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Hot Digits: Year Two
HOTDIGITMAXI 002
16 May 16
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Get Down Edits - "Anytime (She Goes Away)" - (6:50) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eyeco M - "Keepin' It To Myself" - (6:50) 103 BPM
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Martin Hayes - "Chain Of Love" - (5:33) 102 BPM
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Dawn Again - "Shadow Of The Gibb" - (6:39) 104 BPM
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Bad Barbie Vs Evil Smarty - "Tonight" - (7:53) 106 BPM
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Tomas Malo - "High Flyer" - (6:18) 110 BPM
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P-Sol - "Can't You See" - (6:46) 110 BPM
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Dr Packer - "Sing A Happy Song" - (6:53) 113 BPM
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Fingerman - "We Gon' Rock" - (7:38) 110 BPM
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LTJ - "Fat Thing" - (6:45) 110 BPM
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Chewy Rubs - "Bullet Dodger" - (8:00) 110 BPM
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Deelicious - "Can't Live Without You" - (5:31) 111 BPM
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Kiu D - "Do It Bad" - (5:32) 116 BPM
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Weedyman - "And Ode To? (Where Ya Wanna Go)" - (7:18) 118 BPM
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Raw-Artes - "C' Mon Back" - (7:11) 118 BPM
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Jay Ru - "Disco Music (Right On Time)" - (7:19) 113 BPM
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Rafael Fernandez - "Vintage Wine" - (6:50) 118 BPM
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Melon Bomb - "Breakin' It Down" - (8:08) 115 BPM
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Rayko - "Round One" - (8:04) 115 BPM
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James Rod - "Hot & Sexy" - (7:28) 120 BPM
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Ash Reynolds - "Remind Me" - (6:53) 116 BPM
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Appo - "Sunshine" - (6:52) 117 BPM
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Massimo Vanoni - "Seven Steps To The Groove (Deep Mix)" - (7:36) 120 BPM
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Goldboy - "Tisno Hermanos" - (7:51) 115 BPM
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Dave Gerrard - "Body Strike" - (6:59) 123 BPM
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Situation - "Soul Revival" - (6:14) 122 BPM
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Twisted Soul Collective - "Qualified" - (7:16) 125 BPM
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Various - "Hot Digits: Year Two Retrospective" (continuous mix By Fingerman) - (1:09:32) 115 BPM
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Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has packed in a lot of releases over the past 12 months, as this expansive roundup of the label's second year in business proves. Featuring 27 tracks and a bonus mix by the South Coast dwelling label boss, there's naturally plenty to admire. Highlights include, but are not limited to, the rolling, head-nodding grooves of Eyeco M's "Keeping It To Myself", the killer proto-house throb of "Tonight" by Bad Barbie vs Evil Smarty, the sexy, string-drenched disco loveliness of P-Sol's "Can't You See", LTJ's trumpet-boasting funk bumper "Fat Thing", and the hard-wired, bass-heavy rework of Julia & Company's "Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)" by Melon Bomb. It is, though, all pretty darn hot.
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Dying To Dance
MMD 020
09 May 16
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Lonely Town Lonely Street - (6:04) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Trust Me - (4:30) 118 BPM
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Dying To Dance - (5:26) 117 BPM
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Mechanical Body - (6:12) 102 BPM
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Change Of Mind - (6:28) 113 BPM
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Review: Lately Leeds' Deelicious has seen his loose and groovy tunes grace the likes of Sound Exhibitions and Disco Fruit. Here he rolls out five sizzling new bangers. The urgent slice of socially conscious funk, "Lonely Town Lonely Street", kicks things off, "Trust Me" incorporates housier filtered loops into the mix and the title track is celebratory slice of disco-pop with some ace bloc-rocking breaks and punk-funk bass work. Elsewhere we enter orbit with the melodramatic sci-fi boogie of "Mechanical Body" and "Change Your Mind" is an amazing example of early underground dance music reconfigured by a 21st century perspective.
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Brazilian Boogie & Disco Reworks Vol 1
MIDRIOTBBDR 001
16 May 16
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Tropical Affair - (7:12) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Paul In Rio - (6:54) 124 BPM
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Cores - (7:30) 117 BPM
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Morena - (7:51) 110 BPM
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Crusin' - (9:08) 114 BPM
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Director's Cut - (7:28) 118 BPM
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Panthera - (7:09) 114 BPM
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Boogie Da Central - (7:15) 112 BPM
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Combo Funk (feat Dalage) - (5:40) 110 BPM
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Posto 12 - (6:12) 95 BPM
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Perna Groove (feat Dalage) - (6:03) 100 BPM
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Energia - (7:15) 100 BPM
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Review: On his previous Midnight Riot releases, Joutro Mundo has always included a number of scorching reworks of Brazilian disco and boogie faves. Now, the fast-rising producer has gone one step further, serving up an entire album's worth of humid, summery reworks of authentic Brazilian fare. While a handful have previously seen the light of day elsewhere (see "Boogie Do Central" in particular), there's plenty of previously unheard revisions to get the juices flowing. Highlights include the synth bass, jaunty horns and party vibes of "Tropical Affair", the Leroy Burgess-goes-to-Rio boogie flex of "Morena", and the densely percussive, Clavinet-driven sweatiness of "Combo Funk". Oh, and a fine rework of an obscure Brazilian cover of Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" ("Paul In Rio").
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Soften The Wireless EP
HEIST 017
09 May 16
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Khan's Bargain - (5:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Khan's Bargain (Tom Noble remix) - (7:11) 120 BPM
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The Blues - (6:55) 128 BPM
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It Won't Be Long - (5:53) 124 BPM
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Varkala - (6:32) 119 BPM
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Played by: Mauricio_um, Kisk, Alkalino
Review: Nebraska has been a busy boy of late, delivering killer material on both Mister Saturday Night and Delusions of Grandeur. Here he dons his favourite balaclava and joins Detroit Swindle's Heist. He begins with the groovy, loose and low-slung disco-house bump of "Khan's Bargain", which is also brilliantly remixed by obscure boogie specialist Tom Noble. The tempo increases dramatically on the wide-eyed deep house sprint of "The Blues", before Nebraska enhances his Balearic house credentials thanks to the blissful synthesizer arpeggio lines and swirling chords of "It Won't Be Long". The spacey, string-drenched shuffle of "Varkala" draws a fine EP to a close.
