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SWITCH GENRE
1
Mind Biscuit
GGR 006
14 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mind Biscuit by Monkey Boots on Grass Green Cue Track
Impossible Need (original) - (8:23) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Mind Biscuit by Monkey Boots on Grass Green Cue Track
Yearning For You (original) - (7:39) 120 BPM
Mind Biscuit by Monkey Boots on Grass Green Cue Track
Yearning For You (Reed & Radley dub) - (6:59) 120 BPM
Mind Biscuit by Monkey Boots on Grass Green Cue Track
A Lullaby For Spiderman (The Phantom Flan Flinger remix - free track) - (9:28) 100 BPM
from $1.40
Review: "Mind Biscuit": Something tasty for your brain to chew on while your feet mulch up the dancefloor. Manchester crew Monkey Boots lay down two jack-slapping originals that dig deep into the true deep house psyche. "Impossible Need" comes with smoky vocal and smouldering bass vibes on the groove while "Yearning For You" slaps with a lighter sensation, all wafty minor key organs and soul-stirring vocals. Remix-wise Reed & Radley subvert "Yearning For You" with a little more space and reverbed magic while The Phantom Flan Flinger gets all reflective and shimmering on the Balearic bomb "Lullaby For Spiderman". Beautiful.
2
Revisions Vol 5
GAMM 097
25 Jul 14
Funk
Revisions Vol 5 by The Reflex on Gamm Cue Track
Bongle Joogie - (6:36) 53 BPM
Revisions Vol 5 by The Reflex on Gamm Cue Track
Sept-Amber - (5:57) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $1.49
Review: A lot of re-edit producers seem to be reappearing following a fairly long hibernation period. It can't be a coincidence that the sun's out too - as re-edits are good times music. The Reflex are finally back and there'll be some mighty good times soundtracked by "Bongle Joogie", an almost seven-minute muscled up version of Kool And the Gang's monster party jam. Meanwhile, Earth, Wind & Fire's timeless hit "September" gets tweaked into a floaty cloud of party joy, with some pretty impressive acapella breaks too.
3
Polyphony
NHS 258DD
21 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
As Sure As Sunrise (feat Hugh Hardie) - (4:19) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Triangles - (4:35) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Forevergreen (feat Will Robert) - (4:39) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Polyphony (feat Sonic) - (5:17) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Seasons (feat Lifford) - (4:47) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Sparks - (5:10) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Homeward Bound - (4:36) 191 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Somersaults - (4:19) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Stutter (feat Nu:Tone & Maduk) - (4:39) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
No Hurry Time - (6:04) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Transcending - (5:42) 174 BPM
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Kestral - (4:36) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Polyphony by Logistics on Hospital Cue Track
Wanderlust - (5:22) 174 BPM
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Review: Logistics is back! More or less absent in a solo capacity since dropping the 2012 anthem Fear Not, Matt Gresham delivers Polyphony his sixth Logistics album in as many years for Hospital Records. Long term fans of both Logistics and Hospital will immediately resonate with the 13 tracks here with Gresham signalling a return to the vivid, life affirming brand of drum and bass that helped establish the classic Hospital sound. Uplifting piano chords, euphoric basslines and sublime vocal chops abound on Polyphony with a raft of collaborators including new names such as Hugh Hardie and Maduk as well as veteran producer Sonic and Gresham's brother Dan Nu Tone.
4
Red Runner EP
TART 029
14 Jul 14
Deep House
Red Runner EP by Wayne Snow on Tartelet Germany Cue Track
Red Runner - (4:07) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Red Runner EP by Wayne Snow on Tartelet Germany Cue Track
Under The Moon - (5:35) 105 BPM
Red Runner EP by Wayne Snow on Tartelet Germany Cue Track
Red Runner (Glenn Astro & IMYRMIND remix) - (6:25) 121 BPM
Red Runner EP by Wayne Snow on Tartelet Germany Cue Track
Red Runner (Session Victim remix) - (7:43) 125 BPM
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Review: This is a special EP because it marks the first results of the recent collaboration between Parisian Afro-beat label, Comet, and Danish deep house imprint, Tartelet. The music reflects this unique fusion by pairing the remarkable vocals of Nigerian-born songwriter Wayne Snow to soulful house. It's a sublime release with the Metro Area-esque soulful punk-funk-disco house of "Red Runner" leading the charge. Remixes come courtesy of Glenn Astro & INMYRMIND (raw, off kilter house) and Session Victim (trance-ish prog euphoria). "Under The Moon", however, is a deep and eerie skewed-funk grind.
5
The Chop 40
ED 40
08 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Chop 40 by Ed Wizard/Disco Double Dee on Editorial Cue Track
Dance 2 Da Musique - (7:27) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Chop 40 by Ed Wizard/Disco Double Dee on Editorial Cue Track
Push Da Groove - (6:12) 102 BPM
The Chop 40 by Ed Wizard/Disco Double Dee on Editorial Cue Track
Pinky - (6:34) 100 BPM
The Chop 40 by Ed Wizard/Disco Double Dee on Editorial Cue Track
Bounce & Shake - (5:51) 110 BPM
The Chop 40 by Ed Wizard/Disco Double Dee on Editorial Cue Track
Sho Nuff - (6:09) 118 BPM
from $2.25
Review: Having previously appeared on a dizzying number of split EPs from the Chopshop and Editorial labels (amongst others), Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee are finally given a release they can call their own. The Chop 40 (we sniggered, at least) is typical of their output to date, flitting between loopy, filter-heavy takes on sumptuous soul and disco jams (see the baggy house grooves and classic horns of "Push Da Groove" and slap bass-boasting "Bounce & Shake"), straight-up funk edits (the riotous "Sho'nuff") and slower excursions. It's the latter that arguably stand out here, with the string-laden sweetness of "Dance 2 Da Musique" and decidedly Balearic "Pinky" both impressing.
6
Shag Edits Volume 3
RFBR 008
09 Jun 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Cheap Thrills by M James on Roots For Bloom Cue Track
M James - "Cheap Thrills" - (8:32) 120 BPM
That Groovy Thing by Jamie Trench on Roots For Bloom Cue Track
Jamie Trench - "That Groovy Thing" - (6:12) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Roots For Bloom SHAG Edits series returns with volume 3. M.James brings us a track that will catch any music lovers ear. With the crisp percussion, delicate guitar riffs, a bassline that keeps evolving throughout and that vocal, this one ticks all the boxes. On the flip label boss Jamie Trench maintains the general feel for the record. This one focusing on a simpler yet just as effective bassline and obviously being heavily reliant on the sample being in the shag edits series. If you're looking for that record that stands out from the rest, this is the weapon you need.
