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Dj's Delight
MMD 021
06 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Disco Lovin' - (7:07) 116 BPM
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It's Not Over - (7:02) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Monday Blues - (7:30) 122 BPM
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Nuthin' Goin' On - (6:23) 107 BPM
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Not Forgotten - (6:31) 114 BPM
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Review: Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's recent Vinyl TV show depicted the birth of New York black party culture with the mighty Kool Herc at the helm. Here Dr Packer riffs off that same imagery too, even if his edits are more in the disco vein than that of Herc's hard funk breaks. There are a whopping six edits to wrap your ears around here, highlights include sensuous 70s boogie, complete with electro bassline, of "Disco Lovin", the protracted hiNRG New Order loops of "Monday Blues" and the shimmering, dry ice soul of "Chocolate Boogie". Fun music for fun times!
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Gunfingers EP
G 13038
20 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Gunfingers - (4:21) 178 BPM
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History Of War - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Transmitting - (4:04) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tell Me - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Review: The dark art of gunfingering according to Upgrade: tuck ring and pinky fingers deep into your palm, point middle and index finger, use thumb as trigger, aim skyward then listen to "Gunfingers" and pull the most screwed up face possible as the metal-striking bass riff scuffs your very soul with concentrated adrenalin. Maintain your gunfingered stance throughout the rest of the EP: "History Of War" is as murky and paranoid as the title suggests, "Transmitting" layers octaves with a riff that will shoot through your mind for months to come while "Tell Me" combines classic rave elements with Upgrade signature riff science.
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The Big Cover Up
OLS 013
17 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Firecracker - (6:31) 126 BPM
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Disco Circus - (6:42) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Baby Do You Wanna Bump - (5:33) 120 BPM
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La FAtte Sauvage - (7:02) 126 BPM
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Baby Do You Wanna Bump (Daniel Maloso remix) - (5:28) 120 BPM
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Firecracker (Dan Tyler remix) - (6:41) 126 BPM
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La FAtte Sauvage (Prins Thomas remix) - (7:49) 123 BPM
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Disco Circus (Ayvind Morken remix) - (6:21) 124 BPM
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Review: Todd Terje & The Olsens come correct with their first recorded material after an extended bout of them treating festival audiences to some of the Norwegian's best-loved material, not to mention some killer cover versions. Indeed it's the latter, oft-derided method of recording that forms the basis of this delightfully-presented double pack (we love a good Big Trouble In Little China reference) as Terje and the group rip through renditions of some disco standards from Martin Circus, YMO, Vangelis and more. Given Terje's lengthy range of official and under-the-counter edits, news of this new project makes perfect sense to us. In addition to these cover versions, Olsen have also commissioned some remixes with arch Terje colluder Prins Thomas involved along with Comeme artist Daniel Maloso.
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Attack Of The Puppetz
BIODIGI 0067
20 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Mambo Jambo - (3:42) 175 BPM
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Hench - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Start Of Something - (3:42) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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War - (3:42) 175 BPM
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Puppetz & Simskai - "Bounce" - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Review: Hungarian hurters, if you know any of the Puppetz previous material you'll already understand the levels of darkness we're dealing with. If not, you're in for a treat. Demonic, distorted and full of leftside dirt, each cut is an adventure into jump-up's darkest pastures... "Mambo Jambo" is all slo-mo voodoo sludge, "Hench" twists tones in a way that defines science while the dagger riffed "Start Of Something" will also be the end of something... Your amicable relationship with your neighbour. "War" and "Bounce" close the show: the former is a deep drone work out wrapped in politics, the latter is all bass lasers and a very well-known spoken sample from the rave annals.
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Dying To Dance
MMD 020
09 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lonely Town Lonely Street - (6:04) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Trust Me - (4:30) 118 BPM
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Dying To Dance - (5:26) 117 BPM
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Mechanical Body - (6:12) 102 BPM
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Change Of Mind - (6:28) 113 BPM
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Review: Lately Leeds' Deelicious has seen his loose and groovy tunes grace the likes of Sound Exhibitions and Disco Fruit. Here he rolls out five sizzling new bangers. The urgent slice of socially conscious funk, "Lonely Town Lonely Street", kicks things off, "Trust Me" incorporates housier filtered loops into the mix and the title track is celebratory slice of disco-pop with some ace bloc-rocking breaks and punk-funk bass work. Elsewhere we enter orbit with the melodramatic sci-fi boogie of "Mechanical Body" and "Change Your Mind" is an amazing example of early underground dance music reconfigured by a 21st century perspective.
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Deaths Door EP
CALYPS O026D
20 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Blizzard - (4:43) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Killer Bass - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Deaths Door - (4:04) 175 BPM
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Warning - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Stimulation - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Bad Juju - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Review: Heist's Calypso Muzak continues to unearth fresh talent and give them the spotlight they deserve. Envenom's time to shine... Building on the sturdy foundations dug on Multi Function and Train, each of the five cuts shows how he subverts and twists jump-up and tear-out conventions: "Blizzard" layers bass in thick impenetrable sheets, "Killer Bass" is a space voyage over asteroid terrain while "Deaths Door" has a bass riff and breakdown so harrowing you'll need counselling for three years. Dig deeper for some skillish switches and trippy fills on "Warning", aluminium aggro on "Stimulation" and broken glass, handclapped funk with the playful riff on "Bad Juju". Devilish.