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Goodgroove Disco Series
GGD 16
29 Apr 16
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Wild Mild West - (3:47) 116 BPM
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Too Strong - (4:28) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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EveryMoney - (5:51) 108 BPM
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Hold Tight - (4:44) 120 BPM
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Review: Bristol's X-Ray Ted is about the light and fun party jams, no cool digger's obscurities welcome here. Here he serves four guaranteed floor fillers starting with "Mild Mild West", a loose-limbed disco rendition of the Good The Bad and The Ugly theme, next "Too Good" sees Aretha Franklin get a house-shaped whoosh under her backside, "EveryMoney" meanwhile sees some vintage soul fused with classic Kelis and ODB and finally "Hold Tight" sees the show close with some sizzling neon-flecked arpeggiated disco..
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Mangwana
FAR 029
09 May 16
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Mangwana - (5:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chiiko - (4:28) 97 BPM
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Mangwana (A Vision Of Panorama mix) - (6:44) 120 BPM
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Mangwana (Paradise '89 dub) - (5:56) 120 BPM
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Kumbengo (Tropical mix) - (4:56) 120 BPM
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Kumbengo (100% Humidity dub - Juno Exclusive) - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Review: On paper, this collaboration between veteran Balearic/disco/house fusionists Faze Action, and Zimbabwean drummer-turned-vocalist Zeke Manyika has all the makings of a humid, sun-kissed classic. Happily, "Mangwana" - a kind of late '80s Hugh Masekela Balearic afro-house jam full of punchy horns, chiming synth melodies and chanted African vocals - is every bit as alluring as you'd expect. The Waiting For The Rain-era Masekela influences are even stronger on the delicious A Vision of Panorama mix, while the Paradise '89 Dub pushes the track further towards dubbed-out New York house territory while beefing up the backing track a little. Elsewhere on the EP, you'll find two superb versions of the percussive, tropical '80s workout "Kumbengo" (including a heavy, Junodownload-only Dub), and the hazy downtempo goodness of "Chiiko".
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Hot & Bothered EP
RNTD 016
18 Apr 16
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Hot & Bothered - (6:44) 112 BPM
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I'm Wishin' - (5:30) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fling Cleaning - (6:14) 112 BPM
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Visions Of You - (3:11) 100 BPM
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Review: Brooklyn's Razor-N-Tape reach out to the Lowlands and coax Hans Peeman into donning his Junktion alias for a new four-track EP on their Razor-N-Tape Reserve label. Living up to it's dignified and reserved billing, this release on the offshoot finds the Nijmegen-based Peeman laying down some luscious, colourful disco vibes that will brighten up any sun laden afternoon on the terrace. Title track "Hot & Bothered" sets the tone with a summery vibe underpinned by some bumping drums, whilst "I'm wishin'" glides with a subtle house bump and some wonderful vocal touches. "Fling Cleaning" sees Peeman veer off into disco chug territory, whilst "Visions of You" ends the EP on a soulful note.
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Surgery Edits Vol 8
DD 035
22 Mar 16
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I Feel Acid - (7:06) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Flow - (6:35) 118 BPM
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Somebody Else - (8:14) 110 BPM
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Flashing Lites - (5:48) 106 BPM
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Xpand Your Mind - (6:34) 123 BPM
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Do Your Thang - (5:31) 116 BPM
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Tropical Jump - (6:10) 112 BPM
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Beautiful People - (5:02) 107 BPM
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Review: Whoever said that disco was dead was not aware of Dr Packer and his life-restoring scalpel skills. The cover of this eighth installment of edits reveals the good doc and colleagues hard at work resurrecting a giant disco ball and the sonic results can be heard on this mini-album. Highlights include the slinky clap-along, "Somebody Else", the noodle-bass moog boogie of "Xpand Your Mind" and the breaks-laden cocktail grind of "Tropical Jump". Good to hear disco has checked outta hospital and back on the dancefloor in full health.
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Spring Thing
ED 63
04 May 16
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Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - "Gotta Give It Up" - (5:59) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Serge Gamesbourg - "Good 4 Ya" - (6:49) 102 BPM
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Jus Tadi - "Save It For Later" - (7:19) 110 BPM
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Jay Airiness - "Closer & Closer" - (5:23) 107 BPM
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I Gemin - "Funk E Music" - (6:09) 117 BPM
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Joutro Mundo - "Fired Up" - (7:52) 116 BPM
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Napoleon - "Overdose" - (6:38) 115 BPM
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Dagfest - "Brighter" - (5:00) 116 BPM
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Topic Of Conversation - "The Color Of Leaves" - (7:00) 114 BPM
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Review: The best thing about spring is all the new stuff starts to arrive. Editorial have taken this idea quite literately and have rounded up a whole bunch of fresh new faces and tunes. There are nine fine jams contained on Spring Thing comp, some of the (many) highlights include the sweet and tender boogie-pop of "Good 4 You" by the artfully-punned Serge Gamesbourg, the throbbing bass loops of the sublime "Closer & Closer" and the mesmerising fusion of punk-funk bass and sunshine keyboard melodies on "Brighter" by Dagfest.
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The Mango Beats EP
CHOPDIGI 072
22 Apr 16
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Generation Five - (5:01) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Repeat The Funk - (5:49) 111 BPM
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You Got The Stuff - (6:42) 103 BPM
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Review: Stafford's Dave Gerrard has been around for over 30 years so you can trust the DJ on this one. He's back on his usual stomping ground for more disco goodies on DJ Butcher's Chopshop out of Athens, Greece. He first takes the knife to the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine" on "Generation 5" (great edit this one!), then he turns in an edit of a proper soul funk classic on "Repeat The Funk" (any guesses?) but finally he gives a Bill Withers classic a makeover on "You Got The Stuff". Class!
