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Second City- I Wanna Feel - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 Mainstream
Skippy garage is making a big comeback this year and SecondCity’s ‘I Wanna Feel’ is a current contender for the king of the castle. Piano house keys, a bouncing bomb bassline and a looped, sexy r n b soul vocal combine forces to create a devastating dancefloor dynamic. Brookes Brothers slow it down for an 80’s r n b electro intro then it hits full speed for a triple time drum and bass jump up that rewinds, backspins, lighter crews, cchampagne showers and airhorns were made for. Naughty. Feels go...
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Rudimental - Powerless - Featuring Becky Hill (Remixes) - (Asylum)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 Mainstream
Rudimental are becoming an unstoppable force in British music and ‘Powerless’ is one more step in the anthemic, room shaking, bar raising direction. Becky Hill’s has a whisky and cigarettes soaked blues voice that soars with the power of a . MK leads the pack and nails it with a deep house groove clamped immovably in the jaws of a vocal loop that sinks its teeth deeper into your brain than any zombie or vampire ever could.  Animal Youth space it out for a brooding, anti-gravity fall through...
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John Dahlback & Benny Benassi - Blink Again - (Ultra)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 House
Spinback to 2006 / 7 and ‘Blink’ could be heard on every radio, in every club, on every ipod and MP3 player.  Fast forward to 2015 add Benny Benassi’s trance progressive edge and John’s perfectionist production know how and you have the rebirth of a hit. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette ...
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The Freestyler Feat. Fast Eddie - The Sound - (Black Hole Recordings / Rub A Duck)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 House
I’ve always liked the Freestylers – their hi-octane breakbeat 303 house has that festival tent je ne sais quoi that makes me become a careless, annoying, foot treading, whistle blowing, mosh pit punter. The Blapps Posse take it centre rave with woohs, whistles, heavy, rolling breaks and an acid line so nasty you’d think it was taking revenge on us because the exorcism didn’t work. Zoo Brazil lay waste to all challengers with a dark and deeply imposing, throbbing 303 acidics, vocally hypnotherape...
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Wehbba - Opalescence - (Audio Tonic Records)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 House
Wehbba’s ‘opalescence’ puts me in mind of those nights when you get in your car and drive to nowhere in particular – only without headlamps, blindfolded, hands tied in front and with your foot stuck to the accelerator with superglue. It’s a white knuckle ride but one that is fulfilling nonetheless. The Raxon remix is a sub bass driven slide on the wild side that gets more twisted and distorted than your reflection would seem if you dropped a ton of acid then did your make up or had a shave whils...
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Thee Cool Cats - Mossberg Pump EP - (CUFF Recordings)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 House
They say good things happen in threes – so here is your third tasty installment from Amine Edge’s CUFF Recordings imprint. Thee Cool Cats ‘Mossberg Pump EP’ goes that extra mile to help them continue their reign as fine, french purveyors of throbbing, sleazy bass house. Hovering in the long shadows, twisting the minor chords, gating the pads and compressing the sound so that it feels like a magician trying to work his way out of a padlocked strait jacket. You get four tracks – the jolliest of wh...
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Clean Cut Collective - Newport Blues EP - (Unrivaled Music)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 House
Talking about things addictive this latest from Bristol duo Clean Cut Collective certainly fits that bill. Leaning on just the right side of Tech but funky this first rate production combines taught beats and bass with punctuating vocal stabs plus atmospheric chimes creating something distinctive and invigorating in the title track. Vinegar Stroke, then completes the EP with shuffling rhythms and a slightly off-kilter sample that is nothing but intriguing. Curious to hear more from this pair. 4...
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Norm De Plume - Ohio Replayed/ Stretchin’ Gretchen - (Plumage)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 House
Well worth the wait as this follow-up to the Norm De Plume (Delusions Of Grandeur) 2011 release now appears on the horizon. But be quick as this is limited to 300 vinyl copies only. I say be quick because the slow-burning Funk of Ohio Replayed provides the perfect summer soundtrack with its hot filtered grooves gently unfolding to reveal hypnotic, harmonious vocals accompanying the sassy percussion. Meanwhile, Stretchin’ Gretchen loops a carnival of Latino vocals and beats, and then repeats it u...
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40 Thieves - The Sky Is Yours - (Leng Records)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 Albums
This is the first album from San Francisco-based producers 40 Thieves, and through it they harness the spirit of the city. There is definitely something of the Haight Ashbury area in tracks like ‘List Of Two’, a perfectly paced bit of modern space funk that is both relaxed and uplifting, hitting a satisfying groove. ‘Outer Mission’ is a really good sweeping track, and ‘JP Soul’ a very well-constructed, slower piece of loping disco - while ‘Rhythm Queen’ is a bit more sultry, and ‘Les Planetes’ a...
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Mary Love - Lay This Burden Down: The Very Best Of - (Kent)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 Albums
Mary Love, described by Ace Records as ‘the foundation of our Kent label’, died in 2013. She was fundamentally a soul singer with a gospel-inflected message, and her recordings moved from classic 1960s soul to a more recent, subtly funky 1980s approach that kept the fire alive. Hers was an emotive voice, one that sang of her subject with real fire in her belly, but which also matured beautifully. My own introduction to her was by way of the unusual but very moving ‘Come Out of the Sandbox’, but ...
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Mark E - Product Of Industry - (Ghostly International)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 Albums
For his second album, Mark E looks to a relatively recent revolution. ‘Product of Industry’ is just that, using analogue synths to portray mechanical processes and production lines. The music moves with a robotic precision, but allows for the occasional hiccup too – it is analogue and essentially human, after all. We are transported to the claustrophobia of the shop floor in tracks like ‘Image Monitor Learn’, ‘Eganix’ and ‘Leaving Osaka’, but in these moments Mark E also finds a remote form of...
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Teebs - E S T A R A - (Brainfeeder)

