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Final Quest EP
Jet Free - (2:37) 61 BPM
Cryfaze - (5:55) 63 BPM
Tiraquon's Final Quest - (4:55) 61 BPM
1 4 U - (5:25) 64 BPM
Beyond2 - (4:28) 81 BPM
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AUS 196
26 Jul 24
Experimental/Electronic
Thicc! EP
Thicc! - (4:15) 65 BPM Hot
Pacha (Tracker mix) - (5:15) 68 BPM
Pacha (Fever mix) - (3:49) 68 BPM
Cobblezz - (4:26) 69 BPM
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AUS 195
12 Jul 24
Experimental/Electronic
Catching Wild, Pt. 2
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah - (5:30) 128 BPM Hot
Elastick - (5:02) 128 BPM
Shook - (6:00) 130 BPM
Brake Root - (4:31) 128 BPM
Review: After building his reputation via a steady stream of releases on the Wisdom Teeth label he co-founded, Josiah Gladwell AKA K-Lone made his bow on Aus Music earlier this year with 'Catching Wild, Part 1', a killer collection of club workouts that blurred the boundaries between UK garage, tech-house and deep house. There's a similar vibe to this speedy sequel, with Gladwell first combining spaced-out deep house nous and the infectious, bass-heavy bounce of UK garage ('Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah'), before opting for a warm and woozy deep-tech-house sound on the gorgeous 'Elastick'. 'Shook' is a darker, deeper and more sub-heavy affair, while 'Brake Root' wraps intergalactic electronics and tactile synth motifs around an infectious, off-kilter rhythm.
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AUS 194PT2DL
12 Jul 24
Funky/Club House
Cryfaze
Cryfaze - (5:55) 126 BPM
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AUS196SS 1
05 Jul 24
Funky/Club House
Catching Wild, Pt. 1
Give It Up - (6:37) 126 BPM Hot
Wait 4 U - (5:30) 128 BPM
What I Want - (5:02) 130 BPM
Own Way - (5:15) 130 BPM
Review: K-Lone, co-founder of Wisdom Teeth, delivers the first of two standout EPs on Aus Music. The first instalment pays homage to UKG and house with tracks like "Give It Up", featuring a bubbly rhythm and organic percussion layered with lush pads and vibrant samples, and "Wait 4 U," a classic K-Lone house cut with low-swinging bass and sultry sax stabs. "What I Want" ups the tempo with rubbery kicks and soft-edged chord stabs, while "Own Way" closes with a deep, infectious groove. Known for his versatility, K-Lone continues to garner acclaim with his idiosyncratic sound, blending kinetic beats and lush melodies across his releases. Big ups!
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AUS 194PT1DL
31 May 24
Funky/Club House
Love & Chaos
Magic Jungle - (4:17) 58 BPM Hot
Future Rest - (7:08) 100 BPM
New World - (7:35) 95 BPM
Leaps - (6:15) 70 BPM
Wings - (7:25) 54 BPM
Mirrors - (2:55) 72 BPM
Purple Violet - (4:14) 75 BPM
Beautiful Chaos - (5:04) 65 BPM
Bites - (4:21) 72 BPM
Love & Chaos - (6:29) 75 BPM
Sun - (5:59) 71 BPM
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AUSLP018DL
17 May 24
Experimental/Electronic
Four! Beats!