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Last Edits Pt 1
AUDAZ 109.5
07 Mar 16
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Body & Soul - (6:37) 117 BPM
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Legends - (7:48) 120 BPM
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How Do I Feel - (8:28) 125 BPM
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Off U Go - (8:10) 115 BPM
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Jazz E Regrooved - (5:16) 114 BPM
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We Got It - (7:09) 120 BPM
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Can't Take It No More - (7:28) 120 BPM
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I'm Gonna Party - (6:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Munich-based Alkalino (aka Lino Rodrigues) has been delivering top notch re-edits for years now, so there's no chance of him quitting, despite the title of his new series. We've seen the list of his upcoming releases, and these are certainly not his Last Edits. There are quite a few newbies on here, eight to be precise so there's a lot to choose from. Our favourites happen to be the dreamily seductive disco throb of "Body & Soul", the austere mechanics of New Order redux, "How Do I Feel" and the low slung driving space disco of "We Got It".
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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┬áReady 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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Reverend P Edits 3
GAMM 104
22 Apr 16
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Don't Make Me Run Away - (5:57) 120 BPM
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Love Gives You The Power - (7:14) 120 BPM
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Say That You Will - (5:59) 98 BPM
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Party Down - (5:58) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The Rev's back! Parisian edit magician serves up four revised soul excursions for modern audiences to experience the second time around and in true style. On the first side he takes the knife to a couple of Gladys Knight classics, namely the feel-good "Don't Make Me Run Away" and the uplifting "Love Gives You The Power". On the flip it's George Duke's turn, "Say That You Will" is you all know is a sultry deep soul number for lovers while "Party Down" is definitely for night people; this one is pitched up for optimum dancefloor effectiveness too!
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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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Super Cuts V6
FKR 097
15 Mar 16
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KS French - "Still On The Case" - (4:55) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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MR Given Raw - "Beggin You" - (5:49) 110 BPM
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KnG Edits - "Give You Up" - (6:35) 114 BPM
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MR Given Raw - "Funky Mama" - (4:31) 102 BPM
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Review: KS French and Mr Given Raw are like two peas in a pod. A disco-shaped pod. Here they join forces again, both providing both solo tracks and a joint collaboration too. Label boss KS French plonks a platform show on the dancefloor first with the tight James Brown-sampling funk of "Still On the Case". Then MGR takes over for two sizzlers - the catchy soul-pop lament "Beggin You" and the psychedelic soul stomp of "Funky Mama". Finally the titans clash on the phased disco-boogie joy of "Never Give You Up". Good times.
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Light Star
RNTD 017
16 May 16
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Light Star - (6:22) 121 BPM
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Review: Munich-based twosome Coeo are probably best known for their various house excursions on Toy Tonics and Let's Play House. This time out, they're in a more disco-minded mood, delivering a killer re-interpretation of Escort's 2006 classic "Starlight" for Brooklyn scalpel specialists Razor 'N' Tape. Wisely, they tease out the Brooklyn band's killer groove - think Chic style guitar riffs and Konk drums - for two minutes before introducing the track's famous synth lines. By the time the vocals kick in, you'll be in full on "reaching for the lasers" mode. While the original didn't necessarily need messing with, the duo's edit turns it into an even bigger anthem. Hold tight!
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Turn It Out
DOGD 52
06 May 16
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Turn It Out (Dave Aju remix) - (4:51) 123 BPM
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Turn It Out (feat Dave Aju) - (4:36) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boogie Down (feat Erik Rico - Laurence Guy remix) - (6:36) 122 BPM
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For Bae - (6:26) 119 BPM
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Review: Scott Moncrief's quietly confident debut album Columbising has been one of the sleeper hits of 2016, with the Sheffield-based East Midlander serving up an effortlessly soulful set that joins the dots between hip-hop, broken beat, boogie, and U.S deep house. This follow-up EP showcases one of the album's highlights, Dave Aju collaboration "Turn It Out." Aju takes the deliciously loose and live-sounding original - all jumpy clavinet lines, swinging deep house drums and urgent vocals - and turns it into a stripped-back, heavily electronic broken house gem. Elsewhere, Lawrence Guy delivers a wonderfully warm, rich and soulful deep house interpretation of Erik Rico hook-up "Boogie Down", before Moncrief enlists the honeyed-tonsils and impeccable piano playing skills of regular collaborator Pete Simpson, on the jazzy gospel-house deepness of "For Bae".
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Street Disco
MMD 019
11 Apr 16
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Street Disco - (7:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Your Luv - (8:21) 121 BPM
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Freak Mouse - (7:57) 118 BPM
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Prance With Me - (7:38) 123 BPM
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Review: Despite hailing from modern day Norway, Lux Experience's heart remains firmly in the USA during the heady days of the 1970s. Nothing wrong with that as nothing really tops the thrill of the original disco explosion during that wild decade. Here he unearths four more long gems from that time and retweaks them for contemporary dancefloors. "Street Disco" is and accelerated proto-hiHRG opener, "Your Luv" begins as classic French Touch-style diva loops before expanding into more stripped backed boogie and "Freak Mouse" is a bass driven chant-along. Lastly "Prance With Me" wraps things up with some seriously elastic party vibes.
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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
WAXED: 14
08 Mar 16
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Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - "Peoples Groove" - (7:52) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Matt Hughes - "Sunshine" - (6:09) 104 BPM
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The Owl - "Pimp Talk" - (6:38) 116 BPM
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Rahaan - "Fine Feelings" - (7:28) 115 BPM
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Review: Whilst others are only just getting back to speed, re-edit chiefs Editorial have already been back delivering a packed schedule of choice jams since January. The heat doesn't let up yet either with this new multi-artist mini comp. Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee start proceedings with the uplifting clavinet boogie of "Peoples Groove" and Matt Hughes' "Sunshine" takes what sounds like a subtle O'Jays sample and gives it a laid back disco sheen. Elsewhere The Owl's "Pimp Talk" provides perfect evening cocktails by the pool vibes and Rahaan closes the show with the chic electro-boogie of "Fine Feelings".
