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Soften The Wireless EP
HEIST 017
09 May 16
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Khan's Bargain - (5:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Khan's Bargain (Tom Noble remix) - (7:11) 120 BPM
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The Blues - (6:55) 128 BPM
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It Won't Be Long - (5:53) 124 BPM
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Varkala - (6:32) 119 BPM
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Review: Nebraska has been a busy boy of late, delivering killer material on both Mister Saturday Night and Delusions of Grandeur. Here he dons his favourite balaclava and joins Detroit Swindle's Heist. He begins with the groovy, loose and low-slung disco-house bump of "Khan's Bargain", which is also brilliantly remixed by obscure boogie specialist Tom Noble. The tempo increases dramatically on the wide-eyed deep house sprint of "The Blues", before Nebraska enhances his Balearic house credentials thanks to the blissful synthesizer arpeggio lines and swirling chords of "It Won't Be Long". The spacey, string-drenched shuffle of "Varkala" draws a fine EP to a close.
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger
BERG 005
21 Mar 16
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Wonky Bassline Disco Banger - (8:09) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jazzy House Extension - (4:48) 122 BPM
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Destined - (7:24) 120 BPM
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Review: Daniel Berman has decided to re-launch his Bergerac imprint, following an extended hiatus. Clearly, the Berlin-based producer wanted something big to kick things off again, and his own "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger" is certainly sizeable. Fundamentally a cheery, cut-up disco-house record, it's lifted into potential anthem territory by some choice siren sounds and a series of Syclops-like synth doodles. It's certainly his strongest material for some time, and will be everywhere over coming months. The bonus tracks are pretty darn tasty, too; "Jazzy House Extension" does exactly what it says on the tin - with extra jazz madness - while "Destined" is just plain odd. Strange as it is, it's also rather good.
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Look What You've Done To Me EP
MSN 021
29 Apr 16
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Done My Best - (5:33) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Look What You've Done To Me - (7:59) 104 BPM
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SOS Dub - (6:49) 120 BPM
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Review: Ali "Nebraska" Gibbs last outing on Mister Saturday Night, 2015's Stand Your Ground, saw the producer treating listeners to a quartet of tracks that touched on a multitude of house styles. This follow-up has a similar feel. He begins with the loose-but-bold drums, electric piano solos, disco strings and occasional punchy horns of "Done My Best", before dropping down into slower, deeper, dub-tinged territory via the toasty electric bass, stretched-out chords, mid-tempo grooves and pitched-down horns of "Look What You've Done To Me". He rounds off another fine outing with "S.O.S Dub", a crackling, unfeasibly atmospheric journey through dub house grooves, fluttering chords and creepy electronics.
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Rojus
RBCD 061
01 Apr 16
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Beyond This... - (3:36) 81 BPM
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Saxony - (4:22) 120 BPM
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Beau Sovereign - (5:51) 121 BPM
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Paradisea - (6:38) 120 BPM
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Wahness - (6:50) 122 BPM
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Blush - (8:30) 122 BPM
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Kiburu's - (8:33) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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...There Is You - (5:12) 118 BPM
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Review: Having contributed a stellar track to Gerd Janson's Musik For Autobahns 2 compilation, it's little surprise to see Leon Vynehall pop up on Running Back. Rojus (Designed To Dance) is an expansive eight trackaffair thati s likely to be as popular as 2014's Music For The Uninvited LP for Martyn's 3024 label. It's also predictably varied; contrast, for example, the drowsy ambient chords and twinkling electronics of opener "Beyond This", and the deep-jack-goes-rave sweatiness of "Beau Sovereign". Vynehall also finds space for the Balearic jazz-house swing of "Paradisea", the wall-of-sound Detroit deep house of "Blush", and the African influenced drum workout "...There Is You". In other words, it's a versatile cracker.
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Turn It Out
DOGD 52
06 May 16
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Turn It Out (Dave Aju remix) - (4:51) 123 BPM
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Turn It Out (feat Dave Aju) - (4:36) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boogie Down (feat Erik Rico - Laurence Guy remix) - (6:36) 122 BPM
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For Bae - (6:26) 119 BPM
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Review: Scott Moncrief's quietly confident debut album Columbising has been one of the sleeper hits of 2016, with the Sheffield-based East Midlander serving up an effortlessly soulful set that joins the dots between hip-hop, broken beat, boogie, and U.S deep house. This follow-up EP showcases one of the album's highlights, Dave Aju collaboration "Turn It Out." Aju takes the deliciously loose and live-sounding original - all jumpy clavinet lines, swinging deep house drums and urgent vocals - and turns it into a stripped-back, heavily electronic broken house gem. Elsewhere, Lawrence Guy delivers a wonderfully warm, rich and soulful deep house interpretation of Erik Rico hook-up "Boogie Down", before Moncrief enlists the honeyed-tonsils and impeccable piano playing skills of regular collaborator Pete Simpson, on the jazzy gospel-house deepness of "For Bae".
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Blush EP
GRD 003
29 Apr 16
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Blush - (6:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Outpost - (6:02) 121 BPM
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Holdup - (5:39) 131 BPM
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Review: Harry Agius aka Midland is back: does he ever find time to sleep? Following up the Akase side project he's involved in with Robbie Redway and some killer releases on Aus Music, Feel My Bicep and of course his own Graded imprint which this appears on; making it the label's third release already. "Blush" is a slow burning and emotive piece with an epic vintage synth arpeggio and soulful strings backed by the most restrained beat. "Outpost" gets a bit more fierce with a tougher beat and a free running arpeggio that reeks havoc much like Carl Craig's classic remix of "Falling Up". Finally "Holdup" hammers the message home gloriously with its off kilter yet hypnotic beat and sombre yet emotive atmosphere.
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Planet 4
PN 33
20 May 16
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1979 - (1:56) 101 BPM
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The Unexplained - (3:17) 101 BPM
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Dark Flow - (6:39) 124 BPM
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Ring Round Heart - (5:27) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Red Sun - (6:26) 127 BPM
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Our Future - (6:03) 129 BPM
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Here & Now - (3:36) 127 BPM
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So High - (6:12) 129 BPM
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Water On Mars - (4:07) 128 BPM
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Review: David 'Trus'Me' Wolstencroft's fourth album marks a sea-change in direction for a UK producer best known for soulful house and techno. This shift is audible from opening track "1979", where a caller to a late night radio show describes seeing aliens at an unnamed facility. The outer space-fixation continues on the eerie soundscapes of "The Unexplained", before he eventually hits the dance floor on "Dark Flow". Here too though the mood favours the otherworldly as ghostly vocals and resonating piano keys unfold over muted kicks. "Ring Round Heart" ventures back towards the hypnotic house sound that Trus'Me is known for, but it's a relatively short divergence and both 'Red Sun' and 'Our Future' see the UK producer push techno into the most far-flung end of our galaxy.
