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1
Talkin Bout Life
HOD 017
10 Apr 17
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Talkin Bout Life (original mix) - (6:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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We Together (original mix) - (7:25) 123 BPM
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Talkin Bout Life (Brisa remix) - (4:23) 120 BPM
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Review: Aroop Roy is a producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from the UK and now residing in Tokyo. Be prepared for one well funky and soul infused journey on "Talkin Bout Life" which is perfect to bring in the summer of 2017. Funky elements, a serious horns section and strong vocals hold up this brilliant track. It's a more straight ahead deep house affair on the rather evocative "We Together" and actually its the kind of track you could imagine Derrick May or Dixon playing out; there are definitely elements of 'hi-tech soul' in it. The Brisa remix of Talkin Bout Life" on the flip is a worthy addition also.
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Endless Summer EP
HEIST 024
08 May 17
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Afrorleans - (8:16) 118 BPM
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Luanda Dub - (7:55) 115 BPM
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Endless Summer - (6:36) 122 BPM
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Endless Summer (Soulphiction remix) - (5:34) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: To date, Swiss quartet Alma Negra has carved a successful niche as makers of heavily percussive EP singles that look to the rhythms of Africa for inspiration. This outing for Heist Recordings draws on many similar influences, but shuffles further towards original production than their rework style back catalogue. Opener "Afrorleans" is a jaunty trip into shuffling Afro-house territory in the company of a cabal of Cajun musicians, while "Luanda Dub" is a booming, bass heavy late night trip full of swirling vocal samples and densely layered drum hits. If you are after some party-starting Afro-disco/deep house fusion of standout, then "Endless Summer" and a cracking Soulphiction remix of the same track will pushes a rubbery disco bassline to the fore to devastating effect.
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Summer
GAMM 110
19 May 17
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Rather Be With You (Alphabets Heaven X SMBD remix) - (8:46) 123 BPM
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Mike Lowrey vs Simbad - "Summertime" - (4:14) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Table 4 2 (SMBD Tribute) - (4:22) 111 BPM
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Review: SMBD aka Simbad is back on GAMM again after a longer break and said to be planning a few EPs with seasonal themes for the label. The first EP as you might expect delivers three tasteful season influenced reworks and remixes which the label claims will 'be your perfect DJ weapons over the Summer months.' If the Afro broken beat groove of Bootsy's "Rather Be With You" (Alphabets Heaven X SMBD remix) won't do it for you, or the super soulful Colonel Abrams tribute "Table 42" (SMBD Tribute) does not grab your attention, guaranteed that the stunning 4/4 rework with Mike Lowrey of Jazzy Jeff's Summer classic "Summertime" has the potential to be a huge tune in the coming months.
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The Deadpool EP
LIH 021
10 Apr 17
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Karizma - "Work It Out" (original mix) - (4:52) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Marcel Vogel - "I Got Jesus" (original mix) - (6:34) 117 BPM
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Karizma & Marcel Vogel - "I Got Jesus" (Karizma Stomp dub) - (7:48) 117 BPM
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Review: Lumberjacks In Hell just keep on trucking, this time calling upon the legendary skills of Karizma in setting their latest EP alight. "Work It Out" is a fiery slice of gospel choppery, whipping up a fevered line in vocal insistence that hardly needs a rhythm section to make you move, but still has the necessary goods underneath the hood. Marcel Vogel follows a similar tact on "I Got Jesus", spacing the jam out and working a bit more groove, but certainly tapping into the same spiritually enhanced vein. Karizma then returns to make an aptly named "Stomp Dub" of the track, rounding off an absolute beast of a party record.
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Bits N Bobs EP
ZEDD 12244
12 May 17
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Put Your Cap On - (5:38) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mr Zog's Sex Wax - (6:09) 120 BPM
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Spray Tan - (4:53) 120 BPM
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Stroke My Disco - (6:54) 123 BPM
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The Laketown Stomp - (6:59) 120 BPM
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Eventide - (5:42) 117 BPM
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Review: Opolopo barely puts a foot wrong, so it's little surprise to find that this collection of Bits N Bobs is really rather good. Highlights include the sparkling, jazz funk-goes-deep house swing of "Put Your Cap On", the P-funk bass and squiggly D-Train synths of "Spray Tan" and the swirling, life-affirming disco-house bump of "Stroke My Disco", where cut-glass string loops and crunchy Clavinet lines ride a relentless groove. Elsewhere, he further enhances his disco/house fusion credentials via the intricately produced, musically expansive warmth of "The Lakedown Stomp", before rounding things off via the bubbly Dam Funk synth solos, Chez Damier chords and snare-heavy drums of jammed-out highlight "Eventide".
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Sunshine (Remixes)
RBOOT 15
19 May 17
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Sunshine (Kink remix) - (7:18) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sunshine (Tiger & Woods remix) - (6:05) 127 BPM
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Played by: Akio Imai
Review: It was way back in 1992 when Detroiters Raphael Merriweathers Jr. and Niko Marks first joined forces under the Unit 2 alias. "Sunshine", their cheery, piano-laden debut single, has long been one of Gerd Janson's favourite house tracks. Here, the Running Back boss has roped in Kink and Tiger & Woods to put a fresh spin on the stone cold classic. While Kink's version - all fizzing drum machine rhythms, steady bold and explosive piano solos - is top-notch, we prefer the Tiger & Woods rework. Typically loopy and tactile in the Italian duo's distinctive style, their mix is a lesson in the dancefloor potential of bass heavy, saucer-eyed, piano-laden loop funk. We have no doubts that it will become one of the house hits of the summer.
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The Sound Of A Feeling
DOGD 57
31 Mar 17
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Shit Wizard - (6:02) 123 BPM
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We Walk To War - (6:14) 110 BPM
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We Walk To War (Tee Mango remix) - (6:33) 119 BPM
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The Sound Of A Feeling - (8:14) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Nottingham based Ron Basejam is the anagrammed alter-ego of Crazy P co-founder James Baron who creates music with feelings on labels such as Futureboogie and Wolf Music and now for Freerange sister label Delusions Of Grandeur. On the fittingly titled The Sound Of A Feeling EP he serves up the charmingly titled "Shit Wizard" a soulful, nu-disco boogie-down jam. "We Walk To War" in its original form is the kind of lo-slung/slo-mo disco that really floats our boat, but the remix up next by Tee Mango really injects it with some Stevie Wonder style soul-funk that'll help get your shine on. The title track is the deepest and most emotive offering here, with its sublime and hypnotic qualities being pushed along by a tight groove.
