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Calvin Harris & Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love - (Columbia Records)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Calvin Harris pairs up with deep house dons Disciples for a round and bouncy attack on the global pop charts. The vocal is cuts like a crystal sword through the understated and brooding yet full force arrangement. It builds to the pianos, no drum rolls, no pyrotechnics, just splashing rides, a deliciously catchy melody and a cool as fuck change in direction. That’s Calvin Harris and Disciples destined for more greatness then... 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {https://soundc...
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TIEKS - Sunshine - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
TIEKS deliver a burbling brook of nu house with a deep house sub current with ‘Sunshine’. It’s a cool breezy driver that doesn’t break sweat tempo wise, yet raises the hands, roof and (in-store) radio plays with its euphoric piano chords, butter-smooth vocal and top down, long drive attitude. It tickles a fancy or two. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Mike Mago - Deeper Love - (Spinnin Records)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
If twinkly, sparkling tropical sounding house with a yearning vocal gives you goosebumps, then Mike Mago’s soaring ditty ‘Deeper Love’ will make you smile like a cheshire cat. Shards of Candi Staton’s ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ and Emeli Sandé’s phrasing glisten in its rays like silvery fish in the depths but this is a male serenade to all the day dreaming girlies and there should be more of that. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {https://soundcloud.com/spinninrecords/mike-mago-deeper...
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Etienne De Crecy - Smile Ft. Alex Gopher & Asher Roth - (Pixadelic / Sony Music)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Etienne De Crecy returns to the airwaves, the pop charts and the dance floors with another freshly squeezed, lo-fi disco confection. It’s stripped down so far it’s got parental advisory explicit content stickers on its private parts, the falsetto vocal lifts it above the Alan Parsons Project ‘Sirius’ sounding guitar riff. It’s gentle, catchy and pervasive enough to go BIG so be prepared to be caught out Shazam-ing of Spotify-ing it more than twice. Oh and it’s been on the Virgin Radio France pla...
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Simon Baker - Ebony EP - (Simon Baker Presents Baker Project)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Welcome to ’Simon Baker Presents Baker Project’, the bespoke label cut for Simon Baker releases but with other artists planned to appear further down the chugging, jacking, jack booted techno line. ‘Ebony’ is a clicky zip through 808 land. Add some quirky vocals, organ stabs and a thudding, rolling kick and you know your house will be jacking whilst wearing hob nailed boots. My favourite, ‘Flirt’ blends a cheeky, pitched and thrummed for maximum tickle and squirt effect bassline, then adds some ...
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Leon Sweet – Sunny Bigler (Remixes) – (Paper Disco)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
It doesn't take a genius to work out that this is BIG. Based around a word play of the original artists name this hot Disco workout comes with a very welcome 2015 twist that helps define it as future thinking. The original mix drew the template with its sleazy syncopated basslines jumping to perfectly pitched, pulsating beats but now with the addition of extra remixes this is set to cause even more havoc. Leftside Wobble proceeds to excel with sizzling electronically charged bass accompanying fu...
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Alex Harmony - Glowering EP – (Soloman's Forest Records)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Another quality release from Soloman’s sister imprint this time featuring the deeper, more soulful grooves of Alex Harmony. The Original Mix combines shuffling percussion and emotive vocals alongside gritty keys offsetting it all. Remixes come from Christian Lamper who beefs up the drums with hints of Acid, plus via Adam Husa’s undulating techno, and finally from Gino G’s very tasty version that adds darker bass and synths into the equation giving the voice all the more impact. 4 out of 5 Revi...
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Demarkus Lewis - Running On Kaoz Street EP – (Madhouse)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
What’s not to like. This first rate EP packs more emotional punch then you’ll need with its effortlessly cool and funky grooves sitting just the right side of Deep. ‘Okay’ starts with warm Organ lines and punchy beats neatly locking you into their addictive rhythm. In fact that’s just what the following and tastefully moody, ‘Playing It For You’ does too, although this time with juicier basslines galore. The excellent, ‘Body High’ completes the release with more captivating, life affirming keys ...
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Afterlife & Pete Gooding present No Logo - A Cubic Centimetre of Chance EP – (Subatomic UK)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
This is just the ticket to transport you somewhere else either horizontally or vertically for that matter. The intriguing title was inspired by a book from Carlos Castenada and the sounds produced projects your imagination along with the very engaging music into the ether. Six tracks comprise the EP and have to say that each one has become a favourite, especially in the breezy sunshine. Moving beyond the loose term Ambient this music proves to be is so much more than that simple equation with hi...
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Nick Sinna - Black Rose - (Prime Numbers)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Trus Me and his Prime Numbers crew have long been experts at picking out up-and-coming talent, and though this release marks his second such outing on the label, Nick Sinna’s latest is the sort of triumph that’ll doubtlessly introduce him to an entire new audience. Sinna, lest you be unaware, is a Manchester native and a man who’s most definitely preoccupied with the more thought-provoking side of the electronic music spectrum. The EP kicks off with the excellent title track that is ‘Black Rose...
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Guardate - One Night - (Love Harder)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
German producer Guardate once again comes correct here on the Love Harder label, an imprint that’s played host to his talents many times over the past while. This time, the release in question is called One Night, and it sees Guardate touch base with Saxity and an extremely talented vocalist in the shape of Christine Ben-Ameh. Needless to say, it’s a stunning releases that encapsulates all that’s worthy about this fledgling label. The three-tracker gets going with the original, an up-tempo and ...
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Sakorka - Chrome EP - (Cohesive)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Based in Brooklyn but of Israeli heritage, Sakorka is the latest producer to perk up on the always interesting Cohesive label. The imprint, ran by Mexican native Alex Rubio, tends to do things right when it comes to putting out interesting and intriguing fare, and this release, entitled the Chrome EP, sees him pull out another round of interesting tracks - each of which has their own flair. We get going courtesy of the title track itself, which is a sprangly cut that immediately makes the produ...
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Newbie Nerdz - The One - (Atlus Project)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Newbie Nerdz are an emerging Italian outfit who have had their music licensed to labels such as Madtech , Gruuv and Get Physical. as you might expect from a duo with those sort of credentials, they’re the sort of guys who really make interesting house music. On their most recent outing, they switch their focus to the Altus Project label, itself a vehicle for top notch house and techno fare. Having tasted some early success with their first few releases, this one goes some way to compounding the ...
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Federico Molinari / Nekes - Easy Faces / Feel the Rhythm - (Epilog)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
The Epilog label has been responsible for putting out some really classy house and techno wares over the past while, but few of their releases can quite match up to the high points of this release. It comes at us from Federico Molinari and Nekes, two producers who are more than able to bring the heat in the studio. A casual glance at some of the labels these lads have released on is proof of that fact - and they certainly bring their A-game to the table on this most interesting release. We get ...
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The Analog Roland Orchestra - Dinsync - (Pressure Suit)

