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Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts - Revolution In The Cycles EP - (Freerange)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Guillaume and The Coutu Dumonts makes his Freerange debut with ‘Revolution in the Cycles’ EP – an intricately looped triple header that will snag you in its silky web. 'You Lost It's disco funk with a tech house twist makes it the immediate choice for terrace play in the sunshine :-) seems perfectly logical to me. ‘Doughnut Jam’ is strictly techno with hi-tek jazz keys running through its blood and a funk bass line arcing the trajectory just for good measure. Finally ‘Sutra’ is purely sexual, it...
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HVOB - Asrael - (Stil Vor Talent)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Whilst putting the final touches to their imminent second artist album ‘Trialog’, HVOB (Anna Muller and Paul Wallner) have been kind enough to treat us to their ‘Asrael’ AA sided vinyl / EP. In its original form, Asrael (the album’s opening track) is a gentle yet dramatic, clave and seething guitar-driven arrangement that seizes the chink of vocal light around the half way mark. In stark contrast, The Pillow Talk remix of Asrael is a melodically sweeter whispered vocal seduction with ticklish pe...
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Steve Lawler - Call Of The Cuckoo - (Leftroom)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
When Steve Lawler, The Chief Viva Warrior sets up camp at Leftroom Records he marks his territory with ‘Call of The Cuckoo’ a double header that flutters and flexes its way into your consciousness, polyrhythmically pecking and chipping away at its rubber tree bass line like nature’s own woodcutter. ‘Can’t Stop’ works its ground up groove that writhes around your body like your awakened chakra snake, unleashing the undulating coils of energy from your toes to your head from beginning to end. A gr...
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Various Artists - Balance 027: Magda - (Balance Music)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Compilations
As it pushes on into the late twenties, the ‘Balance’ series continues to explore electronic music through an imaginative choice of DJs. Here the M_nus graduate Magda brings a contrasting pair of sets to our earphones, starting with a mix low on beats but high on atmospherics, working between nervy spoken word tracks and wider screen instrumentals but also happy to venture towards jazz territory with the likes of Gregory Fleckner Quintet, before gradually picking up speed and energy through the ...
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Various Artists - Masterpiece: Armand Van Helden - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Compilations
A great choice for a ‘Masterpiece’ triple header, Armand Van Helden is a DJ who is never afraid to take risks, a bit of a maverick willing to cut the crap and just let his music do the talking. It doesn’t matter if it’s crudely mixed or if there are abrupt changes of mood and music – those are part and parcel of his everyday thinking. Here he works with three very different mixes that make a good job of exploring his past as a musical magpie. Taking the second (the softest) first, we have a set ...
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Eskmo - Sol - (Apollo)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Albums
Anybody suffering from Seasonal Affected Disorder would be strongly advised to take out a stake in Eskmo’s concept album on the sun. Our nearest star has inspired a lot of artists over the years, but the LA producer has been moved to make a striking, varied and original album that refuses to pin itself down musically. We therefore move from saw-toothed bass lines and outbursts of percussion (‘The Light Of One Thousand Furnaces’ and ‘The Sun Is A Drum’) to music of serenity and calm (‘Tamara’ and...
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All We Are - All We Are - (Double Six)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Albums
Some bands spend ages on their biographies, but not Liverpool based trio All We Are. ‘The Bee Gees on diazepam’ is the single sentence they’ve written – and it sums them up really well. There is some blissful music on their self-titled debut, either subtly private or confidently stepping out for the night. I found personally the intimacy works the best, with the twisted guitar lines on ‘Stone’ powering a rather beautiful song. Alongside the beloved Bee Gees references – ‘Honey’ and ‘I Wear You’ ...
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Romare - Projections - (Ninja Tune)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Albums
‘Projections’, Romare’s debut album, is rooted in the past but aimed at the future. The producer is deeply immersed in African-American culture in the USA, and expresses this through a number of choice samples and reworkings, bringing his older source material closer to today with a set of cleverly chosen styles and riffs. In the wrong hands this could sound contrived, but in reality it works well and is rather haunting, often looking beyond the horizon. In ‘Work Song’ he marries a slow, classic...
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Model 500 - Digital Solutions - (Metroplex)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Albums
Juan Atkins will always hold a place in Detroit royalty, so pretty much anything he does now can be referenced in hushed tones. Thankfully ‘Digital Solutions’ – his first album as Model 500 in sixteen years – is up there with a lot of his best material and demonstrates techno’s incredible staying power, working as it does with some of his older ideas and material. Although a lot of the album is rooted in his hugely accomplished past, Atkins has clearly taken on an influence or two in his writing...
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Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin - (Pias)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Albums
Already we are talking about Ghostpoet’s third album, only four years after the release of his debut. He is an artist with a lot to say, but the way he says it is consistently compelling. For ‘Shedding Skin’ he has taken on a live band of guitar, bass and drums, pushing himself musically but somehow keeping the intimacy of his first two records. After setting the scene on the upbeat opener the album explores the dark corners of the end of a relationship. Vocal sparring partners Etta Bond, Mélani...