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Shine (This Is It) [feat. Nona Hendryx]
826194 361396
05 May 17
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Shine (extended Classic mix edit) - (4:07) 124 BPM
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Shine (extended Classic mix) - (8:12) 124 BPM
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Shine (Hot Toddy Marimba Message vocal mix) - (7:28) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shine (Scott Grooves Horns dub) - (6:56) 124 BPM
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Shine (Hot Toddy Marimba Message dub mix) - (7:28) 120 BPM
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Shine (Scott Grooves Deepah dub) - (6:08) 124 BPM
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Review: Starting out in the early rave scene in Boston, Soul Clap made their name through a series of house edits and became big names through notable releases such as a DJ Kicks mix alongside close NYC allies Wolf + Lamb. "Shine (This Is It)" is the first single from their self-titled second album. It features legendary vocalist Nona Hendryx, an original member of the trio Labelle who's smash single "Lady Marmalade" is a timeless classic. "Shine (This Is It)" features the strength in Hendryx's vocal, which empowers spirits, moving you on the dancefloor. Midnight Magic's Morgan Wiley delivers an outstanding keyboard solo and fellow bandmate Jason Disu teams up with Kali Rodriguez and No Regular Play's Greg Paulus to form the Soul Clap horn section.
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Listen To Your Heart Part One
DOGD 58
12 May 17
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Bring It Back - (6:21) 122 BPM
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If We Can Make It Here - (4:32) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Moons And Flowers - (6:35) 123 BPM
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The Hatch - (2:55) 110 BPM
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Review: At the beginning of June 2017, Session Victim will release their third album, Listen To Your Heart. This taster EP - the first of a series of digital releases containing cuts from the set - offers a tantalizing glimpse of what's to come. Predictably, there's plenty to set the pulse racing, from the cowbells and timbales-laden deep house blues of opener "Bring It Back" to the drowsy, pitched-down dreaminess of closer "The Hatch", a colourful and atmospheric chunk of Balearic electronica. Sandwiched in between you'll find the EP's standout moment, the Afro-house meets synth-disco gem "If We Can Make It Here", and the dusty, head-in-the-clouds deep house shuffler "Moons & Flowers".
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Happy Again
826194 338480
07 Apr 17
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Happiness (Kon's Discofied remix - Part 2) - (7:01) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz - SoulPhiction remix) - (6:03) 126 BPM
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In The Dark (feat Nomi Ruiz - Yam Who? remix) - (6:21) 123 BPM
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4 Luv (feat Nomi Ruiz - Soul Clap's American Tribal remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
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Up All Night (Rogue D & Memoryman Aka Uovo remix - Part 2) - (7:48) 123 BPM
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Chaka Khan (The Carry Nation remix) - (5:24) 125 BPM
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Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz - dub) - (3:39) 126 BPM
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Happiness, (Part 2 - dub) - (3:45) 122 BPM
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Miss My Luv (dub) - (3:43) 122 BPM
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Chaka Khan (Bonus Beats) - (2:34) 125 BPM
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Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz - Bonus Beats) - (2:57) 122 BPM
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Winter's Anthem (Bonus Beats) - (4:21) 120 BPM
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Chaka Khan (accapella) - (2:00) 125 BPM
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Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz - accapella) - (3:25) 126 BPM
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Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz - accapella) - (1:52) 122 BPM
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Review: There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about Happy Again, an album of alternative versions and remixes of tracks from Eli Escobar's acclaimed Happiness full-length. Thanks to the presence of DJ-friendly dubs, rhythm tracks and acappellas, it feels like Classic looked to the pioneering remix albums of the 1980s for inspiration. What really makes it stand out, though, is the quality of the material. Kon's rework of "Happiness (Part 2)" offers the perfect balance between subtle house and voodoo disco, while Soulphiction and Soul Clap steal the show with contrasting deep house takes on "Can't Stop Dancing" and "4 Luv". We're particularly impressed, too, with the freestyle-tinged revision of "Chaka Khan" by The Carry Nation, while Escobar's own dub of "Happiness (Part 2)" is a loose, warm and groovy treat.
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Mangroove
MAEVE 10D
20 Jan 17
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Pisco - (7:45) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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L5 Syndrome - (7:30) 120 BPM
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Mangrove - (7:38) 122 BPM
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Review: Frankfurt innovator Rajko Muller returns as Isolee, working his magic this time for The Drifter's rather impressive Maeve imprint; which in recent times has brought us fantastic work by Ed Davenport, Baikal and Ripperton. "Pisco" is a slow burning groove with phased marimbas that cause a hypnotic dream state, while "L5 Syndrome" dives deeper: this smooth and introverted trip is definitely suited to the early night as it is for the afterhours and reminds us of his seminal, earlier works in the nineties for imprints like Playhouse. Finally, the title track is where Muller saves the best for last; this dubby, lo-slung groove is drenched in delayed and reverberated aesthetics. More great work by one of electronic music's true innovators.
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Welcome To Paradise (Italian Dream House 89-93)
ST 003
24 Mar 17
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Key Tronics Ensemble - "Calypso Of House" (Paradise mix) - (9:08) 80 BPM
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Dreamatic - "Audio Trip" - (6:48) 124 BPM
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Night Communication - "Nocturne Seduction" - (6:11) 120 BPM
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Agua Re - "Holy Dance" (Large Sound mix) - (4:56) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Deep Choice - "Fix Of 4:38 PM" - (6:30) 120 BPM
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High Tide - "Time Unlimited" - (5:29) 120 BPM
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Don Pablo's Animals - "Paranoia" - (5:17) 116 BPM
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Open Spaces - "Sunrise Paradise Garage" - (5:20) 123 BPM
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Jacy - "Trax" - (5:34) 123 BPM
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K2 - "In My Garden" - (5:37) 128 BPM
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Last Rhythm - "Last Rhythm" (ambient mix) - (5:06) 122 BPM
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Z 99 - "Welcome To Paradise" (Nightfly version) - (6:09) 122 BPM
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Extreme - "Trasparenza" - (4:40) 126 BPM
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707 Boyz - "Emotions" - (6:25) 120 BPM
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Morenas - "Somnambulism" - (5:55) 122 BPM
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Now Now Now - "Problem" (Abyss version) - (8:25) 114 BPM
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Q-Base - "Il Sole/The Sun" (Deep mix) - (8:10) 107 BPM
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Sasha - "A Key To Heaven For A Heavenly Trance" (Night Dubbing mix) - (6:13) 120 BPM
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The Sky - "Dreams" (Club version) - (4:59) 120 BPM
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Leo Anibaldi - "Elements" - (7:30) 120 BPM
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Jacy - "Dance To The House" - (5:22) 124 BPM
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Sunday Club EP
KT 009
08 May 17
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Sunday Club - (6:28) 124 BPM
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Figure - (6:13) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tracks - (6:13) 125 BPM
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Jackal - (6:09) 124 BPM
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Sunday Club (Seb Zito remix) - (6:03) 127 BPM
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Review: Experienced tech-house producer Josh Butler has been rather prolific of late. Amazingly, this outing on Kaoz Theory is his fourth EP of 2017, and we're barely five months into the year. The headline attraction is undoubtedly "Sunday Club", a bouncy, peak-time slammer complete with crackly high-end percussion, bowel-bothering sub-bass and mind-altering electronic riffs. There's still much to enjoy elsewhere, though, from the bustling percussive bounce and cut-up vocal samples of "Tracks", to the basement-bothering late night throb of "Jackal". Also worth checking is Seb Zito's deep, warm and woozy remix of "Sunday Club".

