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G Flame & Davide Squillace 5

Label: Sketch

Known for introducing hues of warm synthesized waves, Mr. Squillace appears this time with two original tracks and a remix by both G. Flame and the relentless Advent. This clean production weaves between the lines of powerhouse dancefloor and hypnotic funk, leaving an open palette for track-play or tool-usage. Read more » 

Renato Cohen Spank

Label: Sino

The rising Brazilian DJ/producer delivers another solid record on Technasia's sub-label Sino. Driving, energetic, funky techno, the way I like it. I performed with him in Sao Paulo, and besides being a very charismatic and good DJ, he also knows how to produce wicked records. Read more » 

Hardcell & Per Grindvik 75

Label: Primate

I really adore the a-side track on this. It's a very Jeff Mills-sounding techno cut-tribal and funky, with very strong chords. It actually sounds like Mills produced by Adam Beyer! Proper! Read more » 

Lenk 8

Label: DK

DK was originally launched as a house label by Jesper Dahlbaeck and Thomas Krome, and this is a solo release by Dahlbaeck. Relentless, groovy and dirty techno, a dancefloor destroyer! I play it every set. Jesper is a sick, sick boy! Massive! Read more » 

Jephte Guillaume Pouki

Label: Spiritual Life

Music for the serious dancer. When I first put this on I imagined [late Detroit techno historian] Laura Gavoor out on the floor moving in circles to the hypnotizing rhythms. Great production with five different mixes, although I wish one of them took things into a different direction. Read more » 

Only Child Feat. Amp Fiddler U Bring Me Vibes

Label: Grand Central

In collaborating with Only Child, Amp Fiddler gets to step out of the shadow of Kenny Dixon Jr. and provide vocals for this track. The result is a mood fit for a late night in a dark room. The flip features Mantis mixes reminiscent of an early Grant Nelson production. Read more » 

Various Turntables On the Hudson Vol. 4

Label: Giant Step

Renowned for its combination of funk beats, live Afro-percussion, and a wicked vibe, Turntables On The Hudson has long brightened New York's dance scene. Founders Nickodemus and Mariano represent the vibe on the fourth TOTH compilation, eschewing the Eastern influence of earlier releases for a conceptual trip through NYC's boroughs. From Spanish Harlem to Brooklyn and back, a quality selection of previously unreleased tracks and remixes from the TOTH crew is collected. Read more » 

Various Stylistique Vol. 1: Paris Under a Groove

Label: Newhouse

Smooth, slinky and seductive, Paris Under A Groove captures the slick elegance of a night on the town in the irrepressibly chic city. The disc strings together a collection of strong tunes from the likes of St. Germain, Terrasse Tranquille, Florian and other French acts, taking the listener on a journey from cold, classy lounge tracks to swanky French disco numbers and back to late-night chill-out grooves, all in the span of 72 minutes. A bit of a whirlwind rush, but most of the tracks are strong enough to make for a pleasant ride. Read more » 

Various Stones Throw Records-2003 Sampler

Label: Stones Throw

Madlib is the new Prince, and Stones Throw is his vehicle. He's so prolific it's sometimes overwhelming, and while some tracks here are occasionally underwhelming, for the most part Madlib and his cohorts (Wildchild, label founder PB Wolf, Jay Dee, Dudley Perkins, MF Doom, and more) deliver strictly genius material. There are times on this compilation when the beats feel like they should have been left on the cutting room floor, the MCing should have been left to MCs rather than beatmakers, and the singing left to singers, not rappers. Read more » 

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