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FELICITY GROOM – Burj Khalifa: Mind-Meltingly Arrestive House Groove Indie Pop  

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Is there any better feeling than hitting play on a single and feeling a jolt of awe, curiosity and beguilement? It may not happen often, but you’ll get a potent amount of mesmerism from FELICITY GROOM’s single Burj Khalifa.

The genre-defying soundscape can loosely be defined as House Groove Pop. Yet the soundscape resonates as illimitable from the first verse. And that’s before you’ve been treated to the varying evolutions in the consistently captivating single. Despite its lucidity and easily ingestible ambience, it packs a punch.

You’ll have to wait a little longer to listen to Burj Khalifa for yourselves. It is due to be released in early 2020 along with the rest of FELICITY GROOM’s third studio album. You can check out their earlier releases via their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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George Beck – 90s/High: Nostalgic 90s Vocal Techno/House

George Beck dropped a music video for his song “90s/High” earlier this year. The title track couldn’t have been more self-explanatory: The nostalgia for the 90s rave dance scene kicks in vividly.

And the dance scene isn’t the only item that George Beck sings about in this old-school acid house/techno anthem. He is reciting his lyrics in an Underworld-style delivery, recollecting all the good stuff from the nineties, the clubbing and this song maker’s carefree youth and dominance of free will – representing a whole generation of people for that matter. Realizing that this is a contemporary recording is quite odd; the same goes for the VHS-imagery music video.

Naturally, this is a creation which shall generously give joy to people that dearly treasure these images, this mood, this lifestyle, even though this spiritual wealth might have been transformed to nothing more than a block of memories. Kudos to George Beck for blessing us with some precious name-dropping; everyone who was there/familiar with it all, will acknowledge and instinctively smile, for the rest there’s Wikipedia.

Thank you George Beck. This is “90s/High”, get nostalgic here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Ian Edson – Elevate: Euphorically Sonic House

With their latest mix “Elevate”  up and coming LA-based producer Ian Edson has given Tech heads another reason to include his House mixes on their playlists.

The high-octane sonic floor filler utters the simple mantra of ‘Elevate’ over the simple, yet extremely effective danceable rhythm. The anticipation is set for the euphoric breakdowns by inventive uses of phasers creating drawn-out caustic sweeping effects throughout the mix.

Elevate may be slightly darker and harsher than your average House mix, but it still does exactly what it says on the tin.

You can check out Ian Edson’s latest Trance mix for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Darth Athena – Plasmagoria: A Tech House Playlist Essential

Breaking Tech House artist Darth Athena dropped yet another sublime mix “Plasmagoria” onto the airwaves in November 2019.

Their ability to blend shimmering bright transcendental textures with harsh smacks of bass in a constantly evolving House mix is like nothing we’ve heard from any other electronic artist this year. It comes as no surprise that the Atlanta-based producer finds his inspiration from an array of sources, from darkwave to fantasy soundtracks to RnB.

Plasmagoria is a mould-breaking melting pot of danceable euphoric rhythm. From sonic blasts to tribal rhythm you’ll find all that and more in Plasmagoria. It doesn’t just offer high-octane energy, but captivating high-octane emotion too.

You can check out Plasmagoria for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Make sure to follow their Soundcloud page, as they’ll be dropping more mixes along with an EP in January 2020.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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GARRETT PAKNIS – Body; Salaciously Danceable Electro Pop

Any fans of Peaches are going to want to check out the latest single from Berlin-based artist GARRETT PAKNIS. “Body” is a salaciously danceable feat of Electro Pop which will gladly remind you of just how much sex appeal can be infused into a mix.

The snaring percussion and the futuristic synth notes create the perfect for GARRETT PAKNIS’ vocals and lyrics which consistently whisper carnality into Body.

I can only imagine how well this track would go down in Berghain or the Kit Kat club. Similarly, there are sure to be plenty of listeners in the UK who will want to surrender their own rhythmic pulses to this hypnotically lustful vibe.