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Heads (A Collection Of Ill Advised Edits & Mixes)
CHOPDIGI 073
06 May 16
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Night People - (4:45) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Too Cool For Schooly - (3:27) 97 BPM
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Go Donny Go - (4:00) 98 BPM
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Inside Out - (4:09) 104 BPM
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You Are The One - (5:06) 96 BPM
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Superstition - (5:18) 98 BPM
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Won Doe - (4:21) 103 BPM
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It's No Big Thing If You Love Me - (5:31) 99 BPM
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What! You Can Bring The Freak? - (4:19) 108 BPM
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Love You Raw - (4:55) 96 BPM
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Water Under The Bridge - (5:11) 107 BPM
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Young Gun Guru - (5:05) 114 BPM
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Review: The subtitle of this album tries to downplay the talent of this rising re-edit producer, but the truth is that these cuts are anything but ill-advised. Chopshop label boss DJ Butcher wouldn't put out a record if it wasn't any good and besides, he's not known for his bad advice. There are 12 disco gems here to explore, highlights include the sparse, teched-out soul-grooves of Alain Toussant's rare gem "Night People, the deep and woozy Balearic funk of "Go Donny Go" and a delicious electro-funk-pop version of "Inside Out", as made famous by Odyssey.
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Sugar - The Reflex Revision & Instrumental
BBE 365SDG
29 Apr 16
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Sugar (The Reflex Revision) - (6:59) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sugar (The Reflex instrumental) - (6:59) 125 BPM
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Review: "Sugar" lay unissued for many years, before finally seeing the light of day on BBE's 2003 set of previously unheard Roy Ayers' recordings, Virgin Ubiquity. It was later remixed by Dave Lee under his familiar Joey Negro pseudonym, and here gets the multi-track edit treatment from French scalpel specialist The Reflex. He typically does a good job of building energy and excitement throughout the vocal version's seven-minute duration, showcasing different instruments (vibraphone, horns, bass, guitars) and the track's alternating male and female vocals, in the manner of Tom Moulton or Walter Gibbons. The accompanying instrumental is tasty, too, but lacks a little of the vocal revision's soulful charm.
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Get Loose
MIDRIOTD 070
02 May 16
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Halleluyah - (7:35) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alone - (6:51) 115 BPM
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That Sound - (6:18) 116 BPM
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Get Loose - (6:15) 114 BPM
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Review: It's become something of a cliche to point out Rayko's restless productivity, but it's nevertheless true that the Spanish producer does release rather a lot of material. To be fair to the Madrid man, this four-tracker for Midnight Riot is one of his stronger efforts. He begins with the life-affirming pianos and gospel vocals of "Hallelujah", before providing a sun-kissed re-dub of Fleetwood Mac's Balearic classic "Big Love" (here re-titled "Alone"). "That Sound" delivers an attractive blend of wiggly boogie synths, sharp riffs and fuzzy rock guitars, while "Get Loose" is a mostly instrumental re-recording of the Aleems' breakdance era electrofunk classic of the same name.
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The Boogie Box #3
VHR 45
18 Apr 16
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Kc/Sub - "Make A Little Love" (V's edit) - (5:20) 114 BPM
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People's Voice - "We Got The Direction" (V's edit) - (6:54) 107 BPM
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Deodata - "P Gunn" (V's Psychedelic Trigger edit) - (5:46) 114 BPM
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Princess - "Sexy Dancer" (V's Body edit) - (5:37) 121 BPM
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Bobby Thirthon - "The Groove" (V's 2016 Check Out edit) - (7:37) 118 BPM
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Mr Faded/Blackhead - "No Stoping Now" (V's edit) - (7:37) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $2.18
Review: Russian disco edit fiend Valique serves up another hot Boogie Box and we're up to number three already! Highlight's on here not limited to Princess' smooth ergonomics displayed on the re-splice of the Prince classic "Sexy Dancer", Feel The Vibe's great cover of "Get Down Tonight" looped for your pleasure by Kc/Sub and they save the best for last with Mr Faded/Blackhead's (aka McFadden & Whitehead's) 1979 classic "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now". They are all 're-re-edited' by the way: by none other than Valique himself. Trust the DJ!
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LA Creme Edits V5
FKR 103
14 May 16
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KS French - "Stronger" - (5:47) 119 BPM
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KS French - "SuperLady" - (4:57) 118 BPM
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KS French - "All Your Love" - (6:03) 103 BPM
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MR Given Raw - "Do I Told Ya" - (6:20) 100 BPM
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MR Given Raw - "2 Together" - (5:57) 118 BPM
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MR Given Raw - "Steady Jam" - (5:12) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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KnG Edits - "Damn Girl" - (4:58) 114 BPM
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KnG Edits - "Tell Me Why" - (7:08) 100 BPM
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Belabouche - "Sexy Thing" - (4:50) 105 BPM
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KS French - "Mr Sweetness" - (4:22) 103 BPM
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KS French - "She Say Fonk" - (4:31) 114 BPM
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KS French - "Disco Night" - (6:53) 112 BPM
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KS French - "Back To You" - (4:52) 113 BPM
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KS French - "Like This Before" - (6:54) 112 BPM
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Played by: KS French, MR Given Raw
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Trax Vol 1
AUDAZ 118
16 May 16
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Pull You Through - (5:24) 122 BPM
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Much Love - (6:41) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rollercoaster 3000 - (7:23) 124 BPM
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Treat Me Right - (7:05) 118 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino
Review: The words 'Chicago' and 'house' come to mind with this new Trax series by Audaz boss Alkalino. There's little trace of his disco influence here as he presents four tracks that could have been made in the windy city in about 1987. "Pull Me Through" begins the EP with some deep, touchy feely, soulful house goodness before the pounding snares and atonal electronics of sweaty basement anthem "Much love" arrive. Next we take a detour with the ABBA-sampling hiNRG jam "Rollercoaster 3000" before "Treat Me Right" wraps things up with some darkly sensual punky funk.
