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HOUSE: NOVEMBER

31 October 2012
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HOUSE: NOVEMBER

COMPILATION OF THE MONTH
Various
Above the City 2 (Culprit)

the concept originated from the Culprit label’s legendary rooftop parties at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles, and here we have the second instalment of their ‘Above The City’ series. Don’t expect dancefloor euphoria or big tunes, but intelligent deep house and electronica. You can totally visualise their cool parties as this sets the mood pretty sharpish with the brilliantly deep opening track by Night Plane, ‘Angels Of Sin’. The party continues with a few tempo and mood changes, but always retains an emphasis on quality, stylish house vibes. These are smooth, late-night grooves to get your head nodding. Now to get an invite....
9/10
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TUNE OF THE MONTH
Luca C & Brigante feat Róisín Murphy (pictured above)
Flash Of Light (Southern Fried)

This couldn’t really have failed. The original was written by the on-point Luca C & Brigante, Róisín’s stunning, melancholic vocal soaring over a quality, low-slung groove. Solomun’s remix turns it into an amazing deep house track with murky phased-out synth stabs. Tale Of Us take it slightly more late night and twisted, while Blond-ish turn in an amazing remix to finish off an impressive package.
9/10
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Nico Lahs
My Side (Poker Flat)

A new signing and another quality release from Steve Bug’s Poker Flat. On the techier side of house we have this debut EP from Italian newcomer Nico Lahs. Dark whispered vocals and deep twisted vibes that build and build as the off-kilter top synth battles with the turbo bassline. Remix duties are taken care of by Daniel Dexter, who was behind one of our favourite releases on Poker Flat for a long time: ‘Who Knows Motor City.’ Also included on the EP are ‘Symptoms’ and more importantly, ‘Suddenly Gone’, which is better than many A-sides with its spooky vocal and fizzing hats.
9/10
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Guy Gerber feat Jaw
Steady EP (Supplement Facts)

After wowing us this year with his stunning ‘Fabric 64’ mix, Guy Gerber is back with a new EP on his own label, Supplement Facts. Enlisting the help of dOP front-man Jaw, he has created a moody, atmospheric track that will fill the biggest of rooms. Very melodic and sincere string noises flow through the original to provide a massive climax at the end of the track. Leeds producer Midland kicks things up a bit more peak-time with his massive remix. Finishing off the EP is ‘The Golden Sun And The Silver Moon’ with the added bonus version featuring the vocals from Footprintz’ Clarian North. Epic.
7/10
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Maceo Plex & Jon Da Silva
Love Somebody Else (Ellum Audio)

This great disco-tinged-house track started life as Jon da Silva’s unreleased remix of Colourblind’s cover of the Jones Girls’ disco track, ‘You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else.’ The mystical house powers of Maceo Plex managed to get Jon back in the studio to record a new version and bring it bang up to date for 2012; he even managed to get hold of the vocalist Joi Cardwell to lay down that gorgeous lyric. Lay this over the amazing trademark beats and bass of Maceo Plex and this will be played for a long time to come. The flip sees Maceo with his own tribute to the Closer Musik sound with the splendid ‘Future Musik’.
8/10
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Ejeca
Horizon EP (Needwant)

Sounding like a modern take on Morel’s ‘Grooves 4’, Belfast boy Ejeca touches on the best bits of house and garage to produce something special in the shape of ‘Horizon’. Having already notched up a massive track this summer with Bicep on the amazing ‘You’, Gerry McCartney has done it again with this high calibre release on the dependable NeedWant. Heading to ‘Dazed’ we get low-slung warm-up grooves that are simply hypnotic. ‘See You Through’ could have come from the studio of Disclosure. A very diverse EP showing that Ejeca can turn his hand to many styles.
9/10
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Detroit Swindle
Creep EP (Freerange)

Freerange have been responsible for some amazing releases from people like label head honcho Jimpster and bionic boy Milton Jackson, AND they just keep them coming. With previous releases on Huxley’s Saints & Sonnets label plus the ever- faithful Dirt Crew label, Detroit Swindle are a perfect fit. Lead track ‘Creep’ with its shuffling beats, searing strings, bouncing bass and detuned synths sounds like pitched-down Carl Craig. ‘I Gotta Know’ will find a home with fans of Jamie Jones or Maceo Plex. Finishing up with the garage-tinged original of ‘Brotherman,’ and the brilliant slowed down remix by Wolf Man boss, KRL. Quality.
8/10
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Classic
Sampler VI (Classic Music Company)

Great to see the return of the Classic record label. The label owned by Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon was behind some of the most amazing house records of the last decade and is back with a vengeance with more quality house releases from label friends old and new. First up is Honey Dijon, who updates the ‘boompty boomp’ sound of DJ Ali’s ‘You Don’t Know.’ New signings BiteOfire & Antonio del Prete hand in a lovely, deep, grooving house track with man-of-the-minute Kris Wadsworth working his magic again. The highlight has to be the epic, twisted deepness of The Narcoleptic’s ‘A Lucid Dream’. Stunning.
8/10
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Booka Shade
Honeyslave EP (Dim Mak)

