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Poker Flat – Four Jacks Pt. 2 / 15 Years of Poker Flat Celebrations

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Compilations
Poker flat's smug satisfaction with being 15 years old has bled into another four track EP, combining two fresh tracks with two reworks of old classics featuring a cast list of some of the labels's biggest producers. When John Tejada's growling 'Sweat on the Walls' appeared in late 2003, it sat comfortably in the grey area where the exploding minimal sounds and electro house collided, not really playing ball with either genre classification but finding favour with both DJs and standing as one of...
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Jimmy Van M, Luxor T, 3LIAS - 'Da Goom' - (Selador)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Techno
Jimmy Van M collaborates with Luxor T and 3LIAS to gift Selador 'Da Goom', a relentless slab of stadium shaking techno. The B018 main mix is in your face and brash, but in a thoroughly good way, delicious pandemonium drenched big room tackle. There's also a dub which isn't as much fun but spaciously combines chords and atmospheric pads for a deeper groove if you don't need or aren't feeling the intensity of the original, with both cuts very well produced. Remix wise all three efforts go for a di...
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Okain - Corner Trax EP - (Gruuv)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
We bigged up Okain on the very pages only recently, and here is he again with a four track EP on house imprint Gruuv, and one thing is clear he loves hip hop. Up on 'Down by the Block' he manages to combine a cut up DMX vocal with a muted saxophone, which may look preposterous on paper but is actually pretty neat - kudos for that off kilter juxtaposition adding a little sass to a solid tech house jam. 'RZ One' is a nastier cut, this time adding a vocal all about the drum machine Casio brought o...
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Beats in Space 15th Anniversary Mixed by Tim Sweeney - (Beats in Space Records)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Compilations
For the last 15 years Tim Sweeney's BIS radio show has been next level. The man with impeccable taste and maybe one of the worst radio voices known to man has created one of the most listenable shows the wireless (and the internet) has ever seen, due in no small part to the quality of the guests. That said Sweeney's been the glue that stitches it all together, his awkward whine since becoming one of the most reassuring voices we know, and jokes about his accent aside the man is a proper inspirat...
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Various Artists - Balance 026 Mixed By Hernan Cattaneo - (Balance Music)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Compilations
‘Melodic and deep music – never too hard or fast’. That’s how Hernan Cattaneo describes his style, and he sticks with it to really good effect on this new compilation, the ideal complement to the raucous energy of Danny Tenaglia’s previous instalment a couple of months back. Cattaneo is never in a hurry to get anywhere, but he mixes really well, so that each of these two mixes feels like one broad sheet of paper. The first is entirely down tempo, and Cattaneo should be commended for resisting to...
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Marconi Union - Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol.2) - (Just Music)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
It is surprisingly difficult to write good ambient music – I’ve tried often enough! – but Marconi Union have the effortless knack, and the six tracks making up their second volume of transmissions mould effortlessly into the foreground or background, whichever place you prefer them to sit in. Foreground listening – ideally on headphones – reveals layers of ambient noise, soft sound pictures with beats that pulse occasionally, and with lazy melodic loops that make themselves known to create enoug...
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1000 Names - Migration Pads - (Drut Recordings)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
This is the fourth album from Bulgarian duo 1000 Names – their first for Kelpe’s Drut label – and it’s a really nice piece of work that refuses to pin itself down to a specific style. Though it’s largely deep in thought there are some really nice synth touches that go with relatively conventional four to the floor beats, more energetic, broken up sounds, and vocal snippets that dip in and out. ‘The Caravan’ is worth the outlay alone, shimmering in the sun over a steady beat, while at the other e...
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Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio - (Heavenly)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
"Black is a colour, black is my name", sings Mark Lanegan in 'Harvest Home', the first of the ten tracks making up the prolific singer’s most recent album. Lanegan, though of rockier origins, has collaborated with a number of leading electronic musicians, but here he opts to have a go himself as a producer, introducing synths and more processed beats to his music for the first time by way of apps on his phone. It works really well, and instead of the heavier set music Lanegan has made with the l...
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New Build - Pour It On - (Sunday Best)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
New Build are parts Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, with Al Doyle – who has previous with both – providing the vocals. Their fusion of Anglo-American electronica works really well – though it does take a couple of listens before the songs start to burn themselves into your consciousness. For electronic music this is an unusually emotive album, tapping into the sort of songs Junior Boys write but with a bit more assertiveness at work. This can best be heard in the album’s closing title track, but t...
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Caribou - Our Love - (City Slang)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Albums
Dan Snaith’s latest opus arrives with a lot of hype from pre-release reviews – which I can now add to by confirming it as probably his best record to date. There is a warmth running through the album that brings to mind Metronomy’s ‘English Riviera’, though ‘Our Love’ is a lot more electronic in its focus. ‘Can’t Do Without You’ is an irresistible opener, its hook building to an unstoppable peak, while the vocal contributions of Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett complement his own slightly soulful vo...
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Evol Waves - Inferno - (Protocol)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Here’s some more of the rap vocal prompted, beat banging, high octane, festival tent filling music that we have come to know and love Nicky Romero’s Protocol imprint for. It’s a foot stomping, gear grinding, pimped out ride on a shale course. Watch out for flying gravel chips. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Nicky Romero & Anouk - Feet On The Ground (Flashmob Remixes) - (Protocol)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
I have always liked Nicky Romero’s ‘Feet On The Ground’ – it’s a challenging listen that has a rocked out show-stopping effect when programmed and dropped at the right moment when played out live. Remixes so far have been cool but missed my mark since as marvellous as they are neither Arno Cost nor Merk & Kremont has managed to nail the perfect, turnaround rewiring that injects it into the global consciousness. Now Flashmob step up to the plate for a housier reworking and … it is really rath...
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Calvin Harris & R3hab - Burnin - (Fly Eye)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Put your toilet paper on ice because the unstoppable Calvin Harris and the big room Midas R3hab have joined forces to create a giant synth kazoo, splashing drums, high speed, lights chaser that will leave scorch marks in any edm dancefloor. It’s a Beatport Top 3 no brainer. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Hot Since 82 Ft. Alex Mills - Restless - (Knee Deep In Sound)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Mr Daley Padley returns to the production fray with this gorgeous, bass heavy yet vocally smooth and mellow crossover house tune that teases your feet without pounding your senses. One step closer to respectable daytime radio rotation. And one step further up the ladder towards global success. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Mutiny UK - Hot Sake

