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01 Apr 13
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Anna Maria X, Juno Recommends Deep House, J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, 2 Good Souls, Distant People, Joey Negro, Alan De Laniere
Review: When Joey Negro dons his Akabu guise, you know he's about to lay down a timeless house groove. He did it with "Sax My Bitch Up", he did it with "Life Is So Strange", and, with the help of Alex Mills' dulcet tones, he's doing it with this, too. Rolling with a classic analogue bassline and deep dreamy chords, the "Strip Mix" is an instant hip-wiggler with serious 'zone-out' potential while the "Warehouse Mix" adds more texture and a hollow harmony to the bass a la Robin S. Everybody wants something...and your dancefloor wants to hear this!
06 Apr 13
Review: Ever since Serbian producer Gramophonedzie burst onto the scene with his blends of sturdy house and goodtime swing, the Balkan nation has become a hotbed for electro-swing. The latest Serbian talent to impress is Uros Petkovic, who hear repeats his countryman's formula with a goodtime fusion of parping horns, swinging beats and effortless vocals (from guest chanteuse Sofia Knezevic). The loose and groovy original is joined by a duo of remixes by Nikola Vujicic and Grant Lazlo. It's the latter's low slung, funk-laden swing-rock remix that most impresses. The EP also features "Get Up", another cheeky chunk of hip-wigglin' electro-swing goodness.
15 Apr 13
Review: The unstoppable rise of Eats Everything continues, and Southern Fried have had the good sense to re-release some of his earliest cuts. While dating back nearly two years, they still ride roughshod with the trademark trippy, jacked-up sound that sealed him a place at the top of the Dirtybird table. The main highlight is the cheeky remix of Man Like Me but if you missed out on any of these subversive bass-bitten house grooves last time round, now's the time to grab them.
26 Mar 13
Review: Not just a tribute to the legendary Master At Work himself, but a fitting celebration of King Street, too; this collection serves as an essential compendium for fans of both house music icons old and new. Blending his own material with work from his peers, Vega spans the selection from the earliest of King St moments stretching from long-forgotten Groove Box bombs to the more recent cuts such as Vozmediano's "Un Cafe, S'il Vous Plait" and new edits of his beat heavy "Vega" series. Other unmissable moments include the piano-massaged horizontal groove of Stephanie Cooke and Han Litz's "Beautiful Life". Here's to another 20 years of golden grooves!
23 Apr 13
Various - "Bargrooves Deeper 3 0 Bonus Mix 1" (continuous DJ mix by Andy Daniell) - (1:08:46) 125 BPM
Various - "Bargrooves Deeper 3 0 Bonus Mix 2" (continuous DJ mix by Andy Daniell) - (1:13:54) 124 BPM
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15 Apr 13
Played by: Mat Cant
Review: Originally released last December, Zinc's Sasha Keable-fronted electro wriggler "Only For Tonight" gets the remix treatment from TEED (low-swung, sludgy bass jack session) and the up-and-coming Maison Sky (warped garage with trippy pitched down vocals, oddball percussion and waspish bass). In case you and the original aren't familiar yet, it's here in both its soul-coated vocal glory and naked bouncy instrumental state.
09 Apr 13
11 Apr 13
Tune Brothers & Jolly - "Every Move" (feat Tesz Millan - Bartosz Brenes & Nick Mentes re-tweet) - (6:05)
Eric Tyrell & Phillip Cue - "I Can't Love" (feat Mary Williams - Alex Barrera & Kaddyn Palmed Groove remix) - (5:52)
Roman Pushkin - "Calling" (feat Eric Tyrell & Natasha Burnett - Benny Royal & Dennis Van Der Geest remix) - (5:26)
09 May 13
Review: X Beats comes through with the 24th instalment of pop-fuelled house anthems for the arenas! "Forever Now" will be played by many and liked by most; "Play Hard" takes those classic, minimalistic Ibiza synth bleeps and pours some truly head-banging vocals all over it, whereas, "Tell Me To Take Over Control" is one of those 90's inspired rave licks, taking some rather famous female vocal samples and tearing them up with one hell of a drop and a mean succession of smudgy drum hits. "Baby One More Time" makes you think why no-one has ever re-wired Britney's cult-like lyrics over some nastier breakbeats, and "Raining" goes all Chicago. Stevie Wonder even makes an appearance on "Superstition", except this time he wears a considerably ravier look...
12 Apr 13
Eric Tyrell & P. Moody - "Believe In Yourself" (Eric Tyrell & Denice Perkins vocal mix) - (6:46) 128 BPM
Candy Williams - "2 Make the Things Alright (I Get Lifted)" (feat Whiteside - Joe Calabro remix) - (5:43) 128 BPM
Ruben Alvarez & Yves Murasca - "All The Same" (feat Gran Purismo - Soulgangsters unreleased mix) - (6:36) 128 BPM
Salah Elouali & Amine Boufarissi - "You Tore My Heart" (feat Jay Jacob - original vocal mix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
The Henchmen & Ivan Project - "Dancing Into Day" (feat Tiff Lacey - Peter Kharma & Andrew M remix) - (7:28) 128 BPM
15 Apr 13
Review: If Del Strange has a fetish, it's one for the dancefloor sound of early 80s New York. Considering it was such an inspiring sound and era, it's certainly a case of who can blame him? "Freak Yeah!" is an out of control electro-boogie jam, like mid-80s Cameo wrestling with Paul Hardcastle over one of those wiggly key-tar things. Of the three remixes supplied, we reckon it's all about the deep 'n' low Freekwency rework or, depending on your mood, the blistering Divine let loose in a bathhouse abandon of Heather Wilson's hi-NRG mix.
