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Moliner - SN437 - (Depaart)

Monday, 18 May 2015 House
Moliner is the big boss man at the Depaart imprint - and a man whose ethereal jams make him one of the imprint’s start turns. He returns to the label here for his first release on home turf for some time, as he comes back with SN347, the sort of release that reminds us just why he’s spoken of in influential circles as one of Spain’s best up-and-coming producers. Getting us going is the firm sounds of ‘’SN437’’ itself. Menacing but also brilliantly constructed, it’s a nimble and delicate track t...
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Tim Cullen & Made By Pete - Full English (Remixes) - (Grin Recordings)

Monday, 18 May 2015 House
Grin Recordings has been on a real roll of late, with the label’s last outing, Tim Cullen & Made by Pete’s inimitable ‘’Full English’’ a track that landed in the sets of some of the scene’s foremost DJs. And so it is that the track gets a new lick of paint here on a remix package that both celebrates the originals but gives it a really interesting angle in the process. Up first on the EP is the sounds of Harry Romero, who turns the original into a chunky house workout that’s full of banging...
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Larry Peters & UMHO - Character EP - (eMBi Music Limited)

Monday, 18 May 2015 House
Chilean DJ/producer Larry Peters has led a long and chequered history in the dance music domain, with many an expert label picking up on his talents over the years. His most recent endeavours see him turn his hand to producing for the eMBI Music Ltd imprint (the sister label of eMBI) - And the early signs would seem to suggest that he’s very much on the money once again here. The four-tracker starts off with the title-tack, Character’, which is a potent partystarter that makes sumptuous use of s...
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Erykah Badu - Bag Lady (Zach Witness) - (Hear This Promo)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Years in the makiung and still only twenty two years young, Zach Witness is kicking ass and taking name with his scorching rewiring of Erykah Badu’s ‘Bag Lady. In this, his first in a run of remixes leading up to his EP he pays homage to his ‘second mother’ Erykah Badu creating a light taper and stand well back homage that sparks and burns with magnesium brightness, lighting your way through Badu’s dense, smoky vocals and empowering lyrics, connecting the circuit switches through laidback soul, ...
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Artistic Raw - Domino - (Wall Recordings)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Wall Recordings has never been shy in unleashing the kind of full body aggression sounds that fill stadiums, rip limbs off leaving a ragged edge and have an involuntary laxative effect on even the strongest of intestines. Artistic Raw’s ‘Domino’ is no exception. It’s a weapon of mass destruction. No further comment needed. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Alistair Albrecht - Downbound Train - (D:Vision)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Alistair Albrecht completely rewires the Chuck Berry blues rock of ‘Downbound Train’ into a fully stoked, pistons pumping, clave and percussion driven groover. The slightly off-kilter vocal will keep the heads down and keep the dancefloors burning and there’s a metal acoustic guitar break flies in like an eagle across a desert landscape. It’s beautiful and then it’s gone. It’s got that summer set ‘go-to’ ring about it. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {http://soundcloud.com/d...
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Firebeatz & Dubvision Ft. Ruby Prophet - Invincible - (Spinnin)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Firebeatz treat the progressive house pilgrims to ‘Invincible’ a life in the day, slow at Mach 1, mosh pit monster with blazing horns and a falsetto vocal that acts like a slice of lemon to your overproof tequila shot – acid sweet but deceptively so. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Chaim - Can't Wait To C U - (Rumors)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
It’s all aboard the love train for Israeli producer and Guy Gerber collaborator, Chaim. ‘Can’t Wait To C U’ is a low slung, techno tickler wit a filtered fxed vocal that oozes soul from the depths of its groove. ‘Cosmology’ is an psyche-techno-delic trip where the colours and voices blur and merge out of focus until the keys take over and snap it all into clear and present view. ‘Escape Velocity’ is a tick-tock time bomb that slow burns with its sprawling, harmonizing synths, edge of the desk ru...
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Seven Doors - Void - (Exploited Ghetto)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Introspective, brooding yet bristling with possibility , ‘Void’ leads you into a dreamscape with a four note melody that ripples and cascades like a waterfall over large. ‘Forget You’ is a steroid pumped, arpeggiated excursion with sheared metal incidentals and a hi-nrg disco pulse. For the archivists among us, it’s a fine reworking of Misumeci’s ‘VI’ and for everyone to whom that doesn’t matter a jot it’s an upstanding, hands raising, stellar end of the night track. Exemplary work – and from a ...
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Shaun Frank - Time - (Size Records)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Canadian Shaun Frank delivers a nu-house body blow with ‘Time’ an upbeat walk on the warped side with its wobbly bass, pitched vocals, funky jamming keys and crazy, freestyle synths and strings. It’s screaming heavy radio rotation just in case you can’t hear it from wherever you are. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Claptone - Dear Life Ft. Jaw - (Exploited)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