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Most Known Edits
GCP001D
25 Apr 16
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The Hangover - (5:36) 110 BPM
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Know This - (7:28) 121 BPM
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Fly Robert - (7:07) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bo Knows - (5:28) 124 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Michael The Lion differs from the average re-edit chancer by actually recording extra musical parts for his re-tweaks. Here on his Most Known Edits EP he applies extra guitars, bass, keyboards and percussion to a selection of fairly well known 70s dance tunes. First up the immortal Love Hangover by The Fifth Dimension gets some extra bounce and fizz on "The Hangover", "Know This" sees the raw emotion of the People Choice original gently beefed up and filled out, "Fly Robert" is a chugging boogie locomotive of a tune and "Bo Knows" ends things with a Latin-tinged percussive spectacular.
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Devil The Difference
HOD 015
18 Apr 16
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Devil The Difference (original mix) - (5:36) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boogie With Billy (original mix) - (5:43) 120 BPM
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Devil The Difference (Future dub) - (5:33) 118 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Ever since their first releases on 20:20 Vision back in 2005, Art Of Tones have steadily grown into purveyors of fine deep house, and you can rest assured that you'll always receive nothing but quality from them. As of late, they've been more closely associated to London's House Of Disco Records, an imprint onto which they return to herein with three smackers, starting with the disco-laced groove that is "Devil The Difference", a soulful house joint with nothing but vibes spilling from every corner. On the flip, "Boogie With Billy" adopts a similar formula to a more electronic rhythm that recalls material from the mighty 80's imprint SAM, while the 'future dub' of "Devil The Difference" twists the original into a deeper, more heady cut for the deep hours...
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Grand Ecart
107157
13 May 16
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Tell - "In The Sky" - (5:06) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tell - "Diner Romantique" - (4:25) 116 BPM
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Tell - "In The Sky" (Pulkone Reversherb' remix) - (5:11) 114 BPM
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Name - "Back Together Again" - (7:08) 119 BPM
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Name - "Untitled" - (6:29) 120 BPM
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Name - "Back Together Again" (Neue Grafik remix) - (4:15) 124 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino
Review: For their latest stroll into melodious deep house pastures, Parisian imprint Beat X Changers has recruited two up-and-coming talents: fellow City of Love resident Milan Tell Daudin, and one-time Euro-dance vocalist Clara Moroni, AKA Name. Daudin is first into bat, serving up to wonderfully loose, warm, rich and evocative deep house numbers, full of tactile pads, hazy melodies and shuffling beats. Arguably the stronger of the two cuts, "In The Sky", is given a deep and jazzy broken beat revision by Pulkone Reversherb. As for Moroni, she dishes up an ultra-deep chunk of Motor City house ("Back Together Again"), before reaching for the funk samples and disco basslines on the hustlin' "Untitled". Neu Grafik's IG Culture style rework of "Back Together Again" completes a fine package.
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The Boogie Box #2
VHR 43
22 Feb 16
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DB - "Fame" (V's Bumpy Way To The Top edit) - (5:48) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Controller - "Turn That Boogie Loose" (V's edit) - (6:02) 110 BPM
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Eddie - "Going Up" (V's In Smoke edit) - (7:06) 116 BPM
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TENCC - "Dreadlock Holiday" (V's edit) - (5:51) 110 BPM
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Roy Avers - "Can't You See Me" (V's edit) - (6:20) 116 BPM
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CHA - "You Gave Me Love" (vs edit) - (7:12) 117 BPM
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Review: Valique is currently neck and neck with Rayko in a furious battle for the title of disco's most prolific re-editor. Here he nudges in front by a nose thanks to another six-track selection of dancefloor-ready reworks. As usual, he adds his magic touch to a range of well loved and lesser-known cuts, kicking off with an undulating, party-hearty extension of David Bowie's "Fame". Stylistically, he keeps things eclectic, variously touching on hazy disco-funk ("Turn That Boogie Loose"), camp disco (the string-drenched, arms-aloft "Going Up"), white boy reggae-pop (a cheery, stretched out rendition of 10CC's "Dreadlock Holiday"), and heavily percussive disco-rock (the subtly house-friendly, filter-rich "You Gave Me Love").
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I Like The Funk EP
DWADSEP 31
02 May 16
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I Like The Funk - (6:31) 120 BPM
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Wide Open Baby - (5:53) 117 BPM
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In Luv - (6:09) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gimme Some Action - (6:15) 113 BPM
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Review: Veteran Greek producer Alien Disco Sugar (aka DJ Leonidas) has kept the heat on since he relocated to London a while back. Here he drops his sixth single in just five months, the I Like The Funk EP, and like the funk he does over four juicy deep cuts. Things begin on a high with sizzling opener, the tight new-wave disco of "I Like The Funk", then the twang-bass orgy "Wide Open Baby" saunters into view. We switch to dry-ice heavy, mid-80s synth soul on "In Luv" and things close with the tough funk stomper "Gimmie Some Action". Job done.
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Bedroom Warmers EP
TIMES 002
11 May 16
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Luvless - "What You Got" - (5:20) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mannmademusic - "Jazzy Manoeuvres" - (6:53) 109 BPM
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La Tuerie - "Show Me Love" - (5:27) 95 BPM
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VinylAddicted - "Be Free" - (7:21) 114 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Wonderful Times carry one carefree as they always have, and drop four magnetic disco bombs for the contemporary sort of soul DJ. In running order, we have "What You Got" by Luvless, a sublimely hummable little sun-kissed disco melter for the warm-up hours, the housier, more funk-filled bomb that is "Jazzy Manoeuvres" by Mannmademusic, the slo-mo house nodder that is "Show Me Love" by La Tuerie, and "Be Free" by VinylAddicted, a straight-up funk monster that is so groovy it doesn't even need a 4/4 beat. Wonderfulz.
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Peak Time Reworks 2
VHR 46
17 May 16
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Working - (4:32) 115 BPM
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Finally - (4:31) 125 BPM
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Now That We Found - (4:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Valique
Review: While much of Frank Cueto and Russell Belicek's work as Feel Good Alliance is aimed squarely at the dancefloor, there's something extra full-throttle about their occasional Peaktime Reworks. This second volume in the series is every bit as essential as its' predecessor, with the veteran production duo opening the EP with a killer rework of a psychedelic rock era funk gem ("Working"). They move further towards disco dancefloors on "Finally", which smartly combines clipped guitars, sweeping strings and flares-sporting grooves, with the vocal from Ce Ce Peniston's house classic of the same name. Proceedings are drawn to a close with the similarly inclined "Now That We Found", which turns a well-known Third World classic into a tropical disco sing-along.
