Reviews: 142

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Maxxi Soundsystem
Medicine EP featuring Name One
Culprit

The ever excellent Culprit are once again on target with the labels 50th release from the equally first-rate Maxxi Soundsystem, and as per usual it’s his uniquely blended electronic funkiness that ignites all five senses on Medicine. The title tracks’ typically expanded bassline sucks you into another warmly produced; creatively enthralling production that sets them apart along with Name One’s commanding vocal lines. The empathetic Lone Raver follows with bubbling tension driven by the vocals, leaving Fading Thought to end it all with yet more lush, deep-ended bass plus smoky voices and rich pulsating electronics….

https://www.facebook.com/maxxisoundsystem
https://www.facebook.com/CulpritLA

Buy https://pro.beatport.com/release/medicine-ep-feat-name-one/1450437

Heizer
Fog EP
Soloman’s Forest Records

The second excellent release guaranteed to hit you hard this week is from the impressive Soloman’s Forest Records. Heizer supplies two excellent productions in the shape of The Fog plus Joshua with the former’s tempting rhythms feeling perfect night-time, played LOUD and the latter’s equally irresistible hypnotic arrangements sounding just as compelling. The EP’s title track is remixed by Lee Burton’s version which simmers with hot FX tension over taught grooves, while the second track gets made over via On.ket’s Secular Remix which adds twisted vocals to Techno rhythms and as you will hear leaves an indelible impression.

Release: March 2

https://www.facebook.com/SolomansForestRecords

John Bence
Disquiet EP
Other People

OP021_artworkWho wouldn’t like to be 19 and producing music of this calibre, which is just what – in the spirit of adventure/ defiance – Nicolas Jaar´s Other People achieves in releasing this startling assault on the senses from John Bence. Something reminds of something within this unsettling combination of orchestral instrumentation and dark layers of harmonious choir-like voices. It feels like the cinema with the picture missing, and perhaps the most telling indication of the music evoked is the image which adores the front cover.

Release: February 23

Sound clips available at https://other-people.net
https://www.facebook.com/bensemusic

Rosana Nun & J. Sanchez
Right Now EP
Malo Records

Feeling as abrupt at the title this rewardingly, moody production fuses dark undertones together with an emotive resonance which soon becomes addictive. Malo is based on Mallorca with a sound that touches upon a number a different bases and the moodier nature of the music is neatly revealed via the Dub of standout track Moments. The brisker Port then adds crunchy drums to more upbeat grooves raising the emotional content higher still. Listen below:

https://www.facebook.com/DjRosanaNun
http://malorecords.com

Moe Turk
Open Minded EP
Itom Records

Great new release from the Hungarian-based Itom Records which sees Moe Turk deliver heavy-duty percussion alongside deep organ and juicy bass for your pleasure. Christian Cardwell’s Piano Remix pushes the theme further with added vocal snippets filling out the rhythm plus cool piano chords warming up the emotions, leaving the Boo From Ill Cows Deep Down version to sequence punchier beats for the dancefloor along with perky hits of organ and piano doing likewise.

https://www.facebook.com/ItomRecordsOfficalPage

https://soundcloud.com/boo_from_illcows/moe-turk-open-minded-boo-from-ill-cows-remix

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Adriatique
Midnight Walking EP
Culprit

adWhat better way to introduce to 2014 than another superlative release via Culprit. Indecently one of my favourite labels but none-the-less this tastefully brooding epic bears all the hallmarks required right down from the teasing, haunting synthesizers to the breathy, psychedelic vocals delivered by Name One. An effective Dub version follows feeling strangely brighter minus the voice, as second track Rolling Stone completes with more twisted electronics and heavily treated vocals sizzling their way across the airwaves.

release: January 27

https://www.facebook.com/adriatiqueofficial
https://twitter.com/adriatiquemusic
https://www.facebook.com/CulpritLA

Rick Wade
Sweet life EP
FINA Records

Rick WadeVeteran Detroit and Harmonie Park main-man Rick Wade gets set to release his soulfully charged grooves on Northern imprint FINA. The title track as the name suggests positively drips with emotion as strings accompanied by poignant, minor chords all feel timelessly free in amongst the easy drums. Remixes come from a techier, Mr Beatnick and a perky Tom Taylor & Simon Morell version that ups the tempo and intensity for those late night moments. The Chateau, proceeds with further inescapable funkiness alongside celebratory rhythms galore to satisfy both the historian and dancer care of the well placed sample. Jazz Militia, then takes a tougher stance as deeper beats and bass offset the filtered string infused grooves all over again.

release: vinyl January 31/ digital February 14

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rick-Wade/42735184215
https://www.facebook.com/FINAREC

David Herrero
Bad Day EP
Defected Records

davidDavid Herrero’s instant party-time slammer neatly fuses a classic Chicago bassline together with insistent hi-hats and hook-line vocal edits plus 80’s styled chords to great effect. The arrangement doesn’t pull any punches either, aimed squarely at dancefloor action with its sassy breakdowns all producing a rush of feeling. Indeed, I Like That Feel continues the concept albeit on a deeper tip with more old-school punctuating vocals and synths. O’Clock, then finally calls time amidst a blaze of fiery Todd Terry-esque snares and a cool, rolling bass all of which tellingly links the past to the future.

release: January 20

http://www.davidherrero.info
https://www.facebook.com/davidherrerodj
http://defected.com

https://soundcloud.com/defectedrecords/sets/david-herrero-bad-day-ep-edits

 

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