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Philip Bader & Nicone - Break It Down - (Snatch! Records)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
It’s all gone German at Snatch! Towers with Philip Bader’s hard hitting, industrial strength hard tech tear up. ‘Break It Down’ works an insistent vocal over tough beats and bleeps then loops this to infinity and beyond. The breakdown breaks it right down to the vocal and yelp then rebuilds like Steve Austin with ricocheting snares and hi-hats to spray a phalanx of percussive bullets at your feet until you throw shapes that you didn’t even know you could throw. ‘Alive’ is a Pirelli special that ...
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Moguai Ft. Cheat Codes - Hold On - (Spinnin / Positiva)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Love it or hate it, Moguai’s ‘Hold On’ is going to be a massive hit. It has already garnered millions of streams on Shazam and is no doubt headed for most played status on ‘Spotify’ and ‘Youtube’ too? Why? It’s a simple song with no theatrics and a dinky little keyboard hook that makes cash tills ching involuntarily. Simple. Deadly. And bound for every compilation due to drop between now and Christmas – if you can hold on and hold out that long. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http:/...
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Alunageorge Ft. Popcaan - I'm In Control - (Island Records)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Airhorns and whistles at the ready, the unstoppable AlunaGeorge return from the success of their last ‘Jack U’ collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex to deliver this dynamite trap / soca / dancehall infused chart confection ‘I’m in Control’. It’s the sort of record that makes it summer and carnival all year round. Huge hit incoming – especially with Annie Mac’s blessing … 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   ...
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Snakehips Ft. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper - All My Friends (Jarreau Vandal) - (Columbia Records)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Anyone who actually reads my reviews will know that I massively rate the talent known as Jarreau Vandal – he has an extraordinary way of transforming the lightest of songs into heavyweight arrangements and profound statements. He has achieved exactly that here – rewiring Snakehips’ near novelty pop tome into a rich and lustrous excursion that continues to shimmer after the last note has died away. I liked this so much I ended my last radio show with it. I might do it again this week too. The ori...
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Booka Shade - Neon Gods Ft. Daudi Matsiko - (Knee Deep In Sound)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Next up on Hot Since 82’s hot label come Get Physical’s favourite sons, Booka Shade, with a high energy, space invader shot, foundry hit groove that balance along on a low sub bassline like a tightrope walker with vertigo. The vocal smooths your ruffles with a whispered ‘I tremble, you falter, I trip, you walk, you stumble’ then its heads down and back to the groove until the end. It’s infinitely playable and there’s a vocal, a dub and a radio mix just in case you should want to prove it. 3.5 o...
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The Blaze - Virile - (Bromance)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
If you like your deep house with more angles than a dodecahedron, check out The Blaze’s ‘Virile’. It has a cranky, melancholic vocal with an african accent, rave synths to clip it to the clouds and a bassline that will staple your feet to the floor. It’s quirky and weird and leaves you wanting more. Catchier than a cold on a Chinese bullet train. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Louis The Child - It's Strange - (Hear This Promo)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Chicago duo Louis The Child have made my ears prick up on various occasions over the last few months, not least with their stellar remixes on top drawer electro and alternative pop outfits Miike Snow, Dropout and Club Cheval. Now they incarcerate their shiny dream pop in some saw-toothed trap and bouncy nu-house workouts just for shits and giggles. The JackLNDN Daytime remix slays with its smooth rolling bass and airy chimes and effects. Night time Is also Jack LNDN’s domain with its obscenity-p...
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Edu Imbernon & Los Suruba - Shadows Of Rigadon EP - (Suara)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
Sliding towards the slicker and smoother end of the tech house, click track scale like a cross-country ice skater, Edu Imbernon takes us on a journey through avalanche warnings, glacial ravines then comes skidding to precarious stops on crisp, crackling ice. It’s as invigorating as an ice bath in a swedish sauna. The Clarion Red Ocean remix is all about the ambient atmospherics. Swirls of syth pads swim around your head as waves of warm stringq and voices herald in a simple, echoing rhythm patte...
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Marc Talein - Leave Me (Braxton Remix) - (MTA Records)

Thursday, 04 February 2016 House
I loved the original of Marc Talein’s ‘Leave Me’ when it emerged in Spring 2015. Now that clever fella Braxton has given it a roll in the deep, adding a rotund parping bassline, resonant chimes and a kick that could put the walls of a row of Northern terraces through. Soulfui, vocal nu-house with a tech house twist that gets better with each listen. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Sonny Fodera - Presents Defected In The House

