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Shaun Escoffery - 'People' Remixes EP - (Dome Records)

Friday, 07 November 2014 House
Popular singer/songwriter Shaun Escoffery reveals the second single, 'People', taken from his ace album 'In The The Red Room' on Dome Records. 'People' is hugely catchy with a positive message to call on love in the tough times, with an invitation to come together, find your Soul and "sing along!". Planting 'People' firmly on the dance floor, Baltimore House legends DJ Spen and Gary Hudgins craft a monster slice of soulful house; Gil Cang, who produced and co-wrote Shaun's album, delivers an upl...
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Alex Vanni - Questions / Badass - (Favouritizm)

Friday, 07 November 2014 House
Italian house producer Alex Vanni (formerly of Mono) makes a grand return to the house music fold with absolutely stunning and emotionally provoking new single, 'Questions' for Favouritizm. 'Questions' features a stunning male vocal that oozes melancholy and is set to a powerful backdrop of Vanni's signature cinematic sound design. Armed with dramatic heart wrenching strings, beautiful electronic arpeggios, 'Questions' is backed by a sublime deep house groove deemed to ignite the dance floor. Al...
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Kid Enigma - The Blessing Of Ipseity EP - (I'm A House Gangster)

Friday, 07 November 2014 House
Chicago young gun DJ/Producer Keith Perez, aka Kid Enigma, drops his exciting debut on DJ Sneak’s I’m A House Gangster imprint with a monster 5 for track EP titled ‘The Blessing of Ipseity’. The music is largely built around 808 and 909 beats with tracks featuring Kid waxing lyrical. This sublime package sports moody 3am head-nodders to percussion-rich, relentless house grooves, all full of swing, booming basses and jacking beats, epitomising aspects of the true IAHG sound. Put together with lov...
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Doorly & Friends 01 - On A Mission / Gotta Get - (Toolroom)

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 House
For those who like to jack – Doorly salutes you, with two fire-cracking bangers courtesy of his good self together with the godfathers and now collaborators Todd Terry and DJ Pierre. Doorly and Todd Terry’s ‘On A Mission’ is a ticklish beat down that guns you down with its rat-a-rat machine gunning snares and hi hats, ‘getting hotter’ vocal stabs and phantom menacing bassline. Meanwhile on the flipside, Doorly & DJ Pierre’s ‘Gotta Get’ is a deep throated gargle with a heavily viscous bass li...
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Martin Eyerer & Ackerman - Dance In Daylight EP - (Get Physical)

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 House
Here’s a rather moreish triple header from Martin Eyerer: label owner of the directional imprints Kling Klong and Session Deluxe, producer, radio broadcaster and creative hotbed for all things underground. ‘Dance In Daylight’ is a hypnotic, percussive, sunset to sunrise excursion that makes sand feel good between your toes. ‘The Wolf’ unleashes the synth bats, letting them fly around your head and through your hair until they bury deep into your brain through your headphones. ‘The Wolf Drum Loop...
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Groove Phenomenon - African Tribe - (Work)

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 House
If you like your tech to sound a little bit tribal and a lot funky then look no further thanGroove Phenomenon’s ‘African Tribe’ a four to the floor stomper with lots of whooshing white noise, full vocals, banging edm drums and a chunky stuttery synth drop. Absolut Groovers make it way cooler and a lot more funky - rolling with the claves, cowbells and tribal percussion, then mixing it up with the African vocal choral chant inserts and a chugging bassline. As summery as it sounds, I defy you not ...
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Jay Cee - Steryophonic - (Madtech)

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 House
I’m sure you will all welcome the first female artist on Madtech, Jay Cee, as she has delivered an assured dark, rolling groove that will surely keep the floor moving. It doesn’t tell a full, descriptive story but it’s a confident first foray and a good mix track. 2.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   ...
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Lucas Nord - Wasting Time - (HK)

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 House
Summery chords and soft organ pads underpin Lucas Nord’s delicate but sneakily punchy ‘Wasting Time’. The vocal hook winds it up like copper around an electromagnetic coil so all you need to do is let it loose and watch it charge your early doors dancefloor. Slick. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Ian Blevins - Next EP - (Keep It Zen Records)

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 House
Ian Blevins - Next EP - (Keep It Zen Records) Space Ibiza ‘We Love’ resident and a true musical all rounder, Ian Blevins delivers big with his ‘Next’ EP - a stunning, super jacked excursion into that thing we call underground house. ‘Next’ is a dark piano, vocal looped, open / close hi-hat mélange that will wind you up and spin you out like a push down spinning top. ‘Stabbatha’ jabs and stabs at the organ pads, kicks you in the nuts with the beats and clacks you round the earhole with the snare...
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Poker Flat – Four Jacks Pt. 2 / 15 Years of Poker Flat Celebrations

