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Blonde - Higher Ground (Purple Disco Machine Remix) - (FFRR)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Purple Disco Machine’s remix of Blonde’s ‘Higher Ground’ is an fx-ed vocal, piano house treat with a bassline drop that will make you feel like you’re raving in 1991. It’s the sort of sound that Alison Limerick, Shawn Christopher and David Morales all built careers on. Dancefloors were made for records – and remixes - like this. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Say Lou Lou Vs Lindstrom - Games For Girls - (Columbia)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
As pop / house hybrids go, ‘Games For Girls’ fits comfortably in the same hairbrush and shower singing category as early Robyn and Lykke Li so you know it is going to do good crossover business. No surprises there though since Say LouLou are Swedish songwriting twins Miranda and Elektra and Lindstrom is one of the dons of decadent nu disco. It’s bright, effervescent, funky, catchy, beautifully produced and as such is an aural confection that is sweet on the ears and a treat for your feet. 4 out...
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Pablo Nouvelle - You Don't Understand - (Black Butter)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Beautiful, unassuming, humble soul music with heartfelt lyrics and an arrangement that could breathe the breath of life back into deflated souls. Guitar riffs that suspend and spin in front of your eyes and hypnotise you like pure diamonds on a hypnotist’s pendant. A smooth and laidback ‘on the one’ drum and bass remix from Calibre puts ‘You Don’t Understand’ firmly into terrace / poolside sets, Radio Nova and Hotel Costes compilation territory. Pablo Nouvelle is a super promising artist and I a...
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Bodhi Vs George The Poet - My City - (Island Records)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Bodhi vs George The Poet’s ‘My City’ is a spoken word or slam led excursion with a heavy London accent and a thud thud thud kick that makes the highest quality sub woofers feel almost inadequate. Add some chk chk click click percussive top end a bassline that rolls out like a red carpet and all of a sudden you’re lost in a haze of afrohouse that seduces with voodoo skill. If I was a betting woman I would put money on this being in Gilles Peterson’s disco arsenal. It’s that kind of London Undergr...
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Sigma Ft. Paloma Faith - Changing - (3Beat)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Sigma step hard on the heels of their last success, following up ‘Nobody To Love’ with ‘Changing’ another bona fide chart crusher. Featuring the amazing Paloma Faith in fired up, full clip vocal form and now with a bigger and more rounded Rudimentalesque sounding production, Sigma take their brand of crossover drum and bass to the bank and we’re talking Fort Knox here. Another number 1 record for Sigma if the stars align correctly. 5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundcloud.co...
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Tiga - Bugatti - (Turbo)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
‘Girl comes up to me and says, what you drivin? I said … Boo-gaati …’ rinky dink metallic keys, snappies wrap snares and brooding synths take this simple, stripped down, electro click track to the centre of the dancefloor. It’s a B-Movie sized, extra terrestrial ear worm that is destined to eat its way into your set like Green Velvet’s ‘Bigger Than Prince’ and ‘La La Land’ did. ‘Bugatti’ is, quite simply a high end, luxury vehicle, so sit back and enjoy the ride. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulett...
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Jonas Rathsman - Skepperkrans - (French Express)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
It’s a year since he played it on his Boiler Room set and now with long time love from the underground and overground chart love from Pete Tong (a recent Future Star) and Beatport, Gothenburg’s ‘new’ favourite son is set to rock the globe with ‘Skepparkrans’. It’s a bouncing, jolly, old skool sounding garage groove that works its way into your life via an infinite ‘oh oh yeah yeah’ male vocal loop, some wavering synths, clicking house beats and a bassline that plucks at your soul like the devil ...
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Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants - (Atlantic)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
As yet another underground but now not so secret weapon makes the crossing to festival staple in the boxes of practically everyone, Ten Walls demonstrate exactly why deep house is rapidly becoming this year’s EDM. ‘Walking With Elephants’ luxuriant swathes of Unfinished Sympathy reminiscent strings at the intro lead you gently into a big, parping, brass opus that could just as easily soundtrack a Richard Attenborough or National Geographic special as it could the dancefloors of DC10 and Space Ib...
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Jaxx Jones - Go Deep - (Blasé Boys Club)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Vocalist for Duke Dumont’s ‘I Got You’ Jaxx Jones returns with her solo single sweet and shimmering, slowed down 80s infused disco groove. It bounces on an almost inaudible sub, stomps on a fur lined kick and teases with its cheeky innuendo. All is underplayed and gets the maximum effect. Perfect for the ‘end of the night’ erection section snogathon. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Duke Dumont - Won't Look Back - (Blasé Boys Club / Coumbia)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
The national charts King Midas aka Duke Dumont returns to the national chart fray with ‘Won’t Look Back’ a killer classic house sounding cut that is set to tear up dancefloors and mixshows the world over. For sure, any similarities to Martha Wash’s soaring vocal gymnastics on the now classic, Black Box’s ‘Ride On Time’ are not lost on my old yet ever so little earses but your average punter these days will be too young to have that length of memory. This is a storming piano house track regardles...
