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One Night In The Borough (Part 2)
DOGD 17
13 May 11
Deep House
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BURT (The Journey) (original mix) - (6:45) 116 BPM
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Back To Me (original mix) - (7:06) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Deep C (original mix) - (6:46)
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Settle (original mix) - (5:21) 127 BPM
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Review: This second sampler for Craig Smith and Graeme Clark's excellent debut album once again sees them in fine form. While three of the four tracks stick to their tried-and-tested formula - rock-solid deep house built on heavy, head-nodding loops, long, lazy builds and cute, killer hooks - there's plenty to get excited about. The distinctly old skool "Back To Me" (check that analogue bassline) and hynotic head-nodder "Deep C" stand out, with "BURT (The Journey)" not far behind. The most revelatory moment, though, is "Settle", a dreamy downtempo concoction crafted from syrupy soul samples, echo-laden beats and sinewy strings that sounds like an updated version of Minnie Ripperton's more sensuous moments.
Borough 2 Borough Remixes
DOGD 37
09 May 14
Funky/Club House
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Back 2 Black (Cuthead remix) - (5:42) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Read My Mind (Fantastic Man remix) - (6:02) 119 BPM
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Walk Away (Ben La Desh remix) - (6:58) 105 BPM
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Review: Here, Graeme Clark and Craig Smith hand over tracks from their recent sophomore album, Borough 2 Borough, to a trio of fast-rising deep house starlets. The results are predictably fine, with Dutch producer Ben La Desh providing the real standout. His version of "Walk Away", all tactile rhythms, wide-eyed electronics, smooth chords and blissful melodies, is unflinchingly Balearic despite its obvious deep house roots. Wolf Music regular Fantastic Man offers up a more upbeat but similarly fluid and melodic take on "Read My Mind", while Uncanny Valley's Cuthead delves into his box of tricks to deliver a warm, humid, scratchy and cowbell-laden interpretation of "Back 2 Black".
The Vibes EP
DOGD 28JU
22 Oct 12
Deep House
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The Vibes - (6:36) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Vibes (Chicago Damn remix) - (5:28) 115 BPM
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Just A New Day - (6:43) 116 BPM
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Review: Having put their Instruments of Rapture label to sleep, Craig Smith and Graeme Clark return to Delusions of Grandeur. With its shuffling, late night groove, delay-laden atmospherics and sub-bothering, bleep-era bassline, "The Vibes" is arguably their darkest and toughest release to date. It's predictably good, though, sitting somewhere between Morales' darker Red Zone moments and early '90s UK techno. Chicago Damn joins in the fun with a thumping, edit-heavy remix, all fuzzy chords, vintage percussion and old skool vocal stabs. Bluesy bonus track "New Day" - a kind of 6th Borough take on "Deep Burnt" with balls - is pretty tasty, too.
One Night In The Borough
DOGCD 01DJU
03 Jun 11
Deep House
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Intro - (0:36) 101 BPM
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Let Yourself Go (live mix) - (3:16)
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If The Feeling's Right? (original mix) - (6:16)
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BURT (The Journey) (original mix) - (6:45) 116 BPM
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Find A Way (original mix) - (5:12) 118 BPM
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Back To Me (original mix) - (7:06) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sometimes The Fool (original mix) - (6:41) 116 BPM
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Settle (original mix) - (5:21) 127 BPM
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How Can I Show You? (original mix - exclusive track) - (7:58)
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Endless Night (original mix) - (6:37) 121 BPM
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Iznae (original mix) - (7:47) 120 BPM
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Deep C (original mix) - (6:46)
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Changin (original mix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
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BURT (Inside) (original mix) - (6:27) 120 BPM
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String-A-Lude (original mix) - (0:29)
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Review: Thanks to three previous 12" and digital samplers, most of you will have a fair idea what to expect from this debut full-length from Scottish house-disco fusionists Graeme Clark and Craig Smith. It's still very much worth listening to the album in its entirety, though. Clearly designed as a proper album to be listened to in sequence, it's beautifully programmed and packs a whole skipload of great ideas (not to mention brilliant samples) into a thoroughly entertaining 90-miniute journey. While it only occasionally strays from house - check the downtempo delight "Settle" - there's plenty of variety within that, touching on classic NYC deepness, loopy disco/house heaviness, sensual slo-mo grooves and string-laden tech-house builders.
One Night In The Borough: Part Three
DOGD 18
20 May 11
Deep House
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Sometimes The Fool (original mix) - (6:41) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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BURT (Inside) - (6:27) 120 BPM
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Endless Night - (6:37) 121 BPM
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Let Yourself Go (live mix) - (3:16)
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String-A-Lude - (0:29)
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Review: Scottish duo Graeme Smith and Craig Smith aka 6th Borough Project present the third and final sampler ahead of the release of their debut album, kicking off with two surprisingly house dominated cuts, "B.U.R.T" and "The Fool", whose intro does indeed fool via a standard tech house first half. Abruptly, the music cuts and from nowhere an immense disco accapella cuts in - the beat returns as a disco fuelled funk attack, 6th Borough Project as we know (and love) them!