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Smokers Lounge
535 R022
13 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Monsoon - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Smokers Lounge - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sand Bag - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Day Dreaming - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Review: Jump up jungle time! A trailblazing DJ in New York for almost 20 years, Hoogs knows how to bring it, and bring it he does - from jungle to deep and minimal there ain't a road he ain't travelled. Here though it's all about hyper fun DnB, with "Monsoon" kicking off with a relentless 175 bpm wobble-influenced assault, the title track bringing in some tougher breaky elements and "Sand Bag" is all about take-me-to-your-leader bass and horror backing tracks. Lastly "Day Dreaming" mixes speedy beats, barking mechanical bass and retro samples. Mad ting.
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Soften The Wireless EP
HEIST 017
09 May 16
Deep House
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Khan's Bargain - (5:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Khan's Bargain (Tom Noble remix) - (7:11) 120 BPM
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The Blues - (6:55) 128 BPM
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It Won't Be Long - (5:53) 124 BPM
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Varkala - (6:32) 119 BPM
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Review: Nebraska has been a busy boy of late, delivering killer material on both Mister Saturday Night and Delusions of Grandeur. Here he dons his favourite balaclava and joins Detroit Swindle's Heist. He begins with the groovy, loose and low-slung disco-house bump of "Khan's Bargain", which is also brilliantly remixed by obscure boogie specialist Tom Noble. The tempo increases dramatically on the wide-eyed deep house sprint of "The Blues", before Nebraska enhances his Balearic house credentials thanks to the blissful synthesizer arpeggio lines and swirling chords of "It Won't Be Long". The spacey, string-drenched shuffle of "Varkala" draws a fine EP to a close.
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CIA 20 LP Sampler
CIAQSLPS 001
03 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Q Project - "Champion Sound" (DLR 2016 remix) - (5:58) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Calibre - "Under Bars" - (5:38) 173 BPM
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Total Science - "Respect Due" - (5:09) 58 BPM
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Q Project - "Champion Sound" (DLR 2016 Jungle Refix) - (5:15) 174 BPM
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Review: 20 years: time flies when you're busy being Total Science, one of D&B's most consistent banger outlets of all time. Celebrating two decades of their influential label, here they deliver four tracks that won't appear on their anniversary album; DLR provides two versions of Quiff's 93 agenda-setter "Champion Sound" while Calibre does what he does best on the piano on "Under Bars" and Total Science themselves lick up a dubby system shocker that tips a wry nod at the likes of Digital and Spirit.
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Circuits Part 1
KILLAZ 025PT1DIG
10 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Music Takes Me - (6:00) 175 BPM
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Jabz - (5:55) 175 BPM
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Watcha' Man - (6:02) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Them Bells - (5:58) 175 BPM
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Relentless - (6:02) 175 BPM
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Played by: S Man, DJ Hybrid, K Jah
Review: Veteran junglist, DJ, promoter and artist T>I continues to deliver some seriously heavyweight rattlers; "Music Takes Me" lights the five-track bass bonfire with its loose shaking percussion and classic diva vocal snippet. Deeper into the heat we explore: "Jabz" executes that stripped back grump bass jump-up thing perfectly, "Watcha Man" takes us on a dark romp with soaking wet bass bounces and a well-positioned toaster vocal while "Them Bells" stretches out ominous chimes over a punctuated drums and elastic sub and "Relentless" is a dark track tailored for clubs with its tripped out bassline and Voltage undertones. Each cut on-point and catered for the dance... The best thing is it's the first part - meaning plenty more of the good stuff to come too!
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Scary
DUBVOLTAGE 058
17 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Scary - (4:28) 175 BPM
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You're The Next - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Push It - (4:33) 175 BPM
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Scary (Hedex remix) - (3:39) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Classics Of Arrikitaun Vol 2
RW 029
13 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rayko - "Betcha" - (7:25) 112 BPM
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Rayko - "Headlines" - (7:09) 110 BPM
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James Rod - "Silver Bike" - (6:31) 111 BPM
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James Rod - "The Name Of Love" - (6:19) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Back in March, Rayko and James Rod launched their Classics of Arrikitaun series with an EP of largely impressive re-edits on Rare Wiri. This second volume delivers more breezy, midtempo goodness for those who like their grooves sunny and synth-heavy. Predictably, Rayko's two contributions tend towards the Balearic boogie, with the drifting, delay-laden vocals, rubbery synth-bass and glistening guitars of "Betcha" just elbowing out Midnight Starr cut-up "Headlines" in the "highlight" stakes. As for Rod, he urges us to grab a glass of something cool, sweet and refreshing on the piano-laden disco shuffle of "Silver Bike", before closing his eyes and raising his arms heavenward on the sensual boogie throb of "The Name Of Love".
