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Talkin Bout Life
HOD 017
10 Apr 17
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Talkin Bout Life (original mix) - (6:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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We Together (original mix) - (7:25) 123 BPM
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Talkin Bout Life (Brisa remix) - (4:23) 120 BPM
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Review: Aroop Roy is a producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from the UK and now residing in Tokyo. Be prepared for one well funky and soul infused journey on "Talkin Bout Life" which is perfect to bring in the summer of 2017. Funky elements, a serious horns section and strong vocals hold up this brilliant track. It's a more straight ahead deep house affair on the rather evocative "We Together" and actually its the kind of track you could imagine Derrick May or Dixon playing out; there are definitely elements of 'hi-tech soul' in it. The Brisa remix of Talkin Bout Life" on the flip is a worthy addition also.
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Sekele I Like It/Feet On The Ground
BR 02
12 May 17
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Sekele I Like It - (11:00) 117 BPM
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Feet On The Ground - (3:09) 116 BPM
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Sekele I Like It (Baptman & Betino Philly Vibe mix) - (6:24) 118 BPM
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Feet On The Ground (Vas Moody rework) - (4:45) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: JOUTRO MUNDO, Superbreak
Review: A couple of years back, Rafael Top Secret - a selector known for digging deep for inspiration - delivered a tidy re-edit of "Sekele I Like It", a previously little-known Afro-boogie cut by French artist Robert "Bobby" Helms. Copies of the 1980 album it came from, Lay Down, Girl, now go for serious money, prompting this licensed reissue. Helms' brilliant, horn-totin' original is accompanied by another cut from that album, "Feet On The Ground" - a straight-up disco affair - and two new remixes. Baptman and Betino's "Philly Vibe" mix of "Sekele I Like" is a largely instrumental interpretation that includes some killer electric piano solos, with Vas Moody's "Feet On The Ground" remix taking that track in a tightly-wound dub disco direction.
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Talamanca System
IFEEL 063D
19 May 17
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Transatlantique - (6:12) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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104 - (6:35) 104 BPM
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Ancona Ancona - (6:16) 109 BPM
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Ocean Grill - (7:02) 115 BPM
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Tres Secadas - (6:07) 123 BPM
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Conga Cage - (4:56) 112 BPM
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Distant Shore - (3:53) 105 BPM
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Experc - (7:30) 112 BPM
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Aurorca - (4:42) 119 BPM
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Review: Three years on from his first Talamanca System collaboration with Tuff City Kids duo Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer, Mark Barrott gets the gang back together for an album of typically loved-up excursions. International Feel's eccentric press release describes it as "a sunburned imagination of a day and night spent on Ibiza during a moment in time that probably never was". Given the album's repeated nods to baggy, piano-laden Italian house, the saucer-eyed, sunrise-friendly brilliance of 808 State's "Pacific State", sun-kissed post Italo-disco chuggers, percussion-laden tropical workouts and head-in-the-clouds ambience, it's actually rather an apt description. It's shamelessly Balearic from start to finish, but pulls it off with an authenticity that others could only dream of.
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Prove That You're Feelin' Me/Everything
ZEDD 12246
19 May 17
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Prove That You're Feelin' Me (feat Diane Charlemagne - Joey Negro club mix) - (5:52) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Everything (feat Lifford - Joey Negro club mix) - (6:02) 120 BPM
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Everything (feat Lifford - Joey Negro special dub) - (6:38) 120 BPM
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Bits N Bobs EP
ZEDD 12244
12 May 17
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Put Your Cap On - (5:38) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mr Zog's Sex Wax - (6:09) 120 BPM
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Spray Tan - (4:53) 120 BPM
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Stroke My Disco - (6:54) 123 BPM
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The Laketown Stomp - (6:59) 120 BPM
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Eventide - (5:42) 117 BPM
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Review: Opolopo barely puts a foot wrong, so it's little surprise to find that this collection of Bits N Bobs is really rather good. Highlights include the sparkling, jazz funk-goes-deep house swing of "Put Your Cap On", the P-funk bass and squiggly D-Train synths of "Spray Tan" and the swirling, life-affirming disco-house bump of "Stroke My Disco", where cut-glass string loops and crunchy Clavinet lines ride a relentless groove. Elsewhere, he further enhances his disco/house fusion credentials via the intricately produced, musically expansive warmth of "The Lakedown Stomp", before rounding things off via the bubbly Dam Funk synth solos, Chez Damier chords and snare-heavy drums of jammed-out highlight "Eventide".
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Glitterbox - Love Is The Message
826194 350390
17 Mar 17
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Simon Dunmore - "Glitterbox - Love Is The Message" (continuous mix 1) - (1:16:56) 122 BPM
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Simon Dunmore - "Glitterbox - Love Is The Message" (continuous mix 2) - (1:19:04) 118 BPM
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First Choice - "Let No Man Put Asunder" (Frankie Knuckles 12" remix) - (7:34) 120 BPM
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Ralphi Rosario - "Wanna Give It Up" (Lego's dub - with Linda Clifford) - (5:54) 125 BPM
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Loose Change - "Straight From The Heart" (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove mix) - (6:29) 120 BPM
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Jackie Moore - "This Time Baby" (Special 12" version) - (7:13) 124 BPM
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Raw Silk - "Do It To The Music" (Maw remix) - (7:01) 114 BPM
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Gino Soccio - "Try It Out" - (8:16) 113 BPM
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King Unique - "Love Is What You Need/Look Ahead" (Dr Packer remix) - (7:41) 123 BPM
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Robin Beck - "Sweet Talk" - (6:15) 118 BPM
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Jocelyn Brown - "Love's Gonna Get You" (Dance mix) - (8:37) 109 BPM
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Eleanor Mills - "Mr Right" (The Right mix) - (6:04) 117 BPM
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Red Rack'em - "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger" (Luke Solomon & Terry Grant live Disco Revision) - (7:40) 126 BPM
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Modern Romance - "Salsa Rappsody" (dub Discomix) - (8:25) 122 BPM
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War - "Galaxy" - (8:14) 119 BPM
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Thelma Houston - "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" (extended version) - (6:16) 111 BPM
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First Choice - "Double Cross" (Danny Tenaglia Swing mix) - (8:32) 116 BPM
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Colonel Abrams - "Music Is The Answer" - (6:41) 121 BPM
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MFSB - "Love Is The Message" - (11:33) 116 BPM
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Inner Life - "I Like It Like That" (Special Club version) - (7:47) 117 BPM
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Franky Rizardo - "Same Man" (James Curd 'Work This Beat' remix) - (7:05) 123 BPM
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Soul Rebels - "I'll Be Good" (feat Lisa Millett - Dr Packer remix) - (6:29) 115 BPM
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The Goodfellas - "Soul Heaven" (Pasta Boys/Bini & Martini mix) - (8:01) 126 BPM
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Soulsearcher - "Feelin' Love" (Soulsearcher Club mix) - (7:06) 126 BPM
