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15 May 13
Played by: Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Utah Saints, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Tulioxi
Review: Mooqee's label Bombstrikes is doing all right for itself. So much so in fact that they've reached that milestone - a label's first compilation album. Here Mooqee has selected 25 sizzling bangers new and old that do it for him, and hopefully will do it for you too. Highlights include the compressed electro steamroller that is "Back To School", the crunch synth funky freakout of "Come On Bounce" and the devastating bass that's eaten all the pies of "Let's Do It Right Now". Heavy!
26 Feb 13
Review: Swedish duo Savage Skulls have been making some serious noise in bass circles since about 2008. Now they've gone stateside, talking Frenchman Douster with them and signing up with Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label. This EP is unrepentantly aimed at the dancefloor: "Bass Kick" is hysterical, peak time madness with heavily compressed tropical beats and ascending synth melodies, "TRT" is tough party-garage with EDM-friendly trance breakdown and finally "Nicole" is total pop-dance euphoria.
10 Dec 12
Review: The latest in Zinc's Crack House series boasts no less than six tracks, each one of them reminding us why the erstwhile junglist is one of the most consistently respected producers in London Town. "Only For Tonight" will hog most of the spotlight thanks to the emphatically delivered vocals by Sasha Keable, but it's the underground bass-busters that will cause the most damage on the underground with cuts like "Overdrive" "Family Riddim" and "Plugtastic" all riding on major sub-shock-out levels. "Forest Gate Funk" is a whole arena for Zinc and is waiting for a crack team of MCs to spit over it. "Feeling My Way" is the true treat for Zinc heads... It's his first D&B tune in years. But don't go expecting the Zinc of old; this dreamy melodic beauty is next level.
15 Oct 12
Played by: Smutlee, Ya Dun Know, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Sander Kleinenberg, Woz, Rack N Ruin, Major Notes, Lucent, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew), Allmostt
Review: Bristol-based Woz has a growing reputation in the bass music scene. Following a recent guest appearance on Mistajam's 1Xtra show, he's now ready to release some more original music (much of his back catalogue comprises remixes). Zylo sets out his stall, pitching him as a producer whose party instincts regularly take priority. There's much energetic dancefloor fare on offer, from the booming basslines, retro bleeps and scratchy breaks of "Fustraightin", to the woozy UK Funky flex of "Reach" and the stabbing bounce of the darting title track. Despite the balls-out nature of his style, there's enough depth to suggest there's more to come in future.
11 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fort Knox Five, Trotter, Qdup Foundation, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Nappy Riddem, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Wow, what an epic remix package this is. It's impossible to feel short changed here as Fort Knox present not one, not two, no not even three, but eight remixes (including instrumentals) of the ever-popular Nappy Riddem cuts "Angle It" and "DTA". First up is DJ Wood who draws out the funky, vocal-driven element with dribbling melodies and trumpet-tooting fun. Next is K Sabroso's re-lick which is much more stripped back, with booming bass and amplified urban spoken lyrics adding a sense of menace. After this comes the Stickybuds' D&B remix of "DTA" which is full of punchy 175bpm madness; then the dub Architect remix which is all swaggering sauciness and shimmying dancefloor vibes for the duration. As if that wasn't enough, there are also instrumentals of all of the above.
22 Jan 13
Played by: Mooqee, All Good Funk Alliance, Borgie, Juno Recommends Electro House, Utah Saints, Winter, Freemasons, Martin Solveig, Mat Zo, Moonbeam, Fed Conti, Nick Warren, Sister Bliss
Review: Oliver - An LA outfit comprising two gents called Oliver. Introductions over, let's get acquainted with the music. "MYB" is a satisfyingly simple and understated groove that instantly reminds you of Homework era Daft Punk and 2020 Soundsystem. "Night Is On My Mind", meanwhile, takes us into a much deeper, cosmic field that tips a nod at the likes of Terje and Lindstrom. "Control" is a brighter, breezier affair that glistens with a timeless synth sound and an utterly positive chord structure, while the title track brings us to a dramatic crescendo with anthemic slo-mo sassiness. Refreshing electro sounds throughout, Oliver have got real potential.
20 Feb 12
Played by: Shadow Dancer, Borgie, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Electro, Hxdb, J-Wow (Buraka Som Sistema), Simon/Off, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, The Integrals, Rocky Horror
Review: A very strong release from Sound Pellegrino, as French producer Maelstrom follows up big tunes for Dirtybird and Boys Noize Records with this trio of electro-bass gold. "USSR" is a deliciously warped mix of huge industrial kicks matched with shifting acapella shots and some charging synth work, while "House Music" ups the bpms a little and rocks a minimal booty bass beat and hazy Detroit stabs. Staying on a Miami tip, "Pool Chicks" recalls recent tunes from Mele and Canblaster with a delirious set of arpeggiated leads married to a thick minimal bassline and kicks.
