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05 Apr 13
Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris - "Glad To Know You" (Ray Mang's Flying dub) - (10:52) 116 BPM
25 Mar 13
Played by: Thang, Alkalino, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Jack Fell Down, Cocaine On Her Dress, Benny Kane
Review: Jay 'Chubba' Richards has been popping up all over the place of late, with recent releases on Sirch and Odea Records. Here, he brings his particular brand of contemporary house and UK funky fusion to Republic. "Moody" - so-called because it features a prominent sample from Kenny Dixon Jnr talking about his MPC - sets the tone, layering tough electronic percussion over a monstrous bassline. "Diamonds" sounds like a fusion of classic UKG and '90s house, while "Broken" feels like the sort of thing that Hypercolour should be signing (think nice chords, tasty vocal stabs and bassline-driven deep house flavour). There's also a tougher, UK funky-flavoured tweak from Vedicis and Vanshift that's well worth a listen.
08 Apr 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Low Slung, Kisk, Henri Kohn, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Freddy Love, Fredeverything, Fredeverything, Posthuman, Resident Advisor, Lesale, B.g. Baarregaard, Grass Green, Jakobin&domino
Review: Dani Plessow dons the Motor City Drum Ensemble name with Say A Prayer signaling a return to the production game following his much publicized creative burnout. It's clear that Plessow's period of convalescence has worked wonders, with the four tracks here every bit as deep and dusty as the much vaunted Raw Cuts series upon which the MCDE project was launched skywards. Proceedings open with the two part suite of the title track, laying down fuzzy chords and intermittent vocal swoons over a gritty 909 backbone on the opening track; part 2 meanwhile will have you digging out those Raw Cuts 12"s in order to do a MCDE master mix, such is its immediate warmth and neck snapping drums. Meanwhile, Plessow uses "The Stranger" as a chance to traverse bleepier, rattling techno terrain with superb results, whilst "SP11" is rasping high octane house at its finest.
22 Apr 13
Review: With the imminent return of Daft Punk reminding us all of Paris's vibrant electronic music heritage, local label ClekClekBoom pop-up to provide us with a wide-eyed snapshot of the current Parisian underground. There are hints of familiar French staples - the stomping Ed Banger-ish ravery of The Town's "Dice", the classic house flex of Coni's "Missing You Nire" - but for the most part Paris Club Music Volume 1 dances to a different beat. With label regulars French Fries coming to the fore, much of the album is devoted to the sort of hard-to-pigeonhole bass music that takes its influence as much from B-more, R&B and UK garage as filter funk and electro-house.
29 Apr 13
Played by: Fingerman, Superbreak, Kisk, Alkalino, The Glue, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Joseph Terruel, Grass Green, Vinyladdicted
Review: The Legendary Sound Orchestra continues his attempt to provide disco edit lovers with something extraordinary, with a third collection of hand picked reworks. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy, from his own sparse, piano-heavy version of Silvetti's Salsoul classic "Spring Rain", to the rolling, bongo-laden goodness of 78 Edits' sprightly but loopy "Don't You Know". Highlights-wise, it's a toss-up between Alkalino's baggy disco-soul shuffler, "Have A Ball", and Jimmy The Twin's superb, TR-707-enhanced "Party Down". The latter, a horn-heavy chunk of upbeat disco-funk, is arguably the Bristol-based scalpel fiend's best work to date.
25 Mar 13
Played by: B-Jam, Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Sleazy Mcqueen, Yam Who?, Superbreak, Sw, Maurice Aymard, Benny Badge (Freekwency/Nite Class), Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Willo, Monkey Boots, Thomass Jackson
Review: ISM Records' two Futurism EPs have proved so popular that label boss Yam Who has decided to use them as the inspiration for an expansive compilation of previously unreleased gems. Unlike the label's other popular strand, Midnight Riot, there's always been a bit more of an open-minded, eclectic feel about the Futurism releases. This is no different. Whilst rooted in nu-disco and deep house, Futurism: Shades of Space also touches on 21st century jazz-funk (Manmademusic), bongo-laden spiritual house (Nu Ak's "Fly Away"), fluid garage (Nega Tiv's excellent "Liquid Call"), woozy Balearica (Ben La Desh and Plan DAqua), block party boogie (Questlife feat Wildstyle, Freekwency) and nu-jazz (Hamish Balfour). More importantly, the quality threshold remains high throughout.