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Midland - "Final Credits" - (7:19) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sunkids - "Rescue Me" (feat Chance - MAW Magic Sessions mix) - (8:01) 126 BPM
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Michelle Ayers - "Respect" (Def Classic mix) - (6:30) 123 BPM
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B-Classic - "Remember" (E-Smoove Underground mix) - (5:53) 122 BPM
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Kings Of Tomorrow - "Tear It Up" - (5:14) 124 BPM
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Big Moses - "Brighter Days" (feat Kenny Bobien - Mousse T Fierce vocal mix) - (7:55) 126 BPM
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Robert Hood - "Dancer" - (7:02) 122 BPM
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Mone - "Love Don't Pay The Rent" (Scott Wozniak remix) - (7:54) 126 BPM
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Magic - "Magic" - (9:13) 125 BPM
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Ron Basejam - "The Carrington Spirituals" - (6:18) 115 BPM
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Alan Junior - "It's Time To Dance Together" - (5:24) 118 BPM
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Gershon Jackson - "Love Desire" (Mike Dunn's Blackball Love mix) - (6:17) 124 BPM
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The Rase (The Ron Allen Sound Experience) - "Get On Up" (Groovy Disco mix) - (6:13) 120 BPM
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Rob Mello - "Fantasize" (feat Cecile - vocal Club mix) - (7:45) 128 BPM
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Severino - "Smoking" (feat Princess Magnifique) - (6:20) 121 BPM
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Northern Disco Lights: Soundtrack
PAPDLA 225
21 Apr 17
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Lindstrom - "Closing Shot" (original mix) - (8:23) 62 BPM
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Biosphere - "Novelty Waves" (original mix) - (6:27) 124 BPM
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Doc L Junior - "Sentimental Breakdown" (original mix) - (4:27) 115 BPM
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Rune Lindbaek - "Ok, Kjor Romskip" (original mix) - (5:30) 93 BPM
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Bjoern Torske - "Gullfjellet" (original mix) - (7:13) 98 BPM
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Erot - "Song For Annie" (original mix) - (4:40) 62 BPM
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Mungolian Jetset - "Moon Jocks Prog Rocks" (Todd Terje's Schlong Tong vocal version) - (5:03) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mungolian Jetset - "Quintessential Trip To Bergen" (original mix) - (7:04) 60 BPM
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The Torske & Mundal Explosion - "In Disco" (original mix) - (4:41) 67 BPM
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Rune Lindbaek - "Junta Jaegar" (original mix) - (5:29) 53 BPM
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Those Norwegians - "Kakao" (original mix) - (7:00) 126 BPM
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Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band - "Think Twice" (original mix) - (6:16) 111 BPM
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Blackbelt Andersen - "Sandoz" (original mix) - (7:28) 58 BPM
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Doc L Junior - "Twilight" (original mix) - (8:50) 115 BPM
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Lindstrom - "I Feel Space" (original mix) - (7:01) 61 BPM
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Prins Thomas - "Fehrara" (original mix) - (8:22) 61 BPM
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Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - "Boney M Down" (original mix) - (3:49) 51 BPM
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Lindstrom - "Ra-ako-st" (Todd Terje extended edit) - (8:38) 118 BPM
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Bjoern Torske - "Moeljekalas" (original mix) - (5:41) 117 BPM
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Andre Bratten - "Be A Man You Ant" (original mix) - (6:24) 58 BPM
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Diskobeistet - "Birkelunden" (original mix) - (7:09) 60 BPM
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Review: Paper Recordings comes through with the absolute goods; a compilation that many true-school house heads wound dream of, especially to own it on digital formats. This is the Northern Disco Lights compilation, a total treasure chest of Scandinavian house jams that are going for serious amounts of money on the second-hand market. In short, this is your chance to own these beauties and mould them into your sets. Inside, you'll find timeless tunes from the likes of the great Bjorn Torske, Doc L Junior, and even the dearly missed Erot with the stone-cold classic "Song For Annie". But, there's more; Biosphere appears with that inimitable drone flair, and even Todd Terje features proudly, as per usual. An absolutely essential release. Warmly recommended.
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Shine (This Is It) [feat. Nona Hendryx]
826194 361396
05 May 17
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Shine (extended Classic mix edit) - (4:07) 124 BPM
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Shine (extended Classic mix) - (8:12) 124 BPM
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Shine (Hot Toddy Marimba Message vocal mix) - (7:28) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shine (Scott Grooves Horns dub) - (6:56) 124 BPM
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Shine (Hot Toddy Marimba Message dub mix) - (7:28) 120 BPM
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Shine (Scott Grooves Deepah dub) - (6:08) 124 BPM
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Review: Starting out in the early rave scene in Boston, Soul Clap made their name through a series of house edits and became big names through notable releases such as a DJ Kicks mix alongside close NYC allies Wolf + Lamb. "Shine (This Is It)" is the first single from their self-titled second album. It features legendary vocalist Nona Hendryx, an original member of the trio Labelle who's smash single "Lady Marmalade" is a timeless classic. "Shine (This Is It)" features the strength in Hendryx's vocal, which empowers spirits, moving you on the dancefloor. Midnight Magic's Morgan Wiley delivers an outstanding keyboard solo and fellow bandmate Jason Disu teams up with Kali Rodriguez and No Regular Play's Greg Paulus to form the Soul Clap horn section.
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The Sound Of A Feeling
DOGD 57
31 Mar 17
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Shit Wizard - (6:02) 123 BPM
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We Walk To War - (6:14) 110 BPM
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We Walk To War (Tee Mango remix) - (6:33) 119 BPM
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The Sound Of A Feeling - (8:14) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Nottingham based Ron Basejam is the anagrammed alter-ego of Crazy P co-founder James Baron who creates music with feelings on labels such as Futureboogie and Wolf Music and now for Freerange sister label Delusions Of Grandeur. On the fittingly titled The Sound Of A Feeling EP he serves up the charmingly titled "Shit Wizard" a soulful, nu-disco boogie-down jam. "We Walk To War" in its original form is the kind of lo-slung/slo-mo disco that really floats our boat, but the remix up next by Tee Mango really injects it with some Stevie Wonder style soul-funk that'll help get your shine on. The title track is the deepest and most emotive offering here, with its sublime and hypnotic qualities being pushed along by a tight groove.
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Just One EP
RNTD 026
01 May 17
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Just One (original mix) - (7:07) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just One (Lay-Far remix) - (5:18) 122 BPM
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Get It Baby (Drum mix) - (6:05) 118 BPM
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Get It Baby (Patchworks remix) - (6:53) 118 BPM
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Get It Baby (Wurli mix) - (6:50) 118 BPM
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Review: Sorry, no slow and dark Belgian New Beat here, as this is a whole different kettle of 'Body Music'. Instead we have a satisfying selection of delicious disco and house gems. Here renowned Brooklyn re-edit label Razor-N-Tape have rustled up quite an EP led by the original mix of "Just One", an enrapturing loop of Chic-era guitars, pianos and soulful vocals. The Lay-Far remix is a soft, deep and dreamy excursion. The Drum mix of "Get It Baby" recalls the early boogie synth of Patrick Cowley, while Patchwork goes for pure analogue disco and Wurli drops a killer electronic space-house joint.
