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Ammo Box V3
NATTY 024
02 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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T>I - "Regulate" - (5:57) 175 BPM
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Hoogs - "R Ting" - (4:30) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Coda - "Back It Up" - (5:23) 174 BPM
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Jaxx & Dub General - "Game Of Chess" - (4:07) 175 BPM
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Flat T - "Halo" - (5:29) 175 BPM
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Review: Raising tension and attention with every release right now, Natty Dub return with yet another BS-free collection from some of the underground's most respected individuals. T>I loosens the bass strings for his slinked out dark-jazz stepper "Regulate", Hoogs puts all the aces in their places with a precision space-reggae gully jam "R Ting", Coda goes all bubble-bass a la mid 90s V on "Back It Up" and Jaxx & Dub General roll out with pure grumble groove and classic jump up spoken samples. Finally Flat T brings business to a close with a deal-breaking late 90s Bristol-flavoured cut where the spooked-out bass has a life of its own. Immense.
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Jungle Consumes Everything
PLAYAZ 073D
28 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Annix - "Jungle Consumes Everything" (feat Teddy Killerz) - (4:03) 174 BPM
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Konichi - "Together" - (3:50) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Decimal Bass - "Run From The Gun" - (3:48) 173 BPM
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Annix - "Slaughtered" (feat Ragga Twins) - (3:20) 174 BPM
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Kiss U All Over EP
WD 37
28 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Pontchartrain - "Life Saver" - (6:50) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Osmose - "Broadway Kiss" - (6:27) 118 BPM
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Derek Kaye - "Holdin' On" - (7:57) 117 BPM
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Rulefinn - "I Got Your Wang" - (6:37) 114 BPM
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Review: Sleazy McQueen's Whiskey Disco label seems to be on fire at present, with new EPs of white-hot edits appearing on an almost weekly basis. Predictably, there's more high-grade material on this latest split artist four-tracker. Pontchartain kicks things off with a brilliantly dubbed-out take on Gayle Adams classic "Lifesaver" (previously successfully extended and re-touched by FLX One a few years back), before Osmose delivers organ solos, orgasmic groans and rump shaking beats on "Broadway Kiss". Derek Kaye's "Holdin' On", a deliciously celebratory number full of cheery scat vocals and incessant grooves, and "I Got Your Wang", a cheery, sun-kissed chunk of disco perfection from Rulefinns Kravstor.
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Westside Connection Vol 1
BIODIGI 0071
28 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Shock Out - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Catch My Drift - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Dangerous - (5:58) 175 BPM
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Rap Music - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Played by: Dj Dazee
Review: In the wake of key dispatches on the likes of Liondub, Subway, G13, Digital Terror and High R8, Sub Killaz continue their murderous mission this year with more titanium tear-out gold and cheeky homages to hip-hop's golden era. Just when you've worked out "Shock Out" along flies in a flamenco from nowhere. Elsewhere "Catch My Drift" punches with a unique sense of off-beat funk with Migos muscle and "Dangerous" goes for the drama vibe with its sweeping staccato riff. Finally "Rap Music" shuts us down with restrained stepper where a clipped bass tone grunts a sharp riff that's mirrored by the overweight subs. Get connected.
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Jazz Or Funk EP
HOTDIGIT 027
28 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love & Sadness - (7:21) 102 BPM
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I'm In Your Life - (5:34) 118 BPM
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I'm In Your Life (Voodoo Whiskey remix) - (6:37) 121 BPM
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Jazz Or Funk? - (4:40) 120 BPM
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Jazz Or Funk? (Twisted Soul Collective remix) - (8:32) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Enclosure - (6:01) 120 BPM
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Review: We've come accustomed to Kiu D delivering warm, groovy, floor-friendly music that blurs the boundaries between re-editing, remixing, and original production. He's at it again on this first outing for Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint. The EP's four original tracks utilize big chunks of killer old soul, funk, disco and jazz-funk jams, but combine these elements with chunky house beats and woozy deep house flourishes. This is arguably best exemplified on the tactile, sun-kissed swing of "I'm In Your Life" and surging, solo heavy "Jazz or Funk". The package is completed by two tasty reworks: a bass-heavy disco-house revision of "I'm In Your Life" by Voodoo Whiskey, and Twisted Soul Collective's righteous, party disco remix of "Jazz or Funk".
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35mm
BASSLEGION 003
05 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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35mm - (4:04) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Watermelon - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Truth Or Dare - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Bad - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Review: Tsuki isn't messing around this month. Not content with shooting two ludicrous hurters on Bulletproof, he also makes his debut on Bass Legion with this firing four-tracker. "35mm" balances a spiked-out riff with some delicate piano strokes, "Watermelon" kicks with a blunt, Tyke-style riff while "Truth Or Dare" is all about the sinewy stabby riff that turns itself inside out midway. Finally "Bad" shows off the young UK producer's more restrained side with a purring sub that sets the scene for another sharp, jumpy riff. In other news - writing reviews of jump up records while severely hungover is not the one. WHO KNEW?
