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Various Artists - Fabriclive 78: Illum Sphere - (Fabric)

Friday, 21 November 2014 Compilations
Illum Sphere is a welcome addition to the Fabric roll call, and here he (Ryan Hunn) delivers a mix of fuzzy techno and electro that is really well paced. It’s surprisingly light in places too, such as when moving between Kassem Mosse’s ‘B3’ and Demdike Stare’s ‘Repository Of Light’. There is a satisfying ebb and flow early on, with dub and house music comfortably rubbing shoulders, while late in the mix big names in the form of Actress and E-Dancer supply intelligent techno. With a broad sweep f...
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Various Artists - Kitsuné Maison Compilation 16 - The Sweet Sixteen Issue - (Kitsuné)

Friday, 21 November 2014 Compilations
Various Artists - Kitsuné Maison Compilation 16 - The Sweet Sixteen Issue - (Kitsuné) Sweet sixteen for Kitsuné’s compilation series, which seems to get more diverse with every release – and proves a really good place to go for the curious listener wanting to discover something new. Or, in this case, the curious sixteen-year-old – because Kitsuné head Gildas Loaec wants to tap into the mind of a listener that age. It’s a novel idea, and produces some freshly-minted sounds from the vibrant Busca...
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Bell Gardens - Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions

Friday, 21 November 2014 Albums
This album is every bit as slow moving as its title suggests – but that is most definitely a good thing. Bell Gardens – Kenneth Gibson and Brian McBride – make music that is completely against the pace of modern life, and if you listen to it when on the move it has the curious effect of completely calming the brain. This is partly because the songs are really well written, so even when the tempo drags there is a lyrical couplet or instrumental touch to enjoy. The subtly majestic ‘Darker Side Of ...
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Recondite - Iffy - (Innervisions)

Friday, 21 November 2014 Albums
‘Iffy’, the third album from Bavarian producer Recondite, is a compelling listen on headphones. This is because Recondite is really clever with his minimal use of textures, forcing the ear to listen closely to the softly brushed riffs and drum tracks. This is techno at its best, both intimate in the case of the atmospheric textures of ‘Baro’ and ‘Levo’ (the minimal titles give clue to the music!), or powering forward with a bit more dancefloor intent in the really nice ‘Glint’, towards the end o...
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Miguel Migs - Dim Division - (Defected)

Friday, 21 November 2014 Albums
Sometimes when listening to a deep house album you would be forgiven for thinking absolutely nothing has happened in the last ten years. That is definitely not a criticism of Miguel Migs, mind, for he has always been about making classy vocal productions that are deep yet subtly energetic – and here he is doing a similar thing again. The difference here though is that that songwriting feels a bit more substantial and emotional, Migs choosing his vocal talents carefully. So as well as the untouch...
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Dels - Petals Have Fallen - (Big Dada)

Friday, 21 November 2014 Albums
Kieren Gallear has a lot on his mind. The man known as DELS returns with a second album full of thoughtful observations, wry humour, chilli soup and bourbon with ginger chasers. These are just some of the brilliant lyrical couplets Gallear uses, but that’s only half the story, as his music is sublime at times. When ‘House of Commons’ pulls back for reflection the warmth of the bass takes the listener by surprise, while the sparse beats he uses on ‘You Live In My Head’ pull the listener in closer...
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Astin - Dejected - (Snatch ! Off)

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
There’s no need to feel down or dejected when in the presence of Astin’s latest foray ‘Dejected’ for Riva Starr’s Snatch ! imprint. Sidney Charles’ remix is a depth charged, tech house groove fest with warped, deconstructed vocals. Paul C and Paolo Martini lengthen the shadows with some wonky keys, a bassline so sub you’d be forgiven for thinking you had burrowed underground and a breakdown that sees more light than St Paul on the road to Emmaus. I can report happily that there’s absolutely noth...
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Nora En Pure - True - (Enormous Tunes)

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
And so deep indie house progresses with Mark Lower’s guitar strummed, soulful vocal rewiring of Nora En Pure’s ‘True’. It’s steeped in strings and emotions, has a bassline that you could hang a month’s washing off without it touching the floor and a dancefloor footstomp to handclap ratio that risks shooting off the scale. Could cross over quite happily to the mainstream if the radio and media lights fall in their favour. Nora en Pure ? I’m watching you. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Eddie Amador - House Music (Robosonic Remix) - Yoshitoshi

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
Yoshitoshi have resurrected Eddie Amador’s Y2K seminal ‘House Music’ with a respectably whipped, scratched and spun back jack attack that buzzes and bounces on the bass guitar string and stomps on the beat. Even if you buy it simply out of nostalgia or because it makes you nod your young and bearded or bunned head in approval, everyone understands … it’s a spiritual thing. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Susanne Sundfor - Fade Away - (Sonnet Sound Via Kobalt)

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
Norwegian pop songstrel Susanne Sundfor releases the ecclesiastical sounding ‘Fade Away’ – the first track to be lifted from her debut album ‘Ten Love Songs’. We have heard her distinctive voice cutting a swathe through material from fellow Norwegians and collaborators M83, Royksopp (‘The Inevitable End’) and on her self-produced album her vocal and production stance is of the 80s pop funk influenced kind. As for the remixes, it is all about Maps’ haunting synth swells and Moroder-esque arpeggia...
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Him_Self_Her Ft. Calder - Don't Fail Me Now - (Suara)