12 Mar 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b
29 Oct 12
Braxton Holmes Presents John Redmond - "People Everyday" (12" mix Basement Boys Style) - (10:28) 123 BPM
Review: Although many are aware of fluoro-topped dance showman Green Velvet and his anthem 'La La Land', maybe not so many know of his long history releasing important second wave Chicago house records under the Cajmere moniker. Hopefully that's all about to change with this new 29-track retrospective. Beginning with his brain-melting debut, "Percolator", we also get treated to sleazy camp "Chit Chat", retro diva house (Deep Sensation - "Get Together"), beautiful ecstasy-house (Johnny Fiasco - "Taurus"), gospel-house ("Feelin' Kinda High"), deep 90s memories (GU - "The Wheel") and the Prince-does-electro-house of "Only 4 U". 20 years on and still sounding fresh!
01 Nov 12
Played by: Cab Canavaral
Review: Currently residing in Leeds, producer Jamie Berry has carved out a decent niche for himself thanks to his prolific approach to releasing his own electro-swing productions. For his latest offering, he has teamed up with enigmatic singer Octavia Rose for a track that really defines his sound more than any other. Berry has really learnt how to fuse antique 'neo-Charleston' vocals and melodies seamlessly with contemporary electro-house production techniques resulting in a dance-floor smasher!
14 Jan 13
01 Apr 13
Review: Don't worry, "Dappy" isn't an ode or homage to N-Dubz' ratty frontman. In fact it couldn't be further from Dappy's cheesy UK grime-lite if it tried. Romping away with a resonant warbling bass and unrelenting 4/4 stomp, it's an ultimate buzz cut that doesn't sound too far away from a Dirtybird record. Remix-wise Belgian ghetto-groover Kill Frenzy pitches down the vocal sample and adds much more of a haunted flavour to the groove. Either version is dark enough to send Dappy crying to his dear old mum.
21 May 12
Played by: Santero, Jakal, Krl, Tiago, Dominic Martin Aka Domsko), Shadow Dancer, DJ Dizzy, Juno Recommends Electro House, Thomas Schumacher, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Kissy Sell Out, Angela Fisken, The Golden Toyz, Digitalism, Groove Armada, Top Billin DJ Team, Flashmob, Phonique
Review: Since his emergence, Duke Dumont has been notable mostly for a lack of material, choosing to hint at his obvious talent on a series of infrequent releases and remixes for a well respected and disparate range of labels including Turbo, Tigersushi, Phantasy Sound and Dubsided. It is on Tiga's evergreen label Turbo that we might finally get a conclusive insight into the musical mind of the Duke with a series of four EPs promised over the coming months entitled For Club Play Only. The debut instalment has been preceded with some fanfare thanks to requisite "club play" of lead track "Street Walker" from Turbo's circle of premiere DJs like Erol Alkan. That advance hyperbole is justified as the track is immense, lifting a sample about prostitution and weaving it around a mutant warehouse groove. It's followed by the equally accomplished "Thunderclap" which wouldn't sound out of place on a KiNK record and an electro funked alternate take on "Street Walker".
25 Feb 13
Review: The unlikely heavyweight connection of Dublin and Kingston heralds the second single from the Dirty Dubsters forthcoming Fire It Up album. Enlisting the unmistakable vocal rasp of legendary 'Mic Veteran' Burro Banton. ''Dem Can't Stop We'' is the infinitely catchy jungle/d&b hybrid the Dubsters are devastating dancefloors with, and this mini EP features surprising remixes that come from very different sides of the jungle spectrum. London's Yes King goes with a bubblin' 90's style digital riddim inspired by the golden era of Dancehall while Colorado's Bobby C Sound TV delivers a ghetto funk style mid-tempo break complete with earth shattering synth bass. Another international link up release from Irish Moss Records.
04 Apr 13
Review: Believe it or not, but DJ Shotnez (aka Ori Kaplan) was a founding member of Gogol Bordello. Now he makes inspired fusion hip-hop featured here in four tracks with corresponding mixes. Highlights include the catchy and quirky "Hoje Festa", the gypsy beat of "Part Of The Glory (feat Balkan Beat Box)" and the feelgood cumbia (with a hint of Lambada?) of the Superpendejos mix.
