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Dying To Dance
MMD 020
09 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lonely Town Lonely Street - (6:04) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Trust Me - (4:30) 118 BPM
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Dying To Dance - (5:26) 117 BPM
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Mechanical Body - (6:12) 102 BPM
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Change Of Mind - (6:28) 113 BPM
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Review: Lately Leeds' Deelicious has seen his loose and groovy tunes grace the likes of Sound Exhibitions and Disco Fruit. Here he rolls out five sizzling new bangers. The urgent slice of socially conscious funk, "Lonely Town Lonely Street", kicks things off, "Trust Me" incorporates housier filtered loops into the mix and the title track is celebratory slice of disco-pop with some ace bloc-rocking breaks and punk-funk bass work. Elsewhere we enter orbit with the melodramatic sci-fi boogie of "Mechanical Body" and "Change Your Mind" is an amazing example of early underground dance music reconfigured by a 21st century perspective.
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Pulsate
KINGSIZE 003
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Dayz - (4:55) 58 BPM
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Bell Riddim - (5:33) 175 BPM
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Pulsate - (4:56) 175 BPM
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Voltage & Nicky Blackmarket - "Dub Tickles" - (6:13) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Consistency is key with Voltage: no overblown hype or fanfair or 'massive' tracks.... Just proper classically trained dancefloor drum & bass. Here we find him doing the do on his own label Rollaz with four crisp originals. Highlights include the show-stopped bass twist and vocal treatment "Bell Riddim", the techno-like dynamic and pneumatic crunch of "Pulsate" and the instant party jump-up of "Dub Tickles" penned with originator badman Blackmarket. There's a fine line between Rollaz and absolute belters....
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Darker Days
ADDICT 032
13 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Darker Days - (5:06) 176 BPM
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Lickshot - (5:55) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Loud Mouth - (3:44) 57 BPM
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Killing Dem - (4:47) 175 BPM
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Goodgroove Disco Series
GGD 16
29 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Wild Mild West - (3:47) 116 BPM
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Too Strong - (4:28) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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EveryMoney - (5:51) 108 BPM
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Hold Tight - (4:44) 120 BPM
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Review: Bristol's X-Ray Ted is about the light and fun party jams, no cool digger's obscurities welcome here. Here he serves four guaranteed floor fillers starting with "Mild Mild West", a loose-limbed disco rendition of the Good The Bad and The Ugly theme, next "Too Good" sees Aretha Franklin get a house-shaped whoosh under her backside, "EveryMoney" meanwhile sees some vintage soul fused with classic Kelis and ODB and finally "Hold Tight" sees the show close with some sizzling neon-flecked arpeggiated disco..
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Shogun: 100 Pt 3
SHA 100EP3
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Fourward - "Yung Bongo" - (3:45) 172 BPM
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Karma - "Proposal" (feat D ablo) - (5:02) 172 BPM
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Total Science - "Infinite Pathways" - (6:53) 172 BPM
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Break - "Emeralds" - (6:20) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Friction knows how to throw a party... Their "100" celebrations started in March and they're still going strong three months later! A chance for the label's artists and friends to stretch their skills and signatures, there's been some really exciting, subversion work throughout the series. This final piece in the puzzle is no exception; "Fourward" deliver their funkiest track to date, Karma gets all soulful, Total Science get all drifty and ethereal while Break simply reminds us why we love him. All four cuts glistening with long-lasting gold, Shogun can carry on celebrating their 100th release for as long as they like as far as we're concerned.
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Wavey
G 13037
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Wavey (feat Toddlah) - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Real Love (feat Kat W) - (4:35) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: With its 'all-out' weekend message in the lyrics and the epically brutal dual basslines, "Wavey" is proof that neither Rowney nor Toddlah are about to settle down and start living the clean wholesome lifestyle anytime soon. "Real Love" will ease you on the way back down to reality with its soul massaging subs and evocative female vocal textures. Two sides of the night covered with consummate skill.
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Soften The Wireless EP
HEIST 017
09 May 16
Deep House
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Khan's Bargain - (5:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Khan's Bargain (Tom Noble remix) - (7:11) 120 BPM
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The Blues - (6:55) 128 BPM
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It Won't Be Long - (5:53) 124 BPM
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Varkala - (6:32) 119 BPM
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Played by: Mauricio_um, Kisk, Alkalino
Review: Nebraska has been a busy boy of late, delivering killer material on both Mister Saturday Night and Delusions of Grandeur. Here he dons his favourite balaclava and joins Detroit Swindle's Heist. He begins with the groovy, loose and low-slung disco-house bump of "Khan's Bargain", which is also brilliantly remixed by obscure boogie specialist Tom Noble. The tempo increases dramatically on the wide-eyed deep house sprint of "The Blues", before Nebraska enhances his Balearic house credentials thanks to the blissful synthesizer arpeggio lines and swirling chords of "It Won't Be Long". The spacey, string-drenched shuffle of "Varkala" draws a fine EP to a close.
