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Jarreau Vandal - Be Alright - (Soulection)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
Jarreau Vandal further secures his place at the vanguard of the ‘new producers to watch’ charge with his ‘Be Alright’ EP. He effortlessly demonstrates his consistency and creativity with his unique brand of psychedelic electronica and rich, soulful productions. The title track ‘Be Alright’s is a dirty week ender with fortified grooves, gravity drop keys and bass line and soaring arpeggiated synth hooks that take you to a steamy, intimate place. The vocal has a lazy hip hop drawl ‘We gon be alrig...
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Various Artists - Fabric 83: Joris Voorn - (Fabric)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 Compilations
Joris Voorn’s new mix for Fabric is like a piece of musical patchwork, with 60 tracks sewn together in the course of his set, and the elements from as many as seven recordings coinciding on one single track. The multi-layered approach is a very effective one though, and gives the impression of a 3D listening experience. From the start things get very floaty, but Voorn is not afraid of bringing in some more acidic material, as the four-way combination of Monobox’s ‘Realm’, Tadeo’s ‘Deep Space’, R...
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Lee Bannon - Pattern Of Excel - (Ninja Tune)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 Albums
As far as I can tell, this album from Lee Bannon, the last to be released under his own name apparently, is not about the Microsoft program and a series of data that he’s been working with. Instead it sounds like a group of fragmented thoughts have been rounded up to sit on a long player, where their moods vary considerably to form a strange, incoherent whole. And yet the approach is a successful one, because the fragments Bannon uses Starts atmospherically with the slow burning Artificial Stasi...
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Drinks - Hermits On Holiday - (Heavenly)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 Albums
If you’ve been following the career of Cate Le Bon you will know this prolific singer / songwriter has an unpredictable streak that marks her out as somebody unique. Not many people can sing their own relatively introverted songs while managing a guest slot with the Chemical Brothers! Le Bon can though, and here she teams up with Tim Presley – who is an equally flexible musical spirit, having worked with The Fall and Ty Segall as well as on his own. When the two come together as DRINKS their mus...
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Julio Bashmore - Knockin' Boots - (Broadwalk Records)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 Albums
Julio Bashmore – aka Matt Walker – takes house music back to its first principles, and his approach makes ‘Knockin’ Boots’ an entertaining and extremely danceable album. With a seemingly inexhaustible supply of hooks, vocal snippets, funky basslines and bouncy beats he definitely puts the ‘fun’ back in funky – as anyone hearing ‘What’s Mine Is Mine’, the Van-Helden aping ‘She Ain’t’ and the maddening loops of ‘Bark’ will testify. There is a sensitive side, too – ‘Holding On’, featuring Sam Dew, ...
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Manoo – Electronikart – (TRIBE Traks)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
Announcing the beginning of Zepherin Saint’s Tribe Records brother/ sister label is this blisteringly hot production from Manoo. Sequencing intense tribal beats together with shimmering synth lines this explosive arrangement is also contrasted nicely with emotive keys adding spice to the groove. The ‘Da beat Dub’ version then breaks it all down to the drum essentials highlighting the sassy percussion to full effect, while leaving a kick-drum free ‘Ambient Mix’ to end high on atmosphere completin...
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Defected Gets Physical Mixed by DJ T. and Luke Solomon – (Defected Records)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
Sometimes you may wonder just how Defected have managed to retain their reputation for classy, occasionally classic Dance music over the past number of decades now. A question which I guess answers itself when you listen to the likes of this latest mix from DJ T. and Luke Solomon. The music remains on the pulse and for me sets its own agenda that doesn’t shy away from a sense of musicality, while also hitting hard where needed. The Gets Physical co-founder kicks off in deep style and then lifts ...
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Womack & Womack - Love Wars / Radio M.U.S.C. Man: Special Edition – (Cherry Red Records)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 Soul / Funk
Celebrating two albums from Womack & Womack’s classic canon this joint re-release from Cherry Red spells out the duo’s sultry, soulful appeal all over again. ‘Love Wars’ was a huge hit at the time, back in 1983, and appears here along with its Extended and Instrumental versions for good measure. However, in retrospect the remainder of the album speaks even louder to today with the shuffling, funky grooves of ‘Express Myself’ and timeless ‘Baby I’m Scared Of You’ sounding particularly stunnin...
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Various Artists - Total 15 - (Kompakt)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 Compilations
The annual round-up of all things Kompakt is always worth catching, a point in the electronic music calendar that is reassuring by its presence – and by its continued quality. Each time their formula of rounding up the last 12 months and adding in a healthy number of exclusives seems to work really well. This time the newly available tunes are from Michael Mayer, Jürgen Paape, Wassermann and Superpitcher, whose ‘Freiherr’ is a distinctive and strangely effective blend of recorders. Mathias Aguay...
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Various Artists - Cocoon Ibiza: Mixed By Dana Ruh & Tini - (Cocoon)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 Compilations
Cocoon’s annual celebration of the White Isle comes courtesy of two nicely contrasted mixes from Dana Ruh and tINI, the aim to capture a Monday night in Amnesia. Dana Ruh’s mix is hot and sweaty, with some really nice melodic elements that float through FunkE’s ‘WuWei’ onwards, until Agnes’ ‘Who Cares’ toughens up the four to the floor beats with a more basic approach. Closing out the mix is Nicuri’s wonderful ‘Holding The Four Winds’, where you can practically feel the sea spray on your face! T...
