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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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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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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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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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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
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Art Of War Part II EP
REKIDS 088
22 Apr 16
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Jen High - (6:27) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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When Round, They Go - (6:31) 120 BPM
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When Round, They Go (Terekke remix) - (6:27) 119 BPM
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Review: Peggy Gou has had a busy debut year thanks to her opener on Phonica's white offshoot, and now two EP's out on Rekids in quick succession. Her sound is a subtle, minimalistic blend of house and techno, exactly the sort of tech-minded groovers that have appeared on Radio Slave's label in the past. "Jen High", for instance, takes a dusty being of drums and wraps them around delicate blends of chimes, whereas "When Round, They Go" heads deeper into space with the help of a sublimely cosmic swarm of sonics. The special piece comes from Terekke's remix of the latter, and the LIES man adds his signature touch to an already very deep house tune, making his version that one toke over the line!
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Basic Colour Theory Remixed
PETS 064
11 Mar 16
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Good Touch (feat EglA SirvydytA - Maurice Fulton remix) - (6:13) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nobody Cares (Karizma remix) - (6:48) 120 BPM
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Get It Right (feat Tanika - Claude VonStroke remix) - (5:54) 122 BPM
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Czas Poczeka (Fred Everything remix) - (6:44) 125 BPM
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The Joy (Anja Schneider remix) - (6:31) 125 BPM
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Stay (Jay Shepheard remix) - (6:22) 123 BPM
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Nobody Cares (Psychemagik remix) - (8:16) 120 BPM
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Good Touch (feat EglA SirvydytA - Jamie Jones remix) - (7:50) 126 BPM
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I Bought It All (Eats Everything remix) - (7:00) 128 BPM
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Get It Right (feat Tanika - Skudge remix) - (7:18) 130 BPM
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Open Door (feat Cloud Boat - Yotam Avni remix) - (7:53) 130 BPM
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Czas Poczeka (Ptaki remix) - (6:47) 125 BPM
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Good Touch (Catz 'n Dogz vs Phil Weeks remix) - (6:08) 119 BPM
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Good Touch (feat EglA SirvydytA - Matthew Herbert remix) - (5:30) 122 BPM
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Review: The list of remixers involved in this reworked version of Catz 'N' Dogz 2015 album Basic Colour Theory makes interesting reading. While the Polish duo has called on some big-name pals - Claude VonStroke, Fred Everything and Jamie Jones, for starters - they've also recruited some more left-of-centre talents, including Psychmagik and Polish contemporaries P'taki. The variety and depth of talent shines through from the start, with Fulton's synth-boogie interpretation of "Good Touch" making way for a lusciously deep and electronic mix of "Nobody Cares" by Karizma. Elsewhere, highlights include a rubbery tech-house take on "The Joy" from Anja Schneider, some sweaty, late night business from Eats Everything and Skudge, and Matthew Herbert's thrillingly wonky, Isolee style revision of "Good Touch".
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The Contrast
LPHWHT 09
12 Feb 16
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Vogue (feat Mechanical Soul Brother) - (6:30) 124 BPM
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Feelings For You - (5:11) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tell Me Why - (5:02) 125 BPM
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Red Acid Clouds - (6:32) 130 BPM
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Vicious Circle - (6:01) 130 BPM
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Into The Blue - (5:04) 128 BPM
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Review: Freiburg's Borrowed Identity has been one of the busiest producers of 2015, and arguably also one of the most consistent. This 12" for Let's Play House offshoot LPH White marks his fifth (and presumably final) EP of the year, and contains six bumpin', no-nonsense house workouts to entertain festive floors. He begins by joining forces with regular collaborator Mechanical Soul Brother on the low-slung, Junior Vasquez-influenced late night bump of "Vogue", before smothering a thickset groove with rich Rhodes chords and bluesy vocal samples on "Feelings For You". Other highlights include the stompin', piano-heavy goodness of "Tell Me Why", the thumping late night techno of "Red Acid Clouds", and the locked-in, late night basement throb of "Into The Blue".
