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Steve Bug Ft. Paris The Black Fu - I Swallowed Too Much Bass (Extended Play Rework) - (Crosstown Rebels)

Friday, 14 March 2014 House
I love Steve Bug. I also love it when I receive unsolicited music in my inbox that is as hot as this. Extended Play have made a hot new re-edit of Steve Bug’s original and have got the tech / house balance and groove just right here: they click the beats, smooth out the bass and roll the arrangement in a way that makes you nod your head, move your feet and set all your social networks to embed, share and like. Take it from me, you will wet your knickers as the vocal is introduced and the synths ...
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Example - Kids Again - (Ultra Music)

Friday, 14 March 2014 House
Example returns with a peak time, main room, festival destroyer – replete with ‘woah’ crowd chants, dinky piano keys, drum rolls, soaring whizzy white noise and a ‘because we want to’ Project X friendly ‘let’s behave like kids again’ vocal hook and lyrical attitude. It’s shiny, crossover club pop that’ll be all over the Miami WMC, the radio, the TV, Every Damned Media (EDM) as soon as the sun comes out. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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DoubtingThomas - Avec Parcimonie EP - Organic

Friday, 07 March 2014 House
This spectacular soundscape produced by DoubtingThomas sees gentle, sublime piano moments sit comfortably next to taught Techno beats on the tastefully haunting ‘Apikoros’. This is then pushed to extremes by Ben Vedren’s unrelenting remix which almost despite itself still captures those melancholy notes while making some sense out of the dancefloor. ‘Mr. AAFR’ slurs drunken speech over syncopated up-tempo darkness next, with bonus digital release ‘Dificil Mezcla’ easing the tempo right down to g...
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Monkey Safari - Watching The Stars EP - Monaberry

Friday, 07 March 2014 House
Great EP from Monkey Safari who confound your expectations by sounding strangely familiar, yet clearly original all at the very same time. Their combination of hot breakbeat driven rhythms alongside reassuringly melodic vocoder voices on the title track is refreshing and most definitely funky. A first rate remix from Super Flu provides a fresh twist on the drums aided by powerful bass and atmospheric keys - watch out for the hypnotic piano towards the end. Second track, ‘Time’ completes feeling ...
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Romanthony - Floorpiece - Glasgow Underground

Friday, 07 March 2014 House
This latest in the ever expanding series from sterling imprint G.U sees a feast of versions rework the late Romanthony’s spoken word once again. For reference the thumping Original remains intact with its Disco sampled grooves still feeling hot. And then onto the new remixes which has Claptone take pride of place reworking the commanding voice over smoldering beats and keys. Taking it to the next level are the excellent Leftwing & Kody who hit you with a typically hard bassline and addictive...
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Various Artists - DJ Kicks: Brandt Brauer Frick

Thursday, 06 March 2014 Compilations
Brandt Brauer Frick’s contribution to DJ Kicks is an instinctive one, recorded with dub plates and vinyl in the space of a single day at the Watergate album in Berlin. It is a very wide ranging collection of 28 tracks, with three provided by the band themselves, then five others from artists connected to the band. A homemade operation, then, and one that does dart around a bit at the start, with notable inclusions from Theo Parrish and William Onyeabor, whose ‘Better Change Your Mind’ seems utte...
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Joan As Police Woman - The Classic - Pias

Thursday, 06 March 2014 Albums
Another week, another artist who has taken a more obviously rhythmic turn. Last week it was the newfound dancefloor stylings of St. Vincent, but this week it’s the soulful side of Joan As Police Woman coming to the fore. Joan has an illustrious musical background, connections with Jeff Buckley (romantic and musical), Rufus Wainwright and Antony & The Johnsons already leading to a fiercely original individual style. ‘The Classic’ is her fourth album, and adds soul and even a bit of gospel to ...
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Max Cooper - Human - Fields

Thursday, 06 March 2014 Albums
‘Human’ is the ambitious debut album from Max Cooper, a large yet tightly structured piece of work that marks its producer out as a name to file alongside the likes of James Holden. Cooper operates both on and off the dancefloor, so we get some really heavy rhythms through the likes of ‘Impacts’, which hammers its kick drum through the floor, and the brooding ‘Numb’, with its robust beats, alongside the beautifully floated string patterns that dominate ‘Empyrean’. The angelic vocals of Kathrin d...
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Javier Carballo - Kiss Me - Safari Numerique

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
Genre Format : DigitalRelease date : 10/03/13 Loving this one produced by Javier Carballo (owner and manager of Under Your Seat Records). This track starts off DJ friendly style, slowly building up the percussion over a tough kick drum. At 1:18 minutes in, a great groove introduces itself and you are set to roll nicely throughout the whole 7 and ½ minutes of the track.. An uncomplicated track that uses lots of strong effective fills with a winning arrangement. {http://soundcloud.com/carballo/j...
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Jason Bye - Ghetto Break (InnerCity Records Vol 3) - InnerCity Records

