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I-Robots present: Gene Hunt - Gene vs Gene EP pt.1 - (Opilec Music)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Recalling Gene Hunt’s initial Chicago heyday from the 1980’s this two track release for Record Store Day comes steeped in timely history, not least because the cover art features a rare photo including the cities Frankie Knuckles. But back to the music which plays out like the real deal as the opening,’ Drive Yourself Nuts’ testifies with blazing Acid lines and drum machine pulses all fuelling the House Music fire. ‘Wildside D Dubb’ then expands the Acid frenzy across nine plus minutes while sti...
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Cameo Culture - Burning Bright - (Wolf + Lamb Records)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 Albums
Cameo Culture is no newbie to this game - his name is Dave Roberstson and he has worked as part of a duo before now, but her comes very correct with a solo debut LP on Wolf & Lamb. The American label is the perfect outlet for his sounds, lush and organic, deep and sultry as they are. Inspired by a whole world of sounds from soul to indie, pop to do-wop, mown to good old house, disco and funk, he bottles all them up and more on his debut, Burning Bright, which sure does do that across the cou...
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Barbuto - Arcana - (Octopus Recordings)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Octopus Recordings have always maintained a decidedly underground aesthetic, regardless of whether they’ve been pushing techno or house through their channels. The label has packed a lot into its 7-or-so years, a fact that comes to light when you consider some of the talent that’s perked up on it over the years, with everyone from Gui Boratto to John Tejada to label head Sian forming part of its modus operandi. For the label’s latest inclination, they switch their attention to Australia, the lan...
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Babylon Crooks - Perpetuum EP - (Bade Records)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Babylon Crooks is an Italian duo consisting of Paulo Davide Bianchi and Filippo Mulazanni. Theirs is a sound that’s rich in enthralling details, and if their debut for the Bade Records imprint is a fair indication, then they certainly share a fine understanding of what it takes to move the dancefloor. A techno-tinged workout that draws parallels with the likes of Life & Death’s output, the title-track, Perpetuum is a track of some distinction. A relentless bassline draws us in, before the in...
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Omer Grinker & Noam Levy - Relations - (Parallel Label)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Israeli producer Omer Grinker conjures up an excellent release here alongside Noam Levy, another producer who’s a prominent member of the Parallel label. The label, of course, is one that regularly champions emerging artists, but both of these guys are pretty interwoven with the label’s story, especially considering they’ve already repped them with some flair. Anyway, it’s the brilliant ‘Alone’ that ushers in this package, and it’s a serious statement of intent from the duo. Foreboding but also ...
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Pablo del Monte - Rotate - (East Recordings)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
British label East Recordings is - much like its name suggests - one that finds a home in one of the capital’s true musical melting pots. The sister label to Brick Lane Recordings, it makes an auspicious start to life here thanks to the work of Paul Whelan aka Pablo del Monte, a producer who’s just making a comeback now, but someone who’s been involved in house music for some time. Anyway, this 2-track offering gets underway thanks to the title offering, Rotate. A real kitchen-sink offering, it ...
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Renato Ratier - Weather - (Get Physical)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 House
Brazilian DJ/producer Renato Ratier has made great strides in his time, so much so that he’s now revered as much for his productions as he is for the brains behind the D-Edge club and label. His latest production sees him don the get Physical shirt, which any self respecting house head will tell you, is quite the accolade for virtually any electronically-inclined producer. And a great job he does at releasing on the label too.The Weather EP then, gets going with the sounds of the brilliant title...
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Yung Bae - How I Feel About You - (Hear This)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
If you like true soul grooves with a J Dilla sensibility then Yung Bae will tick a lot of boxes for you. Here you get two short tracks that feel longer in the listening journey you travel in your head than in their actual playing time and that is no mean feat. ‘How I Feel About You’ is a blissful, female vocalled, undress to impress, silky soul loop with that warped record and fluff on the needle filtering and flanging that makes it ten times more delicious to slink and shimmy to. ‘Something New...
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Lucky Charmes - Skank - (Musical Freedom)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Cut and snipped Grime vocal a la Max Headroom, ‘Skank’ is a simple fairground organ melody that drills into the brain like a worm through the sweetest of apples. It also sports a well-done on both sides, tough stripped down, rolling garridge bassline that surges and drops like the best Australian waves. It has you skanking away to a slowed down and speeded up breakdown. Then you’re skan-skan-skanking away again until the end. Supported by the crème de la crème of A-list djs from Pete Tong to Cro...
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Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand (Chris Lake Remixes) - (Atlantic)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Jess Glynne forges on further with her solo career with ‘Hold My Hand’ another soaring love song with a country and western Appalachian feel to the verse melody. This time Chris Lake more than delivers with his polished and percolating bass line and flute driven, sparkling deep house take on the track. I am super enjoying hearing this side to Chris Lake again and Jess’s viuce soars like an eagle throughout. Class acts both of them. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Clean Bandit - Stronger (Camelphat) - (Atlantic Records)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Clean Bandit continue their run of chart hits with ‘Stronger’ and Camelphat underpin this success with a jolly old romp through jolly old piano house territory. The song is bright and bubbly, the vocal cuts through like a razor through a soft tomato and the ensemble will make your ears prick up as soon as you hear it from club to radio to Ipod shuffle. The dark dub takes its lead from Kenlou’s ‘Duck Beats’ of old to my ears but that’s probably just experience talking. The Dark Dub puts a twist i...
