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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 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 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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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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Played by: MSdoS
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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Violent Rain EP
META 038
29 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Violent Rain - (7:26) 170 BPM
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In Pursuit - (6:29) 170 BPM
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Sierra Mist - (6:59) 175 BPM
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Unauthorised Transmissions - (4:51) 58 BPM
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Grebe - (4:25) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ghost On My Shoulder - (8:08) 165 BPM
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Played by: Basic Forces, Denial
Review: Longtime Headz affiliate and frequently Goldie's co-pilot in the studio, Heist returns to the label with his largest EP to date and its business from of the off as "Violent Rain" oozes Timeless era synth tones and drums so live and sweaty you can almost see the drummer's sweat coming from your speakers. Dig deeper for Heist's most versatile showcase in years: "In Pursuit" is all stripped back and slinky (think Enei but wider), "Sierra Mist" is a sci-fi stepper that nods towards Riya's soulful style, "Unauthorised Transmissions" is a cheeky underground squelcher, "Grebe" is thoroughbred alien funk with just a sly nod towards his more standard jump-up signature while "Ghost On My Shoulder" closes the show on a beautiful glitchy vibe that's somewhere between Culprate and Squarepusher. Properly unique, creative and immaculately produced, Heist has smashed it on this one.
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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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Lessons EP
CALYPSO 025D
25 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Bullfrog - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Distress Signal - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heavyweight - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Lessons - (4:19) 180 BPM
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Stinker - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Troll Dub - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Review: Simula is Will Ryan, a 20 year old DJ and producer from Milford, Godalming, UK. This release comes courtesy of Calypso Muzak, affiliated with the mighty Co-Lab Recordings imprint out of Colchester Essex. Simula throws down some seriously dark and nasty street level beats/ bass here, following proudly in the UK tradition. Highlights include the grinding and jagged future beat of "Distress Signal", the body bashing techstep of "Heavyweight" (which is reminiscent of classic Ed Rush & Optical) and the absolutely fierce darkside breakbeat science of "Stinker" which calls to mind classic DJ Die or Krust. This guy is seriously one to watch!
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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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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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First Smoke
YGUNS 002
22 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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The Game - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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First Smoke - (4:25) 175 BPM
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Running It (feat Fatman D) - (4:23) 175 BPM
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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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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bass Hater (feay Dub FX - Brian Brainstorm remix) - (4:41) 58 BPM
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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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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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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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Dimension/Spartanz
SWEET 021
25 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Dimension - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Spartanz - (3:39) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Full throttle jump-up business, Dominator and Nu Elementz finally deliver two of the subgenre's biggest ID requests this year so far. "Dimension" rides with a pulverising drill bass that fluctuates through the tones on every eight. "Spartanz", meanwhile, adds a cheeky breakbeat swing in the background as a darker, oakier bassline takes the lead with a Q&A riff before dropping into a string-laced breakdown from out of nowhere. Deadly.
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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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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 Circle EP
DIS 097
22 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Your Love (SCAR remix) - (5:01) 172 BPM
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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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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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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The Remix Edition Part 2
DDR 020
25 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Nicky Blackmarket/Voltage - "USS Enterprise" (Annix remix) - (4:27) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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T>I - "Grudge Fcuk" (Harvest remix) - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Played by: Missrepresent
Review: Here come the remixes: Dub Damage look back to last year's four-year birthday album with two barn-burning twist-ups. Annix get their paws mucky on Blackmarket and Chapo's already-stunning "USS Enterprise" by switching out the classic Urban Takeover sub rolls for something altogether eviler and sharper. Meanwhile Harvest takes T>I's stripped back stepper "Grudge Fcuk" and injects it with jet engine reese that's so wide and overwhelming you might have to have a sit down after hearing it. No messing around at all on this one.
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Most Known Edits
GCP001D
25 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Hangover - (5:36) 110 BPM
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Know This - (7:28) 121 BPM
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Fly Robert - (7:07) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bo Knows - (5:28) 124 BPM
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Review: Michael The Lion differs from the average re-edit chancer by actually recording extra musical parts for his re-tweaks. Here on his Most Known Edits EP he applies extra guitars, bass, keyboards and percussion to a selection of fairly well known 70s dance tunes. First up the immortal Love Hangover by The Fifth Dimension gets some extra bounce and fizz on "The Hangover", "Know This" sees the raw emotion of the People Choice original gently beefed up and filled out, "Fly Robert" is a chugging boogie locomotive of a tune and "Bo Knows" ends things with a Latin-tinged percussive spectacular.
