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Dole & Kom - Salto Mortale - (Acker)

Saturday, 31 January 2015 House
Acker Records newest release comes from Berlin based duo Dole & Kom and it’s a record that clearly shows why these guys have been industry mainstays for the last twenty years. They produce three tracks of developed house music that all have their own uniqueness, and then throw in three remixes to really bulk up and beef out the release. First production is ‘Salto Mortale’ and its kicks us off with a real foot-stomping bass line that takes no prisoners, before lavish chords dive in and leave ...
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Georgi Barrel - Down (sinnmusik)

Saturday, 31 January 2015 House
Long term Kassel resident and Sinnmusik favourite Georgi Barrel puts a hot new spin on House music for 2015 with his latest release. Germany based and serving up a brand new EP sure to see success in the Electronic Dance music charts this year, Barrel’s new release features remixes by some of the label’s most celebrated and closest friends such as Adrian, Fasika and Whedler. Musically inspired by late 90‘s garage and early 90‘s hip-hop in its original form, ‘Down’ is a deep house groove in full ...
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Various Artists - Fabriclive 79: Jimmy Edgar - (Fabric)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 Compilations
Jimmy Edgar is probably better known as an artist and producer than a DJ, but he has a very strong connection to his Detroit heritage, as the collaborative mix project with Derrick May, ‘We Love…Detroit’, revealed. This mix for Fabric is a lot more self-indulgent – but this is a good thing, Edgar focusing on a lot of his own productions to build a mix that makes a strong impact. What he does especially well here is bring together snippets of speech to brilliant effect, so we get the commands of ...
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Ghost Culture - Ghost Culture - (Phantasy)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 Albums
The feeling persists that this album could have been written any time from 1979 onwards, as it frequently taps into a darker, shady form of electro. It is far from derivative, mind – and further listens to Ghost Culture’s self-titled debut reveal him to be an artist whose music has real staying power, showing why a producer with the clout of Erol Alkan signed him on the back of a single listen. That track was ‘How’, a song with a curious and quite chilling piece of minimal electronica placed at ...
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Rone - Creatures - (Infine)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 Albums
Rone calls in the cavalry for third album ‘Creatures’, enlisting illustrious guests such as The National’s Bryce Dessner, François & The Atlas Mountains and Etienne Daho. They join an album with a wide mix of productions, ranging from small and intimate to large and cinematic. Dessner’s contribution to ‘Elle’ enhances an already broad sound scape, topped off with vocals from Daho in the vinyl version. The big productions continue with the dancing electronics of ‘Ouija’, a burst of energy th...
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John Tejada - Signs Under Test - (Kompakt)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 Albums
John Tejada is a source of consistently well-written techno music, but he probably doesn’t get enough credit for pushing at the boundaries of the style in his own subtle way. Signs Under Test may be relatively easy listening for his tenth album but it contains deeply personal music, Tejada preferring a more analogue approach to communicate in human terms. The subtle experimentation can be found in the rhythms, which are rarely your basic four to the floor and explore intricate, breaks-flavoured ...
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Shermanology - I Want You - (Work)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
It’s dinky keys and Super Mario version 2007/2008 revisited time at Work Towers, so strap yourself in for a full speed circuit around Shermanology’s crazy, distorted sonic universe. It’s a lights flashing, money cascading, horns honking amusement arcade whose energy is magnified then exploded with a raw power vocal that seduces then slices like a razor through a tomato and that’s the final score with no bonus balls required. It’s a peak time rabble rouser. Nuff said. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Pau...
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M.A.N.D.Y. - Gizmo - (Get Physical)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
The amazing MANDY return to Get Physical with Gizmo – a tearing, technicolour techno double header with shades of Dennis Ferrer just ever so slightly colouring the edges of their production picture. It’s got more drama then an electric thunderstorm on the motorway in the dead of night. Flipside, ‘Montagsmaschine’ is a polyrhythmic toe tickler, that breathes and swells, rises and falls, and blows jets of water through a Moby Dick sized blowhole just for show. Complex patterns of synths, instrumen...
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Doorly - I Worked Hard For This - (Dirty Bird)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Don’t talk to me about afterhours we’ve got business right here Ms Thing! Doorly does his Dirty Bird dance with a c*nty bitching spoken vocal track called ‘I Worked Hard For this’ (the this one can only imagine what? Sex change? Boob job? What evvvvva). It jacks harder than a heroin addict in a poppy field, does attitude with a capital beatdown and bounces like breast implants off a BMW airbag. Doorly is kicking ass and taking names now. This is proof. It features on Dirty Bird 10 LP just in cas...
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Brett Gould - I Need You - (Glasgow Underground)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Brett Gould springs the lock on ‘I Need you’ to reveal a wobbly universe with warped and wonky keys, a wavering whispery vocal, splashy rainstick drum fills and the weirdest melody you could hear this side of a horror movie soundtrack.’Don’t Know Why’ is tinted with a brighter palette and softened with a smoother cloth. Underground cuts to keep the dancefloor bubbling. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Weiss - Our Love - (Toolroom)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