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Pedre Son Eclat
FBR 042D
29 Apr 16
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Pedre Son Eclat - (6:21) 118 BPM
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Pedre Son Eclat (Man Power remix) - (6:53) 121 BPM
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You Feel It - (5:54) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tears - (5:20) 116 BPM
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Review: Ron & Neil is an all-star collaboration between old buddies Jim "Ron Basejam" Baron (Crazy P), and Rack 'N' Ruin boss man Neil Diablo. Pedre Son Aclat marks the project's first appearance, with the three original tracks sitting somewhere between shimmering nu-disco, sparkling powder house, and disco-influenced grooves. The title track sets the tone, layering up colourful synthesizer chords and melodies. While tasty, Man Power's bubbly, Balearic style revision - all analogue synths, cheap drum machine hits and sleazy vocals - is arguably more satisfying. "You Feel It" is a creepy, low-slung deep house/disco hybrid blessed with killer percussive flourishes and a weighty punk funk bassline, while "Tears" is a glassy-eyed fusion of warehouse-friendly electronics and disco-funk hedonism.
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10 Years Of Tsuba Pt 2
TSUBA 085B
16 May 16
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Galcher Lustwerk - "Nu Day" (Jimpster edit) - (5:47) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Williams - "Pinball" (Fort Romeau mix) - (6:10) 110 BPM
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Roy Comanchero - "Hypba" - (5:58) 118 BPM
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Kevin Griffiths - "Satori" - (5:42) 118 BPM
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Review: Tsuba's ten year anniversary - that's right, it has been that long already - has been marked with hit after hit from a wide selection of artists from across the house kingdom. In fact, for this 2nd instalment of the festivities, we have White Material frontman Galcher Lustwerk remixed by the inimitable Jimpster, with the latter putting a more starry-eyed mechanic onto the original; For Romeau complete the A-side with a vintage-sounding remix of "Pinball" by Williams. On the flip, Roy Comanchero drops the Chicago bass over a minimal sort of percussion groove on "Hypba". Kevin Griffiths adds a little acid to the jingly 707 beat of "Satori", and completes a stellar EP from the magnetic Tsuba.
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Chez
FRD 212
20 May 16
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Chez - (7:05) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Into Darkness - (6:39) 120 BPM
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Chez (Jacob Korn remix) - (8:05) 120 BPM
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Into Darkness (Jacob Korn remix) - (4:57) 120 BPM
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Played by: Coeo
Review: Arguably best known as one half of FCL (alongside San Soda), Red D has been promoting, producing, DJing and running record labels (most notably We Play House) for well over two decades. Chez marks the Belgian's first appearance on Freerange. The title track is little less than a heartfelt tribute to U.S deep house legend Chez Damier, with tactile synth stabs and sunrise melody lines riding a tasty groove. In contrast, "Into Darkness" starts off melodious and Balearic in feel, before smoothly morphing into a Chicago-influenced, late night throbber. Uncanny Valley regular Jakob Korn delivers remixes of both tracks; his pulsating, ultra-deep take on "Chez", in particular, is superb.
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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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Jonny Sender EP
CRE 048
02 May 16
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Zhivago Zhivago - (9:47) 103 BPM
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Zhivago Zhivago (Khidja dub) - (9:56) 122 BPM
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Disco Touch - (8:31) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Disco Touch (Siren remix) - (6:50) 121 BPM
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Played by: In Flagranti
Review: Serial disco-punk troublemakers In Flagranti return with a fresh transmission on their Codek label. It comes from little known curio Jonny Sender and this is one that will appeal to the attendees of Dusseldorf's Salon des Amateurs or advocates of that venue's founding father Tolouse Low Trax. In particular lead track "Zhivago Zhivago" which features the vocals of Elhadj Fall plunged to the depths of the mix whilst Jonny Sender lays down a deliciously sleazy, mid-tempo throb. Who better to remix it than Romania's foremost exponents of electronic psychedelia Khidja? Andrei Rusu and Florentin Tudor have outdone themselves on this remix. The other tracks see Sender trading in a more explicitly disco sound with dashes of house stabs and cowbells, cowbells, cowbells.
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Wolfep033
WOLFEP 033
21 Mar 16
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Get Together - (5:51) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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2poor4change - (4:51) 113 BPM
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2poor4change (Hodini remix) - (3:10) 116 BPM
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Get Together (Space BE Awkward mix) - (6:48) 121 BPM
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Review: The story of how this record on Wolf Music came to be is a shining beacon of how the underground works at its finest. Booked to play Dortmund venue Oma Doris last year, the Wolf lads were handed a CD of demos from young resident DJ Mr Fries which had them very impressed. Soon after label and artist shook hands, and now Mr Fries becomes Wolf Music's Dortmund correspondent with this blissful 5 track EP. The young German is a fine fit for the Wolf cause, brandishing a deep take on house that's got just the right amount of dust and plenty of soul in the samples used. We'd wager Mr Fries was signed up on the strength of lead track "Get Together" alone! Money $ex Records alumnus Hodini and long-time Wolf affiliate Garth BE provide extra sweetness on remix duties.
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BonusBeats Vol 1
HOME TAPING 21
09 May 16
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Hot Summer Nights - (7:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Atmo (feat Paul Cut) - (6:56) 125 BPM
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Together Beats - (5:44) 123 BPM
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Something To Believe - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Review: Hometaping Is Killing Music, the Scottish imprint devoted to the underground, is back this time with Italian young gun Nicholas on the Bonus Beats 1 EP. Things kick off with "Hot Nights" which offers as deadly a sample usage of Minnie Ripperton as the Linkwood classic "R.I.P.". Also on the A side is "Atmo" featuring Paul Cut; more deep and soulful funk grooves for fans of KDJ style jams. On the flip we've got the pumping percussive DJ tool "Together (Beats)" which is a welcome addition to any serious DJs arsenal and finally "Something To Believe" which gets back on the soul train in delightful '70s retrovert fashion.
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Eloge De La Lenteur Part 2
ONDLP 02
13 May 16
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The Movement - (3:28) 117 BPM
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No Trouble No Men - (6:11) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Deep Dip - (5:07) 124 BPM
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The Right Color - (3:45) 109 BPM
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Hot Saussice - (6:15) 125 BPM
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Lunatique - (4:20) 93 BPM
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Played by: Coeo
Review: Back in March, Ondule label boss Joss Moog and Sebastien "Around7" Guertau unveiled their 4th Sign project, launching with a fine collection of soul-flecked deepness. This speedy follow-up is every bit as alluring, with the French duo effortlessly floating between a variety of dancefloor moods and tempos. Contrast, for example, the smoky, mid-tempo jazz-house of "The Movement", the string-drenched, sumptuously soulful bump of "Deep Dip", and the near horizontal, slow house head-nod of closer "Lunatique". For those keen on more energetic dancefloor flavours, they've also included a pair of charged-up disco house smashers ("The Right Color", and "Hot Saussice").
