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Various Artists - Body Language 16: Francesco Tristano - (Get Physical)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Compilations
Francesco Tristano certainly gets about as a performer, moving effortlessly between the edges of classical, jazz, techno and house. What might not be common knowledge is that he is just as adept when playing records, bringing his different hats together for a couple of sets that work really well. Joe Zawinul freshens up the start of the mix with ‘The Harvest’, and from then on we hear tracks from either Tristano himself or his colleagues, The nagging piano of ‘Amnesie’, a collaboration with Luci...
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P-Ben - Influence - (Motech)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
P-Ben is a producer and DJ from the South of France, and some of the Mediterranean-facing warmth comes through on ‘Influence’, his debut long player. He is clearly well schooled in house and techno of the Chicago and Detroit variety, and here he has come up with a really satisfying album. With not much padding, he uses a relatively minimal approach that is both confident and punchy, packed with great basslines and riffs. The brooding soundscape and broken beat of ‘Fifteen Years’ work well, while...
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Fink - Horizontalism - (R'Coup'D)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
Fink has always had a penchant for dub, expressed mostly through his Sideshow alias on Aus Music – but his own songs often carry echoes of the style too. So it makes good sense to come up with a collection of dub plates drawn from the ‘Hard Believer’ album, and they are every bit as personal as the songs themselves, making for an atmospheric and heat-soaked listen. With some of this music the listener dare not even drop a pin, when the likes of ‘Looking Too Close (So36 Dub)’ bristle with tension...
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Grasscut - Everyone Was A Bird - (Lo Recordings)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
For their third album Grasscut have relocated from Ninja Tune to Lo Recordings, and with it they bring a more subtle, live approach to their music. They also make it more ‘pastoral’, taking inspiration for the album from the Mawddach Estuary in Wales as well as natural locations in East Sussex and on the South Downs. The listener can hear the outdoors both in the vocals and the instrumentation, with more of a boy-girl dynamic to the former that works well thanks to guest vocals from Elisabeth Ny...
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Netherworld - Zastrugi - (Glacial Movements)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
This is the first in the ‘Iceberg’ series from Glacial Movements, who are inviting artists to provide aural descriptions of icebergs in the form of an album. Now that may sound like an impossible task, but Glacial Movements artists have always carried striking descriptive powers, and so it is with label owner Alessandro Tedeschi, recording as Netherworld, whose ‘Zastrugi’ album takes place over just five tracks. There is an underlying menace to this music, with restless beats that are not dancea...
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John Foxx - London Overgrown - (Metamatic)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
In his music John Foxx often details his relationship with cities. He hears what you and I might term ordinary everyday sounds as though they were music (technically they are!) and from that starting point of inspiration he can create either musical snapshots or full blown stories. London Overgrown is the product of three decades of documenting elements of England’s capital city, and how it has become overgrown – and not in the right way. Foxx’s wish is that we should let the green spaces assume...
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Digitonal - Beautiful Broken - (Just Music)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
It is a while since we heard from Andy Dobson’s Digitonal, but for him this is because of a lack of pressure to align himself to any particular ‘scene’. This attitude is wholly in keeping with his music, which unwinds instinctively and with a sense of ease that the best chill out acts have. Digitional is much more than just background music, mind, for in tracks like ‘We Three’ Dobson shows his classical sensibilities are still very much at the forefront of his thinking, as the attractive piece b...
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Hot Chip - Why Make Sense? - (Domino)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
There is just no stopping Hot Chip, whose urge to write music is as strong as ever – and brings them a sixth studio album. There is no need for them to change their winning formula but there are some successful variants on their soft centred dancefloor fillers here. The heart of the album is the thoughtful ‘White Wine and Fried Chicken’, which may well bring a tear to the eye, while ‘Need You Now’ is the band at their most vulnerable. As ever Hot Chip at their most effective when shifting toward...
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Roisin Murphy - Hairless Toys - (Pias)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Albums
With one of the most eagerly awaited albums of the year, Roisin Murphy marks her return from the wilderness after eight years. After an initial listen you could be forgiven for thinking ‘Hairless Toys’ is a relatively reserved affair, but gradually the album gives up its inner treasures over repeated listening. Murphy’s vocals are understated – not many encounters with the glitterball here – but there is a real tension on tracks like ‘Evil Eyes’, which opens out with wide synths in the chorus an...
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Daniele Baldelli & DJ Rocca - Kachiri EP - (Nein)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
UK based record label Nein Records are currently taking Europe by storm with head honchos Ian Considine and Neil Parnell taking there early foundations to another level by dropping the very best in underground artists. Setting up a blanced roster of up and coming international talent as well as established legends. Here they purveyor the latest alliance between two of Italy's finest, Daniele Baldelli & DJ Rocca. Their new Kachiri Remix EP features an amazing variation of six incredible mixes...
