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A2J2 EP
NMW 004
06 Aug 12
Deep House
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Come On - (6:05) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Take Me - (7:41) 125 BPM
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Stand Up & Jump - (6:42) 125 BPM
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Not So Easy - (6:24) 120 BPM
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Review: This second split EP from deep housers Alex Agore and James Johnston has already proved popular on vinyl, and it's not hard to see why. Both producers have brought their "A" game, delivering strong cuts that bristle with dancefloor intent. Dutch studio don Agore steps up first, delivering two tracks dripping with classic US house flavour; "Take Me", in particular, sounds like a cross between MK and classic Morales. Johnston continues this revivalist theme with "Stand Up & Jump", a bumpin' groover built around a deliciously wicked classic house riff. "Not So Easy" is deeper and woozier, making great use of chopped up party atmospherics and bluesy vocal samples.
Improper Change
NMW 001
11 Apr 11
Deep House
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Alex Agore - "Improper Change" (original mix) - (6:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alex Agore - "Improper Change" (Lady Blacktronika There For Alex mix) - (7:18) 120 BPM
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James Johnston - "I Know It's Not Time" (original mix) - (6:34) 122 BPM
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James Johnston - "I Know It's Not Time" (Rick Wade remix) - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Review: This four-tracker from up-and-coming producers Alex Agore and James Johnston signals a promising start for new deep house imprint No Matter What. Agore's "Improper Change" is an intoxicating take on Detroit deep house - all drawn-out one-key chords, bumping low-end bounce and slick vocal snippets. The included Lady Blacktronica remix takes things up a notch thanks to some subtle acid tweakery, Beatdown chords and decidedly snappier beats. James Johnston's "I Know It's Not Time", meanwhile, is arguably his best production yet - a flowing jazz-house builder with a sweet, bluesy edge. The package is completed by a chunkier Rick Wade remix, which cleverly injects some thick, bassline-driven bounce.
When It Looks Like Life
DUTCHIE 176
05 Jul 12
Deep House
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Bescheerer & Szenasi - "When It Looks Like Life" (original mix) - (7:10) 120 BPM
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James Johnston - "When It Looks Like Life" (James Johnston remix) - (7:44) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Asad Rizvi - "When It Looks Like Life" (Asad Rizvi remix) - (8:30) 120 BPM
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Onur Ozman - "When It Looks Like Life" (Onur Reverse mix) - (7:56) 120 BPM
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Bescheerer & Matt Gill - "Sanctuary" (original mix) - (5:53) 114 BPM
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Black Key EP Vol 1
BKR 004
27 Jan 14
Deep House
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BLM - "My Sound Tool" - (6:40) 120 BPM
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Flori - "Red Rectangle" - (5:56) 120 BPM
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James Johnston - "Lights Off" - (6:30) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Black Vol 1
BKR 004
03 Dec 12
Deep House
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BLM - "My Sound Tool" - (6:40) 120 BPM
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Flori - "Red Rectangle" - (5:56) 120 BPM
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James Johnston - "Lights Off" - (6:30) 124 BPM
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The Chrome Hand EP
BGO 003
27 Sep 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Deep Space Orchestra - "Chrome Hand" - (8:04) 116 BPM
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Deep Space Orchestra - "Chrome Hand" (Ben Sun mix) - (7:35) 116 BPM
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James Johnston - "Faces & Traces Of Home" - (7:21) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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James Johnston - "Sunshine Stars" - (7:24) 118 BPM
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The Chrome Hand
BGO 003
24 Oct 11
Funky/Club House
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Deep Space Orchestra - "Chrome Hand" - (8:04) 116 BPM
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Deep Space Orchestra - "Chrome Hand" (Ben Sun mix) - (7:35) 116 BPM
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James Johnston - "Faces & Traces Of Home" - (7:21) 110 BPM
