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Lady Linn - Feeling Me (Bart & Baker Remix) - (Universal)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
Toms drenched in sweat and twinkling keys lead the way into Bart and Baker’s delicious rewiring of Lady Linn’s slow-mo house ballad ‘Feeling Me’. The vocal filters in and out of the plucked guitar and steady pianos like wisps of scented, smoke and the bass powers it forwards like Cupid’s bow to a bewitched arrow. You’ll feel the effects at a cellular level. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Bondax - All I See - (Ultra)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
If you are still ekeing out your tan by hiding from the rain and prolonging your holiday by keeping the sunshine tunes flowing – pop this on your pda / music listening device / into your ears and let it work its magic. ‘All I see’ is an uplifting, big and bold vocal house tune that would make you feelgood even if you’d just been declared bankrupt and dropped your house keys down a grid. The Pomo remix is a rhythmically off-kilter rewiring with a bassline that slithers over your senses like a hig...
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Aaron - Letters To Johnny EP - (Promo)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
It would be rude not to review something when a new talent promo drops on my desk that sounds every bit ‘ready to go’ and Aaron’s ‘Letters To Johnny’ EP is just that. Having spent the last year writing for Ed Thomas, Arlissa and Dante she has co-written her solo EP with the Midas talents of Tieks, MNEK, Corey Chorus, Niall Lavelle and Toby Davies. This has hothoused her skills as a blossoming singer / songwriter and she has created an assured EP of addictive dream pop and future sounding ballads...
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Calvin Harris - Slow Acid - (Columbia)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
If you want to make a brash statement with your ‘One More Tune’, look no further than Calvin Harris’ ‘Slow Acid’ – it’s a boosted to the max, slowed down, mélange of metallic, wirey guitars, bullfrog croaking 303s, good cop / bad cop pianos and synths and some seriously stomping beats. It’s what Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers built their empires on. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   http://soundcloud.com/caleb2014/calvin-harris-slow-acid...
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Pirate Jams - The Jams Volume 2 - (Gutter Gutter)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
Pirate Jams’ ‘The Jams Volume 2’ is raw food for your ears. Here are three tracks of varying strength that show your speakers no mercy and will make you feel like you’ve just mainlined a litre of spirulina. ‘The Push’ is a jolly, uptempo soft organs house roller, whilst ‘R U Ready’ has the sort of bassline that turns your spine to jelly and a speak and spell vocal prompt that elicits a respectable fist-pump response. ‘Turn It Around’ is a rave meets breaks coupling that radiates enough light and...
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Oliver Heldens Ft. K Stewart - Last All Night (Koala) - (Ultra)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
Oliver Helden’s ‘Koala’ has been treated to some r n b / edm vocal bling in order to make it pop in the higher regions of the charts and radio playlists that matter. Verse is forgettable, chorus definitely works. Love it or hate it, desired results are guaranteed. 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Affkt - Lost Ft. Thomas Gandey - (Suara)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
If you like your deep house with an indie twist and a razor sharp edge, Affkt’s ‘Lost’ will be right up your strasse. Thomas Gandey always delivers in the whispered vocal sleaze department and here are two tracks to tittilate and tease you to the nearest speaker corner. ‘Boss’ is a throbbing headnodder with a bouncing guitar riff and looped whispered chorussed vocals. ‘Lost’ is an emo jangl guitar psyche twister that feels like 1985 in 2014’s clothes. Wehbba jacks it up with a thudding kick, sli...
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Khen & Sonic Union - Driven By Demand EP

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Khen & Sonic Union might not be household names, but that needn’t distract from the fact that they’ve served up a real peach of a release here on the Scottish label, Tribal Pulse. In case you’re unaware of the label and its merits, it’s one with a wildly eclectic sound persuasion – and one that promotes house in its many guises. In that essence, Khen & Sonic Union make for a worthy addition to proceedings, not least because of a quickfire production nous that comes to the fore on the Dri...
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Dos Palos - Lady of the Westway // I’ve Been Around - (NuNorthern Soul Records)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Stunning winter sunshine single for NuNorthern Soul sees the combined talents of Faze Action’s Robin Lee along with that of vocalist/ multi instrumentalist Ed Begley fuelling the Balearic fire with two equally gorgeous productions. That is however, if the sounds of Steely Dan plus The Doobie Brothers etc appeal to you. Fortunately they very much do for me and the opening, ‘Lady of the Westway’ spins west-coast lyrics together with bubbling synthesizers and warm harmonies to great effect. As inde...
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Steve Lawler - That's House - (Play It Say It)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Inspired by one of House music’s early great basslines from 1986 Steve Lawler provides the next release for Seth Troxler’s new imprint Play It Say It. But if you were in any doubt about the authenticity of the title track, ‘That's House’ then the smoky vocal intoning, ‘House Music’ will set you straight all night long. By far one of Lawler’s best productions to date form me with undulating Acid sounds underpinning string styled, synth stabs and high impact percussion this is first rate from star...