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Thrills
HVN 035
17 Jun 16
Deep House
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Thrills - (6:12) 120 BPM
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Bailar - (6:13) 116 BPM
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Tightbrass - (5:48) 77 BPM
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Tightbrass (Christian S remix) - (6:43) 120 BPM
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Tightbrass (Christian S Angry dub) - (6:05) 118 BPM
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Thrills (John Talabot Early edit) - (6:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Juan Miguel Bassols first pricked our consciousness way back in 2012, when he delivered a fine debut under the JMII moniker on 100% Silk. He's not released all that much since, making this first appearance on Hivern Discs his highest profile EP to date. There's naturally much to admire amongst the three original productions present, from the stripped-back but melodious acid house shuffle of "Thrills", to the wild lead lines and chugging bottom end of the analogue synth-heavy proto-house snap of "Tightbrass". Christian S provides two tasty reworks of that cut, including a dark and seductive "Angry Dub". A woozy, dreamier John Talabot re-edit of "Thrills" completes an excellent package.
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Past & Present
DBFC 002
10 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Roni Size - "Rock The Boat" - (3:44) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Roni Size - "Whistleblower" - (3:48) 174 BPM
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DJ Krust - "Kloaking Device" (Fracture remix) - (2:58) 174 BPM
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DJ Krust - "Kloaking Device" - (8:02) 175 BPM
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Played by: High Roll
Review: Full Cycle continue their recharged return with their first full EP since re-opening the shop. First up are two brand new Roni cuts that fit their original signature perfectly. "Whistleblower" leans back on some woozy synths in a similar way Brookes Brothers and Chase & Status did around eight years ago - all hazy and cosmic sounding before dropping into a big scratchy bass riff. "Rock The Boat", meanwhile, licks up with an instantly infectious scale-based bassline hook and big live drum feels. Sealing the deal is man of the halftime moment Fracture who's twisted up Krust's 2000-era "Kloakin Device" with a fittingly twisted re-interpretation for the modern slo-mo age. Full Cycle are back baby!
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Hospital Goes To Let It Roll
NHS 291DD
17 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Logistics - "Destination" - (4:34) 174 BPM
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Krakota & Lifford - "In The Area" (VIP) - (4:55) 173 BPM
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Whiney & Ed Tullett - "They Will Come" - (4:20) 58 BPM
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Anile - "Containment" - (5:20) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Let It Roll: Prague's drum & bass festival mecca reaches new heights every year as they involve and work with more of the scene's key labels. Part of a series of EPs from influential labels, Hospital joins the fray with four unreleased power punches: Logistics' gets his crunch on harder than usual with "Destination", Krakota busies up the soul VIP-style "In The Area", Whiney proffers a Bcee-level vocal massage on "They Will Come" while Anile closes the show on a dark rolling note. Think 98-era Total Science and you're not far off.
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Drawing You EP
INT 033
17 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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As Much As I Can Take (feat Hannah Eve) - (5:40) 174 BPM
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Drawing You - (6:04) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Illuminate - (5:39) 174 BPM
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Mea Culpa - (5:36) 174 BPM
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As Much As I Can Take (instrumental) - (5:38) 174 BPM
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Review: Rumour has it Phil Tangent's release rate is so criminally low the police have a warrant out for his arrest. Then, just as they prepare a dawn raid... Boom: along comes another muscular collection of absolute gold and the long arm of the law starts reaching for the lasers again. Four tracks of undiluted lushness, one instrumental, Phil's soulful space-bound signature is in full effect right here. From Hannah Eve's vocal hurricane on "As Much As I Can Take" to the planet-leaping synths and whirlwind pads of "Illuminate", this is Tangent at his sonic sharpest... Now if only we could squeeze him for more than one release a year.
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Nightmare World EP
SMOKEDIGI 032
06 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Warriors - (4:28) 174 BPM
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Scary Movie - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Dead - (4:27) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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1983 - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Review: Usually when someone invites us into their "Nightmare World" we'd usually decline. Not because of the nightmares but because it's scientifically proven that people talking about their dreams is the most boring thing ever. Jaydan is the exception to the rule; every tale he tells is barbed and loaded with suspense. This new four tracker is no exception. From the grizzly, bet-wetting bass and slight tripletty swing of "Scary Movie" right the way through the Public Enemy homage "1983", Jaydan's dreamtalk is better than most people's realtalk.