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The HitMan (Remix Sampler #1)
RIQYR 0056
05 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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The HitMan (Bladerunner VIP) - (5:19) 175 BPM
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The HitMan (Jungle Citizenz remix) - (6:06) 175 BPM
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The HitMan (DJ Hybrid remix) - (4:46) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The HitMan (King Yoof remix) - (6:55) 147 BPM
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Played by: RMS
Review: Over two decades later and we're still "playing that bloody jungle music all night": records don't come any more seminal than Marvellous Cain and Cutty Ranks limb-by-limb-shaking "HitMan". While the original still slews the dance 22 years since its first outing, each of these four updates are highly welcome: the legendary Bladerunner updates his 2013 remix with a little VIP twist, Brum newcomers Jungle Citizenz go for a darker, techier heads-down roll while the ever-crucial DJ Hybrid sickens up the dance with a tubular bass jungle battering. Finally King Yoof switches the vibe with a crisp dancehall riddim that pays homage to Cutty's crucial influence. Send fe de hacksaw!
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Stop Motion EP
CIAQS 009
25 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Nymfo & Riya - "Something Tells Me" - (4:28) 174 BPM
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Barfly - (4:12) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stop Motion - (4:11) 172 BPM
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Bread & Butter - (5:19) 172 BPM
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Played by: RMS, Dj Dazee
Review: Jungle's favourite shagoholic Nymfo steps up to Total Science's CIA for the first time in several years and he's making up for lost time: four tracks of forthright D&B, each one catered for a different chapter of the night. "Something Tells Me" eases us in with soulful prowess as Riya coats the liquid riddim with honey, "Barfly" is much more of a bar fight with its tribal-like vocal sample switches, "Stop Motion" is late night Renegade around 2001 with its dense drum work and unforgiving pads while "Bread & Butter" closes the show on a next-century funk tip. Beautiful.
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JKriv Edits
RNTD 024
21 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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JKriv - "The Queen On Her Throne" - (8:06) 110 BPM
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Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band - "Bukom Mashie" (JKriv's King Mashie edit) - (8:03) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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JKriv - "Queen's Beats" - (4:31) 110 BPM
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Review: The kind of names and quality of releases that Brooklyn's Razor N Tape has supported puts them in the disco premier league. Here they enlist Jkriv to provide us with dancing fodder that isn't throwaway stuff. First is his rework of "Bukom Mashie" by Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band. The latter, his "King Mashie edit", is a raucous slice of bassy and brassy percussive Afrobeat. Elsewhere an O'Jays classic gets stretched out into eight minutes of slow bump bliss on "The Queen On Her Throne" and resurfaces in a deliciously spare dub called "The Queens Beats". Top notch!
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Rhodes Trip
ED 71
28 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Can You Dig It - (6:33) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Magic Touch - (6:38) 118 BPM
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Check This Out Yo! - (6:18) 117 BPM
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Soul Energy - (6:42) 115 BPM
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Review: We're not sure what Hotmood got up to on his recent Rhodes Trip, but whatever it was, it was good enough to result in his latest EP on the mighty Editorial. Boasting four tracks, the EP features the freshest sounds from nu-disco world capital Mexico. "Can You Dig It" opens with smooth, jazzy and Latin-tinged poolside boogie, "Magic Touch" follows up with some looped saxy -fizz, whilst "Check This Out Yo!" veers into funky/disco house territory and "Soul Energy" wraps things up with a heady Fender-Rhodes-lead groover. Slick stuff.
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Take My Breath Away/In Too Deep
PLV 069DD
25 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Take My Breath Away - (6:45) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Too Deep - (6:05) 172 BPM
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Played by: DJ Rachael EC, RMS, Dj Dazee
Review: Powerhouse collabo business: Longstanding craftsman Serum joins forces with fast-rising duo T & Oberon for two understated space-travel rollers that shake and shudder with the perfect balance of shades and energy. "Take My Breath Away" is all about the star-gazing; the pads, vocals and extra-sweeping chords live up to the title while a depth plunge bassline ensures maximal weight and punch. "In Too Deep", meanwhile, nods its cap to classic house and tech foundations with a rising riff that wouldn't go amiss in a Stephan Bodzin set, neatly softened by a soulful vocal snippet. Fresh material.
