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Filthy By Name, Filthy By Nature EP
G 13042
13 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Artificial Intelligence - (4:27) 175 BPM
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1:17AM - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Believe - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Retaliation (feat Jeopardise) - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Yeah (feat Ironlung) - (4:37) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eruption - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Review: Murderation: Filthy Habits have been pushing out high grade drum & bass for some years now, but this is a whole new level. Highlights include the way "Artificial Intelligence" subverts everything you know about drops with its rising, paranoid riff; the way "1.17AM" creates the sensation of driving 100mph down the wrong side of the motorway; the way "Retaliation" buzzes and jitters like a digital bees nest on fire and the way that sudden extra jungle fill on "Yeah" well and truly knocks you off your feet each and every time. Powerful, uncompromising and utterly, utterly filthy.
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The Music
SLR 021
13 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Agro - "The Music" - (4:34) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Agro - "Vengence" (feat SMK) - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Agro - "Cold Roads" (feat Haribo MC) - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Agro & Leaf - "Crush" - (4:01) 175 BPM
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Played by: Damageman, Dj Dazee
Review: Agro a-go-go.. The Sub-liminal bossman breaks down the doors of 2017 with four absolute flatteners. The story starts with "The Music" where a crisp, warm skank and vocal are soon shoved into a murky pool of low-end riffage, jump-up with added funk in the groove, this will spark up any dance in any corner. "Vengeance" follows on a meaner tip as stern bass and sudden amen flurries lick upside your senses and "Cold Roads" has one of the coldest drops Agro's ever created - sinister, moody and tubular, it is 1997 all over again. "Crush" concludes this fearful tale with the help of equally rising Leaf. Slapping and buzzing with a mild nod towards the Bristol sound and Clipz in his early prime - there's mischief in the moodiness. We'll let the music do the talking from here on.
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Field Of Vibrations
RNT 042
06 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Sold My Soul To The Devil - (4:32) 175 BPM
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Field Of Vibrations - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Looking For Trouble - (4:35) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kick The Flow - (4:35) 175 BPM
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Played by: IKON-B, Damageman, Dj Dazee
Review: We're not sure how much The Force sold his soul for, but we reckon Beelzebub must have given him a handsome deal as there are some seriously savage skills at play here. The hurricane bass harmonics on "Sold My Soul To The Devil", the Die-style bass mischief of "Field Of Vibrations", the "Nightflight" style sub flutters of "Looking For Trouble" and the balance of dreamy strings and early Playaz style bass riffage on "Kick The Flow". The whole package is authentic, true to the craft and original. May The Force be with you.
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The Big Five EP
SR 2DIGI001
13 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Burn Out - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Dig This - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Best Intentions - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Big Five - (4:25) 175 BPM
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My Selector
EMR 21
05 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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My Selector - (4:25) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hit Me - (3:40) 175 BPM
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Fear Vip - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Prepare To Die Vip - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Played by: Damageman
Review: South coast filthy animal Damageman lives up to his name once again with another hefty collection on Eternal. Two new originals, two crucial VIPs: "My Selector" sets the pace with crisp sunshine skanks and a gritty Q&A drop while "Hit Me" flies into deepest space with eerie radar blips, woozy jazzy sax and a series of bass textures that hit you like a meteor storm. VIP-wise he's re-touched his last Eternal tracks with a few sinister surprises along the way. Selection satisfaction guaranteed.
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Elmhurst Dub/Anymore
INDEX 001
17 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Elmhurst Dub - (3:57) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Anymore - (3:51) 170 BPM
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Testify/Can't U
LT 074
27 Jan 17
Deep House
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Jamie 326 & Masalo - "Testify" - (8:16) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sameed - "Can't U" - (4:42) 123 BPM
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Sameed - "Dusty Jazz" - (5:53) 120 BPM
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Review: Since first dropping on wax in the autumn, this multi-artist affair has gone on to be one of Local Talk's most popular releases in years. It's easy to see why. Jamie 326 and Masalo's "Testify" is a fabulously urgent concoction - a low-sling, disco-tinged deep house bomb built around a restless rhythm track, impassioned, gospel style vocal snippets, and killer Clavinet lines. Sameed's dustier, sweatier "Can't U" offers a different slant on the same idea, offering a basement-bothering stomper that utilizes many of the same samples. Finally, the same artist delivers something looser in the shape of deep jazz-house jam "Dusty Jazz".