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Get Me A Drink EP
DIKSOF 026
16 Dec 16
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Makin' The Magic (original mix) - (6:43) 115 BPM
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Makin' The Magic (Roberto Rodriguez (Manolo) remix) - (5:48) 115 BPM
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Cadillac Disco (original mix) - (6:49) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Disko's latest digital-only release is a meeting of musical minds. It features two groovy, musically rich disco-house collaborations co-produced by sometime Large Music contributor Paul Rudder and fast-rising talent Tete de la Course. While "Cadillac Disco" - a tasty fusion of rolling, bass-propelled grooves, wild flute solos, punchy horns and cheeky vocal samples - is rather good, it's opener "Makin' The Magic" that hits home hardest. A smooth but bumpin' dancefloor shuffler with bold organs, jangling acoustic guitars and eyes-closed vocal samples, it sounds like the kind of track that will easily slip into both house or disco sets. Roberto Rodriguez provides the obligatory remix, gently tugging the track further towards disco-tinged deep house territory.
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Claremont 56: 10 Years
C56BS 002
19 May 17
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Statues - "River Darkness" - (7:02) 79 BPM
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Smith & Mudd - "Mhor" (Lexx remix) - (6:15) 115 BPM
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FreshRo! - "Pacific State" (Phil Mison remix) - (5:21) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Okinawa Delays (feat. Satoko Ishimine) - "Nariyama Ayagu" (Max Essa dub) - (6:25) 120 BPM
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Mudd & Pollard - "Far Away" (Ron Trent remix) - (7:44) 57 BPM
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ParaA­so - "Teu Sorriso" (Jex Opolis remix) - (7:09) 57 BPM
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Jack Cutter - "Serpent Strut" (Larry Heard's Fingers Deep remix) - (6:56) 110 BPM
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Smith & Mudd - "Nether" (Bjorn Torske extended version) - (11:26) 60 BPM
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U-She - "Blue Sky" (Mudd remix) - (6:02) 83 BPM
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Zee Erf - "Southern Freeez" (Sean P'??s India Navigation mix) - (6:33) 90 BPM
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Holger Czukay - "Music To Be Murdered By" - (5:17) 59 BPM
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Paqua - "Dalas" - (4:55) 83 BPM
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Paqua - "Late Train" (Mushrooms Project remix) - (9:15) 105 BPM
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Bison - "Familiar Stranger" (Baldelli & Diongi remix) - (6:30) 99 BPM
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Paqua - "Ruby Running Faker" (Emperor Machine extended vocal) - (10:41) 62 BPM
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Bison - "Travellers" (Ptaki mix) - (6:36) 100 BPM
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Smith & Mudd - "The Surveyor" (40 Thieves remix) - (6:48) 105 BPM
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Bison - "Salmon Spungcake" - (5:33) 105 BPM
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Leo Ceccanti - "Andromeda Bound" - (7:19) 94 BPM
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Smith & Mudd - "Scaffold" (Nad Tyler Epic Fail mix) - (11:29) 120 BPM
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Give Into Love
ISM 083X
14 Apr 17
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Give Into Love (feat Chloe Amber) - (8:16) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tonite (original mix) - (5:56) 123 BPM
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Dinamo (original mix) - (6:58) 120 BPM
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Give Into Love (feat Chloe Amber - radio edit) - (4:18) 114 BPM
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Review: British producer Birdee has been quietly doing his thing since the turn of the decade, delivering a string of underground nu-disco hits on a variety of labels. Here he returns to ISM three months after his last outing (the fine Love EP), this time with a trio of ear-pleasing Balearic boogie productions. Vocalist Chloe Amber guest stars on title track "Give Into Love", a sumptuous, sun-kissed fusion of lilting deep house dreaminess, sparkling '80s soul sounds and hazy disco warmth. With its jammed-out analogue synth riffs, fizzing electronics and elastic bass guitar parts, "Tonite" is an essential instrumental workout, while "Dinamo" alternates between sumptuous melodiousness and stripped-back, bass-driven disco-funk heaviness.
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Martin Hayes Edits
RNTD 027
22 May 17
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Get On Down - (6:08) 114 BPM
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Make Me Dance - (5:14) 113 BPM
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Tight Spot - (5:38) 120 BPM
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Ol' Funky Music - (5:42) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: FINGERMAN
Review: Mixmag recently named Razor-N-Tape as one of the most influential disco labels of the last decade. Certainly, there are few edit imprints whose releases are quite as consistently good. Predictably, this four-tracker from Leipzig's Martin Hayes is another doozy. Check, for example, the righteous slap bass, punchy horn lines, eyes-closed guitar solos and layered drum hits of boogie-era disco roller "Get on Down" and the densely percussive disco-funk brilliance of "Tight Spot", where fittingly razor-sharp guitar riffs and woozy synthesizer lines help push the action forwards. Also worth a listen is EP closer "Ol' Funky Music", a pleasingly laidback and groovy affair with plenty of neat instrumental flourishes to accompany the hip-hop style breakbeats.
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Superbreak Presents Brother J
SBR 0033
12 May 17
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Round Corners (Brother J Disco dub) - (8:10) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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International (Brother J Disco dub) - (5:31) 115 BPM
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Journey (Brother J TheLight mix) - (6:01) 107 BPM
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Body Bait (Brother J Re edit) - (8:38) 119 BPM
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Soul Power (Brother J Re edit) - (7:33) 129 BPM
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Review: Scalpel-wielding rework merchant Brother J last appeared on Superbreak way back in 2012. While that was part of a multi-artist extravaganza, this is a solo EP packed to the rafters with club-ready rearrangements. He begins with a fine pair of disco dubs, first adding a rolling vibe to the rubbery and attractive "Round Corners" before doffing a cap to Afro-disco on the horn-heavy goodness of "International". Elsewhere, be sure to check out the spiraling horn lines and extra-compressed bass of disco-funk number "Journey", the sharp horns, dense percussion and filter tricks of "Body Bait" (a track previously re-edited by the Unabombers some years back) and the glassy-eyed heaviness of "Soul Power".
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EP
MFSP 001
31 Mar 17
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Piece Together (Part 1) - (6:28) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Red Day - (5:33) 110 BPM
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Buzara - (5:45) 110 BPM
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Orange Sky - (7:12) 120 BPM
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Piano 89 - (5:30) 120 BPM
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Baa Boo - (6:27) 88 BPM
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Review: Pete Herbert and Phil Mison's Reverso 68 project is hard to beat when it comes to classically-informed disco, Balearic and house music, having shored up on Eskimo, and Is It Balearic? in the past. It's been some time since they dropped fresh productions of their own, so this new four-tracker comes as a welcome injection of seasoned, high-end grooves for the slow but heavy part of the night. "Piece Together" is a natural opening gambit, letting acid basslines rub up against delayed strafes of synth and subtle guitar chops in the most grooving of ways. It's set the perfect tone for the rest of the EP to follow...
