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Phantom Bliss - False Image - Get Physical

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
If the devilish combination of a bass that would wobble the insides of Moby Dick, mixed with some bone cracking and snapping snares, sniffer dog hi hats, vibrating synth pads and drops that remind of holding your breath until you almost go blue, is enough to make you foam at the tech house mouth, then ‘False Image’ is most certainly for you. ‘Groundwater’ is a melodic lava lamp, bubbling to the surface and dropping like a sunflower yellow yolk to rise again on the ricochet of its cavernous beats...
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Various Artists - Toolroom Miami 2014 - Toolroom

Thursday, 06 March 2014 Compilations
Sunglasses? Check. Sun tan lotion? Check. Plane ticket to Miami the WMC, Ultra and all that malarkey? Check? Eh? Uncheck? Well even if you’ve overridden your desire to beg, borrow or steal a plane ticket to the Sunshine state and those surgically enhanced sidewalks of South Beach, Miami FLA., you can still get the flavour by simply investing your hard earned dollar in Toolroom’s glorious 3 CD, 66 full length tracks and exclusives, 10 hours 39 minutes and 48 seconds magnum Miami opus. You’ll find...
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Various Artists - Kitsuné New Faces - Kitsuné

Friday, 28 February 2014 Compilations
Kitsuné’s New Faces comp is a great way of bringing in a whole raft of previously unheard talent – and the wide range of the music on offer here is also a big plus. Perhaps because of the wide range not all of the newcomers are wholly successful, and I did think that the admittedly admirable blues of Southern was miscast. There is also a surprising amount of falsetto-led electro productions, but they are by and large of a high standard. The big winners here were the Antimatter People with the br...
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Various Artists - Fabric 74: Move D - Fabric

Friday, 28 February 2014 Compilations
Fabric’s press release is pretty spot on when it describes Move D’s mix as one that ‘displays the length and breadth of what deep house is and can be’. It’s a really good set, hitting the groove running with Roy Davis Jr’s ‘Under Tha Sun’ and the reassuring depth of Liz Torres’ ‘Your Love Is All I Need’, heard here in a very classy dub mix form. Move D – real name David Moufang – is a sympathetic mixer, keeping things moving but letting each track breathe as well. There’s a personal touch too, M...
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St. Vincent - St. Vincent - Caroline International

Friday, 28 February 2014 Albums
St. Vincent isn’t really the sort of artist you would expect to get coverage on these web pages, but she’s added a real rhythmic punch to her music of late, and because of that the dancefloor beckons! This self-titled album – her fourth – builds on last year’s collaboration album with David Byrne, ‘Love This Giant’, and with that added confidence under her belt she is able to strut her stuff to some incredibly catchy tracks such as ‘Rattlesnake’, ‘Digital Witness’ and ‘Psycopath’. Countering the...
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Terrence Parker - When Loves The Feeling - GFY Black Label

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
Nightclubs used to be full of music just like this: blazing, uplifting pianos and soaring, soulful voices with more than a hint of reference to Disco’s golden past. Not of course that that’s a bad thing either as this release on Kenny Summit and Lenny RX’s imprint proudly testifies. The pair also supply the remix available here propelled by a classic piano score and said inspirational vocals. An earthier Unreleased version accompanies the remix with more emphasis on the good time percussion, alt...
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Sonny Fodera - After Parties and Aeroplanes - Cajual

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
Sonny Fodera delivers his debut album for Cajmere/Green Velvet's Cajual label in his own inevitable style i.e. hot and heavy. This tempting combination of pounding House music played out alongside a notable array of guest collaborations keeps the temperature high while also varying the mood just enough to keep your attention locked throughout. Funkier, more soulful numbers include the Natalie Conway sung, ‘Mind Games’ and the concluding, captivating ‘Everything You Want’ featuring Ari Lourdes. O...
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OBaH. - Crossfade EP - Bagpak Solo Series

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
If you like oldskool beats and harmonies (ObaH – get it?) fused with a next generation house attitude then this EP should leap straight into your hands. Here is a triple track ep of smooth and squelchy, dreamy, funk fuelled grooves reminiscent of early King Britt, Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Black Mahogani, Ovum, Ron Trent, King Street, Prescription, Peacefrog and the unforgettable Miami back room, sunset soirées or poolside parties of old. ‘NY Is On Some Shhh’ is a track that glows and flickers li...
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Arveene & Misk Present Acid Future - Don't Stop - Animal Language

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
Animal Language’s favourite Irish duo, Arveene & Misk return to the fray with ‘Don’t Stop’ a feel good, big sounding, hands in the air, piano house excursion complete with excited ‘woohs’, strings, helium-tweaked vocal snippets and snare breaks that run the risk of spattering you with the sweat of ravers past, present and future. The Bottin remix is another animal altogether, stripping away the peripherals until you’re left with a simple thudding kick, a fleshy bassline and squashy synth pad...
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Calippo - Back There - Enormous Tunes