Ah! Bats! - (5:54) 68 BPM Hot
8 Bar Baile - (4:51) 66 BPM
Scrumble - (7:21) 62 BPM
Moss On - (6:25) 64 BPM
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AUS 193
29 Mar 24
Experimental/Electronic
Cee Parkin
Cee Parkin - (4:27) 124 BPM
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AUS192N
16 Feb 24
Minimal/Tech House
Our House
Our House (feat Chuck Roberts) - (5:43) 126 BPM
Daydreamer - (5:37) 126 BPM
Our House (feat Chuck Roberts - dub) - (5:43) 126 BPM Hot
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AUS 191
22 Dec 23
Funky/Club House
Searching
Searching - (6:46) 128 BPM
Searching (UK dub) - (6:05) 131 BPM Hot
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AUS190DLNEW
10 Nov 23
Deep House
Let U Fall
Open Hearted - (6:52) 70 BPM
Let U Fall - (6:51) 91 BPM Hot
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AUS188DL
20 Oct 23
Experimental/Electronic
Free From Desire
Free From Desire - (5:33) 136 BPM
Review: Austrian DJ, producer, and Freeride Millenium label co-founder Jorkes makes an electrifying debut on Will Saul's label with this fast-paced house roller. As if fuelled by the sound of Chicago and something evocative of a place like the Hacienda, "Free From Desire" is a red-hot burner slamming down killer drum beats, irresistible piano chimes and bubbling bass - that's as much Manchester as it is the Musik Box.
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AUS 189
06 Oct 23
Techno
Higher Places
Work My Body - (6:13) 124 BPM Hot
Deep Inside Your Soul - (5:10) 127 BPM
Demuja & Kolter - "Bonzai" - (4:59) 127 BPM
The Piano Track - (4:24) 124 BPM
Review: The summer of rave has landed and Demuja is here with Higher Places, a producer found on imprints like Skylax Classic, Shall Not Fade, Freerange and more. For his Aus Music debut he brings back a familiar rave motif to a banging new rendition of drums in "Work My Body". Next is a deeper, liquid club cut that is "Deep Inside Your Soul" with its classic pano effect while Demuja pays house music homage with "That Piano Track" - obviously. Closing the EP is a collaborative number with Kolter called "Bonzai" that's peppered with a techier and minimal sound, let's say from that Higher Place.
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AUS 187
18 Aug 23
Funky/Club House
At Dawn
Beyond The Sun - (6:29) 68 BPM Hot
Blissed Memories - (4:55) 66 BPM
At Dawn - (5:15) 98 BPM
Review: Following the release of her Aus music debut last year with the I Wanted More EP, rRoxymore returns to Will Saul's label with At Dawn. Blending colourful synthesises of keys and chords alongside cut up vocals and drifting melancholic atmospheres, it the artist's mellow breaks that hit just right. The lead cut is perhaps the deepest number on offer with its sombre tone, subtle bleeps and trancey flirtations, next to the heavier kicks and counterbalancing floating melodies of "Blissed Memories". "Beyond The Sun" is arguably this release's hit cut, as if referencing Caribou's most loved song. A stand out Aus Music title.
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AUS 185
11 Aug 23
Experimental/Electronic
'Into You' EP
Deep In Your Love - (6:35) 125 BPM Hot
Into You - (4:38) 127 BPM
Milkshake - (5:55) 125 BPM
Review: Some genuinely impressive collaborative action here, as Berlin-based label hopper Amy Dabbs (whose previous releases have appeared on labels including Lobster Theremin and Shall Not Fade) joins forces with Toy Tonics twosome Athlete Whippet for the very first time. Opener 'Deep In Your Love' manages that tricky feat of being upbeat, grandiose and wonderfully loved-up, with Dabbs' vocal snippets peeping out above simmering strings, colourful electronic motifs, rubbery synth-bass and rolling house beats. 'Into You' is a dreamier and more spine-tingling affair that's as loved-up and groovy as they come, while closing cut 'Milkshake' is a colossal, hands-aloft piano house number that sounds like something that would have crossed over into the pop charts back in the mid 1990s.
