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Appian - Chatter EP - (FINA Records)

Thursday, 20 November 2014 House
First-rate and temptingly diverse EP from Appian who delivers three new tracks with suitable flair and imagination. The title excellent track, ‘Chatter’ begins with soulfully charged chords that soon become dislodged by rough beats and biting percussion, while referencing classic Deep House sounds for heightened tension. ‘Astronomer’ follows with atmospheric bleeps and voices which again fully engage you, as track no.3, ‘Operator’ then raids the Detroit achieve for inspiration and fulfils the pr...
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Bordertown & EZLV Feat Freya - Things Should Go - (Nurvous)

Thursday, 20 November 2014 House
Excellent new production from Bordertown & EZLV who transport those old enough to know better back to the 90’s via that soulful intensity so prevalent from the era, but which also feels very much contemporary into the bargain. Feeling like a musical melting pot with tough beats plus the infectious combination of hard-hitting undulating basslines and chords giving this a real edge, all of which are complimented by Freya’s distinctive, emotive vocals. Stil & Bense then provide a great remi...
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Various Artists - W&O Volume 1 - (W&O Street Tracks)

Thursday, 20 November 2014 Compilations
After eight releases the label has decided to collate twelve brand new tracks, from friends and accomplices, to bond together for this unmixed compilation. Typically focusing on American influences, which is where House came from after all, the collection are of course low-slung, heavy grooves that shake bass bins and booty alike (if you possess one). Beginning with Adrian & Sake’s pumping, ‘Midnight Stagger’ and its testament of rough beats and bass this very much typifies what comes next. ...
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Diynamic - Four To The Floor (Part 2)

Thursday, 20 November 2014 House
It’s not for nothing that Diynamic are where they are right now. The Hamburg label might have arrived at just the right time where the house renaissance was concerned, but all things considered, they’ve learned to diversify with the times. Fitting of their latest way of working is the second outing from their Four to the Floor series, which again brings a host of burgeoning house talents to the fore. A shrewdly chosen array of guests litter the EP, and if it’s a wide array of intriguing tracks y...
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Benja & Reto Ardour - Strongship EP - (HIVE Audio)

Thursday, 20 November 2014 House
If you know anything about the Swiss house scene you will likely know Benji & Reto Ardour, a fearsome partnership that is well known in their native Zurich and after more EPs like this deserve to have a worldwide fan base. Their latest comes on Hive, a local label that has a global audience, and for good reason. It’s full of a trio of tech house tracks that not only keep a firm focus on the dance floor, but also come awash with great melodies and future moods. Up first is Strongship, a meand...
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Death On The Balcony - One Time Too Much - (D-Edge)

Thursday, 20 November 2014 House
Deep house is all the rage right now, but few producers actually manage to conjure up the sort of spiritually deep and emotive sounds that were first pioneered by the likes of Prescription Records and Larry Heard. Coming close on their next EP are Leeds duo Death on The Balcony. It comes on the ever impressive label arm of one of Brazil’s foremost clubs, D Edge. Across three tracks the pari of producers prove they know how to sample, how to write melodies and how to go properly deep without losi...
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Lionbabe - Jump Hi Ft. Childish Gambino - (Polydor)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 House
Whilst I’m pondering the high frequency of jacking, bumping house and garridge tracks making the top 3 of the UK national charts, up pop’s Lionbabe’s rambunctious ‘Jump Hi’ screaming winter dancefloor warmer from the top of its lungs. Billon rebuillds it with radiant synth pads, tinkling pianos and a bassline that takes pleasure in flexing its muscles like a shameless gym bunny whilst Todd Edwards is my Man Of The Match delivering a fat and bleepy, choppy frog chorus that bounces from synth pad ...
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Various Artists - Four To The Floor Part 1 - (Diynamic)

Friday, 14 November 2014 Compilations
For years now Dynamic has been an established label with Solomun, Stimming and HOSH right at the heart of the operation. After a great summer that saw the guys play regular ibiza parties as well as events in Berlin and round the world, they are now embarking on a series of new Eps that introduces lots of new talents into their fold. It proves Solomun has his eye on the ball and will likely ensure the label grows even bigger in the months ahead. EP1 of the new four part series features Night Talk...
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Various Artists - 12" / 80s - Chilled - (Universal Music Catalogue)

Friday, 14 November 2014 Compilations
It’s difficult to think of the ‘80s as a great time for chilled music, until you look more closely at chillout compilations that feature inspiring Balearic moments like Chris Rea’s ‘Josephine’. Incidentally that very track appears on the third CD of this collection, following a gargantuan mix of ‘Madam Butterfly’ from Malcolm McLaren. There are some quite adventurous choices here that definitely fall into the ‘guilty pleasures’ category – ‘Shattered Dreams’ from Johnny Hates Jazz, anyone? – but ...
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Various Artists - 12" / 80s - New Wave (Universal Music Catalogue)

