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Hard Times
ISM 064X
18 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hard Times (Autocycle remix) - (5:31) 119 BPM
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Don't You Know (Ourra remix) - (6:02) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hard Times (Yam Who? original mix) - (7:57) 119 BPM
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Use 2 Hold Me (Leebo Freeman remix) - (5:51) 112 BPM
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Review: East London based singer Alena gets the remix treatment and in stylish fashion. Her track "Hard Times" gets done over twice. Firstly the "Autocycle Remix" is all hands in the air with big piano rolls for the peak time dance floor to compliment her gorgeous vocals. The Ourra remix of "Don't You Know" is a proper nu-disco rendition just like the following "Yam Who? Original Mix" the real highlights here. They're reminiscent of the sounds on Futureboogie and Freerange et al. Not a bad thing at all! The Leebo Freeman remix of "Use 2 Hold Me" being more reminiscent of Tuff City Kids with its chunky rolling arpeggio and generally analogue soul vibes. Now that's a compliment!
Ron Basejam Remixes
ISM 009X
07 Mar 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Changes (Ron Basejam remix) - (7:16) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Learn To Get By (Ron Basejam remix) - (8:36) 105 BPM
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Deep & Meaningless
ISMCD 001
26 Apr 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hot Fridge - (5:53) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fan The Flame - (4:54) 119 BPM
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Is The Word - (6:01) 112 BPM
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Into My Life - (5:44) 102 BPM
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Fear (intro) - (0:48) 74 BPM
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Fear - (4:40) 120 BPM
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Mat 'N Me - (5:10) 113 BPM
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Voices - (5:54) 120 BPM
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No Jose (intro) - (1:30) 84 BPM
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No Jose (part 1) - (4:04) 93 BPM
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No Jose (part 2) - (2:51) 100 BPM
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Spirit - (6:38) 107 BPM
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For The People By The People - (5:58) 111 BPM
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Run With You - (5:54) 120 BPM
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Bring Me Light - (5:17) 100 BPM
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Review: Ron Basejam is the alter ego of keyboardist James Baron of Crazy P and Secret Stealth fame. Here he drops his superb full album for Yam Who's ISM label. Fans of Ron include the likes of Gilles Peterson (who put the charismatic ''Into My Life'' on the recent Brownswood Bubblers 5 compilation), DJ Harvey, Dam Funk, The Revenge and Greg Wilson, and it's easy to see why. The album trips through musical genres effortlessly taking elements of the past and fusing them with modern day production techniques. Ron's influences are all represented here, with touches of deep house, disco and melancholic dreamscapes set against jazzual synth funk-fired treatments and vocal sample snippet production. Definitely one to check.
Love EP
ISM 079X
06 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Anywhere (Pete Herbert remix) - (7:48) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love (Yam Who? remix) - (5:57) 121 BPM
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Anywhere (Pete Herbert dub mix) - (6:40) 120 BPM
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Anywhere (original mix) - (4:46) 120 BPM
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Love (original mix) - (7:07) 124 BPM
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Played by: YAM WHO?
Party Animals
ISM 032X
12 Aug 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Party Animals - (4:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Party Animals (Rubinskee remix) - (5:58) 119 BPM
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Party Animals (Chris Massey remix) - (7:06) 120 BPM
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Party Animals (Yam Who? rework) - (7:49) 120 BPM
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Review: Swiss-Italian studio boffin Bobby Eclecto is a bit of a crate digger, by all accounts, and on "Party Animals" you can tell. The original version comes laden with vintage electrofunk synths, audible nods to tongue-in-cheek '80s Italo and the sort of drum machine work that used to be the hallmark of Shep Pettibone. Remix wise, there are three alternate cuts to enjoy; a synthy, nu-disco influenced dose of contemporary powder house from Rubinskee, a blast of new wave revivalism from Chris Massey, and a superb synth wig-out - blessed, of course, with more musicality than you can shake a stick at - from label bosses Yam Who?
Hold On
ISM 062X
28 Aug 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hold On (original mix) - (3:55) 100 BPM
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Hold On (Qwestlife remix) - (6:05) 110 BPM
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On & On (original mix) - (3:29) 120 BPM
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On & On (Yam Who? remix) - (6:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: ISM boss Yam Who has high hopes for Bubblegum, a previously unheard "red hot disco" outfit based at Fossil Studios in Hackney. There's certainly plenty of promise on this debut single, with both original tracks hitting the proverbial sweet spot. "Hold On" is a synth-laden mid-tempo delight, with hazy vocals and a lolloping, head-nodding groove. The looser, more up-tempo "On & On" is, if anything, even better, with punchy horns and clipped guitar riffs adding additional energy to the classic disco groove. Label boss Yam Who's remix of the latter - built around his own rubbery synths and a toughened-up groove - is also superb.
