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JKriv Edits
RNTD 024
21 Nov 16
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JKriv - "The Queen On Her Throne" - (8:06) 110 BPM
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Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band - "Bukom Mashie" (JKriv's King Mashie edit) - (8:03) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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JKriv - "Queen's Beats" - (4:31) 110 BPM
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Review: The kind of names and quality of releases that Brooklyn's Razor N Tape has supported puts them in the disco premier league. Here they enlist Jkriv to provide us with dancing fodder that isn't throwaway stuff. First is his rework of "Bukom Mashie" by Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band. The latter, his "King Mashie edit", is a raucous slice of bassy and brassy percussive Afrobeat. Elsewhere an O'Jays classic gets stretched out into eight minutes of slow bump bliss on "The Queen On Her Throne" and resurfaces in a deliciously spare dub called "The Queens Beats". Top notch!
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Jazzy Days, Jazzy Nights
APERSONAL 25
04 Nov 16
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Jazzy Days - (7:05) 109 BPM
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Jazzy Days (Ron Basejam remix) - (6:27) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jazzy Nights - (8:14) 115 BPM
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Jazzy Nights (Andres Vegas Stripped mix) - (7:07) 118 BPM
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Review: After an extended summer break, Apersonal Music returns to action via a first EP in five years from Cisco Cisco. It opens with the comforting shuffle of "Jazzy Days", where intricate electric piano lines, woozy chords and soulful vocal samples ride a near horizontal, slow-house groove. It's accompanied by a trademark Ron Basejam remix, which retains the rich, jazzy deep house feel of the original, whilst adding a little more disco swagger. Further disco and boogie influences can be heard on "Jazzy Nights", which is a flickering, synth-heavy deep house treat. Andre Vegas' smooth, sweet and sultry interpretation of that track rounds off a fine E.P.
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The Magic Room
PLAY 013
25 Nov 16
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The Magic Room (Dino Lenny & Seth Troxler Re edit) - (8:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Magic Room (Luke Solomon's 'Live Forever' remix) - (9:12) 120 BPM
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The Magic Room (Doorly Re Chunk mix) - (8:11) 120 BPM
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Played by: Holiday 80
Review: It would be fair to refer to Dino Lenny as a "veteran": the Italian producer has been churning out dancefloor hits since the dawn of the '90s. This release sees him join forces with Cajual and Hot Creations regular Doorly for a loving tribute to the joys of club culture. The action centres on a meandering, largely spoken vocal describing a mesmerizing late night dancing experience in "The Magic Room". On the lead version - a tasty re-edit by Lenny and Seth Troxler - this is accompanied by "Lazy" style pianos, and a chunky, disco-tinged house groove. The low-slung guitars and bass are pushed to the fore on Doorly's energy-packed remix, while Luke Solomon doffs a cap to the jazz-flecked boompty sounds of Chicago on his busy rework.
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Party In The Hills EP
DIRT 102
28 Nov 16
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Party In The Hills - (5:41) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Closing Title Song (original mix) - (5:33) 124 BPM
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Closing Title Song (Laurence Guy remix) - (6:43) 124 BPM
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Backyard Stories - (7:13) 124 BPM
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Review: Having put out their last release on Chez Damier's Balance imprint (the rather fine Tried & Tested EP), 25 Places return to their previous home, Dirt Crew Recordings. As you'd expect, the Party In The Hills EP contains another clutch of floor-friendly deep house explorations. The title track, which successfully blends chopped-up Brazilian vocal samples, sustained note chords, dirty analogue bass and a hustling deep house groove, is undeniably the EP's strongest moment, though the bold and fizzing "Closing Title Song" and chiming, riff-heavy "Backyard Stories" aren't far behind. Those who fancy something a little more ragged should check Laurence Guy's disco-house-meets-acid rework of "Closing Title Song".
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It's Happening/Our Crazy
PETS 073
02 Dec 16
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It's Happening - (6:18) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Our Crazy - (7:10) 122 BPM
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Review: Polish heavyweights Catz 'N' Dogz has had a quiet year by their usually prolific standards. It would be fair to say, though, that these two cuts have been worth waiting for. "It's Happening" is a warm, rich and groovy affair, with fluttering deep house notes playing second fiddle to a booming disco bassline, flanged vocal samples and huggable drums. "Our Crazy" feels dirtier and a little more intense, with restless arpeggio lines and nagging electronic percussion combining perfectly with the duo's deliciously dense, tribal-influenced drums and chiming, marimba style lead lines. It's the kind of track you whack on to raise the temperature on the dancefloor when things are flagging, and every DJ needs a few of those in the crates.
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In Yer Face Bicep Remixes
FMB 007
30 Sep 16
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In Yer Face (Bicep remix) - (7:41) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Yer Face (Bicep Acid dub) - (6:26) 120 BPM
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Review: For those of a certain age, the opening seconds of 808 State's 1991 rave anthem "In Yer Face" - a combination of memorable melody lines and loved-up chords - are still capable of setting the pulse racing. Bicep have taken on the task of updating Graham Massey and company's anthem for a new generation, serving up two fresh interpretations. Wisely, they emphasize the spine-tingling goodness of the Manchester outfit's chord progressions on their A-side remix, getting rougher, tougher and weightier as the track progresses. Their flipside acid dub - where electro-inspired breakbeats, heavy bass and floatation tank melodies are expertly combined with ragged TB-303 lines - recalls the similarly-minded thrills of DJ Parrot and Mark Brydon's 'Sunshine Dub' of DJ Mink's early Warp slammer "Hey! Hey! Can U Relate?".
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Matching Half
DOGD 55
21 Oct 16
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Matching Half - (6:53) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Up To Rise - (7:45) 121 BPM
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Matching Half (Byron The Aquarius remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
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Review: Matthias Reiling and Hauke Freer return with the Matching Half EP. The Berlin-Hamburg connection present two cuts of feelgood deep house with a loose and live feel, no doubt inspired by their energetic live performances. The title track features some funky disco style drumming beneath some emotive strings, jazzy Rhodes keys and xylophones; all working in perfect harmony. There's also a killer remix of said track by Detroit's finest: Byron The Aquarius, who has appeared recently on Wild Oats and S3A. His version gets well funkier and injects a truckload of soul into it, naturally! Second original offering "Up To Rise" is the deepest journey on offer and has a definite summertime vibe about it.