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Mangwana
FAR 029
09 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Mangwana - (5:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chiiko - (4:28) 97 BPM
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Mangwana (A Vision Of Panorama mix) - (6:44) 120 BPM
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Mangwana (Paradise '89 dub) - (5:56) 120 BPM
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Kumbengo (Tropical mix) - (4:56) 120 BPM
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Kumbengo (100% Humidity dub - Juno Exclusive) - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Review: On paper, this collaboration between veteran Balearic/disco/house fusionists Faze Action, and Zimbabwean drummer-turned-vocalist Zeke Manyika has all the makings of a humid, sun-kissed classic. Happily, "Mangwana" - a kind of late '80s Hugh Masekela Balearic afro-house jam full of punchy horns, chiming synth melodies and chanted African vocals - is every bit as alluring as you'd expect. The Waiting For The Rain-era Masekela influences are even stronger on the delicious A Vision of Panorama mix, while the Paradise '89 Dub pushes the track further towards dubbed-out New York house territory while beefing up the backing track a little. Elsewhere on the EP, you'll find two superb versions of the percussive, tropical '80s workout "Kumbengo" (including a heavy, Junodownload-only Dub), and the hazy downtempo goodness of "Chiiko".
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Shrine EP
META 042
13 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Stand Firm (feat Visionobi) - (5:10) 58 BPM
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Shrine - (5:38) 174 BPM
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Ghost Racoon - (5:14) 173 BPM
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Reunion - (5:19) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Barely half a year has passed since their long-awaited second album Timeline and Glen and Zula return with four more alluring constructs: "Stand Firm" flexes into the darker side with deft navigation from Visionobi while "Ghost Racoon" goes all-out darkside with its pneumatic hammers and tongs. For deeper experiences head for the sub-rattled "Reunion" and the sublime "Shrine". With its swooning chords and rich orchestration it's near-classical in its dynamism and weight. It's not the title track for nothing... Shrine on you crazy junglists.
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The Collab EP
PLAYAZ 067D
02 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Sub Zero/Majistrate - "Weapon Of Choice" - (4:48) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sub Zero/Jaydan - "Fear" - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Sub Zero/Dub Motion - "Oh Girl" - (4:33) 174 BPM
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Sub Zero/DJ Limited - "How To Act" - (5:16) 175 BPM
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Review: You can always bank on Subby releasing one massive EP every year. And this one's extra massive as he's brought four mates along for the ride. Complementing his already beautifully brutal style, each collaboration brings out a different side in the Newcastle producer: Maji tickles the jump-up darkness out of him on "Weapon Of Choice", Jaydan encourages a little off-beat subversion while retaining the dancefloor punch while Dub Motion complements Sub Zero's jungle roots with a delicious roller that's as soulful as it is dark. Finally we hit "How To Act" where Sub Zero and DJ Limited lay down the trippiest, most weirded out bassline you'll hear all week, month, possibly even year.
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The Hornet EP
PLV 064DD
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Last Call - (4:35) 174 BPM
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Hideaway - (5:09) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Hornet - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Fire (feat Charli Brix) - (5:19) 174 BPM
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Played by: I Wannabe
Review: Like Power Rangers, when Level 2 and DJ Chap combine to create their Alibi super-project there isn't a crime that can't be solved in a 1000 mile radius. Superlative and strictly designed for the dance, there's a reason Bryan Gee is so evangelistic about them as the Brazilians lay down four twisted tales that include dirge-like halftime swamp sounds ("The Hornet"), bright and breezy vocal rollers ("Fire") and all-out bass discharge ("Hideaway"). The hype is real.
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Badman EP
RADIUS 025
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Badman - (4:24) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hover Board - (4:32) 174 BPM
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Money Business - (4:24) 174 BPM
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Special Techniq - (4:24) 174 BPM
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Review: Last spotted on Muzik Hertz, Midlands merker TZONE lays down his debut EP for Hazard's Radius. Each cut tickling a different side of the dance, it's the most widescreen snapshot of his abilities we've had so far... "Badman" shows off his inner skanker, "Hover Board" represents his love of squidgy bass and raw jump-up styles (and, quite possibly, his love for Back To The Future), "Money Business" is all about TZONE's understanding of tweaking bass so it's as brutal as Walter White while "Special Technique" is all about the classic jungle drums and gully sub grumbles. Authentic as it is heavy.