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AUS 186DL
14 Jul 23
Funky/Club House
Into You
Into You (extended mix) - (4:38) 127 BPM
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AUS186S02DL
21 Jun 23
Funky/Club House
Deep In Your Love
Deep In Your Love (extended mix) - (6:35) 125 BPM
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AUS186S01DL
31 May 23
Funky/Club House
How Do I Know
How Do I Know - (3:37) 90 BPM
How Do I Know (club mix) - (5:36) 64 BPM Hot
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AUSLP017S03DL
26 May 23
Experimental/Electronic
Xoul Trap
Xoul Trap - (6:09) 134 BPM
Temptress - (6:21) 134 BPM
Inertia - (5:05) 132 BPM Hot
Unorthodox - (5:13) 135 BPM
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AUS184DL
26 May 23
Deep House
Unorthodox
Unorthodox - (5:13) 135 BPM
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AUS184S02DL
05 May 23
Electro House
Venn Diagram
Verblex Oscillos - (5:57) 66 BPM
How Do I Know - (3:37) 90 BPM
Frederikalstublieft - (5:21) 61 BPM Hot
Siegfried Benaultibaum - (4:40) 62 BPM
L.O.V.E - (3:45) 95 BPM
Rebula Conundrum - (3:18) 89 BPM
Nlasckhdsjk - (4:54) 94 BPM
Hakelifjell - (3:30) 63 BPM
Still Have Time - (3:11) 83 BPM
Isolated - (4:21) 60 BPM
Maladayfun Friction - (3:23) 77 BPM
Alone In My Kitchen - (3:27) 67 BPM
Review: This prolific British producer has been known by a number of names: Marquis Hawkes or Juxta Position to name a couple, but here he steps out under his real name for the latest release on the esteemed Aus Music. Venn Diagram is Mark Hawkins' third long-player which features a wide selection of experimental moods. Highlights include the sublime IDM opener "Verblex Oscillos", the slo-mo Italo of "How Do I Know" and its stunning vocal, through to the neon-lit pop tones of L.O.V.E., while there's more straight-ahead dancefloor friendly numbers like "Isolated" and ending with the glassy-eyed and bittersweet electronica of "Alone In My Kitchen".
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AUSLP0 17DIGI
05 May 23
Experimental/Electronic
Siegfried Benaultibaum
Siegfried Benaultibaum - (4:40) 62 BPM Hot
Siegfried Benaultibaum (Contactless remix) - (5:50) 69 BPM
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AUSLP017S02DL
14 Apr 23
Experimental/Electronic
Inertia
Inertia - (5:05) 132 BPM
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AUS184S1NDL
14 Apr 23
Deep House
Piano FM
Piano FM - (5:58) 125 BPM Hot
The Moment - (6:05) 121 BPM
Use Me - (5:47) 122 BPM
Review: Over a 30-year career, Steve Bug has released an incredible amount of club-focused music, much of it genuinely brilliant. Given that he's successfully turned his hand to deep house, tech-house, hip-house and techno, it's always a bad idea to and guess what he'll serve up next. So, what's on offer on 'Piano FM', his second EP for Aus Music? A real mixture of peak-time ready cuts, that's what. For proof, compare, and contrast the foreboding bass, glassy-eyed female vocal snippets, bouncy pianos and snappy beats of 'Piano FM', with the deeper but no less weighty 'The Moment', where raw analogue bass and jazzy stabs catch the ear. To complete a fine EP, the long-serving German producer opts for a classic US deep house vibe on the warming and loved-up 'Use Me'.
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AUS 183
24 Mar 23
Deep House
L.O.V.E
L.O.V.E - (3:45) 95 BPM
L.O.V.E (club mix) - (6:53) 63 BPM Hot
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AUSLP017S01DL
24 Mar 23
Experimental/Electronic
The Beauty And The Beat
The Beauty And The Beat - (5:33) 125 BPM
(But I Still Have) Fantasies - (4:51) 80 BPM
Eve - (5:44) 124 BPM Hot
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AUS 182
03 Mar 23
Deep House
Crass
Crass - (5:04) 95 BPM
Syrup - (5:16) 92 BPM
Tab Play - (4:42) 151 BPM Hot
Hoss It - (5:57) 58 BPM
Review: Following releases on Central Processing Unit, Hypercolour, and his recent LP on Local Action, Evan Majumdar-Swift aka 96 Back returns with a new one this week - adding a release on Will Saul's Aus Music to his expanding discography. For his label debut, the Manchester by-way-of SheffieldDJ/producer presents four high quality productions on the Crass EP. From the off-kilter post-dubstep influence of the title track and the wonky UK flavour of "Syrup", to further futuristic bass explorations in the form of "Tab Play" and the evocative closer "Hoss I"t which ends on a more playful note - 96 Back embodies the renegade spirit of his native Steel City.
