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Gavin James - For You - (GS Believe)

Thursday, 09 July 2015 House
I do like wonky jolly pop, not wonky lollipops (although I like those too) but in musical terms, I make no secret of loving a well crafted, short and sweet pop song with an unexpected twist. ‘For You’ is just that – Gavin’s smooth and seductive vocal is layered over three different - Bearcubs stand it in front of their warped bassline fair ground mirror for a smooth and seductive dance floor tease whilst J.U.D.G.E creates a hazy and hot , slo-mo shuffle that rises to meet the bassline then falls...
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Panteros666 Ft. Woodkid - Clear (Chambray Remix) - (Parlophone)

Thursday, 09 July 2015 House
Victor Watel and Chambray deliver a banging, stomping, thumping slab of hard raving techno that is as relentless in its execution as it is punishing to your pumping fist. Already a favourite of the Two Annies (Radio 1s Mac and Nightingale) with Messrs. Lowe and Tong also chomping at its rabidlykfrothing bit, ‘Clear’ is very much the joker in your pack for when you want to make everyone on your techno dancefloor leap out of their skin and melt back into it once their molecules have been slightly ...
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Rufus Du Sol - You Were Right - (Sweat It Out)

Thursday, 09 July 2015 House
Sydney’s favourite sons, Rufus (Rufus Du Sol) return from a brief sojourn in Berlin to deliver and brooding electro pop paen to unrequited love with ‘You Were Right’. The lyric drives it forwards like a mean smash, then it bounces off the bassline like a ball off the Wimbledon back line bouncing up to meet the soaring, spacious synths and swishing effects. It’s uptempo, uplifting and the sort of perfect pop^that makes late night picnics a joy. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {...
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Shura - White Light - (Interscope / Polydor)

Thursday, 09 July 2015 House
If 80s synth infused dream pop from the ilk of artists like Robyn, Keisza, La Roux, makes your ears prick up and your booty wiggle then Shura is a wonderful addition to your collection. Following on from 2Shy, ‘White Light’ is a perfect slo-mo disco meets alternative indie groove that could easily pump out of car stereos, gas stations, radio stations and festival stages without jarring the ear. It swirls around you like the pool around Narcissus, offering sparkling, crystal clear water and nouri...
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12 Tones - Rising Mind – (MadTech)

Thursday, 09 July 2015 House
Stunning production and imaginative use of sounds go to make up this excellent track for MadTech. The intriguingly named 12 Tones are in fact Spiros & John from Greece and this single mix release tells you all you need to know in one easy lesson. The drums are probing, accompanied by a taught Detroit bassline alongside dark voices and effects that soon cumulate into an exhilarating rhythm, with more than enough strange melody to keep you hooked until the very end. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Gr...
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Rick Wade - Strong Arm – (RYMD)

Thursday, 09 July 2015 House
Feeling refreshingly crunchy Rick Wade’s title track sequences deep and dark Disco together with tough edged House Music that temptingly comes as a limited 300 only coloured vinyl release. Warped keys deliver an unnerving basis for the track which then repeats until distraction with heavy-duty beats and splashes of strings driving it all forward. The remix comes from Deep88 whose punchy tech bassline adds fuel to the fire with the keys reworked but still very much in evidence. Next comes the sup...
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Onlee & Téa Wavesword - Disturbed Butterflies (Remixes) – (Lichen Records)

Thursday, 09 July 2015 House
Listening to the twisted techno of the original version of this only makes the Yapacc rework sound all the more brilliant. Sitting somewhere in-between Manuel Göttsching’s seminal, ‘E2-E4’ and tripped out bliss this plays like six minutes, thirty seconds of stereo enhanced ecstasy, that would feel equally as home on Balearic turntables as it would on Club soundsystems. The percussion is simply first rate and the pulsating synthesizers feel classic and inspired – try this out for yourself and see...
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HNQO - Exotic Heat - (PlayPerView)

Monday, 06 July 2015 House
Playperview serves up a summer sizzler for their next package and the man behind the original is label boss, HNQO. A fine release that once again displays his tech-house midas touch, it also displays his production mastery and a diversity that’s not evident in most of his peers. In original form the track is a loopy, rolling bit of house music with shuffling, dusty drums, nice mechanical snares and vibes a plenty. Warm and colourful chords come in to add yet more organic feel good magic, and ov...
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Saag Vs NIBC - Sleepless In Zimbabwe (Ft. Casino Times & Man Power Remixes) - (Trunkfunk)

Monday, 06 July 2015 House
The Trunkfunk label is now in its 15th year, which is no mean feat, yet they still continue to serve up the jams. This one is no different, and is a track from accomplished producers SAAG v NIBC that comes in original form, as well as with remixes by acclaimed UK producers Casino Times and Man Power. It’s cosmic, seductive and perfectly constructed to make floors go wild, right from the off. The original is entitled Sleepless in Zimbabwe, and comes laden with lumpy, purposeful drums, cute afro ...
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Wankelmut & Schlepp Geist - Banana Split EP - (HIVE Audio)

Monday, 06 July 2015 House
For the latest release in the Hive story, the Swiss label comes correct with another stunning releases that’s indicative of their cultured, textured but still accessible sound. It arrives from the dab hands that are Wankelmut & Shlepp Geist, two producers who - while brilliant on their own accord - really take things to another level here. Anyhow, it features 2 tracks of dizzying effectiveness, each of which speaks to the mind but will still slay any dancefloor it’s allowed to fully flex it...
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Stevie R & Matt Hardinge - Measuring The Universe - (Inside Out Records)

