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Pablo Nouvelle - Finding You Ft. Lulu James - (Black Butter)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 House
Pablo Nouvelle has a wonderful way with a melody and soul searching lyrics and ‘Finding You’ shows him flexing these creative muscles perfectly and once again. Lulu James’ voice swirls into the warm and wavering arrangement like Haagen Dasz rolls and melts in your mouth on the hottest day of the year. The clicks, claps and castanets give it a shoulder shake and hip sway momentum that will make you search for an end of the night partner in order to truly do it justice. The Benton mix blindfolds y...
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Dimitri Vegas Moguai, Like Mike - Body Talk (Mammoth) - (Spinnin)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 House
Mammoth has been a huge track for two years now but it has been refreshed and raises its enomous shape above the waves of crowds with a male vocal that rushes it along on a tumbling cascade of lyrics through the verse to the bridge until that thundering guitar riff we know and love kicks in. It’s not a grammy winner but it does a good job. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/dimitrivegasandlikemike/dimitri-vegas-moguai-like-mike-ft-julian-perretta-body-talk-mammot...
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The Knocks - Classic Ft. Powers - (Big Beat)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 House
Opening with the Ramones’s classic ‘1,2,3,4 and a guitar / funk riff lifted straight from the Bee Gees’ ‘Staying Alive’ sets the stall perfectly for ‘Classic’ The Knocks’ delicious summer groove. Powers’ voice cuts through like sunshine through a windscreen whilst New York cred-pop duo Ben B-Roc’ Ruttner and James ‘Jpatt’ Patterson strike radio gold with their heady blend of brand new, slow-mo piano house with a disco-funk retro twist. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundclou...
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Walker & Royce - Sister - (Moda Black)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 House
Walker and Royce join team MODA with an EP that is fun for all the tech house family. 'Sister' is weird, wonky, tripped out, dnacefloor tear up with a moody bassline, rushy effects and rave synth pads just like i like it. 'Do Not Disturb' is a thudding stomp track with bouncy,cut up lyrical fluorishes and 303 squelches that will keep the floor swirling and bubbling fiercely like a lava lamp on a heater. ‘Sister’ is a class act. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Lee van Dowski & Dean Demanuele – What’s Up Doc

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 House
French-born, Geneva-based Lee van Dowski has long been a pioneering force in the global tech house scene. As a key member of the Cadenza family he has had countless seminal releases on labels like Memento and Material Series and here teams up with Dean Demanuele for a new EP on his Dazed & Confused Recordings label. The title track here is a full fat bit of tech house with thick and heavy hits, a nagging synth line that rides up and down and plenty of driving kicks. Next cut Mine O Mine is m...
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Cera Alba - Synthetic Artistry

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 House
Cera Alba’s stock has really soared in recent times, and one quick listen to his discography and it’s obvious why. His is a sound that’s diverse and eclectic and always interesting, while – unlike a slew of his contemporaries – he’s always quick to take chances where others don’t. It’s a way of working that’s brought his talents to an interesting array of labels, and Steve Lawler’s VIVa are the latest in line here to play host to a producer whose sound is hard not to embrace. The name of the EP ...
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Simion - U+I (With Mixes by Darius Syrossian & More)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 House
While he might cut a pretty elusive figure, there’s little doubting that Simion is a man who’s able to bring the heat when it comes to crafting delicate house music. If you’ve already copped the sounds of one of his latest hits, ‘U+I’, then you’ll no what we’re talking about. Simply put, the man means business when it comes to the house side of the spectrum. How apt then, that the track is given a new lease of life on Hedonism (where, incidentally, it was first released), complete with a really ...
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Luca Cazal - Mariri EP - (Crosstown Rebels)

