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A2J2 EP
NMW 004
06 Aug 12
Deep House
A2J2 EP by Alex Agore/James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
Come On - (6:05) 124 BPM
A2J2 EP by Alex Agore/James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
Take Me - (7:41) 125 BPM
A2J2 EP by Alex Agore/James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
Stand Up & Jump - (6:42) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
A2J2 EP by Alex Agore/James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
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
Improper Change by Alex Agore on No Matter What Cue Track
Alex Agore - "Improper Change" (original mix) - (6:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Improper Change by Alex Agore on No Matter What Cue Track
Alex Agore - "Improper Change" (Lady Blacktronika There For Alex mix) - (7:18) 120 BPM
I Know It's Not Time by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
James Johnston - "I Know It's Not Time" (original mix) - (6:34) 122 BPM
I Know It's Not Time by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
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.
Visions EP
CFR 001
15 Oct 12
Deep House
Think About It by Basic Soul Unit on City Fly Cue Track
Basic Soul Unit - "Think About It" - (7:39) 120 BPM
Move Forward by James Johnston on City Fly Cue Track
James Johnston - "Move Forward" - (6:33) 122 BPM
Illusion by Tone Control on City Fly Cue Track
Tone Control - "Illusion" (Tone Control Unreleased remix) - (7:14) 120 BPM
Save It For Later by YSE on City Fly Cue Track
YSE - "Save It For Later" - (7:58) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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When It Looks Like Life
DUTCHIE 176
05 Jul 12
Deep House
When It Looks Like Life by Bescheerer & Szenasi on Dutchie Music Cue Track
Bescheerer & Szenasi - "When It Looks Like Life" (original mix) - (7:10) 120 BPM
When It Looks Like Life by James Johnston on Dutchie Music Cue Track
James Johnston - "When It Looks Like Life" (James Johnston remix) - (7:44) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
When It Looks Like Life by Asad Rizvi on Dutchie Music Cue Track
Asad Rizvi - "When It Looks Like Life" (Asad Rizvi remix) - (8:30) 120 BPM
When It Looks Like Life by Onur Ozman on Dutchie Music Cue Track
Onur Ozman - "When It Looks Like Life" (Onur Reverse mix) - (7:56) 120 BPM
Sanctuary by Bescheerer & Matt Gill on Dutchie Music Cue Track
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
My Sound Tool by BLM on Black Key Cue Track
BLM - "My Sound Tool" - (6:40) 120 BPM
Red Rectangle by Flori on Black Key Cue Track
Flori - "Red Rectangle" - (5:56) 120 BPM
Lights Off by James Johnston on Black Key Cue Track
James Johnston - "Lights Off" - (6:30) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Chrome Hand EP
BGO 003
27 Sep 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
Chrome Hand by Deep Space Orchestra on Boogie Originals Cue Track
Deep Space Orchestra - "Chrome Hand" - (8:04) 116 BPM
Chrome Hand by Deep Space Orchestra on Boogie Originals Cue Track
Deep Space Orchestra - "Chrome Hand" (Ben Sun mix) - (7:35) 116 BPM
Faces & Traces Of Home by James Johnston on Boogie Originals Cue Track
James Johnston - "Faces & Traces Of Home" - (7:21) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sunshine Stars by James Johnston on Boogie Originals Cue Track
James Johnston - "Sunshine Stars" - (7:24) 118 BPM
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Mathias EP
DES 0045
23 Sep 13
Deep House
Mathias by Desos on Deso Cue Track
Desos - "Mathias" (original mix) - (6:07) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
House Music by James Johnston on Deso Cue Track
James Johnston - "House Music" (James Johnston deeper dub) - (6:19) 124 BPM
Stay High by Colman Buckley on Deso Cue Track
Colman Buckley - "Stay High" (original mix) - (6:17) 123 BPM
Listen Up by Nick Beringer on Deso Cue Track
Nick Beringer - "Listen Up" (original mix) - (7:02) 123 BPM
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Vinyl Perspectives
KLR 016
07 Sep 10
Deep House
Start It Up by Erefaan Pearce on Kolour Recordings Cue Track
Erefaan Pearce - "Start It Up" (Chez Damier's vocal Chant remix) - (7:01) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
You Were There by Sona on Kolour Recordings Cue Track
Sona - "You Were There" (Delano Smith dub) - (6:34) 126 BPM
Waterpark Funk by LuvLux on Kolour Recordings Cue Track
LuvLux - "Waterpark Funk" (KiNK's Daylight dub) - (7:05) 126 BPM
You're Still The Same by James Johnston on Kolour Recordings Cue Track
James Johnston - "You're Still The Same" (Ethyl's Wheezy Garage remix) - (7:37) 115 BPM
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After Everything EP
NMW 003
05 Mar 12
Deep House
After Everything EP by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
After Everything - (7:08) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
After Everything EP by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
Lost The House Keys - (6:09) 126 BPM
After Everything EP by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
Get The Feeling Back - (6:46) 123 BPM
After Everything EP by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
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.
