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Hot Digits: Year Two
HOTDIGITMAXI 002
16 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Get Down Edits - "Anytime (She Goes Away)" - (6:50) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eyeco M - "Keepin' It To Myself" - (6:50) 103 BPM
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Martin Hayes - "Chain Of Love" - (5:33) 102 BPM
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Dawn Again - "Shadow Of The Gibb" - (6:39) 104 BPM
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Bad Barbie Vs Evil Smarty - "Tonight" - (7:53) 106 BPM
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Tomas Malo - "High Flyer" - (6:18) 110 BPM
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P-Sol - "Can't You See" - (6:46) 110 BPM
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Dr Packer - "Sing A Happy Song" - (6:53) 113 BPM
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Fingerman - "We Gon' Rock" - (7:38) 110 BPM
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LTJ - "Fat Thing" - (6:45) 110 BPM
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Chewy Rubs - "Bullet Dodger" - (8:00) 110 BPM
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Deelicious - "Can't Live Without You" - (5:31) 111 BPM
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Kiu D - "Do It Bad" - (5:32) 116 BPM
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Weedyman - "And Ode To? (Where Ya Wanna Go)" - (7:18) 118 BPM
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Raw-Artes - "C' Mon Back" - (7:11) 118 BPM
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Jay Ru - "Disco Music (Right On Time)" - (7:19) 113 BPM
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Rafael Fernandez - "Vintage Wine" - (6:50) 118 BPM
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Melon Bomb - "Breakin' It Down" - (8:08) 115 BPM
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Rayko - "Round One" - (8:04) 115 BPM
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James Rod - "Hot & Sexy" - (7:28) 120 BPM
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Ash Reynolds - "Remind Me" - (6:53) 116 BPM
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Appo - "Sunshine" - (6:52) 117 BPM
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Massimo Vanoni - "Seven Steps To The Groove (Deep Mix)" - (7:36) 120 BPM
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Goldboy - "Tisno Hermanos" - (7:51) 115 BPM
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Dave Gerrard - "Body Strike" - (6:59) 123 BPM
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Situation - "Soul Revival" - (6:14) 122 BPM
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Twisted Soul Collective - "Qualified" - (7:16) 125 BPM
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Various - "Hot Digits: Year Two Retrospective" (continuous mix By Fingerman) - (1:09:32) 115 BPM
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Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has packed in a lot of releases over the past 12 months, as this expansive roundup of the label's second year in business proves. Featuring 27 tracks and a bonus mix by the South Coast dwelling label boss, there's naturally plenty to admire. Highlights include, but are not limited to, the rolling, head-nodding grooves of Eyeco M's "Keeping It To Myself", the killer proto-house throb of "Tonight" by Bad Barbie vs Evil Smarty, the sexy, string-drenched disco loveliness of P-Sol's "Can't You See", LTJ's trumpet-boasting funk bumper "Fat Thing", and the hard-wired, bass-heavy rework of Julia & Company's "Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)" by Melon Bomb. It is, though, all pretty darn hot.
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Hospital Mixtape: SPY (unmixed tracks)
NHS 290DD
27 May 16
Drum And Bass
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TC & Jakes - "Rep" (SPY remix) - (4:59) 174 BPM
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SpectraSoul - "4URGH" - (4:57) 172 BPM
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SPY - "Take Control" - (4:37) 175 BPM
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Bladerunner - "The Storm" - (5:15) 175 BPM
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SPY - "Second Encounter" - (3:59) 172 BPM
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Dimension - "Panzer" - (4:13) 174 BPM
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Logistics & Inja - "Smoke Rings" - (4:33) 174 BPM
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Alibi - "Hornet" - (4:30) 174 BPM
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M Set & Deefa - "All Consuming Fear" (Amoss remix) - (5:57) 174 BPM
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SPY - "Silent Wave" - (4:12) 175 BPM
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MachineCode & Lockjaw - "Cry Me" - (5:44) 172 BPM
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Noisia - "Omnivore" - (4:53) 172 BPM
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Annix - "Contraband" - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Whiney - "Guardians" - (4:25) 175 BPM
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PA - "Battle Of The Witts" (Boosta & Atmos T remix) - (5:11) 177 BPM
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Fred V & Grafix - "Ultraviolet" (SPY remix) - (4:55) 175 BPM
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Klax - "Hotline" - (5:20) 172 BPM
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Dub Elements - "Soulbringer" - (5:01) 172 BPM
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Anile - "Don't Let Me In" - (3:50) 174 BPM
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Digital - "Deadline" (SPY remix) - (5:51) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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London Elektricity - "Why Are We Here?" (SPY remix) - (5:00) 173 BPM
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Random Movement - "In Space, No One Can Hear You Funk" - (5:19) 175 BPM
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Break & Celestine - "Hope" - (4:31) 174 BPM
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Muffler - "Valentine" - (3:03) 175 BPM
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BCee - "Back To The Street" (SPY remix) - (4:57) 174 BPM
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Lenzman - "Cherry Blossom" - (5:16) 172 BPM
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Lisp - "Got Me Down" - (4:52) 174 BPM
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Larigold - "Don't Stop" - (5:45) 172 BPM
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Unreal & SPY - "Enduro" - (5:44) 173 BPM
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Keeno - "Eos" - (3:26) 58 BPM
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SPY - "What The Future Holds" (Etherwood remix) - (4:41) 58 BPM
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Hospital Mixtape: SPY (continuous DJ mix) - (58:33) 175 BPM
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Review: Following Etherwood and Fred V & Grafix, S.P.Y is the next to step up to the "Hospital Mixtape" series with a walloping 31-track mix of which almost half has never been released before. As you'd expect from the bazillion dollar Brazilian, the range is wide with tendencies to gully. Essential exclusives you'd be an absolute madman not to check include his deep-swing twist on Digital's seminal "Deadline", the insane sub bass slipperiness on Random Movement's incredible "In Space No One Can Hear You Funk" and the "Up All Night" style late 90s slap down with his brother Unreal "Enduro". A proper mix and a previously unobtainable selection that's yours for the taking... What's not to love here?
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Dying To Dance
MMD 020
09 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lonely Town Lonely Street - (6:04) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Trust Me - (4:30) 118 BPM
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Dying To Dance - (5:26) 117 BPM
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Mechanical Body - (6:12) 102 BPM
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Change Of Mind - (6:28) 113 BPM
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Review: Lately Leeds' Deelicious has seen his loose and groovy tunes grace the likes of Sound Exhibitions and Disco Fruit. Here he rolls out five sizzling new bangers. The urgent slice of socially conscious funk, "Lonely Town Lonely Street", kicks things off, "Trust Me" incorporates housier filtered loops into the mix and the title track is celebratory slice of disco-pop with some ace bloc-rocking breaks and punk-funk bass work. Elsewhere we enter orbit with the melodramatic sci-fi boogie of "Mechanical Body" and "Change Your Mind" is an amazing example of early underground dance music reconfigured by a 21st century perspective.
