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dotSTRIPE – Make A Wish EP

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3516-158414_600.jpgLabel: Act Natural RecordsScore: 8.5/10 

If you’ve followed British label Act Natural Records over the years, then you’ll be all too aware already of their inclination for doing things on their own watch. It’s a method of working that’s paid dividends, too, and while their modus operandi tends to veer towards house, it still represents the genre in various sizes, shapes and forms.

The label’s latest number comes courtesy of relative newcomer dotSTRIPE, a man with previous on labels such as Dantze, KD Music and Mihai Popoviciu’s Cyclic. On the Make A Wish EP, he incorporates numerous different sounds into the equation; the end result being an EP that earns its stripes in its own, unique manner.

That said, there’s still not a whole lot separating the four tracks on show. Structurally, the similarities are obvious, while the sounds themselves aren’t a million miles apart either. Indeed, the differences are subtle rather than glaring, and it’s no bad thing; almost as if dotSTRIPE wants us to work extra hard for our thrills.

The pick of the lot is ”Jazz”, a perfect melding that joins the dots between urban decay and contemporary house music charm. Elsewhere, ”Then It Happened” and ”About Mary” keep things hot and humid, while the title-track saunters with a bumping groove at its core. If it’s something different you’re after this weather, than Act Natural’s latest is sure to do just the trick. 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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