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Luis Radio - 'Fresh Mint EP' - (Tony Records)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Roman house head Luis Radio delivers a piato of Jazz in the House heaven for Tony Humphries' label. 2 quality tracks on offer - 'Fresh Mint', which oozes with sunshine vibes as a lovely sax performance dances over a soulful house platter of beats and keys; and 'Basile Street' comes with a bumping bass and a sublime key solo that glides throughout the track. Bellissima Italian House music! 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Ratha Gud...
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Sonz Of The Pitch - 'Love & Paz' - (Patsada Record)

Thursday, 19 March 2015 House
Sonz Of The Pitch are a brand new act for Brussels imprint Patsada Records. Destined to raise the roof with their cool and quirky House style this year, Phil Nobel and Ricardo Martins deliver a joyful debut, 'Love & Paz'. 'Love' is all about the wicked groove and comes drizzled with feel-good disco sample stabs, whilst 'Paz' is an energetic late night chugger, laced with red hot jackin' beats. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Ratha Gud ...
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Ralph Lawson presents Lost in Time - Hold Over Me - (No.19 Music)

Thursday, 12 March 2015 House
Appearing on the always excellent No.19 imprint is a good choice for this Ralph Lawson project which also involves the creative talents of Carl Finlow, Tuccillo and Debukas. The Vocal Mix begins with infectious beats and bass that soon evolve with the addition of warm piano chords plus Debukas breathy, soulful vocals which lend the production an inviting sense of melody. The Far Away Dub highlights the funkier synth lines on offer, while Ralph Lawson’s own Rise Up Dub sequences 90’s drums togeth...
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Dino Lenny - Don’t Believe - (Rebellion)

Thursday, 12 March 2015 House
Two captivating productions from Dino Lenny go to make-up this latest from the Crosstown Rebels offshoot. Neither are for the faint-hearted with the opening title track, ‘Don’t Believe’ unveiling a dark, brooding sequence of sounds that find themselves somewhere between the edge of House and Techno. Never knowing quite what to expect next only adds to the anticipation as expansive synthesisers play off occasional vocals and suitably tough beats. ‘Plastic Men’ comes next with another creative arr...
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Belaphonic - Adventure In Lagos EP - (Well Cut Records)