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
Calippo’s ‘Back There’ is a jolly, happy bounder that uses snippets from Sunshine Anderson’s ‘Heard it All Before’ chops them up, moves them around, time stretches them and layers them over a rolling, happy, housey romp that will have bodycon, hot pants and high bun wearing girls, fluttering their XXL false eyelashes then shuffling and charlestoning for all they’re worth from Ibiza to Coachella. There’s illicit gold in EDX’s Dubai Skyline mix and the whole package has commercial crossover printe...
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Oliver Heldens - Gecko - Musical Freedom

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
Oliver Helden’s ‘Gecko’ is a bad ass bassline groove with phat drum fills, cavernous bamboo hits and a deliciously moreish hooky melody that connects all your synaptic nerve endings simultaneously. They do say that ‘geckos are lucky – and this ‘Gecko’ is a coursing, powerful deep tech breakpoint that could well propel Oliver Heldens into the A-list and into every ravers rapidly beating party heart. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Chocolate Puma - Afrika - Brobot

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
Zki & Dobre return with another self made release on their imprint ‘Brobot’. With its punchy tribal , one foot shorter than the other, riddims, bamboo claves and the odd nutty sound whooping through its undergrowth like a lost bird of paradise, Afrika could well become the soundtrack to any townships insurrection or celebration conga line. 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Firebeatz & Martin Garrix - Helicopter - Spinnin

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
Remember when you used to run around in circles in the playground windmilling your arms at your sides and making that phut phut phut noise with your mouth until you got dizzy and fell over exhausted but happy? This is that much fun and more because it does it that much better. It’s stompy, whizzy roundy and squeals with delight at its own superiority before the compressed, staccato synth pads and splashy snares propel it into that leap out of your skin stompathon that makes us love Firebeatz and...
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Juliet Sikora : Tube & Berger - Come On Now (Set It Off) - Kittball

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
It was only a matter of time before a lightbulb went on in a deep house producer’s head and The Strafe classic ‘Set It Off’ was renovated for consumption by a generation of new clubbers and Traktor / Serato djs. The vinyl dj’s will no doubt have dug through enough crates in order to stick with and to the original but as remakes / cover versions go Juliet Sikora & Tube & Berger have perfectly dusted off, gutted, rewired and replumbed it until it functions faultlessly anew. By blending the...
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Shiba San - Okay - Dirtybird

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
Dirtybird do it again with with Shiba San’s rolling in the deep, jacked and stacked dark rooms and big tents dance off. Just let your body drop to this in any way you feel, express yourself, don’t be shy. It’s a dancer’s delight and that’s all. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Sebjack & David Tort - Raveline - Ultra

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
Relentless progressive acid romp until the happy synth chords give you a vitamin c shot in the jugular so your fuel gauge is on full by the time the rave stomp kicks back in. Good in the mix. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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R3hab - Androids - Dim Mak

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
In the future we will all be androids. As half man half robot we will get the best of both worlds. And like this release, you could jumpstart your engine with the jab of its electrifying 1000 brake horsepower at 33rpm beats and stop anyone’s heart with your flatlining melodic drop sucker punch. Big tune. Don’t sleep. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Ghost Ft. Claptone - Clap Your Hands (Say Yeah) - Exploited

Friday, 28 February 2014 House
This is the my single of the week and without exception the most captivating vocal track I have heard since this Horse year blinked open its eyes and snorted a sigh of relief at 2013's passing. ‘Clap your Hands’ is all about the sexual swells, the rise and fall, the yearning and learning and pricks one’s desire to learn the lyrics and keep this song playing in your head at times when it would be considered louche to crank your soundsystem up to 11. Folk guitars and a druggy indie vocal roam thr...
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Various Artists - House Masters: Henrik Schwarz - Defected

Thursday, 20 February 2014 Compilations
A fully deserved retrospective for Henrik Schwarz, this, put together by Defected as the twentieth release in their increasingly indisposable House Masters series. It sounds an obvious thing to say, but Schwarz has done a lot of very different beat making in his time, some of it without a bass drum – which the jazzy and still highly danceable ‘Kammermusik’ with Bugge Wesseltoft demonstrates. But the best stuff here has the bigger beats – and that includes quality remixes of Coldcut’s ‘Walk A Mil...
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Kaito - Less Time Until The End - Kompakt

Thursday, 20 February 2014 Albums
Kompakt have some really good artists at the ambient end of the spectrum, which is where Hiroshi Watanabe – aka Kaito – can be found with his latest release. This is because ‘Less Time Until The End’ is actually a beatless version of ‘Until The End Of Time’, and some rather beautiful textures can be brought to the fore in the name of meditation. It reveals Watanabe’s music to have a lot of inner workings, and these come through really nicely on ‘Sky Is The Limit’, which keeps the energy of the o...
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