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HNQO - Exotic Heat - (PlayPerView)

Monday, 06 July 2015 House
Playperview serves up a summer sizzler for their next package and the man behind the original is label boss, HNQO. A fine release that once again displays his tech-house midas touch, it also displays his production mastery and a diversity that’s not evident in most of his peers. In original form the track is a loopy, rolling bit of house music with shuffling, dusty drums, nice mechanical snares and vibes a plenty. Warm and colourful chords come in to add yet more organic feel good magic, and ov...
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Saag Vs NIBC - Sleepless In Zimbabwe (Ft. Casino Times & Man Power Remixes) - (Trunkfunk)

Monday, 06 July 2015 House
The Trunkfunk label is now in its 15th year, which is no mean feat, yet they still continue to serve up the jams. This one is no different, and is a track from accomplished producers SAAG v NIBC that comes in original form, as well as with remixes by acclaimed UK producers Casino Times and Man Power. It’s cosmic, seductive and perfectly constructed to make floors go wild, right from the off. The original is entitled Sleepless in Zimbabwe, and comes laden with lumpy, purposeful drums, cute afro ...
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Wankelmut & Schlepp Geist - Banana Split EP - (HIVE Audio)

Monday, 06 July 2015 House
For the latest release in the Hive story, the Swiss label comes correct with another stunning releases that’s indicative of their cultured, textured but still accessible sound. It arrives from the dab hands that are Wankelmut & Shlepp Geist, two producers who - while brilliant on their own accord - really take things to another level here. Anyhow, it features 2 tracks of dizzying effectiveness, each of which speaks to the mind but will still slay any dancefloor it’s allowed to fully flex it...
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Stevie R & Matt Hardinge - Measuring The Universe - (Inside Out Records)

Monday, 06 July 2015 House
Inside Out Records latest start turn comes at us from two more fledgling producers, this time in the shape of Stevie R and Matt Hardinge, both of whom combine with a real aplomb here. The package in question is called ‘Measuring The Universe’, and it features the vocal talents of Shawni, a lady whose smooth and sultry lyrics add a real sense of depth to the occasion. We get underway thanks to the title track in original form. A smooth-as-you-like take on soulful and intricate house music, it ge...
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Various Artists - Four To The Floor 05 - (Diynamic)

Monday, 06 July 2015 Compilations
Why change a good thing? That seems to be what Diynamic is thinking as they gear up for the fifth such outing in the Four to the Floor series, which is - almost naturally - another release that’s stuffed to the hilter with top-notch jams from the offset. While it features many up-and-coming producers, the first of those to show up here is Butch, who sides up alongside Sebastien Hohberg for the excellent ‘’Losing Gravity’’. An almost weightless slice of canny techno, it gets us off to a flyer th...
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Tronik Youth - Nein Oh Nein - (Nein Records)

Friday, 03 July 2015 Compilations
Nein Records debut compilation album "Nein Oh Nein" is currently out there now waiting for you to download or add to buy basket. So, what have we got ? A double CD set, Disc 1 features 11 unreleased tracks and remixes while Disc 2 see's label boss Tronik Youth blend a selection of the best of Nein belters into a beautifully crafted mix tape. A Nein Records compilation starter pack for the new-bee and 11 unreleased tracks to keep the hardcore followers happy. Stand out classics come from Ducan Gr...
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Various Artists - Kollektion 04 Compiled By Richard Fearless - (Bureau B)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Compilations
Richard Fearless is a great choice for the latest Bureau B instalment, because the music Death in Vegas make is heavily indebted to the brands of dark electro and Krautrock in which the label specialise. So here we are with two albums’ worth of electronic music stripped down to the bone, with established names (Moebius, Faust), newer ones (Automat) or the less familiar, which means the medieval folk band Ougenweide. In the course of a complete listen, though, the track that remains in the head i...
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Banco De Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa (20th Anniversary Edition) - (Disco Gecko)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Albums
Some of dance music’s favourite albums are reaching milestones that tell if they’ve stood the test of time or not. Among these is Banco de Gaia’s ‘Last Train To Lhasa’, released in 1995 to rapturous reviews as it set a new bar for ambient music and its ability to incorporate other cultures. Grooves like the loping beat of the title track, the spatial effects of ‘Kincajou’ and the fusion of beats and chant on ‘Kuos’ still sound really effective, and the majestic ‘White Paint’ still stands out tow...
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Funkstörung - Funkstörung - (Monkeytown)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Albums
Ten years have passed since the last album from the duo of Mikael Fakesch and Chris de Luca – so it’s probably a sign of wanting to exert the Funkstörung identity that they’ve returned with a self-titled fourth record under the guise. This time they have a clutch of vocal guests in tow, but are careful not to let this disrupt the album’s continuity. We begin with the confidential late night electronica of ‘Fall Into You’, with Audego, before the beats are pumped up more for the first of four con...
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John Beltran - Espais - (Delsin Records)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Albums
Given that his music is so relaxing, it’s quite difficult to think of John Beltran working hard! But ‘Espais’ is further proof of his creative zeal, being a sizeable ambient album that casts a subtle spell. Beltran is at his most effective when he brings up the bass range and introduces a darker shade to the music, and this happens in both ‘Raume’ and ‘Muse’ to strong effect. More blissful are the title track and ‘Descorazonador’, where Beltran shows how a little thought on the piano can go a ve...
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Roland Klinkenberg - Construct - (Green)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Albums
More recently, Roland Klinkenberg has developed an interest in dub. ‘Construct’ reveals the fruits of that interest, as he looks to integrate elements of dub and techno into his carefully sculpted approach to making music. Here he pulls it off, making music that is incredibly spacious but which also has a lot of layers that the more attentive listener can focus in on if they choose. In some cases it sounds like he’s operating at two speeds, with ‘Rise’ a great example of how faster energy and a ...
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Various Artists - Henry Stone's Miami Sound: The Record Man's Finest 45s – (Athens Of The North)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 Compilations
The man behind a thousand sounds whose invaluable contribution to the launch of not only TK Records but also numbers of others may now be best remembered for KC & The Sunshine Band, but not to miss a trick this essential compilation is here to further remind us of some of his finest 45’s. It’s well worth checking out this man’s amazing history, indeed the award winning documentary: The record man is set to tie in with this release too. The music is sunshine-charged and as funky and diverse a...
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Emanuel Satie - Free At Last EP – (Get Physical Music)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 House
With his third number for the label Emanuel Satie delivers more in the way of tough, unforgiving music that surprises you at every turn. Take the opening, ‘Free’ which sequences edgy Acid bass together with funky hi-hats, gritty synth lines and are then contrasted by deliciously soulful vocals. ‘Bottoms Up’ continues the suspense with pumping beats, treated voices and a whole lot of attitude, leaving the self-fulfilling prophecy of ‘On Repeat’ to complete via breathy vocals and rhythmic percussi...
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Raw District feat. Aquarius Heaven - Her Mind EP – (Crosstown Rebels)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 House
Following on from where ‘Ragged Star’ left off is this killer production from Raw District. And once again not playing it safe the duo enlist the talents of Aquarius Heaven to spice up the arrangement with a distinctive, smoky vocal delivery that only compels the already hypnotic, stoner moods of the undulating atmosphere’s. Martin Buttrich provides the remix which picks up the pace with crisp percussion and punchy electronics complimenting the voice nicely. Second track is the excellent and alt...
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Jimpster – English Rose EP – (Freerange Records)