28 May 12
03 Dec 12
Played by: Haszari, Pete Tong, Juno Recommends Electro House, Knife Party, Future Feelings, Sister Bliss, Moby
Review: It's a bold move for both Metric and Skrillex as OWSLA expands its repertoire to include techno and electro. Metric is clearly in fine fettle throughout as we're treated to "Prophecies", a sprightly, neon riff that's almost 8-bit in its innocent make up. The golden vibes continue as "Motion Study" oozes a similar positive flavour thanks to a shimmering hook that looks nowhere but up. "Rave Weapon" counters these uplifting sessions with a hard-assed percussive groove that borders techno and breakbeat with heads down distinction. The remixes are all high scorers, too: Aeroplane steals the show with his incredible down-pitched rub, UZ remix create rave chaos and Mike Starr strips it back nice and sleazy.
12 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
21 Sep 12
Review: Here we have two brothers from Leeds who are unapologetic about their mission to produce uplifting feel good party music. Bouncing firmly in the electro-swing camp, these energetic chaps have lived up to the genre's ideals of fusing house beats to like, really old swing, jazz and big band music, with their new single, "Chimichanga Cha Cha". Shuffling modern beats nestle with a vintage Mexican party sample (a jovial ode to the eponymous burrito!), before some heavier wobble bass kicks in to push things up a gear or two.
05 Nov 12
10 Dec 12
Review: Man Recordings have always specialized in unearthing unlikely bass music gems from South America, or at least influenced by the contemporary sounds of Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. "Fook Me Avontade" is another gem in this mould. Sounding like a sweet, pop-flecked take on Buraka Son Sistema, its rugged rhythms combine well with the hazy vocals and chiming synthesizers. Boyfriend provide a slower, less hectic alternative take that makes more of the cheap and cheerful synth melodies, while Milangeles weighs in with a version so fast and skittish that it's almost over before you've had a chance to settle in to the Juke-ish groove. Also included is the chunkier, rave influenced original mix, which is arguably the best of the lot.
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08 Apr 13
Played by: Smutlee, DJ Cable, Juno Recommends Electro House, Winter, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: 2013's trap attack continues unabated and the mysterious UZ is leading from the front. "Trap Shit V12" takes a series of warm, belly-punching 808 bleeps and bruises while processing the well-known "I Know You're Going To Dig This" vocal beyond recognition, while "Trap Shit V13" strips the vibe even further back into the ghetto thanks to some menacing counter melodies and throat-slicing snare rolls. Meanwhile in remix territory we're bombarded with a cavalcade of genres; Audionite takes us into peaktime techno territories, Justin Martin massages the perfect dosage of funk into the mix while Clicks & Whistles remind us where trap came from in the first place. No shit here; just raw, undiluted 808 science.
20 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
14 Jan 13
Review: If you're going to release an extended EP of remixes, at least make them varied. That's the approach Moveltraxx have wisely taken with this collection of reworks of tracks from Ezekiel's 2012 digi-only EP "Life Begins At Night". There's certainly plenty of curveballs, from the booming, cut-up dubstep exploits of Eloq's mix of "Drop Ur Ass" and Branko's pad-laden slow jam revision of "Short Shorts", to the synth-boogie-goes-B'more tweak of "Irreversible" from Pacheko. Then there's XS's odd fusion of acid and ket-addled drugginess on his quirky take on "Drop Ur Ass", and a borderline camp disco/UK funky tweak of the same track by Big Dope P. Something for everyone, then.
09 Jul 12
Makossa & Megablast - "Soy Como Soy" (feat Cleydys Villalon - DJ Koze No Voy A Cambiar Repaso) - (12:42) 128 BPM
Prommer & Barck - "The Barking Grizzle (Detroit/Berlin)" (DJ Hell extended club remix) - (8:33) 123 BPM
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Golden Fleece, Alkalino, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Electro House, Downtown Party Network, James Curd, Pan-Pot, Addal, Resident Advisor, Andreas Saag, DJ Hell
Review: Compiled by DJ Hell and released on his International Deejay Gigolo label, CD Thirteen is a nifty collection of some peerless 128bpm house/tech magic, like Hell's own jazzy remix of Tim Deluxe's "Transformation", or the cold, icy 808 jack of Adriano Patane's "En Memoria A Santiago". There's also some stripped-back vogue/ballroom friendly fare in the form of Danny Daze's "Ghetto Fab" while BDI's "A Lot of Chrome" is a midtempo beast that just keeps building and building.
