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Destroy The Image
STSM 01
25 Nov 16
Funky/Club House
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Chris Lorenzo - "Intro" - (2:08) 128 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo & Chris Lake - "We Are" (feat Sam Nicolosi) - (4:45) 123 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo - "Afterparty" (feat Sonny Fodera) - (4:50) 126 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo & DJ Zinc - "Purple Toe" - (4:52) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chris Lorenzo - "Come Down" - (3:48) 128 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo - "Sleep Talk" (feat Alex Mills) - (5:53) 125 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo - "Promised Land" - (5:08) 125 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo - "Spliff Break" - (2:41) 86 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo & Katy B - "I Wanna Be" (instrumental) - (4:24) 120 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo - "Bad Bitch" - (3:31) 128 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo - "Enemys" - (4:09) 124 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo - "Off" - (5:19) 124 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo - "Get Enough" - (1:12) 86 BPM
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Chris Lorenzo - "Together" - (3:42) 125 BPM
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Review: Originally known as one half of UKG/UK funky/house fusionists Cause & Effect, Chris Lorenzo has decided to venture out on his own for debut album, Destroy The Image. The Birmingham-based producer is known for his love of collaborating and over the 14 tracks here we encounter hook ups with Alex Mills, DJ Zinc and Sam Nicolosi. Highlights include the creeped-out techno mantra of "Come Down", the radio-friendly EDM anthem, "We Are" and the dirty tropical baile attack, "Bad Bitch".
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Thanks For Joining Us
SPEAR 075
02 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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BCee - "Morning Star" (feat Philippa Hanna - Break remix) - (4:08) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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BCee/SPY - "Is Anybody Out There?" (The Vanguard Project remix) - (5:12) 174 BPM
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BCee - "Delirous" (Kimyan Law remix) - (5:43) 172 BPM
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BCee - "Firebox" (Ulterior Motive remix) - (5:52) 174 BPM
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BCee - "Summery" (feat Philippa Hanna - Electrosoul System remix) - (4:50) 175 BPM
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BCee - "Class Of '92" (Conduct remix) - (5:09) 58 BPM
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BCee/Hybrid Minds - "Cut Me Loose" (feat Rocky Nti - Muffler remix) - (4:46) 174 BPM
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BCee/Villem - "I Believe" (feat Frank H Carter III - Bachelors Of Science remix) - (5:17) 174 BPM
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BCee - "Typical Description" (feat David Boomah - Calibre remix) - (6:34) 174 BPM
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BCee - "Lost And Found" (feat Rocky Nti - Hybrid Minds remix) - (5:41) 174 BPM
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BCee - "Come And Join Us" (Klute remix) - (5:44) 168 BPM
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BCee - "Sun Goes Down" (feat Saint Louis - Pola And Bryson remix) - (5:16) 174 BPM
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BCee/LSB - "The River Runs Dry" (feat Rocky Nti - Tokyo Prose remix) - (5:34) 174 BPM
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BCee - "Think Twice" (Glxy remix) - (5:16) 174 BPM
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Review: Steve Bcee recently blew people away with his impressive third full length LP, Come And Join Us. Such was the response that he's now releasing a companion record called "Thanke For Joining Us". The release sees the original LP reworked by a host of top names. Highlights include the soulful, intelligent melodies and crisp beats of SPY collab, "Is Anybody Out There?(The Vanguard Project mix)", the glistening broken hip-hop beats of "Delirious (Kiyan Law mix)", the jazzy, late night chill vibes of "Sun Goes Down (Pola and Bryson mix)" and the speedy, orchestrated DnB anthem "Cut Me Loose(Muffler mix)".
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Dreamland
DISDLRCD 002
25 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Lucid Dreaming - (2:05) 174 BPM
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Trip Up - (4:20) 170 BPM
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Wonder What It Feels Like (feat Break) - (4:35) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wasting Time - (5:36) 57 BPM
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Living The Dream - (1:50) 170 BPM
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Pyoyb - (4:16) 172 BPM
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Anxiety Attack (feat Mako) - (6:01) 170 BPM
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Inna Dream - (1:11) 180 BPM
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Dreamland (feat Gusto) - (5:40) 174 BPM
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Unusual Behaviour (feat Signal) - (5:51) 172 BPM
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Decisions You Make In A Dream - (0:24) 172 BPM
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Journey To Mars - (5:38) 172 BPM
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We're All Wrong (feat Hydro) - (6:27) 172 BPM
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Time Is Everything - (5:39) 172 BPM
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Played by: Demandrecords, Hex
Review: Barely 18 months have passed since his solo debut Seeing Sounds and DLR returns with another deep detail exercise. Fired by the current political climate, the Bristol-based artist breaks down the echo chamber with killer warm, grainy and fat productions. Whether it's the understated loose funk of "Trip Up", the pressure-cooked, sub-baked rave textures of "Wonder What It Feels Like" or the dark alley paranoia of "Unusual Behaviour" that gets you woke then the Photekian spaciousness and dubby wonder of "Wasting Time" and the Badco style drone of "Time Is Everything" will certainly send you into a post-truth punch-up. Sweet dreams are made of this.
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10 Years Of Symmetry
SYMMLP 005
28 Oct 16
Drum And Bass
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Break/Boston - "If I Could" (feat Kyo) - (4:54) 171 BPM
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Break/Total Science - "Betamax" - (5:06) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Break/Spectrasoul - "Inside" - (3:47) 173 BPM
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Break - "Ain't No Turnin' Back" - (5:17) 172 BPM
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Break - "Free Your Mind" (feat Singing Fats - Break remix) - (4:33) 170 BPM
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Break - "Give In To Me" (feat Kyo) - (5:16) 174 BPM
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Break - "Who Got Da Funk" - (4:54) 172 BPM
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Break - "Overdub" - (5:04) 172 BPM
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Left Behind - (5:55) 58 BPM
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NC17/KC - "Slimeville" (Break & DLR remix) - (5:19) 173 BPM
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Break - "The Rush" - (5:54) 174 BPM
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Break - "Not Forgotten" - (5:00) 168 BPM
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Review: Ah Break... Easily one of the most universally respected men in drum & bass. Never playing to trend, not even partaking in the mixdown war, always with the most unique drum sounds, he does his own thing and we love him for it. We love his label too. More often than not a vehicle for his own output, here he celebrates Symmetry in fitting style - with his own tracks and collaborations. It's an all star cast with Total Science bullying up a disgusting stepper ("Betamax") and Spectrasoul co-handling a gully halftime jammer. Elsewhere highlights hit from every corner but only a joker wouldn't investigate his update on the Fats-fronted classic "Free Your Mind", the grizzling "Who Got Da Funk" or the infectious shaker-flaring dub cut "Left Behind". Here's to another 10 years.