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The Boogie Box #3
VHR 45
18 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kc/Sub - "Make A Little Love" (V's edit) - (5:20) 114 BPM
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People's Voice - "We Got The Direction" (V's edit) - (6:54) 107 BPM
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Deodata - "P Gunn" (V's Psychedelic Trigger edit) - (5:46) 114 BPM
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Princess - "Sexy Dancer" (V's Body edit) - (5:37) 121 BPM
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Bobby Thirthon - "The Groove" (V's 2016 Check Out edit) - (7:37) 118 BPM
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Mr Faded/Blackhead - "No Stoping Now" (V's edit) - (7:37) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Russian disco edit fiend Valique serves up another hot Boogie Box and we're up to number three already! Highlight's on here not limited to Princess' smooth ergonomics displayed on the re-splice of the Prince classic "Sexy Dancer", Feel The Vibe's great cover of "Get Down Tonight" looped for your pleasure by Kc/Sub and they save the best for last with Mr Faded/Blackhead's (aka McFadden & Whitehead's) 1979 classic "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now". They are all 're-re-edited' by the way: by none other than Valique himself. Trust the DJ!
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The Mango Beats EP
CHOPDIGI 072
22 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Generation Five - (5:01) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Repeat The Funk - (5:49) 111 BPM
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You Got The Stuff - (6:42) 103 BPM
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Review: Stafford's Dave Gerrard has been around for over 30 years so you can trust the DJ on this one. He's back on his usual stomping ground for more disco goodies on DJ Butcher's Chopshop out of Athens, Greece. He first takes the knife to the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine" on "Generation 5" (great edit this one!), then he turns in an edit of a proper soul funk classic on "Repeat The Funk" (any guesses?) but finally he gives a Bill Withers classic a makeover on "You Got The Stuff". Class!
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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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Circuits Part 2
KILLAZ 025PT2DIG
24 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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T>I - "Changes" - (5:57) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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T>I - "Hammerhead" - (5:56) 175 BPM
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T>I & Release - "Judgement" - (6:04) 172 BPM
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T>I - "Let It Roll" - (5:54) 175 BPM
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T>I - "My Size" - (6:05) 175 BPM
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Review: Hot on the kicks of his inaugural "Circuits" collection, scene soldier T>I continues to flex his floor-centric range with five more surefire slappers: "Changes" has a squiggly bleepy texture that balances just the right amount of weird funk with humour. "Hammerhead" lives up to its title with added drills and saws (and heads) while "Judgement" does a really trippy stretchy bass thing that's guaranteed to turn heads. "Let It Roll" will be the highlight for many with the juicy oozing out of the subs at toxic levels while "My Size" takes everything you know about T>I, jungle and life itself and burns it with fire. Deliciously twisted.
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Happy EP
VMR 045
09 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hang On - (5:16) 114 BPM
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Happy - (5:17) 115 BPM
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All Right - (5:13) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Label-hopping Siberian Sunner Soul is in a cheery mood, which may - in part, at least - be down to his return to the Vintage Music imprint he founded in 2009. The positively titled Happy EP begins with "Hang On", a deliciously hazy, dreamy chunk of fluttering disco-meets-deep house bliss built around slowly shifting loop patterns, stretched-out builds, cut-up samples and bouncy bottom end. Horn-heavy title track "Happy" is little less than a rush-inducing romp through party-starting disco-funk cheeriness, while "All Right" sees him expertly re-arrange (and tool-up) a shuffling, sun-kissed disco-funk cut full of rising string lines, fizzing jazz-funk synths and punchy horn lines. In other words, it's an EP chock full of mood enhancing moments.
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Hot & Bothered EP
RNTD 016
18 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hot & Bothered - (6:44) 112 BPM
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I'm Wishin' - (5:30) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fling Cleaning - (6:14) 112 BPM
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Visions Of You - (3:11) 100 BPM
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Review: Brooklyn's Razor-N-Tape reach out to the Lowlands and coax Hans Peeman into donning his Junktion alias for a new four-track EP on their Razor-N-Tape Reserve label. Living up to it's dignified and reserved billing, this release on the offshoot finds the Nijmegen-based Peeman laying down some luscious, colourful disco vibes that will brighten up any sun laden afternoon on the terrace. Title track "Hot & Bothered" sets the tone with a summery vibe underpinned by some bumping drums, whilst "I'm wishin'" glides with a subtle house bump and some wonderful vocal touches. "Fling Cleaning" sees Peeman veer off into disco chug territory, whilst "Visions of You" ends the EP on a soulful note.
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Frangipan To L.A. EP
FBR 043D
10 Jun 16
Deep House
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Luca Frangipan (Main mix) - (6:12) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Luca Frangipan (dub mix) - (6:12) 120 BPM
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Groovin To LA (Main mix) - (6:59) 125 BPM
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Groovin To LA (dub mix) - (6:59) 125 BPM
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Played by: Jimpster, Kraak & Smaak
Review: Given their extensive shared musical history and influences, you'd expect this hook-up between former Classic/Music For Freaks types Luke Solomon and Jonny Rock to contain some belting cuts. Predictably, it does. Dancefloor sweatiness is guaranteed from the start, via the undulating, Moroder-inspired bass guitar, spacey electronics, clipped guitars and dense disco percussion of "Luca Frangipan", and its' suitably trippy, more heavily electronic companion Dub. There's a breezier, looser feel to "Groovin' To La", which expertly teases out soulful vocal samples and soaring strings atop a bouncy Italo-disco/deep house/classic disco fusion groove. The accompanying Dub mix is, if anything, even stronger. Sadly, this digital version of the EP doesn't feature DJ Fett Burger & Jayda G's killer remix, so you'll have to buy the 12" to get that.