7
Shake Ya Booty
BB 069
14 Jul 14
Breakbeat
Shake Ya Booty by Dusty Tonez on Bulabeats Cue Track
Shake Ya Booty - (3:51) 110 BPM
Shake Ya Booty by Dusty Tonez on Bulabeats Cue Track
Have A Party - (4:57) 106 BPM
Shake Ya Booty by Dusty Tonez on Bulabeats Cue Track
Funky Music - (3:18) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Shake Ya Booty by Dusty Tonez on Bulabeats Cue Track
Nod Ya Head - (4:05) 105 BPM
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Review: Four firing party pieces here from nu-funk's Irish ambassador DT, where we find him tricking out some of modern history's most formative classics. "Shake Ya Booty" lives up to its title with salubrious grooves and a quick-switch dynamic to sharp mid-range bass, "Have A Party" takes a Jackson Five standard and processes it through an industrial strength low-end machine, "Funky Music" pays homage to Wild Cherry by way of seriously swashbuckling beats and an arrangement that twists and develops on every 16. Finally "Nod Ya Head" ignites with an instantly engaging skank riff and a bassline so squidgy and funky it could make Bootsy Collins titter like a schoolgirl.
8
Demon EP
WHEELYDEALY 045
21 Jul 14
Deep Dubstep
Chronik by Demon on Wheel & Deal UK Cue Track
Demon - "Chronik" - (5:03) 140 BPM
Break Point by Demon on Wheel & Deal UK Cue Track
Demon - "Break Point" - (5:01) 94 BPM
Salvation by Demon on Wheel & Deal UK Cue Track
Demon - "Salvation" - (5:05) 140 BPM
Genocide by Demon on Wheel & Deal UK Cue Track
Demon - "Genocide" (feat Beezy) - (5:29) 140 BPM
Terminate by Demon & Biome on Wheel & Deal UK Cue Track
Demon & Biome - "Terminate" - (5:06) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Macabre Unit founder Demon on Wheel & Deal with his first dubstep release since autumn 2013? Yes please! "Chronik" goes for the jugular with fast-paced industrial strength beats and a magic, lava-like flow. "Break Point" flips around a cool vocal sample axis. Twisting and turning with well-oiled prowess, there's a strong sense of dark funk throughout. "Salvation" tips a nod to the murkier, moodier halfstep foundations but does so with some really cruel twists on the fills. "Genocide", meanwhile, is a truly dark 4/4 composition that gives Beezy's conscious, thought-provoking sermon the space it deserves. Finally we hit the Biome collaboration. Last spotted together two years back with the massive "Incubus", they make up for lost time with a supreme halfstepper than munches dungeon motifs before spitting them back out in the most subversive way possible thanks to an almost psy-like synth arpeggio. Stupendously immersive.
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Hot Summer Bombs EP
SRAS 003
17 Jul 14
Breakbeat
Hot Summer Bombs EP by BONDi Stereo on Scour Cue Track
Funky Style - (3:41) 110 BPM
Hot Summer Bombs EP by BONDi Stereo on Scour Cue Track
Hot Summer Bombs - (3:56) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Hot Summer Bombs EP by BONDi Stereo on Scour Cue Track
Pretty Girl - (4:01) 110 BPM
Hot Summer Bombs EP by BONDi Stereo on Scour Cue Track
Say Hey! - (3:51) 110 BPM
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Review: Looking for some seasonal slammers? Aussie funkster Bondi Stereo has put on a spread of such proportions it will feed you (and your floor) well into the colder months; bulging with obese drum dynamics, rifled with references and drenched in shiny wet funk, each of these tracks show BS at his very best. Highlights include the refreshed and rechunked version of DJ T Rock & Squahy's "Nice Pretty Girl With A Crooked Smile" ("Pretty Girl") and the turbo-charged take on Nice & Smooth's "Hip-Hop Junkies" ("Funky Style"). The expert manipulation of Joe Cocker's "Summer In The City" hasn't gone unnoticed either. Here's hoping for a summer as hot as these tracks!
10
The LUCA EP
NUUD 004
14 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
The LUCA EP by Jay Ru on Nude_isco Cue Track
It's Cool - (6:58) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The LUCA EP by Jay Ru on Nude_isco Cue Track
(Oh Baby) Sexy Sexy - (7:18) 110 BPM
The LUCA EP by Jay Ru on Nude_isco Cue Track
Enjoy Yourself (feat Johnny Collins) - (7:07) 110 BPM
The LUCA EP by Jay Ru on Nude_isco Cue Track
Edit Life - (6:56) 103 BPM
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Review: Rising Irish star Jay Ru recently smash it with City Vibes on Midnight Riot. Now he brings the heat once more with the brilliantly melodramatic Boney M disco rework "It's Cool", the deep house and soul vibes of "(Oh Baby) Sexy Sexy", the new-wave-funk-meet-R&B of "Enjoy Yourself" and "Edit Life" - a cheeky rejig of Prince's glorious '80s hit, Pop Life.
11
Meltdown EP
877009
07 Jul 14
Bass
Meltdown EP by Distro on 877 Cue Track
Meltdown - (5:36) 129 BPM
Meltdown EP by Distro on 877 Cue Track
Meltdown (Flava D remix) - (4:35) 129 BPM
Sleepless by My Nu Leng & Distro on 877 Cue Track
My Nu Leng & Distro - "Sleepless" - (4:09) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Meltdown EP by Distro on 877 Cue Track
Pinnacle - (5:04) 129 BPM
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Review: Brighton bass evangelists 877 have the likes of GoldFFinch and My Nu Leng amongst their roster and can now boast the addition of the hotly tipped Distro too. Featuring the moody garage-flecked "Pinnacle" and the deep, wobble-heavy 4x4 of the title track, Flava D also remixes the latter into end-of-the-world speed garage. However, it's the thrilling collision of Bristolian heroes Distro and My Nu Leng on the big-beat- meets-disco-in-bass-town shenanigans of "Sleepless" that's getting the real hype from the likes of B Traits and Monki right now. On fire!
12
Doctor's Orders EP
HB 006
30 Jun 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Doctor's Orders EP by Dr Packer on Hotbox Boogie Cue Track
Can't Hide - (9:13) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Doctor's Orders EP by Dr Packer on Hotbox Boogie Cue Track
Jam Packed - (5:57) 109 BPM
Doctor's Orders EP by Dr Packer on Hotbox Boogie Cue Track
Intense Boogie - (5:29) 115 BPM
Doctor's Orders EP by Dr Packer on Hotbox Boogie Cue Track
I Like Sunshine - (6:47) 106 BPM
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Review: It's been an impressive debut year from Australian producer Greg Packer, whose re-edits and remixes under the Dr Packer alias have won him a legion of fans around the world. Here, he makes his Hotbox Boogie debut with a quartet of floor-friendly, house-focused reworks of disco and boogie classics. David Joseph's Paradise Garage classic "You Can't Hide You Love" gets a thickset, 21st century makeover on "Can't Hide", while a familiar talkbox-boasting electroboogie cut gets straightened out and toughened up on "Jam Right". Best of all, though, is "I Love Sunshine", a singalong deep house take on Maze's "Joy & Pain" which utilises elements from both the original and live versions of the track.
