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Underlord - U Crazy Fu*k EP - (Exploding Chicken)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
It’s rare that we come across an EP that makes the hairs stand up on the back of our neck and is also one that’ll proverbially slay any dancefloor. But then Underlord’s ‘U Crazy F*ck’ is far from your average EP. A release that spans a whole host of genres and moods, it kicks off with the title track which is the most mental of the lot. In fact, it’s so mental that it’s almost hard to articulate, possibly because it takes us off on so many different paths. A brilliant tale of the ying and the ya...
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Smash TV - Surreal Love - (Hive Audio)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
It’s often said that big things come in small packages, and this is especially true of the latest Smash TV release. Seeing the light of day on the HIVE Audio label, the Surreal Love EP might feature no more than one track, but the most crucial aspect to all this is that it’s one hell of a naughty number. Smash TV, of course, are likely to register with keen house heads thanks to their work on labels such as Get Physical, BPitch Control and Octopus, so they had considerable renown even before the...
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Rennie Foster / JGarrett - Soda Cracker / Waterworks - (RF / Subspec Music)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
If you know anything about Rennie Foster, then you’ll be all too aware of his tendencies for unlikely sounds. Well, on his latest release he introduces us to an equally unusual release, as he tackles two tracks each alongside a longtime sparring partner of his, JGarrett. Together, the EP delves deep for a series of solid club tracks that are definitely worthy of the re-release (of sorts) that they’ve been granted here. The bumper-packed four-track release gets underway thanks to the gorgeous and...
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GH - Audio Democracy - (Stem & Leaf)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
GH is the simple alias of Geoffrey Huber, a self-confessed electronic music ‘addict’ and a man whose sound incorporates everything from deep to tech to progressive house into the rich equation. For his debut LP, he perks up on the Pennsylvania label, Stem & Leaf, thanks to the considered strands of Audio Democracy, a stirring and haunting full-length that goes some way to explaining the producer’s undoubted studio nous. Huber, lest you be unaware, runs the label alongside his close friend Mi...
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Jonny Cade - Work It Out - (Lost Records)

Thursday, 19 February 2015 House
Leftwing & Kody’s LOST imprint has enjoyed a pretty steady rise to prominence, buoyed by the fact that they’ve released some great music to date. One man whose own musical agenda has been on a similar incline recently is Jonny Cade, the prolific UK producer who seems to be releasing an EP every other month. Mind you, we’re not complaining, as EPs such as that opn Music Is Love confirm Jonny as a talent we’re sure to be hearing plenty more of over the next coming months. Anyway, his latest en...
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Dzeko & Torres - Alarm - (Musical Freedom)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Attention aux oreilles and raise the alarm this is a big bang alert. Tiesto’s “Musical Freedom’ drops the new Dzeko & Torres release. The crazy twosome have created a perfect big room speaker basher with ‘Alarm’. A gentle inversion of Darude’s Sandstorm tickles your intro tastebuds then we’re taken on a full speed, non stop ride to the 102nd floor where … wait for it … you’re dropped from the top of the Empire State Building in a wild and erratically bouncing polyurethane bubble. It’s big fu...
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Après - Chicago - (Love & Other)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Annie Mac favourite, Après steps to the plate with ‘Chicago’ a Frankie Knuckles homage with ‘Your Love’ synth and melody line blended with the ‘Preacher’ acappella then adds a soft sunray to sunset synth washes and creates a bumping future house vibe that should keep any dancefloor in raptures. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Martin Garrix - Forbidden Voices - (Spinnin)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Time stretched and warped voices, sweeten this crunching, driving, whistle while you work, progressive electro stomper. It’s a free gift for his 10 million facebook fans. Go get it if you’re one of them – you won’t regret it. It’s an earworm. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Zed's Dead & Oliver Heldens - You Know - (Spinnin)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Zed’s Dead and Oliver Heldens have created a monster with this deep, vocal tweaked, bumping garage / future house treat. It’s not as simple as it sounds – depth charged sound effects, angular, edgy dubstep bass sounds, harmonics and white noise, all in a small and perfectly formed five minute opus. It’s got teeth. Very sharp ones. 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Paulette     ...
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Victor Calderone - Burden - (Drumcode)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Iadam Beyer’s Drumcode gathers a fine head of steam, letting this release mark the time for a true OG to take centre stage – welcome to the fray once more, Mr Victor Calderone. Calderone has an enviable history – one of the grand masters of the dark beat of house and techno music, very ex boyfriend of Madonna (those who know will know ‘if Madonna calls, I’m noooooot home’) and resident of the legendary Roxy in New York and Liquid in Miami. Behind the decks this man can tear it up like no other …...
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Rob Cockerton - Groovement EP - (Snatch!)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Next up on Riva Starr’s Snatch! imprint is Saved Records stalwart, Rob Cockerton’s glorious ‘Groovement EP’. It’s like a homage to the halcyon days of house music from 1987 – 1992 in 2015’s bejewelled digital production new clothes. With its reverbed vocal snippets, ‘Groovement’ is a Strictly Rhythm infused groove-athon that requires a towel and a change of clothing. Throwback to the early days a la George Morel. ‘Religion’ is a tech house percussive tumbler with a synth break that’ll make you ...
