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Robert Hood - M-Print: 20 Years Of M-Plant Music - (M-Plant)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 Albums
Robert Hood is techno royalty. His language of choice is Detroit techno but under a number of different names – most notably Floorplan and Monobox – he has brought his own slant to proceedings with a minimal approach and doses of soul and even gospel. The latter style informs outright spiritual monsters such as Floorplan’s ‘We Magnify His Name’, while the soulful edges to ‘Never Grow Old’ are beautifully done. The more muscular minimal side operates at quite a lick, but here Hood really cuts loo...
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Matador – Play With Me EP

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 House
Stop the press! Irish techno don Matador is back, and back with more than a bang! After waiting more than 12 months since the techno world was treated to the glorious Zoles EP, Matador takes the bull by the horns again and fires out this ‘Play With Me’ release that packs plenty of punch and killer vibes all over. The title track kicks us off and immediately it’s a jacking beat and enthralling driving rhythm set upon us with a clever use of samples to really let us know that the journey has begun...
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Pause - Inertia - (Carton-pâte Records)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 House
Pause is a man that knows how he likes his techno and it more often than not, is dark, dirty and devastating. This release has his signature all over it and he wastes no time in diving in with ‘Lunar Attraction’. It’s a real foot stomper that goes off on various tangents, and while its approach is slightly kitchen-sink esque, it actually works a real treat. Next up we have ‘Back To Black’. It’s a blistering affair and has a vocal that would bring atmosphere to any disconcerting dance floor as w...
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Low Steppa - So Real EP

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 House
The So Real EP is the latest release from Low Steppa’s recently established Simma Black imprint. Coming straight out of Birmingham, the label stands for banging but appealing crossover house music, a sound that the producer himself is extremely well versed in. And what a sumptuous and appealing offering he serves up here. It's downright effective for that matter too. On the original for example, there's a cosmic sheen, a series of swelling synths and a delightful vocal snippets that all work won...
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re:deep - Hum - (Vordergrundmusik)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
This makes for tasteful, refreshing change and flows, again, organically with scintillating instruments and smoky cool vocals from D. Riggins supplying extra enticement. It has an electronic undercurrent but also takes in other influences too, such as the new-wave guitar and bass, which all go to make this a standout track. The redeep Prurient mix then supplies more electricity by refocusing the elements, and there is also a first rate version by dole & kom who lend a more haunting flavour t...
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The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra - Disco Supreme - (Far Out Recordings)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
The point to Al Kent’s extended reworking of both of these tracks is that they both sound like authentic productions in their own right capturing the essence of the genre, which in a world of (sometimes) unimaginative re-edits has to be admired. ‘Disco Supreme’ reaches almost 13 minutes of Disco ecstasy via the group’s original recordings made in Rio complete with latin flavoured percussion breaks, soaring strings and horns it’s a joy to behold. ‘Keep Believing’, slows the pace down a touch, alt...
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Adam Beyer - You're The Same - (Truesoul)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
There’s something so funky, yet so unrelenting about this EP’s title track that almost defies description. ‘You're The Same’ is driven by such a feverish energy that it leaves you breathless, which is not unreasonable due to the nature of the deep, dark bassline and heavy-duty fx employed here, while the fizzy hi-hats give it all a definite swing. The self-fulfilling, ‘Valium & LFO’s’ follows with brilliant brutal beats, moody tripped-out voices and yet more irresistible rhythms. Leaving the...
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Anja Schneider - Jimmy - (mobilee records)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
Providing the perfect end of year release for mobilee sees label head Anja Schneider deliver what has to rank as one of her best productions to date. Built around an infectious percussion loop, ‘Jimmy’ has a welcome more organic, funkier feel which is built upon via cool organ chords and riffs alongside the gritty splash of echo and pulsating kick drums. ‘Love Tube Thinking’ returns to trademark thinking with tough House beats and pulsating bass plus Acid tweaks and a soulful vocal care off voca...
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D.M.P. - I Don't Stop - (La Pitti Records)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
Add together the precious elements of Dub and Deepness along with a heavy dose of reverb and echo and you come close to this Hungarian producer’s inviting sound. The title track expands across the airways with a sense of occasion that you can only but fall for. However the excellent Pako S & Genny G remix turns up the heat with punchier drums plus funkier percussion and deep rolling bass in amongst all the tempting weirdness on offer. ‘Cybersys’ finishes the release with an uncomplicated ble...
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Luca C & Brigante feat. Róisín Murphy - Invisions - (Hot Creations)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
Good to feel that the impact of heaven sent vocals still count and this from Róisín Murphy gets it just right. Also good to hear piano chords that tastefully reference the 90’s, without making a cheesy hash out of them, while sounding emotive and progressive into the bargain. And, by combining the understated rhythm section alongside the song gives this a subtle strength leaving you wanting only more. More is on offer via the tougher ‘Club Mix’ which simply turns the volume up, plus from a set o...
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DAVI - Gates Of Babylon - (Rebellion)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
Ending the year on not so much as a bang but more of a blissful retreat DAVI’s spiritually charged production provocatively plays hide and seek with your imagination. ‘Gates Of Babylon’ minus the beats would point to ambient heaven but with them gives the eastern flavours, taught bass and heightened atmospheres a perfectly executed punch- music to get lost in. Second track, ‘Eclipse’ continues with eastern notation playing out over crisp percussion and yet more fabulous effects bouncing across y...
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Dubfire ft. Miss Kittin - Exit (Remixed) - (SCI+TEC)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
Excellent remix via The Hacker has the original release from back in the summer transformed into a much grittier, Acid styled remake combining just the right amount of punch and nastiness. The beats and percussion roll like it was 1988 alongside Detroit stabs punctuating a simple syncopated bassline and the stuttered effect of Miss Kittin’s chopped-up vocal, which played loud is irresistible. Brodinski’s remix follows stripping it down to the blunt, brutal reality of Techno. Take your pick. 4 o...
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Volkoder - Sex U EP - (Suara)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
It feels like Christmas at Paulette Towers as every Suara release I’ve opened this week merits a review. Of course I haven’t done them all … that would be being a creep, but this Volkoder EP is a towering tech house monster that will mash you up big time. ‘Big Ear’ is a squeaking, squawking, sirens blazing, drums a rolling fist pumper par excellence. ‘Dancing’ is a percussion explosion, and puddles of rides to splash in, hi hats and bells to jingle, rimshots and snares doing battle and a possess...
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Blue Hawaii - Try To Be - (Arbutus Records)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
Catz and Dogz keep the beauty and energy of Blue Hawaii’s original yet deftly rewire the breathy, muslin and chiffon vocalled, guitar strummed folksong into a chugging uptempo circuit then smolder it with unusual effects to create a hotwired sensation. Like watching the christmas lights switch on. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Gorgon City Ft. Jennifer Hudson - Go All Night

