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CIA 20
CIAQSLP 001
24 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Break - "Unification" - (4:59) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mako - "A Dusky Groove" - (5:47) 168 BPM
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Total Science/Digital & Spirit - "Apply The Pressure" - (5:12) 58 BPM
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FD - "Through" - (6:24) 172 BPM
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Calibre - "The Trot" - (6:39) 58 BPM
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Villem/Mcleod & Hydro - "The Feels" - (4:33) 174 BPM
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SPY - "Be Strong" - (5:09) 173 BPM
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Chroma - "Deja Vu" - (5:13) 173 BPM
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Zero T - "Morning Sex" (feat MC Conrad - 2016 remix) - (5:09) 174 BPM
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ED:IT - "Shotgun" - (5:42) 175 BPM
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Spirit - "Riser" - (5:11) 174 BPM
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Nymfo - "Game Of Love" - (5:23) 170 BPM
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Total Science/Quadrant & Iris - "False Alarm" - (5:23) 174 BPM
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The Invaderz - "Be Around" - (5:36) 174 BPM
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Murdock - "Original" - (4:47) 174 BPM
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Played by: Physical illusion
Review: Double decade business: Total Science celebrate their label's big two-oh with an on-point collection of ageless constructs from friends old and new. Naturally, everyone arrives to the party in their sharpest finery; Break's cheeky rave references on the juiced up "Unified", the ugly undertones and system-melting weight of Total Science, Digital & Spirit's incredible "Apply The Pressure", Calibre's cosmic ping-pong jam "The Trot", Nymfo's dreamy harmonic heaven "Game Of Love", The Invaderz swashbuckled drum session "Be Around"... Not one player has tailored a shabby garm, ensuring well-suited jams for decade to come.
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Philly Blunt - The Album
PB 026DD
03 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Dillinja - "Gangsta" (Serum remix) - (5:37) 175 BPM
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Heist - "90% Rusk" - (4:53) 175 BPM
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Firefox - "True Grit" - (5:15) 175 BPM
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Firefox/Glamour Gold - "Bass Switch" (Serum remix) - (5:57) 58 BPM
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Philly Blunt - "Red Eyes" (feat Inja) - (5:16) 175 BPM
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Firefox - "Poison Darts" - (5:41) 175 BPM
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Firefox/4-Tree - "Warning" (Serum remix) - (6:02) 175 BPM
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Philly Blunt - "Easy Does It" - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Serum/Voltage - "Save This World" - (4:50) 177 BPM
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Glamour Gold - "You Can Run" (Serum remix) - (5:36) 177 BPM
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Critycal Dub - "Roadblock (feat. Yush)" - (7:27) 175 BPM
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Firefox - "Buck Rogers" (Bladerunner remix) - (5:20) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Firefox - "So Solid" - (5:18) 175 BPM
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Philly Blunt - "Phenomenon" (feat Trigga) - (6:00) 175 BPM
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Firefox - "Let's Go" - (4:57) 175 BPM
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Serum/Voltage - "Barbarian" - (4:34) 175 BPM
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L Side/Serum - "World Of Jungle Music" (feat David Boomah) - (5:10) 174 BPM
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Dillinja - "I Selassie I" (Bladerunner remix) - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Firefox - "Keep It Raw" - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Dillinja - "Muthafucka" - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Philly Blunt - "Philly Blunt" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:03:18) 181 BPM
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Review: Perhaps of the most consistent and influential chapters of Bryan Gee and Jumping Jack Frost's D&B dynasty, Philly Blunt has been responsible for some of the most serious jungle benchmarks in its 22 year history. Here we find its repertoire in the trusted hands of Serum as he updates, edits and contextualises the label's history, present and future. From the many Roni-sized Firefox pieces such as the stark warbles of "True Grit" and Krusty-flavoured Glamour Gold jams such as "You Can Run" to more contemporary pieces like Serum & Voltage's mischievous jump-up funk "Save This World" and Bladerunner's immense update on Dillinja's "I Selassie I". To the point.
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Dj's Delight
MMD 021
06 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Disco Lovin' - (7:07) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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It's Not Over - (7:02) 119 BPM
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Monday Blues - (7:30) 122 BPM
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Nuthin' Goin' On - (6:23) 107 BPM
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Not Forgotten - (6:31) 114 BPM
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Review: Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's recent Vinyl TV show depicted the birth of New York black party culture with the mighty Kool Herc at the helm. Here Dr Packer riffs off that same imagery too, even if his edits are more in the disco vein than that of Herc's hard funk breaks. There are a whopping six edits to wrap your ears around here, highlights include sensuous 70s boogie, complete with electro bassline, of "Disco Lovin", the protracted hiNRG New Order loops of "Monday Blues" and the shimmering, dry ice soul of "Chocolate Boogie". Fun music for fun times!
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Circuits Part 2
KILLAZ 025PT2DIG
24 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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T>I - "Changes" - (5:57) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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T>I - "Hammerhead" - (5:56) 175 BPM
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T>I & Release - "Judgement" - (6:04) 172 BPM
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T>I - "Let It Roll" - (5:54) 175 BPM
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T>I - "My Size" - (6:05) 175 BPM
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Review: Hot on the kicks of his inaugural "Circuits" collection, scene soldier T>I continues to flex his floor-centric range with five more surefire slappers: "Changes" has a squiggly bleepy texture that balances just the right amount of weird funk with humour. "Hammerhead" lives up to its title with added drills and saws (and heads) while "Judgement" does a really trippy stretchy bass thing that's guaranteed to turn heads. "Let It Roll" will be the highlight for many with the juicy oozing out of the subs at toxic levels while "My Size" takes everything you know about T>I, jungle and life itself and burns it with fire. Deliciously twisted.