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The Sunday Club EP
DIRT 097
23 May 16
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Berg Toppur - (7:53) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Giving - (6:16) 118 BPM
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The Sunday Club - (6:27) 117 BPM
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Berg Toppur (Hidden Spheres "Rocky Top" remix) - (5:25) 119 BPM
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Wait - (6:04) 120 BPM
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Played by: Kisk, Till Von Sein, Coeo
Review: Reykjavik's Felix Leifur has appeared previously for local homeboys Lagaffe Tales but really hits the big time now with his second release on Berlin's Dirt Crew with The Sunday Club EP; five delicious servings of dusty deep house goodness! The title track and "Berg Toppur" are the kind of lo-fi, hip-hop influenced house grooves that would make even Glenn Astro stand up and notice. Equally suited to a stoned Sunday afternoon stroll through Mauerpark is "Giving" however the sampled up soul/disco vibes makes for something more funky and sultry. There's a pretty sweet remix of "Berg Toppur" too by Hidden Spheres which goes for a more straight up and polished production with added dancefloor dynamic.
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Running Hot EP
IV 64
13 May 16
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Running Hot - (6:05) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Krystal Close - (5:25) 122 BPM
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Keeping The Book - (5:01) 121 BPM
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Odessa Step Sequence - (8:13) 125 BPM
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Keeping The Book (feat Steve Rachmad - Steve Rachmad version 1) - (5:56) 126 BPM
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Keeping The Book (feat Steve Rachmad - Steve Rachmad version 2) - (5:53) 121 BPM
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Played by: Pablo del Monte
Review: On German producer and Aleph label founder Aera's latest release, the coalescing of influences from the past forty years of electronic music is audible. From the early electronic-style noises that warble over the bubbly acid pulse on the title track to the deeper than deep house of "Krystal Close" and the Mathew Jonson-sounding micro-trance melodies of "Keeping the Book", Running Hot is nothing if not adventurous and diverse. Innervisions also deserves praise for its choice of remixer; Steve Rachmad is not the most immediate name one would associate with the German label, but he does a fine job here, turning "Keeping the Book" into a deep, pulsing techno track, accentuating the original version's beautiful spacey-ness.
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Hello Clouds
DB 137
20 Apr 16
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Dive In - (3:13) 119 BPM
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Hello Clouds (feat FEMME) - (5:18) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Feels - (4:52) 123 BPM
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Odyssey (feat Lena Cullen) - (3:21) 125 BPM
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Upcountry - (4:31) 118 BPM
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Rabbit Hole (feat Charlotte OC) - (3:33) 119 BPM
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Be Mine - (4:01) 119 BPM
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Back To The Jungle (feat Will Clarke) - (5:07) 124 BPM
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Tropical Storm Mango - (1:02) 124 BPM
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Wet Cat (feat Kill Frenzy & Ardalan) - (5:18) 124 BPM
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Midnight (feat Christian Martin) - (4:17) 120 BPM
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U R HERE - (1:06) 127 BPM
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Hold Them (feat Mohna) - (5:59) 115 BPM
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Review: Bay Area house hero and Dirtybird co-founder Justin Martin is back following up 2013's Ghettos & Gardens with his new full length LP Hello Clouds, a collection of fine moods and grooves that see him collaborate with some of his favourite artists at the moment. He's quoted as saying "I reached out to specific artists who currently inspire me". Highlights include the title track where he collaborates with London pop chanteuse FEMME on this low slung acid groove. More great talents from London appear such as Lena Cullen, lending her fine vocals to the dark futurism of "Odyssey" and Bristolian rising star and fellow Dirtybird alumni Will Clarke appears too, lending his midas touch to "Back To The Jungle" which is bumpy and as bass driven as you could possibly imagine. The Amen break on top is totally killer too.
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Grand Ecart
107157
13 May 16
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Tell - "In The Sky" - (5:06) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tell - "Diner Romantique" - (4:25) 116 BPM
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Tell - "In The Sky" (Pulkone Reversherb' remix) - (5:11) 114 BPM
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Name - "Back Together Again" - (7:08) 119 BPM
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Name - "Untitled" - (6:29) 120 BPM
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Name - "Back Together Again" (Neue Grafik remix) - (4:15) 124 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino
Review: For their latest stroll into melodious deep house pastures, Parisian imprint Beat X Changers has recruited two up-and-coming talents: fellow City of Love resident Milan Tell Daudin, and one-time Euro-dance vocalist Clara Moroni, AKA Name. Daudin is first into bat, serving up to wonderfully loose, warm, rich and evocative deep house numbers, full of tactile pads, hazy melodies and shuffling beats. Arguably the stronger of the two cuts, "In The Sky", is given a deep and jazzy broken beat revision by Pulkone Reversherb. As for Moroni, she dishes up an ultra-deep chunk of Motor City house ("Back Together Again"), before reaching for the funk samples and disco basslines on the hustlin' "Untitled". Neu Grafik's IG Culture style rework of "Back Together Again" completes a fine package.
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Music/Tell You No Lie
MPM 27
29 Apr 16
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Music - (6:30) 129 BPM
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Tell You No Lie - (8:33) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Alkalino, B.Jinx
Review: A taster for Robert Hood's second Floorplan album, this EP puts a spotlight on the radical nature of his musical transformation. On "Music", the visceral rhythms of techno minimalism are gone; in their place is a rolling, tracky groove that boasts a repetitive vocal loop and which has shades of classic Relief /Derrick Carter. "Tell You No Lie" is even more impressive. It sees Hood use a gospel vocal over a stomping, funk guitar-sampling disco house workout. There is an audibly religious dimension to "Tell You No Lie," but Hood's knack for writing a great tune means that it sounds celebratory rather than self-indulgent or preachy.
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Trax Vol 1
AUDAZ 118
16 May 16
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Pull You Through - (5:24) 122 BPM
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Much Love - (6:41) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rollercoaster 3000 - (7:23) 124 BPM
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Treat Me Right - (7:05) 118 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino, Coeo
Review: The words 'Chicago' and 'house' come to mind with this new Trax series by Audaz boss Alkalino. There's little trace of his disco influence here as he presents four tracks that could have been made in the windy city in about 1987. "Pull Me Through" begins the EP with some deep, touchy feely, soulful house goodness before the pounding snares and atonal electronics of sweaty basement anthem "Much love" arrive. Next we take a detour with the ABBA-sampling hiNRG jam "Rollercoaster 3000" before "Treat Me Right" wraps things up with some darkly sensual punky funk.