Thursday, 02 July 2015 House
Every once in a while, sometimes in a long time, a record arrives to blow off the dust. And the sizzling, supreme Disco of this EP’s title track, ‘English Rose’ does just that. It doesn’t matter the countless times I’ve already played this because those timeless syncopated bass notes played hotly alongside its commanding chorus of voices and shuffling rhythms can only spell out one thing, Happiness. Conversely, ‘Solitude’ joins warmer deep, tech vibes together to also pack an emotional punch, as...
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Various Artists - Masterpiece: Annie Nightingale - (Ministry Of Sound)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 Compilations
Any time I visit the Louvre I make a special pilgrimage to see the Mona Lisa. Even though it's truly smaller than I ever imagined, and even though there is always a sprawling crowd in front of it that makes viewing it that bit more of a challenge, viewing La Gioconda's wry knowing smile is always worth the effort. This mini canvas of a woman formally dressed, captured sitting not posing or reclining, facing you off and yet inviting you in has created a mythical oeuvre with a depth of perception ...
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Dropout - Slowly - (Big Beat)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 House
I do like Christmas and birthdays. It's all about the surprise element – the 'I wonder what's in that box there, under that tree there, underneath that wrapper'. Dropout is just like that. Opening with a gentle vocodered volca it crops into a bad ass, heavy as a happy hippo, electro pop meets nu house work out that delivers on every front. It's an 'Essential New Tune' essential and has the mainstream AAA list glitterati from the Magician to Martin Solveig shaking their disco fingers in approva...
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Azari & III - Reckless (With Your Love) - (Loose Lips)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 House
The psychedelic funksters are back with a crossover nu house banger – Disciples delivers with a deep and delicious bassline bouncer, Steve Lawler takes it old skool with the clicking 808s, stuttery vocals and rolling bass. Whilst Will Clarke cuts it with his teeth, creating a raw edged and funky, pleasantly distorted tech house tear up that bubbles and froths at the mouth. Good song, great package – you'll be Shazam-ing it soon enough, mark my words. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Lazarusman & Jazzuelle - Forget Me - (Get Physical)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 House
When the blanket has unfurled and the picnic basket is open, what better 'Forget Me' will chill your bubbles to the perfect temperature. South Africans Lazarusman and Jazzuelle have layered a sexy spoken word opus over a stripped down house groove for your listening pleasure. Jazzuelles 'Darkside Mix' is beautifullly melodic and colours the original's minimal sketch with shimmering rides, a depth charged bassline and a kick that would break your shinbone like a stick of celery. Canada's Fred Eve...
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Adapter - Synthetic EP - (Get Physical)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 House
I cannot wait to play this beautiful EP out – it ticks all my boxes for dark tech wonkiness and makes me wriggle and giggle like a kid with a new toy. 'Pyramid' is a throbbing, pulsing, vibrating slab of speaker phreaking, dinky synth wonkiness that will rock any club to within an inch of its life. The bass is fearsome, the synths are sexy and the percussion will make you feel like Baloo scratching his back on that coconut tree in the Jungle Book. You will hear me play this in any dark, sweaty s...
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