One Night In The Borough (Part 1)
DOGD 16
06 May 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Find A Way (original mix) - (5:12) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Iznae (original mix) - (7:47) 120 BPM
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If The Feeling's Right? (original mix) - (6:16) 88 BPM
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Changin (original mix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
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Review: One Night In The Borough, the debut full-length from Scottish disco/house fusionists Craig Smith and Graeme "The Revenge" Clark, is arguably the best thing either producer has done yet (and certainly collectively). This first sampler 12" showcases four of the album's many highlights, offering plenty of loopy, floor-friendly grooves for those who like their house with more than a dash of original disco flava. Choose between the slo-mo MDMA soul of "If The Feeling's Wrong" (our pick), the urgent stomp of "Find A Way", the smart retro house vibes of "Changin" and "Iznae", a delightfully stripped-back chunk of late night deep house bliss.
In Your Arms
DOGD 35
14 Feb 14
Deep House
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In Your Arms - (5:03) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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U Know U - (5:47) 106 BPM
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Read My Mind (feat Paul Joseph) - (7:12) 118 BPM
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Review: A long-awaited taste of what to expect from their forthcoming sophomore set Borough 2 Borough, this trio of deep, groove-laden treats from Craig Smith and The Revenge's 6Th Borough Project have been long-awaited. "In Your Arms" has Balearica stamped all over it; concentrated house euphoria with sun-splashed keys and a perfectly executed disco vocal sample, it will melt the heart of everyone in a three mile radius of the club. "U Know U" is just as slow and steady but comes with a more electronic make-up that's almost Italo in its delivery. Gradually developing momentum with classy drama, it's instantly timeless. "Read My Mind" closes this spectacular show with a nagging, hooky tech piece that drives with a sharply edited piano riff, hushed vocals and an ever-morphing rhythm. Beautiful.
Borough 2 Borough
DOGCD 03DJU
07 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Intro - (0:49) 133 BPM
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Our Love - (5:15) 100 BPM
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U Know U - (5:47) 106 BPM
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Think It Over - (6:22) 112 BPM
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In Your Arms - (5:03) 110 BPM
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Through The Night - (5:29) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Callback - (6:32) 90 BPM
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Back 2 Black - (6:20) 114 BPM
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Read My Mind - (7:12) 118 BPM
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Interlude - (0:33) 129 BPM
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FEEL - (6:16) 118 BPM
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The Vibes (album mix) - (6:03) 116 BPM
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Walk Away - (5:29) 95 BPM
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Outro - (0:48) 126 BPM
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The Vibes (Chicago Damn remix) - (5:28) 115 BPM
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Review: It's three years since Craig Smith and Graeme Clark impressed with One Night In The Borough, a landmark album that epitomized all that was good about the cut-and-paste, disco-sampling deep house scene of the time. This sophomore set offers more of the same, delivering tracks that ride a range of tempos in their trademark deep, loopy, hypnotic and pleasingly baggy style. While there are plenty of surprisingly supple, heavily electronic uptempo cuts on offer (see "Feel", the disco rush of "In Your Arms" and the classic, Frankie Knuckles-ish US house of "Read My Mind"), they're still at their best when operating at a slower tempo, as the deliciously jazzy "Walk Away" and sensual throb of "Through The Night" neatly prove.
Gamma Ray
DOGD 02
12 Jun 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Gamma Ray (Franc Spangler mix) - (7:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gamma Ray - (6:17) 124 BPM
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Gamma Ray (Franc's Rolling dub) - (6:46) 120 BPM
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Tides
DOGD 54
16 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Full Moon - (5:47) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Star Ritual - (5:20) 120 BPM
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Glass Waves - (5:49) 119 BPM
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Review: Ben Sun made his debut back in 2013, delivering a chunk of life-affirming deep house for Quintessentials' Thanks You Freaks compilation. Three years on, Delusions of Grandeur has handed him the opportunity to showcase his talents over a three-track E.P. His style, which blends elements of electronic disco, deep house and glassy-eyed Balearica, is perfectly suited to the Freerange offshoot. Particularly enjoyable is "Star Ritual", where trippy, delay-laden boogie vocal samples ride a reverb-heavy, African-influenced drum rhythm and undulating, analogue bassline. Elsewhere, shirts may be removed for the bleep-heavy nu-disco/deep house fusion of "Full Moon", while the overwhelmingly tactile "Glass Waves" is little less than a piano-heavy chunk of early Italian deep house revivalism.
Tricks On Wax
DOGD 46
01 Jun 15
Deep House
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Tricks On Wax - (7:34) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Seven Sisters - (5:23) 107 BPM
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Special 4U - (5:34) 121 BPM
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Review: Well, it's safe to say that Delusions Of Grandeur has become something of a house institution by now. The imprint has put out a vast amount of material since the late noughties, all by an impressive collection of talents including Session Victim, Tornado Wallace, 6th Borough Project, Recloose and many others. Benjamin 'Ben Sun' returns to the label for his third appearance with "Tricks On Wax", an utterly funky and bass-heavy sample-house number reminiscent of the Moodymann school of sound. "Seven Sisters" is more spacey and futuristic in its melodic structure, while "Special 4U" winds things down to near hip-hop levels...chuggy beats, subtle breaks and smoked-out swirls of electronics.
