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Various Artists - DJ Kicks: Actress - (!K7)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 Compilations
There is an appealing roughness to this mix from Actress, his first commercial compilation. He is more than happy for a few bumps and knocks to remain between tracks, and not beyond shifting the tempo quite a bit in one go. This gives the music a more ‘human’ element as it unwinds. It works, too, because this is an imaginative mix with a few curveballs from the likes of Autechre and Shit and Shine, and a dancefloor killer from Chez N Trent. Around these Cunningham doesn’t let his listener settle...
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Various Artists - Late Night Tales Presents After Dark Nocturne Mixed By Bill Brewster - (Late Night Tales)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 Compilations
The name Bill Brewster should be enough to secure a purchase for this release. The DJ historian – who is still a mighty fine DJ, of course! – brings in another selection of night time joy that includes some tasty exclusives (Emperor Machine and Charli XCX/Lindstrøm) and some rare tracks (Plastic Bertrand and Rudy Norman). Scream & Dance ease us in with some nice, loping funk that Plastic Bertrand picks up on, and it’s not long before we have a really satisfying pair of funky numbers from Hot...
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Walls - Urals - (Ecstatic)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 Albums
This will be the last Walls album – which is a shame, but also a realisation from Sam Willis and Alessio Natalizia that there is plenty more music they want to make. Where 2011’s ‘Coracle’ was quite a dreamy affair, this one is much sharper in tone. ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’, for instance, has a groove, a sharp acidic tang to its synthesizers and a cutting bass, an approach ‘Moon Eye’ also taps into. The easier and airier moments are still there too though, in the shape of ‘Altai’ and...
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Jaga Jazzist - Starfire - (Ninja Tune)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 Albums
Listening to Jaga Jazzist gives the strongest possible impression of a band at the top of their game. They have mastered the art of making pretty complex music sound like the most instinctive thing, and on ‘Starfire’ they have enhanced their sound still further with a few exotic additions. The big spaces are indicative of the time Jaga’s main man Lars Horntveth has spent in Los Angeles, but the addition of a zither in ‘Big City Music’ and some strong, Indian flavours to the musical language of ‘...
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Defected presents Glitterbox Ibiza 2015 – (Defected Records)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 Compilations
Compiling and then mixing this must have felt like coming home to heaven on earth for Defected’s main man Simon Dunmore. And it may well feel like that for you as well if soaring vocals and timely beats are your thing then the likes of the Master’s At Work version of The Braxtons cover of ‘The Boss' alongside selections from Chaka Khan and Skipworth & Turner, which nestle in with more contemporary music from Hercules & Love Affair plus the Claptone remix of Gregory Porter are all set to ...
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Nocturnal Sunshine - Nocturnal Sunshine – (I/AM/ME)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 Albums
Maya Jane Coles suitably alter-ego provides the cover for this excellent long player that isn’t afraid to shy away from the dancefloor to deliver probing, thought-provoking music outside of being fixated on peak-time formula. The benefit of which results in this tastefully crafted selection of sights and sounds that feels richly deep on ‘Believe’ featuring Chelou’s emotive vocals but also fuzzy and darkly atmospheric on ‘Down By The River’ with Catnapp. Even with a track called, ‘Bass Bin’ the r...
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Severino And Faber - Make Me – (Fetch Records)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 House
Horse Meat Disco’s Severino joins forces with Fetch Records’ label head Roland Faber to produce this effervescent Acid infused number. Hinting at Detroit while referencing classic Chicago this crisp (almost) instrumental contains its own welcome sense of melody while also providing enough dancefloor juice care off its excellent taught bassline, funky drum machines and assortment of colourful stabs. Only the one mix required but then that’s all that is required here. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg...
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Danny Serrano feat. Forrest - Transitions – (My Favourite Freaks Music)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 House
An explosive set of remixes go to make up this latest release from the always forward thinking My Favourite Freaks. Kicking things off is Ramon Tapia’s tense reworking of the icy cool vocal that fuses dark synthesisers alongside rhythmic drums with a great probing arrangement keeping the energy levels high. The on-point System2 then hit you with one of their trademark basslines together with classic House drum machines and treated touches of vocal retelling the story. A great remix by Gunnar Sti...
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The Chemical Brothers - Go ft. Q-Tip – (Virgin EMI/ Astralwerks)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 House
Stop the press. New Chemical Brothers single. Is it a) good? And b) resolutely underground, or aiming to POP? Personally, I love everything about this apart from the chorus, though even that’s beginning to change with the second listen. From the sassy, funky beats to the likewise bassline this thrusts the sort of confident rhythm at you that you can’t fail but to move too. There’s a deliciously trippy breakdown, fired-up percussion and of course Q-Tip’s commanding dialogue which equally gets und...
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Marco Ricci - Opera - (Ampispazi Recordings)

Thursday, 21 May 2015 House
Marco Ricci’s Opera EP is the latest release from the Ampispazi label. Coming straight out of Berlin, the label, ran by Mik Santaro, clearly has an ear for the more refined and cultured sound of the spectrum if their latest is anything to go by. Refreshingly, the imprint also maintains a vehemently underground agenda, with every producer involved handpicked by Santaro and cherry-picked as ones-to-watch. It's a downright effective way of working for that matter too. On the title track, we’re gre...
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Doctor Dru - The Grain EP - (JEUDI Records)

