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YouKey - Separated Sky - (Poesie Musik)

Thursday, 27 August 2015 House
And as summer draws to a languorous close, there’s still room for a guitar strummed, folk-house tune or two. Enter Youkey’s ‘Separated Sky’ a romantic, gossamer-vocalled excursion that takes you on a hayride with a picnic basket filled with remixes from Fynn, Franz Alice Stern and Weber. Fynn concentrates on the beat and the guitar, amping up the energy for a slouchy jeaned ho-down. Franz Alice Stern is a dark and twinkling star-gazing affair that is sure to increase early sales of plaid blanket...
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Nvoy - All Night - (Black Butter)

Thursday, 27 August 2015 House
Here’s a smooth and swirly nu house release from NVOY that’s perfect for a late night back room to bed room session. It’s simplicity in the extreme – the ‘All Night’ lyric is dusted lightly throughout an arrangement with bright, wavering synth pads, a subdued, humping kick and rhythmic keys. It goes all night – think rabbit on viagra and you’ll get the picture. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Jay Cosmic - The Tunnel - (Doorn)

Thursday, 27 August 2015 House
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the tunnel. There’s a definite nod to Danny Tenaglia’s ‘Elements’ as the vocal talks you through the build of the track but this is hard, driven progressive house with a techno sensibility – all relentless beats at the bottom end and soaring synth effects at the top. Definitely one for the triple A listers. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Will Clarke Ft. Rhea - Spandex - (DFTD)

Thursday, 27 August 2015 House
If synth bleeps and spoken vocals make you wig out like a steroid pumped robot, then ‘Spandex’ is about to make your head explode like a watermelon on a firing range. It’s a stripped down groove with wavering synths and puddle-jump splashy snares and hi-hats that will have the nu-voguers and nu-housers battling it out on the dancefloor for all they’re worth. It’s lyrically cute (Superted, Heman, Shera, Power Rangers are all name checked) a lot of fun and has a fabulous groove. File with Hannah W...
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Gina Turner & Tony Quattro - Top Cat feat. Keeon/That Trumpet Track – (Nervous NYC)

Thursday, 27 August 2015 House
No excuse needed to praise the classic sound of Nervous Records unbeatable 90’s output as this latest from Gina Turner & Tony Quattro proudly testifies, although all with a 2015 sting of course. ‘Top Cat’ feels deliberately nervous with New York’s edgier sounds and flavours fuelling intense rhythms amid horn blasts and hot vocal stabs. The Dub Mix then gives the signature Trumpet more room to groove while drumming into you with insistent hi-hats and shuffling vocal hits. ‘That Trumpet Track’...
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The Mekanism - Sweet Monday EP

Thursday, 27 August 2015 House
Damien Roussel aka The Mekanism delivers more finely tuned gems for ever reliable Madhouse imprint who again keep the temperature stoked with this release. Expect energetic, emotionally charged music that ticks all the numbers in terms of rousing hard-hitting and even gospel inspired music on the excellent title track, ‘Sweet Monday’. Conversely, ‘Felicidad’ keeps the tempo hot while feeling deeper with more probing words accompanying the equally pulsating grooves. SEK, then roughs up the beats ...
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Ashford & Simpson – Send It: Expanded Edition – (Big Break Records)

Thursday, 27 August 2015 Albums
Next up in this glorious series of reissues from Ashford &Simpson comes their 1977 album, ‘Send It’. And once again the release comes adorned with freshly remastered versions accompanied by Christian John Wikane’s superlative sleeve notes, which include a revealing interview with Valerie Simpson no less. Yet again the album is jam-packed with soulfully inspired Disco goodness, just as it emotive ballads plus notably funkier jams such as their irresistible ‘Don’t Cost You Nothing’. Also conta...
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Singers & Players - War Of Words - (On-U Sound)

Thursday, 27 August 2015 Albums
This album was originally released on NYC‘s infamous 99 Records way back in 1981 and yet still sounds as magical in 2015. Conjuring up the rhythms alongside Jamaican deejays Prince Far I and Jah Woosh, plus members of the Arabs and Roots Radics, are Keith Levene (Public Image Limited) and Ari Up from The Slits also making their presence felt. The key lies not only in the soul of the vocals but also in the production values added to an alternative way at looking into time signatures and arrangeme...
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Andrea Oliva - 4313 - (Objektivity)