Your Footprints
DOGD 30
14 Mar 13
Deep House
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Your Footprints - (7:23) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Affirmation - (6:54) 118 BPM
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Your Footprints (Tevo Howard remix) - (7:24) 122 BPM
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Walk
DOGD 47
29 Jun 15
Deep House
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Walk - (6:09) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Walk (Soulphiction remix) - (6:22) 120 BPM
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I On You - (6:12) 118 BPM
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Review: Delusions Of Grandeur have been relatively quiet on the release front this year, but they're back with a bang thanks to this latest collaborative effort from Dan Shake and Medlar. The former has gotten a name thanks to being the first non-Detroiter on Moodymann's Mahogani Music, while the latter has been pushing his disco-friendly take on house music largely via the Wolf Music imprint. They got two cuts on here, the first one being a boogie-leaning, hazy summer club jam in the form of "Walk", and the second one a jazzier affair with plenty of soulful vocals and tribal drums called "I On You". Philpot bossman Soulphiction takes care of transforming "Walk" into a pot of filter-licking madness, where the percussion is stretched and freaked out further out into the ether compared to the original. What a package!
Lo Pan
DOGD 15
15 Jul 11
Deep House
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Lo Pan (original mix) - (7:11) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lo Pan (Trickski remix) - (5:55) 120 BPM
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Disarm (original mix) - (7:52) 119 BPM
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Review: Having already impressed with outings on Foto, ARP and their own Use Of Weapons, Deep Space Orchestra add Delusions Of Grandeur to their CV and deliver perhaps their most refined work to date. "Lo Pan" weaves between flourishes of Rhodes and analogue arps with a confidence that fully demonstrates their progression as a production unit. Underpinning all this is the constant groove of 808 kicks and Detroit that provides the all important rawness and momentum. The accompanying remix from Berlin duo Trickski drags "Lo Pan" into the lower reaches of muscular house movements, stripping proceedings back to a dramatic synth lead and neck crunching beat before unfolding into a groove that really gets under your skin - thanks in no small part to the added vocals. Deep Space Orchestra end proceedings on the hazed out "Disarm" which accrues a delightfully ethereal quality as it floats towards its conclusion. Fine work all round!
Love Prescription
DOGD 22JU
18 Nov 11
Deep House
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Love Prescription - (6:27) 120 BPM
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Love Prescription (dirt dub) - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Matrix Plus - (6:02) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love Prescription (acappella tool) - (3:11) 120 BPM
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Review: In the canon of EPs that require little in the way of additional prompting from the Juno review staff, the latest release from Delusions of Grandeur must surely rank high. Pairing We Play House duo FCL with VFB, the latest alias from Dani 'MCDE' Plessow proves to be a smart choice, securing Delusions perhaps their finest release to date! Love Prescription is nominally formed around three variations on the title track from Plessow's new VFB moniker (yet another smart ode to his hometown) introducing the yearning soulful tone of Stef Gustaph amidst a nicely stripped down take on house music which is perhaps best utilised on the bubbling Dirt Dub version. FCL appear with the masterful "Matrix Plus" full of bouncing rhythms and high rise chords dipped with Mr Fingers style emotion.
Lose Myself
DOG 06D
08 Jan 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lose Myself - (7:27) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Commando (extended edit) - (11:49) 114 BPM
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Commando (Wareika's Crazy Setup extended mix) - (9:35) 114 BPM
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Foolin'
DOGD 20
04 Nov 11
Deep House
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Foolin' - (5:27) 125 BPM
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Foolin' (instrumental) - (5:27) 125 BPM
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The Traveller - (8:36) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Warm and chugging disco-tinged house is on offer once again from the imperious Delusions of Grandeur, with the Foolin EP arriving with Germany's Manuel Tur at the wheel. Sticking with his usual synth heavy and sultry style, Tur strikes an immediately gritty tone of funk with tightly plucked guitar riffs, swooning brass and soulful vocals on the title track. Up next, an instrumental version of "Foolin" is accompanied by "The Traveller", which treads percussive realms with a heartbeat drum platform that pushes this otherwise orchestral and ambient track ever forward. Piano keys dance gently as string beds ascend against scatterings of brass and tinny crashes; our pick of the bunch.
Rye Lane Rhythms
DOGD 43
30 Mar 15
Deep House
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Aw-rite (mute version) - (4:57) 81 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Warp And Weft (mute version) - (4:46) 110 BPM
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Eighty-eights - (8:47) 102 BPM
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Review: The recent reappearance of "Green Marimbas" on a Mister Saturday Night release had us remembering with fondness how great a producer Ali 'Nebraska' Gibbs is - especially that Rush Hour LP Displacement. It's been a while since we last saw some new Nebraska in the trollies at Juno so kudos to Delusions of Grandeur for coaxing some new cuts out of Gibbs for this fine Rye Lane Rhythms slice of nice. From the moment "Aw-rite (Mute version)" slips into action it's like Nebraska has never been away, that attention to percussive and rhythmic detail still dead eyed and the musicality tight as ever. "Warp & Weft" veers off into fuzzy, minimalist beatdown territory that will appeal to fans of obscure Sound Signature tracks whilst "Eighty Eights" is the sort of loop heavy house cut that you can tease dancefloors with.