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Pedre Son Eclat
FBR 042D
29 Apr 16
Deep House
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Pedre Son Eclat - (6:21) 118 BPM
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Pedre Son Eclat (Man Power remix) - (6:53) 121 BPM
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You Feel It - (5:54) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tears - (5:20) 116 BPM
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Review: Ron & Neil is an all-star collaboration between old buddies Jim "Ron Basejam" Baron (Crazy P), and Rack 'N' Ruin boss man Neil Diablo. Pedre Son Aclat marks the project's first appearance, with the three original tracks sitting somewhere between shimmering nu-disco, sparkling powder house, and disco-influenced grooves. The title track sets the tone, layering up colourful synthesizer chords and melodies. While tasty, Man Power's bubbly, Balearic style revision - all analogue synths, cheap drum machine hits and sleazy vocals - is arguably more satisfying. "You Feel It" is a creepy, low-slung deep house/disco hybrid blessed with killer percussive flourishes and a weighty punk funk bassline, while "Tears" is a glassy-eyed fusion of warehouse-friendly electronics and disco-funk hedonism.
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Street Disco
MMD 019
11 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Street Disco - (7:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Your Luv - (8:21) 121 BPM
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Freak Mouse - (7:57) 118 BPM
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Prance With Me - (7:38) 123 BPM
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Review: Despite hailing from modern day Norway, Lux Experience's heart remains firmly in the USA during the heady days of the 1970s. Nothing wrong with that as nothing really tops the thrill of the original disco explosion during that wild decade. Here he unearths four more long gems from that time and retweaks them for contemporary dancefloors. "Street Disco" is and accelerated proto-hiHRG opener, "Your Luv" begins as classic French Touch-style diva loops before expanding into more stripped backed boogie and "Freak Mouse" is a bass driven chant-along. Lastly "Prance With Me" wraps things up with some seriously elastic party vibes.
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Reverend P Edits 3
GAMM 104
22 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Don't Make Me Run Away - (5:57) 120 BPM
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Love Gives You The Power - (7:14) 120 BPM
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Say That You Will - (5:59) 98 BPM
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Party Down - (5:58) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The Rev's back! Parisian edit magician serves up four revised soul excursions for modern audiences to experience the second time around and in true style. On the first side he takes the knife to a couple of Gladys Knight classics, namely the feel-good "Don't Make Me Run Away" and the uplifting "Love Gives You The Power". On the flip it's George Duke's turn, "Say That You Will" is you all know is a sultry deep soul number for lovers while "Party Down" is definitely for night people; this one is pitched up for optimum dancefloor effectiveness too!
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger
BERG 005
21 Mar 16
Deep House
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger - (8:09) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jazzy House Extension - (4:48) 122 BPM
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Destined - (7:24) 120 BPM
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Review: Daniel Berman has decided to re-launch his Bergerac imprint, following an extended hiatus. Clearly, the Berlin-based producer wanted something big to kick things off again, and his own "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger" is certainly sizeable. Fundamentally a cheery, cut-up disco-house record, it's lifted into potential anthem territory by some choice siren sounds and a series of Syclops-like synth doodles. It's certainly his strongest material for some time, and will be everywhere over coming months. The bonus tracks are pretty darn tasty, too; "Jazzy House Extension" does exactly what it says on the tin - with extra jazz madness - while "Destined" is just plain odd. Strange as it is, it's also rather good.
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Everyday Emotions
SPEAR 067
13 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Everyday Emotions - (6:04) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cheetah (feat Ad-Apt) - (5:12) 174 BPM
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Melting Pot (feat Robert Manos) - (6:07) 170 BPM
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Big Air (feat Vandera) - (5:35) 174 BPM
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Review: Whichever substyle he explores - from gritty, unabashed tech to melodic bliss - Nymfo has made versatility his signature. One of the few D&B artists who can appear on Renegade, Dispatch and Spearhead consecutively, his screen is one of the widest in the game. Case in point: this EP. From dreamy cloud-chowing ("Everyday Emotions", "Melting Pot") to Shogun-style MC-laced techy rollers ("Cheetah") by way of synth-led space-steppers ("Big Air"), Nymfo's repped a broad and highly accomplished spectrum once again. Genuinely something for everyone.
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Snake Charmer
EMR 18
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Snake Charmer - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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It's Not Over - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Review: Full throttle jump-up skills from Midlands duo lay the sonic smack down with two brutal workouts on Eternal Muzic: "Snake Charmer" builds around a classic piano arpeggio before dropping into a midrange bass sweep that's not dissimilar to Original Sin. "It's Not Over", meanwhile, goes more on a metallic, menacing robotic rampage with a Q&A that will be ringing through your very bones from now until Christmas 2067. Pure filth.
