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Berkson & What - Seraphim / Firebird - (Modelmaker)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
Dan Berkson & James What announce new their brand new label, Modelmaker Records with this self-penned release. ‘Seraphim’ kicks off in a blaze of fiery drum machines and cool Detroit bass, add to that some moody synth lines and sparks fly on this great production. Next, ‘Firebird’ is the more Techno of the two with abrasive stabs and shuffling hi-hats giving the arrangement of sometime vocals and chiming keys extra strength. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton   {http://soundcloud.co...
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Coyu feat. Cari Golden - Profound Pleasure - Defected Records

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
Just like the title says this not only features Suara label boss Coyu but also the unmistakable tones of the excellent Cari Golden. It’s a sleazy House cut that builds the tension upon a killer bassline coupled with pounding drums which are then ripped apart by the Vanessa Daou styled dirty talk. However, if that all sounds too much then you can soak up the powerful instrumental all on its very own too. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton   http://soundcloud.com/defectedrecords/coyu-feat...
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Maher Daniel - A Call From Within - (No.19 Music)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
Another outstanding release from No.19 has Maher Daniel deliver what can best be described as a highly-charged exercise in tribal infused percussion, accompanied by a cascade of shimmering keys and effects. That said it is also a tension building arrangement of music that is both invigorating and excellent. A stunning set of remixes appear first from Martin Buttrich who adds some Acid attitude across two equally punchy versions including his first-rate Dub, plus from Subb-An whose Early Morning ...
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Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand - (Late Night Tales)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Compilations
Another brilliant release in the series this time sees Indie-Rockers with a Dance twist select a faultless compilation of classic’s and things that will love to hear new. It’s always intriguing to hear what influences a Band and this one take their cues from a diverse selection such as Can, Ian Dury, Zapp, and Lee "Scratch" Perry. Paul McCartney & Wings even pop up with, ‘Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five’ plus there is of course plenty of rocky numbers to keep the faithful happy including ...
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Nick Monaco - Mating Call - (Soul Clap Records)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Albums
People that say music isn’t as good as it used to be - Dance or otherwise - have got their heads stuck inside the past. This is a great album full of forward thinking possibilities complete with Nick Monaco’s provocatively soulful vocals, live instrumentation and sparkling technology. Whether that’s occurring on the summertime-esque ‘Ancient Ritual’ feat. Brandon Cain, or on the punchy rhythms of the proceeding, ‘BabyFace’ this long player isn’t afraid of tempting or teasing you. As a sentiment,...
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Various Artists - SLOUSE: Fishing In Slower Territories Compiled by Rainer Trueby - (Compost Records)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Compilations
SLOUSE is code for slowed down or slo-mo House, or indeed if you prefer House music that isn’t too fast. But whatever you like to call it the music contained here is an outstanding collection of deeper, sometimes jazzy, sometimes soulful, tunes that never shy’s away from telling it like is. From the tougher tones of Moonstarr’s very excellent, ‘C-Minus Particles’, via the delicious ambience of the Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt remix of The Blaxploited Orchestra ’The Pursuit’, through to the soug...
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Rustie - Green Language - (Warp)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Albums
It’s quite clear this was not a difficult second album experience for Rustie, who picks up where he left off in the heady energy of his ‘Glass Sounds’ debut. Here the sense of euphoria is just as keen, and Rustie is keen to establish a signature sound that brings together older, rave-derived loops and a new, more innovative approach to rhythm. Often Rustie will give the impression he is moving at great speed, but take the rhythm on its own and it hasn’t actually broken out into a full on sweat. ...
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Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl - (Anti)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Albums
It’s a bit of a shock to report that the latest Simian Mobile Disco album – their third album proper – is surprisingly easy to listen to. In fact it’s a daring move, for the authors of acidic party-starters like ‘The Hustler’ have mellowed their sound beautifully, their resultant style moving closer to the Orbital of ‘In:Sides’. This they have achieved with a much more live approach to their recording, using just a synth and a sequencer each as they look to make their music more organic. It work...
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Roman Flügel - Happiness Is Happening - (Dial Records)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Albums
It’s an interesting point to consider that it is hard to make good, quiet techno music. In some ways it feels like a complete contradiction saying that, because techno tends to be a form of dance music that gives you energy and momentum, but it is possible to make the join. Roman Flügel is a producer who does it brilliantly in his second long player, with some graceful pieces of music that perfectly complement more mechanical, driven sections. This is music of the small hours, where every slight...
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Slam Dunk'd - No Price - (Baked Recordings)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Arthur Baker launches his new label Baked Recordings with ‘No Price’ a sizzling, orchestrated 80s influenced slice of filtered disco house. The strings will turn any dancefloor into a mass of twirling disco dervishes whilst the vocal is a lip-synching, choreographed moment that needs to be dressed in velvet, sequins and satin. With Arthur’s experience and background there is no questioning the authenticity of the sounds, production or arrangement – in fact, I almost can’t see past the afros and ...
