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Rodion - Allee Der Kosmonauten - (Nein Records)

Thursday, 07 January 2016 House
‘Allee Der Kosmonauten’, is the second single from Rodion's forthcoming Generator album, with the remix duties dully taken on by Lauer, (one half of Tuff City Guys) and acclaimed producer of the moment - Heretic. Rodion and his band have made an essential epic eight minute dance classic here, journeying through this sonic cosmos you fly past vocoders, long spacey refrains, while synths race and shoot past this most colourful trip. And just when you think the adventure is over, it blasts off into...
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Federico Scavo - Anima (Original Mix) - (AREA 94 Records)

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 House
Kicking off the new year with bang, one of Italy's premier house producers, Federico Scavo, gets set to tear up the place with his mighty new single 'Anima'. Potent Tech-House flavours, primed with a minimal moody bass pump ride through the track before giving way to an almighty breakdown armed with a spirit lifting Latin vocal chant that's deemed to decimate the dance floors! 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Ratha Gud...
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Joris Dee - 'Underground Roll' (Incl. Demuir Mix) - (Fogbank Recordings LLC)

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 House
'Underground Roll' is a fresh slab of Jackin' House, primed to fire up the party season, courtesy of Germany's rising underground House star, Joris Dee. A classy joint with Old school Jazzy flavoured Rhodes keys that dance through the track, 'Underground Roll'packs a punch with it's fantastic drum breaks hooked with a kitsch vocal sample. Toronto'sDemuir delivers an underground tour de force, serving up a gangster style skippy groove and adding some sublime jazz licks of his own on his Playboy E...
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Rods Novaes & Wender A - 'Roll On' - (Magnetic Recordings)

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 House
DJ Sneak welcomes 2 talented Brazilian's to the Magnetic Recordings stable, Wender & Rods, packing an monumental punch with their debut 'Roll On' EP. Opening with a driving ball of energy , 'Roll On' travels snappy with it's Detroit cut up vocals, Techy loops, old school synth hooks and some frantic high hat riding. The aptly named 'Bouncy Girl' is an incessant slab of Tech House fuzed with animated Techno loops and girly vocal stabs, set to loop you dizzy. 'Beat My Beat' is a peak time blee...
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Alexis Raphael - Now Or Never EP - (Resonance Records)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 House
Another fiery release for the party season, this time via Max Chapman’s imprint, comes this two tracker from Alexis Raphael. Hot and heavy House music goes some way to describe the opening, ‘Now Or Never’ which never lets up on its repetitive intensity care off pumping bass, funky guitar and insistent drums, add to that mix punctuating he/ she vocal edits and this all makes for a heady brew. The even more tempting, ‘Sexual Chocolate’ follows with deeper atmosphere’s clouding emotive chords along...
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Dino Lenny - This Is A Love Song – (Ellum)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 House
Dino Lenny has produced a number of killer productions in 2015 and with this release for Ellum due out early in the New Year I guess we’re in for a whole lot more. I can’t quite explain why this didn’t catch me on first listen because this really is of the highest quality. Firstly the deep, dark and pulsating Acid rhythms are simply irresistible, however coupled with Dino Lenny’s smouldering vocals (which may or may not be a play on PiL’s ‘This Is not A Love Song) and certainly this scores high....
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Robert Hilke – This Way EP - (Stylerockets)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 House
Released just in time for Christmas via Berlin’s Kiddaz.FM Musicgroup this gritty slice of undulating funk will set sparks flying. Edgy and no so delicately twisted due to its sound-clash of echoed voices plus nervous keys the tile track’s rhythm section is primed to sneak up and grab you. Second on the list is the rough and tumble of, ‘Into The Groove’ with its quick-fire snare hits and revealingly nagging synthesizers to complete. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton     {http://s...
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Change - Reach For The Sky: The Change Anthology - (Grooveline Records)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Albums
It would be hard to sum up the dance music of the early 1980s without thinking of Change, the massive group that blended the very best of US soul and R&B with a touch of classy Italian disco. Not only that, it launched the career of Luther Vandross, as well as bringing in singers such as Jocelyn Brown, Deborah Cooper and James ‘Crabbe’ Robinson. This handsome, photo-packed collection of 28 tracks runs across the group’s discography and includes all the big hitters. ‘Change Of Heart’, ‘The Gl...
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Dapayk Solo - #NOFILTER - (Mo's Ferry Productions)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Albums
With the zeitgeisty #NOFILTER as its title, Dapayk Solo’s fourth album is actually a study in irony, where Niklas Worgt decides to look at the cliché of the big gloomy nightclub, ‘where everyone has to be credible and cool all the time’. That would definitely explain the creature ‘bursting out of her dress’ in Bukowski, which is a good showcase for the Worgt approach – plenty of percussion, exposed bass lines that cut and thrust impressively, and a range of riffs and speech / sound clips that co...
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Hieroglyphic Being - The Acid Documents - (Soul Jazz)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Albums
Originally available in a limited edition of just 100 copies, Hieroglyphic Being’s debut album for Soul Jazz is now widely available, and has some terrific album artwork that completely reflects the content of the album. This is pretty cosmic stuff, the presence of Sun Ra never especially far away, but it is a document that reeks of the late 1980s in both sound and rhythm. The rolling ‘Fabian Society’ bears this out, as does the pounding beat and distant, psychedelic treble noises of ‘Dualism’. ...
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Pete Josef - Colour - (Sonar Kollektiv)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Albums
“Open your eyes, look around you”, sings Pete Josef in ‘Spring At Last’, the first song from his album ‘Colour’. Well here at DMC we made the mistake of overlooking Pete Josef’s debut when it came out at the end of October. Josef, who has a lot of previous in Bristol including a stint with Reprazent, is a man whose flexibility and versatility between different forms of music is to be envied. ‘Colour’ enjoys a lot of different things, though jazz, soul and pop are high in the mix. What really ele...
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Various Artists - Computer Incarnations For World Peace III Compiled By Jazzanova - (Sonar Kollektiv)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Compilations
After a gap of seven years, Sonar Kollektiv return with one of the jewels in their crown. Where the first two instalments of ‘Computer’ were compiled by Gerd Janson, now it’s the turn of Jazzanova’s Alex Barck to choose – and he does them proud. The Calm’s Outerspect Mix of ‘Introspection’ is an early hit, with unusual prominence for the oboe, while the marimba-led ‘Mkwaju’ by the Mkwaju Ensemble is a real standout, tapping into the inspiration of Steve Reich as it winds its hypnotic path. Meanw...
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Various Artists - Solarstone Presents Pure Trance Vol. 4 Mixed By Solarstone & Gai Barone - (Black Hole Recordings)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Compilations
This is a very fine pair of mixes, another high quality addition to what is already a pretty essential trance music series. Gai Barone starts with a finely mixed largely instrumental set that reaches a euphoric peak around half way through with Mark Found’s ‘Stellar Spectrum’ before the cool sounds of his own ‘Blank Pages’ take hold and set the tone for the rest of the mix. Solarstone is if anything even better, bolstered by his remixes of Röyksopp (‘I Had This Thing’), Aly & Fila with Aruna...
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Fifi Rong - Silently Violently EP - (Fifi Rong)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Mainstream
Fifi Rong has worked with both Tricky and Skepta, and given the eye those two have for quality vocalists it comes as no surprise to report that she meets the high standards both would inevitably set. ‘Violently Silently’ is a five-part, self-released EP that shows off her wares as a vocalist, as well as her ability to curl her voice around music of all shapes and sizes. The vocal for ‘Once’ is deceptive, as what at first might sound cutesy in an fka twigs sense is actually icy cool and with hidd...
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Geil - My Aim - (SSOH)