Consumer EP
NMW 006
20 May 13
Deep House
Consumer EP by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
Give Him Prozac - (6:38) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Consumer EP by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
Columbo Likes The Nightlife - (6:29) 129 BPM
Consumer EP by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
And They Had Cocktails - (6:54) 123 BPM
Consumer EP by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
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".

Feeling Good In The Dark EP
4LUX 010-02
24 Dec 10
Deep House
Feeling Good In The Dark EP by James Johnston on 4 Lux Black Holland Cue Track
Feeling Good In The Dark (MoodyMix) - (6:13) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Feeling Good In The Dark EP by James Johnston on 4 Lux Black Holland Cue Track
Sold Out Of Your Heart - (6:02) 120 BPM
Feeling Good In The Dark EP by James Johnston on 4 Lux Black Holland Cue Track
Missed The Party - (6:11) 122 BPM
Feeling Good In The Dark EP by James Johnston on 4 Lux Black Holland Cue Track
Slow Dance & Romance - (6:30) 112 BPM
Feeling Good In The Dark EP by James Johnston on 4 Lux Black Holland Cue Track
Feeling Good In The Dark (PartyMix) - (7:30) 120 BPM
Feeling Good In The Dark EP by James Johnston on 4 Lux Black Holland Cue Track
What Should We Wear - (7:12) 110 BPM
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Missed The Party
4LUX 037
25 Jun 10
Deep House
Missed The Party by James Johnston on 4 Lux Black Holland Cue Track
Missed The Party - (6:11) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Missed The Party by James Johnston on 4 Lux Black Holland Cue Track
In The Dream Count To 3 - (6:11) 120 BPM
Missed The Party by James Johnston on 4 Lux Black Holland Cue Track
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.
There Is Always Time To Change
UTS 030
24 Oct 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
There Is Always Time To Change by James Johnston on Under The Shade Cue Track
There Is Always Time To Change - (7:44) 112 BPM
There Is Always Time To Change by James Johnston on Under The Shade Cue Track
There Is Always Time To Change (Andy Ash remix) - (7:12) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
There Is Always Time To Change by James Johnston on Under The Shade Cue Track
Love Is So Real - (7:39) 114 BPM
There Is Always Time To Change by James Johnston on Under The Shade Cue Track
Witness The Invisible - (7:11) 112 BPM
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The John Gore EP
NMW 005
04 Feb 13
Deep House
Think About U Everyday by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
James Johnston - "Think About U Everyday" - (6:41) 125 BPM
In My Soul by Alex Agore on No Matter What Cue Track
Alex Agore - "In My Soul" - (7:21) 127 BPM
In Your Arms by Alex Agore on No Matter What Cue Track
Alex Agore - "In Your Arms" - (6:32) 118 BPM
Do U Understand by James Johnston on No Matter What Cue Track
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
Before I Sleep Tonight by James Johnston on Much Love UK Cue Track
James Johnston - "Before I Sleep Tonight" - (7:22) 122 BPM
Dolve A La Discoteca by Alkalino & Alphabet City on Much Love UK Cue Track
Alkalino & Alphabet City - "Dolve A La Discoteca" - (6:10) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Perhaps Strange by Bartellow on Much Love UK Cue Track
Bartellow - "Perhaps Strange" (feat Stefan Brisee) - (6:14) 120 BPM
Space Places by Roman Rauch on Much Love UK Cue Track
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
That Was Now by James Johnston on Outernational Cue Track
James Johnston - "That Was Now" - (7:31) 116 BPM
Drug Carrier by Ben La Desh on Outernational Cue Track
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.
