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Dean Demanuele - 'Lucky' - (Dazed & Confused Records)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
Maltese producer Dean Demanuele has had a great year in 2014. He has turned out some top collaborations with former Cadenza star Lee van Dowski and now finds himself with a tidy new two track EP on the Dazed & Confused label he runs so well. It comes after previous releases on great labels like Leena, Mobilee, Noir and Bedrock and confirms him to be a very unique talent in the tech house sphere. Up first here is Lucky, a deep and dark number with firm rubbery drums, spooky synth patterns and...
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Dave Seaman - 'Justified Replacement of Lulu' - (Remixes)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
Active for just shy of two years, Dave Seman and Steve Parry's Selador records hits the grand old age of 18 in releases with the aural equivalent of an illicit houseparty when your parents are away. Seaman's already large 'Justified Replacement of Lulu' gets the once over (read our interview with him about it here) by a stellar class of groove merchants, signing out 2014 in style for the label The lead mix comes from Cristoph, a man who ends 2014 on a high after a year dominating the virtual re...
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Einerlei – Escapism EP (Review)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
Not long after their conceptual EP release of ‘Moonwalk’, Slipstone Records are back with another exciting release, ‘Escapism’. The focus this time is on another young producer who goes by the name Einerlei. First track on the EP ‘ Sind Wir Echt Frei?’ has a mysterious and eerie intro, which then explodes into life with an energetic bass and creative synth usage. It’s a very melodic techno track. Following on from that we have ‘Berg’, which has a heavier techno feel to it whilst the synths are s...
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Aluna George - Supernatural (Mike Mago Remix) - (Island Records)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
If you find the sound of crunchy autumnal leaves, echoing spaces and crisp, crackling pine needles underfoot almost too delicious, then Mike Mago’s remix of Aluna George’s haunting ‘Supernatural’ should put a frosty shimmer on your nose and eyelashes. It’s just that time of year. It’s like stumbling on the coats in the back of your wardrobe then on through the door into a wintry wonderland. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/mikemago/alunageorge-supernatural-mike-m...
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East & Young - Horizon - Big Beat

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
Sometimes the simplest things are the most effective. I mean who needs dancing bears and fireworks when a simple, melodic synth loop is all that is needed to hypnotise a legion of listeners and an army of marauding ravers ? If you look closely with the naked eye, you’ll see East & Young’s funky little groove swooping in from their ‘Horizon’ like an eagle to its prey. End of bulletin. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Indian Summer - Loveweights Ft. Shaqdi - (Sweat It Out)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
Indian summer? We live in hope, indeed we do, it’s true. Shaqdi’s sweet yet reedy, quirky yet poppy vocal permeates the arrangement like scented smoke and provides the drifting, shifting counterbalance to Indian Summer’s billowing, trippy soundscapes. Add some fierce and fabulous remixes from The Quays (helium squeaks a go-go), VIP’s stomping, trickling trip hop, Plastic Plates’ uptempo house. My favourites ? Ape Drums’ winding and grinding Moombathon meets dubstep snake charmer and Worthy’s rip...
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Man Without Country - Laws Of Motion - (Lost Balloon)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
Don’t make any sudden moves - I too had a severe aversion to this track on first listen. It felt rough around the edges – even a bit home made for some reason, but give it time, let the lazy bass and rapier sharp, ethereal vocals cut your judgements off at the knee and work their magic on your furrowed brow. It’s electro pop that burrows deeper into your ear than Katie Melua’s spider ever thought was possible. It’s hooky and sing alongy and shares the love in a kinetic kind of way. 4 out of 5 ...
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Dante Klein - Ertesuppe - Spinnin Deep

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
Strummed guitars and folk beats have been quite the thing in the crossover deep house arena and thus Dante Klein’s ‘Ertesuppe’ fits snugly in amongst your Klingande, Santa Maradonna FC, Wankelmut, Tove Lo, Lilly Wood & The Prick. If you can eke ten degrees extra heat and a little sunshine out of it to make your day and night sizzle a little bit more then it’s win-win-win and a hearty instrumental winter suppe for all. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/spinni...
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Mat Playford - Ison - (Black Rock)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
We Love, Space Ibiza resident, producer,photographer and all round talented media man Mat Playford releases ‘Ison’ a funk-fuelled, 303 burbled, rolling piano house jam. It’s livelier than a Southern baptist church service. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Isaac Christopher - Deep Seduction EP - (Madhouse)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
London based producer Isaac Christopher delivers his ‘Deep Seduction EP’ for Madhouse Records. Don’t be deceived by the skip, sniff and bump of the intro beats as once the bassline rolls out you’ll be blushing at the disproportionate size of it. ‘Fantasy’ is a fatter member altogether, since it engorged with the sub-bass latent power, teases you forwards with its hollow keys and organ riffs and restrains you with its sharply clipped snares. And finally, ‘Deep Seduction’ wraps the reverbed cooed ...
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HRRSN - Same Freakin Day (Inc Marlon Hoffstadt Remix) - (Klangkultur Schallplatten)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
HRRSN delivers a smooth and soulful organ and Janis Joplin vocal driven seduction with the kind of bumping beat and open / close hi-hat patterns that will remind any OG (worth their 2 technics slipmats) of early 90s house Americana a la Chez Damier, Kerri ‘KAOZ’ Chandler. Marlon Hoffstadt swims mainstream with his radio friendly, four to the floor workout. It’s held together nicely with a steady bassline, chunky, radiant keys, stuttery filtered effects and a snipped vocal hook that keeps it spin...
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Jay Haze - The Mulatar House - (Soul Clap Records)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
Yet another hotshot from the label this time with Jay Haze at the controls with the refreshingly musical, ‘Take A Dip’ inviting you to jump straight in. Punchy beats combine with sassy chords and suggestive guitar while the addition of meandering electric piano enhances the full effect - just add sunshine. The bluesy, ‘Mulatar House’ provides a tougher outlook with its rough, strung-out guitar playing across curious drums, while keeping you wondering where it’s all going. The excellent ‘Peru Ber...
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Eduardo De La Calle - The Methodical Machines EP - (Cadenza)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
Always exciting to hear what Cadenza are about to release next, and this latest from Eduardo De La Calle is no exception. Spread across two pieces of vinyl the release comprises of five fresh tracks that begin with the engaging hypnotic repetition of, ‘Gajapati’ which despite its several minutes make’s time seemingly fly by. Next comes the grittier ,’ The Demigod’s Control’ which transports the idea of analogue heaven into your speakers, with the proceeding ‘The Namuci’s Mystery’ supplying funky...
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Craig Peyton Group - Pyramid Love - (BBE Records)