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Coeur D'artichaut
D.KO 01
15 Jan 16
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Flabaire - "Biblife" - (6:43) 120 BPM
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Paso - "I Never" - (7:11) 120 BPM
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Mad Rey - "Quartier Sex" - (7:40) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Paso - "I Never" (Petr Serkin remix) - (5:41) 115 BPM
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Review: Sexy Parisian deep house: what more can we say? D.KO are the right crew for the job, as we'll explain. Local lad Flabaire has appeared previously on Serie Limitee and Organic Music. "Biblife" is sombre and soulful deep house reminiscent of the emotive style of legends like Pepe Braddock or Schmoove. Paso Music head honcho: Paso, also appears here with the deep and sultry groove of "I Never" which is perfect for the early evening or afterhours alike. Petr Serkin gives the track a pretty decent remix treatment too, retaining the deep funky groove but with some help from some dreamy pads and cowbells which work a treat. Ma Rey's "Quartier Sex" is definitely the fiercest offering on here; tough and thumping peak time house reminiscent of Phil Weeks.
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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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Intimate Connection
RGRV 017
15 Apr 16
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Our Own Thing (original mix) - (8:17) 112 BPM
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Answer Man (original mix) - (6:06) 114 BPM
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New Nation (original mix) - (6:00) 118 BPM
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Night Fever (live dub) - (5:49) 121 BPM
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Isle Of Lucy (original mix) - (4:55) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Let Love Take The Blame (original mix) - (5:20) 116 BPM
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No Turning Back (original mix) - (5:58) 125 BPM
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Just One Touch (live dub) - (7:34) 121 BPM
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Review: We all know that Glasgow's Graeme Clark was there from the very beginning of this nu-disco trend, which is now more popular than ever. He is still pumping out some truly wicked jams and this new one entitled "Intimate Connection" on his own Roar Groove imprint is testament to this. For the most part these are pretty functional edits and tools for DJ use, some of them being live edits taken from his Love Will Not Die album tour. Standouts include the dust covered deep house dreaminess of "New Nation" or "Love Will Never Die", the feel-good boogie jam "Isle Of Lucy" and the rusty and vintage b-boy electro jam "Just One Touch".
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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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
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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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Rarely Pure Never Simple (Club Edits)
WOLFLP 002RMX
25 Apr 16
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Nevertheless (club edit) - (5:47) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Addition (club edit) - (5:58) 120 BPM
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Rarely Pure, Never Simple (club edit) - (5:54) 120 BPM
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Review: London young guns Wolf Music are still at it, pursuing their love of new wave deep house sounds and they're still doing good, we must say. They've drafted current scene favourite Frits Wentik with a little help from fellow Dutchman Loes Jongerling for Rarely Pure Never Simple (Club Edits). First up is "Nevertheless" which is Berlin style dusty/hip-hop inspired deepness in the vein of Glenn Astro and Max Graef. The vibe continues on "In Addition (Club Edit)" which adds a bit of emotive and soulful synth work reminiscent of classic Larry Heard into the mix. Finally the title track gets all reduced and dubby on us, galloping away in subterranean and mysterious fashion but those Rhodes keys and sexy vocal loop on top are a worthy addition.
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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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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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DJ-Kicks (unmixed Tracks)
K7 327DTM
19 Feb 16
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Yaw - "Where Will You Be" - (4:12) 155 BPM
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Cody ChesnuTT - "Serve This Royalty" - (5:42) 84 BPM
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Dopehead - "Guttah Guttah" - (2:35) 87 BPM
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Jitwam - "Keep Your Business To Yourself" - (3:12) 159 BPM
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Talc - "Robot's Return" (Modern Sleepover Part 2) - (5:35) 92 BPM
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Beady Belle - "When My Anger Starts To Cry" - (5:23) 90 BPM
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Shawn Lee - "Kiss The Sky" (feat Nino Moschella) - (3:38) 86 BPM
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Jai Paul - "BTSTU" - (3:33) 90 BPM
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Flying Lotus - "Tea Leaf Dancers" (feat Andreya Triana) - (3:12) 133 BPM
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Nightmares On Wax - "Les Nuits" - (3:42) 95 BPM
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Rich Medina - "Can't Hold Back" (feat Sy Smith - Platinum Pied Pipers remix) - (3:58) 100 BPM
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Julien Dyne - "Stained Glass Fresh Frozen" (feat Mara TK) - (3:58) 101 BPM
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Little Dragon - "Come Home" - (4:13) 110 BPM
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AndrA©s - "El Ritmo De Mi Gente" (feat Lady) - (3:22) 101 BPM
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Fort Knox Five - "Uptown Tricks" (feat Mustafa Akbar - Rodney Hunter remix) - (4:11) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Daniel Bortz - "Cuz You're The One" - (6:25) 111 BPM
