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Review: Louie Vega & Jay "Sinister" Sealee Feat. Julie McKnight Diamond Life

Label: Distance Music

This double 12" sees Master at Work Vega and King of Tomorrow Sealee lace their original jazzy disco tune with four solid remixes, three of which maintain the soulful, if airy, tone. But an alternate eerie bassline snuck into one of them becomes the centerpiece for the brilliantly freaked "Old School Dub," which is worth your cashola alone. New York/New Jersey madness. Read more » 

Review: Red Army Salty Dub/Hush

Label: Phuturo

The Santa Cruz-based Red Army trio continues their roll with another pair of killers aimed straight at the dancefloor. Centered on a bone-crushing b-line and skanking beats, the aptly titled "Salty Dub" busts things open proper before "Hush" rockets straight into technoid thriller territory. Read more » 

Review: People Under the Stairs Acid Raindrops

Label: Om

This cut wouldn't sound out of place on The Low-End Theory. It's got that warm and funky but slightly melancholy vibe to it, like the last people at a house party drunkenly spouting wistful philosophies. The rapping's not flashy, but sits snugly in the pocket. On the B-side, "Hang Loose Part 2" is OK, but doesn't live up to the first "Hang Loose;" "Montego Slay" brings an appealing midtempo groove. PUTS aren't that blow-your-mind group, and that's why they succeed. They prove that doing the basics doesn't make them everyday People. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Tigersushi Presents: More God Dammed Music

Label: Tigersushi

The premise for Tigersushi's More G.D.M 12-inch series is fairly straightforward. Put a hard-to-find old-school, disco-punk or arthouse "classic" from the late '70s/early '80s (i.e. Gina X, Material, Cluster, Silver Apples, Chapter Three) on one side. On the other, put a corresponding song that shows the influence the aforementioned artist has had on contemporary producers (i.e. Metro Area, Maurice Fulton, Alice Machine, John Tejada). Read more » 

Review: Dillinja Live or Die

Label: Valve

The flipside's "South Manz," with its "bassline roller to shake the venue" sample and scary, high-pitched melody, is my favorite here, as Dillinja delivers a more rolled-out track that's still heavy on the bass & drum. "Live or Die" is classic Karl-an Amen rinse-out with plenty of guts 'n' glory. Bashy! Read more » 

Review: Son of the Dope Computer Starve For This

Label: Bless

Texas breakbeat imprint Bless unleashes a lovely collab between Lone Star boy Son of the Electric Ghost and San Francisco's Kemek the Dope Computer. The title track is a buzzy and bold tech-dystopia affair that remains funky by keeping the bass bouncy rather than UK-style-goopy. The flip's midtempo "Deeper" keeps the soul intact while injecting more understated FX. US breaks on the rise. Read more » 

Review: Metamatics Rewiredinmymanor

Label: Hydrogen Dukebox

The first in a three part series of remix projects for Lee Norris, who-as an advocate of eschewing normal industry routes-puts his money where his mouth is and lets unknown artists remix his work. Meeting these artists through the internet, Lee sent them elements of his unreleased track "Pod," and they have supplied their versions. The new talents, including Bauri, Verbose, Yasume and Sleepy Town Manufacture, have all stayed pretty faithful to Lee's unmistakably warm, Detroitian sounds and melodically experimental electronica. Read more » 

Review: Juju The Barrio Funk EP

Label: Phuturo

Taking it up a notch for the label's tenth release, Juju drops a monstrous double-pack that captures his vision perfectly. From the steady-pumping "Vampiros" to the Fabio-inspired "Far Away," Juju touches on all corners of his sound. "Silencio" takes it down that dark, growling road before the thugged-out remix of Red Army's "Salty Dub" proves to be the perfect knockout punch. Read more » 

Review: Russ Gabriel Into the Unknown

Label: Out of the Loop

Techno veteran Russ Gabriel (who directed his Ferox label for eight years) has been venturing into the nu-jazz world for some time now, most notably with recent singles on the consistent Out of the Loop imprint, which offers up this superb change of direction. Much like contemporary Ian O'Brien, Gabriel explores jazz-fusion in a dance context soaked in live instrumentation, as on tracks like "Patience," a garage burner with syncopated percussion, steady horns and Corinna Joseph's Beth Gibbons-esque croon. Read more » 

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