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Pete Oak & Notize - Merula - (Subjekt Recordings)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
For their next release, Subjekt Recordings look to Pete Oak & Notize for a hot new single that gets remixed by Martin Roth. Pete Oak has developed a production talent based on the three key ingredients; soul, heart and emotion and releases his wares on labels like Syncopate and Blindfold as well as Toolroom and Still Vor Talent, whilst Danish producer Notize, serves up deep and emotive tech sounds on Nervous and Sleazy Deep. Their original is a melodically impressive, colourful and trip his ...
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Sons Of Aoide - Solaris EP - (HIVE Audio)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Next up on Hive Audio are a Swiss Italian duo Dajan and Vincenzo aka Sons of Aoide. With varied roots in all musical styles, they have been playing together for over decade and her get the honour of the 35th release on one of Switzerland’s foremost labels. Up first, Solaris Master is spaced out and intergalactic cut with nice melodies and clacking percussion. Second cut Nachtwandler Master is then a boarding, deep down and swaying tech house cut with gurgling synths and hammering drums that real...
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Luke Solomon – Body Movement EP - (Classic Music Company)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Fresh from his genre defining mix for Radio One’s Essential Mix comes this latest EP for Luke Solomon’s Classic imprint. Blistering Acid is very much the order of the day on the title track ‘Body Movement’ (along with Nick Maurer) whose electronic intensity only increases to fever pitch with spoken vocals twisting the knife. Once heard and not forgotten. Next the irresistible, ‘Dance Electric’ gets even funkier with seventies styled bass looped Chicago style across smoky Trumpet and trippy voice...
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Defected presents FCL In The House - (Defected Records)

Friday, 23 January 2015 Compilations
FCL aka Belgian DJ/producers San Soda and Red D start 2015 with a bang with each DJ supplying the demand via their own mix across the two CD’s. Red D opens with Bob Moses stunning vocal led, ‘All I Want’ and then soon dips into a diverse selection ranging from deeper, more soulful rhythms through to tougher, techier sounds but which refreshingly keeps the music moving forward. Tracks come from the likes of Paul Hannah’s bouncy, ‘Key Follow’ and Vince Watson ‘s ‘Mystical Rhythm’ while covering al...
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Life On Planets - A Public Affair - (Double Standard)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Revisiting the music from last summer’s release is a mighty fine idea especially when the results are just like these. Beginning with Soul Clap’s superlative remix, which redefines the concept into a fully formed gem, the song is now backed up by tougher beats and occasional Jazzy/ Latin sensibilities that lend the vocal so much more weight. Luke Solomon’s version aims straight for the dancefloor with fiery percussion giving the heavy-duty bassline added impetuous, equally excellent is David Mar...
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DJ Spinna - The Sound Beyond Stars: The Essential Remixes - (BBE Records)

Friday, 23 January 2015 Compilations
Life doesn’t get much better than Spinna’s soulfully charged remix of ‘Days Like This’ by Shaun Escoffery and it’s that smooth combination of emotive chords plus crisp beats that typifies many of his remixes, and which go make to make them so compelling as witnessed on this compilation of his excellent work. Reading like a who’s who in terms of Soulful House music the productions are all first rate featuring original artists of the caliber of Louie Vega, Tortured Soul, and Kerri Chandler to name...
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Aqualung - 10 Futures - (BMG Chrysalis)

Friday, 23 January 2015 Albums
Do not be fooled into expecting an album of anodyne radio-soul. That is the danger of false expectations from Aqualung’s biggest previous hit, ‘Strange and Beautiful’, which, while being both of those things, made reviewers like me resort to lazy genre stereotyping when I came to listen to this new album. I could not have been more surprised, because when the all action ‘Tape2Tape’ bursts from the blocks you know ’10 Futures’ is looking forward rather than backwards. It continues that way throug...
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Étienne De Crécy - Superdiscount Vol. 3 - (Ultra)

Friday, 23 January 2015 Albums
Great expectations come from a product bearing the Superdiscount name, especially when you consider how successful the first one was back in 1995, a launching pad for French dance music as we know it today. Twenty years on, the product has the same high level of quality, and if it might not sound as original as it did back then, there is no doubt de Crecy is still relevant and on exceptionally good form. As if to prove he’s up to date we have the amusing and incredibly funky ‘Hashtag My Ass’ as ...
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Beat Spacek - Modern Streets - (Ninja Tune)