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The Big Cover Up
OLS 013
17 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Firecracker - (6:31) 126 BPM
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Disco Circus - (6:42) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Baby Do You Wanna Bump - (5:33) 120 BPM
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La FAtte Sauvage - (7:02) 126 BPM
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Baby Do You Wanna Bump (Daniel Maloso remix) - (5:28) 120 BPM
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Firecracker (Dan Tyler remix) - (6:41) 126 BPM
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La FAtte Sauvage (Prins Thomas remix) - (7:49) 123 BPM
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Disco Circus (Ayvind Morken remix) - (6:21) 124 BPM
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Played by: SITUATION
Review: Todd Terje & The Olsens come correct with their first recorded material after an extended bout of them treating festival audiences to some of the Norwegian's best-loved material, not to mention some killer cover versions. Indeed it's the latter, oft-derided method of recording that forms the basis of this delightfully-presented double pack (we love a good Big Trouble In Little China reference) as Terje and the group rip through renditions of some disco standards from Martin Circus, YMO, Vangelis and more. Given Terje's lengthy range of official and under-the-counter edits, news of this new project makes perfect sense to us. In addition to these cover versions, Olsen have also commissioned some remixes with arch Terje colluder Prins Thomas involved along with Comeme artist Daniel Maloso.
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Gunfingers EP
G 13038
20 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Gunfingers - (4:21) 178 BPM
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History Of War - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Transmitting - (4:04) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tell Me - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Review: The dark art of gunfingering according to Upgrade: tuck ring and pinky fingers deep into your palm, point middle and index finger, use thumb as trigger, aim skyward then listen to "Gunfingers" and pull the most screwed up face possible as the metal-striking bass riff scuffs your very soul with concentrated adrenalin. Maintain your gunfingered stance throughout the rest of the EP: "History Of War" is as murky and paranoid as the title suggests, "Transmitting" layers octaves with a riff that will shoot through your mind for months to come while "Tell Me" combines classic rave elements with Upgrade signature riff science.
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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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Deaths Door EP
CALYPS O026D
20 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Blizzard - (4:43) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Killer Bass - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Deaths Door - (4:04) 175 BPM
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Warning - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Stimulation - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Bad Juju - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Review: Heist's Calypso Muzak continues to unearth fresh talent and give them the spotlight they deserve. Envenom's time to shine... Building on the sturdy foundations dug on Multi Function and Train, each of the five cuts shows how he subverts and twists jump-up and tear-out conventions: "Blizzard" layers bass in thick impenetrable sheets, "Killer Bass" is a space voyage over asteroid terrain while "Deaths Door" has a bass riff and breakdown so harrowing you'll need counselling for three years. Dig deeper for some skillish switches and trippy fills on "Warning", aluminium aggro on "Stimulation" and broken glass, handclapped funk with the playful riff on "Bad Juju". Devilish.
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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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CIA 20 LP Sampler
CIAQSLPS 001
03 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Q Project - "Champion Sound" (DLR 2016 remix) - (5:58) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Calibre - "Under Bars" - (5:38) 173 BPM
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Total Science - "Respect Due" - (5:09) 58 BPM
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Q Project - "Champion Sound" (DLR 2016 Jungle Refix) - (5:15) 174 BPM
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Review: 20 years: time flies when you're busy being Total Science, one of D&B's most consistent banger outlets of all time. Celebrating two decades of their influential label, here they deliver four tracks that won't appear on their anniversary album; DLR provides two versions of Quiff's 93 agenda-setter "Champion Sound" while Calibre does what he does best on the piano on "Under Bars" and Total Science themselves lick up a dubby system shocker that tips a wry nod at the likes of Digital and Spirit.
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Shogun/100 Pt 4
SHA 100EP4
24 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Signs - "Unchained" - (5:34) 172 BPM
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Friction/Karma - "No Return" - (5:05) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ed:It - "Turn To Nothing" - (5:45) 174 BPM
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North Base - "Unexplained" (feat Charlotte Haining) - (4:42) 173 BPM
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Review: You can do this the easy way or the hard way... Whether you untie your shoelaces or not, your shoes are going through the window the second "Unchained" drops. Signs has officially levelled up. Bringing up the rear are Friction and Karma with a walloping roller where the bassline takes a much more active role in the story than it would in a more typical liquid cut. "Turn To Nothing" is Ed.It at his finest; restrained, barbed and tooled up with a sharp sample. Finally North Base close the show with their most delicate track to date as "Unexplained" shimmers with Technimatic-level pianos. Don't even think about fetching your defenestrated footwear.
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Attack Of The Puppetz
BIODIGI 0067
20 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Mambo Jambo - (3:42) 175 BPM
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Hench - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Start Of Something - (3:42) 175 BPM
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War - (3:42) 175 BPM
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Puppetz & Simskai - "Bounce" - (3:39) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Hungarian hurters, if you know any of the Puppetz previous material you'll already understand the levels of darkness we're dealing with. If not, you're in for a treat. Demonic, distorted and full of leftside dirt, each cut is an adventure into jump-up's darkest pastures... "Mambo Jambo" is all slo-mo voodoo sludge, "Hench" twists tones in a way that defines science while the dagger riffed "Start Of Something" will also be the end of something... Your amicable relationship with your neighbour. "War" and "Bounce" close the show: the former is a deep drone work out wrapped in politics, the latter is all bass lasers and a very well-known spoken sample from the rave annals.
