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Jacques Renault Got to Believe

The third and latest offering for Let's Play House's one-sided white-label series comes from its co-owner Jacques Renault, following efforts by Waze & Odyssey and Urulu. Like much of the label's catalog, "Got to Believe
" offers an update on tried-and-true, garage-leaning, early-to-mid-'90s-house motifs. Coupled with its runtime of around seven minutes, it's hardly the kind of weird or epic piece one associates with its quick-shot release format, but it does show Renault in typically decent form. Read more » 

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  • 11/27/2013

Bicep Satisfy

London-via-Belfast production duo Bicep has proven itself to be more than capable of churning out classically minded dancefloor stunners—its sultry 2012 single "$tripper" perfectly paired a carefree, blissful attitude with an old-school Jersey garage sound, while "Vision of Love" exhubertantly channeled the spirit of '90s diva-house anthems. More recently, the pair has collaborated with Simian Mobile Disco on the melody-driven "Sacrifice" and dropped the diverse Stash EP. Now, Bicep has delivered Satisfy, a similarly varied three-track release for via its own Feel My Bicep imprint. According to the producers themselves, the record finds them taking a darker, more synth-oriented approach. Read more » 

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  • 11/27/2013

Âme Tatischeff EP

As part owners of Innervisions, Âme's musical taste is irrevocably ingrained in the DNA of the Berlin-based imprint. Alongside co-owner Dixon, Âme's Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann have taken great care to craft their label's aesthetic. For these three, that comes with a degree of meticulous consistency that extends from the packaging to the music itself. A similar approach is taken when it comes to Âme, as Beyer and Wiedemann keep their output to a scant one or two releases each year; in short, they're not the kinds of producers who slouch on craftsmanship, a fact that is readily backed up by both entries on the duo's new Tatischeff EP. Read more » 

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  • 11/27/2013

Boya Boya

Boya's only credit prior to this, his self-titled debut EP, was a track on Opal Tapes' Cold Holiday compilation from last year. The producer's sound slots in well with that label's rough aesthetic, and indeed with the one Mister Saturday Night has been honing lately as well. The three tracks here are perhaps purposefully distorted, but unlike the works of many producers chasing this trend, there are clearly some production chops hidden underneath. This is ultimately what makes the record work. Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2013

Teengirl Fantasy Nun

Former art-school duo Teengirl Fantasy (a.k.a. Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi) has laid fairly low since the 2012 release of its second full-length record, Tracer. Nun, a new four-track EP for London/LA collective This Is Music, finds the pair continuing to pull inspiration from a range of sources and exploring a diverse palette of instrumental sounds. Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2013

Ben La Desh Wondering What We Are

Ben La Desh may reside half a world away from Young Adults' LA offices, but musically, the Rotterdam-based producer occupies a space that's right at home with the breezy house sound the label has been championing since it launched last year. Propulsive, deep, and jazzy, La Desh's "Let Us Down" was a natural fit for the balmy bonhomie of Young Adults' House Slippers compilation from this past spring. And now, with his first EP for the imprint, Wondering What We Are, La Desh both strengthens this bond and shows that he's broadening his musical palette a bit along the way. Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2013

Hexagon
 Blue Hour

Boris Bunnik has made his name(s) on ironclad, Detroit-referencing techno and electro variants as Conforce and Versalife (as well as a host of other aliases), and his seldom-used Hexagon project echoes these characteristics. Judging by Blue Hour, Bunnik's latest EP under that name, Hexagon's defining aspect is its untethered sense of rhythm. The producer's drum patterns have stayed pretty stable throughout his catalog, but on the three tracks with beats here, he lets them run fairly wild. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2013

Zed Bias Boss

Label: Swamp 81

A certain cool, removed aesthetic has always permeated Zed Bias' catalog. He's been a key player in the UK garage and broken-beat scene for over a decade, and has graced both the UK charts and underground with equal poise and capability. On his latest full-length for Loefah's refinedly dirty Swamp 81 imprint, Zed Bias wears a well-earned and well-represented title, Boss. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2013

Shadowlust Trust in Pain

Label: L.I.E.S.

Shadowlust is the new collaborative project from L.I.E.S. stalwart Svengalisghost (a.k.a. Marquis Cooper) and 51717 (a.k.a. Lili Schulder), with Cooper doing the beats and Schulder singing and programming the synthesizers. Considering the former's catalog and listening to Trust in Pain, the pair debut LP, it's clear why these two decided to work together. Cooper has worked to meld industrial and assorted "wave" influences into house tracks in the past, and this LP uniformly deals with those sorts of barbed grids. It does so in a more subdued way, however—those looking for arrangements with that titular pain might be disappointed. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2013

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