Delusions 50: Part One
DOGD 50A
01 Apr 16
Deep House
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Nebraska - "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" - (8:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ugly Drums - "Like Its Ok" - (7:07) 117 BPM
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Session Victim - "Came To Be Alive" - (4:31) 106 BPM
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Review: To celebrate hitting half a century of releases, Delusions of Grandeur has decided to release a couple of split EPs, featuring contributions from label regulars and invited guests. This first part starts in strong fashion, with recent signing Nebraska delivering a loose, evocative chunk of saucer-eyed, late night deep house full of fuzzy analogue bass, sparse drum machine rhythms and spine-tingling synthesizer arpeggios. Ugly Drums supply some jazzier deep house fare in the shape of "Like Its OK", before Session Victim finish things off in fine style with "Came To Be Alive". While slightly chunkier and denser than its' predecessors, the track bristles with sun-kissed warmth thanks to lazy electric pianos, killer vocal samples and subtle, beachside sound effects.
Tale Of The Tape
DOGD 19JU
22 Jul 11
Deep House
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Tale Of The Tape (original mix) - (6:21) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tale Of The Dub (original mix) - (6:14) 116 BPM
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Tale Of The Tape (Cottam mix) - (6:50) 120 BPM
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Matrix (original mix) - (7:48) 110 BPM
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Review: Pattern Select is Milton Jackson's new endeavour with Show B and the results of their first collaborative work together finds a suitable home at Delusions Of Grandeur. Tale Of The Tape is both an auspicious glance at what the duo have up their sleeve and perhaps the finest EP on the DoG imprint to date. Ploughing a decidedly subterranean path through the rawer excesses of house music, what is really a selection of simple elements - vocal hooks, crafty drums, ever rising pads and satisfying crashes - are combined excellently and infiltrated by the wormiest of arpeggiated synth lines. The accompanying dub version does what all good dub versions are supposed to do and there is the bonus of a flipside revision from man like Cottam that completely rewires the track along some next century utopian galactic house tip - you'll love the smudged rhythms that come floating in. Just to switch up the vibe, Pattern Select end on the dusty fingered brilliance of "Matrix" - full on beat down head nod vibes soaked in Detroit atmospherics.
Don't Get Me Wrong EP
DOGD 27JU
24 Sep 12
Deep House
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Don't Get Me Wrong - (6:16) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shimmy - (6:58) 124 BPM
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Don't Get Me Wrong (Tornado Wallace mix) - (6:04) 111 BPM
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Review: Recloose on Delusions of Grandeur? Yes please! "Don't Get Me Wrong" is classic Matt Cicioine, packed full of his usual musicality and dense, melodic production. It sounds like an unlikely fusion of distant, long-forgotten disco and spine-tingling deep house, with more atmospheric vocal samples and live instruments than you can shake a smelly stick at. It's heady and intoxicating, coming on like a classic house production made somewhere between Detroit and New York. The driving "Shimmy" continues the murky, retro-futurist trend and is just as engaging. As if that wasn't enough, there's also a lovingly fluid, decidedly Balearic rework of the title track from Melbournite Tornado Wallace that's quite possibly the best thing he's done to date. Splendid!
It's Too Late EP
DOGD 34JU
29 Nov 13
Deep House
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It's Too Late - (6:20) 123 BPM
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You Just Love You - (5:50) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Backtrack - (6:31) 124 BPM
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Review: Man like Recloose returns to Delusions of Grandeur, having debuted on the label in fine style with last year's Don't Get Me Wrong EP, and it's a welcome one as It's Too Late is the New Zealand dwelling producer's first EP of 2013! Despite this prolonged absence, Recloose has clearly lost none of the energy that drove his DoG debut, with all three tracks here demonstrating a real vibrancy that will immediately provide a lift for any dancefloor experiencing an element of lag. The title cut bounces along with the sort of finesse you'd expect from a producer of Recloose's calibre, whilst the heavy slab of filter disco "You Just Love You" highlights his arrangement skills. Fans of Cardiology era Recloose should head right to "Backtrack" and bask in its brilliance.
The Sound Of A Feeling
DOGD 57
31 Mar 17
Deep House
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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
Played by: GEORGE GOLDBOY
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.
Million Dollar Feeling
DOGD 12
29 Oct 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Million Dollar Feeling (original mix) - (6:42) 121 BPM
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Million Dollar Feeling (Gerd remix) - (6:33) 121 BPM
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Time To Let You Down (original mix) - (11:15) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Million Dollar Feeling (Gerd's Old School mix) - (8:35) 120 BPM
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See You When You Get There Part Three
DOGD 42
19 Jan 15
Deep House
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The Most Beautiful Divorce Ever - (5:27) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Crystal Maze - (2:54) 113 BPM
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Under Your Spell - (4:23) 120 BPM
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Eo's Place - (4:35) 96 BPM
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Review: If you've not invested in a physical copy of Session Victim's excellent sophomore set, See You When You Get There, you probably should. Alternatively, you could pick and choose between the various digital samplers on offer. There's tons of high quality material on this third EP. Throughout, the German duo expertly tiptoe the fine line between disco and house, variously delivering warm, rolling, Rhodes-heavy deep house (the brilliant "The Most Beautiful Divorce Ever"), loose and organic disco-house ("Under Your Spell"), eyes-closed slow jams (the seductive and becalmed "Eeo's Place") and cut-up Balearic beats (the picturesque "Crystal Maze"). Throughout, the production remains warm, smart and endearingly dusty.