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Fourfit EP 08
SOULR 071
24 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Mixed Bag (feat DRS) - (6:15) 58 BPM
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Step Forward - (5:20) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jupiter - (5:52) 169 BPM
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Stingray (feat Lynx) - (4:51) 175 BPM
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Review: It's about time... Fresh off the heat of his Trevino album, Marcus returns to the D&B source with a full-fat foursome on his label's spotless Four:Fit series. Each cut a 24 carat diamond, shining in its own special way: "Mixed Bag" is a DRS-polished soulful addition to the ever-growing halftime annals, both "Step Forward" and "Stingray" are brittle two-step heads-down headbutts while "Jupiter" is an amen-rattled jungle shake-up. Timeless, deep and spacious; Marcus never fails.
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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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Editor's Kutz #6
EDITORSKUTZ 006D
20 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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VinylAddicted & Sleazy McQueen - "Free" (From Social Narcotics) - (5:51) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - "Stellar Dub" - (5:11) 111 BPM
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The Silver Rider - "Good Luvin' Baby" - (7:22) 110 BPM
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Doc Jam - "In Your Eyes" - (5:31) 118 BPM
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Review: Few re-edit series of recent times have been quite as consistent as the Editor's Kutz EPs. We can happily report that they've maintained these high standards on volume six. Vinyladdicted and Sleazy McQueen join forces on the opener, a rolling, head-nodding stoner rock re-cut that makes excellent use of subtle disco-house trickery. Regular studio buddies Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee do an excellent job in looping up and dubbing out Marcus Valle's Balearic disco classic "Estrellar" (here re-titled "Stellar Dub"), while The Silver Rider chops between drum rolls and charity shop disco thrills on "Good Lovin' Baby". Finally, Doc Jam turns a well-known disco staple into a Soundstream style cut-up disco-house shuffler.
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Modern Soul 2 LP Sampler
VDLLTDLP 002S
24 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Kolectiv - "Closer To The Fire" (Alix Perez remix) - (4:35) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Redeyes - "What She Wants" (original mix) - (3:52) 170 BPM
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Played by: MSdoS
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Shapes EP
DISLTD 023
24 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Arkaik & Signal - "Shapes" - (4:48) 174 BPM
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Chu Kou - (4:48) 174 BPM
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Steve - (5:31) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Playing - (4:24) 174 BPM
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Victorious
MPM 28
17 Jun 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Spin - (5:59) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Music - (6:30) 129 BPM
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The Heavens & The Earth - (7:04) 127 BPM
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Good Thang - (6:08) 126 BPM
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He Can Save You - (10:17) 128 BPM
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Mmm Hmm Hmm - (6:10) 127 BPM
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Ha Ya - (5:29) 129 BPM
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Tell You No Lie - (8:33) 130 BPM
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Push On - (7:36) 128 BPM
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They Can Tell - (5:32) 127 BPM
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Sun In The Sky - (6:20) 127 BPM
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Review: Robert Hood's second album as Floorplan sees him hone in on disco, gospel and house influences to create a proper big room collection. As the driving, disco-loop heavy "Spin" and the ridiculously catchy "Music" demonstrate, the Detroit producer has stripped Floorplan of its techno influences. However, this does't mean he has simplified his message; accompanying the religious vocals on "The Heavens & The Earth" is a hypnotic organ riff, the slightly less pious "Good Thang" is a riotous siren-heavy jacker in the Reese tradition, and "He Can Save You", with its dense primal rhythm is reminiscent of Green Velvet as his madcap best. Hood may have chosen God, gospel and disco over the minimal nation, but he still knows how to lead his people onto the dancefloor.
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Nightmare World EP
SMOKEDIGI 032
06 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Warriors - (4:28) 174 BPM
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Scary Movie - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Dead - (4:27) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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1983 - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Review: Usually when someone invites us into their "Nightmare World" we'd usually decline. Not because of the nightmares but because it's scientifically proven that people talking about their dreams is the most boring thing ever. Jaydan is the exception to the rule; every tale he tells is barbed and loaded with suspense. This new four tracker is no exception. From the grizzly, bet-wetting bass and slight tripletty swing of "Scary Movie" right the way through the Public Enemy homage "1983", Jaydan's dreamtalk is better than most people's realtalk.