01 Apr 13
Played by: B-Jam, Andrea Rucci, Redsoul, Fingerman, Superbreak, Kisk, Maurice Aymard, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Richard Rossa, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), S22, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Disco B, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Willo, Kono Vidovic, Monkey Boots, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: Volume Six of the esteemed Sccucci Manucci operation sees the Tom Selleck of disco flecked house rack up the air miles with an international cast of talent contributing. Contemporary disco connoisseurs should be fully aware of Gredits, the Swedish producer with previous on the Basic Fingers label; "Doing It Deep" does it right, seductively teasing out a killer looped up disco groove that gets more flirtatious with every listen. German dwelling Greek producer Elef takes us into classicist house terrain with the infectious bump and shuffle of "Lazy Liz", whilst a long promised Sccucci weapon from The Candy Dealers (aka Christian Malloni & Jay West also sees release. Glaswegian Illyus rounds out the EP, as he returns for a second bite of the Manucci cherry with the late night dubby house goodness of "Movin House".
15 Apr 13
Played by: Alkalino, Pete Tong, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), John Warren (Aural Graffiti), Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Matt Tolfrey, Luka, Marc Vedo, Resident Advisor, Jack Fell Down, Timo Maas, Sister Bliss, DJ Sarah Giggle, Umut Akalin, Benny Kane, Ben Pearce
Review: Dusky have come far in quite a short space with their modern house music interpretations and make quite a decisive move with a high profile transfer from Simple Records to Aus Music. This is still prime, slickly executed house music but with a healthy amount of bass woven into the mix, not least on the fearsome "Alone". A meaty sub line pulses out under the crisp 4/4 while interludes of found-sound percussion come darting in amongst snippets of vocal for a surefire banger. "Dummy" likewise flexes its brawn with pride, from the snappy beat to the punchy bassline, even as the synth elements are intent on sending the track into more spaced-out places.
29 Apr 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Cloned In Vatican!, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), In Flagranti, Joseph Terruel, Kono Vidovic, Grass Green, Monkey Boots, Vinyladdicted, Mr Hooky
Review: Further proof of the blurred boundaries between nu-disco, deep house and '90s house revivalism is provided by this jaunty four-tracker from Auckland-based studio buff Shallow Taxi Club. There's much to admire about the crisp, vintage house pianos, twittering melodies and bumpin' beats of opener "Flashback", but it's the deep, Crazy P-ish nu-disco groovery of "Mark My Words" that most impresses. Choose between the baggy 'Disco Edit' and a delightfully touchy-feely rework from Greg Wilson faves Monkey Boots. The latter also turn "Melody of Creed" into a gorgeous slice of shuffling deep house bliss.
09 May 13
Played by: Mark Knight, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), P A U L I E, Fredeverything, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), 2 Good Souls, Jeremy Glenn, Lesale, Disco Doubles
Review: The fantastically named A/Jus/Ted - veteran producers Justin Strauss and Eddie Mars on a collaborative tip - make their debut on Under The Shade. "A Brighter Light", featuring the treacle-thick soul vocals of Jeremy Glenn, sits somewhere between electro-soul, early Chicago house and Balearic nu-disco. As you'd probably expect from the soul-minded Strauss, the resultant track is effortlessly soulful, quietly uplifting and brilliantly produced. The same could be said of the more instrumental Re A/Jus/Ted remix, which blends skittering proto-house rhythms and electrofunk dub elements with woozy modern deep house. Like the original, it's excellent.
31 Mar 13
Played by: Alkalino, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Jack Fell Down
Review: Having previously contributed acclaimed cuts to Wolf Music and Pets Recordings releases, Squarehead makes his debut on Sounds of Sumo. In keeping with his previous output, Close is full of the sort of bouncy, retro-futurist garage fare that's so popular right now; all of the original tracks here are fantastic examples of the sound, from the MK vibes of the title track, to the sparkling pianos of "Part Deux" and bumpin' late night deepness of "Unreal". Remix-wise, head straight for the basement-bothering boom-bap business of CDBL's almighty tweak of "Close".
