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Full Intention - Automatic EP - (Full Intention Recordings)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 House
Nothing counts like experience sometimes as Full Intention once again prove to the delight of us who were around the first time. ‘Automatic’ slams together all of that knowledge into one explosive package via classic House bass, sizzling hi-hats plus a fiery contemporary production that couldn’t sound much better. ‘Cova Santa’ then injects a slice of filtered Disco into the equation alongside MLK’s timely spoken message, while ‘What's in it’ ends on a tougher tip as energetic vocals combine with...
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Pedro Aguiar - Land Of The Lost – (Darkroom Dubs)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 House
If you’re already hotly anticipating his soon to be released long player ‘Landscapes & Heartbreaks’ then this combination of four new tracks are more than enough to get you there. It’s hard to better the sequenced ambience of, ‘Snobiety’ which shimmers with expectation and quickly delivers a rewarding blend of electronic opulence that could equally accompany an atmospheric big-screen production. Next, ‘3000 And One’ delves into more eerie ground but is the none the less a totally captivating...
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Paul Bowen - Salad Fingers EP – (Luna Records)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 House
The labels founder returns with two richly atmospheric tracks both packing a deep punch. The caustic ‘Rusty Spoon’ opens with pulsating beats which soon expand into mood enhanced territory with the addition of warm keys and smoky, reassuring vocal snippets all of which envelops you in a sense of anticipation. The more straightforward title of, ‘Rumpus’ packs crunchy, filtered beats together with slightly sinister held string lines exposing a sense of danger amid unforgiving stabs, and if anythin...
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Jerome Derradji - Machine Jacked - (Still Music)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 House
Two fresh new productions from Chicago's very own Jerome Derradji go to make up this latest release from Still Music and if I can point you in the direction of the excellent, 'Acid Nothing' you could be very happy. Combining touches of the Windy City alongside infectious Detroit tones this plays on being intense and emotional in a big way - two of music's most vital elements. Sounding like Acid but feeling deep a telling spoken vocal adds extra bite to the affair (although an uninterrupted instr...
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Pete Dafeet - 'Wife' (Incl. Nacho Marco Remix) - (Lost My Dog)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 House
Original Deep House pioneer Pete Dafeet unleashes 'Wife', taken from his forthcoming debut album 'The Root, The Soul'. 'Wife' is an exultant slab of piano House, loaded with a hook laced with early 90's Balearic Ibizan vibes and screams Summer! Nacho Marco’s remix adds steel to the original’s splendour as TR-303 and 909 join forces to drive energy levels skywards. The package also features the album title track 'The Root, The Soul' which comes drizzled with delicious Dafeet synthology and a drea...
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Tom Chubb - 'Chubby EP' - (Conkrete Digital)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 House
Tom Chubb gets his debut EP release on Conkrete Digital and is already creating tremors in the house music charts. Produced in his Dubai studio, Tom has teamed up with Half-British, Half-Emirati vocalist Hamama Dove on the single ‘My Time’. This track features a solid baseline and classic driving piano. The second track on the EP ‘Clear as Claret ventures into a tougher deeper vibe to round off the complete package. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Ratha Gud...
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Christian B & Lavvy Levan - 'Stand Up' (incl. Sonic Matta, DJ Spen and Martin Bundsen Remixes) - (Friday Fox Recordings)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 House
Christian B & Lavvy Levan deliver a strong, deep and sultry weapon to W.O.R.K in that booth! ‘Stand Up’ carries a hypnotic bassline, paired with uplifting piano, vocals and Lavvy’s spoken word, it twists and builds beautifully. Manchester’s upcoming talent, Sonic Matta, puts the pedal to the metal, delivering a euphoric remix for the main room, armed with a hot bass drop! Baltimore House legend DJ Spen takes the piano break and runs relentlessly for over 7 mins with flashes of 90’s nostalgia...
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Blancmange - Semi-Detached - (Cherry Red)

Thursday, 09 April 2015 Albums
What’s this then? Another Blancmange album? It’s like waiting for two Eighties-themed buses at once as the band follow-up their ‘Blanc Burn’ comeback from 2011, though this time Stephen Luscombe is unfortunately absent due to illness. Neil Arthur it is who takes centre stage, delivering a solid album that occasionally aspires to the heights of the band’s heyday if not fully emulating them. Two of the best songs have a healthy preoccupation with London, the majestic opener ‘The Fall’ being a real...
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Portico - Living Fields - (Ninja Tune)

Thursday, 09 April 2015 Albums
With Portico’s downsizing from a quartet to a trio, a pretty radical change in musical style has come about. Whereas before there was a pretty firm emphasis on jazz, they are now a fully-fledged electronica band – and ‘Living Fields’ is their striking new record. To express themselves fully the band have called in vocal favours from Jono McCleery, Alt-J’s Joe Newman and Jamie Woon, and all three make significant contributions to a record notable for its emotional intensity. McCleery’s contributi...
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Toro Y Moi - What For? - (Carpark)