Friday, 15 August 2014 House
Luca Cazal has made big moves in recent years, but always alongside someone else. Now for the first time he is stepping out on his own with a great new EP on the Crosstown Rebels label. In fact, he still cant resist a collaboration as two of the tracks here have been made in cahoots with others, firstly Mark Jenkyns and secondly BL_NK SP_C_S. The one solo jam may be the best one here though – Mariri is deep, smooth and sultry bit of house with playful drum fills, plenty of funk in the percussion...
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Various Artists - Total Kompakt 14 - (Kompakt)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 Compilations
The music release calendar has a number of regular releases that are strangely comforting in their regularity, as if to assure us that everything’s all right with the world. Kompakt are responsible for two of these annual milestones, firstly with the release of ‘Pop Ambient’ in January and then with the latest instalment of their ‘Total Kompakt’ compilation series in the summer. This particular compilation had a year off in 2013, so it’s great to see it back. That they’re now up to 14 speaks vol...
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Various Artists - Fabric 77: Marcel Dettmann - (Fabric)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 Compilations
Berghain’s very own Marcel Dettmann takes the reins for the latest Fabric compilation in the series – and he doesn’t disappoint, blending a pleasing variety of house and techno, largely from the darker side, but in moods that very from deep to incredibly energetic. Into the latter category fall the storming Answer Code Request track ‘Transit 0.2’, the cutting bass of ‘Radar’, Dettmann’s very own cut in Byetone remix form, and the pounding beat of Dettmann’s ‘Lightworks’. It’s not all full on ene...
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Various Artists - Greater Lengths - An All Saints Compilation - (All Saints)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 Compilations
All Saints Records started in 1991 under the leadership of Dominic Norman-Taylor – but only recently has much of their output become available again, in high quality audio for the first time. If you’re not familiar with their repertoire – which includes some ambient greats from Brian Eno as well as his brother Roger, Harold Budd, Laraaji and Jon Hassell – then ‘Greater Lengths’ is an excellent place to start. This isn’t just because of the first disc, which chooses its source material well, but ...
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Djivan Gasparyan - I Will Not Be Sad In This World / Moon Shines At Night - (All Saints)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 Albums
As All Saints look to make more of their music available once again (see the review of the Compilation of the Week this week!) they alight on two albums by the Armenian Djivan Gasparyan. All you need to know here really is that Brian Eno called his music ‘without doubt one of the most beautiful and soulful recordings I have ever heard’ – but why so? Gasparyan plays the duduk, a traditional woodwind instrument from his home country, and it makes a sound that pierces the brain immediately. So much...
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FKA twigs - LP1 - (Young Turks)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 Albums
If ever a record sounded like it was made between the sheets, then fka Twigs – real name Tahliah Barnett – has made it. For LP1 is a debut album of almost scary intensity, with Barnett’s vocal up close and very, very personal. Barnett has been blessed with an amazing voice, and a rare ability to sing quietly but with double the meaning – which also means her backing doesn’t have to be that loud either. So we get some unusually subtle, slow beats to go with the voice, and some electronic bleeps t...
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Sankeys 20th Anniversary Album

Thursday, 14 August 2014 Compilations
Sankeys have clocked up 20 years this year, and after opening clubs in Ibiza, New York and recently London they've celebrated entering their third decade of aural frolicing by setting up a label, the first release a double disco compilation of where the club is at now alongside the high points of the past. Helming the release is Darius Syrossian, a Dj who slowly over the past six years has become a bigger and bigger fixture of the Sankesy fabric, such to the point where he is now the figurehead ...
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Gui Boratto - 'Joker' - (Kompakt)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 House
When Gui Boratto first emerged on Kompakt he was the perfect fit, making the kind of woozy techno which would blatantly be called trance had that genre not headed down the fluroro route on the label which had a delightful penchant for it. Nearly a decade later and both Gui and Kompakt have moved forward but still retained that ethereal edge, and this is again mining that space age trance sound. Joker is a synth driven techno pile driver, shimmering in swathes of beauty and lush piano chords to c...
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Adam Port - Shifter EP - (Keinemusik)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 House
This blistering instrumental has an irresistible and very effervescent funkiness while striking just the right balance between House and Techno - if those labels still apply. ‘Shifter’ blends all sorts of weird and wonderful ideas into the melting pot with cosmic fx and electro beats all getting fired up by an edgy, meandering synth that proves to be somewhat addictive. Next, ‘Snowbeach’ reflects its title with a warmer, though moodier, selection of Italo referencing keyboards that sound equally...
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Matt Tolfrey - The Untitled - (Brachtune)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 House
Visionquest launch their brand new offshoot with this hot production from Leftroom’s Matt Tolfrey. Love the stripped down to essentials aspect to this with energetic beats driving the funky electronic rhythm’s forward, aided only by occasional vocals plus the eventual addition of extra pulsating keys over its eight and half minute workout. The EC1 Mix and the excellent Ghetto version provide alternatives to the main title with the laters’ Detroit bass and soulfully melodic vocals adding the huma...
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Greg Pidcock - Connected People - (Culprit)

Thursday, 14 August 2014 House
Greg Pidcock’s debut for the label is as assured as it is quality. From the atmospheric pads which open, ‘Connected People’ to the bubbling bassline and array of weird voices the production manages to feel curiously spacey yet remain firmly planted on the dancefloor, all of which climaxes in the heat of white noise during the breakdown. A great set of remixes come with the release too. Tone Depth's Doctor Prescribed version re-imagines it with smooth fender Rhodes and tribal rhythms in amongst t...
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Various Artists - Sunset Hours at Marini's On 57: Compiled by Jose Padilla - (Secret Life Records)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 Compilations
The Balearic spirit has always been something that is highly subjective, but we've always felt a kinship with the ethos of playing music across the board and going for a specific vibe. And that's something which is probably easier to find elsewhere than a lot of Ibiza these days, from Croatia to Kuala Lumpur, which is where this compilation focuses on with Balearic bastion Jose Padilla at the helm. The closest we've got to Malaysia is whooping as children when Gary Linekar smashed four past the...
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Walter Ego - 'CTRL+ALT+DEL EP' (Incl. PBR Streetgang Remix) - (2020 Vision)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 House
2020 Vision's appeal over the years at times has been about being on the money in terms of trend without ever looking like they are trying to latch onto a bandwagon, and this release encapsulates that ethos brilliantly. Walter Ego 'CTRL+ALT+DEL' in it's original form you can see appealing to the new guns of dance music tempted by the house and garage pop combinations teased in by MK and Gorgon City, but there's enough quirk about it to make sure it stands out in a crowded field. We are all over ...
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