18 Feb 13
Played by: Mat Cant, Redsoul, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Utah Saints, Martin Solveig, Kid Kenobi, Kono Vidovic
Review: This powerhouse duo - a collaboration between none other than Foamo and Rack N Ruin - dropped their killer debut EP last year and since then things have been ominously quiet. Well, now they're back with a stonking great new release that fully explores the pair's interest in all things deep and groovy. "Real" features the vocal talents of rising star Yasmin and manages to be both an exotic pop anthem and a sparse, 4/4 bass head-nodder. "Thor" is nasty dark basement fodder, "Athena" is a lithe, tropical acrobat of a tune and "10 Below" is a sinister house-meets-garage monster.
02 Apr 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Mooqee, Sw, B. Jinx, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Huxley, Funk And Filth
Review: The chart-bothering Surrey siblings Disclosure are back with possibly their best offering yet. Released on the Hot Chip-affiliated Greco-Roman label, "Control" is a superb slice of sultry and soulful minimal garage, with short of breath vocals that echo vintage Janet Jackson. Joe Goddard seriously challenges the glory of the original with a mesmerising doomy, acid-tinged electro-disco version. Bonus tune "Lividup" is an ecstatic bleep-garage joy and there's further fun with "Boiling" being given cosmic trance (Dixon) and mega camp house (Medlar) workovers. Plus "Whats In Your Head" gets a boombox house mix by Mak & Pasteman.
08 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), The Groovers, Redsoul, Fingerman, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Freddy Love, Vladislav Moustache Love, Cc:disco!, Weedyman, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Italodisko, Monkey Boots, Nu Disco Fever, Numoment
Review: A belated but welcome return for Brooklyn's Razor 'N' Tape crew. This time round, though, they're not cutting-up classic boogie tunes in a Tiger & Woods-ish disco-house style. Instead, they offer up three woozy, all-enveloping deep house cuts from The Groovers. "Here's To You Mr Robinson" laces a classic jazz vocal over a smooth-as-silk deep house groove, while "Make Me Feel" turns a delicious jazz-funk jam into a deep, soulful treat - all twinkling Rhodes, edible horns and sweeping strings. "Where You Belong", on the other hand, goes further into slow dance territory, lacing fluid funk guitars, sensual pianos and a delightful vocal over a deep rare funk groove.
15 Mar 13
Played by: Ross Couch, Pete Dafeet, Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Homegroove Project, Alexander Robotnick, Sw, Juno Recommends Deep House, J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, The Glue, Jack Fell Down, B.g. Baarregaard, Italodisko, Kono Vidovic, Grass Green, Monkey Boots, Two Charming Men
Review: Rising Swedish house producer HNNY scored one of last year's most ubiquitous cuts in the shape of "For The Very First Time" which appeared on his debut EP of the same name for Mad Mats' unstoppable Local Talk label. Yearning marks HNNY's long overdue Local Talk return and features yet another immediately infectious production from the Stockholm based producer's armoury along with a superlative remix of his aforementioned hit. As soon as those warm keys wrap around the loose rhythms of "Yearning" you get an sense that HNNY knows how to craft a house production and the subtle vocal hook that comes swooping in will undoubtedly cause requisite chaos. On the remix tip, Local Talk's secret weapon Dirtytwo gets his 80s electro funk on for a blinding rendition of "For The Very First Time". Tiger & Woods would be proud of this one.
15 Apr 13
Review: A cursory listen to this EP would easily lead the listener to believe it was made by some underground British bass guy who wears his baseball caps sideways. But they'd be wrong; Klaves is actually 21 year old producer Mikolaj Gramowski from Poland who has pretty much beaten the British producers at their own game: "You" is an awesome blend of late 90s garage and house. "Hope It Gets To Love" is sassy future garage, and our fave is the Fault Lines remix - a slamming house scorcher featuring the kind of thumping kick not head since "Da Funk"!
