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Get Physical Music Presents: Ibiza 2014 - Mixed & Compiled by Paolo Rocco

Friday, 18 July 2014 Compilations
Paolo Rocco’s stunning two hour long mix proves itself to much more than merely a game of two halves. Equally enthralling throughout and touching upon different moods, both instrumentally and vocally, this imaginative set of sounds comes together like a journey into the very soul of the matter. Forward thinking music contained within the vision occurs via the calibre of Phillip Ort, And.id plus the inevitable Mr.G. And so the list goes on. But back the the blend which almost doesn’t feel like a ...
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Heavyhandz - Light Is New - (Deeper Shades Recordings)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
Los Angeles producer Roger Dickes delivers the clearly standout track for me this week and you can tell it’s that confident by the simple fact it only contains one version. It is all about the electronic keys here which sizzle and evolve in almost improvised fashion but are none-the-less totally spellbinding. Backed up by shuffling percussion, a Kick drum and handclaps this effervescent instrumental is both high on life plus spine-tingling atmospherics. Recommended. 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg...
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Josh Winiberg - Awakening EP - (Plus Plus Records)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
Good hear to hear piano edging back into the spotlight again and when it’s played as well as this then all good. Josh Winiberg’s unfussy yet emotive keys almost feel as though they should be heard all on their own, although with a suitably uncomplicated drum section this works very well on, ‘Weeping Willow’. The Florisz Janvier remix then explores the ambient aspects of the track alongside some skilful drum programming, with Jason Bay’s epic eleven minute version expanding all sorts of creativit...
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Guti & King Brain – Opus 1 & 2 - (DFTD)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
Striking just the right balance between deft keyboard dexterity and dancefloor punch is this latest from Guti who now joins forces with King Brain for this release on Defected’s sister label. Two compositions on offer here with the first acting as more thoughtful and atmospheric as whirring sythns provide a haunting sequence of notes in amongst the driving percussion and throbbing bass. The second is tougher, causing a heavier impact, and this time is complimented by rousing piano chords and rol...
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DJ Ermi - Wad - (Inspires Records)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Seems like a while since I’ve heard a Latin inspired track such as this making a big impression. Indeed this is simply something that you will want to hear more of with its carefully crafted piano lines amid shuffling beats and cool percussion feeling like they are made for each other. Coming out of Naples this is every bit as much about the rhythms as it is about that classically trained piano, both of which are first rate on the Original Mix. Try the moodier, deeper Deep Dub too, or indeed the...
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Black Alley - Always Something (Remixes) - (Itchy Pig)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
This is great because it sounds plugged into technology but also remains emotive and musical too, not overly programmed and soulless. The Main Mix boasts a crunchy selection of funky notes that bounce along tastefully to the punchy rhythms and lovely Rhodes chords via this Berlin based label. However, there is an even better remix from Club Squisito which manages to blend haunting Trumpet together with ethereal voices and traditional French influences that comes up smiling. James Johnston then g...
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LTMDTW x Jesse Boykins III - The Rain - (MadTech Records)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Definitely HOT. This excellent production from LTMDTW and Jesse Boykins III hooks you in from the word go with its dazzling array of hypnotic sounds that pitch themselves at you across what feels like an extended intro. Which, then soon develop into something altogether edgier by the time the more twisted synths arrive, though credit must also go to the inspired looped vocal edits. Remixes come from a pounding ‘Garage’ version by Celsius, an atmospheric Illyus & Barrientos, and finally via a...
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Mr Bird featuring Greg Blackman - Low-Fi Classics - (BBE)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Albums
Another great feel good album for the summer sunshine sees Mr Bird explore the funkier side of life over some twelve tracks. Touching upon everything from smoky Soul to Jazz and Hip-Hop this long player feels like an exercise in musical history, which alongside Greg Blackman’s additional vocals replays it just about right. I love the lose sense of time and seemingly deft turntable skills involved on, Low-Fi Classics - an apt title if ever there was one. Plus, that you almost get the sense that t...
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Various Artists - DJ Kicks: Will Saul - (!K7)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Compilations
It’s great to see Will Saul handed the baton in the DJ Kicks series, and he responds with a mix that focuses on sounds from his labels Aus Music and Simple, but makes the extra effort to secure some exclusives and rarities from those labels. Saul paces things really well, creating a heat-soaked atmosphere with his Komon collaboration ‘Bendy’ and Joe Gray’s lovely ‘Tozai’, then adding a tinge of gospel with Jabru’s distinctive ‘Church’, where the vocals from Joel Culpepper are rather beautiful. S...
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Various Artists - Electronic Architecture³ Mixed By Solarstone - (Black Hole Recordings)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Compilations
The Electronic Architecture series is the ideal showcase for Solarstone as a DJ. In an ambitious set of three mixes, we have what he describes as ‘the deep and immersive sounds of disc 1, the melodic pure energy of disc 2 and the slow-motion soundscapes of disc 3’. Each is compiled with great attention to detail and mixed with an impressive fluidity, as if we’re listening to one long track. His track choices are excellent, blending almost without a join, so that the cool breakdown of Salt Tank’s...