The Haunted House Of House
DOGCD 02DJU
08 Jun 12
Deep House
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Dark Sienna - (5:21) 111 BPM
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Zoinks - (5:44) 117 BPM
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Push Comes To Shove - (5:50) 120 BPM
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Alpine Glow - (3:25) 109 BPM
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The Haunted House - (6:31) 122 BPM
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Cow Palace - (5:46) 118 BPM
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Bison - (3:57) 103 BPM
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Spellbound (exclusive bonus track) - (3:37) 111 BPM
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Good Intentions (LP mix) - (4:29) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Light Scent Of Decay - (9:41) 116 BPM
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FINE (feat Grand Agent) - (3:01) 110 BPM
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Flying Visit - (4:01) 106 BPM
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Review: Having already treated us to a trio of samplers, the German deep house duo Session Victim finally deliver their debut full-length for Delusions of Grandeur. Given their impressive credentials, it's no surprise to find that The Haunted House Of House is a bit good. Almost overflowing with ideas, it serves up 11 slabs of deep house that do their best to sidestep the genre's many pitfalls. Sure, there's plenty of comfy, melodic goodness (see "Push Comes To Shove" and "Zoinks"), but also forays into disco-flecked jazz-funk-house ("Alpine Glow"), slick disco-house ("The Haunted House"), groovy slo-mo electronica ("Bilson"), dewy-eyed Balearica ("The Light Scent of Decay") and even Clyde-ish broken hip-hop ("Fine"). Impeccable, and this ultra special Juno edition includes an exclusive bonus track in the shape of "Spellbound"!
Left The Building
DOGD 07
29 Jan 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Keyboarder - (7:17) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tomorrow Night - (6:09) 120 BPM
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Even (dub) - (7:12) 116 BPM
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Review: New on the Delusions of Grandeur label (a sub label of Jimpster's excellent Freerange imprint), Berlin based duo Session Victim have made a gem of an EP that would find a good home in the racks of any nu-disco fans. "The Keyboarder" sounds like something Treasure Fingers would drop, as it's both full of groove and heavy on the silky string stabs. The clean, live sounding drums on "Tomorrow Night" alone are worth getting excited about, underpinning a corking deep rhythm that becomes infectious. Well worth checking out.
Glow In The Dark
DOGD 31JU
07 Jun 13
Deep House
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Yes I Know - (6:40) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Yes I Know (Max Graef remix) - (6:32) 118 BPM
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Glow In The Dark - (7:01) 107 BPM
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Review: Session Victim's 2012 debut full-length The Haunted House of House was arguably one of the best deep house albums of the year, and this EP provides the equally fine follow up. Opener "Yes I Know" features their trademark loose, swinging drums, warm chords and classic deep house sheen, alongside a healthy amount of what sounds like organic instrumentation. With the addition of a delicious disco vocal sample, it makes for wonderful listening. Max Graef remixes, turning in a version that sounds like a deeper take on 6th Borough Project. "Glow In The Dark", meanwhile, is wholeheartedly Balearic - a blindingly sunny slice of semi-live disco-house bagginess that should get maximum rotations in warmer climes this summer.
The Haunted House Of House Pt Two
DOGD 24
13 Apr 12
Deep House
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Cow Palace - (5:46) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bison - (3:57) 103 BPM
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Push Comes To Shove - (5:50) 120 BPM
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Fine (feat Grand Agent) - (3:01) 110 BPM
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Review: Comprising the second half of their hotly anticipated album, this latest release from the widely celebrated house duo Session Victim showcases just why their groove is so well liked. Far from trying to be cool in their music, instead the kind of funk the German duo conjure up in their sample-heavy sound is pure and addictive, not least on "Push Come To Shove". It's not all party rockers mind you, as well demonstrated in the low slung hip-hop leaning of "Fine". With the summer looming this is a strongly advised addition to your sun-compatible arsenal.
The Haunted House Of House Pt One
DOGD 23JU
02 Apr 12
Deep House
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The Haunted House - (6:31) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alpine Glow - (3:25) 109 BPM
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Dark Sienna - (5:21) 111 BPM
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Flying Visit - (4:01) 106 BPM
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Review: Comprising the second half of their hotly anticipated album, this latest slab of wax from the widely celebrated house duo Session Victim showcases just why their groove is so well liked. Far from trying to be cool in their music, instead the kind of funk the German duo conjure up in their sample-heavy sound is pure and addictive, not least on "Push Come To Shove". It's not all party rockers mind you, as well demonstrated in the low slung hip-hop leaning of "Fine". With the summer looming this is a strongly advised addition to your sun-compatible arsenal.
