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Stay At Home Read A Book
CCCO 013
25 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Stay At Home, Read A Book (original mix) - (7:33) 124 BPM
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Stay At Home, Read A Book (Roman Flugel Remix) - (7:27) 124 BPM
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Stay At Home, Read A Book (Roman Flugel remix 2) - (8:26) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Efdemin
Cookie Dust
PLAYRJC 020
04 Jun 12
Deep House
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OTH - (6:06) 122 BPM
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Thank You Jack - (5:24)
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Cookie Dust - (6:09) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Girls With Status - (6:44) 126 BPM
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Review: Currently enjoying a resurgence in interest after his lauded Fatty Folders LP last year, the evergreen Roman Flugel drops this tasty four-tracker for the Robert Johnson crew and it's a fine example of just how effortless the man can make high grade house music sound. "OTH" is a warm and grooving run through rich layers of synths, with the sci-fi touches of earliest Sheffield bleep but none of the coldness. "Cookie Dust" meanwhile is a touch feistier, as the tempo gets upped and the track comes off sounding like cool-as-ice electro techno. "Thank You Jack" and "Girls With Status" show where Flugel can head with more downtempo sounds, with the latter being a particularly sweet slice of broken beat elegance.
Desperate Housemen EP
PLAYRJC 012
25 Apr 11
Deep House
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Dishes & Wishes - (7:25) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Iron Curtain - (6:04) 119 BPM
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Lovedancing - (6:29) 128 BPM
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Mulish Crease - (5:24) 120 BPM
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Review: These days, you never quite know what you're going to get from Roman Flugel, but chances are it'll be worth checking. Desperate Housemen, his first EP for the versatile Live At Robert Johnson, is suitably interesting. Over the four tracks, Flugel flexes his electronic muscles, dusts off some vintage keys and lays down typically spellbinding grooves. There's the palatial Kraftwerkian electro/techno of "Lovedancing", the ambidextrous low-end wobble of "Mulish Crease" (like early Warp IDM with a dancefloor pulse), and even a spot of woozy deep house ("Iron Curtain"). Oh, and the farting sub and nagging hooks of "Dishes & Wishes", a kind of smacked-out version of Mr Fingers "Washing Machine" given a twisted disco makeover. Pretty much what you expected, eh?
How To Spread Lies
DIAL 054
29 Nov 10
Minimal/Tech House
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How To Spread Lies - (6:32) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sunny Side Up - (3:40) 126 BPM
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Pattern 16 - (5:46) 128 BPM
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Pianopiano - (4:04)
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Sliced Africa
DIAL 69
02 Mar 15
Deep House
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Black Towers - (11:45) 115 BPM
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Sliced Africa - (6:30) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spiritual Enhancer - (4:25) 110 BPM
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Review: It promises to be yet another interesting year for Dial Records with an upcoming compilation and the tantalising prospect of a debut album from White Material man DJ Richard on the horizon. Before that, it's Herr Flugel that kicks proceedings off with a new three track release that sounds and feels every bit as vibrant as this stellar 2014 LP Happiness Is Happening. Sliced Africa opens with "Black Towers" a racketing slab of epic deepness that appears suited to the early morning moments, whilst the title track has our Roman veering off into more tropical territory. Some superb drum programming on this one. To close "Spiritual Enhancer" adopts a more contemplative poise, easing down the tempo and providing the warm up DJs with a digital B-side gem to cherish.
Happiness Is Happening
DIALCD 31
01 Sep 14
Experimental/Electronic
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Connecting The Ghost - (4:51) 78 BPM
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Friendship Song - (4:30) 60 BPM
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Stuffy - (5:49) 60 BPM
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Your War Is Over - (7:10) 62 BPM
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Wilkie - (5:23) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tense Times - (8:33) 56 BPM
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Parade - (3:55) 60 BPM
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We Have A Nice Life - (5:53) 62 BPM
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Occult Levitation - (5:31) 65 BPM
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All That Matters - (3:34) 60 BPM
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Review: German veteran Roman Flugel's debut album under his given name, 2011's Fatty Folders, was something of a surprise package - a collection of warm, playful and melodious tracks that belied his reputation for hypnotic techno and eccentric deep house. This follow-up retains that playfulness - not to mention a curious pop sensibility with regards to tunefulness - but douses it in the clanking rhythms of machine drums and industrial strength electronics. The production is still pleasingly finessed, but there's also a pleasingly raw feel to his blends of IDM, deep house, deep techno, electronica and classic Kraftwerk (see the standout "Wilkie"). Happiness is Happening also impressively plays around with mood and tempo, with wholeheartedly positive results.