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AUS 181DL
10 Feb 23
Bass
Shifty
Shifty (full length version) - (5:50) 129 BPM Hot
Distorting Time (full length version) - (6:17) 129 BPM
Sisqo (full length version) - (5:43) 129 BPM
Mediator (full length version) - (6:53) 129 BPM
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AUS180DL
30 Dec 22
Deep House
The Past The Future
Wilkommen - (1:58) 150 BPM
Think Different - (7:48) 123 BPM
Retrogott - Like This (Damiano Von Erckert remix) - (5:19) 121 BPM Hot
KOMPOSITION #1 - (3:04) 137 BPM
RAVE#06 - (5:40) 123 BPM
Frankfurt-1997 - (5:10) 130 BPM
RAVE#10 - (6:17) 122 BPM
Sorry Mate, Do You Have A Rizla? - (6:39) 121 BPM
XTC Spirits Evolving To Higher Spheres - (7:03) 127 BPM
KOMPOSITION #2 - (2:35) 142 BPM
Review: The German house & techno DJ and music producer Damiano Von Erckert pretty much bucks every trend and trope you can imagine. He makes loose, dusty house music with heart-on-sleeve emotions even though he hails from Cologne, where sleek techno label Kompakt also hails from. He also dresses much more like a 60s French film star than a modern DJ and producer. Anyway, his new album on Aus is his best yet - it's got the loose-limbed and soulful house jams and the blissed out and deep rollers but also some more cosmic forays into smooth techno and spangled disco.
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AUSLP016D
25 Nov 22
Deep House
Light A Fire
Light A Fire - (6:32) 125 BPM Hot
Keeping Strong - (6:33) 127 BPM
Everything - (6:12) 124 BPM
Review: Cinthie Christl has released some of her most potent, club-ready material on Aus Music, not least terrific debut album City Lights. Her latest EP for the imprint - her first for nearly two years - is another strong effort that harks back to the halcyon days of house music in the 1990s. Lead cut 'Light a Fire' is particularly nostalgic, with Christl peppering a classic-sounding bassline and shuffling deep house drums in spacey, stretched-out chords and echo-laden piano riffs. She reaches for bold, ear-catching riffs on the bumpin', stabbing bassline-sporting headiness of 'Keeping Strong', before opting for a deeper, more sub-heavy sound on the hypnotic, glassy-eyed excellence of 'Everything'.
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AUS178D
04 Nov 22
Deep House
Repeater
Repeater - (7:58) 122 BPM
Nobody - (7:11) 131 BPM Hot
Repeater (DJ Seinfeld remix) - (7:25) 122 BPM
Review: Life & Death chief Manfredi Romano aka DJ Tennis makes a surprising appearance on Aus Music this week with a wonderful three-tracker. "Repeater" is a slinky and hypnotic expression in dancefloor drama, this is melodic house just the way we like it. It's backed by second offering "Nobody" an evocative and saucer-eyed breakbeat number that makes a perfect soundtrack to the inevitable sunrise. On the remix is the ever reliable Swede DJ Seinfeld whose dark and steely techno rendition gives the track an undeniably aggressive edge.
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AUS176D
07 Oct 22
Deep House
I Can Feel It
I Can Feel It (extended mix) - (8:55) 123 BPM Hot
What A Beat - (6:33) 128 BPM
Led Astray - (5:39) 83 BPM
Lucid Dreaming - (6:06) 69 BPM
Review: Following the release of his gloriously joyous, retro-futurist Sanctuary EP on Hot Haus Records, former Houndstooth regular Mark Hawkins returns to Aus Music with another quietly impressive four-track outing. He first joins the dots between loopy, DJ Sneak style deep house and sparkling, hands-aloft piano house on the festival friendly rush of 'I Can Feel It (Extended Mix)', before reaching for vintage style synthesiser chords and undulating acid bass on the gorgeous 'What a Beat'. 'Led Astray' sees him break up the beats impressively while soothing the senses with sci-fi synths and Motor City bass, while 'Lucid Dreaming' sees him add energetic piano riffs and glassy-eyed techno bleeps to a surging, peak-time ready rhythm.
