Reviews: 144

Single of the Week

Monday Club
Blackout
VIVa MUSIC

VIVa115_artworkLuke May & Paul Sidoli aka the Monday Club are the perfect partnership to deliver what is essentially excellent Acid House with a vaguely contemporary twist – and that’s just fine by me. The title track obviously combines feverish Acid loops along with punchy drum machines and current production values that sequence fresh synthesisers lines together with the tried and tested. Luke Solomon then proceeds to extend the pleasure somewhat further across almost thirteen minutes of suitable craziness playing commanding Organ hits against shuffling percussion and gritty bass. Footprints is next with addictive vocals again riding the Acid intensity this time accompanied by moody pads and if anything feels even hotter than the title track. The deeper and sleazier Girls Jackin ends on immoral high with irresistible basslines plus adventurous vocals telling it like it is (or could be).

Release: March 16

https://www.facebook.com/VIVaMUSiCLabel
https://soundcloud.com/vivamusic

Larry Cadge
Attitude
Smiley Fingers

This great new release from Larry Cadge only gets better with the addition of the stunning animated video (see below). You can hear echoes of the timeless Manuel Gottsching plus Adeva in here as the excellent production delivers pounding beats amid more subtle touches lending the arrangement an enticing, hypnotic feel.

Buy https://pro.beatport.com/release/attitude/1468908

Monoplay
Trust Me
NOPASSPORT

3516-259979_600Another first rate release from this Moscow based label which again succeeds in blending a sense of individually alongside the most engaging music. First thing to be said of Trust Me is that it’s low-slung nature appeals very much to the horizontal with captivating drum rhythms combining with smoky, cool vocals producing an almost melancholy though tempting arrangement of words and sounds. Lost, is next and gets darker with moodier basslines plus background synth lines, leaving Fly to retain the tempo although this time adds more energy to the vocal that sits neatly alongside funky guitar licks.

Release: March 3 (Beatport)

http://nopassport.com

Pollyester
In My Boots (Remixes)
Disko B

DB172-Pollyester-Maxihülle-RZThis is GREAT. Not only because I loved the original’s Hi-Energy fun and cheeky words but because this new set of remixes simply develop and continue the theme. First and foremost is the WhateverWhatever Remix by Justin Strauss and Bryan Mette which delivers deliciously dark basslines, swirling synthesisers and heavy drums that set the vocal touches on fire on what is undoutbaly the standout version. Josh Druckman’s funky cowbell driven Outlier Inn Remix follows with a more playful groove that hits party central hard, as indeed does the self-explanatory Disco Edit of the original. Bartellow’s more up-tempo version ends.

Release: March 9

http://pollyester.net
http://wp.diskob.com

The original release.

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Various Artists
Smiley Fingers 100
Smiley Fingers

smileyIf you’re not already acquainted with the joys of Smiley Fingers then here is the reason to do so. Celebrating some three years of existence and their one hundredth release the London based imprint fires through its succession of heavy-duty grooves in fine style with this compilation. Kicking off with the sassy funk of Larry Cadge & Rick Sanders – Niagara the selection includes productions from the aforementioned, Dave Seaman & Andy Chatterley and Mobius Strum, with remixes from the calibre of Pezzner and Tapesh. Typifying the labels distinctive flavour is the killer Lopazz & Casio Casino Remix of Adam Helder’s ‘Sticks and Stones’ which ticks all the necessary boxes in-between House and Techno rather handsomely.

release: October 14

http://www.smileyfingers.com

 

 

Disclosure feat. London Grammar
Help Me Lose My Mind
PMR/Island

disYet another single lifted from the album, the fifth in fact! sees Disclosure once again display their effortless cool, although that is in no small measure down to Hannah Reid’s ethereal vocal. What’s new here however is Paul Woolford’s piano driven House reworking that you just know is going to score big. But despite the vocal actually suiting the album mix best it’s his Dub version which sounds prime-time and anthemic with its juicy bassline backing up all those the rousing keys.

http://disclosureofficial.com

 

 

Matt Tolfrey feat Marshall Jefferson
The Truth
Leftroom

LEFT042You could say, where would House Music be without Marshall Jefferson? And there is certainly every possibility that the shape of the music may have been different without his input in 1986. So it’s interesting to hear his own words describe how he sees it, reflecting back from 2012 when this track formed part of Tolfrey’s album, ‘Word of Mouth’. Now receiving a release in its own right the pulsating electronics sound just as vibrant and now come with a set new remixes. Firstly from Jon Charnis who drops the vocal and rebuilds the music with moodier atmosphere’s that have a spell binding edge. And from Gerd aka Geeeman who’s excellent thumping Acid drenched version instantly strikes a chord with Marshall’s spoken word.