Saturday, 12 December 2015 House
SSOH, the label run by legendary French DJ Claude Monnet is now over 20 years old, but with releases like this one, shows it is still at the forefront of the techno scene. Geil is a longtime colleague of Monnet, and he himself has been working and playing all over the world for over 10 years, and his pedigree comes shining through on this 2 tracker. Working under the new moniker Geil, his releases have been more intimate, more personal and wholly dedicated to atmospheric tech and house. This cha...
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Persica - Celtic Soul - (Mile End Records)

Saturday, 12 December 2015 House
Mile End Records, more than 10 years old now, have firmly stamped their authority on the Canadian electronic music scene. With their house focus, they have been at the heart of the growth of the Canadian house scene, helping artists like Roy Davis Jr. emerge into the superstars they are now. And now we have ‘Celtic Soul’, coming from Persica, Darius Syrossians more techno focussed alias. The 3 tracker is made up of 2 originals and a remix from Darius as his more tech-house self. Opener ‘Celtic...
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Fat Sushi - Hana - (Suara)

Saturday, 12 December 2015 House
Having already proved their credentials with releases on labels such as OFF and Hive Audio amongst others, Fat Sushi’s latest EP ‘Hana’ is testament to their undoubted talent. Having had backing from the likes of Maya Jane Coles, DJ Hell and Marco Carola from their previous EP ‘Warehouse’, there was always going to be a lot of hype in the build up to this, and they’ve delivered in a big way. Pounding bass lines and wavy synths are at the forefront of both Hana and Paia, stylised in a way only Fa...
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WHYT NOYZ - Dimensions - (SCI+TEC)

Saturday, 12 December 2015 House
Top techno DJ, producer and forward thinking creative WHYT NOYZ has been one of the leading modern acts on the influential Minus label for a little while now. What started out as a project made up of two men, though, is now very much a solo concern for David and the music released by him has changed as a result. That is proven once again with a new EP on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC label that is full of flavour. It features three tracks and it is impossible to pick them apart in terms of which is best, fr...
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ATAPY - BALANCE - (CIMELDE)

Saturday, 12 December 2015 House
Romanian Atapy is a prominent producer with credits on labels like Bedrock and Get Physical and now he comes correct with another hot new single. This time it comes on his Cimelde label and is backed with a great remix by German producer Daniel Wilde. Since 2010 this man has been kicking out the jams and for this latest he goes a little deeper than usual. Balance is the one original he turns out and it is a supple, moody house cut with rich melodies, warm pads and rolling rubber drums. Way down ...
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NATHAN BARATO - WHEN I DO - (KALUKI)

Saturday, 12 December 2015 House
The newest recruit to be signed to the always impressive Kaluki label is none other than Nathan Barato. As well as being a fine producer, he is someone who has been a key player at Marco Carola’s Music On night in Ibiza and is also a Kaluki regular. Here he serves up one fresh new cut and gets remixed to great effect by Pirate Copy, Solardo and Rudosa who all come up trumps.When I Do (My Thang) is a full fat house cut that is busy, full of robust beats and floor filling vocals. It is high energy...
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