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Mr Mystery EP
LENG 035
19 May 17
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Mr Mystery - (5:36) 120 BPM
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Route Ten To Interzone - (5:40) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The E.B Theme - (5:51) 120 BPM
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Played by: JOUTRO MUNDO
Review: Earthboogie - aka London soundsystem owners Izaak Gray and Nicola Robinson - make their wax debut with three raw, groove laden disco blends. Digging deep into both afrofunk and Italo roots, there's a universal musical language that grabs you physically across all three cuts. "Mr Mystery" sits between Booker T & The Mgs and Daniele Baldelli while "Route Ten To Interzone" is an energetic township jam with added synth sheen. Finally we're seduced by the Balearic weaves, ripples, twangs and horns of "The EB Theme". A rainbow of vibes from start to finish, this one's hard to put down.
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Lowdown EP
VMR 053
06 Mar 17
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Lowdown - (5:42) 120 BPM
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Dr Love - (5:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wonderland Disco - (5:13) 126 BPM
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Filtered Punk - (2:22) 125 BPM
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Review: Whoever heard of a Siberian heat wave? Well Russia's Sunner Soul is just that - tirelessly providing warm and summery disco cuts from his icy bolthole. Here on the Lowdown EP we get four more of his delicious instalments. The title track is all twangy bass loops and The Hustle style flute melodies, "Dr Love" is a real banger, with a thumping kick propelling a loop clavinet riff and lots of spacey effects and "Wonderland Disco" spread a positive message of change over a snazzy disco-house rhythm. Lastly "Filtered Punk" displays a little French Touch in it's merciless filtering of some vintage boogie.
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Kat Records 10: A Decade On & Still Going Strong!
KATKOMP 001
15 May 17
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DJ Rahaan - "Mr. Bumpman" - (9:22) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Abu Maxim - "Sometimes" - (6:58) 114 BPM
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Neil Diablo - "For Your Love" - (6:14) 85 BPM
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The Reflex - "Roller Coaster" - (8:00) 116 BPM
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GW - "All The Riches" - (8:11) 98 BPM
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Moplen - "Just A Touch Of Love" - (10:25) 109 BPM
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Casbah 73 - "Big Fat Bottom" - (6:00) 113 BPM
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Frank Booker - "Synchro System" - (8:19) 102 BPM
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JM Edit - "Angola" - (6:25) 110 BPM
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Beatconductor - "Boogie Love" - (8:04) 84 BPM
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Ilija Rudman - "Just Remember" - (6:10) 110 BPM
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Maximilian Blanc - "Blackpool Stardance" - (5:17) 113 BPM
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Domu - "Love Vibe" - (5:08) 115 BPM
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Phil Gerus - "Agent Yuri" - (7:50) 121 BPM
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Dancing Fever
WDR 022
17 May 17
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Dancing Fever - (4:38) 107 BPM
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Everybody Dance - (4:05) 119 BPM
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Cerrone - "Give Me Love" (Funk Hunk Re edit) - (6:33) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Never Been In Love - (4:25) 134 BPM
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Testify/Can't U
LT 074
27 Jan 17
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Jamie 326 & Masalo - "Testify" - (8:16) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sameed - "Can't U" - (4:42) 123 BPM
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Sameed - "Dusty Jazz" - (5:53) 120 BPM
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Review: Since first dropping on wax in the autumn, this multi-artist affair has gone on to be one of Local Talk's most popular releases in years. It's easy to see why. Jamie 326 and Masalo's "Testify" is a fabulously urgent concoction - a low-sling, disco-tinged deep house bomb built around a restless rhythm track, impassioned, gospel style vocal snippets, and killer Clavinet lines. Sameed's dustier, sweatier "Can't U" offers a different slant on the same idea, offering a basement-bothering stomper that utilizes many of the same samples. Finally, the same artist delivers something looser in the shape of deep jazz-house jam "Dusty Jazz".
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Euro Edits Vol 1
KAT 031
01 May 17
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Agent Yuri - (7:50) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mr. Hero - (6:17) 125 BPM
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Be My Lova - (6:49) 125 BPM
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Review: On this fine collection of quirky but floor-friendly reworks, Russian re-editor Phil Gerus digs deep into his collection of obscure European dancefloor gems from the early 1980s. "Agent Yuri" is a supremely groovy rearrangement of a rolling boogie gem, with Gerus craftily switching between house style loop manipulation and extended passages from the obscure original track. "Mr Hero" sees Gerus take his scalpel to a fine chunk of guitar-wielding AOR/strobe-friendly Italo-disco fusion, along the way doffing a cap to Tiger & Woods, while "Be My Lova" tastefully shuffles around elements from an eccentric chunk of skewed, disco-era synth-pop.
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Late Night Noodles EP
GAMM 109
28 Apr 17
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Bun - (6:29) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chao - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Review: Fresh from a fine contribution to Local Talk's fifth anniversary compilation, Sameed Rezayan makes his first appearance on G.A.M.M. It sees him exploring similar sonic territory - think jazzy, loop-based, soul-flecked deep house stompers - while serving up two tried and tested dancefloor treats. First up is "Bun", a bouncy and rolling house revision of a groovy chunk of harmonica and saxophone-laden soul-jazz goodness. It's really rather good, though lacks the sheer weightiness of the EP's other track, "Chao". This is, if anything, even loopier, with Sameed building the pressure throughout via darting electric piano keys, simmering strings and a stomping jazz-house groove.
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Jungelknugen (remixes)
OLS 017
24 Feb 17
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Jungelknugen (Four Tet remix) - (8:00) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jungelknugen (Prins Thomas remix) - (8:56) 122 BPM
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Review: Cheekily, Todd Terje has decided to put out these remixes of forthcoming album track "Jungelknugen" before we've had a chance to hear the original version. While it's hard to know how revolutionary these remixes are - or otherwise - it's fair to say that both Four Tet and Prins Thomas have brought their A-game. Keiran Hebden steps up first, layering up looped, kosmiche style synthesizer refrains, wide-eyed piano motifs, low-slung analogue bass, and the kind of jazzy, off-kilter drum machine beats that simultaneously feel loose and sturdy. While undoubtedly impressive, it lacks the hustle and bustle of Prins Thomas's interpretation, which is drive forwards by heavy, bleep techno style sub bass and the producer's own groovy disco drums.
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Mydonna
TOYT 062
17 Feb 17
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Mydonna - (6:52) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mydonna (Alternate Cut) - (6:52) 126 BPM
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Torrox - (8:52) 120 BPM
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Coast To Coast - (3:52) 123 BPM
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Review: Following a recent dalliance with Brooklyn-based Razor 'N' Tape Reserve, COEO returns to the loving arms of Toy Tonics with another solid four-track excursion. Happily, they hit the ground running with the rushing positivity of "Mydonna", a bumpin' chunk of peak-time house goodness built around some superb disco samples and a bustling groove. The accompanying, "alternate cut" smartly emphasizes some of the original instrumentation, whilst adding some subtle swing to the disco-house drums. On the flip, you'll find the deep, smooth and sensual "Torrow", and the breezy, atmospheric, piano-laden shuffle of "Coast To Coast".
