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TRAXX EP
NEEDW 026
01 Apr 13
Deep House
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The Mekanism - "Body Classic" - (6:04) 122 BPM
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Rhythm Operator - "Anytime" - (5:34) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Purple Velvet - "Never Do You Wrong" - (6:44) 118 BPM
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Solstice
EXP-DIGITAL-47
01 Oct 13
Deep House
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Solstice - (6:55) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Artform - (7:28) 119 BPM
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Drift - (6:39) 121 BPM
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Solstice (Behling & Simpson Remix) - (5:44) 118 BPM
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Review: Having most recently plied their trade on Local Talk, deep house duo Purple Velvet (AKA British producers Chris James and Lee Dearn) return to their original home, Exploited, for a four-track foray into deep, powdery, late night territory. While "Solstice" is nowhere near as pagan as you'd hope for, its combination of woozy chords, shuffling grooves and sweet electronic melodies sounds like it was designed for dancing to at dusk. Both "Artform" and the similarly bleep-heavy "Drift" are so effortlessly breezy, it's almost impossible to dislike. Bristol-based misfits Behling & Simpson predictably steal the show with their version of "Solstice", which impresses with its hissing combination of jazz-flecked, old skool house drums and bubbling low end.
Never Knew EP
MANUCCI 008
15 Dec 14
Deep House
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Never Knew - (6:12) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Always - (6:45) 116 BPM
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High - (6:48) 119 BPM
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Played by: DJ Vefa
Review: Purple Velvet is Chris James and Lee Dearn, two purveyors of deep and sensuous house music since forming in late 2011. Having gotten to know each other at various late night music sessions, the pair have increasingly honed their own house sound that's as suited to the dark confines of a club as it is the sunnier vibes of an outdoor terrace.
Trials & Tribulations
SR 002D
22 Dec 14
Deep House
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Trials Of The Blues (feat Lisa D) - (6:10) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Trials Of The Blues (feat Lisa D - Glenn Astro remix) - (7:10) 122 BPM
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Fever - (6:50) 110 BPM
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Marble Zone EP
LAR 198
05 Jan 15
Deep House
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Marble Zone - (6:12) 120 BPM
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Marble Zone (vocal dub) - (6:28) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Drawn Out - (5:36) 119 BPM
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Review: This year, Chicago's Large Records will hit 200 releases - a remarkable achievement in anyone's book, and testament to the label's epic, 22-year journey. Here they kick off 2015 by welcoming back Secret Reels regulars Purple Velvet. As you might expect from both label and artist, Marble Zone oozes class, with the title track coming on like the deep house equivalent of dancing barefoot on a rug while someone massages your head with scented oils. There's a chunkier alternative in the shape of the superb Vocal Dub version of the same track - think heavy sub, trippy riffs, bouncing beats and filter-clad pianos - while "Drawn Out" sounds like the sort of winding, sun-kissed gear that should be blasting out of terrace bars and clubs come the summer.
Death Of The Warehouse EP
DIRT 071
10 Jun 13
Deep House
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Death Of The Warehouse (original mix) - (7:46) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Found You - (6:10) 117 BPM
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Death Of The Warehouse (Waifs & Strays remix) - (7:24) 122 BPM
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Death Of The Warehouse (Bohemian Groove remix) - (7:23) 119 BPM
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Review: Purple Velvet is a collaboration between Coat of Arms man Chris James, and pal Lee Dearn. Here they make their debut on Dirt Crew Recordings with a particularly sensual slither of starlight deep house. "Death of the Warehouse" is built around some suitably Balearic pads and bubbling synth melodies, and underpinned by a clicky but forthright groove. Waifs & Strays take the best bits of the original and lace them over a chunky low-end house groove on their admirable remix, while Bohemian Groove give it a snappy, post-Chicago house feel. There's also a solid bonus cut in the shape of "Found You", a kind of "Pacific 202" for the Julio Bashmore generation.
Sparks Fly EP
LT 034
12 Jul 13
Deep House
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Sparks Fly - (7:48) 118 BPM
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Back On The Boulevard - (6:23) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Breathin - (6:54) 113 BPM
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Review: Following a low-key debut on Exploited last year, Chris James and Lee Dearn bring their Purple Velvet project to Local Talk. "Sparks Fly" kicks things off, delivering an undeniably hazy, woozy and slightly fuzzy slab of atmospheric deep house built around a titanium-clad groove, darting melodies and fizzing synths. "Back on the Boulevard" is, if anything, even deeper, utilizing cut-up saxophones, wide-eyed chords and chunky beats to recall the classic jazziness of St Germain's impeccable Boulevard LP. Closer "Breathin", meanwhile, offers more calming jazziness, this time via baggy beats and twinkling vibraphone solos. Local Talk doesn't always get it right, but this is pretty tasty.
The Remedy EP
LAR 179
20 Jan 14
Deep House
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Remedy - (6:00) 121 BPM
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Addiction - (6:27) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Open Up For 64 - (6:08) 115 BPM
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Played by: Ross Couch, DJ P-SOL
All My Days
SR 001D
21 Jul 14
Deep House
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All My Days - (6:21) 118 BPM
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Lost In Vienna - (5:56) 116 BPM
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All My Days (Frits Wentink remix) - (5:38) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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All My Days (Borrowed Identity remix) - (6:32) 123 BPM
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Sleeper - (6:27) 119 BPM
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