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CHRISTOPHER KAH - SECOND NATURE (HIGHWAV RECORDS) (14/12)

Composed over the course of a long, hot summer month, Christopher Kah’s latest long player serves up a firm reminder of the endless possibilities involved in creating electronic music. An 8-track affair that sees the producer call on his trademark brooding techno sound, it nonetheless serves up a fascinating alternative to his last album, the brilliantly received Limited Resource. With that one picking up heavy support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, this is another that’s sure to appeal to those interested in dancefloor-driven electronica. From wild electro sounds to Detroit-inspired techno, it serves up a energy-filled workout that barely if ever pauses for breath.

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ROAR - LES RODEURS (WORK IN PROGRESS) (15/12)

Every now and then an EP comes around that really makes you stand up and take notice for all the right reasons. ROAR’s Les Rôdeurs EP is a case in point. Lest you be unaware of this burgeoning duo, they’ve already had their work signed to a host of well-renowned labels, including Archipel, Resopal Schallware, MAMA and Baile Musik. Based in Marseille, they’re defined by their complex, emotion-laden sounds as well as their use of out-there samples and quirky melodies. Meticulous in their approach, the Les Rôdeurs EP marks the duo’s first release on their own Work in Progress imprint. If it’s anything to go by, this is a label we’ll be watching out for for some time yet.

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DOUBTINGTHOMAS - GAAZOL003 (W/DIEGO KRAUSE REMIX) (GAAZOL) (17/12)

French live act DoubtingThomas (aka Aurelien Riviere) has been on a rich vein of form of late. Famed for his hypnotic, winding and always captivating tracks, the Toulouse native has left his intricate stamp on a wide-range of discerning imprints, the latest of which is Gaazol. Based in Lille and quickly earning a reputation for savvy minimal and house records, it’s the perfect fit for a producer renowned for similar aesthetics. Founded in 2015 and ran by Crisna, Molek and Yamos, the promoters have brought the likes of Mandar, Cristi Cons, Nu Zau, Cabanne, Ferro and Lowris to their native city, while bring their party-starting vibes to Paris, Brussels, London and Berlin among other cities.

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KASSIEL - KASSIEL EP (WHITE FOREST RECORDS) (11/01)

Already supported by a diverse arrange of artists such as Throwing Snow, Catching Flies and R&S boss Renaat Vandepapeliere, Kassiel is an Italian duo clearly destined for great things. Consisting of multi-instrumentalist Federico Bisozzi and experience DJ/producer and drummer Andrea Normanno, they adopt a sound that’s as likely to veer toward cinematic sounds as it is dancefloor mayhem. Indeed, XLR8R described their debut on the Bad Panda label as one that pinpoints a sound that’s “riveting, spellbinding, shivery and utterly mollifying”. It’s a theme that go to even further lengths to explore here on their latest, which comes at us from Italian label White Forrest Records.

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EMANUELE COLUCCI - ET AINSI DE SUITE EP (CLOCK POETS DIGITAL) (12/01)

Following an inaugural EP from label heads Døob, Armie and Javi Green, Clockpoets Digital follows it up with an equally excellent new offering from Italian Emanuele Colucci.

Colucci started out as a DJ and soon progressed to making his own music. Honing in on his own unique brand of minimal, he went on to set up the net label Illogical Kit and explore darker ambient soundscapes as Heman Colu. Under his given name, though, he mixes up those influences with a more direct and dynamic dance floor style that takes cues from the likes of Plastikman and Ricardo Villalobos.

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TOM ELLIS - CHARM OFFENSIVE EP (MOTION SEQUENCE) (14/01)

Tom Ellis might be best known for being one of the main men behind the scene-shaping Freerotation  festival, but in recent years it’s his work as a producer for which he’s becoming equally known. Famed for an almost peerless ability to conjure up captivating and intriguing cuts, his is a shrewd way of working that’s in keeping with Freero’s own penchant for eclecticism. For his latest, he switches his attention to Motion Sequence, a recently established French label with a modus operandi that incorporates everything from intelligent sounding techno to oddball minimal soundspheres. From that perspective alone, Ellis’ appearance here is very much an obvious one.

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THE MOLE - A WALK IN A FIELD (SERIALISM) (14/01)

In a scene renowned for its many unique figures and endlessly complex ways of working, it’s saying something that the music of The Mole still stands apart for its greatness. A true innovator in a field of similarly-minded individuals, his is a way of working that manages to be both engaging, captivating and mind-blowing at the same time. For his latest, the Cobblestone Jazz man shows off some of his vintage colours courtesy of a release which comes at us here from Cesare vs Disorder’s Serialism imprint. If you’ve been following Serialism of late, you’ll know all too well that this is a label with an MO that veers toward the unusual and the enthralling. From this perspective alone, the signing of four tracks here must have proved something of a no-brainer for all involved.


