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So Percussion and Matmos — Treasure State
Treasure State is the joint effort of Brooklyn-based classical/avant-garde quartet So Percussion and Matmos, our left-field cutup crew responsible for a number of Bjork productions and the essential “A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure”. Over eight tracks, clever, aberrant drums meld with wayward horns, textural clicks and cuts and an eccentric spectrum of tactile sounds and arbitrary instruments — ceramic planters, aluminum cans, and cactus needles, to name a few. From the formless wooden charm of “Needles” to the bass-heavy minor key of “Aluminum”, Treasure State is a treat of an experimental record, heavy on the intrigue and just accessible enough.

DJ Erick Morillo — Subliminal Sessions presents Voodoo Nights
Columbian-born superstar DJ Erick Morillo drops a heady brew of voodoo and shamanism with his new Ibiza mix session off acclaimed Subliminal Records. Opening with an unorthodox fusion of tribal and minimal flavors, Voodoo Nights unfolds into a breezy, ferocious concoction of 4/4 soul-house vibes, neon-colored dance pop melodies, and progressive sounds. Morillo's own production shines bright here too; “Live Your Life” featuring Shawnee Taylor is a heavyweight soul-house tune sure to endure long after the night's ended.

Jamie Grind and Gon — INFRA12003
Newcomers to the Infrasonics imprint, Jamie Grind and Gon arrive on their respective sides of 'INFRA12003 EP'. Grind unveils two elegantly-crafted dancefloor movers on the A, each employing a stripped-down, chilled aesthetic that ignites into a series of intelligent, head-shaking grooves. “If You Want” is pure ear candy with its infectious lick of R&B vocals, while the sophisticated, sparse percussion and aquatic vibe of “Balloon” tips a hat to the mighty Hessle Audio. On the flip, Gon brings it to a more synthetic place, “Chaka Mad” and “Riddance” are both worthy players in the UK's wonky subgenre.

Solomun — Sisi
Renowned on German terrain for a handful of top-class tech-house club nights, Solomun drops his latest plate on Mobilee. Title track “Sisi” and “Talk To The Hand” impart to the dancefloor a solid blend of austere drum programming and quaking, perforated bass stabs, while the pulsing elegance and delicate piano of “Curesto” ties up the night in fine style.

Justin Michael & Dave Mayer Feat. Maiya — Lost In The Music
Recalling a bygone era of house, Maiya's soulful vocals feature heavily here, but it's the deconstructed, pared-down remixes where the record truly shines. “Funky Soldiers Dub” and “Born to Funk Oldskool Delight Mix” each apply a lightweight treatment of Maiya's vocals, bringing future sounds to the forefront to create a more engaging, ambient house vibe.