Thursday, 10 April 2014 Albums
Teebs is the LA-based producer Mtendere Mandowa, but you could be forgiven for thinking there is something quite English about his work – all this in spite of his choice of the Spanish word ‘estar’ (‘to be’) as the title for his new album. As it turns out, the cover is a very good guide to what you can expect from the music on this album – hazy, slightly foggy headed electronica that shimmers in the sun and is rather beautiful. The starry eyed ‘Holiday’, with its loping beat, is beautifully done...
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Marc Romboy - Shades - (Systematic)

Thursday, 10 April 2014 Albums
‘Shades’ is a hugely ambitious project even for Marc Romboy, a triple album that is designed to show off the different aspects of his musical personality, as a producer but also as a remixer. In his own words, ‘for disc one I want deep, groovy and soulful, disc two melodic, trippy and warm and for disc three I explored my love of noise, machine rhythms and crazy sounds’. This means ‘Shades’ is actually like listening to three different albums in one go. Disc one is outstanding, Romboy finding th...
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Todd Terje - It’s Album Time - (Olsen Records)

Thursday, 10 April 2014 Albums
One word sums up the Todd Terje experience – fun. It’s evident from start to finish in his first album, which has the rare distinction of living up to all the hype it has generated. What he does so well is to allow for some experimentation early on, and then from half way through he drops the real disco bangers, mixing up his Moroder and Parliament with something individual only to him. So early on we get the synth wizardry of ‘’, not to mention a couple of numbers where the beat strays far from...
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Chicco Giuliani - Bollelai - (Sound Division)

Thursday, 10 April 2014 House
Quite refreshingly this is a single track release via Italian label Dound Division which manages to say all it needs to within a succinct five minutes. There’s something rather charming about this un-complex combination of taught techno bass and driving, grainy hi-hats which are then contrasted by breezy, melodic vocals. ‘Bollelai’ certainly succeeds in grabbing both your imagination and attention throughout its brief time span and in ways one mix is more than enough. 3 out of 5 Reviewed b...
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V/A - Plant Music: Love Me Too - (Plant Music)

Thursday, 10 April 2014 Albums
The second instalment from NYC’s Plant Music sees the next compilation of their music shine positively with this diverse set of music from five artists providing equally standout material. But perhaps none more so than the first offering from Allies For Everyone, ‘Record Is Over’ which combines tastefully deep tones alongside smoky vocals perfectly. Sonns then ease down the tempo with their breakbeat driven, ‘On My Mind’ which offsets atmospheric pads against the funky percussion and spoken word...
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Le Vinyl & Javi Bora - Feel My Fire - (SURFACE)

Thursday, 10 April 2014 House
This epic sounding production which contains two fresh new tracks, including a handful of remixes, is the latest release on Halo’s hot label. Beginning with the intensely satisfying, ‘Deep Feeling’ and its captivating arrangement of tough stabs plus energetic drums it’s an instrumental that speaks for itself in volumes. However, onto the title track, ‘Feel My Fire’ which this time features a shouldering vocal alongside the pounding, insistent beats while crossing the lines between soulful and te...
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Franck Roger - Presents Home Invasion 003 - (Home Invasion)

Thursday, 10 April 2014 Albums
Franck Roger’s relatively new label is a positive powerhouse of smoking beats, rumbling low-end theory and stripped down intensity. But then you would expect nothing less from him, would you. In no particular order is ‘Clap Ur Handz’ which hits you hard with rough drums, sinister soundscapes and hypnotic vocal edits, all of which proves that minimalist repetition still works wonders. Plus, to compliment that a ‘Beats’ version is also made available to you should you wish to indulge your creative...
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Billy The Kit - Mustang - (CR2)

Thursday, 10 April 2014 House
Here’s a big room blaze up from another Dutchman whose career is certainly flying: meet Billy the Kit and ‘Mustang’ a heat seeking, water divining exploration into big room sound. Imagine a herd of untamed, petulant horses, stamping their hooves, shaking their manes then running full pelt to ‘Mustang’s stampeding, skittering beats and tight compressed synth pads. Mustang? Makes perfect horse sense to me. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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The Bloody Beetroots - The Beat Ft. Peter Frampton - (Ultra Music)

Thursday, 10 April 2014 House
Let the wealth of ‘something for everyone’ remixes sway your mind whichever way it will. Then let the Proxy mix’s sweet vocodered electro pop vocal intro trick you into thinking it’s all about the jolly original version’s chat up line shuffle before the screaming sirens and stormtrooper kick lay waste to all, daubing ‘The Bloody Beetroots are back’ in blood red, six metre letters in the sky above your head. It swoops, it soars and like a starving cormorant it’ll rip out the heart of any danceflo...
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