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Lovestruck
FVR 121
29 Apr 16
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Lovestruck - (4:44) 115 BPM
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Lovestruck (Patchworks Special Disco remix) - (5:06) 122 BPM
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Lovestruck (Africaine 808 NYC No Wave dub) - (5:14) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lovestruck (Voilaaa Le remix) - (5:03) 115 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Favorite Recordings deals only in the best disco-minded club music, and you can always count on them to deliver a new artist with a bag full of surprises and delight. "Lovestruck" is a heavy, sticky 70s-style nugget tailor-made for the sunny weather and that sweet smell of freshly cut grass. There's a string of sexy remixes that follow: Patchworks adds to the percussion roll and the bumpiness of the groove, while Golf Channel's Africaine 808 dubs the shit out of the original by adding girth and menace to the low-ends, only to be stripped-down further by Voilaaa's own masterful reinterpretation.
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Harlem Streets EP
DIKSOF 023
16 May 16
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Harlem Streets - (6:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Call The Cops - (6:15) 119 BPM
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Call The Cops (Claus Casper & Jean Philips remix) - (6:29) 119 BPM
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Dear Mom - (6:47) 122 BPM
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Review: The 23rd release on Daniel Solar's Dikso imprint comes from rising talent Freiboitar. The Cologne-based producer has previously contented himself with making straight-up house, but here showcases his skills with a bunch of disco samples, a set of filters, and some groovy house rhythms. There's plenty to enjoy throughout, from the loved-up positivity of "Harlem Streets", where filtered vocal hooks and horn lines cluster around a sun-kissed disco groove, to the heavyweight, low slung hustle of peak-time scorcher "Dear Mom". Eyes-closed, filter-disco shuffler "Call The Cops" also gets remixed by Chris Caspar and Jean Philips, who cannily emphasize the track's in-built positivity.
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Fantasy EP
DR 004
13 Apr 16
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A Digital Needle - "Fantasy" - (8:07) 115 BPM
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SEEN ON TV - "Time Warp" - (5:13) 105 BPM
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Rare Cuts - "So Good" - (6:33) 105 BPM
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Coutel - "One And Only" - (5:59) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Some seriously sweet ass edits again courtesy of the discerning Discoalition authority, a label based in Bordeaux (France) and managed by head honcho SEEN ON TV. First up A Digital Needle takes the razor to Bruni Pagan's 1979 digger's delight "Fantasy", UK heroes Imagination get an ergonomic edit too, but for DJ use only with Rare Cuts' version of their 1981 classic "So Good". Finally "One And Only" by Coutel has those feel good, summertime, soul disco vibes with a loop taken from a particular classic but we don't kiss and tell on this one: keep diggin'!
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All Nite
ED 59
06 Jan 16
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All Night Boogie - (6:53) 114 BPM
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Call The Doctor - (7:16) 116 BPM
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No Love Like Saturday - (7:31) 116 BPM
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Everlasting - (7:31) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $1.94
Review: Aussie edit maestro Dr Packer enjoyed a productive 2015, delivering top-selling releases for such labels as DiscoDat, Masterworks Music and Hot Digits. Here, he kick-starts 2016 with All Nite, another white-hot collection of tried-and-tested reworks. As usual, there's much to admire, from the piano-heavy, hands-in-the-air goodness of Inner Life re-rub "All Nite Boogie", to the rolling, anthem-like sweetness of "Everlasting", a well-crafted snip of the Whispers' "And The Beat Goes On". In between, you'll find similarly solid versions of Diana Ross ("Call The Doctor") and Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal ("No Love Like Saturday"). The source material may be a little on the well-known side, but the edits are pretty tasty.
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V's Edits 4th Anniversary
VHR 42
10 Feb 16
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Ebnson - "The Night" (V's Giving It edit) - (6:51) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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KC/SuB - "Booty Itching" (V's edit) - (6:27) 114 BPM
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Simply Bad - "I'd Give It All For You" (V's edit) - (7:30) 115 BPM
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PF - "Brick Wall" (V's Ultimate edit) - (9:33) 105 BPM
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Johnny Clash - "One" (V's Only edit) - (6:56) 102 BPM
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Halls/Rooms - "I Can't Go For That" (V's No NO NO edit) - (6:55) 112 BPM
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No - "Lonely Heart" (V's Acid Disco edit) - (7:16) 117 BPM
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MJ - "Heart B" (V's Top Room edit) - (6:47) 103 BPM
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Marvin - "When Did I Stop Loving You" (V's Re amp) - (5:33) 116 BPM
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Billy Ozean - "Ready?" (V's Hottest Place In Town edit) - (7:12) 120 BPM
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Blue Bland - "Your Love Light" (V's A Little Bit Higher edit) - (6:06) 106 BPM
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The Hipster - "Love Thing" (V's Notch edit) - (7:35) 118 BPM
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The J Brothers - "Stomp" (V's All Night edit) - (7:38) 120 BPM
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Mandy Waters - "Satisfied" (V's edit) - (5:18) 110 BPM
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Tom Sawyer - "Easy To Love" (V's edit) - (5:42) 105 BPM
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The King - "Thrillin'" (V's edit) - (6:01) 108 BPM
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Bryan Ferry - "Slave To Love" (Valique remix) - (5:26) 75 BPM
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Billy Bird - "LOST" (V's 2014 Edit_bonus Track) - (6:46) 111 BPM
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Rodriguez - "No You Can't" (V's Getting Away edit) - (6:34) 123 BPM
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UGGI - "Piss Off, Honey!" (V's edit) - (7:26) 121 BPM
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The Slash - "Casbah" (V's Rocking It edit) - (8:24) 124 BPM
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HouseTone - "Don't Leave Me" (V's edit) - (6:37) 119 BPM
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Disposure - "Holding On" (V's Respect To Gregory edit) - (5:54) 112 BPM
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The Thoors - "Peace Rogue" (V's edit) - (6:23) 114 BPM
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Patman - "The Future" (V's Further Into edit) - (6:28) 120 BPM
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Genesus - "I Can't Dance" (V's Garage edit) - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Is There Phillips? - "Love You Too" (V's Bass edit) - (6:16) 120 BPM
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Terry Colier - "Without You" (V's edit) - (5:41) 121 BPM
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Review: Valique must have the world's largest record collection, as he is now on his fourth anniversary re-edit compilation and still shows no signs of stopping. This time round we get a whopping 28 reworks to choose from. It's packed full of copyright dodging megahit reworks including "Booty Itching" which features a super-teased KC & The Sunshine Band sample, the trippy acidic rework of Owner Of A Lonely Heart by Yes and dreamy disco laser-fest "When Did I Stop Loving You". Party gold.
