens and puppies and the odd pair of trainers (ok not even). Anyway – Mutants radio favourite David Vrong folllows his rather smashing Digitalism remix with ‘Bring Me All’ a crazy track that pulls a sweet pop vocal, lazy house beats, progressive pads, a nu garage bass line and some rampant rave stabs together in a mental hybrid then ties them up in a big room bow. Brave. ...
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Seth Troxler - Evangelion - (Rumors)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Guy Gerber’s ‘Rumors’ label erupts again with Seth Troxler’s late night caller ‘Evangelion’. It’s a strong look with a strong yet simple, insistent acidic bass line hook. Then pianos. And a spying psycho scratching to get out from between your ceilings and floorboards. It’s eerie, creepy and will sound amazing in a big, dark room. Jonson and Simiski add a Chi-town, ragtime bounce to the psycho ward whispers and off kilter beats, keys and chords. It’s all about the syncopation here so you have to...
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Bearcubs - Paper Walls - (Love & Other)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
As we slide into Spring, no more so is layering still an essential part of daily life than in the intricate rhythmic and frosty yet gently thawing soulful musings of the wonderful Bearcubs. First there was James Blake, then there was SBTRKT and now there is Bearcubs. And that’s what I like to call evolution. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix) - (Decca Records)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
The ever amazing Claptone rework Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter’s ‘Liquid Spirit’ into a Southern states Gospel sounding testament that rolls with the jamming piano loop, keeps happy clapping time, pouring loving spoonfuls of the vocal into a rousing, funky guitar riffed arrangement until you’re begging to be baptised down by the waters. It’s that good. Fiver says it plays all summer. 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Jonas Rathsman - Wolfsbane - (Method White)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Ooooowwwwwwwooooooooo – at last our favourite Swede Jonas Rathsman follows the glorious future house cut ‘Skepperkrans’ with the mighty howling ‘Wolfsbane’. Think Ten Walls ‘Gotham’ and ‘Walking With Elephants’ playing together in harmony with a brighter brass topline, swathes of strings and a serious stomping beat. Previously only availble in MP4a format on Itunes – this will surely get much chart and dancefloor love as soon as it is available in vinyl and WAV format on the sites that matter. L...
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Digital Farm Animals - Didn't Know Ft. Yasmin - (Stellar)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
With its warm chords, r n b infused caramel, cinnamon and vanilla swirl female lead and pitched ad libs, Digital Farm Animals’ ‘Didn’t Know’ puts the sunshine into your days and the groove into your nights. It drops. Trust. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette       ...
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Mirko Loco - Kolor (C2 Remix Part Two) - (Cadenza)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Swiss producer par excellence, Mirko Loco adds a little ‘Kolor’ to our tech house / tecno universe with this stunning instrumental. Carl Craig unravels it all for his C2 Remix Part Two – creating a pulsing, breathing organism that blooms and flowers with layers of strings, keys and synths If it was a landscape you would see bucks and fawns licking dew off fresh spring grass whilst their parents majestically stand watch and you tread gently trying to avoid the snap of a branch underfoot. Part One...
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Jungle - Busy Earnin (Special Request Remix) - (XL)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
It’s been almost impossible to avoid the brass fanfare of Jungle’s ‘Busy Earnin’ – no wonder that their album proved itself quickly essential. Now those generous executives at XL have supplied us with two rave rewirings of ‘Busy Earnin’ and ‘The Heat’ just to add another couple of hundred pounds of pressure to the package. Special Requests dislocates every limb and rearranges every organ you have with an explosive, breaks driven, offbeat on the beat, uptempo roaring rave monster. It’s completely...
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Coyu - The Big Cat Remixed Part 3 - (Suara)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
And before you can say – the cat’s meow – here comes Suara (and here comes your favourite Suara stalker) with another litter of lithe and beautiful cats I mean tracks. First out of the bag is Mark Knight’s hissing and throbbing remix of Coyu and Ramiro Lopez’s ‘Y.E.A.H’ – it’s a playful romp but watch out for the sharp claws and teeth. Dosem gets to grips with ‘Balls’ and creates a percussive hurricane that will rip through the techno / tech house underground like an unexpected hurricane through...
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Lui Maldonado - Jungle (Ft. System 2 Remix) - (Zinc Recordings)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Young Spanish tech house producer Lui Maldonado has swiftly garnered some important fans. Carola, Dubfire, Luciano and Pig and Dan have all supported his tunes. Here ‘Jungle’ pounds and pummels its message home with a thudding kick, door slamming snares, mlserly hi-hats and a bass line that somehow reminds me of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Emotional Rescue’ pitched down, blindfolded and marched backwards through deserted streets. The System 2 remix is a tech house click track epic with wavering synths,...
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Michael Nielebock - Scream - (Poesie Musik)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
If you like your house knicker-strippingly sleazy, with haunting, indecipherable vocal moan, breathing and swelling bass, speaker cone buzzing bass and an 80’s electro, plucked synth chinese sounding melody then ‘Scream’ will intrigue and enthrall you. Teenage Mutants go for a chugging Moroder-esque slo-mo disco workout that makes black leather chaps and metal ringed harnesses look like children's wear. And finally Hacker and Miethig take it darker and deeper still with an industrial strength, g...
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ID - Mr. Toot - (White Label)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Imagine a magical flute trilling and tootling away. There are some shivering strings layered on top that seem to tickle the arrangement on the tummy to make it and you as submissive as possible. Then it stuns you with some gut punching beats and cavernous hits that ricochet off the walls before it soothes you with more trilling flute. Add a classical sounding melody and drama that that develops in a James Bond and Simon Rattle meet Hardwell and Tiesto in a BBC Proms-off kind of way. This is Mr T...
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Delayers - IMH - (Big & Dirty)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
The Delayers serve up a big and dirty, boom bap track with paint splashing snares, zippy synths and a vocodered ‘In My House’ drop that could cause utter carnage in the right (or wrong) hands. It’s a banging tune – file along with Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Hysteria. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Tom Trago - Hidden Heart Of Gold - (Voyage Direct)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
If ‘Hidden Heart of Gold’ was a painted picture imagine yourself transfixed by a watercolour with the lasting intensity of oils and gouache. At once delicate, ghostly and shimmering, by turns colourful, bright, substantial – ‘Hidden Heart’s stuttering synths and choral voices are mixed and blended with a heartbeat rhythm, bass line pulse and tremolo strings. At 12`53 it’s a total mind trip, body trap or any classy dj’s toilet track since it’s long and interesting enough for you to go there and b...
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Catz ‘n Dogz - From Your Heart - (Pets Recordings)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
With the recent announcement of a forthcoming third album this new EP acts as a welcome taster of what lies in store. And it’s hard not to fall in love with sumptuous, vocoder melodies on offer with assistance from Peter, Bjorn & John making their presence warmly felt on its title track, ‘From Your Heart’. Musically this mid-paced groove feels breezy with plucky guitar lines accompanied by cool trumpet and the more you listen the more at home you feel. ‘Parallel Problems’ then picks up the p...
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