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Black Alley - Always Something (Remixes) - (Itchy Pig)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
This is great because it sounds plugged into technology but also remains emotive and musical too, not overly programmed and soulless. The Main Mix boasts a crunchy selection of funky notes that bounce along tastefully to the punchy rhythms and lovely Rhodes chords via this Berlin based label. However, there is an even better remix from Club Squisito which manages to blend haunting Trumpet together with ethereal voices and traditional French influences that comes up smiling. James Johnston then g...
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LTMDTW x Jesse Boykins III - The Rain - (MadTech Records)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Definitely HOT. This excellent production from LTMDTW and Jesse Boykins III hooks you in from the word go with its dazzling array of hypnotic sounds that pitch themselves at you across what feels like an extended intro. Which, then soon develop into something altogether edgier by the time the more twisted synths arrive, though credit must also go to the inspired looped vocal edits. Remixes come from a pounding ‘Garage’ version by Celsius, an atmospheric Illyus & Barrientos, and finally via a...
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Mr Bird featuring Greg Blackman - Low-Fi Classics - (BBE)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Albums
Another great feel good album for the summer sunshine sees Mr Bird explore the funkier side of life over some twelve tracks. Touching upon everything from smoky Soul to Jazz and Hip-Hop this long player feels like an exercise in musical history, which alongside Greg Blackman’s additional vocals replays it just about right. I love the lose sense of time and seemingly deft turntable skills involved on, Low-Fi Classics - an apt title if ever there was one. Plus, that you almost get the sense that t...
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Various Artists - DJ Kicks: Will Saul - (!K7)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Compilations
It’s great to see Will Saul handed the baton in the DJ Kicks series, and he responds with a mix that focuses on sounds from his labels Aus Music and Simple, but makes the extra effort to secure some exclusives and rarities from those labels. Saul paces things really well, creating a heat-soaked atmosphere with his Komon collaboration ‘Bendy’ and Joe Gray’s lovely ‘Tozai’, then adding a tinge of gospel with Jabru’s distinctive ‘Church’, where the vocals from Joel Culpepper are rather beautiful. S...
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Various Artists - Electronic Architecture³ Mixed By Solarstone - (Black Hole Recordings)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Compilations
The Electronic Architecture series is the ideal showcase for Solarstone as a DJ. In an ambitious set of three mixes, we have what he describes as ‘the deep and immersive sounds of disc 1, the melodic pure energy of disc 2 and the slow-motion soundscapes of disc 3’. Each is compiled with great attention to detail and mixed with an impressive fluidity, as if we’re listening to one long track. His track choices are excellent, blending almost without a join, so that the cool breakdown of Salt Tank’s...
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Kasai Allstars - Beware The Fetish - (Crammed Discs)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Albums
The latest in the ‘Congotronics’ series, ‘Beware The Fetish’ promises 100 minutes of trance music – which of course refers to the state it leaves you in, rather than stabbing synthesizer riffs. No, this is very different, the Kinshasa band Kasai Allstars drawing their music from festive and ritual music that transcends culture, tradition and language. The great thing about this music though is that you can enjoy it purely on face value, regardless of its origin. The intricate guitar lines, the p...
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Tony Barbato - Gotta Let It Go / Breathe It In - (King Street Sounds)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Italian DJ/Producer Tony Barbato reveals his new EP, 'Gotta Let It Go / Breathe In It'. Kicking things off with the incredibly groovy and deep club smash, 'Gotta Let It Go', that features daunting and powerful synth line with swinging percussion, crispy hat and a cool vocal. Also on the release is the progressive house tinged deep banger 'Breathe In It' that will absolutely destroy any dance floor you throw under it!! 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Ratha Gud   {http://soundcloud.com/kingstreets...
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DJ Sneak - Moody Warehouse Music Vol. 2 - (Magnetic Recordings)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
After kickstarting Summer with an almighty bang, unleashing Volume 1 of his new release series 'Moody Warehouse Music', DJ Sneak keeps the underground heat coming, releasing Vol. 2 on Magnetic Recordings! 'Moody Warehouse Music Vol.2' kicks off with the energetic 'Didn't Know Nothing', armed with driving beats and a dark pulsating bassline, deemed to raise the thermostat to boiling point! 'I Need My Baby' comes with a girly vocal hook that rides over a jackin groove of signature Sneakology beat ...
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Shaun Escoffery - 'Nature's Call' - (Dome Records)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Shaun's back! Taken from his first album recording in 7 years, 'The Red Room' which is forthcoming this Autumn, Shaun Escoffery unleashes the first single 'Nature's Call'. The song is a soulful plea for people to come together and live in "love, peace and harmony". Remixers who have contributed to 'Nature’s Call' include his lifelong friend Idris Elba ('The Wire, 'Luther” and Nelson Mandela in “Long Walk to Freedom' movie); regular cohort DJ Spinna, who adds his signature Brooklyn House flavour;...