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Surgery Edits Vol 9
DD 037
10 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Give It Up - (9:06) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Disco Squares - (8:52) 116 BPM
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Party Time - (5:31) 113 BPM
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Your Love Baby - (8:06) 120 BPM
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Try My Luv - (7:35) 118 BPM
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Footsteps - (5:51) 113 BPM
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Move That Bottom - (6:14) 104 BPM
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Smoov Groove - (6:45) 115 BPM
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Review: The latest volume in the Surgery Edits series is something of an epic affair, with scalpel-wielding hero Dr Packer offering up no less than eight intricate procedures. It's naturally a mixed bag, with the Australian offering gently beefed-up and quantized versions of both well-known cuts (a well-loved Marvin Gaye classic gets the treatment on "Give It Up", while "Disco Squares" is a punchy revision of a Rick James produced Teena Marie favourite) and lesser-known floor-fillers (the bubbly '80s soul flex of "Your Love Baby", the heavyweight P-funk strut of "Move That Bottom"). There's not a duffer in sight, with jazz-funk style closer "Smoov Groove" and righteous disco-funk bumper "Party Time" arguably the pick of an impressive bunch.
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Dream Catcher
PLAYAZ 071D
24 Oct 16
Drum And Bass
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Dream Catcher (feat Yisrael) - (4:27) 177 BPM
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Frequency Weapon - (3:25) 178 BPM
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Lose Control (feat Daddy Earl) - (4:47) 175 BPM
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Blessing (feat Daddy Earl) - (4:12) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Consciousness - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Observe - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Dream Catcher (feat Yisrael - instrumental) - (4:25) 177 BPM
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This Life - (4:21) 175 BPM
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Prophecy
SWEETALBUM 02
22 Aug 16
Drum And Bass
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Chop Shop - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Easy Peasy - (4:01) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Speed Of Sound - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Evolution - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Respect - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Transmission - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Pablo Escobar - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Hungry Hippos - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Nu Elementz & Majistrate - "Never Forget" (feat Jessica Luck) - (4:31) 174 BPM
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Glock Riddum - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Simplistic - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Murderah (VIP) - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Vision - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Frequency (album mix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Review: It's kinda rare to see an artist delivering a full drum and bass album these days, but that's just how Nu Elementz like to vibe. Prophecy is a complete master blaster of an LP, with thirteen tracks of wild and diverse jump-up steppers charged and motored by devious swarms of mutant bass, reminding us of the that DJ Hazard school of thought that made the Playaz label what it is today. Tunes like "Speed Of Sound", "Evolution", and "Pablo Escobar" are the sort of gear you can break out if you're need of something nasty, something to bump sideways to amid a sea of hungry ravers. There are deeper moments, too, such as "Respect" or "Never Forget" featuring longtime drum and bass don Majistrate. No funny business, just pure rave vibes.
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Content
SOULR 076
04 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Lydian (feat Millie Watson) - (6:41) 174 BPM
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Pandora (feat Sense MC) - (4:03) 170 BPM
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Missing You (feat Tyler Daley/DRS - album mix) - (6:48) 174 BPM
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The Optimist - (6:01) 174 BPM
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I Need Love - (6:35) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Circle (feat Tyler Daley) - (6:24) 57 BPM
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Blinding - (8:11) 58 BPM
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Capture My Heart (feat Dain Stuart) - (6:28) 174 BPM
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Losing You - (6:18) 174 BPM
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Sketch For My Sweatheart - (5:52) 174 BPM
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Catching Lightning (feat DRS) - (2:13) 158 BPM
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Played by: Hex
Review: Slow and steady: LSB has been known to heads for years now but he's never hurried himself, he's never carved out identikit formulas for the sake of fans, he's never played the predictable games. In true Soul:r style (a label he's now fully signed with) he's focused on ensuring he only releases his very best material since day one. Naturally his album is no different; the gentle fades of "Lydian", the raw emotion of "Circle", the outright epicity of the 8-min "Blinding", the sad farewells of "Missing You"... Every second of the album has been considered and delivered with real thought and detail. Contented? You will be.
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Love Songs/Part Two
ZENDNL 234
11 Nov 16
Deep House
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Who To Love? - (3:16) 118 BPM
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All Night - (4:54) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Je T'aime - (6:56) 115 BPM
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Honey - (5:39) 120 BPM
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Come Close To Me - (6:41) 110 BPM
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Don't Stop - (4:08) 97 BPM
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Who Loves You? - (8:25) 115 BPM
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L.U.V - (6:24) 93 BPM
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New Love - (6:29) 120 BPM
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My Last Affair - (5:36) 114 BPM
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Review: Archie 'Romare' Fairhurst is a productive chap. This sophomore album appears barely 12 months after his acclaimed debut full-length, Projections. It sees him revisiting a theme first explored on 2013's Love Songs: Part One EP on Black Acre. According to the press release, it's a musical journey through affairs of the heart, moving from the gentle sensuality of melodious beat jam "Who Do You Love", to the sexually-charged dancefloor thrills of restless house cut "New Love", via the gooey-eyed spooning electronica of "L.U.V", and the sweaty, post-punk disco blues of stand-out "All Night". As usual, it's tricky to pin down musically - Fairhurst has always had a thing for darting between sounds and styles at will - but is immaculately produced and hugely entertaining.
