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Rafael Cerato - Gladiator EP - (Cohesive)

Friday, 12 September 2014 House
France has a long history of great house music producers and hoping to add his name to that canon is Rafael Cerato. Tanztone Records, Louder Music and Union Jack have all released his music to date and now he serves up his Gladiator EP featuring two new essential gems. Up first is Gladiator, which is a magically melodic bit of house music with chords that elevate the track into the stratosphere. It shows real artistry and musicianship and is the sort of cut that will form a great peak in any set...
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Piemont - Crowned - (Toolroom)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
There are mix tools and then there are mix tools and Piemont ‘Crowned’ stands head and shoulders above the rest. Why? Well – the beats are solid, clacking like the breached back doors of your favourite underground club, it filters the sound for a good minute and a half - whilst in my imagination at least, we work and worm our way through the kitchens and then tumble forwards as the track blazes into full sound, the filters are released and we hit the dancefloor for a right old dance off. It’s a ...
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BenZel - Wasted Love - (PMR / Friends Keep Secrets)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
And so the Disclosure / PMR talent roster continues to grow apace with teenage Japanese producers Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco who collectively make up BenZel. The result? Acid kool aid styled artwork representing for slo-mo disco, married with Stevie Neale’s smoking, bluesy vocal fuse, anti-gravity beats that pin it to the floor and a breaks undercurrent that supercharges the breakdown. If this is what they’re capable of when they’re under 18 roll on 21. Ones to watch. 4 out of 5 Reviewed ...
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Daddy's Groove & Cryogenix - Blackout - (Ultra)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
Daddy’s Groove return to the fray with ‘Blackout’ possibly their most crossover and dancefloor friendly outing so far. No surprises here since it arrives riding the waves of a summer spent supporting the untouchable pop Midas, David Guetta. ‘Blackout’ sports transformed synth pads that waver wildly in the festival wind. It’s chopped up with harsh yet jubilant piano keys, is right for rampant raving but is also a jump off that owes more to the radio / nightclub than the moshpit. Does ‘Blackout’ m...
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Morcheeba - Make Believer (Remixes) - (Pias)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
I love me a bit of Morcheeba – and not just because they’re arguably one of the foundation stones of any self-respecting triphop collection but because they write rocking good tunes too. Here ‘Make Believer’ is remixed by a variety of established and up and coming production talents and what a fragrant bouquet it makes. Timo Maas sets his scene fifty shades darker, with his ECG / vital stats, percussive roll around on a king size bed sized bassline that’s covered with black satin sheets, psychot...
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Robin Schulz Ft. Jasmine Thompson - Sun Goes Down - (Atlantic Records)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
Robin Schulz seems to have very much cornered the Summer 2014 market in sunshine, trumpet blaring, guitar strummed, saxophone parped crossover house music and ‘Sun Goes Down’ is just one more example of this. ‘Sun Goes Down’ is radio playlist crack and a Lisa Simpson special that’s sweetened by Jasmine’s caramel and cream vocals. Jollier than a year’s sabbatical on full pay, in a hot country. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Moby - The Last Day - (Little Idiot)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
Moby, that Purveyor of the finest electronica, from techno to trip hop, returns with ‘The Last Day’ a gloriously anthemic, downtempo vocal seduction that blissfully sets you adrift on gentle waves of sonic goodness. The Moby May 14th mix is a multi-layered, string-laden opus that lets the vocalist’s silken tones pull you in close enough to feel her breath on the tiny hairs on the nape of your neck. David Mayer’s remix is a stripped down, ticklish, abstract jazz-tek take with stacked and whispere...
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Riva Starr - The Sound EP - (DFTD)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
Fresh from the success of his Polaroid 1 EP and a European tour of dreams, Riva Starr delivers his ‘The Sound EP’ – a three tracks lucky investment for all who trust in it. If sinewy, slithering basslines, bold beats that dig deep enough to make even archaeological excavation a breeze, vocals and effects that wig it out and whip it up and an unbridled old skool / acid house party atmosphere make you go moist in all the right places then this one is for you. Sound as a pound, a euro, a britcoin a...
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Mia Dora - Myth EP Ft. Let The Machines Do The Work - (Madtech)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
In this time of boldly blurring genres, here’s your chance to enjoy a blazing tech house EP adventure courtesy of UK Rising stars, Al Quinn and Robert Etherson aka Mia Dora. Previously releasing material on Glasgow Underground, Moda Black and now returning to Kerri Chandler’s MadTech. The original is a surround sound, soulful vocal tech-house show-stopper that is destined for closing sets on the White Isle and will herald in the Autumn season everywhere beyond. Newbie Nerdz ramp up the bpms for ...
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Noir & HRRSN - My Fault - (Noir Music)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
Following the much applauded ‘Angel’ must surely have presented a challenge for Noir Music, but staying consistent as ever with the production quality control and drafting in Berlin based singer HRRSN (who more than acquits himself) for the vocal lead in ‘My Fault’ they have produced a brooding, peak-time, stomping, splashing tech house treat that will sound perfect at the end of the night. Just the original version is available for now which makes me wonder what remixes are in the pipeline? 4 ...
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Various Artists - Collection Of Retrospective - (Loose Records)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 Compilations
Rino Cerrone and Mario Manganelli’s Loose Records bring us a double disc show of goodies from the Loose label, now an established techno imprint that has released half a dozen EPs this summer alone. Here, then, are 18 tracks in unmixed form that show just how dark and dirty the label’s music can get, whether it’s Nhb and Minicoolboyz in the floor filler ‘Acrylic’, or Tom Hades’ ‘You And I’, which carries impressive weight. There is some pretty minimal stuff here but it always does the job, with ...
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Various Artists - #GU40: Hamburg Mixed By Solomun - (Global Underground)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 Compilations
Life begins at 40, doesn’t it? Congratulations to Global Underground on reaching that particular milestone, because their series – especially in the early days – has been a ground breaking one, an illustration of how to bring a real sense of occasion to each release. I think I’m right in saying that this is their first visit to a German city though…with Hamburg native Solomun acting as tour guide. He does an excellent job, especially in the moodiness of the first mix, which drifts in with Christ...
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Gui Boratto - Abaporu - (Kompakt)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 Albums
This is Gui Boratto’s fourth album, and it is in effect a combination of looking back on his achievements with the first three and looking forward to the future. Even a glimpse of the cover confirms its close relationship with the first album, ‘Chromophobia’, but ‘Abaporu’ is a more substantial album than that one emotionally, moving between light and shade, and it has more musical variation as well, with Boratto moving between techno, deeper house and a smattering of break beats here and there....
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DJ W!LD - When You Feel Me - (W)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 Albums
Literally wearing his heart on the sleeve the irrepressible DJ W!LD returns with this latest album to tease, tempt and otherwise enthral you. Typically, the moods and tempos vary as does the intensity levels with low-slung kicks and the Disco ecstasy of, ‘Breathe’ sounding particularly delicious on the first CD. Soulful atmospheres are also explored via, ‘Love Every Day’ while the Imagination inspired, ‘Rue De Paradis’ makes for first-rate twisted House music. And so the journey through sights a...
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Nicolaj – Aux Figues EP - (Miteinander Musik)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
An excellent debut release for the label sees Nicolaj deliver music of quality and distinction. The original version of, ‘Aux Figues’ teases you with not quite knowing where it’s going to go next, and this great arrangement of moody yet stunning atmosphere’s plays as its own reward. Lake People provide a first rate remix adding extra crunch to the drums while heightening the electronic tension perfectly. The remaining three tracks all showcase the producer’s nerve tingling music to full effect v...
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Vidal Benjamin presente - Disco Sympathie Sampler - (Versatile)

