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A-Trak - Push - (Ministry Of Sound)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
I always liked this track and its heart felt lyric ‘it’s a horrible thing to push, push love away’. For sure it’s A-Trak in a cuddly electro pop / piano house play suit but it works and it rocks at the right time and in the right way on the right floors. Rene Le Vice tazers you with his upfront and in your face, sphincter tightening drum and bass rewiring whilst Mak and Pasteman go for the moody deep house reworking. The Chainsmokers exploit the pianos, lift it up like a wedding ceremony dove an...
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Peter Corvaia - Honey In Orbit - (Sheik N Beik Records)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
If you like sexy, slinky tech house with a deadly groove, Peter Corvaia’s ‘Honey in Orbit’ EP will put a cheeky, chuffed smile on your face. ‘left Unstrung’ sports a wavering and wonky knickers around your ankles bassline that gives out on you just when you need it most. Whilst ‘Honey In Orbit’ sinks like a submarine in the deep blue to observe in the shadows, to float on the subs, to swim on wavering Hammond chords and to resurface on the buoyant, bouncing vocal snippets at leisure. Beautifully...
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Paul C And Paolo Martini - Upsidown - (Terminal M)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
This pairing of Italians Paul C and Paolo Martini is coming on stronger with each release and are becoming very much the djs djs and the producers producers. Following on from the guillitone sharp ‘Switch’ they now deliver a four track EP for their Monika Kruse owned, Terminal M mothership and how are they driving ? ‘Upsidown’ is a heads down, funky bassline driven affair wih clicky claves, splashing cymbals and filtered effects for added tension. ’Hi Resolution’ is an organ driven B-Movie speci...
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Woz X Chubba - HBK - (Black Butter Records)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
Are you ready to chase the lights across the dancefloor ? Here comes a low stepping, wobbly bottomed, stripped down, breaks driven banger that flies back with more force like a boomerang at the breakdown and knocks you spark out on the floor. It more than merits a rewind or three. Strictly for the underground though. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Showtek - 90s By Nature (Remixes) - (Skink)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
Showtek refresh their moshpit mayhem ‘90s by Nature’ with a brace of remixes from Tujamo who calls in the big guns for a carefree stomp on the heads of giants, TV Noise who add plucked harps and the full vocal to their spinning tornado and Curbi who softens the gear-grinding nu-house bassline blows with the la-da-dee-la-di-dah 90s piano house chords and some whooshy take off effects. And that’s not all, Sam Feldt takes care of the radio friendly deep house side of things and Lucas & Steve ub...
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Nandu - Trail EP - (Kindisch)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
In a world where deep house meets afro house and jazz house for an evening jam session over cigars and mezcal, Nandu’s ‘Trail’ and the sum of its three fabulous parts is most certainly the result. ‘Deux’ is a curiously sparse arrangement with a mumbled vocal prompt, hollow horn drive, hissing synths and crisp, rustling snares. ‘Mixture’ is an offbeat chugger, think a river steamboat journey through the analog and digital, through repression and release via wet timbale and clave patterns, soft, v...
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Watermat & Tai - Frequency - (Spinnin)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
There’s something kind of innocent and dinky about the sparkly synth keys in the intro but once the pitched looped vocal and strong piano chords kick in it’s all about the main floor melee. Add the elephant’s herding, parping Watermat signature sound and a momenbt communicating with aliens on a Tomy Speak and Spell and you have the recipe for Watermat‘s 2015 summer hit. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Icarus - Cassia - (FFRR)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
As we’re gearing up for the Ibiza summer season what better way to prepare your library than to dust off your balearics. Cassia’s ‘Icarus’ skilfully works the uplifting yet strong piano chords, ambient synth washes and chilled out, trip hop break beats up into a hands-in-the-air sunset tune that no beach or poolside dj should be without. Like ‘Jaguar’ but lazing in the sunshine on a branch of a tree somewhere. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {http://soundcloud.com/thisisicarus...
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Federico Scavo - I Want - (X)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
Federico Scavo delivers a Toni Basil ‘Mickey’ / Ting Tings reminiscent high entertainment and low stress tech house roller for Steve Angello’s underground ‘X’ imprint. It’s a cheeky, quirky italo-tech house vibe track that fills the gap admirably. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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CID - She Wants That D - (Size Records)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
Size join Spinnin, Ultra, Big Beat and Axtone to embrace the nu house sound in their roster and club arsenal. Welcome to CID’s ‘She Wants That D’ a tricksy hybrid with Holi party paint splatter builds, a ‘She Wants That D’ lyric loop that has the Play button superglued down and a sneaky deep house rolling beat intro that will fox the shufflers into taking centre stage on a progressive edm dance floor. A Beatport Top 10 without breaking sweat. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     {h...
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Various Artists - Raw Cuts Vol. 5 - (Snatch! OFF)