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Numbers EP
ONEF 003
25 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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The Raven - (5:00) 172 BPM
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Drifting - (5:45) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Inside Your Love - (5:13) 172 BPM
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Numbers (feat Benabu) - (4:14) 172 BPM
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Played by: GAZE ILL, Eastcolors, RMS
Review: Six months deep and already onto his third 1985 release, Perez takes us back to his roots with a sublime selection of subtle work-outs; "The Raven" persists with a rattling percussive riff and droning bassline, "Drifting" swishes and sways with a slinky two-step, yearning atmospheres and lingering keys while "Inside Your Love" is a pneumatic funk trip into two-step soul. Finally "Numbers" turns the lights down with purring, naked soul. Beautiful.
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Get Back/Cattivo
SWEET 025
25 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Get Back - (4:35) 174 BPM
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Cattivo - (4:06) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: DJ Rachael EC
Review: Non-stop manoeuvres: Turno's gripping the game by cohones this year. Flexing full axis, you never know what to expect, which makes every release even more of an exciting prospect. Fresh from laying down the law with Majistrate on Playaz, here he returns to Sweet Tooth with two left-of-centre jump up cuts: "Get Back" gets its funk on with a croaky bass and alien lasers while "Cattivo" goes for a deeper bass riff that doesn't sound a million miles away from early Clipz. Definitely no bad thing.
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Orca
FBR 048
25 Nov 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Orca - (7:23) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Minke - (6:43) 125 BPM
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Logman's Beak - (5:33) 124 BPM
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Pygmy - (6:32) 122 BPM
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Review: Next up on Bristol's Futureboogie is Alex Warren aka Kiwi who has had previous releases on the likes of Optimo Music, Blase Boys Club and Sneaky Music in addition to promoting for well known London parties and clubs like Orlando Boom/Kate Boss and The Nest. The versatile producer wastes no time getting stuck in, starting out with the explosive "Orca" which features one of the most amazing arpeggios this side of "I Feel Love". There's more vintage, synth driven disco vibes on "Minke" or "Logmans Break" while the feel good nu-disco vibes of "Pygmy" are reminiscent of modern greats like Jay Shepheard or Milton Jackson.
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Dreams Of Freedom EP
INT 036
09 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Nobody - (4:58) 175 BPM
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Definition - (3:48) 173 BPM
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Dreams Of Freedom - (4:53) 175 BPM
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Close To U (Bonus Track) - (4:30) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Wrapping up another vintage year, Integral bossmen Artificial Intelligence return from their Metalheadz missions with four stunning reminders of their abilities: the way the strings ease in from behind and take you by surprise on "Nobody", the warm-but-deadly reese funk on "Definition", the power soul of "Dreams Of Freedom" and the return of the classic warm harmonic subby bassline they spearheaded in the mid 2000s on "Close 2 U". Timeless, as always.
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Disco Tools V1
RH 042
23 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Trip Love - (5:22) 118 BPM
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Boogie Feets - (4:19) 100 BPM
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Come To Mama - (4:36) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just Dance - (5:32) 120 BPM
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Les Bourges - (5:54) 119 BPM
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Katakana Edits Vol 44
KE 9044
19 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Night Strangers - (4:47) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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On Fire - (6:20) 117 BPM
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Review: The honour of curating the 44th instalment of Katakana's Edits series has fallen on Disco Funk Spinner, a much respected re-edit guy whose work has appeared on the likes of Midnight Riot, Disco Fruit and Sound Exhibitions. Here though he only manages to provide two jams, but it's quality, not quantity, right? First up we get "Night Strangers" which takes loops from Candi Staton's Bee Gees cover (Nights On Broadway) and adds an accelerated disco house tempo and subtle but funky embellishments. On the digital flip is "On Fire", a clever rework of Peggy Lee's indestructible classic, Fever. Hot stuff!
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Jazzy Days, Jazzy Nights
APERSONAL 25
04 Nov 16
Deep House
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Jazzy Days - (7:05) 109 BPM
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Jazzy Days (Ron Basejam remix) - (6:27) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jazzy Nights - (8:14) 115 BPM
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Jazzy Nights (Andres Vegas Stripped mix) - (7:07) 118 BPM
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Review: After an extended summer break, Apersonal Music returns to action via a first EP in five years from Cisco Cisco. It opens with the comforting shuffle of "Jazzy Days", where intricate electric piano lines, woozy chords and soulful vocal samples ride a near horizontal, slow-house groove. It's accompanied by a trademark Ron Basejam remix, which retains the rich, jazzy deep house feel of the original, whilst adding a little more disco swagger. Further disco and boogie influences can be heard on "Jazzy Nights", which is a flickering, synth-heavy deep house treat. Andre Vegas' smooth, sweet and sultry interpretation of that track rounds off a fine E.P.