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Pulsate
KINGSIZE 003
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Dayz - (4:55) 58 BPM
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Bell Riddim - (5:33) 175 BPM
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Pulsate - (4:56) 175 BPM
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Voltage & Nicky Blackmarket - "Dub Tickles" - (6:13) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Consistency is key with Voltage: no overblown hype or fanfair or 'massive' tracks.... Just proper classically trained dancefloor drum & bass. Here we find him doing the do on his own label Rollaz with four crisp originals. Highlights include the show-stopped bass twist and vocal treatment "Bell Riddim", the techno-like dynamic and pneumatic crunch of "Pulsate" and the instant party jump-up of "Dub Tickles" penned with originator badman Blackmarket. There's a fine line between Rollaz and absolute belters....
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Shogun: 100 Pt 3
SHA 100EP3
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Fourward - "Yung Bongo" - (3:45) 172 BPM
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Karma - "Proposal" (feat D ablo) - (5:02) 172 BPM
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Total Science - "Infinite Pathways" - (6:53) 172 BPM
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Break - "Emeralds" - (6:20) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Friction knows how to throw a party... Their "100" celebrations started in March and they're still going strong three months later! A chance for the label's artists and friends to stretch their skills and signatures, there's been some really exciting, subversion work throughout the series. This final piece in the puzzle is no exception; "Fourward" deliver their funkiest track to date, Karma gets all soulful, Total Science get all drifty and ethereal while Break simply reminds us why we love him. All four cuts glistening with long-lasting gold, Shogun can carry on celebrating their 100th release for as long as they like as far as we're concerned.
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Soften The Wireless EP
HEIST 017
09 May 16
Deep House
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Khan's Bargain - (5:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Khan's Bargain (Tom Noble remix) - (7:11) 120 BPM
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The Blues - (6:55) 128 BPM
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It Won't Be Long - (5:53) 124 BPM
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Varkala - (6:32) 119 BPM
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Review: Nebraska has been a busy boy of late, delivering killer material on both Mister Saturday Night and Delusions of Grandeur. Here he dons his favourite balaclava and joins Detroit Swindle's Heist. He begins with the groovy, loose and low-slung disco-house bump of "Khan's Bargain", which is also brilliantly remixed by obscure boogie specialist Tom Noble. The tempo increases dramatically on the wide-eyed deep house sprint of "The Blues", before Nebraska enhances his Balearic house credentials thanks to the blissful synthesizer arpeggio lines and swirling chords of "It Won't Be Long". The spacey, string-drenched shuffle of "Varkala" draws a fine EP to a close.
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Watch Your Mouth/Control
MURDA 013
27 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Watch Your Mouth - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Control - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Review: Calling all eighth grade air violinists! Profile returns to Murda Sound Digital with "Watch Your Mouth", a track that harbours strings so dramatic they could raise Hitchcock from his grave. It's also home to one of the best potty-mouthed samples jump-up's enjoyed in a long time. "Control" strips back the instrumentation to allow the sinewy bassline to slur and grizzle over a well chiselled two-step. Freaky.
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Dispositions
CRITLP 11
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Emperor - "Cold Snap" - (5:34) 57 BPM
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Emperor - "Haste" - (5:21) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "I Was" - (4:51) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Foxholes" - (4:34) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Emperor - "Shapeshift" - (4:36) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "From Ashes" - (5:24) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Infrasound" - (4:52) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Dispositions" (feat Peta Oneir) - (5:01) 172 BPM
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Emperor/Centra - "Interstellar" - (5:31) 174 BPM
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Emperor - "One Foot" - (4:50) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Sidestep" - (4:55) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Jounce" - (4:43) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Thunder" (feat MC Fats) - (4:40) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Made Of Light" (feat Solah) - (4:57) 172 BPM
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Review: Halifax heavyweight Emperor finally unleashes the long-awaited beast that is his debut album and it's 50 shades of awesome. Rather than dish out a collection of the dark, tearing bangers he's become known for, he's licked up an all-armed hurricane of sounds and ideas; from the pixelated lift-off of "I Was" to the sweaty Upbeats drums of "Shapeshift" to the big breezy vocal drama of "Dispositions" and the rolling soul of "Thunder", this is a whole new creative level from Emperor as he plays by rules we've never heard him play by before. A proper album.
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Goodgroove Disco Series
GGD 16
29 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Wild Mild West - (3:47) 116 BPM
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Too Strong - (4:28) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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EveryMoney - (5:51) 108 BPM
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Hold Tight - (4:44) 120 BPM
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Review: Bristol's X-Ray Ted is about the light and fun party jams, no cool digger's obscurities welcome here. Here he serves four guaranteed floor fillers starting with "Mild Mild West", a loose-limbed disco rendition of the Good The Bad and The Ugly theme, next "Too Good" sees Aretha Franklin get a house-shaped whoosh under her backside, "EveryMoney" meanwhile sees some vintage soul fused with classic Kelis and ODB and finally "Hold Tight" sees the show close with some sizzling neon-flecked arpeggiated disco..
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Brazilian Boogie & Disco Reworks Vol 1
MIDRIOTBBDR 001
16 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Tropical Affair - (7:12) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Paul In Rio - (6:54) 124 BPM
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Cores - (7:30) 117 BPM
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Morena - (7:51) 110 BPM
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Crusin' - (9:08) 114 BPM
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Director's Cut - (7:28) 118 BPM
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Panthera - (7:09) 114 BPM
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Boogie Da Central - (7:15) 112 BPM
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Combo Funk (feat Dalage) - (5:40) 110 BPM
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Posto 12 - (6:12) 95 BPM
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Perna Groove (feat Dalage) - (6:03) 100 BPM
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Energia - (7:15) 100 BPM
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Review: On his previous Midnight Riot releases, Joutro Mundo has always included a number of scorching reworks of Brazilian disco and boogie faves. Now, the fast-rising producer has gone one step further, serving up an entire album's worth of humid, summery reworks of authentic Brazilian fare. While a handful have previously seen the light of day elsewhere (see "Boogie Do Central" in particular), there's plenty of previously unheard revisions to get the juices flowing. Highlights include the synth bass, jaunty horns and party vibes of "Tropical Affair", the Leroy Burgess-goes-to-Rio boogie flex of "Morena", and the densely percussive, Clavinet-driven sweatiness of "Combo Funk". Oh, and a fine rework of an obscure Brazilian cover of Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" ("Paul In Rio").