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Tools For Groovin V2
FKR 106
14 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Got To Get - (4:33) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Get It On - (4:13) 114 BPM
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Brown Groove - (4:20) 114 BPM
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Review: KNG, the partnership of KS French and Mr Given Raw is back with three new disco edits, and they're summer sizzlers the lot of them. "Got To Get" is a bawdy, swingin' swagger of vintage disco-rock, whilst "Get It On" introduces tougher French house beats and loops to the mix. Lastly "Brown Groove" turns its filters to 11 for a low-slung cocktail house jam. Groovy!
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Binga Vs Breakage
CRIT 089LTD
06 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Sam Binga - "Mind & Spirit" (feat Rider Shafique - Breakage remix) - (3:52) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Breakage - "Staggered Dub" (Sam Binga remix) - (3:38) 57 BPM
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Played by: Darren Judge
Review: Today's Critical lesson is brought to you by the letter B... Binga, Breakage and absolute badness. First up Breakage adds a rolling booty bounce to one of the many highlights on Binga's album Wasted Days album. Binga returns the favour by looking back into the annals of Critical history and dusting off Breakage's formative 2005 skanker "Staggered Dub" and injecting a cool amount of deep halftime space. Both exemplary examples of remix authenticity. Blimey. Bigness.
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The Ceaper Buing EP
HEIST 018
13 Jun 16
Deep House
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The Door - (6:07) 121 BPM
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Glimpse Of Light - (5:22) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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UV Lights - (5:15) 118 BPM
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Wakee - (6:42) 100 BPM
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The Door (Mr Tophat remix) - (6:16) 125 BPM
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Review: Quite remarkably, Obas Nenor's 2015 debut 12", My Way Home, appeared on Moodyman's Mahogani Music imprint. Since then, he's released hot material on Strictly Rhythm and Sol Power Sound. Here, he pops up on Detroit Swindle's Heist imprint with another strong collection of hazy, low-slung deep house shufflers. He begins with the loose, cheesecake-rich warmth of "The Door", before dipping the tempo a little on the funk-infused groove jam "Glimpse Of Light". There's a pleasingly bluesy feel about the bold and melodious "UV Lights", while "Wakee" offers a nu disco-influenced take on Detroit Beatdown. Mr Tophat's dense, deliciously percussive remix of "The Door" completes an excellent package.
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Mangwana
FAR 029
09 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Mangwana - (5:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chiiko - (4:28) 97 BPM
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Mangwana (A Vision Of Panorama mix) - (6:44) 120 BPM
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Mangwana (Paradise '89 dub) - (5:56) 120 BPM
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Kumbengo (Tropical mix) - (4:56) 120 BPM
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Kumbengo (100% Humidity dub - Juno Exclusive) - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Review: On paper, this collaboration between veteran Balearic/disco/house fusionists Faze Action, and Zimbabwean drummer-turned-vocalist Zeke Manyika has all the makings of a humid, sun-kissed classic. Happily, "Mangwana" - a kind of late '80s Hugh Masekela Balearic afro-house jam full of punchy horns, chiming synth melodies and chanted African vocals - is every bit as alluring as you'd expect. The Waiting For The Rain-era Masekela influences are even stronger on the delicious A Vision of Panorama mix, while the Paradise '89 Dub pushes the track further towards dubbed-out New York house territory while beefing up the backing track a little. Elsewhere on the EP, you'll find two superb versions of the percussive, tropical '80s workout "Kumbengo" (including a heavy, Junodownload-only Dub), and the hazy downtempo goodness of "Chiiko".
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Can't Give It Up
FILEUNDERDISCO 14
27 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Can't Give It Up (original mix) - (6:12) 116 BPM
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Can't Give It Up (instrumental mix) - (6:14) 116 BPM
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Can't Give It Up (Dicky Trisco mix) - (10:31) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Rather surprisingly, this is File Under Disco's first release of 2016. Happily, it's a bit of a doozy, with Brooklyn's J Kriv gathering together The Disco Machine band for the first time since 2013's much-played "Make It Hot". Escort's Adeline Michele guests, adding strong, catchy and attractive vocals to an authentic NYC disco bomb built around a Chic style groove, fluid synths, crunchy Clavinet lines and cowbell-heavy percussion. The authenticity of J Kriv's production is highlighted on the accompanying Instrumental, while old pal Dicky Trisco does his best Walter Gibbons impression on a near 11-minute remix that allows each instrumental part room to breathe.