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Laying The Bass
SSLD 020
17 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Kanine & Slipz - "Keyboard Warrior" - (3:39) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Check This Out - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Massacre - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Ha! - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Played by: Damageman, Dj Dazee
Review: Nottingham rudeboy Slipz slides into Subway HQ with four stark, steppy bassline grunters that will melt any floor this side of 2020. Kanine jumps on board for the opening shots on "Keyboard Warrior" - all metallic and rasping with venom. Elsewhere "Check This Out" rattles with a harmonic riff reminiscent of a young TC and rattling snare-heavy beats, "Massacre" creates a blood bath with its Hazard-style thick-n-fast ravaged riff while "Ha!" has the last laugh with some heady Generation Dub style grunty riffage. Don't lay off this one.
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Amnesia Haze
LDDR 066
10 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Chasing Funk - (4:02) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Savages - (3:38) 176 BPM
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Played by: DJ Ollie, Damageman
Review: Origin returns to Logan D's Low Down Deep with another superb pair of curveballs. "Chasing Funk" takes us back to early 2000s with the funk and playfulness of Bingo Beats, Full Cycle and V. Bouncy, fun and killer in the dance - this slays with finesse. "Savages" lives up to its title, too. Maintaining that classic early century riff and groove mentality but with a darker T>I or Serum style, it's an instant reload bullet. You won't be forgetting these in a hurry.
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Ice Funk EP
DCUK 036
10 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Ice Funk - (5:58) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Derailed - (6:13) 175 BPM
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Incubator - (5:53) 58 BPM
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Skyfall - (6:20) 174 BPM
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That Sound - (5:08) 174 BPM
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Played by: Damageman
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Unzip It
MFM 092
07 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Jayline & Meta4 - "Unzip It" - (4:53) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jayline - "West World" - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Jayline - "Level 37 Wizard" - (5:00) 173 BPM
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Jayline - "Do It Right" - (4:31) 176 BPM
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Jayline - "Amazon Rhumba" - (4:27) 174 BPM
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Jayline - "Enter The Dragon" - (5:34) 175 BPM
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Review: It's been a while since longstanding roller warrior Jayline last dealt out a six-tracker but, as always, the wait is more than worth it. This fact is evident the moment you catch a whiff of the vocal sample on "Unzip It". It's also evident the moment you're shaken to the core with a vigorous bass distortion on "West World", bitten by the funkier gnarly swagger of "Level 37 Wizard", hurled savagely into a the hornets nest bass of "Do It Right", hypnotised by the strange time stretched drum build on "Amazon Rhumba" or arrested by the dramatic chimes on "Enter The Dragon". Hell, it's evident in every release Jayline has put our way since 2009. Here's to waiting.
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Business Never Personal
BIODIGI 0072
30 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Klip & Outlaw - "Heat From Jamaica" - (4:31) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Klip & Outlaw - "Clash" - (4:27) 174 BPM
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Klip & Outlaw - "Merk Dem" (feat Fatman D) - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Klip/Outlaw & Simula - "Chemical Elements" - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Klip & Outlaw - "Bookie" - (4:31) 174 BPM
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Review: Now entering their third year of Biological badness, Klip & Outlaw set fire to 2017 with this speaker-kicking five-tracker. One sniff of the grunt on "Heat From Jamaica" and you'll be hooked. Funky, forthright, vibes abound throughout - the mischievous Q&A bass on "Clash", the unruly fuzz and gritty charm of "Merk Dem", the spacey strings and almost weeping pitch bends on "Bookie" and the out-of-this-world gutter squirming bass on "Chemical Elements". Go forth and take care of business.
