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Terry Farley presents - Acid Thunder: More Definitive Acid & Deep House 1985-1991- (Harmless)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Compilations
Totalling some five CD’s worth of music of vital, historical importance is this next compilation curated by Terry Farley scanning the timeline from 1985 to 1991. Put simply, this is beyond essential if you’re listening to House Music (of any variety) in 2014 and want to dig that bit deeper. But back to the beginning with ESP’s early classic’ ‘It’s U’ featured on the opening disc, as indeed each CD contains its weight in gold via House Music’s finest American exports that went onto inspire a gene...
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Goldie - Masterpiece - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 Albums
For such a high profile artist Goldie reveals more of the person behind the drums and bass with an exceptional blend of influences on this first of three CD set (The Alpha). Opening virtually with Terry Callier’s epic ‘Lazarus Man’ and travelling through some prime eighties moments from Maze ‘Twilight’ and Serious Intention, ‘You Don’t Know’ the blend then returns to the seventies via Junior Marvin’s timely ‘Police and Thieves’. However, that’s not before dipping into 60’s Motown with Smokey Rob...
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Trus'Me - Treat Me Right - (Remixed)

Friday, 22 August 2014 House
Trus' Me has long been a stalwart of the international house and techno scene. In the early days he released sample heavy soul and disco albums that were packed with authentic vintage textures, but for his latest album Treat Me Right he has headed much more into techno territory. As he often does on his label, following the release of the album came slew of great remixes that have all been collected here and read like a who's who of modern techno from across the world. Up first are Skudge, the S...
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Agent Orange - Feel This Way - (Cerecs)

Friday, 22 August 2014 House
Agent Orange is the latest man to step up here for Todd G's Cerecs label – and he does so in a manner that hints at great things to come. The label, of course, has been on a bit of a roll recently, and it's clear that the US producer behind this one has cannily leant on his wealth of experience for a straight-up tech house outing that'll get the guys and the girls dancing. Structured around a shrewd sample of Outkast's Ms Jackson, the original of ‘'Feel This Way'' is discerning yet feel good stu...
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Marc Ashken - Lupine EP - (Spilt Milk)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
London promoter Spilt Milk launch its affiliate imprint with this tantalising production by Marc Ashken, which is not just deliciously sleazy but irresistibly so too. It’s a devilish combination of oddball effects and commanding piano keys which instantly hooks you in as straight-up beats and cutting hi-hats leave you reeling from the effects of the ice-cool spoken vocals - an Accapella, plus Beats version are also included. ‘Squat’ provides the second endearing title with acid synths pulsating ...
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Roland Klinkenberg - Construct #1 - (GREEN)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
This is a great piece of electronically charged music by Roland Klinkenberg which achieves that enviable quality of functioning on a number of different levels. Sculpted from hard-edged synth stabs coupled with unrelenting, pounding beats this hypnotic arrangement proceeds to capture your attention as it weaves and undulates over eight and half minutes. It also sounds so particularly appealing because despite its tough rhythms it has an enticing, almost ambient quality which feels peaceful in co...
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Remi Mazet – I Felt This Way Before EP - (Colors)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
The east-London party collective Colors now launch their own record label with this sound-clash of exciting ideas via Frenchman and club resident, Remi Mazet. ‘I Felt This Way Before’ plays testament to his extended scope of influences that include shimmering Euro-Disco synths, cool House basslines and snappy drum beats. All of which combine into a collective feast of sounds that not only feel original and vibrant, but also extremely danceable into the bargain. Ivan Smagghe supplies a tasty remi...
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Groove Armada - You Got To - (Moda Black)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
Something special this way comes as Groove Armada journey to the centre of middle earth to deliver ‘You Got To’ a dark and deeply delicious slab of sleazy old skool sounding house. It builds via shivering strings, chanted backing vocal prompts and bamboo key breakdowns into a ticklish snare and piano house opus that lifts spirits better than a year of laughter therapy. It puts a lot of hands in the air too and that’s a good thing. The Theo Kottis remix is a gluey, echoing, heavy legged work out ...
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Wayward - Speak On It / Belize - (Black Butter)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
Wayward (the man responsible for that gorgeous remix on Basement Jaxx’s ‘Never Say Never’) drops a smooth and soulful garage / house double header on Black Butter Records and what a treat it is. ‘Speak On It’ is a sublime and yet raw around the edges, vocal houser with a sucker punch kick drum and a vocal that touches your soul. ‘Belize’ is the more obvious radio / chart bouncer with its honey rich female vocals, sneaky build up and bouncing beats. Close your eyes and it will be summer all year ...
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Teenage Mutants - Magic Anthem EP - (Suara)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
Teenage Mutants demonstrate once more why their production star is very much in the ascendant with this double header EP ‘Magic Anthem’. From the first notes to the last, ‘Magic’ is drenched with disco sunshine: I hear Jimmy Bo Horne's 'Spank' samples in there but that’s just the incorrigible trainspotter in me at play. It’s a great terrace / warm up track with a bassline groove that’s lazier than a 16 year old on benefits. ‘Anthem’ is your afterhours steroid boost with its pulsating rhythms, wa...
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Bob Sinclar - Back Again - (Toolroom)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
Major tune alert. When I heard Bob Sinclar play this at his ‘Paris By Night’ party at Pacha I nearly lost my stack. When he told me it was his – I nearly lost my stack all over again. So you can imagine how happy I am not just to have it and call it my own but to see it surface on Toolroom Records which is one of my favourite labels to come out of the UK in the last 10 years. It’s a deep, tech house instrumental driven deeper underground by a rolling bassline and little else. Simplicity is the k...
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Henry Krinkle - Stay (Justin Martin Remix) - (Ultra)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
I reviewed the original Henry Krinkle ‘Stay’ release a few weeks back here on these very pages, so it is with great pleasure that Justin Martin (one of the most consistently creative dj / producers of the moment) refreshes the parts that the original couldn’t quite reach. He adds a wobbly bass with a bottom end that vibrates like it is sitting on a washing machine at the peak of a 1600 spin cycle. Add a spacious drop which folds its loving arms around you and you are falling in love with every p...
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Wankelmut Ft. Emma Louise - My Head Is A Jungle (MK Remixes) - (Poesie / Ultra)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
If there is ever justification for calling a record ‘classic’ these days, then Wankelmut ft Emma Louise’s ‘My Head Is A Jungle’ definitely qualifies. Still as fresh today as it was two years ago with its release on Get Physical records, Ultra have enlisted the remix master and dancefloor / radio oficianado of the moment MK to give it a fresh lick of paint with his bright, shiny colourful piano house palette and it rocks hard. One of the Top 10 singles of this near half decade and my uncontested ...
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Shadowchild & Doorly - Piano Weapon - (Polydor)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
I wish I could put my finger on the early 90s piano house tune that ‘Piano Weapon’ interpolates, it’s on the tip of my tongue but no … it’s dissolved just like a loose pill in a jeans pocket along with the effects of more than two decades of clubbing which have systematically erased such synaptic connections. Still the memory lives on but welcomes the fresh, new by Shadowchild and Doorly’s muscular, heavyweight rewiring. The piano chords have a dynamic energy that would power a bunch of festival...
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The Alexanders - Pwoin Pwoin Pwoin - (Partyfine)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
If you take a little Daft Punk ‘Burnin’ attitude, swing it low on a bassline that would skim Tarzan’s arse low through a glade filled with alligators until the adrenalin rush kicks in. Then add some sunshine keys and spongey synth pads to soften your landing on the lush, verdant banks and you have just about the measure of Alex Metric and Yuksek’s groovy disco treat. Slick. 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/partyfinemusic/the-alexanders-pwoin-pwoin-pwoin-low-quali...
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The Freestylers - Love My Bass / Skacid - (Promo)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
The Freestylers, that dynamic London duo, return with a double header of dancefloor delights. ‘Love My Bass’ revisits the Wish ft Fonda Rae, Patrick Addams produced, 1986 disco classic ‘Tuch Me (All Night Long)’ whisking snippets of Fonda’s glorious vocal into a hot stepping, frothy, rolling bass, rave-off that’ll leave the imprint of a sterling beard and whiskers on your mouth after each healthy gulp. ‘SkAcid’ microdots a rude bwoy yardie intro and Horace Andy-sounding ad libs with a gluey psyc...
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Kiwi - The Mara EP - (Blase Boys Club)