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Mind Games EP
DS2B 076
17 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Rodeo - "Artform" (VIP) - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Rodeo - "Killaz Game" (VIP) - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jedi - "Tiger Style" (Rodeo remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Rodeo - "Mind Games" - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Disco Reposado
ED 65
15 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Special Q - "Midnight Pillow" - (3:51) 97 BPM
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Tomas Malo - "Fill My Heart" - (5:39) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Robjamweb - "Oh Brother" - (6:48) 105 BPM
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Barry Prophet - "Here To Stay" - (6:29) 108 BPM
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Gradient Logic - "Confused" - (8:38) 119 BPM
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Tonbe - "So Tired" - (6:56) 118 BPM
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Simple Pleasures
CHOPDIGI 076
13 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Simple Pleasures - (5:03) 104 BPM
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Simple Pleasures (George Kelly mix) - (5:17) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Simple Pleasures (instrumental) - (5:03) 104 BPM
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Review: Stroud collective Situation has long been among the most reliable re-editors on the nu-disco scene. Further proof that they barely put a foot wrong arrives in the form of "Simple Pleasures", a deliciously jazzy chunk of breezy dancefloor goodness that effortlessly combines glistening guitars, warm organ stabs, shuffling soul breaks and a life-affirming female vocal. For those who can take or leave the vocal, the boys from the Five Valleys have included an excellent instrumental version. There's a tougher, more upbeat remix present, too, with Chop Shop boss George Kelly turning the swinging original into a metronomic disco-house chugger. While good, it lacks a little of the alluring looseness of Situation's original version.
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Editor's Kutz #6
EDITORSKUTZ 006D
20 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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VinylAddicted & Sleazy McQueen - "Free" (From Social Narcotics) - (5:51) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - "Stellar Dub" - (5:11) 111 BPM
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The Silver Rider - "Good Luvin' Baby" - (7:22) 110 BPM
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Doc Jam - "In Your Eyes" - (5:31) 118 BPM
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Review: Few re-edit series of recent times have been quite as consistent as the Editor's Kutz EPs. We can happily report that they've maintained these high standards on volume six. Vinyladdicted and Sleazy McQueen join forces on the opener, a rolling, head-nodding stoner rock re-cut that makes excellent use of subtle disco-house trickery. Regular studio buddies Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee do an excellent job in looping up and dubbing out Marcus Valle's Balearic disco classic "Estrellar" (here re-titled "Stellar Dub"), while The Silver Rider chops between drum rolls and charity shop disco thrills on "Good Lovin' Baby". Finally, Doc Jam turns a well-known disco staple into a Soundstream style cut-up disco-house shuffler.
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The Orkyd Project (Album Sampler)
METALP 009S
17 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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I'm Gone (feat Naomi Pryor - 3AM mix) - (6:30) 170 BPM
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Yours (feat Orkyd - Drums VIP mix) - (5:43) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Punch Drunk - (5:41) 172 BPM
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I'm Gone (feat Naomi Pryor - 3AM Intro mix) - (6:08) 170 BPM
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Review: Only two years have passed since Survival & Script unleashed their Scar project but already it feels like they've been part of the D&B landscape forever. Their grand scope of heritage and shared futurist vision has ensured each document is as weightier than the last... And their debut album The Orkyd Project is set to be so heavy we may need a new server store it. Tuck into these three sampler tracks for proof: Naomi Pryor's vocals get two stunning deep night contexts while "Yours" and "Punch Drunk" both slap with industrial glee. Bring on the full album!
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Last Edits Part 2
AUDAZ 120
02 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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What To Do - (7:51) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Tomorrow (version 1) - (6:08) 115 BPM
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Have Some Fun - (7:20) 120 BPM
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No Tomorrow (version 2) - (6:42) 115 BPM
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Mu Mu - (7:08) 120 BPM
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Sharing & Caring - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Things Will Come Your Way - (6:27) 104 BPM
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Review: You can't keep a good man down and unsurprisingly Audaz boss Alkalino is already back following his recent 'farewell' Final Edits release. Although his allegiance has switched more towards contemporary house productions lately, his definitive resignation from disco edits is still a long way off. Here we have seven of his latest scalpel jobs, all of which provide serious shape throwing dancefloor possibilities. Highlights however, include the incessant Afro-influenced funk stomp of "What To Do", the new romantic ennui of "No Tomorrow (Version 2)" and the arpeggiated body music of "Mu Mu" which tackles a rave gem by The KLF.
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger
BERG 005
21 Mar 16
Deep House
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger - (8:09) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jazzy House Extension - (4:48) 122 BPM
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Destined - (7:24) 120 BPM
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Review: Daniel Berman has decided to re-launch his Bergerac imprint, following an extended hiatus. Clearly, the Berlin-based producer wanted something big to kick things off again, and his own "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger" is certainly sizeable. Fundamentally a cheery, cut-up disco-house record, it's lifted into potential anthem territory by some choice siren sounds and a series of Syclops-like synth doodles. It's certainly his strongest material for some time, and will be everywhere over coming months. The bonus tracks are pretty darn tasty, too; "Jazzy House Extension" does exactly what it says on the tin - with extra jazz madness - while "Destined" is just plain odd. Strange as it is, it's also rather good.