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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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Fused Funk Vol 16
FFV 16
13 May 16
Breakbeat
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Cut/Shut - "Radio Selecter" - (3:34) 140 BPM
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Jay Tip - "More Diggity" - (5:17) 128 BPM
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Sticky Icky - "Lick Up Informer" - (3:55) 155 BPM
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Ghetto Cats - "Big Sex" - (4:00) 150 BPM
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Head Honcho - "I Got Vibes On It" - (4:07) 59 BPM
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Cut/Shut - "Jimmi's Ska" - (2:28) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Batchy Scrollox - "Summertime Fix" - (4:12) 150 BPM
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Phat Bangers Club - "Wah Wah Everybody" - (3:44) 135 BPM
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Jay Tip - "Hypnotized Booty" - (3:12) 150 BPM
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Ghetto Cats - "Drive The Funk" - (4:19) 149 BPM
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Sticky Icky - "I Wanna Hold You" - (2:08) 135 BPM
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Cut/Shut - "Golden Egg" - (2:30) 110 BPM
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Phat Bangers Club - "Barmy Army" - (4:05) 126 BPM
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Head Honcho - "Let Me Hear Ya" - (2:55) 123 BPM
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Sticky Icky - "Money 4 Nothin'" - (4:41) 132 BPM
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Cut/Shut - "Sexy Twist" - (2:38) 130 BPM
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Jay Tip - "Mario On A Glitch" - (2:58) 153 BPM
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Review: Funky Breaks, Ghetto Funk, Nu Funk, Glitch Funk, Nu Skool & Old Skool Breaks: you name it, they got it! London's Funk Fusion are back with Fused Funk Volume 16, which is a whopper of a compilation; 17 servings of block rockin' beats which will suit any occasion.. almost! Some of the highlights on here (and there's quite a few) are: "More Diggity" by Jay Tip; no guesses what this is a remix of (hint: Blackstreet!) but there's no hints for which rock'n roll classic got mashed up with jump-up drum and bass on Phat Bangers Club's "Wah Wah Everybody". Elsewhere, Sticky Icky's "I Wanna Hold You" takes the timeless classic by The Beatles and injects it with some tough breaks.
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The Ceaper Buing EP
HEIST 018
13 Jun 16
Deep House
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The Door - (6:07) 121 BPM
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Glimpse Of Light - (5:22) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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UV Lights - (5:15) 118 BPM
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Wakee - (6:42) 100 BPM
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The Door (Mr Tophat remix) - (6:16) 125 BPM
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Review: Quite remarkably, Obas Nenor's 2015 debut 12", My Way Home, appeared on Moodyman's Mahogani Music imprint. Since then, he's released hot material on Strictly Rhythm and Sol Power Sound. Here, he pops up on Detroit Swindle's Heist imprint with another strong collection of hazy, low-slung deep house shufflers. He begins with the loose, cheesecake-rich warmth of "The Door", before dipping the tempo a little on the funk-infused groove jam "Glimpse Of Light". There's a pleasingly bluesy feel about the bold and melodious "UV Lights", while "Wakee" offers a nu disco-influenced take on Detroit Beatdown. Mr Tophat's dense, deliciously percussive remix of "The Door" completes an excellent package.
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Classics Of Arrikitaun Vol 2
RW 029
13 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rayko - "Betcha" - (7:25) 112 BPM
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Rayko - "Headlines" - (7:09) 110 BPM
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James Rod - "Silver Bike" - (6:31) 111 BPM
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James Rod - "The Name Of Love" - (6:19) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Back in March, Rayko and James Rod launched their Classics of Arrikitaun series with an EP of largely impressive re-edits on Rare Wiri. This second volume delivers more breezy, midtempo goodness for those who like their grooves sunny and synth-heavy. Predictably, Rayko's two contributions tend towards the Balearic boogie, with the drifting, delay-laden vocals, rubbery synth-bass and glistening guitars of "Betcha" just elbowing out Midnight Starr cut-up "Headlines" in the "highlight" stakes. As for Rod, he urges us to grab a glass of something cool, sweet and refreshing on the piano-laden disco shuffle of "Silver Bike", before closing his eyes and raising his arms heavenward on the sensual boogie throb of "The Name Of Love".
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C4 Remixes
MURDAEP 012
27 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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C4 (Banzai remix) - (3:39) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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C4 (Skew remix) - (4:34) 175 BPM
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C4 (dub Bezerka & TechPro remix) - (4:12) 175 BPM
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C4 (Too Greezey remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Review: Subject to a recent remix competition, Nu Elementz's 2013 bubble-cut "C4" enjoys four wide-ranging revisions from names old and new. Banzai takes the lead with a sharp, higher-toned stabbier riff that switches the original's funk for something much darker, Skew gets ugly with a texture that's not dissimilar to that of the one Decimal Bass used on "Work For Nothing", Dub Bezerka & TechPro completely remove the original bass ideas for an angry hornets nest style tone while Too Greezey creates soaking wet alien sounds for his bass twist. Each cut boasting a life of its own, the only thing preventing them from being complete originals is the use of the original spoken sample.
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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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Past & Present
DBFC 002
10 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Roni Size - "Rock The Boat" - (3:44) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Roni Size - "Whistleblower" - (3:48) 174 BPM
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DJ Krust - "Kloaking Device" (Fracture remix) - (2:58) 174 BPM
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DJ Krust - "Kloaking Device" - (8:02) 175 BPM
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Review: Full Cycle continue their recharged return with their first full EP since re-opening the shop. First up are two brand new Roni cuts that fit their original signature perfectly. "Whistleblower" leans back on some woozy synths in a similar way Brookes Brothers and Chase & Status did around eight years ago - all hazy and cosmic sounding before dropping into a big scratchy bass riff. "Rock The Boat", meanwhile, licks up with an instantly infectious scale-based bassline hook and big live drum feels. Sealing the deal is man of the halftime moment Fracture who's twisted up Krust's 2000-era "Kloakin Device" with a fittingly twisted re-interpretation for the modern slo-mo age. Full Cycle are back baby!