Steady Dipper EP
ISM 049X
22 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Boogie The Beat (Stringz mix) - (9:11) 106 BPM
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Puzzling Me (Yam Who rework) - (6:55) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boogie The Beat (main mix) - (9:12) 106 BPM
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Played by: YAM WHO?, Henri Le Blanc
Tell Me EP
ISM 037X
17 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Tell Me (Yam Who rework) - (6:01) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tell Me (Barrientos remix) - (6:47) 113 BPM
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Sunroof Top (original mix) - (5:58) 116 BPM
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Tell Me (original mix) - (7:00) 113 BPM
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You Need This (original mix) - (6:11) 110 BPM
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Review: Raw Sugar is a seasoned veteran of the nu-disco/edit circuit, having released gems on a whole host of the most happening labels in this field including Editorial, Gazeebo and Chopshop. Now he arrives on ISM with this seriously impressive three-tracker. "Tell Me" is all glistening retro synth soul remixed with a cool '80s Danceteria style vibe by Yam Who, whilst Barrientos takes it in a '90s shuffley house-pop direction. "Sunroof Top" keeps it '90s with retro organ stabs, but it's the moody electro disco of "You Need This" that's got us pulling serious shapes on the dancefloor.
Seal The Deal: The Remixes
ISM 046X
08 Sep 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Midnight Rise (feat Sarah Bates - Ruf Dug remix) - (3:28) 72 BPM
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Living In A Lie (feat Ale Chambers - Benny Badge downtown dub) - (5:08) 110 BPM
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Midnight Rise (feat Sarah Bates - Boogie Cartel remix) - (7:13) 108 BPM
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Something Else On Your Mind (feat Jordan Ruru - Yam Who rework) - (7:51) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Melbourne's Benny Badge proved himself to be something of a master of synth-laden, soul-flecked boogie revivalism some years ago. Confirmation of his mastery of the genre came earlier this year, with the release of the Seal The Deal album earlier this year. Here, a selection of cuts from that inspired set get the remix treatment. There's much to admire, from the sharp synths and rolling electrofunk grooves of Ruf Dug's reinterpretation of "Midnight Rise", to the Boogie Cartel's superb NYC synth dub style rework of the same track. Badge himself provides a superb deep Dub of "Living a Lie", while label boss Yam Who steals the show with a fantastic, Loose Ends style tweak of "Something Else On Your Mind".
Holly Day EP
ISM 048X
20 Oct 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hot Ways - (6:10) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Evening Ritual - (6:24) 106 BPM
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Sunset N' Swang (feat L Freeman) - (6:56) 95 BPM
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Sunup N' Strut - (5:49) 88 BPM
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Midnight Cap - (7:31) 100 BPM
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Cocktail Haze - (5:56) 95 BPM
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Played by: FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, GOLDBOY
Review: ISM has high hopes for this debut EP from male model-turned-DJ Leebo Freeman. It's not hard to see why. The Salford-based producer's trademark sound sits somewhere between cloudy and dreamy, with chugging, chunky grooves and looped up disco and boogie samples mixed with heady chords and warming, sun-kissed melodies. It's a blend that regularly produces playable material, from the hazy, slo-mo bump of "Sunset 'N' Swang" and instrumental Balearic pop of "Midnight Cap", to the deliciously bright and immersive "Cocktail Haze", and cut-up disco fluidity of "Hot Ways". His debut album, due soon on On The Fruit Records, should be worth checking.
