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EP REVIEW | BIG DOINT | BD01

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The imprint from down under, Untzz, have been relentless in their onslaught of dance floor killers in 2013. The wax only imprint’s sister label is, Big Doint, co-run by Babicka (aka Bradley Shawyer) and HVCK (aka Alex Fimeri) from Adelaide, Australia; they hold down one of the longest running residencies at the legendary Sugar Nightclub, throwing weekly ‘In The Deep End’ parties.

The labels debut EP is nothing short of a tasty burger with three compilation tracks that are all worth taking a solid listen to.  Francis Inferno Orchestra starts off with a strong message in, Take No Time. The track is a crunchy compressed jacker, that got me dancing in my seat when it first graced my headphones; if it was a burger, it would most definitely be a half pounder, lathered in mayo, grilled onions, and swiss cheese! The B-sides, Big Doint and Wonderland (Edit), establish a lighter, more melodic faire. Ecstatic in synth use and swing Big Doint is a stipped down delight weighing in at about about 122 bpm. The ode New York 1979 and Paris 1997 emanates in the album finale by Mic MillsWonderland (Edit).

As an EP as a whole, this is some of the rawest house I’ve heard in quite a long time. Like most of Untzz’s releases I’m sure that this limited pressing will become a hard to come by affair once it’s out. So, pick it up before it becomes another sought out piece that will cost a whole weeks worth of wages for flippin’ burgers.

Look for the release on November 25th

words | Cassidy


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EP REVIEW: MATRiXXMAN – THE XX FILES

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San Francisco’s MATRiXXMAN is consistently pushing out some dancefloor delights this year. The So Wavey label head seems to have a knack of making a unique brand of dark warehouse music that is of the likes of Ghost’s on Tape, Kontact, and BoddikaHis new EP on New York label Fifth Wall is no different. The XX Files is six tracks of future-perfect four by four grooves that hold true to the American legacy of  Chicago and New York while incorporating elements of UK house and Garage.

The release boasts a bolstering six tracks, which are all talk and no filler. Every cut has it’s own distinct sonic texture to the point where the album could be split into two separate releases. The two strongest tracks are on the A-side of the record, “Case Closed” and “Credentials”. The Two tracks capture everything good about WBMX-era Chicago house, while still holding a seal of freshness around them. The Second half of the album holds a more granular percussive techno aesthetic akined to the new Techno and House crossover that some have dubbed Warehouse.

I highly recommend listening to the whole album preview below. The album is set for release on July 23rd.

Check out:
MATRiXXMAN
Fifth Wall Records

words || Cassidy


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ALBUM REVIEW: FULL BODY WORKOUT VOL.11

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Vol.11 of the Get Physical ‘Full Body Workout’ series comes from Swedish house biggie Tiger Stripes. There are 10 original tracks from the Get Physical extended family all with a bit of that cool sexy Get Physical sound. There’s a real mix of tracks on here from the dark and twisted to disco flavoured floor fillers to bouncy UK garage. It features some nice artist hook ups with a lot of ‘vs’ going on, kicking off with label owners M.A.N.D.Y. and their mate Julian Ganzer with ‘Japan’ a track which also features on ‘M.A.N.D.Y. Presents Get Physical On Ibiza’. In another great pairing Audiofly vs. Big Bully ‘I’ll Telll Ya (Coat Of Arms Remix)’ is deep, moody and atmospheric with a catchy bass line. Quite a few of the tracks are dark, twisted and warped and perfect for sweaty club corners like Julia Govor & Thierry Tomas ‘Nobody’ (creepy laughter and vocal samples), Ahmet Sisman & Nico Lahs ‘Whatever You Want’ (sexed up gyrating) and Balcazar & Sordo ‘Sacrifice’ (dangerous). Tigerskin & The Lazarusman score a dancefloor winner with ‘What is Real?’ a jumpin’ track with a big squelchy warping bass line and hip-hop and electro influences. JOHNWAYNES ‘Worth It’ features intergalactic warbling over a nice groove and really kicks in the middle to take you on a twinkly star filled space ride. Mark Deutsche & Musoé feat. Nick Maurer ‘Give Yourself’ takes a romantic turn with 80’s synthed-up vocals and an epic ballad feel where as penultimate track from Someone Else ‘Mr. Dance feat. Adeline’ turns on the funk for a disco inspired twirler. The best is saved for last though, UK boy James Silk ‘Please U’ has got a big helping of that UK garage sound we love and a big baddass booty shakin’ bassline, diiiirty.

So as you can see a bit of everything and lots of mighty fine production from a class label. It certainly has the potential to get you pretty sweaty and it’s pretty damn summery too. A good party mix!

out now – buy it here

Also check out: http://www.getphysicalmusic.com/


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IBIZA – PLAN BE RE-OPENS THIS SEASON

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You may remember Ibiza venue Plan Be launched last season but was sadly shut down after its opening party. Well now it’s back and opening its doors for the entire season after the licensing issues from last year are sorted!

Plan B is an exciting addition to the island and somewhere we were hoping to visit last year as they promised to make it about the people and the music once again and not about commercialising the scene! We’re told that over the last 12 months as well as working with the authorities they’ve been working with architects and specialist sound engineers so their weekly events will be going off without a hitch.

From Friday 12th July, Plan B will open its doors weekly with the events running from 6pm until midnight and will feature some quality resident DJs as well as some very special unannounced guests – their opening party last year featured Russ Yallop, Wildkats, Infinity Ink and Alexis Raphael. Kicking off this Friday they have Bushwacka and a special secret guest from Hot Creations.

We’re excited to see what Plan Be brings to Ibiza this season – it’s gonna be huge. Viva Plan Be!!
Be sure to follow them on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/plan.be.ibiza


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BEN HOO REMIXED

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We featured Ben Hoo’s excellent album ‘Collected’ on TTK a few weeks back (read our review here). One track from the album ‘Run of Sevens’ has now been given the remix treatment by four of Hoo’s friends, producing some nice results. Our favourite of the four comes from Vaal (below), a stripped back glitchy minimal version with playful percussion and a sultry jazz vibe. There’s nearly 8 minutes of epic build up and atmospheric piano here which we’d love to hear out at a festival this summer. We’re also enjoying the Stefan Cordery remix, a deeper, darker club ready version.

listen to all the remixes and buy here

buy ‘Collected’ here

We’ve got an exclusive FREE DL of Vaal’s remix below…grab it while it’s hot!


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PAUL WOOLFORD – UNTITLED

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Paul Woolford has scored a big winner here. Out on Scuba’s label Hotflush today ‘untitled’ is a glorious house track filled with soulful vocals and catchy keyboard work giving it an old skool vibe. It’s already been making serious waves on the dancefloor and the crowds are going to go crazy when this one is dropped at festivals. Possibly the biggie of the summer 2013…what do you think?

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TRACKS TO SOOTHE YOUR MONDAY HEAD

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Young producers Orikami have made another helping of blissed out chillwave.

Hailing from Michigan, Shigeto is a producer making experimental electronica with warm synth sounds and jazz-influenced arrangements. His latest track Ringleader is out now on Ghostly Records.

Box of Luca’s latest track is a remix of the score from his favourite video game TES Oblivion. Pretty.

The debut single from Londoners Subculture Sage is ‘Overly Dead’. Laid back hip hop beats and nice melodies. These guys play dj sets too and you can catch them a Secret Garden Party later this month.

And finally  a joyous and romantic video made by Les Gamins for a sweet, glitchy track from CRi.