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CLR presents Mind Sets (unmixed tracks)
CRLDA 010
21 Nov 14
Techno
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Drumcell - "Empty" - (9:40) 84 BPM
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Mark Morris - "The Gallery Of The Afterlife" - (6:19) 129 BPM
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Snts - "2" - (6:41) 127 BPM
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Meiko - "Backview" (Xhei remix) - (6:17) 131 BPM
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Bas Mooy - "Exiles" - (6:18) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dark Chambers - "Shaded" - (6:58) 128 BPM
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Pfirter - "Erosion 2" - (3:31) 127 BPM
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Benny Rodrigues - "The Choice Is Mine" (Raddhad remix) - (8:08) 126 BPM
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Jonas Kopp - "Starbust" - (6:46) 129 BPM
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Operator (UK) - "Finding The Way" - (6:32) 130 BPM
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The Persuader - "Fusion Of Thoughts" (Par Grindvik rework) - (5:49) 129 BPM
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Sigha - "Hardlines Soft Skin" - (6:12) 134 BPM
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Perc - "Grindr" - (6:37) 128 BPM
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Dax J - "Infinite Abyss" - (5:56) 130 BPM
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Dave Clarke - "The Storm" (LAW remix) - (7:46) 128 BPM
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Luis Flores - "Program" - (5:23) 126 BPM
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James Ruskin - "Wisdom Of Youth" - (5:19) 130 BPM
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DJ Emerson - "Anonymous" - (7:47) 128 BPM
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Zero Point. - (6:10) 133 BPM
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Brian Sanhaji - "Gyre" - (6:56) 128 BPM
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Manni Dee - "Rebuild Disintegrate" - (7:41) 127 BPM
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Delta Funktionen - "Petrol" - (8:14) 126 BPM
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Joachim Spieth - "Nevermind" - (7:33) 127 BPM
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James Ruskin - "Surfaced" - (6:21) 132 BPM
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Developer - "Western Ways" (Pfirter remix) - (5:09) 127 BPM
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DJ Hyperactive - "Venus" (Ciren remix) - (5:37) 127 BPM
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AnD - "The Jellyfish" - (7:49) 133 BPM
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Alexander Dniel - "B1" - (5:25) 126 BPM
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Dualit - "Berkel" - (5:03) 130 BPM
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Terence Fixmer - "Empire" - (6:18) 127 BPM
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Coefficient - "Blood Red" - (6:17) 128 BPM
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Variosu - "CLR Presents Mind Sets: Rebekah" (continuous mix by Rebekah) - (1:30:07) 129 BPM
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Devil Shogun EP
WHEELYDEALY 050
24 Jun 16
Deep Dubstep
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Devil Shogun - (5:41) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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AxH & ARtroniks - "Fading Away" - (5:21) 140 BPM
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Phasma Black - (4:42) 140 BPM
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Boneyard Keeper - (5:16) 140 BPM
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Played by: Alert
Review: US based deep dubstep purveyor AxH has sure come along way; it's not like you hear of Boston, Massachusetts being a hotbed for innovative future music. This guy have proven there might just be something in the water (or the weed!) out there, given their credentials ie: releasing on London kingpins Tempa and now for N-Type's Wheel & Deal. Starting out with the spooky mood lighting of "Devil Shogun" complete with unsettling kung fu movie dialogue, "Fading Away" then gets stuck into some dystopian low frequency explorations with some help from ARtroniks. "Boneyard Keeper" pursues some more familiar dub flavour translated via dark sci-fi aesthetics. Promising stuff.
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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
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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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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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Binga Vs Breakage
CRIT 089LTD
06 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Sam Binga - "Mind & Spirit" (feat Rider Shafique - Breakage remix) - (3:52) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Breakage - "Staggered Dub" (Sam Binga remix) - (3:38) 57 BPM
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Played by: Darren Judge
Review: Today's Critical lesson is brought to you by the letter B... Binga, Breakage and absolute badness. First up Breakage adds a rolling booty bounce to one of the many highlights on Binga's album Wasted Days album. Binga returns the favour by looking back into the annals of Critical history and dusting off Breakage's formative 2005 skanker "Staggered Dub" and injecting a cool amount of deep halftime space. Both exemplary examples of remix authenticity. Blimey. Bigness.
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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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Hold On/Take It Slow Remixes Vol 2
DDRD 012
27 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hold On (feat The Reynolds - Greg Wilson & Peza remix) - (6:25) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Take It Slow (A Vision Of Panorama remix) - (6:02) 109 BPM
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Take It Slow (feat The Reynolds - Greg Wilson & Derek Kaye remix) - (6:59) 109 BPM
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Take It Slow (Nuclear Digital Transistor remix) - (5:27) 118 BPM
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Played by: SITUATION
Review: Following the recent release of Luxxury's double A-side "Hold On"/"Take It Slow", which featured reworks from J Kriv and Crackazat, Deep & Disco presents four more remixes. Greg Wilson delivers two collaborative versions; an acid-flecked deep house-meets-disco tweak of "Hold On", and a hazy, dubby, stripped-back interpretation of "Take It Slow". Arguably the most impressive remix on the package, though, comes from Aficionado Recordings and Music For Dreams artist Vision of Panaorama, whose version of "Take It Slow" is little less than a sparkling, slow-burning Balearic delight. While it retains some elements from the original - notably the bass, guitars and live drums - the additional synths and electronics are little less than sublime.