Jocko
ISM 030X
01 Jul 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Jocko (DJ Rocca Erodiscomix) - (6:50) 120 BPM
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Jocko (DJ Rocca Erodiscomix dub) - (5:48) 120 BPM
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Jocko (Faze Action remix) - (6:03) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jocko - (5:52) 123 BPM
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EP
ISM 035X
09 Dec 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Jeckermich (Pete Herbert Main mix) - (7:07) 119 BPM
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Jeckermich (Pete Herbert dub mix) - (6:19) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jeckermich (original mix) - (7:13) 119 BPM
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Blues Ventura (feat Electric Brother - original mix) - (6:50) 118 BPM
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Blues Ventura (feat Electric Brother - The Pushamann) - (6:19) 118 BPM
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Review: Yam Who's ISM label has high expectations of this bold and brassy EP of soaring nu-disco jams from Romanian rising stars Gemini Brothers. It's not hard to see why. While "Jeckermich" - an unflinchingly positive and rush-inducing fusion of traditional disco elements and nu-disco synths - is good, it's Pete Herbert's two gargantuan remixes that really excite. They're the sort of thing that will have even normally shy dancers grasping for the lasers as if their lives depend on it. There's a touch of leftfield disco/cosmic rock madness in the shape of Electric Brother collaboration "Blues Ventura" - all twiddly synths, jazz drums, wonky electronics and fiddly guitar solos - which comes backed by a fantastic Idjut Boys style dub disco remix from The Pushamann.
Future & Stronger Than Me
ISM 024X
14 Aug 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Future (Yam Who remix) - (5:52) 111 BPM
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Future (Sam Redmore rmix) - (4:28) 101 BPM
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Stronger Than Me (Yam Who rework) - (6:09) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Future - (2:50) 100 BPM
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Goldboy EP
ISMO 57X
25 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Stomach Funk (BG Baarregaard) - (5:26) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stomach Funk (original mix) - (6:30) 104 BPM
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Thru The Nite (original mix) - (6:35) 108 BPM
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Thru The Nite (Richard Seaborne remix) - (5:34) 122 BPM
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Demolish Disco (original mix) - (7:26) 117 BPM
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Demolish Disco (Ex-Friendly remix) - (8:35) 117 BPM
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Review: Having previously released on sister label Midnight Riot, Bristol-based nu-disco sort Goldboy is given a chance to play his wares on ISM. He duly delivers a trio of original productions, from the spacey chords, woozy grooves and rich bass of "Stomach Funk", to the bold, Rhodes-laden deep house disco throb of "Demolish Disco", via the breezy, late night goodness of "Thru The Nite". Each track is accompanied by a suitably solid remix, with Ex Friendy's dense, post-punk influenced dub disco remake of "Demolish Disco" standing head and shoulders above the rest. That said, BG Baarregaard's deliciously Balearic revision of "Stomach Funk" is pretty darn tasty.
Night Dubbing II (feat. Errol Kennedy)
ISM040X
27 Oct 14
Funky/Club House
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Just An Illusion (John Morales M + M Main mix) - (10:50) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Changes (Late Nite Tuff Guy remix) - (7:01) 114 BPM
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Flashback (Kon remix) - (8:05) 115 BPM
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So Good, So Right (B G Baarregaard remix) - (7:17) 54 BPM
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In & Out Of Love (Errol Kennedy & Yam Who? mix) - (6:30) 92 BPM
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Body Talk (J Kriv Nu Jack mix) - (7:13) 72 BPM
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Music & Lights (Sleazy McQueen remix) - (7:02) 53 BPM
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Burning Up (Soul Clap remix) - (6:56) 120 BPM
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U Can Be (Errol Kennedy & Yam Who? mix) - (6:58) 117 BPM
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In The Heat Of The Night (Errol Kennedy & Yam Who? mix) - (10:10) 88 BPM
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Music & Lights (Deadly Sins remix) - (6:08) 110 BPM
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Body Talk (Errol Kennedy & Yam Who? mix) - (6:54) 90 BPM
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Review: Here's a devilishly simple but nevertheless inspired idea from Yam Who's ISM label: a 21st-centrury update of Imagination's legendary 1983 remix album Night Dubbing. While this version is nowhere near as dub-influenced as the original (which, after all, contained contributions from Larry Levan), it does contain some rather sublime new interpretations of Imagination's greatest hits. Highlights include an epic version of "Just An Illusion" from John Morales, an anthem-like version of "Flashback" from Kon, a deliciously atmospheric reinterpretation of "Music & Lights" from Sleazy McQueen and a typically deep, warm and synth-heavy re-shape of "Burning Up" from Soul Clap. Best of all, though, is J Kriv's nu jack swing-influenced remix of "Body Talk", which simply oozes the authentic feel of late '80s electro.
