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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 » 

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 » 

Butch Kassidy Sound System Brothers & Sisters

Label: Parisonic

The monsieurs of Parisonic license and remix this gorgeous dub stepper from the Red Hook label. Black Ltd. riff off the intro's '60s-concert-environment footage before thumping into a disco-ey jam with relentless bass and subtle wah guitar. Rufuss retain the authentic dubwise feeling in their uptempo treatment. Dangerous, this one. Read more » 

Alexi Delano & Robert Manos Round and Round Remixed

Label: Statra

Statra round up a dream trio of post-house remixers to have a crack at Delano & Manos's sleeper vocal jam from last summer. Metro Area give it their subtle Reagan-era synth tinge, while JT Donaldson stays in classic territory with a new bassline. It's Webster who takes the tune to understated yet narcotic heights, subsuming the rhythm in a dusky electronic atmosphere. State of the art. Read more » 

Jon Cutler Feat. Luna Alone

Label: Distant Records

Jon comes through again with another fine production, which features a very souful hypnotic vibe with all the right elements. Luna's vocals are laid back but inspirational. The single's also got some good DJ tools: a bonus beat, a capella and sound fx track. Read more » 

Inaya Day vs. D-Squared Save Me

Label: Look At You

Look At You drops another bomb, a soulful gospel venture for the peak hour of a set, and a very powerful vocal performance from Inaya. The two mixes here compliment the lyrics and melody nicely. The original vocal mix is a bit deeper, while the Indeep remix is stronger overall. Read more » 

Idjut Boys Saturday Night Live (Volume 2)

Label: Glasgow Underground

If you're looking for a change of pace, then this is for you. While it's still a dance compilation, there's a variety of BPMs, and the selection is very eclectic. Listening to it at moments took me back to David Mancuso's loft. Read more » 

Various Artists Wild Dub: Dread Meets Punk Rocker Downtown

Label: Select Cuts

The second of Select Cuts' collections focusing on the fecund period in the late-'70s when the white sphere of punk and the black world of reggae and dub merged for a brief, desegregated moment, Wild Dub collects rare versions from major players of the era, namely The Slits, PIL, The Ruts, Grace Jones, and The Pop Group. Good as those are, it's the unlikely inclusion of dub-passes by The Pretty Things, Killing Joke, Generation X and 4 Be 2, however inconsitent and guitar-heavy they are, that display a disorientingly bizarre soundclash at work. Read more » 

Zero DB Reconstruction

Label: Ubiquity

Chris Vogado and Neil Combstock show a willful disregard for dancefloor etiquette on their collection of mixes and reshapings, as they lay down tracks that lead to serious mayhem between the speakers and under the mirrorball. With a rare combination of tough, squelchy techno basslines and exquisite batacuda polyrhythmics, the sound is of barely restrained chaos held together by sheer momentum. Listening to their mix of Sun Ra, one realizes the intricately structured layers with which Zero dB deftly work, visceral reaction coming before conscious recognition. Read more » 

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