The man in the golden mask (and with the golden touch) returns to our airwaves and dance space with ‘Dear Life’, a terrace and radio friendly, folk house vocal that shimmers in the light, radiates heat and entices your ears with the elegant hook ‘sometimes I wish I was blind, to see the other’s beauty’. As refreshing as a strong watermelon daiquiri. Best served on a summer’s day with lots of ice, sun, sea and sand. ‘Secret Lover’ amps up the energy for a crossover, 80s funk-fuelled excursion tha...
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Chelley - Took The Night (Amine Edge & Dance) - (Cuff)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
G House, Bass house, call it what you will, Amine Edge and Dance are purveyors Chelley’s ‘Took The Night’ is a gum cracking, lyric spitting club banger that drops the bass like the Empire State Building lift technicians drop the ‘down’ elevator. It’s a popcorn popping percolator with a bitching attitude and that’s all you need to know. More Patron anybody ? 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Congorock & Daddy's Groove - Black Sun - (Ultra)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
I do like Congorock – they have a way with rhythm and arrangements that way surpasses the progressive / edm genre’s requirements. Add Guetta-graduates Daddy’s Groove and their understanding of all things turned to 5 bar full power and you have a recipe for a the sort of track that functions best when every window is blacked out. I like its kinetic dancefloor energy and get a rise and a wry smile out of the bottle hit, crystal chimes looped melody that provides the light at the end of the tunnel....
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Shapov Vs Amersy - Vavilon - (Axtone)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Orchestral hits, frenetic drums, soaring effects and synth stabs whip this track into a cyclone that is destined to raise all festival crowds to the ground. You’ll be picking your way through the rubble to find your marbles for days to come. A crazy, powerful banger full of production pyrotechnics for the glowing light sabre massive. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Sascha Robotti & ZDS - Shaky EP - (Toytonics)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
If you like your tech house triple strength and wonkier than the Leaning Tower of Pisa ‘The Shaky EP’, Sascha Robotti (one half of Robosonic and student of Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos) & ZDS (Panorama Bar resident aka Zombie Disco Squad with releases everywhere from Dirty Bird to Snatch !) in your face collaboration should have you whooping, hip thrusting and feeling your groin area in a slightly worrying, Jacksonesque way. ‘Shaky’ is a solid, reverbed, four to the floor beatdown that could clea...
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Various Artists - Body Language 16: Francesco Tristano - (Get Physical)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Compilations
Francesco Tristano certainly gets about as a performer, moving effortlessly between the edges of classical, jazz, techno and house. What might not be common knowledge is that he is just as adept when playing records, bringing his different hats together for a couple of sets that work really well. Joe Zawinul freshens up the start of the mix with ‘The Harvest’, and from then on we hear tracks from either Tristano himself or his colleagues, The nagging piano of ‘Amnesie’, a collaboration with Luci...
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P-Ben - Influence - (Motech)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
P-Ben is a producer and DJ from the South of France, and some of the Mediterranean-facing warmth comes through on ‘Influence’, his debut long player. He is clearly well schooled in house and techno of the Chicago and Detroit variety, and here he has come up with a really satisfying album. With not much padding, he uses a relatively minimal approach that is both confident and punchy, packed with great basslines and riffs. The brooding soundscape and broken beat of ‘Fifteen Years’ work well, while...
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Fink - Horizontalism - (R'Coup'D)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
Fink has always had a penchant for dub, expressed mostly through his Sideshow alias on Aus Music – but his own songs often carry echoes of the style too. So it makes good sense to come up with a collection of dub plates drawn from the ‘Hard Believer’ album, and they are every bit as personal as the songs themselves, making for an atmospheric and heat-soaked listen. With some of this music the listener dare not even drop a pin, when the likes of ‘Looking Too Close (So36 Dub)’ bristle with tension...
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Grasscut - Everyone Was A Bird - (Lo Recordings)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
For their third album Grasscut have relocated from Ninja Tune to Lo Recordings, and with it they bring a more subtle, live approach to their music. They also make it more ‘pastoral’, taking inspiration for the album from the Mawddach Estuary in Wales as well as natural locations in East Sussex and on the South Downs. The listener can hear the outdoors both in the vocals and the instrumentation, with more of a boy-girl dynamic to the former that works well thanks to guest vocals from Elisabeth Ny...
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Netherworld - Zastrugi - (Glacial Movements)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
This is the first in the ‘Iceberg’ series from Glacial Movements, who are inviting artists to provide aural descriptions of icebergs in the form of an album. Now that may sound like an impossible task, but Glacial Movements artists have always carried striking descriptive powers, and so it is with label owner Alessandro Tedeschi, recording as Netherworld, whose ‘Zastrugi’ album takes place over just five tracks. There is an underlying menace to this music, with restless beats that are not dancea...
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