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Theo Kottis - Human Chemistry - (Moda Black)

Thursday, 26 February 2015 House
Jaymo and Andy George’s Moda Black explores the tech house shadows with Theo Kottis’ release ‘Human Chemistry’. The title track is a druggy, spaced out excursion with a spiky punky / goth female vocal that blends together to create a tech house opus that sits well with the likes of Solomun / The Foals. ‘Want To Be’ dives deeper than Moby Dick for a wobbly and wild tsunami, with crashing effects, rumbling soundwaves and rolling beats to drive the point into your brain like an offshore drill. Thic...
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Scales - Love's Got Me High - (White Label)

Thursday, 26 February 2015 House
For those of you with house music saber teeth, you will remember bits of Love’s Got Me High as Terrence Parker’s ‘Seven Grand Housing Authority’ around in the early 90s. Now for his first official release London’s caped crusader and remixer, Scales, has reworked, rolled and rethreaded ‘Love’s Got Me High’ in shining garage / future house silks, and secured it with shimmering sustained strings and a smoky soulful vocal that would strip the knickers off a nun from 250 metres. Like the lyric says ‘...
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Guy Gerber & Puff Daddy - Tourist Trap (Remixes) - (Rumours)

Thursday, 26 February 2015 House
No sooner have I wet my knickers over the gorgeous Jamie Jones remix of Tourist Trap and invested in a pack of Tena Ladies, then along comes this rather sterling pack of remixes to make me lose my bladder control once again and have to invest in the company. Yes – each of these remixes is worth having in its own right (and is worth soiling yourself in public or private if the whim so takes you). Guy Gerber and David K go for the jugular dropping Puff Daddy’s monotone fx-ed vocal over some straig...
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Dance Spirit – The Sun Also Rises - (Supernature)

Thursday, 26 February 2015 Albums
Been looking forward to this long player of sounds from Dance Spirit for some time now curious to hear where they would take me. Pushing the envelope is perhaps the best way to describe the results of this stunning album, which takes in the sights and sounds of a diverse set of influences while broadening their own horizons via a number of exciting collaborations. Vocals feel refreshing and bright on ‘Waiting In The Light’ as they do on the opening ‘The Sun Also Rises’, but then alternatively so...
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Nuclear Winter Garden - Nuclear Winter Garden - (My Favorite Robot Records)

Thursday, 26 February 2015 Albums
Setting the controls for the heart of the sun is Jori Hulkkonen under his risk embracing Nuclear Winter Garden alias. Emotionally charged music of this caliber is always hard to ignore and in this case this album carves a deeply rich niche of cinematic proportions exploring everything from eastern influences on ‘Some of You Might Survive’ through to the hotwired electronics of ‘Strangest Positions’. Never wasting a single moment or space in the arrangement the music careers across boundaries wit...
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Jon Hopkins - Late Night Tales - (Late Night Tales)