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Katakana Edits Vol 39
KE 9039
04 Mar 16
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Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016) - (6:15) 99 BPM
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The Boogie - (7:53) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Into The Disco Scene - (5:41) 125 BPM
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The Crown - (6:45) 125 BPM
from $2.18
Review: A DJ since the '80s, Argentinian by way of London Fabiolous Barker has appeared previously on Midnight Riot, Masterworks and Funkfusion and presents us with some quality disco edits. "Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016)" is a funky excursion to soul heaven that you'll never forget, while it's back to the disco on "The Boogie" which reworks Uncle Louie's "Full-Tilt Boogie" from 1979. "Into The Disco Scene" is the kind of recycled disco loops that Thomas Bangalter would be proud of while "The Crown" mashes up a few disco nuggets actually, but absolutely to perfection; try and guess which ones... but don't forget to dance!
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Hot Cuts EP
RH 033
17 May 16
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Green Soul - (4:56) 98 BPM
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Fool Memories - (6:04) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hot Dancin - (4:58) 106 BPM
from $2.18
Played by: KS French, MR Given Raw
Review: Miami's KnG Edits can usually be found in a tug of war between labels FKR and Rebel Hearts. Here on Hot Cuts they win out to the latter, re-tweaking three vintage jams. The legendary Al Green is first up on the slab, with his Here I Am (Come and Take Me), chopped, spliced and filtered into the sleek five minute groove-athon "Green Soul", next "Fool Memories" is an emotional and dramatic disco gem that features strong female voices and heavy orchestration, and lastly "Hot Dancin" is a delicious duel between some seriously killer guitar licks and elastic basslines.
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In Raw We Trust EP
FKR 102
10 May 16
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Wonderland Boogie Romance - (5:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Summer At Brasil - (5:40) 118 BPM
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Soul Fire - (4:32) 120 BPM
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Oh Push - (5:22) 106 BPM
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Review: The man with the most inexplicable moniker ever, Mr Given Raw, is back and he's giving it tough. He normally supports KS French, but now he's been given the entire spotlight and he's making the most of it. The In Raw We Trust EP boasts four new sizzlers starting with "Wonderland Boogie Romance", which slows the Earth, Wind And Fire masterpiece down to a more sedate pace for some stoner boogie action. Elsewhere we have the Loungey Latin disco strutter "Summer At Brasil", the raw bass driven funk stomp-along "Soulfire" and the clavinet heavy P-Funk joint, "Oh Push".
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Michael The Lion Edits
RNTD 015
29 Feb 16
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Any Time - (6:56) 120 BPM
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The Don - (5:39) 119 BPM
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Get More - (6:18) 128 BPM
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909s & Herb (feat Sammy Bananas) - (6:35) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
from $2.18
Review: Michael The Lion pops up on the ever-reliable Razor N Tape imprint following high quality outings on Soul Clap and Giant Cuts. This time round, he's following the Kon blueprint of blending edit style rearrangement with the heavyweight swing of house production. He begins with the soulful disco-house throb of "Anytime" - all extended percussion breaks, piano-heavy sweetness and life-affirming vocals - before charging off on a cheeky Italo-disco direction with "The Don". "Get More" is a killer, high octane re-cut of Lorraine Johnson's obscure cover of Teddy Pendergass favourite "The More I Get, The More I Want", while closer "909s and Herb" - a co-production with Sammy Bananas - blends elements from Herb Alpert disco classic "Rise" with all manner of brand new synths, drums and samples.
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Serious Edits Vol 9
DF 036
04 May 16
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First On The Top - (5:42) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Proper One - (5:48) 120 BPM
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Inches - (5:07) 117 BPM
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Free - (6:23) 114 BPM
from $2.18
Review: With his fingers itching to re-edit once more, disco wizard Tonbe is back to his Loshmi moniker, presenting here a selection of four new jams. It's a high-octane offering too, with things kicking off with the fast and furious "First On The Top", which is all heavy riffs and slamming snares. Elsewhere "Proper One" maintains the energy with some soulful and dreamy funky house, "Inches", meanwhile, is a slightly deeper trip into hazy afterhours vibes and "Free" ends on a euphoric, gospel/boogie high. Serious Edits, serious fun.
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Star Edits EP
RH 028
19 Feb 16
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KS French - "It Takes Two" - (6:00) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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MR Given Raw - "Good Time" - (5:44) 120 BPM
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MR Given Raw - "Dance With You" - (5:30) 122 BPM
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MR Given Raw - "That Old Funk" - (6:03) 122 BPM
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Peak Time Reworks
VHR 44
30 Mar 16
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Show Me Love - (5:10) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pushing On - (4:18) 107 BPM
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Teach Me (Peak Time Rework) - (7:58) 125 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Given the Peaktime Reworks title, you've probably already worked out that the three tracks here all head straight for the proverbial dancefloor jugular. The emphasis here is on fun, with lead cut "Show Me Love" expertly combining elements of classic material from Escort and Robin S with sizeable new percussion. This theme continues on "Pushing On", which layers Alice Russell's classic vocal from the Quantic Soul Orchestra cut of the same name over one of the largest disco records of all time. As if that wasn't enough sweaty excitement, the Feel Good Alliance tops things off with the stomping disco house of "Teach Me (Peak Time Rework)".
