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HOUSE: JULY

21 June 2013
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HOUSE: JULY

COMPILATION OF THE MONTH
My Favourite Robot
Crossing Wires 001 (My Favourite Robot Records)

The Canadian trio of Jared Simms, James Teej and Voytek Korab have created quite a stir on the house front with sterling releases on Crosstown Rebels, Visionquest, Last Night on Earth and their own label, My Favourite Robot. Now, they’ve done something quite unique by releasing a mix album made entirely of exclusive new tracks from producers around the world. The result is a brilliant mix album that showcases a few different styles, and further cements My Favourite Robot as one of the leading forces in the Canadian house scene. Standout tracks come from Jori Hulkonnen, The Revenge, and John Tejada’s mix of Tim Paris. Our only complaint is the lack of tracks from My Favourite Robot themselves, but thankfully there’s a long player on the way from them soon.
9/10
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TUNE OF THE MONTH
Jamie Jones
Moan And Groan (Crosstown Rebels)

Hot Natured have taken a bit of stick of late on message boards: ‘Are they big enough to be at Brixton Academy?’ ‘Have they set off a host of copycat records?’ Yes, they are big enough, and yes, they have spearheaded a sound. Now, Jamie Jones is back, on Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown. ‘Moan And Groan’ could easily be Cajmere with its bouncing bassline and sexy vocal. ‘Tonight In Tokyo’ appears in remixed form, Breach’s like a peak-time Hot Since 82 and Cassius’s an epic 12-
minuter. Three big tracks to silence the critics.
9/10
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Shur-I-Kan
Stepping Tones (Freerange)

Shur-I-kan is back after a three-year hiatus from one of the labels that he has produced for most, Jimpster’s Freerange. He’s been busy focusing on music projects and the label, Dark Energy, that he runs with Milton Jackson. He is one of Freerange’s longest-running producers having started releasing on the label in 2001. This could be one of his biggest releases to date with its huge pinging bassline that cuts through any soundsystem. When Tom Szirtes skilfully plays keys play over the top of a throbbing synth you know it’s a big, deep track. This epic track is backed by a great remix from Berlin duo Kim Brown that takes things a little deeper. Also included is a wicked B-side track, ‘Conundrum’, complete with early 90s vocal sample. This is a solid release for Shur-I-kan back on the amazing Freerange label.
8/10
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Affi Koman
Champagne Breakfast (Sensu)

Affi Koman is here with three great tracks on a brand new label. This is the debut release from Sensu, a solid club night that has previously featured in Mixmag’s top 10 nights, having been responsible for bringing guests like Seth Troxler, Magda and Maceo Plex to the Sub Club. Affi Koman has released on Rememory Music with an amazing remix by Subb An. ‘Champagne Breakfast’ is an absolutely huge track, which perfectly builds and drops to create an epic dancefloor moment and sounds like Maya Jane Coles jamming with Funk D Void.
B-side ‘In Love’, sounds better than most A-side tracks. A great way to start a new record label – crack open the champagne, at breakfast!
8/10
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Michael Cleis
Hey Lady Luck (Creciemento)

The man responsible for the epic ‘La Mezcla’ is back with another wholehearted summer smash. This is the perfect Balearic anthem for the summer. All his trademark percussion fills are here, as is a beautiful sincere vocal from Jamie Woon (the man behind that stunning ‘Night Air’ track). There have been various attempts to secure this vocal but it now has full backing from Woon. The original is heartfelt and earnest enough to be played in a beach bar, yet driving enough to unite a dancefloor. Freerange supremo Jimpster is on hand to give it that darker, late-night feel. He has also included a dub version for those allergic to big vocals.
7/10
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Solomun
YesNoMaybe (Diynamic)

Here, Diynamic boss Solomun gives us another take on his legendary style, injecting a powerful vocal into this gem that takes it to another level. This will surely be an anthem at his new Sunday residency at Pacha Ibiza this summer. The Hamburg legend has been grafting away in the underground for years, but last year broke through with his unique take on the house sound, thrusting him on to bigger markets yet still retaining all his credentials. This comes with a handy dub and a ‘Summer Began’ mix, which is somewhere between the full vocal and the dub. With solid beats, dark stabs and a joyous vocal, this will be a big track for Solomun.
8/10
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Copy Paste Soul
Blink (Exploited)

Having already picked up praise from Disclosure, Annie Mac, Skream and more, Copy Paste Soul is back with another release on Berlin’s Exploited label. On ‘Blink’ he draws on his passion for house, Detroit techno and d’n’b, successfully transferring it on to wax – so much so that great feedback has already flown in from Laurent Garnier, Tensnake, Sinden and Round Table Knights. B-side track ‘Feel Me’ drops into a huge old-skool breakbeat, then bangs back into house. Quite simply brilliant, forward- thinking bass house.
7/10
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Martin Landsky
Ekko Traxx (Poker Flat)

