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Loopers - Seoul - (OTW / Mixmash)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
Squeaks and bleeps, squeaks and bleeps. Piston pumping beats and a bassline that sounds like they’ve used a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s tongue as a bass string propel it forwards like a midget out of a hot cannon; Then when the trance synths take up the slack it’s time to throw your cassocks and wimples to the wind and join the rave-olution. Nasty. But in a good way. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Duke Dumont - For Club Play Only Pt. 3

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
When Duke Dumont isn’t dominating the national charts with his perfectly crafted deep house confections, he is beavering away like a mad scientist to create club monsters like the specimen we have here. ‘Nicht vor Mittenacht’ is darker than midnight with its broad, blaring synths, trickling keys and rave and repeat rolling beats. Slow Dance is an acid yellow, melting smiley with a hollow cheeked bass that could rub the nap off the thighs of your velvet pants given half the chance. ‘Mumble Man’ t...
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Skrillex - Recess (Remixes) - (Big Beat)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
Every so often a record comes along that dog ears a Summer month. This one has just cornered every page in July August and September in my diary. Taking the ‘schools out’ kids choir sung verse and chorus as the foundation stone, each remixer creates their own vastly different universe. The Milo and Otis remix makes me fall in love with each play, reminding me in some strange way of Jay Z’s ‘Show Me What You Got’. Vantino Khan is a drum majorette’s and cheerleader’s wet dream and the slowed down ...
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Freaks - Wake Up (Oliver$ & Jimi Jules Remix) - (Classic)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
You know that ‘go out, get in, get amongst it’ feeling you get when you’re outside a club or a party and you can hear the ‘thud tsk tsk tsk tsk thud tsk tsk tsk tsk through the walls? This is what Oliver$ and Jimi Jules’ remix of Freaks’ ‘Wake Up’ puts me in mind of. It broods. It slinks. It sleazes everybody up and it takes The Freaks’ (Luke Solomon, Justin Harris and Diz Washington) reworking of Ian Dury and The Blockheads ‘Wake Up And Make Love To Me’ to a whole other dimension. It’s a chemic...
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Shift K3y - I Know - (Columbia)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
If you like sweet and sensitive yet powerful pop melodies then Shift K3y’s ‘I Know’ will make your blooming day. It morphs slickly from its shimmering deep house introduction into a jack booted stompathon that might just knock your teeth through the back of your head into somebody else’s mouth if you don’t time your dancefloor dips and twirls accurately enough. It’s up enough to be radio friendly and nasty enough to do the do in dark corners in any club. So now you know. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By...
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Brett Johnson - Paper Love - (Get Physical)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
If you like your techno with a slice of jazz and a dollop of skanking dirty funk, then Brett Johnson’s will be an indispensable addition to your party artillery. Do It Like That works some big brass band sounds around some eclectic electronic effects. ‘Still charged’ has the nasty, skeleton-jangling, hip thrusting beats that I like. Amnesia is a dub-skanking shapeshifter with effects that layer and curl like the smoke from a recently fired gun. Definitely worth the benjamins. 3.5 out of 5 Revi...
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Superdrums - Don't Walk Away EP - (Electronical Reeds)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
Belgium producer Superdrums is responsible for some of Electronical Reeds’ finest output and now the well-respected producer is back with a new EP for the label. Lex Newton turns up to remix and once again this is fine house fodder for discerning dancefloors everywhere. The pick of the EP might actually be Superdrums’ remix of his own track. His dub take on Waiting For My Lovin is a swagger, cool as you like house number that stays down low, inviting you in with each dubby rotation and every co...
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Ascorbite - Origin EP - (HMWL)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
House Music With Love is a new label that has evolved from a blog on Vice’s blogging network into a label now offering up a new EP from Swedish producer Ascorbite. He’s a young pretender with credits on labels like Different Attitudes and Subtech Records and now shows he is truly talented with three compelling new productions. It’s clear from this EP that Ascorbite has a penchant for deep house music that is riddled with melody, colour and sensitive pads. All three tracks are supple, insular af...
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Various Artists - Southport Weekender: Lefto - (BBE)

Friday, 18 July 2014 Compilations
The Southport Weekender decamps to BBE for this offering from Belgian DJ LeFtO, who brings a typically fresh and eclectic approach to a mix that charms, amuses and energises in equal measure. Consistently imaginative and often pleasingly leftfield, LeFtO moves easily between soul, funk, break beat and quicker, discofied offerings. The mix is quite noodly to begin with, through Reginald Omas Mamode IVth’s ‘Keep On Walking’, but then the beats start to break out with Nikitch’s edgy ‘Don’t Know Why...
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Various Artists - Late Night Tales Presents After Dark: Nightshift Mixed By Bill Brewster - (Late Night Tales)

Friday, 18 July 2014 Compilations
Bill Brewster is a DJ you can always rely on for fresh insights, imaginative choices and sensitive mixing – so it comes as absolutely no surprise to report the second episode of ‘After Dark’ to be even better than the first. He beings with the lightly jazzy, trumpet murmurings of DJ Nature’s remix of Typesun’s ‘Last Home’, setting the smoky late night scene, before the summery funk of The Blaxploited Orchestra’s ‘The Pursuit’ (remixed by Good Guy Mikesh and Filburt) kicks in. It’s a strong openi...
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Lost Midas - Off The Course - (Tru Thoughts)