13
Disco Non Stop
CHOPDIGI 044
14 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mary by Ten Different on Chopshop Cue Track
Ten Different - "Mary" - (5:22) 110 BPM
Disco Strings by DJ Butcher on Chopshop Cue Track
DJ Butcher - "Disco Strings" - (6:33) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Don't Stop by DJ Moar on Chopshop Cue Track
DJ Moar - "Don't Stop" - (5:41) 125 BPM
Big Apple Rock by Corsican Brothers on Chopshop Cue Track
Corsican Brothers - "Big Apple Rock" - (7:11) 125 BPM
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Review: More killer edits from the Chopshop boys, who this time provide us with "Disco Non Stop" - a collection of tunes by four different producers. It's top-notch party fodder as always, but special shoutouts go to "Mary" by Ten Different, where (an apparent) mid-eighties Rick James goes slo-mo house, labelboss DJ Butcher who gives us the frenetic cosmic banger "Disco Strings" and the Corsican Brothers and their accelerated hiNRG epic, "Big Apple Rock".
14
Summer Swimmers Vol 2
DWADSEP 7
11 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Summer Swimmers Vol 2 by Alien Disco Sugar on Digital Wax Productions Cue Track
Be My Soul - (5:19) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Summer Swimmers Vol 2 by Alien Disco Sugar on Digital Wax Productions Cue Track
Music (Get Down With It) - (6:50) 120 BPM
Summer Swimmers Vol 2 by Alien Disco Sugar on Digital Wax Productions Cue Track
Love Strings - (6:19) 105 BPM
Summer Swimmers Vol 2 by Alien Disco Sugar on Digital Wax Productions Cue Track
Hide Your Love - (6:13) 115 BPM
from $1.49
15
Tasty Beats Vol 3
TF 39
30 Jun 14
Breakbeat
Gangsta Lick by Tom Showtime on Tru Funk Cue Track
Tom Showtime - "Gangsta Lick" - (4:17) 52 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dope Noise by DiscObeta on Tru Funk Cue Track
DiscObeta - "Dope Noise" - (5:28) 152 BPM
Dig Ma Bounce by Phibes on Tru Funk Cue Track
Phibes - "Dig Ma Bounce" - (3:56) 110 BPM
Roses (All I Want) by Spox on Tru Funk Cue Track
Spox - "Roses (All I Want)" - (4:10) 122 BPM
Freestyle Extravaganza by DJ Clairvo on Tru Funk Cue Track
DJ Clairvo - "Freestyle Extravaganza" - (4:15) 120 BPM
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Review: Every now and then, in between artist EPs, Tru Funk knock out a mini compilation of bootlegs where the original artists get spliced together like Frankenstein's monsters of funk. Highlights of this five tracker include Tom Showtime's fusing of Khia's famously filthy My Neck, My Back with some of Snoops' Gangsta Luv on "Gangsta Lick", Phibe's totally eccentric party smasher "Dig My Bounce" (which mixes Missy Elliot with No Diggity) and Spox's electro funk monster "Roses" which beefs up Haywood's '80s classic of the same name.
16
Katakana Edits Vol 18
KE 9018
18 Jul 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Kung Fu Love by Bonnie & Klein on Katakana Edits Cue Track
Bonnie & Klein - "Kung Fu Love" - (7:17) 147 BPM
That's Alright by LCA & Voodoocuts on Katakana Edits Cue Track
LCA & Voodoocuts - "That's Alright" - (4:13) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dubshine by Timewrap on Katakana Edits Cue Track
Timewrap - "Dubshine" - (5:45) 106 BPM
Swingin' by DJ Oli Garch on Katakana Edits Cue Track
DJ Oli Garch - "Swingin'" - (5:17) 97 BPM
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Review: Just four tracks to be found on the Katakana Edits crew's latest instalment their ongoing disco comp series. Still, it's all about the quality, not the quantity and there's plenty of that still to be found. Bonnie & Klein deliver the warped hypnotic funk of "Kung Fu Love", LCA & Voodoo Cuts serve up a vintage-jazz-meets-daisy-age-rap joint, old skool ragga-roots is the order of the day on Timewrap's good time anthem, "Dubshine". Oligarch arrives with the raucous "Swingin'" to wrap things nicely, and nicely he does.
17
Disco Boogie Classics Volume 5
DISC 005
18 Apr 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Disco Boogie Classics Volume 5 by Disco Boogie Classics on Giant Cuts Cue Track
Dance (Move Ya Body) - (6:58) 121 BPM
Disco Boogie Classics Volume 5 by Disco Boogie Classics on Giant Cuts Cue Track
Jump To The Edit - (6:46) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Disco Boogie Classics Volume 5 by Disco Boogie Classics on Giant Cuts Cue Track
Feel It - (6:20) 117 BPM
Disco Boogie Classics Volume 5 by Disco Boogie Classics on Giant Cuts Cue Track
Limited Search - (7:10) 114 BPM
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Review: The Giant Cuts crew have been keeping the boogie side of the disco fire burning with their Disco Boogie Classics series for over a year now, and on this essential release they reach their fifth volume. Once again the source material is a closely guarded secret, but whether it's the cowbell-heavy, Rhodes-led funk of "Dance (Move Ya Body)", the smooth licks and sweltering '80s production of "Jump To The Edit", the party starting vocal on "Feel It" or the deep down disco sleaze of standout track "Limited Search", there's something here for everyone to get their own disco dancefloors bumping.
18
Inna Mi Draw
LNDB 021
21 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
Inna Mi Draw by Nico D feat Turbulence on Liondub International Cue Track
Inna Mi Draw (original mix) - (3:58) 168 BPM
Inna Mi Draw by Nico D feat Turbulence on Liondub International Cue Track
Inna Mi Draw (Potential Badboy remix) - (5:12) 175 BPM
Inna Mi Draw by Nico D feat Turbulence on Liondub International Cue Track
Inna Mi Draw (Serial Killaz remix) - (5:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Inna Mi Draw by Nico D feat Turbulence on Liondub International Cue Track
Inna Mi Draw (Curfew Steppas remix) - (5:16) 58 BPM
Inna Mi Draw by Nico D feat Turbulence on Liondub International Cue Track
Inna Mi Draw (Voltage remix) - (4:30) 171 BPM
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Review: Four massive remixes and the original "Inna Mi Draw" reach our eager ears in this blazer from Liondub Int. Messing with the smooth reggae and dancehall vibes of the original stylings, Potential Badboy add a swagger and sway for the first rework. The legendary Serial Killaz push their junglist flex, Curfew Steppas take things a little bit leftfield with on-point off-beat riddims and finally, Voltage twists the original into his own jump-up fantasy. A blistering release from one of the best labels of its type out there - get on it!