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Mr G - Personal Momentz - (Phoenix G)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
The theme running throughout Mr G’s latest album may be a poignant one but none-the-less once again provides life-affirming music which, if you’re into his distinct sound, reinvigorates the soul. Twelve tracks of twisted delight await you beginning with the lose funk of, ‘Faith’ and ending on the heavy beauty of, ‘Dark Heart’ the long player reaffirms his status as national treasure. The track list explores different narratives with the self-explanatory, ‘DAD’ telling its own story via cool, jaz...
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Kerb Staller - Four Fingers EP - (Leftroom)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Celebrating the labels 50th release comes this from the imprints founder Matt Tolfrey alongside jozif under the joint alias of Kerb Staller. Featuring two tracks and accompanying remixes of each, however it doesn’t get much more hard-hitting than the opening, ‘Safety Instructions’. Powered by funk-fuelled breaks and a gritty kick drum pounding four to the floor this irresistible instrumental saves the best till last as the bassline expands into Acid heaven. Jerome Sydenham provides a feverish, d...
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Claus Casper, Matchy & Bott - Source Of Funk EP

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Naming your latest EP The Source of Funk EP could be inviting a host of criticism if the release in question doesn’t live up to its billing. Fortunately, no such issues overshadow the works of Claus Casper and Matchy & Bott, a trio who’ve really come up smelling of roses here courtesy of an EP that, essentially, does exactly what it says on the tin. With two tracks – each one of dizzying effectiveness on show – this isn’t an EP that’ll win prizes for subtlety. Even so, that’s essentially the...
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Bordertown x EZLV feat Freya - Things Should Go - (Nurvous Records)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Revivalist house might be all the rage of late, but if you’re looking for a soothing house track to warm your winter cockles around this time of year, then EZLV and Bordertown’s latest collab for Nurvous should do just the trick. The NYC label – with its penchant for old-school garage tropes and top-notch house fare – is amongst the best in the game at churning out such offerings, and on their latest, they’ve rolled a proverbial 6 in the A&R stakes. The action kicks off courtesy of ‘Things S...
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Renato Ratier - Black Belt Remixes (Volume 2)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 House
Brazilian industry don Renato Ratier has really embarked on his most fruitful production patch of late, with a string of esteemed releases – not to mention a brilliant album in the shape of Black Belt – really helping to put both himself and his club, D-Edge, on the global map. Indeed, the label’s latest endeavor sees him return to the album which served him so well over the past while, as he rounds up another chorus of brilliant remixers to tackle the album. And it’s a good job that the album ...
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Breakage - Treading Water - (Digital Soundboy)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
A plucked synth melody tempts us, then smoky, sultry vocals that seduce from the first note lead us further into ‘Treading Water’s deep, watery expanse. It’s a treat for the ears, head and heart so release yourself, let go and enjoy this end of the night special. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Network - My Body - (HK)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
18 year old Oli Johns is firing on all four with ‘My Body’ : the vocal hook is large enough to snag the nearest Orca and the groove is immediate, infectious and impeccable. Hit record incoming … 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Santa Maradonna FC Ft. Lucy Spraggan - Give Me Sunshine - (Brockwild Records)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
If you like forward thinking music with vague undertones of the Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’ and similarities to Kate Tempest, sand dancing to sun drenched house and stretching your brain muscles by listening and learning lyrics ‘Give Me Sunshine’ is most definitely for you. Lucy Spraggan (the glorious ‘I’m happy, I just look sad’ X Factor find strangely unknown to Santa Maradona’s engineer) keeps Spada’s hooky folk guitar and penny whistle driven original bouncing with her sharp observations and ...
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Todd Terry & Junior Sanchez - Drop It 2 Da Floor - (Brobot)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
Todd Terry and Junior Sanchez combine their tastes and talents for ‘Drop It 2 Da Floor’ a skittish and ticklish, sniffing snare meets filter flares and effects then binds it together with a drawled spoken vocal that works. It’s a simple and effective mix tool on a mission. Bang. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Skapes - Shadows EP - (Punks Music)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
Newcomer to the scene, Skapes’ discography already boasts releases on UKF and Cheap Thrills ‘Make Me Feel’ is an old skool à la RIP Groove meets nu skool collision between garridge and grime with a bassline that could cause seismic tremors on any dance floor. ‘You Don’t Stop’ has swirls of vocal sweetness and colourful synth washes that usher in a sneaky little bassline drop by the back door. It really hits its stride with ‘Shadows’ featuring Tigerlight – an uptempo, soulful boompty bouncer with...
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