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Bambino's headmaster Da Sunlounge kills it with his most recent release Skin Tight. The title track hits the mark with that signature midlands sound a la Toka Project, Inland Knights, Kinky Movement, and The Littlemen. The tune rides a...
This set of remixes of an '06 track now come with some deep South African remix influence. The vocals slowly draw you in with the concept (along the lines of "sorry, bud, it was good but she's leavin' you")...
If this magazine has made it into your House Music-loving hands, an introduction to Mark Farina is probably unnecessary. From the creation of the Mushroom Jazz series to winding up on Top DJs of the World lists by URB,...
Lydia's take: "Don't Fight Love" is this LP's hidden gem, complete with horns, a gaggle of what I can only imagine are lovely ladies backin' up with some "yeaaaahhhhh, yeaaaaah"s, and a bouncy, poppy groove all the way through....
San Francisco-based Prismatic Tracks has been making a waves in House Music with the unconventional and broad range of styles that they purvey. Prismatic staples Cubik & Origami come with an intensely tech-infused House release with their tune "Bought...
This is a mix from Spencer Kincy aka Gemini from the late 1990s called "Experiments." It is split into Side A and Side B as the original mix was distributed on cassette tape and is preserved that way here. Our...
Guesthouse Music stands tall with another solid vinyl release. GM is one of the few labels of its niche in House Music still pushing vinyl in the recently overwhelming digital age of music. This release features House phenom DJ...
Listening to the mesmerizing horn come in on Pete le Freq's "Rise" makes being up at 10:47 pm totally tolerable and even enjoyable, despite the looming 5:30 am alarm. Throw in the funky bassline, hi-hat and keys and you'll...

Bryan Jones: Face It EP

A sneaky, sinister bassline punctuates the original mix of the title track of Bryan Jones' new Face It EP on his own Control Recordings. The live vocal sample works perfectly - it's just a call-back/response from a show. I...
Funk? Soul? Disco? Some crazy vocal lines? Yeah, this has it - all. If you're a a fan of groovy Disco House - mostly on the slower side (120-ish), you gotta grab this. First, you will listen to the...
The original is perfect if you dig the funk. Quick saxophone honks and simple keys drift in and out of this one. There's some odd, guitar-like break for 16 bars, which I'd never like on its own but it...
Netherlands duo Dutchican Soul really turn it out on this rockin' new release from Miguel Migs' fantastic Salted imprint. The duo's classic House style takes you right to the dance floor with the title cut "Got To Get Down"....
When you grab the bassline from Fingers Inc. "Mystery of Love" and a the vocals from a popular Jesse Jackson speech intertwined with some drums that keep moving throughout the track and add a couple different synths in the...
I don't know that there's a more prestigious label out there now than Soulheaven, and they proudly stamp their name on this collaboration between their resident DJ Andy Ward and Estonian siren Sofia Rubina. "Streets of Sun" is simply...
Catching up with vocalist Linda Clifford
This vinyl pressing by DJ Sneak appears to contain some forgotten edits from yesteryear, exhibiting the funky cut-up sound of '90s underground House that made such a dramatic impact on some of today's younger producers. Of the four tracks,...
Anyone that's seen her live can tell you that CeCe Peniston's voice is as good - and I'd say even better - than it was in the late 1980s, and this record proves that she's still got it. This...
The reality is that 90% of people who dream of having a career in music, whether it be Producer/Singer/DJ, etc., will never make it to the level they dream of. It takes a lot of hard work and determination...
This is a simple yet effective track from the Amsterdam duo that will be eternally known for their anthem "Give It Up" under their The Fog moniker. Minimum drum structuring along with a 4 note keyboard line are accentuated...
DJ Dealer recently relocated to our fair city and brought Look At You - undoubtedly one of the greatest underground labels in House Music today - in his carry-on bag. I want to say this song is a throwback,...

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