15 Apr 13
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Low Slung, Juno Recommends Deep House, Rony Breaker, Jody Wisternoff, Huxley, Resident Advisor, Manhattan, Timo Maas, Umut Akalin, Ben Pearce
Review: Since launching early last year, Jaymo and Andy George's Moda Black imprint has forged a reputation for delivering the sort of fluid, action-packed deep house that takes as much influence from synth-laden nu-disco as tech house, '90s garage and Visionquest-ish slickness. Here, the two bossmen curate a second label compilation featuring a mix of unreleased gems and recent hits. There's plenty to enjoy, from the classic late night wooziness of Eats Everything's "Jazz Hands" and Huxley's rolling, UKG-influenced "Diesel", to the Hot Creations-ish flex of Danny Daze/Maxxi Soundsystem collaboration "Karoline" and Medlar & Pedestrian's '90s US garage groover "TR Wilson".
01 Apr 13
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Anna Maria X, Juno Recommends Deep House, J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, 2 Good Souls, Distant People, Joey Negro, Alan De Laniere
Review: When Joey Negro dons his Akabu guise, you know he's about to lay down a timeless house groove. He did it with "Sax My Bitch Up", he did it with "Life Is So Strange", and, with the help of Alex Mills' dulcet tones, he's doing it with this, too. Rolling with a classic analogue bassline and deep dreamy chords, the "Strip Mix" is an instant hip-wiggler with serious 'zone-out' potential while the "Warehouse Mix" adds more texture and a hollow harmony to the bass a la Robin S. Everybody wants something...and your dancefloor wants to hear this!
06 May 13
08 Apr 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Juno Recommends Deep House, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Huxley, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Kono Vidovic, Dale Howard, Two Charming Men, Benny Kane
Review: Huxley seems to be everywhere right now. Hot on the heels of Tsuba's recent retrospective of his career to date comes this typically ballsy two-tracker for the omnipresent Hypercolour. Both "Bellywedge" and "Little Things" continue his ongoing flirtation with the bassier end of house, delivering rumbling garage basslines, cut-up vocal hits and far-sighted atmospherics. Both are, predictably, suitably large, with the marimba melodies, garage vocals and bowel-bothering sub of "Bellywedge" just edging out the Lone-ish rave revival flex of the stab-tastic "Little Things". Expect to hear both tracks a lot over coming months.
25 Feb 13
Review: Wow! Are people looking back with rose-tinted glasses to 1995 already? Well at least this 'musical magpie' is only borrowing ideas and sounds rather than copying wholesale! Possibly a bit darker than his previous releases this EP features dubby UKG ("1995"), glitchy, post-dubstep ("Hypno", "Fallen") and even a bit of wobble-heavy UKF ("Roots").
22 Apr 13
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Juno Recommends Deep House, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Fredeverything, Lesale, Grass Green, Monkey Boots, Two Charming Men
Review: The Black Madonna has been responsible for some superb, Chicago-influenced music over the last 18 months, not least Home Taping debut "Alright This Morning". Here he returns to the Glasgow-based imprint with arguably his strongest cut to date - the formidably stripped back "We Still Believe". Sitting somewhere between early '90s trackiness, sparse '80s acid and British bleep, with melodies and acid tweaks inspired by Orbital style 'intelligent dance music', it's near perfect in its dancefloor simplicity. The Revenge provides a near anthemic, hands-in-the-air inducing rework (check out the ridiculously heavy bassline), while bonus cut "Say My Name" sounds like Maurice Fulton after a skipload of downers.
10 Mar 13
Review: Not content with having risen on the tides of their Sound of Sumo label's success, label bosses Kry Wolf have elected to start a new label in the form of Food Music. Debuting last year with a release from Shadow Child, the pair now take centre stage for the label's second release. Entitled The Flood, the lead track combines sharp tech-house beats with buzzsaw bass and slick vocal samples, all coated in deep strings, while "Workin Hard" takes things up a notch with its crisp flurry of claps and synth bubbles driven along by some peak-time rave piano. "Together" meanwhile combines techno and bass in equal measure with its dark, tunnelling acidic bassline and dubbed out piano chords; it's a stark contrast to Makes No Sense's remix of the track which gives it into a light UKG-inspired rework.