15 Apr 13
Review: Whiskey Disco head honcho Sleazy drops out of the edit game for a second to serve up a shimmering nu-disco original. With far-away rushy vocals, slinky bassline and raw positivity dripping off the synths, this has potential to waterproof the summer in its groove juice. The remixes are pretty remarkable, too; Chris Massey gets heavy on the bass in a house-bound UKG way, Anthony Mansfield darkens things up with heady doses of psychedelia and acid in a way that's not dissimilar to a certain Andrew Weatherall. St Petersburg Disco Spin Club end the party with a series of classic house motifs processed with heaps of reverb and slinky breakbeats.
16 Apr 13
Lee Pearson Jr & Aki Kwame - "Dont Get No Better Love" (Vick Lavenders All Soul full vocal) - (7:42) 124 BPM
22 Apr 13
10 May 13
A+M - "The World Changes" (feat Kelly Joyce - Andrea Arcangeli + Mappa original mix) - (7:17) 125 BPM
Review: Jamie Lewis's Purple Music label can usually be relied upon to provide high quality material that sits somewhere between sunlit deep house, classic soulful house, smooth tech-house and Latin-influenced bumpers. That's exactly what you get on this expansive ninth compilation of label highlights. There's plenty to enjoy, from the classic disco-house shimmer of House Device's "Love Me (Back to 54)" and MK-influenced "The World Changes" by A&M, to the deluxe soulful disco-house of Harley & Muscle's "Then Came To You" (featuring the classic tones of former MAW vocalist India), and the carnival shuffle of Dario D'Attis' "Tres Rosas".
01 Apr 13
Played by: Alan De Laniere
09 May 13
06 May 13
Review: Bulgarian chanteuse Rachel Row's "Follow The Step", an intricate, jazz-flecked chunk of off-beat downtempo goodness, first appeared last year on Catz N Dogz' Pets Recordings. Here, it gets a welcome re-release on Defected. All of the original mixes from the Pets Recordings 12" are present - including KiNK's two fine deep-ish house reworks - alongside a brand new interpretation from Justin Martin. He adds a little garage wiggle (think vocal edits, organs etc), while retaining the effortless soulfulness of Row's original version. It's a fine remix, and one that you'll no doubt be hearing much more of over the next few months.
08 Apr 13
Review: Z Records presents a fine remix package of Joey Negro's and The Sunburst Band's hit-wonder "Definition Of Luv" featuring Diane Charlemagne. Sean McCabe is up first and he takes a proper garage path to the mix, adding in some beautifully rolling percussion work and moulding Charlemagne's vocals to the point of total joy, whilst Joey Negro extends his mix further by emphasising the power of those boogie bass-tones; there's even have a Sean McCabe dub to follow - a real exploration of the word 'groove'. Joey Negro then dubs it out himself by removing the bulk of the vocals and delivering sheer instrumental magic, while McCabe's instrumental and accepella are provided for all your mixing needs.
22 Apr 13
Review: A characterful - if a little motley - collective, Spektrum remain one of the most quirkiest, intriguing bands the UK electro movement gave us nearly ten years ago. With each member on different projects (including Filthy Dukes and Gabriel Prokofiev's many art-based adventures) Spektrum releases are hardly prolific, but when they drop they need serious attention. Like this ESG-meets-Prince-meets-B52s funk-up. Spiked with big eastern strings, a lolloping disco bassline and Lola's purring vocals, it's a sonic tonic that rings with instant warm familiarity. Like it beefier with slinkier bassline? Check Kiwi's remix. Need more disco drama? Check Yam Who's remix. Like a wee dram of dub with your disco? Check Maurice & Crittz remix. Job done.
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Review: Belgium's FCL, the grand coalition between Red D and San Soda, two incredibly giften DJs if we may add, head back to their "It's You" single on the Defected imprint for a healthy dosage of remix action. No originals in sight here and the doors open with a bang thanks to MK's aptly garage-slanted version, followed swiftly by a slice of David Morales injecting some of his funky vibes into the mix, topped with a Flashmob special - a grinding, sub-driven, lo-fi kinda cut! Mr Fingers' "Acid Jam" take care of the 303 action with his vocal, bleep-driven edit, and San Soda gives us a Panorama Bar acappella version - a simply essential tool in the booth!
20 May 13
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22 Apr 13
Played by: Mihalis Safras
Review: Technique shows Toolroom at their most underground, understated and gosh-darned funky. A series dedicated to the techier branch of the label's groove tree; here we find their roster tapping into house music's rich heritage. Highlights include the booming, almost wobblesome bass on Filthy Rich's "It Was", the classic Subliminal-style percussion-heavy swinger "Show Time", the Todd Terry-esque shuffling chop-slapper "Holder" and the more progressive, Bedrock-bowing "Sweet Spot". But don't stop there, this is one of Toolroom's best collections to date. You want some proper house music? It's all in the Technique.
25 Mar 13
Review: Big Love big cheese Haji dons his funkiest guise and serves up a whopping 19 tracker devoted to his Big Bang Theory project. Celebrating 10 years since "God's Child" stunned floors across the globe, he's conjured up a whole slew of deep timeless disco grooves. It doesn't matter what decade you're in from the early 90s to the late 2190s, the dreamy jazz chords and thirst-quenchingly juicy bass of "I Need More" and the jacking funk groove and deep dubby echoes of "Step Through Time" will instantly bring out the sassiest, most glamorous behaviour of your dancefloor. Deep, chin-stroking theorising not needed: these are big sexy bangers, the lot of them.
09 May 13
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