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Look What You've Done To Me EP
MSN 021
29 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Done My Best - (5:33) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Look What You've Done To Me - (7:59) 104 BPM
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SOS Dub - (6:49) 120 BPM
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Review: Ali "Nebraska" Gibbs last outing on Mister Saturday Night, 2015's Stand Your Ground, saw the producer treating listeners to a quartet of tracks that touched on a multitude of house styles. This follow-up has a similar feel. He begins with the loose-but-bold drums, electric piano solos, disco strings and occasional punchy horns of "Done My Best", before dropping down into slower, deeper, dub-tinged territory via the toasty electric bass, stretched-out chords, mid-tempo grooves and pitched-down horns of "Look What You've Done To Me". He rounds off another fine outing with "S.O.S Dub", a crackling, unfeasibly atmospheric journey through dub house grooves, fluttering chords and creepy electronics.
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Hot & Bothered EP
RNTD 016
18 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hot & Bothered - (6:44) 112 BPM
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I'm Wishin' - (5:30) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fling Cleaning - (6:14) 112 BPM
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Visions Of You - (3:11) 100 BPM
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Review: Brooklyn's Razor-N-Tape reach out to the Lowlands and coax Hans Peeman into donning his Junktion alias for a new four-track EP on their Razor-N-Tape Reserve label. Living up to it's dignified and reserved billing, this release on the offshoot finds the Nijmegen-based Peeman laying down some luscious, colourful disco vibes that will brighten up any sun laden afternoon on the terrace. Title track "Hot & Bothered" sets the tone with a summery vibe underpinned by some bumping drums, whilst "I'm wishin'" glides with a subtle house bump and some wonderful vocal touches. "Fling Cleaning" sees Peeman veer off into disco chug territory, whilst "Visions of You" ends the EP on a soulful note.
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Skippy EP
CHIP 013
16 May 16
UK Garage
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Skippy - (5:51) 135 BPM
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Skippy (Phatworld remix) - (4:42) 140 BPM
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Skippy (Rico Tubbs remix) - (4:08) 128 BPM
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Skippy (Vital Techniques remix) - (5:22) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Skippy (Dr. Oscillator remix) - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Played by: BURNIE, In:flux Audio
Review: Sheffield's Dr Cryptic has made a home for himself at the Chip Butty label and, if we're honest, we love what he's done with the place. The bass playa is up and knocking around with "Skippy", a UK garage track with a wobbling, moaning piece of bass fit for a low-riding dubstep tune. There's a heap of remixes of the tune: Phatworld plays with the bass and wobbles it to its very limits, Rico Tubbs goes deeper and dubbier on the percussion muscle, Vital Techniques distorts the low frequencies, and Dr Oscillator adds a little old-school flavour to the equation.
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Bad Boy Steppa
BORN 006
09 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Bad Boy Steppa - (4:25) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wine It Up (feat Junior Dangerous) - (5:13) 175 BPM
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Stopper VIP - (4:51) 172 BPM
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Pon Di Sound - (5:19) 170 BPM
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Played by: DJ Vapour, DJ Hybrid, Jinx, K Jah
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The Mango Beats EP
CHOPDIGI 072
22 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Generation Five - (5:01) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Repeat The Funk - (5:49) 111 BPM
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You Got The Stuff - (6:42) 103 BPM
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Review: Stafford's Dave Gerrard has been around for over 30 years so you can trust the DJ on this one. He's back on his usual stomping ground for more disco goodies on DJ Butcher's Chopshop out of Athens, Greece. He first takes the knife to the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine" on "Generation 5" (great edit this one!), then he turns in an edit of a proper soul funk classic on "Repeat The Funk" (any guesses?) but finally he gives a Bill Withers classic a makeover on "You Got The Stuff". Class!
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The Circle EP
DIS 097
22 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Your Love (SCAR remix) - (5:01) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Philth & Wreckless - "The Circle" - (5:52) 175 BPM
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Your Love (2016 ReMaster) - (5:55) 175 BPM
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Yeti (Bonus Track) - (5:53) 175 BPM
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Philth, Kolectiv & Bredren - "Sphere Of Influence" (Bonus Track) - (5:44) 174 BPM
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Review: Ginger maestro Philth continues this year's all-out assault with a return to Dispatch. First we hit "The Circle" as he teams up with Wreckless for a minimal stepper that's all growls and gurgles over a dagger-blend two-step. "Yeti", meanwhile, reminiscent of the late 90s, Bad Company era of distortion and real machines and the hivemind heaviness of "Sphere Of Influence" is a dense weave of ghostly tones and precision engineered dynamics. Those looking for more of an emotional uplift and feel-good pay-off should jump straight on Philth's remaster of his own 2014 Dispatch debut "Your Love" while those looking for a barbed happy slap with sharp shards of emotional uplift should jump on SCAR's remix. What a package.
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Species
31RS 021
29 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Species - (5:29) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blood Red - (5:30) 176 BPM
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Review: Serum isn't messing around at the moment. Not like he ever messed around before, but it's clear he's upped his game even more this year. Making his debut on Doc Scott's 31, "Species" is a rattling dark stepper with loose, swinging drums and a droning ghostly bass gurgle that groans in and out of the mix with raw paranoia. "Red Blood" continues the dark drone theme with more heads-down messages. Rocking a Jim Morrison-style sample from The Zodiac, there's a nice touch of psychedelia amid the gritty dynamics. Proper.
