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Traffic Signs & Jake The Rapper - Cookie Jar (Joyce Muniz Remix) - (Poker Flat)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
There are those moments in life when a record makes your jaw do that ratchet thing and unhinge right down to the ground then roll back up like a roller blind. This is onesuch record. Steve Bug’s ‘Dirty Fingers’ mix takes this spoken vocal / semi rap hip houser into chunky monkey territory, with its white, dark and milk chocolate squares standing proud on the outside whilst enjoying their sticky, melted, gooey goodness on the inside. Joyce Muniz delivers a deeper, funky roller that has a chewy ca...
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Christian Neilsen - Paradise - (Play It Down / 8Bit)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Christian Nielsen is chalking up quite the discography on the sly and this is a little gem just waiting to be discovered. Take a smudgy kohl lined bass line, add a bluesy vocal a la Jill Scott and a bouncy rhythm section and you have a recipe for dancefloor carnage. Keep your eyes on this producer – he’s got the fire. One of my not-so-secret weapons. Well not now anyway … 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Jay Lumen - The Line - (Noir Music)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
It seems to me like disco filtered techno is becoming quite the thing – and Jay Lumen admirably demonstrates just how lush this combination can be with his ‘Sunbeam’ EP on Noir Music. ‘Sunbeam’ itself is a bottle-hit and clave and weird, wonky, and wibbly wobbly synth drop affair that just, well, works. ‘The Line’ is a fully armed, stormtrooper march through dark techno territory with Darth Vader at the vocal helm and the battle in full flow. Enjoy dodging the flying aural missiles and subterran...
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Mark Henning - Pusher EP - (Poker Flat)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Mark Henning delivers an assured quadruple tracker for Poker Flat with his ‘Pusher EP’. The title track bounces like a basketball on an NBA court – it shoots, it scores with pitter patter rainfall rides and a looped spoken vocal. ‘Swingers’ is another spoken word rib-poker that’s tangfastically acidic, naggingly repetitive and fiercely bubbling. Triple 13 is all about the tribal drumming circle, it’s dark, insistent and has enough floating atmospherics to lift Lazarus from his grave. Satin is sl...
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Kiwi - Llama - (DFTD)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
I have a lot of love for Kiwi - loved 'Mara' on Duke Dumont's Blase Boys’ Club imprint last year and still drop it with pride. So what about this cuddly llama then? Well, don’t be misled by it’s curious looks or name, it’s simply a chug-a-lugging, disco dazzling, shimmy shimmy club banger that’s going to seriously kill it on any terrace with that deadly drop and rebound. Just … wow. I do love tracks that give you a surreptitious, attention-seeking bitch-slap when you’re least expecting it. Top m...
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Reboot - The Frenchie Thing EP - (DFTD)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Where to start with Reboot – one minute he’s all over disco funk deepness then the next he’s ladling out thick as you like, bubbling techno. Are we ok with this? But of course. The production is so crisp and clear it puts crystal to shame, the beats are so phat it’s like having your arse spanked with a giant’s slipper and the atmospherics – as in ‘Lubricalifornia’ will make every tiny hair on the back of your neck bristle like someone just walked over your grave. The Frenchie Thing is Grace Jone...
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Bred For Pleasure - Better Than This - (Lower East Side)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Quintin Christian and Canadian Vandermeer’s debut soaring soulful vocal house treat for Lower East Side is seduced and teased by none other than Larry Heard (Mr Fingers) the godfather of deep house and melodic techno and all things washing machine. It grooves beautifully and will be a welcomed addition to any late night backroom or sunshine terrace dj or radio set. Blissful. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {http://soundcloud.com/lower-east/low037-bred-for-pleasure-better-than-...
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Lau Frank - Body Count EP - (Gruuv)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
If you like your dancefloors in total black out with occasional strobes, then reds and full lightning flashes like me, then the ‘Body Count’ EP will become one of your new best friends. ‘7am’ is a curtains fully drawn, day go away mind melter that aims to destroy every speaker cone (and eardrum) within its reach with its evil mushrooming sub bass and ‘now you hear me now you don’t’ vocal snippets. The Dachsund remix is a jollier and brighter affair – more a hotstepper in a daylight saving afterh...
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Tapesh & Dayne S - How I Do - (Ultra)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Marvin Gaye’s ‘Heard It Through The Grapevine’ is resurrected for Tapesh & Dayne S’s ‘How I Do’ a smooth yet brooding early-doors shuffler. The calm before the storm. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette       ...
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Ben Mono - Why - (Madtech)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
If you like it dirty, sharp and a little bit twisted, Ben Mono’s dark tech ‘Why’ EP is most certainly for you. ‘Why’ is a bleepy, banging, art installation that looks different from every angle. Is it techno? Is it abstract industrial jazz? Is it marking the time to Lucifer’s workout? Who knows? All you should and will care about is that it sounds good and carries you through like a Transformer playing tiptoe through the tulips in some Armageddon strength urban wreckage. ‘Rather Kill Me’ works a...
