James Le Roux – Going Alone LP (Igloo-Rec)

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Following a series of hotly tipped releases, UK producer James Le Roux now presents his first longplayer. Here's what we have to say about it... Londoner James Le Roux has been churning out a slew of minty records lately, all of which balance on the fine lines between powerful progressive and meaty tech house. Berlin-based Igloo now presents the man's first LP, and it's … [Read more...]

BnB Promo Pool #66

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Juan Sanchez, Adam Beyer, Saytek, Third Son, Staffan Linzatti and Josh Wink are getting the remix treatment in this week's Promo Pool. Here we go! Juan Sanchez - Buffer (Drumcode Limited) Dutch DJ/producer Juan Sanchez' debut EP for Drumcode Limited is a gritty piece of stripped techno composed of two tracks. The arp-fueled 'Buffer's a particularly nasty banger for fans of … [Read more...]

Body Language Volume 16: Francesco Tristano

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Following DJ T's meaty instalment for the series, Get Physical now returns with a mix from classically trained pianist and composer Francesco Tristano, known for this signature blend of classical and electronic music. Here's our review! The piano wunderkind broke new ground with 'Not for piano', the album that launched the French label inFine in 2007, with his full … [Read more...]

Fabric 81 – Matt Tolfrey

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Leftroom label boss Matt Tolfrey delivers the next in fabric's mix series, and he's getting all boompty-boom on us across its 25-track content. Here's our full review! "fabric 81 is the mix I’ve been hoping to achieve my whole career. It’s always hard to tell a full story when you’re restricted by the length of a CD, but by editing nearly all the tracks on the mix, I was … [Read more...]

Top 5 House Sample Packs (& Win Them!)

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Whenever you are in need of inspiration or have a few missing sounds for your own production or edit, the amount of choice you have is absolutely overwhelming. There are dozens of sample shops, each offering an incredible amount of sample packs. So which one do you choose? Digging through all of them takes forever so how do you know you found a good one? We feel your pain and … [Read more...]

VA – Toolroom Live 02

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The second edition in Toolroom’s ‘Live’ series welcomes Eelke Kleijn, Prok & Fitch and Boris to shed light on the label’s broad view on all things house and techno. Here’s our review... Over the course of its existence, Mark Knight’s Toolroom label has established itself as a tastemaking platform for all things rooted in house. Its extensive discography is built from … [Read more...]

James Pants – Savage (Stones Throw)

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Following three acclaimed LPs, James Pants returns to Stones Throw with a brand new fourteen-track piece of experimental wonkiness. Here's our review! According to James himself, the album is “inspired by Martin Denny flourishes, royalty free breakbeats, Gary Wilson and Hamburg’s infamous Golden Pudel club," and has been produced solely via MIDI and a Yamaha Portasound … [Read more...]

Darkness Falls – Dance And Cry (hfn music)

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Following a magnificent debut album (‘Alive In Us’, released in 2011 with Trentemøller on production duties) and hit single ‘Hey’ (the most played tune on Dansih radio in 2011), Denmark’s indie pop outfit Darkness Fall returns with 11 brand new ‘pop noir’ tracks, redefining the Copenhagen duo’s utterly captivating sound. Truth be told, Darkness Falls isn’t quite the most … [Read more...]

Review: Scuba – Claustrophobia (Hotflush)

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Following 2012's 'Personality' LP on Hotflush,  the ever versatile Scuba returns with a brand new 10-tracker to showcase his current house/techno/bass/dub sound. Can this album match the quality the man's known for? Here's our honest opinion... Never one to limit himself to a single genre only, UK-born/Berlin-based producer Scuba has been steadily moving between the realms … [Read more...]