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Lowdown EP
VMR 053
06 Mar 17
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Lowdown - (5:42) 120 BPM
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Dr Love - (5:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wonderland Disco - (5:13) 126 BPM
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Filtered Punk - (2:22) 125 BPM
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Review: Whoever heard of a Siberian heat wave? Well Russia's Sunner Soul is just that - tirelessly providing warm and summery disco cuts from his icy bolthole. Here on the Lowdown EP we get four more of his delicious instalments. The title track is all twangy bass loops and The Hustle style flute melodies, "Dr Love" is a real banger, with a thumping kick propelling a loop clavinet riff and lots of spacey effects and "Wonderland Disco" spread a positive message of change over a snazzy disco-house rhythm. Lastly "Filtered Punk" displays a little French Touch in it's merciless filtering of some vintage boogie.
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Testify/Can't U
LT 074
27 Jan 17
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Jamie 326 & Masalo - "Testify" - (8:16) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sameed - "Can't U" - (4:42) 123 BPM
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Sameed - "Dusty Jazz" - (5:53) 120 BPM
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Review: Since first dropping on wax in the autumn, this multi-artist affair has gone on to be one of Local Talk's most popular releases in years. It's easy to see why. Jamie 326 and Masalo's "Testify" is a fabulously urgent concoction - a low-sling, disco-tinged deep house bomb built around a restless rhythm track, impassioned, gospel style vocal snippets, and killer Clavinet lines. Sameed's dustier, sweatier "Can't U" offers a different slant on the same idea, offering a basement-bothering stomper that utilizes many of the same samples. Finally, the same artist delivers something looser in the shape of deep jazz-house jam "Dusty Jazz".
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Gentrified Love Part 3
SS 066
19 May 17
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Trust (SS Translation) - (9:49) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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My Soul - (11:09) 123 BPM
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Review: Motor City veteran and longtime friend Amp Fiddler is the latest artist to join forces with Theo Parrish for the latter's ongoing Gentrified Love series of collaborative EPs. Virtual A-side "Trust (SS Translation)", which also features soul vocalist Ideeyah, offers a perfect fusion of the two producers' work; think dusty, organic modern soul underpinned by typically loose and wayward deep house beats. Arguably even better is near 12-minute virtual flipside "My Soul", a drowsy, woozy and stretched out trip through jaunty, broken house rhythms, Fiddler's impeccable keys work, and the kind of starry synthesizer motifs that were once the hallmark of Detroit techno.
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T'Raenon Remastered Edition
ARTOA 1
22 May 17
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T'Raenon (original mix) - (7:17) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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T'Raenon (version) - (8:57) 65 BPM
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Kanei - (7:30) 147 BPM
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Review: Back in 1996, Rupert Parkes had yet to establish himself as one of drum and bass's most musically talented producers. It would be fair to say that "T'Raenon", his sole EP for Kirk Degiorgio's Operation Applied Rhythmic Technology (Op-ART) label, remains one of the standout releases of his early period. Here presented in lusciously re-mastered form, the title track remains a deliciously dreamy, melodious and atmospheric trip into deep drum & bass territory with distinctive nods to mid '90s intelligent techno. Those influences are explored further on the flipside "Version" of the title track, as well as the slow-burning IDM delight that is closer "Kenei".
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Out Of Time
KOMPAKT 364D
28 Apr 17
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Out Of Time - (9:41) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Out Of Time (Patrice Baumel mix) - (8:28) 125 BPM
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Out Of Time (instrumental) - (9:41) 123 BPM
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Out Of Time (radio edit) - (4:28) 123 BPM
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Played by: Domshe
Review: Progressive house don Sasha on Kompakt you say? You'd better believe it! The man known to his Mam as Christopher Coe serves up a deep and slinky tech house cut for the early evening or afterhours alike on "Out Of Time" featuring Minneapolis' Polica on vocals; providing the track with that bit more ethereal edge. There's a handy instrumental and radio edit, but lets not forget Amsterdam's Patrice Baumel on the remix which is geared for just as many, if not more life affirming moments on the dancefloor with his powerful and evocative rendition.
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Toolroom Ibiza 2017 (unmixed Tracks)
TOOL 559/02Z
12 May 17
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Mark Knight, Green Velvet & Rene Amesz - "Live Stream" (original mix) - (6:42) 122 BPM
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Joeski - "Blackbird" (Gorgon City remix) - (6:29) 125 BPM
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Shadow Child & Huxley - "Err" (Kry Wolf remix) - (5:48) 124 BPM
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Golf Clap & Eyes Everywhere - "Bout That" (original mix) - (5:58) 124 BPM
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B.K.R & Jamie Jones - "Bubble & Squeak" (original mix) - (7:07) 126 BPM
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Lee Foss & Lee Curtiss - "Living In The City" (feat Spencer Nezey & Alex Nazar - Detlef remix) - (6:27) 125 BPM
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Dubfire & Miss Kittin - "Ride" (Solomun remix) - (8:34) 125 BPM
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Bontan - "The First Time" (original mix) - (7:19) 123 BPM
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No Requests - "Staccato" (original mix) - (5:56) 124 BPM
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Moon Boots - "Tear My Heart" (feat Lulu James - Marquis Hawkes remix) - (6:43) 122 BPM
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Route 94 - "Mind, Body & Soul" (original mix) - (8:24) 125 BPM
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Erik Hagleton - "This Is" (original mix) - (6:43) 123 BPM
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Will Clarke & Bot - "Techno" (Solardo remix) - (7:48) 125 BPM
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GUZ (NL) - "Playing With My Heart" (original mix) - (5:18) 122 BPM
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Nathan Barato - "Stomp Change" (original mix) - (7:04) 127 BPM
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Mike Vale & Tsunami - "Domina" (original mix) - (7:50) 123 BPM
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Dense & Pika - "Cartoon Heart" (Slam remix) - (6:54) 125 BPM
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Format:B - "Not Enufff" (original mix) - (6:27) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Luna City Express - "Victims Of The Funk" (Dario D'Attis Dubby dub) - (7:53) 123 BPM
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Mongo - "Laser Brain" (original mix) - (6:47) 124 BPM
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Flashmob - "Freakin Babe" (original mix) - (6:32) 126 BPM
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Tim Baresko & Clyde P - "Useless" (original mix) - (6:42) 124 BPM
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Ramon Tapia - "Karma" (Tiger Stripes remix) - (6:21) 124 BPM
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My Cat Snoop - "Deep Down" (original mix) - (5:59) 123 BPM
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Andrea Oliva - "Jungle Party" (original mix) - (7:36) 123 BPM
