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Nicky Romero & Anouk - Feet On The Ground (Flashmob Remixes) - (Protocol)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
I have always liked Nicky Romero’s ‘Feet On The Ground’ – it’s a challenging listen that has a rocked out show-stopping effect when programmed and dropped at the right moment when played out live. Remixes so far have been cool but missed my mark since as marvellous as they are neither Arno Cost nor Merk & Kremont has managed to nail the perfect, turnaround rewiring that injects it into the global consciousness. Now Flashmob step up to the plate for a housier reworking and … it is really rath...
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Calvin Harris & R3hab - Burnin - (Fly Eye)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Put your toilet paper on ice because the unstoppable Calvin Harris and the big room Midas R3hab have joined forces to create a giant synth kazoo, splashing drums, high speed, lights chaser that will leave scorch marks in any edm dancefloor. It’s a Beatport Top 3 no brainer. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Hot Since 82 Ft. Alex Mills - Restless - (Knee Deep In Sound)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Mr Daley Padley returns to the production fray with this gorgeous, bass heavy yet vocally smooth and mellow crossover house tune that teases your feet without pounding your senses. One step closer to respectable daytime radio rotation. And one step further up the ladder towards global success. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Mutiny UK - Hot Sake

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
I like Mutiny UK – have done since back in the day when they started their label Sunflower plus their track with Steve Mac ‘Feel The Pressure’ has been one of my Axtone released / EDM highlights of the year (it moonlights here as the downtempo ‘Never Let You Down’). But don’t go expecting any four to the floor house bangers as heavy rock-electro-pop seems to be the order of the day. The opening track ‘Slow Motion’ has a screaming rock guitar riffed intro then morphs into a Moroder-esque (and I a...
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Friend Within - The Holiday EP - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Imagine being blindfolded then enclosed in a person sized bag of stress balls then suspended from a bungee rope that is hung from the top of the BT Tower and then swung like a fun pendulum for 5 minutes. Then listen to ‘Holiday’. Notice the difference? Thought not. It’s grimey, grungey, hands in the air, new piano house and it’s raring to take over those Halloween / Thanksgiving / Christmas sets and charts. Jolly holiday indeed. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/f...
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Julien Sandre - Close To You - (Isgud Records)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Debuting on the Ibiza based imprint is this latest from Julien Sandre. Compromised of four tracks providing equal dancefloor delight the release begins with, ‘Close To You’ and its unrelenting drums, smoky spoken vocals and intense bassline. Next, ‘Solo’ feels even more potent with darker atmospheres augmented by strange sound effects and some rather sassy percussion. Which then leaves, ‘Jam One’ and more intriguing spoken words worked out over similar rhythms, with ‘Dirty Mind’ completing the r...
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Trulz & Robin - Me To You - (Eskimo Recordings)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Norwegian producers, Trulz & Robin deliver this unrepentant exercise in sleazy rhythms note perfectly. Centered on a twisting, deranged synthesizer plus suitably deadpan vocals the production has a dangerous hypnotic quality making it all the more appealing. The remix comes from Sex Judas who highlights the bassline and gives the vocal more space via some creative treatments resulting in a tougher feeling version, but either way this is a great release. 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton ...
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Triumph - Wall Of Hope - (Espai Music)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
Barcelona-based producer Triumph’s also released on labels such as Bedrock, Rebirth and Suara, so his is a talent that’s nor for questioning. As you’d imagine from a roll call like the one we just mentioned, his own label, Espai, is very often a medium for his celebrated jams and such is the case once more on the lovely named Wall of Hope EP, whereby he really comes to the fore thanks to an original and two extremely complimentary remixes. Seeing us in the sounds of ‘Wall of Hope’ itself. A dizz...
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The Chemical Brothers Ft. Miguel - This Is Not A Game - (Virgin)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
What’s not to love about ‘This Is Not A Game’s roaring over grunged and grating guitar, percolating synth / breaks / rave intro and the ensuing low slung trip to techno to hip to pop hop collaboration between the Chemical Brothers, the almighty Lorde, Miguel for the theme to the untouchable Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 ?And did I say it’s sexy in a gothic peep show / handcuffed lapdance / through a glass ceiling burlesque kind of way ? Thought not. Anyway I liked it so much I opened my radio s...
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Lady Linn - Feeling Me (Bart & Baker Remix) - (Universal)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
Toms drenched in sweat and twinkling keys lead the way into Bart and Baker’s delicious rewiring of Lady Linn’s slow-mo house ballad ‘Feeling Me’. The vocal filters in and out of the plucked guitar and steady pianos like wisps of scented, smoke and the bass powers it forwards like Cupid’s bow to a bewitched arrow. You’ll feel the effects at a cellular level. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Bondax - All I See - (Ultra)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
If you are still ekeing out your tan by hiding from the rain and prolonging your holiday by keeping the sunshine tunes flowing – pop this on your pda / music listening device / into your ears and let it work its magic. ‘All I see’ is an uplifting, big and bold vocal house tune that would make you feelgood even if you’d just been declared bankrupt and dropped your house keys down a grid. The Pomo remix is a rhythmically off-kilter rewiring with a bassline that slithers over your senses like a hig...
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Aaron - Letters To Johnny EP - (Promo)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
It would be rude not to review something when a new talent promo drops on my desk that sounds every bit ‘ready to go’ and Aaron’s ‘Letters To Johnny’ EP is just that. Having spent the last year writing for Ed Thomas, Arlissa and Dante she has co-written her solo EP with the Midas talents of Tieks, MNEK, Corey Chorus, Niall Lavelle and Toby Davies. This has hothoused her skills as a blossoming singer / songwriter and she has created an assured EP of addictive dream pop and future sounding ballads...
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Calvin Harris - Slow Acid - (Columbia)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
If you want to make a brash statement with your ‘One More Tune’, look no further than Calvin Harris’ ‘Slow Acid’ – it’s a boosted to the max, slowed down, mélange of metallic, wirey guitars, bullfrog croaking 303s, good cop / bad cop pianos and synths and some seriously stomping beats. It’s what Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers built their empires on. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   http://soundcloud.com/caleb2014/calvin-harris-slow-acid...
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Pirate Jams - The Jams Volume 2 - (Gutter Gutter)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
Pirate Jams’ ‘The Jams Volume 2’ is raw food for your ears. Here are three tracks of varying strength that show your speakers no mercy and will make you feel like you’ve just mainlined a litre of spirulina. ‘The Push’ is a jolly, uptempo soft organs house roller, whilst ‘R U Ready’ has the sort of bassline that turns your spine to jelly and a speak and spell vocal prompt that elicits a respectable fist-pump response. ‘Turn It Around’ is a rave meets breaks coupling that radiates enough light and...
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Oliver Heldens Ft. K Stewart - Last All Night (Koala) - (Ultra)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
Oliver Helden’s ‘Koala’ has been treated to some r n b / edm vocal bling in order to make it pop in the higher regions of the charts and radio playlists that matter. Verse is forgettable, chorus definitely works. Love it or hate it, desired results are guaranteed. 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Affkt - Lost Ft. Thomas Gandey - (Suara)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
If you like your deep house with an indie twist and a razor sharp edge, Affkt’s ‘Lost’ will be right up your strasse. Thomas Gandey always delivers in the whispered vocal sleaze department and here are two tracks to tittilate and tease you to the nearest speaker corner. ‘Boss’ is a throbbing headnodder with a bouncing guitar riff and looped whispered chorussed vocals. ‘Lost’ is an emo jangl guitar psyche twister that feels like 1985 in 2014’s clothes. Wehbba jacks it up with a thudding kick, sli...
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Khen & Sonic Union - Driven By Demand EP

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Khen & Sonic Union might not be household names, but that needn’t distract from the fact that they’ve served up a real peach of a release here on the Scottish label, Tribal Pulse. In case you’re unaware of the label and its merits, it’s one with a wildly eclectic sound persuasion – and one that promotes house in its many guises. In that essence, Khen & Sonic Union make for a worthy addition to proceedings, not least because of a quickfire production nous that comes to the fore on the Dri...
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Dos Palos - Lady of the Westway // I’ve Been Around - (NuNorthern Soul Records)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Stunning winter sunshine single for NuNorthern Soul sees the combined talents of Faze Action’s Robin Lee along with that of vocalist/ multi instrumentalist Ed Begley fuelling the Balearic fire with two equally gorgeous productions. That is however, if the sounds of Steely Dan plus The Doobie Brothers etc appeal to you. Fortunately they very much do for me and the opening, ‘Lady of the Westway’ spins west-coast lyrics together with bubbling synthesizers and warm harmonies to great effect. As inde...
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Steve Lawler - That's House - (Play It Say It)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Inspired by one of House music’s early great basslines from 1986 Steve Lawler provides the next release for Seth Troxler’s new imprint Play It Say It. But if you were in any doubt about the authenticity of the title track, ‘That's House’ then the smoky vocal intoning, ‘House Music’ will set you straight all night long. By far one of Lawler’s best productions to date form me with undulating Acid sounds underpinning string styled, synth stabs and high impact percussion this is first rate from star...
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Mr G - Personal Momentz - (Phoenix G)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
The theme running throughout Mr G’s latest album may be a poignant one but none-the-less once again provides life-affirming music which, if you’re into his distinct sound, reinvigorates the soul. Twelve tracks of twisted delight await you beginning with the lose funk of, ‘Faith’ and ending on the heavy beauty of, ‘Dark Heart’ the long player reaffirms his status as national treasure. The track list explores different narratives with the self-explanatory, ‘DAD’ telling its own story via cool, jaz...
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