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Behind Closed Doors / Kira Neris

Kira Neris - Behind Closed Doors

Futuristica Music

Even though Myspace gets bad press at times, it is still a great way to get your music out there to the masses and I know that was how Simon S, the man behind Futuristica, found Kira Neris aka Herve Poudoulec. Herve is based in Strasbourg and was brought up musically on radio and had a passion for many styles of music including jazz, rock and house. In 1999 Cinematic Orchestra's "Motion" album was released, which affected us all but caused a radical change in Herve's productions. He has so far compiled a vast library of samples, and "Behind Closed Doors" is the beautiful result of his work. This is simply a stunning album based around exceptional arrangements, samples and beats. This might just be 2007's summer soundtrack.

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Simon Harrison, 05/07

Sambatek / Kirk Degiorgio

Kirk Degiorgio - Sambatek

Far Out

On "Sambatek" Kirk DeGiorgio blends his signature techno sounds with Brazilian rhythms and a touch of Detroit techno soul certain to whip dance floors into a frenzy  Among the highlights are "'Morro da Formiga", and Complexo de Alemao" each filled with dark percussive rhythms and pulsating beats. "Prazeres", filled with seductive cosmic rhythms and "Vidigal" are more house flavored tracks but provide definite satisfaction. If that wasn't enough there are some tasty remixes from Detroit's own Rick Wilhite on "Babilinia" and Jonas Kopp on "Borel" just to name a few. By infusing 4/4 beats to these treasured Brazilian compositions, Kirk Degiorgio's first recording for Far Out is a winner.

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Reg Dancy, 09/13

Elegant Systems / Kirk Degiorgio Presents As One

Kirk Degiorgio Presents As One - Elegant Systems

Versatile Records

Kirk Degiorgio - aka As One - returns after what seems like minutes since his superb 'Out Of The Darkness' album was released on Ubiquity records in October 2004. This album is perfectly suited to Versatile records, and moves more to his deeper electronic sound but still manages to keep soul. Here features some future house classics like 'rumours', 'response ability' and 'this precious life' that would sit along side any Planet E and Underground Resistance release, and those are just the first three tracks.

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Simon Harrison, 06/05

Planetary Folklore 2 / Kirk Degiorgio Presents As One

Kirk Degiorgio Presents As One - Planetary Folklore 2

Archive Records

Mr. Degiorgio is firing all cylinders at the moment. His amazing Beauty Room project is now in the shops and he's gone back to where I first heard of Kirk, when the first Planetary Folklore album was released on Mo Wax nine years ago. A lot has changed over the years but Kirk has never lost his touch. Volume Two is a beautiful electronica sound with broken beats, orchestral pieces and ambience thrown into the nine tracks. "Irradiant" and "It's all turning blue" are just two tracks that have been going down a storm. Archive were certainly wise to pick up on this gem.

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Simon Harrison, 10/06

On My Way / Kon

Kon - On My Way

BBE

With his debut, beat maker Kon has produced a collection of soulful dance tracks filled with clever synth arrangements and tasty vocal contributions. It’s clear that Kon has an ear for rhythm and infectious grooves as his compositions effortlessly seep into your body and you’ll find yourself moving instantly. The proof lies in quality tracks like “All Night”, a funky dance tune that features the heavenly vocals of Amy Douglas. In addition she’s also featured on  the house inspired “Blow Me….A Kiss”. There are other notable contributors such as Georg Levin hearty vocals on “Don’t cha Wanna” enhanced by Yuki Kanesaki’s keyboard wizardry.  “Awe Baby” is a heart pumping string laden funky instrumental. Overall “On My Way” is the perfect antidote to jumpstart your next party. This superb record serves notice that Kon is an artist to keep an eye on.

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Reg Dancy, 08/13

Koop Islands / Koop

Koop - Koop Islands

Compost Records

Message boards and forums have been generating great excitement and hype for the return of Koop, and "Koop Islands" kicks off where their 2001 album "Waltz for Koop" left off. If there is any slight difference, it's that they've gone further back in time for the influences to the 1930's and 1940's and the days of swing. Bringing these ideas up to date is refreshing and a joy to listen to. Yukimi Nagano is back again on vocals and sounding as amazing as ever on tracks "Come To Me", "I See A Different You" and "Beyond The Son". Rob Gallagher also features and I think it's his best work since the first Earl Zinger productions, and, finally, Norwegian vocalist Ane Brun completes the package perfectly. Oscar has been quoted as saying "We play jazz", and they do that very well.

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Simon Harrison, 09/06

Before the Ruin / Kris Drever, John McCusker &amp; Roddy Womble

Kris Drever, John McCusker &amp; Roddy Womble - Before the Ruin

Navigator1

Love this, there’s a nice raw feel to the production so the music and songs can shine centre stage and they do superbly. The feel is folk meets singer songwriter meets subtle rock but it’s the songs and their delivery (Roddy Womble takes most lead vocals) that make this enchanting and moreish. Guests include Norman Blake and Francis MacDonald of Teenage Fanclub, Philip Selway of Radiohead, Heidi Talbot, Donald Shaw of Capercaille, Andy Cutting (BBC folk musician of the year) and Michael McGoldrick. Have a listen to ‘Into The Blue’ or ‘Moments Last Forever’ - magic.

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Graham Radley, 10/08

The Dread Of An Unknown Evil / KRTS

KRTS - The Dread Of An Unknown Evil

Project Mooncircle

Brooklyn based producer KRTS (Kurtis Hairston) has teamed up with the Berlin based label Project Mooncircle for his thematic albeit dark full length release.  “The Dread Of An Unknown Evil” is an exploration of moods filled with deep electronic grooves and spacey synths.  Some of the highlights are cosmic house inspired “Close The Closet Door”. “Your Eyes” is heartwarming in an eerie sort of way due in part to the deep enchanting vocals of Stevee Wellons.  “Regret To Retreat” is a light, ethereal mid tempo tune with thick beats. KRTS, known for beat making ability demonstrates on this release that he is equally adept at hypnotic compositions as well.

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Reg Dancy, 03/13

Bhangra Latina / Kuljit Bhamra

Kuljit Bhamra - Bhangra Latina

Keda Records

Dubbed as bhangra Latina this is Kuljit Bhamra, top tabla player and the name behind soundtracks like "Bhaji on the Beach", and "Bend it like Beckham",  teaming up with top salsa pianist Alex Wilson. The marriage of styles flows easily and you often forget there’s two very distinct styles merging here, I especially like the opener ‘Pyar Ka Hai Bairi’ with vocals from Sangeeta.

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Graham Radley, 08/09

Family Dinner / Kylie Audist

Kylie Audist - Family Dinner

Freestyle

Vocalist Kylie Audist has been a member of the burgeoning soul scene in Melbourne for several years. Whether being a featured vocalist for the raw soul outfit The Bamboos or other musical collectives, her powerful emotive vocals are the driving force behind a number of their funk and soul tunes. On her fourth LP, "Family Dinner" Audist deviates from the customary hard driving rhythms of 60s soul in favor of 80s flavored boogie disco grooves. With the LP produced by Bamboos founder Lance Ferguson you can be certain that the grooves and overall instrumentation is in good hands. Evidence can found on "Sensational" for starters. Kylie's voice roars over a thunderous bass and synth groove. "Waste Of Time" is a mid-tempo tune with a dreamy melody, Kylie shifts to a softer tone and is supported by tasty horns and infectious guitar rhythms. "Rewards" is another winner, a playful swaying Disco tune laced with funky guitar riffs. Loyal fans are used to her brilliance, it's time for everyone to take notice.

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Reg Dancy, 08/16

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