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Marcellus Wallace - "Breathe" (original mix) - (6:44) 124 BPM
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Radio Slave - "Another Club" (original mix) - (8:49) 127 BPM
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Weiss - "You Better Run" (dub mix) - (5:14) 125 BPM
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The Golden Boy - "Ansara" (original mix) - (5:29) 124 BPM
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Dale Howard - "DVTN" (original mix) - (6:59) 124 BPM
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Del-30 - "Judgemental" (original mix) - (7:40) 123 BPM
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Max Chapman & George Smeddles - "Zulu" (original mix) - (7:48) 125 BPM
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John Moss - "Mystic" (feat Rozie Gyems & Tyrrell) - (6:58) 124 BPM
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T.Williams & James Jacob - "Together" (original mix) - (5:27) 125 BPM
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Sante Sansone - "The Vibes" (original mix) - (6:02) 124 BPM
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Raumakustik & Terry Lynn - "Dog Eat Cat Eat Mouse" (original mix) - (6:38) 123 BPM
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Rektchordz - "Find This" (original mix) - (6:56) 123 BPM
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Luca Debonaire - "That Dam Thing" (original mix) - (5:31) 122 BPM
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Ten Story - "At The Downlow" (original mix) - (6:41) 125 BPM
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Wise D & Kobe - "Cyclone" (original mix) - (6:47) 123 BPM
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Man Without A Clue - "The Riff" (original mix) - (5:58) 124 BPM
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Dee Montero - "Overtime" (original mix) - (7:12) 122 BPM
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Space Jump Salute - "Full Return" (original mix) - (6:27) 124 BPM
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Weekend Heroes - "Magic Dust" (original mix) - (6:42) 124 BPM
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Torneo, Simion - "Dance" (Raumakustik dub) - (6:32) 123 BPM
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COEO - "Mydonna" (original mix) - (6:52) 126 BPM
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Kisch - "Needs" (feat Leela D - extended mix) - (5:15) 124 BPM
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KANT - "Breathless" (original mix) - (4:49) 120 BPM
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Worthy - "A Little Weird" (original mix) - (6:53) 122 BPM
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Ronnie Spiteri - "Acid Lights" (Darius Syrossian remix) - (5:57) 125 BPM
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Xavier Eleven - "Clearer" (original mix) - (3:52) 120 BPM
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Redux Saints - "Boundaries" (Made By Pete remix) - (6:37) 122 BPM
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FreedomB - "Juicy Groove" (Hauswerks remix) - (6:44) 124 BPM
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Filterheadz - "Ricochet" (original mix) - (6:59) 126 BPM
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Martin Eyerer - "Hey Hey" (feat Ruede Hagelstein - AFFKT remix) - (7:55) 122 BPM
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Ben Remember - "Stand Out" (original mix) - (6:37) 122 BPM
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Animal Trainer - "Endor" (original mix) - (7:54) 122 BPM
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Metodi Hristov & Shosho - "Analog Rain" (original mix) - (6:02) 123 BPM
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DJ Fronter - "Earthly" (original mix) - (7:17) 124 BPM
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Boris - "Spiral" (original mix) - (7:21) 124 BPM
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Joe Brunning - "Step To The Funk" (original mix) - (5:38) 125 BPM
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Skober - "Singular" (original mix) - (7:07) 126 BPM
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Joe Mesmar - "Born Free" (original mix) - (7:58) 125 BPM
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Anthony Cardinale - "All Or Nothing" - (6:24) 125 BPM
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Dino Maggiorana - "London" (original mix) - (7:13) 125 BPM
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PROFF - "Misidentify" (feat Cory Freisenhan) - (4:52) 128 BPM
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David Tort - "Rush" (original mix) - (6:44) 124 BPM
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Toolroom Ibiza 2017 (continuous DJ mix - Poolside mix) - (1:17:21) 123 BPM
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Toolroom Ibiza 2017 (continuous DJ mix - Club mix) - (1:17:55) 125 BPM
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Toolroom Ibiza 2017 (continuous DJ mix - Afterclub mix) - (1:15:09) 125 BPM
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The Bomb EP
DABJ 1222
19 May 17
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The Bomb - (7:33) 128 BPM
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Sponk 900 - (6:10) 126 BPM
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You Lose - (6:46) 128 BPM
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Break The Law - (5:45) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Big Miz left the cherished bosom of the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams crew to guest on friend Wheelman's new Stereotone label. Here he returns to DABJ with his second solo single. Title track "The Bomb" is something of a killer, with Miz lacing a bouncy, funk-fuelled drum machine rhythm with wild but jazzy synth lines, warehouse-friendly stabs and bleep style electronics. Elsewhere, "Sponk 900" is a breathless, ghetto-house inspired slammer, while "You Lose" is a raw and wonky fusion of noisy but funky electronics and thrusting machine drums. "Break The Law", a more hypnotic but no less guttural jack-track reminiscent of early 2000s Chicago tech-house, completes a fine package.
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Late Night Noodles EP
GAMM 109
28 Apr 17
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Bun - (6:29) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chao - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Review: Fresh from a fine contribution to Local Talk's fifth anniversary compilation, Sameed Rezayan makes his first appearance on G.A.M.M. It sees him exploring similar sonic territory - think jazzy, loop-based, soul-flecked deep house stompers - while serving up two tried and tested dancefloor treats. First up is "Bun", a bouncy and rolling house revision of a groovy chunk of harmonica and saxophone-laden soul-jazz goodness. It's really rather good, though lacks the sheer weightiness of the EP's other track, "Chao". This is, if anything, even loopier, with Sameed building the pressure throughout via darting electric piano keys, simmering strings and a stomping jazz-house groove.
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Mydonna
TOYT 062
17 Feb 17
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Mydonna - (6:52) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mydonna (Alternate Cut) - (6:52) 126 BPM
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Torrox - (8:52) 120 BPM
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Coast To Coast - (3:52) 123 BPM
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Review: Following a recent dalliance with Brooklyn-based Razor 'N' Tape Reserve, COEO returns to the loving arms of Toy Tonics with another solid four-track excursion. Happily, they hit the ground running with the rushing positivity of "Mydonna", a bumpin' chunk of peak-time house goodness built around some superb disco samples and a bustling groove. The accompanying, "alternate cut" smartly emphasizes some of the original instrumentation, whilst adding some subtle swing to the disco-house drums. On the flip, you'll find the deep, smooth and sensual "Torrow", and the breezy, atmospheric, piano-laden shuffle of "Coast To Coast".
