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05 May 13
Played by: Jody Wisternoff
Review: When Belgian producer Kill Frenzy first surfaced back in the late '90s, he made a name for himself as a purveyor or robust, slightly jarring electro-house. He's clearly mellowed with age, because this EP for Food Music is decidedly deep. "Errybody" is warm and woozy, all tactile beats, intoxicating chords and drawn-out builds, while the Shadow Child and Tom Flynn Remix turns it into a wonky, acid-flecked stepper. "I Like It", his collaboration with Sacha Robotti, is deeper and dreamier, with just enough garage influence to excite the Hypercolour heads. It's good, as is B-Ju's sparse, percussive, low end-heavy deep garage re-fix.
04 Mar 13
10 May 13
Review: Juno digital exclusive on this slab of 2009 heat from Mr Theo Parrish! Space Station is a Sound Signature masterpiece and it's hard to describe something so seminal but the title track is a shuffling drum machine workout backed with Theo's individualistic bass line style - it's not really acid but it's got enough in it to be seen as techno. "Going Through Changes" takes thing down a notch, delivering a masterfully arranged Detroit house bomb complete with seductive vocals, gorgeous synth keys and the essential madness that is Parrish's percussion. Pretty damn essential...
06 May 13
Review: Making their debut on Hot N Heavy, Motif & Ramu show themselves to be more than capable of creating bass heavy yet lightweight music for the floor; "Just You" is an effervescent combination of 90s house stylings and swung garage beats, with the kind of fizzy melodics worthy of a Jacques Greene production, while "See The Future" is a considerably darker number, pitching its vocals right down into a dub infused, bass filled soundscape which is nevertheless primed for maximum dancefloor effect.
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").
28 Jan 13
Review: With Hot Creations hurtling towards global dancefloor domination at a furious pace, it's down to their Hot Waves label to serve up more intriguing underground treats. This fourth collection of previously unreleased odds and ends features some contributions from well-known names - see Buckley's party-hearty, ragga-tinged "Back To The Tower" and the strobe light shuffle of Simon Baker and Robert James' "Get Up High" - but mostly impresses with its support of new and little-known talent. Few, for example, will have heard of Human Life & Annabel Englund (whose "Falling" is a synth-pop flavoured deep house delight) or Denny (check the thrilling, cowbell-powered "Shake The Club"), but their unheralded contributions stand out. If you're after hot new house, look no further.
20 May 13
13 May 13
Played by: Downtown Party Network
Review: Throughout their five-year career, Lithuanian duo Downtown Party Network have proved more than adept at creating house music with bags of wide-eyed atmosphere. They're at it again on "Crazy Cow Bell", a suitably sparse and dubbed-out chunk of touchy-feely deepness whose chiming melodies and spacey synths never get in the way of the sub-heavy bassline and cowbell-centric percussion. There's quite a lot going on, to be honest, but you can't tell - each element is clear in the mix and given room to breathe. Almost as good is "Owls Don't Cry", a heart-aching chunk of emotion-rich deepness that manages to be both warm and strangely icy.
21 May 13
Review: The Jack Fell Down duo made a considerable splash last year with releases on Southern Fried and Hometaping Is Killing Music and now they resurface in style with the Another Way EP. The second offering from new Sccucci Manucci offshoot, Manucci's Mistress, this 10" operation is a good home for the Jack Fell Down sound. Lead track "Road To Nowhere" displays a pensive melodic restraint that many of the new crop of house producers seem to overlook in their excitement to get productions from Ableton to Soundcloud. If the first track sounds like Jack Fell Down holding back, then "Brothers & Sisters" could potentially have them sectioned, such is the crazed madness of the screaming vocals that intermittently punctuate the 90s rave stabs. Great fun.
13 May 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Given their history of flitting between funk-tinged grooves, downtempo beats and rousing, party-starting fodder, it's a little surprising to see Jalepeno diving headfirst into the world of US garage-influenced deep house with an EP from Nottingham-based producer Animist. There's much to enjoy, from the summery liquidity of admirably melodic bonus cut "Neutral Bay", to the chopped-up yelps, woozy chords and classic house grooves of lead track "Tin Head Bump". Best of all, though, is Marcus Jakes' remix of "Tin Head", which beefs up the bottom end and adds some irresistible shuffle to Animist's garage-influenced groove.
