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Alex Adair - Make Me Feel Better - (Promo)

Thursday, 07 August 2014 House
With its heart to heart soulful vocal loop with male and female answer-backs singing ‘To make me feel better, so let’s stay together’, wavering, carnival glockenspiel euphoria, classic piano house chords and a feelgood factor that translates beautifully to daytime radio, Alex Adair’s ordered. Take it once, four times a day until your love for it has run its course. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Zone 2 - The Chymical EP - (Favouritizm)

Thursday, 07 August 2014 House
House heads Neil Pierce and Chris Samba, join together to create the new production team, Zone 2, keeping it underground with 2 sublime house cuts with their debut 'The Chymical EP' on Favouritizm. 'Black Coal' is a bouncy house outing, armed with hypnotic soulful vocal and marimba hooks over jackin beats. Whacking up the Deep thermostat to 11, is the old school house vibed 'Wonderland' (ft Ziggy Funk on keys!) - a mesmerising groove that oozes with atmosphere for the floor armed with lush synth...
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Buff & Lean ft Chantelle Rowe - I'm Coming (Back) - (Curious)

Thursday, 07 August 2014 House
Buff & Lean marks the return of UK Soulful House champion Sir Piers, who teams up with KZNZK from Brazil to deliver the first fruits of their new collaboration, 'I'm Coming (Back)' featuring stellar vocalist Chantelle Rowe! 'I'm Coming (Back)' is an honest story of love, loss and a strong spirit of returning to where one's heart belongs, It features heartfelt vocals frm Chantelle over a lush 80's tinged soulful groove, giving a wink to Diana Ross. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Ratha Gud...
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Various Artists - 15 Years of Robsoul Recordings – Volumes 1, 2 & 3 - (Robsoul Recordings)

Thursday, 07 August 2014 Compilations
To mark their 15 years, Phil Weeks' Robsoul label release a commemorative anniversary 3 volume compilation, each volume concentrating on different period from the label's superb back catalogue : Vol 1: 1999 – 2004, Vol 2: 2005 – 2009 while the final instalment brings us right up to date covering 2010 - 2014. This album is an absolute must have for all underground house heads and features tracks from Robsoul stars including DJ Sneak, Paul Woolford, JT Donaldson, Joss Moog, Mike dunn, David Duriez...
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Various Artists - Jesse Saunders Presents The 30th Anniversary Of House Music - (Good For You Records)

Thursday, 07 August 2014 Compilations
The founding father of House Music, the man responsible for one of the 1st ever house productions, Jesse Saunders, joins the Good For You Records crew. 'Jesse Saunders Presents The 30th Anniversary Of House Music', compiled and mixed by Jesse and GFY label's Kenny Summit, is a milestone for House fans. This bumper package boasts 2 hours of dance floor heat from seminal house heads Eric Kupper, DJ Meme, Inaya Day, Chuck Love, Terrence Parker, Ross Couch and many more, alongside dance-floor gems f...
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Hannah Wants With Christian Lorenzo Ft. Janai - Signs - (Ultra)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
UK’s Rinse FM resident and UK female dj extraordinaire, Hannah Wants makes her assault on the charts and the EDM uber-fraternity with a deep house / progressive hybrid that is set to put a rocket underneath her already soaring profile. Janai’s soaring vocal is smoky and seductive, the keys shimmer and tickle the hairs on the back of your neck whilst the bassline courses through it all like blood through your veins. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/thump/hannah-wa...
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The Aston Shuffle - Tear It Down (NEW_ID Remix) - (Axtone)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
NEW_ID return with a gruff, grand remix of The Aston Shuffle’s ‘Tear It Down’. It builds like a new city via its rolling beats, whooshing white noise and effects and a raw sounding synth guitar, then hello, sweet resolve as the soothing male vocal cuts through it all like an angle grinder through concrete. A solid release and another great remix from NEW_ID. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Martin Volt & Quentin State - Rush - (Protocol)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
Now signed to Protocol, it’s clear that it’s time for youngster Martin Volt to step up to bat with the big boys. ‘Rush’ is about as big as it gets with skittering, whip cracking effects, demolition beats and a synth melody that hooks you like a tuna through the mouth. If you can imagine riding the waves in Australia, before doing the slopes in Gstaad then rock diving in Brazil before going home for your tea and doing it all over again, then you have the measure of it. It’s the perfect accompanim...
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Arno Cost & Norman Doray - Strong - (Size Records)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
It’s been a long time since two of our favourite frenchies, Norman Doray and Arno Cost, released a collaboration but now they are back in full effect with the Pete Tong supported ‘Strong’. It’s a guitar driven, pounding slice of disco infused EDM with enough vocal and lyrical sweetness to make any crowd sing a long. It has Daft Punk rock opera, synth dramatics, soaring EDM effects and a feelgood factor of 10. I smell a crossover hit for Arno and Norman that will better Magenta’s performance. 4 ...
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Thomas Schumacher - You In Me - (Noir Music)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a techno waveform then you need wonder no longer. Let Thomas Schumacher’s ‘You In Me’ rearrange your molecules and transform you into a series of compressed and rarefactioned vertical lines, waves and coils of varying lengths and frequencies. The strings and bassline ratchet up the pressure, pushing and pulling you into and out of its swirling vortex until you’re dancing like the last spoon in the largest sink of life as the plug is pulled out. Yo...
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Marc Ashken - Lupine - (Spilt Milk)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
Marc Ashken’s ‘Lupine’ is almost too lovely for words: it’s sexy, hypnotic and driving with a shot of adrenaline direct to the heart. ‘Squat’ is a non stop, drums driven, techno groove that will have you tramping a disco furrow deep enough to plant a year's supply of purple potatoes. ‘Lupine’? It’ll have the under and overwolves howling at your disco door. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Waze & Odyssey With R. Kelly - Bump N Grind 2014 - (Epic)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
My mind’s telling me no … but my body, my body is telling me yes … Waze & Odyssey return to the fray with’Bump N Grind 2014’ a bona fide club banger and a sure fire chart hit. The R Kelly vocal drops twice and to staggering dramamtic effect, the skippy garage build is quickly underpinned by MK’s ‘Dub Of Doom’ of The Nightcrawlers ‘Push The Feeling On’, some razor sharp vocal clips and that’s all you need for your dancefloor to become a hands-in-the-air puppet show of the highest order. It’s ...
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Copy Paste Soul - The Fall (Inc Laurent Garnier Remix) - (2Swords)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
Copy Paste Soul release ‘The Fall’ EP a gourmet selection of house / rave / techno influenced future classics. Re-released for your delectation, ‘The Fall’ is a Larry Heard reminiscent treat. ‘The Reverend’ is a killer preacher prompted groove, then Laurent Garnier's remix of ‘Fall’ is a string laden Detroit sounding opus that will sound as large in your headphones as it will in a festival or the Rex, Paris. Excellent stuff. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/bassl...
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Bob Barker - Broken Labour EP - (Catch)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
British newcomer Bob Barker might maintain a pretty elusive front, but clichés aside, he's an individual who'd much rather let the music do the talking. And when they're as impressive as they are here, that's a fair deal for all involved. His latest then, comes to light on Catch Recordings, a similarly burgeoning label with a propensity for unusual and discerning sounds. The Broken Labour EP kicks off with ''Rondel'', an ominous slice of ghoulish house that's notable for its pulverizing acid-lin...
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Adrian & Georgi Barrel - Back2BassKicks - (sinnmusik)

