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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
16 Apr 13
Played by: Low Slung, Eric Sharp, Mat Cant, S-File, Diplo, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Carl Cox, Xpress 2, Trevor Vichas, 2 Good Souls, Jeremy Glenn, Caserta, Groove Armada, Resident Advisor, Nice7, Tocacabana, DJ Hell, Sister Bliss, Phuturelabs, Umut Akalin, Ntfo
Review: Ben Westbeach's Breach alter ego continues to frolic wildly in the lush pastures of low-end house music with "Jack". The bassline swings like an acid house pendulum while the beats shuffle nonchalantly in the background and a sultry staccato vocal delivers concise instructions on how to unleash the sexual potency of the groove. "Let's Get Hot" continues the timeless less-is-more jack magic but does so with much more of a techno twist. Getting hot is not an order... It's a promise.
29 Apr 13
20 May 13
Review: Crisp, on point production meets lo-fi aesthetics in "Half Out", the first track on this two sider by Manchester-based techno/house rising star Paleman. Simple and emotive, his influences clearly come from the garage and deep house section of the record store, and for that there's a real depth to his sound. "Etch" is a slightly more flamboyant affair - if there ever was such a word in Paleman's vocabulary - with bruising techno kicks underpinning a series of percussive sections and a seriously addictive bassline. If this tune isn't gracing the pinnacle of the night in your local discotheque, you're going to the wrong places, mate.
24 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Sean Danke, Resident Advisor, Timo Maas, Troy Pierce, DJ Hell, 2000 And One
Review: Richie Hawtin's label has long been associated with the minimal sound, but this release frees itself from that sound. The title track is stripped back, but it serves up a new take on classic electro thanks to its shuffling 808s and woozy, reflective synths. Tale of Us return to a more conventional approach on "Discochord" but they still avoid hiccupping mnml sounds and the squelchy acid line is accompanied by atmospheric synths. Finally, "Lost City" is more grimy and nocturnal, but again the menacing 808s and reflective synths make it sound a million miles away from the label's trademark sound.
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.
17 May 13
Review: In the shift from minimal to deep house there were always going to be winners and losers, and it sounds like Carsten Aermes aka Phon O ended up on the right side. On Schn33, there are echoes of his minimal past, as loose drums form the basis for the title track, but the German producer is in a different place thanks to the use of building chords, icy synth lines and the sweetest strings this side of Derrick May. "Go" is also indicative of his shift towards deeper climes, but the repetitive vocal sample intoning the track title, coupled with billowing chords mean it is a more tracky, toolish affair
13 May 13
Review: KiNK has deservedly won a reputation as one of the finest modern interpreters of Chicago house and on My Space, he takes his understanding a few steps further. In its original format, My Space is a deep, pulsing affair with more of a swinging rhythm than some of his previous releases. However, what it may lack in forcefulness it compensates with its use of ponderous vocals. The 'Hardcore' remix is more psychedelic sounding and sees spacey synths unfolding over broken beats, while the Black 80s Home Studio version sees the collaboration go back to KiNK's more typical, bass-heavy, jacking sound. The Luna City Express remix pares the arrangement back without losing sight of the original's melodies.
11 Mar 13
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
20 Jun 12
Played by: Technasia, Luke Marsh, Pezzner, Carl Cox, Magillian, Tura, M.a.n.d.y., DJ Assassin (Recode Recordings), Massimiliano Guaiana, G Rom, Resident Advisor, Manhattan, Green Velvet, Marco Bailey
Review: Possibly inspired by their summer season in Ibiza, this latest Cocoon collection is noticeably breezier and more melody-driven than previous outings. Sure, the shuffling beats and floor-friendly rhythms remain, but there's far more emphasis on quiet beauty. Take Of Us and Visionquest's opener "Equillibrio" sets the tone, delivering soft-focus chords and touchy-feely beauty. The first half of the collection largely follows suit, before Christian Smith, Guy J and Mark Reeve up the tempo, beefing up the drums and dropping in rave-friendly elements in true techno style. It's pretty much what you'd expect - bar the mad, stomping jazz-house of Adam Port's "Black Noise" - but the quality threshold is high. Cocoon will get few complaints from DJs.
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.
07 Jan 13
Played by: King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Owain Kimber (Owain K), Fingerman, Dirt Crew, Inland Knights, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Freddy Love, Groove Armada, Karim, Martin Brodin, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Groove Armada, Nhan Solo, Ripperton, Monkey Boots
Review: Kevin McKay's Glasgow Underground imprint releases a set of 2012 remixes of Romanthony's '95 jam "Bring U Up". Deetron delivers a percussive, almost Rob Hood remake while relative newcomer Lee Webster's version showcases all the hallmarks of a modern day remake. The "Original Blackmale version Featuring The Trojan Horse" is a funky and dance floor friendly version replete with choral vocals and yankee stadium Rhodes, while Kevin McKay also steps up for his own stripped back and shoe shuffling DJ edit. PBR Streetgang's mix combine clinking triangles and a sustained bassline holding down short and breathy vocals, Toby Tobias overdrives the keys and bass in his first remix while his second version gets a little deeper, while Barrientos' remix makes for a hands-in-the-air, rejoicing house music classic.
14 Dec 12
10 May 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music)
Review: It appears that Systematic label boss Marc Romboy and his Chicago veteran old pal Blake Baxter have got lost on a road trip. We can just see them now, in a Delorean and struggling with maps and compasses before exiting the vehicle to find themselves in Paris circa 1998. Yep "The Art Of Sound" sees the normally jack-obsessed producers explore the whole French touch sound, and it largely works - the main version being faster, vocal and less retro. Version 2 though is all about looping and filtering those disco samples to within an inch of their lives!
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.
08 Feb 13
Played by: Jask, Eric Powa B, Husky (Random Soul), Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, John Digweed, Tocadisco, M.a.n.d.y., Resident Advisor, Tocacabana, Umut Akalin
Review: This UK DJ has put out music on some leading labels, so it's no surprise that he has signed tracks to German imprint Get Physical. "Like You" is a tribal affair, powered by incessant filters and a buzzing bass. Just when the listener (or DJ) feels that it is getting too intense, it leads into a dreamy break down. However, it can't compare to the title track; again, Hot Since 82 uses a powerful, throbbing bass as the foundation - the key difference is that this time, he is using it as an anchor for emotive vocals and swirling synth lines.
07 May 13
Review: Balls is Wink's first single in many, many years, and it sounds like he is playing homage to his pure techno roots. The "Big Mix" is as its title suggests, a jacking, wiry rhythm festooned with analogue yelps, trancey - with a small 't' - riffs and a grinding, aggressive swing. The 'Groove' version is also inspired by older sounds, with a ravey siren riff and rolling percussion, reminiscent of Masa's "Basscharger", prevailing. The third version - "Groove mix - No Synth" - calls to mind the recent Function reshape of Planetary Assault Systems, with its crashing snares and epic riffs, while the confusingly titled "Big Mix - Radio Edit" revolves around a noisy, acid-soaked breakdown that would indeed require balls to be played on daytime radio.
21 Mar 13