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Cerrone - Love In C Minor (Norman Doray) - (Because Music)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
I am embarrassed to say I am late reviewing this remix but very proud also to say that the reason is because I have had so much and too much fun playing it out and playing it on my Paulette Goes Bang radio show that I have forgotten that I haven’t held up the back end with a review. I love it when Doray does disco and it sounds like he had super fun making this delicious slice of high octane, filtered disco house. It pumps with progressive power but can be played on a housier floor if you pick t...
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Coone Ft. Rochelle - Into The Madness (Yellow Claw Remix) - (Barong Family / Spinnin Records)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
And so the evolution of progressive electro gathers a pace, as Yellowclaw take this r n b infused vocal houser hurtling headlong into hardstyle and bouncing like hot gas atoms off the flippers of a kick that could swallow the Incredible Hulk whole and spit him out like a pea into a spitoon. The Bassjackers stay true to the now customary euphoric organ pads, whipcrack snare hits, gigantic kazoos and military fatigues stomp. It’s exhausting just writing it so you know what kind of workout to expec...
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Hotpsot & Komaroff - Miami Underground EP - (Toolroom)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Hotspot and Komaroff deal in deep, dark tech house sounds that tantalise and tease the senses. ‘Raw’ is an undulating wave of ‘yeah-ness’, with stingy, snippish hi-hats, reverbed vocal decoration. ‘Senses’ feels like early Digweed / Cattaneo / Bedrock with a bit of Tenaglia and Peace Division thrown in – it’s a little bit prog opera, a little bit dark and seedy, a little bit sprawling and a lot of cool. If ony I could get the image of tops off-tits out Tom of Finland pantless, jackbooted ravers ...
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Stanton Warriors - Loving Me Wrong - (Central Station)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Stanton Warriors return with a cheeky future house cut that blends the best of radio friendly commercial deep house with a sneaky and ever so nasty, dirty breaks buzz bass that revs it up beautifully. Check the Terace remix for some shimmering summery sweetness and a Mr Oizo bass that flatten the beats like a 50kilo mallet. And finally the Ribongia remix amps up the drums and the bass for a double-time, two stepping, grime pit that will mash up any dance. Rave is taking over the underground. Inv...
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Moonbootica - Work Your Body - (Moonbootique Records)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Airhorns and air raid sirens at the ready, Moonbootica are back with a sweaty, rave excursion that’ll make your arms sprout raglan tie dye sleeves and your legs sprout aubergine needlecord flares. It’s a straight forward piano jam until half way through when the sirens go berserk and the 303 nearly forgets to stop. But it does. You can breathe. And start to do your flappy armed dancing again until the bitter, wringing wet t-shirted end. If you’re clever you can even sing Inner City’s ‘Good Lif...
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Renato Ratier - Soul Machine Remixes - (D-Edge)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
By this stage, Brazilian clubbing legend Renato Ratier is a man who’s well known in Europe, a fact that’s only really fair considering his ear for a tune and his standing within the south American scene. If you’ve followed Ratier’s career to date, then you’ll no doubt be all too aware of how he nabs great remixers to rework his tunes, and it’s a trick that’s repeated again on the Soul Machine remixes, which come from another expertly chosen cast. First up is the esteemed sounds of Ratier’s origi...
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Felix Cage - Secret Lover - (Electronical Reeds)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Label boss Felix Cage returns to the Electronical Reeds set-up for his first release on the label for some while. Entitled the Secret Lover EP, it sees the producer come correct with a stunning wedge of of sultry and hypnotic tech-house, the likes of which is produced on a scrupulous and tantalising tip; further reminding us of the Belgian label’s uncanny ability for releasing music from various different angles of electronic music. This one sticks out from the pack, mind you, because it’s espec...
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Horatio & Sebastian Eric - Alkhemia EP -(Quanticman Records)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Next up on the Quanticman label out of Romanian are Horatio & Sebastian Eric. Horatio’s releases have appeared on labels like Viva Music, Desolat, Circus and more, whilst his partner here Sebastian Eric runs the East Frantic label and is a resident DJ at Output in Birmingham. Together they conjure up some left of centre house, breaks and minimal fun that is designed to get you dancing. Closer East Frantic is the pick of the bunch for me - it’s a jostling, dusty old breakbeat tune with cool d...
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Jag Kiranmay - One Culture EP - (Seva Records)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 House
Jag Kiranmay is the label boss at Seva, an imprint that tends to play host to his impressive body of work, albeit a body of work that customarily flies just under the radar. Regardless, the music usually speaks for itself - and this is definitely the case on his latest EP, the assured and confident wares that comprise the magnificent One Culture EP. Full of hidden crevices and otherworldly sounds, it’s the sound of a producer who’s evidently very much at home in the studio. Anyhow, opening up we...
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