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James Johnston - "Sunshine Stars" - (7:24) 118 BPM
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Mathias EP
DES 0045
23 Sep 13
Deep House
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Desos - "Mathias" - (6:07) 115 BPM
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James Johnston - "House Music" (James Johnston's deeper dub) - (6:19) 124 BPM
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Colman Buckley - "Stay High" - (6:17) 123 BPM
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Nick Beringer - "Listen Up" - (7:02) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Delayed Volume 3
DELA 003
02 Dec 13
Deep House
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James Johnston - "Taking Over Me" - (6:39) 118 BPM
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Latona - "What You Wanna See" - (7:52) 115 BPM
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Espada - "Paragon Walk" - (7:47) 120 BPM
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DJ Rocca - "White Dreams" - (6:52) 120 BPM
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After Everything: The Remixes
NMWD 009
02 Feb 15
Deep House
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After Everything (original mix) - (7:08) 120 BPM
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After Everything (Alex Agore remix) - (6:31) 119 BPM
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After Everything (Mono Mode remix) - (6:53) 122 BPM
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After Everything (Matthew Collins remix) - (7:02) 120 BPM
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After Everything (Xio remix) - (6:26) 123 BPM
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After Everything (Turner remix) - (7:43) 118 BPM
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After Everything (Alex-Ander remix) - (5:57) 118 BPM
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After Everything (Flabaire remix) - (8:34) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Everything 2 Lose
CTT 004
25 Jan 16
Deep House
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Everything 2 Lose - (7:27) 125 BPM
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Get Yr Self - (6:16) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Like This - (6:37) 122 BPM
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U Turn - (6:58) 118 BPM
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Played by: Aphreme, OPOLOPO
Chapter One
CTT 001
09 Nov 15
Deep House
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James Johnston - "Nervous Glamour" - (6:51) 122 BPM
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Intr0beatz - "Fly Like Love" - (6:33) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alex Agore - "Homesick" - (7:54) 123 BPM
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J's Gruv - "Come On" - (6:59) 122 BPM
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RMR Vol 2
RMR 003
02 May 16
Minimal/Tech House
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James Johnston - "Get House Now" - (8:10) 125 BPM
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Ruff Stuff - "Double Mirror" - (7:10) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Timmy P - "Filthy Animal" - (6:15) 124 BPM
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Mikki Funk - "Schwung" - (6:54) 124 BPM
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Consumer EP
NMW 006
20 May 13
Deep House
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Give Him Prozac - (6:38) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Columbo Likes The Nightlife - (6:29) 129 BPM
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And They Had Cocktails - (6:54) 123 BPM
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The Sleepwalker - (6:22) 134 BPM
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Played by: Homegroove Project
Review: Currently two of the busiest men in contemporary deep house, Alex Agore and James Johnston have still found the time to establish their joint No Matter What Recordings as a potent outlet. This sixth release sees Johnston at the buttons for sole control after a couple of split releases and the Consumer EP demonstrates a further refinement of his own distinct brand of house music. Lead track "Give Him Prozac" sets the tone with a thick four note synth lead that accrues all manner of dreamlike analogue qualities as it progresses backed by those crisp rolling rhythms Johnston is known for. "Columbo Likes The Nightlife" takes things on a notably deeper path, all dubby chords and intricate skipping percussive touches augmented by epic sweeping textures, whilst "And They Had Cocktails" maintains the same feel if upping the pace somewhat. Johnston ends strongly with the sublime analogue build of "The Sleepwalker".