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Perfect Solution EP
SPEAR 076
10 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Perfect Solution (feat MC Fats) - (5:17) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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If I Had - (5:53) 174 BPM
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The Sea (feat Heidi Vogel) - (5:46) 174 BPM
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Unexpected Interlude - (5:14) 174 BPM
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My Name
TUM 026
13 Feb 17
UK Garage
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My Name (feat TK Wonder) - (5:20) 135 BPM
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TMB - (5:52) 134 BPM
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TMB (Distro & Archive remix) - (4:32) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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My Name (feat TK Wonder - Bromley remix) - (5:04) 124 BPM
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Review: The S.O.B.A.D crew descend on Nottingham with a whole armoury of hybrid bass/beat hurters. Sly One do all the driving as "My Name" slaps with a UK take on juke beats as a fork-tongued lava rap from TK Wonder whips up a dramatic frenzy. "TMB" sees the duo taking us on an even techier tip with its loopy, hypnotic vocal loop while crew mates Distro & Archive give UK funky a dark, demented update for today's paranoid times. Final S.O.B.A.D member Bromley winds down the trip by completely stripping "My Name" back down to a classic electro breaks groove. Block rocking.
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Champagne Bubblers
DUBSHOT 001
30 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Champagne Bubbler - (3:39) 178 BPM
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Pon The Body - (3:22) 178 BPM
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Badd Inna England - (3:21) 176 BPM
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Kil Sound - (2:59) 178 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The dappa dub don returns with a brand new label: Dub Shotta. Flexing his authentic dancehall / jungle fusion signature that we all fell in love with him for all those years ago, the whole EP will pop your cork... "Champagne Bubbler" is a fizzy Q&A riff piece that you'll be humming for months to come, "Pon The Body" is a sizzling dancehall slammer with a sexed-out vocal loop, "Badd Inna England" is a dirtier dance with more of a distorted buzz to the bass and more emphasis on the drums while "Kill Sound" gets mucky with that early-to-mid 2000s Clipz style jump up sound. Bubbling over.
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Veiled Threats EP
DIS 103
10 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Veiled Threats - (6:02) 172 BPM
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Run The Track - (5:40) 172 BPM
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Rogue Wave - (6:25) 172 BPM
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Rude Boy - (5:18) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Their first new material since their incredible Orkyd Project album, Scar switch over to Dispatch for four crucial ice slices. Coldness runs throughout the droning bass and graveyard atmospheres on the undulating "Veiled Threats" while "Run The Track" is all about the reese bass and some savvy heritage reference work. Deeper into the document we dig... "Rogue Wave" is a hard hitting drum thumper with one of the most paranoid breakdowns Dispatch have seen this side of the DLR album while "Rude Boy" rolls out with early BC style dynamics and some superb vocal sample manipulation. Essential.
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Shifting Tones EP
CIAQSDK 006
10 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Polaroid - (5:09) 174 BPM
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Candelabra - (5:12) 174 BPM
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Shifting Tones - (5:55) 174 BPM
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Distant In The Near - (4:51) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Residue - (5:20) 174 BPM
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Review: Some artists have the midas collabo touch. Artists like Need For Mirrors and Phil Tangent. Both superb vibe maestros in their own right, they also run extensive lines in partnerships... It was only a matter of time before they collided. And they've done so with five slices of pure gold. The whole collection is essential with highlights including the hazy swoops and reverse textures of "Candelabra", the restrained skin-melting poignancy of "Shifting Tones", the propeller-like heads-down rolls of "Residue" and a whole load more.
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I Will EP
SOULR 080
03 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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I WIll (feat Patife) - (5:41) 172 BPM
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Your Name (feat Skittles) - (4:29) 184 BPM
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Sin (feat Utah Jazz) - (4:33) 174 BPM
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This Ain't Love (feat Calibre) - (5:25) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Fresh from the massive "Missing You" with LSB, DRS returns to his first artist release since his album Mid Mic Crisis. On a serious mission to spread positivity amid the scary climate, "I Will" is undiluted soul vocally, and musically as Patife dusts off the ivories with finesse. "Your Name" unplugs for an acoustic barbed tale from Skittles while "Sin" brings us back up to drum & bass with Utah Jazz laying down true drama in the groove. Finally Calibre creeps into the fray with a funk groove that's almost jaunty in its swing and dubbed guitar echoes. DRS respectfully joins in mid-way, really letting Dominck's groove settle in deep. Untouchable.
