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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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FEEL MY BICEP 002 | ALBUM TRAILER

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Belfast tastemakers, Bicep, are back at in again with another entry into their love affair with pastiche house music. The boys released a preview for their new album out on their own label, Feel My Bicep. The album is a nod to everything that their blog curates, as well as deep cuts from years past. There is not much information on the EP with the exception of the preview video. The VHS inspired trailer is a nostalgic interpretation of 80s b-side films placed over the EP’s tracks.  From the video it looks as if there will be three original tracks on the album: Satisfy, The Final Trip, and Snackbar.

Take a gander at the video below. The 12″ is available for pre-order on Juno and Phonica. Get it while it’s hot, I have a feeling this album will sell out soon after the release date.

Stay up with Bicep on their Twitter, Soundcloud or Blog

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EP REVIEW | NORTH LAKE | MOONWALKER

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As an American vinyl junkie, I have the fantasy of one day walking into Phonica Records to go on a field day where I drop hundreds of pounds on wax that I could never find over here in the states. Their curation is so good that they’ve decided to start pressing their own albums. Their next release comes from an American from the remote upper peninsula of Michigan, North Lake. The Moonwalker EP combines diy analog synth nostalgia with club friendly grooves. Simply put, it does it for me. The synths are chunky, dusty, and evoke a future-classic feel. The album has it’s own identity, and isn’t too egotistical.

The lead track, Marlborol Noir, sounds like if Boards of Canada made a techno album. The bassline is reminiscent of the patch from ROYGBIV. The structure of the tune is dreamy and relaxed.  The most club accessible tracks come are on the b-side of the cut. The 909 drum grooves in Suomi Kutsuu are tasteful, and don’t overpower the synth’s daydreamy dialogue. Moonwalker is the dark chapter in the lot, and carries the most energy.

I look forward to hearing more from North Lake. In an era of Techno and House where the most niche sounds become quickly recycled, he has the ability to give a fresh perspective on what can be done in the structure, while still staying true to the long traditions of Detroit futurism.

pick up your copy at Phonica Records

be friends with North Lake on Facebook and Soundcloud

words | Cassidy


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IBIZA PREVIEW | CARL COX THE PARTY UNITES | tINI AND THE GANG | FUSE

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The partying continues into the middle of the week as both Tuesday and Wednesday offer some great line ups including a free party from tINI…

Tuesday – Carl Cox: The Party Unites @ Space

Featuring the main man himself, Carl Cox:The Party Unites is one of the best nights that Space has to offer. It’s been one hell of a season for the party and they aren’t stopping yet – Tania Vulcano, Eats Everything, Cassy, Marco Carola and Davide Squillace are all scheduled to debut before the season comes to an end. Dyed Soundorom & Deetron are also making a welcome return since their debut last year and there’s Guti (Live,) Heidi, Laurent Garnier, Nic Fanciulli, Pan-Pot set to hit the decks too. Phew.

We’re super excited as we’ll be catching one heck of a line up on 10th September with Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Charlie Hedges, Guy J, Fatboy Slim & Umek. It’s gonna be mad. Tickets on sale here.

Wednesday – tINI & The Gang @ Siroco Beach Club (FREE) then Fuse @ Sankeys

What better way to kick off a Wednesday night than to party on Playa d’en Bossa beach with tINI for free! tINI has been throwing free parties at the Siroco Beach Club all season, which is a perfect way to finish of a day of lazing on the beach and warm up to….

Fuse @ Sankeys

Led by Enzo Siragusa and Seb Zito, this London clubbing institution has migrated to the island for a 15 week summer residency. As per the London parties both Enzo and Seb have been playing extended sets each week and have been joined by a whole load of smoking hot residents. Even tINI has found her way from the Siroco Beach Club to hit the decks at Fuse and join Enzo B2B. In fact we’ve got the pleasure of experiencing this ourselves on 11th Septbmer as the lineup features Enzo, tINI and Seb. Sweet. Tickets for Fuse are on sale here.

More Ibiza picks to come including a competition to win 2 x tickets to the DIRTBIRD CLOSING PARTY…


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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!