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
My jury has been out on the latest Gorgon City. Until now I’ve been suffering from collaboration attention deficit disorder (CADD for short) which has made me come out in itchy hives every time an r n b or any other genre superstar has jumped on the deep house bandwagon just to make their back end swing. It’s definitely not the strongest Gorgon City single either by my reckoning BUT (and thankfully there is a big plus) Booka Shade have turned this into quite the little showrocker with its fleshe...
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Rober Gaez - Wings Of Happiness - (Go Deeva Recordings)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
When I took piano lessons, practising arpeggios was never my strong point, so I take great pleasure in listening and dancing to and showing great appreciation whenever someone uses them to stunning effect; ‘Wings of Happiness’ is an arpeggiator’s wet dream. In its original inception it’s a minimal tickled and teased affair. Then Simone Vitullo gets to grips with it, beefs up the bottom end and spices it up with snippets of the ‘Club Lonely’ vocal and it becomes a dark, pounding, disco treat. It ...
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Mirco Caruso - Siren EP - (Go Deeva Records)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
They do say that the best things come in threes and you will be pleased to know that this is true of Mirco Caruso’s ‘Siren Ep’ for Go Deeva Recordings. ‘Siren’ is a peak time tech house tear-up complete with nasty, chugging, all aboard woo-woo sounds, police sirens and a groove that leaves you dropjawed and waiting for that almost tantric bassline drop. ‘Transmission’ is a full pelt, stick shift drive on the Le Mans circuit with bionic arm bending metal sound effects and some political spoken vo...
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Maceo Plex - Conjure Infinity EP - (Drumcode)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
Maceo Plex completes his four to the floor step, conjuring act with ‘Conjure Infinity’ – a two track EP that tars and feathers dark techno, lashes it to the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and makes them pull in each compass direction with all their might. With ‘Conjure Floyd’ Maceo Plex demonstrates why he is fast becoming the Dark Lord of funk fuelled, room filling, techno soundscapes. Whilst ‘Conjure Dreams’ is a cardio-steppers delight with a lighters aloft, soaring synth melody that takes o...
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Elderbrook - How Many Times - (Black Butter Records)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
If you are a fan of Woodkid, Hozier, James Blake – you wouldn’t do wrong by adding some Elderbrook to your collection. ‘How Many Times’ is the sax and cornet punctuated, speakeasy jazz infused second track on Elderbook’s ‘Simmer Down’ EP. It includes a radio edit required, roaring, top speed remix with haunting sustained strings and clicky 80s electro beats from Cologne’s favourite and craziest sons, Andhim. Stuck on repeat. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/andhi...
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Jay Lumen - Our Freedom - (Noir Music)

Friday, 05 December 2014 House
When you pack Jay Lumen’s ‘Our Freedom’ you can rest assured that you’re armed with a full clip. The original is jacked and stacked with bitch-slapping beats and sludgy subs. Then with its dirty funk and money shot bassline, the La Fleur remix puts the wriggle where your ass should be. As if that wasn’t generous enough, there’s a stonking hard techno remix courtesy of Traumer that fracks relentlessly until it reaches a new power source. ‘Our Freedom’ - one track, three remixes and a deadly battl...
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