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Remixed With Love By Joey Negro Vol 2
ZEDDCD 038DD
04 Mar 16
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The O'Jays - "I Love Music" (Joey Negro Sweet Music mix) - (8:06) 124 BPM
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Patti LaBelle - "Music Is My Way Of Life" (Joey Negro Funk In The Music mix) - (7:53) 115 BPM
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Pockets - "Come Go With Me" (Joey Negro Found A Place mix) - (7:50) 120 BPM
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Gwen McCrae - "Keep The Fire Burning" (Joey Negro Feed The Flame mix) - (7:18) 125 BPM
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The Trammps - "Can We Come Together" (Joey Negro Philly dub Excursion) - (8:34) 120 BPM
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George Benson - "Love Ballad" (Joey Negro Jazzy Reprise) - (7:05) 114 BPM
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Gladys Knight & The Pips - "Taste Of Bitter Love" (Joey Negro Disco Re-blend) - (6:49) 112 BPM
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Kleeer - "Open Your Mind" (Joey Negro Seeekret mix) - (8:59) 120 BPM
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Nicolette Larson - "Lotta Love" (Joey Negro Yacht Disco mix) - (6:53) 116 BPM
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Robert Palmer - "Every Kinda People" (Joey Negro Multicultural Multitrack mix) - (7:24) 96 BPM
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Christopher Cross - "Ride Like The Wind" (Joey Negro extended Disco mix) - (8:56) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thelma Houston - "I'm Here Again" (Joey NegroA Ready To Roll mix) - (6:24) 122 BPM
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Cheryl Lynn - "You Saved My Day" (Joey Negro Tell The World mix) - (8:54) 112 BPM
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Willie Hutch - "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" (Joey Negro Return Of The Mac mix) - (6:34) 115 BPM
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Norman Connors - "Stella" (Joey Negro Jazz Ride) - (6:24) 110 BPM
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Jean Carn - "Time Waits For No One" (Joey Negro extended Disco mix) - (6:36) 121 BPM
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Loose Change - "Straight From The Heart" (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove mix) - (6:46) 120 BPM
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Wanda Walden - "Dont You Want My Lovin" (Joey Negro Back To 81 mix) - (7:31) 116 BPM
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People's Choice - "Here We Go Again" (Joey Negro Philly Stomp mix) - (7:00) 125 BPM
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Review: Given his credentials and track record, it's unsurprising that original disco and boogie artists are willing to let Joey Negro play around with their biggest hits. His first stab at this kind of multi-track remix, 2014's Remixed With Love, was such a success that he's decided to unleash another swathe of revisions over two vinyl double-packs. This edition features some killer reworks, including a sublime, on-point rearrangement of Gwen McRae's "Keep The Fire Burning" and a rolling, dubbed-out version of Grace Jones' "Pull Up To The Bumper" that rivals Larry Levan's classic remix. The veteran producer also successfully turns Pockets' "Come Go With Me" into a classic soulful house rub, and pushes Thelma Houston's "I'm Here Again" further towards disco anthem territory.
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Sprezzatura
CRE 004CD
17 Apr 17
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Sidewalk Salsa - (4:00) 100 BPM
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Twentyfive Dollar Trick - (4:52) 107 BPM
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My Sordid Little Affair - (4:56) 107 BPM
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Three Or Four Times A Year - (4:04) 110 BPM
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TV Fashion Show - (4:42) 111 BPM
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Screwvenier - (6:27) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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And You Know What - (5:58) 115 BPM
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Epic Fail - (6:40) 115 BPM
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There Is A TraceOf Bitterness - (4:02) 115 BPM
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Anne Has A Secret - (6:14) 118 BPM
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Charity Bazaar - (7:07) 118 BPM
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I Guess I Knew Such Things Went On - (9:18) 120 BPM
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I'm Incurably Attracted To Men Who Have No Money - (6:30) 120 BPM
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Normal Sex Life - (4:07) 120 BPM
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Tatoo Remorse - (4:32) 120 BPM
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Thrift Whore - (6:00) 120 BPM
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No More Maried Men, Period - (6:24) 120 BPM
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Slow Burn - (4:48) 120 BPM
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Short Story Long - (4:56) 120 BPM
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Expensive Trinkets - (6:56) 120 BPM
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Blind Transfer - (8:00) 120 BPM
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I Have Very Strict Rules About My Behavior - (7:28) 120 BPM
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Inpactful - (7:12) 120 BPM
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Platonic Male Friend - (4:12) 122 BPM
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A Little Diversion Between The Boredom - (6:09) 122 BPM
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She Knew Everybody Would Love Her - (9:17) 124 BPM
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Slip Of The Thumbs - (6:27) 124 BPM
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Susan Was A Fashion Model - (5:09) 124 BPM
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I've Given The Hole Thing A Lot Of Thought - (2:56) 125 BPM
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How Would I Like To Make A Hundred Dollar - (3:02) 84 BPM
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Played by: YAM WHO?, In Flagranti
Review: In Flagranti are the partnership of Alex Gloor and Sasa Crnobrnja. Both are from Switzerland and currently live in Basel and Paris respectively. The duo were originally inspired by the pioneering cosmic scene that emerged from '80s Italy, plus a general eclectic bag of genres (which you can all hear across this opus' 30 tracks) including "funk, rock, punk, afro, electronica, house, reggae, kraut, classic, glam, blues and hillbilly". Incidentally, 'Sprezzatura' is an Italian term defined in the Renaissance that means doing something extremely well without showing effort, and on the evidence of this joyful, mind-bending and next-level creation and it's impossible to disagree.
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Tutto Nudo
TOBD 005
12 May 17
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Tutto Nudo (original mix) - (8:02) 116 BPM
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Canini (original mix) - (8:17) 112 BPM
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This Is All A Dream (original mix) - (8:30) 110 BPM
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Tutto Nudo (Timothy "Heretic" Clerkin remix) - (6:55) 121 BPM
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Canini (Dreems "Beautiful Mens Club" remix) - (8:01) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Future Bones
Review: This fine EP marks Luca "Curses" Venezia's return to Throne of Blood after a near three-year absence. Title track "Tutto Nudo" is something of a stylish, late night treat, with Venezia wrapping exotic, post-punk electric guitar melodies around a dark and sweaty nu-disco groove. The warped, late night haziness continues on the raw, sharp and throbbing "Canini", before Venezia drags us further into a rabbit warren of his own creation on the weird and wonderful thrust of "This is All a Dream". Those wanting something a little more bouncy and up-tempo should check Timothy 'Heretic' Clerkin's indie-disco style rub of "Tutto Nudo", while Dreems' deliciously low-slung, analogue-rich version of "Canini" is probably the EP's standout moment.