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These Words EP
FOKUZ 16021
05 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Phaction & Harriet Standen - "Fantasy" - (6:45) 174 BPM
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Phaction & GLXY - "These Words" - (5:48) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ash (feat Katkin Willow) - (5:11) 174 BPM
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Evva (Artistri remix) - (5:53) 174 BPM
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The Magic Room
PLAY 013
25 Nov 16
Deep House
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The Magic Room (Dino Lenny & Seth Troxler Re edit) - (8:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Magic Room (Luke Solomon's 'Live Forever' remix) - (9:12) 120 BPM
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The Magic Room (Doorly Re Chunk mix) - (8:11) 120 BPM
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Played by: Holiday 80
Review: It would be fair to refer to Dino Lenny as a "veteran": the Italian producer has been churning out dancefloor hits since the dawn of the '90s. This release sees him join forces with Cajual and Hot Creations regular Doorly for a loving tribute to the joys of club culture. The action centres on a meandering, largely spoken vocal describing a mesmerizing late night dancing experience in "The Magic Room". On the lead version - a tasty re-edit by Lenny and Seth Troxler - this is accompanied by "Lazy" style pianos, and a chunky, disco-tinged house groove. The low-slung guitars and bass are pushed to the fore on Doorly's energy-packed remix, while Luke Solomon doffs a cap to the jazz-flecked boompty sounds of Chicago on his busy rework.
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The Traveller EP
METHXX 014
25 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Thru My Soul (feat Steo) - (4:55) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Traveller - (6:23) 58 BPM
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Reap What You Sow (feat McLeod) - (5:31) 58 BPM
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KaikoI - (7:28) 175 BPM
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Played by: Eastcolors, Hex
Review: More often spotted cooking up sickness stews with McLeod, Villem tag teams with Belgian deepsmith Phase. The result is every bit as spotless, crisp and alluring as you want it to be. Soulful but barbed with the right balance of darkness, each cut trembles but punches: Steo adds emotional sparkles to "Thru My Soul", "The Traveller" soothes with K&D era pads before dropping into a Break-style elastic bass groove while "Kaikol" plays the cosmic card with its mystic instruments and drawn out notes. Of course McLeod shows his face too. And he does so on the beautiful "Reap What You Sow" where absolute bliss drops into total jungle dungeonism.
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Don't Mess With Us
DF 047
30 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Don't Mess With Us - (5:35) 118 BPM
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Johnny's Destiny - (5:51) 118 BPM
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Gambling Face - (6:47) 112 BPM
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Sweet Love - (7:03) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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So Easy - (6:24) 120 BPM
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Those Days - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Serbian scalpel maestro Tonbe. His frequent EPs are aimed fairly and squarely at the dancefloor, delivering a mixture of re-edits, reworks and sample-heavy productions that don't try too hard to impress. This latest EP is full of such cheery, tried-and-tested cuts, from the rolling jazz breaks, comfy Rhodes stabs and fluttering soul vocals of "Gambling Face", and punchy disco-house flavours of "Sweet Love", to the rich, organ-flecked soulfulness of "Those Days", and riotous, disco-goes-hip-house opener "Don't Mess With Us". In other words, it's another rock-solid collection of tasty peak-time bangers from one of the edit scene's most reliable producers.
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The Fourth Wall (Remixes)
META 044
18 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Keep It Moving (Break remix) - (6:02) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Inta-National VIP - (5:20) 172 BPM
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Chapters (feat Meyhem Lauren & Brotherman - Icicle remix) - (4:32) 57 BPM
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Stay (feat James Sunderland - Lenzman remix) - (5:41) 172 BPM
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Longshot (Xtrah remix) - (5:18) 172 BPM
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Muted (feat James Sunderland - Mark System remix) - (6:39) 170 BPM
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Review: Ulterior Motive make tracks that are built to last so it makes sense that the parts lend themselves to equally solid remixes. Every single version is a blinder here; Break takes "keep it Moving" to leaner, funkier pastures, Icicle technofies "Chapter" with steppy, halftime hurtism while Lenzman highlights the already soulful "Stay" with his own cosmic touch. Elsewhere Xtrah turns "Longshot" inside out (while paying respect to its instantly distinctive riff) Mark System turns in a seriously unique, clipped-bass twist on "Muted" and the guys themselves demolish "Inta-National" and rebuild it with nothing but melted gully. Masterful.
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Saturn
LDDR 062
11 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Broken Down - (3:43) 175 BPM
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Against The Grain - (5:15) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Prosthetic Legs - (4:49) 175 BPM
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Through The Gate - (3:48) 175 BPM
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Played by: DJ Rachael EC, Dj Dazee
Review: What a year it's been for Goldie's partner in crime, Calypso Muzak and Co-Lab label bossman and hugely diverse and open minded producer Heist. Following a whole host of EPs on labels from Headz to Horizons he returns with another blunderbuss collection; "Broken Down" is a spiky bag of angry wasps, "Against The Grain" tips a nod to Clipz circa 2003, "Prosthetic Legs" pays homage to superhumans of the world with the wildest pirate triplet you'll hear this month while "Through The Gate" is all about the sopping wet alien emissions. No one is doing like Heist right now.