Monday, 24 August 2015 Albums
Dennis Ferrer’s ‘Objektivity’ label has long been a standard bearer for techno / tech house with a deep melodic / soulful vocal edge. Enter Andrea Oliva with ‘4313’ – an album that fits the above brief and more since it is classy in the extreme but a right old rave up when the disco spirit wills him on. Setting the blues and jazz vocal influences in a direct face off with the stomping, rolling techno beats, deep house subs and pop lyrical sensibilities, ‘4313’ is a treat for the ears and the fee...
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Baskerville - Times - (MTA)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
If you need dutch courage to propel you onto the dancefloor, try Baskerville’s ‘Times’ for size. Young Thijs van der Klugt has created a slow-mo then amped up, warped and warbling, shiny synth-pop soundscape that is at home on a dark, sweaty dance floor as it is on your I-Player listen back. Think club ready and radio fresh then file with Etienne De Crecy and all things Kitsuné. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Rudimental - I Will For Love Ft. Will Heard - (Major Toms / Asylum)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
Rudimental keep up the pressure with their releases ahead of the album in September and kill it with ‘I Will For Love’ – a drum and bass end of set anthem featuring young superstar Will Heard. It’s a vocal tear up and mosh pit jump up special with all the energy and dynamic that make Rudimental so damned good. Perfect for stadium gigs, festivals, outdoor parties and picnics and bedroom affirmations / tête à têtes with that special someone. 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {http...
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Gorgon City Ft. Romans - Saving My Life - (Virgin EMI / Capitol)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
Gorgon City return to the club banger fray with a stomping, bouncing piano house excursion with a chorus ear-worm that will ring in your ears long after the track has finished. The Terrace Dub is a garage / two step shuffler with a soaring gospel backing vocal flavour that will raise roofs and tear up dance floors. The Warehouse Dub is an ‘in your face’ nu house blazer that generates heat and blows lightbulbs when the bass line buzzes through the speaker cones. Nice and nasty. 3.5 out of 5 Rev...
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Yost Koen & M.in - Knowledge EP - (Snatch! Records)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
If you like your techno full fat and groovy, Yost Koen and M.in’s ‘Knowledge’ EP will whet your appetite like a bell to Pavlov’s dogs. ‘the Knowledge feat. Leroy’ is a dark, rolling tune with a tweaking vocal drop worthy of Green Velvet and the soert of menacing, banging percussion that will clear the chakras of all who dare to dance to its beat. Craig Williams twist it into a more progressive techno shape, whilst Upercent tickles the underbelly, warps the vocals then bends it like Uri Geller. S...
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Jimi Tenor - Take Me Baby (Cascandy Remix) - (Snoe)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
Picture the amyl nitrate fuelled disco scene in the William Friedkin thriller ‘Cruising’. Al Pacino is asked to dance, accepts, takes centre stage dressed in a black wife-beater, then the amyl soaked bandana changes everything. Cascandy’s rewiring of Jimi Tenor’s ‘Take Me Baby’ is much like this. There’s a fierce heartbeat, a slippery pulse ; a tension that mounts in intensity like an amyl fuelled rush of blood to the brain. It chugs like a cross-country train, whilst the scraping, high pitched ...
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Ray Okpara & Christian Nielsen - Alibi - (Inhale)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
Ray Okpara teams up with one of Austria’s favourite sons, Christian Nielsen for a tech house dance off that’s got groove for days. ‘Alibi’ is a pushy and persistent percussive outing with snarling effects, sniffing synths and a quirky dissonant vocal. ‘Never Stop’ is a babbling tech house brook and a fountain of aural ideas that rattle on into the infinite. Another must have. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Jey Kurmis - Grace - (Exploited Ghetto)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
I do have rather a soft spot for Exploited Ghetto : it has a knack of unearthing tasty talents with its keen a&r nose. Here Leeds based producer Jey Kurmis delivers a tantalising techno triptych that bounces like a baby wearing a rubber diaper. ‘Grace’ is all of the above with weirded out vocal insertions and the sort of crisp and crackling 808s that pan, loop and cycle quickly enough to make your eyes do that cross eyed / around the world dance in their sockets. ‘Hooper’ is an straight four...
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Janet Jackson - No Sleeep - (Rhythm Nation Records / BMG)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
Janet Jackson returns with the classy and chic ‘No Sleeep’ and takes her place once again in the upper echelons of pop / r n b royalty. ‘No Sleeep’ is a sexy, whispered roll on silk lined clouds, working Janet’s trademarked soft, whispered vocal style into a melody that tattoos itself on your heart. The original version has already been rapturously received everywhere from Billboard magazine to Facebook to the blogs that matter but Two Inch Punch stretches it out with some glitchy electronics, w...
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Little By Little - Kick It Up EP - (DFTD)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
Little By Little returns to DFTD with a cheeky double header that ratchets the energy up by the kilojoule and kicks up enough main floor, peak time disco dust to start a sandstorm off Tatooine. ‘Kick It Up’ has a stumble and tumble beat that’s excited by a swarming, buzzing synth and ‘kick it up’ and a demented ‘boom-chaka-boom’ looped vocal encouragement. It’s great fun and then some. ‘Somebody’ is a deadly, mid-set bassline groove with clattering, empty biscuit tin open snares and hi-hats, Wer...
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Disclosure - Omen - (PMR / Island)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
If you like lazy summer grooves that will make every humpday super happy, then Disclosure’s latest collaboration with the ever fabulous – and now international uber-superstar – Sam Smith ticks those boxes and so much more. It’s a low slung, catchy little boot-ay wiggler for soul boys and girls of all ages with a vocal delivery that would make the hardest heart run with fragrant, rose coulis. And now there is the Jonas Rathsman remix which is a high voltage, crackling tech house scene-stealer tha...
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FreakMe - Float Away - (Get Physical)

Thursday, 20 August 2015 House
FreakMe presents a new three track EP for Get Physical that is a rhythmic treat. ‘Float Away’ taps gently on your psyche, driven by polyrhythmic synths and beats that tumble and roll over each other like undulating ocean waves ; gathering momentum at each turn, some ominous subs loom large, some keys trip and fizz lightly, refreshing the top end. Then the vocal cuts through like light refracting and bent through the mirrored surface, revealing a depth of emotion and its full spectrum of emotiona...
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