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Tough Love Ft. Nastaly - Closed The Door - (Lou Lou)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
‘Closed Door’ is a chunky rolling house cut that digs deep then hooks and hollows out the vocal to a simmering and sexy effect. Bubbling away on the production back burner for a couple of years hasn’t done this Tough Love release any harm at all. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Cirez D - Ruby - (Mouseville)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
Relentless, Gatling gun beats and a rich, sinewy bassline take Cirez D’s ‘Ruby’ to the molten core of the techno dancefloor. It’s got funk by the barrel load too. I like. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette       ...
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Breach & Cinnaman - Liberty / Avocado - (Naked Naked)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
If headphone house was still a thing then ‘Avocado’ would most certainly fit the term. The thudding kick and Beltramesque, clicking jazz tek snares and beats propel it forwards and upwards like a dandelion seed on an autumn breeze. Then it gives way to a slithering, oyster runny bassline, filters and cuts the loops adds some tasty decoratin and that’s the measure of it. Liberty is a crystak keyed, techno tear up that builds like a cyclone in a flat field , uprooting and relocating it by the diss...
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Various Artists - EPM Selected Vol.3 - (EPM)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Compilations
EPM’s third label collection focuses on remixes – and does a great job in bigging up what is becoming a formidable catalogue. There is a wide variety of music here, though I struggled to get past Robert Hood’s hugely entertaining disco carnage remix of Carl Taylor’s ‘Debbie’s Groove’, because it is so insanely catchy! Once past that there are other treats in store – Vince Watson’s trance leanings in an admirable take on Kristian Heikkila’s ‘02’ and the bouncy Marcel Fengler remix of Paul Mac’s ‘...
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Inspiral Carpets - Inspiral Carpets - (Cherry Red)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Albums
A brave band indeed, to come back like the Inspirals have with a self-titled album. But any concerns they haven’t got anything to say are happily blown away by this album, which – while it might not be a return to the form of ‘Saturn 5’ and ‘Dragging Me Down’ days – still suggests the band have a lot to offer. Clint Boon’s voice is a bit darker these days and it suits him – especially when the trademark organ is in tow. There is an inner resilience to songs like ‘Spitfire’ and the strong ‘Callin...
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Burnt Friedmann with Daniel Dodd-Ellis - Cease To Matter - (Nonplace Records)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Albums
Burnt Friedman and Daniel Dodd-Ellis have previous, working together on one of Friedman’s previous albums, ‘First Night Forever’. This outing is much more of a collaboration though, taking Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ as a starting point and working some of its text into speech above Friedman’s largely ambient but experimental productions. There is gallows humour at work here, especially in the recurring title track with its airy piano, and there are loosely improvised strands that work wel...
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Tosca - Outta Here - (!K7)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Albums
A new Tosca album is always cause for celebration, even more so on this occasion because ‘Outta Here’ represents a change in direction. Rupert Huber and Richard Dorfmeister have gone for a quicker set of songs that also add a bit of gritty American blues, especially when Earl Zinger is the vocalist – for the title track even sounds as if he’s been listening to the likes of Robbie Robertson, with a knowing wink or two to the listener. ‘Kickin’ It Down’ is even better, a really catchy offering – w...
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Kasper Bjorke - After Forever - (HFN Music)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Albums
It is something of a surprise that the music of Kasper Bjorke hasn’t had more recognition in this country. He writes excellent pop songs, but gives them an electro edge, leaving them left of centre but with some excellent electronic production. There are once again a good number of unexpected touches to ‘After Forever’, his fourth album, like the steel pans at the start of ‘Sylvia’, where CTM somehow taps into the spirit of Sade over Bjorke’s crisp production. ‘Marbled Blood’ sharpens its attack...
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Pharmakon - Bestial Burden - (Sacred Bones)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Albums
Pharmakon – Margaret Chardiet – wrote this album after an unexpected and alarming hospital visit that required internal surgery. Her deeply personal response is just as internal, harnessing the sounds of the body in a pure expression of industrial noise. ‘Bestial Burden’ is such a full on response that it is in no way easy listening, and on headphones can be completely overpowering – even in the first track, ‘’, which is essentially a series of breathing patterns. Soon though the noise is overwh...
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John Foxx - B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica) - (Metamatic)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Albums
John Foxx’s second release of October complements the first, his collaboration with Steve D’Agostino. ‘Ballardian B-Movies’ is a series of audio sketches that paints vivid pictures of built-up communities and technology, with some wildly varying moods. These can change at the blink of an eye, so one minute you can be taking in the exquisite suspended sounds of ‘Exit Strategy’, then the next you’re thrown into the middle of a powerful electro disco with ‘Crash Course’. ‘The Other Side’ playfully ...
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Daedelus - The Light Brigade - (Brainfeeder)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Albums
It’s almost indecent, the speed with which Daedelus produces albums. But this one is rather different, and in terms of length at least is more like an extended EP. It also finds Daedelus – real name Alfred Darlington – taking time out for thought and contemplation, which makes sense as some of his very best music in the past has been slower. Initially ‘The Light Brigade’ was to mark the Crimean War of the 1850s, but since it was recorded an all too recent conflict has broken out in that area, so...
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Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman (Deluxe Edition) - (Universal)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Albums
Twenty years ago, Underworld were making themselves known to the more general public with this, their third album. Doesn’t that make you feel old? In another way though it’s very reassuring, because Karl Hyde and Rick Smith are still right at the top of their game, thrilling their fans either with new music or with the quality of their live performances. Hyde, of course, is spreading his wings through soundtracks and collaborations with Brian Eno, but this is where it really all began, the first...
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Edwin Starr - Soul Master - (Big Break Records)

