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21 Nov 11
Review: There's something wonderfully autumnal about the original tracks included on this debut from New York producers Alberto Henandez and Andrew Siedenburg. Taking elements from deep house, dub techno, dubstep and glistening electronica, they've created post-dubstep mood pieces that bristle with dreamy chords and frosty late night intent. The EP's lead track, "Close", is particularly good. That gets a trio of fine remixes, with Black Acre sort Blue Daisy offering up an exemplary atmospheric, smacked-out dubstep take. Lapalux weighs in with a wonderful remix that defies explanation, while Duffstep completes the package with a shimmering future garage take. Highly recommended.
30 Apr 12
Review: An impressive four-tracker from this superb Leeds deep disco duo, "Join The Dots" sees the pair recall fellow boogie-influenced house acts a la Wolf & Lamb and Soul Clap with fantastic washes of jacking digital funk. Look out in particular for the beautifully sparse closer "Visions" - a swirling textured house gem if ever we heard one.
24 Jan 11
14 Feb 11
Review: This batch of Beatvandals floor fillers initially surfaced 7 years ago on wax and has been long deleted on the format. It finally gets a digital release as a 3 track download which gathers the vocals and rhythms of the first lady of freaked out hip hop, a certain infamous rock band who just called it quits, the Bussa Bus and even a Toots tried & trusted classic all to be reworked with Beatvandals mash up treatment .It ultimately delivers a fun release that is basically a no brainer for a packed dancefloor.
07 Mar 11
Played by: Gareth Cheshire, Combo (Bangana/Sumo), Mauricio U.m, Juno Recommends Disco, Downtown Party Network, Nacho Marco, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Trujillo, Matthew Kyle
Review: Duffstep's debut album Getting To Sirius was a pleasant surprise that nonchalantly straddled genres and was characterised by real warmth throughout. Here Join the Dots present a round of remixes from the album, with the main focus on "Your Touch". Merc boss Mark E leads the way with a typically sumptuous remix that's far too well produced to dismiss as mere nu-disco. Retaining the melodic warmth and horizontal feel of the original, Mr E adds his own, less gentle rhythmic leaning which lends proceedings a whole new sonic angle. My Best Friend overseer Riley Reinhold takes the track on a subaqueous house tip that gets better as it progresses. Session Victim opts for a deep and dubby version and young Melbournian Francis Inferno Orchestra delivers a shimmering, Sunday BBQ friendly refix. Loose Fit and Social Monster retweak "Love The Freak" and "My Kiss" respectively, rounding off a highly impressive remix package.
28 Mar 11
Review: Duffstep - the alias of Join The Dots owner Jeremy Duff - returns to the fore with part three of his remix EP series. His debut album Getting To Sirius clearly demonstrated the guy's versatility and creative flair; here he continues to join the dots between genres, bringing in Young Montana? for some loose rolling, Benji B style hip-hop vibes in his delectable remix of "Free"; Eliphino for classy, 2 step business that will find praise with all the Joy O, Ramadanman and Blake-ites out there, and last but not least FaltyDL for his own sprinkle of stripped back, uber cool magic in his re-work of "Tired".
12 Dec 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: The Together EP is the first material to emerge from Jeremy Duffy's Duffstep alias since the release of his stellar debut album earlier this year, and it's something rather special. Positively drenched in shimmering Rhodes melody and buoyed up by pulsating synths, the title track is held "Together" by a tight broken beat rhythm. The track is joined by two remixes by similarly talented young producers; the first, from up and comer Youandewan takes the original into dubbier soundtrack territory, concentrating on atmospherics which shimmer like sheet metal, and a deep sub bass that recalls the early days of DMZ dubstep, while Background Sound utilises a clipped hi-hat rhythm to propel its deep sound forward, whilst accenting it with silky, echoing vocals and glittering textures.
18 Mar 13
Review: This two-tracker, featuring remixes of underground hits from James Welsh and Zoo Look, is pretty tasty. First up, Tom Demac gives James Welsh's "The Way" a total overhaul, turning it into the kind of wonky, off-kilter house/garage hybrid that's all the rage right now (think punishing analogue bass, tipsy pitched-down vocal samples, bombastic drums and weird noises). Medlar then takes a hatchet to Zoo Look's "People Let Me Down", going deeper and dubbier in the process. Recently he seems to have been inspired by proto-garage as well as '90s garage, and this blends the two styles perfectly, combining raw analogue drums and sparse pads with delay-laden vocal hits and a "Show Me Love" style hook.
18 Jul 11
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08 Sep 11
Played by: Low Slung, Giom, Slow It Down, Romanto (Young Society/Daredomusic), Dirt Crew, Mike W - Kolour Ltd, Juno Recommends Deep House, Javi Lopez, John Veis ( Kiss Dance Records ), Joseph Terruel, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Don Crisp, Leg Jazz, Black Marlin, Deadly Sins
Review: Melbourne artiste Griffin James, known to you as Francis Inferno Orchestra, has enjoyed a healthy dose of attention and praise thanks to his deep and carefully constructed house jams. His mature style is impressive for such a young producer and upon hearing this new EP on Join The Dots, we can only jump aboard the bandwagon. "I Need It" swoons with balmy, seductive chords and drums that tip-tap and crash-bang in all the right places. Rolling delicately through classic and captivating streams of sound via rich melodies and an intricate structure, there's nothing to disappoint. The Nicholas basement remix gets funky with guitar licks and chopped vocals adding a bouncier feel while Fantastic Man's Electronic Boogaloo remix takes the oomph to new levels with a deep, pounding b-line and quickened tempo. Another Francis Inferno Orchestra original can be found in "I Said Yes Sir"; which is characterised by spat vocals and heavy drums and rhythm sections. Recommended.
09 Apr 12
Review: Zoo Look firmly stamped their mark on the world of deep, disco-flecked house in April 2011 and have been on a rampage ever since. This EP on Join The Dots continues to drill deeper into an enriching and lively sound; "People Let Me Down" opens with whooshing disco synthesisers flushing themselves through a garage-house beat. "Grove Side Blues", up next, is a faster affair, tight-roping the line between disco and house. Plodding synth work interjects the shuffling percussion as a vocal flash works up and down between an undulating bass line. Finally, "Cutters Choice" drives the beat with jamming stabs that hit with impact then fade gently into the mix, accompanied by an intermittent vocal jolt crying for attention. Recommended.