Friday, 17 April 2015 Compilations
Riva Starr has selected four tracks from a band of merry music makers for those who like it raw. Whitesquare’s ‘Sena’ is like a short, torchless walk to a headlamp-less convertible for a speed drive through imposing scenery and on unlit, narrow white line-less chicane roads.If you dare, you win. Neverdogs and Franz Costa ‘Only Girls In The Booth’ keep their vibe as light and bouncy as possible and should resonate with most pneumatic chests in dj booths these days have become accustomed. The end ...
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Harddrive - Deep Inside (Remixes) - (Strictly Rhythm)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
The 1993 Masters at Work (Louie Vega and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez) and Barbra Tucker classic returns to the MMXV Defected roster and dancefloors showcased with a brace of remixes from Low Steppa, Shadow Child, DJ T, Harry Romero, Mr V and UMM’s Alex Natale. Low Steppa steers it in a previously uncharted direction, gracefully hyper jacking it into a rich, MAW versus Armand Van Helden reminiscent rhythmic beatdown that gracefully skids, skates and naked wrestles its way through the viscous oil slick ...
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M.O.N.R.O.E - Moonset EP - (Get Physical)

Friday, 17 April 2015 House
Miami based DJ Jordan Pastrel delivers his first EP for Get Physical. The title track ‘Moonset’ is a percolating tech house affair in possession of a persistent bass line, all manner of reverbed, clanging synths and effects and an aural phreatic eruption of tiny tacks, nails, screws and ticking clock mechanisms, the ebb and flow of which is then controlled, swirled and moved into wave form patterns by its magnetic core. ‘Shit Talk’ is a shit-kicking, hard stomping, mumbling opus which seems to r...
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Various Artists - Popcorn Exotica: R&B, Soul and Exotic Rockers From The 50s & 60s – (Croydon Municipal)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 Compilations
Unlike almost everything else I’ve reviewed this week the music contained within Bob Stanley’s next instalment of Popcorn series actually has the audacity to feature real instruments! Consequently, this can be a joy to behold with sense of taste and decency expanded to accommodate all walks of life. If you’re not already familiar with the concept then the clue is handily contained in the title and features unflinching, blistering music from the grinding R&B of Ornella Vanoni’s ‘Coccodrillo’ ...
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Defected presents House Masters Frankie Knuckles – (Defected Records)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 Compilations
I guess this release is as much about establishing The Frankie Knuckles Fund (in partnership with the Elton John Aids Foundation) as it is about celebrating his musical legacy. A statement from Anne Aslett of the Elton John AIDS Foundation reads: “The Elton John AIDS Foundation is honoured to be administering a new Fund in memory of Frankie Knuckles. This fund will support the Foundation’s work with young men of colour around the World, particularly gay men, who are often subject to severe discr...
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The Unhottest - We All We Are E.P. – (Dessous Recordings)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 House
The next in line from the mysterious duo, and their debut for Dessous, are these three excellent new productions. Opening with the deliciously deep, ‘We All We Are’ and its undulating funkiness that keeps the grooves rhythmic and soulfully charged with cutting keys and voices punctuating the arrangement. ‘Glam You Not’ then plays with tribal based drums and whirring organ lines, while the Nu Groove styled ‘We All We Be’ finishes off the release with a tastefully crafted slice of deeper House com...
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Gilb’R – Le Maitre Des Illusions EP – (Versatile Records)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 House
As always Gilb’R delivers exciting, challenging music and with this latest release for Versatile that’s exactly what you get. The title track, ‘Le Maitre Des Illusions’ fuses deep bass together with funky percussion loops and hot-wired electronics that positively sizzle. Not an always comfortable journey through sound but one that will undoubtedly leave an indelible impression, and isn’t that part of the point? ‘Approaching Kether’ is an altogether different proposition with tones of experimenta...
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Full Intention - Automatic EP - (Full Intention Recordings)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 House
Nothing counts like experience sometimes as Full Intention once again prove to the delight of us who were around the first time. ‘Automatic’ slams together all of that knowledge into one explosive package via classic House bass, sizzling hi-hats plus a fiery contemporary production that couldn’t sound much better. ‘Cova Santa’ then injects a slice of filtered Disco into the equation alongside MLK’s timely spoken message, while ‘What's in it’ ends on a tougher tip as energetic vocals combine with...
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Pedro Aguiar - Land Of The Lost – (Darkroom Dubs)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 House
If you’re already hotly anticipating his soon to be released long player ‘Landscapes & Heartbreaks’ then this combination of four new tracks are more than enough to get you there. It’s hard to better the sequenced ambience of, ‘Snobiety’ which shimmers with expectation and quickly delivers a rewarding blend of electronic opulence that could equally accompany an atmospheric big-screen production. Next, ‘3000 And One’ delves into more eerie ground but is the none the less a totally captivating...
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Paul Bowen - Salad Fingers EP – (Luna Records)

Thursday, 16 April 2015 House
The labels founder returns with two richly atmospheric tracks both packing a deep punch. The caustic ‘Rusty Spoon’ opens with pulsating beats which soon expand into mood enhanced territory with the addition of warm keys and smoky, reassuring vocal snippets all of which envelops you in a sense of anticipation. The more straightforward title of, ‘Rumpus’ packs crunchy, filtered beats together with slightly sinister held string lines exposing a sense of danger amid unforgiving stabs, and if anythin...
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