Even More
CJFD 18
17 May 13
Deep House
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Even More - (6:27) 123 BPM
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More & More & More - (4:59) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Turning tricks with ever more prolificacy, Roman Flugel is back in business once again with some decidedly rough stylings for Clone's Jack For Daze series. "Even More" is a taut and responsive floor worker shot through with that quintessential Flugel quirk, in this case defined by a funky guitar lick over the booming machine drums. "More & More & More" gets even wilder, bringing in a loony lead synth that calls to mind the primal production style of UK Funky over a rugged box-jam jack. With some classic Dance Mania flavoured vocal samples flown in for good measure, a crowd-busting belter is born.
Brasil
DIAL 058
31 May 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Brasil - (6:22) 128 BPM
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Bahia Blues Bootcamp - (4:43) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Damn Whistle - (8:20) 120 BPM
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Brasil (reprise) - (4:39) 128 BPM
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Played by: Arnaud Le Texier
The Lifesaver Compilation (Vinyl Extraction)
PLAYRJC 024
28 May 13
Deep House
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Roman Flugel - "More Is Not Enough (Heaven Or Hell?)" - (6:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lauer - "Hector" - (6:59) 120 BPM
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San Laurentino - "Final Landing" - (5:28) 120 BPM
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Tuff City Kids - "People Is A Crackhead (Tuff Hamlet Riddim)" - (6:52) 115 BPM
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Played by: Sven Vath
Dekmantel 10 Years 01
DKMNTL 10YEARS 01
24 Mar 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Gigi Masin - "Maja" - (10:49) 116 BPM
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Vakula - "Robot Fuck The System" - (6:45) 125 BPM
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Roman Flugel - "Mice On Stick" - (6:40) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The first release in the Dekmantel 10 Year Anniversary releases sees Venetian ambient don Gigi Masin make his debut for the label with the totally sublime and drifting jazz deconstruction heard on "Maja", while Ukrainian wunderkind Vakula keeps on with his recent deviations into techno and other forms of underground electronics on "Fuck The Robot System" which as the name may suggest is quite an electro tinged and futuristic groove full of snappy 808 beats, vocoded vocals and rusty vintage arpeggios. Finally, the man from Frankfurt Roman Flugel works his magic as always on the stripped and minimal deep house journey "Mice On A Stick" which is full of soothing bell textures, dusty drum patterns and dreamy melodies all working together great on this dramatic slow burner.
Panorama Bar 06 Part I
OTON 081
11 Aug 14
Deep House
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Newworldaquarium - "Thousand Oaks" - (3:44) 152 BPM
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Roman Flugel - "The Odd Lobster" - (5:17) 122 BPM
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Terrence Dixon - "Innocence" - (5:35) 126 BPM
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Borrowed Identity - "Leave Me" - (5:54) 126 BPM
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Tuff City Kids - "Breacher" - (5:56) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: It's the onset of a brave new era for Ostgut Ton as Panorama Bar 06 signals the label's decision to halt the manufacturing of CDs for their much loved series of mixes. Due for free download via the Ostgut site on August 11, the Berlin operation have not forgone the vinyl format with all the exclusives gathered by mix curator Ryan Elliott pressed up across a pair of 12" samplers. And boy did Elliott call in the favours with this first sampler featuring new and unreleased music from Neworldaquarium, Roman Flugel, Terrence Dixon, Tuff City Kids and Borrowed Identity. It is an overall exquisite selection, running from the ambience of NWAQ's contribution to Flugel's big room stomper and the sweeter, more playful sounds of Tuff City Kids and Borrowed Identity.
A Very Nice Combinado Volume Dos
YAYHF 03D
27 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Paulor - "La Race" - (6:58) 121 BPM
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Roman Flugel - "Deo" (Pachanga Boys' New Blazer edit) - (5:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fantastic Twins - "Holiday" - (6:03) 73 BPM
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Kasper Bjorke - "Choir Of Young Ravers" - (7:32) 113 BPM
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Zombies In Miami - "Flashback Mantra" - (7:10) 120 BPM
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Review: The latest missive from the Pachanga Boys' consistently impressive Hippie Dance label is an expansive affair. It gathers together a quintet of tried-and-tested dancefloor workouts, beginning with the dark and woozy, post-punk house throb of Paulor's "La Race". The Pachanga Boys weigh I with a previously unheard edit of Roman Flugel's wonky, bass-heavy box-jam "Deo", before Julia Dessagne dons the Fantastic Twins alias on the creepy, organ-heavy pulse of "Holiday". Elsewhere, Kaspar Bjork delivers a slick but atmospheric chunk of synth-heavy house ("Choir of Young Ravers"), and Zombies In Miami get all trippy and hypnotic on the mystical house of "Flashback Mantra".