release: October 21

https://www.facebook.com/marshall.jefferson

http://www.leftroom.com

 

Big Hard Excellent Fish
And The Question Remains
One Little Indian

Watch! the follow-up to 1989’s ‘Imperfect List’ poses a fresh set of questions for our age, and makes for completely compelling viewing. Credit due to Ian C’s haunting production and Josie Jones challenging words.

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Alex-Barck-REUNION1-Artwork-525x525Alex Barck
Re-Set
Reunion

There is something delightfully melodic about the way Re-Set develops its loosely structured chords alongside vocalist Pete Josef’s emotive delivery which hints at melancholy and joy all at the same time. An intriguing recipe for sure and the more you listen to this the more impressive and involving it reveals itself to be. It is also the first in a run-up to the release of an album later in 2013 so hopefully there is much more like this in store. The drums sit neatly along classic Electro lines as evocative keyboards add a juicy funk to the rhythm which feels inspired and tastefully accessible, yet clearly forward reaching in scope. The remix comes care of Berliner Hannes Fischer who transforms the song along technological lines with reverberating vocal treatments adding extra, soulful warmth to the haunting synthesizer lines which colour the spaces in-between sublimely on this stunning reworking.

release:  January 28 (12″ vinyl only)

https://soundcloud.com/alexbarck/alex-barck-re-set-original

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com

http://www.jazzanova.com

 

 

mobiusMobius Strum
A Midnight Tale (Part 1)
Smiley Fingers

Like kick-ass basslines? Then Costa Ricas’ Mobius Strum has just the ticket in White Disorder. Beginning with unsuspecting beats this then all too quickly announces itself via a succession irresistibly hard-hitting deeper tones.  Not a lot else goes on apart from some vocal snippets and the odd sprinkle of atmospheric synth, but then when the rhythm section sizzles with such intensity little else is required.  Next, Ocean View proceeds with funkier percussion played out over throbbing bass and occasional chords, again capturing the mood perfectly alongside your attention span. The direct thinking of Kick N’ Snare applies further hypnotic swirls of keyboard to cinematic voices that for some inexplicable reason sound particularly resonate throughout its eight minute timeframe. An excellent release that you would be doing a disservice too by filing anywhere near the reference: minimal.

release: January 21

https://www.facebook.com/MobiusStrum

http://www.smileyfingers.com

 

DER036_HOHLEHohle
Ser Mi Dama EP
Deep Edition Recordings

Yet another distinctive release this week, and quite possibly one the Deep Editions finest moments to date, sees the trio of Keiran Clare, Lloyd Lindo and Francis Seaver deliver a richly, deep production in Ser Mi Dama. It’s all about capturing the mood here which this does so effortlessly by combining atmospheric keys and vocal hints alongside cutting percussion to propel it all. Remixes come from Michelle Owen and Martijn with the former injecting extra energy into the rhythm with heavier bass and punchier chords, the later exploring a moodier Techno feel while also highlighting the expressive vocal aspects again.  Second track, Arcapelago is tougher relying on pulsating chords and an invigorating b line to round off this notable release.

release:  February 4 Beatport Exclusive / All stores 18th February

https://soundcloud.com/deep-edition-recordings/der036-ho-hle-ser-mi-dama-ep

http://www.deep-edition.com/

 

He Not In 1500 x 1500Chicken Lips
He Not In
Defected Records

Fair to say that this seminal record from Chicken Lips has stood the test of time since its original release some ten years ago. Listen to it and the answer as to why is pretty much self-explanatory.  The original version takes pride of place; although the excellent remixes all infuse that bassline with a fresh lease of life by each adding their own distinctive trademark to their reworking. It’s all good as they say, however it’s down to both Groove Armada and Eats Everything to really qualify the track for 2013 with contemporary perspectives. However, having said all that Noir’s Personal Edit of the original is just as hard to beat (with no pun intended).

release:  January 28

https://soundcloud.com/defectedrecords/sets/chicken-lips-he-not-in

http://www.defected.com

 

release: January 28

 

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