Matching Half
DOGD 55
21 Oct 16
Deep House
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Matching Half - (6:53) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Up To Rise - (7:45) 121 BPM
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Matching Half (Byron The Aquarius remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
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Review: Matthias Reiling and Hauke Freer return with the Matching Half EP. The Berlin-Hamburg connection present two cuts of feelgood deep house with a loose and live feel, no doubt inspired by their energetic live performances. The title track features some funky disco style drumming beneath some emotive strings, jazzy Rhodes keys and xylophones; all working in perfect harmony. There's also a killer remix of said track by Detroit's finest: Byron The Aquarius, who has appeared recently on Wild Oats and S3A. His version gets well funkier and injects a truckload of soul into it, naturally! Second original offering "Up To Rise" is the deepest journey on offer and has a definite summertime vibe about it.
See You When You Get There Part Two
DOGD 40
12 Dec 14
Deep House
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Do It Now - (5:54) 118 BPM
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Hey Stranger - (4:12) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Make People Dance - (5:58) 117 BPM
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See You When You Get There - (3:37) 109 BPM
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Review: Delusions of Grandeur present a second selection of tracks from Session Victim's superb sophomore set See You When You Get There, the German duo's acclaimed follow-up to 2012 debut The Haunted House of House. Predictably, there's much to admire, from the jazz keys and skewed deep house swing of opener "Do It Now", to the rubbery disco bass, smoky atmospherics and Moodymann style, jazz-flecked grooves of "Make People Dance". There's also a hip-hop tempo excursion in the form of the heady title track, and - best of all - a deep, bluesy disco-house jam in the shape of the brilliant "Hey Stranger".
The Haunted House Of House Pt Three
DOGD 25
18 May 12
Deep House
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Zoinks - (5:44) 117 BPM
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Good Intentions - (4:29) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Light Scent Of Decay - (9:41) 116 BPM
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Review: If you missed out on Session Victim's excellent 2011 debut album The Haunted House of House, this third sampler EP gives a tantalising glimpse of what you've been missing. As with the album itself, there are various flavours on show, from the shuffling, string-laden, eyes-wide-shut loveliness of "Zoinks", to the Hammond-laden jazz shuffle of the irrepressibly groovy "Good Intentions" (check out that brilliant walking bassline). Best of all, though, is "Light Scent of Decay", a majestic builder that morphs from a lazy Balearic shuffler into a touchy-feely deep house gem over 10 majestic minutes. Thrilling stuff.
See You When You Get There
DOGDD04D
17 Nov 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Do It Now - (5:54) 118 BPM
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Hey Stranger - (4:12) 115 BPM
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Make People Dance - (5:58) 117 BPM
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See You When You Get There - (3:37) 109 BPM
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Never Forget - (6:04) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stick Together - (5:26) 124 BPM
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Hyuwee - (3:47) 108 BPM
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The Most Beautiful Divorce Ever - (5:27) 118 BPM
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Crystal Maze - (2:54) 113 BPM
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Under Your Spell - (4:23) 120 BPM
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Eo's Place - (4:35) 96 BPM
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Review: Given the quality of Session Victim's 2012 debut album, Haunted House of House, expectations are naturally high for this follow-up. Like its predecessor, See You When You Get There takes a widescreen approach to deep house, with the German duo drawing on a myriad of influences, from jazz ("Hey Stranger"), soundtracks ("Crystal Maze") and evocative downtempo beats (the impeccable title track), to Atmosfear-ish jazz-funk ("The Most Beautiful Divorce In The World") and, most notably, classic Balearica (see the druggy pop of "Hyuwee" and deliciously slow "EOS Place". Best of all, though, is "Never Forget", a glorious blues-house epic laden with smoky vocal samples and thrilling piano motifs.
Just Tell Me Lies
DOGD 53
17 Jun 16
Deep House
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Just Tell Me Lies - (8:24) 126 BPM
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U Give U Take - (6:58) 124 BPM
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Antidote - (6:20) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Last Episode - (8:01) 124 BPM
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Delusions 50/Part Two
DOGD 50B
08 Apr 16
Deep House
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Son Of Sound - "Under The Son" - (6:39) 118 BPM
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Sebastien Vorhaus/Ponty Mython - "I'm The Slime" - (6:09) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Zepp001 - "Enemy" - (6:22) 117 BPM
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Norm De Plume - "Building Bridges" - (5:58) 120 BPM
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Played by: Giom, MANIK
Review: Delusions of Grandeur are doing a great job marking their 50th release. This second celebratory EP features four more previously unreleased gems from label artists past and present. New York veteran Son of Sound kicks things off with the driving, '90s New Jersey garage influenced pump of "Under The Son", before Sebastien Vorhaus and Ponty Mython join forces on the Theo Parrish influenced, deep jazz-house wiggle of "I'm The Slime". Dave Pezzner dons the Zepp001 guise for the first time in five years and serves up a jazzy nu-disco/deep house fusion (the deliciously tactile "Enemy"), before Norm De Plume closes proceedings with the warm-and-loose, jazz-funk influenced deep house cut "Building Bridges".