Run 2 Me
STD 0006
29 Apr 14
Funky/Club House
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Run 2 Me (original mix) - (6:31) 126 BPM
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Run 2 Me (Snazzy Trax remix) - (6:26) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Run 2 Me (Stevie party dub) - (6:27) 122 BPM
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On The Run
ASS 033
05 May 14
Deep House
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On The Run (original mix) - (6:43) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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On The Run (Ponty Mythons Cowbell Bounce) - (6:08) 118 BPM
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On The Run (T Bone remix) - (6:59) 125 BPM
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Hang Up EP
BKR 009
26 May 14
Deep House
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Hang Up (original mix) - (6:44) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hang Up (Dudley Strangeways remix) - (8:02) 123 BPM
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Sinatras Last Day (original mix) - (6:42) 118 BPM
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Invisible Again (original mix) - (7:15) 122 BPM
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Played by: DJ Nav
Review: Black Key Records continue their run of top-notch releases, this time in the form of the well establish, and highly sort after James Johnston. This four-track EP features three stunning originals, plus a sterling remix from Back To You Records boss, Dudely Strangeways. The "Hang Up' EP lays down four sublime cuts of low-slung, deep house music, with the unmistakable character that Johnston creates within his music. Strangeways' remix delves into deeper, late night territory, with a definite "heads dow" feel to his rework. This is another essential release from a label which is consistently on-point - a rare thing these days.
Missed The Party
4LUX 037
25 Jun 10
Deep House
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Missed The Party - (6:11) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In The Dream Count To 3 - (6:11) 120 BPM
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The Day We Expanded - (6:38) 116 BPM
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Review: After impressing Jimpster and Moodymanc with Honesty, his debut EP on the Undertones imprint last year, James Johnston returns with more deep house cuts on "Missed The Party" for the 4 Lux Black label. The Glaswegian has only just returned to the house music he grew up on after several years of delving into experimental music as part of a guitar noise duo and playing squat parties throughout Europe (Thurston Moore was a fan) but Johnston clearly has a talent for crafting impressive deep house. The title track takes the plaudits here - a bumping percussive rhythm wrapped in neat vocal edits and extra warm bass line where the hypnotic groove early on is transformed into Romanthony sampling deep house bliss. Johnston opts for a jazzier feel on "In The Dream Count To Three", drenching the lolloping beats in an exquisite synth melody and submerged atmospherics. "The Day We Expanded" brings you out of the mist with a slow building mix of uptight hi hats, Detroit-esque synth work and squiggly acid bass stabs.
Feeling Good In The Dark EP
4LUX 010-02
24 Dec 10
Deep House
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Feeling Good In The Dark (MoodyMix) - (6:13) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sold Out Of Your Heart - (6:02) 120 BPM
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Missed The Party - (6:11) 122 BPM
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Slow Dance & Romance - (6:30) 112 BPM
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Feeling Good In The Dark (PartyMix) - (7:30) 120 BPM
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What Should We Wear - (7:12) 110 BPM
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About To Fall EP
NMWD 006
10 Nov 14
Deep House
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About To Fall - (7:27) 126 BPM
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Price U Pay - (6:38) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Walked Out On U - (7:29) 126 BPM
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Big Man On The Street - (7:11) 118 BPM
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Don't Rush Me
NMWD 004
29 Sep 14
Deep House
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Don't Rush Me (original mix) - (6:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Think About U Everyday (moody mix) - (6:12) 125 BPM
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Change (original mix) - (7:10) 126 BPM
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What I Need (original mix) - (6:10) 125 BPM
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From The Gutter To The Stars
YAH 003
06 Oct 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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From The Gutter To The Stars - (7:02) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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From The Gutter To The Stars (Hands Free remix) - (8:28) 117 BPM
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From The Gutter To The Stars (Aybee's reorbit) - (7:23) 126 BPM
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From The Gutter To The Stars (Honor Among Thieves remix) - (8:03) 123 BPM
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From The Gutter To The Stars (Marius Vareid remix) - (6:31) 110 BPM
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From The Gutter To The Stars (Michael Christopher & Max L remix) - (7:42) 112 BPM
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From The Gutter To The Stars (18 Carat Affair refreak) - (3:47) 107 BPM
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From The Gutter To The Stars (Escape Art remix) - (8:26) 123 BPM
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Played by: HWah
After Everything EP
NMW 003
05 Mar 12
Deep House
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After Everything - (7:08) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lost The House Keys - (6:09) 126 BPM
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Get The Feeling Back - (6:46) 123 BPM
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XTC - (6:27) 124 BPM
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Review: British deep house producer James Johnston has enjoyed a productive career of late, dropping tracks and remixes on Fine Art, Under The Shade, Boogie Originals and Gerd's 4Lux imprint. Here he returns to No Matter What with arguably his strongest set to date, a four-track onslaught of hip-wigglin' deep house with a distinct old skool US garage twist. While "XTC" and "Get The Feeling Back" are standard Johnson fare - warm, organ-rich deep house with a tidy '90s flex - there's something decidedly rude and sweaty about "Lost The House Keys". Its bone-rattling sub-bass, skippy beats and starlight organs scream "garage", even if the stabs and smooth production try and say otherwise. Nicely done.