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JosA© GonzA?lez - "Remain" - (3:45) 113 BPM
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Big Muff - "My Funny Valentine" - (3:59) 118 BPM
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Les Sins - "Grind" - (5:18) 120 BPM
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Tirogo - "Disco Maniac" - (4:25) 120 BPM
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S L F & Merkin - "Tag Team Triangle" - (9:43) 125 BPM
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Joeski - "How Do I Go On" (feat JesAnnte) - (8:16) 123 BPM
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Kings Of Tomorrow - "Fall For You" (feat April - Sandy Rivera's Classic mix) - (5:37) 123 BPM
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Soulful Session & Lynn Lockamy - "Hostile Takeover" - (4:24) 126 BPM
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Anne Clark - "Our Darkness" - (6:30) 131 BPM
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Peter Digital Orchestra - "Jeux De Langues" - (4:19) 110 BPM
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Noir & Haze - "Around" (Solomun Vox) - (6:58) 115 BPM
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Marcellus Pittman - "1044 Coplin" - (3:59) 119 BPM
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Lady Alma - "It's House Music" - (5:37) 120 BPM
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Daniela La Luz - "Did You Ever" - (6:30) 120 BPM
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DJ-Kicks (continuous DJ mix By Moodymann) - (1:19:46) 122 BPM
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Review: It would be fair to say that Studio K7 has pulled off something of a coup in getting Kenny Dixon Jr. to agree to compile and mix the latest installment in the long-running DJ Kicks series. It is, somewhat remarkably, the legendary Detroiter's first commercially available mix set. This triple-vinyl edition features a whopping 19 cuts - all in unmixed form - from the 30 track mix. Musically, it's a blazed, jazzy, soulful and groovy as you'd expect, and contains a mixture of downtempo beats, nu-jazz and hazy house cuts from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dopehead, Peter Digital Orchestra, Nightmares On Wax, Soulful Session and Lady Alma.
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Recourse
OVM 266
18 Mar 16
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Recourse (feat Cari Golden) - (7:24) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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VHS - (7:00) 124 BPM
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Los Angeles Dub - (7:08) 124 BPM
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Review: NYC's Manik made a big splash when he appeared on the scene fives years ago with releases on Culprit, Poker Flat and Ovum. He's managed to keep up with the game and still bringing the goods since his relocation to new hotspot Los Angeles. Teaming up with local chanteuse Cari Golden (of Narcotourist who has also lent her talents to the likes of DJ T and Fur Coat) he serves us with "Recourse" a smooth and slinky tech house groove that's made for sexy dancefloor moments and sure make the walls sweat too. Ode to his new hometown "Los Angeles" is a bit darker though with those emotive pads and rusty, dirty rhythm patterns: unlike its namesake it has a distinct Detroit vibe to it though ,which is great anyway!
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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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The Roundup Pt 2
HEIST 013
09 Nov 15
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Fouk - "Lefty's Bar" (Brame & Hamo remix) - (6:08) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Brame/Hamo - "Hotshot" (Fouk remix) - (5:09) 119 BPM
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Nachtbraker - "You're Out Of Your Element" (Detroit Swindle remix) - (7:02) 125 BPM
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Detroit Swindle - "Alright We'll Be" (M ono remix) - (7:17) 124 BPM
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M Ono - "Delaware State Route" (Nachtbraker remix) - (6:09) 125 BPM
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Review: On 2014's The Roundup, Heist Recordings family members remixed leading label releases from the previous 12 months. It was such a success that Detroit Swindle has decided to repeat the exercise, with similarly positive results. Across the five tracks, you'll find a groovy, clavinet-and-Rhodes heavy loop jam (Brame & Hamo's remix of Fouk's "Lefty's Bar"), some boogie-flavoured, soulful deep house haziness (Fouk reworking Brame & Hamo), a dash of broken deep house funk (Detroit Swindle's take on Nachtbraker's "You're Out Of Your Element"), and a wonderful combination of undulating breakbeat-house rhythms and eyes-closed musical touches (Nactbraker re-wiring M Ono's "Delaware State Route"). In other words, it's business as usual from one of deep house's most consistent labels.
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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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Underground House Research Vol 2
RBD 002
08 Apr 16
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Potion No 4 - (5:29) 123 BPM
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TRUTHS - (6:45) 119 BPM
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Carden Eden - (5:46) 123 BPM
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RUTHS - (5:50) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: When it comes to delivering retro-futurist analogue house jams, few can touch Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson's Tuff City Kids outfit. Underground House Research Vol 2 is stuffed with the stuff, and should send shivers down the spine of all DJs of a certain vintage. "Potion No. 4" and "TRUTHS" both tip a wink to early Chicago house, and include various sly audio references to early TRAX bombs from Virgo Four, Jamie Principle and Larry Heard. They move closer towards Italian piano house - whilst retaining a core Chicago shuffle - on the hands-in-the-air stomp of "RUTHS", while "Carden Eden" fuses a variety of rave-era house influences with predictable success.