17 Dec 12
Review: Over the past few years Australian songstress Emma Hewitt has steadily and credibly worked her way from features on producers records to becoming a name in her own right. Her lyrical talents are as strong and unique as her tone and delivery and here we have a classy array of new remixes for a track lifted from her 'Burn The Sky Down' album. Mikka thrashes out a heavily electro influence party starter, with Dabruck & Klein following suit. Both will do the damage however for us its fellow countryman TyDi who produces something more sympathetic to the Original.
30 Apr 13
Review: One of Dirtybird's freshest signees, Justin's low-swung bass mischief fits the label with glove-like glee. Both teetering around the sexy, slurring 120 mark, "Static" is a droning bass massage with cheeky wisps of breakbeat in the background. Warning: it will leave you covered in a fine disco sleaze you won't ever want to wash off. "Waves" plays the fitting foil; deep, soulful and star-gazing, it's very similar to Justin Martin's softer work. A very, very strong release from Dirtybird here.
15 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
Review: Originally released last December, Zinc's Sasha Keable-fronted electro wriggler "Only For Tonight" gets the remix treatment from TEED (low-swung, sludgy bass jack session) and the up-and-coming Maison Sky (warped garage with trippy pitched down vocals, oddball percussion and waspish bass). In case you and the original aren't familiar yet, it's here in both its soul-coated vocal glory and naked bouncy instrumental state.
18 Jan 13
Review: Jamie seems to like flinging out these one-track specials on Flak. Good for him! Why clutter the release with remixes when the original packs enough punch to knock out parties from now to 2092. Electro-swing a-go-go, this is an unapologetic joy ride fun town with all the horn parps, squidgy bass burps and weird, trippy glitches you'd expect to see along the way. Cause some dancefloor "Magic" today!
03 Dec 12
Review: This will either make you feel old or nonplussed but the original "Magic Carpet Ride" is now over 17 years old. With its distinctive vocal hook and spirited Latino horn lament, it still sounds unlike anything else to this day. But for added measure, Southern Fried have ensured it's kept up to date with a whole barrage of remixes that span from a deep-grooved percussive tribal workout (Marcus Knight remix) to, amazingly, a traditional dub version (Sona Vabos remix). Other highlights include 2 Guys From Venice, who take influence from Snoop's "Drop It Like It's Hot", and Gunrose who've opted for an all-out acid freak session.
07 Nov 12
17 Jul 12
Played by: This Is A Recording, Kid Who, Shadow Dancer, Dirt Crew, Sinden & 5kinandbone5, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Electro, Vin Sol, Josh Wink, DJS Pareja, Abstraxion
Review: An ironic title if ever we saw one; man-of-the-moment Avery doesn't need electronics... This cat's wired for sound every which way but loose! And we mean wired; every cut here is created using classic analogue gear and comes with all the warmth and electronic soul you would expect. With a very linear, stripped back approach throughout, each track comes with its own distinctive character. The title track is almost "Erotic Discourse" flavoured in its ever-developing tweaks and phrases. "Taste" comes complete with an edgy vocal refrain that unnerves and pleases at the same time. "One In The Wave" is just one long wondrous drone while "The Eagle" finishes the set with a sexy, low-swung groove that just won't quit.
03 Aug 12
Played by: Cab Canavaral
Review: A single-track wobbler from electro-swing producer Jamie Berry, "Marvellous" is a subtle builder that slowly brings up some swinging jazz horns over a tight electro beat, complete with thick bass throbs and some flitting synth leads.
18 Mar 13
Played by: Mat Cant, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Electro House, Jay Lumen, American DJ, Top Billin DJ Team, Danny Daze
Review: Ever since serial eyeliner abuser Tiga released FPU's cover of Crockett's Theme in 2002 on his Turbo imprint, he's always been known for his love of a Miami Vice lifestyle. This year he's all over Miami with a virtual mini-tour of the city as well as hosting a big label party. This is the corresponding compilation and as always it boasts top-notch releases from the world of electro-disco. Highlights include Shadow Dancer's Jan Hammer esque opener "Day By Day", the stabby stomp of Locked Groove's "Keep Thorough" and the sublime "One Of Us" by Iron Galaxy & Sexlife, whose name's a highlight in itself.