There Is Always Time To Change
UTS 030
24 Oct 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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There Is Always Time To Change - (7:44) 112 BPM
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There Is Always Time To Change (Andy Ash remix) - (7:12) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love Is So Real - (7:39) 114 BPM
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Witness The Invisible - (7:11) 112 BPM
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The John Gore EP
NMW 005
04 Feb 13
Deep House
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James Johnston - "Think About U Everyday" - (6:41) 125 BPM
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Alex Agore - "In My Soul" - (7:21) 127 BPM
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Alex Agore - "In Your Arms" - (6:32) 118 BPM
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James Johnston - "Do U Understand" - (6:26) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: UK don James Johnston and German champ Alex Agore once again come together on their hot-to-trot No Matter What imprint to lay down the law on their righteous tributes to vintage house music. Johnston delivers some dreamy garage swing on "Think About U Everyday", and takes things deeper on "Do U Understand?" by drawing you in with an alluring chord line that purrs at the heart of the track. Agore is in equally feisty mood with some textbook vocal turns over his "In My Soul" workout, and then switches up for a breezy, carefree wriggler in the form of "In Your Arms".
Before I Sleep Tonight
ML 002
11 Jan 12
Deep House
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James Johnston - "Before I Sleep Tonight" - (7:22) 122 BPM
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Alkalino & Alphabet City - "Dolve A La Discoteca" - (6:10) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bartellow - "Perhaps Strange" (feat Stefan Brisee) - (6:14) 120 BPM
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Roman Rauch - "Space Places" - (6:43) 125 BPM
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Review: Killer four track EP of sumptuous deepness here from the Much Love imprint, with James Johnston, Alkalino, Alphabet City, Bartellow and Roman Rauch all stepping up to the plate with uptempo house jams. Johnston's title track takes on an almost proggy hue with a killer titular vocal hook, while Alkalino & Alphabet City's insouciant key-driven "Dolve A La Discoteca" has 'Ibizan terrace party' stamped indelibly across its forehead. Bartellow's loopy, jazz-fuelled slice of house exotica ("Perhaps Strang") leads into the deepest of the lot - just check those chords on Rauch's "Space Places"!
That Was Now
OUTNL 004
25 Jun 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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James Johnston - "That Was Now" - (7:31) 116 BPM
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Ben La Desh - "Drug Carrier" - (8:04) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The fourth drop on the fledgling Outernational ensures standards are maintained with James Johnston and Ben La Desh providing a track on each side. Glaswegian producer Johnston is in fine form currently, having established the No Matter What label he runs with Alex Agore in the collective hearts of the deep house cognoscenti, and "That Was Now" is a sublime example of embellishing thick set house music with the spirit and soul of classic disco. Hints of glistening strings and a well plucked bass guitar sit deep in the mix as the packed groove builds effortlessly towards a quite lovely drop and build back into a final movement where the subtle disco elements become more prominent. Not to be outdone, Dutch juvenile delinquent Ben La Desh counters with "Drug Carrier", a quite intoxicating burner that's got several distinct rhythmic movements, with the point where some wide filtering introduces a heavy vibing Baltic disco mid section.