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Yvan Genkins - Mouth To Laugh EP - (Suara)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
I love it when I get an EP that makes me want to hijack the decks at any party – and Yvan Gennkins’ ‘Mouth To Laugh’ EP makes me feel like your worst party nightmare – rocks up with her own tunes, won’t leave until she’s played them all at least twice. It’s all about the Gattling groove, the vocal loop and stuttery flutter, the punchy funk and the disco dancefloor, sirens blaring slam dunk. Pick any track – pick a winner. If only every four track EP was this strong. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paul...
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Unknown - Talking About (Kokiri Remix) - (White Label)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
That Unknown is such a sort – she or he certainly gets about right? Well – even if I’m not yet onto whoever it is this time, Kokiri most certainly is. Kokiri (creator of ‘Retrospect’ and responsible for cool as remixes on Royksopp and Clean Bandit of late) has bumped and jacked this little number into a bassline bouncing, typing pool drum rolls, goodness gracious me garage / uplifting piano house workout. OK I wasn’t super sold on the solo Lurpak trombone moment when it arrived but the build up ...
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Pretty Pink - Gunfire EP - (Suara)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
If you like your deep house cocktail with an indie / rock guitar twist then shaken and stirred with a smoky female folk vocal then look no further than ‘Gunfire’ – since it plays straight to those galleries and more besides. Less stunning to my ears but no less musically appealing is the flipside Pretty Pink featuring Tears and Marble ‘What Is Love’. If you liked Haddaway then this Lana Del Rey / Twin Peaks-ish drawled and ethereal vocal interpretation of ‘What Is Love’ that’s draped lazily over...
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Various Artists - Suara Showroom 24 - (Suara)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 Compilations
Welcome to Suara 24 is fun from the outset with Adrian Hour’s spoken vocal prompted ‘Move That Dope’ which has insistent zipped noises and sirens, devilish Diplo-esque knuckle-crack sounding flamenco clicks, a sloppy slappy beat and a soulful vocal that brings it and returns it. Alberto Ruiz hits the foundry for a molten steel and barbed wire fence uptempo romp with hissing steam, pumping pistons and high pressure sounding presses going at it hammer and tongs and skittering special effects turni...
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Emanuel Satie - All Things Go EP - (Gruuv)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Young Berliner Emmanuel Satie delivers a breath taking ep for the house of Gruuv with mature confidence and aplomb. ‘All Things Go’ filters a soulful vocal into a chunky, jacking tech house arrangement that pops and overflows with enthusiasm and goodness like a multiplex popcorn machine. Audiojack bend it into a wobbling highwire walk with snipped and looped vocals to add just a little more tension to an already precarious tightrope. ‘To The Roots’ starts with the vocal laid bare over a slitheri...
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Ivan Iaccobucci - Monkolo 1 EP - (Holic Trax)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Original 90s House Gangster, Ivan Iaccobucci, delivers a three track (4 on Digital) ep for Holic Trax sub series Monoklo 1 and its really rather special. ‘Router’ is an insistent percussive groove that sucks you in like a TV channel poltergeist. ‘Anorak’ is a chugging, jacking click track whilst ‘De Mai Sus’ is all over the pin tack explosion cymbals and rides. Finally the digital only treat ‘Stakhanovite’ is a fat, pounding groove with a broken beat attitude that could give you whiplash if you ...
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Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts - Revolution In The Cycles EP - (Freerange)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Guillaume and The Coutu Dumonts makes his Freerange debut with ‘Revolution in the Cycles’ EP – an intricately looped triple header that will snag you in its silky web. 'You Lost It's disco funk with a tech house twist makes it the immediate choice for terrace play in the sunshine :-) seems perfectly logical to me. ‘Doughnut Jam’ is strictly techno with hi-tek jazz keys running through its blood and a funk bass line arcing the trajectory just for good measure. Finally ‘Sutra’ is purely sexual, it...
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HVOB - Asrael - (Stil Vor Talent)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Whilst putting the final touches to their imminent second artist album ‘Trialog’, HVOB (Anna Muller and Paul Wallner) have been kind enough to treat us to their ‘Asrael’ AA sided vinyl / EP. In its original form, Asrael (the album’s opening track) is a gentle yet dramatic, clave and seething guitar-driven arrangement that seizes the chink of vocal light around the half way mark. In stark contrast, The Pillow Talk remix of Asrael is a melodically sweeter whispered vocal seduction with ticklish pe...
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Steve Lawler - Call Of The Cuckoo - (Leftroom)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
When Steve Lawler, The Chief Viva Warrior sets up camp at Leftroom Records he marks his territory with ‘Call of The Cuckoo’ a double header that flutters and flexes its way into your consciousness, polyrhythmically pecking and chipping away at its rubber tree bass line like nature’s own woodcutter. ‘Can’t Stop’ works its ground up groove that writhes around your body like your awakened chakra snake, unleashing the undulating coils of energy from your toes to your head from beginning to end. A gr...
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