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Various Artists - All Gone Pete Tong & Hot Since 82 Ibiza 2015 - (ITH)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 Compilations
Pete Tong’s annual onceover of Ibiza is all the more effective because he does it in tandem with one of the big names of the year – and this time he’s struck gold with Hot Since 82. Described by Tong as ‘one of the most exciting underground electronic talents to emerge from the UK over the past five years’, the Yorkshireman includes a good deal of music from his Knee Deep in Sound label, including his own ‘State’ to wrap things up. It’s well paced and really well mixed, peaking around Deelo’s ‘M...
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Pilocka Krach - Best Of - (Monika Enterprise)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 Albums
It is a brave artist indeed that calls their first album ‘Best Of’ – but then why not? Surely you want your first album to be the best you’ve done so far! In the case of Berliner Pilocka Krach there is also an element of compilation here, as she brings together her work from the last five years. On this evidence Krach has plenty of invention and a sense of humour, which is immediately evident in the electronic squiggles and breaks of ‘Oh Yeah Voll Krass’. ‘Discolight’ sounds like someone dancing...
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Hauntologists - Hauntologists - (Honest Jon's)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 Albums
Hauntologists are from Berlin and comprise Jay Ahern and Stefan Schneider. It’s a great name for an act, one that suits their music too – as they say, it is ‘an invocation of ghosts from the past; ancient rhythms reimagined as future shock’. Their music is minimal in construction but uses its elements really well, making danceable music pretty much all the time. ‘Sustain’ is an especially good example, with its hypnotic lines and full bodied bass, but tracks like ‘Point’ are just as effective wi...
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Flying Saucer Attack - Instrumentals 2015 - (Domino)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 Albums
Bristol outfit Flying Saucer Attack haven’t released anything in 15 years – but now here they are, back with a new record of instrumentals recorded at home by the group mainstay David Pearce. They may be lo-fi but there is a lot of depth to this music, conceived by Pearce as a structure whose emotional arc can only be appreciated by listening to the whole album in one go. Try it on a hazy morning and you will see just how effective this can be, the effect like being suspended in space as changin...
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Lane 8 - Rise - (Anjunadeep)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 Albums
It’s rare to find a collection of songs as good as this for a dance music debut album. Yet that is what we’re looking at from Daniel Goldstein, who records as Lane 8 for Anjunadeep – and who on this evidence has a really promising future. The chosen vocal guests – Lulu James and Solomon Grey especially – bring plenty to their songs, while the distinctive smoky tones of Matthew Dear lend themselves perfectly to Undercover. James’s big vocal to the softer trance of Loving You brings to mind Paloma...
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Faithless - Bombs (Claptone) - (Columbia)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
In further celebration of the Faithless 2.0 20th anniversary, Claptone has rewired ‘Bombs’ into a restrained yet powerful, chug-a-lug, italo-disco groove that will sound amazing played outdoor, at peak time or at the end of the night. It’s a thing of beauty and will be a joy forever. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {https://soundcloud.com/claptone/faithless-20-bombs-claptone-remix}...
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Calvin Harris & Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love - (Columbia Records)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Calvin Harris pairs up with deep house dons Disciples for a round and bouncy attack on the global pop charts. The vocal is cuts like a crystal sword through the understated and brooding yet full force arrangement. It builds to the pianos, no drum rolls, no pyrotechnics, just splashing rides, a deliciously catchy melody and a cool as fuck change in direction. That’s Calvin Harris and Disciples destined for more greatness then... 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {https://soundc...
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TIEKS - Sunshine - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
TIEKS deliver a burbling brook of nu house with a deep house sub current with ‘Sunshine’. It’s a cool breezy driver that doesn’t break sweat tempo wise, yet raises the hands, roof and (in-store) radio plays with its euphoric piano chords, butter-smooth vocal and top down, long drive attitude. It tickles a fancy or two. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Mike Mago - Deeper Love - (Spinnin Records)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
If twinkly, sparkling tropical sounding house with a yearning vocal gives you goosebumps, then Mike Mago’s soaring ditty ‘Deeper Love’ will make you smile like a cheshire cat. Shards of Candi Staton’s ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ and Emeli Sandé’s phrasing glisten in its rays like silvery fish in the depths but this is a male serenade to all the day dreaming girlies and there should be more of that. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {https://soundcloud.com/spinninrecords/mike-mago-deeper...
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Etienne De Crecy - Smile Ft. Alex Gopher & Asher Roth - (Pixadelic / Sony Music)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Etienne De Crecy returns to the airwaves, the pop charts and the dance floors with another freshly squeezed, lo-fi disco confection. It’s stripped down so far it’s got parental advisory explicit content stickers on its private parts, the falsetto vocal lifts it above the Alan Parsons Project ‘Sirius’ sounding guitar riff. It’s gentle, catchy and pervasive enough to go BIG so be prepared to be caught out Shazam-ing of Spotify-ing it more than twice. Oh and it’s been on the Virgin Radio France pla...