Friday, 18 July 2014 Albums
Lost Midas is Jason Trikakis, a Boston-born drummer who moved to Los Angeles three years ago. He’s got a very open musical mind on the strength of this, his debut album, which brings in a number of different beat styles and speeds. The production has a nice, Balearic haze which works well when it’s teamed with heavier beats, as it is on ‘Sunset Strut’, but more delicate asides like ‘Love Undone’ earn their moments in the sun too. Meanwhile ‘Bit Brains’ emerges from its late night drowsiness with...
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System 7 - Out: The Definitive Single Remix Collection - (A-Wave)

Friday, 18 July 2014 Albums
A very desirable package for System 7 fans, this – the release of a double album of previously hard to find vinyl and downloads. The duo – Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy – have always been able to secure the best and most suitable remixers for their work, so it comes as no surprise to discover this is a great collection. Carl Craig stars on a couple of occasions, with his remixes of ‘Sirenes’ and the funky ‘PositiveNoise’ doing the business. It’s not just techno here though, far from it – as...
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Xeno & Oaklander - Par Avion - (Ghostly International)

Friday, 18 July 2014 Albums
Described as ‘postcards of love for a cold age’, Xeno & Oaklander’s first album for Ghostly finds them marrying past and present with the ease we’ve come to expect from the duo. Their past is a meeting point of influences that include Blondie and Kraftwerk, but their own style is still recognisable thanks to some wholly original musical thought. With compact beats and expansive synths they present this very 21st century travelogue, crafting a satisfying warmth in songs such as ‘Jasmine Night...
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Get Physical Music Presents: Ibiza 2014 - Mixed & Compiled by Paolo Rocco

Friday, 18 July 2014 Compilations
Paolo Rocco’s stunning two hour long mix proves itself to much more than merely a game of two halves. Equally enthralling throughout and touching upon different moods, both instrumentally and vocally, this imaginative set of sounds comes together like a journey into the very soul of the matter. Forward thinking music contained within the vision occurs via the calibre of Phillip Ort, And.id plus the inevitable Mr.G. And so the list goes on. But back the the blend which almost doesn’t feel like a ...
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Heavyhandz - Light Is New - (Deeper Shades Recordings)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
Los Angeles producer Roger Dickes delivers the clearly standout track for me this week and you can tell it’s that confident by the simple fact it only contains one version. It is all about the electronic keys here which sizzle and evolve in almost improvised fashion but are none-the-less totally spellbinding. Backed up by shuffling percussion, a Kick drum and handclaps this effervescent instrumental is both high on life plus spine-tingling atmospherics. Recommended. 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg...
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Josh Winiberg - Awakening EP - (Plus Plus Records)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
Good hear to hear piano edging back into the spotlight again and when it’s played as well as this then all good. Josh Winiberg’s unfussy yet emotive keys almost feel as though they should be heard all on their own, although with a suitably uncomplicated drum section this works very well on, ‘Weeping Willow’. The Florisz Janvier remix then explores the ambient aspects of the track alongside some skilful drum programming, with Jason Bay’s epic eleven minute version expanding all sorts of creativit...
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Guti & King Brain – Opus 1 & 2 - (DFTD)

Friday, 18 July 2014 House
Striking just the right balance between deft keyboard dexterity and dancefloor punch is this latest from Guti who now joins forces with King Brain for this release on Defected’s sister label. Two compositions on offer here with the first acting as more thoughtful and atmospheric as whirring sythns provide a haunting sequence of notes in amongst the driving percussion and throbbing bass. The second is tougher, causing a heavier impact, and this time is complimented by rousing piano chords and rol...
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DJ Ermi - Wad - (Inspires Records)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Seems like a while since I’ve heard a Latin inspired track such as this making a big impression. Indeed this is simply something that you will want to hear more of with its carefully crafted piano lines amid shuffling beats and cool percussion feeling like they are made for each other. Coming out of Naples this is every bit as much about the rhythms as it is about that classically trained piano, both of which are first rate on the Original Mix. Try the moodier, deeper Deep Dub too, or indeed the...
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Black Alley - Always Something (Remixes) - (Itchy Pig)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
This is great because it sounds plugged into technology but also remains emotive and musical too, not overly programmed and soulless. The Main Mix boasts a crunchy selection of funky notes that bounce along tastefully to the punchy rhythms and lovely Rhodes chords via this Berlin based label. However, there is an even better remix from Club Squisito which manages to blend haunting Trumpet together with ethereal voices and traditional French influences that comes up smiling. James Johnston then g...
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LTMDTW x Jesse Boykins III - The Rain - (MadTech Records)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 House
Definitely HOT. This excellent production from LTMDTW and Jesse Boykins III hooks you in from the word go with its dazzling array of hypnotic sounds that pitch themselves at you across what feels like an extended intro. Which, then soon develop into something altogether edgier by the time the more twisted synths arrive, though credit must also go to the inspired looped vocal edits. Remixes come from a pounding ‘Garage’ version by Celsius, an atmospheric Illyus & Barrientos, and finally via a...
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