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Ramon Tapia & Stavroz - Havana - (Bedrock)

Thursday, 12 June 2014 House
Another excellent summertime record is the aptly titled, ‘Havana’ from Ramon Tapia & Stavroz. It’s all very much in the tension building arrangement which combines sumptuous layers of percussive rhythm until eventually dropping in blazing trumpet along with hints of vocal spelling out sunshine in loud letters. I love the atmosphere this captures and with the welcome addition of deep guitar lines this is a must for all those of a Balearic inclination. A Dub version is also included although e...
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AB/DC - This Feelin' - (Southern Fried Records)

Thursday, 12 June 2014 House
This so obviously has the sound of summer written all over it. From the moment the emotive scene-setting Fender Rhodes hits you straight through to the rousing, soulful vocals this packs more funk and soul than most. Originally produced back in 2003 by legendary figures Arthur Baker and Dave Clarke this has now been updated in a big way by Soul Clap who deliver the full vocal version, alongside an excellent, brooding Deepest Dub plus Instrumental for good measure. This promises to feel just as g...
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Dave Aju - Black Frames - (Circus Company)

Thursday, 12 June 2014 Albums
Dave Aju’s third album is a startling, confrontational affair. And one for all the right reasons too. This is music with a message covering subjects close to his heart, although it doesn’t feel needlessly preachy or by any means over-indulgent. But that’s also very much to do the music sounding so fresh and funky. It’s kind of a cross between twisted electronics which play between moody and atmospheric or the dancefloor cool of the effervescent, ‘Clean St’ and ‘Vins Noirs’. The one thing for cer...
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Piemont - Moonless Air

Thursday, 12 June 2014 House
German pairing Piemont know a thing or two about cultivating dancefloor bangers. After all, they’ve made a career of the fact, while their undoubted talents have brought them to many a renowned label over the years. This time it’s the turn of the fledgling With Compliments Music to host the guys, and as you’d anticipate they might, they once more turn in an EP that’s notable for its up-tempo facets. Opener ‘Moonless Air’ is my pick of the lot. Rubbery, elasticated basslines course throughout, bu...
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Michael Jansons - Tunnel Vision (Resonance)

Thursday, 12 June 2014 House
Michael Jansons is a producer who we only came across recently, and while his is a fairly thin discography thus far in, it’s also one that’s filled with auspicious overtones. His debut on British label Resonance makes perfect sense in that regard, and with Jansons putting three originals under the microscope here, we’re given a pretty fair portrayal of what he’s all about. And what he’s all about we should add, is pretty refined and out-there cuts. Original ‘Tunnel Vision’, with its Levon Vincen...
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Atapy - In and Out