If shadows don’t scare you and dissonance is music to your ears, then Weiss’ ‘Our Love’ will have you salivating like the big, bad wolf. ‘Our Love’ is a diva wail and trombone prompted, jack attack that’s just made for booming back rooms, sweaty festival tents and late night caller radio shows. It’ll haunt your dreams and colour your daymares. ‘The Light’ jabs and uppercuts its way into your consciousness with its repeptitive beats and soulful vocal. It’s got an infinite, groundhog groove that s...
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Swanky Tunes Ft. Pete Wilde - Wherever You Go - (New State Music)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Swanky Tunes pick up the baton carefully laid down by the Swedish house Mafia and run towards the Progressive / Trance House throne without glancing back at the opposition. ‘Wherever You Go’ is a synth elevated, whooshing, whizzing stomper with outdoor event euphoria running through its stomping beats like electricity through a complete circuit. Am sure it will do the job wherever it’s played. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/armadamusic/swanky-tunes-wherever-u...
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Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo - Rhymes - (Virgin / EMI)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Hannah Wants steps up once again with a big blazing breaks meets grime opus that owes much to Daft Punk’s Technologic and Nina Kraviz’ ‘Ghetto Kraviz’. It’s as big, blazing, bubbling and beautiful as a crossover underground club tune can be and has had Annie Mac exclusive stamped all over it since at least October 2014. Now licensed to a major 2015 looks like it is going to be even more amazing for Hannah Wants. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/hannah_wants/rhyme...
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Jack Holiday - Yes - (Pinkstar)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Jack Holiday’s ‘Yes’ is destined for big things apparently but not for the reasons the blurb says it is. It’s bouncy, bright and hooky but unless my eyes are deceiving me, Jack Holiday’s emperor is stark bollock naked here. As far as I can hear (and to all intents and purposes) this is Gusto - Disco's Revenge, stripped down and tarted up for the 2015 but WITHOUT GIVING A SINGLE CREDIT TO THE SOURCE. I don’t mind people using other people’s work as a jump off (hell that’s what I would do if I wan...
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Hot Since 82 - The Core Ft. Alex Mills - (Knee Deep In Sound)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
‘The Core’ is a glorious room-filling, dark synth excursion that is destined to propel Hot Since 82 further into the limelight. It’s big and it’s bold and it will fill floors from here to Coachella. On the trainspotting side it is hugely reminiscent of Tenaglia circa 1999/2001 and has tamed the atmosphere, energy and (dare I say it) directly airlifted the keyboard stabs from Cirez D ‘s ‘Teaser’ (once an anorak, always an anorak) don’t get me wrong though, all that is a positive. Looking forward ...
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Die Vogelperspektive - Back From Plastic EP - (Brise Records)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Appearing on Helmut Dubnitzky’s Brise imprint comes three equally hot tracks for your pleasure. ‘Non Hype’ proves to be the most addictive with its pulsating bassline, tech stabs and soulful keys feeling just right over several minutes. ‘All A Shame’ then gets moodier as echoed synths work their magic alongside taught beats, with the more House influenced ‘Mighty Fools’ rounding off via a collection of edgy bass notes and the occasional voice keeping you guessing. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg F...
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Tantsui - No Mercy EP - (NOPASSPORT)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Great new release for 2015 with the Moscow-based Tantsui delivering this striking piece of music just in time to wipe out any remaining winter blues. The original version of, ‘No Mercy’ starts out with gritty beats but soon greets you with tastefully melancholy vocals, pulsating deep bass and a compelling production that merits your attention. Next, ‘Rainyman’ picks up the pace although remains true to their conviction with more of those icy-cool vocals plus this time jazzier percussion complime...
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Jacob Phono and Jens Bond - Affects The Spirit EP - (Audiomatique Imprint)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Three brand new tracks go to make up this release for Steve Bug's Audiomatique and as you might expect from this duo no punches are pulled. ‘Jane's Addiction’ starts with a surge of quirky rhythms that soon command your attention by the time the unsuspecting breakdown hits. And then it’s off again via pulsating synths and some excellent drum programming which is augmented by the human touch of vocals. ‘Affects The Spirit’ continues with more forward-thinking percussion, further voices alongside ...
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Subb-an - Warp - (One Records)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Happy to say that this latest and excellent new production from Subb-an not only pushes at the boundaries but also makes for a most exciting rollercoaster of engaging electronics. The beauty here is that this is House music which acknowledges its roots but isn’t restricted by them fusing together gritty, hard-edged sounds with an undulating funkiness that results in pure dancefloor nirvana on the title track. ‘TV’ follows with an equally commanding arrangement of sassy sounds that positively sim...
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Koyla - Sap EP - (Parallel Records)

Thursday, 29 January 2015 House
Koyla is the alias of Russian producer Nikolay Serbryakov, a man with a rich and textured taste in electronic music. A trained musician, he comes correct here on his debut for the Parallel label, as he deftly introduces us to a sound palette that’s stuffed to the brim with tight, atmospheric leanings that are produced on a vehement underground, almost microhouse tip. It’s the first track, the original of ‘Sap’, that gets us going. Much like his countryman Anton Zap, this is the sort of deep hous...
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