Fear Of Stopping EP
DOGD 32JU
16 Sep 13
Deep House
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Fear Of Stopping - (6:16) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fear Of Stopping (Maxi Mill remix) - (6:44) 121 BPM
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Walberswick (Hoist Covert mix) - (12:32) 120 BPM
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Birdbrook Rain - (4:25) 109 BPM
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Review: If you missed Soul 223's previous exploits - and given that he's released on Delsin and Soul Jazz, you shouldn't have done - this tidy EP for Delusions of Grandeur offers an excellent introduction. His influences - Detroit techno, soul, disco and hip-hop, mainly - can all be heard on "Fear of Shopping", a tight-but- swinging deep house gem built around tropical soul rhythms and Detroit-influenced chords and melodies. It's really quite excellent, as is the deeper, quirkier, Mr Beatnick style "Birdbrook Rain". The shuffling European futurism of the Max Mill Remix of "Fear of Shopping" really impresses, though the spine-tingling breakdowns and rising chords throughout Hoist Covert's mix of "Walberswick" are a Balearic delight.
Painted Lady EP
DOGD 36
04 Apr 14
Deep House
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Painted Lady - (7:18) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lumpsucker - (5:47) 120 BPM
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Camberwell Beauty - (6:12) 115 BPM
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Review: With just one other record consigned to the project it's not often we witness label boss Jimpster turning his hand to his discofied alias on Delusions Of Grandeur. Any keen followers of the label will be more than satisfied with the vibe on offer, as a slower kind of house groove takes hold for three tracks infused with spiritual sampling, starting with the wistful, soulful tones of "Painted Lady". "Lumpsucker" has a stronger electronic vein running through its core, matching Chicago drums and snaking arpeggios with washes of chords to keep the mood mellow, before "Camberwell Beauty" scrubs out the edges and drifts deep down into a sumptuous pillow of laconic house.
Love Momentum EP
DOGD 26JU
13 Jul 12
Deep House
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You Should Know Better - (9:40) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Yesterlife - (7:36) 122 BPM
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Love Hotel (feat Slow Hands) - (6:42) 117 BPM
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Review: For those who like to dig a little deeper, Ben Sun has long been a name to keep a hawkish eye on in deep house circles. Although "Salty Tears" is considered by most to be the London based producer's breakthrough track, his potential was first seen on the ephemeral delights of 2009's "When You Looked". Both of those tracks were released on the Voyeurhythm imprint he runs with Tyson Ballard and Megadon Betamax, and his arrival on Delusions Of Grandeur feels like a significant step towards wider appreciation. The Love Momentum EP sees "You Should Know Better" sprawled across the A Side, and it's hard not to think of KDJ when soaking in the jazzy key samples that form the backbone of the track alongside a deliciously clipped vocal sample, strings, horns and the dustiest of beats. "Yesterlife" on the flip is all about the 909 hats and hanging chords, while "Love Hotel", featuring Wolf + Lamb affiliated producer Slow Hands, features the kind of low slung bassline that has been the hallmark of many a Ben Sun jam.
Turn It Out
DOGD 52
06 May 16
Deep House
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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".
Take U 2 My House
DOGD 51
05 Feb 16
Deep House
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Thatmanmonkz/Khalil Anthony - "Take U 2 My House" (Jimpster remix) - (7:07) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jus Anutha Wunna Deez (Ge-ology remix) - (7:00) 116 BPM
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Thatmanmonkz/Khalil Anthony - "Take U 2 My House" - (6:37) 123 BPM
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Jus Anutha Wunna Deez - (5:19) 120 BPM
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Review: Delusions Of Grandeur, easily one of the most consistent deep house labels to come out of the post-minimal era, returns with that guy we all love, Thatmanmonkz. Himself and Chicago's Khalil Anthony are remixed by the equally consistent Jimpster, who delivers the goods by laying down some utter tech house quality on "Take U 2 My House", while Detroit's Ge-ology takes on "Jus Anutha Wunna Deez", and comes out the other end with a murky, beat-heavy house monster that bumps so perfectly along. The originals are sexier, chunkier in the mix, and backed by some killer vocals, particularly "Take U 2 My House" - what a beaut! Recommended and tipped!
Won Hunnid
DOGD 39
27 Feb 15
Deep House
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In The Trees (with Khalil Anthony) - (7:20) 119 BPM
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Make It Now - (7:32) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sad N Blue - (6:43) 116 BPM
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Review: The enigmatic Thatmanmonkz parachutes back onto Delusions Of Grandeur - one of the most consistent deep house driven labels out there - with three retro joints. "In The Trees" is pure Chicago magic and features the vocal talent of Khalil Anthony in the mix, while "Make It Now" is a jazzy house piece a-la Moody. Last but by no means the least, "Sad N Blue" goes for chunky beats, gorgeous piano keys and a stunning backdrop of seductive R&B vocals. This is for HOUSE music lovers and it's massive.