Monday, 13 October 2014 Soul / Funk
And now for a touch of class. Edwin Starr featured heavily on the dancefloors of what became known as Northern Soul and this debut album aptly begins with, ‘Agent Double O Soul’ featuring his trademark raw-edged, soulfully charged vocals. Originally released way back in 1968 on Motown’s Gordy label it also contains classic’s such as, ‘(SOS) Stop Her On Sight’ and ‘Headline News’. However as a very welcome bonus, on this re-issue, a handful of gems that didn’t appear on the initial release, such ...
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Apollonia - Tour à Tour - (Apollonia)

Monday, 13 October 2014 House
Kicking off their world tour, which is also the album’s title, Tour à Tour is a positive tour de force when it comes to forward-thinking, probing contemporary music. And what becomes quickly apparent is that while the music exists sublimely for the dancefloor, it has a real depth of sound and vision that lets you explore the vivid imaginations of the three Frenchmen off it too. In ways it sounds like three people locked in spirit, jamming together as hits of percussion, fx and vocal edits all dr...
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Harry Romero - Get Down - (Manchester Underground Music)

Monday, 13 October 2014 House
Harry Romero delivers five plus minutes of uncompromising, hard-edged funk for Manchester’s Underground Music imprint. Only the one mix available so you know it’s got to be hot. And in typically relentless Romero fashion it certainly proves the point. Powerful drums and bass provide the basis for an undulating sequence of tech stabs and evolving, twisted synth lines to reach fever point by the main breakdown. It’s not about melody but sheer dancefloor pump and grind, and as such this works a tre...
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Davide Squillace - Goiânia - (Cadenza)

Monday, 13 October 2014 House
Needing little introduction this brand new collection of three tracks each sparkle with the punch and definition that we’ve come to expect from Davide Squillace. And it’s the title track which says it best as cutting string stabs are soon offset by pounding drums and an assortment of synth lines, each finding their own place in this hypnotic jigsaw of sound. ‘Blossom’ then quickly feels more intense with deeper bass tones and quick-fire percussive hits, while the excellent ‘Unit 9’ closes on dar...
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Julie Marghilano - Let It Go feat. Ilhem - (Sol Asylum)

Monday, 13 October 2014 House
And now for something rather different - Julie Marghilano was born into a musical family and for once it actually shows: this EP on her own label Sol Asylum is a truly magical, spiritual three track affair that sounds like little else and really works its way into your affections. The best of the lot is the title track, Let It Go, with its emotive vocals, scattering of percussion and punchy, rubbery drums. Soul Print is just as deep and infectious, with slightly more hurried drums, rolls of pian...
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VVAA - Alfabox 01 - (Alfa Romero Recordings)

Monday, 13 October 2014 House
The Alfa Romero label has been cruising along nicely in recent times, picking up DJ and dancer fans alike along the way. Now for the first time instead of releasing an individual artists solo EP, the imprint pulls together a range of talents for its first ever Various Artist EP. The results are fantastic and show just what a breadth of talent the label can draw on. Anthony Megaro with Sensation goes first. It’s a nice deep track with lots of reverb rich melodies and squelchy perc. Then Mazu impr...
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Marco Cassanelli - Adub EP - (eMBi Music Limited)

Monday, 13 October 2014 House
If you are into your dub techno than look no further: this new EP from long time techno expert and Italian native Marco Cassanelli is a rich, resonant offering full of mood, groove and ambiance. It features two new cuts with two remixes and is a timely release as summer makes way for the wintrier autumn season. One of the highlights is actually the remix by Daniele Casa, who flips Panorama into a spritely, groovy dub techno cut with nice beams of light, colourful synth patterns and slick percuss...
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Marcus Fix - Free To - (Epilog)

Monday, 13 October 2014 House
German DJ and producer Markus Fix has been excelling in the world of house and techno since 2007, releasing on labels like Cécile, Deep Vibes and Freebase, and now he pops up on the fledgling but already impressive Epilog label. As such, he serves up four tough and steely tracks of basement house that are seriously well produced and stuffed with feeling. It might be the last track Cable Guy that is most impressive – scurrying little drums, static crackles and a nagging lead synth line all make f...
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