Thursday, 16 July 2015 Albums
Michal Matlak, man behind The Analog Roland Orchestra, is not your average synthesizer geek. So great is his love for the firm that he has recently co-authored a book, ‘R is for Roland’, that looks at key instruments from the manufacturer. It is to his credit, then, that ‘Dinsync’ does not sound like a heavily processed album – it lives and breathes, using the potential of its equipment to make some striking music. There are some heavy, murky textures used here that present a darker outlook of t...
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Conforce - Presentism - (Delsin Records)

Thursday, 16 July 2015 Albums
Boris Bunnik – the man behind Conforce – makes music that enables the listener to escape the daily grind, and this particular listener found ‘Presentism’ the ideal soundtrack to the morning commute. It has a spacious quality that allows the mind to zone out, but at the same time Bunnik does a really good job of keeping the rhythms tight and interesting. ‘Blue Note’ is perhaps the best example of this, with rolling drums and a lovely, wide open riff that rises through the texture. ‘Realtime’ show...
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Hannah Peel - Rebox 2 - (My Own Pleasure)

Thursday, 16 July 2015 Albums
Hannah Peel is an incredibly versatile musician – and when she isn’t playing piano, violin or music box, she can be found singing her own stuff – of which 2011’s album ‘The Broken Wave’ was especially lovely. This, though, presents a different side to her personality, a second mini-album of covers. Whereas the first found her covering songs by New Order and Soft Cell, ‘Rebox 2’ feels more up to date with the inclusion of songs by John Grant (‘Pale Green Ghosts’), Perfume Genius (‘Queen’) and Wil...
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Satoshi Tomiie - New Day - (Abstract Architecture)

Thursday, 16 July 2015 Albums
It is a very long time indeed since Satoshi Tomiie’s last and only album ‘Full Lick’ was released in 1999 – and it’s fair to say that wasn’t completely representative of the sound and style that has made him such a mainstay of house music. It’s good to report, then, that ‘New Day’ is much closer to the mark, and it manages to retain the early house warmth that made ‘Tears’ such a good record with Frankie Knuckles. Tomiie enjoys looking back in tracks like ‘Thursday, 2am’, which brings Mr Fingers...
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Souldynamic ft. Roland Clark - EQTRL - (Tribe Records)

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 House
And so to the flip-side of the coin with this joyous rendition of sounds coupled together with Roland Clark’s unmistakably uplifting spoken sermon. Just the one version required here with this sassy horn-punctuated groove screaming volumes alongside the worded message plus the shuffling, guitar stimulated drums. All of which undoubtedly hits that time honoured spot. Anytime, anyplace. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton...
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AZIMUTE - Where Is The Magic – (Rebellion)

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 House
Two equally striking productions go to make up this latest release via the Crosstown Rebels sister/ brother imprint, and both will twist your soul in cosmic proportions. The almost bizarre proposition of sweet, fairy-tale like vocals spun out across severe electronic beats and soaring FX on the 2015 Rebellion Edit of, ‘Where Is he Magic’ proves to be quite something and life may not be quite the same again after this revitalising experience. The even more addictive, ‘My Dream’ follows with repea...
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