Friday, 23 January 2015 Albums
A genuine thrill accompanies the release of Modern Streets, the first solo album release from Steve Spacek in eight years. This is almost criminal for someone so original and forward looking, but we’ll forgive him that because having signed to Ninja Tune, Spacek now has a record to praise to the skies. As you might expect it is unusual, the beats are far from uniform, and some of the lyrics are up close and personal, none more so than in the menacing ‘I Wanna Know’. Spacek has mostly used iPhone...
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Crookers Ft. Jeremih - I Just Can't - (Black Butter Records)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Crookers are up to their old tricks delivering a dark, banging club bouncer that is sweetened and sexed up with a pop r n b vocal that slithers over it until the rave riot synths kick in and then - well it’s all about the sweat patches and crowd surfing. Banger. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Sade - Pearls (Timo Jahns Remix) - (Poesie Musik)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Sade has always lent a touch of class to any house remixers discography, ‘Pearls’ is one of the most beautiful tracks in her arsenal. Timo Jahns adds a soulful funk bass line pulse, clicking syncopated beats – handclaps, claves and then the strings paint it with vibrant, emotional colours whilst Sade’s vocal perfumes it with incense smoke. Beautiful. Perfect end of the night track. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   ...
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Ganzfeld Effect - Love Hope Doubt - (Ultra)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
From the opening skippy beats to the striking piano jam and quirky cut up vocal there’s no doubt that you will love the uplifting, positive sound of Ganzfeld Effect’s ‘Love Hope Doubt’ as radio friendly a dance instrumental as you could hope to hear in rush hour traffic. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Govales - Doors To Nowhere - (Exodus 77)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Just to save you the Shazam time, ‘Doors To Nowhere’ features on the new Spike Lee joint ‘Sweet Blood of Jesus’ and is the soundbed for the official Youtube trailer. Premiered by 1Xtra’s MistaJam, Govales’ ‘Doors To Nowhere’ is a glorious punk-funk jam with crowd chants, jangling guitars, finger snaps and a soulful voice with a razor edge. Think Lenny Kravitz and Jose James in a big fat bromance with Ghostpoet. I want to hear more like this. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://sou...
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Feder - Goodbye Ft. Lyse - (Big Beat)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
‘Is someone listening? OK. Let me tell you the story of that guy’. Guitars strum away as the singer Lyse lets her inner bunny boiler out to play. Vocally Feder’s ‘Goodbye’ reminds me of Martin Solveig’s ‘Edony’ on Yellow back in the day. Then the vocal is sultry and smoky, the lyrics are a little twisted and the instruments are eastern european with a little bit of trance synth thrown in. It’s a mad as a box of frogs combination that will seduce your ears like Mata Hari did with a string of secr...
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Yolanda B Cool & DCUP - Sugar Man - (Big Beat)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
If you like your folk house served with a bungee bass and a thudding kick, Yolanda B Cool’s ‘Sugar Man’ will be right up your street. It’s got attitude for days, memorable lyrics and a raft of remixes that suit practically every palate. Vanilla Ace, Poolclvb deal the deep house card whilst Mason delivers a groovy reverbed, synth and whistle propelled, disco work out with a guitar and vocal drop that’d make an elephant’s bottom wiggle. The Indian Summer mix is perfect beach house fare and piano h...
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Pep & Rash - Rumours - (Spinnin Deep)

Friday, 23 January 2015 House
Garage is certainly taking a stronghold in the club and national charts and ‘Rumours’ this Pep & Rash bass and kick drum bouncer adds more grist to that mill. Open hi-hats, a stomping kick and lashings of synth wash swirl it around whilst the fx-ed and time stretched vocal ‘there’s a rumour going round about you, I’d quite like to find out if that’s true’ hits it out of the park to a cheering crowd. It’s long been my secret radio weapon (credited as ID on my playlists since 2014 became 2015)...
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Montel - New York Limits - (Roush)

Monday, 19 January 2015 House
When it comes to crafting scrupulous tech-house, few of those in the modern domain can match up to the recent efforts of Northern Irish producer, Montel. The country is enjoying a real electronic music renaissance of late thanks to the work of Bicep, Ejeca et al, and on this showing the Roush label might just have unearthed their latest star turn. Seeing us on the way through this delicious 4-tracker is the most astute sounds of ‘The Limit’, which is the sort of full-on, old shool anthem that on...
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Koletzki & Schwind - She Wants Acid (Stil vor Talent)

Monday, 19 January 2015 House
Stil vor Talent label head Oliver Koletzki has long resided over a period that’s seen the label grow to become one of the contemporary dance scene’s more consistent purveyors of top-notch house. As is often the case in these instances, he’s now lending a helping hand to upcoming talent, with Niko Schwind joining him here on production duties on the quite exceptional ‘She Wants Acid’ EP. A joyous and scrupulously produced effort, this release truly is a joy to behold and will without doubt go dow...
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Tantsui - No Mercy EP - (NOPASSPORT)

Monday, 19 January 2015 House
Tantsui is an electronically-inclined Russian band who make the sort of deep house that’s most definitely suited to the live domain. Their music is predominantly crafted on a deep house tip, and features a bevy of male vocals that grant the tracks more than a tinge of almost tangible human emotion. Versatile dancefloor weapons, they’re sure to do the proverbial damage when deployed in the right way. Easing us in the spirited yet gentle and languid sounds of ‘No Mercy’, the original. Really warm ...
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Various Artists - W&O Volume 1 - (W&O Street Tracks)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 Compilations
This is an early line in the sand from Waze & Odyssey’s W&O Street Tracks label, documenting where they are after eight releases – by commissioning a whole set of new stuff for a label confirmation. In the process they confirm once again they are definitely a name to watch. Right from the start, where Adrian & Sake go back to basics with ‘Midnight Stagger’, it is clear the quality threshold is high – nice and simple but really well done. That’s definitely the case with the classy XXX...
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