Friday, 29 January 2016 Compilations
Having been around a while, Sonny Fodera has now really risen to the top of the house music pile. He is a taste making DJ who plays all over the world and is currently on a tour of the US, Australia and UK, and is also a chart topping producer. It seems that everything he does turns to gold, and right now he has no fewer than than six releases in the Beatport Deep House Top Ten. Recent years have found him working with a who’s who of the house industry. As well as putting out his wares on label...
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Vibe Killers – Hypnotised EP (feat. Andrea Di Rocco remix) - (Killer Vibes)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
Burnley based brothers Vibe Killers have been mixing music for over 18 years, and producing for more than 7 years. With a wealth of experience behind them, they now bring us ‘Hypnotised’, featuring 2 originals and a remix from Italian techno maestro Andrea Di Rocco. Mickey and Mark Horsey have been releasing on their Killer Vibes label for a while now, and with support from the likes of Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed and Steve Lawler, they are rapidly gaining credibility and respect from their musica...
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Kotelett and Zadak – Triphoria Remixed - (Hommage)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
It hasn’t taken long for some of Europe’s top DJs to get their hands on Hommage’s recent release ‘Triphoria’ and producing some classy remixes. It was the supremely talented German duo Kotelett and Zadak who produced the original 10 track, already getting plenty of airtime. Now various producers have put their own twists on the record, and it’s well worth a listen. Monkey Safari (who released the original album on their label Hommage), open up this release with their take on ‘Let It Happen’. Th...
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Jey Kurmis – Refresh EP - (Moon Harbour)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
While he still bases himself in his hometown of Leeds, Yorkshireman Jey Kurmis is a global star in his own right. Having released on labels such as Hot Creations, Wow! and Rinse, as well as being championed by the likes of Heidi, Jamie Jones and Richy Ahmed, it’s pretty exciting news when he drops a new EP. As for Moon Harbour, in their 16th year, they are still one of the most respected and reputable labels in the game. They consistently churn out records of the highest quality, working with p...
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Fennec & Wolf - Cassini - (Incroyable Music)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
Incroyable Music is a fine label run by German based boss Fennec & Wolf, who is actually just one producer despite what his alias implies. He is also an assured producer and knowing DJ and here puts all his skills to good use for a great new single, Cassini, that comes back with a pair of on point remixes from Kevin Over and Boy Next Door. The original, we are told, uses “the atmospheric sounds of Saturn that Cassini recorded during its voyage through space and time” and it sure does have a...
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Hector - My Cloud - (Serkal)

Thursday, 28 January 2016 House
Hector is a long running DJ and producer who has made just about everything in his time. As well as being an acclaimed DJ who can hold down both house and techno parties, he always backs it up in the studio with some slick skills. Here they are on show once more as he serves up two new cuts that come complete with a remix from Hansel. The pick of the bunch for me might be the second original Phil’s Theme. It is a backroom, deep house roller with subtle vocals, sweeping pads and trippy little me...
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Brown Irvin - Tone / Bay Fog - (Motion Ward)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 House
The debut release from Motion Ward sees the L.A producer delve deep. ‘Tone’ sets the pace for smoky Detroit vibes amid a pulsating kick drum backed up by an undulating synth line that spans some eight plus minutes. The even more striking ‘Bay Fog’ follows with darker tones washing against frenzied percussion, sound effects and seemingly breathy voices that serve to heighten the tension alongside strident bass hits. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton   {http://soundcloud.com/motion-ward/...
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Tonight Will Be Fine - Elephant Island LP – (Mule Musiq)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 Albums
German musicians Julius Steinhoff and Abdeslam Hammouda join minds for this exploration of acoustic, electronic sounds under the alias Tonight Will Be Fine. It’s an absorbing, engaging collection of moods that gently fuse traditional instruments (most notably strummed guitar) together with the edge of synthesized textures and then song. The vocals spark the imagination but never raise the temperature too much with the suitably moody backdrop of music raging between brooding ambiences to the more...
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Fabian Kash - Mood EP – (Oh! Records)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 House
There’s something refreshingly soulful about this set of four productions that manage to escape the usual clichés associated with genre. Indeed Fabian Kash’s flair of musicality injects the standout title track ‘Mood’ with a life of its own via a sprinkle of cool electric piano amid invigorated percussion which conjures up a distinct image in mind. ‘Sweet Talk’ follows with love on its mind providing care-free keys and smooth vocal touches, while ‘Berlin’ naturally adds more probing electronics ...
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Rogerio Martins – The Vibe – (KMS Records)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 House
If you’re a sucker for good old fashioned House Music then here you go. Rogerio Martins pumping production for KMS sequences driving organ hits alongside insistent drums and a Loleatta cut-up that feels securely intense all the while. Meanwhile the equally (classic) bassline powered ‘Cinco De Mayo’ relives the halcyon days with deep keys exciting frisky hi-hats plus swirling synth lines. All in all this doesn't get a note wrong – if it was right then, it’s still right now. 4 out of 5 Reviewed ...
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Leonardo Gonnelli - Stay - (Get Physical)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 House
If you like your techno with a tribal percussive and whispered vocal twist, Leonardo Gonnelli’s ‘Stay’ is an earworm that’ll drill its way into your brain and back out again. It’s slippery and fluid, simple and hypnotic and the sort of release that makes you close your eyes to appreciate it all the more. There’s a dub if you can’t take risks but honestly, the vocal version will do just fine. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/get-physical-music/leonardo-gonnelli-fe...
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