01 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Deep House, Resident Advisor, Lesale, Jack Fell Down, Umut Akalin, Kolombo
Review: Bringing one of those vocals that will be nagging in the noggin long after the lights have come up; Ali Love and Kali are in prime pop-picking mode with this new single on Crosstown Rebels. The structure of the track is still in keeping with the label's slick take on house music; while the vocals intone a message of massaged ego that translates smoothly to Waze & Odyssey's more brooding remix. Maceo Plex comes in with a more romantic vision for the track, laying out thick reams of synth in a seductive late night style that can bleed outwards to fill a space large or small.
21 Apr 13
Review: The latest gladiator to enter the arena of Defected's "In The House" series is none other than veteran Detroit house producer MK. Despite having made big waves since the early 90s, this double disc set marks his first ever commercial mix. It's a thrilling ride and well worth the wait. Highlights include the futuristic jackin' garage of Dusky's "Nobody Else", the weird tranny-house of "Mizz Honey", the creepy minimal house of Sousk's "Da Riddum (Reset Robot mix)", the simply incredible "Withywood Walk" by Eats Everything and the sheer retro joy of Chez Damier's "Can You Feel It (New York dub)".
04 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Fingerman, Dave Allison, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Vladislav Moustache Love, Joseph Terruel, Futurewife, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Willo, Inigo, Future Feelings, Grass Green, Monkey Boots, Numoment, Vinyladdicted
Review: In his previous outings for In The Woods and Bust A Dub, Joseph Terruel has proved adept at blending atmospheric, slo-mo house grooves with hazy disco samples and touchy-feely melodies. On this latest release for new label Fruit of Life, he ups the tempo, resulting in a jaunty, atmospheric groover that bristles with cut-glass strings, dreamy vocal samples and jazzy guitars. It's a rather delicious concoction, all told. Remix-wise, there's a plethora of reworks to choose from. There's some filter-heavy deep disco-house from Sonicvibe, a bubbly nu-disco dub from Eddie Hu and a delightful slo-mo "Dubstramental" from Terruel himself.
22 Apr 13
Played by: Craig Hamilton, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, 2 Good Souls, Jack Fell Down, B.g. Baarregaard, Grass Green
Review: This Local Talk three-tracker from Dale Howard is seemingly inspired by too many late nights spent listening to old Mood II Swing jams; "Throwback (Dub)" is tough, bassy, authentically produced and unsurprisingly effective. That it sounds fresh, despite its vintage sounds and inspiration, is testament to the quality of Howard's production. The bouncier "In Out" throws more classic UKG influence in the pot alongside the basement-bothering NJ garage sounds, resulting in a formidable peaktime banger.
05 Feb 13
15 Feb 13
Played by: Visti, Kisk, Chris Coco, Henri Kohn, Alkalino, Lusty Zanzibar, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Dominik Eulberg, Audision, Ramon Tapia, X-Press 2, Sasha, Rodriguez Jr, Resident Advisor, Inigo, Nice7, Ada
Review: Amazingly, it's 15 years since Isolee first tickled our fancy with the deliciously hypnotic and pleasingly melodic micro-house anthem "Beau Mot Plage". He's tried many things in the years since, from stripped-back minimalism to semi-organic loop techno. "Allowance" his first full solo EP for nearly three years, has echoes of his glory days. The darting, fluid "Wobble", for example, employs similar synth stabs of shuffling grooves, while "You Could Do Your Memories" is as heart aching and emotion-rich as any of his Playhouse-era classics. Best of all, though, is "Allowance", a sparse but beautifully appointed slice of deep-tronica underpinned by a loose but sturdy groove.
18 Mar 13
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18 Mar 13
Played by: Ross Couch, Chris Coco, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Deep House, Ben Pearce
Review: In his funk-informed, edit-rich guise for Daphni/Caribou's Jiaolong imprint, Chaz 'Toro Y Moi' Bundick drops another sublime two-tracker of impeccably informed groove for sharp dancers and fearless romancers. "Grind" wastes no time in getting down with a sublime roll of drums, sleek bass and perfect touches of boogie synth, leaving space for some spaced out vocoder vocal over the top. "Prelims" heads off into more experimental territory with a low riding beat and droning, detuned melodies aimed squarely at creating a future-soul hybrid for the open-minded heads to tap into. There are serious legs to Bundick's project and this record serves to build on those pins with plenty of grace and oodles of style.