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Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS - Gold Skies - (Spinnin)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Already a big room monster, Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix and DVBBS ‘Gold Skies’ returns with an enormous anthemic, progressive slash trance slash kazoo propelled dutch house remix from Tiesto. Dubvision go the similar route but brighten it with some sparkly keys, harps and more a more joyous attitude. The surprise of the bunch is Redondo & Ferreck Dawn who deliver a deep, skippy, piano driven reworking with snipped and razored vocals that, once the bassline drops, is sexier than a weekend...
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Troye Sivan - Happy Little Pill - (Polydor)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
South African born, Australian actor and 19 year old and already viral darling of the blogs, Troye Sivan, releases his debut single for Polydor which is a polished yet moreish, bass drum-kicking, trip hop affair which has echoes and subtle tones of the song writing and vocal deliveries that keep Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, London Grammar, Sam Smith and cohorts at the top of the game and the top of the charts. The Casper Zazz remix works the carnival bamboo keys into the mix, pulling everything i...
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R3hab Ft. Trevor Guthrie - Soundwave - (Spinnin Records)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Here comes an anthemic singalong that is destined to open many an A-lister’s set for the coming months. This is R3hab at his most jubilant, uplifting synth pads, driving beats and a vocal that touches the audience like a waterpark wave on a giant Li-lo. It’s a frothy and foaming, aural amusement park that’s fun to surf on. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Groove Armada - You Got To - (Moda Black)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Groove Armada more than live up their name with ‘You Got To’ their latest release on Jaymo and Andy George’s rather spiffing label Moda Black. It’s an magic carpet jam that rolls out on an undulating bassline, following the smooth twists and turns signalled by the stacatto vocal snippets and soulful ‘You Got To … hurry’ moan. A gentle gear change and you’re lead boldly through a dense, evergreen piano house landscape until you reach the euphoric and final ‘dj’ prompted, podium-topping stop. It w...
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Micha Moor & Avaro - Kwago - (Staar Music)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
It’s time to join the marching band and blow Micha Moor and Avaro’s cornet, trumpet, trombone and tuba for all they’re worth, since ‘Kwango’ is a stomping, baton twirling, majorette’s wet dream. Joyful, jolly and keeps that annoyingly overused ‘so peak time it auses grievous aural damage’ screech and squeal to a minimum – which is probably why I like it even more. If you love your ears and like to feature something a bit more musical in your main room set then ‘Kwango’ has been made just for you...
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Mat Zo - The Up Down Left Right EP - (Mad Zoo)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Anjunabeats’ Matan Zohar launches his new label ‘Mad Zoo’ with a varied and funky double-sided stick-it-to-you-thon. First up, ‘Get Down 2 Get Up’ is a vocodered filtered disco cut up featuring new pop hopefuls ‘The Knocks’. It is effervescent and euphoric and bounces like a basketball in the NBA playoffs. ‘Left to Right’ is a bold, beat banging, frog chorus with wobbly effects and a buzzsaw bass that could shear through wood, concrete and metal with butterknife ease. Its high octane breaks atti...
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Denis Koyu - To The Sun - (Axtone)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
All the A-listers seem to be concerned with sun and sky – Guetta, Sander Van Doorn and now Denis Koyu offer up their odes to good weather ( and let’s face it, festival hook ups are always a lot more fun in the sun after all). Falsetto vocals, swathes of smooth synth washes, rat a tat military snares and a jolly, jump up party attitude are what sets this aside from other radio & BigTop bound EDM vocal offerings. Good for peak time sets. 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://sound...
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Knife Party - Resistance - (Big Beat)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Knife Party – those kings of moshpit mayhem – return with ‘Resistance’ – the first single to be lifted from the ‘Abandon Ship’ album and what a call to arms it is. Aggressive, gear grinding bassline sounds do battle with bone crushing beats and soaring effects to create a headrush matched only by an adrenaline filled hypodermic syringe planted dead centre of your heart. It’s a reanimator of the highest order. Resistance is futile. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com...
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Various Artists - John Morales Presents Club Motown - (Motown / Universal Music Catalogue)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Compilations
The title alone should be able to tell you if you need this release or not – because John Morales has come up with an exemplary selection of 12” cuts from the Motown catalogue that are fit for purpose for pretty much any dancefloor – and if they weren’t before then Morales, one half of the M+M mix team, has made them so. Easing in with Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett’s ‘Don’t Look Any Further’, he also works up some sax drive and a large dose of funk with the Extended M+M mix of Michael Lovesm...
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Puff Daddy & Guy Gerber - 11:11 - (Rumors)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Albums
Puff Daddy – P Diddy – or however he likes to be known at the moment – has quite a bit of previous with house music, as a producer and vocalist with the likes of Deep Dish and DJ Hell. Here he rubs shoulders with Guy Gerber on a substantial album that is probably best described as deep house – but which ticks a number of other Balearic boxes as well. These are powerful if slightly melancholic tracks, surprisingly downbeat in the mellow horns of ‘Floating Messiah’, or lush in the case of ‘I Hear ...
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