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The Roundup Part 3
HEIST 022
05 Dec 16
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Obas Nenor - "Wakee" (Detroit Swindle remix) - (6:24) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ouer - "The Ascent" (Adesse Versions remix) - (6:45) 122 BPM
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Nebraska - "It Won't Be Long" (Nachtbraker remix) - (7:04) 118 BPM
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Detroit Swindle - "Future Imperfect" (Frits Wentink remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
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Adesse Versions - "Push It Along" (Obas Nenor remix) - (6:50) 120 BPM
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Frits Wentink - "Rising Sun, Falling Coconut" (Nebraska remix) - (6:36) 124 BPM
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Nachtbraker - "Pollo Con Pollo" (Ouer remix) - (6:18) 122 BPM
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Review: Heist Recordings brings down the curtain on another successful year with their now traditional Roundup release, an expansive EP featuring "family remixes" of material released over the previous 12 months. As usual, there's much to enjoy, from the cheery, disco-tinged goodtime bump of Detroit Swindle's rework of Obas Nenoor's "Wakee", to Frits Wentink's jazzy, lo-fi, swinging deep house remake of Detroit Swindle's "Future Imperfect". Other highlights include a skuzzy, acid-fired interpretation of Nebraska's "It Won't Be Long" by Nachtbraker, and Nebraska's sunny, jammed-out fix-up of Frits Wentink's "Rising Sun, Falling Coconut". Best of all, though, is Ouer's remix of Nachtbraker's "Pollo Con Pollo", which boasts twinkling electric piano solos riding a thrusting analogue bassline and breezy disco guitars.
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Endup
OUIE 002D
02 Dec 16
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Endup - (6:58) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cosa Mia - (6:07) 101 BPM
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Palomita - (8:03) 105 BPM
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Review: Ralf Fabian Laumer is no nu-comer (sorry) to music production, boasting a discography that stretches back to releases on Daniel Offermann's White imprint at the tail end of the noughties. This, though, is his first EP for well over a year, and sees him showcase a warmer sound than we've come to expect. He gets off to a flying start with "Endup", an attractive 112 BPM riff on Afro-house that sits somewhere between the humid, new-age influenced deep house goodness of Young Marco and the comforting haziness of Balearic nu-disco. He dips the tempo significantly on the EP's other two tracks, first laying down some hypnotic, dub-influenced slow house on "Cosa Mia", before repeating the trick with the quietly disco-influenced Balearic chug of "Palomita".
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Back In The Day EP
RNTD 022
03 Oct 16
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Back In The Day - (7:19) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Estrelar - (4:39) 104 BPM
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Back In The Day (Daniel Leseman remix) - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Last Night - (6:07) 120 BPM
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Review: Back In The Day marks the second appearance from Local Talk regulars Dirtytwo on J Kriv and Aaron Dae's Razor 'N' Tape imprint. Like their last outing, Back In The Day sees them offering up an impressive blend of bumpin' house and filter-heavy re-edits with a heavy emphasis on party starting. While the murky, basement-bothering title track, and Daniel Leeseman's baggier, disco-house rework, are impressive, it's the EP's other two tracks that are really floating our boat. Check, in particular, the string-laden, bass-heavy sleaze of "Last Night", which boasts a spine-tingling breakdown and some decidedly sweaty female vocals. That said, the slower "Estrelar" - a chopped-up, looped, filter-fiddling rework of the Marcos Valle track of the same name - is also rather fine.
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Time Tunnel
FMB 009
09 Dec 16
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Time Tunnel (original mix) - (7:58) 117 BPM
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Wryders (original mix) - (7:31) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Time Tunnel (The Sphinx edit) - (8:01) 124 BPM
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Time Tunnel (Roy Of The Ravers remix) - (3:51) 136 BPM
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Played by: Kiwi
Review: Bicep has long been fans of Brassica's brand of hard-to-define electronic music, so it's little surprise to see him delivering the latest single on their revitalized Feel My Bicep imprint. He begins with the tactile, four-in-the-morning hypnotism of "Time Tunnel", where spaced out electronics and cyclical riffs ride an ultra-deep, locked-in groove, before doffing a cap to vintage Meat Beat Manifesto and early Orbital on the thrilling "Wryders". You'll then find two interpretations of "Time Tunnel": a warm, hazy and slightly more loved up edit by The Sphinx, and a thrusting, high-octane acid-meets-psychedelic techno assault from Roy of the Ravers.
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Deep In My Heart
LZD 059
02 Dec 16
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Deep In My Heart (original mix) - (7:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Track Two (original mix) - (5:52) 124 BPM
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Withdrawal Method (original mix) - (7:20) 120 BPM
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Deep In My Heart (Alternate version) - (7:03) 123 BPM
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Review: For all the hype that often surrounds young, up-and-coming producers, it's often the case that it's the more established heads that deliver more consistently. We'd argue that's the case with Shur-I-Kan, AKA long-time Freerange and Lazy Days producer Tom Szirtes. He barely puts a foot wrong throughout this latest four-track outing, matching his usual ear for mood and melody with rock-solid grooves and a few decidedly old school touches (see the cut-up soulful house vocals on bouncy opener "Deep In My Heart", or the sweeping strings and darting synth-bass that dominate the Alternate Version of the same track). In the 'best track' stakes, it's a toss up between the rubbery, boogie-tinged warmth of "Withdrawal Method", and the sparkling, piano-heavy retro-futurism of "Track Two".
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Love Is Gone
DOGD 56
02 Dec 16
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Love Is Gone - (4:25) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bald Spot Jam - (5:51) 122 BPM
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MTV Cars - (5:47) 127 BPM
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Wa I O - (6:46) 129 BPM
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Sleep - (3:26) 125 BPM
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Review: U-Dee is a fresh alias from Uffe Christensen, whose two fine albums for Denmark's Tartelet Recordings portrayed him as a man who doesn't like to settle on one groove or stylistic idea for too long. The deep house material showcased on this Delusions of Grandeur outing is notably warmer, richer, and looser than we've come to expect, with an in-built jazziness and quiet soulfulness that's rarely less than impressive. Of course, there are tougher moments - see the fizzing, sweat-soaked drum machine workout "MTV Cars", and the delay-heavy madness of "Sleep" - but for the most part Christensen keeps things rich, organic and lo-fi. Highlights include the breezy, Afro-tinged warmth of "Wa I O", and the jazzy, pared-down soulfulness of "Love Is Gone".
