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Producers on the Rise: Keita Sano

Posted in Features Tracks by on Jun 26, 2014

Keita Sano – the left-handed Okayama, Japan native with a sixth-sense for fearless and innovative sampling. I had the pleasure of sharing a compilation 12″ release with Keita this year on Holic Trax TOM TAM CLUB Vol. 2. From my first listen, there was no second guessing myself – he had something special to offer. Holic Trax’s A&R, Tomoki Tamura, has granted Keita a few...

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In Review: Music Is Love – Lovebox 002 V/A

Posted in Features Tracks by on Jun 17, 2014

I’ve had my eye on the Manchester label since their first record with New Jack City. There was a certain extra effort that went into each record and a tight sense of support for any artist associated with the brand. From all accounts, Music Is Love Records (MIL) has paraded through its first year (and some months) of existence and excelled at putting their print on forward-thinking house...

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Producers on the Rise: Callahan

Posted in Features Tracks by on Jun 9, 2014

A quick nod to UK techno producer, Mella Dee – a little over a month ago he told his fanbase to keep an eye on “Callahan”. Fair enough. As someone who respects his word, I internalized and moved on. See, the funny thing about those small endorsements is that they set you up several times over if you already have material ready to listen. Since April, Callahan has posted 6...

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Gianni Amoroso – I Don’t Feel Your Love (3 Channels Remix)

Posted in Tracks by on Jun 6, 2014

Catz n Dogz kicked off their new label, STEP Recordings, back in January with an incredibly well-rounded record from A1 Bassline. I’m still carrying around that record everywhere I go and it really set the tone to what they were seeking to accomplish with the new, offshoot label. My take away from their approach is a no nonsense attitude toward house. Rhythm and groove are the focal point...

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Bobby B – So True [ICEE HOT]

Posted in Tracks by on Jun 2, 2014

Bobby B (Andre Ferreira) has been a bit of a secret sequestered in the San Francisco house scene. I first came across his work sometime last year (while he was still under the name Bobby Browser) with a beautifully intricate, uplifting single “As Far As I Know” on 100% Silk. The shakers alone from that one sold me – there’s something special about this guy. As a veteran...

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