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Beat Spacek - Modern Streets - (Ninja Tune)

Friday, 23 January 2015 Albums
A genuine thrill accompanies the release of Modern Streets, the first solo album release from Steve Spacek in eight years. This is almost criminal for someone so original and forward looking, but we’ll forgive him that because having signed to Ninja Tune, Spacek now has a record to praise to the skies. As you might expect it is unusual, the beats are far from uniform, and some of the lyrics are up close and personal, none more so than in the menacing ‘I Wanna Know’. Spacek has mostly used iPhone...
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Crookers Ft. Jeremih - I Just Can't - (Black Butter Records)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Crookers are up to their old tricks delivering a dark, banging club bouncer that is sweetened and sexed up with a pop r n b vocal that slithers over it until the rave riot synths kick in and then - well it’s all about the sweat patches and crowd surfing. Banger. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Sade - Pearls (Timo Jahns Remix) - (Poesie Musik)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Sade has always lent a touch of class to any house remixers discography, ‘Pearls’ is one of the most beautiful tracks in her arsenal. Timo Jahns adds a soulful funk bass line pulse, clicking syncopated beats – handclaps, claves and then the strings paint it with vibrant, emotional colours whilst Sade’s vocal perfumes it with incense smoke. Beautiful. Perfect end of the night track. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   ...
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Ganzfeld Effect - Love Hope Doubt - (Ultra)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
From the opening skippy beats to the striking piano jam and quirky cut up vocal there’s no doubt that you will love the uplifting, positive sound of Ganzfeld Effect’s ‘Love Hope Doubt’ as radio friendly a dance instrumental as you could hope to hear in rush hour traffic. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Govales - Doors To Nowhere - (Exodus 77)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Just to save you the Shazam time, ‘Doors To Nowhere’ features on the new Spike Lee joint ‘Sweet Blood of Jesus’ and is the soundbed for the official Youtube trailer. Premiered by 1Xtra’s MistaJam, Govales’ ‘Doors To Nowhere’ is a glorious punk-funk jam with crowd chants, jangling guitars, finger snaps and a soulful voice with a razor edge. Think Lenny Kravitz and Jose James in a big fat bromance with Ghostpoet. I want to hear more like this. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://sou...
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Feder - Goodbye Ft. Lyse - (Big Beat)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
‘Is someone listening? OK. Let me tell you the story of that guy’. Guitars strum away as the singer Lyse lets her inner bunny boiler out to play. Vocally Feder’s ‘Goodbye’ reminds me of Martin Solveig’s ‘Edony’ on Yellow back in the day. Then the vocal is sultry and smoky, the lyrics are a little twisted and the instruments are eastern european with a little bit of trance synth thrown in. It’s a mad as a box of frogs combination that will seduce your ears like Mata Hari did with a string of secr...
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Yolanda B Cool & DCUP - Sugar Man - (Big Beat)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
If you like your folk house served with a bungee bass and a thudding kick, Yolanda B Cool’s ‘Sugar Man’ will be right up your street. It’s got attitude for days, memorable lyrics and a raft of remixes that suit practically every palate. Vanilla Ace, Poolclvb deal the deep house card whilst Mason delivers a groovy reverbed, synth and whistle propelled, disco work out with a guitar and vocal drop that’d make an elephant’s bottom wiggle. The Indian Summer mix is perfect beach house fare and piano h...
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Pep & Rash - Rumours - (Spinnin Deep)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Garage is certainly taking a stronghold in the club and national charts and ‘Rumours’ this Pep & Rash bass and kick drum bouncer adds more grist to that mill. Open hi-hats, a stomping kick and lashings of synth wash swirl it around whilst the fx-ed and time stretched vocal ‘there’s a rumour going round about you, I’d quite like to find out if that’s true’ hits it out of the park to a cheering crowd. It’s long been my secret radio weapon (credited as ID on my playlists since 2014 became 2015)...
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Montel - New York Limits - (Roush)

Monday, 19 January 2015 House
When it comes to crafting scrupulous tech-house, few of those in the modern domain can match up to the recent efforts of Northern Irish producer, Montel. The country is enjoying a real electronic music renaissance of late thanks to the work of Bicep, Ejeca et al, and on this showing the Roush label might just have unearthed their latest star turn. Seeing us on the way through this delicious 4-tracker is the most astute sounds of ‘The Limit’, which is the sort of full-on, old shool anthem that on...
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Koletzki & Schwind - She Wants Acid (Stil vor Talent)

Monday, 19 January 2015 House
Stil vor Talent label head Oliver Koletzki has long resided over a period that’s seen the label grow to become one of the contemporary dance scene’s more consistent purveyors of top-notch house. As is often the case in these instances, he’s now lending a helping hand to upcoming talent, with Niko Schwind joining him here on production duties on the quite exceptional ‘She Wants Acid’ EP. A joyous and scrupulously produced effort, this release truly is a joy to behold and will without doubt go dow...
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Tantsui - No Mercy EP - (NOPASSPORT)