19
Fusci
OT 008
23 Jun 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fusci by Boot & Tax on Optimo Trax Cue Track
Fusci - (7:20) 110 BPM
Fusci by Boot & Tax on Optimo Trax Cue Track
Confuzed House - (7:18) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Fusci by Boot & Tax on Optimo Trax Cue Track
Occhi Blue - (8:08) 120 BPM
Fusci by Boot & Tax on Optimo Trax Cue Track
Il Canto - (5:16) 123 BPM
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Review: JD Twitch seems to have an obsession with Italian music; amazingly, four of the first eight releases on the excellent - and typically hard to pin down - Optimo Trax imprint have come from Italian bands and producers. This second EP from Milanese twosome Boot & Trax fits into that category. It's as stylish and - on occasions - dark as you'd perhaps expect, variously being influenced by '80s industrial, fizzing post-punk, chugging Chicago house and strobelight electronica. There's naturally much to enjoy, from the hypnotic, left-of-centre Italian house revivalism of "Il Canto" and fuzzy "Ochhi Blu", to the energetic, darkwave-meets-punk funk rush of the irrepressible title track.
20
Love Taking Over EP
17STEPS 001
14 Jul 14
Deep House
Love Taking Over EP by Dusky on 17 Steps Cue Track
Love Taking Over - (6:22) 125 BPM
Love Taking Over EP by Dusky on 17 Steps Cue Track
Inta - (5:56) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Love Taking Over EP by Dusky on 17 Steps Cue Track
Expectations - (6:14) 122 BPM
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Played by: Eric Sharp, Eric Rug
Review: Having built an impressive reputation via releases on Aus Music and Naked Naked, British house duo Dusky have decided to launch their own label, 17 Steps. This first release - from the duo themselves, naturally - suggests the label could be a force to be reckoned with in coming years. There's a thrillingly saucer-eyed feel about "Love Taking Over", which peppers a robust, sub-heavy groove with drifting alien synths, wonky pads and choice vocal samples. "Inta" is more obviously accessible, with classic house pianos and spoken vocal stabs providing the track with bags of energy. "Expectations" sees the duo return to familiar influences, with acid bass and attractive hooks riding a bustling, US garage-influenced groove.
21
The Co-Op EP
LTX 003
18 Jul 14
Deep House
Vitamin C by Chesus & Timmy P on Local Talk Cue Track
Chesus & Timmy P - "Vitamin C" - (6:33) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Bust Them Wifes by Zoa Zoe on Local Talk Cue Track
Zoa Zoe - "Bust Them Wifes" - (5:31) 126 BPM
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Review: By diligently releasing quality underground jams, Stockholm's Local Talk continue to prove that the Scandinavians aren't just all about the stadium-filling jock-house of Swedish House Mafia. Here in typically reasonable Scandi style they divide this EP equally between two talented acts. First up Chesus & Timmy P serve up some pretty serious tackle in the form of "Vitamin C" - all New York claps and rolls, diva vocals, retro organ riffs and trippy stereo-panned loops. Zoe Zoe, on the other hand, opts for deep US garage married to relentless hip-hop samples on the slammin' "Bust Them Wifes".
22
Use 2 Hold Me & Let Me Be The One
ISM 044X
14 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Use 2 Hold Me & Let Me Be The One by Alena on ISM Cue Track
Use 2 Hold Me (Yam Who? remix) - (6:06) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Use 2 Hold Me & Let Me Be The One by Alena on ISM Cue Track
Let Me Be The One (80's Child remix) - (5:44) 114 BPM
Use 2 Hold Me & Let Me Be The One by Alena on ISM Cue Track
Use 2 Hold Me (Inkswel remix) - (4:00) 114 BPM
Use 2 Hold Me & Let Me Be The One by Alena on ISM Cue Track
Let Me Be The One (Yam Who? remix) - (5:40) 114 BPM
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Review: Alena is a London boogie singer who has found a kindred creative spirit in ISM labelboss Yam Who?. Following the success of Changes, they're back with more original material, with "U Used To Hold Me" being a beautifully authentic slice of mid '80s Brit-synth-funk: crisp, digital and very, very catchy. Inkswel mischievously warps the tune into twisted dysfunctional punk-funk, but '80s Child goes a bit more commercial with his take on the already poppy "Let Me The One".
23
The Happiness EP
N2B 001
15 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Happiness EP by MAM on Nice To Be Cue Track
Happiness (original mix) - (5:28) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Happiness EP by MAM on Nice To Be Cue Track
Hand In Hand (original mix) - (6:56) 120 BPM
The Happiness EP by MAM on Nice To Be Cue Track
Foursome (original mix) - (4:46) 121 BPM
The Happiness EP by MAM on Nice To Be Cue Track
Happiness (Second edit) - (4:54) 118 BPM
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Review: MAM are heavyweights Miguel Campbell & Matt Hughes who have been creating killer variants of house since Sexy Girl back in '07. Cut to 2014 and they're still nailing it with The Happiness EP on Italy's Nice To Be. Highlights include the almost French touch sheer joy of "Hand In Hand" and the urgent electro-funk of "Foursome". Classy.
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INeedU/1_2_3_4
SHA 081
20 Jul 14
Footwork/Juke
INeedU/1_2_3_4 by Rockwell on Shogun Audio Cue Track
INeedU - (5:23) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
INeedU/1_2_3_4 by Rockwell on Shogun Audio Cue Track
1_2_3_4 - (4:43) 87 BPM
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Review: One of drum & bass' true innovators, Rockwell spends his time wisely over at Shogun Audio creating only the best messed-up beats from a mind-bendingly diverse spectrum of influences. "INeedU" is a skitterish firefly of a track, complete with hyped-up ADD beats stolen from a Rave mixtape circa '93 and samples from every corner of his record collection. "1_2_3_4" features harsher than harsh pads throughout, creating a hard techno blast through the neon wormhole of Rockwell's D&B fever fit. More Bangface than Sun and Bass, it's an amazing mental breakdown of a tune that somehow works itself out into quite the little mover. Be prepared for a scare.