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AUS179DX
05 Aug 22
Funky/Club House
Afloat
Swamp - (5:21) 130 BPM
Disintegration - (5:44) 128 BPM
Afloat - (5:44) 132 BPM
Moving On - (6:06) 140 BPM Hot
Meadows - (5:41) 149 BPM
Review: Earth Trax follows his recent Sensual World album on Shall Not Fade with this tripped out release on Aus. Steeped in the sound of electro and deep techno, it sees the prolific producer deliver a series of impressive tracks. Never staying in one place for too long, Earth Trax moves from the dark and moody rhythms of "Swamp" and "Disintegration" into the title track, whose emotive melodies and skipping drums sounds like Lone jamming with Nathan Fake. Earth Trax continues on this sun-kissed melodic trajectory for "Moving On", albeit in a more frenetic mode, while "Meadows" sees him give vent to a slower, dreamy side to his canon.
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AUS173D
01 Jul 22
Electro
'I Wanted More' EP
Drunken Clouds - (4:13) 97 BPM
I Wanted More - (5:33) 131 BPM
Midnight Shift - (5:12) 124 BPM Hot
Last Day Last Dance - (4:10) 97 BPM
Review: On her first outing of 2022, Hermoine Frank brings her rRoxymore project to Aus Music for the very first time. The sometime Don't Be Afraid regular eases us gently with EP opener 'Drunken Clouds', an effortlessly picturesque affair in which chiming, chocolate box melodies and sustained organ chords dance atop a drunken, analogue-sounding bassline and skewed hip-hop beats. She strides confidently back onto the dancefloor on title track 'I Wanted More', adding sweet R&B vocal snippets, hazy chords and marimba melodies to a rumbling bassline and breakbeat-driven deep house beats, before often for a decidedly intergalactic, off-kilter sound on the excellent 'Midnight Shift'. To round off a fine EP, Frank goes ultra-deep, poignant and melancholic on the impressively emotive 'Last Day I Dance'.
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AUS175D
10 Jun 22
Deep House
Back To '95
Back To '95 (feat Mr V) - (5:57) 124 BPM Hot
Ode To Wildpitch - (5:41) 125 BPM
Back To '95 (feat Mr V - Cinthie's 'Just A Vibe' remix) - (6:12) 124 BPM
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AUS 177
13 May 22
Funky/Club House
Fools Mate
Fools Mate - (5:13) 131 BPM
Still Deciding (feat Washington) - (3:44) 121 BPM
Earthly Delights - (5:28) 117 BPM
Joey - (6:01) 125 BPM Hot
Fools Mate (Sally C remix) - (5:18) 134 BPM
Review: Aus Music is now one of the elder statesmen of the underground after so many years of turning out fresh beats from fresh names. Taking charge of Will Saul's latest label drop is Glaswegian artist Big Miz. His opener 'Fools Mate' is an upbeat and lively tune with slinky bass and drums that are in constant upward motion. 'Still Deciding' (feat Washington) flips the script with a low slung groove that has swagger to spare, not least thanks to the vocals of Washington. There is still time for a raw drum workout in 'Earthly Delights', the lush melodies of 'Joey' and a pumping throwback house remix from Sally C.