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)".
29 Apr 13
Played by: Simon Dunmore
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.
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.
03 May 13
Review: Next month sees Freerange boss Jimpster return to the album game with Porchlight and Rocking Chairs, this release acts as a neat teaser for what to expect. Lead track "Rollergirl" pumps in arpeggio like a night drive scene from a '80s music video clip, while breathy male vocals whisper in the tracks background. It's a melodic piece fuelled by muted tension and soft aggression. Accompanying it is "Hold My Hand", a track featuring all the Jimpster trimmings; deep piano chords, spoken word vocals, chromatic synth loops and soft, yet thumpy drums.
13 May 13
Review: Having previously impressed on Exploited and Amadeus, Los Angeles' Urulu (AKA producer Taylor Freels) pops up on Needwant, alongside Auckland-born brothers Ben and Louis Helliker-Hales, better known as Chaos In The CBD. The two collaborations between the three producers are impressive, with the fluid chords, deep samples and booming, garage-influenced bottom end of "Mind The Gap" setting the tone. The delicious "Between Us", meanwhile, sounds like classic Fingers Inc - all Robert Owens-ish soulful vocals, "Can You Feel It" electronics and twinkling pianos. Elsewhere, Urulu delivers a typically chugging deep house number in the shape of "Never Again", while the Helliker-Hales brothers drop a dab of sweetness in the shape of "Mariana Trench".
22 Apr 13
Played by: 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.
18 Mar 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.
14 May 13
Played by: Paul Hazendonk
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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.
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22 Apr 13
Played by: Ntfo
Review: Romanian deep house duo and Diynamic regulars NTFO are a decent capture for new label Jargon. Here they help get the label off to a sterling start with three tracks of rubbery deepness. The title track, complete with vocals from Forrest, sets the tone, delivering a heady mix rubbery acid bass, endless chords and orange-tinted atmospheres. There's a dash of Local Talk-ish garage revivalism (both US and UK) in the shape of the booming but deftly produced "Professor", while the fuzzy "Munkey Style" sounds like a fusion of Hypercolour-ish house, 808 State's "Cubik" and early Nu Groove deepness. It's a great combination.
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Played by: Ross Couch, Olivier Desmet, Fingerman, Borgie, Juno Recommends Deep House, Chris Coco, J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, Fredeverything, Anja Schneider, Monkey Boots
Review: Cynics will tell you that remix albums are a bit of a con - an exercise in repackaging previously released reworks - but occasionally they're worth picking up. This collection of recent and vintage reworks of Crazy P tracks thankfully falls into the latter category, delivering a mix of classic re-cuts, previously unheard tweaks and previously promo-only mixes. Some of the more Balearic and quietly downtempo tweaks stand out, not least Appleblim's woozily soulful touch-up of "Changes" and Wolf + Lamb's deliciously wide-eyed, downtempo take on "Wecanonlybewhoweare". There's also a chance to revisit some Grade-A club re-fixes from Still Going (whose tough-but-grandiose nu-disco take on "Caught Up" still sounds fresh), Huxley and Bonar Bradberry.
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.
22 Mar 13
13 May 13
Review: More from Visionquest regulars and rising stars Footprintz, whose decidedly touchy-feely approach epitomises the label's vision. "Uncertain Change" actually sounds like a Benoit & Sergio track, all woozy vocals, atmospheric pads, new wave-influenced grooves and casual synth-pop charm. Maceo Plex provides the first remix, upping the energy levels thanks to some bolder beats, big builds and lovingly played chords. The real standout, though, is the Audio rework - Matthew Dear's first under the guise for sometime. Wonky, strange, atmospheric and eerie, it turns the shuffling original into a stunning chunk of afterparty oddness.
26 Apr 10
Played by: Matthew Kyle
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.
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Review: London garage/deep house fusionists Toyboy and Robin are at it again, this time dropping a spiraling chunk of summer house madness for Cool Kid Music. "Jaded" ticks all the boxes; think chopped-up, pitched-up vocals, big pianos, rolling garage beats, big drops, even bigger bass and all manner of hands-in-the-air FX.; it's one of those tunes that's seemingly impossible to dislike; whether wafting from a passing car radio, in the club or in a bar, it would raise a smile or two.
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