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House - Single Reviews - 602

Singles - House - Issue 602

Marina Trench

Waterside EP

Wolf Music

9.5
Truly blazing work from Paris's Marina Trench here on Wolf Music, four tracks running the gamut from peak-time bangers to dawn-break anthems. Title track 'Waterside', with its slinky bass and hushed vocal longing, is very much in the former camp, a floor-filler par excellence. 'Get In' bursts with grand piano chords under a relentless loop, while 'Train Call' also goes all-in on the cut and paste keys. The emotive 'Straight' is heavy on the feels, built for Balearic (or Adriatic) bliss. Superb.

Apparel Wax

'007'

Apparel Music

9.0
Number seven from the still-mysterious Apparel Wax, an 'unknown artist' who is provided material by various 'international ghost producers', then releases it on limited vinyl runs. Who it is matters not. This is serious gear. A-side opener '007A1' blends a firm but understated disco loop with hypnotic, tripped out synths. On the flip, warm piano stab chords change the pace some, while the second, equally anonymous '007B2' slows the BPMs for a spooky, low-slung vibe for late nights and early mornings.

Mat Playford

'Each Other'

The Bricks

8.5
The sixth release on The Bricks recruits Mat Playford in analogue state of mind. 'Each Other', with its dizzying machine bleeps and ultra-flat percussion fires on all cylinders, while gathering strings provide the drama. The legendary Kirk Degiorgio drops some heavyweight acid on his earthy re-rub, before a suite of heart-tugging strings peep around the edges. Over, the beatless 'I Really Care', with its lilting piano sketches and synth bursts, finds label boss Anna Wall building a pulsating groove with an exceptional remix.

Fiorious

'I'm Not Defeated (Cassius XXL Remix)'

Glitterbox

9.5
It's still hard to fathom electronic music without the inimitable Philippe Zdar, who died tragically last year. But we will always have his music. Thanks to Glitterbox and Ed Banger, this remix was the last work he and Cassius collaborator Hubert Boombass worked on together, a fittingly joyous piano-driven house anthem from a man who created joy for a living. Released with the blessing of Philippe's family, proceeds go to Canadian LGBTQ charity Rainbow Road, so buy as many as you can.

Dubfire ft. Carl Craig and Kate Elsworth

'Lotus'

Crosstown Rebels

9.0
Quite the dream team here, as Dubfire hooks up with his long-time mentor, the iconic Carl Craig, and Australian vocalist Kate Elsworth to produce an undisputed epic for Damian Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels. 'Lotus' kicks off all serious and spiritual, before finally building to spine-tingling, hands-in-the-air chords reminiscent of classic Deep Dish. The dub cuts the original's 12-minute journey time in half with a concise, surgical edit, while Tibi Dabo turns in a wonderfully wonky re-rub.

MLiR & Velmondo

'Mad Honey EP'

Internasjonal

8.0
Barcelona duo MLiR hit up Prins Thomas's revered Internasjonal label with aplomb, and Arnau Obiols (aka Velmondo) firmly in tow. The result is a psyched-out chugger in the case of opening track 'Hokhmah', all tribal percussion and a rolling bassline. Incessant acid pulses buzz 'The Avocado Jungle Of Death'. Over, 'Mad Honey' goes heavy on the tom soloing, before bursting into full oddball Eastern disco and then trippy, lunatic arps. It's a lot to take in.

Timothy Clerkin

'Psalm EP'

Insult To Injury Records

8.5
Timothy Clerkin brings the surging rave vibes to his Insult To Injury label, title track 'Psalm' channeling 808 State with some pulsing square waves and dreamy pads. 'Slave Too' hurls in a breakbeat, but somehow without the cynical 'let's hurl in a breakbeat' thing that appears to be going on at the moment, along with some murky warehouse synths. Simian Mobile Disco's Jas Shaw slices and dices the track, adding in a sinister organ come the break. Handle with care.

Kassian

'Shuffling Words EP'

Phonica White

8.5
After releases for Detroit Swindle's Heist and their own Kassian Versions imprint, Joe Danvers and Warren XcInce drop their second three tracks for Phonica Records' spin-off Phonica White. Title jam 'Shuffling Words' delivers dreamy vibes over a surging loop, holding back its secret low-end arsenal until the last minute. On the flip, 'Ex-Culture' blends fucked-up jazz chords with more weighty percussion, while 'U Make Me' takes you down to Filter Town, with gospel vocals swirling around a lo-fi groove. Special.

Crackazat

'Valentine EP '

Freerange

9.0
Bristol's Crackazat, aka Ben Jacobs, has upped sticks from Bristol to Sweden, and clearly the Nordic model is suiting him like a tailored tuxedo. This, for Jimpster's Freerange, is a masterclass in blending jazz and house music so it's not boring as fuck. Think Mood II Swing and Kerri Chandler vibes, never more present than on 'I Heard You', all warm chords and vibes for miles. Sistrum don Patrice Scott takes on the majestic 'Back Of My Heart', offering up a mix with galactic significance.