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Leā0 - Level Infinity - (Arteform)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
After releasing on labels like Robot Needs Oil, Grzegorz Ochman AKA Leão now gets picked up by the ever impressive and constantly impriving Arteform label for three more tracks of infectious and club ready tech house. Up first is the kinetic and well-driven jam that is lively, spritely and full of definition as it drives along on humid jazzy chords. ‘Flowers on the Wall’ is an ever-deeper affair with colourful melodic hooks, splashes of percussion and tightly interlocked drums. Fi...
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Stumbleline Feat. Violet Skies - Dissolver - (Monotreme)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 Albums
Peter Cooper’s first album as Stumbleine, ‘Spiderwebbed’, was notable for its barely concealed homage to shoegaze producers Robin Guthrie and Kevin Shields, but the Bristol-based producer added some well thought out beats to give it an essentially original feel. This collaboration with Violet Skies is very different, though, keeping the mastery of textures but bringing to it a vocal that is much closer to daytime radio – which in a sense removes much that is good about Cooper’s work. For the voc...
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Tobias - A Series Of Shocks - (OSTGUT TON)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 Albums
Tobias is reaping rich rewards as he explores a slightly more experimental side of techno, keeping his emphasis firmly on the rhythms but making some really appealing, intricate musical patterns in the process. These patterns concentrate on the darker side, but on tracks like the beatless ‘Entire’, a collaboration with Max Loderbauer that opens the album, it is possible to discern dazzling arrays of colour, shapes dancing before your eyes. At the other end of the scale is the driving ‘Ya Po’, wh...
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DJ 3000 - Besa - (MOTECH)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 Albums
Sometimes dance music gets overcomplicated – but not in the hands of DJ 3000, who makes a very satisfying blend of Detroit-based techno with a bit of deep house for good measure. DJ 3000 – aka Franki Juncaj – hails from the Motor City and clearly likes his Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson productions, but has more recently looked to Eastern Europe and the Middle East for inspiration. ‘Besa’, which is something of a love letter written on his return to his home city from Europe, keeps a bit of th...
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Lewis Fautzi - The Gare - (SOMA)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 Albums
Soma have always been a hotbed of new talent – they played a big part in the discovery of Daft Punk, after all! – and Lewis Fautzi is one of the very newest names on the block. One thing he definitely is not is a shrinking violet, for his productions are quick and uncompromising, confidently delivered and powerfully wrought. The stabbing synths of ‘Sick’ bear this out, as do the thumping kick drum and out of body atmospherics provided by ‘Hope’. The no nonsense track titles give a clue to Fautzi...
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A/T/O/S - A/T/O/S - (Deep MEDI)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 Albums
A/T/O/S stands for ‘A Taste Of Struggle’, and is represented by the duo of vocalist Amos and producer Truenoys. They make music that crackles with atmosphere and feeling, difficult to categorise but very easy to relate to emotionally. It helps that Amos has a terrific voice, very sultry but also with a vulnerability that recalls Martina Topley Bird at her finest. Truenoys’ production makes very interesting use of the beats, especially in a track like the edgy ‘Room’, topped off by the sultry ton...
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Boozoo Bajou - 4 - (Apollo)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 Albums
The press release for Peter Heider and Florian Seyberth’s newest record as Boozoo Bajou proclaims it to be ‘without question the record of their career’. It’s a bold statement – but it’s also right, for after a number of listens everything falls beautifully into place. First impressions can be so misleading, because there is so much more to this record than initially meets the ear – some wonderful subtleties of sound, melody and rhythm that can drift on the wind. Sometimes the listener might wel...
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Taiki & Nulight Feat Herve - IAEATD / Lost : - ( CHEAP THRILLS)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
IAEATD (It Ain’t Even About The Dough) is the sort of track that body snatches you whilst you sleep, replaces your spinal column and nervous system with cooked spaghetti then leaves you wobbling and swaying to its low-fi, break beat driven bass house. ‘Lost’ is a swaying and pulsing, bittersweet synth laden, deep house jam that koshes you from behind with a drum roll breakdown that transforms it into an out and out beat banger with a bassline that will drop your jaw like it’s been unhinged and l...
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Mark Knight - The Return Of Wolfy - (Toolroom)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
Already supported by Pete Tong and Danny Howard, Mark Knight’s ‘The Return of Wolfy’ is the sort of pumping progressive piano house track that makes you reach for Shazam without any embarrassment at all. It’s got a soundtrack-y feel but is a ‘tops off, tits out’ podium romp with choral vocals just to make sure you feel adequately blessed and baptised anew at Knight’s shining altar.   4/5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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Woz - Breathe EP - (Black Butter Records)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
Dancing … dancing … dancing … Janet Jackson’s ‘What have You Done For Me Lately’ has to have been inspiration – at last in part - for ‘Breathe’ since the ‘dancing till I thought I’d lose my breath’ lyric is surely or subconsciously finagled from there.  That’s the only similarity to it though since the track itself is a petulant, genre-defying thumpathon complete with snaking, retractable bassline, skittering snares, dark reverb and gripping parts. It’s heads down for the collars up, depth ...
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Ummet Ozcan - Raise Your Hands Up - (Spinnin Records)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
Raise Your Hands’ is a euphoric trance house / progressive  mammoth with a giant furry vuvuzela stuck to its trunk. It dances on its hind feet to all the big room tricks and slips, throws custard pies at unexpecting passers by and you will probably have super fun dancing to it at a foam party if you don’t lose your glasses in the slush. 3.5/5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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Gossling - Harvest Of Gold - (Columbia)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
If you like sherbet fizzy girly vocals served piping hot over your anti-gravity booted, downtempo piano house then look no further than Gossling’s ‘Harvest Of Gold’: it sticks in your head like pink cotton candy sticks to your fingers and you won’t be disappointed. 3.5/5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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David Guetta & Showtek Ft Yassy - Bad - (Jackback / Virgin EMI)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
This immediate Beatport number one is a surefire crossover chart hit for David Guetta and Showtek. Yassy’s hyper tweaked, vocals and Showtek’s stomping rousing beats welded to their supersized kazoo, Russian cossack melody hook make for a ‘lose it to this’ party track for any big room dj. Everything is in its right place here and the momentum is solid from start to finish.  It’s not bad. It’s excellent. 5/5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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London Grammar - Hey Now (Remixes) - Metal And Dust

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
London trio Dominic ‘Dot’ Major, Hannah Reid and Dan Rothman aka ‘London Grammar’ release a glittering goody bag of remixes of the anthemic single from their debut EP ‘Hey Now’. Hannah’s haunting, smoky vocals (packing the awesome combined force and beauty of Judie Tsuke, Florence Welch and Lana Del Rey) perfectly counterbalance Dot and Dan’s sublime instrumental melancholia to create their hymn to disaffected, emotional youth. Add a raft of remixes from Tensnake, KDA, Bonobo, Arty, Planet Of So...
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Elliphant - Revolusion - (Mad Decent)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 Electro
Mad Decent introduce Elliphant (Ellinore Olovsdoter), a new and exciting Swedish (aren’t they all these days) artiste who follows in the footsteps of MIA and Santigold stealthily delivering her searing, half sung / half rapped lyrics with attitude over Diplo’s uptempo, growling, rock meets doomsday dubstep. ‘Revolusion’ pepper sprays you with its annihilating rhythms, wailing sirens,  come-and-have-a-go handclaps and has a sub-bass that packs a meaner punch than Mike Tyson on crack. Viva la...
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Porter Robinson - Sea Of Voices (Rac Mix) - (Virgin / EMI / Astralwerks)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
80’s synth disco seems to be the way forward these days, and Porter Robinson’s dinky, glistening ‘Sea Of Voices’ is as good an example of any. Its silky, sylph-like vocals swim in and out of the synth swirls and swells like a mermaid sherpherding dolphins to safety in the pacific. It grows, swells, ebbs and flows beautifully and will have people kissing people they don’t even know and rubbing soft trousers just because they feel nice, the world over. It’s seems so simple but is a trained killer ...
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Andhim - Hausch (The Remixes) - (Get Physical)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
Two of my favourite German producer / dj outfits Andhim get the ‘Hausch’ remix treatment by Kolsch, George Morel and Durerstuben. The original is a slow burning, deep smoking, warped, clave and organ driven, disco spiritual. Once Kolsch puts his creative scissors  to it think loops, embroidery, fine-fingered skill,  luxurious fabric. Think flawless knitting with best wool. Think big South American swinging poncho. Think many bald, shivering sheep and overworked silkworms. It’s a fine t...
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Galantis - Galantis ep 2 - (Big Beat)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
Galantis, Galantis, Galantis. I feel like I am saying this name in my sleep but seriously they are so talented that it is practically criminal. Marrying the songwriting talent of Miike Snow and the production techniques of Style  of Eye is probably the best decision ‘Help’ is a feelgood, roaring, anthemic, sing a long reply that promises aid and succour to every heartfelt ‘SOS’ that has ever been sent. ‘The Heart That I’m Hearing’ is a rolling, vocodered, piano driven progressive stomper ...
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Alex Metric & Oliver - Hope - (OWSLA)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
Alex Metric & Oliver’s ‘Hope’ binds the old house acappella ‘Hope – cos I’ve learned to cope’ like titanium twine around a rocking, jacking house beat. Add some squashy, farting bottom end effects, big box little box, rave drum fills and synth pads and a kick that donkey’s hind legs were modelled on and you have the measure of this rampant little rabble rouser. It’s a jump up special and there’s nowt wrong with that. 4/5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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Ejeca - What You Think EP (Incl. David Jach Remix) - (Moda Black)

Thursday, 03 April 2014 House
The Norn iron rave contingent have been knocking out some corkers in recent years, with the likes of Bicep and Space Dimension Controller bringing a consistent presence of quality rave tackle. Another producer who has been cementing Belfast in particular on the house music map has been Ejeca, and it’s something he continues with this really rather good three tracker for Moda Black. Featuring two original productions and a remix, Ejeca gets in the zone on the feel good house tip which is per...
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