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Secret Ninja New Edits
AUDAZ 1305
21 Nov 16
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Lusophony - (6:07) 120 BPM
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Hit The Ground - (6:33) 116 BPM
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Not In Your Eyes - (6:00) 110 BPM
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Promesas De Amor - (6:43) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Defected Presents House Masters - Todd Terry
826194 332198
24 Jun 16
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Everything But The Girl - "Missing" (Todd Terry remix) - (4:09) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Todd Terry Project - "Weekend" (Club version) - (5:46) 123 BPM
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The Jungle Brothers - "I'll House You" (Club mix) - (4:55) 123 BPM
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Bizzare Inc - "I'm Gonna Get You" (Tee's Urban Dance mix) - (7:00) 123 BPM
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Playgroup - "Front 2 Back" (feat KC Flightt - Todd Terry remix Re-edit) - (6:25) 127 BPM
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Todd Terry - "Something Going On" (feat Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown) - (6:49) 128 BPM
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Todd Terry - "Keep On Jumpin" (feat Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown - Tee's Freeze mix) - (8:55) 124 BPM
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BME - "Pray" (feat Leroy Burgess - Tee's Freeze mix) - (7:53) 123 BPM
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Darryl James & David Anthony - "You Make Me Happy" (feat Fay Victor - Todd Terry Re-edit) - (7:30) 122 BPM
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Todd Terry - "Play On" (feat Tara McDonald - Tee's EQ mix) - (5:11) 128 BPM
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Todd Terry All Stars - "Get Down" (feat Kenny Dope/DJ Sneak/Terry Hunter & Tara Mcdonald - Kenny Dope original) - (5:53) 127 BPM
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Royal House - "Can You Party" (Club mix) - (6:04) 123 BPM
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The Todd Terry Project - "Bango" (To The Batmobile/Club Bang) - (5:26) 82 BPM
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Black Riot - "A Day In The Life" (Club mix) - (5:31) 120 BPM
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Black Riot - "Warlock" (Club mix) - (6:03) 121 BPM
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Masters At Work - "Alright Alright" (Club mix) - (6:34) 116 BPM
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Masters At Work - "Dum Dum Cry" (Dum Club version) - (8:16) 116 BPM
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House Of Gypsies - "Samba" (Tee's Freeze mix) - (5:34) 125 BPM
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Gypsymen - "Babarabatiri" (Tee's Latin mix) - (8:20) 125 BPM
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Gypsymen - "Camarera" - (6:18) 130 BPM
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House Of Gypsies - "Sume Sigh Sey" (Maw remix) - (7:45) 128 BPM
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Dred Stock - "Pump/Dress It" (Rah Freeze mix) - (5:47) 123 BPM
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CLS - "Can You Feel It?" (Music House mix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
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Todd Terry - "Desire/What I Want" - (6:18) 120 BPM
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Todd Terry - "Put Your Hands Together" - (7:01) 122 BPM
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Todd Terry & Sound Design - "Make The Beat Pound" - (5:34) 125 BPM
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Sax - "Don't Turn Your Back On Me" (feat Elan - Halloween mix) - (4:19) 123 BPM
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Hardhouse - "Check This Out" (Club version) - (5:15) 80 BPM
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Hardhouse - "Voices In My House" (Voice dub) - (6:04) 120 BPM
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Todd Terry - "Rock 2 The Beat" - (7:22) 126 BPM
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Todd Terry - "Drop That" - (6:48) 124 BPM
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Lime Life - "Baby Can You Reach" (original Acetate mix) - (8:08) 126 BPM
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Todd Terry - "Can You Dig It" - (7:14) 126 BPM
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Todd Terry - "Ready To Go" (Tee's InHouse dub) - (5:35) 126 BPM
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Todd Terry & Sound Design - "Razen Theme" - (7:15) 123 BPM
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Review: Defected's ongoing House Masters series should be essential listening for anyone keen to discover more about the recording careers of some of the scene's most iconic producers. Certainly, this latest installment, chronicling NYC legend Todd Terry's finest moments, contains far more hits than misses. At 35 tracks deep, it's a bit of a beast, but features not only all of his best-known productions ("Weekend", "Can You Party", "I'll House You", "Bango (To The Batmobile)", his remix of Everything But The Girl's "Missing"), but also a swathe of lesser-known remixes (A slammin' version of Bizarre Inc's "I'm Gonna Get You"), Dubs (a brilliantly stripped-back version of Hardrive's "Voices Inside My House") and original productions (the hip-house era madness of Black Riot's "Warlock").
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Vintage
LPR 001
05 Dec 16
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Vintage (original) - (5:05) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vintage (Doctor Nick remix) - (4:20) 134 BPM
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Review: Flex FM's regular hot stepper Smokey Bubblin' B keeps it real. Here he sees one of his white labels get digitized for the masses and boy aren't we lucky - the vinyl will have surely sold out by now. "Vintage" takes its cue from the good old days of the 90s UKG scene: cut up organ riffs, sharp and fresh speedy garage beats and druggy vocal wafts. Doctor Nick also rocks up, smacking on the rubber gloves to perform some augmentation, turning in a smoother, leaner body in the process.
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Galactic Ecstasy
KITJEN 005
25 Nov 16
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Galactic Ecstasy - (7:51) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Acid Martin - (6:09) 126 BPM
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Legoman - (5:22) 120 BPM
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Review: Even by his usual high standards, this EP from Melbourne producer Fantastic Man is pretty darn special. It begins with the tactile, loved-up brilliance of "Galactic Ecstasy", where glistening, intergalactic synthesizer lines and chiming melodies tumble down over restless acid lines and a hustling rhythm track. "Acid Martin" boasts a little more jacking intent, whilst retaining the new age influenced melodies and humid textures more associated with Young Marco's work. He closes proceedings with the superb "Legoman", where winding, intelligent techno style melodies rub shoulders with lusciously deep chords and Project Pablo style deep house breakbeats.
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Jacques Renault Edits
LTP 003
15 Jul 16
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Henry Rodrick - "Into The Sunshine" - (5:54) 115 BPM
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Black Fan - "Black Fan With A Van" - (6:12) 120 BPM
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HNNY - "Hotline Riddim" - (6:44) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Adesse Versions - "Wash My Car" - (6:05) 122 BPM
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Jesse Futerman - "Jesse Is A Gambler" - (4:31) 115 BPM
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DJ Duke presents Freedom - "Seven 50 Stalkers Closer" - (5:14) 124 BPM
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Outboxx - "Denim Shorts Dream" - (6:14) 120 BPM
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Son Of Sound - "Violent Violet" - (6:31) 124 BPM
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Mateo & Matos - "MAW G Stomp" - (6:47) 125 BPM
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Fulbert - "Full Time House" - (6:57) 120 BPM
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Crackazat - "Somewhere Elsewhere" - (4:32) 128 BPM
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Will Berridge - "I'm The Jacques" - (6:49) 122 BPM
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Review: Local Talk's Edits compilation series has already garnered high quality contributions from the much-loved Swede HNNY and German producer Kyodai; this third one sees the label look across the Atlantic and welcome producer, DJ, label owner and all around good guy Jacques Renault into the fold. The Let's Play House co-founder has plenty of form when it comes to the edit (anyone remember those killer Wurst Edits he did with Marcus Cabral as Runaway?) and this delve through the Local Talk archives demonstrates his poise for the form remains unfettered. Rifling through the main label archives plus their OneOffs, 1nce Again and the LTX series, Renault delivers a supreme 12-track selection that will feature prominently on your USB stick playlists. His tweak of "Denim Shorts Dream" by Bristol house unit Outboxx is a particular highlight.