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Filthy Child/Gangsta
OCT 005
23 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Filthy Child - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gangsta - (4:35) 175 BPM
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Jekyll & Hyde
SHOWTIME 005
27 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Jekyll & Hyde - (3:46) 58 BPM
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Jekyll & Hyde (instrumental) - (4:01) 58 BPM
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Jekyll & Hyde (Dominator remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Collab EP
PLAYAZ 067D
02 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Sub Zero/Majistrate - "Weapon Of Choice" - (4:48) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sub Zero/Jaydan - "Fear" - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Sub Zero/Dub Motion - "Oh Girl" - (4:33) 174 BPM
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Sub Zero/DJ Limited - "How To Act" - (5:16) 175 BPM
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Review: You can always bank on Subby releasing one massive EP every year. And this one's extra massive as he's brought four mates along for the ride. Complementing his already beautifully brutal style, each collaboration brings out a different side in the Newcastle producer: Maji tickles the jump-up darkness out of him on "Weapon Of Choice", Jaydan encourages a little off-beat subversion while retaining the dancefloor punch while Dub Motion complements Sub Zero's jungle roots with a delicious roller that's as soulful as it is dark. Finally we hit "How To Act" where Sub Zero and DJ Limited lay down the trippiest, most weirded out bassline you'll hear all week, month, possibly even year.
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Hot & Bothered EP
RNTD 016
18 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hot & Bothered - (6:44) 112 BPM
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I'm Wishin' - (5:30) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fling Cleaning - (6:14) 112 BPM
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Visions Of You - (3:11) 100 BPM
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Review: Brooklyn's Razor-N-Tape reach out to the Lowlands and coax Hans Peeman into donning his Junktion alias for a new four-track EP on their Razor-N-Tape Reserve label. Living up to it's dignified and reserved billing, this release on the offshoot finds the Nijmegen-based Peeman laying down some luscious, colourful disco vibes that will brighten up any sun laden afternoon on the terrace. Title track "Hot & Bothered" sets the tone with a summery vibe underpinned by some bumping drums, whilst "I'm wishin'" glides with a subtle house bump and some wonderful vocal touches. "Fling Cleaning" sees Peeman veer off into disco chug territory, whilst "Visions of You" ends the EP on a soulful note.
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Who Is Richie Brains
EXITLP 016
27 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Game Shades - (3:23) 169 BPM
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Sk8 M8 - (3:08) 159 BPM
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Bring Dat Back (feat Killa P) - (2:59) 170 BPM
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The Nine Two Three - (4:37) 163 BPM
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The Blips - (3:41) 170 BPM
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Buss It - (3:38) 164 BPM
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Splatta (feat Fox) - (3:06) 57 BPM
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B Boy 900000 - (6:04) 170 BPM
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Heartbreaker - (3:28) 168 BPM
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Likkle Som - (3:51) 171 BPM
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Dem A Talk Bout (feat Trigga) - (3:23) 170 BPM
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Voyage - (5:25) 170 BPM
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Tantrum - (3:27) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Respeck Due (feat Rider Shafique) - (3:56) 57 BPM
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Review: Unless you've been asleep since March or you've accidentally found this review while looking up an old school mate who happens to be called Richie (or Richard) Brains then you'll know EXIT played this mystery out in style. We all had suspicions on his identity but not even the biggest forum nerd could guess that it's actually Alix Perez, Chimpo, Fixate, Fracture, Om Unit, Sam Binga and Stray. Seven men, each one decorated and respected, their skills culminating in a body of work that's part funk ("Game Shades"), part Carptenarian cinematica ("Sk8 M8") part woozy, wonky halftime ("The Blips") part grime ("Bring Dat Back") part D&B beauty ("Voyage") and all gully. It's going to be hard to find a release more deserving of the title 'album of the year' this year.
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Mangwana
FAR 029
09 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Mangwana - (5:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chiiko - (4:28) 97 BPM
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Mangwana (A Vision Of Panorama mix) - (6:44) 120 BPM
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Mangwana (Paradise '89 dub) - (5:56) 120 BPM
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Kumbengo (Tropical mix) - (4:56) 120 BPM
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Kumbengo (100% Humidity dub - Juno Exclusive) - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Review: On paper, this collaboration between veteran Balearic/disco/house fusionists Faze Action, and Zimbabwean drummer-turned-vocalist Zeke Manyika has all the makings of a humid, sun-kissed classic. Happily, "Mangwana" - a kind of late '80s Hugh Masekela Balearic afro-house jam full of punchy horns, chiming synth melodies and chanted African vocals - is every bit as alluring as you'd expect. The Waiting For The Rain-era Masekela influences are even stronger on the delicious A Vision of Panorama mix, while the Paradise '89 Dub pushes the track further towards dubbed-out New York house territory while beefing up the backing track a little. Elsewhere on the EP, you'll find two superb versions of the percussive, tropical '80s workout "Kumbengo" (including a heavy, Junodownload-only Dub), and the hazy downtempo goodness of "Chiiko".
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Better Mus Come
YRP 0002
23 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Marvellous Cain - "The HitMan" (Bladerunner remix) - (5:34) 175 BPM
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Marvellous Cain - "Dubplate Style" (Aries/Tuffist remix) - (5:13) 175 BPM
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Hot - "Wha Gwarn Blud" - (4:42) 180 BPM
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J Bostron/D Silver - "Love Letter" - (4:29) 176 BPM
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Marvellous Cain - "Roll Dat Shit" (Cabin Fever UK remix) - (4:33) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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J Bostron - "The Israelites" - (4:35) 174 BPM
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Marvellous Cain - "The Hitman" (HavocNdeeD remix) - (4:17) 175 BPM
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SoulCulture - "Ruff And Rugged" (remix) - (4:45) 175 BPM
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Runninz Kru - "High Chaparral" (Papa G remix) - (5:12) 175 BPM
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Marvelous Cain - "DubPlate Style" (DJ Vapour remix) - (4:58) 172 BPM
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Dem2Ruff/Serial Killaz - "Nice Tune" (Marvellous Cain remix) - (5:19) 176 BPM
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Aries/Gold Dubs - "In Your Eyes" - (5:00) 173 BPM
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Isaac Maya - "Still In Love" - (5:55) 174 BPM
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Isaac Maya - "Ambition" - (5:55) 174 BPM
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Isaac Maya - "Can't Stop A Man" - (5:55) 174 BPM
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Aries/Gold Dubs - "Untitled Dub" - (4:44) 58 BPM
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Papa G - "Sweet Soul Rockin" - (6:00) 175 BPM
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Marvellous Cain/HavocNdeeD/DJ Five - "Roll Dat Shit" (VIP) - (4:19) 57 BPM
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Token Selekta - "Think Me Did Done" - (5:07) 178 BPM
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Tuskan - "Killing Your Sound" (VIP) - (4:48) 58 BPM
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SoulCulture - "Herbs Fi Bun" - (4:45) 175 BPM
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J Bostron/Jamie Irie - "Yardrock Anthem" - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Bones - "Soundbwoy Killer" (remix) - (5:40) 175 BPM
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Papa G - "Hot Flame" (DJ Dextrous/H Pee remix) - (5:51) 175 BPM
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Gappa G/Hyper Hyper - "Information Centre" (Soulculture remix) - (4:46) 174 BPM
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Lady Tasonia/Marvellous Cain/Drop Ammo - "Marajuana" - (5:05) 175 BPM
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Dem2Ruff - "Nice Tune" (Dope Ammo remix) - (5:04) 175 BPM