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Lost In Grooves
CHOPDIGI 085
02 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fantasy Love Affair - "Lost In Venice" - (5:03) 107 BPM
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Levantine - "Atmosphere" - (7:00) 110 BPM
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C Da Afro - "The Sexy Groove" - (5:24) 97 BPM
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DJ Laurel - "Rising On Top" - (5:41) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Greek re-edit powerhouse, Chopshop, is back this time with a new various artist's compilation, Lost In Grooves. There's plenty of jollies to be had here, beginning with the high drama of "Lost In Venice" a swirling disco features golden tonsilled sirens and bug thumping drums. Elsewhere Levantine's "Atmosphere" recalls the good old days of French Touch, with its warm, filtered loops, C Da Afro opts for lazy beats and sumptuous strings on "The Sexy Groove" and DJ Laurel mellows things out with some silky 80s synth funk grooves on "Rising On Top". Slick!
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Calore EP
MIDRIOTD 084
28 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Wings Of Love - (8:09) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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African Food - (6:11) 124 BPM
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Wings Of Love (Kiu D remix) - (6:17) 120 BPM
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Instant Party - (7:00) 120 BPM
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Review: Italian duo Mena and Melgado step up to the plate with their first appearance on Midnight Riot, bringing with them a quartet of funk-fuelled dancefloor bombs. They begin in confident mood, successfully looping up a breezy, impassioned vocal sample over a tooled-up disco-boogie groove on "Wings of Love", before "African Food" sees them stick a house rocket underneath a horn-heavy Afro-funk jam. "Instant Party" happily lives up to the promise of its' title, with chopped-up chants, spiraling sax links and goodtime grooves ensuring an energetic, club-ready feel. The EP also includes a tasty remix of "Wings of Love" from Masterworks and Hot Digits man Kiu D, who successfully drags the track further towards bumpin' disco-house territory.
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Party In The Hills EP
DIRT 102
28 Nov 16
Deep House
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Party In The Hills - (5:41) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Closing Title Song (original mix) - (5:33) 124 BPM
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Closing Title Song (Laurence Guy remix) - (6:43) 124 BPM
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Backyard Stories - (7:13) 124 BPM
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Review: Having put out their last release on Chez Damier's Balance imprint (the rather fine Tried & Tested EP), 25 Places return to their previous home, Dirt Crew Recordings. As you'd expect, the Party In The Hills EP contains another clutch of floor-friendly deep house explorations. The title track, which successfully blends chopped-up Brazilian vocal samples, sustained note chords, dirty analogue bass and a hustling deep house groove, is undeniably the EP's strongest moment, though the bold and fizzing "Closing Title Song" and chiming, riff-heavy "Backyard Stories" aren't far behind. Those who fancy something a little more ragged should check Laurence Guy's disco-house-meets-acid rework of "Closing Title Song".
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Heads
MIDRIOTD 079
26 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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We Want Prince (Yam Who? Rework) - (5:31) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heads - (6:52) 118 BPM
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Rubbanova - (8:05) 124 BPM
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We Want Prince - (5:31) 118 BPM
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Deal With This - (5:45) 123 BPM
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Review: If you swap the first letters of Judge Funk's name, you get Fudge Junk. We're still trying to work out if that actually means anything at all. However, whilst we all ponder that existential question, lets listen to the music. Yam Who? pack five JF tracks in this single on their Midnight Riot label. Including their own take on "We Want Prince", where the original's crowd-chanting elastic bass hysteria becomes the funkiest disco-funk this side of Minneapolis. Elsewhere "Heads" is thumping mid-80s electro soul, "Rubbanova" is brassy, Loveboat-era boogie and "Deal With This" is deliriously glamorous shimmering disco-house escapism.
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My Own Way
SMOKEDIGI 037
28 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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My Own Way - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Run - (4:49) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: According to dictionaries to envenom someone is to bite them or infect them with a poison. According to junglists, meanwhile, to Envenom someone is to hit them hard with the gulliest possible jump-up cuts and not stop until they've kicked two massive dents in the floor. Following high profile releases on the likes of Calypso and Multi Function this year we find him smashing down the doors of Smokin Riddims with two more jugular-aimed riff-heavy cuts. "On My Way" balances a sci-fi atmosphere with grunted staccato bass hits while "Run" thrusts with a riff that can cut through solid concrete. Infectious.