Monday, 19 January 2015 House
Tantsui is an electronically-inclined Russian band who make the sort of deep house that’s most definitely suited to the live domain. Their music is predominantly crafted on a deep house tip, and features a bevy of male vocals that grant the tracks more than a tinge of almost tangible human emotion. Versatile dancefloor weapons, they’re sure to do the proverbial damage when deployed in the right way. Easing us in the spirited yet gentle and languid sounds of ‘No Mercy’, the original. Really warm ...
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Various Artists - W&O Volume 1 - (W&O Street Tracks)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 Compilations
This is an early line in the sand from Waze & Odyssey’s W&O Street Tracks label, documenting where they are after eight releases – by commissioning a whole set of new stuff for a label confirmation. In the process they confirm once again they are definitely a name to watch. Right from the start, where Adrian & Sake go back to basics with ‘Midnight Stagger’, it is clear the quality threshold is high – nice and simple but really well done. That’s definitely the case with the classy XXX...
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Various Artists - House Masters: Joey Negro - (Defected)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 Compilations
In which Joey Negro – the most prominent of Dave Lee’s many alias names – gets his rightful place at Defected’s top table in the form of a deserved ‘Masters’ retrospective, which brings together some ubiquitous classics and a few lesser-known items. Jakatta’s cool ‘American Dream’ is probably the one we hear most, though it’s good to be reminded that it is actually a brilliant reworking of Thomas Newman’s music for ‘American Beauty’. ’Must Be The Music’ is great stuff too, and so is ‘Make A Move...
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Various Artists - Vitalik A Retrospective Of One - (Vitalik)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 Compilations
Another label putting down a marker, Vitalik are celebrating reaching 25 releases with a compilation that does a great job of showcasing their talents. The selection is a deep, nocturnal affair, but it always keeps an edge that brings the music out into the foreground. That means in remixes like Gerd’s, for Jamie Lloyd’s ‘Last Drive’, that we get a really vivid picture of the city through spaced out synths, warm bass and tough house beats. Meanwhile Agnès kicks off with a mellow but essentially ...
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Schneider Kacirek - Shadows Documents - (Bureau B)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 Albums
‘Kenya meets Kratronics’ is how the press release bills this album, a document of what happened after Stefan Schneider and Sven Kacirek had visited the African country for a considerable length of time. They took their impressions of the country and revealed them in electronic form, so that the musical language is a similar but the sounds are different. There is some very subtle programming at work here, most of it percussive, but it gradually casts a spell in the way that tribal music can do. T...
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Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper - (Domino)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 Albums
Panda Bear – a quarter of the much-loved Animal Collective – has always been about musical exploration. Although he’s very modest about it, he likes to push boundaries where possible, hence the inclusion of ‘Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper’ in these pages. His fifth album as Panda Bear finds Noah Lennox alternating hip hop and dub influences to telling affect in the tender ‘Crosswords’, as well as including them alongside a number of other styles. ‘Lonely Wanderer’ and ‘Tropic of Cancer’, for i...
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Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again - (Drag City)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 Albums
It is no exaggeration to say that Jessica Pratt is blessed with one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. Her self-titled first album set the vocals beautifully against a sparse accompaniment, often just a guitar, and her follow-up is no exception, adding some subtle electronics for good measure. Yet this is quite an understated performance from the California singer, which often makes it feel as though you and her are the only two people in the room. This works beautifully on the soot...
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Boxed In - Boxed In - (Nettwerk)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 Albums
January blues? Pah. Not if Boxed In has anything to do with it! It is the brains of Oli Bayston, who used to be in the underrated Indie band Keith, and who has also written for The 2 Bears. Here he gets the full opportunity to spread his wings, and he does so in some wonderful songs that cast a little shadow here, a little sunshine there. Propelled by energetic piano and athletic bass, the fast songs ‘False Alarm’ and ‘Subtle Knife’ are heady, four-minute rushes, while the slower songs show a hi...
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Various Artists - Rumors Label Sampler - Chinese Whispers - (Rumors)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 Compilations
If one thing is for sure, Guy Gerber has always been about deep and emotive house music. His first label Supplemental Facts leant towards the groggy end of the spectrum and now his second one Rumors is more house aligned. After a number of branded parties around the world and EPs from Dixon, the boss and Lake People, the imprint now comes correct with eight new tracks on this excellent sampler. Opening up the sampler are a safe pair of hands in the form of Konrad Black and Matin Buttrich,who get...
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Acumen - Patience (Time Has Changed)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 House
House music is totally invoke right now, specifically deep house music, and few do it better than Acumen. He is a French producer who runs his own label Acumen, and that is where he most often offers up his wares. He does so again here in some style, with two new original cuts and a fine remix from Moon Harbour artist Sven Tasnadi. The opening track of the fine EP is ‘Patience’, with its downbeat synths layered over rubbery drums and a deep hose framework, There is some angst and energy in the b...
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