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The Boogie Box #2
VHR 43
22 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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DB - "Fame" (V's Bumpy Way To The Top edit) - (5:48) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Controller - "Turn That Boogie Loose" (V's edit) - (6:02) 110 BPM
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Eddie - "Going Up" (V's In Smoke edit) - (7:06) 116 BPM
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TENCC - "Dreadlock Holiday" (V's edit) - (5:51) 110 BPM
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Roy Avers - "Can't You See Me" (V's edit) - (6:20) 116 BPM
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CHA - "You Gave Me Love" (vs edit) - (7:12) 117 BPM
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Review: Valique is currently neck and neck with Rayko in a furious battle for the title of disco's most prolific re-editor. Here he nudges in front by a nose thanks to another six-track selection of dancefloor-ready reworks. As usual, he adds his magic touch to a range of well loved and lesser-known cuts, kicking off with an undulating, party-hearty extension of David Bowie's "Fame". Stylistically, he keeps things eclectic, variously touching on hazy disco-funk ("Turn That Boogie Loose"), camp disco (the string-drenched, arms-aloft "Going Up"), white boy reggae-pop (a cheery, stretched out rendition of 10CC's "Dreadlock Holiday"), and heavily percussive disco-rock (the subtly house-friendly, filter-rich "You Gave Me Love").
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Devil The Difference
HOD 015
18 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Devil The Difference (original mix) - (5:36) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boogie With Billy (original mix) - (5:43) 120 BPM
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Devil The Difference (Future dub) - (5:33) 118 BPM
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Review: Ever since their first releases on 20:20 Vision back in 2005, Art Of Tones have steadily grown into purveyors of fine deep house, and you can rest assured that you'll always receive nothing but quality from them. As of late, they've been more closely associated to London's House Of Disco Records, an imprint onto which they return to herein with three smackers, starting with the disco-laced groove that is "Devil The Difference", a soulful house joint with nothing but vibes spilling from every corner. On the flip, "Boogie With Billy" adopts a similar formula to a more electronic rhythm that recalls material from the mighty 80's imprint SAM, while the 'future dub' of "Devil The Difference" twists the original into a deeper, more heady cut for the deep hours...
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Music/Tell You No Lie
MPM 27
29 Apr 16
Techno
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Music - (6:30) 129 BPM
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Tell You No Lie - (8:33) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Alkalino
Review: A taster for Robert Hood's second Floorplan album, this EP puts a spotlight on the radical nature of his musical transformation. On "Music", the visceral rhythms of techno minimalism are gone; in their place is a rolling, tracky groove that boasts a repetitive vocal loop and which has shades of classic Relief /Derrick Carter. "Tell You No Lie" is even more impressive. It sees Hood use a gospel vocal over a stomping, funk guitar-sampling disco house workout. There is an audibly religious dimension to "Tell You No Lie," but Hood's knack for writing a great tune means that it sounds celebratory rather than self-indulgent or preachy.
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De-Evolution Part 1
VSN 022
22 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Dr. Kink - (5:21) 174 BPM
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The Upbeats & Ivy Lab - "Pharaoh" - (5:41) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DOOM - (5:15) 174 BPM
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Dungeon - (5:14) 172 BPM
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Elevator - (4:19) 174 BPM
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Review: We're unsure how many parts are in this series but, reading between the lines, this could well mark the start of a new album from The Upbeats. Five tracks of raffish, stripped back sweatiness, there's no holding back: "Dr Kink" takes sonic surgery to dangerous new levels, "Pharaoh" sees them colliding with Ivy Lab to show their deeper, rolling, pensive side while "Dungeon" and "Doom" are straight up slap-fests of the highest neuro order. The hazy, soft-focus textures of "Elevator" provide the soft cushion as we crash back to reality. Looking forward to part two... And maybe even part three!
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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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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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Pascia
RB 162
15 Apr 16
Deep House
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Pascia - (6:58) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Damnson - (6:14) 120 BPM
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Pascia (Voodoo Effect mix) - (5:55) 124 BPM
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Pasciaa (dub) - (6:07) 124 BPM
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Aroop Roy Reworks Pt 2
FINGER 028
22 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ifa - (6:50) 119 BPM
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Manuman - (5:35) 120 BPM
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Um Trago - (6:28) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: London's Aroop Roy is back, This guy has won acclaim from the who's who of the industry such as Gilles Peterson and Rainer Truby and his music fuses afro (such as on the hands in the air party vibe of "Ifa" that's reminiscent of Fela Kuti vibes), funk (the disco funk soul excursion on "Manuman") and into house like on the spiritual NYC vibe of Um Trago" that's calling to mind classic Joe Claussell and Kerri Chandler. And we're really digging it!