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Disco Darling EP
WD 38
05 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Andy Ash - "You've Been Found" - (6:46) 121 BPM
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Vincenzo De Bull & Halve Soul - "Cherry Pie" - (7:44) 104 BPM
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Rabo & Snob - "Darling" - (7:14) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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JP Source - "Rollergirl Return" - (7:10) 107 BPM
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Played by: FINGERMAN
Review: Whisky Disco invite a trio of fresh faces to their ever-growing talent troupe for the Disco Darling EP. Andy Ash takes the lead with a loopy, strutting slice of sample-laced house that wouldn't go amiss in a Mark Farina set while Vincenzo De Bull & Halve Soul lower the tempo, invite us on a Balearic picnic and insist we gobble up huge chunks of Sade's "Cherry Pie". Deeper into the EP we find firm label friends Rabo & Snob laying down a velvet bed of Rhodes and vocal harmonies before the final label newcomer JP Source plays a slo-mo game of sample patty-cake with loopy disco mischief.
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That's What We Doin' EP
HB 018
22 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Favors - (6:05) 90 BPM
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That's What We Doin' - (5:46) 108 BPM
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Just For You - (6:33) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Here on Labor Of Love EP covert disco spy Labor Of Love delivers three cuts on the That's What We Doin' EP, and all of them look the American soul sounds of the glittering 1980s - "Favours" kicks things off as a slow jam with chiming keys, clavinet grooves and smooth n breezy vocals, next the title track is a faster golden boogie jam, the kind that Metro Area looked to for inspiration and lastly "Just For You" is the kind of raw bass strutter that would have set the coolest New York funk clubs alight back in the day.
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Salty Vibes Vol 3
DWADSEP 37
14 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Nipple - (7:30) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Up Up 2 The Sky - (6:03) 112 BPM
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Boogie No More - (6:56) 122 BPM
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Tokyo Dancer - (6:15) 117 BPM
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Do It - (5:56) 117 BPM
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Review: Everyone knows that the best popcorn is sweet and salty. Alien Disco Sugar knows it for sure, hence his Salty Vibes series. Here on the third outing for the series, we get five re-edits where the quality makes up for the fairly obvious choice of source material. Highlights include "Nipple" where Grace Jones' Nipple To The Bottle gets pureed and poured into a warm house vessel, "Up Up 2 The Sky", where Silver Convention's Fly Robin Fly gets beefed up into tough electro-house and "Boogie No More" where A Taste Of Honey's classic gets a Bucketheads-ish type of makeover.
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Super Groove V7
FKR 131
01 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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KS French - "Monsieur Groove" - (5:47) 116 BPM
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KS French - "Keep On Brother" - (6:08) 100 BPM
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MR Given Raw - "Dirty Boogie" - (4:24) 98 BPM
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MR Given Raw - "Funk Me" - (4:22) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Remixes
DC 164X
28 Nov 16
Techno
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Porcelain (Luca Agnelli remix) - (7:51) 127 BPM
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Go (Bart Skils remix) - (9:11) 126 BPM
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Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Enrico Sangiuliano remix) - (7:14) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Porcelain (Alan Fitzpatrick's Late Night dub) - (8:01) 124 BPM
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Go (Tiger Stripes White Tail remix) - (7:08) 127 BPM
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Natural Blues (Dense & Pika remix) - (7:10) 126 BPM
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Go (Manic Brothers remix) - (9:07) 128 BPM
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Natural Blues (Marco Faraone's Whitelandvox remix) - (7:18) 128 BPM
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Go (Tiger Stripes Black Lodge remix) - (7:22) 126 BPM
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Review: Talk about an unusual pairing; New York's best-known vegan has partnered with Adam Beyer's techno label for some big room versions of his 90s hits. At its most understated, this collection features German producer Tiger Stripes delivering a stripped back, minimal house take on "Go", while at the other end of the spectrum, Luca Agnelli turns the dreamy, wispy vocals of "Porcelain" into a thumping, rolling affair. In between these two extremes, there's the organic drums on Bart Skills' take of "Go" and Enrico Sangiuliano turning "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" into an effective but strangely catchy groove, as the original track's operatic vocal is fused with waves of acid.
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Aku
TUM 025
14 Nov 16
Bass
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Aku - (4:16) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Expensive Suit - (3:39) 128 BPM
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Nuh Tek Diss - (3:48) 130 BPM
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Expensive Suit (Archive remix) - (4:32) 134 BPM
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Expensive Suit (Murder He Wrote remix) - (4:33) 130 BPM
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Nuh Tek Diss (Hypho remix) - (4:16) 130 BPM
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Review: TMSV specialises in all things bass-related, an artist who is capable of producing pretty much any sort of dance music that travels at the speed of sound and drags frequencies lower than the underground itself. The Artikal casual lands on Tumble Audio with this monster of an EP, filed with dubwise dread throughout, and that manages to wield an impressive amount of jungle out of its more dubstep-centric beats; "Expensive Suit" is a good example of that, but even "Nuh Tek Diss" has enough break-ridden charm to please all sorts of corner-dwelling head-nodders. A bodacious selection of remixes from the likes of Archive, Murder He Wrote and Hypho add to the nastiness, and make this one hell of an EP.