Super Sound Single Volume 3
DIKSOF 002
10 Aug 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
Give Me A Shock by James Johnston on Dikso Cue Track
James Johnston - "Give Me A Shock" - (7:45) 100 BPM
Way Back Home by Daniel Solar on Dikso Cue Track
Daniel Solar - "Way Back Home" - (7:23) 105 BPM
Keep On by Andy Hart on Dikso Cue Track
Andy Hart - "Keep On" - (6:15) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Delayed EP 3
DELA 003
02 Dec 13
Deep House
Taking Over Me by James Johnston on Delayed Audio Cue Track
James Johnston - "Taking Over Me" - (6:39) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
What You Wanna See by Latona on Delayed Audio Cue Track
Latona - "What You Wanna See" - (7:52) 115 BPM
Paragon Walk by Espada on Delayed Audio Cue Track
Espada - "Paragon Walk" - (7:47) 120 BPM
White Dreams by DJ Rocca on Delayed Audio Cue Track
DJ Rocca - "White Dreams" - (6:52) 120 BPM
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True People EP
XOOM 001
17 Dec 12
Deep House
From Here To Somewhere by James Johnston on Xoom Recordings Cue Track
James Johnston - "From Here To Somewhere" - (7:06) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
It's You by Matthew Collins on Xoom Recordings Cue Track
Matthew Collins - "It's You" - (6:26) 120 BPM
Jazzyspice by Rubberlips on Xoom Recordings Cue Track
Rubberlips - "Jazzyspice" - (8:15) 127 BPM
Little Deep by Florian Muller on Xoom Recordings Cue Track
Florian Muller - "Little Deep" - (5:37) 115 BPM
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Freche Cuts
FRECHE 015
02 Sep 13
Deep House
Turn Around by James Johnston on Freche Fruchte Recordings Cue Track
James Johnston - "Turn Around" - (6:40) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Praise Him by Robert Reinartz on Freche Fruchte Recordings Cue Track
Robert Reinartz - "Praise Him" - (4:59) 120 BPM
Dig Deeper by Leigh D Oliver & Alex Alterskye on Freche Fruchte Recordings Cue Track
Leigh D Oliver & Alex Alterskye - "Dig Deeper" - (6:07) 123 BPM
I Jus Wanna by Lewis P on Freche Fruchte Recordings Cue Track
Lewis P - "I Jus Wanna" - (6:27) 115 BPM
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The Pearls Of Kebabylon EP
GKEBAB 002
06 Jan 14
Deep House
What You Do To Me by James Johnston on Godzilla Kebab Cue Track
James Johnston - "What You Do To Me" - (6:45) 122 BPM
Gates by Sames on Godzilla Kebab Cue Track
Sames - "Gates" - (6:49) 121 BPM
Touch Me by Moralez on Godzilla Kebab Cue Track
Moralez - "Touch Me" - (6:49) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Going Back by Sasha Khizhnyakov on Godzilla Kebab Cue Track
Sasha Khizhnyakov - "Going Back" - (6:32) 123 BPM
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Guarana
DUTCHIE 150
05 Oct 11
Minimal/Tech House
Guarana by Juan Mejia & DJ Wady on Dutchie Music Cue Track
Juan Mejia & DJ Wady - "Guarana" (original mix) - (5:14) 122 BPM
Guarana by Timewriter on Dutchie Music Cue Track
Timewriter - "Guarana" (remix) - (6:03) 122 BPM
Guarana by James Johnston on Dutchie Music Cue Track
James Johnston - "Guarana" (remix) - (6:11) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Guarana by Bescheerer & Szenasi on Dutchie Music Cue Track
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
Reductio Ad Absurdum by Leigh D Oliver on Inner City Cue Track
Leigh D Oliver - "Reductio Ad Absurdum" - (6:13) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Addicted by Corbeau on Inner City Cue Track
Corbeau - "Addicted" - (6:37) 122 BPM
Dance With U by James Johnston on Inner City Cue Track
James Johnston - "Dance With U" - (7:10) 126 BPM
4Beatclub by Basement Groove on Inner City Cue Track
Basement Groove - "4Beatclub" - (6:03) 123 BPM
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Split Slam EP
DDSR 001
01 Apr 13
Deep House
Tell Me by Washerman on Deep Down Slam Cue Track
Washerman - "Tell Me" - (6:52) 123 BPM
Come Closer by Washerman on Deep Down Slam Cue Track
Washerman - "Come Closer" - (6:48) 120 BPM
The Music by James Johnston on Deep Down Slam Cue Track
James Johnston - "The Music" - (6:35) 123 BPM
On The Ground by James Johnston on Deep Down Slam Cue Track
James Johnston - "On The Ground" - (6:44) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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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