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Deep In The Lab Volume 3
COLABDIGI 007
13 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Heist - "Never Enough" (feat Hannah Collins) - (6:04) 175 BPM
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Ceph - "Solitude" - (5:20) 174 BPM
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Simula - "Truth Serum" - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Skore - "Roger" - (5:38) 172 BPM
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Metal Work - "Simple" - (4:24) 174 BPM
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Zere & Gabriel Habit - "Codeine" - (7:43) 174 BPM
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Review: Heist: one of drum & bass's darkest forces behind so many of talent's careers, so many big producer's mixing desks and so many of our go-to bangers... Both as a label owner and producer. Here he plays the role of both as he leads an expertly-curated collection of innovative styles with a breezy vocal soul roller "Never Enough". Bringing up the rear Ceph gets sci-fi and spacious on "Solitude", Simula gets a cosmic funk on with the Lynx-esque "Truth Serum", Skore's fuses classic hardcore dynamics with Detroitian synth tones on "Roger", Metal Work charm us with delicately layered liquid keys on "Simple" and Zere & Gabriel Habit sign off with the darkest cut of the collection. Fresh and full of exciting new talent, Heist is killing it this year.
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Polluted Shadows EP
DTR 055
13 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Drop - (4:23) 175 BPM
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All That - (4:39) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Polluted Shadows - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Alone - (4:37) 175 BPM
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Review: Hello is that the police? We'd like to report a murder. Damage Report is killing it right now. Another naughty bullet in a chamber that's already fired off five release shots this year, "Polluted Shadows" continues his rich run of undiluted bass beef form. Highlights on this collection include the box-of-bees bass fuzz of "All That", the snake-like subby funk of the title track and the weirded out twists and grizzles of "Alone". There is no doubt he'll kill again soon.
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Pulsar
FORM 12183D
10 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Pulsar - (4:29) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tales Of The Unexpected - (6:00) 58 BPM
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Release The Kraken - (5:35) 175 BPM
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Review: Raise the alarm! Everyone's favourite sci-fi soundboy returns with another clutch of rave-emblazed steppers. "Pulsar" says it all... After a brief siren call to action we're plunged deep into a gruelling Dimensionesque bassline that laps and licks relentlessly. "Tales Of The Unexpected" takes a skippier, more junglistic approach with cameos of Headz textures and flightier breaks. Finally "Release The Kraken" closes the show on a deeper note with its chiselled steps and Source Direct style bass plunges. Ageless.
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Bluds
CDM 004
20 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Bluds - (5:09) 175 BPM
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Call It What You Want - (5:12) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: One of Vienna's many talented D&B troopers, Dorian makes his Cre8 debut with two understated rollers that wouldn't have gone amiss back in the era... Ten gallon subs, rolling drums and a groove so heavy it could make Randall blush, "Bluds" is all about the jungle swing while "Call It What You Want" takes more of a melodic bassline approach with a hook that's reminiscent of Moving Fusion's late 90s work. Authentic.
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Street Disco
MMD 019
11 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Street Disco - (7:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Your Luv - (8:21) 121 BPM
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Freak Mouse - (7:57) 118 BPM
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Prance With Me - (7:38) 123 BPM
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Review: Despite hailing from modern day Norway, Lux Experience's heart remains firmly in the USA during the heady days of the 1970s. Nothing wrong with that as nothing really tops the thrill of the original disco explosion during that wild decade. Here he unearths four more long gems from that time and retweaks them for contemporary dancefloors. "Street Disco" is and accelerated proto-hiHRG opener, "Your Luv" begins as classic French Touch-style diva loops before expanding into more stripped backed boogie and "Freak Mouse" is a bass driven chant-along. Lastly "Prance With Me" wraps things up with some seriously elastic party vibes.
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Turn It Out
DOGD 52
06 May 16
Deep House
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Turn It Out (Dave Aju remix) - (4:51) 123 BPM
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Turn It Out (feat Dave Aju) - (4:36) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boogie Down (feat Erik Rico - Laurence Guy remix) - (6:36) 122 BPM
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For Bae - (6:26) 119 BPM
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Review: Scott Moncrief's quietly confident debut album Columbising has been one of the sleeper hits of 2016, with the Sheffield-based East Midlander serving up an effortlessly soulful set that joins the dots between hip-hop, broken beat, boogie, and U.S deep house. This follow-up EP showcases one of the album's highlights, Dave Aju collaboration "Turn It Out." Aju takes the deliciously loose and live-sounding original - all jumpy clavinet lines, swinging deep house drums and urgent vocals - and turns it into a stripped-back, heavily electronic broken house gem. Elsewhere, Lawrence Guy delivers a wonderfully warm, rich and soulful deep house interpretation of Erik Rico hook-up "Boogie Down", before Moncrief enlists the honeyed-tonsils and impeccable piano playing skills of regular collaborator Pete Simpson, on the jazzy gospel-house deepness of "For Bae".
