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Review: The Diamond Dogs The Conception EP

Label: Secret Weapon Records

Keeping things dark and the sound underground, Toronto based Mark Quail and Himadri collaborate on this deep, tracky, techno trip. A dancing bounce and a sustained tone hold you in a zone, as the duo explores the art and science of repetitive beats and their effect on your consciousness. Read more » 

Review: Schatrax Mispent Years

Label: Soma

This dark and spare, early-'90s bit of UK tech-house from Josh Brent had 'em crawling for it back in the day. On this '03 remix revival, Brent gives the track a broken electro treatment, while Silicone Soul turbo-boosts the beats for some hands-in-the-air action. Funk D'Void gives it a layered, chiming, kaleidoscopic flavor that will neatly bring this tune back to the realm of dancefloor hysteria. Read more » 

Review: Mr Negative Star Spangled Banner

Label: Crack and Speed

This forward-thinking (and brilliantly named) label sees Mr. Negative (Holmar Filipsson, Freestyle Man and Olivier Spencer) bring on a slut-driven, dirty hole of a track. It's all paced-down beats, German spoken-word vocals and catty synths-you'll lick it up. Read more » 

Review: Neptune Nevermind Love Is Good

Label: Planet East

Alexander East's deep jackin' house imprint unleashes a classically Chicago jam by a producer sounding a lot like, well, Mr. East himself. The aim here's to hypnotize, and with bumping acid bassline, spitting shuffle rhythm and bopping vocal bits, our Nep does just that. Read more » 

Review: Epod The Pursuit

Label: Coco Machete

Coco Machete releases its fourth to date, courtesy of New York soul collective EPOD. Brennan Green (Paper, Balihu) turns out an awesome retool replete with loose syncopated beats, warm organic keys and soulful, velvet-lined male vocals. Read more » 

Review: The Flaws Feat. MC Chick-A-Boo Freek

Label: Bitches Brew

Bitches Brew label honcho Nikki Lucas connects with Lacarno & Burns's Tim Burns to bust out the new century's first pansexual dancefloor smash. Early house and techno dynamics tastefully buoy MC Chick-A-Boo's attitudinally androgynous vocals on the original, and remixes by Ewan Pearson and Lucas cover more minimal territory. Bound for glory, this one. Read more » 

Review: Maf & So Madoda

Label: Phezulu

From out of Johannesburg's Soul Candi record store emerges the Phezulu label, and what a launch. Thumping drums, softly strummed guitar chords and subdued pop-and-slide bass, a bold party chant and a gorgeous b-side dub make this the sleeper African house anthem for '03. Huge. Read more » 

Review: Missy Elliot Work It

Label: bootleg

Missy Elliot's first single off her album Under Construction gets a rework from some house music secret agents. The queen of cool does her thing to a backdrop of an acid bassline and sparse, jerky, snappy drums. Simple but supremely effective. Watch those people twist and pop! Read more » 

Review: Mark Bell Feat. Blakkat Revolution (Rae and Christian Rmx)

Label: Revolution

I just sort of came across this and know little about it. A scatty guitar starts the proceedings before a huge funky bass enters the fray. Wailed female vocals and more vocals way back in the mix complete a deceptively dancefloor-friendly release. Read more » 

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