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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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Captain Flatcap LP
SRAS 009
24 Nov 16
Breakbeat
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Awakening - (4:36) 105 BPM
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Filth Wizard - (5:08) 128 BPM
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Boom Bap Boxing (feat Great Scott) - (3:47) 98 BPM
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Alien Jazz - (6:05) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sergei's Journey - (6:01) 130 BPM
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Squeaky Clean (feat Too Many T's) - (4:46) 110 BPM
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Coconut Affair (feat Isabel Drake) - (4:43) 120 BPM
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Rumblestiltskin - (4:58) 145 BPM
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This Time (feat William Breakspear) - (5:13) 102 BPM
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Are You Me? - (5:43) 177 BPM
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Played by: TOSSES
Review: It was 4 years ago when Scour Records happened upon the phenomenon in waiting three-piece Captain Flatcap, playing to two men and a dog in some best-forgotten dive. Now its 2016 and it's different story indeed, the world is beginning to be seduced by the madcap fusion of styles that Chris, Tom and Matt uniquely provide. Now here is their eponymous album to take things to the next level. There are 10 tracks to enjoy; our favourites include the melodic dubstep-meets-ye-olde-flute music of "Awakening", the pulsating medieval trance of "Sergei's Journey" and the DnB mayhem of closer "Are You Me?".
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Motor City Booty (The Remixes)
MIDRIOTMCB 002
03 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Steppin (feat Dames Brown - Qwestlife remix) - (6:57) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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1960 What? (feat London House Cats Choir - John Mork & Andrew Emil remix) - (8:34) 122 BPM
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Soul Fly Part 1 (feat Dames Brown - Sam Redmore remix) - (8:36) 127 BPM
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Soul Fly Part 2 (feat Dames Brown - Eli Escobar remix) - (8:15) 127 BPM
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Your Love Is All I Need (Thatmanmonkz remix) - (6:34) 122 BPM
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Superficial (Mark E remix) - (7:42) 110 BPM
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Your Love Is All I Need (Big Danny Kane remix) - (6:43) 120 BPM
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Funk Is Here To Stay (Inkswel remix) - (5:52) 111 BPM
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Send A Message (Kid Sublime remix) - (5:54) 110 BPM
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1960 What? (feat London House Cats Choir - Marten Roberto & Nikolay Danev remix) - (7:34) 122 BPM
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Superficial (Judge Funk remix) - (4:50) 116 BPM
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I Got It (feat Alena - DJ Raw Sugar remix) - (5:09) 107 BPM
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Slippin On Ya Pimpin (feat Dames Brown - Situation remix) - (5:17) 106 BPM
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Return Of The Ghetto Fly (feat Neco Redd - Peza remix) - (5:50) 104 BPM
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Superficial (Chewy Rubs remix) - (8:58) 114 BPM
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Steppin (feat Dames Brown - Modified Man remix) - (5:54) 115 BPM
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Slippin On Ya Pimpin (feat Dames Brown - Bittersuite remix) - (6:35) 118 BPM
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Soul Fly Part 2 (feat Dames Brown - De Fantastiske To remix) - (9:49) 124 BPM
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Funk Is Here To Stay (Mr Mulatto remix) - (5:22) 111 BPM
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I Got It (feat Alena - Heion remix) - (5:51) 120 BPM
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Slippin On Ya Pimpin (feat Dames Brown - Henri Le Blanc remix) - (5:47) 116 BPM
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Review: Midnight Riot isn't messing around with this collection of remixes of tracks from Detroit veteran Amp Fiddler's recent Motor City Booty set. Label boss Yam Who has pulled out all the stops, drawing on both Midnight Riot regulars and genuinely hot talents such as Eli Escobar (whose slick, soulful house rub of "Soul Fly Part 2" is a highlight), Thatmanmonkz, Inkswel and Mark E (who genuinely steals the show with a dreamy, mid-tempo take on "Superficial"). Taken as a whole, it's far more "killer" than "filler", with sterling contributions from Sam Redmore (dub-flecked Afro-house goodness), Kid Sublime (sun-kissed boogie-soul), chewy Rubs (low-slung disco-house heaviness), and Modified Man (synth-heavy broken beat).
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Negative Space
SMDELP 01
02 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Hawkeye - (5:45) 170 BPM
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Spasmolytic - (5:45) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Retina (feat Red Army) - (6:30) 172 BPM
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Ironhead - (6:05) 170 BPM
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Echoes - (6:06) 57 BPM
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Tidal Track - (5:49) 57 BPM
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Malice - (5:54) 170 BPM
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Jawbox (feat Gremlinz) - (5:44) 172 BPM
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Conduit (VIP) - (5:47) 170 BPM
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Red Herring - (6:08) 170 BPM
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Third Rail - (6:21) 172 BPM
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Killing Moon - (5:45) 170 BPM
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Review: Topping off an incredible year in which he's launched his own label (Weaponry) and delivered three EP troves of deep drum darkness, Seattle's Homemade Weapons presents his debut album Negative Space. Followers of his disarming, physical, rolling sub-heavy sound will know exactly how important this is: the flurried amen crashes of opener "Hawkeye", the cavernous ricochet rhythm shots of "Retina", the heavily pressurised space station pads, micro-traces of jazz and busted drum fury of "Conduit", the gurgling Doc Scott style drones and sense-blurring space between the drums on "Red Herring". Homemade Weapons has captured his stark signature with slick, subtle detail and created a document that compounds everything we've suspected since he emerged in 2011.
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W:/2016ALBUM/
MAU5CD 0232
02 Dec 16
Progressive House
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4ware - (8:39) 128 BPM
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2448 - (6:24) 128 BPM
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Cat Thruster - (5:36) 58 BPM
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Deus Ex Machina - (6:31) 128 BPM
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Glish - (2:10) 128 BPM
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Imaginary Friends - (7:46) 128 BPM
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Let Go (feat Grabbitz) - (6:18) 128 BPM
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No Problem - (6:59) 57 BPM
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Snowcone - (5:14) 98 BPM
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Three Pound Chicken Wing - (6:22) 128 BPM
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Whelk Then - (5:39) 57 BPM
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Let Go (faet Grabbitz - extended edit) - (11:31) 128 BPM
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Party Bangers Vol 2
BBP 127
04 Nov 16
Breakbeat
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Funk Me Again - (4:04) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rewind It Back - (3:30) 106 BPM
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Do You Wanna Ride - (4:31) 108 BPM
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Get Busy - (7:11) 118 BPM
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Funk Me Again (instrumental) - (4:14) 115 BPM
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Rewind It Back (instrumental) - (3:39) 106 BPM
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Do You Wanna Ride (instrumental) - (4:36) 108 BPM
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Get Busy (instrumental) - (7:11) 118 BPM
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Review: Roll up, roll up! Break Beat Paradise present a clash of the party breaks titans, DJ B-Side Vs DJ BadboE. Both acts have released party fodder separately before, now though they're together in this mean soundclash (actually BadboE is the label owner). This time there are four tracks all in the trademark party breaks vein beginning with the electro-funk-rap jam "Funk Me Again", before Usher gets a go-go sing along makeover on "Rewind It Back". Next "Do You Wanna Ride" sees vintage big band samples blend with hip-house and finally "Get Busy" ends with a Groove Armada/lush disco fusion. Boom!
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Diving From The Void
SOMADA 112
25 Nov 16
Techno
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Voices In Your Head - (3:28)
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Immersion - (7:02) 129 BPM
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Stellar Acid - (7:11) 132 BPM
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Frozen Room - (6:13) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Estrange - (5:58) 126 BPM
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Flirting With Disaster - (7:23) 132 BPM
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Subject X103 - (5:51) 83 BPM
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District 2 - (5:48) 128 BPM
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The Unknown - (7:24) 133 BPM
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Anxiety - (3:31) 120 BPM
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Raven - (6:13) 135 BPM
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Played by: Trevor Benz
Review: Despite being only in his early 20s, Charles Fenckler has produced one of the finest techno albums of the year. Void follows on from a brace of Eps for Slam's label, and serves as the strongest showcase yet for his talents. What sets Fenckler apart from his peers is his ability to veer from classic to modern styles without compromising his sound. "Immersion" is a breathy, melodic workout with echoes of early 90s UK techno, while "Frozen Room" is a Dave Clarke Red-style banger, replete with sirens and dramatic stabs and the full on acid of "Stellar Acid" completes Fenckler's interest in that era. Similarly, this young talent also has a modern outlook; there's the tumbling tribal drums of "District 2" and the atmospheric, broken beats of "Subject X103", which has echoes of Perc and Randomer. It's an assured, confident release that belies his youth.
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There Is No Right Time
AUSCD 008D
14 Oct 16
Deep House
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Have The Guts - (4:34) 82 BPM
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Be Good To Me Poly - (5:06) 69 BPM
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Waiting For L - (5:08) 126 BPM
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Time To Leave - (3:01) 93 BPM
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10405 - (5:55) 117 BPM
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Our Odyssey - (7:50) 124 BPM
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Something Keeps Me Real Quiet - (5:47) 128 BPM
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Left On Lucy (feat Huerta) - (6:39) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Earnest Kelly - (7:27) 133 BPM
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4D Anxiety - (5:39) 91 BPM
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Review: Yorkshire's Ewan Ewan (drum roll!) has relocated to Europe's new capital of electronic music; Berlin, like most ambitious young producers do these days. Despite being on a roll previous to his relocation, there's no doubt that the vibes and sounds of the German capital have rubbed off on him, as clearly heard on his new LP entitled There Is No Right Time. The dusty and lo-fi sounds of hip-hop inspired/disco-fied Berlin deep house are aplenty on this fine EP which covers a wide variety of moods and grooves. Highlights not limited to: the emotive deepness of "10405", the rusty and vintage lo-tech soul of "Waiting For L" or "Left On Lucy" (featuring fellow expat Steve Huerta) and the wonderful "Earnest Kelly" which you could imagine playing during a car chase in an '80s action film.
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Last Refuge Of A Scoundrel
METACD 008
07 Oct 16
Drum And Bass
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Sirens Song (feat Robert Manos) - (5:46) 57 BPM
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Tone Poem - (5:19) 172 BPM
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Inna Soul Jah - (6:39) 172 BPM
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Through The Rays - (6:02) 57 BPM
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King Of The Hustlers - (6:13) 172 BPM
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A New Renegade - (6:53) 58 BPM
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Innersense - (5:35) 172 BPM
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Sacrifice (feat Natalie Duncan) - (5:36) 172 BPM
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Rockers - (5:09) 57 BPM
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Outcast - (5:17) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DMT (feat Hive) - (6:20) 174 BPM
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Steam (The Final Chapter) - (5:56) 172 BPM
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Review: Dom & Roland: the very name should command salutes so hard your arm dislocates and your shot-putting career is ended. A name that, when an album drops (which has been on average every five years in his 22 year career) should stop you in your tracks. A master who's remained relevant and influential because he's always done his own thing, Dom's returned with his best album to date. Each track repping a different side to his passions and palette we crusade from guitar-snapping volcanic emotion ("Tone Poem" to dark night cymbal-snappers ("Inna Soul Jah") by way of deliciously Headzy turbo bboy ruffige ("A New Renegade") and "Electric Smile"-style vocal shreddage ("Sacrifice") with an energy, focus and range that really puts his peers and predecessors to shame. D&B albums like this don't come round very often.
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WTR!? (What The Remix!?)
PKGCD 75
25 Nov 16
Gabba
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Hardcore Masta (Pattern J remix) - (7:56) 200 BPM
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Angry Speedbird (DJ Mutante remix) - (5:26) 200 BPM
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El Gringo Loco (The Sickest Squad remix) - (4:24) 200 BPM
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DJ Fuck (Nukem remix) - (5:42) 210 BPM
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Decapitation (Marcus Decks remix) - (3:47) 190 BPM
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Angry Speedbird (Maissouille remix) - (5:16) 200 BPM
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Boombox (Hyrule War remix) - (5:40) 200 BPM
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DJ Fuck (Randy remix) - (5:40) 200 BPM
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Our Time (Adrenochrome remix) - (5:31) 200 BPM
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Much Higher (DJ Mutante remix) - (8:43) 200 BPM
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Angry Speedbird (The Braindrillerz remix) - (4:34) 199 BPM
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Raw Psycho (Subversion remix) - (5:26) 200 BPM
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Make 'Em Die Slowly (Psiko's French Strike remix) - (5:57) 208 BPM
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Much Higher (Progamers remix) - (6:05) 210 BPM
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Maximum Frequencies/Kill The Sheep (Brutal Jesters's Hate Vegans edit) - (4:45) 215 BPM
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Hated (DJ Mutante remix) - (7:33) 220 BPM
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Ultimate Battlefield (Dr Peacock remix) - (4:18) 220 BPM
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Steel-Finger (Chem D remix) - (5:24) 205 BPM
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Make 'Em Die Slowly (Dustvoxx remix) - (5:34) 210 BPM
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Boombox (Mat Weasel remix) - (4:58) 200 BPM
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King Of Bong (DJ Sharpnel remix) - (5:23) 210 BPM
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Hardcore Masta (M-Project remix) - (4:05) 175 BPM
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All Over You (Erre remix) - (4:56) 175 BPM
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Time Is Bleeding (The DJ Producers's Time Bending Future Retrofit) - (5:54) 195 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Destroy Reality (Hellfish Destroy All Stars remix) - (4:45) 190 BPM
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All Over You (Stormtrooper remix) - (5:41) 175 BPM
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Puppet Master (Tripped remix) - (5:06) 220 BPM
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Cannibal Brain (Vague Entity remix) - (5:57) 230 BPM
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Surgery Edits Vol 7
DD 034
23 Nov 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Little Bit Of Razz - (6:13) 120 BPM
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Friday's Enemy - (7:07) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love Doctor - (7:54) 113 BPM
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Nightlife - (6:00) 105 BPM
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B There - (5:23) 118 BPM
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Kingston Rudeboy - (6:37) 97 BPM
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Ecstasy - (6:20) 103 BPM
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Shame (VIP mix) - (6:30) 125 BPM
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Review: For a seventh time, Perth-based scalpel fiddler Dr Packer opens his surgery doors and invites us inside. As usual, his cheery, floor-friendly reworks strike the right balance between contemporary dancefloor chops (beefed-up bottom end, well-placed filters, and so on), and treating the source material with due reverence. Happily, there's not a duffer in sight, and even his reworks of stone cold classics (see Oliver Cheetham tweak "Friday's Enemy", First Choice revision "Love Doctor" and housed-up Evelyn 'Champagne' King stomper "Shame (VIP)") are different enough to be worthwhile additions to your collection. Highlights are plentiful, but check - in particular - the string-laden disco chug of "Ecstasy" and "Nightlife", a thickset '80s boogie rub full of sparkling synthesizers and heavy bass.
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Dub Mentalist
MSLP 006
11 Nov 16
Deep Dubstep
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Mentalist - (4:29) 140 BPM
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Build Fire (feat Jay Spaker) - (4:44) 140 BPM
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Vengance - (4:03) 81 BPM
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Raggamuffin Souljah (feat Echo Ranks) - (4:13) 142 BPM
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Zen Dub - (4:54) 140 BPM
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Back Off (feat Solo Banton) - (4:09) 138 BPM
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Desert Flower (feat Violinbwoy) - (5:12) 138 BPM
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Move Along (feat Earl 16) - (5:02) 140 BPM
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Empire Dub - (5:07) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Halfmoon Dub - (3:38) 83 BPM
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Havana A558
BU 014CD
11 Nov 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Something Unique - (3:39) 126 BPM
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No Words (feat Brenda Boykin) - (6:07) 120 BPM
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Meyer Lansky (feat Sexto Sentido) - (4:52) 82 BPM
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Casino De Capri - (4:30) 110 BPM
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Muevelo Papi (feat Olvido Ruiz) - (3:25) 96 BPM
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Rumba Fugaz (feat Arema Arega) - (4:12) 120 BPM
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Let God (feat Olvido Ruiz) - (3:28) 75 BPM
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Dizzy's Bounce (feat Brenda Boykin) - (3:36) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eleggua (feat Sexto Sentido) - (3:45) 55 BPM
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That's Why I Said - (1:57) 125 BPM
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Tropicana Flight (feat Sexto Sentido) - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Night Breeze (feat Olvido Ruiz) - (3:51) 133 BPM
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Under The Mojito Moon - (4:59) 100 BPM
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Review: Hailing from Germany, The Bahama Soul Club are a sensational live act featuring a full 7-piece orchestra. Here on their 4th Long Player, Havana '58, they pay homage to the 'tropical playground' that was Cuba in the 50s - a 'pleasure dome of sensual overload and rum-fuelled abandon' featuring wild showgirls, high stakes gambling and revellers including Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and J.F.K. Over the course of 13 exotic tracks they take the listener on a free spirited ride through rumba, Latin Jazz, Soul, Bossa and Boogaloo (with a little sprinkling of dark and sensual Tiki and Exotica for good measure)
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Surgery Edits Vol 6
DD 033
20 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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A Blonde Moment - (6:57) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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One More Time - (5:43) 103 BPM
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Just A Little More - (5:39) 85 BPM
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Oh What Wow!! - (6:03) 113 BPM
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Socket - (8:25) 123 BPM
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U Gave Me Love - (6:35) 116 BPM
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Give Me Your Love - (6:38) 103 BPM
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Jumpin' - (4:39) 93 BPM
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Review: Every one's favourite Deborah Harry rap gets a cosmic workshop makeover in Dr Packer's edit of Blondie's seminal "Rapture", the track that opens this sixth Surgery Edits release. Each track of this edition, as is the way with disco edits, hints to the listener where the track originally stem. And for some fun, we suggest you do some digging/guessing to find the origins of productions like "Oh What Wow", the crooning funk of "Just A Little More", and the legendary "One More Time". Light up your next party with the Best Surgery edits release yet.
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Live & Direct
RINSECD 036D
25 Nov 16
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Intro - (3:17) 138 BPM
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Panasonic - (2:49) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Welcome To England (feat Solo 45) - (3:57) 140 BPM
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Keepin' It Real (feat Stormzy) - (3:44) 140 BPM
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Mans Involved (feat Blacks, Little Dee, Jendor & Ruger) - (4:09) 105 BPM
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Contagious (feat Rubylee) - (3:42) 140 BPM
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Carter - (0:45) 140 BPM
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Don't Holla At Me (feat Splurgeboys) - (3:26) 135 BPM
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Fake Fans - (3:08) 135 BPM
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Conspiracy Don - (3:29) 140 BPM
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Gunfingers (feat JME & Wiley) - (2:48) 140 BPM
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Lyrics & Flows - (3:14) 140 BPM
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Take Over (feat NY) - (4:09) 140 BPM
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The Credits - (5:50) 86 BPM
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10/10 - (4:21) 143 BPM
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Review: Badman Paris Williams AKA P Money had left things unfinished with London's Rinse imprint. The grime / UK hip-hop vocalist hadn't dropped an LP on the label until now, and it was about time we got a bit of extended airtime from the talented rapper. A good fifteen tunes of pure street-side wisdom should be enough to satisfy both the artist's biggest fans, and the most critical of hip-hop enthusiasts, and the man certainly delivers. It isn't all ferocious bars either, there's plenty of deeper, more soulful moments on here, which makes for a true album, not just a collection of rudeboy riddims. Fear not, though, there's plenty of fire and bass in here for you to skank out in the dance. Big up.
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Rivea Corymbosa
LENGCD 010
02 Dec 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Rivea Corymbosa - (4:44) 89 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rio Paraiba Do Sol - (8:24) 99 BPM
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Dirty Bolas - (6:55) 97 BPM
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Coracao - (4:37) 90 BPM
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Pulsacao - (8:44) 105 BPM
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Baiano - (4:19) 130 BPM
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Dubby Bolas - (9:48) 97 BPM
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Review: Ah yes, it's the unstoppable Mushroom Project back to dominate our nu-disco charts with their inimitable swagger, and it's the Leng label that welcomes the back with open arms. To be honest, we're overjoyed to see them again, especially if they're bringing this many tunes along with them - all marvellously diverse and rich in harmonic texture. "Rivea Corymbosa" and "Rio Paraiba Do Sol", for example, are simply two sublime slice of balearic funk, while other tunes like "Dirty Bolas" veer onto more beat-laden territories. Tribalism and funk are very much at the core of all these tunes, and while it's all too easy to go for the big names and forget those riding below the radar, this release by Mushroom Project is both some of the best music these guys have put out, and makes for one of the best EPs on our charts this week. Warmly recommended.
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As We Do Our Thing
JAL 213
13 May 16
Hip Hop/R&B
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Intro - (1:22) 90 BPM
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Blast Off (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:39) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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As We Do Our Thing - (4:04) 130 BPM
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Sound Advice (feat HypeMan Sage) - (3:41) 115 BPM
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Heartbreaker - (3:58) 109 BPM
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Real Thing Interlude - (1:07) 66 BPM
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Flip The Scripture (feat BluRum13) - (3:53) 96 BPM
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Be With You - (4:33) 106 BPM
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Seven Days - (3:36) 111 BPM
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Rock Rock (feat Andy Cooper) - (4:11) 73 BPM
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Special People - (3:45) 114 BPM
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You Wouldnt Know - (3:06) 115 BPM
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Love's Supposed To Be - (3:15) 67 BPM
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Infinito Interlude - (1:13) 123 BPM
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God Walked Down - (3:51) 125 BPM
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Live At The Basement
4LUX 026B
25 Nov 16
Deep House
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Sugar Honey Baby - (5:35) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Drop It - (6:30) 120 BPM
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I Know - (6:16) 118 BPM
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Live At The Basement - (5:30) 122 BPM
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Righteous Men - (6:38) 118 BPM
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Eastside Shuffle - (7:04) 118 BPM
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Not Tonite - (6:52) 111 BPM
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Shake Up Theme - (6:40) 115 BPM
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Uh La La - (4:38) 124 BPM
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Jazz 4 Ya - (5:28) 117 BPM
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Burning Up - (6:10) 126 BPM
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You - (6:42) 124 BPM
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Review: Since the tail end of the noughties, Alex Agore has sporadically used The Shake Up Connection alias to deliver deliciously hazy deep house cuts built around original disco, soul and boogie samples. Live At The Basement was originally released back in 2009, and here gets a deserved reissue on 4 Lux Black. There's naturally much to admire, from the cheery, horn-wielding disco-house positivity of "I Know", and vibraphone-laden deep house bounce of "Righteous Men", to the sun-kissed warmth of "Shake Up Theme", and drowsy, boogie-driven "Uh La La". He also delivers some tasty jazz-house in the shape of "Jazz 4 Ya", and goes all Gospel on album closer "You".
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Love By Machine
4WDG 700
25 Nov 16
Minimal/Tech House
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In Mono (original mix) - (1:30) 53 BPM
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Locator (original mix) - (5:48) 127 BPM
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Just Don't Speak (Midnight Sun ReDub) - (6:24) 125 BPM
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7 B4 Dawn (original mix) - (6:22) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bad Love II (original mix) - (6:04) 127 BPM
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Sounds Of Jericho (original mix) - (7:19) 127 BPM
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Where Time Collides (original mix) - (6:34) 127 BPM
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Pain Pressure (original mix) - (6:49) 127 BPM
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8 B4 Dawn (original mix) - (5:36) 126 BPM
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Review: Detroit legends Octave One return with a new full length LP, following up last year's brilliant Burn It Down on their esteemed 430 West imprint. Lenny and Lawrence Burden are on point as usual with their soulful/emotive futurist vibes ensuring surefire dancefloor bombs. With such anthems in the making like the energetic tech-funk of "Locator" or the gritty Motor City Soul of "Just Don't Speak" (Midnight Sun ReDub) that features all the hallmarks of the Burden brothers sound: funky basslines, uplifting strings, diva vocals and hands in the air piano rolls! "Where Time Collides"
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Extraction EP
INVSB 024
25 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Extraction - (4:08) 172 BPM
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Brain Drain - (5:05) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Insect Mating Dance - (4:51) 172 BPM
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Rubber Ducky - (5:04) 172 BPM
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Don't Touch My Face - (3:40) 172 BPM
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Filter Bubble - (4:16) 172 BPM
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Bubor - (5:01) 57 BPM
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Bottle Collector - (5:15) 172 BPM
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Played by: Demandrecords
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Free At Last
MMD 027
28 Nov 16
Deep House
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First Step - (6:54) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gleitsicht - (8:02) 112 BPM
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Free At Last - (6:59) 120 BPM
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Strimpulse - (7:21) 118 BPM
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Review: David Platzdasch has enjoyed a productive 2016, releasing a string of quietly impressive singles on Manuscript and Gents & Dandys. Here he rounds off the year via an appearance on '80s Child's Masterworks Music. First, he heads into loose, loopy, peak-time disco-house territory with "First Step", before diving into deeper, warmer and groovier territory via the mid-tempo deep house shuffler, "Gleichtsicht". The German aims deeper still on "Free At Last", where swirling strings, dreamy chords and a dense analogue bassline smother a bongo-rich disco drum track. Finally, he wraps up proceedings with "Strimpulse", a spacey deep house number blessed with twinkling electric pianos and warm, sun-kissed chord progressions.
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8-track
KD 034D
21 Oct 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Closer (feat Jinadu) - (8:31) 123 BPM
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Rapture - (6:27) 123 BPM
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Alone - (7:05) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Enemy Within - (7:40) 123 BPM
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Supreme Solace - (7:52) 124 BPM
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Perplexity - (7:42) 123 BPM
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Absent Mentor - (6:57) 124 BPM
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Catsy - (9:20) 123 BPM
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8-track (continuous mix) - (44:15) 123 BPM
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Closer (feat Jinadu - Hot Since 82 remix) - (7:41) 123 BPM
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Review: Newcastle Upon Tyne's fast rising star Christoph returns with nine tracks of sheer power for Hot Since 82's powerhouse Knee Deep In Sound. Starting out with the slinky and seductive progressive house of "Closer", featuring Jinadu's soaring and elegant vocal work. Lead single "Alone" gets really adrenalised with its powerful arpeggio fuelling this pre-peak time weapon and yet again featuring some great vocals. Other highlights include the moody atmospherics of "Absent Mentor", which is perfect for the late night and label head honcho himself Daley Padley turning in a typically explosive rendition of "Closer" like he only can!
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Afrobeat Makers Vol 3 (The Tony Allen Experiments)
COMET 072
06 May 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Prelude (feat Tony Allen) - (2:53) 105 BPM
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Howls (feat Tony Allen) - (4:01) 110 BPM
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Open Paths - (4:36) 81 BPM
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Ng Theme - (3:28) 100 BPM
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Stasis (Calm Before The Storm) - (3:14) 110 BPM
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Ta Storm - (4:57) 129 BPM
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The Birds Rejoice - (4:02) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Phunkhysteria - (2:27) 141 BPM
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The Sun Returns - (3:58) 100 BPM
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Review: Italian duo Nu Guinea has previously proved adept at creating humid, sultry deep house and tropical-infused electronics. Here, they focus a little more on the latter with a concept album based around the distinctive Afrobeat rhythms of legendary drummer Tony Allen. With his blessing, and that of the Comet label on which he's been releasing since the 1980s, the Early Sounds Recordings pair has cut-up and re-constructed Allen's drums, combining them with their own steamy electronics, vintage synthesizer lines and classic drum machines. It's an intoxicating and hugely entertaining blend that sits somewhere between their previous outings, Danny Wolfers' material under the Nacho Patrol guise, and the dreamy late '80s/early '90s work of forgotten Italian producer Mr Marvin.
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Paranoid London
PDONLP 001D
20 Nov 15
Techno
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Light Tunnel (feat Mutado Pintado - album version) - (5:48) 125 BPM
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Transmission 5 (feat Mutado Pintado - album edit) - (5:57) 123 BPM
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Headtrack (album version) - (5:40) 125 BPM
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Paris Dub 3 (feat Paris Brightledge) - (7:12) 125 BPM
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Machines Our Coming (album version) - (5:15) 120 BPM
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Lovin U (feat DJ Genesis - album version) - (7:27) 125 BPM
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We Ain't (album version) - (5:14) 120 BPM
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Eating Glue (feat Mutado Pintado - album edit) - (6:05) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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300 Hangovers A Year (feat Mutado Pintado - album version) - (6:05) 123 BPM
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Paris Dub 1 (feat Paris Brightledge - album edit) - (6:01) 125 BPM
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Line Up Meltdown (feat Mutado Pintado - Digital Bonus) - (4:50) 123 BPM
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Review: This mysterious group have caused a stir thanks to their ability of mixing vocals with throbbing acid tracks. In particular, "Paris Dub", which features Paris Brightledge on vocals, has seen them break through to dance music's mainstream. That track features twice here - the steely drums of the lat-est edit are worth checking - but what's most interesting are the other tracks. "Light Tunnel", with Mutado Pintado on vocals, is a sleazy workout all about wearing black; "Headtrack" shows that Paranoid London are capable of other sounds and is a tough ghetto workout, while "Lovin U", fea-turing DJ Genesis, sees them apply a frazzled bass to new wave vocals. Paranoid London proves that they excel at knocking out 303-heavy club tracks, but it also suggests that this mystery act is capable of making other, less obvious sounds.