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Compilations
Poker flat's smug satisfaction with being 15 years old has bled into another four track EP, combining two fresh tracks with two reworks of old classics featuring a cast list of some of the labels's biggest producers. When John Tejada's growling 'Sweat on the Walls' appeared in late 2003, it sat comfortably in the grey area where the exploding minimal sounds and electro house collided, not really playing ball with either genre classification but finding favour with both DJs and standing as one of...
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Jimmy Van M, Luxor T, 3LIAS - 'Da Goom' - (Selador)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Techno
Jimmy Van M collaborates with Luxor T and 3LIAS to gift Selador 'Da Goom', a relentless slab of stadium shaking techno. The B018 main mix is in your face and brash, but in a thoroughly good way, delicious pandemonium drenched big room tackle. There's also a dub which isn't as much fun but spaciously combines chords and atmospheric pads for a deeper groove if you don't need or aren't feeling the intensity of the original, with both cuts very well produced. Remix wise all three efforts go for a di...
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Okain - Corner Trax EP - (Gruuv)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
We bigged up Okain on the very pages only recently, and here is he again with a four track EP on house imprint Gruuv, and one thing is clear he loves hip hop. Up on 'Down by the Block' he manages to combine a cut up DMX vocal with a muted saxophone, which may look preposterous on paper but is actually pretty neat - kudos for that off kilter juxtaposition adding a little sass to a solid tech house jam. 'RZ One' is a nastier cut, this time adding a vocal all about the drum machine Casio brought o...
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Beats in Space 15th Anniversary Mixed by Tim Sweeney - (Beats in Space Records)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Compilations
For the last 15 years Tim Sweeney's BIS radio show has been next level. The man with impeccable taste and maybe one of the worst radio voices known to man has created one of the most listenable shows the wireless (and the internet) has ever seen, due in no small part to the quality of the guests. That said Sweeney's been the glue that stitches it all together, his awkward whine since becoming one of the most reassuring voices we know, and jokes about his accent aside the man is a proper inspirat...
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Various Artists - Balance 026 Mixed By Hernan Cattaneo - (Balance Music)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Compilations
‘Melodic and deep music – never too hard or fast’. That’s how Hernan Cattaneo describes his style, and he sticks with it to really good effect on this new compilation, the ideal complement to the raucous energy of Danny Tenaglia’s previous instalment a couple of months back. Cattaneo is never in a hurry to get anywhere, but he mixes really well, so that each of these two mixes feels like one broad sheet of paper. The first is entirely down tempo, and Cattaneo should be commended for resisting to...
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Marconi Union - Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol.2) - (Just Music)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
It is surprisingly difficult to write good ambient music – I’ve tried often enough! – but Marconi Union have the effortless knack, and the six tracks making up their second volume of transmissions mould effortlessly into the foreground or background, whichever place you prefer them to sit in. Foreground listening – ideally on headphones – reveals layers of ambient noise, soft sound pictures with beats that pulse occasionally, and with lazy melodic loops that make themselves known to create enoug...
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1000 Names - Migration Pads - (Drut Recordings)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
This is the fourth album from Bulgarian duo 1000 Names – their first for Kelpe’s Drut label – and it’s a really nice piece of work that refuses to pin itself down to a specific style. Though it’s largely deep in thought there are some really nice synth touches that go with relatively conventional four to the floor beats, more energetic, broken up sounds, and vocal snippets that dip in and out. ‘The Caravan’ is worth the outlay alone, shimmering in the sun over a steady beat, while at the other e...
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Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio - (Heavenly)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
"Black is a colour, black is my name", sings Mark Lanegan in 'Harvest Home', the first of the ten tracks making up the prolific singer’s most recent album. Lanegan, though of rockier origins, has collaborated with a number of leading electronic musicians, but here he opts to have a go himself as a producer, introducing synths and more processed beats to his music for the first time by way of apps on his phone. It works really well, and instead of the heavier set music Lanegan has made with the l...
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New Build - Pour It On - (Sunday Best)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
New Build are parts Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, with Al Doyle – who has previous with both – providing the vocals. Their fusion of Anglo-American electronica works really well – though it does take a couple of listens before the songs start to burn themselves into your consciousness. For electronic music this is an unusually emotive album, tapping into the sort of songs Junior Boys write but with a bit more assertiveness at work. This can best be heard in the album’s closing title track, but t...
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Caribou - Our Love - (City Slang)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
Dan Snaith’s latest opus arrives with a lot of hype from pre-release reviews – which I can now add to by confirming it as probably his best record to date. There is a warmth running through the album that brings to mind Metronomy’s ‘English Riviera’, though ‘Our Love’ is a lot more electronic in its focus. ‘Can’t Do Without You’ is an irresistible opener, its hook building to an unstoppable peak, while the vocal contributions of Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett complement his own slightly soulful vo...
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Evol Waves - Inferno - (Protocol)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Here’s some more of the rap vocal prompted, beat banging, high octane, festival tent filling music that we have come to know and love Nicky Romero’s Protocol imprint for. It’s a foot stomping, gear grinding, pimped out ride on a shale course. Watch out for flying gravel chips. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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