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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 » 

Review: Per Mikael Dungfakkadung

Label: G-Force

A bite of Gothenburg's eccentric spirit is emitted here with driving pandemonium and soulful keys reminiscent of classic Swedish techno. A hygienic and well-engineered stereo atmosphere can be heard here, with an arrogantly vibrant bassline sure to sink the hook. Flip for a Leandro Gamez remix, which adds a seamless peak-club accent. Read more » 

Review: Jamie Bissmire T.b.c. Ep

Label: Chancer

Space DJz associate Bissmire launches the first title for this concept label. Old-school East Coast-style acid loops chirp and bounce behind a high-pitched kick and a clap on four. With a floor-pummeling lead phased to perfection, this is surely a label to follow. Read more » 

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