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Lex Newton – Let Me In Your Heart

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PSD-ER030-cover-2400-2400.jpgArtist: Lex NewtonScore: 8/10 

Belgian label Electronical Reeds know a thing or two about diversity. Regardless of whether it’s techno, house or tech-house they’re turning their hands to, they tend to pull it off with a sort of scope that’s not always evident in their contemporaries. Their first release of the new year sees them draft in Lex Newton, himself a Belgian native and a man who, on this showing, might well be set for big things ahead.

Let Me In Your Heart is the EP in question, and it’s brimming with colourful and dynamic flourishes from the off. Even so, it’s the original that still packs the most heat of everything on show, with its organ tones and a cleverly managed sense of suspense that’s layered from the first beat to the last. This is modern-day house in its finest form, the type of which would surely go down a storm with Prosumer, Joy O et al.

Starting us with the remixes is retuning ER fave Superdrums, who lets a hunning bassline lurk and work wonders underneath. O.D. Math’s remix is an, ahem, more calculated affair, as he discards nearly all the original’s parts in favour of more down-tempo approach. The horns work a treat on this one, as does the well-heeled percussion.

”Take On Me” sees Newton trump up with another ace, with its electro happenings brilliantly bouncing off its more restrained moments. Da Fat Love Dub is a more raw version of the latter, with a mound of fuzzy and gliding moments that’ll transport you to a place that’s full of embracing charm.

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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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