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Dispositions - The Remixes
CRIT 095LTD
17 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Haste (Phace remix) - (4:21) 172 BPM
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Jounce (Ivy Lab's 20/20 remix) - (3:14) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Made Of Light (Klax remix) - (4:52) 172 BPM
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Solah - "Made Of Light" (Unplugged version) - (5:44) 134 BPM
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Review: As the dust continues to settle from Emperor's deeply personal debut album Dispositions, along come four unique versions that add whole new narratives to his tracks: long-time friend and all-round legend Phace flips "Haste" with a whole new dynamic of funk that's almost jump-up in its nature and attitude. Ivy Lab lay down serious halftime heat with the brilliantly slouching, lolloping g-style twist of "Jounce" while Klax switch up "Made Of Light" with different, more dramatic style of halftime. Finally we hit the most interesting curveball of all - a touching, unplugged take on the evocative "Made Of Light" where SOLAH's vocals tremble with even more poignancy against the piano. Emotional.
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Disco Galaxie
WD 42
06 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Jacques Renault - "Disco Galaxie" - (6:50) 120 BPM
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Love Dance - "Who Is He" - (7:43) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kon - "Promised Land" - (9:02) 122 BPM
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Review: Some eighteen months after it first dropped on wax, Whiskey Disco's brilliant Disco Galaxie EP finally gets a digital download release. Given the quality on show, it should be an essential purchase for any club-focused disco DJ. The real killer is Kon's "Promised Land" edit, a thrillingly epic re-arrangement of a long slung, bass-driven disco monster that slowly builds to a dubbed-out crescendo over nine mesmerizing minutes. Elsewhere, Jacques Renault's "Disco Galaxie" is an authentic scalpel rework of a swirling, string-laden space disco stomper, while Love Dance moves towards Philadelphia Soul territory on the impassioned disco hustle of "Who Is He".
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The World
DREC 002
03 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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K Motionz & Subsonic - "Worlds" - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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K Motionz - "Diversion" - (4:23) 175 BPM
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K Motionz - "Load" - (3:40) 175 BPM
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K Motionz & Subsonic - "Sewer" - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Subsonic - "Escape" - (4:25) 175 BPM
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Subsonic - "Wun Style" - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Review: Birmingham blunderbuss K Motionz teams up with Spectre-affiliate Subsonic for two KO collabos and a series of solo originals."Worlds" is a brash roughhouser with savage sandpaper scuffing your very soul while "Sewer" takes us deep underground for a splash in the harmonic sonic slurry. Elsewhere Mr Motionz gets trippy on the humanised bass gurgles of "Diversion" and twisted on the multi-bass hits and tripletty swing of "Load while Subsonic whips up some serious string theatre on "Escape" while "Wun Style" shuts us down with true distorted drama. Titanic.
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Mydonna
TOYT 062
17 Feb 17
Deep House
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Mydonna - (6:52) 126 BPM
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Mydonna (Alternate cut) - (6:52) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Torrow - (8:52) 120 BPM
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Coast To Coast - (3:52) 123 BPM
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Played by: Heizo Murakami
Review: Following a recent dalliance with Brooklyn-based Razor 'N' Tape Reserve, COEO returns to the loving arms of Toy Tonics with another solid four-track excursion. Happily, they hit the ground running with the rushing positivity of "Mydonna", a bumpin' chunk of peak-time house goodness built around some superb disco samples and a bustling groove. The accompanying, "alternate cut" smartly emphasizes some of the original instrumentation, whilst adding some subtle swing to the disco-house drums. On the flip, you'll find the deep, smooth and sensual "Torrow", and the breezy, atmospheric, piano-laden shuffle of "Coast To Coast".
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Dem Vibez EP
DEEPIN 033
17 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Dem Vibez - (6:47) 164 BPM
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I Like Dope - (4:46) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Featherweight - (4:46) 175 BPM
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Sweet Dreams - (5:15) 175 BPM
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Watch Your Back - (5:15) 172 BPM
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Review: A key radar fixture since emerging on Euphonique's Sub-Woofah a few years back, Epicentre makes a return to Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle with five more jaw-dropping jungle jams. There's a strong sticky-icky theme as we spark up - "Dem Vibez" is a soundsystem shaker with notorious lyrical levels while "I Like Dope" wobbles with a bassline so authentically jungle it still needs to pay its Poll Tax. "Featherweight" belies its name with heavyweight drums and rolling breaks where a grunting sub provides the main hook. Stepping closer to the light, "Sweet Dreams" is a more cosmic roll-out with subtle psychedelic flourishes while "Watch Your Back" is an all-out lesson in jungle theatre - toxic bass, operatic vocals, sheer dance hedonism. 100% vibes.
