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He Is The Voice I Hear
WSB 001
09 Jan 17
Deep House
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He Is The Voice I Hear - (10:29) 118 BPM
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Review: There's naturally been plenty of hype surrounding The Black Madonna's "He Is The Voice I Hear", which originally dropped on a single-sided 12" at the tail end of 2016. It's undoubtedly the fast-rising Chicagoan's best record to date, and feels like an unashamed tribute to Patrick Cowley's fine productions for disco icon Sylvester. While there are mournful notes - check the extended, beat-less piano intro -it doesn't take long to turn into a deliciously muscular, Italo-disco style chugger laden with razor-sharp strings, bubbling acid lines, and the kind of fluid piano solos that were once a hall mark of Frankie Knuckles' remixes. In other words, it's a fine contemporary disco record from one of dance music's most notable DJs of recent times.
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Funk Diversity EP
HOTDIGIT 028
19 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Coming On Strong - (8:27) 103 BPM
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Don't Really Wanna Stop - (7:17) 99 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I'm Gonna Getcha - (7:50) 108 BPM
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In The Rain - (6:36) 108 BPM
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Want Me - (5:27) 116 BPM
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We Can Dance - (5:38) 121 BPM
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Paris Edits Vol 4
GAMM 106
06 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Everybody, Free Your Body - (8:59) 130 BPM
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Don't YouKnow, Baby - (5:11) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: YAM WHO?
Review: G.A.M.M's man in Paris, Young Pulse, is a talented chap. His periodic re-edit releases on the long-serving Swedish label have been amongst the most impressive rework-heavy EPs of recent years. Volume 4 is a little less expansive than usual, boasting just two cuts; happily, though, both are superb. "Everybody, Free Your Body" is a soaring, spiraling rearrangement and extension of The Dells largely overlooked 1977 album cut "Get On Down", which sounds like the stuff memorable midnight moments are made of. On the virtual flipside you'll find the similarly soulful and funk-fuelled "Don't YouKnow, Baby", a superb straightening out and subtle beef-up of L.T.D's 1980 jam "Don'tcha Know".
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Raven
EMR 20
26 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Raven - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Higher - (4:27) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cruisin - (4:27) 172 BPM
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Get Away - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Rebellion - (4:30) 174 BPM
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War Of The Worlds - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Played by: Rebellious
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Jazz Or Funk EP
HOTDIGIT 027
28 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love & Sadness - (7:21) 102 BPM
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I'm In Your Life - (5:34) 118 BPM
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I'm In Your Life (Voodoo Whiskey remix) - (6:37) 121 BPM
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Jazz Or Funk? - (4:40) 120 BPM
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Jazz Or Funk? (Twisted Soul Collective remix) - (8:32) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Enclosure - (6:01) 120 BPM
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Review: We've come accustomed to Kiu D delivering warm, groovy, floor-friendly music that blurs the boundaries between re-editing, remixing, and original production. He's at it again on this first outing for Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint. The EP's four original tracks utilize big chunks of killer old soul, funk, disco and jazz-funk jams, but combine these elements with chunky house beats and woozy deep house flourishes. This is arguably best exemplified on the tactile, sun-kissed swing of "I'm In Your Life" and surging, solo heavy "Jazz or Funk". The package is completed by two tasty reworks: a bass-heavy disco-house revision of "I'm In Your Life" by Voodoo Whiskey, and Twisted Soul Collective's righteous, party disco remix of "Jazz or Funk".
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Katakana Edits Vol 44
KE 9044
19 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Night Strangers - (4:47) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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On Fire - (6:20) 117 BPM
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Review: The honour of curating the 44th instalment of Katakana's Edits series has fallen on Disco Funk Spinner, a much respected re-edit guy whose work has appeared on the likes of Midnight Riot, Disco Fruit and Sound Exhibitions. Here though he only manages to provide two jams, but it's quality, not quantity, right? First up we get "Night Strangers" which takes loops from Candi Staton's Bee Gees cover (Nights On Broadway) and adds an accelerated disco house tempo and subtle but funky embellishments. On the digital flip is "On Fire", a clever rework of Peggy Lee's indestructible classic, Fever. Hot stuff!