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Dekmantel 10 Years 03
DKMNTL 10YEARS03
19 May 17
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Levon Vincent - "UK Spring Vibes" - (5:51) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Legowelt - "Blue Austral Techno" - (7:30) 120 BPM
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Joey Anderson - "Opened Gate" - (5:58) 126 BPM
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Central - "Six Five Two" - (7:38) 118 BPM
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Review: Dutch party crew/ label Dekmantel has achieved more in the past decade than most labels, and that they are able to call on such a heavyweight line-up for the third installment of their celebratory series is evidence of this fact. The release starts with the steely drums and mournful, rainy day pianos of Levon Vincent's "UK Spring Vibes" - which is a rare contribution from the US artist outside of his Novel Sound label - and continues with the fist-punching acidic sweeps of Legowelt's "Blue Austral Techno". Shifting the focus back to the other side of the Atlantic, Joey Anderson weighs in with the spooky, swirling synths and understated "Opened Gate", while Danish artist Central rounds off the EP with the jazzy abstractions of "Six Five Two".
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Deep In The House Vol 3 (unmixed tracks)
KKCOMP 009
31 Mar 17
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Pirate Jams - "Sweets From Heaven" (Jolyon Petch Club mix) - (5:32) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kid Kenobi - "Night & Day" (Tocadisco remix) - (4:31) 128 BPM
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AKA - "So Good" - (6:25) 125 BPM
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Alex Preston - "Feel Like" - (4:34) 128 BPM
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Magnifik - "Where Did My Night Go?" (Colour Castle remix) - (4:03) 126 BPM
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Magnifik - "House Is My Home" (BiTMORE remix) - (4:35) 126 BPM
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AKA - "The Music" (Diamond Lights remix) - (6:14) 124 BPM
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Another - "4 Real" (Ben Morris remix) - (5:45) 124 BPM
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Diamond Lights - "Feel It" (Teddy Black remix) - (4:16) 122 BPM
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95 Royale - "If We're Together" (Reekay Garcia remix) - (4:47) 124 BPM
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Disco Fries - "We Got The Sound" (Monday Morning remix) - (5:49) 125 BPM
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Jump Ship|Lever - "8 Ballin'" (Illhaus remix) - (5:27) 124 BPM
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AYJAY - "Bounce That Ass" (Monday Morning remix) - (4:55) 124 BPM
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Kid Kenobi - "Sunshine" (Problem People remix) - (6:36) 123 BPM
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Surecut Kids & Spenda C - "Slut Drop" (DJ Pizza remix) - (4:41) 124 BPM
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BiTMORE - "Deep In The House Vol 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (41:32) 125 BPM
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Lola's Theme Recut
826194 367497
12 May 17
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Lola's Theme Recut (radio edit) - (3:00) 124 BPM
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Lola's Theme Recut (Purple Disco Machine remix) - (6:10) 122 BPM
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Lola's Theme Recut (Superlover Rework) - (7:46) 124 BPM
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Lola's Theme Recut (Dr Packer remix) - (6:33) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lola's Theme Recut - (8:11) 124 BPM
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Jungelknugen (remixes)
OLS 017
24 Feb 17
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Jungelknugen (Four Tet remix) - (8:00) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jungelknugen (Prins Thomas remix) - (8:56) 122 BPM
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Review: Cheekily, Todd Terje has decided to put out these remixes of forthcoming album track "Jungelknugen" before we've had a chance to hear the original version. While it's hard to know how revolutionary these remixes are - or otherwise - it's fair to say that both Four Tet and Prins Thomas have brought their A-game. Keiran Hebden steps up first, layering up looped, kosmiche style synthesizer refrains, wide-eyed piano motifs, low-slung analogue bass, and the kind of jazzy, off-kilter drum machine beats that simultaneously feel loose and sturdy. While undoubtedly impressive, it lacks the hustle and bustle of Prins Thomas's interpretation, which is drive forwards by heavy, bleep techno style sub bass and the producer's own groovy disco drums.
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Arganol N All
MAEVE 11D
12 May 17
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Big Words From The Small Mouth - (7:15) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Arganol - (8:47) 121 BPM
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Played by: Leg Jazz
Review: Irish producer Mano Le Tough made his name with deep, melodic house, so "Big Words From The Small Mouth", from the latest release on his Maeve label, marks something of a change. It's stripped back and resounds to minimalist drum patterns, while a wiry, frazzled acid line that weaves its way through the arrangement. The presence of a wobbly, menacing bass throughout adds to the understated sense of menace. The title track is more mellow, featuring warm tonal squiggles cosying up to organic melodies over a fuzzy rhythm. However, like "Small Mouth", it too is somewhat abstract and far removed from the more accessible sounds that Mano Le Tough had been known for.
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Sucio #1
PRDD 000036
09 May 17
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Phonk D - "Gonzo" - (6:20) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jacob Stoy & Le Rubrique - "Cafe KOZ" - (6:26) 120 BPM
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Dan Bay - "Kurdistan Dada" - (5:56) 120 BPM
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Le Rubrique - "Keep The Flow" - (6:10) 105 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino
Review: If you're looking for an eclectic bunch of 4/4 floorfillers, this goodtime four-tracker from the mysterious Martin Ruppert camp should fit the bill. Check, for example, the heavy, relentless bass guitar loops, bouncy disco-house drums and cut-up vocal and orchestral samples driving Phonk D's party-starting "Gonzo", and the low-slung, psychedelic drug-chug that is Le Rebrique's hypnotic, filter-heavy "Keep The Flow". Elsewhere, Jacob Stoy and Le Rubrique join forces on the beach-warm, picturesque deep house flutter of "Cafe KOZ", while Dan Bay tiptoes the fine line between sub-heavy dub pressure and lo-fi deep house on the spaced-out goodness of "Kurdistan Dada".
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Silent Stars
FRCD 36D
12 May 17
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Migrations - (4:57) 120 BPM
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Yansa - (5:47) 125 BPM
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Crave (feat Florence Rawlings) - (4:44) 123 BPM
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Sylvanshine - (5:02) 95 BPM
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Where You Are (feat Khalil Anthony) - (6:09) 123 BPM
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The Sun Comes Up (feat Jinadu) - (5:48) 105 BPM
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Tau Tona - (5:32) 92 BPM
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Everytime (feat Florence Rawlings) - (4:35) 124 BPM
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Power Of The Doof - (6:05) 122 BPM
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Under Wraps - (5:27) 85 BPM
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Silent Stars - (6:33) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spend The Night - (4:59) 105 BPM
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Forever Voyetra - (4:11) 153 BPM
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Review: Having spent much of 2016 focusing on the 20th anniversary of his impressive Freerange label, Jamie "Jimpster" Odell returns with his long-awaited sixth full-length, his first album since 2013's much admired Porchlight & Rocking Chairs. As you might expect, Silent Stars is a musically expansive affair, with the producer's usual floor-friendly deep house workouts being accompanied by tracks that pay homage to starry jazz-funk (brilliant opener "Migrations"), synthesizer-heavy new age ambient (the wonderful "Sylvanshine"), loose and languid Balearica (Jinadau collaboration "The Sun Comes Up"), Floating Points Ensemble style jazz ("Tau Tona"), modern soul ("Everytime") and even a touch of Osunlade style tribal bounce ("Silent Stars"). In other words, it's superb.

