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Marcus Fix - Free To - (Epilog)

Monday, 13 October 2014 House
German DJ and producer Markus Fix has been excelling in the world of house and techno since 2007, releasing on labels like Cécile, Deep Vibes and Freebase, and now he pops up on the fledgling but already impressive Epilog label. As such, he serves up four tough and steely tracks of basement house that are seriously well produced and stuffed with feeling. It might be the last track Cable Guy that is most impressive – scurrying little drums, static crackles and a nagging lead synth line all make f...
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Kort - No Lies EP - (Tropical Velvet)

Friday, 03 October 2014 House
If you like your piano house to rattle the rafters and make your windows rattle and hum with excitement then look no further than KORT’s ‘No Lies’ EP. It serves well at the intersection of peak time and deep house, over which dons like MK and Duke Dumont reign. The strongest cut, ‘No Lies’ has a powerful diva vocal loop, scratchy old skool ‘Strings of Life’ sounding strings and a piano melody that jiggles seductively enough in the right places to catch everyone’s attention. ‘Right Thru’ is a bur...
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Mediate - Every Time - (Mediate Music)

Friday, 03 October 2014 House
Aww this just bought happy tears to my eyes . I do love supporting the home team as you know, so it puffs up my chest with hometown glory to say that Mediate are a young, Manchester-based production duo consisting of vocalist Suzy Alexander and producer, Ant Hickman. In its original version ‘Every Time’ is a rolling in the deep affair with pendulum swinging basslines and sparkling bright vocal contrast. The Youan remix has a bit more meat on its bones – fattening up the pianos, working the break...
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Coyu - Yo! - (Suara)

Friday, 03 October 2014 House
If Coyu’s peppy ‘Yo !’ doesn’t give you that ‘called out in the street’ sudden whiplash then you must be carrying your head in your hands (or else it is stuck up your bum). Coyu cheekily blends his insistent percussive rhythm patterns with a funky sub bassline and ‘yo’ shouted encouragement to make it underground and also rather ghetto. It’s relentlessly bouncy, funky and chunky, has quirky little synths and sounds and should keep the dancefloor moving whenever and wherever it is played. You get...
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Nick Curly - Trust EP - (Truesoul)

Friday, 03 October 2014 House
New on Adam Beyer’s Truesoul imprint, Nick Curly’s ‘Trust’ EP is a slick triple header featuring ‘Crossroads’ a bubbling tarmac burn-up with a hypnotic bassline driven melody highly reminiscent of Guy J's ‘Fixation’. ‘Trust’ is a back alley sneak and shuffler with lengthening percussive and effects shadows that give it a film noir edge. And finally the fun track, ‘Indigo Child’ is a percolating, wildly effervescent concoction of synths and lead lined beats. It’s a bit of techno slap and tickle. ...
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Bicep - Lyk Lyk - (Feel My Bicep)

Friday, 03 October 2014 House
Would you just look at the muscles on this one ? Bicep return to their bespoke imprint Feel My Bicep with four stonking tracks to put fire in your belly, lead in your pencil and a tiger in your tank. ‘Lyk Lyk’ is an old skool rave / breaks affair with rinky dink keys, whoops, laughs, Max Headroom repeater rifle effects and a kick so heavy you’d think they were channelling The Prodigy. ‘Poly Pineapple’ is a swarthy, swelling member engorged and fair dripping with thick, condensed synths, smudged ...
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Nicky Romero & Vicetone - Let Me Feel Ft. When We Are Wild - (Protocol Recordings)

Friday, 03 October 2014 House
If you like your progressive house served with lashings of euphoric synth pads, a swirl of an indie rock vocal and solid and serious, stomping beats for hundreds and thousands then ‘Let Me Feel’ is a delicious platter of high octane electronics that will melt your heart and make you dance. It’s a singalong moment for the progressive house festival generation. 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette   http://soundcloud.com/nickyromero/nicky-romero-vicetone-let-me-feel-ft-when-we-are-wild-avail...
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Sam Sure - Hunger - (Black Butter Records)

Friday, 03 October 2014 House
Annie Mac’s ‘next hype’, Sam Sure satisfies the hunger for new, directional music with ‘hunger’ a healthy slice of pitched vocal heaven, lifted and raised by lyrical yeast. Shadowchild adds some classic Armand Van Helden hi-hats to his popcorn popped snares, atmospheric, fx-ed vocal breakdowns and a bassline that has more rubber in it than a Tesco’s cheque. Jaded opt for a brooding, Lil Louis infused, peak time excursion. DVWLX rinse and wring the arrangement for every drop of grimy goodness the...
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Denis Koyu Vs Twoloud - Goin Down - (Spinnin Records)

Friday, 03 October 2014 House
Parping brass and a full tilt attitude keeps you bouncing to Denis Koyu and Twoloud’s ‘Goin Down’. It’s like being caught in an infinite ricochet between the side flippers of a skyscraper sized pinball machine. That ball ain’t never goin down. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Burns - Flicka - (Fly Eye)