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Good Time EP
VMR 050
09 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Prelude - (1:03) 138 BPM
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Fuwafuwa Groove - (5:22) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Good Time - (5:57) 116 BPM
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Dreamin - (5:04) 120 BPM
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Ready To Back - (5:13) 115 BPM
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Rescue Of Time - (5:14) 120 BPM
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Review: Sunner Soul is clearly determined to start 2017 in a positive mood. His first EP of the year urges us to have a Good Time, with the producer doing his bit to spread sunshine via a string of impressively warm and summery re-edits. He begins with a blissful ambient tool - perfect for mix intros and such - before expertly reworking a global disco shuffler ("Fuwafuwa Groove"). The swirling peak-time disco of "Good Time" is next, followed by an expertly executed cut-up of Evelyn 'Champagne' King boogie classic "Love Come Down" that offers a subtle nod towards Tiger and Woods. The sweaty disco-funk bump of "Ready To Back" and horn-heavy groover "Rescue Of Time" complete an excellent package.
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Broken Soul
SWEET 027
09 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Nice Tune - (4:37) 175 BPM
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Escape - (4:45) 175 BPM
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Wood Pecker - (4:34) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lifeline - (4:45) 175 BPM
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Review: And so the Modified Motion & Faction onslaught continues. Shotting out peaktime hype sirens at their most prolific rate to date, they step over to Sweet Tooth with four more high grade cuts. Both the fittingly titled "Nice Tune" and the rougher, looser hurter "Escape" tap into the mid-to-late 2000s jumpy sound where the dynamics were crafted to sweep you off your feet. "Wood Pecker" takes a deeper twist with its harmonic bass and creepy string sample while "Lifeline" seals the deal with a twist on the detuned Prodigy style rave synths. Think later era Bad Company with a dash of Sub Focus - it's that heavy.
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Diamond
LDDR 065
13 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Big Time - (4:01) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Face The Pressure - (4:06) 175 BPM
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Review: Majistrate and Voltage: two diamonds in the D&B rough, the middle ground shared by these two titans is the holy land most producers invest years of studio craft in discovering. The riffy funk of Voltage, the sheer weight and energy of Majistrate, the cheekiness of the pair of them - both "Big Time" and "Face The Pressure" hit like you'd want them too. The former on a riff-focused bass trip, the latter on more dense, layered peak time flattener.
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Get Me A Drink EP
DIKSOF 026
16 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Makin' The Magic (original mix) - (6:43) 115 BPM
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Makin' The Magic (Roberto Rodriguez (Manolo) remix) - (5:48) 115 BPM
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Cadillac Disco (original mix) - (6:49) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Disko's latest digital-only release is a meeting of musical minds. It features two groovy, musically rich disco-house collaborations co-produced by sometime Large Music contributor Paul Rudder and fast-rising talent Tete de la Course. While "Cadillac Disco" - a tasty fusion of rolling, bass-propelled grooves, wild flute solos, punchy horns and cheeky vocal samples - is rather good, it's opener "Makin' The Magic" that hits home hardest. A smooth but bumpin' dancefloor shuffler with bold organs, jangling acoustic guitars and eyes-closed vocal samples, it sounds like the kind of track that will easily slip into both house or disco sets. Roberto Rodriguez provides the obligatory remix, gently tugging the track further towards disco-tinged deep house territory.
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Summer Of My Life EP
WD 40
26 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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B.G Baarregaard - "Astarjatning" - (6:34) 114 BPM
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B.G Baarregaard - "Astargardurinn" - (6:34) 110 BPM
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Closed Paradise - "Breakin' Down" - (6:33) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Closed Paradise - "Wolf Sisters" - (7:04) 100 BPM
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Bad Soul EP
FKR 135
10 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Godfather Edit - (5:16) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Party Noize - (4:46) 126 BPM
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Cola Freak Baby - (4:33) 116 BPM
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Give It Up - (5:43) 108 BPM
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Review: 2017 has started with a bang for fans of French Kiss Records label boss KS French. First was a new instalment in the "Supa Funky Edits" series and now we have a rare full solo EP from man himself. Here on the Bad Soul EP French goes for a vintage soul influenced sound, particularly the sassy and brassy James Brown-sampling opener, "Godfather Edit". Elsewhere there's a nod to his fellow countrymen Daft Punk on the Edwin Birdsong-sampling "Cola Freak Baby", the stomping, bass-fuelled shakedown of "Party Noize" and woozy sax-led boogie on the lo-fi "Give It Up".