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Phil Weeks - 'It's The Inside That Counts' - (Robsoul)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
BOOM!! French house connoisseur Phil Weeks unleashes his highly anticipated new release for Robsoul - 'It's The Inside That Counts'. Already a hit with the club masses from USA to Ibiza, 'It's The Inside That Counts' comes with a giant 'chugga - chugga' bass groove, bumping beats and armed with a killer sample vocal from Loleatta Holloway's classic, 'Dreaming' that explodes on the dance–floor! Also featured on the release is the heavy MPC300 + TB303 beats fused combo, 'Another 303 Groove', which...
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Carl Hanaghan Feat. Beth - 'Illuminate Me' - (Discopolis)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Hot off the heels of his Beatport Top 100 single, 'Strings Of Life', Carl Hanaghan teams up with the lovely Beth, delivering a sweet slice of deep, soulful house titled 'Illuminate Me'. Destined for the Ibiza pool parties and beyond, 'Illuminate Me' is sun-kissed groove, laced with uplifting chords, a deep funky bassline, topped with Beth's lush vocal tones. Long & Harris deliver a sublime remix, pitching the original vocal down to produce a seductive Deep House outing. Regular cohorts Chang...
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Hank & Deck - The Message (Basica)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Italian label, Basica, has long championed house music of a soulful and techy persuasion, and their latest signing is much more of the same in that regard. That said, when done right that's no bad thing, and the lead protagonists here don't let the side down one iota with their debut outing on the label. And this is a two-tracker that doesn't mess around. Instead, it gets straight down to business with a quite literally alarming sound central to all that's great on 'The Message'. Tech-house of a...
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Pieter Steijger - Vicious (Frameworx)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Whisper it, but progressive might be making a comeback. And no, we're not referring to the sort of 'prog' that Diggers et al were putting their hand to at the turn of the millennium, but we mean progressive in a techno/progressive sense; the type, in short, that Frameworx music owner Pieter Steijger seems to serve up with some consistency. His latest EP sees him take sole control, as he introduces us to two very different sides of his musical make-up, both of which leave us enthralled and yearni...
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Hodgson - Babylon System (Jeudi)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
If you like house music of a certain unashamed dancefloor persuasion, then chances are that Hamburg label Jeudi are for you. Never ones to take themselves overtly seriously, their modus operandi is to make you move, plain and simple. Of course, much of the label's success over the past few years has been attributable to their shrewd A&Ring, and it's a way of working that once more comes up trumps on Hodgson's debut for the label. The British newcomer doesn't fuss around with the Babylon Syst...
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Rekord 61 - Vostok (Konstruktiv)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
The Berlin-based Konstruktiv label has been coming to our attention of late thanks to their penchant for devastatingly impressive techno, the type of which is subtle and catchy enough for the house heads but still pummelling enough for the likes of Jeff Mills, Ben Klock et al. Their last outing came from label honcho Rekord 61 (and included a magnificent Perc remix), while the latest sees the main man take centre stage again as Spencer Parker gives his interpretation up later on. On to the origi...
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Tieks - Sing That Song - (Tieks)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
I do love me a good, rubbery kick – add a stripped down, self-effacing arrangement married with vocals that draws its energy from the roots of the earth to the wellspring of life up to the ceiling of the sky and a simple lo-fi synth line that warbles away to the end and TIEKS gives you one of those underground, sing a long, sing-song tracks that could do some serious crossover damage. It’s beautiful. 5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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Henry Krinkle - Stay - (Ultra)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Maybe it’s a dj fetish but I confess before the group that fluff-on-the-needle intros give me serious goosebumps. Henry Krinkle’s ‘Stay’ has already amassed massive support since its original appearance in 2012. Add some mellow organ chords and wooden block beats to Alicia Keys’ re- pitched ‘Unthinkable’ vocal that tickles the hairs on the back of your neck and you have the sort of summer hit that will stay in everyone’s memory for the foreseeable future. It’s got the staying power of Araldite a...
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Tove Lo Ft. Hippie Sabotage - Stay High (Alex Aark Bootleg) - (Spinnin)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Take a super time stretched or mega falsetto vocal that’s beautifully looped, mega compressed synth washes, clicky beats, twinkling keys and a sprawling bassline and you have the recipe for a perfect summer holiday hit. Well that’s what I think. I am deaf to other opinions where this is concerned. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Carl Tricks - Rock On - (Hysteria)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
I have a soft spot for the peak time shenanigans of Carl Tricks: he really knows how to exploit that twisted groove and certainly ‘Rock On’ demonstrates this perfectly. It’s melodic, wonky and boisterous, then morphs into a proper chant off with enough rave breaks and drum and bass swagger to keep every gurner’s facial muscles in top gymnastic form. What’s not to love about a record that’s full of fun from beginning to end? Rock on. Rave Hard. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://s...
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Mark Knight - Bullets Volume 3: Diary Of A Studio 54 Discoworker Ft. Robbie Leslie - (Toolroom)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
It’s Toolroom Bullet Time, so you need look no further than Mark Knight’s ‘Diary of a Studio 54 Discoworker’ if you like your house jacked and standing higher – and for longer - than a white trash prefab. Robbie Leslie’s spoken vocal amps up the atmosphere and energy whilst the filtered & looped piano rolls it all out flatter than a pizza in Little Italy. It bumps, jiggles and bounces and that’s fine by me. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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