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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 | COURT | ALL GOOD

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Today’s selection come by way of eighteen year old Belfast producer, Court. His debut ‘All Good’ EP features three cuts sprinkled with splashy 909 hats, M1 organs, and dub-side samples. The title track ‘All Good’ is a futuristic pitched down ice-cold killer of a track that seems to be touching the past with its warped hooky bassline, sunshine synths and chunky percussion. ‘Serious’ is the most emblematic of the current Belfast sound. The Future Jersey Garage track has a subtle syncopated 4×4 groove and has dance floor moving potential written all over it. Rinse FM’s, Frank Butcher, is on remix duties with a stripped down dub of All Good. The remix is a the DJ tool of the release and will fit well right next to a Mr. G track in a mix.

Expect more to come from Court in the future so be sure to follow him on soundcloud and facebook

Look for the full album out on Running Wild in Early November


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EP REVIEW | SILK 86 | THE PLEASURE VENTURE

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I found a little tasty piece of deep house this weekend from the the depths of the London Underground. It comes from the London younguns Silk 86. The EP is a solid sophomore release after their debut ‘Clear Waters’ EP on Manucci’s Mistress earlier this year. This album also marks the debut release for Sneaky Music, the brainchild of Love Fever Party creator Andy Bird and Pablo Ranacat.

The album kicks off with a well balanced pad infused groove ‘Felicity’; the groove sets straight most of the time, with a rubbery bassline. The groove train continues on with ‘The Exchange’ a sub-bass driven track that sets a well balanced palate of energy and sass; the hi-hats really get me on this track. The track is reminiscent of an Urulu tune. ‘Nightdrive the final creation of the bundle is what got me on the release. The track has so much space in the drums ccreating a good jackin’ vibe. Short attacked funky synths, good short vocal chops and dubbed out builds, set this tune apart from the prior two jams.

The cut is available for vinyl only consumption and abuse October 28th. Definitely going to pick this up for myself!

pick up the physical release on Juno

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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

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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.

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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/