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Breakage - Treading Water - (Digital Soundboy)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
A plucked synth melody tempts us, then smoky, sultry vocals that seduce from the first note lead us further into ‘Treading Water’s deep, watery expanse. It’s a treat for the ears, head and heart so release yourself, let go and enjoy this end of the night special. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Network - My Body - (HK)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
18 year old Oli Johns is firing on all four with ‘My Body’ : the vocal hook is large enough to snag the nearest Orca and the groove is immediate, infectious and impeccable. Hit record incoming … 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Santa Maradonna FC Ft. Lucy Spraggan - Give Me Sunshine - (Brockwild Records)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
If you like forward thinking music with vague undertones of the Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’ and similarities to Kate Tempest, sand dancing to sun drenched house and stretching your brain muscles by listening and learning lyrics ‘Give Me Sunshine’ is most definitely for you. Lucy Spraggan (the glorious ‘I’m happy, I just look sad’ X Factor find strangely unknown to Santa Maradona’s engineer) keeps Spada’s hooky folk guitar and penny whistle driven original bouncing with her sharp observations and ...
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Todd Terry & Junior Sanchez - Drop It 2 Da Floor - (Brobot)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
Todd Terry and Junior Sanchez combine their tastes and talents for ‘Drop It 2 Da Floor’ a skittish and ticklish, sniffing snare meets filter flares and effects then binds it together with a drawled spoken vocal that works. It’s a simple and effective mix tool on a mission. Bang. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Skapes - Shadows EP - (Punks Music)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
Newcomer to the scene, Skapes’ discography already boasts releases on UKF and Cheap Thrills ‘Make Me Feel’ is an old skool à la RIP Groove meets nu skool collision between garridge and grime with a bassline that could cause seismic tremors on any dance floor. ‘You Don’t Stop’ has swirls of vocal sweetness and colourful synth washes that usher in a sneaky little bassline drop by the back door. It really hits its stride with ‘Shadows’ featuring Tigerlight – an uptempo, soulful boompty bouncer with...
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Sirus Hood - Welcome To The Hood - (Cuff)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
Ammine Edge steps up his CUFF game with ‘Welcome To The Hood’ – a four track ep from Sirus Hood and release number 12 already on the release schedule. Don't Stop sports a cool, smoking groove. whilst Booty Noise works that sweet 90s Crystal Waters / Clivilles & Cole dinky organ driven house sound and cheeky hip hop, big bootaaaay lyrics. What's Up has as much fun as Mr Fingers’ could if locked inside a bouncy castle and to close Magic Stick is dark and quirky hip-house for the ghetto / bass ...
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Woz - Cherry Hill - (Black Butter)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
‘Young John said she was all that and a bag of ice’ – welcome to Woz’s world of spoken word with a percolating, sleazy bass house twist. This cool, atmospheric cut bassline bubbles like tarmac on a hot day, wending its way into your personal space like your drunk bffs at kicking out time. It’s nothing like anything out there and that’s a good thing. Play it. Love it. Tell the world about it. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/black-butter-records/sets/woz-cherry-...
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My Digital Enemy Ft. Lizzie Massey - To Dust - (Toolroom)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
If you like your mid set house music to be lip-smacking and fulfilling then the My Digital Enemy original version is a meat and three veg first courser. I love this bug in the bass bin, old skool garridge bassline. I massively appreciate the way they've kept the breath in on the vocal lines – it’s refreshing to hear a singer who actually breathes again (isn’t it, like, WEIRD how we‘ve become used to this essential aspect of singing itself being totally erased). Anyway, ruminations aside, it boun...
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Ryan Crosson - Bricolage EP - (Visionquest)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
Opening with, ‘Spoons’ this latest EP from one third of the Visionquest team delivers bass punctuated rhythms which at once create a tension building mood that leaves your expectation wondering what’s going to happen next. As it happens perky keys fill in the gaps as the bassline expands into a rewarding funk-filled experience accompanied by pulsating kick drums and Latin percussion. ‘Close To Danger’ then proceeds with Techier sounding synths and sound effects, while the excellent Cesar Merveil...
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Impellizzeri & Stupia vs Mendo - Gelatine EP - (Circus Recordings)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
Mario Impellizzeri and Luigi Stupia’s beautifully crafted original version of ‘Gelatine’ is a stunning piece of music that builds your sense of anticipation over a shimmering nine (almost) minutes. Based around repetitive, minimalist inspired, marimba pulses alongside tastefully paced percussion the production exudes a serene sense of calm and intrigue to lose yourself in. Mendo supplies three remixes in total each containing a different angle for the dancefloor by picking up the tempo and addin...
