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Tchami - Promesses - (Fools Gold : MOS)

Friday, 05 September 2014 House
Bright bamboo hits, an fx-ed vocal intro and lyrics that run: ‘If the rain was coming baby, would you break my heart, Break each part’ sings Kaleem Taylor? Who, me? Never. Not when this is a shiny, emotional, soulful garage affair with a nasty iron and rubber clad bottom end that will flex your gluteus maximus either with or without your permission, and that’s a promise. Gold. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Blonde - I Loved You - (FFRR)

Friday, 05 September 2014 House
Bristolian trail blazers, Blonde, have achieved much notoriety with each release, and they build on this further with ‘I Loved You’ a helium-tweaked rnb infused, piano house affair that clamps onto your memory like a Rottweiler’s jaws on an intruder’s leg and does not let go until you’ve memorised the lyrics and are singing along like your life depended on it. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   ...
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Frequency & Soul Circuit Ft. Diia - Lost - (Hed Kandi HK)

Friday, 05 September 2014 House
Blend Diia’s light and breezy vocal carefully with some skippy garage snares, full steam ahead beats and a bassline that bounces and rebounds like lottery balls in a tombola and you have the measure of ‘Lost’ – a jolly romp from one end of the dancefloor to the other and with no time for a bar stool breather. A good find. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Julio Bashmore - Simple Love EP - (Broadwalk)

Friday, 05 September 2014 House
Julio Bashmore releases the ‘Simple Love’ EP – his first new music for 2014 that will make you feel like a kid in a candy store. ‘Simple Love’ is steamy and summery on top, shivery and whispery on the bottom and flaunts a sub bass so sexy that it’ll make you look over the top of your sunglasses and sigh saying ‘ooh’. ‘Petals’ packs a more powerful punch: it’s got a Kerri Chandler-ish old skool feel to it but it pokes holes in your speaker cones and the reversed synth pads and brass licks score h...
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Leo Leal & Daniel Cantisani - Overheim's Asylum

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
Leo Leal’s Unike Muzik is a New York and Mexico based label that aims to bring an esteemed collective together under a shared love of forward-reaching house and techno. For their next trick they enlist the label boss Leo in cahoots with Daniel Cantisani for a trippy EP of experimental house that is super fresh sounding. Beautiful Stranger is the first EP and is a deep and ponderous affair with great synth lines that sweep out in all directions as a nagging little bass hook drives things on. Roll...
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Monosoul - June EP

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
The third Smile For A While release comes from serious deep house badman Monosoul, a regular on cooler than cool labels like Frank Music who knows how to craft a warm and humid groove. Two remixes are also included and they are just as great, with Mistress man Borrowed Identity and Frank Music boss Johannes Albert contributing the other. Opener June is a spacious, smoky deep house jam with a well rooted kick drum, a sandy hi hat and the most serene of pads circling way off in the distance. It’s ...
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MidKnightz - Found My Home

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
Next up on the Love Harder label are two charismatic Munich producers Alex Mallios and Leo Kane aka MidKnightz. Having first hooked up when DJing they try and bring that passion to their production and on the evidence of the two tracks they serve up here they have been more than successful. The EP comes with remixes by Namito and Guardate. Up first is Found My Home, a prickly, vibey house cut with rude boy drums and lots of dark, groaning synths. In the foreground are well-treated and effected v...
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Dosem - City Cuts

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
Spanish producer and DJ Dosem is someone who releases an awful lots of tracks. Somehow he always manages to come up with the goods and here he does so on one of the leading labels to have come out of his country in recent years, namely Suara. Entitled City Cuts, this one is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed albums, ‘Parallel’ and ‘Origin’. Once again this album showcases Dosem’s ability to craft a number of different moods and grooves with equal élan. It touches on a number of styles from ...
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Propulse - Knight Rider

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
After lots of great singles from the likes of Pillow Talk, Death on the Balcony and a great full length from club owner, resident DJ and label boss Renato Ratier, the D Edge imprint now serves up its next full-length album project. It comes from Propulse who is well known in Brazil and is a resident at the club. As well as being a great DJ, he also plays live, runs his own music company, Transmit Music, and has released on a number of different labels. The album in a concept album that documents...
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Berkson & What - Seraphim / Firebird - (Modelmaker)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
Dan Berkson & James What announce new their brand new label, Modelmaker Records with this self-penned release. ‘Seraphim’ kicks off in a blaze of fiery drum machines and cool Detroit bass, add to that some moody synth lines and sparks fly on this great production. Next, ‘Firebird’ is the more Techno of the two with abrasive stabs and shuffling hi-hats giving the arrangement of sometime vocals and chiming keys extra strength. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton   {http://soundcloud.co...
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Coyu feat. Cari Golden - Profound Pleasure - Defected Records

