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Review: Mike Shannon Know Returns EP

Label: Cynosure

Shannon's steadily built a rep for his firm, disciplined production style, and these three tracks show him developing it into something truly hypnotic. He centers each tune on a strong, risky rhythm around which he dapples bits of melodic synth color. Don't sleep on this Canadian. Read more » 

Review: Bravehearts Situations

Label: Ill Will-Columbia

The lyrics are cool but it's the beat I was diggin', something you can ride to. Of course Nas stepped up and blessed the track, and there's no doubt that this goes right into rotation in my club set. Read more » 

Review: Redhead Nuclear Assault EP

Label: Primate Endangered Species

This electro-tech technician is almost insolently disciplined in his work. Massive rolling basslines in front of an organic polyrhythmic shuffle lead this EP foward. Followers of Adam Beyer and Marco Bailey will find guidance here. Read more » 

Review: Echoplex Just Wanna Be With You EP

Label: End To End

Peter Sliwinski debuts on this Detroit-based label with a deep ethereal operation. Minor chords disappear deep into the trembling ride and tangible snares, as the bass receives a clever time-stretch that leaves an intuitive quantizing effect. Innovative to say the least. Read more » 

Review: Puente Latino Takes U There Remixes

Label: Primevil

After a short sabbatical, this top tribal imprint returns with a powerful release engineered by some of the genre's pinnacle talent. Originally released as the label's third title, this reworking proves quite effective, as Cari Lekebusch and Joel Mull add funky percussion to an already solid dancefloor jam. Read more » 

Review: Tony Senghore The Music EP

Label: F4

San Diego's fledgling F4 imprint offers its second platter, letting your boy Senghore set the tone for summer. A vocal sample from cool ruler Gregory Isaacs floats over chunky beats, bright key chords and lovely, unobtusive strings in anticipation of a nicely twisted breakdown. Sunscreen on, hands up. Read more » 

Review: Filter Science Darkness Falls (Joey Beltram Rmx)

Label: STX

How does Beltram keep a half-bar loop so exciting throughout the entire remix? Now that's an art. This one-sided pink vinyl release is disco to the max that's friendly to both house and techno fans with its skilful filtering and pitch shifts. Read more » 

Review: Dylan Drazen & Tim Xavier Heavy Flow

Label: Blueline

Chicago's leader in profuse audio assaults materializes this round with an EP charged with lustful dreamscape techno. Set for the floor of a poorly lit dance dwelling, the textures here complement the complexity of the US techno sound. An enchantingly vibrant mix-down; this duo oozes audio cleanliness. Read more » 

Review: PTY LTD Who's Been Watching You

Label: Gallery

Three of house music's finest producers pool their efforts for this second release on the Gallery imprint. On the main side, Derrick Carter knocks out a freaky, complex blend of beats and vocal samples which breaks briefly for a ray of pure sunshine before dipping back into darkness. JT Donaldson and Tim Shumaker work it on the flip with a smooth blend of piano, shuffling beats and Moog-like chords for all the lovers out there. Read more » 

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