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Nuclear Winter Garden - Nuclear Winter Garden - (My Favourite Robot Records)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Albums
Nuclear Winter Garden is the name of an intimate party night Jori Hulkkonen has run in his Finnish home town for the last few years, and it is the direct inspiration for this new pseudonym, where he wants to take a few more risks. It shows off a number of things, including the variety of indie and electronic music he plays at those nights, but also the recent collaboration Hulkkonen did with John Foxx, which seems to have left a profound impression. The album is notable for its stark beauty, and...
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Neil Daruwala - The Creator - (69Street Records)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
House music will never die, that is for sure. It comes in so many different shapes and sizes, shades and sounds that you can forearm reinvent the wheel and the dance will never stop. Next up to add his own flavour to the tried and tested genre is Neil Daruwala who pays great heed to house music’s roots with his one track single on 69 Street Records. Entitled ‘The Creator’ it is a killer cut. Starting with icy hi hats, it has a classic vocal sample “I am the creator” rolling over deep, sultry dr...
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Serge Devant & Damiano feat. Camille Safiya - Fearing Love - (Emerald City Music)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
The very idea of the initial release from Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’ brand new label, Emerald City, should be more than enough to tempt fever pitch in itself. And as this so obviously has anthem written all over it that excitement will no doubt play out right the way through to the summer and inevitably the White Isle. The more I hear this the more addictive it gets with Serge Devant & Damiano’s excellent Club Mix combing delicious, moody bass together with hot-wired electronics plus, of cour...
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Jose Padilla - Day One - (International Feel)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Providing a taste of what lies in store from his forthcoming album Jose Padilla’s latest release stimulates a cross-section of styles from lush, classic Deep House through to sensuous Balearic spirituality. Featuring the production talents of by Henning Telephones this richly rewarding sequence of chiming keys alongside full flavoured percussion not only sounds heavenly on the dancefloor but horizontally too. The Club Dub then accentuates all of the good bits all over again but either way this i...
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David Pher - Right Here - (Rebellion)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Beauty in simplicity as ‘Right Here’ kicks off with unrestrained beats, bass and a sense of agitated funk that gets right under your skin. There’s something particularity captivating about this collection of strange sounds which soon focus themselves on a hypnotic narrative with the addition of a selection of stunning vocals. Overpowering Space, is next and again fires up the senses with a sparkling array of vibes adding a twisted type of melody to the crunchy drums, and likewise, also features ...
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Dansor - Theory of Love - (Comport)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Dansor’s Comport label is nothing if not unpredictable. That said, the main theme that courses throughout their releases seem to revolve around a quality-centered motif, and it’s a vibe that’s central once more on her latest package. Though not a household names, Dansor’s talents are obvious,while her knack for sniffing out a tune is most impressive. The Theory of Love EP is a great indication of what she’s all about, as she teams up with vocalist Ayden Vice with stunning results. Dark and full...
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Nicuri - Orbital Chords - (Growin Music)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
New Jersey DJ/producer Nicuri is a man who boasts quite a history when it comes to electronic music. The sort of producer who arguably hasn’t received the kudos his body of work deserves, he nonetheless uses his debut for the Growin Music EP to remind us of his production prowess. Multilayered and engrossing from the first beat to the last, there’s more than enough going on here to force parallels with the likes of fellow eastsiders Joey Anderson, Levon Vincent, DJ Qu et al. The EP in question ...
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Shlomi Aber - Clones in my Backroom/Zipperwork - (Be As One)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Shlomi Aber - Clones in my Backroom/Zipperwork - (Be As One) Few producers can be relied on to consistently bring the heat quite like Israeli techno pioneer, Shlomi Aber. The man has been releasing bombs for years on his always clued-in Be As One label, and whether they’re from Aber or one of the many producers he’s enlisted to release on the label, listeners can also be rest assured that there’ll be a certain strand of quality permeating through each and every release. And so it is that Shomi...
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Marlon Hoffstadt & Racquets - Crumble - (Deep House Amsterdam)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
German producer Marlon Hoffstadt is a man on the rise. Not content with producing one of last season’s Ibiza anthems, he’s now only stepped up here with aplomb on the Deep House Amsterdam label. DHA, of course, is also the name of one of house music’s most clued-in sites, and by all intents and purposes this is a working relationship that suits both parties. Anyhow, the EP in question is called the Crumble EP, and it’s one that Hoffstadt produces in tandem here with Racquets, who provides a stu...
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Argüello - Platonic Love - (RKJ Music)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Well here’s something very interesting indeed. It’s by Argüello, a Colombian producer currently based out of Los Angeles. If you’ve yet to check in with this eclectic maestro, then be sure too soon, for his is a veritable talent that’s not lacking in the emotive stakes. A producer of sounds that are as rich as they are varied and as eclectic as they are catchy on the ear, Argüello is the sort of man for whom genre tags really don’t mean a thing. Unpretentious in his approach to his craft (he’s r...
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