Let’s face it, Arno and Walter have been responsible for some of the most amazing house tracks of our generation: ‘Mandarine Girl’, ‘In White Rooms’, ‘Body Language’ plus amazing remixes for people like Hot Chip and more recently Nero. Following up those monster tracks is no easy task. Now signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak they have turned in two tracks: ‘Honeyslave’ with its emotion-filled chords and solid beats for dancefloor hugeness, and ‘Tomorrow Belongs To Us’, which will appeal to fans of Gui Boratto with its epic strings and sincere melodies. Also included are two slightly more dancefloor reworks by Booka Shade themselves. A welcome return to the house fold.
8/10
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Blamma! Blamma! feat femme
Oblivion (Deleted)

In the interest of full disclosure, we should mention this is Mixmag editor Nick’s musical alter ego (along with roduction whizz Finn Casey). Thankfully, it follows on where excellent remixes of Two Door Cinema Club and 2 Bears left off. Here we find a two-tracker for the Saved imprint’s sister label, Deleted. The bigger-room title track, ‘Oblivion,’ features dark, spooky male vocals bouncing off the sweet, Sarah Cracknell-esque sound of Femme. It’s a hypnotic, moody track that could successfully fit into the virtual record boxes of house, techno and electro DJs with its twisted, modulating synth line. B-side ‘The Best Way To Fall’ is a low- slung house chugger with an absolute killer bassline that opens in and out at just the right parts to drive the floor wild. Phew.
9/10
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various
EP 1 (inc Chamboche, Session9 & Last Mood) (Delayed Audio)

Coming from Richard Harmer, the man who brought us Black Key Records, is Delayed, a fledgling label from Brighton. It hits the ground running with an EP that will appeal to fans of Disclosure, Mia Dora and BareSkin and which fuses bass, beats and garage to produce intelligent electronica. First up we have Chamboche who is normally known for his disco-tinged house, but here we find him in broken-beat house mode. Session9 turn in a more 4/4 track with a stunning remix by Ejeca. Finishing off a quality debut EP is Last Mood with a low-riding, techy groove. A new label to watch.
8/10
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Jonny Cruz
Devil’s Hex EP (My Favourite Robot)

We’re used to quality from Canadian label My Favourite Robot label, and here they bring us Puerto Rican producer Jonny Cruz, fresh from releasing on labels like Cocoon and Poker Flat, who gives us the title track ‘Devil’s Hex,’ which is a good solid deep house groover. The remix by Avatism and Jeremy P Caulfield just takes it below ground to that darker basement vibe. ‘Sex Rocket’ is wicked B-side track itself but is then handed to Fur Coat who inject a huge turbo bass synth sound that will simply blow people’s minds.
8/10
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Mango
Breathe Easy EP (Millionhands Music)

Millionhands has been responsible for producing very cool T-shirts for record labels and artists like Mock and Toof, Tiger And Woods, Motor City Drum Ensemble and more. Now, bossman Tom ‘Mango’ Mangan has turned his (million) hands to running a record label. He’s previously earned his recording stripes releasing under various guises on labels like Wall Of Sound, Made To Play and Front Room, so this is not a vanity project for someone who knows nothing about the industry but an obvious extension of his present business with the first 50 of each release coming with a hand-screenprinted artwork. This impressive debut release is a brilliant uptempo disco house track from Mangan himself. Try and find one of the limited-edition ones before they rocket in price.
9/10
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Recondite
DRGN (Hotflush)

Following on from an amazing release from Scuba and Jimmy Edgar we have a new 12” from Hot Flush. Plangent Records boss Recondite, fresh from remixing Scuba’s Hope single to great effect, now has his own release on the revered Hot Flush imprint. A dark soundscape of tech, this builds and builds adding tension to any dark dancefloor. It’s backed up by the also brilliant ‘Wist 365,’ which is a very drummy percussive track complete with a spooky melody that could have been lifted from a horror movie.
9/10
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Audiojack
These Days (Gruuv)

Not to be confused with the similarly-named Afrojack, we have another top release here from Audiojack. After many wicked releases plus those brilliant remixes for Groove Armada and Bryan Ferry we have a jam-packed EP from the Audiojack guys . With a brilliant vocal from Kevin Knapp ranting over the top of a Detroit groove, this will do damage. It’s backed up by a brilliant, 90s-style remix from Hot Flush artist Jimmy Edgar, fresh from the release of his quality debut album. Dirtybird signing Sacha Robotti hands in a great mix too, with its huge bass. As if all that wasn’t enough, this release includes the duo’s stunning rework of Jaydee’s ‘Plastic Dreams’ which has seen support from the likes of Seth Troxler and Art Department.
9/10
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