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Review: Various Artists Playlist EP: Compiled by Jazzanova

Label: JCR

The range that Jazzanova-Compost Records achieves with their output is only comparable to Blue Note or Atlantic during their late-'60s heights. The punchy, low-slung-bass-driven hyperactivity of Rima's stab-and-run mix of a sumptuous Underwolves vocal number, and Faze Action's samba polish of Victor Davies make for an abundant sonic palette. Pick your choice and take a spin. Read more » 

Review: 37HZ 37hz

Label: SkyDive Recordings

The Kraymon mix is the winner on this 12-inch by Dutchman Hens Zimmerman, with a cohesive blend of elements: good breakbeats and a solid bassline landscaped with spiritual undertones. The flipside offers three edits that don't improve much on the main track, but may appeal to collectors with experimental taste. Overall, a nice piece of wax. Read more » 

Review: Donae'o My Philosophy (Bounce)

Label: Social Circles

Sticky gets sick wid it on this one, laying down a cantankerous, dark and breaky garage riddim with plenty of clever change-ups to keep that ass dropping. Donae'o doesn't slouch on the vocals either, delivering some rough anti-gun talk in a fast, hip-hop-inflected style-kind of like Prodigy of Mobb Deep if he was both Cockney and on crank. Nasty! Read more » 

Review: Elite Force No Turning Back

Label: Whole 9 Yards

This tasty techy two-tracker whets your appetite for Elite Force's full-length album No Turning Back, out on the renowned Whole9Yards label later this year. Here's two winners for peak-time dancefloors with sexy tribal beats, classy housey synths, twisted FX and lowdown dirty sub base. Read more » 

Review: Meat Katie and Dark Globe I Feel It

Label: Bedrock

Taken from DJ Hyper's forthcoming mix album, Bedrock Breaks 2, tech-breaks maestro Meat Katie teams up with London's digi-funksters Dark Globe to deliver an uncompromising, highly hypnotizing deep dancefloor corker. Sounding fat! Read more » 

Review: Mikrob My Love

Label: Media

This Sao Paulo production duo have already dropped some bombs for Samboloco and Phuturo, and they continue their run for the Media label. The title's bright synth melodies and conga-soaked beat warms things up for the summer, while the slightly mellower b-side cuts touch up the same kind of intensity with some subtly jazzy/organic touches, including piano chords and soulful vocals. Tight. Read more » 

Review: J-Walk Another Lover (Influx Datum UK Rmx)

Label: East West

One of my favorite tunes of the year so far, this is remixer Gavin Influx at his finest. Phat rolling breaks, swirling chords and lush strings set the tone, soon followed by a super-sexy vocal. A killer deep bassline and touch of mentasm take things up a notch, and with the vocals weaving in and out of the mix you have a tune hot enough to steam up any dancefloor. Bad, bad, bad. Read more » 

Review: Artificial Intelligence Won't Give Up

Label: 31 Records

The latest in a long succession of wicked tunes from AI intros with a stepping break laced with filtered chords and guitar riffs, slowly building with more sounds until a vocal hook and amen kick in to pick up the pace. Then a real hypnotizing b-line enters the frame at the drop. AI seem to have mastered the art of really sultry-sounding tracks that still maintain a dancefloor-friendly vibe that can fit into any set. Big tings a gwaan, as they say... Read more » 

Review: Holgi Star Starwars

Label: Kiddaz.Fm

This installation marks the first artist album from this Berlin-based loop trickster. From funky live acoustic textures to tauntingly twisted vocals, Holgi Star deftly covers all the boundaries of a techno club music. Prepare your X-Wing fighter. Read more » 

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