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Eloge De La Lenteur Part 2
ONDLP 02
13 May 16
Deep House
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The Movement - (3:28) 117 BPM
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No Trouble No Men - (6:11) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Deep Dip - (5:07) 124 BPM
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The Right Color - (3:45) 109 BPM
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Hot Saussice - (6:15) 125 BPM
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Lunatique - (4:20) 93 BPM
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Review: Back in March, Ondule label boss Joss Moog and Sebastien "Around7" Guertau unveiled their 4th Sign project, launching with a fine collection of soul-flecked deepness. This speedy follow-up is every bit as alluring, with the French duo effortlessly floating between a variety of dancefloor moods and tempos. Contrast, for example, the smoky, mid-tempo jazz-house of "The Movement", the string-drenched, sumptuously soulful bump of "Deep Dip", and the near horizontal, slow house head-nod of closer "Lunatique". For those keen on more energetic dancefloor flavours, they've also included a pair of charged-up disco house smashers ("The Right Color", and "Hot Saussice").
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Big Time
TWISTED 011
02 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Alien Attack - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Dedicated To Girlz - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Metal Work - "Never Go There" (Spaow remix) - (4:28) 174 BPM
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Big Time - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shake Your Bass Cartel Vol 2
SYBA 035
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Mr Quiet & Sym-on - "We Run The City" - (4:34) 180 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Koznik & Khavy - "Huge Nose" - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Divided - "You Scream" - (4:39) 175 BPM
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Mr Quiet & Sym-on - "Behind The Scene" - (3:42) 178 BPM
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Koznik & Khavy - "On The Way" - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
WAXED: 14
08 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - "Peoples Groove" - (7:52) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Matt Hughes - "Sunshine" - (6:09) 104 BPM
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The Owl - "Pimp Talk" - (6:38) 116 BPM
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Rahaan - "Fine Feelings" - (7:28) 115 BPM
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Review: Whilst others are only just getting back to speed, re-edit chiefs Editorial have already been back delivering a packed schedule of choice jams since January. The heat doesn't let up yet either with this new multi-artist mini comp. Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee start proceedings with the uplifting clavinet boogie of "Peoples Groove" and Matt Hughes' "Sunshine" takes what sounds like a subtle O'Jays sample and gives it a laid back disco sheen. Elsewhere The Owl's "Pimp Talk" provides perfect evening cocktails by the pool vibes and Rahaan closes the show with the chic electro-boogie of "Fine Feelings".
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The Boogie Box #3
VHR 45
18 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kc/Sub - "Make A Little Love" (V's edit) - (5:20) 114 BPM
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People's Voice - "We Got The Direction" (V's edit) - (6:54) 107 BPM
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Deodata - "P Gunn" (V's Psychedelic Trigger edit) - (5:46) 114 BPM
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Princess - "Sexy Dancer" (V's Body edit) - (5:37) 121 BPM
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Bobby Thirthon - "The Groove" (V's 2016 Check Out edit) - (7:37) 118 BPM
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Mr Faded/Blackhead - "No Stoping Now" (V's edit) - (7:37) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Russian disco edit fiend Valique serves up another hot Boogie Box and we're up to number three already! Highlight's on here not limited to Princess' smooth ergonomics displayed on the re-splice of the Prince classic "Sexy Dancer", Feel The Vibe's great cover of "Get Down Tonight" looped for your pleasure by Kc/Sub and they save the best for last with Mr Faded/Blackhead's (aka McFadden & Whitehead's) 1979 classic "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now". They are all 're-re-edited' by the way: by none other than Valique himself. Trust the DJ!
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10 Years Of Tsuba Pt 2
TSUBA 085B
16 May 16
Deep House
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Galcher Lustwerk - "Nu Day" (Jimpster edit) - (5:47) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Williams - "Pinball" (Fort Romeau mix) - (6:10) 110 BPM
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Roy Comanchero - "Hypba" - (5:58) 118 BPM
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Kevin Griffiths - "Satori" - (5:42) 118 BPM
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Review: Tsuba's ten year anniversary - that's right, it has been that long already - has been marked with hit after hit from a wide selection of artists from across the house kingdom. In fact, for this 2nd instalment of the festivities, we have White Material frontman Galcher Lustwerk remixed by the inimitable Jimpster, with the latter putting a more starry-eyed mechanic onto the original; For Romeau complete the A-side with a vintage-sounding remix of "Pinball" by Williams. On the flip, Roy Comanchero drops the Chicago bass over a minimal sort of percussion groove on "Hypba". Kevin Griffiths adds a little acid to the jingly 707 beat of "Satori", and completes a stellar EP from the magnetic Tsuba.