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Delusions 50: Part One
DOGD 50A
01 Apr 16
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Nebraska - "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" - (8:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ugly Drums - "Like Its Ok" - (7:07) 117 BPM
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Session Victim - "Came To Be Alive" - (4:31) 106 BPM
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Review: To celebrate hitting half a century of releases, Delusions of Grandeur has decided to release a couple of split EPs, featuring contributions from label regulars and invited guests. This first part starts in strong fashion, with recent signing Nebraska delivering a loose, evocative chunk of saucer-eyed, late night deep house full of fuzzy analogue bass, sparse drum machine rhythms and spine-tingling synthesizer arpeggios. Ugly Drums supply some jazzier deep house fare in the shape of "Like Its OK", before Session Victim finish things off in fine style with "Came To Be Alive". While slightly chunkier and denser than its' predecessors, the track bristles with sun-kissed warmth thanks to lazy electric pianos, killer vocal samples and subtle, beachside sound effects.
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Sittin' Here (Remixes)
190295 984199
11 Mar 16
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Sittin' Here (Atjazz remix) - (8:46) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sittin' Here (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul remix) - (6:27) 122 BPM
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Sittin' Here (Terry Laird Deep Duba mix) - (6:29) 124 BPM
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Real Blues (DJ Deep And Romain Poncet remix) - (8:46) 124 BPM
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5 Years Frank Music Part II
FM 12020
11 Apr 16
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Fred P - "Energy Cloud" - (7:16) 130 BPM
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Iron Curtis - "Operator 123" (live mix) - (5:36) 127 BPM
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Session Victim - "Got The Juice" - (5:58) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tim Toh - "Hidden Beauty" - (5:12) 120 BPM
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Review: Johannes Albert's Berlin based imprint Frank Music is on a roll right now. Its new compilation celebrates five years in business and what a way to celebrate, drafting NYC deep house legend Fred P with the sublime "Energy Cloud" (which is one of his best tracks of late in our opinion), Berliner Iron Curtis with the ultra-smooth deepness of "Operater 123" (live mix) and the epic dancefloor drama of "Got The Juice" showcasing Freer and Reilling's typical studio magic as always. The most upbeat offering is by Jena's Tim Toh (who has previously released on Philpot and Ornaments) with "Hidden Beauty" a late noughties style journey in the vein of classic Innervisions, Buzzin Fly or Freerange.
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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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Your Love/The Fireflies
AUDAZ 116
21 Apr 16
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Alkalino - "Your Love" - (5:33) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lemon Mint - "The Fireflies" - (6:29) 114 BPM
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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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Secrets & Lies
PLAYRJC 039
15 Jan 16
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Facing The Sea - (6:34) 125 BPM
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Seventyfour - (5:24) 100 BPM
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Secrets & Lies - (9:37) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: It can be hard to predict what Fort Romeau will do next. While he's always excelled at making evocative, melancholic blends of vintage deep house, instrumental synth-pop and glistening electronica, he's prone to frequent stylistic shifts, as his eccentric 2015 outings on Cin Cin and Running Back neatly demonstrated. For this EP on Live At Robert Johnson, he's back to his deep and emotion-rich best, laying down a trio of tracks that emphasise mood, melody and simple beauty over the demands of the dancefloor. "Facing The Sea" is the most obvious club-friendly of the three - think chugging, hissing rhythms, winding melodies and Behaviour-era Pet Shop Boys chords - though it's the intensely beautiful "Seventyfour" that really stands out.
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Nervous Sex Traffic
DKMNTL 033
25 Apr 16
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Nervous Sex Traffic - (9:02) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mount Grace - (5:54) 123 BPM
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Review: Call Super first met the Dekmantel crew last year, one of many high profile DJs to play their summer festival in Amsterdam and it wasn't long before the esteemed Dutch imprint asked him to supply them with an EP. Impressively, Nervous Sex Traffic is one of his strongest 12" singles to date - no mean feat given his track record - with the title track, in particular, delivering thrills in spades. Stretching out over nine mesmerizing minutes, it overlays snappy, analogue-sounding beats and cowbell hits with alien bleep melodies, synthesized horn stabs, rich bass, and pads that recall Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls". It's a melodious, eyes-closed treat, all told. "Mount Grace" sees a deeper, more metallic affair that draws inspiration from vintage Detroit techno, blissful electro, and the morning-after confusion of ambient house.