Martin Landsky has a long association with Steve Bug’s amazing Poker Flat label. He’s back with a very strong release consisting of two takes on ‘Ekko Traxx’, ‘ET 1’ & ‘ET 2’. Both have a nod to the sort of records that came out on the Traxx label which was responsible for early Detroit techno and Chicago house, before they were separated and pigeonholed. This could easily come from the record box of Ron Hardy in the late 80s; it’s a hypnotic groove that just won’t leave your head. ‘Let It Snow’ is a dark acid monster that builds and builds to wreck any dancefloor. Three brilliant tracks that pay respect to our musical forefathers, yet have a modern take on that sound.
8/10
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Xpress 2, Werner Niedermeier and Gareth Whitehead
No Surprise (Audiomatique)

It’s great to see the return of house veterans Xpress 2, particularly as they’ve brought along Werner Niedermeier and Gareth Whitehead for the ride. Werner has recorded on loads of labels under his own name and as Notenshun, and Gareth is head honcho at the wicked Bulletdodge label. So it’s hardly a surprise that these tracks, on Poker Flat’s sister label Audiomatique, really work. The title track is a dark, big-room monster with an infectious groove and spooky vocals. ‘Everybody’ is a sturdy house groove with a funky, shuffling beat. Finishing up this brilliant EP is the excellent, forward-thinking house track, ‘No Way’. All in all, this is everything you’d expect from such a combination of amazing producers. No surprise!
7/10
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Am$trad Billionaire
Foolish (Darkroom Dubs)

Am$trad Billionaire is the musical project of Mehdi Dadras and Jamie Young. They have been snapped up by Silicone Soul for the brilliant Darkroom Dubs imprint. This diverse, four-track EP covers various styles of house and shows the wide spectrum of people who influence Am$trad Billionaire. ‘Twilight’ and ‘Plan’ are bass-driven, moody, late-night house tracks, ‘Sounds Of Music’ could be a new track by Todd Terje, but the highlight has to be ‘In The Rain’, which sounds like Prins Thomas jamming with Giorgio Moroder. Catchy disco house is what is in store with a huge production sound that’ll have you dancing about like you’re in David Mancuso’s Loft.
8/10
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Matt Tolfrey
Encarta (Leftroom)

The Leftroom Recordings bossman is back with a new track on his own label. ‘Encarta’ is a broken house track that is reminiscent of 90s records like ‘The Nervous Track’. With its lush strings, pads and crisp, broken drums, this is a great, emotive track that’s perfect for warm-up or bar sets. Futureboogie, Hypercolour and new Planet E signing Marco Bernardi kicks things up a bit with a full-on house mix, taking the original line and turning in a brilliant rerub that would fit in the virtual record box of Carl Craig or Laurent Garnier. DJ Sprinkles is next up with an epic 11-minute beach house version that will have you drifting off to sunnier climes. Overall, a great collection of tracks spanning three different styles of house.
7/10
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Uffe
All I Did (Pets Recordings)

Catz ’N Dogz’ brilliant Pets Recordings welcomes back Amsterdam resident Uffe for another EP after dropping tracks on Crosstown Rebels and Tartelet. First up is ‘All I Did’; with its delicate vocals and layered production it sounds a little like Sei A’s vocal performances. It’s remixed by John Convex who turns in a great, driving, dancefloor version with a hypnotic looped vocal snippet sitting on top of a full-on bass pattern. ‘Pretending’ is an experimental track, the rhythms paved by clunking noises and Uffe’s distinctive voice. Acid Pauli & Nu take on remix duties with their mellow house workout that echoes the feel of the original. ‘Valentine’s Card’ sounds like it could have been created by the genius that is Matthew Herbert. A pioneering piece of electronica from Uffe.
6/10
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Hugo
Hugonomics (Gruuv)

Audiojack’s brilliant Gruuv label has been responsible for some wicked releases from people like Huxley, Catz ’N Dogz and Vincenzo. Lead track ‘Joint Is Jumping’ sets out its stall from the start with a jacking groove and a fierce bass tone. This also gets a remix by label owners Audiojack. Still keeping a lot of the energy from the original they add their own texture with a new Fender Rhodes topline that fits in brilliantly. ‘Boot To Boot’ is a full-on, dark, basement house track with solid beats, lush pads and chopped vocal stabs. A real name to watch, Copy Paste Soul looks after the remix of this one and further cements his ascension into the ranks of quality house producers.
6/10
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Mario Basanov
Bill (Needwant)

Last year, Mario Basanov’s debut album, ’Journey’, on Needwant, showed his considerable skill in vocal house productions. He is back but with a much darker sound, possibly an antidote to the vocal house boom. The Lithuanian producer has been showing his skills in making dark house tracks after his recent release on Innervisions. ‘Tor’ and ‘Give Me Back’ are both worth a listen, but it is the stunning lead track, ‘Bill’, that is the one to aim for. With an almost distorted bass sound taking over the track on top of a driving groove, this is a brilliant, big, and properly dark track.
8/10
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