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Cristoph - Collo Remixes Part 1 - (Blue Dye)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
The shooting star aka Cristoph keeps shifting forward with releases on the likes of Defected plus Noir. And now with the aid of these remixes of, ‘Collo’ the future remains bright. Starting with Sammy W and Alex E’s version which pumps out classic Chicago bass alongside snappy beats and the occasional vocal is hard to argue with. PachangaStorm and Oliver Deuerling’s remix then gives it a funkier, brighter atmosphere, while Dave Nash ends on a big time high via commanding bass tones and passionat...
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Ask:Me, Bedrud & Giese - Thai Break - (Groove On)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
Great production from this trio which thankfully knows its own strength and comes via the one and only mix necessary. Appearing on George Morel's ‘Groove On’ this tastefully crafted arrangement fuses together shimmering keys along with addictive percussion, plus perfectly timed lifts and drops resulting in almost ten minutes of mesmerising pleasure. 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton   ...
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Marc Romboy - Iceland - (Systematic Recordings)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
Celebrating 10 years of Systematic comes this limited release featuring two versions of the 2008 production. Be in no doubt as to the heavy-duty impact of Laurent Garnier’s remix of ‘Iceland’ which pounds and grinds with suitable fury. However, the GusGus Ambient Mix strips it all down to the imagination with a swirling ambient passage of organic sounds undulating across an intense eight minutes. More please. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton   {http://soundcloud.com/mixmag-1/download-...
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Len Leise - Music For Forests - (International Feel)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
Music For Forests may not sound like the most exciting place to be but hit the play button and prepare to be mesmerized. Five tracks of equal reward fill the void between Balearic and Ambience nicely, although for me the opening,’ Seed Of The Blushwood’ and the latter ‘A Bend In The River’ plus the completing,‘Sea Of Trees’ provide more than enough music to get lost in. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton   {http://soundcloud.com/international-feel/len-leise-music-for-forests-release-dat...
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The Emperor Machine - Pop the Lid - (Southern Fried Records)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
Another excellent release this week sees Andy Meecham’s twisted Disco project deliver an irresistible bass-pumping workout that feverishly references early eighties New York. Plenty of Dub action going on too obviously with sassy low-slung beats and tripped out electronics working the rhythm, alongside ice cool vocals, into oblivion - that’s a good thing. The Jacques Renault versions proceed to lend it a contemporary edge, although either way it’s all first-rate excitement. 4 out of 5 Reviewed...
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Yotam Avni - UR Sleeping / Better Days - (Be As One)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
For perhaps obvious reasons I’m bypassing the grinding Techno of ‘UR Sleeping’ and aiming straight for the lush musicality of the excellent, ‘Better Days’ instead. Packed full of emotion, uplifting chord progressions and soaring string lines this sounds like an anthem in waiting? Make sure you try the Latin piano excursion which occurs later and plays perfectly alongside the sassy percussion too. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton   {http://soundcloud.com/beasoneimprint/sets/yotam-avni-...
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Berkson & What - Make It True feat. JoJo De Freq - (Play It Say It)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
Seth Troxler’s label is gathering pace nicely but then with releases such as theses why wouldn’t it. ‘Make It True’ touches those parts of the universe that others can only dream of. Indeed the Acid lines prove to be pure funkiness backed-up by moody, emotive chords while JoJo De Freq’s dreamy, meandering vocals transport you there too. Or, to put it another way the music combines a Jazzy-Funkiness via trippy cosmic Techno. Next Luke Solomon’s Remix pushes the possibilities still further, though...
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Street Sounds presents - JAZZ FUNK CLASSICS vol.1 - (Street Sounds)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 Compilations
This has to be one of the finest compilations of music from 1975 - 1981going and certainly on a par with comps from Salsoul or Philadelphia International from the same era. Each track is a gem in its very own right and if you love to soak up all those jazzy inflections amongst some super fine funky beats then this needs to be on your Christmas etc list for sure. I guess it’s also down to the inspired playing alongside the spiritually charged vocals making the connection too. Of course a number o...
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Bearcubs - Touch (Remixes) - (Love & Other)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
With artists like Sbtrkt, Kwabs, Bipolar Sunshine, Lil Silva and Sampha all leading the charge, soulful electronica seems to be preparing a world take- over. Now young Bearcubs has arrived to make the mixture just that bit more potent. This last year, Bearcubs has garnered much tastemaker praise for his slick yet spiky urban electronica whilst this remix package reinforces this reputation with crackshot precision. Obeson create a downtempo wonderland that curls into your senses like blue smoke, ...
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Graeme L - New Beginnings EP - (Division Music)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
Belfast’s Graeme L breaks out from underneath a nineteen year long shadow spent ghost writing and producing dance music for an array of stars to release his first foray under his own name. As to be expected, it’s phat, beautifully produced and rocks hard. ‘Give It A Chance’ is the strongest track – both remix and original create a solid, jacking vibe that jabs to the ribs and solar plexus with no conscience. Even if the frenzied drum rolls sail it a bit closer to the electro house / edm wind tha...