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Up All Night
NP-101D
02 Jun 15
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The Formula - (7:34) 124 BPM
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Visions - (2:35) 116 BPM
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NY So Hi - (6:04) 122 BPM
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Seein You - (5:34) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love Away - (6:39) 122 BPM
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Thank You Les - (6:50) 125 BPM
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Sweet Love - (4:20) 119 BPM
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Up All Night - (6:22) 120 BPM
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Get Over - (1:45) 105 BPM
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Makes Me Feel - (5:47) 124 BPM
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Tension - (6:29) 124 BPM
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Review: As Eli Escobar let's it be known in "The Formula" that he's 'got something for you' as the sweet chorale chimes. There's a subtle Osunlade vibe to this album, the American's first, and Rhodes be flaying on "Visions" as they vamp to a climax like a Bootsy Collins solo. It's all stripped back business of "NY So Hi" - get down to this! And for some quality, sustained loops check out "Thank You Les". "Up All Night" is a dubbed-out, cool-as, disco-tinged burner and there's a whole load to discover here in a debut album rich with the type of soul you can only get from the streets of the big apple.
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Elfenstaub Vol 5: Deep Electronic Journey Through Time & Space
CITYCOMP 048
22 Feb 13
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Florian Meindl - "You Are Where Your Thoughts Are" - (5:46) 100 BPM
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Dapayk Solo - "Sugar" - (5:20) 125 BPM
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Schaukel Duo - "Schaukel Duo" - (7:06) 118 BPM
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Francys - "People" (Alex Niggemann Stardust remix) - (7:35) 123 BPM
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Andreas Thomas & Hannes Smith - "Gonte" - (7:25) 125 BPM
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Oliver Schories - "One More Dance, Jules" - (8:56) 125 BPM
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Dusty Kid - "Moto Perpetuo" (extended mix) - (6:22)
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Ion - "Metropolitain" - (6:10)
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Lars Leonhard - "Deep In Space" - (6:56) 120 BPM
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Higinio - "My Philosphpy" - (6:58) 120 BPM
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Mass Digital - "Hold On Head Up" - (7:36) 119 BPM
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Jeahmon - "Some Serious Ding Dong" - (6:33) 123 BPM
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Vas Floyd - "Kiss The World Away" (feat Sara Shevlin - Frederick Stoned remix) - (7:58) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mididropmusic - "A Better Taste" - (7:52) 123 BPM
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Ben Businovski - "Air-Con Influenza" - (5:40)
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Agrande - "Exhalation" (Sterling mix) - (5:53) 125 BPM
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Modul - "Keegan" - (7:20) 128 BPM
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Deephope - "Deep Sun" - (6:02) 118 BPM
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Raygun - "1st Of The Year" (Neurotron remix) - (6:49) 125 BPM
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Ron Paul - "Revolution" (Electric Asia mix) - (5:53) 124 BPM
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Juekz - "Sweet Summer" - (6:30) 120 BPM
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tonKombinat - "Springfield" - (7:44) 125 BPM
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Sebastian Lomar - "Brain Train" (Scott Orlans Sunshine State remix) - (9:04) 120 BPM
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Jonas Woehl - "Breathe" - (6:16) 125 BPM
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Michael Deep - "Want 2" - (6:23) 123 BPM
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Local Talk From The Vault Vol 2 (The Remixes)
LTLP 002
08 Apr 16
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Corrado Bucci - "No One Can Stop Us" (Martin Patino remix) - (7:57) 125 BPM
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Eric Ericksson - "Love It" (Oskar Offermann remix) - (6:01) 125 BPM
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Timmy P - "What You Sayin" (Chesus Oh! remix) - (5:58) 120 BPM
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Art Of Tones - "The Rainbow Song" (S3A Broken STL remix) - (5:42) 119 BPM
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Crackazat - "Somewhere Else" (AD Bourke Bittersweet version) - (5:46) 125 BPM
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Atjazz - "Fox Tooth" (Atjazz Galaxy Aart dub) - (6:52) 121 BPM
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Esa & Mervin Granger - "Mvk" (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul remix) - (5:21) 120 BPM
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Cle - "The Jam" (Dirtytwo remix) - (6:04) 121 BPM
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Kyodai - "Breaking" (Roberto Rodriguez remix) - (9:24) 122 BPM
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The True Rebels - "Bitter Love" (Deep Space Orchestra remix) - (8:57) 120 BPM
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Kyodai - "Moving" (Basic Soul Unit Basement mix) - (5:57) 125 BPM
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Luke Solomon - "Lost Channels" (Wil Maddams remix) - (5:28) 124 BPM
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Circulation - "The Return" (DJ Le Roi remix) - (7:13) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DJ Duke & Freedom - "Closer" (Sean McCabe Club mix) - (7:50) 124 BPM
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Elef - "Wake Up" (Brennan Green remix) - (8:28) 122 BPM
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Review: Last year, Local Talk served up a tasty round-up of the best remixes from the label's rapidly expanding catalogue, throwing in a few previously unheard versions to keep fans happy. 12 months on, they've decided to repeat the trick, putting together another killer 15-track selection. There's much to set the senses tingling throughout, from the low-slung bounce of Chesus' early UK garage influenced re-make of "What You Sayin", and Atjazz's smooth Galaxy Aart Dub of his recent "Fox Tooth" single, to the piano-and-stab heavy rush of Dirtytwo's remix of Cle's "The Jam", and the classic New Jersey garage vibes of DJ Duke presents Freedom's "Closer", as remixed by Bristol-based Welshman Sean McCabe.