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20 Years of Henry Street Music – The Definitive Collection – (Henry Street Music / BBE)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Compilations
Celebrating Johnny D’ Mario’s Henry Street Music comes this timely release some twenty years since the labels inception. And as if you needed reminding the imprint formed one of the key cornerstones of House Music in the 90’s with its importance still very much reverberating today. To put that in some context this compilation amounts to a total of five cd’s packed full of epic, hard-hitting grooves that have certainly secured the test of time. The who’s who of producers from the era all deliver ...
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Piscean Group - Saint Louis Strut – (R2 Records)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Returning after an eight year break the super funky sounds of the Piscean Group once again grace the airwaves with a feast of snazzy sounds produced by Osunlade. Also providing a taster of the forthcoming album this is more than enough to wet your taste buds as the title track blasts out a cool amalgamation of Horns, punchy bass guitar and shuffling drums all of which make for head-nodding pleasure. If you’re lucky to get hold of the limited edition 7” single then you will find the even better ‘...
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Shaun Reeves and Tuccillo - Seclusion EP – (Visionquest)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Bang on the money as the duo deliver cool Acid infused grooves alongside jazzy meandering synths that lend this both high impact and an additional melodic flavour setting the production apart from the crowd. Indeed the title track ‘Seclusion’ hits more than enough uplifting notes in the process while very much retaining its underground essence. ‘Elephant’ then digs that bit deeper with commanding syncopated drums and likewise a more playful nature to the instrumentation, leaving the Dorian Paic ...
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Slurrp - Funky Peeples EP – (Extended Play)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Belfast’s premium label returns with the insanely funky ‘Peeples EP’ from new artist Slurrp. The title track is a furiously addictive slice of House Music that combines not so delicate jazzy keys and warped samples along with harsh drums and killer vocal hits. ‘Tuff Love’ on the other hand sequences no nonsense Acid lines together with brutal beats and big-time piano to sound, well, Big-Time! ‘Hard Luck Our Chuck’ completes the adventure with further inescapably heavy drums and creative attitude...
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Alex van Ratingen - Apartment Figueretas – (LOOT)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
A curious and totally compelling production from Alex van Ratingen who fuses tastefully echoed piano lines together with shuffling percussion and a sense of anticipation which pays off mid-sentence via a splash of blurred synthesizers warming up the mood. The one and only remix comes care off Dana Ruh who injects extra energy into her version with a series of sizzling hi-hats and mysterious feeling deep chords which soon find their way into a blissful amalgamation of piano and voices. 4 out of ...
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Niko Maxen – Risk Taker EP - (Shadow Sanctuary)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Three brand new cuts from the Leeds based DJ/ Producer drive this release into distraction via a cleverly, crafted blend of exciting off-the-wall sounds and ideas. You can’t help but fall for, ‘The Ol' Boy’ with its risk taking sound FX which combine with effortlessly funky percussion and gritty stabs that make perfect sense in the moment. Dexter Kane provides a notable remix by injecting some more musical movements into the arrangement alongside classic Detroit styled basslines. Next, ‘Entwinem...
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Balance presents Fur Coat – (Balance Music)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
However you want to look at it the Barcelona-based duo enviably produce another fine line in funky electronic music this time for the Balance series, which indeed also acts as their first official compilation. Beginning with exotic atmosphere’s that soon expand across the horizons with tensions heightening and a selection of rhythms typified by the excitement of the Âme remix of Akabu’s anthemic ‘Phuture Bound’ the collection of music is nothing short of generally inspiring and first rate. From ...
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Discodelia feat. Rock Serling Title - Centipede - (Voyeur Music)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Discodelia has long since harbored a propensity for flavoursome house textures, so in that respect this latest collaboration with the unique vocal talents of Rock Serling is an obvious combination of two fledgling outfits . They do so as part of Voyeur’s latest, which is a seismic release that’s sure to go down a real treat on numerous dancefloors this summer season. The original is a beguiling slice of sun-drenched goodness entitled “Centipede” Shimmying from side-to-side and picking up dazzli...
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Thee Cool Cats & Lee M Kelsall - Thee Corner - (Altus Project)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Lee M Kelsall is a British producer whose name you might recognise from his work at Hot Waves, MEXA and JEUDI Records to name but a few. Thee Cool Cats is a production outfit from Mexico, so how this one came together we’re not sure. Even so, it’s a really strong package with a killer sample that’s sure to win fans from all sections of the electronic music spectrum. The original track, Thee Corner, is a whispy and seductive slice of house music that’ll go down a treat on Balearic shores. Taking...
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Leftwing & Kody - One Nation - (Lost Records)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Leftwing & Kody’s stock has risen considerably in recent times, and much of that is attributable to their sterling work at their home label, LOST Records. And so it is that the fledgling production outfit return to the label for an outing that’s bumper-packed with good vibes from start to finish. Entitled the One Nation EP, this is a gratifying listen for house heads from the off. We get going with ‘’One Nation’’ itself, which is a real rollercoaster of a ride. Full of cosmic hues and old-sc...
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