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Various - Best Of Snatch (Teaser) - (Snatch!)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 Compilations
It’s that time of year when compilations and collections and bundles and goodie bags seems to make up the lion’s share of the release schedule (yes bah humbug it’s nearly my birthday, sorry, yes, Christmas). So hark, it is with great joy that my herald angels are jacking along to this teaser Snatch! Goodie Bag. Here you have a double header, re-edited by Santos that weighs in heavier than turkey with all the trimmings and your christmas pudding too. Kaiserdisco’s ‘Forget About Me’ bounces in tha...
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Victor Ruiz - Draco / Serepens EP - (Electric Ballroom)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
Brazilian Victor Ruiz makes a fine debut on Thomas Schumacher’s Electric Ballroom with a superb techno double header that could blow fire, scorch earth and melt mountains. I’m embarrassed to say that I am a few weeks’ late to the pre-release party here but since I love practically all things Thomas Schumacher sized, think that this new label is killer and that this release is jaw-dropping, I think you will forgive me. ‘Draco’ is the sort of tech house tear-up that drags people out of the dark sp...
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Hauswerks - Why You Tellin Me EP - (Moda Black)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
How nice of last year’s Colin Hauswerks to check in with this hyper-jacked three track, house with a twist of acid and a shot of EP on Moda Black. All good, in the mix, ‘Why You Tellin Me’ clicks the beats three times and says there’s no place like a soulful garage groove with its sneaky Kidnap Kid ‘Survive’ vocal sample, ‘You Make Me Feel’ puts you in touch with your masculine side with its phat beats, psychodelic acidics and growling effects and your feminine side with its soaring diva vocal s...
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C R I M E - Devotion - (Hear This)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 House
Mystery East London duo (and no doubt, partners in) Crime, have lovingly created ‘Devotion’ – a bumping Crystal Waters ‘Gypsy Woman’ and Logic ‘Blues For You’ reminiscent garage treat. It’s up, it’s jolly and it’s house with a capital retro feel. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Various Artists - Elevate Your Mind 2014 - (KMS Records)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 Compilations
KMS is 27 years old now and is passing through the generations, Saunderson senior (Kenny) having handed it over to junior (Dantiez). Whereas a lot of techno labels are justifiably looking at their past with some pride, KMS is looking to the future with a collection showing where the label is at right now. And it’s a pretty good place if the super funky organ of Lionel Weets’ ‘We Can’t Sleep’ or the nicely screwed-up ‘Freaky Funk’ of Joe Brunning is anything to go by. Dantiez himself is shaping u...
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Various Artists - John Beltran Presents Music For Machines - (Delsin Records)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 Compilations
John Beltran is one of those producers who has been around longer than you think – since the mid-1990s in fact. In that time he has amassed an impressive body of work that satisfies both lovers of techno and chillout, so he’s in a great position to make a compilation that also combines the two. ‘Music For Machines’ is blissful listening, tapping into the still hours before or after the sun is in the sky through a gorgeous mix that drifts through some excellent tracks. One of these is the first, ...
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Villalog - Spacetrash - (Klangbad)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 Albums
Austrian band Villalog tap into that rich vein of Krautrock and electronica that Can and Kraftwerk did so well before them, and while of course they’re extremely unlikely to match the achievements of those giants, they can certainly hold their own in the current musical climate. This is partly because they don’t take themselves too seriously, so when a bass line takes the lead, as it does in 3, it is distinctive and quite quirky. The oscillations of ‘Bassknopf’, meanwhile, indicate Steve Reich h...
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Dan Bodan - Soft - (DFA Records / Co-op)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 Albums
Dan Bodan is a lot softer than your average DFA act – which he openly admits in the title of this album! It’s a good thing where DFA are concerned, though, because it means the label is continuing with its ability to surprise and invent. At times the singer-songwriter even sounds like he is trying to add to the Great American Songbook on ‘For Heaven’s Sake’ (Let’s Fall In Love)’, while elsewhere he moves towards a sort of heat soaked ‘70s West Coast sound. For much of his album Bodan does a nice...
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Ryan Teague - Block Boundaries - (Village Green)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 Albums
The talented composer Ryan Teague could be viewed as a member of Steve Reich’s minimalist school, but there is much more to him than that derivative title might suggest. Previous album ‘Field Drawings’ impressed greatly with its strength in depth and the ability to spin small melodic loops into something more substantial – and this album manages the same trick rather impressively, with the addition of subtle beats. ‘Site And Situation’ and the warm-hearted ‘Scale And Ratio’ and ‘Last Known Posit...
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Loscil - Sea Island - (Kranky)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 Albums
Loscil is the name used by Vancouverite Scott Morgan – and ‘Sea Island’ is named after the small island on which the city’s airport sits. It is an appropriate title, because the ambient music Morgan makes is almost completely weightless, suspended at altitude with the clouds shifting slowly and rather beautifully around it. To capture such stillness in music is an amazing achievement, because very little happens at speed, and yet the effect on the listener is totally calming and hypnotic. It is ...
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