Thursday, 09 April 2015 Albums
One of the great things about Chaz Bundick, the mastermind of Toro Y Moi, is his ability to stay one step ahead of those trying to corner him into a particular genre. On his last record, ‘Anything In Return’, he made some wonderfully chilled but funky music, flirting with disco and funk but never really settling. On ‘What For?’ he does a similar thing, but here the focus is more towards the yacht rock craze that has spiced up down tempo mix albums of late – and yet once again Bundick’s overall s...
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Luca Bear & Giorgia Angiuli - New Mission - (WOW!)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
Mar-T’s WOW! The label is typically associated with big-room tech-house pastures, so it’s with some delight that we report about just how very different the label’s latest is. It arrives from the label owner’s Italian compatriot Luca Bear, who joins forces with Giorgia Angiuli for a release that’s exuding class throughout. The three track EP is ripe with sensuous moments and periods of introspective bliss, a fact that’s epitomised by the title track, New Mission. The vocals are spot on, and weav...
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Cozzy D - Anxiety EP - (Lower East)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
Ever since the Lower East label burst on to the scene a few years, it’s been renowned for its high-class house music. Very much a contemporary imprint, there’s nonetheless a rough and rugged agenda which courses through their releases. In that essence, the latest such offering by label head Cozzy D is a fine example of where they’re at right now. Entitled the Anxiety EP, this one moves and saunters with a real purpose, with the title track enveloping the listener in a murky world of muddy tech-h...
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Various Artists - Kosmophono Sampler - (Kosmophono)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
As an introduction to the sort of sounds to expect from the Kosmophono label this new VA EP is a fine start. It offers four tracks, some solo, some collars, and comes a whole year after their first release. It was more than worth the wait, though, as it explores some intriguing minimal house tropes from start to finish. One of the standouts is the groaning, paranoid, abstract and slithering grooves of DES, the cut by Fuse resident Antony Difrancesco and foremost Dutch talent Ferro. Dark and twis...
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MAAL ft. Sep - HMWL - (No More)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
Marcus Almén is MAAL and is someone who has been making many forms of electronic music for years. Form pay trance to jungle to big beat, he has done it all, but now, like most of the world, he finds himself margin deep house, His next missive comes on the HMWL label and has already picked up support from the likes of Nightmares on Wax and Robert Owens. The single, No More featuring Sep, comes in two versions. The first is a slick and emotive, musically uplifting affair with strings, drama vocals...
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Dana Ruh - Yardang - (Brouqade)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
German DJ/producer Dana Ruh has enjoyed a pretty staggering time of it recently, a fact that’s emphasised by her debut LP, which came out last year on Jus Ed’s always reliable Underground Quality imprint. A consistent producer, much of Ruh’s appeal lies in her almost effortless ability to veer between sounds and genres, and hers is a sound palette that’s nothing if not vast and refined. For her latest, Ruh returns to her home label, Brouqade, for an EP that reminds us of her sonic abilities. Fir...
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Jax Jones - Yeah Yeah Yeah - (White Label)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
Duke Dumont protegé, Jax Jones, is set to take centrestage with ‘Yeah yeah Yeah’ a gospel / blues flavoure vocal treat with a happy clapping percussive edge. No matter that it’s peppered with pitched Massive Attack ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ vocal ad libs – that just adds to the appeal, as do oodles of chinese and scottish toned strings, clip clop beats and a pulsing hi nrg bassline. Already Number 1 in the Hype Machine Chart, it’s kind of a no brainer that this is the stuff that #1 National chart hi...
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DJ Pierre & My Digital Enemy - The Underground - (Afro Acid Digital)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
Iconic Chicago house DJ / producer DJ Pierre teams up with My Digital Enemy to create ‘The Underground’ a pounding slab of hard disco that could knock wall studs in with its bare hands. The Wild Pitch mix is a disco and brass looped smiley happy yellow pill and current king of the killer loop Ronnie Spiteri delivers a bassline groove that slithers off into the undergrowth like Alien in Part 1 – you want to see it again and again but you’re adrenalin scared. Heavy beats, strong package, good look...
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Ferreck Dawn - Another Day Ft. Bishop - (Spinnin Deep)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
Ferreck Dawn’s ‘Another Day’ has a heavier bottom end than ‘Walking With Elephants’, and whilst it walks with a little bit of the same swagger it lightens the wide load with a sylph like female vocal and then euphoric progressive / trance piano keys and chord progression towards the end. It’s a chimera or a collage of styles that you have to give a little distance in order to appreciate the complete picture. Could go large or could fall flat since it has something for everybody and that could be...
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Rene Amesz - Hero - (Work)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
Rene Amesz has possibly delivered this year’s first tech house crossover chart hit with ‘Hero’ – a tough, thudding beat bouncer that pummels you to within an inch of your life and then the vocal drops and it’s a whole other story. It’s hooky, it’s hard and it’s coming to a dancefloor near you, mark my words. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Simon Baker - Chapter One EP - (Truesoul)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 House
If you like trippy, psychedelic grooves look no further than Simon Baker’s Chapter One EP. It’s a rich and fulfilling four-layer affair that will satisfy even the hungriest of appetites. The title track, ‘Chapter One’ wraps a tightly edited, muffled then clear vocal cry around some anti-gravity beats and clicking claves until it loops itself around your senses like rampant ivy. ‘Womb’ leads you deceptively with its soft thudding kick into a subterranean universe where rapid movement by pulleys a...
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