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Pieter Steijger - Vicious (Frameworx)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Whisper it, but progressive might be making a comeback. And no, we're not referring to the sort of 'prog' that Diggers et al were putting their hand to at the turn of the millennium, but we mean progressive in a techno/progressive sense; the type, in short, that Frameworx music owner Pieter Steijger seems to serve up with some consistency. His latest EP sees him take sole control, as he introduces us to two very different sides of his musical make-up, both of which leave us enthralled and yearni...
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Hodgson - Babylon System (Jeudi)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
If you like house music of a certain unashamed dancefloor persuasion, then chances are that Hamburg label Jeudi are for you. Never ones to take themselves overtly seriously, their modus operandi is to make you move, plain and simple. Of course, much of the label's success over the past few years has been attributable to their shrewd A&Ring, and it's a way of working that once more comes up trumps on Hodgson's debut for the label. The British newcomer doesn't fuss around with the Babylon Syst...
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Rekord 61 - Vostok (Konstruktiv)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
The Berlin-based Konstruktiv label has been coming to our attention of late thanks to their penchant for devastatingly impressive techno, the type of which is subtle and catchy enough for the house heads but still pummelling enough for the likes of Jeff Mills, Ben Klock et al. Their last outing came from label honcho Rekord 61 (and included a magnificent Perc remix), while the latest sees the main man take centre stage again as Spencer Parker gives his interpretation up later on. On to the origi...
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Tieks - Sing That Song - (Tieks)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
I do love me a good, rubbery kick – add a stripped down, self-effacing arrangement married with vocals that draws its energy from the roots of the earth to the wellspring of life up to the ceiling of the sky and a simple lo-fi synth line that warbles away to the end and TIEKS gives you one of those underground, sing a long, sing-song tracks that could do some serious crossover damage. It’s beautiful. 5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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Henry Krinkle - Stay - (Ultra)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Maybe it’s a dj fetish but I confess before the group that fluff-on-the-needle intros give me serious goosebumps. Henry Krinkle’s ‘Stay’ has already amassed massive support since its original appearance in 2012. Add some mellow organ chords and wooden block beats to Alicia Keys’ re- pitched ‘Unthinkable’ vocal that tickles the hairs on the back of your neck and you have the sort of summer hit that will stay in everyone’s memory for the foreseeable future. It’s got the staying power of Araldite a...
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Tove Lo Ft. Hippie Sabotage - Stay High (Alex Aark Bootleg) - (Spinnin)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Take a super time stretched or mega falsetto vocal that’s beautifully looped, mega compressed synth washes, clicky beats, twinkling keys and a sprawling bassline and you have the recipe for a perfect summer holiday hit. Well that’s what I think. I am deaf to other opinions where this is concerned. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Carl Tricks - Rock On - (Hysteria)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
I have a soft spot for the peak time shenanigans of Carl Tricks: he really knows how to exploit that twisted groove and certainly ‘Rock On’ demonstrates this perfectly. It’s melodic, wonky and boisterous, then morphs into a proper chant off with enough rave breaks and drum and bass swagger to keep every gurner’s facial muscles in top gymnastic form. What’s not to love about a record that’s full of fun from beginning to end? Rock on. Rave Hard. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://s...
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Mark Knight - Bullets Volume 3: Diary Of A Studio 54 Discoworker Ft. Robbie Leslie - (Toolroom)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
It’s Toolroom Bullet Time, so you need look no further than Mark Knight’s ‘Diary of a Studio 54 Discoworker’ if you like your house jacked and standing higher – and for longer - than a white trash prefab. Robbie Leslie’s spoken vocal amps up the atmosphere and energy whilst the filtered & looped piano rolls it all out flatter than a pizza in Little Italy. It bumps, jiggles and bounces and that’s fine by me. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Bart B More - Music Is The Answer - (Secure Recs)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Don your disco finery (mine is black leather with gloves and cap included) and let ‘Music Is the Answer’ do some pulsing, hi nrg, disco damage to your feet. Close your eyes and you could be on some sleazy New York dancefloor circa 1985. Or maybe Sheffield via Basildon and London. The Riptide Ace of Spades mix fattens it up with an old skool, Todd Terry-esque skippy beat and a roly poly synth sound. ‘Bmore On Acid’ tweaks the tech house underground with its burbling 303, rat-a-tat beats and ‘drop...
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Jess Glynne - Right Here (Remixes) - (Atlantic)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
The remixes for Clean Bandit star and rising nu soulstress, Jess Glynne’s ‘Right Here’ are right here. Now you get three rewirings for your money and first up Skream provides a snaking, moody, piano house stomper that will no doubt wobble enough woofers from Bestival to Festival No 6 and beyond. It’s pure afterhours artillery. The TC remix tears it a growling, drum and bass new one and for afters? Perplexus take it on a stroll in the bright and bumping old skool garage-y sunshine. It’s a solid s...
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Fat Freddie's Drop - Mother Mother (Cosmodelica Remix) - (The Drop)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
New Zealand's award winning and chart topping, musical melting pot Fat Freddy’s Drop emerge from the depths with ‘Mother Mother’ and a phat and firing, funky and unfeasibly bad ass, rolling deep house remix from Boston native and house music Godmother – Cosmo. It grabs you from the reverbed, opening horn licks and the sexy bassline drop (feels like Gwen Guthrie’s ‘Seventh Heaven’ for a hot minute but … ) then in come the soul-smoked vocals and it becomes a trumpet led, funk-fuelled, space is the...
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Acumen & Ranacat – Tantalizing