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Fusion
KARDIGI 001
27 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Fusion - (5:12) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Midnight - (4:38) 176 BPM
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Review: Kartoons: One of the most influential jump-up labels of the mid-late 90s, headed by Nicky Blackmarket himself, returns in digital form. Naturally the bossman is at the helm, and he's brought his frequent flyer Voltage with him. "Fusion" shows the label's dedication to the future with its eerie electrical pitch rattling and fluctuating over crisp steppy beats. "Midnight", meanwhile, is a slight throwback to the original agenda-setting days with its classic DJ Trend style riff punctuating every kick. Carnage guaranteed.
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Oxygen
NHS 294DD
24 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Ignite (feat Amy J Pryce) - (5:08) 174 BPM
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Ultraviolet - (4:08) 174 BPM
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Comb Funk - (4:09) 174 BPM
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Altitude (feat Amy J Pryce) - (4:35) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Like The Sun - (3:47) 174 BPM
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Stay Here - (4:09) 174 BPM
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Nearly There - (4:34) 174 BPM
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Rainbow Road - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Oxygen - (5:09) 174 BPM
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Vista - (3:58) 150 BPM
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Together We're Lost (feat Franko Fraize & Tone) - (4:38) 174 BPM
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Electrify (feat Amy J Pryce) - (4:55) 174 BPM
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One Of A Kind (feat Tudor) - (3:57) 174 BPM
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Our Story (feat Kele) - (5:06) 174 BPM
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Living In The Past (feat Dials) - (5:43) 174 BPM
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Review: Less than two years have passed since Recognise and Hospital's young duo Fred V & Grafix return with another musical mission. Deeper, more song-based and organic than before, the duo have really found a signature. From the introductive balladry of opener "Ignite" to the darker bass and guitar glitches of "Stay Here" by way of the rainbow sing-along stepper "Ultraviolet", the Flumist piano-tickling title track and sunset dynamics of the Kele-fronted "Our Story", this the sound of a drum & bass act relishing in songcraft with class.
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Last Edits Part 2
AUDAZ 120
02 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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What To Do - (7:51) 115 BPM
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No Tomorrow (version 1) - (6:08) 115 BPM
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Have Some Fun - (7:20) 120 BPM
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No Tomorrow (version 2) - (6:42) 115 BPM
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Mu Mu - (7:08) 120 BPM
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Sharing & Caring - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Things Will Come Your Way - (6:27) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: You can't keep a good man down and unsurprisingly Audaz boss Alkalino is already back following his recent 'farewell' Final Edits release. Although his allegiance has switched more towards contemporary house productions lately, his definitive resignation from disco edits is still a long way off. Here we have seven of his latest scalpel jobs, all of which provide serious shape throwing dancefloor possibilities. Highlights however, include the incessant Afro-influenced funk stomp of "What To Do", the new romantic ennui of "No Tomorrow (Version 2)" and the arpeggiated body music of "Mu Mu" which tackles a rave gem by The KLF.
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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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Salty Vibes Vol 1
DWADSEP 33
22 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Funkin Around - (6:36) 117 BPM
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Feel It - (6:42) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love Rescue - (5:58) 121 BPM
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Midnight - (5:31) 106 BPM
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Sunshine Rays - (6:09) 123 BPM
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Black Enough 4 U - (6:15) 100 BPM
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Played by: OSHEEN
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Structures And Solutions
BP 2016
24 Jun 16
Techno
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O & V & R - "Metal Slipper" - (7:19) 131 BPM
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Lakker - "Chain Of Combs" - (6:00) 130 BPM
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James Ruskin & DVS1 - "Page 1" - (6:13) 130 BPM
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Makaton - "Slur" - (7:04) 134 BPM
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Planetary Assault Systems - "Pull" - (7:36) 131 BPM
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Steve Bicknell - "Disguise Of Beings" - (4:09) 128 BPM
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Regis - "Party Spoiler Too" - (5:09) 134 BPM
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Randomer - "Sheen" - (6:59) 130 BPM
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Truss - "Wanastow" - (5:58) 89 BPM
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Rumah & Progression - "Speak & Spell" - (5:56) 130 BPM
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James Ruskin - "6teenth" - (5:22) 132 BPM
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Tessela - "Rub" - (6:11) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rommek - "Off The Radar" - (6:15) 128 BPM
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Blawan - "Passer By" - (6:07) 129 BPM
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Oliver Ho - "The Serpent Devours Itself" - (5:10) 128 BPM
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The Fear Ratio - "Lonor" - (4:53) 103 BPM
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Lakker - "Orange" - (5:09) 135 BPM
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Review: To mark the twentieth anniversary of the foundation of his label, James Ruskin has put together this massive compilation. It includes long-term friends and associates of the label - like Oliver Ho, Regis and Luke Slater - as well as newer additions to the roster, including Lakker and Rommek. Apart from uniting artists from different generations, the compilation also showcases the label's various hues; from the broken beats and intricate rhythms of Ruskin and Regis' O/V/R project and the hypnotic soundscapes of Lakker's "Orange" to the trace stabs and 10 tonne kicks of Regis' "Party Spoiler Too" and the chaotic industrial rhythms on Truss' "Wanastow", this compilation offers to newcomers an invaluable introduction to Blueprint, or to long-standing fans an indispensable reminder of why the label is unique.