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Digital VIP's
FUNC 040
17 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Digital V Drumsound & Bassline Smith - "Bail Out" (Spirit VIP) - (4:57) 174 BPM
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Digital - "Calling" (Benny Page VIP) - (4:47) 58 BPM
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Digital - "Daylight Robbery" (J Kenzo VIP) - (6:08) 172 BPM
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Digital - "Deadline" (SPY VIP) - (5:51) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: When Digital says VIP he means VIP. Each of these cuts smack with some of the finest, fieriest, fizziest dynamics drum & bass can offer: Swift's take on Digital & Drumsound & Bassline Smith's "Bail Out" is an epic jungle monster that will slay from now until 2417 (don't ask us what happens in 2417 - you don't want to know) Benny Page follows with a spaced-out bashy drum set on "Calling" that tips its hat to both Jamaica and Manchester while J:Kenzo does a madness on the cult anthem that is "Daylight Robbery". Finally S.P.Y takes a leaf out of the Roller Bible and writes a whole chapter for "Deadline". Very important.
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Without You EP
SGN 049
17 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Without You - (4:36) 172 BPM
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Stratospheres - (4:31) 174 BPM
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Arcata - (4:56) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lost In The Lights - (4:38) 172 BPM
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Review: Eighteen months and two cameos on Headz and Hospital since his last SGN:LTD soiree, west coast soul merchant Submorphics returns with four more moments of deep drum & bass clarity. The lead track that has that dusty sample feel that rolls with a loosely hewn restraint very similar to early 2000s Makoto or perhaps Calibre cuts. "Stratospheres" sees him team with US MC of the moment T.R.A.C for a cool roller that wouldn't have gone amiss on any Progression Sessions album. "Arcata" shows Submorphics's darker side with a S.P.Y-style cosmic stepper while Christian Tamayo brings serious soul and sensuality to the swooning synths of "Lost In The Lights". Think Riya and you're on the right track.
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Human Perfect EP
10117536
28 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Basstripper - "Swoi" - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Bass Shock - "Motherfucker" - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Basstripper - "Tic Tac" - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Bass Shock - "Spiritual" - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Human Perfect - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Review: Bass Boost head honchos Basstripper and Bass Shock collide for a massive statement of intent to kickstart 2017. Leading from the front, both acts deliver two crucial pieces of dynamite each before collaborating for the final flex. "Swoi" is all lazers and no nonsense, "Motherfucker" is as dark as it is sweary, "Tictac" jumps and jitters with some fun harmonic funk in the riffy bassline while "Spiritual" belies its title with a frank chat with Cthulu himself. Nasty stuff. Finally we climax with "Human Perfect". A track that showcases both titans strengths with a rasping riff in the foreground and shadowy funk in the background. Boost yourself.
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Motions EP
PAR 072
14 Feb 17
UK Garage
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Nadine & Frazah - "Motion" - (4:54) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Crazy - (3:44) 132 BPM
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Me & You - (3:45) 132 BPM
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Intoxicated - (3:40) 129 BPM
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Review: Consistently bringing through fresh talent, Sheffield's Project Allout welcome bassline debutant Nadine. Instantly she gets stuck in as "Motion" (with hyped Crucast affiliate Frazah) warms up with warm chords before dropping into a thunderous high-end creeped-out riff. "Me & You" and "Crazy" both provide an expert balance of UKG vocal sass and more tripped out sad robot moans and groans while "Intoxicated" closes the show with some of Nadine's darkest bass designs and sharper fragments of vocals. A really cool balance of soul and savage here - we look forward to hearing more.