Thursday, 12 March 2015 House
The second release from Moodymanc’s tastefully esoteric label continues to project unforgettable musical fever in your direction. ‘Adventures in Lagos’ creates the sort of atmosphere to get lost in (in a good way) with minimalist structures evolving across a sea of shimmering ambience care off fiery Cuban percussion, jazzy bass and accompanying joyous Afro flavours coupled with life-affirming vocals. ‘Three Strikes and Out’ retunes the percussion to again deliver a set of hypnotic rhythms that w...
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Curbi - Discharge - (Spinnin Deep)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
When I was 16 I had just about recovered from my O’Levels, knew which 6th form college I was going to and was underage raving like a madwoman. How things have changed for the youth of today. Today’s gifted 16 year old (not saying I was gifted but hey O’s and A’s aren’t just useful vowels in scrabble you know) anyway as I was saying today’s gifted 16 year okld signs a worldwide management and recording deal with one of the most important & influential independent electronic music labels in th...
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ZDS - Be EP - (DFTD)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
ZDS brings the London flavour to DFTD with his ‘Be’ EP. First out of the tracks ‘Be Together’ is a Doors-ish reminiscent, psychedelic, Hammond-laced bass line bouncer with a hypnotic ‘together’ vocal mantra / affirmation that makes you question the strength of your couple bond whilst secretly shimmying up to someone whom you like that bit more. ‘What Do You Mean’ is a stripped back tech house tumble down a high flight of wooden stairs, falling free inside an octagonal metal box without a lid. St...
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AFFKT - Brody Posh - (Snatch)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
Qué guay ! Affkt returns to Snatch ! with a slick double header that pounds like a jackhammer on a freshly tarred motorway. ‘Brody Posh’ is shaken and stirred with hi hats like icy fingers, a hi disco nrg twist and a monotone synth melody that propels it forwards like an antique De Lorean. ‘Shift’ is a 303 mind melt for smokers and shufflers and sexy pole dancers. Get your rave on. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette...
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L.O.O.P - Don't Stop - (Go Deeva Light)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
I love Ciara, so it pleases me to say that she sounds even better in L.O.O.P’s cheeky rewiring of ‘1,2 Step’. It’s a funky, synth laden, floor filler with a real drum kit sounding drum fill at the drop that will sound great on the housier floors and rock it on radio. A job well done. LOOP and Laserjack’s ‘Don’t Stop’ whips the sweaty ghetto bass, synth sleaze, dark shadows and the irreverently pitched Pussycat Dolls ‘Dontcha’ vocals into a funky dance off that should keep every holiday resort da...
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Matt Sassari - Montarjan EP - (Bouq)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
If stripped down techno flicks all your switches then get ready to be lit up like Regent Street at Christmas time. Matt Sassari delivers a three track EP for Bouq that is determined, adventurous and extremely satisfying. ‘Montarjan’ strides out like the Devil in Prada – drawing admiring glances and shutting down overlong stares with the whisk of its tail and a flutter of its eyelashes. ‘Bruyt’ is playful in a dark, twisted way with wobbly, fairground mirror keys, low vocals and whipcrack effects...
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Federico Scavo - Parole Parole (Chico Secci Remix) - (D:Vision)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
‘Parole Parole’s tub-thumping intro beats and reversed vocal snippet may feel a tad too housey or even a little commercial to some trained tech house ears but let it settle down and surprise you once it hits a roling wave that sends you down the white water rapids without an oar. The vocals build, start tripping each other out and then oin with the lead ‘parole Parole parole’ searing italian torch vocal then and f*cking Ada it’s a whole other ballgame. Chico Secci has rewired Federico Scavo’s’Pa...
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Skrillex & Diplo - Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack U - (Big Beat)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 Albums
‘Jack U’ is the debut album from the monstrous collaboration between Diplo and Skrillex. And how does their new progeny fare ? Well for starters, think what you like about Justin Bieber but ‘Where Are You Now’ – the album’s big hit - is a downtempo r n b / pop infused, serrated edged, time stretched, vocodered, tripped out hot stepper with deep, vibing bamboo bass hits together with a sticky kick that propels it forward with such a lazy attitude that you’d think it had all day to do it. It’s got...
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Galantis - You And I Remixes - (Big Beat)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
Galantis’ helium chorused ‘You and I’ gets an all over spritzing with EDM fairy dust. Quintino provides the pounding, peak time switch-back ride with a gear-grinding, shrunk and stretched arrangement that could strip the skin off your face with its G-force. Ansolo adds the progressive power play with a full force, trance tinged arrangement that reeks of rave incense and coloured smoke. East and Young deliver a bouncy piano house excursion that should keep the bars and backrooms jumping and that’...
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Vanni & Fav - 'Stretch And Flex' - (Favouritizm)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
Italy based, quirky 80's analogue loving Disco pop kids, Vanni & Fav make their first own single release 'Stretch And Flex'. Bursting with 80's style electronica, 'Stretch And Flex' bravely treads the fine line between the cool and the whimsical. It's both cute and sublime as Vanni & Fav create a synthscape with lots of interesting twists and turns, but above all it's a whole lot of fun! 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Freddie Laverne...
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Beat Rivals feat. Natasha Watts - 'Lift Your Voice' - (Rival Beat Records)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
Soulshy and Krazy K, aka Beat Rivals, join forces once again with UK Soul sista Natasha Watts on their positive soulful outing 'Lift Your Voice'. Natasha's sweet tones carry a firm message that talk of unity and confidence, backed by a groove saturated with sunshine beats, warm keys and funky guitar licks. Soulshy works up one of his magical mixes complete with live drums, a funky bassline from the legend Gene Perez, along with smooth brass melodies and jazzy vibes, giving a live feel to the son...
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Justin Harris - 'The Random Jazz EP' - (I'm A House Gangster)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 House
Here is a dynamite new release from Music For Freaks boss Justin Harris, who makes his swell debut on the I'm A House Gangster label with 'The Random Jazz EP'. The title track 'Random Jazz' tips it's hat to Big Band Jazz, loaded with a catchy piano hook, brass stabs and vocal samples, drizzled over a dope House groove. 'Galaga' is energetic and comes with a frantic Space Invader fused key hook that scuttles through a nucleus of bleeps and raw Jackin beats. Also on the package Justin includes a t...
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Tassilo Vanhöfen - Acrobatic EP - (Smile for a while)

Monday, 09 March 2015 House
Tassilo Vanhofen might not be the most celebrated individual to grace our ears this side of 2015, but you can still pretty rest assured that his is a sound that’ll leave you properly captivated. His latest is a gorgeous indication of where he’s in that regard, with the fledgling Smile for a While imprint one that seems to signify a reciprocal relationship for all those involved. On the Acrobatic EP, the brilliant strands of the title track are first up on an EP that’s as heavyweight as it is de...
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Claudia Lovisa - Sent to Somewhere EP - (Mental Genius)

Monday, 09 March 2015 House
Claudia Lovisa might not be a household now right now, but much of the beauty of house music undoubtedly lies in the fact that if you’re accomplished enough and have the skills to pay the bills, then you can most definitely make headway. And on the basis of this release for the fledgling Mental Genius label, it certainly appears as if the South African producer has a few tricks up her sleeve. Entitled the Sent to Somewhere EP, this 3-tracker is one that emphasises the sensuous and sultry side...
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Various Artists - Sol Asylum 06 - (Sol Asylum)

Monday, 09 March 2015 Compilations
Julie Marghilano and her Sol Asylum crew have been busy enthralling the underground for some time now, principally through their knack for uncompromising and quality-strewn beats. Always effective cuts, Sol Asylum’s releases always seem to leave a marked impression, regardless of the sub-genre they’re lumped into. Either way, it’s a way of working that’s paid dividends thus far, and does so once more on the imprint’s sixth release. This one is a family affair once more, as the label welcomes ba...
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S-Man aka Roger Sanchez - Time 2 Stop (Remixes) - (Hard Times)

Monday, 09 March 2015 House
Under his S-Man guise, Roger Sanchez was responsible for some of house music’s most loved anthems of the past two decades. Discerning and always crafter with their own sense of inimitable flair, the US DJ/producer presided over a time that was arguably when house music was at its zenith. Recently, he’s back in the studio crafting similar pastures, not least his much publicised works with Huxley. this time about, however, it’s the Hard Times label that sees him in the spotlight once more, as his ...
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