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DJ-Kicks (unmixed tracks)
K 7346DTM
27 Jan 17
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Nils Frahm - "Ode" - (4:34) 159 BPM
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Matthew Dear - "Wrong With Us" (DJ-Kicks) - (5:12) 116 BPM
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Mahal - "Ongaku" (HVL remix) - (5:52) 117 BPM
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Monsieur Georget - "Double Lune" (Third Child Boomer) - (7:04) 123 BPM
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Kreon - "Silo Sol" - (9:42) 122 BPM
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Caserta - "Ricky" (Thatmanmonkz mix) - (5:32) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gwilym Gold & Doc Daneeka - "Lust For Sale" (MGF mix) - (7:57) 121 BPM
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Smoke - "Nuutri" - (14:46) 123 BPM
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Decius - "Bread & Butter" - (8:32) 120 BPM
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ItaloJohnson - "ITJ10B1" - (6:45) 126 BPM
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Vin Sol - "Instinct" (Matrixxman remix) - (5:11) 130 BPM
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Groovesh - "Glowing" - (7:10) 125 BPM
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Duff Disco - "Feed The Horse" - (5:46) 117 BPM
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Dudley Strangeways - "Hallam" - (8:22) 124 BPM
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Alex & Digby - "Angolan Rumble" - (10:07) 128 BPM
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Gary Sloan & Clone - "Harmonitalk" (Alex & Digby edit) - (4:43) 119 BPM
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Randomer - "Rendell Pips" - (4:18) 130 BPM
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Markus Enochson - "Hot Juice Box" - (6:47) 123 BPM
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Simian Mobile Disco - "Staring At All This Handle" - (6:37) 121 BPM
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Pearson Sound - "XLB" - (6:18) 126 BPM
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Soulphiction - "Sky So High" - (5:50) 119 BPM
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Audion - "Live Breakdown" - (2:03) 124 BPM
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Audion - "Starfucker" - (6:43) 124 BPM
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Audion - "Brines" - (4:59) 125 BPM
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DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko - "Kumu" - (5:52) 130 BPM
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Matthew Dear - "DJ-Kicks" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:05:09) 124 BPM
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Played by: The Hollow Triangle
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For The Lovers
PETS 079
01 May 17
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4 The Lovers - (5:50) 122 BPM
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Where My Girls At - (6:17) 124 BPM
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Blomst - (5:54) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: For The Lovers marks a first appearance on Pets Recordings for longtime Toy Tronics and GRUUV sorts Black Loops. The Berlin-based Italian twosome start in confident fashion with "4 The Lovers", a near perfect fusion of dreamy, meandering chord progressions, punchy beats, mournful piano and bold, mind-altering sub-bass movements. It's pleasingly robust, but also delicate and attractive. Elsewhere, "Where My Girls At" sees them doff a cap to the bustling, swinging beats and cosmic electronics of classic Prescription Records material, while "Blomst" is a glistening, saucer-eyed shuffle into sunrise-friendly deep house pastures in the company of a dub-loving bassline freak.
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Dirty Wrong
PLAY 016
12 May 17
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Dirty Wrong (original mix) - (6:44) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dirty Wrong (Rob Mello No Ears remix) - (6:58) 121 BPM
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Dirty Wrong (Rob Mello No Ears dub) - (6:06) 122 BPM
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Review: Looped up and funky disco house shenanigans courtesy of Glasgow's Sub Club resident and son of Harri: Jasper James with the "Dirty Wrong" on Seth Troxler's always reliable Play It Say It. This is his third release following up some impressive outings on Optimo Trax and Leftroom in recent years. The London based deep house legend Rob Mello hands in a brilliant rendition on another one of his wicked No Ears remixes and there's a handy dub version included for DJ use only!
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Linda
LT 034
21 Apr 17
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Waitin - (4:52) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fallin - (3:58) 127 BPM
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Pushin - (5:03) 127 BPM
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Peteras Lament - (6:09) 119 BPM
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Change - (4:58) 119 BPM
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Review: Lobster Theremin has described this label debut from rising deep house star Brian Abelson AKA See Other as a: "humble mixture of low-slung Smallville-esque warmth, Fred P deepness and playful, tinkering melodies". It's an apt description. Abelson has a knack for balancing the needs of the dancefloor with the right level of attractive musicality, as can be seen on the synth-bass propelled late night positivity of 'Fallin" and the sumptuous, lightly sauteed deepness of "Linda". Elsewhere, "Pushin" successfully combines the rhythmic dexterity of classic broken beat with the drowsiness of deep house and "Change" is so deep and quietly soulful that it could have been written and produced at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
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Fenix
361497 4112347
19 May 17
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Fenix (Ron Trent remix) - (11:37) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fenix - (6:42) 120 BPM
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Played by: Henri Le Blanc
Review: Here's something to get the blood pumping: a fresh Ron Trent remix of the title track from legendary Brazilian jazz-funk outfit Azymuth's most recent album, 2016's "Fenix". The original version is, of course, rather tidy - think darting synths and vocoder lines, dexterous slap-bass and rich, life-affirming chords - but Trent still manages to serve up a seriously good alternative version. He appears to have utilized every bit of individual instrumentation found on the master tapes, offering a subtle deep house/jazz-funk fusion cut full of loose-limbed drumming, intertwined solos and chords that pulse with sun-kissed positivity. It's not a particularly revolutionary remix, but when the musicianship is this good, why change it?