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
You are the person you are but trapped inside in the darkness of the biggest ticking clock you can imagine. You can hear the springs, levers and charges jumping from one coil to another. And then the smoky male vocal threads it all together with a fine filament as the instrumental keeps pushing on without missing a second or a beat. The original has a long breakdown. Sonny fodera works it around a housier rhythm section and dark corpulent bassline whilst dubspeeka fills the arena with hissing, p...
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Metronomy - I'm Aquarius (Claptone) - (Because Music)

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
If you like laid back, alternative nu disco, you’ll love Claptone’s restructuring of Metronomy’s ‘I’m Aquarius’. It’s an astrological lyrical outing with a shoop shoop vocal hook and a complex layered instrumental arrangement that opens with a simple click of the claves and expands to include swelling synth pads, teased, ascending then sustained organ chords all punctuated by shimmering rides and ticklish effects. It’s a perfect headphone, daytime radio or late night back room record and will ap...
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Hunzed & Harvey - Sheeta EP - (Clarisse)

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
If you like a good old ear worm, Hunzed & Harvey’s ‘Sheeta’ EP will have you humming from first yawn and wriggle till Cocoa and cookies time. ‘Sheeta’ is simple enough – the glass bottle loop probably no more than 8 notes to the melody and a chugging, jacking beat and jabbing synth pads that will french kiss you to within an inch of needing the nearest oxygen tent. The original has strings, Mendo’s mix has a fatter kick but they’re both pretty special whatever ? ‘Rhayla’ is a deeper consider...
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Lex Luca - Push - (White Label)

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
London based deep house producer / dj and radio show wizard Lex Luca pushes the envelope with ‘Push’ a shameless speaker phreaking rumpshaker with a growling bassline, encouraging crowd chants and cheers and enough latent energy to cause a nuclear core reactor meltdown. Respected by djs from Gilles Peterson to Roger Sanchez and Heidi and with early support for the track coming from Radio 1’s B-Traits and Kiss FM’s Ray Foxx, it looks lke Lex is about to ride the next wave of New DJs We Trust. A b...
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Copy Paste Soul - Our Sound (Man With No Shadow) - (2Swords)

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
I am becoming a proper fan of Copy Paste Soul, they make techno that makes you feel something and that’s a very good thing. This EP is no exception. Like the vocal drawls they ‘create their own sound … soul within the music’ and it’s true. ‘Our Sound’ is a jacked up, tech house cut with sharp acidics and a burbling bassline. ‘Move Your Body’ wobbles, whips and stings you into dancefloor submission like a giant, transparent raving jellyfish. And to close, the Man With No Shadow remix of ‘Our Soun...
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Fritz & Lang - Moonlighting EP (Incl Dan Beaumont & James Curd) - (Classic)

Friday, 21 November 2014 House
Parisians Francois Stratigeas and Nicolas Stofenmacher release the ‘Moonlighting EP’ a four track debut for the revered Classic imprint. It’s a strapped in, strapped down electro synth rocket launch with a cosmic melodic break that plays out and slows down until the spool runs out and you’re left floating and weightless. ‘I Need Space’ is a fat bottomed swirl with twitchy percussion, paranoid whispery male vocals, jittery, juddering keyboard stabs and a drop in the sub bass ocean that gives you ...
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Marasco - My Home EP

Thursday, 20 November 2014 House
If you like tough, no nonsense house music that is aimed directly at your rump then this new EP from Marasco is for you. The producer seems to cut his grooves from tough stone as they are irresistible and immovable affairs that here come with remixes by Give Us The Tools and David Durango. Overall, then, this EP offers four meaty cuts that any DJ worth his salt needs in his bag. First up is My Home, a crisp, clean cut that Darius Syrossian would defiantly play in one of his no messing house set...
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Appian - Chatter EP - (FINA Records)

Thursday, 20 November 2014 House
First-rate and temptingly diverse EP from Appian who delivers three new tracks with suitable flair and imagination. The title excellent track, ‘Chatter’ begins with soulfully charged chords that soon become dislodged by rough beats and biting percussion, while referencing classic Deep House sounds for heightened tension. ‘Astronomer’ follows with atmospheric bleeps and voices which again fully engage you, as track no.3, ‘Operator’ then raids the Detroit achieve for inspiration and fulfils the pr...
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Bordertown & EZLV Feat Freya - Things Should Go - (Nurvous)

Thursday, 20 November 2014 House
Excellent new production from Bordertown & EZLV who transport those old enough to know better back to the 90’s via that soulful intensity so prevalent from the era, but which also feels very much contemporary into the bargain. Feeling like a musical melting pot with tough beats plus the infectious combination of hard-hitting undulating basslines and chords giving this a real edge, all of which are complimented by Freya’s distinctive, emotive vocals. Stil & Bense then provide a great remi...
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Various Artists - W&O Volume 1 - (W&O Street Tracks)

Thursday, 20 November 2014 Compilations
After eight releases the label has decided to collate twelve brand new tracks, from friends and accomplices, to bond together for this unmixed compilation. Typically focusing on American influences, which is where House came from after all, the collection are of course low-slung, heavy grooves that shake bass bins and booty alike (if you possess one). Beginning with Adrian & Sake’s pumping, ‘Midnight Stagger’ and its testament of rough beats and bass this very much typifies what comes next. ...
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