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Jayline/Funky Flirt - "FkUp Music" - (5:28) 176 BPM
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Bones/JBostron - "Frenemy" - (4:32) 175 BPM
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Papa G - "If Ah Me Alone" - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Soulculture/Choppah - "Know How Fi Chat" - (5:42) 174 BPM
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Tim Ryan All Stars - "Liquidator" - (4:16) 57 BPM
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Soulculture - "Lovers" - (5:28) 175 BPM
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J Bostron/D Silver - "My Girl" - (4:10) 174 BPM
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Jungle Citizenz - "Two Sounds" - (6:01) 170 BPM
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DJ Gunshot - "Wheel Up" (Jinx remix) - (5:08) 175 BPM
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Freddie McGregor/Bones - "Born A Winner" - (5:27) 175 BPM
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Marvellous Cain/Dope Ammo/Amiah/Gigante Mc - "At Last" (VIP) - (5:19) 175 BPM
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Tom Merrick/Suspicious B/Papa G - "Baby Tonight" (VIP) - (5:13) 175 BPM
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Jayline/Funky Flirt - "Passion" - (5:13) 174 BPM
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Soulculture/Badman - "Hello Lover" (Refix) - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Soulculture - "Soundboy" - (4:45) 175 BPM
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Response/Lighta - "Babylon Drone" - (4:42) 140 BPM
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Various - "Who Tell Dem" - (3:46) 180 BPM
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Response/Lighta - "If You Know" (feat Juba Lion) - (5:36) 138 BPM
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Marvellous Cain - "RamOut An Bad" - (4:41) 180 BPM
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Sound Shifter - "Loving You Forever" - (7:06) 175 BPM
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Narcs - "No Ice Cream Sound" - (5:09) 175 BPM
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Ikon-B/Crisis - "Run It RudeBoy" - (5:34) 175 BPM
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Inna Culture - "Tune Fi Tune" (VIP) - (4:33) 175 BPM
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Marvellous Cain/Dope Ammo - "Tired Fi Lick Weed In Ah Bush" - (4:59) 175 BPM
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Badman/Soulculture - "War In 94" (VIP) - (5:08) 175 BPM
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Marvellous Cain - "Spice" (remix) - (4:21) 180 BPM
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Global Brockout - "Jus Bounce" - (5:56) 175 BPM
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The Runninz Kru - "High Chaparral" (Keith Rinse It remix) - (5:23) 180 BPM
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Gigante MC/Marvellous Cain - "Bed Room Bully" - (4:58) 180 BPM
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Global Brockout - "Unity" - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Virgo Don/HavocNdeeD - "Who Tell Dem" (VIP) - (4:53) 158 BPM
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Global Brockout - "Motel Nights" - (5:11) 175 BPM
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The Runninz Kru - "High Chapparal" (2 Rotten Scoundrel's remix) - (5:43) 68 BPM
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Shadow Boxing
31RS 020
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Nasty Habits - "Shadow Boxing" (Om Unit remix VIP) - (6:10) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thing/Om Unit - "Something Ancient" - (5:04) 174 BPM
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Review: Could Om Unit's twist on Nasty Habits' 1996 classic "Shadow Boxing" be one the most crucial VIP contemporisations in recent D&B history? Arguably, yes. The rolling drums, the slight melodic twist on the iconic bassline, the sudden moments of space... Whether you know this from back in the day or it's fresh to you, this really is a literally perfect example of how to VIP an influential classic. "Something Ancient" sees Om Unit team up with Thing for a cathedral-level stepper smothered in deep breath pads and mystic textures that sits somewhere between Clarity and Tobin. Immense.
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Surgery Edits Vol 8
DD 035
22 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Feel Acid - (7:06) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Flow - (6:35) 118 BPM
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Somebody Else - (8:14) 110 BPM
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Flashing Lites - (5:48) 106 BPM
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Xpand Your Mind - (6:34) 123 BPM
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Do Your Thang - (5:31) 116 BPM
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Tropical Jump - (6:10) 112 BPM
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Beautiful People - (5:02) 107 BPM
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Review: Whoever said that disco was dead was not aware of Dr Packer and his life-restoring scalpel skills. The cover of this eighth installment of edits reveals the good doc and colleagues hard at work resurrecting a giant disco ball and the sonic results can be heard on this mini-album. Highlights include the slinky clap-along, "Somebody Else", the noodle-bass moog boogie of "Xpand Your Mind" and the breaks-laden cocktail grind of "Tropical Jump". Good to hear disco has checked outta hospital and back on the dancefloor in full health.
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Spring Thing
ED 63
04 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - "Gotta Give It Up" - (5:59) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Serge Gamesbourg - "Good 4 Ya" - (6:49) 102 BPM
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Jus Tadi - "Save It For Later" - (7:19) 110 BPM
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Jay Airiness - "Closer & Closer" - (5:23) 107 BPM
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I Gemin - "Funk E Music" - (6:09) 117 BPM
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Joutro Mundo - "Fired Up" - (7:52) 116 BPM
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Napoleon - "Overdose" - (6:38) 115 BPM
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Dagfest - "Brighter" - (5:00) 116 BPM
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Topic Of Conversation - "The Color Of Leaves" - (7:00) 114 BPM
from $1.94
Review: The best thing about spring is all the new stuff starts to arrive. Editorial have taken this idea quite literately and have rounded up a whole bunch of fresh new faces and tunes. There are nine fine jams contained on Spring Thing comp, some of the (many) highlights include the sweet and tender boogie-pop of "Good 4 You" by the artfully-punned Serge Gamesbourg, the throbbing bass loops of the sublime "Closer & Closer" and the mesmerising fusion of punk-funk bass and sunshine keyboard melodies on "Brighter" by Dagfest.
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Filter
DUBVOLTAGE 057
27 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Filter - (3:44) 175 BPM
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Filter (K motionz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $2.18
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Darker Days
ADDICT 032
13 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Darker Days - (5:06) 176 BPM
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Lickshot - (5:55) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Loud Mouth - (3:44) 57 BPM
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Killing Dem - (4:47) 175 BPM
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The Mango Beats EP
CHOPDIGI 072
22 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Generation Five - (5:01) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Repeat The Funk - (5:49) 111 BPM
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You Got The Stuff - (6:42) 103 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Stafford's Dave Gerrard has been around for over 30 years so you can trust the DJ on this one. He's back on his usual stomping ground for more disco goodies on DJ Butcher's Chopshop out of Athens, Greece. He first takes the knife to the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine" on "Generation 5" (great edit this one!), then he turns in an edit of a proper soul funk classic on "Repeat The Funk" (any guesses?) but finally he gives a Bill Withers classic a makeover on "You Got The Stuff". Class!
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The Hornet EP
PLV 064DD
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Last Call - (4:35) 174 BPM
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Hideaway - (5:09) 174 BPM
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The Hornet - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Fire (feat Charli Brix) - (5:19) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $2.18
Review: Like Power Rangers, when Level 2 and DJ Chap combine to create their Alibi super-project there isn't a crime that can't be solved in a 1000 mile radius. Superlative and strictly designed for the dance, there's a reason Bryan Gee is so evangelistic about them as the Brazilians lay down four twisted tales that include dirge-like halftime swamp sounds ("The Hornet"), bright and breezy vocal rollers ("Fire") and all-out bass discharge ("Hideaway"). The hype is real.
