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Jack Beats - Beatbox EP (Part 2) - (Owsla)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 House
Wooh-wooh-wooh duh duh duh duh duh... It’s all aboard the fast train for Jack Beats’ ‘The Ill Shit’ – it’s cheesy but good cheesy with its oompah loompah stick it up your jumper, holiday camp, fun and games beat and the wooh wooh effects which whip it all up like a supersized ice cream cone with hundreds and millions on it. It is a money shot after all. There’s a cleaned up version for radio and a bass heavy remix of the acid bright, unst unst-ing ‘beatbox’ that I reviewed here a few weeks ago. ...
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Bobina & Vigel - Crunch - (Protocol Recordings)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Prog / Tribal / Trance
‘Crunch’ has the all the soaring euphoria of a chatter of rare and vibrant parakeets in flight then drops like it’s freakishly raining bullfrogs on your head. Just before you catch a break to run inside to safety, the alien spacehoppers set about bouncing on your head, legs and body. When it comes to the crunch it’s great played in the mix or at the end of your set. 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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Bart B More - Indigo EP - (Owsla)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 House
The ‘Indigo EP’ marks a departure of sorts for Bart B More as it takes him away from his glitch / bass house comfort zone and delivers him at the intersection of the edm / deep / tech / progressive Venn diagram. ‘Crossing Borders’ puts me in mind of cross country roadtrips with MGMT, Justice and Digitalism as your playlist. The screaming, grungey electric synth guitars and hazy summer chords make you want to jump in anybody’s car and drive. ‘Revival’ is a four to the floor, italo piano jack atta...
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Tourist - I Can't Keep Up - (Method Music)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Electro
After a slew of cool and credible remixes and signing to Disclosure’s label Method Music, Tourist aka Londoner, William Phillips aka Little Loud (2010) is fast becoming a solo artist in his own right. A soulful vocal à la SBTRKT and heartfelt lyrics characterise ‘I Can’t Keep Up’ an anthemic, atmospheric, stadium rocking excursion. The ‘Patterns EP’ is also in circulation and Tourist also has a Soundcloud page so track him down – he’s marvellous and I, for one, am looking forward to hearing more...
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VA - NTRX 2 - (Noir Music)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 House
The second edition in the NTRX series flies at you like an iron fist in a velvet glove. Bimas’ ‘My Desire’ opens the bundle with a funk fuelled, sweat soaked, talc and towels dance off. Datawork & Nic Vetter’s ‘She Stared In Confusion’ is an eerie, haunting soundscape that swells and drops like a single white seagull sitting on a rising oilspill. ‘Badcave’ is a wonky tech house knee trembler with sputtering answerbacks, ping pong effects and a shimmering alter ego. Meanwhile Pele and Shawnec...
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Steve Aoki Ft. Wacka Flocka Flame - Rage The Night Away - (Ultra Music)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Tech / Electro
Chinese bamboo beats, hard rap, rave synth, hare krishna finger cymbals and a kick drum that could explode concrete like it’s a bag of icing sugar characterize ‘Rage The Night Away’ the first single lifted from Aoki’s forthcoming ‘Neon Future’ double album. Put simply, the overloaded arrangement holds you down whilst the beats punch you in the face. It’s aggressive, full on and will make any festival tent lose its supports in the foot stampede. There’s no dub so if you don’t like rap / hip progr...
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Digitalism - Wolves - (Pias)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 House
‘Wolves’ - possibly the most awaited release from Digitalism’s ‘Access All Arenas’ album, finally peaks its CD / digital promo nose out from underneath the vinyl only limited edition bunfight and an avalanche of winter / spring promotional tasks and breathes. It’s a beautiful bundle of simple loops – arpeggiated synths, pizzicato strings, plucked guitar riffs and sustained chords that together create a billowing Digitalism battle flag and a special ‘access all arenas’ moment. Wolves proves once ...
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Vicetone Ft. Chloe Angelides - White Lies - (Protocol Recordings)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Prog / Tribal / Trance
Protocol continue to dominate all charts and mixshows tagged EDM with ‘White Lies’ a progressive vocal banger powered by a buzz saw bass and enough hissing CO2 to cause a global meltdown. A safe bet, no lie. 3 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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TV Noise - The Hold - (Doorn)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Tech / Electro
If you’ve ever wondered how it would feel riding in the hold of a plane at 30,000 feet with the doors open, then this could answer your question. Drums roll and thud, effects soar and zip, then take off – feel the g-force against your face, wobbling your cheeks at Mach 1. Then they give you more drums that will make you strip you down to your undercrackers before a guitar riff teases you into part 2 where we do the whole thing again but even better. It’s all about the drums here so don’t hold ba...
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Bingo Players - Knock You Out - (Hysteria / Positiva)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Prog / Tribal / Trance
‘Knock You Out’ is a peak time, vocal trance-house anthem that will raise more festival ravers’ arms than the offering of free light sticks ever could. Given a rapturous reception at the Remembrance Festival during Miami Music Week, ‘Knock You Out’ works a raw, powerful vocal into a soaring synth and pianos opus. It’s knock out, a fine testament to the recently departed Mr Baumer and a warm welcome back to the Bingo Players. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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Duck Sauce - NRJ - (3Beat)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Electro
Duck Sauce return with a sprawling, 80s sounding, pop-rock-electro assault on your ears and senses. It lifts and separates then jiggles and wiggles all your important lady and gentleman humps and lumps – all that’s missing is a roll of spandex, a few headbands and a shoulder length permed rocker wig and you’re winning. Hudson Mohawke push everything into the red for a maxed out journey into distortion and overload. The Skrillex, Kill The Noise and Milo & Otis collaboration is a colossus that...