Please Don't Slip, Trip, Or Fall Off EP
DOGD 38
06 Jun 14
Deep House
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Girl I Know It - (6:56) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blowin' My Mind - (7:08) 116 BPM
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Be With Me (feat Dnae) - (5:15) 116 BPM
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Review: Shadeleaf Music founder Thatmanmonkz is arguably one of Sheffield's unheralded heroes, with a spell in soulful bassheads Small Arms Fiya and a residency at the city's anything-goes Join The Dots night amongst his bulging CV. Here he delivers three chunks of deliciously soulful deep house for Freerange offshoot Delusions of Grandeur. The raw, bass-heavy, woozy and bumpin' "Girl I Know" is probably the standout, though the looser, groovier "Blowin' My Mind" - which comes laden with heady Rhodes keys and a lolloping bassline - pushes it close. Dnae collaboration "Be With Me" - a seductive trip into Moodymann-ish deep and soulful territory - is also pretty darn hot.
Columbusing
DOGDD 06D
02 Mar 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Air (with Khalil Anthony) - (3:41) 84 BPM
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Jus Anutha Wunna Deez - (5:19) 60 BPM
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Boogie Down (with Erik Rico) - (7:39) 60 BPM
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Sum Ol' Nex' Ish - (4:10) 60 BPM
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A Fly New Tune (with Ta'raach) - (2:18) 51 BPM
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Turn It Out (with Dave Aju) - (4:36) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Another Night Under The Glitterball - (6:05) 117 BPM
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I Can Hardly Breathe (with A Brother Isai) - (3:40) 97 BPM
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For Bae - (6:26) 119 BPM
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Moon On The Hill (with DJ Kali) - (5:17) 109 BPM
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Vampires - (3:50) 94 BPM
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Baked (with Malik Ameer) - (2:48) 94 BPM
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Take U 2 My House (with Khalil Anthony) - (6:35) 61 BPM
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For Those I've Lost Along The Way - (4:37) 57 BPM
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Review: Thatman Monkz is Scott Moncrieff to be precise, a Sheffield based producer who's been making house music since around 1997 but more recently on Kolour LTD and of course Delusions Of Grandeur: where he's recognised as a label mainstay. His new album Colombusing is a mighty effort; 14 tracks to be precise and there's a wide variety of moods and grooves, not to mention collaborations! Some of those very hook-ups are the highlights on here, we must say. There's a couple of tracks with San Francisco minimalist/human beatbox Dave Aju; "Turn It Out" is a deep and sleazy funk jam with Cameo-ish vocals, while "Boogie Down" features the sweet lungs of Erik Rico whose Curtis Mayfield impressions suit this feel-good soul jam just perfectly. "Baked" features the deep poetry of NYC's Malik Ameer on this on this dope jam full of urban flavour. There's music to dance to too, rest assured: "Take U 2 My House" featuring Khalil Anthony is surefire deep house aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
Rising Son
DOGDD 05D
16 Oct 15
Deep House
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The Wonder (feat Be Atwell) - (4:50) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love Affair - (5:50) 110 BPM
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Hot 22 - (5:24) 117 BPM
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Sloflava - (6:59) 101 BPM
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Only Getting Better (feat Be Atwell) - (6:30) 121 BPM
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Sending Signals - (5:53) 91 BPM
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I Robot - (6:41) 113 BPM
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Broken Computer - (1:19) 140 BPM
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Ban Co Nights - (7:07) 119 BPM
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Vague Vogue - (5:35) 112 BPM
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Friday Analogue Jam - (5:28) 123 BPM
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Whisper It - (2:17) 113 BPM
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Weird Danger - (7:01) 116 BPM
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Headway - (7:10) 116 BPM
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Review: It's been seven years since Toby Tobias dropped his debut album on Rekids, Space Shuffle. This sophomore set, then, is long overdue. Seemingly more reliant on hardware - and, in particular, analogue synths and drum machines - Rising Son is an altogether more mature, tightly executed album than its' predecessor. The London producer includes nods to many of his familiar influences - think saucer-eyed Balearica, Italo-disco, acid house, Larry Heard style '80s deepness, modern boogie, Detroit techno and Chicago jack, capturing just the right balance between downtempo curiosities, fuzzy mid-tempo grooves and bona fide dancefloor hits. There are also a couple of impeccable forays into the world of early '90s ambience, with the odd "Broken Computer" standing out.
Pathfinder EP
DOGD 029
25 Jan 13
Deep House
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Pathfinder - (7:34) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pathfinder (Fabrizio Mammarella remix) - (7:12) 116 BPM
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Backbeat - (7:26) 108 BPM
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Abregon - (6:25) 122 BPM
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Backbeat (Beat dub) - (4:01) 108 BPM
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Review: Since dropping his debut release on Hi-Phen in 2005, Toby Tobias has built up an impressive body of work, with EPs on Rekids, Hector Works, Let's Play House and his own Late Night Audio imprint. This EP for Delusions of Grandeur is another slow-burn winner. Lead cut "Pathfinder" gets just the right balance between heavy drum machine programming - think old skool electro or '80s boogie - and contemporary deep house smoothness. Fabrizio Mammarella's hypnotic remix is pretty tasty, too. "Backbeat" provides a hazy tip into Balearic boogie territory, while "Abergon" - with its lazy jazz guitars and Harvey-ish bump - is impeccable wide-eyed White Isle fodder.
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