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Infinito
OMDIGI 094
17 Jun 16
Scouse House
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Infinito - (5:39) 150 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Very Crazy - (4:09) 150 BPM
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Teflon Dom EP
BIODIGI 0066
30 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Spun (feat Fatman D) - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Horror - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Business Man - (3:49) 175 BPM
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Dominator & Invictus - "WAT" - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Ride On Us (feat Fatman D & Boxer) - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Played by: 1000DaysWasted
Review: Tearing up the dance on Low Down Deep, Sweet Tooth now Biological Beats: 2016 has been a busy old year so far for Dominator. Weighing in at five tracks, this one is his biggest release of the three... Littered with expertly dug samples and basses so toxic you'll need your doctor on speed-dial, highlights include the spiralling cinematic strings on "Horror", the hissing snake-like hi-hats and burpy bass on "WAT" and the hater-baiting "Ride On Us".
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I Just Canat
LT 070
17 Jun 16
Deep House
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I Just Canat (Get Over It) - (6:02) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dirty Stories - (7:57) 121 BPM
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Review: French legend Ludovic Llorca is back under the Art Of Tones guise for the always impressive Local Talk. Acid soul funk? You bet! Take a listen to I "Just Can't (Get Over It)" and you'll believe there is such a thing. On the flip, the smooth and soulful groove continues on "Dirty Stories" which has an undeniably French touch about it, with good use wonky synths, emotive strings and SP1200 style vocal cut ups. Deepness in the vein of Pepe Braddock or Chateau Flight.
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NYC Edits
RH 035
14 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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LE Smooth & KS French - "NYC Stars" - (5:09) 114 BPM
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LE Smooth - "Hard To Find" - (4:57) 115 BPM
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LE Smooth - "Smile In My Face" - (5:15) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Le Smooth seems to be a new addition to the Rebel Hearts stable, with little information available online about his or her identity. NYC Edits appears to the mysterious scalpel fiend's debut release, and is packed full of low slung dancefloor treats inspired by The Big Apple. Opener "NYC Stars" is a chunky, mid-tempo disco-house collaboration with label regular KS French, full of snaking saxophone solos and bumpin' beats, while the dustier "Hard To Find" makes merry with an obscure old NYC funk jam. Best of all, though, is "Smile On My Face", a cracking re-cut of an urgent, string-laden, constantly rising disco bomb that should raise the temperature out on the dancefloor.
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Fortuna EP
2020 LDN004
10 Jun 16
Bass
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Can't Say No (feat Roses Gabor) - (3:47) 148 BPM
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Ivy Lab & Alix Perez - "Fortuna" - (4:02) 150 BPM
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Salt Toffee - (4:11) 118 BPM
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Ivy Lab & Tim Parker - "U Smart" - (4:16) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spooky Dub - (4:01) 160 BPM
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Berlusconi - (3:21) 159 BPM
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Played by: Darren Judge, 6Blocc
Review: Along with much respected producers like Alix Perez, the Ivy Lab trio have been important purveyors of contemporary minimalstep - that is, d&b-minded r&b music with a streamlined kind of flair. Here on 2020 LDN Recordings, we have six new tunes, each one more expressive and diverse than the last. "Can't Say No More" opens with a delicate pop swagger, but following cuts like "Fortuna" or "Spooky Dub" concentrate much more on the beats and the basslines, taking the listener into a vivid new world of sound with a distinctive cutting-edge.
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Bedroom Warmers EP
TIMES 002
11 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Luvless - "What You Got" - (5:20) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mannmademusic - "Jazzy Manoeuvres" - (6:53) 109 BPM
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La Tuerie - "Show Me Love" - (5:27) 95 BPM
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VinylAddicted - "Be Free" - (7:21) 114 BPM
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Review: Wonderful Times carry one carefree as they always have, and drop four magnetic disco bombs for the contemporary sort of soul DJ. In running order, we have "What You Got" by Luvless, a sublimely hummable little sun-kissed disco melter for the warm-up hours, the housier, more funk-filled bomb that is "Jazzy Manoeuvres" by Mannmademusic, the slo-mo house nodder that is "Show Me Love" by La Tuerie, and "Be Free" by VinylAddicted, a straight-up funk monster that is so groovy it doesn't even need a 4/4 beat. Wonderfulz.
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Digger Raw Edits V3
FKR 105
10 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Stomp Groover - (5:02) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Three - (5:42) 106 BPM
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After All (SoulTool edit) - (3:55) 99 BPM
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Review: Since joining the FKR family a couple of years back, Mr Given Raw has provided the French Touch-inspired edit imprint with a series of killer interpretations of soul, funk and disco tunes. This third volume in his Digger Raw Edits series contains three more white-hot cut-jobs. "Stomp Groover" takes a killer jazz-funk number, chops it up, teases it out, beefs up the bottom end and turns it into a solo-laden romp. In contrast, "Three" sticks closer to the label's filter-heavy disco-house blueprint, providing a teased and tweaked version of a familiar funk classic from the disco era. Finally, the French digger-turned-editor dips the tempo on "After All (Soul Tool Edit)", a baggy, sun-kissed shuffle through what appears to be a lesser-known Marvin Gaye gem.
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