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Simon Baker - Ebony EP - (Simon Baker Presents Baker Project)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Welcome to ’Simon Baker Presents Baker Project’, the bespoke label cut for Simon Baker releases but with other artists planned to appear further down the chugging, jacking, jack booted techno line. ‘Ebony’ is a clicky zip through 808 land. Add some quirky vocals, organ stabs and a thudding, rolling kick and you know your house will be jacking whilst wearing hob nailed boots. My favourite, ‘Flirt’ blends a cheeky, pitched and thrummed for maximum tickle and squirt effect bassline, then adds some ...
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Leon Sweet – Sunny Bigler (Remixes) – (Paper Disco)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
It doesn't take a genius to work out that this is BIG. Based around a word play of the original artists name this hot Disco workout comes with a very welcome 2015 twist that helps define it as future thinking. The original mix drew the template with its sleazy syncopated basslines jumping to perfectly pitched, pulsating beats but now with the addition of extra remixes this is set to cause even more havoc. Leftside Wobble proceeds to excel with sizzling electronically charged bass accompanying fu...
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Alex Harmony - Glowering EP – (Soloman's Forest Records)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Another quality release from Soloman’s sister imprint this time featuring the deeper, more soulful grooves of Alex Harmony. The Original Mix combines shuffling percussion and emotive vocals alongside gritty keys offsetting it all. Remixes come from Christian Lamper who beefs up the drums with hints of Acid, plus via Adam Husa’s undulating techno, and finally from Gino G’s very tasty version that adds darker bass and synths into the equation giving the voice all the more impact. 4 out of 5 Revi...
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Demarkus Lewis - Running On Kaoz Street EP – (Madhouse)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
What’s not to like. This first rate EP packs more emotional punch then you’ll need with its effortlessly cool and funky grooves sitting just the right side of Deep. ‘Okay’ starts with warm Organ lines and punchy beats neatly locking you into their addictive rhythm. In fact that’s just what the following and tastefully moody, ‘Playing It For You’ does too, although this time with juicier basslines galore. The excellent, ‘Body High’ completes the release with more captivating, life affirming keys ...
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Afterlife & Pete Gooding present No Logo - A Cubic Centimetre of Chance EP – (Subatomic UK)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
This is just the ticket to transport you somewhere else either horizontally or vertically for that matter. The intriguing title was inspired by a book from Carlos Castenada and the sounds produced projects your imagination along with the very engaging music into the ether. Six tracks comprise the EP and have to say that each one has become a favourite, especially in the breezy sunshine. Moving beyond the loose term Ambient this music proves to be is so much more than that simple equation with hi...
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Nick Sinna - Black Rose - (Prime Numbers)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Trus Me and his Prime Numbers crew have long been experts at picking out up-and-coming talent, and though this release marks his second such outing on the label, Nick Sinna’s latest is the sort of triumph that’ll doubtlessly introduce him to an entire new audience. Sinna, lest you be unaware, is a Manchester native and a man who’s most definitely preoccupied with the more thought-provoking side of the electronic music spectrum. The EP kicks off with the excellent title track that is ‘Black Rose...
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Guardate - One Night - (Love Harder)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
German producer Guardate once again comes correct here on the Love Harder label, an imprint that’s played host to his talents many times over the past while. This time, the release in question is called One Night, and it sees Guardate touch base with Saxity and an extremely talented vocalist in the shape of Christine Ben-Ameh. Needless to say, it’s a stunning releases that encapsulates all that’s worthy about this fledgling label. The three-tracker gets going with the original, an up-tempo and ...
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Sakorka - Chrome EP - (Cohesive)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Based in Brooklyn but of Israeli heritage, Sakorka is the latest producer to perk up on the always interesting Cohesive label. The imprint, ran by Mexican native Alex Rubio, tends to do things right when it comes to putting out interesting and intriguing fare, and this release, entitled the Chrome EP, sees him pull out another round of interesting tracks - each of which has their own flair. We get going courtesy of the title track itself, which is a sprangly cut that immediately makes the produ...
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Newbie Nerdz - The One - (Atlus Project)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
Newbie Nerdz are an emerging Italian outfit who have had their music licensed to labels such as Madtech , Gruuv and Get Physical. as you might expect from a duo with those sort of credentials, they’re the sort of guys who really make interesting house music. On their most recent outing, they switch their focus to the Altus Project label, itself a vehicle for top notch house and techno fare. Having tasted some early success with their first few releases, this one goes some way to compounding the ...
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Federico Molinari / Nekes - Easy Faces / Feel the Rhythm - (Epilog)

Thursday, 23 July 2015 House
The Epilog label has been responsible for putting out some really classy house and techno wares over the past while, but few of their releases can quite match up to the high points of this release. It comes at us from Federico Molinari and Nekes, two producers who are more than able to bring the heat in the studio. A casual glance at some of the labels these lads have released on is proof of that fact - and they certainly bring their A-game to the table on this most interesting release. We get ...
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