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Back In The Days
TOYT 046
08 Feb 16
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Back In The Days - (5:40) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jugendstil - (5:47) 116 BPM
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+++ - (5:47) 123 BPM
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Humbled (Bonus Track) - (7:32) 120 BPM
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Review: To date, Bavarian duo Coeo has released a number of quietly impressive deep house singles on a variety of labels, including Let's Play House, Seven Music and Dabit. Back In The Days sees them return to the Toy Tonics imprint they last graced back in 2014. There's a classic disco-house-meets-contemporary deep house feel to the groovy and attractive title track, while "Jugendstil" adds hazy jazz influences to the same successful formula. The bizarrely titled "+++" throws African vocal and drum samples into the mix, combining them with bold string riffs and unfussy house beats to excellent effect. Finally, bonus track "Humbled" sees the duo return to their filter-sporting best, with the results sounding like a fusion of Soundstream and Tom Trago.
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Toolroom Miami 2016 (unmixed tracks)
TOOL 454/01Z
26 Feb 16
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Mark Knight/Cevin Fisher - "Rocket Man" - (7:33) 124 BPM
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Bicep/Hammer - "Dahlia" - (7:50) 123 BPM
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Kideko/George Kwali - "Crank It" - (4:36) 125 BPM
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Tiga - "Donat Break My Heart" (Deetron remix) - (7:17) 126 BPM
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Joseph Capriati - "Fratello" (Dubfire remix) - (8:56) 124 BPM
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Dusky - "Bitter Lake" - (6:13) 125 BPM
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Joy Wellboy - "The Magic" (Maceo Plex/Shall Ocin dub) - (6:33) 125 BPM
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My Digital Enemy - "Magnetize" - (5:01) 122 BPM
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Adam Beyer - "Time Flies" (Tiger Stripes remix) - (6:12) 125 BPM
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Mike Vale - "Common Ground" - (6:31) 123 BPM
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Jay Lumen - "Work It Out" - (7:16) 124 BPM
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Guti - "El Solitario" (Carl Craig remix) - (6:15) 126 BPM
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Luciano - "7directions" (feat JAW - Dennis Ferrer remix) - (6:04) 123 BPM
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Tube/Berger/Ante Perry - "In The Shadows" (Joeski remix) - (6:38) 123 BPM
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Howling - "X Machina" (Cubicolor remix) - (7:13) 122 BPM
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Ben Remember - "Flow Down" - (7:17) 124 BPM
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Kiko/Olivier Giacomotto - "Black Eyes" - (6:34) 123 BPM
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Carlo Lio - "Technicolour Boogie" (Chus & Ceballos remix) - (6:34) 124 BPM
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Riva Starr - "Velvet Zone" - (7:50) 123 BPM
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Christian Smith - "Turn The Lights" - (6:43) 125 BPM
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Prok/Fitch - "Tears" - (6:47) 124 BPM
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Rene Amesz - "Estafette" - (6:20) 122 BPM
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Boris Dlugosch - "Keep Pushin" (Purple Disco Machine Vox mix) - (6:46) 123 BPM
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Ejeca - "BAK2U" - (5:50) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DeMarzo - "I Like It" - (6:32) 123 BPM
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John Moss - "That's What I Want" - (7:19) 123 BPM
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Denney - "On & On" - (7:13) 124 BPM
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Eli & Fur - "Over Again" - (5:16) 122 BPM
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Mendo - "Don't Hold Back" (Chus & Ceballos remix) - (6:24) 125 BPM
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Andrea Roma/Paul Mirror - "Battery Pack" - (5:36) 126 BPM
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ANOTR - "Stop The Music" - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Gorge - "Tayo" - (6:57) 124 BPM
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Umek - "Collinearity" (Oscar L remix) - (7:24) 123 BPM
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Kaiserdisco - "Nine Tea's" - (6:27) 124 BPM
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Ramiro Lopez - "Push It" - (6:24) 125 BPM
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NVOY - "Higher" (extended edit) - (5:54) 122 BPM
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Sergio Fernandez - "Escape Plan" - (7:09) 126 BPM
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AprAss - "Prophet" (extended mix) - (6:07) 126 BPM
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Mike Newman - "I Don't Wanna" - (6:41) 122 BPM
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Dosem - "Optimism" - (6:22) 124 BPM
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Sleeperhold - "Hotrod" - (8:13) 125 BPM
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Maurice Aymard - "Full Body Contact" (Raxon remix) - (7:01) 123 BPM
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Sonny Fodera - "Feeling U" (feat Yasmin - Deep mix) - (6:09) 122 BPM
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Lancelot - "As It Were" - (6:00) 120 BPM
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Dino Maggiorana - "Earth" - (7:53) 125 BPM
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Raumakustik - "Panther" (Format:B remix) - (6:34) 124 BPM
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Metodi Hristov - "Don't You Know" - (5:58) 124 BPM
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Tim Green - "Overstance" - (8:04) 123 BPM
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Ten Story - "What She Said" - (7:25) 123 BPM
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Wade - "Collapsed Jam" - (6:17) 123 BPM
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Alex Niggemann - "Divergent" - (9:56) 124 BPM
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Eric Sneo - "On Spot" - (6:45) 125 BPM
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Mat.Joe - "Just Licks" - (6:43) 124 BPM
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Smash TV - "Granite Falls" - (7:25) 121 BPM
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Latmun - "Def" - (6:43) 124 BPM
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Miguel Bastida - "Throwmmer" - (6:34) 123 BPM
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3 Channels - "Rucola Apocalypse" - (7:04) 126 BPM
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Smokin Beats - "Dreams" (Tough Love remix) - (5:13) 124 BPM
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Saison - "Do You" - (5:40) 122 BPM
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Yotto - "Personal Space" - (6:51) 122 BPM
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Gardens Of God - "Montana" - (8:30) 122 BPM
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Dario D'Attis - "Little Higher" - (7:21) 124 BPM
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Yvan Genkins - "Brother" - (6:45) 124 BPM
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Stanny Abram - "Keep The Flow" - (6:53) 123 BPM
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Various - "Toolroom Miami 2016" (poolside continuous DJ mix) - (1:19:20) 123 BPM
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Various - "Toolroom Miami 2016" (club continuous DJ mix) - (1:19:28) 125 BPM
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Various - "Toolroom Miami 2016" (Afterclub continuous DJ mix) - (1:19:00) 125 BPM
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Get It On EP
VIS 288D
25 Apr 16
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Get It On - (6:34) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Raw Fixation - (6:24) 123 BPM
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Music Please - (5:47) 124 BPM
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House Bounce - (5:58) 121 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino
Review: Deep and slinky tech house by Spanish favourite Hector Couto and it finds a fitting home on Ralph Lawson's esteemed Leeds institution that is still going strong. The title track as well as the very funky "Music Please" are the kind of rolling peak time grooves that have seen him have several releases on the likes of Mihalis Safras' Material Series; so no coincidence really! "Raw Fixation" or "House Bounce" dive deeper with their NYC style swing and shuffle and infectious basslines; no wonder he's released on Hot Creations too! There's an undeniable nod to Kerri Chandler on both tracks, which we loved.