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I Don't Sync So Part 2
LHR 005
03 Mar 17
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Slop - (6:45) 120 BPM
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Follow (feat Mar) - (6:04) 122 BPM
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Session 2 - (6:27) 120 BPM
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Oms - (7:15) 125 BPM
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Retrospect - (5:36) 120 BPM
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Lost Cut - (1:21) 120 BPM
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Mandar - "St Eustache" - (7:48) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mandar - "Fouad" - (6:23) 124 BPM
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The Best Of New York's Underground House Scene
QK-PTE-8510
20 Nov 07
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Blaze - "Whatcha Gonna Do" (vocal mix) - (5:46) 118 BPM
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Finchley Road - "Infectious" (club mix) - (5:19) 120 BPM
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Blaze - "If You Should Need A Friend" (Friendship mix) - (6:07) 120 BPM
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Phase II - "Mystery" (Power mix) - (5:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jomanda - "Driftin'" (Sweets mix) - (6:16) 118 BPM
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Bou-Khan - "Magic" (Magic mix) - (5:48) 121 BPM
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Blaze - "Can't Win For Losin'" - (5:59) 118 BPM
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The Mack - "I Want You (Badly)" (feat Kysia Bostic - club mix) - (5:36) 119 BPM
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Raven Maize - "Together Forever" - (5:43) 123 BPM
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Kimiesha Holmes - "Love Me True" (True Love Mix) - (6:50) 120 BPM
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Finchley Road - "Gimme The Music" (Smarties mix) - (5:16) 119 BPM
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The Jason Load Experience - "Mainline" (feat Iyona - original vocal mix) - (6:25) 120 BPM
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Played by: Slipmatt
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DJ-Kicks (unmixed tracks)
K7348DTM
19 May 17
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Peter Zummo - "The Tape Is Chill" - (5:54) 115 BPM
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Michael Mayer - "The Horn Conspiracy" (DJ-Kicks) - (6:20) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bvoice, Anrilov & Danilov - "Papas Groove" (DoP & Masomenos remix) - (9:20) 122 BPM
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SAVE! - "The Darkness" (I:Cube remix) - (6:57) 126 BPM
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Justus Kohncke - "Feuerland" - (7:43) 127 BPM
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CSS - "Honey" (Michael Mayer remix) - (5:40) 125 BPM
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Alter Ego - "Gary" - (7:12) 125 BPM
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Kasper Bjorke - "Apart" (feat Sisi Ey - Michael Mayer remix) - (8:36) 124 BPM
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Lionheart Brothers - "The Drift" (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (11:29) 120 BPM
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Mekon - "Please Stay" (feat Marc Almond - Royksopp remix) - (6:48) 123 BPM
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Dreems - "Mirages" (Michael Mayer remix) - (7:39) 122 BPM
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Boreal - "Canopy Target" - (5:12) 127 BPM
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Throbbing Gristle - "Hot On The Heels Of Love" (Ratcliffe remix) - (7:56) 127 BPM
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Death In Vegas - "Consequences Of Love" (Chris & Cosey remix) - (5:48) 120 BPM
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Idioma - "Landscapes" - (7:12) 120 BPM
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Jon Hopkins - "Abandon Window" (Moderat remix) - (6:55) 121 BPM
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Various - "DJ-Kicks" (continuous DJ by Michael Mayer) - (1:19:24) 123 BPM
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Teen Bee
ESP 047
16 Jan 17
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Grace - (7:05) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Illustrations & The Large - (5:54) 117 BPM
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Teen Bee - (5:49) 117 BPM
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Review: By anyone's standards, ESP Institute enjoyed a hugely successful 2016, delivering a string of fine singles and killer albums from Moscoman and Lord of the Isles. This first digital missive of 2017 is equally as impressive, and comes from the previously unheard Nancy Azzuro. Opener "Grace" is undoubtedly impressive; a rolling trip into 21st century dub disco territory blessed with killer percussion work and an addictive electronic bassline. "Illustrations & The Large" is a deliciously woozy and melodious chunk of softly spoken Balearic deep house, while the loopier "Teen Bee" fixes ghostly melodies onto a loose and warm disco-house groove.
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Mushroom House EP3
TOYT 063
24 Mar 17
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Ponty Mython - "Slippin' Into Darkness" - (5:34) 115 BPM
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Kiwi - "We Are Here" - (4:57) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Munk - "The Bolero Bunuel" (Red Axes remix) - (5:20) 121 BPM
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The Barking Dogs - "Your High" (feat Tom Trago) - (6:18) 120 BPM
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Review: Toy Tonics' Mushroom House series has so far sparkled, delivering a series of "weirdo house" inspired EPs full of tracks that look to "ethno, Afro and psychedelic" music for inspiration. Each of the producers involved in this third installment predictably hit the mark, with Ponty Mython's trippy opener - think rolling tropical deep house with hallucinatory flourishes - expertly setting the tone. Fast-rising producer Kiwi steals the show with a low-slung fusion of dub disco and smacked out Afro-house, while the Barking Dogs join forces with Tom Trago for a seductive trip into cosmic deep house territory. Red Axes also do a terrific job turning Munk's "The Bolero Brunel" into a hazy chunk of nu-disco psychedelia.
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Pool Party Music
HOTSHIT 030
17 Mar 17
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Pool Party Music - (6:07) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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BFODAAS - (6:21) 121 BPM
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Catching Feelings - (6:12) 125 BPM
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Played by: Lauri H, & my mother say
Review: Newcastle in New South Wales is perhaps not the Australian paradise most would assume. In actuality, it's a mining town north of Sydney that's far from the most picturesque of places. This general grimness may explain why Mall Grab, the town's most famous musical export, is so fond of deep house daydreaming. He's at it again on this latest Hot Haus excursion, inviting us round for a Pool Party. Title track "Pool Party Music" is clearly where it's at, with the Aussie adventurer clustering manipulated synthesizer horn stabs around a pounding, no-holds-barred rhythm track. Elsewhere, he combines chopped and screwed hip-hop vocal samples, sweet loops and bumping beats on "BFODAAS", before placing a bustling rhythm track with twinkling melodies on closer "Catching Feelings".
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Remix EP
BC 011D
20 May 17
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Admin - "Flute Loops" (DJ Nature remix) - (5:42) 117 BPM
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Chezz - "Bossa" (Admin remix) - (5:11) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: 80's Child
Review: More from Bristol-based party-starters Boogie Cafe, whose recent releases have impressively straddled the fine line between tooled-up re-edits and all-original productions. First they've persuaded New York-based Bristolian DJ Nature to remix current Bristol resident Admin. The man formerly known as DJ Milo does a terrific job, too, offering up a trippy chunk of loose, breakeat-driven, deep house disco that boasts serious amounts of energy. Then, Admin remixes Chezz's "Bossa", wrapping spacey synthesizer motifs and a killer synth bassline around a superbly fluid and crispy broken-house groove. It's a seriously soulful interpretation, and arguably the stronger of the two tracks.
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Asa Moto
DEEWEE 023
16 May 17
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Systema Naturae - (4:17) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Make Me Prada - (6:11) 107 BPM
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Athina - (4:54) 112 BPM
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Syriacid - (5:03) 111 BPM
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Review: Asa Moto duo Oliver Geerts and Gilles Noe impressed with last year's debut EP, the synth-pop delight that was "Stay Awake/Wanowan Efem". This follow-up for DeeWee, co-produced by label founders (and Soul Wax members) David and Stephen Dewaele, is every bit as impressive, even if its four tracks draw on a much wider palette of influences. Opener "System Naturae" wraps sharp, rave type stabs around a jaunty drum machine groove, deep melody flourishes and warped analogue bass, while "Make Me Prada" is an exercise in alien funk/ambient/synth-pop fusion. Then you'll find the bleep-laden analogue house thrust of "Athina", while closer "Syriacid" is a sweaty jog through acid-fired deep house pastures with wayward pop overtones.
