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24 Mar 09
30 May 11
06 May 13
Played by: Resident Advisor
Review: With the sun finally making its presence felt in the UK, attention will surely turn towards festival season and those sneaky open-air parties we all love so much. As its title suggests, "Sunshine" is aimed squarely at open air dancing, ideally when the sun is just beginning to disappear beyond the horizon. There's a sweet vocal, a baggy, sunlit vibe (to the original version, at least), and some deliciously jazzy keys that just scream "boat party". Hidden amongst the multitude of alternative versions is a second, untitled remix of "Sunshine" that bases the action around a driving but rubbery disco bassline and heavier chords. It's this heads-down, hands-skywards rework that most impresses.
11 Feb 13
19 Nov 12
Played by: Blacksoul
Review: This EP from the previously little known Habischman is jam-packed, so we'll leave the niceties and crack straight on. The title track is a curious concoction, all space pop synths, folksy vocals and vintage synth-pop chug. It might not grab you on the first listen, but give it a few spins and you'll soon be hooked (even if the vocal sounds like it's not been produced properly). Bonus cut "Closer" offers a more straight-up nu-disco flex with deep house nous, guaranteeing floor-filling capabilities. There's a bulging remix package, too, with Martin Dawson's bleep-heavy atmospheric deep house rub and Douglas Greed's bleep techno-goes-pop excursion most impressing.
08 Oct 12
Review: Montreal-based, Philadelphia-raised Hollis P Monroe is something of a deep house veteran, boasting a career that stretches back to the 1990s. His particular strength is soulful, atmospheric house. In previous years, that would have meant Defected-ish funkiness. These days, it means shuffling, melancholic groovery, twisted P-funk synths and deep atmospherics. "If You Have A Doubt" is his strongest for some time, and benefits greatly from a perfectly judged vocal from Overnite. The remix package is very strong, too. Mario Basanov provides a chiming, bittersweet European deep house take, while Argy delivers two chunky big room versions full of spiraling melodies and booming basslines.
29 Apr 09
29 Sep 11
Played by: Alkalino, Pete Herbert, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Downtown Party Network, Sccucci Manucci, Martin Brodin, Loulou Players
Review: If Kompakt-style emotive techno is your thing, then you'd be well advised to check out Shape Your Life. The original version boasts a stripped back rhythm with delightful toy town melodies and an androgynous vocal that sounds like Fischerspooner jamming with Michel Mayer. The remixes are more dancefloor friendly; the Fusty Delights take features tight drums and a niggling bassline and the Downtown Party version focuses on low-slung rhythms and the kind of 'oohs' and 'aahs' that LCD Soundsystem specialised in. Finally, Daniel Bortz gives the techno DJs something to play with, impressing with the dubby beats and ominous riffs of his heavier take.
15 Mar 10
18 Aug 11
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Gazeebo, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Angel Rize, Alessandro Otiz, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, Dustyfruit, Marvin Zeyss
Review: There's not much previous work to judge Larse's new EP against, but on the whole the Nightshift EP tells of a producer with a knack for putting together deep house tracks with genuine quirk. All three tracks work perfectly well, with the smoky funk of last track "Jus Keep Rockin" standing out to our ears.
25 Jun 12
14 Jan 09
25 Mar 09
20 Jun 11
Played by: Alex Dias, Low Slung, Noir, DJ Vibe, Guy Williams/D.r.w (Dan Williams), Martijn, Marko De La Rocca, Flash Atkins, The Warm Signal, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Alfred Azzetto, Alkalino, Solomun, Dirk Schoenhoefer, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), James Curd, Sccucci Manucci, Nick Olivetti, Digitalworkx, Fear Of Theydon, Soul Camp, Bufi, Psychemagik, Ali Tillett (Warm Agency), Resident Advisor, Butch
Review: Faced with a deluge of ultra-serious industrial techno, Noir & Haze have pushed in the opposite direction. "Around" is a spacey but catchy arrangement, its billowing chords sweeping along the melancholic vocals. Solomun from Diynamic provides two top-quality remixes which turn the original into a dubby groove laced with trancey riffs, while the extended instrumental version is more techno-centric, glistening with shiny synth solos. However, it's the acoustic version of "Around" that will win mainstream support. The vocals are transformed into the campest falsetto this side of the Vatican's Eunuch Choir and the string-led, organic groove is nothing short of seductive.
28 Dec 09
31 Jan 12
Played by: Digitalworkx
Review: Berlin-based vocalist and producer Davis had reached the cusp of dance music's mainstream with his artist albums on Punkt and Kitty-Yo, but this collaboration with Noir should give him the push he needed. The vocals sound more robust and darker than his sometime frail outpourings and are reminiscent of Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan at his most pensive; coupled with Noir's pulsing bass, lyrics like 'we're scared of being found out' pushes Davis into a darker but ultimately more accessible place. The duo haven't forgotten the dance floor and the club version sees them maintain their underground credibility with a glitchy, acidic reshape.
12 Apr 10