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Mickey - You Know The Beat - (Exploited)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Here’s a rather tasty platter that mixes chunky classic piano keys, a pulsing, throbbing sub-bassline and neck snapping snares for a toe-tapping, filtered funk dance off that catches you as unawares as your own reflection in a shop window after you’ve had a stunning haircut or hair do. It works. And the more it settles in the more you dig it. Made to make any undeerground dancefloor bounce. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {http://soundcloud.com/mixmag-1/premiere-mickey-you-k...
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Kim Ann Foxman - Open The House - (Firehouse)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Kim Ann Foxman’s revitalising journey into Acid House recalls but reinvigorates the indelible impression created by Roland’s infamous 303 bass machine for the second release on her joint imprint. ‘Open The House’ doesn’t feel over-produced and indeed retains that raw edged production style that so typified the era and its consequent energy levels. Eli Escobar’s excellent remix of the same proceeds to add jackin’ Chicago bass to shuffling drums alongside eerie vocals and sparkling Techno tones. T...
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Rick Wade - Tech Breed EP - (Holic Trax)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
The title does not pull any punches and neither does the music, that’s for sure. Legendary Detroit stalwart and cutting edge producer Rick Wade’s slinky title track, ‘Tech Breed’ sequences feverish beats together with quick-fire stabs and caustic string lines and sounds magnificent. ‘Groovy’ happens next fuelled by perky percussion and classically deep notation providing a sense of relief, while the Jagger sampling ‘Whoa Children’ gets low down and dirty with more rough beats and keys. Tomoki Ta...
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Malandra Jr. - Paola’s Dream EP - (Petite Mort Musique)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Paola’s Dream sounds like the labour of love that it was intended to be and plays like a sublime piece of music in anyone’s book. Underpinning the atmospheric combination of soaring Flute, Trumpet blasts and plucked Strings is a seriously heavy-duty rhythm section that isn’t short on punch via extra hits of timbale and clipped snares screaming sunshine is coming. Hanfry Martinez supplies a first-rate remix by tweaking the bass and adding juice to the percussion giving it all a tougher edge. Next...
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Robert Babicz - One Day We'll All be Happy Remix EP - (Selador)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Robert Babicz’s ‘One Day We'll All be Happy’ EP dropped last year on Selador, the German acid king making his mark as one of the standout cuts on the imprints solid efforts in 2014. It’s returned this year with Affkt, dubspeeka, Melokolektiv and early noughties favourites King Unqiue all rummaging over the grooves for a re-jig. Affkt goes in a bass led direction on the title track, losing some of the trippy melody of the original for a more groove led cut that is much housier in its scope – big ...
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Tom Wax & Strobe - Hangdrumania - (Toolroom Trax)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Anyone who knows Tom Wax and Toolroom’s work knows that they’re not ones for messing around when it comes to crafting scrupulous tech-house for the masses. On the contrary, the producer is an expert at conjuring up such sounds, which perhaps goes some way to explaining just why he continues to enthrall with his brilliantly melodic sheen. Here, he lines up with Strobe for Hnagrumania, a track that really does take the breadth away for all the right reasons. What’s more, quality over quantity has ...
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ONNO - Techno Jams EP - (Truesoul)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
With production credits on the likes of Souvenir, Saved and Moon Harbour, Onno van Velzen can be safely considered one of house and techno’s most consistently underrated producers. Under his ONNO guise, he seems to constantly bring the heat, and he reminds us of the fact here on his debut for Adam Beyer’s Truesoul label, which, appropriately, is entitled ‘Techno Jams’. If the title is straight-forward then the music is anything but, as ONNO unleashes his fiercer side courtesy of a three-tracker ...
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James Silk - La Noche EP - (Hive Audio)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
True underground house heads will already be dialled in to the excellent output of James Silk. He has been impressing since 2012 when he scored his first hit with ‘Can’t Wait’ and now serves up two more super cool cuts. As a DJ who has headlined places like Watergate, James really knows how to work a floor in style. Opening up his account here is La Noche, which presumably means The Night in some language or other because that is the vibe here - twinkling melodies are like a starry sky above sup...
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Geil - Ambigue - (SSOH)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
Geil is a French artist living in Montpellier who has been active since 2006. He has worked under a different alias before now but here serves up some hot house music on the SSOH label that Claude Monnet has run for the last two decades. Ian Pooley and Atapy, as well as the label boss himself remix his original to perfection. ‘Ambigue’ is the original and is an emotive and cuddly, soft edged and seductive house cut with whispered vocals and loose drums as well as some sexy breathing. Ian Pooley ...
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ZDS - Rok Stuff EP - (Hive Audio)

Thursday, 05 March 2015 House
ZDS is Zombie Disco Squad, a thirty something DJ and producer from London who has a fine musical CV and here cooks up two more killer cuts for the always-impressive Hive Audio label. Having been resident at Panorama Bar before most people even knew what it was, he really knows how to work a floor and pours all that into his productions. Up first is Rok Stuff, which is a full fat house track with lots of rattling drums, energetic vocal cries and slick percussive patterns. Bold and metallic, in yo...
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