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C Duncan - Architect - (Fatcat)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 Albums
If you’re after something that has a Balearic flavour, may I heartily recommend this new singer-songwriter album. Chris Duncan is very much a one man band, recording from his Glasgow bedroom studio, and building up a richly coloured template as he does so. The songs he writes are lyrically profound and benefit from gorgeous harmonic twists at their centre, as they do in the wonderful songs ‘Novices’, ‘For’, ‘Garden’ and ‘Silence And Air’. There are shades of much older songwriters here – a bit o...
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The Black Dog - Neither/Neither - (Dust Science Recordings)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 Albums
If anyone ever says to you that there is no thought going in to electronic music, just pass them on to The Black Dog. Their latest release ‘Neither/Neither’ is completely responsive to the way we live today, an age where propaganda and information saturation are at an all-time high, even for us here in the UK. So how to respond to that musically? ‘Neither/Neither’ is very clearly set out, beginning with oppressive but beat-free textures, the sheer weight of the cloudy sounds weighing heavy on th...
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Faded. & Marcu Andrei - Hustle Def Renders EP – (Embi Music)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 House
This hypnotic, haunting production from Faded. & Marcu Andrei feels almost picture perfect across the nine minutes of engaging music. Combining an ambient presence of human voices in the background while delivering deep, probing House Music to the fore, ‘De La Inceput’ creates its own story convincingly with almost inaudible speech and rich musical layers of atmosphere combining. The first of two remixes comes from M.F.S: Observatory who lend it all a tougher edge and then from Nicola Romeo ...
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Tim Deluxe - Tryin’ Find A Way – (Strictly Rhythm)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 House
Add the words Jazz and House and you’ve got my hooked, in theory. But what Tim Deluxe does with the two base elements is conjure something fresh while revealing an emotionally charged music that defies the timeline of fashions. You’ll spot various influences contained within the breezy blasts of muted Trumpet but also within the tight, repeating Deep House rhythms which breathe life and context back into the genre. Two versions on offer with both feeling equally excellent with the additional mus...
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Seascape featuring Renn Washington - Show Me – (Room Control Records)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 House
These days it takes something to be just that bit special when it comes to the more soulful variety of House for the music and song to really stand out. And that’s most certainly the case here as Renn Washington’s heart-warming vocals weave their magic across the hot pulsating electronic grooves which lend this great production a tastefully contemporary touch. However, an Instrumental is also available as indeed is a ‘Reprise’ to let you soak up all that emotive goodness drum free. 4 out of 5 ...
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Beesmunt Soundsystem - Raindance – (Pets Recordings)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 House
Meant to bring this gem from David van der Leeuw and Luigi Vittorio Jansen to you a while back but just in case you haven’t already this then please do so. The title track, ‘Searchin’ feels nervous yet reassuring via its crisp and addictive drum machines which sound fashionably classic and therefore suitably contemporary. Aided by the title as the yearning vocal line plus fiery snare splashes this is stripped down and essential House Music. Borrowed Identity supply the remix turning it around wi...
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Pablo Sanchez - 'Easy Out' (Moodmusic)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 House
This four tracker is on some deep ish, providing some wondrous synth heavy house grooves. The original from Sanchez is perhaps the pick of the cut, a slowly developing track that is meticulously crafted and properly delivers at it's apex with an italo twist. Remix wise both Patlac and Baldo do a decent enough job if ever so slightly conventionally, but Sasse delivers the goods by staying faithful to the original yet offering you a different route your set - think pace builder as opposed to the r...
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Cubicolor 'Down The Wall' EP (Anjunadeep)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 House
This four tracker on the ever surprising Anjunadeep is a classic football cliche; a tale of two halves. Both 'Down the Wall' and 'Cage of Lovwe' are well produced and by no means bad, they just don't have the immediate appeal the other two offerings do, so it's our advice to head straight for them. 'Clime' seems pretty nondescript till an absolute monster of a synth line kicks in, mournful to the point where you can imagine it soundtracking an extra terrestrial wake. Then 'Musicians' has an Asi...
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Marcel Lune - Sounds From The Desert Gully L.P (Studio Rockers)

Thursday, 13 August 2015 Albums
Glitchy upstart Marcel Lune has made a bit of a name for himself already in the right fields, with fans of shimmering synths and stuttering drum patterns already aware of his playful sonics. He's knocked out an album on London label Studio Rockers with an offering that feels a like summer with it's overarching charm and hazy vibe, although the stop start beats are probably closer to the reality of what it's meant for us here in the UK sadly. The weather eh? Although he's done very well to craft...
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Various Artists - Underground Sound Of Ibiza Series 2 - (Bedrock)

Friday, 07 August 2015 Compilations
A second series for the successful Underground Sound Of... and a set of three discs or one continuous mix that takes the party from 2am forward past 8am. Listening to all three back to back is the recommended way to go, as you get a strong sense of continuity between the three, and an idea of the ebb and flow the best mixes can have. The roll call is strong, starting with Omid 16B’s ‘Heart of Silence’ and including Charlie May, jozif (‘Tell Me, Sell Me) and Dave Angel’s ‘Nightwalker’. As night t...
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