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Day Without Yesterday
PHONICAWHITE 015
01 Apr 16
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Day Without Yesterday - (5:39) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Six O Six - (6:06) 126 BPM
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Review: Originally from South Korea but moving to London at the age of 14 where she spent her formative years, Peggy Gou has since moved to Berlin (of course!) where she's since made her break releasing two EPs in less than a year on Matt Edwards esteemed Rekids imprint. Her new one on Phonica white sees her explore classic deep house aesthetics convincingly such as on the dusty MPC bashing Moodymann style deepness of "Day Without Yesterday" with its deep funk bass, emotive strings and woozy sample all working in perfect harmony. But "Six O Six" gets a craving for the acid life with some gnarly 303 lines going head to head with hands in the air vocals and rusty drum machine grooves.
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Pascia
RB 162
15 Apr 16
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Pascia - (6:58) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Damnson - (6:14) 120 BPM
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Pascia (Voodoo Effect mix) - (5:55) 124 BPM
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Pasciaa (dub) - (6:07) 124 BPM
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Yamato
SMALLVILLE 47
20 May 16
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Yamato - (7:17) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Odd Regrets - (6:32) 122 BPM
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Just For You - (7:25) 126 BPM
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Early Korn - (5:16) 124 BPM
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Street Lessons Remixes EP
LOFT 004
22 Apr 16
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Higher Level (Bicep remix) - (6:04) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Street Lessons (Hackman remix) - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Street Lessons (Dorsia remix) - (6:42) 124 BPM
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Street Lessons (Lancelot remix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
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Review: LOFT's latest release is an all-star affair, with a quartet of hyped artists taking it in turns to remix tracks from Berlin-based Aussie Isaac Tichauer's recent Street Lessons EP. Belfast boys Bicep step up first, delivering a mix that blends winding synthesizer lines with rolling, early '90s style breakbeat house grooves. Hackman's version of "Street Lessons" is a cheery, UKG-meets-deep house affair full of skipping beats and twinkling pianos, before Dorsia serves up a tasty vocal version of the same track smothered in psychedelic electronics and pretty synth melodies. Finally, Lancelot manages to deliver a drowsy tech-house-meets-boisterous garage interpretation of "Street Lessons" that should go down well with younger crowds.
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Pusic Records Va 007
PSC 007
06 May 16
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Funkyjaws - "Burr" (Sam Irl remix) - (4:21) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Snacks - "Between You & Me" (Ooft! remix) - (6:40) 119 BPM
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Mazzomba - "Untitled 1" (Uffe remix) - (6:50) 120 BPM
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Andy Hart/Max Graef - "Gefleckte Gauklerblume" (Borrowed Identity remix) - (6:26) 122 BPM
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7 Citizens - "Muse" (Snuff Crew remix) - (8:07) 124 BPM
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Played by: GOLDBOY, Weedyman
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Versatile 1996-2016 (20 Years Of Versatile Records Selected By Gilb'R & I:Cube)
VERCD 33
27 May 16
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Gilb'R, Bradock - "Versatile" - (2:56) 93 BPM
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I:Cube - "Mingus In My Pocket" - (6:20) 124 BPM
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Chateau Flight - "Kolingo" (Love) - (5:57) 123 BPM
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Chateau Flight - "Autotrak 1" - (2:07) 140 BPM
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Quixote - "Before I Started To Dance" (feat Lisa Li-Lund - Chateau Flight dub) - (6:02) 122 BPM
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Manu Dibango - "Soul Fiesta" (Chateau Flight Rework) - (5:49) 137 BPM
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Future Beat Alliance - "Fake Love" - (6:49) 125 BPM
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Headcore - "Cage" - (4:00) 124 BPM
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Chris Prolific - "Crumble Beat" - (1:14) 157 BPM
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I:Cube - "Un Proton Pour Toi, Un Proton Pour Moi" - (5:38) 124 BPM
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Delit K - "Best Before Date See Base" - (4:34) 81 BPM
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Chateau Flight - "Rituel" - (6:57) 120 BPM
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Joakim - "Peter Pan Over The Bronx" - (3:00) 160 BPM
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The Maghreban - "Smack Beats" - (2:32) 119 BPM
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Bufiman - "Running" (The Chase) - (4:24) 125 BPM
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New Paradise - "I Love Video" - (5:49) 114 BPM
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Hanaa Ouassim - "Madad" (fea Judah Warsky, Turzi & Gilb'R) - (4:40) 105 BPM
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The Explosion - "Disco Blind" (edit) - (6:32) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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John Cravache - "Le Desir De Rester Petit" (Cubo remix) - (4:53) 122 BPM
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King Ghazi - "Shamaleh" (Gilb'R Main mix) - (5:42) 97 BPM
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Zombie Zombie - "Watch The World From A Plane" - (6:40) 123 BPM
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Gilb'R - "Foliage" (DJ Sotofett live Jazz mix) - (5:16) 124 BPM
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Jonathan Fitoussi & Clemens HourriArre - "Moonish Landscapes" - (7:00) 90 BPM
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I:Cube - "A Walk With You" - (2:55) 89 BPM
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Etienne Jaumet - "Midnight Man" - (7:58) 88 BPM
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Harlem Streets EP
DIKSOF 023
16 May 16
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Harlem Streets - (6:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Call The Cops - (6:15) 119 BPM
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Call The Cops (Claus Casper & Jean Philips remix) - (6:29) 119 BPM
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Dear Mom - (6:47) 122 BPM
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Review: The 23rd release on Daniel Solar's Dikso imprint comes from rising talent Freiboitar. The Cologne-based producer has previously contented himself with making straight-up house, but here showcases his skills with a bunch of disco samples, a set of filters, and some groovy house rhythms. There's plenty to enjoy throughout, from the loved-up positivity of "Harlem Streets", where filtered vocal hooks and horn lines cluster around a sun-kissed disco groove, to the heavyweight, low slung hustle of peak-time scorcher "Dear Mom". Eyes-closed, filter-disco shuffler "Call The Cops" also gets remixed by Chris Caspar and Jean Philips, who cannily emphasize the track's in-built positivity.
