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Raw District feat. Aquarius Heaven - Her Mind EP – (Crosstown Rebels)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 House
Following on from where ‘Ragged Star’ left off is this killer production from Raw District. And once again not playing it safe the duo enlist the talents of Aquarius Heaven to spice up the arrangement with a distinctive, smoky vocal delivery that only compels the already hypnotic, stoner moods of the undulating atmosphere’s. Martin Buttrich provides the remix which picks up the pace with crisp percussion and punchy electronics complimenting the voice nicely. Second track is the excellent and alt...
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Jimpster – English Rose EP – (Freerange Records)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 House
Every once in a while, sometimes in a long time, a record arrives to blow off the dust. And the sizzling, supreme Disco of this EP’s title track, ‘English Rose’ does just that. It doesn’t matter the countless times I’ve already played this because those timeless syncopated bass notes played hotly alongside its commanding chorus of voices and shuffling rhythms can only spell out one thing, Happiness. Conversely, ‘Solitude’ joins warmer deep, tech vibes together to also pack an emotional punch, as...
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Various Artists - Masterpiece: Annie Nightingale - (Ministry Of Sound)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 Compilations
Any time I visit the Louvre I make a special pilgrimage to see the Mona Lisa. Even though it's truly smaller than I ever imagined, and even though there is always a sprawling crowd in front of it that makes viewing it that bit more of a challenge, viewing La Gioconda's wry knowing smile is always worth the effort. This mini canvas of a woman formally dressed, captured sitting not posing or reclining, facing you off and yet inviting you in has created a mythical oeuvre with a depth of perception ...
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Dropout - Slowly - (Big Beat)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 House
I do like Christmas and birthdays. It's all about the surprise element – the 'I wonder what's in that box there, under that tree there, underneath that wrapper'. Dropout is just like that. Opening with a gentle vocodered volca it crops into a bad ass, heavy as a happy hippo, electro pop meets nu house work out that delivers on every front. It's an 'Essential New Tune' essential and has the mainstream AAA list glitterati from the Magician to Martin Solveig shaking their disco fingers in approva...
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Azari & III - Reckless (With Your Love) - (Loose Lips)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 House
The psychedelic funksters are back with a crossover nu house banger – Disciples delivers with a deep and delicious bassline bouncer, Steve Lawler takes it old skool with the clicking 808s, stuttery vocals and rolling bass. Whilst Will Clarke cuts it with his teeth, creating a raw edged and funky, pleasantly distorted tech house tear up that bubbles and froths at the mouth. Good song, great package – you'll be Shazam-ing it soon enough, mark my words. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Lazarusman & Jazzuelle - Forget Me - (Get Physical)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 House
When the blanket has unfurled and the picnic basket is open, what better 'Forget Me' will chill your bubbles to the perfect temperature. South Africans Lazarusman and Jazzuelle have layered a sexy spoken word opus over a stripped down house groove for your listening pleasure. Jazzuelles 'Darkside Mix' is beautifullly melodic and colours the original's minimal sketch with shimmering rides, a depth charged bassline and a kick that would break your shinbone like a stick of celery. Canada's Fred Eve...
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Adapter - Synthetic EP - (Get Physical)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 House
I cannot wait to play this beautiful EP out – it ticks all my boxes for dark tech wonkiness and makes me wriggle and giggle like a kid with a new toy. 'Pyramid' is a throbbing, pulsing, vibrating slab of speaker phreaking, dinky synth wonkiness that will rock any club to within an inch of its life. The bass is fearsome, the synths are sexy and the percussion will make you feel like Baloo scratching his back on that coconut tree in the Jungle Book. You will hear me play this in any dark, sweaty s...
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Lucio Malatoid - Excitement EP - (Malatoid Records)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 House
Fans of no frills, slick and synthetic tech house music that is dry and functional already know the work of Lucio Malatoid. He is an Italian who has been active for years, often working with his brother and releasing on his own eponymous label. Here though he flies solo and lays down one brand new regional that comes with three solid remixes from big name players. Malatoid’s original track is a slick, bubbling tech hose number with blasts of white noise, lumpy drums, rubber kicks and plenty of ...
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Cosmic Cowboys - Perseus - (Time Has Changed)

Monday, 29 June 2015 House
We’ve profiled the Time Has Changed label on these pages many times, long ago marking them out back then as a label of real distinction. The music on their latest comes from a relatively unknown quantity in Cosmic Cowboys, an Italian duo from Venice no less. A release that could well go down as the imprint’s best for some time, it’s got more than enough in its locker to suggest it’ll leave an impression wherever it’s let out of its cage. The title track, in original form at least, maintains a r...
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Monkey Brothers - Facades EP

Monday, 29 June 2015 House
We get off to a flyer thanks to the work of the title track, ‘’Facades’’. A bit weird but also a bit wonderful, it serves up a wonderful voyage through the cosmos that’s littered with intriguing tidbits. The female spoken-word vocal gives it a really unique voice, whereas the momentum of the skipping beats help it soar even further. Kiki’s remix drags it kicking and screaming further in the direction of the ‘floor, but for us, it’s hard to go against the original. ‘Front View’ reminds us that t...
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Alexic Rod - InComing - (Dichotomic)

