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Kerpow
ACOO 12XB
18 Oct 11
UK Garage
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Kerpow - (5:11) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Down With U - (5:12) 136 BPM
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Review: The near unstoppable run of xxxy continues with Kerpow on Irish label All City (responsible for that massive FaltyDL release this summer), complete with fantastically adorned, pop-art referencing sleeve. It's clear that his style has matured over his prolific run of productions; "Kerpow" is arguably one xxxy's most balanced productions to date, eschewing the day-glo garage of his recent tracks, and combining a pounding breakbeat and techno stabs with warm organ chords in just the right quantities. "Down Wit U" is a juke influenced cut, combining a relentless bass slam and restless 808 rhythms while the titular vocal sample adds a hook worthy of footwork contemporary Addison Groove.
You Always Start It
TTY 005
31 Jan 11
UK Garage
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You Always Start It - (6:28) 140 BPM
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Ordinary Things - (6:58) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Greenmoney, Liz-E
Review: Ten Thousand Yen do it right again with the future flex of rising producer XXXY. "You Always Started" will bear obvious comparisons to early Joy Orbsion - before he went all house - but that's no bad thing as it's drenched in a soulful emotion that builds quite delightfully towards the hair raising crescendo. The guile with which XXXY teases out the vocal sample deserves a golf clap. Equally impressive is the psychedelic house thrust of "Ordinary Things", chopping up the vocal over a skipping deep bump, with a swathe of burning tripped out melodies the backdrop to purple synth flourishes and cheeky whoo samples. There's a simplicity to the production but it's overwhelmed by the thickness of sonic emotion XXXY achieves.
Every Step Forward EP
ELIM 005
27 Sep 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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This Much - (7:22) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just For Me - (5:33) 140 BPM
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Turn - (6:51) 140 BPM
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Flew - (6:23) 142 BPM
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Played by: Ennio Styles
Science Fiction
FRMNT 004
22 Jun 09
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Science Fiction - (5:08) Biggest-selling track on this release
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651 - (6:05) 140 BPM
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Played by: Juno Download
Never Enough
RINSE 037D
09 Jun 14
Deep House
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Never Enough - (6:57) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No More - (6:25) 126 BPM
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Review: Although he may have come from crisp 2-step roots, this new single for Rinse finds XXXY turning out a more accessible brand of deep house with the subtle flecks of electro and diva vocal that should make for a huge summer hit, with "Never Enough" especially moving with a kind of sugary acid confection of the boldest kind. "No More" is even more emotive with its sweet chords and vocal coos, rising and falling with the measured poise you would expect of any modern house producer worth their salt. It's a switch in styles for XXXY, but he nailed the approach without a hitch.
18 Hours
RINSE 050D
15 Dec 14
Minimal/Tech House
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18 Hours - (5:31) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Clap Pitch - (4:48) 125 BPM
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Tool (Satire mix) - (5:30) 125 BPM
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Review: Rupert Taylor continues his ongoing partnership with Rinse, with the three-track 18 Hours EP providing a solid follow-up to Never Enough released earlier this year. The title track sets the tone, with Taylor layering long, drawn-out chords and glistening electronic melodies atop a shuffling tech-house groove. He successfully flips the script on rave-era techno slammer "Clap Pitch" (think foreboding electronics, footwork style handclaps, booming sub and breakbeat hardcore stabs), before "Tool (Satire Mix)" provides a final flourish. Rolling and sweaty, it sees XXXY charge off in an acid house direction via some twisted 303 lines and hard-wired electronics.
Last Dance
RINSE 055D
16 Mar 15
Deep House
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Last Dance - (7:32) 120 BPM
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Lately - (8:15) 124 BPM
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Close The Door Behind You - (6:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Yes yes, Londoner and bass fusion wizard XXXY steps up on his own city's Rinse for a gnarly lil' three tracker! As you probably already know, Rinse is not only one of the birthing homes of dubstep but it's also a cutting-edge label at the forefront of the UK sound. Aside from "Close The Door Behind You", the more wobbly and bass-heavy cut of the lot, XXXY's sounds verge heavily on the deep house spectrum, and both "Last Dance" and "Lately" carry a steady 4/4 beat with mild pads and a hypnotic groove.
