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Review: Rehash Morning b/w Number Four

Label: Rehash Media

The second 7" by self-described Dallas record nerds High-C and Wilson proves that Texas booty got soul, GWB excepted. As expected from a couple of diggers, the breaks are funky, but it's the atmosphere built up by lazy Rhodes vibes and gossamer trumpet that makes this record sublime. A bit scruff around the edges, but in that waking-up-after-a-bender-and-realizing-you-bagged-the-hot-bass-player sort of way. Read more » 

Review: Voom: Voom Baby 3

Label: Compost

On one version of the title track of their third single, Pete Kruder and the Fauna Flash boys sprinkle some quasi-Parisian vocoder bits over an ascending, '80s-ish disco groove. The flip puts the vocals aside and lets us enjoy the irresistible yet restrained elements. Bottom line: these guys just couldn't help but put out a floor-burner. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Floorplay 3: House Broken EP

Label: Play

Titonton Duvante is broken techno's most fearless beat programmer right now. His infinitely funky tech-soul contribution to the new comp on Toronto's Play Records seethes with erratic snares and snorting hi-hats, as aqua waves of synth melody crash on his beat beachheads. A nice cut from Augusta, and Legion of Green Men's ambient-broken remix of Marc de Breyne further affix a blue ribbon to this remarkable collection. Read more » 

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 » 

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