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Selected Label Works 5
PERMVAC 1452
08 Apr 16
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Alex Burkat - "Pay The Rent" (Barnt remix) - (8:21) 120 BPM
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Lord Of The Isles - "301C Symphony" - (6:59) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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New Jackson - "Made It Mine" - (5:44) 120 BPM
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Woolfy vs Projections - "Combination" (Benjamin Frahlich Spooky edit) - (6:33) 121 BPM
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Dollkraut - "Fire" - (4:18) 128 BPM
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Drvg Cvltvre - "Night Time Is The Right Time" - (6:48) 111 BPM
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Lake People - "Uneasy Hiding Places" - (8:38) 121 BPM
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TB - "City Girl" - (6:44) 124 BPM
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Locked Groove - "Thesseus" - (9:14) 124 BPM
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Mano Le Tough - "I See Myself In You" - (6:24) 122 BPM
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Daniel Bortz/Sascha Sibler - "Tomorrow We Start A New Life Again" - (8:27) 123 BPM
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Midnight Magic - "Same Way I Feel" (Session Victim remix) - (5:11) 112 BPM
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Lauer - "Ward" - (6:41) 121 BPM
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Thomalla - "Funfair" - (6:43) 122 BPM
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Dollkraut - "Fire" (Invisible Conga People remix) - (7:44) 120 BPM
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Lake People - "Brooklyn" - (6:48) 122 BPM
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Daniel Bortz/Sascha Sibler - "If Not Tomorrow Maybe Someday" - (8:26) 122 BPM
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The Drifter/Benjamin Frahlich - "Waterville" - (7:58) 125 BPM
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Lord Of The Isles - "Co2o" (6mins) - (6:05) 120 BPM
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North Lake - "Prism" - (5:32) 124 BPM
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Tuff City Kids - "Lambsgame" (feat Shan) - (6:37) 127 BPM
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New Jackson - "Having A Coke With You" - (10:28) 113 BPM
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Review: Munich's Permanent Vacation churns out releases at a rapid rate, making it annoyingly easy to miss out on great material. Lucky, their sporadic Selected Label Works compilation series can help fill in the gaps. Volume Five contains a wealth of tasty treats, from the wonky late night throb of Dolkraut's mesmerizing "Fire", and progressive house influenced dancefloor bliss of TB's "City Girl", to the Orbital style intelligent techno of Daniel Bortz and Sacha Sibler, via the bass-heavy wonkiness of Lake People. There's also another chance to savour Session Victim's loose, warm and groovy rework of Midnight Magic, and a tops-off-friendly chunk of Sound Factory era pump from Tuff City Kids.
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Indecision
FRD 208
15 Apr 16
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Indecision (feat Josh Taylor) - (5:43) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Indecision (Edward remix) - (9:42) 118 BPM
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Indecision (feat Josh Taylor - dub) - (5:40) 121 BPM
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I See You (feat Josh Taylor) - (8:09) 122 BPM
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Review: Freerange's latest missive comes from Los Angeles-based twosome Justin Jay and Ulf Bonde. This is their debut single, and as first outings go, it's rather impressive. "Indecision", featuring the silky-but-weary vocals of Josh Taylor, is a loose, dubby and atmospheric affair, with blissful guitar textures and soft-touch keys emphasizing the hazy, light night mood. It's accompanied by a chunkier Dub, whose swinging beats tip a wink to classic Derrick Carter productions, and a fine remix from Edward, who drags the track further towards German after-party territory. Metronomic vocal number "I See You" - in which Taylor adds sing-along choruses to his emotion-rich verses - completes an excellent package.