Thursday, 27 November 2014 House
Time for a touch of Jazz? Of course it is! Originally released way back in 1977 on Broken Records, and now re-released by BBE, one look at the band on the album’s back cover tells you all you need to know with free flowing hair, open shirts and sunshine in the background. The music paints a similar picture with the Disco-Funk of ‘Snow’ opening the show, while the long player ends on the cosmically charged ‘Painted Desert’ with the album taking in plenty of diverse styles in-between. The hard up-...
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Karen Pollard - Reach Out To Me (Remixes)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 House
If you knew house in the UK back in the mid 90s, chances are you knew Hard Times, the promoters responsible for bringing some of the US’ best house affiliated jocks to the UK at a time when such appearances on these shores were far rarer than they are today. What’s often overlooked, however, is the fact that Hard Times put out a pretty impressive list of tracks themselves, with Karen Pollard’s ‘Reach Out (To Me)’ amongst the label’s finest hours. And with the label being reformed once more, it’s...
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Rudi Botha - 'Blue EP' - (Friday Fox Recordings)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 House
Friday Fox enlist South Africa's young Rudi Botha to the label with his laid back 4 track, 'Blue EP', drenched in organic, deep and jazzy vibes. 'Blue' sees Christian B & Lavvy Levan mould a UK deep house groove, teased with vocal hooks and a killer bass to compliment Rudi's delicious orchestration. 'City Jazz' is a minimal stripped down cut with soothing keys. Taking things a little moodier, 'Downtown Deep' comes with contrasting pads, sax and a brooding hypnotic bass. 'Theatrical' is an ex...
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Two Kings feat. The Queen - 'Say Yes' - (Purple Music)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 House
'Say Yes' is the single is the hip-swinging, booty-shaker, laced with a with a touch of 60’s dancefloor kitsch, from a brand new band for Purple Music. Two Kings feat. The Queen are Swiss label boss, Jamie Lewis, Fabulous Keys and vocalist Tanja Dankner. Armed with Jamie's with signature funky bass grooves and topped with a super infectious chorus from Tanja, this feel-good groover deemed to get the upcoming party season well and truly underway! 5 out of 5 Reviewed By Ratha Gud {http://soundc...
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Various Artists - Fabriclive 78: Illum Sphere - (Fabric)

Friday, 21 November 2014 Compilations
Illum Sphere is a welcome addition to the Fabric roll call, and here he (Ryan Hunn) delivers a mix of fuzzy techno and electro that is really well paced. It’s surprisingly light in places too, such as when moving between Kassem Mosse’s ‘B3’ and Demdike Stare’s ‘Repository Of Light’. There is a satisfying ebb and flow early on, with dub and house music comfortably rubbing shoulders, while late in the mix big names in the form of Actress and E-Dancer supply intelligent techno. With a broad sweep f...
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Various Artists - Kitsuné Maison Compilation 16 - The Sweet Sixteen Issue - (Kitsuné)

Friday, 21 November 2014 Compilations
Various Artists - Kitsuné Maison Compilation 16 - The Sweet Sixteen Issue - (Kitsuné) Sweet sixteen for Kitsuné’s compilation series, which seems to get more diverse with every release – and proves a really good place to go for the curious listener wanting to discover something new. Or, in this case, the curious sixteen-year-old – because Kitsuné head Gildas Loaec wants to tap into the mind of a listener that age. It’s a novel idea, and produces some freshly-minted sounds from the vibrant Busca...
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Bell Gardens - Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions

Friday, 21 November 2014 Albums
This album is every bit as slow moving as its title suggests – but that is most definitely a good thing. Bell Gardens – Kenneth Gibson and Brian McBride – make music that is completely against the pace of modern life, and if you listen to it when on the move it has the curious effect of completely calming the brain. This is partly because the songs are really well written, so even when the tempo drags there is a lyrical couplet or instrumental touch to enjoy. The subtly majestic ‘Darker Side Of ...
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