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HOUSE: DECEMBER

26 November 2012
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HOUSE: DECEMBER

COMPILATION OF THE MONTH
Catz ’N Dogz
Body Language 12 (Get Physical)

Ok, we know the script by now with this sterling mix series from Get Physical. They invite some of the world’s coolest house producers to compile a mix to show what is going on inside their heads. Polish duo Catz ’N Dogz are following in the footsteps of DJ Hell, M.A.N.D.Y and Modeselektor – big shoes to fill. Pet Recordings head honchos Greg and Voitek step up to the plate. They include their own stunning remix of Soul Clap and many exclusive tracks from people like Eats Everything, Trikk and Squarehead, also nodding to their forefathers with the inclusion of tracks by people like Schatrax and Chez Damier. A solid, flowing house mix oozing with quality, this will be soon be ‘reigning’ Catz ’N Dogz (ahem). 9/10
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TUNE OF THE MONTH
Maxxi Soundsystem
Stella’s Way (Ellum Audio)

Maxxi Soundsystem is on fire. His last single, ‘Regrets We Have No Use For’, is still getting big plays all over, not to mention his amazing remixes of Scandal, The Japanese Popstars and Bonar Bradberry. This, on Maceo Plex’s Ellum Audio, is a full-on dancefloor assault with a turbo bass note to shake the foundations. Huxley takes it deeper underground, and Newbie Shall Ocin turns in a wicked interpretation of ‘Stella’s Way’ to round off a brilliant package. 9/10
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Infinity Ink
Infinity (Crosstown Rebels)

You must have been in clubbing exile if you missed this track first time around. With its catchy vocals reminding you what the band is called, this was a big track on the house scene. The previous remix, by Todd Edwards, took care of those garage-tinged DJ sets but there was a missed opportunity for a darker dancefloor version. This problem has been solved in the shape of two remixes from Dirtybird’s Claude VonStroke and Richy Ahmed. CVS goes for a big, bass- sounding house remix that will satisfy those darker sets, while Richy Ahmed’s remix sounds like Deetron jamming with DJ Pierre. Job well done. 8/10
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Kris Wadsworth
Fingerprints EP (HypeLTD/Hypercolour)

We’ve been following Wadsworth via his amazing releases on labels like Get Physical, One Recordings and of course Hypercolour. He’s always one to take risks and push the envelope, and on ‘Fingerprint’ we hear him thrash his studio equipment and squeeze everything out of it, as it climaxes in an epic wash of acid squelches. ‘Fan Mail’ pushes things even further; with its large beats and shuffling percussion the track builds and builds. Somehow Kris managed to persuade a female fan to pleasure herself which he recorded with her permission. He then ‘laid’ her moans over his track. Without sounding like ‘French Kiss’, this takes that idea and turns it into something special and bang up-to-date. No moans here. 8/10
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The Deadstock 33s
The Ritual EP (Solitary Cyclist)

Justin Robertson has been a legend on the dance scene since clubbing began, recording under names like Lionrock, The Gentleman Thief and now The Deadstock 33s, under which alias he has notched up remixes for Justice, Erol Alkan and Paul Weller. Here we have a release on Robbo’s own label, Solitary Cyclist, an outlet for the experimental and weirder end of house music. Expect lead track ‘Ritual’ to make it into the DJ sets of people like Andrew Weatherall, Erol and obviously Justin himself. Brilliant B-side ‘Jamit’ is a pitched-down, acid-tinged jam that will get your head nodding. 8/10
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Pete Dafeet
Hit Em Up (Lost My Dog)

Coming from Lost My Dog’s ‘Family Affair’ series, title track ’Hit Em Up’ storms in like Derrick Carter in a bad mood. With bumping grooves, crisp beats and off-kilter synth stabs, the original will appeal to fans of Carter or Sneak. Pezzner takes the Pete Dafeet track to a New York afterparty and takes things a little deeper. There is also a Pezzner dub mix for those not feeling the vocals. Nacho Marco turns in a quality deep mix which shows why he is a mainstay on labels like Freerange. 7/10
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Hector
Stoned Raiders EP (One Recordings)

One Recordings is known for releasing quality house grooves. Here Subb-An and Adam Shelton welcome back Desolat mainstay Hector to the fray. After releases on Get Physical, Crosstown Rebels and Tsuba, the original is, as you would expect, a real house groove, but head straight to the H Foundation remix. Halo and Hipp-E were responsible for some brilliant records in the early 2000s on labels like Soma and Siesta. With its tough beats, trippy noises and horn stabs, this is definitely the pick of the bunch. 7/10
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Deetron feat hercules and love affair
Crave (Music Man)

With the imminent release of Deetron’s debut album on Music Man we have the release of his debut single ‘Crave’, on which he enlists the vocal skills of Hercules And Love Affair. A formidable vocal and lyrics fit like a glove over Deetron’s signature deep beats to provide a sound not unlike Azari & III. Remix duties fall to Jamie Jones and Ripperton. Jones goes deep with his usual twisted noises over flawless production. Ripperton creates a more straight house remix that stays closer to the original. Looking forward to the new Deetron album! 8/10
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Inxec vs Droog
Rude (Supernature)