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Mink & Shoes
PMEP 002
18 Sep 15
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Mink & Shoes (feat Navid Izadi - original mix) - (7:16) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mink & Shoes (dub mix) - (7:24) 116 BPM
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Mink & Shoes (feat Navid Izadi - Lokier remix) - (7:11) 119 BPM
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Mink & Shoes (feat Navid Izadi - radio edit) - (3:46) 116 BPM
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Review: Having spent the last couple of years focusing on re-edits and crate digging compilations, Psychemagik return to the realm of original production. Featuring the woozy vocals of Navid Izadi, "Mink & Shoes" sounds like the kind of wonky, heavily electronic house roller that you'd expect to find on Crosstown Rebels or Hot Creations, albeit with a little Freaks style bumpin' eccentricity mixed in. It's accompanied by a decidedly trippy, undulating late night dub from Psychemagik themselves, while Mexican producer Yoan Lokier gets busy on the flip. Her version is feels more trippy, with intoxicated, new wave influenced synths taking pride of place amongst a glam-style triple-beat drum pattern. It brings out the wonkiness of Izadi's vocal, which is certainly no bad thing.
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Pregnant
DKMNTL 032
11 Apr 16
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Pregnant - (12:43) 114 BPM
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Star Butchers (original mix) - (7:49) 115 BPM
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Star Butchers (Darling edit) - (7:35) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Now very much a global concern, Dekmantel still remain strong to their local Amsterdam roots as evidenced on this new 12" from Awanto 3. Steven Van Hulle is arguably one of Dutch electronic music's unsung heroes, with a long history of production work dating back to time in Rednose Distrikt alongside Aardvarck and Kid Sublime. Van Hulle's been working as Awanto 3 for the past six years, racking up music for Rush Hour and Dekmantel. Fans of his work will recognise the 13 minute deep burning stomper "Pregnant", which originally featured as part of Dekmantel's 5 year anniversary compilation series. They've wisely revisited the track, giving it centre space on the A-side of this 12" with a fresh Awanto 3 cut, "Star Butchers", housed on the flip. Don't skip over the closing Daring Edit of "Star Butchers" either, it's a thing of beauty.
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The First Detour EP
HEIST 016
04 Apr 16
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The Ascent - (5:34) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Move Over - (5:52) 120 BPM
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Show Off - (6:03) 122 BPM
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Mess Around - (5:28) 120 BPM
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Review: Detroit Swindle's Heist imprint is back with another wicked release this time courtesy of Berlin live act Ouer. "The Ascent" is dusty and soulful deep house with the right amount of bounce to work a dancefloor. "Move Over" is dark and emotive and probably more suited to the early hours to set the mood. "Show Off" is the most energetic cut full of swing, shuffle and cut up vocal samples but just wait until those dark strings come in giving the track a real edge. Finally "Mess Around" is sexy and funky and definitely the most uplifting track on this EP. For fans of hardware driven deepness like Borrowed Identity, this guy is one to watch!
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Hypercolour Patterns Volume 8
HYPEDIGCD 08
22 Apr 16
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Axel Boman - "Depression 01" - (4:45) 114 BPM
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Dense & Pika - "Lynn" - (5:55) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kevin McPhee - "CC-XXX-YY-NNNNN" - (6:40) 126 BPM
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Jimmy Edgar - "Hush" - (4:48) 104 BPM
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Kerrier District - "Techno Disco" - (4:40) 112 BPM
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Tom Demac - "Four Leaves Right" - (7:54) 120 BPM
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Luke Vibert - "Stabs Of Regret" (FaltyDL remix) - (3:52) 95 BPM
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Garnier - "Confused" - (10:38) 130 BPM
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Lucretio - "Vampire Killer" - (6:22) 134 BPM
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J. Wiltshire - "False Awakening" (Tuff City Kids remix) - (6:45) 128 BPM
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Last Magpie - "Separation" - (9:09) 126 BPM
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A Sagittariun - "Delta House" - (6:33) 107 BPM
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Zoe Zoe & Enoah Ballard - "1234" - (5:41) 124 BPM
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Losoul - "Time & Space" - (8:11) 122 BPM
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Roberto Clementi - "Novism" - (5:56) 122 BPM
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Review: London's Hypercolour crew have now become synonymous with quality house and techno, and although they are originally rooted in the UK strain of the genres, recent years have brought along a whole new heap of styles and talent on their catalogue. First up, we should give credit to Axel Boman and the ridiculously hummable tech-house groove that is "Depression 01", followed supremely by a hard-hitting house banger in the name of "Lynn" by the unstoppable Dense & Pika. Other choice cuts on here include Kevin McPhee's nasty "CC-XXX-YY-NNNNN", Jimmy Edgar's sexier-than-ever "Hush", Lucretio's smooth "Vampire Killer", and...of screw it, it's all pretty damn killer. HOT.