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Realm Of Consciousness
AL 001D
24 Jun 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Tale Of Us - "Lies" - (5:40) 117 BPM
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Monoloc - "Phoenix" - (6:08) 124 BPM
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Recondite - "Murphy's Law" - (6:15) 124 BPM
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Woo York - "Poseidon" - (6:13) 126 BPM
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Somne - "Triangle" - (7:11) 128 BPM
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Jon Hester - "Logan" - (5:56) 130 BPM
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Locked Groove - "Emeralds" - (8:11) 122 BPM
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Ryan James Ford - "Toree Bahrstad" - (5:35) 131 BPM
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Obscure Shape & SHDW - "Die Wiederkehr" - (6:38) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mind Against - "Gravity" - (7:29) 123 BPM
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Circuits Part 1
KILLAZ 025PT1DIG
10 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Music Takes Me - (6:00) 175 BPM
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Jabz - (5:55) 175 BPM
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Watcha' Man - (6:02) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Them Bells - (5:58) 175 BPM
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Relentless - (6:02) 175 BPM
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Played by: S Man, DJ Hybrid, K Jah
Review: Veteran junglist, DJ, promoter and artist T>I continues to deliver some seriously heavyweight rattlers; "Music Takes Me" lights the five-track bass bonfire with its loose shaking percussion and classic diva vocal snippet. Deeper into the heat we explore: "Jabz" executes that stripped back grump bass jump-up thing perfectly, "Watcha Man" takes us on a dark romp with soaking wet bass bounces and a well-positioned toaster vocal while "Them Bells" stretches out ominous chimes over a punctuated drums and elastic sub and "Relentless" is a dark track tailored for clubs with its tripped out bassline and Voltage undertones. Each cut on-point and catered for the dance... The best thing is it's the first part - meaning plenty more of the good stuff to come too!
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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
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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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Simple Pleasures
CHOPDIGI 076
13 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Simple Pleasures - (5:03) 104 BPM
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Simple Pleasures (George Kelly mix) - (5:17) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Simple Pleasures (instrumental) - (5:03) 104 BPM
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Review: Stroud collective Situation has long been among the most reliable re-editors on the nu-disco scene. Further proof that they barely put a foot wrong arrives in the form of "Simple Pleasures", a deliciously jazzy chunk of breezy dancefloor goodness that effortlessly combines glistening guitars, warm organ stabs, shuffling soul breaks and a life-affirming female vocal. For those who can take or leave the vocal, the boys from the Five Valleys have included an excellent instrumental version. There's a tougher, more upbeat remix present, too, with Chop Shop boss George Kelly turning the swinging original into a metronomic disco-house chugger. While good, it lacks a little of the alluring looseness of Situation's original version.
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Paper Cuts #3
PAPDLA 211
09 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kimo - "Whirl" (original mix) - (6:57) 115 BPM
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Diskobeistet - "Gammal Morro" (original mix) - (7:00) 120 BPM
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Mezman - "TNA" (original mix) - (6:57) 122 BPM
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Ralph Myerz presents REC - "Dirty Diva" (feat Nomi Ruiz - Ralph Myerz remix) - (7:02) 121 BPM
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Flash Atkins/2 Billion Beats - "Wilco" (original mix) - (7:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Neil Quigley - "Loops For Peace" (original mix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
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Flash Atkins - "Acid House Creator" (original mix) - (7:36) 115 BPM
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Doc L Junior - "Twilight" (original mix) - (8:50) 115 BPM
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Kit Tacchini - "New York Steak Of Mind" (original mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM
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De Fantastiske To - "Folk Og Ferie" (original mix) - (7:38) 120 BPM
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2 Billion Beats - "The Moodyman" (Pete Herbert remix) - (6:44) 122 BPM
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Flash Atkins - "Drug Empire" (original mix) - (6:22) 116 BPM
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Daco - "Meine Killer" (feat Die Hexen - original mix) - (6:18) 122 BPM
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Leon Sweet - "Zed" (original mix) - (6:38) 118 BPM
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Ralph Myerz/The Kosmik Diamondz - "Lett Sommarmat" (original mix) - (7:54) 125 BPM
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Kit Tacchini - "Bada Boom" (original mix) - (6:25) 120 BPM
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Kimo - "Born Out" (original mix) - (7:48) 118 BPM
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De Fantastiske To - "Dragsug" (original mix) - (8:47) 110 BPM
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Leon Sweet - "Below" (original mix) - (9:45) 112 BPM
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Diskobeistet - "Birkelunden" (original mix) - (7:09) 120 BPM
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Richard Seaborne - "Times Are Hard" (Chris Massey 4am remix) - (6:16) 118 BPM
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Daco - "Struck Out" (original mix) - (6:32) 120 BPM
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Flash Atkins - "Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys" (original mix) - (6:24) 110 BPM
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De Fantastiske To - "Monokrom" (feat Ost - original mix) - (8:05) 120 BPM
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2 Billion Beats - "Apollo 303" (original mix) - (7:06) 108 BPM
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Ralph Myerz/The Kosmik Diamondz - "Acid 4 Eddie" (original mix) - (14:10) 114 BPM
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Weedyman - "Feel It" (original mix) - (6:13) 120 BPM
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Rave-Enka - "Antibac" (original mix) - (9:54) 108 BPM
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Richard Seaborne - "Let's Get Serious" (Flash Atkins' Balls To The Wall mix) - (8:42) 119 BPM
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Review: Weighing in at a whopping 29 tracks deep, the latest instalment in the re-born Paper Recordings' label compilation series, Paper Cuts, is something of a sprawling epic. It draws mostly on material released over the last two years, which has seen a dramatic increase in the volume of label missives. Taking in a wide array of house, disco and Balearic flavours, it's tightly packed with dancefloor-friendly treats. Highlights are, of course, plentiful, from the cheery Scandolearic shuffle of Diskobeistet's "Gammal Morro" and the dreamy deep house throb of Neil Quigley's gorgeous "Loops For Peace", to the wonky rave revivalism of Flash Atkins' "Drug Empire", and the sparkling Italo-disco revivalism of Leon Sweet's "Below".