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Runnin' Out Of Night
FILEUNDERDISCO 12
07 Jul 14
Deep House
Runnin' Out Of Night by Jardin Studio Orchestra on File Under Disco Cue Track
Runnin' Out Of Night (original mix) - (6:34) 118 BPM
Runnin' Out Of Night by Jardin Studio Orchestra on File Under Disco Cue Track
Love Beyond (JKriv mix) - (7:08) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Runnin' Out Of Night by Jardin Studio Orchestra on File Under Disco Cue Track
Runnin' Out Of Night (Ray Mang mix) - (7:27) 118 BPM
Runnin' Out Of Night by Jardin Studio Orchestra on File Under Disco Cue Track
Love Beyond (original mix) - (6:05) 108 BPM
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Review: NY disco from Japan via England... Max Essa continues to rule the disco roots in the far east, and he does so with a highly distinctive yet super authentic sound that digs deep into the roots while looking into the future. At once dreamy, Balearic and glamorous, "Runnin' Out Of Night" is coated with crystalline pianos and wafty pads before we drop into a slick, thick guitar and bass groove. For added measure File Under Disco have commissioned two remixes; JKriv gets spacy and dubby on "Love Beyond" while Ray Mang adds a little jazz-flecked perk to "Runnin' Out Of Night". The only thing you'll be running out of is time to play all three in one set.
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This Is Tom Tom Disco Vol 02
TTD 015
14 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Hit On You by Disco-Tech on Tom Tom Disco Cue Track
Disco-Tech - "Hit On You" - (7:23) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Kick It by Richard Rossa on Tom Tom Disco Cue Track
Richard Rossa - "Kick It" - (6:35) 115 BPM
Left Right by RaBo & SnoB on Tom Tom Disco Cue Track
RaBo & SnoB - "Left Right" - (6:28) 120 BPM
What You Are by Rastanils on Tom Tom Disco Cue Track
Rastanils - "What You Are" - (6:49) 121 BPM
I Shot The Beat by Saskin S on Tom Tom Disco Cue Track
Saskin S - "I Shot The Beat" - (5:54) 120 BPM
Blame It by Moo Moonster on Tom Tom Disco Cue Track
Moo Moonster - "Blame It" - (5:23) 120 BPM
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Got To Give
888831 114826
13 Jul 14
Bass
Got To Give by Apexape/Chris Lorenzo on Speakerbox Media Cue Track
Got To Give (Heavier mix) - (8:00) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Got To Give by Apexape/Chris Lorenzo on Speakerbox Media Cue Track
Got To Give (Lighter mix) - (8:00) 126 BPM
Got To Give by Apexape/Chris Lorenzo on Speakerbox Media Cue Track
Listen Up - (6:31) 126 BPM
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Review: Bristol's shady Apexape and Chris Lorenzo (of Cause & Effect fame) have teamed up, and with their sizzling anthem "Got To Give" appearing in two forms, it's a match made in dancefloor heaven. The 'heavier' mix is just that - with a descending doom-bass riff luring us into the kind of bass-house Hades to which you must surrender. The 'lighter' mix is only slightly softer with bouncy and percussive garage-house intonations abound. 'Listen Up" is perfect mid-set fodder - all skippy beats and lovely deep synth washes. A class act.
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Dark Matter EP
ABYSS 005
09 Jul 14
UK Garage
STANK by Aaron Jackson on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Aaron Jackson - "STANK" (feat Jamon) - (4:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Aint Nobody by Transcode on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Transcode - "Aint Nobody" - (5:57) 126 BPM
Shaolin Monk by Kona & Aggz on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Kona & Aggz - "Shaolin Monk" - (6:37) 123 BPM
Show Me Love by Burkie on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Burkie - "Show Me Love" - (5:46) 124 BPM
Shapes by Nick Hannam on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Nick Hannam - "Shapes" - (4:42) 123 BPM
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Review: Bolton's Digital Abyss are committed to releasing the 'deepest and dirtiest bass' and with the Dark Matter EP it seems their A&R skills are on fire. This EP compiles output by six different producers, all of whom have a mastered various forms of bass and house. Highlights include the Green-Velvet-goes-4x4 vibes of Aaron Jackson's killer "Stank", Burkie's totally warped garagey take on Robin S' "Show Me Love" and the stark, precise and sinewy UKG of Nick Hannam's "Shapes".
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Dub Dread 5 (Sampler)
DREADUK 028
14 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
Dub Dread 5 (Sampler) by Ray Keith on Dread Recordings Cue Track
Greedy Me - (7:01) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dub Dread 5 (Sampler) by Ray Keith on Dread Recordings Cue Track
Going In Hard - (6:42) 58 BPM
Waste Man Dem by Renegade Live, Ray Keith on Dread Recordings Cue Track
Renegade Live, Ray Keith - "Waste Man Dem" - (6:47) 175 BPM
Dub Dread 5 (Sampler) by Ray Keith on Dread Recordings Cue Track
Dub 1 - (7:26) 175 BPM
Waste Man Dem by Renegade Live, Ray Keith on Dread Recordings Cue Track
Renegade Live, Ray Keith - "Waste Man Dem" (The Domino Effect remix) - (3:26) 140 BPM
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Review: Jungle legends really don't come any bigger than Ray Keith. Dread founder and all round agenda-setter, here we find him unleashing some long-awaited originals. "Greedy Me" takes a well-known vocal and lays it down gracefully over a rush-fuelled full throttle breakbeat groove. "Going In Hard" contrasts this completely with industrial strength and halfsteps that wouldn't go amiss on Exit. Further on, "Waste Man Dem" is a Dub Phizix-style vocal cut from Ray's Renegade Live outfit while "Dub 1" is a turbo charged homage to synths with cool use of a Roberta Flack vocal. Each one of them primed for destruction, it's clear Ray hasn't lost his touch.
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Soul Addict Edits
DDR 016
17 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Soul Addict Edits by KS French on Diggin Deeper Cue Track
All Nite - (5:22) 112 BPM
Soul Addict Edits by KS French on Diggin Deeper Cue Track
So Easy - (6:23) 109 BPM
Soul Addict Edits by KS French on Diggin Deeper Cue Track
Tuerie C - (8:09) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Soul Addict Edits by KS French on Diggin Deeper Cue Track
I Really Want U - (7:13) 109 BPM
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Played by: Richard Rossa, KS French
Review: Greek born, Paris-raised producer KS French never stops working and this is his latest (disco) missive. "Soul Addicts Edits" features four reworks, all with a soulful feel. Highlights include the Eurodisco stomper "All Nite", the prowling-tiger-of-love low-slung funk of "Tuerie C" and "I Really Want U: a retweak of Diana Ross' supremely funky cover of Marvin Gaye's I Want You.