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The Magician - Sunlight Ft. Years & Years - (Potion)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
So... the wait is over. The Sun has got his hat on hip hip hip hip hooray and The Magician’s hotly tipped and long awaited ‘Sunlight’ finally blazes into view. What could be better. Already having set the blogs on fire, this is surely a defining moment for The Magician’s career. Let yourself be blinded by the sunkissed, hazy synth pads whilst your mind laps up Olly Wood’s creamy vocal like a greedy cat and your feet dance like you’re bewitched and wearing gleaming red shoes. It’s perfect for out...
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Roisin Murphy - Mi Sentesi: Ancora Remixes - (The Vinyl Factory)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Roisin Murphy returns to the fray with a collection of five covers of classic pop hits from Italian singers and songwriters. For the first delicious EP, Murphy has enlisted the talents of Psychemagik, Horsemeat Disco’s Severino and Nico De Ceglia, All Seeing I and Leo Mad and Fabrice to remix ‘In Sentesi’ ‘Ancora Ancora’ and ‘Pensiero Stupendo’ and what a joy it is. Psychemagik’s remix of ‘In Sentesi’ has Murphy in tip top, brooding 9O’s electro disco mode – think Trevor Horn, Frankie Goes To Ho...
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Calvin Harris - C.U.B.A. - (Fly Eye)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Reading the words ‘Calvin Harris’ and ‘Fly Eye’ in quick conjunction on sleeve artwork generally means that you’re about to create some serious disco damage with whatever you are holding in your hands right there. ‘C.U.B.A.’ does just that with its pitch shifted vocals, Russian balaika sounding effects and euphoric trance synth pads and thus will secure this a place in every EDM dj’s summer set without exception. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/calvinharris/calv...
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Thyladomid - The Real Thing - (Diynamic)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
For their next trick the ever more dominant Diynamic label turns to regular family member Thyladomid for a moody new single. It comes complete with remixes from Stimming and Adriatique and proves Solomun’s big hitting label can do tender offerings as well as club slaying grooves. The Real Thing is a sombre house cut with a truly tender vocal from Mahfoud that is sad, insular and really gets you where it hurts. The production is suitably downbeat and perfectly dreary, making it a great end of th...
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Pazul - Flight - (Cat for Lunch)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Cat For Lunch is a label that has been winning plenty of plaudits recently and here the label run by Marco and Matteo aka Metrophonique turns out its 15th release. The man behind it is Pazul, who proves himself to be adept at many different things across the course of his two originals, while Marc DePulse turns up in fine form on remix duty. Up first is the gently lilting house of Flight, which casually pulls you in with its lazy drums, muttered vocals and sprinklings of melody. It’s a nice war...
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Future Disco Presents - All Day Dancing - (Future Disco)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 Compilations
Neatly subtitled: Open Air House and Techno, this latest compilation from the Future Disco team takes a sideways shuffle away from their established and melodic funkiness into deeper, more provocative territory. Indeed, this is a great compilation of music that glimpses at the uplifting vocal greatness of Vimes ‘Celestial (Reprise)’ while also delving into David Mayer’s superb bass driven, ‘Sunhole’ all in the course of the Mix. But that’s not all, as remixes from dOP, Tale Of Us and Maya Jane C...
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Bootshonk - Bootshonk 02 - (White Label)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
The second release, following on from last year’s debut, sees another two hot tracks perform just for the dancefloor on this infamous white label series from you know who. Side A’s, ‘Troubled Times’ strips down to essentials with a bass rattling production that not only is funk- fuelled, via its rather sassy percussive loops, but also rousing with its hooky vocal edits and punchy synth chords pointing skyward. Next, ‘Stamper Square’ replays a classic bassline over undulating organ, occasional ef...
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Raw District - Ragged Star EP - (Crosstown Rebels)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
This thoroughly stunning production from Belgian duo Raw District has that timeless combination of deliciously pounding drums, richly emotive synth lines, alongside the teasing vocals which feature prime-time on title track, ‘Ragged Star’. Highlighting the haunting voice of Ellipsis and referencing a classic Chicago bassline this is great on so many levels, aiming from the heart of matter straight to the dancefloor. Josh Wink, not surprisingly, then transforms it with an unrelenting appeal compr...
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Etienne De Crecy - Night (Cut The Crap) - (Sony)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
As a member of the revolutionary french house music elite, and through his Super Discount Eps and compilations Etienne De Crecy has always stayed true to and championed the techno / pure electro underground. More than ten years on and his mission continues with the imminent release of a new Super Discount compilation and this single, ‘Night (Cut the Crap). A bungee, metallic bassline groove lashes the brooding sounds together then leads them, blinking, out of the shadows into the brightness of t...
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Various Artists - Tribal Presents The Carry Nation. FWD//REV - (Tribal)

Friday, 18 July 2014 Compilations
‘Attention, attention...all available personnel to ER stat we have victims of an a-v-a-laaaaaanche’. Welcome to Tribal version 3.0 spearheaded by the fierce and fabulous, Carry Nation. Carry Nation are New York’s hot dj / production / record label a&r duo of DJ Will Automagic (‘Hi’ is his Twitter profile bio) and Dj Nita (Nita Aviance - that Lover of Beats, Giver of Beatdowns), two house and club aficionados who know what time it is. In any country. At any given moment. As champions of the ...
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