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
Here comes that word outstanding once again. And if slightly quirky and obscure but none-the-less excellent Disco strikes you as heavenly starting point then you will want to hear/ dance too, or play this. Acting as a preview release of the compilation, Disco Sympathie which comes in full next month this is initially appearing as limited 7” and 12” copies. The selection opens with the early 80’s inspired Queen Zaza ‘Pense qu’elle danse’ (DJ Ringardos Version) and features slap-happy bass plus a ...
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James Silk - Language EP

Thursday, 11 September 2014 House
In many ways, James Silk is a perfect fit for Swiss label HIVE Audio. If you’ve already copped his tunes for example, you’ll know that they’re consistently fresh, intriguing and full of guile, and it’s an approach that’s brought him to the likes of Get Physical, Nervous and Defected over the years. His HIVE debut is another outstanding addition to his discography too. Entitled Language, it sees the Brit unleash three new originals on our senses – all of which are worth their weight in gold. Open...
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H Foundation - 'Hear Dis Sound' - (Siesta)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 House
West coast label SIESTA has been considered a cultured and reputable source of top-draw house amongst those in the know for some time now, and on their latest they remind us just why they were so revered, especially back in the day. And so it is that Hipp-E and Halo’s Hear Dis Sound gets an interesting re-issue here, complete with none other than 7 remixes… As you’ll no doubt be acutely aware of the original’s merits, it’s probably best we skip over the classic tribal track and head straight fo...
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The Weeknd x iLL BLU - Often - (Climax Music / Island Recordings)

Friday, 05 September 2014 House
Ill Blu celebrates his major label signing with a deadly remix of The Weeknd’s ‘Often’. It’s a gorgeous vocal house cut with a rump shaking bottom end and twinkling keys that is destined for club, chart and compilation greatness. I love it so much that I put it straight onto my radio show, reviewed it without question and have welded it into my radio, deep house and poolside sets. That’s all. 5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/illblu/often-ill-blu-remix-explicit-ex...
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Mr Belt & Wezol - Feel So Good - (Musical Freedom)

Friday, 05 September 2014 House
Here’s a sweet, rolling piano house treat from Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label. The youthful female vocal trickles like honey over rolling bamboo keys and a synth swell lifts it like a lost balloon into the clouds above a sea of raised, fist pumping hands. Simple, effective and killer all at the same time. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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