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In Yer Face Bicep Remixes
FMB 007
30 Sep 16
Techno
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In Yer Face (Bicep remix) - (7:41) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Yer Face (Bicep Acid dub) - (6:26) 120 BPM
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Review: For those of a certain age, the opening seconds of 808 State's 1991 rave anthem "In Yer Face" - a combination of memorable melody lines and loved-up chords - are still capable of setting the pulse racing. Bicep have taken on the task of updating Graham Massey and company's anthem for a new generation, serving up two fresh interpretations. Wisely, they emphasize the spine-tingling goodness of the Manchester outfit's chord progressions on their A-side remix, getting rougher, tougher and weightier as the track progresses. Their flipside acid dub - where electro-inspired breakbeats, heavy bass and floatation tank melodies are expertly combined with ragged TB-303 lines - recalls the similarly-minded thrills of DJ Parrot and Mark Brydon's 'Sunshine Dub' of DJ Mink's early Warp slammer "Hey! Hey! Can U Relate?".
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Desert Island
LD 94
07 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Desert Island - (5:14) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Glory Days - (5:12) 175 BPM
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Represent - (5:56) 175 BPM
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Over You - (5:31) 175 BPM
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Super Cuts V9
FKR 121
05 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Like It Funky - (5:23) 114 BPM
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Need Some - (4:48) 100 BPM
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No Way Back - (4:53) 108 BPM
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The Jam - (4:51) 120 BPM
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Le Ghetto - (7:50) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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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Button Pusher (Remixes)
HOTDIGIT 026
24 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Button Pusher (Dr Packer remix) - (6:48) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Button Pusher (LTJ remix) - (7:44) 108 BPM
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Button Pusher (Martin Hayes remix) - (5:31) 116 BPM
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Mainliner (Bonus Tool) - (7:37) 118 BPM
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Review: "Button Pusher", Gregg 'Fingerman' Holmes' hot-to-trot 2015 disco edit, remains one of Hot Digits' best-selling tracks. It makes perfect sense, then, that Holmes has decided to get it remixed. Aussie maestro Dr Packer steps up first, filtering out the swirling strings and adding wavering TB-303 lines on a superb disco-acid interpretation. Predictably, Italian slo-mo don LTJ takes the opposite approach, dipping the tempo and wisely sticking closer to Holmes' sumptuous source material. The final version comes from deep house sort Martin Hayes, who turns "Button Pusher" into a stomping chunk of filter-heavy disco-house energy. As if that wasn't enough to get you to part with your hard earned cash, Holmes has also included another disco-house smasher in the shape of "Mainliner (Bonus Tool)".
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Seismic Activity EP
CLAW 029
28 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Move On It - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Power Hour - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Slopper - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Clash - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Review: Last spotted on Clawhammer's Jukebox album late last year, Audit returns the Droitwich HQ and this time he's offering a full-scale assessment of everything that's great about jungle. "Move On It" celebrates the 31-style deep rollers where the percussive break twists inside out of bellowing subs, "Power Hour" is a live drum frenzy that tips a nod to the Paradox's of the world before dropping into an Enei-style machine-funk groove while "Slopper" drones with such restrained, cold menace it could have seeped out of Need For Mirrors' studio. Finally "Clash" investigates the dub side of the dance with processed skanks and a slick steppy drop. Each track flexing with distinction, the title Seismic Activity really does sum it up.
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Street Wars/Rudeboy
BR 007
05 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Street Wars - (4:27) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rudeboy - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Review: More Midlands murkery as Droitwich newcomer Tsuki continues to amplify on his recent Stickybass arrival siren. This time he's on Bulletproof with two heavily armoured workouts: "Street Wars" focuses our attention on a pranged out bass tone that jumps hard but punches with a mature Bristol funk that belies Tsuki's 19 years. "Rudeboy" is all about the swagger with its tripletty step and Happy-era Hazard higher range bass riff before dropping into sombre, bone-chilling pads. Going places.
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Chorus
MNSW 004
30 Sep 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Chorus - (6:13) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Madame X - (6:35) 120 BPM
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Emotional Breakdown - (5:30) 83 BPM
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Review: Bulgarian hardware maverick KiNK is back, this time on Singapore based Midnight Shift who have presented great releases previously by L/F/D/M, Mr G and John Heckle. First track "Chorus" features hands in the air synth stabs that resonate and modulate to a mighty crescendo over a dry, skittering rhythm. Second offering "Madame X" delves deeper on this low slung acid number, where the signature wobble of the Roland TB-303 faces off with a bare bones TR-909 rhythm; simple yet effective. Finally "Emotional Breakdown" goes for some off kilter electro flavour with its broken beat accompanied by emotive pads and spacey modular squeals on this fine example of deconstructed hi-tech soul.