True People EP
XOOM 001
17 Dec 12
Deep House
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James Johnston - "From Here To Somewhere" - (7:06) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Matthew Collins - "It's You" - (6:26) 120 BPM
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Rubberlips - "Jazzyspice" - (8:15) 127 BPM
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Florian Muller - "Little Deep" - (5:37) 115 BPM
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Doctor On Vacation EP
GKEBAB 005
11 Aug 14
Deep House
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James Johnston - "Let's Try Again" - (7:12) 120 BPM
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Metrobox - "Taxi Kigali" - (6:28) 120 BPM
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Sames - "Groove Muffin" - (7:22) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Black Loops - "Chimera" - (6:24) 120 BPM
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Freche Cuts
FRECHE 015
02 Sep 13
Deep House
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James Johnston - "Turn Around" - (6:40) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Robert Reinartz - "Praise Him" - (4:59) 120 BPM
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Leigh D Oliver & Alex Alterskye - "Dig Deeper" - (6:07) 123 BPM
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Lewis P - "I Jus Wanna" - (6:27) 115 BPM
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The Pearls Of Kebabylon
GKEBAB 002
06 Jan 14
Deep House
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James Johnston - "What You Do To Me" - (6:45) 122 BPM
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Sames - "Gates" - (6:49) 121 BPM
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Moralez - "Touch Me" - (6:49) 120 BPM
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Sasha Khizhnyakov - "Going Back" - (6:32) 123 BPM
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Guarana
DUTCHIE 150
05 Oct 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Juan Mejia & DJ Wady - "Guarana" (original mix) - (5:14) 122 BPM
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Timewriter - "Guarana" (remix) - (6:03) 122 BPM
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James Johnston - "Guarana" (remix) - (6:11) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bescheerer & Szenasi - "Guarana" (remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
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Played by: J&M BROTHERS
Inner City Records Vol 2
ICR 002
09 Dec 13
Deep House
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Leigh D Oliver - "Reductio Ad Absurdum" - (6:13) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Courbeau - "Addicted" - (6:37) 122 BPM
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James Johnston - "Dance With U" - (7:10) 126 BPM
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Basement Groove - "4Beatclub" - (6:03) 123 BPM
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Vinyl Perspectives
KLR 016
07 Sep 10
Deep House
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Erefaan Pearce - "Start It Up" (Chez Damier's vocal Chant remix) - (7:01) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sona - "You Were There" (Delano Smith dub) - (6:34) 126 BPM
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LuvLux - "Waterpark Funk" (KiNK's Daylight dub) - (7:05) 126 BPM
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James Johnston - "You're Still The Same" (Ethyl's Wheezy Garage remix) - (7:37) 115 BPM
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Split Slam EP
DDSR 001
01 Apr 13
Deep House
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Washerman - "Tell Me" - (6:52) 123 BPM
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Washerman - "Come Closer" - (6:48) 120 BPM
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James Johnston - "The Music" - (6:35) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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James Johnston - "On The Ground" - (6:44) 123 BPM
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Played by: SW
Review: Quality deep house labels aren't hard to come by these days, meaning the fledgling Deep Down Slam Records has its work cut out for it, but given the strength of this first release the label should have no problems establishing themselves. First up are the talents of rising house producer Washerman, whose jam "Tell Me" kicks things off in a 90s New Jersey house style, albeit one filled with a contemporary production nuance that makes it stand out amongst the crowd, while "Come Closer" offers a similar cut with good time chords which owe a considerable debt to French touch house. Meanwhile, No Matter What don James Johnston provides two expectedly thumping house cuts; "The Music" combines belting piano chords with rubbery strings that pull you in deep, while the tribal feel of "On The Ground" is accented by some alluring Motor City melodies.
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