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Slipped Discs Vol 1
MIDRIOTD 072
23 May 16
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Darling - (7:21) 105 BPM
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Soviet - (6:38) 112 BPM
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Femme - (5:40) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kids - (6:27) 88 BPM
from $2.18
Review: Having recently delivered a killer 12" with P-funk legend Bootsy Collins, Hifi Sean joins forces with Las Vegas-based New Yorker Peter Shalvoy on Midnight Riot. The experienced twosome delivers a quartet of floor-friendly cuts that gleefully blur the boundaries between disco re-edits, loopy disco-house, and the kind of sample-heavy, cut-up dancefloor fare championed by Tiger & Woods. Our pick of the bunch is probably the slo-mo disco-funk sleaze of "Femme", with the similarly dubby, low-slung and trippy "Kids" (a significantly scrambled rework of a familiar classic) not far behind. Those seeking more up-tempo, peak-time thrills should check the Italo disco-tinged throb of "Soviet", or the hypnotic dancefloor pressure of "Darling".
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Give It To You
MIDRIOTD 068
11 Apr 16
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Give It To You - (6:02) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kinda Lover - (6:27) 112 BPM
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Sneak Preview - (6:32) 104 BPM
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Stand Up - (6:19) 119 BPM
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Review: You can always rely on the Midnight Riot label to pick up a party. Seriously they'd get people dancing in a morgue. Here label favourite Ziggy Phunk turns in four sweet and tasty reworks of obscure 80s dance cuts. "Give It To You" is a soft focus helium-voiced disco cut that puts The Bee Gees to shame, "Some Kinda Lover" is nearly seven minutes of tight and sharp 80s electro-soul, "Sneak Preview" is a shiny filtered pop gem that bears more than a passing resemblance to early Madonna, and "Stand Up" is a sped up celebration of guitars and trumpets.
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Blind EP
DF 037
18 May 16
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Blind - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Do You Like It - (6:33) 116 BPM
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Steel - (7:37) 126 BPM
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Get Up Clap Your Hands - (5:52) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Scalpel-wielding re-edit freak Mike Woods first caught our attention earlier this year, with a fine debut EP on Danny Worrall's Masterworks Music label. Here he transfers to Disco Fruit, another solid source of disco, funk and boogie reworks. Woods goes in hard from the start, with the title track delivering a surging heavy funk/disco-house fusion built around spiraling horn lines, urgent guitars and whispered vocals. "Do You Like It" is a metronomic disco-funk rework, while "Steel" benefits greatly from a sumptuous mix of winding saxophone lines, dreamy vocal harmonies sharp violins and swirling orchestration. Finally, he drops the tempo on "Get Up Clap Your Hands", a smart rearrangement of Gwen McRae classic "Funky Sensation".
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Hot Digits: Year One
HOTDIGITMAXI 001
18 May 15
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P-Sol - "Just Love" - (7:05) 95 BPM
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Disco Tech & ChangED - "Funky Rom" - (7:28) 99 BPM
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Dr Packer - "Always" - (5:44) 100 BPM
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Voodoo Whiskey - "Hot Dogs & Hot Sauce" - (5:42) 112 BPM
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Fingerman - "Shine Yo Litez" - (7:37) 110 BPM
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Shit Hot Soundsystem - "Nothing Left 2 Lose" - (7:57) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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James Rod - "Night To Making Love" - (6:46) 117 BPM
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Groove Motion - "Party Now" - (6:46) 114 BPM
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Labor Of Love - "Searching" - (6:08) 115 BPM
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Dario Piana - "Your Dreams" - (6:41) 116 BPM
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TV - "Deep Space" - (5:55) 116 BPM
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Ex-Friendly - "Within A Smile" - (7:34) 116 BPM
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Chewy Rubs - "Let It Go" - (5:07) 118 BPM
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Pontchartrain - "Cass Cruising" - (6:32) 115 BPM
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Werkshy & Chuggs - "Just A Groove" - (5:54) 114 BPM
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Twisted Soul Collective & Wonder Wheel - "1979" - (6:12) 120 BPM
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Olivier Boogie - "Time" - (6:03) 125 BPM
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Situation - "Reincarnated Feeling" - (8:30) 118 BPM
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Various - "Hot Digits Year One Showcase" (continuous mix by Fingerman) - (1:11:35) 115 BPM
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Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has always reflected his production style, delivering releases that gleefully blur the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original material, and blend elements of disco, funk, soul, boogie and deep house. This groovy, warm and floor-friendly formula is much in evidence on this first anniversary compilation. Featuring a blend of previously released gear, exclusives and a bonus DJ mix from Fingerman, Hot Digits: Year One is an effortlessly entertaining collection. There's naturally much to admire, from the subtle house beats and P-funk synths of Fingerman's own "Shine Yo Litez" (a rework of an old Grangers tune), and the disco-funk chunkiness of Groove Motion's "Party Now", to the compressed, dubbed-out disco house madness of Chewy Rubs' "Let It Go".
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Nothing But The Beat
FILEUNDERDISCO 13
12 Oct 15
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Nothing But The Beat (original mix) - (5:16) 116 BPM
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Nothing But The Beat (Hot Toddy vocal mix) - (8:17) 116 BPM
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Nothing But The Beat (Hot Toddy dub mix) - (7:12) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: File Under Disco's "100% original disco music" remit is refreshing in these days of countless re-edits and sample-heavy nu-disco mash-ups. Their latest salvo comes from London's Oh Yeah, whose trademark sound effortlessly blends live drums, bass, guitars, keys and vocals. "Nothing But The Beat" is a strong debut, sitting somewhere between sharp, Chic-style disco, hazy jazz-funk and early '90s acid jazz. The remix package is notably strong, too, with Crazy P man Hot Toddy delivering a pair of reworks. On both he toughens things up a little and adds a few dub disco flourishes, whilst retaining the band's wonderful instrumentation. His Dub, in particular, is superb.
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