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Rotten Citizes Vol 2 Remixes
RCF 009
19 May 17
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Dyor - "A Ground In The Hole" (Damon Jee remix) - (6:08) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sutja Gutierrez - "Ubi Sunt" (MiddleSkyBoom remix) - (6:43) 114 BPM
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Iron Blu - "Sweet Redemption" (feat Rock Serling - Wolfstream remix) - (5:41) 110 BPM
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Curses - "Vengeance" (Days Of Being Wild remix) - (7:25) 115 BPM
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Dos Attack - "Masa Madre" (Holographic Planes remix) - (7:52) 118 BPM
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Silent Echoes - "Diorama" (Roe Deers remix) - (7:36) 118 BPM
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Elvis LA - "Rodeo Drive" (Bawrut remix) - (6:31) 120 BPM
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Played by: Future Bones
Review: Currently celebrating their second birthday, Madrid's Rotten City Files are marking the occasion by presenting this collection of back catalogue remixes. It's a tasty set it must be said, with seven tracks specially reworked for 2017. Highlights include Wolfstream's brooding electroclashy remix of Iron Blu's "Sweet Redemption", Days Of Being Wild's raw, Bobby O-style version of Curses' "Vengence" and the menacing arpeggiated techno-disco of Holographic Planes' reboot of "Masa Madre" by Dos Attack. Top-notch electro, good to hear this sound coming back strong.
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The Best Of J&M Brothers V 2
GSR 074
12 May 17
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Arpeggio Lovers - (6:05) 117 BPM
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Take Me Higher - (5:18) 114 BPM
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Loca Funk - (6:04) 119 BPM
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Back To Robots City - (5:36) 120 BPM
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Lets Do It Now - (6:17) 117 BPM
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Wings - (6:18) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Beat Disc - (6:10) 116 BPM
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Such A Good Feeling - (6:00) 115 BPM
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Space Disco Beat - (6:02) 115 BPM
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Funky People - (5:04) 118 BPM
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Sucio #1
PRDD 000036
09 May 17
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Phonk D - "Gonzo" - (6:20) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jacob Stoy & Le Rubrique - "Cafe KOZ" - (6:26) 120 BPM
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Dan Bay - "Kurdistan Dada" - (5:56) 120 BPM
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Le Rubrique - "Keep The Flow" - (6:10) 105 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino
Review: If you're looking for an eclectic bunch of 4/4 floorfillers, this goodtime four-tracker from the mysterious Martin Ruppert camp should fit the bill. Check, for example, the heavy, relentless bass guitar loops, bouncy disco-house drums and cut-up vocal and orchestral samples driving Phonk D's party-starting "Gonzo", and the low-slung, psychedelic drug-chug that is Le Rebrique's hypnotic, filter-heavy "Keep The Flow". Elsewhere, Jacob Stoy and Le Rubrique join forces on the beach-warm, picturesque deep house flutter of "Cafe KOZ", while Dan Bay tiptoes the fine line between sub-heavy dub pressure and lo-fi deep house on the spaced-out goodness of "Kurdistan Dada".
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Brazil Breakdown Vol 3
GAMM 101
26 Jun 15
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Brilhantina - (4:46) 105 BPM
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Quem Vai Querer - (5:04) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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O Mestre - (7:08) 60 BPM
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Review: Aroop delivers the third instalment of his "Brazil Breakdown" series with three of his floor-fired reworks to date. "Brilhantina" is a percussion-heavy slice of four-to-the-floor soul with synths straight out of the Detroit playbook. "Quem Vai Querer" ups the ante with a juicy bottom end (think mid 00's Yam Who), feel-good chants and a conga roll so hypnotic you'll be shaking your hips for hours. Finally we hit "O Mestre"; rich in warm reverbed synths and coated with a pristine-polished 80s soul vocal, this will work well on both sides of the night. Honey coated warm up or an emotional finale.
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Find Your Rhythm
RGRV 019
17 Mar 17
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Showtime - (1:43) 134 BPM
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Release - (4:30) 124 BPM
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The Weight - (6:14) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bad News - (4:04) 115 BPM
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One Way Out - (4:55) 125 BPM
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In Memory Of - (2:17) 140 BPM
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Someday - (4:15) 94 BPM
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Right Next Time - (5:05) 122 BPM
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Tainted Dub - (4:47) 123 BPM
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Nightline - (5:42) 122 BPM
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6th Borough Project - "Find Your Rhythm" (feat Paul Joseph) - (4:43) 122 BPM
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Back Where It All Began - (3:52) 74 BPM
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Review: Three years on from their last full-length excursion - the fine Borough 2 Borough on Delusions of Grandeur - Craig Smith and The Revenge return with their third 6th Borough Project album. Predictably, it's a fine set, with the duo tweaking their now familiar blueprint - think sample heavy, Balearic-minded deep house built around killer grooves and impeccable production - to guarantee a slightly more eclectic listening experience. So, while there are moments of locked-in dancefloor hypnotism - see "The Weight" and acid-gospel thump of "Tainted Dub" - they're accompanied by trips into wide-eyed, loved-up two-step territory (brilliant closer "Back Where It All Began"), seductive, synth-heavy dreaminess (Paul Joseph hook-up "Find Your Rhythm"), intoxicating downtempo chuggers ("Someday"), and much more besides.
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Old School Camp EP
CS 002
14 Dec 16
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Friday Pay - (8:02) 118 BPM
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Bloomin' Day (Lost Disco dub) - (6:48) 124 BPM
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That Sound - (9:40) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cosmic Temple Chapter 5
MGCT 05D
19 May 17
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Kata Sandi - (6:28) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Esaendro - (6:10) 120 BPM
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Dioxide - (4:41) 123 BPM
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Played by: JOUTRO MUNDO
Review: Daniele Baldelli dons his ritual robes and throws open the doors to his Cosmic Temple for a fifth time. We first find him kneeling at the alter of Alexander Robotnik style Italo-disco deepness on talkbox-sporting opener "Kata Sandi", where tipsy but dreamy chord progressions wrap themselves around a bubbly synthesizer arpeggio line. He invites us to take a trip to space via the intergalactic chords, cascading synthesizer melodies and pulsating analogue bass of "Esaendro", before calling time on another session of prayer with the low-slung disco-punk looseness of the rather brilliant "Dioxide". He's showcased his love of this kind of Clavinet-heavy disco-funk before, but rarely have the results been as thrilling and on-point as this.
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Fire In My Heart
ISLE 001
12 May 17
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Fire In My Heart - (5:13) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Won't Be Your Fool - (5:21) 100 BPM
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Fire In My Heart (instrumental dub) - (5:14) 101 BPM
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Played by: JOUTRO MUNDO, Superbreak
Review: Escape From New York's 1984 cut "Fire In My Heart" has long been considered something of a Balearic classic. Original copies of the Rollerball Records release 12" are hard to come by, though, so this digital version is more than welcome. The original version - all slo-mo electro drums, rubbery dub bass, exotic melodies and intoxicating vocals - is joined by the now infamous Instrumental Dub version, which has been a staple in Balearic DJs' sets for more than 30 years. If that wasn't enough, there's also a chance to savour to woozy, dub-influenced synth-pop of original bonus cut "Won't Be Your Fool".