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AUS 172D
29 Apr 22
Deep House
Let's Go
Let's Go - (7:13) 125 BPM Hot
Chimera - (4:15) 125 BPM
Shibuya - (6:10) 125 BPM
Heartfelt - (7:26) 122 BPM
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AUS 174
08 Apr 22
Deep House
The Wildlife Of The Quieter Ones
Albuquerque Arcade Retreat - (2:24) 110 BPM
Theme From FFOM - (6:27) 128 BPM Hot
Sacramento Balls - (1:55) 142 BPM
Dial 101 - (5:03) 133 BPM
Revelation - (2:15) 152 BPM
Gravitational Lane - (4:56) 126 BPM
Serenity Alley - (4:48) 128 BPM
Equation - (6:07) 128 BPM
Storm 90 - (4:17) 126 BPM
Requiem I - (4:01) 121 BPM
Complex Beta - (4:42) 125 BPM
Moon Stone - (4:13) 126 BPM
Rays Of Thunder - (4:34) 128 BPM
Red Flying Kites - (2:24) 120 BPM
Never Ending Scrolling - (5:01) 129 BPM
The 6th Day - (2:24) 140 BPM
Strawberry Strings - (4:19) 126 BPM
Review: Marco Passarani presents his sixth LP, this time on Aus Music titled The Wildlife Of The Quieter Ones, boasting 17 diverse tracks that are testament to the Roman's versatility as a producer. Whether it's the majestic acid of "Theme From FFOM", the contemplative IDM of "Dial 101" or the hi-tech soul of "Equation" - he has much more to offer. There's the alien funk of "Complex Beta" and the bittersweet bright-like-neon closer "Strawberry Strings" showing the diversity in his sonic repertoire, plus many intermittent ambient journeys to break up the mood. Passarani manages to respectfully join the dots between the fabled Detroit-Berlin connection, classic electro and Italo on this top shelf selection of tracks - all from a truly underrated veteran of the genre.
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AUSLP 015D
04 Mar 22
Electro
Heaven Or Hell
Heaven Or Hell - (3:29) 124 BPM Hot
Night Jaguars - (3:52) 126 BPM
OM617 - (4:16) 114 BPM
Shake Your Demons - (5:11) 120 BPM
Let The Sparks Fly - (4:52) 111 BPM
Review: Here's something we didn't expect: an EP of deep house and house-not-house excursions from Quantic, a multi-talented artist and producer best known for dazzling musicality, downtempo grooves, retro-futurist soul songs and distinctly tropical musical blends. Of course, he's talented enough to turn his hand to almost any style so this surprise Aus Music outing is as excellent as we'd hoped it would be. Highlights include the old school house-goes-broken house rush of 'Heaven or Hell', the deep and dreamy broken beat warmth of 'Night Jaguars', the wall-of-sound house warmth of 'Shake Your Demons' and the sub-heavy, steel pan-sporting, mid-tempo tropical house brilliance of 'Let The Sparks Fly'.
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AUS 167D
17 Dec 21
Deep House
Talaria
Talaria - (5:15) 127 BPM Hot
Rip - (4:08) 128 BPM
Arrows - (6:18) 127 BPM
Review: Paul Rose aka Scuba returns to Will Saul's label for the first time in nearly 10 years to follow up his 2011 anthem 'Loss' under the SCB alias. The Hotflush boss now presents the Talaria EP featuring three emotive tracks for the late night. Be mesmerised by the rich tapestry of melodies that will captivate you on the title track's tech house groove, while "Rip" returns to the emotive post dubstep sounds as heard on his seminal Triangulations release from over a decade ago. Finally, the deep and contemplative mood music of "Arrows" offers up a more understated side of the esteemed producer.
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AUS 171D
17 Dec 21
Deep House
Last Dance
Last Dance - (6:31) 123 BPM Hot
Heartbeat (instrumental) - (5:22) 122 BPM
Heartbeat - (5:20) 122 BPM
Can We Find - (6:06) 126 BPM
Review: Millionhands founder Tee Mango (real name Tom Mangan) has developed a lot as a producer since he first appeared on Aus Music in 2017. That much is evident on his latest four-track excursion for Will Saul's imprint, which sees Mangan deliver a quartet of fuzzy, nostalgia-inducing workouts guaranteed to make you move. He sets his stall out with 'Last Dance', a chunk of colourful, piano-laden positivity built around crackly drums and rush-inducing riffs, before delivering instrumental and vocal takes on the mid-tempo, lo-fi, deep house delight that is the yearning 'Heartbeat'. To round things off, the former T-shirt designer opts for a baggier, sunnier and more huggable sound on delicious closing cut 'Can We Find'.