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Pollo Con Pollo EP
HEIST 019
25 Jul 16
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Gotta Act To React - (6:47) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pollo Con Pollo - (7:32) 120 BPM
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Intermezzlow - (3:16) 108 BPM
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Intermezzo - (6:37) 116 BPM
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Gotta Act To React (Float mix) - (5:29) 118 BPM
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Review: Nachtbraker's latest expansive EP for Heist Recordings - his first release of 2016 - boasts a host of hot, floor-friendly excursions. The EP's first two missives offer two distinctly different takes on disco-house - the throbbing sub-bass, extra percussion hits and early Daft Punk riffs of "Gotta Act To React", versus the smooth, classic disco-sampling loop-jam "Pollo Con Pollo" - before the woozy, drawn out "Intermezzlow" allows the Dutch producer to showcase the groovy, downtempo side to his work. The accompanying "Intermezzo" is a jazzy, percussive deep house variation on the same sun-kissed theme, while "Gotta Act To React (Float Mix)" re-casts the EP's opening tune as a hazy deep house bumper.
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Rope Dancer
NEIN 096
21 Oct 16
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Rope Dancer - (5:44) 117 BPM
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Rope Dancer (Dark dub) - (5:49) 114 BPM
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Rope Dancer (Ron Basejam remix) - (6:22) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rope Dancer (Curses remix) - (9:20) 113 BPM
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Review: We've come accustomed to Nein founders Tronik Youth serving up electronic music that's on the psychedelic end of the spectrum. "Rope Dancer" configures to this stereotype, and sees the duo lace bold, alien synthesizer riffs, spiraling electronics and wonky vocal samples atop a forthright, mid-tempo cosmic disco groove. The duo's accompanying Dark Dub wanders further into skewed, late night territory, largely by further emphasizing their bold synth-work. While Curses continue the trend on their slightly pitched-down remix - check the clicking percussion and hypnotic, looped-up synthesizer motifs - Ron Basejam flips the script entirely, turning the track into a warm, feel good, disco tinged deep house shuffler.
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I Just Wanna
HOTSHIT 027
21 Oct 16
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I Just Wanna - (4:53) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kalumbo - (5:23) 125 BPM
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Feelin' Good - (5:06) 126 BPM
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Push It Along EP
HEIST 021
07 Nov 16
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Tout It - (7:33) 123 BPM
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E To E (Ge-Ology remix feat MdCL) - (6:13) 123 BPM
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E To E (original mix) - (5:35) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Push It Along - (5:29) 120 BPM
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Ebony Roses - (4:33) 125 BPM
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Review: By his own prolific standards, 2016 has been a relatively quiet year for Adesse Versions, AKA hyped producer Kevin Gorman. Happily, Push It Along was worth the wait. You'll struggle to find a track with as much pent-up energy as opener "Tout It" - think spiralling, constantly building synthesizer motifs, electronic bleeps and a dense, bass-heavy rhythm track - while "E to E (Original Mix)" joins the dots between filter-heavy disco house and more muscular, warehouse-friendly vibes. Elsewhere, he doffs a cap to Theo Parrish on the jazzy deep house thrust of "Push It Along", before finishing with the deep, dreamy, dubby and beat-free warmth of "Ebony Roses".
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Larry's Exotic Blend
826194 347499
02 Dec 16
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Larry's Exotic Blend (Joeski's Ruff Disco mix) - (6:05) 123 BPM
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Larry's Exotic Blend - (6:35) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Alkalino, Catz 'N Dogz
Review: It would be fair to say that "Larry's Exotic Blend" was a little overlooked when it first appeared on Bouq Records' Friends & Family E.P Part 3, way back in 2010. It remains, though, something of a chunky, boompty-influenced gem, so it's no surprise to see Classic giving it another lease of life. Zappe's original sits somewhere between tracky, disco-influenced deep house, vintage Chi-town boompty, and the kind of bumpin' tech-house that's always been a specialism of Rob Mello and Phil Weeks. As fine as the original version is, it's out-shone a little on this reissue by a sweaty, low-slung revision from Joeski full of weird effects, thrusting drums and a killer disco bassline.
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Trak Madnezz
CJFD 29
05 Dec 16
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Arttu - "Slack" - (5:43) 127 BPM
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Mr Ho - "Vintage VST's" - (5:25) 130 BPM
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Rushmore - "Soho Only" - (5:11) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alden Tyrell - "GETO5" - (5:53) 128 BPM
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Free At Last
MMD 027
28 Nov 16
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First Step - (6:54) 118 BPM
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Gleitsicht - (8:02) 112 BPM
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Free At Last - (6:59) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Strimpulse - (7:21) 118 BPM
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Review: David Platzdasch has enjoyed a productive 2016, releasing a string of quietly impressive singles on Manuscript and Gents & Dandys. Here he rounds off the year via an appearance on '80s Child's Masterworks Music. First, he heads into loose, loopy, peak-time disco-house territory with "First Step", before diving into deeper, warmer and groovier territory via the mid-tempo deep house shuffler, "Gleichtsicht". The German aims deeper still on "Free At Last", where swirling strings, dreamy chords and a dense analogue bassline smother a bongo-rich disco drum track. Finally, he wraps up proceedings with "Strimpulse", a spacey deep house number blessed with twinkling electric pianos and warm, sun-kissed chord progressions.
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Ground Floor
WAP 395DD
25 Nov 16
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Nightmares On Wax - "World Inside" (feat Andrew Ashong) - (9:04) 120 BPM
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Nightmares On Wax - "Scratch That!" - (6:05) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nightmares On Wax - "Reclaim The Balcony" (feat Wolfgang Haffner) - (6:43) 118 BPM
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Nightmares On Wax & Acid Mondays - "Dirty Triumphant" - (8:30) 123 BPM
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Review: Nightmares on Wax main man George Evelyn cut his teeth at soul and funk all-dayers in the 1980s - he was a teenage breakdancer - before falling in love with house and techno. Both of these aspects of his heritage are reflected on Ground Floor, which he's trailed as an attempt to go back to his roots. The EP opens with the stretched-out, soulful deep house of "World Inside", which not only boasts a wonderful vocal from Andrew Ashong, but also snappy, dub-influenced rhythm patterns reminiscent of some of his early bleep productions. That aspect of his career is also referenced on "Reclaim The Balcony", a breakbeat-driven house bumper that boasts some seriously heavy sub, and electro-tinged wobbler "Dirty Triumphant", which was co-produced by Acid Mondays.