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Teen Bee
ESP 047
16 Jan 17
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Grace - (7:05) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Illustrations & The Large - (5:54) 117 BPM
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Teen Bee - (5:49) 117 BPM
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Review: By anyone's standards, ESP Institute enjoyed a hugely successful 2016, delivering a string of fine singles and killer albums from Moscoman and Lord of the Isles. This first digital missive of 2017 is equally as impressive, and comes from the previously unheard Nancy Azzuro. Opener "Grace" is undoubtedly impressive; a rolling trip into 21st century dub disco territory blessed with killer percussion work and an addictive electronic bassline. "Illustrations & The Large" is a deliciously woozy and melodious chunk of softly spoken Balearic deep house, while the loopier "Teen Bee" fixes ghostly melodies onto a loose and warm disco-house groove.
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Mushroom House EP3
TOYT 063
24 Mar 17
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Ponty Mython - "Slippin' Into Darkness" - (5:34) 115 BPM
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Kiwi - "We Are Here" - (4:57) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Munk - "The Bolero Bunuel" (Red Axes remix) - (5:20) 121 BPM
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The Barking Dogs - "Your High" (feat Tom Trago) - (6:18) 120 BPM
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Review: Toy Tonics' Mushroom House series has so far sparkled, delivering a series of "weirdo house" inspired EPs full of tracks that look to "ethno, Afro and psychedelic" music for inspiration. Each of the producers involved in this third installment predictably hit the mark, with Ponty Mython's trippy opener - think rolling tropical deep house with hallucinatory flourishes - expertly setting the tone. Fast-rising producer Kiwi steals the show with a low-slung fusion of dub disco and smacked out Afro-house, while the Barking Dogs join forces with Tom Trago for a seductive trip into cosmic deep house territory. Red Axes also do a terrific job turning Munk's "The Bolero Brunel" into a hazy chunk of nu-disco psychedelia.
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Zero Gravity EP
LENG 034
07 Apr 17
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Infinity Machine - (6:50) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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If You Drive - (5:38) 115 BPM
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Air Vibes - (6:01) 118 BPM
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Review: For all his skills as a DJ - and, let's face it, he pretty much created the Afro-cosmic DJ style all on his own - Daniele Baldelli's productions have not always hit the mark. It's heartening to report, then, that this collaboration with Dario Piana for Leng Records is arguably the best thing he's produced to date. "Infinity Machine", where wild, effects-laden Clavinet lines, jammed-out electric piano chords and meandering synthesizer solos ride a particularly druggy arpeggio bassline, sets the tone magnificently, before the Italian duo jogs towards dub disco territory on the percussion rich "If You Drive". Badlelli's love of spacey synths, crunchy guitars and tactile synth bass comes to the fore on closer "Air Vibes", which also boasts a wonderfully tactile breakdown.
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State Farm
QND 200
05 May 17
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State Farm (Dionigi Elektro mix) - (5:07) 115 BPM
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State Farm (Simon Faz Nu Disco mix) - (5:38) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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State Farm (Baldelli & Dionigi remix) - (5:06) 115 BPM
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State Farm (Stephan Barnem Elektro remix) - (9:14) 116 BPM
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State Farm (Dionigi Funky mix) - (4:39) 115 BPM
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Played by: D-Funk
Review: On "State Farm", hard working cosmic disco veteran Marco Dionigi is joined in the studio by fellow producer Simon Faz and vocalist Dany L. The fruits of their labours are clear to see on Dionigi's opening "Elektro Mix" [sic], which sounds like a thrusting fusion of vintage Visage, druggy Italo-disco and classic Crazy P. Faz draws further on the latter influence on his fine, funk-fuelled "Nu-Disco Remix", while the legendary Daniele Baldelli joins forces with Dionigi to deliver a fantastic Afro-cosmic interpretation. Stephan Barnam's version is dusty, dark and stylish - very Visage - while Dionigi's "Funky Mix" turns the track into a jaunty chunk of disco-funk cheeriness with occasional nods towards analogue Italo-disco. In other words, it's a very strong package.
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It's So Disco Vol 2
TRC 52
15 May 17
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Discotron - "De La Disco" (original mix) - (4:47) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Audio Jacker - "Go With The Flow" (original mix) - (5:21) 124 BPM
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Daft Funk - "Makes Sense To Me" (original mix) - (5:27) 110 BPM
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Discotron - "60 Seconds 4 Love" (original mix) - (5:51) 118 BPM
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Serial Thrilla - "Got To Try" (original mix) - (6:45) 128 BPM
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Audio Jacker - "12 AM Boogie" (original mix) - (5:30) 128 BPM
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Discotron - "NYC Love" (original mix) - (5:26) 128 BPM
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Serial Thrilla - "Just Wanna" (original mix) - (4:52) 128 BPM
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Jack Le Funk - "One More Time" (original mix) - (6:18) 118 BPM
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Martello - "Believe" (Discotron remix) - (5:53) 114 BPM
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Audio Jacker - "Can We Get Some" (original mix) - (4:50) 124 BPM
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Serial Thrilla - "Forget About The 9 To 5" (original mix) - (5:06) 122 BPM
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Beggar Groove
IRM 1564
03 Mar 17
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Way Down - (6:12) 80 BPM
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Go Down - (3:49) 83 BPM
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Get On Freak - (5:54) 96 BPM
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Fooling You - (6:14) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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3rd Street - (6:08) 104 BPM
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Put Me Down - (5:32) 104 BPM
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Let There Be Groove - (5:37) 105 BPM
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Beggar Groove - (9:38) 105 BPM
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Trigger Finger - (6:54) 108 BPM
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Hit Groove - (6:26) 115 BPM
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One Night In Bologna - (6:40) 115 BPM
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Beggar Groove (part 2) - (9:32) 105 BPM
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Review: Luca Trevisi is LTJ Xperience, an Italian producer who began his career in the 1980s. As resident DJ at two of the most famous Italian clubs of the time: Kinky in Bologna and Cap Creus in Imola, he was one of the first Italian jocks to spin house and to reintroduce black music, jazz and latin-bossa classics from the '70s. These are the kind of tracks that gave birth to the acid jazz and rare groove movements. The Beggar Groove LP is his new album, the fourth dedicated to the 'research' of disco/funk, from its origins to today's rhythms feelings on the dancefloor. The smooth acid jazz of the opening track "Way Down" would make even Ludovic Navarre stand up and notice, while soulful and compelling deep funk of "Fooling You" can equally impress. According to the label, the title track of the album is the most demand track by the artist and never released digitally until now.