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Expectations
CRC 02
24 Mar 17
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Clarity - (5:48) 121 BPM
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Why Look Back? - (6:38) 113 BPM
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Expectations - (4:30) 90 BPM
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Coast 2 Coast - (7:09) 126 BPM
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Spiders - (4:19) 121 BPM
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Saturn's Return - (5:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Since forming the Bermuda band last year, Aussie adventurer Harvey Sutherland has delivered a string of loose, oven-hot singles that effortlessly combine the best of boogie, soul, jazz-funk and Beatdown style deep house. With Bermuda providing live drums, keys, guitar and bass, Expectations sees Sutherland continue this fine run of form. It's a mini album chocked full of sparkling, sun-kissed cuts that defy simple categorization. For example, "Coast 2 Coast" expertly fuses a deep house aesthetic with elements of P-funk and jazz-funk, while the deep and spacey "Expectations" and "Spiders" - the latter also blessed with sublime strings - feel more horizontal and Balearic in tone. The strings return on the Metro Area-ish brilliance of "Saturn's Return", which may well be the set's most beguiling moment.
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Word, Sound & Power
RHRSS 020
10 Mar 17
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Chez Damier - "Morning Factory" (feat Ron Trent) - (10:41) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Prescription - (10:45) 121 BPM
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Don't Try It (feat Chez Damier) - (5:58) 122 BPM
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Seduction - (13:21) 123 BPM
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Pop, Dip & Spin - (9:16) 115 BPM
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Energy - (6:53) 123 BPM
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Chez Damier - "Sometimes I Feel Like" (feat Ron Trent) - (5:44) 124 BPM
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Angora - "Enchantment" - (9:09) 126 BPM
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I Feel The Rhythm - (6:18) 124 BPM
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Soul Samba Express (feat Anthony Nicholson) - (11:01) 122 BPM
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USG - "Life 4 Living" (feat Monica Elam) - (9:00) 120 BPM
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Space Ridims - (5:49) 124 BPM
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Chez Damier - "Foot Therapy" (feat Ron Trent) - (6:55) 123 BPM
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Konfusion Kidzz - "On My Mind" - (12:00) 120 BPM
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Morning Feve - (8:11) 115 BPM
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Ani - "Love Is The Message" - (5:31) 122 BPM
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World, Sky & Universes - "The Answer" - (7:23) 122 BPM
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Ron Trent - "Black Magic Woman" (feat Harry Dennis) - (8:00) 82 BPM
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Noni - "Be My Friend" - (3:45) 123 BPM
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Warp Dub Sound System - "Night Places Darkness Upon The Earth" - (15:31) 120 BPM
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Chez Damier - "The Choice" (feat Ron Trent) - (5:41) 123 BPM
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History - (10:42) 124 BPM
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Chez Damier - "The Meaning" (feat Ron Trent) - (8:55) 119 BPM
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Piano Track - (9:20) 125 BPM
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Review: During the 1990s, Chez Damier and Ron Trent's Prescription Records did more than any other label to define the sound of Chicago deep house. The label's reputation is such that it's still talked about in hushed tones, with lesser-known back catalogue nuggets remaining in-demand items with DJs and record collectors. This superb, double-disc compilation from Rush Hour tells the story of the label, gathering together both much-played underground anthems (Trent and Damier's "Morning Factory" and "The Choice", the proto-boompty-via-St Germain jazz-house of Angora's "Enchantment", and so on) and sought-after selections. Thrillingly, the collection also boasts a trio of previously unreleased Ron Trent cuts, all of which are superb.
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Downstream EP
DIRT 105
08 May 17
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Fermi - (8:16) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ice Thin (original mix) - (7:52) 118 BPM
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Downstream - (6:44) 116 BPM
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Ice Thin (Jesse Futerman remix) - (5:59) 118 BPM
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Outro Version - (7:00) 112 BPM
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Review: Since making his mark via some fine releases on House of Disco, Harry Wolfman has delivered top-notch material on Lost My Dog, Secret Reels and Dirt Crew. Here he returns to the latter label with another five reasons to be cheerful. EP buyers can choose between the dreamy, dusty, fluid and percussion rich deep house bliss of "Fermi", the rich and spacey dancefloor shuffle of "Ice Thin", the fiendishly fuzzy, jazz house-goes-disco bump of "Downstream" and the yearning, sun-kissed Balearic bliss of 112 BPM closer "Outro Version". Rising star Jesse Futurman provides a brilliant remix of "Ice Thin" that sits somewhere between vintage Floating Points, Larry Heard and St Germain.
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Peninsula EP
ANJDEE 300D
12 May 17
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Peninsula - (8:28) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cipher - (6:28) 107 BPM
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Give It Up - (8:24) 107 BPM
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Rainbows - (7:28) 120 BPM
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Planet 4 (Remix EP 2)
PN 35
05 May 17
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Dark Flow (Andres remix) - (4:44) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Here And Now (DJ Seinfeld Piano mix) - (5:50) 122 BPM
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So High (Yoruba Soul mix) - (6:12) 129 BPM
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Review: It would be fair to say that Trus'me has roped in some seriously heavy hitters for this second EP of remixes of tracks from last year's "Planet 4" full-length. Detroit producer Andres kicks off proceedings with a brilliantly balanced remix of "Dark Flow", where simmering strings, gentle acoustic guitars and effortlessly soulful vocal samples ride jazz-fuelled deep house drums and a superb, sub-heavy bassline. Rising star DJ Seinfeld is up next, delivering a hazy, spacey and rhythmically off-kilter rendition of "Here & Now" full of fluid piano flourishes and hissing late night atmosphere. If that's not enough to get the blood pumping, Osunlade has delivering a wonderfully breezy and spiritual deep house rub of "So High" that's effortlessly groovy despite some surprisingly rigid kick-drums.
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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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Westside Movements
NORIE&BLANCHE 002
19 May 17
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In The Evenings - (4:41) 122 BPM
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Keep It Real - (6:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Step In - (5:49) 120 BPM
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Vue - (5:58) 120 BPM
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In The Evenings (Hidden Spheres remix) - (5:43) 120 BPM
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Review: Bordeaux based Noire et Blanche follow up a great first release by fellow countryman Folamour with the debut of Australian producer Loure, who serves up four slices of sexy and jazzed up deep house for the late night. Opening track "In The Evenings" is reminiscent of Ludovic Navarre's works, while "Keep It Real" brings in the smooth four to the floor style assisted by some epic sax playing and glistening synths which calls to mind the classic sounds of San Francisco's Naked Music. Hidden Sphere's great remix of "In The Evenings" injects the track with a nice broken beat style that really compliments the jazz elements in a way that would make even Atjazz stand up and notice!
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