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Light Star
RNTD 017
16 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Light Star - (6:22) 121 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Munich-based twosome Coeo are probably best known for their various house excursions on Toy Tonics and Let's Play House. This time out, they're in a more disco-minded mood, delivering a killer re-interpretation of Escort's 2006 classic "Starlight" for Brooklyn scalpel specialists Razor 'N' Tape. Wisely, they tease out the Brooklyn band's killer groove - think Chic style guitar riffs and Konk drums - for two minutes before introducing the track's famous synth lines. By the time the vocals kick in, you'll be in full on "reaching for the lasers" mode. While the original didn't necessarily need messing with, the duo's edit turns it into an even bigger anthem. Hold tight!
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger
BERG 005
21 Mar 16
Deep House
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger - (8:09) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jazzy House Extension - (4:48) 122 BPM
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Destined - (7:24) 120 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Daniel Berman has decided to re-launch his Bergerac imprint, following an extended hiatus. Clearly, the Berlin-based producer wanted something big to kick things off again, and his own "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger" is certainly sizeable. Fundamentally a cheery, cut-up disco-house record, it's lifted into potential anthem territory by some choice siren sounds and a series of Syclops-like synth doodles. It's certainly his strongest material for some time, and will be everywhere over coming months. The bonus tracks are pretty darn tasty, too; "Jazzy House Extension" does exactly what it says on the tin - with extra jazz madness - while "Destined" is just plain odd. Strange as it is, it's also rather good.
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Wavey
G 13037
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Wavey (feat Toddlah) - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Real Love (feat Kat W) - (4:35) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $2.18
Review: With its 'all-out' weekend message in the lyrics and the epically brutal dual basslines, "Wavey" is proof that neither Rowney nor Toddlah are about to settle down and start living the clean wholesome lifestyle anytime soon. "Real Love" will ease you on the way back down to reality with its soul massaging subs and evocative female vocal textures. Two sides of the night covered with consummate skill.
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Bad Boy Steppa
BORN 006
09 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Bad Boy Steppa - (4:25) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wine It Up (feat Junior Dangerous) - (5:13) 175 BPM
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Stopper VIP - (4:51) 172 BPM
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Pon Di Sound - (5:19) 170 BPM
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DJ Koze Presents Pampa Vol 1
PAMPACD 011
29 Apr 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Lianne La Havas - "Lost & Found" (Matthew Herbert remix) - (6:19) 119 BPM
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Roman Flugel - "9 Years" (DJ Koze remix) - (10:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ada - "You & Me" - (5:22) 118 BPM
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Axel Boman - "In The Dust Of This Planet" - (7:59) 117 BPM
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Nasrawi - "Bump With You" - (3:22) 157 BPM
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Funkstorung - "I Does It" (feat Senstional) - (3:06) 93 BPM
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Jackmate - "Pacemaker" (feat Nik Reiff) - (7:58) 120 BPM
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Lawrence - "Glow" - (6:49) 121 BPM
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DNTEL - "Snowshoe" - (3:39) 124 BPM
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Josef - "I Wonder" - (2:17) 124 BPM
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Michel Cleis - "Un Prince" - (4:47) 74 BPM
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Die Vogel - "Everything" (feat Sophia Kennedy) - (4:23) 123 BPM
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Mount Kimbie - "Bells_5" - (4:25) 120 BPM
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Stimming - "No. 17" - (6:01) 119 BPM
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Isolee - "I Like It Here Can I Stay" - (6:07) 120 BPM
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Jamie XX & Kosi Kos - "Come We Go" - (5:44) 132 BPM
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Gold Panda - "Black Voices" - (5:18) 123 BPM
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Acid Pauli - "Nana" - (9:22) 124 BPM
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Roman Flugel - "9 Years" - (4:27) 120 BPM
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Review: The first compilation on Koze's Pampa label is a lovingly curated affair. It starts with the left field house of Herbert's take on Lianne La Havas and Ada's r&b-infused "You & Me", as well as DJ Koze's own hymnal take on Roman Flugel's "9 Years". Other Pampa regulars like Axel Boman are well represented and he provides the ultra-mellow "In The Dust of This Planet". Equally though, Koze also provides a platform for newcomers to the fold. There's the utterly bizarre, glitch-hop of Nasrawi and Funskstorung's contributions, and at the other end of the spectrum, wide-eyed deep house from Mount Kimbie and Jamie xx & Kosi Kos' pumping indie-dance "Come We Go".
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Badman EP
RADIUS 025
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Badman - (4:24) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hover Board - (4:32) 174 BPM
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Money Business - (4:24) 174 BPM
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Special Techniq - (4:24) 174 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Last spotted on Muzik Hertz, Midlands merker TZONE lays down his debut EP for Hazard's Radius. Each cut tickling a different side of the dance, it's the most widescreen snapshot of his abilities we've had so far... "Badman" shows off his inner skanker, "Hover Board" represents his love of squidgy bass and raw jump-up styles (and, quite possibly, his love for Back To The Future), "Money Business" is all about TZONE's understanding of tweaking bass so it's as brutal as Walter White while "Special Technique" is all about the classic jungle drums and gully sub grumbles. Authentic as it is heavy.
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Look What You've Done To Me EP
MSN 021
29 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Done My Best - (5:33) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Look What You've Done To Me - (7:59) 104 BPM
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SOS Dub - (6:49) 120 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Ali "Nebraska" Gibbs last outing on Mister Saturday Night, 2015's Stand Your Ground, saw the producer treating listeners to a quartet of tracks that touched on a multitude of house styles. This follow-up has a similar feel. He begins with the loose-but-bold drums, electric piano solos, disco strings and occasional punchy horns of "Done My Best", before dropping down into slower, deeper, dub-tinged territory via the toasty electric bass, stretched-out chords, mid-tempo grooves and pitched-down horns of "Look What You've Done To Me". He rounds off another fine outing with "S.O.S Dub", a crackling, unfeasibly atmospheric journey through dub house grooves, fluttering chords and creepy electronics.