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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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Surrender
MIDRIOTD 089
30 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Don't You Want Me - (6:45) 116 BPM
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Surrender - (5:47) 110 BPM
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Supermoon - (6:20) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Given the quality of Steve Werkshy' Young's expansive, nine-track debut on Late Shift - 2016's Reworks & More - we're not surprised that Yam Who has signed him to Midnight Riot. His first outing on the popular edit imprint contains a trio of immaculately crafted reworks. On opener "Don't You Want Me", he carefully fuses elements of '80s soul, jazz-funk and soul-flecked deep house to create a loose, saucer-eyed gem. He utilizes all of his knowledge of build-and-release structure on the similarly soulful "Surrender", which sounds like a 21st century update of the kind of proto-house dubs that were popular in the Paradise Garage circa 1986. He rounds off the EP with "Supermoon", a chunk of loopy, filter and delay heavy disco-house that rises and falls in all the right places.
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Plastic Fantastic EP
FOKUZ 087
06 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Plastic Fantastic - (5:13) 174 BPM
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Ikaris - (5:33) 174 BPM
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In The Ground - (5:16) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sundance - (6:03) 58 BPM
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Y Can't U C - (5:55) 174 BPM
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Played by: Damageman
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Teen Bee
ESP 047
16 Jan 17
Deep House
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Grace - (7:05) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Illustrations & The Large - (5:54) 117 BPM
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Teen Bee - (5:49) 117 BPM
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Review: By anyone's standards, ESP Institute enjoyed a hugely successful 2016, delivering a string of fine singles and killer albums from Moscoman and Lord of the Isles. This first digital missive of 2017 is equally as impressive, and comes from the previously unheard Nancy Azzuro. Opener "Grace" is undoubtedly impressive; a rolling trip into 21st century dub disco territory blessed with killer percussion work and an addictive electronic bassline. "Illustrations & The Large" is a deliciously woozy and melodious chunk of softly spoken Balearic deep house, while the loopier "Teen Bee" fixes ghostly melodies onto a loose and warm disco-house groove.
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I Adore You
METALP 012S1
17 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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I Adore You (radio edit) - (3:31) 57 BPM
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I Adore You - (6:06) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Adore You (instrumental) - (6:05) 57 BPM
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Inner Rhythm
SDE 138
13 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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It Must Be You - (6:32) 176 BPM
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Missouri - (5:16) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The End - (5:49) 176 BPM
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Much Of A Deepness - (4:54) 176 BPM
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Review: Find your own personal inner rhythm as prolific soul veteran Furney returns to SDE with four adventures into the divine deep "It Must Be You" sashays with a slight eastern twang, pipes and a distinctive lead vocal while "Missouri" is a spring morning jive, all sprinkly keys and light-fingered feels. "The End" pays homage to drum & bass's spiritual church with a badboy jazzy roller that wouldn't have gone amiss on the mighty V back in the day. Fittingly we conclude with "Much Of A Deepness", a tripped-out heads-down roller with wee traces of Calibre in the dustiness of the piano sample. Exceptional, as always.
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Is Everything
BARN 048
30 Jan 17
Deep House
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Snowwhite - (7:04) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Baby - (3:12) 100 BPM
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Freeeze - (2:37) 105 BPM
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XXX200003 - (5:06) 120 BPM
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Are You Mad? Cause I'm Not Mad... - (7:39) 124 BPM
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Review: The genius of Baba Stiltz productions - aside from their consistent high quality, of course - has always been their eccentric unpredictability. His latest EP for Studio Barnhus - his first for the Swedish label since the tail end of 2015 - sticks to this script. Across the five tracks, you'll hear tactile and dreamy deep house bliss ("Snowwhite"), future R&B-informed vocal synth-pop ("Baby"), bubbly, sun-kissed synthesizer Balearica ("Freeeze"), and hypnotic, loved-up tech-house brilliance (the superb "Are You Mad? Cause I'm Not Mad"). Arguably most impressive of all, though, is the humid "XXX200003", which gently rises on waves of marimba melodies, African-influenced percussion, and fireside-hot chords.
