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Guy J - Octavia / Release Me – (Lost & Found)

Friday, 05 February 2016 House
Guy J returns to Lost & Found to deliver what can only be described as a play it louder production that comes stepped in rich, brooding atmospheres alongside deliciously deep low-end and teasing hints of melody via chiming marimba. ‘Octavia’ proves itself to be a first rate arrangement of timeless sights and sound to be explored and experienced. The equally great 'Release Me' then gets down with chugging rhythms and euro-disco styled syncopation to conjure up late nights with shimmering prec...
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Vincenzo - Malvern Road – (Dessous Recordings)

Friday, 05 February 2016 House
At ten minutes in duration this needs to be striking to qualify the time span. And not surprisingly the joint collaboration with Voyeurhythm’s Tyson Ballard hits all the right buttons when it comes to deep, organic music fully charged with life. ‘Malvern Road’ expands in phases allowing the introduction of Acid tweeks, tough bass and then uplifting keys, amid scintillating Eno styled ambience which all the while keeps you locked in. ‘Follow’ proceeds with more typical House rhythms forming anoth...
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Mediman - Tiankeng/ Whoarthou – (W&O Street Tracks)

Friday, 05 February 2016 House
Mediman’s second outing on the label you could say highlights both sides of the stylistic coin. With ‘Tiankeng’ you get warped 90’s organ and stuttering bleeps that accompany insistent hissing hi-hats, all making intense sense, especially via the introduction of dark, driving synths and sprinkles of piano. Then care off, ‘Whoarthou’ you receive spiritual soulfulness complete with earth shattering vocals, smooth chords amid the sort of textures that scream out summer in the sun at you. Either way...
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Jon Cates - 'Wibbly Bibbly' - (Shameless Audio)

Friday, 05 February 2016 House
The latest offering from deep house imprint Shameless Audio comes from Jon Cates, a spacey and driving bass track that's smooth and relentless. The track has a sub bass from the outset with a building lead and filtered synths that give the spacey effect throughout the track. Complimenting the original are two remixes, the first from MO7S who have taken the track even deeper, but adding extra interest using an organ-like synth. Joe Bellingham and Traeger Evans aka Caloris take the track in anot...
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Icarus - Home Ft. Aurora - (FFRR)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
If you like electronic music that pushes boundaries, Icarus should be on your list of Artists to follow. Take ‘Home’ for instance. It’s a soaring, swooping, bit crushed, beat mashed opus with a folky vocal and haunting harmonies. It’s a grating, grinding, growling synth powered beast, And then it’s as sweet as a lullaby and as energetic as a gym workout. And yet it all hangs together as one beautiful, unforgettable and infinitely Shazam-able end of set, end of show encore. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewe...
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Philip Bader & Nicone - Break It Down - (Snatch! Records)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
It’s all gone German at Snatch! Towers with Philip Bader’s hard hitting, industrial strength hard tech tear up. ‘Break It Down’ works an insistent vocal over tough beats and bleeps then loops this to infinity and beyond. The breakdown breaks it right down to the vocal and yelp then rebuilds like Steve Austin with ricocheting snares and hi-hats to spray a phalanx of percussive bullets at your feet until you throw shapes that you didn’t even know you could throw. ‘Alive’ is a Pirelli special that ...
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Moguai Ft. Cheat Codes - Hold On - (Spinnin / Positiva)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Love it or hate it, Moguai’s ‘Hold On’ is going to be a massive hit. It has already garnered millions of streams on Shazam and is no doubt headed for most played status on ‘Spotify’ and ‘Youtube’ too? Why? It’s a simple song with no theatrics and a dinky little keyboard hook that makes cash tills ching involuntarily. Simple. Deadly. And bound for every compilation due to drop between now and Christmas – if you can hold on and hold out that long. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http:/...
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Alunageorge Ft. Popcaan - I'm In Control - (Island Records)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Airhorns and whistles at the ready, the unstoppable AlunaGeorge return from the success of their last ‘Jack U’ collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex to deliver this dynamite trap / soca / dancehall infused chart confection ‘I’m in Control’. It’s the sort of record that makes it summer and carnival all year round. Huge hit incoming – especially with Annie Mac’s blessing … 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   ...
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Snakehips Ft. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper - All My Friends (Jarreau Vandal) - (Columbia Records)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Anyone who actually reads my reviews will know that I massively rate the talent known as Jarreau Vandal – he has an extraordinary way of transforming the lightest of songs into heavyweight arrangements and profound statements. He has achieved exactly that here – rewiring Snakehips’ near novelty pop tome into a rich and lustrous excursion that continues to shimmer after the last note has died away. I liked this so much I ended my last radio show with it. I might do it again this week too. The ori...
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Booka Shade - Neon Gods Ft. Daudi Matsiko - (Knee Deep In Sound)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Next up on Hot Since 82’s hot label come Get Physical’s favourite sons, Booka Shade, with a high energy, space invader shot, foundry hit groove that balance along on a low sub bassline like a tightrope walker with vertigo. The vocal smooths your ruffles with a whispered ‘I tremble, you falter, I trip, you walk, you stumble’ then its heads down and back to the groove until the end. It’s infinitely playable and there’s a vocal, a dub and a radio mix just in case you should want to prove it. 3.5 o...
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The Blaze - Virile - (Bromance)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
If you like your deep house with more angles than a dodecahedron, check out The Blaze’s ‘Virile’. It has a cranky, melancholic vocal with an african accent, rave synths to clip it to the clouds and a bassline that will staple your feet to the floor. It’s quirky and weird and leaves you wanting more. Catchier than a cold on a Chinese bullet train. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Louis The Child - It's Strange - (Hear This Promo)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Chicago duo Louis The Child have made my ears prick up on various occasions over the last few months, not least with their stellar remixes on top drawer electro and alternative pop outfits Miike Snow, Dropout and Club Cheval. Now they incarcerate their shiny dream pop in some saw-toothed trap and bouncy nu-house workouts just for shits and giggles. The JackLNDN Daytime remix slays with its smooth rolling bass and airy chimes and effects. Night time Is also Jack LNDN’s domain with its obscenity-p...
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Edu Imbernon & Los Suruba - Shadows Of Rigadon EP - (Suara)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Sliding towards the slicker and smoother end of the tech house, click track scale like a cross-country ice skater, Edu Imbernon takes us on a journey through avalanche warnings, glacial ravines then comes skidding to precarious stops on crisp, crackling ice. It’s as invigorating as an ice bath in a swedish sauna. The Clarion Red Ocean remix is all about the ambient atmospherics. Swirls of syth pads swim around your head as waves of warm stringq and voices herald in a simple, echoing rhythm patte...
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Marc Talein - Leave Me (Braxton Remix) - (MTA Records)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
I loved the original of Marc Talein’s ‘Leave Me’ when it emerged in Spring 2015. Now that clever fella Braxton has given it a roll in the deep, adding a rotund parping bassline, resonant chimes and a kick that could put the walls of a row of Northern terraces through. Soulfui, vocal nu-house with a tech house twist that gets better with each listen. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Sonny Fodera - Presents Defected In The House