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Remixed With Love By Joey Negro Vol 2
ZEDDCD 038DD
04 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The O'Jays - "I Love Music" (Joey Negro Sweet Music mix) - (8:06) 124 BPM
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Patti LaBelle - "Music Is My Way Of Life" (Joey Negro Funk In The Music mix) - (7:53) 115 BPM
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Pockets - "Come Go With Me" (Joey Negro Found A Place mix) - (7:50) 120 BPM
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Gwen McCrae - "Keep The Fire Burning" (Joey Negro Feed The Flame mix) - (7:18) 125 BPM
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The Trammps - "Can We Come Together" (Joey Negro Philly dub Excursion) - (8:34) 120 BPM
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George Benson - "Love Ballad" (Joey Negro Jazzy Reprise) - (7:05) 114 BPM
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Gladys Knight & The Pips - "Taste Of Bitter Love" (Joey Negro Disco Re-blend) - (6:49) 112 BPM
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Kleeer - "Open Your Mind" (Joey Negro Seeekret mix) - (8:59) 120 BPM
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Nicolette Larson - "Lotta Love" (Joey Negro Yacht Disco mix) - (6:53) 116 BPM
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Robert Palmer - "Every Kinda People" (Joey Negro Multicultural Multitrack mix) - (7:24) 96 BPM
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Christopher Cross - "Ride Like The Wind" (Joey Negro extended Disco mix) - (8:56) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thelma Houston - "I'm Here Again" (Joey NegroA┬áReady To Roll mix) - (6:24) 122 BPM
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Cheryl Lynn - "You Saved My Day" (Joey Negro Tell The World mix) - (8:54) 112 BPM
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Willie Hutch - "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" (Joey Negro Return Of The Mac mix) - (6:34) 115 BPM
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Norman Connors - "Stella" (Joey Negro Jazz Ride) - (6:24) 110 BPM
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Jean Carn - "Time Waits For No One" (Joey Negro extended Disco mix) - (6:36) 121 BPM
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Loose Change - "Straight From The Heart" (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove mix) - (6:46) 120 BPM
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Wanda Walden - "Dont You Want My Lovin" (Joey Negro Back To 81 mix) - (7:31) 116 BPM
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People's Choice - "Here We Go Again" (Joey Negro Philly Stomp mix) - (7:00) 125 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Given his credentials and track record, it's unsurprising that original disco and boogie artists are willing to let Joey Negro play around with their biggest hits. His first stab at this kind of multi-track remix, 2014's Remixed With Love, was such a success that he's decided to unleash another swathe of revisions over two vinyl double-packs. This edition features some killer reworks, including a sublime, on-point rearrangement of Gwen McRae's "Keep The Fire Burning" and a rolling, dubbed-out version of Grace Jones' "Pull Up To The Bumper" that rivals Larry Levan's classic remix. The veteran producer also successfully turns Pockets' "Come Go With Me" into a classic soulful house rub, and pushes Thelma Houston's "I'm Here Again" further towards disco anthem territory.
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Sugar - The Reflex Revision & Instrumental
BBE 365SDG
29 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sugar (The Reflex Revision) - (6:59) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sugar (The Reflex instrumental) - (6:59) 125 BPM
from $2.18
Review: "Sugar" lay unissued for many years, before finally seeing the light of day on BBE's 2003 set of previously unheard Roy Ayers' recordings, Virgin Ubiquity. It was later remixed by Dave Lee under his familiar Joey Negro pseudonym, and here gets the multi-track edit treatment from French scalpel specialist The Reflex. He typically does a good job of building energy and excitement throughout the vocal version's seven-minute duration, showcasing different instruments (vibraphone, horns, bass, guitars) and the track's alternating male and female vocals, in the manner of Tom Moulton or Walter Gibbons. The accompanying instrumental is tasty, too, but lacks a little of the vocal revision's soulful charm.
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Rojus
RBCD 061
01 Apr 16
Deep House
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Beyond This... - (3:36) 81 BPM
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Saxony - (4:22) 120 BPM
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Beau Sovereign - (5:51) 121 BPM
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Paradisea - (6:38) 120 BPM
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Wahness - (6:50) 122 BPM
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Blush - (8:30) 122 BPM
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Kiburu's - (8:33) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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...There Is You - (5:12) 118 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Having contributed a stellar track to Gerd Janson's Musik For Autobahns 2 compilation, it's little surprise to see Leon Vynehall pop up on Running Back. Rojus (Designed To Dance) is an expansive eight trackaffair thati s likely to be as popular as 2014's Music For The Uninvited LP for Martyn's 3024 label. It's also predictably varied; contrast, for example, the drowsy ambient chords and twinkling electronics of opener "Beyond This", and the deep-jack-goes-rave sweatiness of "Beau Sovereign". Vynehall also finds space for the Balearic jazz-house swing of "Paradisea", the wall-of-sound Detroit deep house of "Blush", and the African influenced drum workout "...There Is You". In other words, it's a versatile cracker.
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Last Edits Pt 1
AUDAZ 109.5
07 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Body & Soul - (6:37) 117 BPM
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Legends - (7:48) 120 BPM
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How Do I Feel - (8:28) 125 BPM
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Off U Go - (8:10) 115 BPM
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Jazz E Regrooved - (5:16) 114 BPM
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We Got It - (7:09) 120 BPM
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Can't Take It No More - (7:28) 120 BPM
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I'm Gonna Party - (6:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $2.18
Review: Munich-based Alkalino (aka Lino Rodrigues) has been delivering top notch re-edits for years now, so there's no chance of him quitting, despite the title of his new series. We've seen the list of his upcoming releases, and these are certainly not his Last Edits. There are quite a few newbies on here, eight to be precise so there's a lot to choose from. Our favourites happen to be the dreamily seductive disco throb of "Body & Soul", the austere mechanics of New Order redux, "How Do I Feel" and the low slung driving space disco of "We Got It".
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The Boogie Box #3
VHR 45
18 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kc/Sub - "Make A Little Love" (V's edit) - (5:20) 114 BPM
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People's Voice - "We Got The Direction" (V's edit) - (6:54) 107 BPM
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Deodata - "P Gunn" (V's Psychedelic Trigger edit) - (5:46) 114 BPM
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Princess - "Sexy Dancer" (V's Body edit) - (5:37) 121 BPM
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Bobby Thirthon - "The Groove" (V's 2016 Check Out edit) - (7:37) 118 BPM
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Mr Faded/Blackhead - "No Stoping Now" (V's edit) - (7:37) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $2.18
Review: Russian disco edit fiend Valique serves up another hot Boogie Box and we're up to number three already! Highlight's on here not limited to Princess' smooth ergonomics displayed on the re-splice of the Prince classic "Sexy Dancer", Feel The Vibe's great cover of "Get Down Tonight" looped for your pleasure by Kc/Sub and they save the best for last with Mr Faded/Blackhead's (aka McFadden & Whitehead's) 1979 classic "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now". They are all 're-re-edited' by the way: by none other than Valique himself. Trust the DJ!
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Turn It Out
DOGD 52
06 May 16
Deep House
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Turn It Out (Dave Aju remix) - (4:51) 123 BPM
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Turn It Out (feat Dave Aju) - (4:36) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boogie Down (feat Erik Rico - Laurence Guy remix) - (6:36) 122 BPM
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For Bae - (6:26) 119 BPM
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Review: Scott Moncrief's quietly confident debut album Columbising has been one of the sleeper hits of 2016, with the Sheffield-based East Midlander serving up an effortlessly soulful set that joins the dots between hip-hop, broken beat, boogie, and U.S deep house. This follow-up EP showcases one of the album's highlights, Dave Aju collaboration "Turn It Out." Aju takes the deliciously loose and live-sounding original - all jumpy clavinet lines, swinging deep house drums and urgent vocals - and turns it into a stripped-back, heavily electronic broken house gem. Elsewhere, Lawrence Guy delivers a wonderfully warm, rich and soulful deep house interpretation of Erik Rico hook-up "Boogie Down", before Moncrief enlists the honeyed-tonsils and impeccable piano playing skills of regular collaborator Pete Simpson, on the jazzy gospel-house deepness of "For Bae".
