October 23, 2014

Play These Records--This Weekend

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As always, you can rely on DJ Times’ team of DJ writers to provide the latest reviews, to separate the floor fillers from the floor killers….Here’s the latest…

Fabric 57

Agoria

Fabric

Wicked, dark and dirty grooves for the masses. Highlights include Sydenham & Joe Claussell’s “Rhythm,” STL’s “Silent State” and two mixes of Agoria’s “Speechless.” A fierce collection.

– Phil Turnipseed

Lights from the Inside

Gregor Tresher

Break New Soil

Deep, groovy techno with some real gems. For dancefloor appeal, go right for these scorchers: the trippy “Echelon,” the pulsing “Through the Shadow Glass,” and the disorienting “Kingdom of Light.” One of the year’s better EDM-artist albums.

– Jim Tremayne

 

Armies Of the Night: I Declare War

MANIK

Ovum

Groovefests (“She’s Slow Motion”), tweakfests (“Ruckus 8OH8”), subterranean expeditions (“Streets Are Deep”), lowdown G-funk (“Haterville”) and full-on rattlers (“Kent Ave”) make for a tasty artist effort. Keep an eye on this guy.

– Jim Tremayne

 

Club Life: Las Vegas Album 1

Tiësto

Musical Freedom

Tiësto hangs up his trademark trance here, but the surprise comes in his choice of tracks. “Blessed” by Tom Hangs feat. Shermanology is a straight-up, gospel-diva house track, while his tasty collab with Diplo (“C’mon”) drops elements of dubstep. Tiësto, you’re all over the place and we like it.

– Natalie Raben

 

“Forward Motion” EP

Hot Natured

Hot Creations

The title track offers a Röyksopp-like vocal, a complex, stabby bassline and keys that flow. “B4 the Bentley” is a relentless floor mover with a liquid, house vibe, funky bassline and wicked, jazzy grooves.

– Shawn Christopher

 

“Bloom”

Eric Kupper

Wave Music

Kupper drops a classy tech-house tune full of delicate, alluring percussion, and breathy, visceral keys. But its deep, boomy low end supports a relentless groove doesn’t back down.

– Shawn Christopher

 

“To See You Go”

Patrick Oliver & Redcurve feat. Minz

Mile End

This groove starts off with a tribal thump and eventually veers into unexpected places. Uplifting, a cappellas are introduced, then get paired with an appropriate trance beat that glides you through the mix. Check the “Criss Wave Mix” if you’re looking for a more progressive vibe.

– Natalie Raben

 

Essential Sneak, Vol. 4

DJ Sneak

Robsoul

A four-track groover sure to shake some butts. Check the piano-laden “Since 1993,” the deep, dirty “I Know the Rhythm,” and the disco-soul “Boogie Alright.” Tight.

– Phil Turnipseed

 

“Summer Soul” EP

d-t3ch

Rebel Hill

A funky, soulful four-tracker. The title cut’s the pick here with its haunting female vocal along with a gorgeous deep-house groove. But it’s bouncy, tech-houser “DustyFruit Remix” that’ll get DJs worked up.

– Phil Turnipseed

 

“If You Try”

Escape Committee feat. Charmaine

Pole Position

We do love all seven remixes on this vocal cut, but make sure you check the deep and elegant “Soulplate ReRub” and “ReDub.” Also, check the meaty “Michael McLardy Remix” and the dirty, techy “Matt McLarrie Remix.”

 

– Phil Turnipseed

 

“Number One” (Remixes)

Miniboy

Bralli Records

Hot Brazilian house music. There’s a minimal ragga vocal that gives some bite, but mixes give the cut all the juice it needs. Check “Bralli’s Remix,” a tough, tech-house gem with a seductive, dirty groove.

– Phil Turnipseed

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