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Austin based imprint – Whiskey Pickle – had a great 2014 with releases from the likes of Walter Jones, Gavin and Robbie Hardkiss and James Curd. The boutique label is ending this year on a high note with a stellar EP from Barcelona based producer, Playless.

The two tracks “How Much?” and “Juno” showcase not only the diversity but also production quality of Playless’ sound. Kicking it off, “How Much” is straight up Chicago house with lovely piano work and MIDI saxophones. The B-Side “Juno” is just as strong, yet it’s deep rubbery bassline and cavernous reverb give it more of a gritty late-night sound.

Vulture Music label admin Xander Milne gets his hands on “How Much,” twisting and turning it into a g-house funk tune while keeping the piano and adding high-energy vocals. Not to be outdone, Abstrakt Audio takes on “Juno,” stabbing synths and shuffling high hats create a prefect mixture that’s feels right at home on a 4am warehouse dancefloor.

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In celebration of Kode9′s imprint Hyperdub turning 10 years old, the label has released it’s final compilation of a four part series earlier this week. Filled with new and unreleased material from various alumni, a track from Ossie and PHRH stands out as a dynamic electro-soul tune. “Ugly Observation” features large industrial drums muffled under hyper distorted vocals and oscillating synths, ending with an intense tribal bassline and heavy pitch shifting. This track and the entire release “Hyperdub 10.4″ is now available for purchase on their website.

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As you may of already known, Berlin based Chambray is one of our favorite new producers this year. His Rub EP off the mighty ULTRAMAJIC imprint was a success with monster tracks such as “Untitled” and “Ghetto Giants,” and gained support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Danny Daze and many more. Lucky for us, ULTRAMAJIC is set to release a remix EP with four reworks that are just as great as the originals.

First up is The Hacker, heavy on the bleeps and bloops he takes “Ghetto Giants” to a more industrial level, while Len Faki’s rework of “Untitled” rattles with heavy percussion and extended breakdown. In Bodyjack’s hands, the same track turns into high energy house tune with elements of acid and techno whirling below quick vocal cuts. Finishing it off strong is the Unknown label boss DJ Haus, bringing hypnotic stabs and a rubbery and dry pounding bassline to “Rub.”

The EP will see a digital release on Nov 24th and vinyl release on Dec 1st, until then you can listen down below.

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Shir Khan always brings all things deep and funky when it comes to his extraordinary imprint, Exploited. The Sercret Gold series has given us some of the best underground tracks from the likes of Piemont, Huxley and Claptone, the sixth and latest installment is no different.

Secret Gold 6 starts out with my personal favorite, “Give It To Me” by PJU which features Josh Caffe & Robert Owens on the vocals. A soulful yet modern house track, it’s heavy on the horns and synths while hyper-sexed vocal cuts take the track to new heights. The rest of the EP is solid until the very end, Belgium’s very own Antilope’s dreamy concoction “Body Trouble” comes in next and is smooth mixture of deep house and dream pop. Finishing it off Kevin McKay (from Glasgow Underground) gives us a tribal tech house jam with “Everythings A Dream”, and newcomer Will Clarke’s wobbly “Gunna Give U” is a floor focused stomper.

You can purchase Secret Gold 6 now on Beatport, so what are you waiting for?! Go on and get down!