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NASTY BOY / FLML - PARALLEL JOURNEYS (ALLEY VERSION) (15/01)

Following releases from Mituo Shiomi/Drum Machine and Takeshi Kouziki, discerning Italian imprint Alley Version is back courtesy of their third release, ‘Parallel Journeys’. a split EP that again showcases the Bologna label’s shrewd A&R skills. This time about, the label welcomes newcomer Nasty Boy to the fold alongside the label owners, FLML.  Another thrilling record that’s sure to go down a treat with the heads, this one is full to the brim with discerning dancefloor vibes, the likes of which have arrived at the perfect time of year.

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V/A - DOTS & PEARLS V (COCOON) (18/01)

To celebrate the turn of the year, Cocoon Recordings presents us with the fifth edition of the Dots And Pearls anthology, which has been offering us an exclusive glimpse into Cocoon‘s treasure trove of demos at irregular intervals since 2011. Once again, the eight tracks on show represent a comprehensive snapshot of the current state of club music as 2018 fades into 2019, combining established stars of the scene with eye catching newcomers to create a harmonious overall package. 

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TOMASZ GUIDDO & NIROSTA STEEL - GO BACK EP (COMPOST) (25/01)

What we gonna do right here is “Go Back”, waaaaay back. Tomasz Guiddo’s latest doesn’t simply remind us of vintage Arthur Russell sounds, primarily because it bares all the hallmarks of Russel’s acclaimed garage sound. Much of this is down to the fact that Guiddo’s ‘Go Back’ samples the guitar playing of Steven Hall aka Nirosta Steel, the guitarist/singer and Russel collaborator who laid it down on some of Russel’s most renowned tracks, including “Is It All Over My Face”, “In The Light Of A Miracle” and “Tell You Today”.

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V/A - RTD009 (ROOTED SERIES) (01/02)

The ninth instalment from Spanish Rooted Series label comes at us here from a carefully selected group of artists, all of whom are well versed in bringing the heat in their own inimitable way. Famed in their native country for their many parties in their spiritual home of Valencia’s Oven Club, the vinyl-only label has hosted a wide range of in-the-know producers over the past few years, with Chad Andrew, Matt Star, tIJN and Birdsmakingmachine among those who’ve contributed.

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JESSE SAUNDERS - ON & ON (w/REMIXES BY PAUL JOHNSON, KRISTIN VELVET, CINTHIE) (OSNS) (15/02)

Jesse Saunders’ ‘On & On’ can’t simply lay claim to being the first house record of all time -- but it can also lay claim to being one of the most iconic such tracks ever. First released in January 1984 via Jesse’s Jess Say Records, the release was the culmination of a few different things all lining up together to originate a sound that has had a profound effect on millions around the world.

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WAYWARD - RAVAL EP (w/REMIXES BY NIGHTWAVE, EARTH TRAX) (SILVER BEAR RECORDS) (22/02)

British duo Wayward have enjoyed a majestic 2018, with their ‘Good Afternoon Mr Magpie’ EP (as well as its accompanying remix package) and releases for the likes of Fort Romeau’s Cin Cin going down a treat amongst influential DJs and discerning house music fans alike. For their latest turn, they perk up courtesy of their return to Silver Bear Recordings, a label that’s been following a similarly trajectory to their own of late. This time around, they perk up with the stunning Raval EP. Featuring two originals from the London duo as well as remixes from woman-of-the-moment Nightwave and the no-less-fledgling Earth Trax, it’s a release that without doubt delivers on its promise.

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NICURI - NICURI’S LANDING (SOUND THEORY) (22/02)

Following a brief production hiatus, New Jersey producer Nicuri (aka Ruben Candelerio) is firmly back in the driving seat here courtesy of his latest release on his always on-point Sound Theories label. The fourth such release the label has put out, STH004 follows releases not only by the label boss himself, but also others featuring close friends Joey Anderson and DJ Qu. Nonetheless, this is Nicuri’s first solo release in two years — and it’s also safe to say it’s been worth the wait.

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SILVERLINING - SILVERLINING DUBS (IX) (SILVERLINING DUBS) (TBC)

Ask anyone involved in London’s treasured underground house scene of the mid 90s and they’ll all tell you the same thing: Silverlining is among that era’s most prolific and consistent producers. A musician and DJ of considerable craft and technicality, his is a way of working that’s meant he’s gained a sort of cult following in discerning circles, with his many vinyl releases always going down a treat with in-the-know record heads. Don’t just take our word for it: check out Silverlining’s Discogs page to get an idea of what we’re talking about. For his latest, the British producer returns to his Silverlining Dubs imprint for a four track EP that’s laced with dancefloor-focused goodness.

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