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DABJ Allstars Vol 2
DABJ- 1219
25 Mar 16
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Denis Sulta - "TIME 4 PRAYER" - (5:21) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fear E - "Candi's Quadra" - (6:52) 120 BPM
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CT Trax - "Walk For Me" - (4:46) 125 BPM
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CT Trax - "Toxic" - (4:44) 127 BPM
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Review: Following the success of their first all-star EP, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams has once again assembled the crew for a second throw-down. Dennis Sutra goes for the jugular on opener "TIME 4 PRAYER", where ghetto-house style cut-up vocal snippets ride a thumping, 128 BPM groove, while "Fear E" reaches for the classic house vocal samples on the low-slung warehouse jack of "Candi's Quadra". Speaking of jack-tracks, you'll struggle to find more muscular thrills than the fuzzy electronics, stomping beats and hedonistic intent of CT Trax's "Walk For Me". The same outfit's surging acid jam, "Toxic", pulls down the curtain on another killer DABJ release.
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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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Forevermore
RB 981
11 Mar 16
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Forevermore - (9:11) 126 BPM
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No Requests (Special Request Fantasy FM remix) - (10:21) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Like many producers who grew up in Yorkshire during the early '90s, Paul Woolford has fond memories of Sheffield-based pirate radio station Fantasy FM. As the cover - based on the station's distinctive logo - makes clear, Forever More is little less than a love letter to the rave-era pirate. While the title track sparkles with vintage Italo-house attitude - think bold piano riffs, bouncy grooves and extended solos - it's the accompanying "No Requests (Special Request Fantasy FM Mix)" that really hits home hard. Under the hardcore and jungle influenced Special Request moniker, Woolford delivers a retro-futurist smasher that effortless joins the dots between Yorkshire bleep, early hardcore, and the Belgian rave records that followed. Brilliantly, it also finishes with a two-minute advert for a party in Bridlington, lifted from an old Fantasy FM recording.
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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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10 Years Of Tsuba Pt 1
361459 7581322
04 Apr 16
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Detroit Swindle - "Not Another Sometimes" - (5:58) 124 BPM
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Matthew Styles - "Off The Grid" - (7:53) 125 BPM
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The Carter Bros - "Tempting Fate Disco" - (6:24) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: 10 Years of Kevin Griffiths respected house imprint already? You bet and they're celebrating in style with some staples of their artist roster in the form of Amsterdam's Detroit Swindle with their bleepy and bumpy tech house jam "Not Another Sometimes", UK underground stalwart now based in Berlin Matthew Styles is back too with the soulful, hi-tech melodicism of "Off The Grid" and Adelaide heroes Gavin and Tim Carter are on form as always with the dirty, jackin' and downright funky "Tempting Fate Disco" whose loopy disco goodness will set any dancefloor on fire.
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Rivers Edge
UV 035
18 Apr 16
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Disaster - (7:24) 120 BPM
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Cash - (5:28) 125 BPM
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Lifetime - (4:48) 116 BPM
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Street - (2:52) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Never Look Back - (4:36) 120 BPM
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Review: Over the past 12 months, Stefan "Chinaski" Haag has really hit his stride. First, there was a superb EP of rich, melodious, synthesizer-heavy compositions for Live At Robert Johnson, followed by a fine contribution to Uncanny Valley's fifth anniversary releases. Here he returns to the latter label with arguably his strongest collection to date. As usual, he fuses a variety of vintage influences - most obviously Italo-disco, early Chicago house, dreamy instrumental synth-pop and Detroit techno - to deliver hypnotic, life-affirming pieces with bristle with melodious intent. Highlights are plentiful, from the head-in-the-clouds bliss of pulsating opener "Disaster", and the John Carpenter creepiness of "Lifetime", to the Behaviour-era Pet Shop Boys melancholy of "Street" and "Never Look Back".
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