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Resound
SRNA 019
02 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Killer Inside (Spirit remix) - (5:38) 174 BPM
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The Watchmen (Zero T remix) - (5:33) 174 BPM
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Runner (Mako remix) - (4:59) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Willow Tree (Survival remix) - (4:33) 172 BPM
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Underneath The Stars (Andy Skopes remix) - (5:57) 58 BPM
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Dangerous Liaisons (Manifest remix) - (5:44) 174 BPM
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Monsieur Raw Edits EP
FKR 130
29 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Bustin Out - (4:47) 100 BPM
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Champagne Groove - (7:06) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Funky Diva - (5:53) 106 BPM
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Make It Better - (4:38) 108 BPM
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Matching Half
DOGD 55
21 Oct 16
Deep House
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Matching Half - (6:53) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Up To Rise - (7:45) 121 BPM
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Matching Half (Byron The Aquarius remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
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Review: Matthias Reiling and Hauke Freer return with the Matching Half EP. The Berlin-Hamburg connection present two cuts of feelgood deep house with a loose and live feel, no doubt inspired by their energetic live performances. The title track features some funky disco style drumming beneath some emotive strings, jazzy Rhodes keys and xylophones; all working in perfect harmony. There's also a killer remix of said track by Detroit's finest: Byron The Aquarius, who has appeared recently on Wild Oats and S3A. His version gets well funkier and injects a truckload of soul into it, naturally! Second original offering "Up To Rise" is the deepest journey on offer and has a definite summertime vibe about it.
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It's Happening/Our Crazy
PETS 073
02 Dec 16
Deep House
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It's Happening - (6:18) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Our Crazy - (7:10) 122 BPM
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Review: Polish heavyweights Catz 'N' Dogz has had a quiet year by their usually prolific standards. It would be fair to say, though, that these two cuts have been worth waiting for. "It's Happening" is a warm, rich and groovy affair, with fluttering deep house notes playing second fiddle to a booming disco bassline, flanged vocal samples and huggable drums. "Our Crazy" feels dirtier and a little more intense, with restless arpeggio lines and nagging electronic percussion combining perfectly with the duo's deliciously dense, tribal-influenced drums and chiming, marimba style lead lines. It's the kind of track you whack on to raise the temperature on the dancefloor when things are flagging, and every DJ needs a few of those in the crates.
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Occupational Hazard
NATTY 023
18 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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DJ Hybrid & Section - "Occupational Hazard" - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Lunar - (4:49) 175 BPM
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Bad Man Culture - (5:12) 174 BPM
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Turn It Around - (4:28) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Half man, half machine (hence the name), Hybrid has been unstoppable this year. Tune after tune after tune for days and they've all been precision delivered with the dancefloor and heads in mind. Here we find him on mean debut label EP flex for Natty Congo and nothing is left to chance as all vibes are licked thoroughly; "Occupational Hazard" kicks with real classical Moving Fusion style late 90s power and some brilliantly tripped out cascading moans, "Lunar" kicks with a Rockwellian ghettotech pace while "Bad Man Culture" rolls with a mild jumpy wobble reminiscent of foundation Bristol. "Turn It Around" brings home the funk bacon with a vibe that's not dissimilar to Break. Seriously.
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Do It/Wake Up/Drop Off/Barely Breathing
SSLD 017
14 Oct 16
Drum And Bass
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Heist & Logan D - "Do It" - (4:52) 175 BPM
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Cabin Fever & Info - "Wake Up" - (4:35) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Drop Off - "Drop Off" - (3:42) 175 BPM
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Ego Trippin - "Barely Breathing" - (4:49) 175 BPM
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Review: Putting the vibes in to V/A: Logan D curates a brand new various artist EP with heavyweight results: Heist and Logan himself ignite the turbo engine with the low-swung roll-out "Do It" while Cabin Fever & Info lay down a much sterner sermon with "Wake Up". Deeper again we hit mysterious newcomer Drop Off with a powerful riff-primed cut that's reminiscent of a young Tyke while veterans Ego Trippin' return with a beautifully bouncy Bingo style workout "Barely Breathing". All quarter covered and plenty more.
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Volume Three
PR 03
21 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dance To Love - (6:07) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Think I Can Feel Something - (7:20) 115 BPM
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Perfecto - (6:53) 110 BPM
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Review: The third installment of the Paradise Row series reunites regular studio pals Dicky Trisco and Pete Herbert, following the latter's solo missive earlier in the year. Naturally, the three tracks offer cheery, floor-friendly explorations of many of the duo's well-known influences - think Italo-disco, proto-house, dub disco, Balearic and boogie - and it's hard to find fault with any of them. "I Think I Can Feel Something", which sounds like a long lost Paul Simpson production with added freestyle and Balearic disco influences, is arguably the highlight, though the Italo/electrofunk fusion of "Perfecto", and Michael style early Chicago house vibes of "Dance To Love" aren't far behind.
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