Monday, 29 June 2015 House
Opening up the account is InComing. This one is a squelchy, bubbly house number with groaning synths, sweeping pads and bobbling drums that cannot fail to engage dancers from start to finish. The second cut is a more neon lit, rippling techno track with progressive ideas and some very well programmed drums and melodies. This is a fine way to mint your new label and the two tracks offered up prove Rod can make any sort of music with equally compelling results. If you are a breakbeat fan then you...
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Larry Peters & UMHO incl. Miguel Lobo, Daniele Casa - Character EP - (eMBi Music Limited)

Monday, 29 June 2015 House
Chilean DJ/producer Larry Peters has led a long and chequered history in the dance music domain, with many an expert label picking up on his talents over the years. His most recent endeavours see him turn his hand to producing for the eMBI Music Ltd imprint (the sister label of eMBI) - And the early signs would seem to suggest that he’s very much on the money once again here. The four-tracker starts off with the title-tack, Character’, which is a potent partystarter that makes sumptuous use of s...
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Ryan Crosson - On The Rise EP - (Visionquest)

Monday, 29 June 2015 House
The action gets underway thanks to the ethereal and hypnotic strands of ‘Cadets in Heat’. Full of foreboding motifs and intricate glares, it’s the sound of a producer who’s not afraid to mix it up once in a while. Title track ‘On the Rise’ is a spiky and unwavering piece of high-end tech house, whereas the curtain call, ‘D!!!’ (perhaps a homage to the producer’s hometown?) is more concerned with abrasive percussion and in-your-face vibes. All things told, this is very classy stuff indeed. If in...
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Marc Miroir - Let Me Go - (Remixes)

Monday, 29 June 2015 House
The first of these comes from NYC house don, Fred P, a man who needs no introduction to fans of classy house music in particular. Fred’s mix is just as you’d imagine: deep and classy, even though it’s actually more uptempo than we figured it might be. He draws on Bicer’s vocals only occasionally, but it’s the flair by which he adds the drums and manipulates the synths that really stand out and capture the imagination. Leo Cubanero’s mix takes a more direct approach, as he settles on a sound that...
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Dusky - Skin Deep - (17 Steps)

Thursday, 25 June 2015 House
Premiered as ‘Essential New Tune’ by Danny Howard, ‘Skin Deep’ is a nu-house bouncer with a bassline that drops like an anchor in the ocean. The looped lyric ‘you make you wanna turnaround, you make you wanna oooh’ is like a clarion call to the handbag circling massive and if the girls are on the floor, the boys will not be far behind. You’ll hear it blazing from the speakers of Citroen C2’s all summer. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {http://soundcloud.com/duskymusic/skin-dee...
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Disclosure Ft. Gregory Porter - Holding On (Gus Pirelli VIP) - (PMR / Island)

Thursday, 25 June 2015 House
As if Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’ has not been raved about enough, the Gus Pirelli remix that set their Facebook, website and the blogs that matter alight is now ready for release and what a dazzling disco ball it is. It’s got a growling bass guitar groove and a shiny, reflective top end that makes mirrored shades, turned up skinnies and espadrilles mandatory. It reminds me of Soft House Company’s ‘What I Need’ in the bassline region but it’s a slo-mo disco dance off that will kick up more sand th...
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Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique Ft. Maluca - Love Is Free - (Koniichiwa)

Thursday, 25 June 2015 House
Robyn is back with a beat banging, electro breaks booty bouncer that has already bagged Annie Mac’s ‘Best Single In the World’ accolade. It fits perfectly with all things Major Lazer, MO, Elliphant, Princess Superstar and Peaches. It’s rapped not sung, reminds me of very early Beastie Boys and is all about the outsized jewellery, crossed arms posturing, a huge roll of lino and a cowbell or two. Definitely one for the student union bar. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {http://s...
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Faithless 2.0 - Tarantula (Booka Shade) - (Atlantic)

Thursday, 25 June 2015 House
Acid house is certainly growing up. 7 albums and millions of album sales later, the mighty Faithless are celebrating their 20 years in the business with a remix album called Faithless 2.0 (of course) that features remixes from some of the great and good in every genre – from Avicii to Claptone to Tiesto to Rudimental to Flux Pavilion to … just about everyone worth their headphones, studio seat and usb stick. First up, my favourite Frankfurters, Booka Shade, take on the sprawling ‘Tarantula’ and ...
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Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Fantasy - (Full Hundred)

Thursday, 25 June 2015 House
I love me a bit of dream pop and Alina Baraz’s ‘Fantasy’ takes that template, adds some old skool funk pianos and glissando keys a la George Duke, raindrop synths, disco strings, breeze on a blade of grass percussion and a groove that could make even your grandparents start slow dancing, and a whispered vocal that is more enticing than high thread count egyptian cotton sheets. Add Pomo’s click-track and off-beat twitch dreamscape and Felix Jaehn’s uptempo and vibrant, tropical house work out and...
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Stromae - Carmen (Handsome Habibi Remix) - (Vangarde Music)

Thursday, 25 June 2015 House
I make no secret of how much I like Stromae – his particular brand of clipped french spoken word / rap layered over an impressive array of musical styles has earned him a loyal following and constant radio playlisting for practically the last decade. ‘Carmen’ takes Bizet’s opera classic and raves it up with whip-cracking beats and rave synths. It’s an encore track par excellence and proves once again that Stromae is definitely the best thing to come out of Belgium since moules et frites avec may...
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