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Kasai Allstars - Beware The Fetish - (Crammed Discs)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Albums
The latest in the ‘Congotronics’ series, ‘Beware The Fetish’ promises 100 minutes of trance music – which of course refers to the state it leaves you in, rather than stabbing synthesizer riffs. No, this is very different, the Kinshasa band Kasai Allstars drawing their music from festive and ritual music that transcends culture, tradition and language. The great thing about this music though is that you can enjoy it purely on face value, regardless of its origin. The intricate guitar lines, the p...
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Tony Barbato - Gotta Let It Go / Breathe It In - (King Street Sounds)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Italian DJ/Producer Tony Barbato reveals his new EP, 'Gotta Let It Go / Breathe In It'. Kicking things off with the incredibly groovy and deep club smash, 'Gotta Let It Go', that features daunting and powerful synth line with swinging percussion, crispy hat and a cool vocal. Also on the release is the progressive house tinged deep banger 'Breathe In It' that will absolutely destroy any dance floor you throw under it!! 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Ratha Gud   {http://soundcloud.com/kingstreets...
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DJ Sneak - Moody Warehouse Music Vol. 2 - (Magnetic Recordings)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
After kickstarting Summer with an almighty bang, unleashing Volume 1 of his new release series 'Moody Warehouse Music', DJ Sneak keeps the underground heat coming, releasing Vol. 2 on Magnetic Recordings! 'Moody Warehouse Music Vol.2' kicks off with the energetic 'Didn't Know Nothing', armed with driving beats and a dark pulsating bassline, deemed to raise the thermostat to boiling point! 'I Need My Baby' comes with a girly vocal hook that rides over a jackin groove of signature Sneakology beat ...
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Shaun Escoffery - 'Nature's Call' - (Dome Records)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Shaun's back! Taken from his first album recording in 7 years, 'The Red Room' which is forthcoming this Autumn, Shaun Escoffery unleashes the first single 'Nature's Call'. The song is a soulful plea for people to come together and live in "love, peace and harmony". Remixers who have contributed to 'Nature’s Call' include his lifelong friend Idris Elba ('The Wire, 'Luther” and Nelson Mandela in “Long Walk to Freedom' movie); regular cohort DJ Spinna, who adds his signature Brooklyn House flavour;...
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Phil Weeks - 'It's The Inside That Counts' - (Robsoul)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
BOOM!! French house connoisseur Phil Weeks unleashes his highly anticipated new release for Robsoul - 'It's The Inside That Counts'. Already a hit with the club masses from USA to Ibiza, 'It's The Inside That Counts' comes with a giant 'chugga - chugga' bass groove, bumping beats and armed with a killer sample vocal from Loleatta Holloway's classic, 'Dreaming' that explodes on the dance–floor! Also featured on the release is the heavy MPC300 + TB303 beats fused combo, 'Another 303 Groove', which...
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Carl Hanaghan Feat. Beth - 'Illuminate Me' - (Discopolis)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Hot off the heels of his Beatport Top 100 single, 'Strings Of Life', Carl Hanaghan teams up with the lovely Beth, delivering a sweet slice of deep, soulful house titled 'Illuminate Me'. Destined for the Ibiza pool parties and beyond, 'Illuminate Me' is sun-kissed groove, laced with uplifting chords, a deep funky bassline, topped with Beth's lush vocal tones. Long & Harris deliver a sublime remix, pitching the original vocal down to produce a seductive Deep House outing. Regular cohorts Chang...
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Hank & Deck - The Message (Basica)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Italian label, Basica, has long championed house music of a soulful and techy persuasion, and their latest signing is much more of the same in that regard. That said, when done right that's no bad thing, and the lead protagonists here don't let the side down one iota with their debut outing on the label. And this is a two-tracker that doesn't mess around. Instead, it gets straight down to business with a quite literally alarming sound central to all that's great on 'The Message'. Tech-house of a...
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Pieter Steijger - Vicious (Frameworx)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Whisper it, but progressive might be making a comeback. And no, we're not referring to the sort of 'prog' that Diggers et al were putting their hand to at the turn of the millennium, but we mean progressive in a techno/progressive sense; the type, in short, that Frameworx music owner Pieter Steijger seems to serve up with some consistency. His latest EP sees him take sole control, as he introduces us to two very different sides of his musical make-up, both of which leave us enthralled and yearni...
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Hodgson - Babylon System (Jeudi)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
If you like house music of a certain unashamed dancefloor persuasion, then chances are that Hamburg label Jeudi are for you. Never ones to take themselves overtly seriously, their modus operandi is to make you move, plain and simple. Of course, much of the label's success over the past few years has been attributable to their shrewd A&Ring, and it's a way of working that once more comes up trumps on Hodgson's debut for the label. The British newcomer doesn't fuss around with the Babylon Syst...
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Rekord 61 - Vostok (Konstruktiv)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
The Berlin-based Konstruktiv label has been coming to our attention of late thanks to their penchant for devastatingly impressive techno, the type of which is subtle and catchy enough for the house heads but still pummelling enough for the likes of Jeff Mills, Ben Klock et al. Their last outing came from label honcho Rekord 61 (and included a magnificent Perc remix), while the latest sees the main man take centre stage again as Spencer Parker gives his interpretation up later on. On to the origi...
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