Monday, 06 July 2015 House
Inside Out Records latest start turn comes at us from two more fledgling producers, this time in the shape of Stevie R and Matt Hardinge, both of whom combine with a real aplomb here. The package in question is called ‘Measuring The Universe’, and it features the vocal talents of Shawni, a lady whose smooth and sultry lyrics add a real sense of depth to the occasion. We get underway thanks to the title track in original form. A smooth-as-you-like take on soulful and intricate house music, it ge...
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Various Artists - Four To The Floor 05 - (Diynamic)

Monday, 06 July 2015 Compilations
Why change a good thing? That seems to be what Diynamic is thinking as they gear up for the fifth such outing in the Four to the Floor series, which is - almost naturally - another release that’s stuffed to the hilter with top-notch jams from the offset. While it features many up-and-coming producers, the first of those to show up here is Butch, who sides up alongside Sebastien Hohberg for the excellent ‘’Losing Gravity’’. An almost weightless slice of canny techno, it gets us off to a flyer th...
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Tronik Youth - Nein Oh Nein - (Nein Records)

Friday, 03 July 2015 Compilations
Nein Records debut compilation album "Nein Oh Nein" is currently out there now waiting for you to download or add to buy basket. So, what have we got ? A double CD set, Disc 1 features 11 unreleased tracks and remixes while Disc 2 see's label boss Tronik Youth blend a selection of the best of Nein belters into a beautifully crafted mix tape. A Nein Records compilation starter pack for the new-bee and 11 unreleased tracks to keep the hardcore followers happy. Stand out classics come from Ducan Gr...
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Various Artists - Kollektion 04 Compiled By Richard Fearless - (Bureau B)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Compilations
Richard Fearless is a great choice for the latest Bureau B instalment, because the music Death in Vegas make is heavily indebted to the brands of dark electro and Krautrock in which the label specialise. So here we are with two albums’ worth of electronic music stripped down to the bone, with established names (Moebius, Faust), newer ones (Automat) or the less familiar, which means the medieval folk band Ougenweide. In the course of a complete listen, though, the track that remains in the head i...
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Banco De Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa (20th Anniversary Edition) - (Disco Gecko)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Albums
Some of dance music’s favourite albums are reaching milestones that tell if they’ve stood the test of time or not. Among these is Banco de Gaia’s ‘Last Train To Lhasa’, released in 1995 to rapturous reviews as it set a new bar for ambient music and its ability to incorporate other cultures. Grooves like the loping beat of the title track, the spatial effects of ‘Kincajou’ and the fusion of beats and chant on ‘Kuos’ still sound really effective, and the majestic ‘White Paint’ still stands out tow...
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Funkstörung - Funkstörung - (Monkeytown)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Albums
Ten years have passed since the last album from the duo of Mikael Fakesch and Chris de Luca – so it’s probably a sign of wanting to exert the Funkstörung identity that they’ve returned with a self-titled fourth record under the guise. This time they have a clutch of vocal guests in tow, but are careful not to let this disrupt the album’s continuity. We begin with the confidential late night electronica of ‘Fall Into You’, with Audego, before the beats are pumped up more for the first of four con...
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John Beltran - Espais - (Delsin Records)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Albums
Given that his music is so relaxing, it’s quite difficult to think of John Beltran working hard! But ‘Espais’ is further proof of his creative zeal, being a sizeable ambient album that casts a subtle spell. Beltran is at his most effective when he brings up the bass range and introduces a darker shade to the music, and this happens in both ‘Raume’ and ‘Muse’ to strong effect. More blissful are the title track and ‘Descorazonador’, where Beltran shows how a little thought on the piano can go a ve...
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Roland Klinkenberg - Construct - (Green)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Albums
More recently, Roland Klinkenberg has developed an interest in dub. ‘Construct’ reveals the fruits of that interest, as he looks to integrate elements of dub and techno into his carefully sculpted approach to making music. Here he pulls it off, making music that is incredibly spacious but which also has a lot of layers that the more attentive listener can focus in on if they choose. In some cases it sounds like he’s operating at two speeds, with ‘Rise’ a great example of how faster energy and a ...
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Various Artists - Henry Stone's Miami Sound: The Record Man's Finest 45s – (Athens Of The North)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Compilations
The man behind a thousand sounds whose invaluable contribution to the launch of not only TK Records but also numbers of others may now be best remembered for KC & The Sunshine Band, but not to miss a trick this essential compilation is here to further remind us of some of his finest 45’s. It’s well worth checking out this man’s amazing history, indeed the award winning documentary: The record man is set to tie in with this release too. The music is sunshine-charged and as funky and diverse a...
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Emanuel Satie - Free At Last EP – (Get Physical Music)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 House
With his third number for the label Emanuel Satie delivers more in the way of tough, unforgiving music that surprises you at every turn. Take the opening, ‘Free’ which sequences edgy Acid bass together with funky hi-hats, gritty synth lines and are then contrasted by deliciously soulful vocals. ‘Bottoms Up’ continues the suspense with pumping beats, treated voices and a whole lot of attitude, leaving the self-fulfilling prophecy of ‘On Repeat’ to complete via breathy vocals and rhythmic percussi...
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