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Party Goin' On EP
BBP-063
18 Jul 14
Breakbeat
Party Goin' On EP by Mako & The Hawk on Breakbeat Paradise Recordings Cue Track
Party Goin' On - (3:25) 123 BPM
Party Goin' On EP by Mako & The Hawk on Breakbeat Paradise Recordings Cue Track
Hold On - (3:24) 149 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Party Goin' On EP by Mako & The Hawk on Breakbeat Paradise Recordings Cue Track
Free NWA - (4:03) 155 BPM
Party Goin' On EP by Mako & The Hawk on Breakbeat Paradise Recordings Cue Track
Lowrider (feat Loopez) - (3:34) 108 BPM
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64 Ways: The Remixes
DIRT 079
16 Jun 14
Deep House
64 Ways: The Remixes by Detroit Swindle feat Mayer Hawthorne on Dirt Crew Germany Cue Track
64 Ways (feat Mayer Hawthorne - original mix) - (4:44) 115 BPM
64 Ways: The Remixes by Detroit Swindle feat Mayer Hawthorne on Dirt Crew Germany Cue Track
64 Ways (feat Mayer Hawthorne - Kerri Kaoz Chandler vocal remix) - (6:57) 122 BPM
64 Ways: The Remixes by Detroit Swindle feat Mayer Hawthorne on Dirt Crew Germany Cue Track
64 Ways (feat Mayer Hawthorne - Kerri Kaoz Chandler instrumental remix) - (6:57) 122 BPM
64 Ways: The Remixes by Detroit Swindle feat Mayer Hawthorne on Dirt Crew Germany Cue Track
64 Ways (feat Mayer Hawthorne - Detroit Swindle 65th way dub) - (7:21) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
64 Ways: The Remixes by Detroit Swindle feat Mayer Hawthorne on Dirt Crew Germany Cue Track
64 Ways (feat Mayer Hawthorne - Kraak & Smaak remix) - (7:03) 116 BPM
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Review: Detroit Swindle have been showing distinct signs of musical development in recent times, filling their debut album Boxed Out with sensual but floor-friendly deep house shot through with classic American influences. 64 Ways, featuring the delicious vocals of Stones Throw-affiliated blue-eyed soul boy Mayer Hawthorne, is a perfect example. Here, the slinky original is joined by a slew of new remixes. The undoubted highlight is Kerri Chandler's vocal take, which ekes even more soul out of Hawthorne's vocal before charging off on a tough, chunky percussive tip. Elsewhere, the Amsterdam duo delivers a tasty piano-heavy late night Dub, before fellow Dutch producers Kraak & Smaak weigh in with a stab-happy retro-futurist late '80s Belgian house take.
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Can't Get Enough EP
RETRO 012
15 Jul 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
Can't Get Enough EP by Rayko on Retrospective Cue Track
Can't Get Enough (Rayko Tiger soul edit) - (6:52) 112 BPM
Can't Get Enough EP by Rayko on Retrospective Cue Track
Rock My World (Rayko Tribute edit) - (7:26) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Can't Get Enough EP by Rayko on Retrospective Cue Track
Step Out Of My Dreams (Rayko Tiger soul edit) - (5:33) 115 BPM
Can't Get Enough EP by Rayko on Retrospective Cue Track
Touch Me (Rayko Untouchable edit) - (8:55) 115 BPM
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Review: Re-edit don Rayko still seems to be able to pull gems out of the bag at an alarming rate. Here he's done it again with a selection 'cheeky' edits, some more obvious than others. "Can't Get Enough" is made for those in love with the glistening dry ice electronics of mid-80s soul, Linn drum breaks and all. "Rock My World" is a re-work of Wacko Jacko's opinion-dividing 2001 comeback single, "Step Out Of My Dreams" is killer West End-style electro-disco and finally "Touch Me" sees Cathy Dennis' late '80s pop tune reduced to a ferociously funky guitar and cowbell workout.
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Work Out EP
G 13024
21 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
Work Out EP by MacKy Gee on G13 Cue Track
Work Out - (5:48) 180 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Work Out EP by MacKy Gee on G13 Cue Track
Load It (feat Thunda Banton - vip) - (4:32) 175 BPM
Work Out EP by MacKy Gee on G13 Cue Track
Signs Of Evil - (4:34) 175 BPM
Work Out EP by MacKy Gee on G13 Cue Track
Bounce (vip) - (4:24) 180 BPM
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Butterflies
ROYAL 23
07 Jul 14
Deep House
Butterflies by Leon Vynehall on Clone Royal Oak Cue Track
Butterflies - (7:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Butterflies by Leon Vynehall on Clone Royal Oak Cue Track
This Is The Place - (5:58) 124 BPM
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Review: Originally debuting on Well Rounded Records' Housing Project sub-label in 2012, Leon Vynehall has since become one of the UK's most in-demand of the new wave of young house producers. He's released subsequent records for George Fitzgerald's ManMakeMusic and Will Saul's Aus, and most recently an album on Martyn's 3024. Vynehall is now in cruise control and he lays back on Clone's Royal Oak with what will prove to be a favourite with DJs this summer. "Butterflies" is this record's piano-driven house jam, but really it's all about "This Is The Place", a loved up peach of a production with the strength to appease the underground and crossover into the mainstream.
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Raw Cuts Remixes
MCDE 1211
18 Jul 14
Deep House
Raw Cuts Remixes by Motor City Drum Ensemble on MCDE Recordings Cue Track
Raw Cuts (Marcellus Pittman remix) - (7:38) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Raw Cuts Remixes by Motor City Drum Ensemble on MCDE Recordings Cue Track
Raw Cuts (Mike Huckaby remix) - (6:50) 123 BPM
Raw Cuts Remixes by Motor City Drum Ensemble on MCDE Recordings Cue Track
Raw Cuts (Recloose remix) - (6:28) 122 BPM
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Review: Given the "contemporary classic" status of Danilo Plessow's Raw Cuts series - arguably a string of 12" singles that helped redefine deep house for a new generation - the announcement of a surprise remix release is enough to make even the most level-headed DJs go weak at the knees. Pleasingly, said remixers more than live up to the hype. Marcellus Pittman's version - smooth and deep, but with enough raw disco cut-ups and wonky Detroit swing to impress those who like it raw - is particularly good, though Mike Huckaby's locked-in deep house groover is not far behind. There's also a superb version from Recloose, whose crackly, shuffling beats, sweeping pads and soulful vocal samples recall his earliest productions for Planet E.
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Tasty Beats Vol 2
TF 37
28 Apr 14
Breakbeat
Smokin Funk by DJ Maars on Tru Funk Cue Track
DJ Maars - "Smokin Funk" - (4:08) 141 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
U Know It by Chudy on Tru Funk Cue Track
Chudy - "U Know It" - (3:41)
Party Like We Do by Shaka Loves You on Tru Funk Cue Track
Shaka Loves You - "Party Like We Do" - (3:46)
Jungle Soul by Mako & Mr Bristow on Tru Funk Cue Track
Mako & Mr Bristow - "Jungle Soul" - (2:25) 129 BPM
Feel Good by Warson on Tru Funk Cue Track
Warson - "Feel Good" - (3:31) 127 BPM
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Review: Tru Funk have cooked up yet another funk feast, and there's plenty at the table for everyone. Maars kicks off proceedings with a skank-soaked ode to Biggie's "Machine Gun Funk". Chudy, meanwhile, presses the disco button with a series of well-known disco licks and piano hooks. Further on we find Shaka Loves You fusing Stevie Wonder and DJ Kool with infectious results and we get lively to Mako & Mr Bristow's firing Motown jungle flavours. Finally Warson maintains the 170 vibe for the EP climax as "Feel Good" rolls with sizzling soulful charm. Yummy.