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AUS 169D
26 Nov 21
Deep House
Universal Love
Open Spaces - (7:16) 81 BPM
Balance - (7:28) 122 BPM
The Other Side Of - (6:42) 124 BPM
Warm - (6:11) 122 BPM
Universal Love - (6:34) 124 BPM Hot
Review: Outsider house specialist Sei A has delivered some of Aus Music's most potent releases of the last half-decade, including two fine albums. Universal Love, his first release of 2021, is also impressive. It sees the Glasgow-based artist shuffle between bleary-eyed, early morning house hypnotism ('Open Spaces', where Tangerine Dream style synthesizer lines and stirring chords bubble away atop a locked-in beat), heavily electronic dancefloor melancholia ('Balance'), ultra-wonky, sub-heavy minimalism (the crackling fuzziness of 'The Other Side Of'), spaced-out sunrise deep house ('Warm'), and rolling, warehouse-ready fare ('Universal Love', where spoken word vocals and tactile synth riffs catch the ear).
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AUS 170
08 Oct 21
Deep House
Pete
Mars - (5:17) 133 BPM
Pete - (5:17) 123 BPM Hot
F&D - (6:25) 127 BPM
Review: Last year, Damiano Von Erckert graduated from the Ava label he's been associated with since 2011 and joined the extended family of artists at Will Saul's Aus Music imprint. Here he returns to that label with a second EP full to bursting with playable, peak-time ready treats. Particularly impressive is opener 'Mars', a deep house-tempo slab of sci-fi fired dancefloor futurist full of star fall electronics, lilting lead lines and intergalactic synthesizer motifs. Title track 'Pete' is more of a retro-futurist affair, with glassy-eyed female vocal samples, immersive ambient house chords and rising string sounds stretching out atop loose-limbed machine drums and a throbbing bassline, while 'F&D' joins the dots between jacking acid house, ambient techno and Motor City futurism.
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AUS 168D
23 Jul 21
Deep House
City Lights
City Lights - (6:01) 128 BPM Hot
City Lights (Gerd Janson remix) - (3:37) 128 BPM
City Lights (Damiano Von Erckert remix) - (6:17) 126 BPM
City Lights (Wanderist remix) - (6:30) 134 BPM
Review: 'City Lights' was one of the standout cuts from Cinthie Christl's 2020 debut album Skylines - City Lights, so it's no surprise to see it appear as a single with a swathe of brand-new mixes. The original version, which kicks off the EP, is little less than a synthesizer symphony, with rising synth-strings dancing atop a mid-80s, arpeggio-style synth-pop bassline and Please-era Pet Shop Boys beats. Gerd Janson utilises many of these elements on his Tuff City Kids style Italo-disco rework, before Damino von Eckert re-frames it as a melodious chunk of synth-heavy techno warmth. Perhaps best of all though is the Wanderist remix, which brilliantly re-imagines the track as a bustling slab of deep space electro with a Kraftwerkian twist.
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AUS 165D
28 May 21
Minimal/Tech House
Dispatch477
Dispatch477 - (8:29) 131 BPM
Upper/Lower - (6:33) 129 BPM Hot
Polymer Pyramid - (4:49) 128 BPM
Review: When it comes to delivering deliciously intergalactic house and techno, few can match the sci-fi sounds, lilting lead lines, darting synth sounds and hypnotic beats of Jack Hamill AKA Space Dimension Controller. His trademark sound is naturally evident throughout his first EP for Aus Music. He begins with the deep, cosmic techno of 'Dispatch477', where bubbly acid bass, bustling drums and deep chords combine on an energetic-but-weightless sci-fi treat. 'Upper/Lower' is similarly deep and woozy but arguably more musically expansive, while closing cut 'Polymer Pyramid' sees him wrap drowsy, ambient techno style sustained chords and yearning synthesizer lead lines around a fizzing analogue bassline and snappy machine drums.