Thursday, 12 June 2014 House
Atapy is a modern day house man whose moody style has seen him release on labels like get Physical and Alive, but now he appears on Subjekt Recordings with a remix from French man Tim Paris. The Cimelde boss, in his original, serves up a fantastic original that is epic in intention and classy in finish. ‘In and Out’ is all about the synth work, really, which is sombre, downbeat and distant. The slick beats roll below to ensure your ass has something to hook on to, but your mind will be pleasingl...
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Sharam Jey - Money Right - (Bunny Tiger)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
Sharam Jey is one of the best proponents of deep disco sleaze and Money Right is no exception. With its Ella Fitzgerald sounding scat, homey drawled male vocals and low slung jean swag this is a call to the dancefloor that will never go unanswered. Add a tougher, techier rewiring that buzzes like a hive of jacking bees from Vanilla Ace and the stripped back, scratched, flip it and reverse it Kolombo reworking and you have a solid release for the early doors sessions. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By P...
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30s - Stockholm Syndrome Ft. Zoee - (Black Butter Records)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
You know when a record haunts your every waking moment and bleeds eight pints of A and B rhesus positive into your dreams until a character in your dream wakes you wake up singing it but it’s all still happening in your dream? Yep. That. The fact that it also soundtracks an effortlessly arty monochrome fashion film of Miley Cyrus on the so-forward-it-doesn’t-even-have-a-shadow Nowness site speaks volumes about it too. This is a record that breaks boundaries, crosses genres, makes you think, make...
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Bob Moses - First To Cry EP - (Domino Recording)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
‘First To Cry’ is that deceptive red ember that you mistakenly pick up, you know, the one that smoulders as the ash falls then burns into you like a surgical laser via grating metallic effects, the raw, scratchy guitar tones and Bob’s seductive bluesy vocal – this will be perfectly at home in a deep house set as it would be on the track list of a Café del Mar or Costes compilation. It’s that special. ‘Grace’ is a pounding, rhythmic rat a tat deep house indie vocal track that’s like being lost in...
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Tim Green - Halftone (Remixes) - (Get Physical Music)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
The Original version of Halftone puts me in mind of being a bottle in the production line of pure liquid gold – (and I’m talking about poppers). Trundling past vats of the burbling, swirling tech-house torrent as we descend from one tightly packed conveyor belt to another. Then there’s that sweet moment when the inside is filled, the lid hermetically sealed, the label stamped and off we roll to a million outlets where we sit gleaming on a shelf until the spell is broken and it’s pounding hearts,...
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Grum - The Touch - (Heartbeats)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
An Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) sounding vocal opines ‘have we lost the touch that does so much, how’ve we lost the human touch’ over swathes of rich, flowing deep meets progressive house production to create ‘The Touch’ – a middle and end of set delight that made my imaginary reviewer’s tail wag until it almost fell off my backside. ‘The Touch’ would sound as at home in Eric Prydz set as it would in Annie Mac’s – it’s that kind of genre bending record. Beautiful music. End of. 4.5 ...
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La Roux - Let Me Down Gently (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (Polydor)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
It’s been a long time since La Roux set her pipes a trilling on a pop tune and suffice it to say that (unlike her similarly silent Twitter stream) she has been missed. Here Prinz Thomas delivers a laid back, ethereal slow-mo disko affair that starts with a gently strummed guitar and builds vertically with La Roux’s frosty and fresh vocal into a towering monument to crossover hitsville. There’s a bit of sax to sex it up, keeping it all rolling beautifully and keeping it current too. Welcome back ...
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Naxxos - New Orleans - (Spinnin Deep)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
Oh crikey. With the Faul and Wad Ad copy cat onslaught, one wouldn’t be mistaken in saying that it’s the summer of sax. Now here come Naxxos with ‘New Orleans’ and yet another mother of all sax solo tracks. The original parps away like the Muppet Show’s Zoot and Lisa Simpson getting it on behind the theatre curtains. Add a lightly Benny Hill / Avicii ‘Brother’ EDM ho-down twist and you might be mistaken for thinking it’s all about the supermarket soundtrack at first listen. Leave it playing on a...
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Hercules & Love Affair - I Try To Talk To You - (Big Beat)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
Hercules and Love Affair return with ‘I Try to Talk To You’ – the first release from their third album which sees them growing impressively and gaining in artistic strength and stature. The lyrical content here is heavyweight in the extreme – subject is singing about receiving an HIV positive result. Underpinning this subject matter is a marriage of high drama and lo-fi electro. In its original inception – ‘I Try to Talk To You’ is a hazy, low slung electro affair that gets jiggy with John Grant...
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Todd Terry presents Sound Design - Bounce To The Beat (Back from the dead 2014 remixes) - (Hard Times)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
There was a time when you couldn’t escape the sound of Todd Terry and his impact from back then still reverberates today. This track originally appeared in 1994 causing quite a stir with Terry’s trippy repetition and skippy beats proving hard to resist. This new set of remixes, and there are quite a few of them, thankfully don’t try to replicate the past but re-imagine it for today. Dzeta N' Basile rework the signature vocal over pumping House rhythms and warped synths most effectively, while co...
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Lee Curtiss - Ride - (Visionquest)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
The new single from Lee Curtiss is every bit as epic as you would except. Fuelled by dark, brooding basslines, slinky percussion and heavy-duty fx alongside the trademark detuned voices this all adds up to an irresistible, blistering ride. Next up is, ‘Dancing Girls’ co-produced by Nick Bassett is again centred on the bass which this time undulates funk style against punchy drums and meandering vocal edits. Another class release from the label that keeps on giving. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg ...
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Moodymanc / Lenny Middles - Well Cut Records 001 - (Well Cut Records)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
Don’t think I quite got what a breathtaking piece of music this is until I played it for the second time round. It’s House but certainly not in the conventional sense of the word. Perhaps the words: Dance with the soulful, funky musical twist would be more apt to describe the multi -textural, ‘Tarriff?’ Either way of course this surpasses the descriptions with its sassy, rhythmic hi-hats driving it forward ably assisted by pulsating synth notes and luscious piano chords. Moodymanc then proceeds ...
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Beat Rivals feat. Natasha Watts 'Fabulous' (ft Soulshy, Krazy K and Broken Species Mixes) - (Rival Beat Records)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
Fledgling London label Rival Beat Records continue to ramp up momentum, revealing their new collaboration from Beat Rivals and UK Soul Natasha Watts, with an uplifting, soulful house groove titled 'Fabulous'. Beat Rivals (aka Soulshy and Krazy K) each provide their own takes, with Soulshy delivering a classy soulful affair, laced with warm piano vibes, jazzy brass stabs and a funky bassline, whilst production partner Krazy K turns out a cool, percussive deep edged groove with a popping bassline....
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Christian B & Lavvy Levan - ‘Thank You' (Ft. Rhodesy and Rapson remixes) - (Friday Fox Recordings)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
Christian B & Lavvy Levan continue to gather some serious momentum with their homegrown Friday Fox Recordings label. Ready to raise hands on the terraces of Summer 2014, this terrific duo deliver a heartfelt message dedicated to the greats of the house music scene with 'Thank You'. Drizzled with bubbling 90's vibes, this deep house groove with soulful keys sees Lavvy gives thanks with a special spoken word before the hand raising piano breakdown arrives! Paul Rhodes takes it to the club, inj...
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Irena - ‘Stuck In Love’ - (Favouritizm)

Thursday, 05 June 2014 House
‘Stuck In Love’ is the stunning debut solo single from Ukrainian singer/songwriter Irena, produced and mixed by Julian Bendall (Bah Samba) and Mark Ralph (Filthy Dukes/Hot Natured) for Favouritizm. ‘Stuck In Love’ sees Irena deliver a distinctive, heartfelt vocal, telling a love story that resonates in a million broken hearts, underpinned by a warm backdrop of retro electronica, fused with lush Deep House sensibilities. Joining forces on remix duty are Italian producer Alex Vanni and Fav’ label ...
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