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Shadow Boxing
31RS 020
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Nasty Habits - "Shadow Boxing" (Om Unit remix VIP) - (6:10) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thing/Om Unit - "Something Ancient" - (5:04) 174 BPM
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Review: Could Om Unit's twist on Nasty Habits' 1996 classic "Shadow Boxing" be one the most crucial VIP contemporisations in recent D&B history? Arguably, yes. The rolling drums, the slight melodic twist on the iconic bassline, the sudden moments of space... Whether you know this from back in the day or it's fresh to you, this really is a literally perfect example of how to VIP an influential classic. "Something Ancient" sees Om Unit team up with Thing for a cathedral-level stepper smothered in deep breath pads and mystic textures that sits somewhere between Clarity and Tobin. Immense.
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Interstate/Code '98/Parasite
RECIPE 050
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Spirit - "Interstate" - (6:22) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Response & Pliskin - "Code '98" - (7:03) 174 BPM
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Response & Clive Ingredients - "Parasite" - (6:00) 171 BPM
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Review: Cooking up a storm since 2009: for Ingredients' 50th feast they've recruited a collection of chefs old and new. Spirit cooks the starters. A life-long friend of the label since its earliest releases, his "Interstate" tickles the tastebuds with a pan-fried reese and peppered snare shots. Response and his brother Pilskin cook up a hearty main; detuned synths served on a bed of crushed drums and an old school reduction and a light spraying of jungle foam. Finally the bossman Clive teams up with Response for a bitter sweet desert with burnt crumb bass gloom and devilled drum roll pastries. Sonically scrumptious.
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Get Loose
MIDRIOTD 070
02 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Halleluyah - (7:35) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alone - (6:51) 115 BPM
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That Sound - (6:18) 116 BPM
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Get Loose - (6:15) 114 BPM
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Review: It's become something of a cliche to point out Rayko's restless productivity, but it's nevertheless true that the Spanish producer does release rather a lot of material. To be fair to the Madrid man, this four-tracker for Midnight Riot is one of his stronger efforts. He begins with the life-affirming pianos and gospel vocals of "Hallelujah", before providing a sun-kissed re-dub of Fleetwood Mac's Balearic classic "Big Love" (here re-titled "Alone"). "That Sound" delivers an attractive blend of wiggly boogie synths, sharp riffs and fuzzy rock guitars, while "Get Loose" is a mostly instrumental re-recording of the Aleems' breakdance era electrofunk classic of the same name.
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War Of The Minds
MEDI 092
20 May 16
Deep Dubstep
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Jade Helm - (4:10) 140 BPM
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Sound Killah - (5:17) 140 BPM
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With Us - (4:37) 140 BPM
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War Of The Minds (feat Werd2Jah) - (4:12) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Viper Goes To Let It Roll
VPR 089
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Smooth - "Let It Roll" - (4:13) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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InsideInfo - "Up2U" - (4:10) 174 BPM
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Mob Tactics - "Widowmaker" - (4:50) 174 BPM
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Trei - "Mirage" - (4:50) 174 BPM
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The Door To Nowhere
SPE 004
06 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Tonight - (4:41) 175 BPM
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Head Cold - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Door Test - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Wasteman - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Review: Some days even the most optimistic junglist can feel the bassline game is over and every possible combination has been deduced. Then along comes Damage Report with "Tonight" where one of the oddest, off-beat, smile-inducing basses you'll hear all season awaits. Truly unique and great fun on the floor. Deeper in his bass game doesn't let up: "Head Cold" is fuelled by that angry sandpaper style riff that sounds like an enraged hornet's nest, "The Door Test" is all about the big bellowing subs while "Wasteman" doffs its cap to Annix's halftime hurter "Work For Nothing" with added skips back to classical double time. Chaos guaranteed.
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Bedroom Warmers EP
TIMES 002
11 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Luvless - "What You Got" - (5:20) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mannmademusic - "Jazzy Manoeuvres" - (6:53) 109 BPM
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La Tuerie - "Show Me Love" - (5:27) 95 BPM
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VinylAddicted - "Be Free" - (7:21) 114 BPM
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Review: Wonderful Times carry one carefree as they always have, and drop four magnetic disco bombs for the contemporary sort of soul DJ. In running order, we have "What You Got" by Luvless, a sublimely hummable little sun-kissed disco melter for the warm-up hours, the housier, more funk-filled bomb that is "Jazzy Manoeuvres" by Mannmademusic, the slo-mo house nodder that is "Show Me Love" by La Tuerie, and "Be Free" by VinylAddicted, a straight-up funk monster that is so groovy it doesn't even need a 4/4 beat. Wonderfulz.
