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Teenage Mutants - Barbès (Suara)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
If you like the disco funk, ‘Barbès’ is going to make your booty wiggle like there’s no tomorrow.  Clicky edits, clave hits, a hypnotic glockenspiel melody, looped pads, weirded out vocal prompts and strummed guitars all add to the general trippy, dippy nature of the beast.  Take it on a picnic.  Thank me later.3/5 Paulette...
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Copy Paste Soul - Pong Ep (Suara)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
I love me a bit of Copy Paste Soul.  They just work for me when I want to tear up a tech house floor. So what about this Pong EP ?  If you liked Paul Woolford’s now classic ‘Erotic Discourse’ then you have the measure of ‘Pong’s hard hitting acidics but add a swirling vocal and some manic zipped effects and you know it is going to make the finger-dancing peeeeeepul kerrrrraaazzzzeee. It’s just one of those indispensable additions to your usb arsenal. ‘ME1’ (in collaboration with Lunacy...
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Fatboy Slim - Love Lift Ft Macy Gray (Josh Butler Remix) (Skint)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
What a lovely little underground bubbler this is.  Fifteen years on and Fatboy Slim’s ‘Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars’ has been remastered for a deluxe reissue project with a slew of new, unreleased mixes to spruce it up for the 2015 collections and dancefloors.  Josh Butler takes the Fatboy and Macy collaboration, sprinkles it with shimmering fairy dust and a good dollop of sunshine and keeps it bouncing in perfect time for every outdoor beach and pool party it is played at....
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KDA - Rumble (Shadow Child) (White Label)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
It’s a bit Marmite this one but love it or hate it you can’t deny how damned catchy Shadowchild’s remix of KDA’s ‘Rumble’ is.  It rumbles, it rolls, it repeater rifles, it hits steel drums in a carnival whine and grind styley and itworks the floor like a beggar on a holiday mission.  It’s repetitive, it’s annoying and you will sing and shazam it every time you hear it.  If I were a label a&r I would pick this up while it’s going cheap.  It’s simple, effective and deadly.3...
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Holland Park Ft Liam Allan - Crime (Spinnin Deep)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
If you like to whistle while you work, rest or play then Holland Park’s ‘Crime’ is the perfect accompaniment to your activities. Take a plaintiff whistle hook, a low drawled folk vocal, catchy lyrics and a blazing sub bass line, swirl them all together in a mixdown that glows with the intensity of sunny delight and you know that this is going to be heard booming out of cars and speakers all summer.  Another chart bound hit for Spinnin Deep.4/5 Paulette...
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Mash - Cold September (Love And Other)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
Mash ‘Cold September’ is fast becoming one of my favourite beach and poolside sunshine tunes.  It’s got that sand in your speaker jack crackle, champagne cork pop snare, wavering keys and a melody line that makes the sun beam and blush with pride. The vocal is very Terence Trent D’Arby circa ‘Neither Fish Nor Flesh’ and the vibe is more addictive than ‘Breaking Bad’ and crystal meth rolled into one fat smoking musical joint and jam. Get it while you can, play it whenever you can.4/5 Paulett...
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Hector Coutu - Coming Back EP (Dftd)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
Skipping snares and a thudding kick characterize Hector Coutu’s ‘Coming Back’ a nu-garage outing with a space hopper trajectory that will have you bouncing around the dancefloor like a gas atom in a bell jar. ‘Detroit’ slithers on a dark bassline like a pole dancer covered in engine oil and to close ‘Lady Ragga’ is a skanking, uptempo cut perfect for whining up those waists and keeping those bootays in trim. It’ll keep your mix rolling.3/5 Paulette...
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Groove Armada - Little Black Book Ep (Moda Black)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
Groove Armada take their place at the Moda Black controls once more for a triple treat EP that makes the underground seem commercial.  ‘Alright’ is a diva prompted, filtered and bleeped groove that hits drive and chicanes its way into your personal space. ‘Push’ is a stripped down, tropical treat and to close ‘Final Shakedown’ is given the wAFF once over for a bit of full pelt, tech house rough and tumble. It’s a Swiss Army knife strength mix tool.3/5 Paulette...
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TV Noise - Tell Me (Fly Eye)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
Branded light sticks at the ready, TV Noise drop their Australian brand of dancefloor science for ‘Tell Me’ a breaks centred, sticky kick, pitched vocal, chant and whoop fest that has a nu house glint in its eye but when the drop hots it’s firmly pointed at the middle of Calvin, Aoki, Guetta et al’s edm peak time, festival dancefloors.  The ‘Tell Me’ vocal snip sounds like it was lifted from Christina Aguilera’s ‘Genie In A Bottle’ but I could be wrong. Pinpointing this alone will drive you...
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Disclosure - Holding On Ft. Gregory Porter (Island)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
So about that second Disclosure album… Things seem to be shaping up nicely for the boys with ‘Bang That’ already having featured on the DMC Buzz Chart and now here’s ‘Holding On’ featuring the Grammy winning gospel / soul / jazz singer in the business Mr Gregory Porter.  As tardis trips and productions go, it could be Kerri Chandler circa 1998/9 if you’re old or anorak enough and if you close your eyes very tightly. Fresh from his success with Claptone’s remix of ‘Liquid Spirit’, Gregory’s ...
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Rhythm Masters - Twenty Year Cycle (Dis-Funktional Recordings)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 House
Robert Chetcuti and Steve (Mac) McGuinness return once more to the peak time slash perfect for hugging the speakers in the dark corners fray. Roger Sanchez is a fan of ‘Twenty Year Cycle’ a spoken vocalled, biographical, tough talking, tech house roller with smooth deep synth washes and blazing bright 303 aciiiieeed house smileys bouncing up and through and around like you’re wobbling around in a hot and heavy hallucination before hometime.  It’s a brief history lesson that blends contrasti...
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LEFTFIELD - ALTERNATIVE LIGHT SOURCE (INFECTIOUS)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 Albums
So much has changed since Leftfield last had a record out, 1999's 'Rhythm And Stealth'. And yet 'Alternative Light Source' - apart from the fact it sees Neil Barnes on his own since the departure of Paul Daley - is comfortingly similar to 'Leftism'. In no way is that a bad thing, for one of the Nineties' most influential dance music albums still sounds like it was written last week - and in the case of 'Alternative Light Source' a number of the tracks look forward to future glories. Jason Willia...
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MATTHEW HERBERT - THE SHAKES (CAROLINE)

