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Emiliano Comolio - Ferdinand EP - (Parallel Records)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 House
Spooky and late night sounds are offered up here in all their glory by the Parallel Records crew, who in the process mark up their 14th release. It comes from Emiliano Comollo who has been been busy making a name for himself for more than a decade now, both as host of his own parties but also beaches of his great DJ sets and killer production, as proved here by this latest one. The first cut is a turbo charged bit of funky tech with squealing little alien spirits scurrying about inside the groov...
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Monte - Canvas EP - (Jeudi)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 House
Word is that Jeudi have wanted to get Monte back on the label since his release with them back in 2012. That tune True was a massive hit for the label and artist at the time, and now he comes correct once more with four far ranging cuts of moody house and tech. Across four cuts here Monte offers up two great original for the club but also two totally flipped remixes that offer completely different takes. The first is Bubblegum, a rolling tech hose tune with nicely crafted synths full of emotion ...
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Jonny Cade - Love Play - (Troupe)

Thursday, 15 January 2015 House
It’s hard to work out quite why Jonny Cade hasn’t made it as big as some time collaborator Huxley. His fresh tunes are UK centric, big, bold and full of bass and come on labels like 2020Vision and Brighton’s Black Key. Now the Londoner is back on local label Troupe Records with two more standout jams that should do well on the dance floor in the coming months. First up is Love Play, a writhing fusion of fat bass, skewed, tortured sounding synths and cool vocal cries that add lots of female emoti...
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Various Artists - Music For Dreams - Copenhagen 2015 - (Music For Dreams)

Friday, 09 January 2015 Compilations
With next to no compilations around this early in the year, it is good to report on this rather cheery number that has been brightening up the days since work became a ‘thing’ again. It is a typically eclectic compilation from Kenneth Bager’s Music for Dreams label, a mix of tracks for the more imaginatively thinking lounge person. From the memories of Serge Gainsbourg in Bonnie & Klein’s ‘Total Blue’ to the gorgeous Mediterranean warmth of Bjarno’s ‘Factor 30’, it covers a lot of ground – n...
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Flug 8 - Trans-Atlantik - (Disko B)

Friday, 09 January 2015 Albums
Daniel Herrmann returns with a first album for Disko B, inspired mostly by endless hours of travelling whilst on tour. Electronic music is always great at creating pictures of travel, and it is almost inevitable that some of Herrmann’s work in this regard turns towards Kraftwerk – and does so almost obsessively in the case of the title track. Much more effective are the collaborations with vocalist Kristina Kristoffersen, whose contributions to ‘On A Spear’ and ‘Watch Me Grow’ complement the pro...
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Diagrams - Chromatics - (Full Time Hobby)

Friday, 09 January 2015 Albums
Sam Genders’ second album as Diagrams continues his progression since leaving Tunng – though it should be said it also finds him turning towards an acoustic approach once again. The format is relatively familiar, as Genders has a good eye for a tune and a lyric, so ‘Chromatics’ is laden with winsome songs about life, love and a few more quirky things besides. What Genders does really well is to write tunes that stick in your head, so that after a few spins ‘Chromatics’ takes root like a regular ...
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Man Without Country - Maximum Entropy - (Lost Balloon)

Friday, 09 January 2015 Albums
Bands with ambition are always to be applauded in music, surely – so on that basis it’s time to give a big hand to Man Without Country, whose second album is a big, bold and rather wonderful thing. Some of the soundscapes on it reflect the influence of key shoegaze acts – so it makes sense that lead single ‘Laws Of Motion’ should include the beautiful vocals of Morgan Kibby, sometime vocalist for M83. Yet this is only part of the story, for ‘Entropy’ has big pretensions with its massive, rolling...
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Etienne Jaumet - La Visite - (Versatile Records)

Friday, 09 January 2015 Albums
Etienne Jaumet is an incredibly busy man, which explains the five year gap between solo albums one and two. In that time, among many other things, he’s been working as half of Zombie Zombie and adding his production credentials to the work of Joakim and François & The Atlas Mountains. Meanwhile the solo work has progressed strikingly, with more of a jazzy feel, the analogue instruments complemented on occasion by his own soulful saxophone. There is also more variety in the speeds Jaumet choo...
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Bonobo - Flashlight EP - (Ninja Tune)

Monday, 22 December 2014 House
It’s good to report Simon ‘Bonobo’ Green upping the tempo again as he does in ‘Flashlight’, a rather beautiful production that gets a firm house beat and some drifting atmospherics that all pass by rather pleasantly – until the track’s killer guitar line kicks in. ‘Pelican’ is also an up tempo number that taps into the same emotional area, though the atmospherics are a little more woozy this time and the broken beat more defined. ‘Return To Air’, meanwhile, is a lovely piece of widescreen down t...
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Herbert - Part 8 EP - (Accidental Records)

Monday, 22 December 2014 House
In which we continue the welcome back to house music for Matthew Herbert, surely one of the most talented and original producers of music of his generation. Herbert’s decision to go back to house is yielding some great results, and on the Part 8 EP the first-principles robotic house of ‘The Wrong Place’ is worked out with surgical precision and some great vocals. ‘Remember Ken’ works really well with its line ‘everybody just wants to be heard’ and some subtly shaded strings that Herbert has alwa...
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Various Artists - Saint Etienne Presents Songs For A London Winter - (Croydon Municipal)