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Florista EP
IV69D
09 Dec 16
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Florista - (7:05) 59 BPM
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Veneno - (5:46) 62 BPM
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Mozam - (7:05) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wardance Dub - (7:21) 59 BPM
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Review: If it wasn't for artists like Trikk, the Portugese dance scene would not be where it is at the moment. The Porto native has rapidly grown in both skill and fame since his first EP for Man Make Music, back in 2012, and a series of fine EPs for imprint such as Drumcode and Optimo Trax have really helped to solidify his version of house music. This new four-tracker comes courtesy of the mighty Innervisions, and we hear Trikk in a slightly more contained mood than usual, leading with the deep tribalism of "Florista", which falls neatly into the sparse, aquatic house medley called "Veneno". "Mozam" is a fine since of dub-leaning micro-house, propelled into gear by fluttering bleeps, and "Wardance Dub", as the name implies, pushes the boundaries of Trikk's house style into more dubwise territories. A sublime EP from the rising artist of Oporto.
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Apache Line
AMA 017
16 Sep 16
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Mandala - (6:15) 124 BPM
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EisTee - (5:17) 124 BPM
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Apache Line (feat Youandewan) - (6:07) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Youandewan - "Yo Endlos" - (5:38) 126 BPM
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Review: Steve Huerta's first single for Amadeus, 2014's Apotheke, was widely praised for its' fusion of bumpin' deep house grooves and trippy, tech-tinged sounds. In contrast, Apache Line begins with "Mandala", a breezy, warm and lightly melodious deep house cut that benefits greatly from some intricate synth-work throughout. The deep and musically rich vibe continues on the Kaidi Tatham style broken beat-meets-jazz-funk flex of "EisTee", before Youandewan lends a hand on the bumpin', late night shuffle of "Apache Line". Youandewan gets a chance to go solo, too, completing a fine EP with the deliciously hypnotic, ocean-deep throb of "Yo Endlos".
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Move D Presents House Grooves Vol 1
MFM 03
21 Oct 16
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I Gave My Love (original edit) - (6:31) 122 BPM
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Babyphonk (DJ Chicken No Guitar edit) - (6:06) 118 BPM
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I Gave My Love (Shan & Gerd Janson edit) - (6:10) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Deep (feat Seebase - DJ Oyster edit) - (5:50) 124 BPM
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Review: Only those with long memories will remember David 'Move D' Moufang's short-lived Housegrooves alias. It was only used for a single 1993 release, Volume 1, a 12" that has long been in-demand amongst deep house diggers. Misfit Melodies have decided to give it the reissue treatment, partnering two of the EP's most lauded cuts with fresh remixes and edits. In the former category you'll find the low-slung analogue bass, rolling beats and spacey synth melodies of "I Gave My Love", and the more bumpin', New Jersey influenced Seebase collaboration "Deep", which here gets a slight edit from DJ Oyster. The most impressive rework comes from Shan and Gerd Janson, who turn "I Gave My Love" into a saucer-eyed chunk of piano-heavy, rave-era breakbeat-house bliss.
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Feelin' Moody
RB 171
02 Dec 16
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Feelin' Moody - (9:58) 123 BPM
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Inner Groove - (9:28) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Somewhat remarkably, it's now 20 years since Paul Flynn first donned the DJ Q alias. Since then, he's delivered a string of loopy, tracky, disco-tinged house bumpers for labels including Filter, Glasgow Underground, Go! Beat and NRK Sound Division. Surprisingly, this two-tracker marks his first appearance on the similarly vintage Robsoul Recordings. There are few surprises, but then few make this kind of muscular, energy-packed deep house quite so well. Choose between the hard-worked vocal loops, thumping beats and heavy bass of disco-jacker "Feelin' Moody", and the low-slung, basement-bothering deep house funk of "Inner Groove", where Flynn gleefully makes merry with darting, rave-era stabs and cut-up hip-hop vocals.
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She Can't Love You
RBSP 01
09 Dec 16
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She Can't Love You - (6:50) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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She Can't Love You (instrumental) - (6:49) 122 BPM
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She Can't Love You (radio edit) - (3:56) 122 BPM
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Really Ties The Room Together EP
DIRT 101
24 Oct 16
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Really Ties The Room Together - (6:14) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rew - (7:15) 124 BPM
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Rew (Rerub) - (5:09) 122 BPM
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Review: Just like a well-placed lamp, coffee table or framed painting of dogs playing pool, Nachtbraker's latest EP for Dirt Crew Recordings Really Ties The Room Together. Interior design advice aside, the title track is one of his strongest for some time; a thrusting, energy-packed bumper packed full of intricate percussion hits, cyclical chords, fuzzy vocal samples, occasional horn stabs and subtle Latin influences. The fun continues with the warm, low-slung bass, drowsy chords and metronomic drum hits of "Rew". Arguably best of all, though, is the accompanying "Rerub" of that track, which transforms it into a swinging, acid-laden jacker.
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Deep Cafe Paris Vol 2 - Selection Of Deep House
HPFLTD 511
02 Dec 16
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Redwaxx - "My Ground" - (5:46) 123 BPM
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Pako - "Overflow System" - (6:08) 127 BPM
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DJ Spice T - "Amazon" - (6:47) 123 BPM
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DiSapia - "Adam" - (7:37) 122 BPM
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Napalm - "Vibraphone" - (5:35) 123 BPM
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Deep Spelle - "Space Odyssey" - (7:40) 123 BPM
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Mucero - "Joker Run" - (7:42) 121 BPM
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Deeper Sublime - "Berlin Night" - (7:01) 118 BPM
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DJ Lukas Wolf - "Check My Heart" (DD Project VibeMix Remastered) - (5:40) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Flam Department - "A Ham" - (5:52) 121 BPM
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Monsieur Jean - "Black Is My Color" - (4:22) 117 BPM
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Victor Avenue - "Ocean" - (8:29) 124 BPM
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Sergio Gusto - "Cash" - (6:22) 123 BPM
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Peter Kreis - "Under Fire" - (6:27) 117 BPM
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Magnutze - "Testament" - (4:28) 120 BPM
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Fre3 Fly - "It's Possible" (Radiolevel remix) - (6:32) 120 BPM
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Dubet - "Real Road" - (7:35) 119 BPM
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Zuat-Zu - "Complex" - (5:22) 124 BPM
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Tony Lionni - "Champagne And Caviar" - (8:07) 121 BPM
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Minimal Rockets - "Sunday Groove" - (6:26) 115 BPM
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Petr Serkin - "Magic Roots" - (6:14) 120 BPM
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OSA - "Phlegmatic" - (4:48) 120 BPM
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Lady Maru - "Dub Stop" - (5:10) 126 BPM
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Dave Sparrow - "Traxxx" - (6:05) 122 BPM
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D-Blind - "One" - (7:24) 122 BPM
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Various - "Deep Cafe Paris Vol 2" (continuous DJ mix/Mixed By Terrie Francys Junior) - (1:00:00) 120 BPM
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What's Going On EP
SM 007
21 Nov 16
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What's Going On - (5:52) 118 BPM
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KRS Acid - (6:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What's Going On (Alinka remix) - (6:12) 120 BPM
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KRS Acid (Dorsia remix) - (7:46) 125 BPM
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Review: Field Theory is undoubtedly a producer on the rise. His debut track, the acid-propelled "Rituals", was the standout cut on Futureboogie's Summer Riot V EP, while his recent Europa single on Secret Life was packed with saucer-eyed treats. The two original tracks showcased on this Sprechen outing are superb, too. He continues his obsession with psychedelic TB-303 lines on the rolling, floor-friendly strut of "What's Going On", before diving into deeper waters on the contemporary Chicago hip-house/acid house fusion of "KRS Acid". Alinka delivers a metallic, everything-but-the-kitchen sink rework of "What's Going On", while Dorsia turns "KRS Acid" into a melodious, melancholic chunk of lilting deep house.
