VA – Council Estate Soldiers EP [ALB003]

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Third release on Albion Records. Rick Wade’s lush, deep house tune “Giggin” is paired with Brit Wil Maddams’ aptly titled “Warm Organic”. The jackin’ retro vibe of “Feel It” by Gene Hunt is paired with the groovy techno of “Woods For Trees” by Dudley Strangeways on the flip of the “Council Estate Soldiers” EP.

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VA – Council Estate Soldiers EP [ALB003]

VA – Detroit Beatdown Vol 2 The Final EP [3EEP201403]

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Third Ear’s Detroit Beatdown series was instrumental in redefining the perception of Detroit electronic music abroad. Now we come to the final Detroit Beatdown release. Four Detroit artists giving us as good an ep as any of the releases in the series. The tracks by Mike Clark and Rick Wade rank amongst their best, for sure. DJ-T1000, a Detroit producer and DJ known for some of the city’s hardest Techno, surprises with a stripped-back groove that is pure electronic Funk. Wrapping up the ep is Scott Ferguson’s A Groove, a heavy skanking groove with that classic Beatdown rawness.

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VA – Detroit Beatdown Vol 2 The Final EP [3EEP201403]

Steve Parker – Sugar High EP [OVM240]

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Ovum Recordings are taking you back to the darker side of techno with Sugar High EP from Steve Parker. His deep and hypnotic sound, combining groove-heavy rhythms with a minimal-tech production style, sees Steve able to move effortlessly from sultry warm basement sounds to full on vicious arena moments.

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Steve Parker – Sugar High EP [OVM240]

Anomaly – Red Clouds [SPM021]

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Fred P is never short of ways to get deep, but here he’s kicking off a new alias for a slight twist on how he approaches his signature plush chords and hypnotic constructions. Anomaly did previously appear on a Soul People compilation with “Above Below”, which appears here as the B2 and represents everything you can love about classic Fred P with its soaring pads and dreamlike finish. Elsewhere there are more rough edges to be found, as on the more abstract roll of “Tunnel Vision” and the moody grind of “Dark Room” with its spooked out synth strafes and poised sound design.

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Anomaly – Red Clouds [SPM021]