Monday, 07 July 2014 House
For their next trick the Time Has Changed label turns to boss man Acumen. He pairs up with Ranacat to create two great new originals and famed tech house hero and 8Bit associate Georg turns up on remix duties. It’s a solid house package that will power dancefloors long into the night. The first track is actually Georg’s remix of Orchis Simia. It’s a track that glides along effortlessly with nice snare fills, sharp edged claps and plenty of loop, warm, inviting and diving bass notes. The original...
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Stefan Z - Blu EP

Monday, 07 July 2014 House
Stefan Z, a Canadian producer in the process of moving to London, is next up on the Subjekt Recordings label with three brand new original tunes. This is only the labels third release, but the success of them so far, including the last one from Atapy & Tim Paris, really has put the thing on the map. Stefan has previously released on labels like My Favorite Robot and has recently signed to the Jackmode Agency but this might be his best work yet. Up first is Aggression, a steely, synth heavy t...
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taMe - Seam Unique

Monday, 07 July 2014 House
Next up on taMe music is a tidy new two-track package from the eponymous taMe. Colin Dale turns up on remix duties and all three tracks are sure-fire winners. Meltdown goes first and is a writhing, electro tinged main room monster. A spraying synth line moves about within a metallic drum framework and wobbly bass adds plenty of heft. Its lively and colourful and differs quite a bit from the next original Seam Unique. This one is more of a spine tingling affair that builds in layers with teeth cl...
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Guti & King Brain - Opus EP - (DFTD)

Thursday, 03 July 2014 House
Guti , the formally trained, Argentinian jazz pianist and tech house producer has teamed up with King Brain (Take That / Tube & Berger) to create a tribal, percussive tech house double header. Opus 1 hypnotises with its snake charming, flute driven melody. Opus 2 is more determined in the rhythm section, clicking, sniffing and kicking like a petulant pony. The drums are explosive, the pianos sweeten it just enough to remind you to smile whilst you’re dancing and that’s what makes the magic. ...
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John Dahlback Ft. Melanie Fontana- Fireflies - (Protocol)

Thursday, 03 July 2014 House
John Dahlback’s style has become very much a part of the progressive / electro / dubstep / EDM sound, plus he’s always had a knack for quirky songs that lyrically touch a raw emotional nerve and ‘Fireflies’ is a perfect example of both. The lyrics compare people to fireflies – only shining at night – ‘we are nothing till the dark becomes our morning light’ whilst the sturdy, relentless beat kicks your ass into submission. Simple and effective. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http:/...
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Nicky Romero & Anouk - Feet On The Ground - (Protocol)

Thursday, 03 July 2014 House
Nicky Romero pushes genre once more – teaming up with Dutch uber rock star Anouk to create a progressive house - rock hybrid that tears floors apart. Think Survivor and ‘Eye of The Tiger’ meets Janis Joplin in a rave off at EDC or Tomorrowland or somewhere like that and you’ll know exactly how enormous this is going to be. It’s guitar heavy, synth strapped, beat banging and destined for American festival / radio airplay no matter where or when. 5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://...
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Banks - Drowning - Good Years

Thursday, 03 July 2014 House
Let Banks’ voice blow a gentle breeze through your brain whilst a bouquet of remixes take the track on a guided tour through the electronica underground. My favourite? Lido – of course. Quiet storm drama, beats that pump like a heart ready to burst and orgasmic surges of synths and strings that make you want to do everything you shouldn’t and all at once. The Glass Animals remix is a fuzzy sub bass smoker that could start a fire in a wet box of matches once the whistle / flute hook kicks in. The...
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Alexander Technique With Michael Moog Ft. Inaya Day - Stand Up - Brobot

Thursday, 03 July 2014 House
It’s always a joy to see Junior Sanchez name pop up not just because he promotes Brobot as an ‘underground art project’ – where ‘if he loves it, he’ll release it’. There needs to be more of that. And there needs to be more full pelt, filtered, vocal house goodness like ‘Stand Up’ because it will make you want to testify at the nearest Baptismal waters. It moves the spirit within. If you can’t handle diva ad libs, there’s an instrumental that works the floor just as hard. Two sides of the same co...
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Various Artists - Dummy: 21st Century Pop Music 2014 - (Dummy Records)

Thursday, 03 July 2014 Compilations
The London-based Dummy website launched five years ago, so this is a good point for them to make a collection of new tracks for the year ahead. While ‘pop’ is their watchword they allow for plenty of flexibility within that. Of the best songs here, Álauda’s ‘Falling Star’ has a nice breezy feeling to it but with the sense that something darker might be lurking in the background. Amateur Best’s ‘Create Your Love’ has an appealing, loping beat, a warm, soulful centre and a devastatingly catchy cho...
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