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Imperfections Vol 1
BLK 001
02 Dec 16
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Leave You - (5:52) 120 BPM
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Sing About Love - (6:10) 120 BPM
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I See You Dancin' - (2:50) 116 BPM
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It Was U - (6:02) 82 BPM
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I Can See Straight - (1:00) 117 BPM
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Music For Molly - (6:59) 123 BPM
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Break Of Dawn - (6:22) 119 BPM
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These Simple Fears - (3:39) 119 BPM
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Enjoy What We Have - (4:44) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rotating Bodies - (5:33) 122 BPM
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Nightswim - (5:34) 121 BPM
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Tunnel Visions - (4:13) 126 BPM
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Played by: YAM WHO?
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Not My Lover/Walkaway
PERMVAC155- 3
25 Nov 16
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Not My Lover (Benjamin Froehlich Downtown remix) - (6:18) 125 BPM
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Not My Lover (Benjamin Froehlich Uptown remix) - (6:28) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Walkaway (Benjamin Froehlich Rockers Riddim remix) - (7:02) 122 BPM
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Walkaway (Benjamin Froehlich Rockers To Rockers remix) - (6:41) 120 BPM
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Review: Permanent Vacation co-founder Bejnamin Frohlich is at the controls on this latest EP from Californian dreamers Woolfy vs Projections. He's chosen to serve up a pair of remixes of two different tracks: the previously unheard "Not My Lover", and Stations album track "Walkaway". He begins with a delay-laden, atmospheric "Downtown" remix of "Not My Lover" - think head-in-the-clouds, tech-tinged deep house - before moving further towards dub disco territory with a fantastic "Uptown" version of the same track. His "Rockers Riddim" remix of "Walkaway" blends authentically blazed dub vibes with a splash of Innervisions style tech-house, while the accompanying "Rockers To Rockers" rework is a heady, soul-flecked dub-house workout.
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Happiness
826194 338497
16 Sep 16
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Happiness (Part 2) - (6:59) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Need U - (5:34) 122 BPM
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In The Dark (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:16) 119 BPM
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Chaka Khan - (5:30) 125 BPM
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Miss My Luv - (5:59) 122 BPM
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Next To Me - (6:40) 124 BPM
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So Good - (5:18) 125 BPM
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Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:58) 126 BPM
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Winter's Anthem - (9:27) 120 BPM
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Happiness Reprise - (0:48) 155 BPM
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Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz) - (5:46) 122 BPM
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4 Luv (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (3:22) 109 BPM
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Review: You don't get any more NYC than Manhattan disco/deep house hero Eli Escobar who presents his debut album on Luke Solomon's Classic Music Company. Starting out with the soulful feel good opener that is the title track, there's more quality on offer on the pure disco inferno "Phreeky" featuring Hercules & Love Affair's Nomi Ruiz on vocals (who appears on several tracks throughout the albums duration) and the cheeky "Chaka Khan" which is a bouncy after-hours jam for freaks and the deep low-slung groover "Next To Me". But that's just scraping the surface. The album is full of quality grooves from start to finish, inspired by one of the Big Apple's finest talents and we highly recommend it!
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Unfinished Business, Vol  4 - Compiled & Mixed By Luke Solomon
826194 338749
21 Oct 16
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Luke Solomon - "Unfinished Business Vol 4" (continuous mix Pt 1) - (1:11:01) 122 BPM
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Luke Solomon - "Unfinished Business Vol 4" (continuous mix Pt 2) - (1:17:51) 123 BPM
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Honey Dijon - "Houze" (feat Seven Davis Jr - Deetron extended remix) - (7:59) 125 BPM
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Eli Escobar - "Chaka Khan" - (5:30) 125 BPM
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Red Rack'em - "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger" - (8:09) 125 BPM
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Mr G - "Precious Cargo" (feat Blondewearingblack - Mr G's Out dub) - (8:09) 124 BPM
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Bertha - "Huzzah/Listen" - (10:03) 122 BPM
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Gershon Jackson - "Love Desire" (Mike Dunn's Blackball Love mix) - (6:17) 124 BPM
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Joeski - "Clap Yo Handz" (feat E-Man) - (7:19) 124 BPM
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Ilija Rudman - "In Her Eyes" (feat Andre Espeut) - (5:10) 115 BPM
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Lukatron - "Someone's Calling My Name" (Demo version) - (7:29) 120 BPM
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Chrissy - "Join Me" (feat Miles Bonny - Rahaan Re-edit) - (7:59) 113 BPM
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Tim Deluxe - "Jas" (Eli Escobar remix) - (5:39) 126 BPM
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Denney - "Visualise" (Luke Solomon remix) - (8:36) 124 BPM
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Eric Kupper & Kenny Summit & Proper - "Over Here" (Deeper mix) - (6:17) 124 BPM
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Luke Solomon - "Stop The Riot" (feat Sam Lynham - PBR Streetgang remix) - (7:54) 122 BPM
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Luca Cazal - "Z's House" (feat Rogue D) - (6:24) 125 BPM
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Demuir - "Here's To Friday" (feat Cynthia Amoah) - (7:23) 124 BPM
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Emilie Nana - "Music" (Manoo remix) - (7:38) 122 BPM
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Luke Solomon - "Dance Electric" (feat Nick Maurer - Borrowed Identity remix) - (7:06) 124 BPM
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Till Von Sein - "U N U" - (5:46) 123 BPM
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Adam Curtain - "Talking In Your Sleep" (feat Gloria Adereti) - (6:31) 123 BPM
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Chris Simmonds - "Lonely Disco Dancer" - (8:31) 124 BPM
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Josh Butler - "On The Edge" (feat Kerrie-Anne - Origins dub) - (6:52) 124 BPM
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Eli Escobar - "Miss My Luv" - (5:59) 122 BPM
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My System Echo - "My Revival" (Ron Basejam remix) - (7:13) 120 BPM
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Hannah Holland - "High Over You" (feat Imma/Mess) - (4:55) 124 BPM
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Home & Garden - "Sexuality" (feat Colette - JT's Porno Beat Down remix) - (6:39) 126 BPM
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Honey Dijon - "Houze" (feat Seven Davis Jr - Mark Farina remix) - (6:42) 124 BPM
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Kat Williams - "Acid Mood" - (8:08) 121 BPM
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Dave Aju - "Freeez" (SoulPhiction Re-rub) - (6:47) 119 BPM