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Jolly Jams Compilation
JJ 038
19 May 17
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DJ Kaos - "Me High" - (5:02) 124 BPM
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The Backwoods - "Breakthrough" - (6:51) 123 BPM
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Tiago - "Track 3" - (6:35) 125 BPM
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Bastedos - "Take Your Time" - (5:31) 122 BPM
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Conor - "Bonus Drugs" - (8:38) 128 BPM
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Unknown Artist - "Promo Only 1" - (8:13) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Split Secs - "The Klink" - (8:05) 120 BPM
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Dr Beat From San Sebastian - "Acid Water" - (8:11) 114 BPM
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DJ Kaos - "Swoop" (Lexx remix) - (6:02) 118 BPM
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Remix EP
BC 011D
20 May 17
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Admin - "Flute Loops" (DJ Nature remix) - (5:42) 117 BPM
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Chezz - "Bossa" (Admin remix) - (5:11) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: 80's Child
Review: More from Bristol-based party-starters Boogie Cafe, whose recent releases have impressively straddled the fine line between tooled-up re-edits and all-original productions. First they've persuaded New York-based Bristolian DJ Nature to remix current Bristol resident Admin. The man formerly known as DJ Milo does a terrific job, too, offering up a trippy chunk of loose, breakeat-driven, deep house disco that boasts serious amounts of energy. Then, Admin remixes Chezz's "Bossa", wrapping spacey synthesizer motifs and a killer synth bassline around a superbly fluid and crispy broken-house groove. It's a seriously soulful interpretation, and arguably the stronger of the two tracks.
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Nebula
PP 014
15 May 17
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Nebula (original mix) - (5:24) 97 BPM
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This Is Our Final Day (original mix) - (5:48) 100 BPM
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The Path (original mix) - (5:02) 100 BPM
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Nebula (Peza remix) - (6:16) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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This Is Our Final Day (Telesketch remix) - (7:30) 108 BPM
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The Path (NOZZ remix) - (7:11) 59 BPM
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Played by: Future Bones
Review: The 14th release on the fast-rising Play Pal imprint comes from Skelesys, whose previous outings have been on the techier side of house. This time round, the Beunos Aries born, Berlin-based producer has decided to flip the script. Opener "Nebula" is a pitched-down chugger laden with heavy analogue bass and warped electronics, while "This is Our Favourite Day" wraps stylish, post punk style guitar solos around a Nein style psychedelic nu-disco groove. There are more eyes-closed guitar solos to be found on "The Path", a dark and foreboding number full of incessant drum machine handclaps, wonky electronics and twisted bass. Of the three accompanying remixes, it's Peza's sparkling, Italo-disco influenced re-make of "Nebula" that stands out.
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Expectations
CRC 02
24 Mar 17
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Clarity - (5:48) 121 BPM
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Why Look Back? - (6:38) 113 BPM
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Expectations - (4:30) 90 BPM
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Coast 2 Coast - (7:09) 126 BPM
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Spiders - (4:19) 121 BPM
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Saturn's Return - (5:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Since forming the Bermuda band last year, Aussie adventurer Harvey Sutherland has delivered a string of loose, oven-hot singles that effortlessly combine the best of boogie, soul, jazz-funk and Beatdown style deep house. With Bermuda providing live drums, keys, guitar and bass, Expectations sees Sutherland continue this fine run of form. It's a mini album chocked full of sparkling, sun-kissed cuts that defy simple categorization. For example, "Coast 2 Coast" expertly fuses a deep house aesthetic with elements of P-funk and jazz-funk, while the deep and spacey "Expectations" and "Spiders" - the latter also blessed with sublime strings - feel more horizontal and Balearic in tone. The strings return on the Metro Area-ish brilliance of "Saturn's Return", which may well be the set's most beguiling moment.
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Fenix
361497 4112347
19 May 17
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Fenix (Ron Trent remix) - (11:37) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fenix - (6:42) 120 BPM
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Review: Here's something to get the blood pumping: a fresh Ron Trent remix of the title track from legendary Brazilian jazz-funk outfit Azymuth's most recent album, 2016's "Fenix". The original version is, of course, rather tidy - think darting synths and vocoder lines, dexterous slap-bass and rich, life-affirming chords - but Trent still manages to serve up a seriously good alternative version. He appears to have utilized every bit of individual instrumentation found on the master tapes, offering a subtle deep house/jazz-funk fusion cut full of loose-limbed drumming, intertwined solos and chords that pulse with sun-kissed positivity. It's not a particularly revolutionary remix, but when the musicianship is this good, why change it?
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Cosmic Temple Chapter 6
MGCT 06D
19 May 17
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Taxon - (6:03) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kevlar - (4:39) 120 BPM
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33vs45 - (4:46) 84 BPM
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Review: Afro-cosmic pioneer Daniele Baldelli continues to impress with his Cosmic Temple series, which has now reached Chapter 6. As usual, the Italian legend touches on many of his now familiar inspirations across the course of an EP that impresses from start to finish. Check, for example, the dancing jazz-funk horns, pulsating electrofunk bass and crunchy drum machine hits of cheery cosmic disco opener "Taxon", or the cosmic-rock brilliance of "Kevlar", where Red Hot Chili Peppers style guitar riffs cluster around a tribal-influenced drum machine groove smothered in intergalactic electronics. In a nod to his famous passion for playing records at the wrong speed, Baldelli finishes with the alien synths and mind-altering rhythmic chug of "33v45".
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Make It Right
MEMEME 05
12 May 17
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Make It Right - (8:08) 107 BPM
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Rubber Bullet - (7:14) 116 BPM
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Make It Right (Andrew Weatherall vocal remix) - (8:16) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Make It Right (Andrew Weatherall instrumental remix) - (8:16) 111 BPM
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Rubber Bullet (ESS O ESS Short version) - (5:52) 120 BPM
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Rubber Bullet (ESS O ESS Long version) - (8:18) 120 BPM
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Shake It, Make It, Take It, Break It
FDO 001
10 Mar 17
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Shake It (original mix) - (8:20) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shake It (Mytron & Ofofo remix) - (4:52) 107 BPM
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Tonight (original mix) - (6:38) 117 BPM
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Imaginary Dub (original mix) - (4:21) 118 BPM
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Review: Medlar is the first producer to contribute some tried-and-tested secret weapons to the For Discos Only series, a project founded to share the kind of fully licensed, "secret mixes" and "private edits" that were once a huge part of DJ culture. Having previously got busy with the West End discography, this time round Medlar is mining the vast TK Disco catalogue. He begins with the fuzzy dancefloor sleaze of the Timmy Thomas and Queen Samantha-sampling "Shake It", which is accompanied by a gently pulsing, Italo-disco influenced rework by Mytron and Orfofo. Elsewhere, Medlar heads for spaced-out electrofunk pastures on the intergalactic, bass-heavy shuffle of "Tonight", before joining the dots between Jimmy 'Bo' Horne, King Sporty, dub disco and proto-house on the EP standout "Imaginary Dub".
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