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King Bromeliad
EGLO 37
23 Jun 14
Deep House
King Bromeliad by Floating Points on Eglo Cue Track
King Bromeliad - (8:52) 115 BPM
King Bromeliad by Floating Points on Eglo Cue Track
Montparnasse - (11:10) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The world of underground dance music may seem to be fracturing into ever-smaller subdivisions, but it's fair to say that no matter what your disposition is, the arrival of a new record from Sam 'Floating Points' Shepherd is generally something to be celebrated by all, especially given his last release was the single-sided Wires record last year. Naturally arriving via his own Eglo Records, the two track King Bromeliad is vintage Floating Points and offers two distinct sides to the Sam Shepard production palette. The title track commences with what could feasibly be a field recording of people gathered outside Plastic People before a rousing rhythm of jazz infused house comes bumping in and has you hooked for the next eight minutes. It's more than matched by the epic "Montparnasse" which exudes a more electronic approach over 11 heavenly minutes. Yes Sam!
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Re Edits & More Vol 3
EDR 022
24 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Love Will Bring Us Back Together by Roy Ayers on EDR Cue Track
Roy Ayers - "Love Will Bring Us Back Together" (DJ Vas rework) - (6:21) 107 BPM
Imagination by BB & Q on EDR Cue Track
BB & Q - "Imagination" (DJ Vas rework) - (4:47) 117 BPM
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Crown Heights Affair on EDR Cue Track
Crown Heights Affair - "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" (DJ Vas rework) - (5:12) 120 BPM
Use Your Body & Soul by Crown Heights Affair on EDR Cue Track
Crown Heights Affair - "Use Your Body & Soul" (DJ Vas rework) - (5:36) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Superbreak
Review: The last missive from DJ Vas HQ was way back in November of last year. Thankfully the summer's sunny allure seems to have got his creative juices flowing and now we have four new offerings for our aural pleasure. Roy Ayers' "Our Love Will Bring Us Back Together" is teased out into sinewy, high-end boogie and BB&Q's "Imagination" home is improved, getting rebuilt into lasered robot funk. Crown Heights Affair also get two hip swaying brassy tracks featured here, rounding off the euphoric party vibes in style.
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Masterplan (Remixes)
BLKBTR 54R
23 Jun 14
Bass
Masterplan (Remixes) by My Nu Leng on Black Butter Cue Track
Masterplan (feat Fox - Zed Bias remix) - (5:02) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Masterplan (Remixes) by My Nu Leng on Black Butter Cue Track
You've Been Gone (Chris Lorenzo remix) - (4:25) 62 BPM
Masterplan (Remixes) by My Nu Leng on Black Butter Cue Track
Knowing (DJ Break remix) - (5:01) 86 BPM
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Review: Swiftly becoming a household name in UK bass, My Nu Leng have demonstrated nothing but class and creativity since day one. Signing to Black Butter has next-levelled them in the way they deserve, and they've just commissioned three powerful reversions of their material for the summer. UKG don Zed Bias has long since been an advocate of "Masterplan", and here he subverts it into a bashy, thundering blend that makes the original look like a lullaby. Next up, Cause & Effect's Lorenzo gets twisted on "You've Been Gone" by way of a paranoid nagging riff. Finally one of D&B's most respected producers Break takes "Knowing" into the 170 pastures it's always deserved to be in. Enveloping bass, resoundingly loose and organic drums and heaps of space... Just like My Nu Leng themselves, Break has demonstrated class and creativity since day one. What a release!
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To Rack & Ruin Vol 4
RR 005
19 May 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
To Rack & Ruin Vol 4 by Out Of The Basement on To Rack & Ruin Cue Track
Take Me With You - (6:37) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
To Rack & Ruin Vol 4 by Out Of The Basement on To Rack & Ruin Cue Track
Brother's Dub - (5:22) 91 BPM
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Review: Out of the Basement are Steve Leggat and James Ellis, both players in Manchester's music scene. Now they've hooked up with the El Diablo Social Club boys to finally deliver two much sought after edits. Both these tunes have been floating around in various forms for a while, but now they've been spruced up for a 'proper' release. "Take Me With You" layers an old soul vocal over new punk-funky live instrumentation for a slick head nodder. "Brother's Dub" meanwhile, is a slinky slo-mo edit of the Brothers Johnson cover of Shuggie Otis anthem "Strawberry Letter 23".
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Cherry Bombs Volume 3
BOOTYFRUIT 017
23 Jun 14
Hip Hop/R&B
Jungle Brother by Hiphoppapotamus on Booty Fruit Cue Track
Hiphoppapotamus - "Jungle Brother" - (5:25) 102 BPM
Boombap Fever by DJ Maars on Booty Fruit Cue Track
DJ Maars - "Boombap Fever" - (4:23) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Bombidybye by Dizzlematic on Booty Fruit Cue Track
Dizzlematic - "Bombidybye" - (3:40) 91 BPM
Come Skank by Vida G on Booty Fruit Cue Track
Vida G - "Come Skank" - (5:04) 79 BPM
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Mr Ruff (Dubble D Presents Moodymanc)
LT 048
06 Jun 14
Deep House
Mr Ruff (Dubble D Presents Moodymanc) by Dubble D pres Moodymanc on Local Talk Cue Track
Morning - (6:32) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Mr Ruff (Dubble D Presents Moodymanc) by Dubble D pres Moodymanc on Local Talk Cue Track
Mr Ruff (Kyodai remix) - (6:05) 123 BPM
Mr Ruff (Dubble D Presents Moodymanc) by Dubble D pres Moodymanc on Local Talk Cue Track
Mr Ruff - (6:45) 123 BPM
Mr Ruff (Dubble D Presents Moodymanc) by Dubble D pres Moodymanc on Local Talk Cue Track
Mr Ruff (Dubble dub) - (6:46) 123 BPM
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Review: Yet more upfront house music from the Local Talk posse, this time looking to Moodymanc to serve up the chunky peak-time goods, kicking off with the jazzy lilt of "Morning". It's a feisty little number, keeping the beats strictly uptempo even as the samples come drifting in and out hypnotically. "Mr Ruff" has a choppier edge to it, throwing down Soundstream-esque stabs amongst a stout set of drums. Kyodai remixes "Mr Ruff" into a smoother blend, letting mellow chords merge into one another while the rhythm section holds it down with grace and patience, making for an emotive cut in the process.