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Jakwob - Somebody New - (Digital Sound Boy)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Mainstream
Jakwob’s ‘Somebody New’ sets you adrift on rolling piano chords and a staccato bassline then sets this all alight with Tiffani Juno’s smoldering vocal. Belgian duo GoldFFinch deliver a shimmering, gurgling reworking that makes you follow the flow, skinny dipping and diving in upstream to swim into a refreshing tributary to then be baptised further downstream in a vast and peaceful expanse of lake. TCTS hotwire it all, entering their dragon with an arrangement that simultaneously breathes fire an...
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Dimitri Vegas & Like mike Vs DVBBS & Borgeous - Stampede - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 House
A simple string melody explodes into a euphoric synth trance opus which winds itself up on the spinning hands of time to advance ‘Stampede’ on the dancefloor like giddy, raving Stormtroopers on a night off. It’s imposing, arresting and would stop you dead in your tracks if you saw it on wild safari. Mind you, with this combination of producers behind it, they weren’t ever going to go wrong now were they? Add to basket. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette ...
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MNEK - Every Little Word - (Virgin / EMI)

Thursday, 24 April 2014 Mainstream
At the tender age of 20, Grammy nominated (Duke Dumont’s ‘Need You – 100%’), singing, songwriting, producer MNEK (pronounced Em-en-eeeee-kay), releases his first foray as a solo recording artist and the word is, it’s a banger. Slung lower than the jeans on a baby G ‘Every Little Word’ wraps the arms of its soul searching lyrics around a grungey, bumping 90’s electro soul beat and whips it all into a hands up, booty swinging, dance floor special. Its 1Xtra première is a quality seal of approval, ...
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Blaqwell & Ct Burners - Awake My Love EP - (Cerecs)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 House
Cerecs is the latest U.S. East Coast label to enjoy a new lease of life, and on the basis of what we've heard so far, label honcho Todd G is a man well versed in unearthing luscious tech-house planes. New Jersey house lynchpin Blaqwell pair up with Ct Burners for the label's latest outing, with Awake My Love the sort of sultry house bomb that'll push all the right buttons wherever it's let out of its cage. Crunching beats snap and crackle throughout, but it's the gentle unfurling bassline that ...
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Brian Johnson - Ethnic Undertones EP - (Bohemian Yacht Club)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 House
Bohemian Yacht Club here welcome back Canadian producer Brian Johnson with a new EP that features two new tracks and a glut of remixes from Jamie Kidd and Andrea Rango. Up first is Swag Show featuring the vocal talents of Geneva. This one is a writhing, sexual house tune with sleazy beats at a sleazy tempo. It features great, inventive production and really oozes out of the speakers in libidinous style. Label regular Jamie Kidd strips things back to a wavy, elastic deep house groove with sombre...
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Crocodile Soup - Jazz For Dinner (What’s Gonna Happen EP) - (Tzinah Records)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 Tech / House
Genre: Tech House Release date: 28/04/14 I came across this track while cruising on Soundcloud and got in touch straight away to get a copy to support on Sonica.  I fell in love with it in one play, all  08:52 minutes of it ! It has been a while since a track excited me this much. Luckily Crocodile Soup obliged and in no time at all, the wav was in my inbox. I have since had this amazing piece (of what I like to call artwork) on repeat. It bounces straight into action with a great rol...
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krankbrother - Recollective - (Defected)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 House
Danny and Kieran Clancy aka krankbrother have been busy via their various successful exterior projects of late but in this case it’s very much a case of the music that’s counting. This excellent selection of tasty musical nuggets doesn’t come much hotter than the opening syncopation from Arto Mwambe’s ‘Hum Along’ (Move D's Move Along Remix). Although strictly speaking that’s not quite true as the selection proceeds to traverse all that’s good right now with Tech colliding against funkier grooves...
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Jovonn – The EP - (Apollonia)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 House
Not to give too much of the game away but opening track, ‘Trippin’ well, you can probably guess what it’s about. Musically it celebrates a combination of 90’s styled beats and Organ that eventually provide relief via a chord progression, appearing amidst Jovonn’s spoken testimony which echoes across the grooves. The Body n Deep Dub then proceeds to strip out the male vocal to highlight the tantalising instrumentation and accompanying female vocal. Second track, The March then sets off fiery snar...
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JC Williams - In Your Arms EP - (Extended Play)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 House
Belfast’s premier House Music labels delivers once again what they do best. Which as you already know by now is ready to rock music primed for the dancefloor. JC Williams’ title track sets fizzy, Detroit bass up against crunchy kick drums and hi-hats which are then offset by warmer synth tones. Impressive remixes come care of Jack Fell Down who gives it a deeper, more atmospheric edge and from The Organ Grinder Remix who picks it up again with additional percussion. Second track, Close To The Ed...
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