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Homero Espinosa & Mark Farina - "It's All Right" (feat Ori Kawa) - (6:11) 120 BPM
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Mikey V - "Illusions" - (8:28) 123 BPM
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Maiians - "Lemon" (Luke Solomon's Body edit) - (7:58) 128 BPM
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Demuir - "My Predictable Locals" - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Jonny Rock & Luke Solomon - "Mystery Track Approved" (Rework By Jonny Rock & Luke Solomon) - (8:21) 123 BPM
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Pay Day - "Dissolving" (Demuir's Playboy edit) - (6:49) 125 BPM
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San France Disco - "Bringing Back Sweat To The Dance Floor" (David Duriez Acid mix) - (6:51) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sunset Vista EP
QUINTESSE 51
21 Nov 16
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Slap Dancer - (5:53) 120 BPM
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Duplicity - (5:41) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Flavour - (5:49) 113 BPM
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Sunset Vista - (6:32) 108 BPM
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Review: Los Goddard continues his steady rise up the deep house ranks. He's delivered some excellent material this year already, via EPs on Razor 'N' Tape Reserve and Dirt Crew Recordings (the latter in cahoots with Harry Wolfman). This EP on Quintessential may be his strongest to date. There's naturally much to admire, from the woozy, pitched down vocals, rich keys, woozy chord progressions and crunchy drums of "Slap Dancer", to the sensual dreaminess of rolling groover "Flavour". The EP's title track, a pitched-down shuffler complete with sustained note strings, bubbly acid lines, crispy drum machine handclaps and sumptuous chords, is also excellent.
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Los Conquistadores
DG 16001
10 Nov 16
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Flowers - (5:14) 120 BPM
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Los Conquistadores - (5:12) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Soma - (5:57) 120 BPM
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Electricity - (5:13) 80 BPM
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Yakutsk - (4:14) 90 BPM
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Played by: Jimpster, Alkalino
Review: Earth Trax is Bartosz Kruczynski who presented a fantastic debut release earlier in the year on Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section International with Newborn Jr. and now appears for Amsterdam's Dopeness Galore with the Los Conquistadores EP. Starting out with the deeply spiritual and emotive balearic vibes of "Flowers" with its rich tapestry of soaring and floaty pads, there's more quality on the title track; its romantic retro vibes reminiscent of Lauer or Tuff City kids alike. We really enjoyed the track "Electricity", a deep electro number with snappy vintage drum machine breaks and classic analogue synth presets working their magic. I will certainly appeal to all throwback romantics, we guarantee it!
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I Choose You
VR 167
02 Dec 16
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I Choose You (Louie Vega Dance Ritual mix) - (11:22) 122 BPM
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I Choose You (Louie Vega Chosen dub) - (8:46) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Choose You (Louie Vega In Detroit mix) - (8:33) 122 BPM
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I Choose You (Bassdrive dub Main) - (8:00) 122 BPM
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I Choose You (Vega Axel Solo version) - (8:44) 116 BPM
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I Choose You (Louie Vega Mid Tempo remix Main) - (9:13) 116 BPM
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I Choose You (Louie Vega New Beat Main) - (10:20) 122 BPM
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I Choose You (Louie Vega Dance Ritual mix radio edit) - (4:10) 122 BPM
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I Choose You (Louie Vega Mid Tempo mix radio edit) - (4:39) 116 BPM
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I Choose You (Louie Vega New Beat mix radio) - (4:18) 122 BPM
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Pusic Records Cody Currie EP
PSC 008
05 Dec 16
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Down On Disco Street - (6:05) 119 BPM
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Asteroid Belt - (7:13) 117 BPM
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Down On Disco Street (Moony MeAss Not So Disco remix) - (6:31) 126 BPM
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Apollo 11 - (7:17) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Djembe! - (7:40) 117 BPM
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Dancefloor Sweets Vol 2
WOT 028
28 Nov 16
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EVM128 - "Warm 'n' Easy" (feat Oliver Night) - (5:22) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Galactic Ganesh - "Tell Me" - (5:44) 128 BPM
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Danvers - "Hoxton 203" - (5:35) 119 BPM
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Body-san - "Sensory Bin" - (4:52) 115 BPM
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Review: With the Christmas gorging season fast approaching, WotNot Music thinks it's an appropriate time to crack open a second selection box of Dancefloor Sweets. EMV128 kicks things off with the sugary soulfulness of "Warm 'n' Easy", a deliciously rich and tasty fusion of broken beat, future jazz and deep house. Galactic Ganesh impresses with the soft-centred, but hard-boiled electrofunk/house fusion of "Tell Me", before Danvers invites us to unwrap the gooey melodies and popping drum machine hits of "Hoxton 203". The last sweet in the tin comes from Body-san, whose dub-wise fusion of heavy bass, undulating organs and cheery positivity will leave you hungry for more.
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Kon & The Gang
BBE 362CDG
19 Aug 16
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Kon - "Timeless" - (8:06) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rainer TrAbby & Corrado Bucci presents Truccy - "Closer" - (6:30) 111 BPM
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Serge Gamesbourg - "Do It Well" - (6:49) 114 BPM
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Bosq - "Out Of My Head" - (7:56) 117 BPM
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Kon - "Can't Get Enough" - (8:41) 115 BPM
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Kon - "Awe Baby" (Medlar remix) - (7:15) 115 BPM
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Eli Escobar - "Back 2 Luv" (feat Steven Klavier) - (6:25) 123 BPM
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Scott ThatManMonkz - "I Like To Feel Your Eyes On Me When I Look Away" (feat J Gordon) - (6:38) 118 BPM
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Doc Daneeka - "I Promise" (feat Seven Davis Jr - Kon Rework) - (5:46) 120 BPM
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Joy Jones - "Over" (Osunlade remix) - (6:52) 121 BPM
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Caserta - "Hooked On Ya" - (6:13) 118 BPM
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Review: Boston master digger Kon presents Kon & The Gang, a splendid selection of low slung grooves, slo-mo house and deep disco. The 'king of edits' serves up exclusive, unreleased music from himself and a variety of his current favourite artists including Truccy (better known as Compost's Rainer Truby and Corrado Bucci) who present "Closer", a gorgeous house jam with a rolling groove featuring all the good stuff: swirling Rhodes keys, groovy congas and hypnotic vox. Man on the moment Eli Escobar from NYC who offers up the infectious Bushwick loft party vibes of "Back 2 Luv (feat Steven Klavier)". Doc Daneeka, most usually known for his techno work also appears with the ultra deep "I Promise (feat Seven Davis Jr - Kon Rework)" which was a real highlight too!