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Roar Groove Meets Dirt Crew Recordings
DIRT 096
11 Apr 16
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Conkers - (6:42) 117 BPM
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Do The Right Thing - (6:42) 118 BPM
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Do The Right Thing (Nachtbraker remix) - (7:29) 122 BPM
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New Attitude - (6:34) 124 BPM
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Conkers (Nachtbraker remix) - (7:36) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Dirt Crew Recordings have long been fans of The Revenge's Roar Groove imprint, so asked the Glasgow-based producer if he fancied putting together this collaborative release. He begins in full-on anthem mode, delivering an Italo disco-Chicago house hybrid that pulses, throbs and wobbles in all the right places. "Do The Right Thing" sees The Revenge exploring the loopy middle ground between shuffling deep house, bubbly disco and loved-up Balearica, while "New Attitude" is deep, sparkling and acid-flecked. Dirt Crew regular Nachtbraker provides two remixes; a wild, bass-heavy tweak of "Do The Right Thing", and an impeccable deep house revision of opener "Conkers".
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QS001
QS 001
02 May 16
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Crackazat - "Lindop Circles" - (6:36) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Saine - "Prime Chops" - (6:10) 102 BPM
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Nachtbraker - "Totally Not Mystique" - (7:09) 112 BPM
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Gnork - "Chord Tool" - (5:26) 120 BPM
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Played by: Ross Couch, Kisk
Review: The Quartet Series label is born out of the collaboration between like-minded house enthusiasts, four producers who share a similar vision of club music and who have each earned their stripes on different labels. First up, we have Local Talk's Crackazat with "Lindop Circles", a gloriously laid-back house chiller with a funky twist, Quintessentials contributor Saine goes for the proper 'chug' approach on his wavy "Prime Chops" tune, "Totally Not Mystique" by Apparel Music's Nachtbraker is a woozy, bass-heavy stomper, and Gnork heads straight to the warehouse with his minimal, Chicago-filtered "Chord Tool". Ah, yes.
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Familiar Circles
WOLFLP 003
13 May 16
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Intro - (0:39) 138 BPM
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Piano Hype - (6:22) 122 BPM
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Oddity - (3:56) 120 BPM
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Carlotta - (6:00) 119 BPM
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Love In Time - (4:26) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What (Miracle Beat) - (5:30) 121 BPM
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Hope This Finds You Well (feat Desert Sound Colony) - (6:29) 121 BPM
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Transit - (1:16) 108 BPM
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Overcome - (7:39) 118 BPM
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Foundations (End) - (7:01) 124 BPM
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Review: Wolf Music doesn't release many albums, but when they do, the resulting set is invariably superb. Familiar Circles, Casino Times' long awaited first full length, is certainly quietly confident, with the British house duo delivering a range of hazy, evocative cuts shot through with a hazy sense of loved-up positivity. While breezy, Balearic deep house is their go-to sound - and there's much of that evident throughout - the album also includes nods to "Belfast"-era Orbital (the shuffling electro/deep house hybrid "Oddity"), early Funkineven (the jumpy, modern boogie bliss of "What (Miracle Beat)"), drowsy ambience ("Transit"), and early '90s style intelligent techno (the psychedelic electronics, ambient house melodies and fleeting acid lines of closer "Foundations (End)").
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Outer Acid EP
ML 2231
14 Mar 16
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Outer Acid - (6:37) 117 BPM
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Qwazars - (6:16) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nodyahed - (6:45) 119 BPM
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Aether - (6:49) 109 BPM
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Review: It would be fair to say that Mr Fingers 2016 is something of an event release, at least for those who love deep house. While Larry Heard has kept busy - largely with remixes and reissues - this marks the first 12" release under his most famous moniker for over a decade. He begins in contemplative mood, fusing tumbling music box melodies, creepy electronics and nagging 303 lines on "Outar Acid", before laying down some typically blissful, atmospheric deep house on the wondrous "Qwazars". Flip for "Nodyahead", an effortless mixture of heavy dub-house bottom end, African-influenced percussion and moody late night refrains, and the ultra-deep, piano-laden bliss of "Aether".
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Dance Trax Vol 1
DANCETRAX 001
20 May 16
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Percwerc - (5:02) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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T2000 - (6:06) 84 BPM
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Review: We always thought of Unknown To The Unknown as a multi-faceted and exploratory label when it came to sussing out new talent, but we didn't see this one coming. Mak & Pasteman, recently of Lobster Boy, are a duo who are more often than not categorised under the dreaded 'bass' banner, but what they have here are actually a couple of stone-cold house cuts with a Dance Mania kinda flavour. "Percwerc" is a gritty, jittery 4/4 bomb with vintage drop that'll have your jaw wrapped around your head in no time, while "T2000" is just as raw and filthy except that the mood is funkier, deeper and little more musical. Both heavy, both recommended.
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Feed The Horse
HOMETAPING 20
14 Mar 16
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Feed The Horse - (5:46) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Heat - (7:52) 120 BPM
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You And Nothing Else - (7:03) 105 BPM
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Review: It's been some three years since Jeremy Duffy's last outing under the Duff Disco alias. This, then, is a welcome return to action. His first EP for Home Taping Is Killing Music is full of atmospheric, analogue-sounding deep house cuts that sound tailor made for pitch-black basements and similarly sweaty, late night dancefloors. He begins with the ragged bass wobble, disco-influenced percussion and metallic melodies of "Feed The Horse", before exploring sturdier tech-house-meets-deep-house territory on the marginally more up-tempo "The Heat". Best of all, though, is closer "You & Nothing Else", which boats a killer analogue bassline and some seriously drowsy chords.
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Chants
1080 P65
27 May 16
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Luxere - (6:49) 122 BPM
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Fairbeat - (3:22) 120 BPM
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Pass Groove - (5:36) 120 BPM
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Expander - (5:01) 120 BPM
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BBX1999 - (4:38) 120 BPM
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Closer - (5:03) 120 BPM
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Home Alone - (4:47) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jayex Stpry - (5:13) 120 BPM
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Excursion 909 - (6:07) 120 BPM
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Silver Beach - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Couch Trax - (4:56) 80 BPM
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Heard & Seen - (5:38) 122 BPM
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Review: 1080p's latest full-length comes from Elan Benaroch, who used the opportunity to debut a new alias, Elka. Chants is, in many ways, typical of the Vancouver label's output of late. Melodious, tactile, dreamy and spaced-out, it sees Benaroch paying tribute to a variety of vintage styles, from classic Chicago deep house ("Pass Groove"), and early '90s intelligent techno ("Expander"), to loved-up, Sueno Latino-era Italian dream-house ("BBX1999"), deep acid ("Silver Beach", "Couch Trax"), and boogie-flavoured synthesizer house ("Heard & Seen"). Predictably, it's a hugely enjoyable set, with Benaroch getting just the right balance between analogue-rich fuzziness and head-in-the-clouds melodiousness.