Thursday, 21 August 2014 House
Bleeps, squelches, arpeggiated melody lines and native American sounding vocal encouragement form the basis for London DJ, Kiwi’s intriguing triple tracker. In its original skin, ‘The Mara’ is a linear yet hypnotic, screeching squeal-fest with a garage skip and a driving, monotone bassline. It’s like driving down the M1 at 5 in the morning, doing 90 mph in the middle lane and it’s pouring with rain. Yeah, that and all that it entails. Duke Dumont lends his vision, by building the drama with a st...
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Tony Rodriguez, Dave Ellesmere - Black Ops 1

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 House
New Jersey man Tony Rodriguez aka Brothers Vibe, has long been held up as a figure of some authority within the house music realm, principally because he keeps coming up with the goods even after all these years. For his latest, he returns to his BV Black imprint alongside Dave Ellesmere for the Black Ops 1 EP, an effort that goes some way to explaining the man’s effervescent appeal. Uncompromising and unfussy, this is an EP that earns its stripes thanks to its heady and intoxicating take on hou...
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Alex Metric - Heart Weighs A Ton - (OWSLA / Big Beat)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 House
Alex Metric puts both feet into the EDM / festival arena ruled by Calvin Harris, Avicii and David Guetta with this synth-powered, progressive, piano house excursion that is destined to light up radio stations along the college bus tour routes and keep the stadiums buzzing. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Row Rocka - Saffron - (Protocol)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 House
If you like nutty noises, rushy arrangements and drums that make your heart leap out of your ribcage then Row Rocka’s ‘Saffron’ is most certainly for you. Enjoy having your forehead stomped on by its military sized, hobnail beat bashing boots, then take a breather as the melody wipes your brow with its sweaty, pitch shifted palm. Then … hold up. Here we go again – get ready for the next round of brutal kick drum grievous bodily assault and aggressively scraped viola counter attacks. There’s a to...
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