01 Apr 13
Played by: Vision Collective, Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Juno Recommends Deep House, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), Dale Howard
Review: Having previously impressed with suitably deep cuts on Join The Dots, Remote, Kolour Ltd and Tusk Wax, British duo Zoo Look pop up on Morris Audio with another trio of Rhodes-laden tracks. Opener "Over Me" sets the tone, lacing an atmospheric vocal over an Outboxx-ish slice of luscious deepness. Thrillingly, it also features a swinging breakdown and some distinctly snappy beats. Detroit Swindle delivers the obligatory remix, adding a little bumpin' energy to the bottom-end groove and tweaking the vocal within an inch of its life. Jazzier bonus cut "The Sound of Someone", all woozy chords, spoken word vocals and snaking sax samples, completes a decent package.
18 Mar 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Scott Fell, Earl Grey, Nowakowski, Dusty / Jazz & Milk, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Techno, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Posthuman, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Simonlebon, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, Ben Pearce
Review: Ahead of a forthcoming new album for Brainfeeder, Martyn drops this killer induction into Steffi's recently established Dolly Dubs imprint. The offshoot launched in relatively low key fashion late last year, with Swedish producer Staffan Lindberg at the helm. The addition of Steffi's compatriot Martyn is however big news, with the three track Newspeak EP the Dutchman's first proper release since Hello Darkness, the single that bookended his album for Brainfeeder in March of last year. Long term devotees of the 3024 boss's output should be familiar with the sub heavy snap of the title track which featured on his Essential Mix for Radio 1 last Spring, whilst lead track "Oceania" is a rolling, broken treat.
12 Apr 13
Review: LeSale returns to regular home Luv Shack for a darker than usual trip into fuzzy house territory. "LeSexe" is something of a basement bumper, all liquid synth bass, hazy vocal samples, cosmic chords and darting melodies. Lee Stevens and Domino go deeper on their remix, opting for thick, US-house inspired chords, thickset beats and shuffling beats. "Symphony" is an altogether more upbeat affair, fixing wide-eyed, neo-Balearic melodies and vocal samples to acid bass and fluid chords. SimonLeBon and Jakobin's remix is, if anything, even more beautiful, thanks to judicious use of sweet chords and tear-jerking melodies.
22 Mar 13
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15 Apr 13
Review: After making a brief splash with an appearance on International Deejay Gigolos back in 2006, Brazilian duo Digitaria are back in action and this time buffed and polished for a strut on the Hot Creations catwalk. There's plenty of electro-pop moves being played out over lead track "Shine", setting up Morgan Geist for a sure shot remix that panders to his love of bombast a la Storm Queen and yet still comes off as a more minimal end result. "Mystic Flow" has a slightly more moody dancefloor tone, although still on the lighter end of the production spectrum, while Waff gets busy with a remix of "Shine" that does a safe and steady job of working the original into a deep house track.
08 Apr 13
Played by: Alkalino, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Resident Advisor, Two Charming Men, Ben Pearce
Review: Ripperton dons his Headless Ghost alias for three tracks of what he describes as "intuitive house". By this he presumably means that he made the tracks intuitively, laying them down quickly, using a mix of analogue and digital gear. Certainly, there's a freshness and fluidity to "Basik Fire", a basement-friendly fusion of hypnotic acid revivalism and intergalactic, Italo-influenced riffery. The fuzzier "SP3" - all vintage synth strings, drum machine rhythms and wonky melodies - is decidedly warmer and deeper (despite the ghostly melodies that pop up in the second half of the track), while "Yeeaahhhh" does a fine job mixing up crystalline synth appregios and cranky analogue piano house. Impressive stuff, all told.
18 Mar 13
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Thang, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Deep House, Simonlebon, Guy Gerber, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, DJ Hell, Dale Howard, Roel Hoogendoorn
Review: Harry 'Midland' Aguis has been responsible for some Aus gems, not least his 2010 debut with Ramadanman and this two track Trace maintains his Midas touch for the label. The title track contains trace elements (geddit?) of Midland's previous work as thickly delivered synth tones combine deftly with booming 4/4 kicks and the sort of nonsensical vocal hook that worms its way all too easily into your cerebral cortex. Still though our favourite however is "For (Yacht) Club Use Only", which is clearly inspired by the Delroy Edwards production of the very similar name.