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Speaking In Tongues (Deluxe Version) (2005 Remastered Version)
603497 147267
22 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Burning Down The House - (4:01) 103 BPM
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Making Flippy Floppy - (5:54) 123 BPM
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Girlfriend Is Better - (5:43) 119 BPM
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Slippery People - (5:06) 104 BPM
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I Get Wild - (5:16) 126 BPM
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Swamp - (5:13) 116 BPM
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Moon Rocks - (5:45) 124 BPM
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Pull Up The Roots - (5:09) 126 BPM
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This Must Be The Place - (4:56) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Two Note Swivel (Unfinished Outtake) - (5:48) 116 BPM
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Burning Down The House (Alternate Version) - (5:09) 103 BPM
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Played by: Kolsch
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Works
361015 6791782
26 May 14
Hard Trance
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First Step - (7:41) 140 BPM
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Second Step - (8:04) 140 BPM
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The Second Trip (DJ Scot Project remix) - (10:09) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Second Trip - (7:45) 139 BPM
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The Second Trip (Radio mix) - (3:07) 140 BPM
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The Second Trip (Nick Sentience remix) - (7:44) 142 BPM
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The Second Trip (DBD remix) - (8:39) 140 BPM
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Sound Of Rock - (10:21) 140 BPM
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Sound Of Rock (Asys remix) - (8:34) 141 BPM
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First Session - (7:49) 142 BPM
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Born Blind - (7:02) 140 BPM
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Get Down - (9:58) 140 BPM
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Ssshhh! - (7:54) 140 BPM
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Can't Have Enough - (9:17) 140 BPM
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Can't Have Enough (remix) - (7:26) 139 BPM
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Evacuation - (9:36) 140 BPM
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Journey - (7:47) 141 BPM
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Payback - (7:26) 138 BPM
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Pressure - (10:01) 140 BPM
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Measure - (9:10) 140 BPM
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Emotionless (First Release) - (8:13) 136 BPM
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Darkness (First Release) - (9:15) 142 BPM
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Wake Up (First Release) - (7:41) 140 BPM
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Emergence
MESH 001
25 Nov 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Max Cooper & Tom Hodge - "Symmetry" - (3:47) 122 BPM
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Seed (feat Kathrin DeBoer) - (4:25) 114 BPM
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Waves - (5:31) 55 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Distant Light - (5:33) 117 BPM
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Max Cooper & Tom Hodge - "Myth" - (3:57) 73 BPM
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Order From Chaos - (7:41) 76 BPM
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Cyclic - (6:56) 121 BPM
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Impermanence (feat Kathrin DeBoer) - (6:43) 74 BPM
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Max Cooper & Tom Hodge - "Trust" (feat Kathrin DeBoer) - (4:44) 82 BPM
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Organa - (5:55) 61 BPM
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Unbounded - (6:23) 78 BPM
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Review: London's Max Cooper has stated that when he plays a live show, he likes to deconstruct the performance into fragments of sound on a granular level, paying meticulous attention to detail. For his Emergence live A/V (that he's been touring for the last two years), he applies these same principles to the visuals; using a variety of MIDI methods that are synced and allow him to manipulate both in realtime. It's the story of how "everything comes from (almost) nothing," using knowledge, theories and insights gained from his previous role as a geneticist. Cooper weaves a together a fascinating auditory experience here, his second album since 2014's Human, covering a variety of sonic moods in his now signature way. Take for instance "Trust" featuring the lovely vocals of Kathrin deBoer and a bit of help from good studio mate Tom Hodge; here jazzy drum and bass arrives via field recordings and classical aesthetics in wonderful harmony. Also, the deep, multi layered and ethereal journey track "Waves" sees Cooper on point, as usual, until "Cyclic" goes for something a bit more ferocious on this broken beat techno exercise where inventive use of sampling and sound design collide with perfect tension and suspense.
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Anniversary Edits
DD 036
08 Aug 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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DreadLock - (5:57) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Slick - (8:22) 116 BPM
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Let Me Be Good - (6:40) 118 BPM
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Feel About U - (6:04) 95 BPM
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Jamaican Funk - (5:57) 113 BPM
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Cover Me - (6:30) 122 BPM
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Devils Work - (5:07) 100 BPM
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I Like The Feeling - (6:07) 103 BPM
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Keep Forgettin - (6:26) 97 BPM
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Love Inside - (4:26) 110 BPM
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You're A Winner - (6:20) 112 BPM
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Mellow Mellow - (7:09) 90 BPM
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Stars In The Ghetto - (8:49) 100 BPM
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Stormy - (6:22) 91 BPM
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Hard Burn - (5:52) 109 BPM
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LAST FUNK - (5:48) 112 BPM
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Pretty Baby - (7:46) 100 BPM
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The One - (6:34) 90 BPM
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Take It - (6:09) 101 BPM
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Loose My Head - (6:25) 101 BPM
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Too Funkay - (6:27) 110 BPM
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You Got The Stuff - (5:35) 103 BPM
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Feel Like Dancin' - (6:16) 110 BPM
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Take Me As I Am - (5:21) 82 BPM
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Review: We're not quite sure what Disco Tech is celebrating with the Anniversary Edits, but there's no doubting that it's a bumper collection, stuffed full of tried-and-tested dancefloor rearrangements. Across the 24 tracks, you'll find reworks of familiar favourites ("Dreadlock", "Jamaican Funk", 'Keep Forgettin"), and lesser-known gems ("I Like The Feeling", the deliriously elastic disco workout that is "You're A Winner"), as well as edits that span a wide range of moods and tempos. Highlights naturally come thick and fast, from the pitched-down, boogie-era reggae-disco of "Feel About U" (a killer edit of a tasty cover of an Evelyn "Champagne" King staple), to the subtly beefed up disco-funk strut of "Too Funkay").
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Last Night On The Planet
ZENDNL 238
25 Nov 16
Deep House
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Momma (feat Rejjie Snow) - (2:30) 89 BPM
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Rich & Dan - (3:28) 95 BPM
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Shanel - (3:59) 120 BPM
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Wootera - (3:44) 116 BPM
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Bad Sign (feat Jed & Lucia) - (2:41) 150 BPM
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Dog Brush - (4:56) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Frugaloo - (3:33) 121 BPM
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Soulette - (4:04) 121 BPM
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Rubu - (3:54) 159 BPM
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Last Night On The Planet (feat Pyramid Vritra) - (4:36) 113 BPM
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Review: Some three years on from the release of their acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Letherette's Andy Harber and Richard Roberts are finally ready to share the follow-up. Happily, it's another sublime set. Over the course of 10 impeccably produced tracks, the duo shimmies between dreamy instrumental hip-hop (the traditional Ninja Tune grooves of opener "Momma"), loose-limbed, jazz-flecked electronica, spacey Dam Funk style electrofunk (the brilliant "Shanel"), garage-influenced UK house ("Wootera"), blazed downtempo pop (the claustrophobic "Bad Sign"), and various strains of imaginative, colourful deep house ("Dog Brush", "Soulette"). They even find time to squeeze in one of the most beautiful cuts of the year, the crystalline "Rubu".
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Artificial Intelligence
RINSECD 035D
04 Nov 16
Funky/Club House
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Feels So Good - (4:17) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Get On Down - (6:01) 128 BPM
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Got Me Where U Want Me (feat Arun Verone) - (4:08) 124 BPM
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Gotta Luv Me - (4:21) 125 BPM
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C'mon Letz Work - (4:44) 124 BPM
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Open Your Mind - (5:11) 125 BPM
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Blip Blorp - (2:04) 124 BPM
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Didn't Want 2 Hurt U (feat DJ Octopus & Steve Murphy) - (4:35) 126 BPM
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Pump It - (2:59) 128 BPM
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Artificial Intelligence - (4:02) 120 BPM
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New Hoover - (4:38) 128 BPM
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