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Rio Citrus EP
SERV 001
27 May 16
Bass
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Rio Citrus - (5:02) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Moves On - (7:23) 124 BPM
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Rio Circus (Hagan remix) - (6:34) 128 BPM
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Rio Citrus (Roska's Fusion mix) - (4:18) 128 BPM
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Rio Citrus (Tony Quattro remix) - (5:12) 85 BPM
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Moves On (Killjoy remix) - (4:59) 135 BPM
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Shrine EP
META 042
13 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Stand Firm (feat Visionobi) - (5:10) 58 BPM
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Shrine - (5:38) 174 BPM
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Ghost Racoon - (5:14) 173 BPM
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Reunion - (5:19) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Barely half a year has passed since their long-awaited second album Timeline and Glen and Zula return with four more alluring constructs: "Stand Firm" flexes into the darker side with deft navigation from Visionobi while "Ghost Racoon" goes all-out darkside with its pneumatic hammers and tongs. For deeper experiences head for the sub-rattled "Reunion" and the sublime "Shrine". With its swooning chords and rich orchestration it's near-classical in its dynamism and weight. It's not the title track for nothing... Shrine on you crazy junglists.
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Blush EP
GRD 003
29 Apr 16
Techno
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Blush - (6:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Outpost - (6:02) 121 BPM
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Holdup - (5:39) 131 BPM
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Review: Harry Agius aka Midland is back: does he ever find time to sleep? Following up the Akase side project he's involved in with Robbie Redway and some killer releases on Aus Music, Feel My Bicep and of course his own Graded imprint which this appears on; making it the label's third release already. "Blush" is a slow burning and emotive piece with an epic vintage synth arpeggio and soulful strings backed by the most restrained beat. "Outpost" gets a bit more fierce with a tougher beat and a free running arpeggio that reeks havoc much like Carl Craig's classic remix of "Falling Up". Finally "Holdup" hammers the message home gloriously with its off kilter yet hypnotic beat and sombre yet emotive atmosphere.
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Big Fat Mama Beats
BBP 111
16 May 16
Breakbeat
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DiscObeta - "Chinese Robots" (Re-Up) - (5:06) 119 BPM
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Mr Rich & The Caretaker - "My Feelings For You" - (3:43) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Crashgroove - "Once Again" - (3:12) 120 BPM
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Wiccatron - "Stick Em Up" - (3:54) 106 BPM
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Funky Boogie Brothers - "Crunch" (Scratch By DJ Craft) - (3:07) 125 BPM
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Rory Hoy - "Rok Tha Party" - (4:02) 107 BPM
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PulpFusion - "Big Fat Mama" - (5:18) 126 BPM
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Review: Break Beat Paradise Recordings tend to celebratory the more celebratory side of breakbeat music. Here though, the gloves are off on this hard-hitting compilation, Big Fat Mama Beats. There are seven fresh jams to enjoy including the housed-up, ska-infused bouncer "Chinese Robots (Re-Up)" by DiscObeta, Mr Rich & The Caretaker's street tough electro breaks cover of "My Feelings For You" (originally a Gwen McRrae joint) and the urgent percussion and Middle Eastern samples of Crunch "(Scratch By DJ Craft)" by Funky Boogie Brothers. Dope!
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Can't Give It Up
FILEUNDERDISCO 14
27 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Can't Give It Up (original mix) - (6:12) 116 BPM
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Can't Give It Up (instrumental mix) - (6:14) 116 BPM
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Can't Give It Up (Dicky Trisco mix) - (10:31) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $2.18
Played by: Dicky Trisco
Review: Rather surprisingly, this is File Under Disco's first release of 2016. Happily, it's a bit of a doozy, with Brooklyn's J Kriv gathering together The Disco Machine band for the first time since 2013's much-played "Make It Hot". Escort's Adeline Michele guests, adding strong, catchy and attractive vocals to an authentic NYC disco bomb built around a Chic style groove, fluid synths, crunchy Clavinet lines and cowbell-heavy percussion. The authenticity of J Kriv's production is highlighted on the accompanying Instrumental, while old pal Dicky Trisco does his best Walter Gibbons impression on a near 11-minute remix that allows each instrumental part room to breathe.
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No Hoper
SCR 12
26 May 16
Drum And Bass
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No Hoper - (4:53) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Suspended - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Review: It's time for another Version excursion: Returning to Short Circuit for the first time in several years, the Bristol plays the consummate jump-up conjurer as he whips out two more mangle bass rabbits from his snapback. "No Hoper" is as menacing and gloomy as it sounds; all low-pass filtered builds rising and rising until a brutally beautiful mechanical bass riff takes charge. "Suspended" is a little lighter and breezier on the intro before we're submersed into another molten lava drop. Scorching.
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Nice Up The Session Vol 2
NUP 030
20 May 16
Roots/Lovers Rock
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Cut La Vis - "Still Have The Love" (feat Maddy Carty & Mystro) - (3:44) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mr Benn - "Stars" (feat Eva Lazarus) - (3:19) 80 BPM
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Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution - "Settle Down" (feat Exco Levi) - (3:50) 77 BPM
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Cut La Vis - "Rinse & Repeat" (feat Lotek - Leo Samson remix) - (3:52) 86 BPM
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Poirier - "Why" (feat Face T) - (2:37) 107 BPM
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Turntable Dubbers - "Live Free" (feat Sebski, C'Daynger & The Real Live Show - SoulForce remix) - (3:06) 72 BPM
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Jahrkon - "Big 45" (feat Rubi Dan) - (5:00) 113 BPM
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Poirier - "Jump" (feat Red Fox - Sam Binga remix) - (3:21) 116 BPM
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Mr Benn - "Stand Up" (feat Nanci Correia - Aries & Gold Dubs remix) - (5:06) 87 BPM
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Blend Mishkin - "Foundation Style" (feat Peppery - Danny T, Tradesman & Jakey Banton remix) - (4:27) 90 BPM
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Mr Benn - "Know Themself" (feat Peppery - Dubtime remix) - (5:10) 88 BPM
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Blend Mishkin - "Hol Dem" (feat Gappy Ranks) - (4:09) 72 BPM
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Planet 4
PN 33
20 May 16
Techno
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1979 - (1:56) 101 BPM
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The Unexplained - (3:17) 101 BPM
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Dark Flow - (6:39) 124 BPM
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Ring Round Heart - (5:27) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Red Sun - (6:26) 127 BPM
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Our Future - (6:03) 129 BPM
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Here & Now - (3:36) 127 BPM
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So High - (6:12) 129 BPM
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Water On Mars - (4:07) 128 BPM
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Review: David 'Trus'Me' Wolstencroft's fourth album marks a sea-change in direction for a UK producer best known for soulful house and techno. This shift is audible from opening track "1979", where a caller to a late night radio show describes seeing aliens at an unnamed facility. The outer space-fixation continues on the eerie soundscapes of "The Unexplained", before he eventually hits the dance floor on "Dark Flow". Here too though the mood favours the otherworldly as ghostly vocals and resonating piano keys unfold over muted kicks. "Ring Round Heart" ventures back towards the hypnotic house sound that Trus'Me is known for, but it's a relatively short divergence and both 'Red Sun' and 'Our Future' see the UK producer push techno into the most far-flung end of our galaxy.