Monday, 22 December 2014 Compilations
You can absolutely rely on Bob Stanley’s knowledge of pop music when buying a compilation – and if you’re after something a little Christmassy then this is definitely the place to come. Lovingly compiled from a selection spanning the 1950s and 1960s, Stanley’s list takes in a brilliant opener (‘Christmas Time In London Town’ from Nina & Frederik), expanding to include Johnny Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Adam Faith, The John Barry Seven and Kenny Baker amongst many others. Of course it’s sweet and ...
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Cristian Vogel - Polyphonic Beings - (Shitkatapult)

Monday, 22 December 2014 House
‘Polyphonic Beings’ is the result of a conscious effort from Cristian Vogel to be more of a composer and less of a club-based floor filler. That said, he can’t help but hit the floor running on a couple of occasions towards the end of the album, to devastating effect. This is a piece of work laden with tension, from the early dub-soaked offerings of ‘McCaw’s Ghost’, which intensify into sharp shots of sound in ‘How Many Grapes Went Into That Wine’. Once he has briefly cut loose Vogel settles onc...
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Jaga Jazzist - '94-'14 - (Ninja Tune)

Monday, 22 December 2014 Albums
Jaga Jazzist are truly one of a kind, and this anniversary compilation celebrates their oddness and originality. Jazz does of course play a huge part in the music that they make, but so does original beat making – and that is wholly evidence in this extremely colourful vinyl box set. The set comprises a reissue of their landmark tenth anniversary album ‘A Livingroom Hush’ (with four demos handily tagged onto the end), which is as freshly inspiring as it was when written. Complementing this are a...
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Dusky - Yoohoo - (17 Steps: Polydor)

Monday, 22 December 2014 House
And now it’s Dusky’s turn to step up to the crossover underground to chart topping producer plate with ‘YooHoo’ a scratch and sniff percussive, Werther’s smooth rolling piano house opus that jams on and rocks hard. And now it rocks even harder with the sublime string washes, effects colour and deadly drum and bass drop from LTJ Bukem. It’s the kind of mix that takes you back eight years or so and then propels you light years ahead and at warp speed. Watch the lmadies drop to this. As for Benton’...
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Skrillex - Dirty Vibe - (OWSLA)

Monday, 22 December 2014 House
Skrillex is set to kick a hole in your speakers once more with ‘Dirty Vibe’ and a package of mosh pit monster mixes to whet your dubstep, grime and ghetto / bass house appetites. If there’s a minus – it’s a curse fest par excellence that you’ll have fun bleeping out of every radio show before submission. Clean version please. Other than that – Ricky Remedy will have you sliding on your belly under his breaks, bass and effects, whilst DJ Snake and Aazar boost the stadium edge. Habstrakt hits the ...
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Various Artists - The Best Of Snatch ! 2014 - Selected By Santos - (Snatch !)

Monday, 22 December 2014 Compilations
It’s been a busy year for Riva Starr and yet his punishing dj schedule has clearly not slowed down the output of his label Snatch ! And now it’s that time of year when labels can proudly step back and congratulate themselves on such achievements Riva Starr hands this golden baton over to label mate Santos to curate and mix a compilation of 18 of Snatch’s classic underground and tearing tech house jams for us all to enjoy. The mix itself is a balanced blend of dark and light, horny hipswaying bas...
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MNEK - The Rhythm - (Virgin)

Monday, 22 December 2014 House
This is one of those records that resonates with anyone who lives for musicn and loves to dance. MNEK comes on stronger with each release under his own moniker and this is such a radio friendly sing along and club friendly jump up that it has to be headed for the upper chart reaches. It’s got those clacking, underground grime beats, a smudgy bassline and a vocal that reaches in and lifts you high. Big fun. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette ...
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Don Diablo - Generations - (Size Records)

Monday, 22 December 2014 House
Don Diablo pops up on Steve Angello’s Size imprint with a synth driven vocal houser that strips itself back intermittently to the bare bones pianos and is all the better for the dynamic gear shift. EDM with a spritz of unassuming cool. I like. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Marc Talein - Leave Me - (Ultra)

Monday, 22 December 2014 House
It’s all about repetiition and loops and a vocal that tears your heart out of its chest but just for safe keeping with Marc Talein’s scorching yet moody vocal club banger ‘Leave Me’ Could easily go the same way as Zhu’s ‘Faded’ given the right push. Love it. It’s a repeat play special that’s the perfect lyrical sentiment for New Year’s Day when the beer glasses and hangover have worn off (LOLs)… 5 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette ...
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Mike Mago - The Gift (Mark Knight Remix) - (Toolroom)

Monday, 22 December 2014 House
Unwrap Mark Knight’s remix of ‘The Gift’ an yhour peek inside reveals an up and bouncy, hot stepping groove that acts like a magnet waved above a tray of iron filings on any dancefloor. They’re giving you a beat – plain and straight, so it would be rude to refuse it. It is Christmas after all. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette   ...
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