Friday, 29 January 2016 Compilations
Having been around a while, Sonny Fodera has now really risen to the top of the house music pile. He is a taste making DJ who plays all over the world and is currently on a tour of the US, Australia and UK, and is also a chart topping producer. It seems that everything he does turns to gold, and right now he has no fewer than than six releases in the Beatport Deep House Top Ten. Recent years have found him working with a who’s who of the house industry. As well as putting out his wares on label...
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Vibe Killers – Hypnotised EP (feat. Andrea Di Rocco remix) - (Killer Vibes)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
Burnley based brothers Vibe Killers have been mixing music for over 18 years, and producing for more than 7 years. With a wealth of experience behind them, they now bring us ‘Hypnotised’, featuring 2 originals and a remix from Italian techno maestro Andrea Di Rocco. Mickey and Mark Horsey have been releasing on their Killer Vibes label for a while now, and with support from the likes of Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed and Steve Lawler, they are rapidly gaining credibility and respect from their musica...
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Kotelett and Zadak – Triphoria Remixed - (Hommage)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
It hasn’t taken long for some of Europe’s top DJs to get their hands on Hommage’s recent release ‘Triphoria’ and producing some classy remixes. It was the supremely talented German duo Kotelett and Zadak who produced the original 10 track, already getting plenty of airtime. Now various producers have put their own twists on the record, and it’s well worth a listen. Monkey Safari (who released the original album on their label Hommage), open up this release with their take on ‘Let It Happen’. Th...
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Jey Kurmis – Refresh EP - (Moon Harbour)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
While he still bases himself in his hometown of Leeds, Yorkshireman Jey Kurmis is a global star in his own right. Having released on labels such as Hot Creations, Wow! and Rinse, as well as being championed by the likes of Heidi, Jamie Jones and Richy Ahmed, it’s pretty exciting news when he drops a new EP. As for Moon Harbour, in their 16th year, they are still one of the most respected and reputable labels in the game. They consistently churn out records of the highest quality, working with p...
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Fennec & Wolf - Cassini - (Incroyable Music)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
Incroyable Music is a fine label run by German based boss Fennec & Wolf, who is actually just one producer despite what his alias implies. He is also an assured producer and knowing DJ and here puts all his skills to good use for a great new single, Cassini, that comes back with a pair of on point remixes from Kevin Over and Boy Next Door. The original, we are told, uses “the atmospheric sounds of Saturn that Cassini recorded during its voyage through space and time” and it sure does have a...
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Hector - My Cloud - (Serkal)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
Hector is a long running DJ and producer who has made just about everything in his time. As well as being an acclaimed DJ who can hold down both house and techno parties, he always backs it up in the studio with some slick skills. Here they are on show once more as he serves up two new cuts that come complete with a remix from Hansel. The pick of the bunch for me might be the second original Phil’s Theme. It is a backroom, deep house roller with subtle vocals, sweeping pads and trippy little me...
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