Goldfish
TTY 015
01 Aug 14
Bass
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Goldfish - (4:40) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Evade - (6:00) 125 BPM
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Review: After making waves with his Never Enough release on Rinse, XXXY sidles back to Ten Thousand Yen for another chunky of hybrid club-wrecking tackle that shows off his production nous as well as his dancefloor instinct. "Goldfish" ripples with muscular energy, from the monolithic synth hooks to the nasty arpeggios and beyond. The drums are no slouches either, especially around the mids and highs as crisp snares and hats rattle out with militaristic precision. "Evade" has a softer feel, although it's still a gutsy, full-bodied production that leans heavily into the melodic tech house camp with its emotive tones and patient execution.
Got Me So
RINSE 021D1
03 Jun 13
Deep House
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Got Me So - (6:04) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Studio 9 (Just Like That) - (6:38) 126 BPM
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Got Me So
RINSE 021D1
03 Jun 13
Bass
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Got Me So - (6:04) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Studio 9 (Just Like That) - (6:38)
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Review: Taken from XXXY's debut EP of the same name back in February, the title track has had clubs in raptures for months now. Fusing the melodic and highly danceable flavas of UKG while maintaining that deep house drive, it holds together retro synths and big, bouncing bass in a perfect balance. The crisp claps and dancefloor stomp of "Studio 9 (Just Like That)" gets an 808 rhythm to move things along. Add an infectiously simple vocal that progresses into classic deep house territory, is it any wonder XXXY is turning so many heads right now? If you don't already own the EP this is an ideal stepping stone into his world.
Progression
TTY 010
22 Apr 13
Bass
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Progression - (5:58) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thinkin Bout - (5:28)
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Review: XXXY can do no wrong right now. Hot on the heels of his Rinse release comes this wonderfully understate double header that sits comfortably somewhere between 2020 Soundsystem and Damu. "Progression" is tech-laced, steppy and textured with twinkling arpeggios while "Thinking 'Bout" nods more towards a housier soundset while maintaining a lucid, skippy funk the breakbeat rhythm.
Regrets
RINSE 061D
24 Jul 15
Deep House
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Regrets - (7:12) 121 BPM
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12049 - (4:28) 123 BPM
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Over Peover - (6:04) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: XXXY continues his deep tech Rinse sermons with this powerful-yet-understated trio of brooding, reflective tracks. "Regrets" burns low-and-slow like a Henrik Schwarz cut, all strings and soft pads. "12049" follows suit with tightly clipped synth patterns over another insistent but subtle drum arrangement (think Ame's "Rej") while "Over Peover" joyrides New Horizons' slipstream and takes us to the further reaches of the solar system by way of twinkling arpeggios and lush, life-affirming synth chords. Beautiful.
Bash EP
PHC 006
27 Jun 12
Bass
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Bash - (5:53) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bash (French Fries remix) - (6:37)
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Werk - (4:31)
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Give In To You - (3:21)
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Give In To You (Isotonik remix) - (4:02)
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Bash
PHC 006
22 May 12
Bass
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Bash - (5:53) 135 BPM
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Bash (French Fries remix) - (6:37) 135 BPM
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Werk - (4:31) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Give In To You - (3:21) 136 BPM
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Give In To You (Isotonik remix) - (4:02) 136 BPM
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No Matter
TTY 019
11 May 16
Deep House
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No Matter - (7:19) 126 BPM
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FWP - (7:28) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Short Wave - (5:15) 125 BPM
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Piano Touch - (5:42) 125 BPM
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xxxy vs Ike Release
INFRA 12004
22 Aug 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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xxxy - "Body Movin'" - (3:46) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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xxxy - "Swing Those Hips" - (4:03)
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Ike Release - "Don't Know" - (6:31)
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Ike Release - "Outrun" - (4:56)
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Review: As his previous releases have so thrillingly demonstrated, nu skool German revivalist Murphy Jax is more than adept at conjuring intoxicating blends of vintage Chicagoan jack and head-warping electronic disco. "Kevin Spacy", initially released on vinyl earlier this year, is a perfect example of this. Revolving around hard, sharp sequenced basslines, twisted arpeggios and lazy, star-gazing synth melodies, it offers the sort of balls-out, analogue-heavy take on space disco that was once the preserve of fellow Clone adventurer Legowelt. Orgue Electronique take the track back towards Chicago on two string-drenched, Larry Heard on valium reworks, whilst bonus cut "Smoodrama" offers a deeper take on early Chicago house.
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