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Pedre Son Eclat
FBR 042D
29 Apr 16
Deep House
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Pedre Son Eclat - (6:21) 118 BPM
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Pedre Son Eclat (Man Power remix) - (6:53) 121 BPM
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You Feel It - (5:54) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tears - (5:20) 116 BPM
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Review: Ron & Neil is an all-star collaboration between old buddies Jim "Ron Basejam" Baron (Crazy P), and Rack 'N' Ruin boss man Neil Diablo. Pedre Son Aclat marks the project's first appearance, with the three original tracks sitting somewhere between shimmering nu-disco, sparkling powder house, and disco-influenced grooves. The title track sets the tone, layering up colourful synthesizer chords and melodies. While tasty, Man Power's bubbly, Balearic style revision - all analogue synths, cheap drum machine hits and sleazy vocals - is arguably more satisfying. "You Feel It" is a creepy, low-slung deep house/disco hybrid blessed with killer percussive flourishes and a weighty punk funk bassline, while "Tears" is a glassy-eyed fusion of warehouse-friendly electronics and disco-funk hedonism.
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John Digweed Live In Montreal Finale
BEDMONT 2CD
27 May 16
Progressive House
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Various - "John Digweed Live In Montreal Finale" (continuous mix 1) - (57:23) 125 BPM
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Various - "John Digweed Live In Montreal Finale" (continuous mix 2) - (59:11) 125 BPM
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Various - "John Digweed Live In Montreal Finale" (continuous mix 3) - (32:03) 125 BPM
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Adam Beyer - "What You Need" - (6:41) 125 BPM
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Scuba - "Black On Black" (Len Faki Goes Black remix) - (8:23) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lee Van Dowski/Animal Trainer - "This One Goes To Eleven" - (11:07) 122 BPM
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Montel - "At Night" - (7:59) 126 BPM
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Pig&Dan - "Complex" - (8:31) 124 BPM
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Clarian - "Space Noir" - (5:47) 124 BPM
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Mathias Kaden - "Energie" (feat Rocko Schamoni - Michael Mayer remix) - (7:58) 124 BPM
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Pig&Dan - "Fungus" - (7:48) 125 BPM
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Joseph Capriati - "Awake" (Julian Jeweil remix) - (6:08) 125 BPM
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John Digweed/Nick Muir - "Aquatonic" (Alberto Ruiz remix) - (6:36) 126 BPM
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Mark Reeve - "Parallel" (Alberto Ruiz remix) - (6:13) 126 BPM
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Daniel Dexter - "Why So Serious?" (Uner remix) - (7:52) 124 BPM
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Alex Millan - "Maria Rosa" - (8:21) 130 BPM
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Clarian - "Fear And Self Loathing" - (6:16) 125 BPM
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Tim Green - "Empire" - (6:05) 122 BPM
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Steve Parry - "Flippant" - (8:00) 120 BPM
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Audion - "Mouth To Mouth" - (12:54) 125 BPM
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Gel Abril - "Carpet Sneak" - (7:27) 125 BPM
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Sascha Dive - "Werewolf" - (11:44) 127 BPM
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Pig&Dan - "The Saint/Job San" - (8:12) 126 BPM
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Bog - "The Other Side Of The River" - (3:12) 123 BPM
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Sailor&I - "Leave The Light On" (Joris Voorn remix) - (8:09) 128 BPM
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Way Out West - "Tuesday Maybe" - (8:11) 122 BPM
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Chaim - "Genesis" - (6:45) 126 BPM
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DJ H - "Come On Boy" (feat Stefy - Larry Levan remix) - (6:45) 132 BPM
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Saschienne - "Unknown" (Dixon mix) - (8:54) 123 BPM
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Joy Wellboy - "Before The Sunrise" (Dixon remix) - (8:30) 121 BPM
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10 Years Of Tsuba Pt 2
TSUBA 085B
16 May 16
Deep House
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Galcher Lustwerk - "Nu Day" (Jimpster edit) - (5:47) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Williams - "Pinball" (Fort Romeau mix) - (6:10) 110 BPM
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Roy Comanchero - "Hypba" - (5:58) 118 BPM
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Kevin Griffiths - "Satori" - (5:42) 118 BPM
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Review: Tsuba's ten year anniversary - that's right, it has been that long already - has been marked with hit after hit from a wide selection of artists from across the house kingdom. In fact, for this 2nd instalment of the festivities, we have White Material frontman Galcher Lustwerk remixed by the inimitable Jimpster, with the latter putting a more starry-eyed mechanic onto the original; For Romeau complete the A-side with a vintage-sounding remix of "Pinball" by Williams. On the flip, Roy Comanchero drops the Chicago bass over a minimal sort of percussion groove on "Hypba". Kevin Griffiths adds a little acid to the jingly 707 beat of "Satori", and completes a stellar EP from the magnetic Tsuba.
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Still The Same
SPEAR 068
27 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Heart Of Gold (feat Roisin Brophy) - (6:24) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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More Than Ever - (6:05) 172 BPM
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Still The Same - (6:03) 172 BPM
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Snowdrops - (6:24) 172 BPM
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Heart Of Gold (instrumental mix) - (6:24) 172 BPM
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Review: Last spotted on Spearhead asking for spare change, FD returns with four most dusky velvet soul rollers. "Heart Of Gold" takes us on a contemporary liquid trip (think Maduk's Dutch contemporaries on a deeper day) with its instantly uplifting chords and euphoric vocals. "More Than Ever" takes us much deeper into FD's sound with a classic stretchy bassline and a cosmic weave of reversed tones and textures. "Still The Same" carries a cool air of smoky jazz thanks to the vocal sample while "Snowdrops" closes the show on the haziest note of the EP thanks the fluttering flutes and playful vocal twists. Complete with an instrumental of "Heart Of Gold"... Lovely.
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Jungle Strikes, Vol  11
JSTRIKES 011
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Sound Is A Champion - (5:42) 174 BPM
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Redrum - (6:49) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Ring the alarm! After his insane James Brown twist-up, Wickaman returns to Jungle Strikes with two more illicit under-the-counter romps. "Sound Is A Champion" is a Tenor Saw sampling skank-up designed for pure parties in mind while "Redrum" takes us to the (Barrington) Levy and drinks it dry. Murderation!
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