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
I like Mutiny UK – have done since back in the day when they started their label Sunflower plus their track with Steve Mac ‘Feel The Pressure’ has been one of my Axtone released / EDM highlights of the year (it moonlights here as the downtempo ‘Never Let You Down’). But don’t go expecting any four to the floor house bangers as heavy rock-electro-pop seems to be the order of the day. The opening track ‘Slow Motion’ has a screaming rock guitar riffed intro then morphs into a Moroder-esque (and I a...
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Friend Within - The Holiday EP - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Imagine being blindfolded then enclosed in a person sized bag of stress balls then suspended from a bungee rope that is hung from the top of the BT Tower and then swung like a fun pendulum for 5 minutes. Then listen to ‘Holiday’. Notice the difference? Thought not. It’s grimey, grungey, hands in the air, new piano house and it’s raring to take over those Halloween / Thanksgiving / Christmas sets and charts. Jolly holiday indeed. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/f...
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Julien Sandre - Close To You - (Isgud Records)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Debuting on the Ibiza based imprint is this latest from Julien Sandre. Compromised of four tracks providing equal dancefloor delight the release begins with, ‘Close To You’ and its unrelenting drums, smoky spoken vocals and intense bassline. Next, ‘Solo’ feels even more potent with darker atmospheres augmented by strange sound effects and some rather sassy percussion. Which then leaves, ‘Jam One’ and more intriguing spoken words worked out over similar rhythms, with ‘Dirty Mind’ completing the r...
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Trulz & Robin - Me To You - (Eskimo Recordings)

Thursday, 30 October 2014 House
Norwegian producers, Trulz & Robin deliver this unrepentant exercise in sleazy rhythms note perfectly. Centered on a twisting, deranged synthesizer plus suitably deadpan vocals the production has a dangerous hypnotic quality making it all the more appealing. The remix comes from Sex Judas who highlights the bassline and gives the vocal more space via some creative treatments resulting in a tougher feeling version, but either way this is a great release. 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton ...
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Triumph - Wall Of Hope - (Espai Music)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
Barcelona-based producer Triumph’s also released on labels such as Bedrock, Rebirth and Suara, so his is a talent that’s nor for questioning. As you’d imagine from a roll call like the one we just mentioned, his own label, Espai, is very often a medium for his celebrated jams and such is the case once more on the lovely named Wall of Hope EP, whereby he really comes to the fore thanks to an original and two extremely complimentary remixes. Seeing us in the sounds of ‘Wall of Hope’ itself. A dizz...
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The Chemical Brothers Ft. Miguel - This Is Not A Game - (Virgin)

Friday, 24 October 2014 House
What’s not to love about ‘This Is Not A Game’s roaring over grunged and grating guitar, percolating synth / breaks / rave intro and the ensuing low slung trip to techno to hip to pop hop collaboration between the Chemical Brothers, the almighty Lorde, Miguel for the theme to the untouchable Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 ?And did I say it’s sexy in a gothic peep show / handcuffed lapdance / through a glass ceiling burlesque kind of way ? Thought not. Anyway I liked it so much I opened my radio s...
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