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Peak Time Reworks 2
VHR 46
17 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Working - (4:32) 115 BPM
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Finally - (4:31) 125 BPM
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Now That We Found - (4:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Valique
Review: While much of Frank Cueto and Russell Belicek's work as Feel Good Alliance is aimed squarely at the dancefloor, there's something extra full-throttle about their occasional Peaktime Reworks. This second volume in the series is every bit as essential as its' predecessor, with the veteran production duo opening the EP with a killer rework of a psychedelic rock era funk gem ("Working"). They move further towards disco dancefloors on "Finally", which smartly combines clipped guitars, sweeping strings and flares-sporting grooves, with the vocal from Ce Ce Peniston's house classic of the same name. Proceedings are drawn to a close with the similarly inclined "Now That We Found", which turns a well-known Third World classic into a tropical disco sing-along.
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Super Cuts V6
FKR 097
15 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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KS French - "Still On The Case" - (4:55) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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MR Given Raw - "Beggin You" - (5:49) 110 BPM
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KnG Edits - "Give You Up" - (6:35) 114 BPM
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MR Given Raw - "Funky Mama" - (4:31) 102 BPM
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Review: KS French and Mr Given Raw are like two peas in a pod. A disco-shaped pod. Here they join forces again, both providing both solo tracks and a joint collaboration too. Label boss KS French plonks a platform show on the dancefloor first with the tight James Brown-sampling funk of "Still On the Case". Then MGR takes over for two sizzlers - the catchy soul-pop lament "Beggin You" and the psychedelic soul stomp of "Funky Mama". Finally the titans clash on the phased disco-boogie joy of "Never Give You Up". Good times.
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The Butter Zone EP
BBP 090
05 May 16
Breakbeat
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Supernaturalflow - (4:55) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thats Them Things - (3:55) 52 BPM
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Dancefloor Seasoning - (4:03) 105 BPM
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King Of Clubs - (4:41) 53 BPM
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Showtimescratchapella (Bonus) - (0:41) 129 BPM
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Review: Party breaks producers always say that it takes a long life of slogging before you make it to heaven, but not for this mash-up king who had reached Breakbeats Paradise early. That said Tom Showtime has paid his dues too with years of delivery the party ammunition. Here he joins forces with the aforementioned label to provide more of the usual light-hearted floorfillers. There are five jams to enjoy here including the funky, Fresh Prince-era hip-hop vibes of "Supernaturalflow", the tough breaky grooves of the Salt-N-Pepa-sampling, "Dancefloor Seasoning" and the sunshine vibes of dubby dancehall jam, "King Of Clubs".
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New Underground Massive Alliance Remixes Vol 2
LNDBLP 003R2
29 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Bass Hater (feay Dub FX - Sub Killaz remix) - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Bass Hater (feay Dub FX - Brian Brainstorm remix) - (4:41) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bass Hater (feay Dub FX - Samy Nicks remix) - (4:37) 175 BPM
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Control (feat MC Kwality - Piezo & D-Operation Drop remix) - (6:01) 187 BPM
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Control (feat MC Kwality - Lost City remix) - (2:53) 67 BPM
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Control (feat MC Kwality - Badjokes remix) - (3:39) 191 BPM
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Control (feat MC Kwality - Liondub remix feat Dirty Smirks) - (4:20) 67 BPM
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Control (feat MC Kwality - Meeku remix) - (4:01) 168 BPM
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Review: Version excursion: Liondub return to Numa Crew's 2014 album and issue a selection of on-point artists with remix orders. The sharp steppy jump-up of "Bass Hater" gets an added muscular murking from Sub Killaz, a classic jungle roll from Brian Brainstorm and a heads-down growl twist from Samy Nicks. Meanwhile on the dubstep side of Numa Crew's output, "Control" enjoys even more remixes from the likes of Piezo & D Operation Drop (rolling paranoia vibes that border on thoroughbred techno), Lost City (mystic dancehall business) Badjokes (dark style breaks), Liondub (grimy skanks with added voicing from Dirty Smirks) and Meeku (classic jungle Omni Trio feels) Genuinely something for everyone here.
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Running Hot EP
IV 64
13 May 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Running Hot - (6:05) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Krystal Close - (5:25) 122 BPM
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Keeping The Book - (5:01) 121 BPM
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Odessa Step Sequence - (8:13) 125 BPM
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Keeping The Book (feat Steve Rachmad - Steve Rachmad version 1) - (5:56) 126 BPM
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Keeping The Book (feat Steve Rachmad - Steve Rachmad version 2) - (5:53) 121 BPM
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Played by: Pablo del Monte
Review: On German producer and Aleph label founder Aera's latest release, the coalescing of influences from the past forty years of electronic music is audible. From the early electronic-style noises that warble over the bubbly acid pulse on the title track to the deeper than deep house of "Krystal Close" and the Mathew Jonson-sounding micro-trance melodies of "Keeping the Book", Running Hot is nothing if not adventurous and diverse. Innervisions also deserves praise for its choice of remixer; Steve Rachmad is not the most immediate name one would associate with the German label, but he does a fine job here, turning "Keeping the Book" into a deep, pulsing techno track, accentuating the original version's beautiful spacey-ness.
