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Spirit of the Black 808: Invasion of the Black Bass

Sometime between Record Store Day and Summer, Spirit of the Black 808 will release at least an album's worth of material on two labels. Combined, the two EPs - Infroduction on Hizou and this...
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Now and Then: Ten Years of Hudd Traxx

Hudd Traxx turns ten in 2015, and part one of their landmark anniversary compilation packs one hell of a wallop. It's easy, as we all know, to release records like you're making a festival flyer:...
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Afrikan Sciences: Means and Ways EP

Seriously, I almost flipped my wig when I first heard the tunes on this 12" from Oakland's Eric Douglas aka Afrikan Sciences. This is soundscaping at work as unique waveforms are presented with three...
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Harry Wolfman & Laurence Guy: The Lone Grazer EP

Having just heard the sad news that the brilliant Lost My Dog Records are to close their doors in 2015, I must confess that writing this review feels bittersweet to say the least. Young...
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Boo Williams: Looney Chunes Vol 1 / Back To The Future

Color me amazed. New label Contemporary Scarecrow has planted a foot firmly in the scene by dragging several classic Boo Williams compositions out of the cobwebs and blending them with four brand new cuts....
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Jenifa Mayanja and Dakini9: Heading Into Tomorrow/Polarity Shift (Sound Warrior)

Hakim Murphy turned me on to a ton of great records in the year he was writing for 5 Magazine. His review of Jenifa Mayanja's full length Walking In The Shadows LP was such...
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Marc King: Ever Forward (FXHE)

At a time when most American labels are having trouble getting records pressed, the greatest problem Omar S and FXHE are having is keeping them in stock. As of May 2015, Detroit's FXHE has...
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Caserta’s “Ricky” Is Another Grand Shadeleaf Release

Shadeleaf has been somewhat over-represented in our review section over the last year. It's for good reason, and you should prepare for many more. thatmanmonkz continues to give a clinic in modern A&R with...

Dutchican Soul featuring Andrea Love: We Can Change The World

Overflowing with soul from Peppermint Jam, with Hot Toddy remixes.
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Eddie Matos presents Renditions

Cyclo continues to binge on their back catalog with a reissue of Renditions from Eddie Matos.
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Dem 2: Destiny (Locked On 1997)

UK Garage Classics: Information about Dem 2: Destiny from 1997. Discover more about UK Garage history and the best UK Garage tracks and UK Garage classics at 5 Magazine.
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Detroit Swindle: Boxed Out

Hype is an interesting thing. I'm engaged in a never ending battle with it where my allegiance is always shifting. So much of the music industry is based on hype and my gut reaction...

Dungeon Meat / SE62: The Fuck Off Track / True Force

This is where it's at, the kind of shit that gets me excited. There's music you hear and you just want to put on infinite play on a celestial jukebox so the whole world...
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Rissa Garcia: How Many Times (Cosmic Disco)

Thousands of people woke up this morning, opened a SoundCloud account and decided to call themselves producers. Rissa Garcia is not one of them: she's been on the scene for awhile now, and her...
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Andy Ward and Sofia Rubina: Streets of The Sun

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....
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SLOUSE: Fishing In Slower Territories from Compost Records

If you (like so many British music journalists and tastemakers) lie awake at night worried that there just aren't enough dance music sub-genres ("Night Bus" or "UK Bass" anyone? No, I thought not.), your...
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Donnell Pitman and Wings of Sunshine: Do You Wanna/Need My Love

Tired of reading about Star Creature? We're not tired of writing about them. Records like this are why we're just getting started.
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Daryl Cura, Frique, Isoke, Chicago Skyway, DCook: Thoughts from Chicago Vol 4

People ask what's happening in Chicago these days. Pick up this record from Eargasmic and you'll have a good idea of what should be.
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Mazi & DJ Motion: When Time Becomes a Loop

Audio Soul Project and Fresh Meat are back and it feels good to say it. This is but the first of two superb records the Chicago label is releasing in the next 30 days...

Sequences: The World According to Tevo Howard

The Sequence Project: Vanity Tevo Howard's Black Electro Orchestra: Holiday EP Someone I respect very much - the rare man that got old without getting mad - once told me that how much you love something...

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Luke McKeehan on 20 Years of Nordic Trax

From the furthest reaches of the North American continent, Nordic Trax has established itself as an indispensable voice in the house music scene. Owner Luke McKeehan on 20 years of keeping it alive.

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