Thursday, 04 June 2015 Albums
A Herbert album release is never straightforward - and so here, as he appears on a major label for the first time, he does two things - returning to dance music in a long playing form for the first time in nine years, and releasing a film to accompany each of the tracks. The result is a suite of some of his very best songs, with two vocalists in particular - Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne and Ade Omotayo - who contribute warm, soulful and uplifting vocals. The best songs here are the powerful, chest pu...
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Pablo Marco & Hash Hendrex - Deja Vu (Cadenza Lab)

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 House
Time, sounds like it exits in another dimension though luckily Cadenza have secured its transmission across the airwaves in the present one. Expanded across some ten plus minutes this hauntingly, captivating piece of music creates a hypnotic amalgamation of atmospheric loops and vocal snippets that play out as surreal and life-affirming. It’s really not until the introduction of the driving hi-hat two thirds of the way through the arrangement that you come crashing back to reality. Either way, a...
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Art Department - Walls (Remixes) (No.19 Music)

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 House
Continuing with the theme of remixing independent album tracks from Art Department’s current long player, ‘Natural Selection’ is this latest instalment featuring the magnificent, ‘Walls’. First up is the version from DJ Tennis who alters the originals fizzy electronics for something a touch deeper and sounds all the more impressive for it. Extended to over ten minutes, yet still initially retaining those flourishes of edgy synth lines, are reverberating drum hits and emotive organic atmospheres ...
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Dan Ghenacia & Chris Carrier - Just A Sin (Adult Only)

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 House
Feeling distinctly X-Rated Dan Ghenacia & Chris Carrier’s smokin’ new grooves for Adult Only are of course just this side of first rate. Diego Krause attacks the title track with an edgy verve that sequences gritty beats together with dark, unrelenting layers of sound which does not leave a lot to the imagination. Meanwhile, the original version itself blends crisp, fiery 909 hi-hats, nagging synthesizers and throbbing bass into one excitable arrangement while not pausing for breath. Second ...
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Ricardo Tobar - Collection - (Cocoon)

Thursday, 28 May 2015 Albums
This is a really intriguing album. Chilean producer Ricardo Tobar clearly knows his dance music history but if anything he’s used that knowledge to make sure he creates something with a highly original approach. There is a wide range of percussive music here, some of it Latin-infused but all of it creating energy and good feeling. Tobar also uses some field recordings so that the sound picture pans out on occasion, which works really well in the start of a track like ‘There Is Pop’, which turns ...
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Jamie XX - In Colour - (Young Turks)

Thursday, 28 May 2015 Albums
The hotly awaited solo album from Jamie XX is here – and I’m pleased to say it is already setting itself up as one of the records to own this summer. This is because of his feel good approach to music, celebrating different cultures, styles and rhythms in a wonderful patchwork of ideas. Although it has a couple of inconsistent tracks, ‘In Colour’ has too many uplifting moments to get preoccupied with the detail. Jamie’s XX band mate Romy Madley Croft guests on the wonderful ‘Loud Places’, with i...
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Mennie - H.A.P.P.Y - (Exploited Ghetto)

Thursday, 28 May 2015 House
Don’t let ‘H.A.P.P.Y’s intro beats fool you, the keys glisten like raindrops on a blade of grass wavering on a synth and hot breath created breeze. It’ll put you in mind of long drives, picnics and barbecues so don’t forget the carbon, sausages or freshly chilled champagne and strawberries. ‘Harringbone’ is a late night jam, all thudding beats, slap happy claps and bass line drop that could leave a hole in a concrete floor. Heads down then. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {htt...
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Junior Jack - E-Samba (Christoph Remix) - (Pias)

Thursday, 28 May 2015 House
Rewind to 2003 and E-Samba was the sound of the summer gathering plaudits around the globe for its football / brazilian chanted samba magic. Now Christoph has given it the smooth, deep house arpeggiated once over it is ready to mine the underground. It’s a bleepy synth excursion with iron filings bouncing in the snares and hi hats that takes a good three and a half minutes to kick in but when the bass drops at the midway point you know there will be much one fingered dancing and waving of both w...
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