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Blank Walls
MFM 081
11 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Blank Walls (feat Co D) - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Legendary Engram - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Jayline & Meta4 - "Tornado" - (5:42) 174 BPM
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On The Road Again (feat Funsta) - (4:33) 175 BPM
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Graveyard (feat Lateman) - (4:33) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jayline & Meta4 - "Monster" (feat SMK) - (5:17) 174 BPM
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Consciousness/From Creation/Without You
SUICIDE 089
20 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Consciousness - (5:30) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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From Creation - (5:19) 174 BPM
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Without You - (5:43) 174 BPM
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Review: Already spotted on Rupture LDN this month, Spirit comes back with a second helping on Klute's ever-dependable Commercial Suicide. Taking the deeper route than his last EP, each cut on this three-tracker rolls out with real widescreen, pad-heavy system majesty. "Consciousness" is all about the hook, "From Creation" is all about the heavy atmospheres while "Without You" rolls out with a mid/late 90s Headz texture. Serious business here, no time wasters please.
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So Good
KILLAZ 024DIG
29 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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So Good - (5:58) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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True Guidance - (4:58) 176 BPM
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So Good (radio edit) - (3:14) 176 BPM
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So Good (instrumental) - (5:56) 176 BPM
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Review: Cruising in the slipstream of Micky Finn and Voltage's artfully punned Finntage project comes more Finn fire. This time he's rolling with one half of Serial Killaz, Vital Elements and they've cooked up two enormous bangers. "So Good" looks back to the early 2000s - Grimy-era Dillinja, Safari-era Bad Company - its two note bass hook is an instant hype hair-raiser with a great balance of drama and unpolished edge. "True Guidance" is similarly heritage-minded with more of a "Nightflight" rolling vibe but with added dubby dynamics. Complete with various edits of "So Good", this is a dynamite package from two of the scene's most authentic veterans.
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First Smoke
YGUNS 002
22 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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The Game - (4:23) 175 BPM
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First Smoke - (4:25) 175 BPM
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Running It (feat Fatman D) - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Barrons (feat Jimmy Wilson) - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Review: Everyone remembers their first smoke... All coughs and splutters and general false feelings that the illusion of big time adulthood can only bring. Here we find jungle next-genners Dutta & Bou looking back over their first puff with an introspective, harp-plucking, sample-flexing exercise in timelessness. It's joined by an equally well-measured sense of depth on the hip-hop laced "Running It" and a awesome balance of shade on "The Barrons" as tripletty jump-up gutterage switch to dream dynamics on the fills and breakdown. Those looking for a straight up blast on 20 filterless tar-ticklers should jump on "The Game"... Something which Dutta & Bou are currently big in.
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Blush EP
GRD 003
29 Apr 16
Techno
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Blush - (6:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Outpost - (6:02) 121 BPM
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Holdup - (5:39) 131 BPM
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Review: Harry Agius aka Midland is back: does he ever find time to sleep? Following up the Akase side project he's involved in with Robbie Redway and some killer releases on Aus Music, Feel My Bicep and of course his own Graded imprint which this appears on; making it the label's third release already. "Blush" is a slow burning and emotive piece with an epic vintage synth arpeggio and soulful strings backed by the most restrained beat. "Outpost" gets a bit more fierce with a tougher beat and a free running arpeggio that reeks havoc much like Carl Craig's classic remix of "Falling Up". Finally "Holdup" hammers the message home gloriously with its off kilter yet hypnotic beat and sombre yet emotive atmosphere.
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The Future Sound Of Brazil
NHS 287DD
06 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Urbandawn - "Messiah Complex" - (4:38) 173 BPM
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SPY - "Hidden Fire" - (4:30) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Simplification, Translate, Amaning & Ella Sopp - "Get Down" - (5:31) 174 BPM
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Nitri - "Shiver" - (5:36) 172 BPM
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Urbandawn & Bungle - "Sacred Floor" - (6:41) 175 BPM
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Unreal, Dogface & Alibi - "Drop Dead" - (4:13) 174 BPM
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Review: Brazil's reputation for forward-thinking drum & bass has developed ever since Bryan Gee imported Marky and Patife almost 20 years ago. Now serving up its third generation of talent, Hospital's close ties with the country garner some of the best dancefloor tracks Brazil has given us to date: Highlights include Urbandawn showing off a much more dramatic string to his bow on "Messiah Complex", S.P.Y continuing to strip things back to bare-bone basics on the super-dark "Hidden Fire" and Nitri subverting jump-up with a classic nod to the squelchy signature set by Moving Fusion all those years ago. And that's only half the EP. File under essential.
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