You can check out the official music video to Body via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Coryn – Highs: Garage House Pop

Coryn’s mission of statement is to make us dance and I can’t see how she could fail to stand by her statement when she releases songs like ‘Highs’.

Born and raised in a small town outside Reading, UK Coryn’s current music can be described as “Madonna music, aimed for the dance floor”. Her carefree vocals ride the new-age New Order meets garage & techno, resulting in a tune that invites your body to move. What I particularly appreciate about this song is its existential versatility: I believe that it perfectly fits a house DJ-set, as much as a techno DJ-set, as much as pop/mainstream music DJ-jet. Overall, it’s a great tune to blend with other great tunes when the set’s purpose is to get people to dance.

‘Highs’ is the closing track of Coryn’s 2018 EP called ‘Numbers’, the artwork of which I found notably intriguing.

If one of your favorite music lunches is chilled female vocals while Garage House is your favorite dressing salad to accompany it, then you should listen to ‘Highs‘.

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Blackpool EDM artist The Future Collective Have Dropped Their Latest Mix

Blackpool, UK-based EDM artist The Future Collective have proven themselves to be more than worthy of their title with their latest Future House mix “Funky Sound”.

The mix has all the makings of a guaranteed floor-filler including lashings of Funk and shimmering groove-deep euphoria. The solid beats, hype-infusing vocals, and immersive build-ups all keep you suitably entranced throughout the mix. Funky Sound stands as a testament to The Future Collective’s talent when it comes to creating rhythms to appeal to your own rhythmic pulses.

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer before you can check out the latest release from The Future Collective. In the meantime, you can head over to their SoundCloud and check out their earlier releases and keep up to date with news of releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cape Cod – I’m Coming Home ft. Richard Farrell: Soulful Funk-Laden Disco

If up and coming Disco Funk artist Cape Cod still hasn’t appeared on your radar, you’ll soon thank us for the introduction to their euphorically soulful approach to production.

Their standout hit “I’m Coming Home” featuring Richard Farrell will allow you to appreciate just why there’s such a hype around their naturistically high-vibe soundscapes.

I’m Coming Home may borrow a few elements from decades past, but in its essence, I’m Coming Home is a vibrant, rejuvenating modern floor-filler which is will bring ample amounts of deftly mastered Funk onto your playlists.

Through the depth of lyrics, the charismatically inviting vocals, and quality of the production, I’m Coming Home has set the bar for EDM artists crafting beats for the intention of putting out uplifting tracks which arrest the listener’s own rhythmic pulses.

You can check out Cape Cod’s standout single I’m Coming Home for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Discover the Euphoric Funk Wrapped up in Dj Paul Vicktor’s Bass-Driven Hit “Droga”

Dj Paul Vicktor’s standout track “Droga” off their recently released third album is all about the bass, the sonic atmospherics, and wavy euphoria.

The experimental mix may not ease you in gently, but once hooked by the solid rhythm, you’ll have few little concerns about being thrown headfirst into such a high-octane, charged mix.

The duration of the tracks may be fairly short with Droga only running for 1:25 minutes. But considering that Dj Paul Vicktor has poured plenty of innovation into his mixes with the aim of creating pioneeringly enjoyable music, that’s just more of an excuse to listen to the album in full. The sublime fusion of Hip Hop, Disco, Funk and Bounce found in each of the tracks is nothing short of entrancing.

You can check out Dj Paul Vicktor’s track Droga along with the rest of their album by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Luuk Lagrange – 4Weeks: A Euphorically Melodic Winter Warmer

London-based producer Luuk Lagrange hit the airwaves with a potent dose of euphoria through their latest mix “4Weeks” which dropped on October 29th.

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean our need for aural ecstasy has to go unsated. The track audibly oozes infectious and commanding feel good vibes which pump out between the stylised atmospheric melodic house beats and synth hooks.

The lyrics may be minimalistic, yet they’re magnetically hypnotic and will stick to your synapses like superglue. If you’re looking for a club hit to help you embrace the nostalgia of summers gone by, consider 4Weeks as an antidote to the winter blues.

You can check out the official music video to Luuk Lagrange’s track 4Weeks by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast