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Various Artists - Cocoon Ibiza Mixed By Mathias Kaden And Popof - (Cocoon)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Compilations
Cocoon Ibiza is now 15 years old – and the label have always scored highly by documenting their forthcoming Mediterranean adventures at the start of every summer. Here they do so with the help of Mathias Kaden and Popof, two DJs who will be on the island a lot this summer, and who serve up the tech house and electro that are best associated with them. Tech house, of course, does not always have a great press – so it’s good to report that Kaden doesn’t mess around, working the bell like chimes of...
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Various Artists - Ralph Lawson - Content - (2020 Vision)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Compilations
Ralph Lawson should be commended for his achievements with 2020 Vision, who have now clocked up an impressive 20 years as a label – which in dance music terms is several lifetimes. Lawson is of course a highly respected DJ himself, so who better to put together his own label’s anniversary compilation? As it turns out it’s the first of these three discs that is mixed, while the other two offer a selection of rarities and newer tracks, suggesting the label has a lot more legs in it yet – which of ...
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Various Artists - Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound - (Soul Jazz)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Compilations
Unless you’ve been on a different planet, you might have noticed a certain event taking place in Brazil lately – but the World Cup has been a great platform for Brazilian music, pushed forward on the radio by the likes of Gilles Peterson. Soul Jazz have a formidable catalogue in this area too, and this document of a concept album from the Tropicalia movement from 1968 works as a brilliant complement to their compilation under the same name. The leading artists of the movement are all involved, h...
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Various Artists - Studio One Dancehall - (Soul Jazz)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Compilations
A simply wonderful collection of dancehall records that implores you to throw the windows wide open. The compilation spans Studio One’s dancehall period, including a number of rare singles that have been thoughtfully compiled, as they always seem to be by Soul Jazz. Ernest Wilson bookends the set, kicking off with the brassy ‘Why Oh Why’ and ending with the slightly sorrowful ‘Pick Them Up’. In between, the ‘Haunted House’ of Windel Haye has a delicious touch of the macabre and the Brentford Dis...
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Matthewdavid - In My World - (Brainfeeder)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Albums
What is it like to inhabit the world of Matthewdavid? If the picture on the front of ‘In My World’ is anything to go by, it’s a blissful place of peace and love – which comes across in his music, although ‘In My World’ is a good sight more energetic than his first album ‘Outmind’. Here we find him in a kind of skewed R&B, with squiggly synth lines and airy sound pictures that often come across as a radio transmission, with appealing fuzz and atmospherics to boot. Singing Flats does a neat li...
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Ultrademon - Voidic Charms - (Coral Records Internazionale)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Albums
‘You need to wake up... wake up!’ begins a helium-inflected voice at the start of Ultrademon’s album. Described as a ‘mercurial, internet-savvy producer in the press release, he is a man of hyperactive means if his beats are anything to go by. There is some inventive and energetic beat making here, with imaginative beat patterns that make the odd appearance of four to the floor all the more startling. Samples abound, but they are economically used so that the textures keep changing, the perspect...
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King Creosote - From Scotland With Love - (Domino)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Albums
With his last album ‘Diamond Mine’, made with Jon Hopkins, King Creosote revealed a wondrous sonic tapestry that detailed all the layers of his beloved East Coast of Scotland. This album expands on that theme to explore the country in full, a companion to the recently shown film of the same name. It finds King Creosote – real name Kenny Anderson – in exuberant form, emerging from the reflections of ‘Diamond Mine’ to dabble in the delights of places like ‘Largs’, to which he gives a richly colour...
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Sébastien Tellier - L'aventura - (Record Makers)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 Albums
The Gallic charms and effortless style of Sébastien Tellier are laid bare once again on this, his latest excursion into the exotic world of the modern French chanson. Whereas past efforts have been more electronically based, L’Aventura finds him using lush orchestrations to back his equally rich vocals, with the bright sounds reflecting the warmth of the cover and a focus on Brazilian styles. Of course, Tellier being Tellier, there is mischief to be found in the knowing musical nods and winks – ...
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Dr Meaker feat. Sian Evans - 'Right Back' - (Circus Records / V Recordings)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 House
I'll admit to not being the biggest drum and bass fan any more, but this record reminds me a lot of the genre when it used to be a big part of my university days at the start of the century. There's a lot that takes it back to that period, not least the presence of former Kosheen vocallist Sian Evans who glides over the track brilliantly throughout. The musicality is on point, making it completely worthy of its co release on Bryan Gee's V recordings, but it's all about the plucking of Dynasty's...
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Chaty, Tamez, Gabriel I - 'My Escape EP' - (Selador Recordings)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 House
Selador have looked over the Atlantic for their latest release, but rather gazing at the States they've lowered their glance and gone for the house music hotbed that is Mexico, a nation both label owners Dave Seaman and Steve Parry have utilised as a stomping ground over their twenty year plus DJ careers. That insider knowledge has helped them unearth new talent in the shape of Chaty, Tamez, Gabriel I, who get a full release after being previously featured on the Selador Showcase EP earlier wit...
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Tricky - 'Nicotine Love' - (False Idols)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 House
One of popular music’s most beguiling chameleons, Tricky has been seducing us for nearly two decades, doing everything form crafting gloriously off kilter smoky trip hop to looking very confused on stage with Beyonce at Glastonbury in 2011. When his music hits though, it does so to stratospheric levels, and his latest is up there with some of his finest work. Beginning with a pulsating cinematic synth line that apes the classic early noughties work of Tiga, Miss Kitten and DJ Hell, there’s the ...
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Kerri Chandler - Heaven EP (Behling & Simpson Remixes) - (Madhouse)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 House
Kerri Chandler's formidable Madhouse imprint sees a double header from the man himself this August, but he's allowed one act to rerub his own music alone rather than crafting any original beats. He's turned to the west coast for his remix duties here, but instead of the sun kissed shores of America's left it's the bustling metropolis of Bristol in the UK, with Behling & Simpson reworking getting to grips with previous Madhouse staples 'Heaven' and 'Peace of My Mind'. The former is built rou...
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All Is Well - Hope All Is Well - (ENDLESS)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 House
This blissful set of instrumentals is from a well known, although as of yet unnamed producer, but who cares about all of that when the music speaks for itself on this level. And it’s the rich atmospheric instrumentation that substitutes vocals for enticing keys that speak volumes all on their very own. The title track’s pulsating bass and beats are augmented by sometimes haunting, but always captivating, washes of deep sounding synthesizers that hint right back to The Burrell Brothers while the ...
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Francesco Rossi – Godspeed You - (D:VISION)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 House
There was a time during the 1990’s that hearing a David Morales production was not only inevitable but certainly essential, and he had that knack of transforming vocals into their full dancefloor potential accompanied by first- rate musicianship and creative arrangements. His remix of, ‘Godspeed You’ harks back to that era and approach with this sunset anthem pointing skyward as Ozark Henry’s yearning vocals fit the bill perfectly amid the undulating synthesizers, rousing chords and fiery percus...
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Nick Monaco - Private Practice - (Wolf + Lamb)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 House
Time to get excited all over again as Wolf + Lamb pull Nick Monaco’s stunning, genre encompassing, ‘Private Practice’ out of the bag and on to your dancefloor. Proudly throwing the cliqued rulebook out of the window in the process, acting in anticipation of September’s debut album, this quirky sometimes funky number does nothing else but ignites the senses with its distinctive vocal harmonies and arrangement of particular sounds. The ‘Unclubbed’ version follows on by stripping it back to the lon...
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Horatio & Gruia - Cradle In The Wind - (VIVa MUSIC)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 House
Feeling notably funkier from the label is this great production from the joint enterprise of Horatio & Gruia. Featuring three equally hard-hitting tracks, but beginning with the title track ‘Cradle In The Wind’ and its waves of expressive Eastern melodies amid unrelenting drums and moody effects this appears in two versions with only a subtle difference between them. Although, either way this proves to be striking, impressive music. My favourite, ‘Caravan’ is next with its funkier shuffle an...
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Blonde - Higher Ground (Purple Disco Machine Remix) - (FFRR)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Purple Disco Machine’s remix of Blonde’s ‘Higher Ground’ is an fx-ed vocal, piano house treat with a bassline drop that will make you feel like you’re raving in 1991. It’s the sort of sound that Alison Limerick, Shawn Christopher and David Morales all built careers on. Dancefloors were made for records – and remixes - like this. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette...
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Say Lou Lou Vs Lindstrom - Games For Girls - (Columbia)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
As pop / house hybrids go, ‘Games For Girls’ fits comfortably in the same hairbrush and shower singing category as early Robyn and Lykke Li so you know it is going to do good crossover business. No surprises there though since Say LouLou are Swedish songwriting twins Miranda and Elektra and Lindstrom is one of the dons of decadent nu disco. It’s bright, effervescent, funky, catchy, beautifully produced and as such is an aural confection that is sweet on the ears and a treat for your feet. 4 out...
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Pablo Nouvelle - You Don't Understand - (Black Butter)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Beautiful, unassuming, humble soul music with heartfelt lyrics and an arrangement that could breathe the breath of life back into deflated souls. Guitar riffs that suspend and spin in front of your eyes and hypnotise you like pure diamonds on a hypnotist’s pendant. A smooth and laidback ‘on the one’ drum and bass remix from Calibre puts ‘You Don’t Understand’ firmly into terrace / poolside sets, Radio Nova and Hotel Costes compilation territory. Pablo Nouvelle is a super promising artist and I a...
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Bodhi Vs George The Poet - My City - (Island Records)

Thursday, 24 July 2014 House
Bodhi vs George The Poet’s ‘My City’ is a spoken word or slam led excursion with a heavy London accent and a thud thud thud kick that makes the highest quality sub woofers feel almost inadequate. Add some chk chk click click percussive top end a bassline that rolls out like a red carpet and all of a sudden you’re lost in a haze of afrohouse that seduces with voodoo skill. If I was a betting woman I would put money on this being in Gilles Peterson’s disco arsenal. It’s that kind of London Undergr...
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