Thursday, 26 February 2015 Compilations
Late Night Tales once again surpass themselves with the release of this timely selection of music from Jon Hopkins that refreshingly sits outside of any particular classification, simply existing as excellent. Touching upon various bases from the dark, brooding technology of Darkstar’s ‘Hold Me Down’ to his own cover of Yeasayer ‘I Remember’ the selection is both life-affirming and reinforcing. Reaching the occasional peak care off Letherette’s bouncy ‘After Dawn’ but also reclining into the mus...
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Various Artists - Glasgow Underground 2014 - (Glasgow Underground)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 Compilations
The annual Glasgow Underground compilation was always a highlight of the dance music calendar, and if you haven’t got them already I’d recommend any of the six available volumes released around fifteen years ago. It’s great to have them back again, rising phoenix like from the ashes, to present us with their latest thoughts and tunes – in this case, summing up 2014 for the label. This is a double compilation that does the service both of paying tribute to Romanthony and of offering some consiste...
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Various Artists - Fabric 80: Joseph Capriati - (Fabric)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 Compilations
Joseph Capriati clearly put a lot of thought into his Fabric mix, using 2 CDJs and a mixer at home ‘like I was mixing at Fabric’ – before moving into Room 1 for the last track just before the lights come up. The result is a cracking mix from the Italian that ranks right up there with Fabric’s best releases to date. It works so well because he keeps it simple and doesn’t need much to get the juices flowing – a tough beat here, a groove there – but never anything less than full fat dance floor act...
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Scntst - Puffer - (Boysnoize Records)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 Albums
Boysnoize are on to a winner here, make no mistake, as Bryan Müller – still only 21 – drops his second album under the SCNTST moniker. Immediately the nice, airy textures that wash over the headphones are soothing and create a restful atmosphere, setting us up for the really lovely soothing beat dropped by ‘Life Of Ares’. It isn’t all so relaxing though, for Müller has the talent another young producer before him has had, the restless Aphex Twin-isms often buzzing about over the warm washes of s...
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Lake People - Purposely Uncertain Field - (Permanent Vacation)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 Albums
Martin Enke’s debut album as Lake People is definitely worth the wait. Having built up a solid reputation with the ‘Point In Time’ EP and several other releases, the time is right for him to ‘go long’, as it were, and ‘Purposely Uncertain Field’ shows that he is a versatile producer capable of toughing up or smoothing out the beats. A lot of these productions are smoothly executed but there is a nice line in squiggly synths too. The constructions work even better when the beats are tougher, as t...
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Wax Stag - II - (Old Habits)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 Albums
Never one to complicate anything, Rob Lee brings his Wax Stag project round for a second run – and charms us once again with his invention. There is a nice subtle line of humour running under a lot of Lee’s work, and a very positive vibe too. Tracks like ‘Cloud Cake’ are intricately woven together and provide moments of uplift, while ‘Race To The Lake’ crackles and shimmers with excitement, and ‘Summit’ ends in a gorgeous warm swirl of sound. Lee uses older sounding instruments that sit in thral...
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Susanne Sundfør - Ten Love Songs - (Sonnet Sound / Kobalt)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 Albums
With an album title like ‘Ten Love Songs’ and a release date close to Valentine’s Day, you could be forgiven for thinking the new album from Susanne Sundfør might only be suitable for the loved up and soppy amongst us. Don’t make that mistake – for this is an utterly compelling listen that should bring her out of the shadow of the artists she has collaborated with so far – M83, Röyksopp and Kleerup being just three. This is Sundfør’s sixth album, and having seen her live I can absolutely confirm...
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Michael Calfan - Treasured Soul - (Spinnin Deep)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
Michael Calfan takes his evolution from his progressive beginnings one step closer to the deeper, crossover market with a Clean Bandit / Treasure Fingers / Duke Dumont inspired, children’s choir lifted, blues vocal prompted delicacy that is like radio catnip. Chocolate Puma rewire it with a bouncing bomb of a ruff and tuff garage bassline and that’s all you need. A 1-2 sucker punch and you’re on the ropes with a smile on your face. A possible crossover hit for Michael Calfan – and it couldn’t go...
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Ed Sheeran & Rudimental - Bloodstream - (Asylum)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
I’ve been down on allstar collaborations this week, mostly because most are just not worth the effort it takes to listen to them and none of them say anything particularly new. And then sometimes you really do get the best of both worlds. For ‘Bloodstream’ Ed Sheeran – one of my favourite male singer / songwriter / guitarist / solo artists goes in for the kill in a head-to-head Clash of the Titans with Rudimental – who are possibly the best live act I saw last year. Rudimental put their outrageo...
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Hervé & Trevor Loveys - Jackin With Your Mum - (Skint)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
If you hear the call to arms ‘I’m in the club and I’m jackin wit your moooooom’ when you are next near a dancefloor, know that it is the brainchild of Hervé and Trevor Loveys. It’s a simple proposition, scratch and sniff snares and hi hats keep it going, a thudding kick drives your jacking, piston pump action and some swirling washes flow all over that slithering bassline like a line of secretaries casting couch-ing for Mr Grey. It’s that aaddictive. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   ...
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Guy Gerber & Puff Daddy - Tourist Trap (Jamie Jones For Ryan Remix) - (Rumours)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
I make no secret of the fact that I pooh-poohed the idea of a collaboration between Guy Gerber and Puff Daddy : the first outing flew over my head like an Ibiza winter flight. Now you see it … And yet as jaded as I am with these endless, pointless for anything other than being marketing money spinning ploys ahem creative collaborations between artists big enough to know – and do - better, Jamie Jones has done gone and made me swallow my tongue. Get ready for a ‘Fear and Loathing’ aural road trip...
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Roman Flugel - Sliced Africa EP - (Dial Records)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
Roman Flugel has a production coat of many colours and for the title track of his ‘Sliced Africa’ EP he fans us with feathers of the brightest hues, marrying his techno roots with magical african rhythms, agitated finger cymbals, and tweaks it with township sounding, electro synth melodies to create a stunning soundscape that will make you shimmy and sand dance from Berlin to London to Miami to Ibiza to Barcelona to Playa Del Carmen and back. This is the biggest of big tunes just waiting for tho...
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Citizenn - Be Ft Syf - (2020 Vision)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
Laurence Blake slips comfortably into his Citizenn skin with its DNA strand made up of detroit house helixes and a cellular division and multiplication process that engenders a beautiful bouncing piece of future tech house. Hercules and Love Affair get abstract and left field with dark, dissonant curve balls bouncing all over the place. The Warehouse Dub vocal is a tearing, unst unst unst unst, tsk tsk tsk tsk, total black-out, techno stomper whilst Syf’s plaintive vocals are snipped loose like ...
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Kygo - ID (Ultra Music Festival Anthem) - (Ultra)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
Young Norwegian producer, Kygo, joins Afrojack, Tiesto, Benny Benassi and Avicii to deliver this year’s shimmering, pretty and twinkling downtempo anthem for the Ultra Festival 2015. It’s got an African-sounding melodic, xylophone / glockenspiel feel to it and it twinkles like tealights in a nightime field. I am sure it will sound amazing played in the changeovers, will make an excellent outro for radio and am guessing that it will be remixed for a more upbeat attack on the senses later. Or mayb...
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Sevdaliza - Clear Air (Jarreau Vandal) - (White Label)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
Soulection’s Jarreau Vandal gets to grips with Sevdaliza’s ‘Clear Air’ – transforming pounding, uptempo razor sharp, r n bass into a swirling dervish of driving beats, tweaked and helium lifted vocals and dynamic drops that would shake the leaves off a tree ahead of its natural seasonal change. The break downs are pure P-funk – Earth Wind and Fire ? Prince ? Rick James ? Cameo ? Maze ? Stop me if you’ve heard that stab before. Strangely romantic, twisted in a good way yet remaining sensitive eno...
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