Verschiebung
ORKL 07
05 Aug 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Verschiebung 1 - (7:27) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Verschiebung 2 - (6:26) 72 BPM
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Verschiebung 3 - (5:09) 62 BPM
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Verschiebung 4 - (3:43) 64 BPM
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Review: 2016 marks two decades since Roman Flugel made his debut. It says much about the productive, genre-straddling German that he retains the desire to do things differently after all these years. Verscheibung is his first EP of 2016, and arrives for the rather fine Die Orakel label overseen by LARJ's Oliver Hafenbauer. The four tracks are split between stripped-back techno and druggy, off-piste ambient (the bubbly, post-party weirdness of closer "Track 4"). The most obviously floor-friendly cut opens the EP, with Flugel layering wonky, minor key melody lines over a dense but minimalist groove. Elsewhere, check the Villalobos-ish strangeness of "Track 3", and the druggy, pitched-down experimental throb of "Track 2".
All The Right Noises
DIALCD 38
28 Oct 16
Ambient/Drone
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Fantasy - (4:18) 145 BPM
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The Mighty Suns - (5:11) 128 BPM
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Dead Idols - (7:22) 64 BPM
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Nameless Lake - (4:11) 108 BPM
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Warm & Dewy - (5:56) 128 BPM
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Dust - (5:22) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Believers - (5:09) 88 BPM
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All The Right Noises - (6:54) 55 BPM
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Planet Zorg - (5:34) 118 BPM
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Life Tends To Come & Go - (4:13) 124 BPM
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Review: Frankfurt favourite Roman Flugel returns to Hamburg institution Dial, presenting his third album to date for the label. According to a press release, the All The Right Noises LP explores further the themes of hotel rooms while on tour: "a place where no beats are banging and euphoric party energy is absent. A place where only heartbeats call the tune." Take for instance woozy and sombre drifters such as "The Mighty Suns" or "Nameless Lake" (which are full of dusty and vintage machine flair) or tough and disjointed house jams like "Warm & Dewy". Or our favorite "Dead Idols" which borders on near techno moments. Rest assured that there are more uplifting and bouncy tracks on offer, such as the deep disco flavour of "Dust" or the emotive bittersweet title track, where its soaring drones will wash over you.
Stricher EP
TURBO 067
11 Aug 09
Techno
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Stricher - (8:26) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Discofiasco - (6:51) 128 BPM
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Prinzessin X - (4:39) 128 BPM
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Discofiasco (Alternate version) - (7:56) 128 BPM
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Monday Brain
HYPE 048
23 Oct 15
Minimal/Tech House
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Teenage Engineering - (7:22) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Make It Happen - (6:47) 120 BPM
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Man Sees The Face God Sees The Heart - (5:36) 107 BPM
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Church Of Dork - (5:44) 124 BPM
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Picnic For Players - (6:25) 127 BPM
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Vegetarian Leather Jackets - (5:52) 128 BPM
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Review: Roman Flugel has stayed at the top of his game for nearly 20 years because he possesses the uncanny knack of reinvention. On this release for Hypercolor, he manages to stretch that diversity out over the course of six tracks. From the glorious melodies of "Teenage Engineering" through the rolling 808s of "Church of Dork", the gushing acid tones of "Make it Happen" into the sublime deep techno of "Picnic for Players", this release covers more ground than an Argentinean scrum-half. Monday Brain is one of the most well-rounded and stylistically assured records that the veteran German DJ has released to date - and that's really saying something.
Black Acid EP
PHONICA 018
10 Mar 17
Techno
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Too Hot To Sleep - (4:34) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Troubled Mind - (7:22) 120 BPM
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Black Acid - (5:08) 120 BPM
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Work & TV - (5:45) 123 BPM
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Played by: Domshe
Review: Roman Flugel has been making electronic music for about a quarter of a century, but as Black Acid demonstrates, his productions show no sign of getting stale. "Too Hot To Sleep" is the big dance floor cut here; centring on a jittery, shaky minimal house groove and a sub-bass that's inspired by 2-step's darkest excesses, it's an unforgettable, individualistic track. "Troubled Mind" is slower and more abstract, but provides a neat segue into the title track. There, Flugel brings together many of his influences, including electro drums, minimal house and the melodies of IDM. "Work & TV" features one further surprise, with Flugel reverting to the minimal sounds of "Sleep", this time without the foreboding London bass.
Hachinoko
DELI 013DL
24 Mar 14
Deep House
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Hachinoko - (9:05) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ikizukuri - (6:41) 120 BPM
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Ikizukuri (alt mix) - (6:42) 120 BPM
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Review: The latest course in the current banquet of Delicacies from Simian Mobile Disco may yet be the sweetest, no mean feat when previous editions have featured collaborations with Bicep and Cosmin TRG. Mainlining into Frankfurt's rich house and techno heritage, Jas and James have teamed up with the don Roman Flugel for the exquisite Hachinoko/Ikizukuri single. Yes the titular theme for strange food remains (Google them!) and yes the high standard of music quality remains. Lead cut "Hachinoko" keeps the rhythms minimal, allowing the ear bending glowing synths prominence until a final third where the pressure is ramped up. "Ikizukuri" begins a bit grubbier and weirder, but the trio gradually tease out some wonderfully colourful tones - you can imagine this one causing smiles on the dancefloor for sure.
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