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Deepalma Three Yearss
DPLMDC 012
25 Mar 16
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Gabriel/Castellon - "Es Vedra" (Touch/Go remix) - (5:54) 121 BPM
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Matvey Emerson/Alex Hook - "Shine" (feat Gosha - original mix) - (5:44) 120 BPM
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Easy L - "New Day" (Andrey Exx/Fomichev remix) - (5:29) 123 BPM
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Loui/Scibi - "Your Love" (feat Nuwella - Touch/Go Club mix) - (5:49) 118 BPM
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Matthew1626 - "I Pray" (feat Skyla J - original mix) - (8:28) 119 BPM
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Sweed - "Finally" (feat Jalana - Holter/Mogyoro remix) - (6:37) 116 BPM
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JazzyFunk - "Sometimes I Cry" (feat Veselina Popova - original mix) - (5:23) 120 BPM
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Nebu Mitte - "With You" (feat Jaselle - Ian Tosel remix) - (6:48) 120 BPM
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David Caballero - "That Organ Track" (original mix) - (6:34) 124 BPM
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Holter/Mogyoro - "All Our Mistakes" (original mix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
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Matthew1626 - "While We Still Can" (feat Karolyn Haze - Yves Murasca remix) - (6:08) 123 BPM
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Rockaforte/Yves Murasca - "Heartless Beatings" (feat Silvia - Tapesh remix) - (6:31) 123 BPM
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Rosario Galati - "Control" (original mix) - (7:22) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Holter/Mogyoro - "Step Further" (original mix) - (6:48) 122 BPM
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Alex Hook - "Right Now" (feat Rene - original mix) - (5:14) 120 BPM
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Prosis - "When Tears Begin To Fall" (original mix) - (6:02) 120 BPM
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Loui/Scibi - "Don't Lie" (Satin Jackets remix) - (5:54) 110 BPM
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Max Lyazgin/JazzyFunk - "Element Of Life" (original mix/Ed's Dream) - (6:50) 118 BPM
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Rosario Galati - "Deep In My Chest" (Vanilla Ace/Dharkfunkh remix) - (7:00) 120 BPM
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Giom/Stage Rockers - "Tetris" (original mix) - (5:51) 123 BPM
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Promonova - "Turn It Down" (original mix) - (5:47) 123 BPM
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Yves Murasca - "Space Trip" (feat Axel B - Ian Tosel remix) - (5:52) 117 BPM
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Matthew1626/Jamie Kuse - "Walk On Water" (feat Karolyn Haze - original mix) - (6:31) 122 BPM
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Soulano - "Hold On" (feat Leilani - Henry L Ghostly Refix) - (6:14) 118 BPM
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Face Off - "I Never Get Sleep" (feat JazzyFunk - original mix) - (7:23) 124 BPM
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Sneak Unique/Deep Matter - "Free" (original mix) - (7:36) 122 BPM
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Danilo De Santo - "Etnika" (original mix) - (6:45) 125 BPM
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Tikki Tembo - "You & I" (original mix) - (6:38) 123 BPM
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Alex Del Toro/Paolo Solo - "Can't Stop This Feeling" (original mix) - (6:57) 122 BPM
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Menelaos T - "Love Between Us" (Arthur M remix) - (6:29) 121 BPM
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Polina Griffith/Johnny Bravo - "Holding Us" (Yves Murasca's Deepalma Miami edit) - (6:32) 118 BPM
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Dumming Dum Feat. JS - "Do You Remember?" (original mix) - (6:44) 115 BPM
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Mister Salo - "Love You" (feat Sanna Hartfield - original mix) - (5:34) 122 BPM
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Jarquin/Cano - "Within My Thoughts" (original mix) - (6:10) 122 BPM
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Mika Olson - "Now & Here" (Matvey Emerson remix) - (6:29) 120 BPM
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Pano
LT 023
20 May 16
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Pano - (5:34) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Balance - (5:52) 120 BPM
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Spinnin' - (5:20) 121 BPM
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Lift Off - (5:07) 120 BPM
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Balance (version 2) - (5:52) 120 BPM
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Square Lane EP
DIRT 094
25 Jan 16
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Uncle Buck - (7:35) 117 BPM
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Problem Child - (6:38) 118 BPM
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Uncle Buck (Brame & Hamo remix) - (5:58) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Neck Of The Woods - (6:10) 120 BPM
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Sundays - (5:11) 119 BPM
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Review: Dirt Crew's latest trip into hazy, soft focus deep house territory is an all-UK collaboration between London-based House of Disco regular Harry Wolfman and Manchester's Loz Goddard. They begin with the watery chords, off-kilter samples and eyes-closed grooves of "Uncle Buck", before reaching for the cascading synth solos on the classic New Jersey deep house bump of "Problem Child". You'll find a little more nu-disco influence on the bolder, more heavily electronic bump of "Neck Of The Woods", while the slap-bass boasting "Sundays" is a breezy, sun-flecked treat. If this isn't enough to get the juices flowing, check Brame & Hamo's remix of "Uncle Buck", which brilliantly re-casts the original as a loose chunk of jazz-funk inspired, organic house goodness.
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Aroop Roy Reworks Pt 2
FINGER 028
22 Apr 16
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Ifa - (6:50) 119 BPM
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Manuman - (5:35) 120 BPM
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Um Trago - (6:28) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: London's Aroop Roy is back, This guy has won acclaim from the who's who of the industry such as Gilles Peterson and Rainer Truby and his music fuses afro (such as on the hands in the air party vibe of "Ifa" that's reminiscent of Fela Kuti vibes), funk (the disco funk soul excursion on "Manuman") and into house like on the spiritual NYC vibe of Um Trago" that's calling to mind classic Joe Claussell and Kerri Chandler. And we're really digging it!
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It's All In The Groove
MCDE 1214
25 Mar 16
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City People - "It's All In The Groove" - (10:44) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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20 Below - "A Lil' Tribute To The Moody Black Keys" - (7:33) 123 BPM
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20 Below - "Jus' Nite Groovin'" - (5:02) 123 BPM
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Review: Motor City Drum Ensemble man Danilo Plessow believes that this split 12", first released on Manchester's Rainy City Music 20 years ago, is one of the finest deep house records ever to emerge from the UK (he's not alone, either - Theo Parrish and Jeremy Underground are also fans). For this official reissue, all three tracks have been re-mastered from the original DAT tapes. City People's ten-minute "It's All In The Groove", where delay-laden percussion hits and sparkling, Si Brad style synth flashes ride a deliciously deep, disco-house groove, kicks things off in fine style. The other two tracks are solo efforts from City People man Irfan Hussain; both "A Lil Tribute To The Moody Black Keys" and "Jus' Nite Groovin" sound like classic Chez Damier productions.