04 Mar 13
04 Feb 13
Review: According to the dictionary, a squarehead is 'a stupid or inept person'. The dictionary is clearly wrong as this Sheffield producer (aka Oliver Ledger) is a highly adept producer indeed. Oh wait! Maybe it's an ironic moniker! Anyway here he cooks up two juicy dancefloor bombs - "Elegante" being a mid-paced 90s house groover with jazzy overtones and "Now Is Good" bravely going for the whole handbag/speed garage shebang - essential!
17 Dec 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Nic Fanciulli, Sean Danke, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Anja Schneider, Hermanez, Shox, Gullfisk, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, Jack Fell Down, Tulioxi, Flashmob, Eats Everything, Donka, Agoria, DJ Hell, Hot Since 82
Review: The techy and bass-ready label Hypercolour has always had some pretty leftfield tendencies, ranging from its releases with Groove Armada and Neil Landstrumm, to cheeky Aprils fools day pranks all part of the package. However George Fitzgerald's Needs You EP typifies the Hypercolour sound minus any tomfoolery. "Needs You" in particular plays "oh baby" vocals, sucking percussion and melodic keys against vast-monoliths of low end sonics. On the flip is "Every Inch" again by Fitzgerald. Fluted synth spooks and successive clap-tambourine combos swing to a groove that has a moderately lighter mood. Deetron writes a love note to rave and garage in his remix to "Every Inch" by the way of squelchy electronics and nerdy percussion.
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Review: If you're after an all-star deep house hoedown with a pleasingly sunny bent, you could do worse than check out this collaborative EP from Aussie-based twosome Shades of Gray and San Francisco veteran Miguel Migs. "Let Me" offers a luscious combination of the three producers' styles, delivering a warm, atmospheric deep house groover complete with breathless vocal stabs and cascading keys. Migs alternative "Salty Dub" goes deeper still, delivering a robust late night alternative full of nagging hooks and fuzzy chords. The EP's final two cuts, "Create A Mood" and "Down Underground", pepper their silky grooves with thunderous basslines, minor key chords and tactile riffs. In a word: solid.
12 Apr 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Alexander Robotnick, Henri Kohn, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Deep House, Fredeverything, Fredeverything, Simonlebon
Review: Amazingly, it's been 16 years since Canadian deep house producer Fred Everything dropped his first EP. It seems fitting, then, that his latest release is big chunk of '90s nostalgia for unashamed revivalists Local Talk. Everything is an old hand at this kind of thing, of course, and it shows. Both versions of "Brothers & Sisters" bolt classic garage riffs and woozy vocal samples (and, in the case of the AM Pacific version, snaking synth-horns) onto the kind of snappy, swinging groove he probably knocks out in his sleep. The best of the lot, though, is "Legacy", a flowery, near Balearic garage-house odyssey that sounds like it was inspired by 808 State's "Pacific State".
16 Apr 10
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Glyn Bush, Chris Lynch / Of Norway, Lpz, Mop Mop, Sean Gormally (Sean And Dev), Faze Action, Los Charly's Orchestra, Kisk, Anthony Mansfield, Alkalino, Leigh Morgan, Juno Recommends Deep House, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Vadim Griboedov, Sccucci Manucci, Mypairofshoes, Peza
Review: Finally! Motor City Drum Ensemble aka Danilow Plessow drops the Raw Cuts series into one neat little package. Ubiquitous in 2009, the series showcased the Stuttgart native's ability to combine warm pads and luscious synths to create a house sound with a decidedly classicist tip. On this EP you'll also find two new jams from the Plessow-produced Jayson Brothers and a couple of new MCDE tracks, the highlight being "Prayer".
11 Oct 12
Played by: Pete Dafeet, Homegroove Project, Dirty Channels, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Dopefish, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Claudio Giordano, Audiojack, Pan-Pot, David Keno, Andhim, Jack Fell Down, Grass Green, Jakobin&domino, Nicola Brusegan, Seth Troxler, Lineki