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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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Flummox EP
SUBALT 010
29 Apr 16
Deep Dubstep
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Taiko & Le Lion - "De Maya" - (5:39) 140 BPM
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Flummox - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Stick Fight - (5:56) 130 BPM
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Game Show - (5:14) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stick Fight (Mentha remix) - (6:27) 140 BPM
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Review: In case the last wait of a year wasn't quite long enough between Subaltern outings, Taiko leaves us hanging even longer (16 months) this time. File under 'all good'... We've had an Albion release to chow down on in the meantime and beats like these really are worth waiting for: "De Maya" is a powerful hypnotic tabla session, "Flummox" throws cosmic textures into the dub melting pot, "Stick Fight" teases us with breaks through some seriously intricate percussive arrangements, "Game Show" while "Game Show" is more of a magic show, building and twisting with subtlety as the percussion becomes the melody and the melody becomes the bass all before your very eyes. Looking for more techy grit? Jump on Mentha's remix of "Stick Fight".
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Dimensions
SSA 015
02 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Everlasting - (5:07) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cheaters - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Surreal - (4:24) 178 BPM
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Breach & Clear - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Time Again - (4:33) 174 BPM
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Review: UK grizzle-bass flinger Operate returns to Smoke Signal with five more fugly fire starters. No messing around or beating around the bush; this is peaktime gully tailored for the most dissonant times... The detuned string sample and twisted robotic harmonics of "Cheaters", the disjointed dream stretches and scrapes of "Surreal", the sudden jungle splashes of "Breach & Clear", the list goes on. Powerful stuff made strictly for strong-armed DJs.
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Shogun/100, Pt 2
SHA100EP 2
15 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Phace - "Mumbo Jumbo" - (4:53) 170 BPM
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Joe Ford - "Time Is Limited" - (5:28) 172 BPM
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SpectraSoul - "Glimpse" (feat DBridge) - (4:43) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Proxima - "Sens8" - (4:41) 173 BPM
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Review: As if their first 100 EP didn't hit the spot, Shogun return with another all-star cast for the second round of their centennial celebrations: Phace takes the lead with his own distinctive dark funk with guttural bass and synth hooks that rip in from nowhere, Joe Ford shows off a more cosmic side to his palette with a purring elastic bassline and dynamics so floaty and melodic they're not dissimilar to Camo & Krooked. Deeper again we hit halftime havoc with Promixa's steel-drum-smashing "Sens8" but the highlight for most will be Ivy Lab's remix of SpectraSoul's delicious 2010 stepper "Glimpse". Still kissed by DBridge's yearning alto, the Lab flex back to their deep rolling roots with slick, spacey and outright sexy results.
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The Trick
G 13036
18 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Pacso - "The Trick" (Turno remix) - (5:14) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alpha - "Frozen Black" (Upgrade remix) - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Review: G13 rewind to two of their many heavy-hitting highlights and revise with two killer remixes: Pacso's 2011 breakthrough bumper "The Trick" gets a turbo-charged twist from Turno as the original's dense layers are peeled away to make sure the cinematic arpegiated sample and bullish bass hook are brought much closer to the fore. Alpha's 2013 "Frozen Black" is also subverted in style by Upgrade. While the original had a relentless pace to its drums, Upgrade adds more space to the beats to let the newly-tuned bass hook really shine. Two great versions of jump-up contemporisation.
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I Exist
CHRG 049
25 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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I Exist - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Soldiers (Rene LaVice remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: A giant among badmen: following the onslaught of his epic "Big Tune" EP last autumn, Mampi returns with another fresh exercise. "I Exist" hits with a "Gold Rush"-style hook - all electro-edged and naggier than your other half with a nasty hangover but added weight and classic D&B menace. Meanwhile on the remix Rene LaVice takes the classic "Soldiers" and gives it his own unique twist as the evocative hook that all card carrying junglists will know instantly is switched from battle mode to war mode. Batten down your hatches.
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Michael The Lion Edits
RNTD 015
29 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Any Time - (6:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Don - (5:39) 119 BPM
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Get More - (6:18) 128 BPM
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909s & Herb (feat Sammy Bananas) - (6:35) 117 BPM
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Review: Michael The Lion pops up on the ever-reliable Razor N Tape imprint following high quality outings on Soul Clap and Giant Cuts. This time round, he's following the Kon blueprint of blending edit style rearrangement with the heavyweight swing of house production. He begins with the soulful disco-house throb of "Anytime" - all extended percussion breaks, piano-heavy sweetness and life-affirming vocals - before charging off on a cheeky Italo-disco direction with "The Don". "Get More" is a killer, high octane re-cut of Lorraine Johnson's obscure cover of Teddy Pendergass favourite "The More I Get, The More I Want", while closer "909s and Herb" - a co-production with Sammy Bananas - blends elements from Herb Alpert disco classic "Rise" with all manner of brand new synths, drums and samples.