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
Just like the title says this not only features Suara label boss Coyu but also the unmistakable tones of the excellent Cari Golden. It’s a sleazy House cut that builds the tension upon a killer bassline coupled with pounding drums which are then ripped apart by the Vanessa Daou styled dirty talk. However, if that all sounds too much then you can soak up the powerful instrumental all on its very own too. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Greg Fenton   http://soundcloud.com/defectedrecords/coyu-feat...
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Maher Daniel - A Call From Within - (No.19 Music)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 House
Another outstanding release from No.19 has Maher Daniel deliver what can best be described as a highly-charged exercise in tribal infused percussion, accompanied by a cascade of shimmering keys and effects. That said it is also a tension building arrangement of music that is both invigorating and excellent. A stunning set of remixes appear first from Martin Buttrich who adds some Acid attitude across two equally punchy versions including his first-rate Dub, plus from Subb-An whose Early Morning ...
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Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand - (Late Night Tales)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Compilations
Another brilliant release in the series this time sees Indie-Rockers with a Dance twist select a faultless compilation of classic’s and things that will love to hear new. It’s always intriguing to hear what influences a Band and this one take their cues from a diverse selection such as Can, Ian Dury, Zapp, and Lee "Scratch" Perry. Paul McCartney & Wings even pop up with, ‘Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five’ plus there is of course plenty of rocky numbers to keep the faithful happy including ...
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Nick Monaco - Mating Call - (Soul Clap Records)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Albums
People that say music isn’t as good as it used to be - Dance or otherwise - have got their heads stuck inside the past. This is a great album full of forward thinking possibilities complete with Nick Monaco’s provocatively soulful vocals, live instrumentation and sparkling technology. Whether that’s occurring on the summertime-esque ‘Ancient Ritual’ feat. Brandon Cain, or on the punchy rhythms of the proceeding, ‘BabyFace’ this long player isn’t afraid of tempting or teasing you. As a sentiment,...
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Various Artists - SLOUSE: Fishing In Slower Territories Compiled by Rainer Trueby - (Compost Records)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Compilations
SLOUSE is code for slowed down or slo-mo House, or indeed if you prefer House music that isn’t too fast. But whatever you like to call it the music contained here is an outstanding collection of deeper, sometimes jazzy, sometimes soulful, tunes that never shy’s away from telling it like is. From the tougher tones of Moonstarr’s very excellent, ‘C-Minus Particles’, via the delicious ambience of the Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt remix of The Blaxploited Orchestra ’The Pursuit’, through to the soug...
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Rustie - Green Language - (Warp)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Albums
It’s quite clear this was not a difficult second album experience for Rustie, who picks up where he left off in the heady energy of his ‘Glass Sounds’ debut. Here the sense of euphoria is just as keen, and Rustie is keen to establish a signature sound that brings together older, rave-derived loops and a new, more innovative approach to rhythm. Often Rustie will give the impression he is moving at great speed, but take the rhythm on its own and it hasn’t actually broken out into a full on sweat. ...
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Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl - (Anti)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Albums
It’s a bit of a shock to report that the latest Simian Mobile Disco album – their third album proper – is surprisingly easy to listen to. In fact it’s a daring move, for the authors of acidic party-starters like ‘The Hustler’ have mellowed their sound beautifully, their resultant style moving closer to the Orbital of ‘In:Sides’. This they have achieved with a much more live approach to their recording, using just a synth and a sequencer each as they look to make their music more organic. It work...
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Roman Flügel - Happiness Is Happening - (Dial Records)

Thursday, 04 September 2014 Albums
It’s an interesting point to consider that it is hard to make good, quiet techno music. In some ways it feels like a complete contradiction saying that, because techno tends to be a form of dance music that gives you energy and momentum, but it is possible to make the join. Roman Flügel is a producer who does it brilliantly in his second long player, with some graceful pieces of music that perfectly complement more mechanical, driven sections. This is music of the small hours, where every slight...
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Slam Dunk'd - No Price - (Baked Recordings)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Arthur Baker launches his new label Baked Recordings with ‘No Price’ a sizzling, orchestrated 80s influenced slice of filtered disco house. The strings will turn any dancefloor into a mass of twirling disco dervishes whilst the vocal is a lip-synching, choreographed moment that needs to be dressed in velvet, sequins and satin. With Arthur’s experience and background there is no questioning the authenticity of the sounds, production or arrangement – in fact, I almost can’t see past the afros and ...
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Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS - Gold Skies - (Spinnin)

Thursday, 28 August 2014 House
Already a big room monster, Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix and DVBBS ‘Gold Skies’ returns with an enormous anthemic, progressive slash trance slash kazoo propelled dutch house remix from Tiesto. Dubvision go the similar route but brighten it with some sparkly keys, harps and more a more joyous attitude. The surprise of the bunch is Redondo & Ferreck Dawn who deliver a deep, skippy, piano driven reworking with snipped and razored vocals that, once the bassline drops, is sexier than a weekend...
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