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Feeling Dirty
SBZ 0048
06 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Feeling Dirty - (4:34) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Timbale Riddim - (4:29) 178 BPM
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Genetic Mutation - (4:29) 178 BPM
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Stream Of Conciousness - (4:56) 175 BPM
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Area Secure - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Eyes On You
HG 003
10 Feb 17
UK Garage
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Eyes On You (radio edit) - (3:25) 131 BPM
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Eyes On You - (5:22) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Blaq Max
Review: All eyes on rising Nottingham bassline badman Holy Goof right now. Recently tipped as one to watch by UKF, his stamp-happy, groove-heavy 4x4 cuts are ticking all the right bass boxes. Including this next level club jam. Fusing subtle old school rave elements in the hook with a twisted, murky harmonic bass riff, this has got 'festival damager' sprayed all over it. The eyes have it.
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All Night Long
MIDRIOTD 091
13 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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All Night Long - (5:02) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eleven - (5:23) 110 BPM
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Howlin' - (4:20) 112 BPM
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Played by: YAM WHO?, BRENDON P
Review: For the latest release on his prolific Midnight Riot label, Yam Who has parachuted in special scalpel agents Disco Troopers. The all-action All Night Long EP is a perfect showcase of their style, which blends big disco samples and even larger beats with original electronic elements inspired by acid house and Italo-disco. The EP's headline attraction is undoubtedly opener "All Night Long", which underpins surging orchestral disco samples with heavy analogue bass and crunchy house beats. The strangely familiar "Eleven" sees them expertly blended druggy TB-303 motifs with spacey chords and Italo-disco style arpeggio lines, while "Howlin" is a fuzzy, cosmic disco vocal cut for dancefloors that like their grooves wavy and psychedelic.
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Bad Signal EP
DISLTD 031
17 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Cepheid - (6:19) 172 BPM
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Pulsar - (6:20) 172 BPM
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I Need It - (6:02) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bad Signal - (5:01) 172 BPM
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Review: Following last year's "Spaceship", Ukraine's Dub Head lands his craft at Dispatch HQ once again... "Cepheid" twinkles with a deep, almost jazzy or Detroit-ey resonance, all measured heaviness with light years of rolls. "Pulsar" emits stronger rays of energy. A tight stepper with sprung funk and molten lava textures, it's as magnetising as its name suggests. "I Need It" whips our heads back from the cosmos with a soul-slapping vocal sample that surges with allure while "Bad Signal" shuts down the system with a subtly trippy, minimal funk groove where every sound and element has its rightful place.
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Mangroove
MAEVE 10D
20 Jan 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Pisco - (7:45) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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L5 Syndrome - (7:30) 120 BPM
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Mangrove - (7:38) 122 BPM
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Review: Frankfurt innovator Rajko Muller returns as Isolee, working his magic this time for The Drifter's rather impressive Maeve imprint; which in recent times has brought us fantastic work by Ed Davenport, Baikal and Ripperton. "Pisco" is a slow burning groove with phased marimbas that cause a hypnotic dream state, while "L5 Syndrome" dives deeper: this smooth and introverted trip is definitely suited to the early night as it is for the afterhours and reminds us of his seminal, earlier works in the nineties for imprints like Playhouse. Finally, the title track is where Muller saves the best for last; this dubby, lo-slung groove is drenched in delayed and reverberated aesthetics. More great work by one of electronic music's true innovators.
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R Whites
KARDIGI 003
03 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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R Whites - (4:23) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Keep Scratching - (3:44) 175 BPM
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Played by: Damageman
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The Remixes
CLR 014
10 Feb 17
Deep House
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Funk Bomb (feat Billy "Bass" Nelson - Doc Martin & Blakkat Sublevel live remix) - (6:14) 124 BPM
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Future 4 Love (feat Nick Monaco & Billy "Bass" Nelson - Jolly Mare remix) - (6:48) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dirty Leslie (feat Wolf + Lamb - Obas Nenor remix) - (6:22) 121 BPM
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Numb (feat Ebony Houston & Aquiles Navarro - David Marston & Myles Karp remix) - (6:16) 114 BPM
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Review: As the rather functional title suggests, this EP gathers together some fresh remixes of tracks from Soul Clap's superb 2016 full-length, the similarly imaginatively titled Soul Clap. Deep house veterans Doc Martin and Blakkat step up first, laying down a chunky but trippy re-make of "Funk Bomb" that sounds a little like a classic track by The Beloved. The Jolly Mare version of "Future 4 Love" is an attractive fusion of rubbery dub disco grooves and thrusting Italo-disco influences, while Obas Nenor does a terrific job in re-casting Wolf+Lamb collaboration "Dirty Leslie" as a quirky chunk of Mungolian Jet Set style nu-disco eccentricity. If you're after something a little more slick and soulful, David Marston and Myles Karp's gentle, trumpet-laden version of "Numb" more than fits the bill.