26 Nov 12
Review: With a remix debut on Sound Pellegrino and a solo debut on Ed Banger, Parisian artist Boston is quite the hot tip right now. Taking the acid house and Chicago warehouse vibes of yore (think Pierre, Hardy, Green Velvet) and adding that French touch, there's something both retro and forward looking about this trio of tracks. "Closer" is the quirkiest of the pair with the strange crackles and warping on the cowbells and sleazy-assed groove. "Urnmae" is more of a nod to Mr Fingers, but done with a prog-like glow that wouldn't have gone amiss in a Sasha & Digweed set back in the proverbial. Last but not least, the title track "House Call" is a serious jack-attack. Keep listening...
22 Oct 02
06 Jan 13
Review: Previously spotted laying down beats for the Foreign Beggars, Vato's official hook-up with Lethal B and Donaeo is a match made in electro-grime heaven. While Vato's vibrant riffage still packs a large punch, there's heaps of space for Lethal's aggression and Donaeo's soulful croons. Remix-wise we're spoilt for choice. Most notably Deekline's exclusive-to-Juno booty bass romp. Elsewhere we find Andi Durrant dusting his piano off, Jaxxon preaching in the church of synths, Max NRG getting sprightly on a drumstep riddim, Substantial Error serving up a slo-mo stomp and Skitzofrenix cooking up the dreamiest trap you ever did hear.
17 Sep 12
Keiichi Okabe - "Jin Kazama -Far East Mix- Hall of Judgement" (Waze & Odyssey street tracks mix) - (6:07) 122 BPM
Review: Who hasn't got misty-eyed memories of spending hours engrossed in the pure, pixelated ultra violence of Tekken? Certainly lots of the top dance producers do, because they've all been drafted in to re-work music from the game's latest instalment. Italian duo Crookers put "F.F.Y.R" in a big headlock before bouncing it start-stop style all over the shop to pumpin' effect. Ed Banger chief Busy P delivers a '1999 remix' of "Tekken Piano intro", dropkicking it in an ever so funky French touch way. Logistics fire a round of super fast D&B karate kicks at "Night Falls (ending). A stand out track though, is the retro house piledriver remix of "Hall Of Judgement" by Waze & Odyssey - a big TKO!
08 Jan 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters
Review: It's a Canadian audio love-in as T&A regulars Smalltown DJs and Grand Theft hook up for two instant peaktime thrillers. "Good People" is riddled with the humour and character T&A are synonymous with. Romping and rollicking on an off-beat bass riff, we're soon shoved into banjo central with fine funk-fiddling results. "Stuck Here" is more your straight up jacking tech house - think Bret Johnson on early Classic. XXXChange's remix of "Good People" take the deep south twangs into a much darker territory while Nancy applies the breaks with a low-swung sexy sonic leer.
07 Nov 11
Played by: Leo Zero, Visti, Julian Sanza, Sean Gormally (Sean And Dev), Kid Who, Flash Atkins, Jayl Funk, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Downtempo, Fredeverything, Questionmarq, Sloppy Seconds, Martin Brodin, Radio Slave, Casual Encounters, Fear Of Theydon, Alberto Sabatini, Acid Washed, Droog, Soul Clap
Review: Biggest remix package of the week (perhaps even the year) award goes to Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry; there are no less than 31 versions of his recent tracks, including "You Can Dance", "Alphaville", "Me Oh My" and "Shameless", up for grabs. The list of Juno favourites on here is ridiculous - Padded Cell, Todd Terje, Mylo, Pilooski, Still Going and more all contribute sterling efforts - but if you are after a starting point, we recommend the typically woozy piano-driven Time And Space Machine reinterpretation of "Alphaville"!
17 Nov 12
Review: Big, ballsy and bass-bitten: The Remix Cartell are on their thirty third volume of reversions. And they still sound as a savage and ruthlessly party-minded as they did when they first emerged. Bulging with eight cuts, there's plenty to chew on here. Highlights include the astonishingly saw-tooth blend of Alex Clare's "Too Close", a raw booty-bashing twist on B.I.G's "Where Brooklyn At" with "Brooklyn Break" and a crucial blend of Mylo and 69Boyz with "Shake The Pressure". Rude and raucous throughout, this is the Cartell at their tightest.
09 Jul 08
Played by: Manu Xtc
20 Apr 13
Review: Its time for some party electro sounds once again with volume 10 in X-Beats 'Dance Reworks' series. With six tracks on offer at a bargain price they are all about bringing a euro dance flavor with plenty of catchy hooks, recognizable samples and above all else plenty of fun. Highlights for us are; 'Swede Nothing' (their take on the Florence smash), 'Beauty And The Beat', and 'Leaving You', but every single one of the them is ready to win over the commercial floors and do the damage. Grab these in time for the weekend!!