Friday, 14 November 2014 Compilations
If you’re an ‘80s child, then the releases in the 12” just keep on giving – and even if you’re not, then it’s a valuable history lesson for DJs that does well to dip beneath the surface from time to time. ‘New Wave’ implies a slightly edgier and even more electronic side to the series, and that’s what we get from established classics like Thomas Dolby’s ‘She Blinded Me With Science’, New Order’s ‘Temptation’ and Echo & The Bunnymen’s ‘Silver’ – all in 12” form of course. Complementing these ...
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Various Artists - Air texture Vol.4 Selected By Steve Hauschildt & BNJMN - (Air Texture)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 Compilations
Listening to an Air Texture compilation is the musical equivalent of flying at altitude, and the mixes are surprising for their emotional power, given the relative lack of notes and almost complete absence of drums and words. It just shows how meaningful the simplest music can be, and the first mix on the latest double, compiled by Steve Hauschildt, taps straight into that approach. Topping and tailing his selection with a couple of his own productions – the shimmering ‘Watertowers’ and the bell...
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Slam - Reverse Proceed - (Soma Recordings)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 Albums
In which Slam, in their first album for seven years, look to a more experimental approach to making long players. It works, too – whereas before they’ve shown they can master song writing craft, the productions have always been the key to a good Slam track – and here Reverse Proceed looks further back to their debut album Headstates in the way it is entirely instrumental. It runs without a break, too, a tactic that works really well as we are ushered in to ‘Tokyo Subway’ with ambient noise, a la...
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Dorian Concept - Joined Ends - (Ninja Tune)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 Albums
There are a lot of one-trick ponies around where electronic music is concerned at the moment. That’s not to diminish Dorian Concept at all, but to say that there is a lot of competition and possibly pressure to make your sound unique. Happily the Austrian artist rises to the occasion with some good humour and a variety of tricks on his first album for Ninja Tune, starting out as though he’s been listening to Steve Reich on ‘The Sky Opposite’ but moving on to explore a number of different off bea...
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Deptford Goth - Songs - (37 Adventures)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 Albums
Daniel Woolhouse isn’t hanging about – just a year after his debut album as Deptford Goth, the singer-producer (who probably doesn’t have that much black make-up) returns with another set of songs. Voice and production are well matched, the tender and slightly mournful vocals given some nice backdrops and softly brushed beats, reflecting Woolhouse’s relocation from London to the coast. There are some moving moments among the eleven songs here, most notably ‘Code’, which has real substance, and ‘...
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Korrupt Data - Korrupt Data - (Planet E)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 Albums
On the face of it the Korrupt Data album feels like a bit of a publicity stunt – but when you realise Carl Craig and Planet E are behind the enterprise, that feeling goes away and is replaced by curiosity. Who could come up with what is ultimately an emotive techno album? Who could blend a softer, electro approach with the instinctive structure they do here? Well whoever has done it has given us some really good tracks such as a melancholic ‘Cryogene’, which opens the album, the edgy ‘Inter Arri...
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The Martinez Brothers - Tree Town - (Cuttin Headz)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 House
Those irresistible Martinez Brothers launch their ‘Cuttin Headz’ imprint with a three track vinyl only EP dedicated to their home town, the Big Apple. It’s all about speaker phreaking basslines, techno hi hats, quirky little noises and voices that fly in and out like belfry bats and the sort of kick that tempts you to the dancefloor before you’ve even bought a drink. A collector’s item for sure and definitely one for the nodding headz. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundclou...
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Copy Paste Soul - The Push EP (incl. No Artificial Colours Remix) - (Two Swords)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 House
If you, like me, like your techno to have a lot of funk, soul and some quirky humourous noises that lift it, then Copy Paste Soul’s ‘The Push EP’ will make you leap out of your dayskin and straight into party with the speed that Clark Kent turns into Superman in a revolving door. ‘Push’ is a percussive builder that pushes the tempo and rhythm patterns in such a way that it could perfectly align the San Andreas fault plates. Mad Tech’s No Artificial Colours mine a darker seam, going heavy on the ...
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Bart B More - Cowbell - (Rising Music)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 House
Secure Records head honcho Bart B More makes a departure from his more eclectic output with this Brazilian batucada festival tent rabble rouser for Chris Lake’s Rising Music imprint. It’s got that moombahton carnival appeal with an EDM soaring effects and states the obvious ‘hitting this cowbell really loud’ lyrics. Get ready to tear your club or tent a new one with Nom De Strip’s assault and battery barrier charger. Chocolate Puma add a funkier swing to close and that’s your lot. It’s a fun, fu...
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Elderbrook - Could - (Black Butter Records)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 House
I make no secret of my love affair with Black Butter Records: it’s a loyal and faithful companion, an adventurer, yet tidy and reliable but never predictable. Everything that keeps a relationship turning and fresh. And what part does Elderbrook play in this seduction? Take some Twin Peaks-ish lyrics then roll them up in a fragile, nervous sounding, male folky vocal then light it with some sexy, smudged and hollow beats and watch the blue smoke rise. The Six Remix ups the tempo for a shuffle fes...
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Royskopp - The Inevitable End - (Dog Triumph)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 Albums
Imagine a low, slow alarm call and a sleepy metropolis waking up, blinking its street light eyes one last time before being extinguished by the sunrise and daylight. The city flashes before your eyes in an explosion of sights, sounds, smells and a 24 hours time lapse before it reaches the sunset, nightfall and its inevitable end. Already being hailed as ‘their best album yet’ by the UK media, welcome to Royksopp’s fifth and final album for Wall of Sound / Cooking Vinyl. Where did the time go? T...
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