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AUS 166D
14 May 21
Deep House
Translucid Dreams
Machines Have Feelings Too - (5:28) 136 BPM
Translucid Dreams - (5:11) 137 BPM
Astral Highways - (6:38) 131 BPM Hot
U Got Love - (7:24) 135 BPM
Review: Maarten Smeets, one half of Detroit Swindle, introduces his Wanderist project through Aus Music, and vice-versa. It presents a second record for Smeets on Aus (see the Rhythm Girl Swing EP) with the Wanderist project setting itself up as a place for electro breaks, acid and new age synths ("Translucid Dreams") to funky, stripped-back and pacey vocal house numbers ("Machines Have Feelings Too"). A minimal yet harder techno groove arrives in the pumping drum track "U Got Love" (tip) next to the sundrenched trance-ala-house music of "Astral Highways"!
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AUS 164
09 Apr 21
Electro
Spice Run
Breathe (feat Nikki O) - (6:05) 122 BPM
Spice Run - (5:49) 127 BPM
Get Together - (6:23) 121 BPM Hot
Review: Late last year, Dutch duo Lars Dale and Maarten Smeets decided the time was right to ditch their Detroit Swindle moniker - chosen originally in tribute to Motor City dance music, but one that left them open to accusations of cultural appropriation - in favour of Dam Swindle. This three-tracker for Aus marks their first outing under the new alias and begins with one of their warmest and most ear-catching cuts to date: the Nikki O-voiced vocal deep house number 'Breathe', which boasts some brilliant live bass, twinkling Rhodes flourishes and atmospheric synth-strings. Title track 'Spice Run' is arguably even better thanks to bouncy, Afro-house style percussion, carnival-ready electric piano riffs and synthesized steel pan, while 'Get Together' is a drowsy and deep disco-house number laden with live instrumentation.
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AUS 163D
12 Mar 21
Deep House
Just Us
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AUS 162D
12 Feb 21
Deep House
Dance Now, Cry Later
Why So Blue? - (5:52) 128 BPM Hot
Levitate - (6:02) 130 BPM
Too Close - (6:18) 128 BPM
Review: Berlin-based Haider Masroor made his Aus Music debut with the '10961' EP in 2019. Now he returns to Will Saul and Fink's label with another three-tracker that defies easy genre categorisation. 'Levitate', for instance, starts out epic and proggy but then breaks out into a kind of EBM/Italo/industrial fusion interlude in the middle, while 'Too Close' has echoes of Orb-style ambient house, hardcore, two-step and the kitchen ruddy sink! The standout, though, is 'Why So Blue?', a moody, broody but irresistible order to dance in which delicate, haunting keys and cut-up female vocal snips surf a surging, pulsating bassline to devastating effect.
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AUS 159D
11 Dec 20
Deep House
Replica Material
My Belief, Your Disorder - (6:53) 124 BPM Hot
Tears For You - (6:38) 121 BPM
Dramatic Romance - (6:40) 123 BPM
Review: Will Saul and Fink's Aus Music label have always operated at or around house music's more leftfield fringes, and this three-tracker from Damiano Von Erckert - a Cologne native who's now based in France - is no exception. 'My Belief, Your Disaster' builds from a space-y, bass-y intro into a small-hours cocktail of twitchy drums and cascading keys, while 'Tears For You' is a pulsating, synthy cut that'd work on 'deep' and 'melodic' floors alike - as would 'Dramatic Romance', wherein a synth bassline throbs throughout, topped with constantly evolving leads. Adrenaline-rush podium stompers these are not, but if you need material for those 4am "journeys" then step right on in.
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AUS 161D
30 Oct 20
Deep House
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