Monday, 18 May 2015 House
Doctor Dru doesn’t release all that often, but when he does he tends to do so with real guile and panache. Up first on his latest EP on Jeudi is the title track, The Grain. A full fat bit of booming house music with heavyweight kicks, meaty percussive stabs and a rolling baseline that will make dancefloors sweat, it’s inidcative of a side of his that we rarely see, almost as though he decided to adopt a more serious demeanour with this one. Next up is The Pattern, with its dry, crunchy hats and...
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Dave Seaman - Gumball EP - (Hive Audio)

Monday, 18 May 2015 House
It goes without saying that having Dave Seaman rep your label is quite the coup for anyone. Hive Audio are definitely in agreement there, having chased the British DJ/producer for some time before he finally clambered aboard here courtesy of the exceptional Gumball EP. As potent a party-starter as anything Dave has summoned up during his lengthy and celebrated production career, it’s proof indeed of a man who’s lost none of his nous since his most celebrated years. Anyway, the EP in question is...
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Moliner - SN437 - (Depaart)

Monday, 18 May 2015 House
Moliner is the big boss man at the Depaart imprint - and a man whose ethereal jams make him one of the imprint’s start turns. He returns to the label here for his first release on home turf for some time, as he comes back with SN347, the sort of release that reminds us just why he’s spoken of in influential circles as one of Spain’s best up-and-coming producers. Getting us going is the firm sounds of ‘’SN437’’ itself. Menacing but also brilliantly constructed, it’s a nimble and delicate track t...
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Tim Cullen & Made By Pete - Full English (Remixes) - (Grin Recordings)

Monday, 18 May 2015 House
Grin Recordings has been on a real roll of late, with the label’s last outing, Tim Cullen & Made by Pete’s inimitable ‘’Full English’’ a track that landed in the sets of some of the scene’s foremost DJs. And so it is that the track gets a new lick of paint here on a remix package that both celebrates the originals but gives it a really interesting angle in the process. Up first on the EP is the sounds of Harry Romero, who turns the original into a chunky house workout that’s full of banging...
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Larry Peters & UMHO - Character EP - (eMBi Music Limited)

Monday, 18 May 2015 House
Chilean DJ/producer Larry Peters has led a long and chequered history in the dance music domain, with many an expert label picking up on his talents over the years. His most recent endeavours see him turn his hand to producing for the eMBI Music Ltd imprint (the sister label of eMBI) - And the early signs would seem to suggest that he’s very much on the money once again here. The four-tracker starts off with the title-tack, Character’, which is a potent partystarter that makes sumptuous use of s...
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Erykah Badu - Bag Lady (Zach Witness) - (Hear This Promo)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Years in the makiung and still only twenty two years young, Zach Witness is kicking ass and taking name with his scorching rewiring of Erykah Badu’s ‘Bag Lady. In this, his first in a run of remixes leading up to his EP he pays homage to his ‘second mother’ Erykah Badu creating a light taper and stand well back homage that sparks and burns with magnesium brightness, lighting your way through Badu’s dense, smoky vocals and empowering lyrics, connecting the circuit switches through laidback soul, ...
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Artistic Raw - Domino - (Wall Recordings)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Wall Recordings has never been shy in unleashing the kind of full body aggression sounds that fill stadiums, rip limbs off leaving a ragged edge and have an involuntary laxative effect on even the strongest of intestines. Artistic Raw’s ‘Domino’ is no exception. It’s a weapon of mass destruction. No further comment needed. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Alistair Albrecht - Downbound Train - (D:Vision)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Alistair Albrecht completely rewires the Chuck Berry blues rock of ‘Downbound Train’ into a fully stoked, pistons pumping, clave and percussion driven groover. The slightly off-kilter vocal will keep the heads down and keep the dancefloors burning and there’s a metal acoustic guitar break flies in like an eagle across a desert landscape. It’s beautiful and then it’s gone. It’s got that summer set ‘go-to’ ring about it. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {http://soundcloud.com/d...
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Firebeatz & Dubvision Ft. Ruby Prophet - Invincible - (Spinnin)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
Firebeatz treat the progressive house pilgrims to ‘Invincible’ a life in the day, slow at Mach 1, mosh pit monster with blazing horns and a falsetto vocal that acts like a slice of lemon to your overproof tequila shot – acid sweet but deceptively so. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Chaim - Can't Wait To C U - (Rumors)

Thursday, 14 May 2015 House
It’s all aboard the love train for Israeli producer and Guy Gerber collaborator, Chaim. ‘Can’t Wait To C U’ is a low slung, techno tickler wit a filtered fxed vocal that oozes soul from the depths of its groove. ‘Cosmology’ is an psyche-techno-delic trip where the colours and voices blur and merge out of focus until the keys take over and snap it all into clear and present view. ‘Escape Velocity’ is a tick-tock time bomb that slow burns with its sprawling, harmonizing synths, edge of the desk ru...
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