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
Genre Format : Vinyl /DigitalRelease date : April If you like a good jackin analogue sound, then this one is for you. This track builds nicely with a simple but effective arrangement full of energy with great stabs and vocal snippets throughout layered over a phat groove. Produced by Jason Bye, one of Ibiza’s longest standing residents who knows a thing or two about what the dance floor needs , his production reflects his peronality, tough, groovy, cool and friendly. Another name on the product...
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MR.KS - Making Beats - Tsuba

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
Genre : House/Deep HouseFormat : Vinyl/Digital This track kicks off instantly with a solid kick and bright percussion with faint crowd noise in the background. When the bass line drops, an American spoken vocal kicks in. Throughout, the vocal starts chatting about making beats and the equipment used in the studio. It has a great groove with a party vibe but remains credible and cool. MR. KS is one to look out for. I have already been supporting his debut release which came out on Djebali and he...
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Louisahhh!!! & Maelstrom - Traces EP - Bromance

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
If you like your techno teased and tickled with 80s pop sensibility and a little wartime cabaret sensuality then this EP is for you. ‘Nightclubbing’ follows your journey with spoken vocals layered over a sullen, hoodie-hidden bassline which entices you as you bounce in a dwindling group from club to club to afterhours. ‘Rough and Tender’ is a heavier techno hit with blazing sustained bass notes that fans of Nina Kraviz will adore. Mood music. 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Zedd - Find You Ft. Matthew Koma & Myriam Bryant - Spinnin

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
Here’s a show stopping, hands in the air, touchy feely, festival tent snogathon or middle American heavy rotation radio record. It’s stadium bound, pop-progressive with a twist of rockumentary and you’ll find it blaring out of every car radio, spring break pool (or any time of the year frat) party from now until New Year. Think young love, phone numbers half saved in a million PDAs, treasured group photos, that kind of thing … 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Deep Dish - Quincy - Virgin Records

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
Ali and Sharam have forgiven and forgotten and return to the fray with ‘Quincy’ their first joint release in … ooh god knows how long. With ‘Essential New Tune’ status already under its belt, it’s off to a flying start: imagine French Kiss slowed down then add some plucked and strummed ukelele, layer it with a robot vocodered vocal and arpeggiating synths and roll it all up in swathes of hissing white noise and that’s how they’re back. Nno pop vocal, no fireworks, just straight up, no frills, te...
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Sandro Silva - Throne - Fly Eye

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
Dutch wunderkind, Sandro Silva, is definitely the king of the big room percussive build and ‘Throne’ secures his crown once more. Imagine an army of plumbers feeling their rave gene kicking in just as they were laying the pipes to a multi storey shopping mall experience and you’re almost there. Add a few jammed electric doors, a couple of cash machines and an air conditioning air lock and you have the idea. Not one that you can hum along to (or learn the lyrics) but you will enjoy playing air dr...
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New World Sound - Colours - Le7els

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
Hot on the heels of the success of the monster ‘Flute’, Australian duo New World Sound paint a pop trance house picture for Avicii’s Le7els imprint. The buzz bass is as grating as that big dentist’s drill that they always say won’t hurt a bit but that obviously is going to, the vocal is maybe too soft and sweet as it disappears into the banging beats like a rabbit down a hole on hunt day BUT if Avicii is hammering this and millions are hearing and buying it, it will be a monster hit regardless. ...
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Hot Since 82 Vs Joe T Vanelli Ft. Csilla - The End (Remixes) - Moda Black

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
This is the sort of record that makes you want to be a big room when you grow up. Not a big room dj but a BIG ROOM so that you can feel the most benefit of the pure, unadulterated, rich swathes of sound and spiralling eerie vocals. This is throbbing progressive as would ratchet their jaws open of the A&R men at ye Olde East West, Global Underground, Perfecto or Bedrock then and now. The Sabb Remix undresses it and letsit dance in silhouette, keeping the original vibe alive but letting the rh...
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Marc De Pulse ft Hollis P Monroe - No Need to Worry (Part 2) - Noir Music

Thursday, 06 March 2014 House
The Kolsch remix of ‘No Need To Worry’ is catchy little deep house funker that works the stuttered ‘oh oh’ vocal like Pleasurekraft on uppers then bounces it all on a superball bassline. The weird, Phil Kieran remix is all about lengthening the shadows and working those loops. Like the lyric says ‘Yeah ah-hah ... give it to me now, huh’ – like that you’ll love the understated cool, wonky synths and stripped down simplicity of the FreakMe remix. This is a reassuring, life affirming, no-stress pac...
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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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