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In Reverse EP
HEIST 015
29 Feb 16
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More Everything Please - (7:00) 124 BPM
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Future Imperfect - (8:12) 126 BPM
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Howsmusic - (7:36) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Reverse - (7:53) 119 BPM
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Review: It would be fair to say that Detroit Swindle has been on a great run of form, with last year's The Punch Drunk EP amongst their strongest work to date. This first missive of 2016 is equally as strong, offering four chunks of heavy dancefloor ammunition. "More Everything Please" sees them pepper a chunky house groove with restless disco cowbells and rolling, off-kilter organ riffs, while "Future Imperfect" sounds like their take on humid, tropical-influenced deep house. Elsewhere, there's a comforting warmth and hazy funk about woozy deep house stomper "Howsmusic", and the disco-sampling "In Reverse" sits somewhere between a locked-in disco-house thumper, and the looser, more soulful work of Detroit's Andras.
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Deep Love 100
DIRT 100
12 Sep 16
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Felix Leifur - "Feels Like" - (8:03) 121 BPM
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Detroit Swindle - "Tori Karaage" - (6:10) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ponty Mython - "New York, New York" - (5:14) 122 BPM
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Nachtbraker - "Busy Bee" - (5:55) 123 BPM
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Harry Wolfman - "Rainbow Set" - (5:45) 110 BPM
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Marlon Hoffstadt - "Extra Slim Manufactured" - (6:19) 123 BPM
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Mono & Luvless - "Whopa" - (7:19) 122 BPM
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Huerta - "Blvd" - (5:49) 122 BPM
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Good Guy Mikesh - "Boiling" - (7:00) 124 BPM
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The Revenge - "Narrow Hatch" - (6:49) 125 BPM
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Jun Kamoda - "I Know" - (7:38) 120 BPM
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Review: Congratulations to Germany's Dirt Crew Recordings, which marks a century of releases with a celebratory volume of the popular Deep Love compilation series. As befits the momentous occasion, the 11 tracks on offer are all exclusive and previously unreleased. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy, from the dusty, crackly deep house warmth of Felix Leifur's "Feels Like", and classic U.S garage swing of Ponty Mython's "New York, New York", to the sweet, jazz-flecked haziness of Harry Wolfman's "Rainbow Set", and Huerta's dreamy, glassy-eyed Balearic deep house cut, "Blvrd". Throw in fine contributions from big hitters Detroit Swindle, Nachtbraker and The Revenge, and you have an undeniably essential collection.
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Valentine's Groove
ROYAL 32
15 Jul 16
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Valentine's Groove - (7:45) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Strings - (8:10) 122 BPM
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Review: While his live appearances are placing him on the radar of ever more enlightened house heads the world over, Kink is showing no signs of slacking on the production front either. The clue is in his name, and as ever there are plenty of subtly shimmying tricks in the Bulgarian mastermind's grooves to keep the stiffest of dancers shaking on the off-beat. "Valentine's Groove" is a masterclass in jazz-inflected deep house, all fuzzy chord stabs and badass bass for the funkiest shape flingers. "Strings" meanwhile reaches for a more emotive feeling, lashing on the Detroit romanticism to a wonderfully bombastic end.
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Mushroom House EP2
TOYT 054
29 Aug 16
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Zhut & Kapote - "Afro Rico" - (7:13) 122 BPM
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Munk - "Nigerian Jam" - (6:20) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hyenah - "Fire" (feat Kissey) - (6:40) 121 BPM
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Auntie Flo - "Kampala Boda Boda Ride" (feat Samuel Nalangirla) - (4:51) 100 BPM
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Review: The second volume in Toy Tonics' ongoing Mushroom House series gathers together more Afro-influenced dancefloor jams from an impressive selection of producers. Zut and Kapote kick things off with the bouncy house rhythms, chanted African vocals and heavy dub disco bass of "Afro Rico", before Gomma regular Munk pays tribute to Afrobeat on the excellent "Nigerian Jam". Elsewhere, Freerange and Objektivity regular Hyenah throws down a typically tactile chunk of atmospheric, Afro-tinged tech-house ("Fire"), and Glaswegian genre-bender Auntie Flo layers up indigenous instrumentation and hand-held percussion on the standout "Kampala Boda Boda Ride".
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Get Down Brother
TOYT 060
09 Dec 16
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The Nose - (8:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Get Down Brother - (8:09) 120 BPM
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Uhh Baby - (5:56) 116 BPM
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Uhh Baby (Brame & Hamo remix) - (5:56) 120 BPM
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Review: Toy Tonics are getting their money's worth out of Kapote. Since making his debut for the label 18 months ago, the Berlin-based producer has had a hand in no less than four other EPs. There's no messing around on this latest four-track missive, as he launches himself at the dancefloor with the rubbery, punk-funk bass, fizzing percussion and jazzy disco samples of "The Nose". He heads for smoother, groovier deep house pastures on "Get Down Brother", before dipping the tempo a little on the shuffling, pie-eyed disco-house goodness of "Uhh Baby". That track also gets the remix treatment from Irish twosome Brame & Hamo, whose jazzy-but-driving interpretation makes excellent use of clattering drum machine hi-hats.
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27 Karat Years
TART 037D
18 Nov 16
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O.S.T - (1:54) 133 BPM
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Don Malller - (4:26) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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A3 - (1:25) 120 BPM
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Andre The Giant vs Bob Sapp - (2:02) 120 BPM
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Cheese N Kraut - (3:00) 102 BPM
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Peruvian Gold Theme - (2:12) 76 BPM
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Played by: Renegades Of Jazz
Review: With praise for his collaborative album alongside Yussef Dayes (the fantastic Black Focus) still ringing in his ears, Kamaal Williams dons the familiar Henry Wu guise and embarks on another joint enterprise. This time round, his co-pilot is label-hopping collaborator Tito Wun. As you might expect, 27 Karat Years is a largely deep, jazzy and smoky affair, with the duo exploring a range of rhythms and grooves. There's the soft touch, ultra-deep house of "Don Muller", the hazy ambient boogie of "Andre The Giant Vs Bob Sapp", and the J Dilla tribute vibes of "Cheese N Kraut". Throw in a load of tasty interludes (the space ambience of "Peruvian Gold Theme" being a highlight), and you've got another tasty release from Mr Wu and Mr Wun.
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