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Street Lessons Remixes EP
LOFT 004
22 Apr 16
Deep House
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Higher Level (Bicep remix) - (6:04) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Street Lessons (Hackman remix) - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Street Lessons (Dorsia remix) - (6:42) 124 BPM
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Street Lessons (Lancelot remix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
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Review: LOFT's latest release is an all-star affair, with a quartet of hyped artists taking it in turns to remix tracks from Berlin-based Aussie Isaac Tichauer's recent Street Lessons EP. Belfast boys Bicep step up first, delivering a mix that blends winding synthesizer lines with rolling, early '90s style breakbeat house grooves. Hackman's version of "Street Lessons" is a cheery, UKG-meets-deep house affair full of skipping beats and twinkling pianos, before Dorsia serves up a tasty vocal version of the same track smothered in psychedelic electronics and pretty synth melodies. Finally, Lancelot manages to deliver a drowsy tech-house-meets-boisterous garage interpretation of "Street Lessons" that should go down well with younger crowds.
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Pot Smoker
WWR 013
02 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Pot Smoker - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Snake In The Grass (feat Sunny Boy) - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Kenji - "Typical" - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Kenji & Dispoze - "All The Time" - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Take 'Em Back - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Review: Latvian producer Kenji steps over to Wild West for five slices of jump-up mischief: the sticky-fingered title track samples a well-known angry ginger with equal measures of fun and fury. Deeper into the EP we hit timeless, slightly restrained Hazard-style licks on "Snake In The Grass". "Typical" resonates with classical-level piano hammers while "All The Time" sees Kenji doing the disco dodo with Dispoze. Finally we get crazy on "Take 'Em Back" where a double-edged bassline slaps your forehead while kicking your shin. Murderation.
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Rock Rock/Blast Off
JAL 211
15 Apr 16
Funk
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Rock Rock - (4:11) 73 BPM
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Blast Off - (3:39) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Bristolian beatmasters The Allergies team up with Ugly Duckling's Andy Cooper on "Rock Rock", an all-out funk explosion featuring Cooper's lyrical gymnastics, the drummer getting truly wicked and a liquid groove courtesy of the bass player; these guys are tight! On the flip we have got the jazzy and soulful "Blast Off" which features a big band energy and an explosive delivery which as label 45 Live say themselves "will be gracing decks from Bristol to Boston, Sydney to San Francisco and all points between". And who are we to argue!
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Nationwide Rocker EP
TECH 131
22 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Nationwide Rocker - (4:51) 174 BPM
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Think About You - (4:06) 174 BPM
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Anarchist - (4:42) 174 BPM
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Airhead - (3:54) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Missrepresent
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Fourfit EP 07
SOULR 074
22 Apr 16
Drum And Bass
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Hide The Tears - (5:29) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dark Horse - (6:39) 175 BPM
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Fade To Red - (5:29) 175 BPM
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Desire - (6:03) 175 BPM
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Played by: I Wannabe
Review: Have you ever known a Fourfit EP to be bad? No, neither have we. Following the likes of Adred, Calibre and LSB, Seba continues Soul:R's age-old traditional of innovation and forward-thinking aceness with his take on the label's four track EP series: "Hide The Tears" is the emotional heart-string snapper of the set, "Dark Horse" showcases Seba's absurd drumfunk science, "Fade To Red" takes the halftime approach and gives it a toxic twist while "Desire" closes the show on another emotional flex as swooning chords counterbalance hoover-style stabs in style. Seba on Soul:R... As you'd expect, it's a winning combination.
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Good Grief EP
ALPACA 028X
25 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Givin' It Up - (5:44) 112 BPM
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Goin' South - (6:35) 112 BPM
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Never Gonna Stop - (6:21) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Oh Yeah - (5:33) 104 BPM
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Review: Charlie Brown Superstar is no stranger to a bit of space boogie, and the Alpaca Edits crew seems like the perfect place for him to socialise in. In fact, "Givin' It Up" is a lovely, laid-back chat-starter, the sort of banger you put on to impress that special person on a night out - what a bassline! Now that tune is difficult to beat, but "Goin' South" does a good job at delivering a highly sensual, dubbed-out house rush, "Never Gonna Stop" flaps its funky disco wings at a steady pace, and the excellent "Oh Yeah" ties this absolutely stellar EP off with a west-coast, blue-eyed soul kind of swagger - for fans of Ned Doheny. TIP!!