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Welcome To The Mutant Disco EP
SPRECHEN 008
06 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Take Me Higher - (5:33) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spanglish - (6:24) 111 BPM
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Take Me Higher (Gina Breeze remix) - (5:17) 123 BPM
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Spanglish (Rave-Enka remix) - (9:48) 119 BPM
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Review: For the latest EP on his fast-rising Sprechen imprint, Chris Massey has joined forces with Spanish producer James Rodriguez. As the title makes clear, the two original productions showcased here were inspired by the druggy, off-kilter world of early '80s mutant disco. They begin with "Take Me Higher", where effects-laden vocal samples and disco string stabs rise above a trippy, Italo-disco style arpeggio, before dipping the tempo on the spaced-out, proto-techno era electronic shuffle of "Spanglish". Gina Breeze provides a chunkier, heavier, dubbed-out interpretation of "Take Me Higher", before Rave-Enka turns "Spanglish" into a new beat-meets-early UK rave smasher.
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Bits EP
004
09 Feb 17
UK Garage
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Don't Play - (4:05) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Call Of Duty - (4:07) 140 BPM
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Stomp - (4:34) 140 BPM
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R U Ready - (4:12) 138 BPM
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Played by: In:flux Audio, Blaq Max
Review: The dust hasn't had a second to settle on his massive production "Holy Grime" for Wiley and longstanding bassline baron Mr V continues his rich vein of form with four funk-coded chuggers on the rising tastemaker imprint Crucast. "Don't Play" explores a west coast hip-hop feel on the vibe before dropping into a multi-bass melody. "Call Of Duty" takes a militant cinematic sample then switches the same classical dynamics into a sinewy linear riff while "Stomp" stretches out the bass with pure elasticity and mischief while a diced, spliced string sample attempts to reach out and trim your whiskers. Finally "R U Ready" takes us into the darkest corners of V's mind as an array of twisted textures battle for our attention. High grade.
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A Very Nice Combinado Volume Dos
YAYHF 03D
27 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Paulor - "La Race" - (6:58) 121 BPM
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Roman Flugel - "Deo" (Pachanga Boys' New Blazer edit) - (5:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fantastic Twins - "Holiday" - (6:03) 73 BPM
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Kasper Bjorke - "Choir Of Young Ravers" - (7:32) 113 BPM
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Zombies In Miami - "Flashback Mantra" - (7:10) 120 BPM
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Review: The latest missive from the Pachanga Boys' consistently impressive Hippie Dance label is an expansive affair. It gathers together a quintet of tried-and-tested dancefloor workouts, beginning with the dark and woozy, post-punk house throb of Paulor's "La Race". The Pachanga Boys weigh I with a previously unheard edit of Roman Flugel's wonky, bass-heavy box-jam "Deo", before Julia Dessagne dons the Fantastic Twins alias on the creepy, organ-heavy pulse of "Holiday". Elsewhere, Kaspar Bjork delivers a slick but atmospheric chunk of synth-heavy house ("Choir of Young Ravers"), and Zombies In Miami get all trippy and hypnotic on the mystical house of "Flashback Mantra".
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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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Space Hopper
D2E 007
27 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Macky Gee X DJ Phantasy - "Space Hopper" - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DJ Phantasy X Macky Gee - "Transition" - (4:59) 176 BPM
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Review: Finally after months of waiting, Mackey Gee and Phantasy's "Space Hopper" and "Transition" are here. A partnership more dangerous than Putin and Trump in terms of power, strength and raw bass bullishness, both players bring their A-game. The former swaggers and swathes with a mid-2000s Clipz or TC style riffy, infectious bass melody while the latter goes feral with a crazed harmonic bass that grizzles back and forth like Hazard on moonshine before they boot us into the maddest bashment breakdown either artist has ever created. Absolute scenes.
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Rowdy/Madman
BR 011
10 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Rowdy (feat Fallout) - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Madman - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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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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