Friday, 03 October 2014 House
Public health warning: there may not be enough drugs in the world to keep you going to the end of Burns’ latest release. Why? Well, let’s just say that ‘Flicka’ is full on and then some and that it’s made for raving just like you. 4 out of 5 Reviewed By Paulette     ...
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Fernando - Infinite Ways - (International Feel)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 House
Continuing their string of pearls International Feel now deliver three new excellent productions from Fernando. And starting in no particular order is, ‘Road Music’ which more than hints at early eighties new wave electronics (all they all do) complete with shimmering synths complimented a suitably excellent deadpan vocal delivery. Think of a cool version of Blancmange/ New order and you will be someway there. Next, ‘The Reason’ and Lara Smiles who adorns the low-slung, bass driven grooves taste...
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Mees Dierdorp - Aviar Alom - (Eskimo Recordings)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 House
If you tuned into the release of his debut album from earlier in the year then this latest release for Eskimo sees more of Mees Dierdorp’s composed music engulf you in richly rewarding ambience. Two new tracks here with the title, ‘Aviar Alom’ feeling quaintly European via pulsating, delicate synths notes accompanied swirling chords creating a cinematic landscape that hints at melancholy but none the less feels revitalizing all the same. ‘Las Paranas’ explores a similar mood with sparkling arpeg...
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Various Artists - Era Two Mixed By Noah Pred - (Thoughtless)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 Compilations
A lot happens in Noah Pred's second mix for Thoughtless, which moves at pretty much the same hectic pace as his first, covering the most recent 50 tracks from the Thoughtless catalogue. Yet there is a clear logic to his thinking, so although the scenery flies past at quite a rate there is usually something to pick out. Deepchild and Arthur Oskan are familiar contributors, with the latter’s ‘Back In Black’ a particular standout, but some of the new names on the label excel themselves too, with St...
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Various Artists - Balance 025: Danny Tenaglia - (Balance Music)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 Compilations
It’s quite a shock to discover the sheer amount of energy that courses through Danny Tenaglia’s new mix album, his first for six years. Right from the start the music never hangs about, pushing on through Reboot’s superb ‘Banging Ear Drum’, a great choice early on. The rolling beats and lean bass sounds speak of a DJ going back to the first principles of rhythm, with a tendency to lean more heavily on percussive, tribal house and techno. It works really well, especially as the first mix can pret...
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Various Artists - Fabriclive 77: Erol Alkan - (Fabric)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 Compilations
For his contribution to the Fabriclive series, Erol Alkan really did picture himself in Room 1, playing to a crowd whose hands reach into the DJ booth, or those who dance behind him alone in the corridors. It sounds obvious but it’s clear that some of the people chosen to mix for Fabric don’t approach their mixes for the club in that way, preferring to use their own material or doing a mix they might play anywhere else. That’s fair enough, of course, but Alkan sees this as a love letter to a pla...
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Various Artists - House Masters: Masters At Work - (Defected)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 Compilations
There have been a lot of Masters At Work compilations over the years, so it’s hats off to Defected for avoiding another re-treading of old ground, producing a collection of lesser known works that fill a few gaps for the keen collectors while doubtless enticing in a few new fans. What these tracks all show is how consistent Louie Vega and Kenny Dope have been through the years, able to attach their fluid bass lines to artists as far removed as Baaba Mal and Saint Etienne. Perhaps their best remi...
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Laetitia Sadier - Something Shines - (Drag City)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 Albums
Stereolab’s singer Laetitia Sadier is in a really good place on this album. She spent more time recording ‘Something Shines’, and it shows in the beautiful arrangements that complement the slightly quirky electronics that she brings with her from the Lab. Sadier, of course, has an instantly recognisable voice, and once again moves between English and French here, teasing out some lovely lower notes but also sounding heartfelt and wistful by turn. Her arrangements have always been colourful and i...
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Redinho - Redinho - (Numbers)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 Albums
Redinho (Tom Calvert) has got quite an illustrious fan club, whose members include Jessie Ware, Mark Ronson and Hudson Mohawke – and in a sense, if you put the music of these three together you’d not be too far from the truth where this debut album is concerned. Electro funk is the name of his game, and there is a mass of vocoder to go with it – which does mean the music can come across as machine soul rather than the real thing. Because of that some of the instrumental tracks are more effective...
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John Foxx & Steve D'Agostino - Evidence Of Time Travel - (Metamatic)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 Albums
Electro pioneer John Foxx continues to mine a rich creativity of composition, with just the two new releases this month! We’ll take a look at his instrumental record ‘B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica)’ next week, but this one – also instrumental – is a collaboration with Steve D’Agostino that shows how Foxx gets his inspiration from others. The press release nails an accurate description of this album as a ‘sinister sonic architecture of drum-machine-music and analogue synthesizers’, for some...
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Matom - Love Mistakes - (Planet E)

Thursday, 02 October 2014 Albums
This pairing of Matt Edwards (best known as Radio Slave) and Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) is a meeting of friends and musical minds that doesn’t lead to the results you might expect. Conceived as a way of celebrating the Hansa record studios in Berlin, but with some of it recorded in the south of France – it is a free flowing album that allows for instinctive musical thought and improvisation, combining night time city scapes with warm, wide open textures. There is a relaxed ambience that runs thro...
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