Monday, 04 August 2014 House
If you like a bot of feel good, well-sampled and classically inclined house that skips like a nursery school girl, this new EP from the sinnmusik label is for you. Behind it are producers Adrian (Barcelona based, Dutch born producer) & Georgi Barrel (a German talent who holds down resident DJ duties at ARM) and between the experienced duo they invent three firing tracks that any decent DJ needs in his bag. There is plenty of skippy soul, space age squelchy funk and bass line driven goodness ...
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Various Artists - Cocoon Ibiza Mixed By Mathias Kaden And Popof - (Cocoon)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Compilations
Cocoon Ibiza is now 15 years old – and the label have always scored highly by documenting their forthcoming Mediterranean adventures at the start of every summer. Here they do so with the help of Mathias Kaden and Popof, two DJs who will be on the island a lot this summer, and who serve up the tech house and electro that are best associated with them. Tech house, of course, does not always have a great press – so it’s good to report that Kaden doesn’t mess around, working the bell like chimes of...
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Various Artists - Ralph Lawson - Content - (2020 Vision)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Compilations
Ralph Lawson should be commended for his achievements with 2020 Vision, who have now clocked up an impressive 20 years as a label – which in dance music terms is several lifetimes. Lawson is of course a highly respected DJ himself, so who better to put together his own label’s anniversary compilation? As it turns out it’s the first of these three discs that is mixed, while the other two offer a selection of rarities and newer tracks, suggesting the label has a lot more legs in it yet – which of ...
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Various Artists - Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound - (Soul Jazz)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Compilations
Unless you’ve been on a different planet, you might have noticed a certain event taking place in Brazil lately – but the World Cup has been a great platform for Brazilian music, pushed forward on the radio by the likes of Gilles Peterson. Soul Jazz have a formidable catalogue in this area too, and this document of a concept album from the Tropicalia movement from 1968 works as a brilliant complement to their compilation under the same name. The leading artists of the movement are all involved, h...
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Various Artists - Studio One Dancehall - (Soul Jazz)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Compilations
A simply wonderful collection of dancehall records that implores you to throw the windows wide open. The compilation spans Studio One’s dancehall period, including a number of rare singles that have been thoughtfully compiled, as they always seem to be by Soul Jazz. Ernest Wilson bookends the set, kicking off with the brassy ‘Why Oh Why’ and ending with the slightly sorrowful ‘Pick Them Up’. In between, the ‘Haunted House’ of Windel Haye has a delicious touch of the macabre and the Brentford Dis...
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Matthewdavid - In My World - (Brainfeeder)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Albums
What is it like to inhabit the world of Matthewdavid? If the picture on the front of ‘In My World’ is anything to go by, it’s a blissful place of peace and love – which comes across in his music, although ‘In My World’ is a good sight more energetic than his first album ‘Outmind’. Here we find him in a kind of skewed R&B, with squiggly synth lines and airy sound pictures that often come across as a radio transmission, with appealing fuzz and atmospherics to boot. Singing Flats does a neat li...
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