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Social Housing
HTH 058D
10 Jun 16
Deep House
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Ode To A Broken Heart - (3:58) 114 BPM
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The Landsberger Funk - (7:00) 113 BPM
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Fantasy - (4:04) 127 BPM
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Tim's Keys (feat Timothy Blake) - (6:31) 123 BPM
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I'm So Glad (feat Jocelyn Brown - Satisfied mix) - (5:01) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Summer Memory - (7:27) 117 BPM
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Six Sixty Groove - (5:20) 127 BPM
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Locked Out - (5:25) 119 BPM
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Feel The Music - (6:21) 122 BPM
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Wake Up, Baby! - (6:03) 117 BPM
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Something In Yr Head - (6:34) 123 BPM
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Apple Of My Eye (feat Timothy Blake) - (5:35) 125 BPM
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Review: Such has been the rise of Marquis Hawkes in recent times that this debut album must mark as one of the most anticipated house sets of 2016. Happily, Social Housing is a superb showcase not only for Hawkes' talents, but also his understanding of house music in its' many myriad forms. The album does include, of course, a sprinkling of jackin' workouts, but these are outnumbered by such thrilling chunks of loved-up positivity as the Tiger & Woods style loop funk of "Fantasy", the Theo Parrish-ish jazz fuzziness of "Summer Memory", and the cheeky, Todd Edwards style cut-up garage of "Something In Yr Head" [sic]. The album's most potent moment, though, is "I'm So Glad", a collaboration with Jocelyn Brown that already ranks among 2016's most potent tunes.
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Ghost Rider
BEW 061
24 Jun 16
UK Garage
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Ghost Rider - (4:02) 125 BPM
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Ghost Rider (Dr Cryptic remix) - (4:02) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ghost Rider (Thijs Haal remix) - (6:46) 125 BPM
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Ghost Rider (Ampr) - (3:21) 140 BPM
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Played by: In:flux Audio
Review: Much like his namesake, Finland's bass underdog, Rico Tubbs, proves that he packs just as much of a punch Don Johnson in Miami Vice, and then some. Here he references more American culture with Ghost Rider, the flaming skeleton biker. However, it's less retro America and more sweaty UK warehouse - fusing hands-in-air piano stabs with gurgling low basslines and skippy beats. Dr Cryptic's mix perfectly captures that gurn-fest moment when it feels like the sky is literally attacking you. Elsewhere Thijs Haal delivers the hardest mix here, whilst Ampr drops to half time for some robo dubstep fun.
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Smokers Lounge
535 R022
13 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Monsoon - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Smokers Lounge - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sand Bag - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Day Dreaming - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Review: Jump up jungle time! A trailblazing DJ in New York for almost 20 years, Hoogs knows how to bring it, and bring it he does - from jungle to deep and minimal there ain't a road he ain't travelled. Here though it's all about hyper fun DnB, with "Monsoon" kicking off with a relentless 175 bpm wobble-influenced assault, the title track bringing in some tougher breaky elements and "Sand Bag" is all about take-me-to-your-leader bass and horror backing tracks. Lastly "Day Dreaming" mixes speedy beats, barking mechanical bass and retro samples. Mad ting.
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Vault 1
DETAIL 013
06 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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2nd Floor (feat DRS/Kemo) - (7:18) 175 BPM
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Ruffneck Sound - (5:20) 175 BPM
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Professor - (3:46) 175 BPM
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Voyager (feat Calibre) - (4:52) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Giving In (feat Spoonface) - (4:08) 175 BPM
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In My Dreams (feat Hellrazor) - (6:02) 173 BPM
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Steptoe (feat Hellrazor) - (3:34) 170 BPM
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Amen Workout (feat Zero One) - (4:57) 175 BPM
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Knuckle Head - (3:27) 171 BPM
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Keep Going Back - (5:14) 174 BPM
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Style (feat Seed/SInger J) - (4:49) 175 BPM
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Elextronix - (5:18) 172 BPM
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Still - (2:45) 175 BPM
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Out Of Control (feat Tali) - (4:27) 175 BPM
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2nd Floor (instrumental mix) - (7:18) 175 BPM
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Played by: MSdoS
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The Orkyd Project (Album Sampler)
METALP 009S
17 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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I'm Gone (feat Naomi Pryor - 3AM mix) - (6:30) 170 BPM
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Yours (feat Orkyd - Drums VIP mix) - (5:43) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Punch Drunk - (5:41) 172 BPM
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I'm Gone (feat Naomi Pryor - 3AM Intro mix) - (6:08) 170 BPM
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Review: Only two years have passed since Survival & Script unleashed their Scar project but already it feels like they've been part of the D&B landscape forever. Their grand scope of heritage and shared futurist vision has ensured each document is as weightier than the last... And their debut album The Orkyd Project is set to be so heavy we may need a new server store it. Tuck into these three sampler tracks for proof: Naomi Pryor's vocals get two stunning deep night contexts while "Yours" and "Punch Drunk" both slap with industrial glee. Bring on the full album!
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Phreeky
826194 335199
17 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz) - (5:46) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release