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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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Fantasy EP
DR 004
13 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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A Digital Needle - "Fantasy" - (8:07) 115 BPM
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SEEN ON TV - "Time Warp" - (5:13) 105 BPM
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Rare Cuts - "So Good" - (6:33) 105 BPM
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Coutel - "One And Only" - (5:59) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Some seriously sweet ass edits again courtesy of the discerning Discoalition authority, a label based in Bordeaux (France) and managed by head honcho SEEN ON TV. First up A Digital Needle takes the razor to Bruni Pagan's 1979 digger's delight "Fantasy", UK heroes Imagination get an ergonomic edit too, but for DJ use only with Rare Cuts' version of their 1981 classic "So Good". Finally "One And Only" by Coutel has those feel good, summertime, soul disco vibes with a loop taken from a particular classic but we don't kiss and tell on this one: keep diggin'!
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Safe/Multiply
PH 52DX
22 Apr 16
Techno
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Safe - (6:55) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Multiply - (7:56) 129 BPM
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Review: Random contact through Soundcloud saw Phantasy owner Erol Alkan sign Ghost Culture and now, seven EPs and one album later, this almost accidental hook-up has paid off in spades. "Safe" is a fine modern techno track; a dark, moody bass lashes and flashes like a live power line, while industrial strength acid ploughs its way over Ghost Culture's pumping groove. On the flip side, "Multiply" represents a different side to his sound. It is deeper and more melodic; tranced out chords and melodic hooks of almost crystal fragility play out over a warbling bass and dry percussive ticks. Both tracks consolidate Ghost Culture's reputation as a fine modern day techno artist.
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Sugar - The Reflex Revision & Instrumental
BBE 365SDG
29 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sugar (The Reflex Revision) - (6:59) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sugar (The Reflex instrumental) - (6:59) 125 BPM
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Review: "Sugar" lay unissued for many years, before finally seeing the light of day on BBE's 2003 set of previously unheard Roy Ayers' recordings, Virgin Ubiquity. It was later remixed by Dave Lee under his familiar Joey Negro pseudonym, and here gets the multi-track edit treatment from French scalpel specialist The Reflex. He typically does a good job of building energy and excitement throughout the vocal version's seven-minute duration, showcasing different instruments (vibraphone, horns, bass, guitars) and the track's alternating male and female vocals, in the manner of Tom Moulton or Walter Gibbons. The accompanying instrumental is tasty, too, but lacks a little of the vocal revision's soulful charm.
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Katakana Edits Vol 39
KE 9039
04 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016) - (6:15) 99 BPM
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The Boogie - (7:53) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Into The Disco Scene - (5:41) 125 BPM
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The Crown - (6:45) 125 BPM
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Review: A DJ since the '80s, Argentinian by way of London Fabiolous Barker has appeared previously on Midnight Riot, Masterworks and Funkfusion and presents us with some quality disco edits. "Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016)" is a funky excursion to soul heaven that you'll never forget, while it's back to the disco on "The Boogie" which reworks Uncle Louie's "Full-Tilt Boogie" from 1979. "Into The Disco Scene" is the kind of recycled disco loops that Thomas Bangalter would be proud of while "The Crown" mashes up a few disco nuggets actually, but absolutely to perfection; try and guess which ones... but don't forget to dance!
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Here Comes That Sound EP
DWADSEP 30
12 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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All Right, Tonight - (5:41) 118 BPM
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Here Comes That Sound - (8:48) 120 BPM
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Forgetin' - (7:45) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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House Party - (6:15) 118 BPM
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Barry Belongs To Love - (7:01) 116 BPM
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Give It To You
MIDRIOTD 068
11 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Give It To You - (6:02) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kinda Lover - (6:27) 112 BPM
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Sneak Preview - (6:32) 104 BPM
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Stand Up - (6:19) 119 BPM
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Review: You can always rely on the Midnight Riot label to pick up a party. Seriously they'd get people dancing in a morgue. Here label favourite Ziggy Phunk turns in four sweet and tasty reworks of obscure 80s dance cuts. "Give It To You" is a soft focus helium-voiced disco cut that puts The Bee Gees to shame, "Some Kinda Lover" is nearly seven minutes of tight and sharp 80s electro-soul, "Sneak Preview" is a shiny filtered pop gem that bears more than a passing resemblance to early Madonna, and "Stand Up" is a sped up celebration of guitars and trumpets.
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