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Bufiman - Running EP - (Versatile)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
‘Running’ explodes across the stereo like Disco’s excitable child, funky clavinets in hand accompanied by inexcusably funky drums. Jan Schulte aka Bufiman from Dusseldorf knows how to squeeze every shot of energy via this sassy arrangement that falls just short of an addictive five minutes. ‘Kalvier’ adds eastern flavours into the mix next alongside its more gently shuffling percussion to again inspire you. The more out there, ‘Bonobeat’ ends by beginning with a reversed recording that soon esca...
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Bordertown x EZLV feat Freya - Things Should Go - (Nurvous Records)

Thursday, 16 October 2014 House
House music, specifically deep house, is all the rage right now. At the heart of the modern movement are Bordertown. The pair truly love house and know every facet of it, as has been proved before now with their EPs on labels like Toolroom, King Street Sounds and Nurvous, which is where they appear again now. Bordertown actually hook up with EZLV, aka Canadian 100% Silk pair Maxime Ezekiel and Louis Vee here, and enlist Freya on vocals, The result is a rambunctious and delicious house track with...
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Bodhi - Satisfaction - (Exploited)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
‘Satisfaction’ is a sensuous, beautifully produced, slice of feel good deep house. Think Miami WMC in the sunshine circa 1996 transported to a terrace of your choice in 2014, think strings, think barbecues, beers and sand, then think backrooms, dancers, sweatboxes, smiling faces, dry towels and spare t-shirts. Yes it’s THAT type of instrumental. Lush. 3 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   ...
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David Guetta Ft. Sam Martin - Dangerous - (Parlophone)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
No matter what creeping envy, jealousy or bitterness most people tend to levy as valid criticism, you have to hand it to David Guetta for having the balls to switch things up just at the right moment. ‘Dangerous’ sees Guetta switch from the well oiled, digital production style to a more mature, organic, live analog style. ‘Dangerous’ boasts heavily orchestrated pianos and strings then marries these with classically arpeggiating synths, live drums and lazy bassline a la Daft Punk and the now sign...
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Breach Ft. Kelis - The Key (2 Bad Mice Remix) - (Atlantic Records)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
The 2 Bad Mice remix blazes in on breaks beats and Kelis’ looped vocal, then drops down to a sub bass for a sexy intro. Then hold up for the raw stuff when the beats get bare, edgy and stripped down and it all gets a bit festival moshpit about itself. Sharper than a chinese war sword. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Various Artists - 4 Jacks Part 1 - 15 Years Of Poker Flat Celebrations - (Poker Flat)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 Compilations
I can’t believe that it’s 15 years since Steve Bug started Poker Flat and yet in that time he has never wavered or faltered from the path of unearthing raw talent, curating and promoting underground house music and showcasing that through his production and dj’ing talents. As such, and over the last fifteen years, Steve Bug and Poker Flat itself has built a reputation for being at the cutting edge of underground music and of independent labels and has become respected as one of the music industr...
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Camelphat Ft. Jaxxon - Sun Comes Up - (Ultra)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
If you want to hold onto those last rays of summer sunlight for all they’re worth you wouldn’t be foolish for investing in Camelphat featuring Jaxxon’s ‘Sun Comes Up’. It’s all about jamming piano chords, jacking stomping house beats and a vocal that paints everything in acid bright colours. It’s the perfect antidote to autumn and a reminder that no matter what is happening wherever you are, it’s always summer somewhere. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   {http://soundcloud.com/camelphat...
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Galantis - Runaway (U & I) - (Big Beat)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
If you have been a regular reader of these pages you will know that I am a long standing stalker of all things Galantis – the marriage of Style of Eye’s club and Miike Snow’s pop and songwriting sensibilities has always appealed to me. But wow – what a cover for this, the first single off their upcoming album? Of all the galantis covers so far the cover for ‘Runaway (U & I)’ is by far the weirdest and creeps me out the most - it looks like the animal’s brain is bleeding or some cat monkey an...
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Higher Self Ft. Lauren Mason - Ghosts - (Spinnin Deep)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
Wavering pianos, slightly pitched, caramel sweet r n b infused vocals, skippy snares with bumping beats and a bassline that works on your love handles better than a Slendertone version 2014 blend together to create this raw, bass house treat. ‘ooooh aaaaaahhh’ looks like another big radio hit and compilation catnip moment in the offing for Spinnin Deep. 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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Rune RK - Calabria (Firebeatz) - (Musical Freedom)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 House
Here is a classic rave tune updated in a fine style. Rune RK’s anthemic parped sax tune has been royally rewired in a stomping ‘four to the floor’, cavern filling, white noise overloaded monster. It’s a ‘Get out of jail free’ anthem for every big room DJ and for the 129bpm generation. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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