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Critical Presents: Systems 001
CRITSYS 001DD
07 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
Critical Presents: Systems 001 by Halogenix on Critical Music Cue Track
Her Waves - (5:43) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Baby by Halogenix & Eveson on Critical Music Cue Track
Halogenix & Eveson - "Baby" - (3:29) 191 BPM
Critical Presents: Systems 001 by Halogenix on Critical Music Cue Track
Too Good (feat Zoe Klinck) - (5:31) 174 BPM
Critical Presents: Systems 001 by Halogenix on Critical Music Cue Track
Porcupine - (4:00) 165 BPM
Critical Presents: Systems 001 by Halogenix on Critical Music Cue Track
Ambia - (4:31) 174 BPM
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Review: When news of the Systems offshoot of Critical Music was first announced, label CEO Kasra was quoted as saying it would follow the Modulations series as the next phase of "music that stands tall on its own but also as part of the Critical family". First up in the series is Halogenix -a Critical regular both in a solo capacity and as part of the production trio Ivy Lab - and this four track release sets a high standard of quality for any subsequent contributor to follow. "Her Waves" is a quite sublime production to kick things off, and from here Halogenix shows his range with real confidence. Eveson collaboration "Baby" sounds like a 21st C UK update on Timbalaand in his prime, whilst "Too Good" is a brisk exercise in icy vocal drum and bass and "Porcupine" is as spiky as the title suggests.
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Parisien Edits V9
FKR 030
21 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
Parisien Edits V9 by KS French on French Kiss Cue Track
No Big Thing - (6:04) 106 BPM
Parisien Edits V9 by KS French on French Kiss Cue Track
All I Wanna Do - (8:48) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Parisien Edits V9 by KS French on French Kiss Cue Track
On The Floor - (6:50) 123 BPM
Parisien Edits V9 by KS French on French Kiss Cue Track
Wild One - (5:04) 106 BPM
Parisien Edits V9 by KS French on French Kiss Cue Track
Think Of You - (5:34) 100 BPM
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Played by: KS French
Review: Following his recent soul-inflected diversion, Paris-based edit junkie KS French is back to what he's better known for - slinky, cocktail bar disco reworks. The ninth instalment in his Parisien Edits series coughs up five new velvety gems, the best of which include the stomping golden funk loops of "No Big Thing", the hands-in-the-air camp melodrama of "All I Wanna Do" and the raunchy low slung grinder "Think Of You".
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MIR
META 018
14 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
MIR by Ulterior Motive on Metalheadz Cue Track
MIR - (5:13) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MIR by Ulterior Motive on Metalheadz Cue Track
Given Contact - (5:51) 172 BPM
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Played by: Need for mirrors
Review: And now for something completely different. Ulterior Motive offer up the goods for Metalheadz, picking apart the bones of the D&B releases that have gone before them this year to create the noisiest, most industrial minimal track in existence. Paring back the instrumentation leaves "MIR" with just killer drums, and rolling bass holding together nightmarishly stressy pads and a punchy sample repeating our only instruction: "Let it roll." For a fix of ungodly heaviness, "Given Contact" is the ultimate combination of on-point production with behemoth-shaped bass, destroying speakers in its wake.
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Juno Jam EP
RB 048
23 Jun 14
Minimal/Tech House
Juno Jam EP by Genius Of Time on Running Back Germany Cue Track
Juno Jam - (7:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Juno Jam EP by Genius Of Time on Running Back Germany Cue Track
Tom Jam - (6:12) 123 BPM
Juno Jam EP by Genius Of Time on Running Back Germany Cue Track
Djungel Jam - (6:32) 120 BPM
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Review: Genius Of Time and Running Back seems like such a perfect fit you might wonder why the Swedish duo haven't graced Gerd Janson's label before now. It may be because Alexander Berg and Nils Krough aren't exactly the most prolific of duos when it comes to original material, with only three EPs to their name since they inaugurated the Aniara project in such sublime fashion back in 2010. Fans of Genius of Time and John Talabot's DJ Kicks mix have added reason to engage in some vociferous rejoicing as the former's sublime offbeat number "Juno Jam" contribution to the latter release is centre stage on this release. In addition to the A-side bliss of that Berg and Krough slip in two more percussive numbers on the flip which Running Back quite rightly point out would make "Joe Claussell proud".
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Family Dinner EP
HEIST 005
07 Jul 14
Deep House
Family Dinner EP by Frits Wentink on Heist Recordings Cue Track
Shrewd - (5:00) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Family Dinner EP by Frits Wentink on Heist Recordings Cue Track
Ligament - (5:17) 122 BPM
Family Dinner EP by Frits Wentink on Heist Recordings Cue Track
Sauce (feat Loes Jongerling) - (4:27) 123 BPM
Family Dinner EP by Frits Wentink on Heist Recordings Cue Track
If I Was To Gravy You - (5:28) 123 BPM
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Review: Thanks to a string of well-received releases on Wolf Music, Dutch deep house producer Frits Wentink is a man in demand. Here he builds on his growing reputation with a typically bass-heavy, floor-friendly four-tracker for Heist Recordings. Wentink's production style - eccentric but danceable, and prone to blending fuzzy, analogue-rich bottom end with all manner of curious musical flourishes - is unique, and all four tracks come blessed with his usual intriguing touches. "Ligament" is the most obvious deep house killer, though we're particularly fond of the rubbery bass, watery vocals and jazz keys of "Sauce" - though the bouncy "Shrewd" has the most cross-over potential. Either way, it's another excellent EP from the Dutchman.
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Childhood
IM 013
21 Jul 14
Deep Dubstep
Childhood by Eva808 on Indigo Movement Cue Track
Childhood - (5:29) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Childhood by Eva808 on Indigo Movement Cue Track
Balmy - (5:15) 92 BPM
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Re Visions Vol 2
GAMM 077
02 Feb 12
Funk
Re Visions Vol 2 by The Reflex on Gamm Cue Track
Ain't No Mountain - (5:34) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Re Visions Vol 2 by The Reflex on Gamm Cue Track
Rehab - (5:37) 134 BPM
Re Visions Vol 2 by The Reflex on Gamm Cue Track
What's Going On - (4:27) 103 BPM
from $1.49
Review: A destination label for fans of classy disco and funk edits, GAMM introduce The Reflex to their roster with these new additions to their "ReVisions" series. Marvin Gaye's "Ain't No Mountain" gets a subtle boost to the beats and bottom end, while on a similar Northern Soul vibe, The Reflex treats "Rehab" with a new set of drums and a few added strings and stiff guitar chanks. Best of all, the beatless instrumental of Marvin's seminal "What's Going On" is reconnected with the original acapella in a superbly tasteful mixdown that shows off every nuance of that incredible recording.
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