Audiofly’s Supernature imprint is back with a brilliant new cut from Crosstown Rebels artist Inxec and Culprit’s Droog. A great collaboration from two sterling producers, in its original form ‘Rude’ is an analogue-sounding deep houser. Remixes come from Brett Johnson, back on form after a hiatus and super on point with his techier house remixes of ‘Channel’ and ‘Twerk’, drawing each out to cover some epic remixes (his ‘Channel’ rerub clocks in at around 10 minutes). Plaudits also to Russian three-piece Special Case who remix the track with a dark, broken house feel complete with tripped out noises. 6/10
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Cherie Lee
Love Me Or Leave Me (Danse Club)

New injection of life for a 17-year-old house gem
This brand new label from Scott and Austen Smart have certainly got the ball rolling by re-releasing a forgotten house gem in the shape of Cherie Lee’s ‘Love Me Or Leave Me’. This has been remastered and sounds so relevant. They’ve also added a new remix by the man behind Beatport’s Track Of The Year, Oliver $. It’s a great remix that stays true to the garage-tinged roots of the original. The Smart brothers, under their Brodanse guise, are also on the remix tip, but for us it’s the Matthew K mix that stands out. 6/10

Hot Natured
Benediction (Hot Creations)

By the time we go to press this song will be embedded in your minds after being caned by its creators, Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. As Hot Natured they’ve produced some great remixes and tracks, but here take things next level with the addition to their house super group of Luca C and vocalist Ali Love. This has an infectious vocal and great summery vibes to get you through the long winter. The quartet is currently in the studio working on an album for release in early 2013. As if this huge vocal gem wasn’t enough there’s also a remix
of ‘Forward Motion’ by the genius that is MK. Huge. 8/10
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Silicone Soul
Smokestack (Soma)

Glasgow’s Graeme Reedie and Craig Morrison have done it again. This is their first EP for Soma in three years after a hiatus concentrating on their own flawless Darkroom Dubs label. Lead track ‘Smokestack’ has driving drums and an insane jazz horn stab that messes with your head and would fit snugly into Gilles Peterson’s Space Terrace sets. Next up is ‘I Am’ with its wicked preacher spoken word sample. They have a knack for sample-spotting, as previously demonstrated with ‘Right On 4 The Darkness’, and this one would have Oliver $ going green. Coupled with their trademark darkroom beats this is an essential release from Silicone Soul. 8/10
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Mic Newmand & Garry Todd
Shelter (Illusion)

Lead track ‘Shelter’ couldn’t sound more early 90s if it had a bob hairdo and was wearing a blouson jacket. Quality analogue synth stabs and shuffling beats, this is a fitting tribute to the legendary New York nightclub of the same name. Next track ‘Sex, Drugs And Sausage Rolls’ may sound like a tribute to Glasgow nightlife, but it’s actually a super-deep house affair. Next up we have ‘Swing Down’. The original mix is great, but then it is handed to Burnski to do his magic. Burnski heard the track while playing with the guys and instantly asked if he could remix it, I bet they’re glad they played it that night! 9/10


6th Borough Project
The Vibes (Delusions of Grandeur)

The 6th Borough Project (aka The Revenge and Craig Smith) wowed us last year with their stunning debut album, ‘One Night In The Borough’. Out on the faultless Delusions Of Grandeur label it ably took care of vocal house, deep house and pitched-down cuts. They are recording the follow-up, and here we have the first single. It’s Craig and Graeme in full-on dark, sleazy basement mode. As if that wasn’t enough they’ve gone and got us a remix by Chicago Damn. B-sider ‘Just A New Day’ is all organic-sounding drums and warm, analogue synths. Bring on the album. 9/10
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Michael McLardy
Plastic Boy (Baker Street)

This gorgeously lush piece of deepness came out earlier in the year as a strictly limited, vinyl-only release. It promptly sold out and left the label no option but to re-release it digitally. A remix by Leeds boy wonder Jack Wickham beefs it up to make it more dancefloor-friendly, without taking away from the beauty of the original. Also included are two new tracks, ‘Zed’s Dead’ and ‘Baby Don’t Cry’, both of which are slices of sumptuous deep house. 7/10

The Mansisters
Phone Home EP (My Favourite Robot)

The Mansisters is the new name for Scandinavian partnership Kasper Bjørke and Jon Atli (aka Sexy Lazer.) The pair have worked together before, having recorded on Compost Black, Plant and Steve Bug’s HFN offshoot. The EP starts with ‘iZone’, a cool deep house track. Things kick up a notch with ‘Lille Du’, a dark, driving tech-house workout that will appeal to fans of Loco Dice. ‘Free At Last’ is a low-slung house groove with a hypnotic top-line that will mess with your head. ‘Theme From Haris Pilton’ is the amusing title of the next track; it’s apparently named after a porcelain dalmation that appears on the front cover. Another great signing to the impeccable My Favourite Robot label. 8/10

TAGS: BEATPORT / HOUSE / TUNES

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