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Lifetime
PLV 071DD
30 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Command Strange & Alibi - "Skyline" - (5:58) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Zero Sugar - (4:56) 172 BPM
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Command Strange & Satl - "Life" (feat Pouyah) - (4:50) 174 BPM
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Theres A Better Way
AOR 073
13 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Hash Cakes - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Theres A Better Way - (4:16) 180 BPM
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2 Drops - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hoo Baby - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Review: Ripping the heart out of 2017's kneecaps, Jedi continues his relentless proliferation of absolute gully. "Hash Cakes" wakes, bakes and shakes with a squidgy bass, sharp drums and an expertly dug sample. "There's A Better Way" follows with a really cool twist on a classic Kathy Brown vocal while "2 Drops" is straight out of the book of Playaz circa 2007 - buzzy, hooky and just on the right side of silly. Saving the best for last, "Hoo Baby" closes with one of Jedi's best vibes to date as swooning vocal coos melt into a bassline so cheeky it will have you dancing the chicken dance from here until 2019.
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Jungle Came First EP
STREETLIFE 012
19 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Jungle Came First - (5:16) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sub Dub - (4:30) 176 BPM
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Tubes & Springs - (5:22) 174 BPM
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Prophecy - (4:52) 176 BPM
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African Drums - (4:52) 176 BPM
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Ammo Box V3
NATTY 024
02 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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T>I - "Regulate" - (5:57) 175 BPM
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Hoogs - "R Ting" - (4:30) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Coda - "Back It Up" - (5:23) 174 BPM
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Jaxx & Dub General - "Game Of Chess" - (4:07) 175 BPM
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Flat T - "Halo" - (5:29) 175 BPM
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Review: Raising tension and attention with every release right now, Natty Dub return with yet another BS-free collection from some of the underground's most respected individuals. T>I loosens the bass strings for his slinked out dark-jazz stepper "Regulate", Hoogs puts all the aces in their places with a precision space-reggae gully jam "R Ting", Coda goes all bubble-bass a la mid 90s V on "Back It Up" and Jaxx & Dub General roll out with pure grumble groove and classic jump up spoken samples. Finally Flat T brings business to a close with a deal-breaking late 90s Bristol-flavoured cut where the spooked-out bass has a life of its own. Immense.
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Jazzy Days, Jazzy Nights
APERSONAL 25
04 Nov 16
Deep House
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Jazzy Days - (7:05) 109 BPM
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Jazzy Days (Ron Basejam remix) - (6:27) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jazzy Nights - (8:14) 115 BPM
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Jazzy Nights (Andres Vegas Stripped mix) - (7:07) 118 BPM
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Review: After an extended summer break, Apersonal Music returns to action via a first EP in five years from Cisco Cisco. It opens with the comforting shuffle of "Jazzy Days", where intricate electric piano lines, woozy chords and soulful vocal samples ride a near horizontal, slow-house groove. It's accompanied by a trademark Ron Basejam remix, which retains the rich, jazzy deep house feel of the original, whilst adding a little more disco swagger. Further disco and boogie influences can be heard on "Jazzy Nights", which is a flickering, synth-heavy deep house treat. Andre Vegas' smooth, sweet and sultry interpretation of that track rounds off a fine E.P.
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CDM Vol 1
RR 101D
13 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Nut Butter - (6:34) 116 BPM
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Aladdin's Groove - (6:52) 130 BPM
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Dance Party - (6:12) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wooden Doll - (6:31) 116 BPM
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Review: There's not much info about this latest offering from the Giant Cuts camp, other than that the four tracks are "classic disco modifications". In practice, that means expert cut and paste re-arrangements of the kind of vintage disco material that was once all the rage in New York City. Check, for example, the early Leroy Burgess vocals, rising orchestration and extra-percussive groove of "Nut Butter", the "Open Sesame"-era disco voodoo of "Aladdin's Groove" - here made even more alluring by the addition of some tasty dub delay - and the break-driven disco-funk thrills of "Wooden Doll", which sounds like a rework of a forgotten T-Connection cut. Also superb is the celebratory bounce of "Dance Party", which smartly focuses on a rubbery groove, layered percussion hits and memorable vocal passages.
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Definition
ELMDIGI 013
06 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Dark Nine Seven - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Definition Of A Roller - (5:37) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jaybee & Airstrike - "Ain't It Somethin" - (5:30) 175 BPM
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Bottlecap Riddim (feat Calculon) - (5:19) 175 BPM
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Wasssup (feat Dave Owen & DLo) - (5:37) 172 BPM
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Played by: 6Blocc
Review: There's a reason Randall hangs out with Jaybee when he's Stateside... He knows how to roll the ish out. Classically trained with his own sense of ruthless dark funk, every tune has consistently slapped and this Elm Imprint EP is no exception. "Dark Nine Seven" is straight out of the book of Blue Note while "Definition Of A Roller" lives up to its name while nodding respectfully at the likes of Spirit and Digital in the process. "Ain't It Something" jumps with a jazzy twist to the drums and an old school nod with the timestretched MC sample. Two collabos close the show.Calculon gets mucky on the tripped out halftime dub stomper "Bottlecap Riddim" while longstanding collaborator Dave Owen brings DLo into the fold for some straight up space age funk. Authentic.
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Heads
MIDRIOTD 079
26 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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We Want Prince (Yam Who? Rework) - (5:31) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heads - (6:52) 118 BPM
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Rubbanova - (8:05) 124 BPM
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We Want Prince - (5:31) 118 BPM
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Deal With This - (5:45) 123 BPM
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Review: If you swap the first letters of Judge Funk's name, you get Fudge Junk. We're still trying to work out if that actually means anything at all. However, whilst we all ponder that existential question, lets listen to the music. Yam Who? pack five JF tracks in this single on their Midnight Riot label. Including their own take on "We Want Prince", where the original's crowd-chanting elastic bass hysteria becomes the funkiest disco-funk this side of Minneapolis. Elsewhere "Heads" is thumping mid-80s electro soul, "Rubbanova" is brassy, Loveboat-era boogie and "Deal With This" is deliriously glamorous shimmering disco-house escapism.
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Joy, Ease, Lightness
361459 9598199
09 Dec 16
Deep House
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Change - (4:35) 120 BPM
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Like You Wanna - (4:14) 122 BPM
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Tolle - (5:06) 122 BPM
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Iigo - (4:32) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei is a talented chap. Not content with pulling up trees under his given name, he's decided to debut a new alias via a killer new EP for Rhythm Section International. All four tracks are deliciously hazy, effortlessly soulful and hugely groovy, as Rakei deftly showcases his many talents. He begins with the Prince-tinged purple funk of "Change", before fusing clipped funk guitars, broken house beats and confident vocals on the superb "Like You Wanna". "Tolle" sees him slip further towards toasty, low-slung deep house territory, before he breaks up the beats and fires up the Rhodes on deliciously jazzy closer "Ligo".
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger (KiNK & Leopard Eats Luke Remixes)
826194 341046
13 Jan 17
Deep House
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger (KiNK remix) - (8:03) 127 BPM
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger (Leopard Eats Luke edit) - (7:47) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Given the success of Red Rack'em's hard-to-beat "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger", we were initially skeptical of this remix package. Happily, all involved have done a good job in offering a fresh slant on one of the club hits of 2016. KiNK steals the show with a version that strips out much of the original's disco flavour, instead combining Rack'em's wonky electronics with trippy new noises and freakishly druggy elements. The result is a fine chunk of heavyweight weirdo-house. Classic chief Luke Solomon joins forces with the mighty Eats Everything and Lord Leopard on the virtual flipside, serving up a skewed version that veers from loose disco-house warmth to brain-melting electronic wonkiness, and back again.
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SECOPS025
SECOPS 025
13 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Stasis - (6:14) 175 BPM
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Inner World - (5:52) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: One of drum & bass's most enduring craftsmen, Seba returns to his own Secret Operations stable with two more instant vintages. Flexing his distinctive drum dynamics from the off, "Stasis" is all about the rhythm intricacies as the drums play wildly over soft dreamy beds of synths and faraway spacy vocals. "Inner World" follows on a darker flex with some wonderfully warped bass tones, fickle drum switches and cold, crispy Headz style aesthetics.
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The Magic Room
PLAY 013
25 Nov 16
Deep House
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The Magic Room (Dino Lenny & Seth Troxler Re edit) - (8:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Magic Room (Luke Solomon's 'Live Forever' remix) - (9:12) 120 BPM
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The Magic Room (Doorly Re Chunk mix) - (8:11) 120 BPM
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Review: It would be fair to refer to Dino Lenny as a "veteran": the Italian producer has been churning out dancefloor hits since the dawn of the '90s. This release sees him join forces with Cajual and Hot Creations regular Doorly for a loving tribute to the joys of club culture. The action centres on a meandering, largely spoken vocal describing a mesmerizing late night dancing experience in "The Magic Room". On the lead version - a tasty re-edit by Lenny and Seth Troxler - this is accompanied by "Lazy" style pianos, and a chunky, disco-tinged house groove. The low-slung guitars and bass are pushed to the fore on Doorly's energy-packed remix, while Luke Solomon doffs a cap to the jazz-flecked boompty sounds of Chicago on his busy rework.
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The Express - Edition #2
TEX 002
02 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Dawn Raid - "Pitch Black" - (5:58) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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HLZ - "From A Distance" - (6:06) 174 BPM
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Philth & Agman Gora - "Death From Below" - (5:20) 175 BPM
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Symptom & Parallel Motion - "Stood Up" - (5:37) 174 BPM
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Rhodes Trip
ED 71
28 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Can You Dig It - (6:33) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Magic Touch - (6:38) 118 BPM
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Check This Out Yo! - (6:18) 117 BPM
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Soul Energy - (6:42) 115 BPM
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Review: We're not sure what Hotmood got up to on his recent Rhodes Trip, but whatever it was, it was good enough to result in his latest EP on the mighty Editorial. Boasting four tracks, the EP features the freshest sounds from nu-disco world capital Mexico. "Can You Dig It" opens with smooth, jazzy and Latin-tinged poolside boogie, "Magic Touch" follows up with some looped saxy -fizz, whilst "Check This Out Yo!" veers into funky/disco house territory and "Soul Energy" wraps things up with a heady Fender-Rhodes-lead groover. Slick stuff.
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Loud & Clear
SWEET 026
23 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Loud & Clear - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Matter Of Time - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Repent - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Slush Puppy - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Remember The Roller Remixes
AMR 001
19 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Remember The Roller - (6:50) 159 BPM
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Remember The Roller (Bladerunner remix) - (6:05) 175 BPM
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Remember The Roller (Bladerunner edit) - (5:20) 175 BPM
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Remember The Roller (Heist remix) - (6:04) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: 21 year salute: "Remember The Roller" is a seminal slice of music history that really captured the transition from jungle to drum & bass. An iconic tune commands strongarm remixes - which is exactly what the good Doctor has ordered.... Bladerunner does what he does best - smashed it to pieces while maintaining every single magic elements of the original. Heist, meanwhile, brings in more of a sub bass focus as the low end bellows like a hurricane under a sharper series of breaks. The utmost respect paid, you won't forget these in a hurry.
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JM Edits #3
KAT 030
31 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Half A Minute - (8:00) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kalimba Tree - (7:19) 110 BPM
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Orere-Elejigbo - (7:18) 109 BPM
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Played by: Tonbe
Review: It's been a long 18 months since the release of Jonny Miller's last EP of reworks on KAT. Happily, this delayed follow-up is every bit as good as his previous re-edit releases, and boasts a trio of breezy, sun-flecked dancefloor workouts. He begins with the soul-soaked samba shuffle of "Half a Minute", where twinkling piano lines, snaking sax and sumptuous vocals ride a carnival-friendly warm-up groove, before moving towards deep house pastures on the deliciously hazy "Kalimba Tree" (think Andres covering "Brazilian Rhyme", and you're close). Best of all, though, is "Orere-Elejigbo", a deliciously dubbed-out Afro-Brazilian bumper full of chanted vocal lines, crisp guitar lines and rich, undulating bass.
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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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Earth
LDDR 064
30 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Giant Killer Bees (Sub Zero remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cowboy (VIP) - (4:24) 174 BPM
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Kiss U All Over EP
WD 37
28 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Pontchartrain - "Life Saver" - (6:50) 120 BPM
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Osmose - "Broadway Kiss" - (6:27) 118 BPM
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Derek Kaye - "Holdin' On" - (7:57) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rulefinn - "I Got Your Wang" - (6:37) 114 BPM
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Review: Sleazy McQueen's Whiskey Disco label seems to be on fire at present, with new EPs of white-hot edits appearing on an almost weekly basis. Predictably, there's more high-grade material on this latest split artist four-tracker. Pontchartain kicks things off with a brilliantly dubbed-out take on Gayle Adams classic "Lifesaver" (previously successfully extended and re-touched by FLX One a few years back), before Osmose delivers organ solos, orgasmic groans and rump shaking beats on "Broadway Kiss". Derek Kaye's "Holdin' On", a deliciously celebratory number full of cheery scat vocals and incessant grooves, and "I Got Your Wang", a cheery, sun-kissed chunk of disco perfection from Rulefinns Kravstor.
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Chronic Rollers Vol 3 (Sampler)
BBH 035DD
16 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Command Strange - "Never Too Much" - (4:54) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Serum/Jaybee/Dave Owen - "Pure Vibes" - (5:29) 175 BPM
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L-Side - "Soundclash" - (4:08) 174 BPM
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Flaco - "Da­ De Muertos" - (4:56) 174 BPM
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Played by: DJ Ollie
Review: Dropping every two years like clockwork, Chronic are set to follow up 2015's Chronic Rollers 2 in the new year with a third edition. If these four tracks are anything to go by, we're in for some next-level futurism: "Never Too Much" rolls with restraint before unleashing a wafting jazzy riff, "Pure Vibes" lives up to its name with gritty late 90s BC style edge, L Side brings us back to the jungle skank while Flaco shuts down the saga with warehouse flattening tubular bass and evil mentasms. Bring on the album.
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In Yer Face Bicep Remixes
FMB 007
30 Sep 16
Techno
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In Yer Face (Bicep remix) - (7:41) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Yer Face (Bicep Acid dub) - (6:26) 120 BPM
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Review: For those of a certain age, the opening seconds of 808 State's 1991 rave anthem "In Yer Face" - a combination of memorable melody lines and loved-up chords - are still capable of setting the pulse racing. Bicep have taken on the task of updating Graham Massey and company's anthem for a new generation, serving up two fresh interpretations. Wisely, they emphasize the spine-tingling goodness of the Manchester outfit's chord progressions on their A-side remix, getting rougher, tougher and weightier as the track progresses. Their flipside acid dub - where electro-inspired breakbeats, heavy bass and floatation tank melodies are expertly combined with ragged TB-303 lines - recalls the similarly-minded thrills of DJ Parrot and Mark Brydon's 'Sunshine Dub' of DJ Mink's early Warp slammer "Hey! Hey! Can U Relate?".
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The HitMan Remix Sampler #2
RIQYR 0058
09 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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The HitMan (Jinx remix) - (5:31) 175 BPM
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The HitMan (Kenny Ken VIP) - (4:30) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The HitMan (Toronto Is Broken remix) - (4:41) 174 BPM
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The HitMan (Inna Cluture remix) - (4:26) 180 BPM
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Review: Blueprint business: few tunes are as influential, unifying and iconic as "The HitMan". So durable and versatile, in fact, Cain's RIQ stable are celebrating it with an all-star series of remixers old and new. On this particular EP we get tripped out by Jinx, Kenny Ken rolls us out like the filthy minded junglists we all are while Toronto Is Broken sends fi de hacksaw with a message of pure bass venom that's arguably one of his best remixes to date. Finally Inna Culture brings the dancehall badness with a stripped back halftime stepper that will melt down every floor from here to Notting Hill.
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Resurrection
FIGURE 83
09 Jan 17
Techno
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Resurrect - (5:03) 131 BPM
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Turbine - (5:53) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Xejn (8am mix) - (3:15) 84 BPM
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Shackled Minds - (5:14) 129 BPM
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Resurrect (3pm mix) - (3:50) 133 BPM
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Played by: Domshe, OPTICIAN
Review: Cleric aka Jorden Hodgetts is one of the new techno artists to emerge from the UK in recent years, and he proves his worth on this, his sixth release for Len Faki's label. "Resurrect" sees him skillfully strike a balance between musical elements and dance floor strictures as epic, Detroit techno chords are fused with rasping hi hats and a wiry rhythm. By contrast, "Turbine" sees Hodgetts take inspiration from the Luke Slater playbook, underscoring a lone, one-note riff that builds and ebbs over storming kicks and "Shackled Minds" is a militaristic, percussive workout. While Hodgetts is proving himself as a techno producer, he also delivers the smoky, down tempo "Xejn (8am mix)" and "Resurrect (3pm mix)", hinting at a serious creative mind from beyond the dance floor.
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UK/In Bleach
AWD 282554
23 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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UK - (4:44) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Bleach - (5:10) 174 BPM
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BAH 031
BAH 031
06 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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En Trance - (5:01) 115 BPM
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Schwarzen Mer - (5:41) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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City People - (4:30) 70 BPM
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Die Marinette Der Zeit - (5:17) 109 BPM
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Played by: Hober Mallow
Review: The Bahnsteig 23 crew are flying towards the end of the year with a salvo of essential wares from their established crew and new faces alike. Sweden's Albion Venables has been doing the business on labels such as Ambassador's Reception and Macadam Mambo for the past seven years, and his first turn on Bahnsteig doesn't disappoint. In a flurry of eclecticism, the mood veers from the bubbling kosmische tones of "En Trance" through to the schlocky funk of "Schwarzen Mer", mixing live band dynamics with quirky electronics and keeping the groove delightfully authentic. The diversity maintains on the flip as "City People" taps up a moody New York flavour and "Die Marinette Der Zeit" strikes a more classic funk note.
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Aku
TUM 025
14 Nov 16
Bass
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Aku - (4:16) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Expensive Suit - (3:39) 128 BPM
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Nuh Tek Diss - (3:48) 130 BPM
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Expensive Suit (Archive remix) - (4:32) 134 BPM
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Expensive Suit (Murder He Wrote remix) - (4:33) 130 BPM
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Nuh Tek Diss (Hypho remix) - (4:16) 130 BPM
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Review: TMSV specialises in all things bass-related, an artist who is capable of producing pretty much any sort of dance music that travels at the speed of sound and drags frequencies lower than the underground itself. The Artikal casual lands on Tumble Audio with this monster of an EP, filed with dubwise dread throughout, and that manages to wield an impressive amount of jungle out of its more dubstep-centric beats; "Expensive Suit" is a good example of that, but even "Nuh Tek Diss" has enough break-ridden charm to please all sorts of corner-dwelling head-nodders. A bodacious selection of remixes from the likes of Archive, Murder He Wrote and Hypho add to the nastiness, and make this one hell of an EP.
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Orca
FBR 048
25 Nov 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Orca - (7:23) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Minke - (6:43) 125 BPM
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Logman's Beak - (5:33) 124 BPM
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Pygmy - (6:32) 122 BPM
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Review: Next up on Bristol's Futureboogie is Alex Warren aka Kiwi who has had previous releases on the likes of Optimo Music, Blase Boys Club and Sneaky Music in addition to promoting for well known London parties and clubs like Orlando Boom/Kate Boss and The Nest. The versatile producer wastes no time getting stuck in, starting out with the explosive "Orca" which features one of the most amazing arpeggios this side of "I Feel Love". There's more vintage, synth driven disco vibes on "Minke" or "Logmans Break" while the feel good nu-disco vibes of "Pygmy" are reminiscent of modern greats like Jay Shepheard or Milton Jackson.
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Hotel Victoria EP
WD 36
24 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kto Dat Nam Deszcz - (6:35) 108 BPM
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Bez Tego I Owego - (6:24) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Zabawa W Stylu Folk - (6:00) 118 BPM
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Teleniedziela - (7:57) 118 BPM
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Review: Thanks to the sterling work done by the Very Polish Cut-Outs series, we're now all familiar with the previously hidden world of eccentric Eastern European disco. Now that label is no more, fellow Poles Holiday 80 are keen to continue its' good work. The Hotel Victoria EP contains fantastic reworks of four obscure, Balkan disco treats. It's packed with smashers from start to finish; check, for example, the acid-laden, muscular disco-strut of "Teleniedziela", the spiraling, rock-tinged camp of the charged-up "Zabawa W Stylu Folk", and the shuffling, filter-heavy sweetness of early '80s gem "Kta Dat Nam Deszcz". Best of all, though, is the American style disco-funk hustle of "Bez Tego I Owego", which contains some particularly wild organ solos.
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Suck My Soul EP
VIVA 134
06 Jan 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Mr Kurt - (5:44) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Run It - (5:41) 125 BPM
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Suck My Pole - (6:48) 123 BPM
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They Say We're Freaks - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Played by: Domshe
Review: Manchester duo Scurrilous are really making waves with their US influenced house sounds at the moment and their new track "Suck my soul" is testament to this, taking its cues from Chicago acid house pioneers like K Alexi Shelby. The jackathon continues on with "They say that We're freaks" and the brilliant "Run it" hammers the message home gloriously going for a rolling main room tech house vibe. It's quite redolent of Gruuv or Saced style fare.
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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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Get Down Brother
TOYT 060
09 Dec 16
Deep House
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The Nose - (8:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Get Down Brother - (8:09) 120 BPM
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Uhh Baby - (5:56) 116 BPM
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Uhh Baby (Brame & Hamo remix) - (5:56) 120 BPM
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Review: Toy Tonics are getting their money's worth out of Kapote. Since making his debut for the label 18 months ago, the Berlin-based producer has had a hand in no less than four other EPs. There's no messing around on this latest four-track missive, as he launches himself at the dancefloor with the rubbery, punk-funk bass, fizzing percussion and jazzy disco samples of "The Nose". He heads for smoother, groovier deep house pastures on "Get Down Brother", before dipping the tempo a little on the shuffling, pie-eyed disco-house goodness of "Uhh Baby". That track also gets the remix treatment from Irish twosome Brame & Hamo, whose jazzy-but-driving interpretation makes excellent use of clattering drum machine hi-hats.
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Bad Things
BFAR 003
29 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Two Mind - "Bad Things" - (3:40) 175 BPM
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Jack The Ripper & Danger - "Nowhere To Hide" - (3:46) 175 BPM
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Two Mind - "Popcorn" - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Danger - "Minimal Sound" - (4:33) 173 BPM
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Review: Squeezing a third release out of 2016, Two Mind's Big Freaks Audio deliver their first V/A EP. We say V/A EP, we actually mean four massive sticks of dancefloor dynamiate with all artists bringing their sharpest, starkest and deepest sounds. Two Minds himself takes two cuts: "Bad Things" is a gutter-chomping wood saw bass riff that scuffs with mischievous aggressive funk while "Popcorn" is a bumping subby roller than you could imagine on Innerground or V. Elsewhere we find Jack The Ripper and Danger building post-Brexit bridges between the UK and Europe with a jugular-cutting riff on "Nowhere To Hide" while Danger closes business a switch-flipping stripped back jam that you could imagine Loxy or Alix Perez playing. We say "Bad Things", we actually mean very very good things.
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JKriv Edits
RNTD 024
21 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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JKriv - "The Queen On Her Throne" - (8:06) 110 BPM
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Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band - "Bukom Mashie" (JKriv's King Mashie edit) - (8:03) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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JKriv - "Queen's Beats" - (4:31) 110 BPM
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Review: The kind of names and quality of releases that Brooklyn's Razor N Tape has supported puts them in the disco premier league. Here they enlist Jkriv to provide us with dancing fodder that isn't throwaway stuff. First is his rework of "Bukom Mashie" by Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band. The latter, his "King Mashie edit", is a raucous slice of bassy and brassy percussive Afrobeat. Elsewhere an O'Jays classic gets stretched out into eight minutes of slow bump bliss on "The Queen On Her Throne" and resurfaces in a deliciously spare dub called "The Queens Beats". Top notch!
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Dreams Of Freedom EP
INT 036
09 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Nobody - (4:58) 175 BPM
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Definition - (3:48) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dreams Of Freedom - (4:53) 175 BPM
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Close To U (Bonus Track) - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Review: Wrapping up another vintage year, Integral bossmen Artificial Intelligence return from their Metalheadz missions with four stunning reminders of their abilities: the way the strings ease in from behind and take you by surprise on "Nobody", the warm-but-deadly reese funk on "Definition", the power soul of "Dreams Of Freedom" and the return of the classic warm harmonic subby bassline they spearheaded in the mid 2000s on "Close 2 U". Timeless, as always.
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Below The Belt/Human Music
CLAW 030
30 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Below The Belt - (5:23) 175 BPM
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Human Music - (4:34) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Splitting differentials since emerging on V almost four years ago, Saxxon sledges over to Clawhammer for more armour-denting jungle business. "Below The Belt" punches where it promises with a loose shaker, '96 subs and a groove that rolls so smoothly it could make Randall blush. "Human Music" steps up a little with an early 2000s-style bass riff where a simple melody makes complex impressions. Lean and lava-like in their flow, this is the sound of Saxxon rolling the hell out.
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Quart Sector 5
EASTDE 05
16 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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This Is Your Time (feat Vanessa Freeman - Break remix) - (5:14) 58 BPM
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Calibre (Spirit remix) - (5:23) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Uptown (feat Cool Hand Flex - Serum remix) - (4:32) 175 BPM
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Stick Up Kid (A Sides remix) - (5:41) 174 BPM
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Wake Up (Voltage remix) - (5:17) 178 BPM
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Review: What an incredible year it's been for A Sides. Celebrating 25 years in the game with a staggering 25 track album / EP series, he's demonstrated nothing but raw relevance and powerful production skills throughout. This final EP is no exception. And this time he's brought some friends along for some remix action - Break brings our attention to Vanessa Freeman's soul on "This Is Your Time", Spirit takes "Calibre" back to the Blue Note and Serum lays down a lovely mid/late 90s Full Cycle flavour to the riff on "Uptown". It's down to A Sides himself to close the show. And he does so with a classic Zinc-style bass riff. 25 tracks and not a sniff of filler: Be sure to cop the whole EP series.
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