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Political Dance #2
DKMNTL 035
20 May 16
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Convenient Departures - (7:34) 118 BPM
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Detour King - (7:09) 120 BPM
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Political Dance - (7:31) 117 BPM
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H Ain't Nothing But A Number - (7:40) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Natal Zaks is a talented chap. To date, he's released a large amount of very good material, under numerous pseudonyms, for a wide variety of labels. Here he returns to Dekmantel with the second part of the Political Dance series, under the now familiar Central guise. Just like its' predecessor, it's a deliciously positive, melodious and atmospheric affair. The brilliant "Detour King" sounds like Space Dimension Controller, Vincent Floyd and Boyd Jarvis jamming on Mars, while "Political Dance" is a deliciously loved-up journey into early New Jersey deep house, with some distinctively spacey flourishes to boot. Zaks also doffs a cap to ambient house era intelligent techno on the luscious "Convenient Departures".
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Raw Cuts: Vol 1
FACESCD 003
16 Apr 10
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Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Raw Cuts #1" - (6:27) 120 BPM
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Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Raw Cuts #2" - (5:47) 120 BPM
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Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Prayer" (original mix) - (6:43) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Raw Cuts #3" (original mix) - (6:56) 118 BPM
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Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Raw Cuts #4" - (5:47) 123 BPM
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Jayson Brothers - "All My Life" - (6:07) 105 BPM
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Jayson Brothers - "Monster Box" (original mix) - (6:26) 120 BPM
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Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Raw Cuts #5" (original mix) - (6:26) 116 BPM
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Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Raw Cuts #6" - (6:52) 117 BPM
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Motor City Drum Ensemble - "There's A Truth" (feat Stee Downes - original mix) - (6:28) 120 BPM
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Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Monorail" (original mix) - (7:03) 118 BPM
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Review: Finally! Motor City Drum Ensemble aka Danilow Plessow drops the Raw Cuts series into one neat little package. Ubiquitous in 2009, the series showcased the Stuttgart native's ability to combine warm pads and luscious synths to create a house sound with a decidedly classicist tip. On this EP you'll also find two new jams from the Plessow-produced Jayson Brothers and a couple of new MCDE tracks, the highlight being "Prayer".
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Music For The Uninvited
302402 4D
24 Mar 14
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Inside The Deku Tree - (3:59) 120 BPM
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Goodthing - (6:24) 123 BPM
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Be Brave, Clench Fists - (6:45) 122 BPM
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Pier Children - (6:15) 125 BPM
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It's Just (House Of Dupree) - (8:45) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Christ Air - (3:19)
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St Sinclair - (3:51) 122 BPM
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Review: Martyn's 3024 label returns with an extensive collection of works from rising UK house man Leon Vynehall. Originally debuting on Well Rounded Records' Housing Project sub-label back in 2012 with the Mauve EP, Vynehall has since become one of the UK's most in-demand of the new wave of young house producers, releasing subsequent records for George Fitzgerald's ManMakeMusic and Will Saul's Aus as well as collaborating with blog house survivor A1 Bassline under the Laszlo Dancehall alias. Having debuted on 3024 with last year's Open platter, Vynehall is back with Music For The Uninvited, a seven-track collection of tracks supposedly inspired by rides to school in his mother's car as a child in which he would listen to "mixed hip-hop, funk & electro tapes, Janet Jackson albums, Style Council and Stiff Little Fingers". Whilst there is plenty of the individual house sound Vynehall has developed on offer here ("It's Just (House Of Dupree)" is a certified jam) there are also more tranquil moments to bask in such as "Inside The Deku Tree" and "St Sinclair" which bookend this excellent release.
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A New Day
VR 162
20 May 16
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A New Day (Louie Vega original remix) - (8:55) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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A New Day (Louie Vega original remix Inst) - (8:55) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Vega Claussell dub) - (8:11) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Vega Claussell dub Inst. W Pad) - (8:24) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Vega Jazzie B Spirit mix) - (9:59) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Vega Tosca Solo mix) - (9:58) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Vega Jazzie B Spirit mix Inst) - (9:59) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Louie Vega Caron Wheeler mix) - (5:58) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Ron Trent remix) - (8:27) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Ron Trent remix Inst) - (8:27) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Shelter vocal mix) - (7:11) 123 BPM
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A New Day (Shelter vocal mix Inst) - (7:11) 123 BPM
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Review: A master at work with or without partner Kenny Gonzales, Louie Vega is back with "A New Day", his latest solo effort. Of course he always gets a strong vocalist involved and this single is no different, with the mighty Caron 'Soul II Soul' Wheeler drafted in to hit those notes. The original is a smooth slice of warm and soulful house and there are more remixes than you could ever wish for too. Highlights include Jazzie B's stunningly evocative and hauntingly tribal rework, Ron Trent's sparse and percussive remix and Shelter's positive Latin house rejig. A classy release indeed!
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Unbreakable
LT 069
20 May 16
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Please U (feat David Blank) - (6:23) 124 BPM
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Unicorn Rising - (6:16) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Please U (EVM128 remix) - (5:01) 83 BPM
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Review: Turbojazz man Tommy Garofolo is well known to Local Talk co-founder Mad Mats, having previously released an EP of Latin jazz reworks for the Swedish veteran's G.A.M.M imprint. This time round, he's showcasing his original production talents, delivering a couple of loose, jazzy and sumptuous deep house gems. He begins with Motor City soul shuffler "Unbreakable", where the slick vocals of guest David Blank spar with heady synth lines and fluid Rhodes chords over an MPC style house groove, before doffing a cap to the liquid jazz-funk of Herbie Hancock on the sparkling deep house shuffler "Unicorn Rising". Finally, EVM128 serves up a jazzy and sensual broken beat/nu-jazz rework of "Please U".
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The Idea
FRD 211
13 May 16
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The Idea (feat Lazarusman) - (8:19) 121 BPM
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The Idea (feat Lazarusman - Frankey & Sandrino remix) - (7:28) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rise - (8:48) 121 BPM
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Review: Hyenah's previous EPs for Freerange, both released back in 2014, portrayed him as the natural heir to both Joe Clausell and Osunlade. "The Idea", featuring fellow deep, Afro-influenced house explorer Lazarusman, only emphasizes this first impression, with a spiritual, spoken word vocal riding a slowly evolving, Innervisions-style deep and techy groove. Frankey & Sandrino push the latter elements to the foreground on their intoxicating, late night interpretation - all spine-tingling breakdowns, swirling electronics and tech-tinged rhythms - before Hyenah delivers the impeccable solo cut "Rise", whose African percussion hits and synthesized marimba melodies perfectly compliment his rolling, soft-touch beats.
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