Questionaire
ISM 002X
14 Dec 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Questionaire (dub vocal mix) - (5:20) 125 BPM
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Questionaire (full vocal mix) - (7:40) 126 BPM
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Questionaire (Electronic version) - (9:16) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Questionaire (instrumental) - (5:07) 126 BPM
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Played by: SCENERY RECORDS
I Want You
ISM 070X
26 Feb 16
Funky/Club House
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I Want You (Severino remix) - (7:05) 124 BPM
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Don't You Worry Bout A Thing (Situation remix) - (6:32) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Want You (Inkswel remix) - (3:55) 100 BPM
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Don't You Worry Bout A Thing - (7:13) 118 BPM
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I Want You - (7:15) 124 BPM
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Schizophrenia - (7:26) 123 BPM
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Benty - (7:52) 120 BPM
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Review: Yam Who? And his ISM imprint: accept no substitute. For smooth as silk disco beats these guys are like a one stop shop. This time it's over to Verona duo JazzyFunk. "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing" has that classic Arthur Russell Loose Joints/Dinosaur L kind of disco vibes and we've digging it! "I Want You" is a driving deep house jam with tight elements and that saxophone solo is a nice touch. It gets a great couple of remixes too by Horsemeat Disco's Severino and then Australia's Inkswel; his in particular really stands out, giving the track a deep boogie makeover.
Dangerlove
ISM 073X
27 May 16
Funky/Club House
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Dangerlove - (4:27) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dangerlove (Yam Who? remix) - (5:51) 112 BPM
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Dangerlove (Autocycle) - (6:40) 108 BPM
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Review: Yam Who?, London's resident nu-disco heroes, are taking a step with the duo's Ism label looking to the far east and a whole new sound for their latest signing. This new addition to their roster being Jsquared aka the Tokyo-based artist John Enston and singer Honami 'Amy' Furuhara. "Dangerlove" is a smoothly produced slice classy...Europop in which Enston and Amy gently duet over a tropical beat that even touches on sunkissed RnB vibes. Remixes include the Autocycle version, which starts with a killer guitar riff and builds into dreamy arpeggiated disco and Yam Who?s own's piano house rework. Cool.
Together EP
ISM 042X
07 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Together (2014 version) - (5:31) 115 BPM
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He's Coming Back (feat Jerdene Wilson - original mix) - (5:10) 109 BPM
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Sooner Or Later (feat Romina Johnson - original mix) - (4:34) 114 BPM
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Going Back To My Roots (2014 version) - (5:17) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Following the success of their recent cross-generational collaboration, disco edit hero Yam Who? is back producing these seminal 70s/80s disco pop giants. Odyssey now feature the soulful golden tones of Steven Collazo, son of the original singer, and here they tackle the Cheryl Lynn-esque "Together" (written with Nile Rodgers!), the smooth vintage funk of "He's Coming Back", the deep electro soul of "Sooner Or Later" (featuring Artful Dodger's Romina Johnson) and the mighty disco staple "Back To My Roots".
Return Flight
ISM 019X
12 Dec 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Native New Yorker (Ashley Beedle Remix Parts 1 & 2) - (9:02) 115 BPM
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Going Back To My Roots (Faze Action vocal remix) - (7:41) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Use It Up & Wear It Out (Ray Mang remix) - (6:58) 124 BPM
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Inside Out (PBR Streetgang remix) - (7:41) 117 BPM
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Going Back To My Roots (DJD remix) - (7:50) 126 BPM
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O DJ KO (Afrikans On Mars Meets Yam Who? club mix) - (8:33) 103 BPM
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O DJ KO (Toby Tobias remix) - (6:42) 118 BPM
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Lonely Star (Leftside Wobble main vocal mix) - (8:42) 123 BPM
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Dont Tell Me Tell Her (Disco Dirtbox remix) - (6:26) 105 BPM
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Inside Out (DJ Frictions main club mix) - (7:09) 117 BPM
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Aint No Dubbin Us Now (Ron Basejam remix) - (7:07) 119 BPM
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Dont Tell Me Tell Her (Flash Atkins New York dub mix) - (7:20) 85 BPM
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Lonely Star (Leftside Wobbles Ultra dub) - (6:52) 123 BPM
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Inside Out (Hakatone remix) - (5:37) 110 BPM
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Going Back To My Roots (Faze Actions Deeper remix) - (7:39) 118 BPM
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Inside Out (MODE remix) - (7:45) 110 BPM
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Review: For disco heads, this Odyssey remix set should be an exciting prospect. Admittedly, the tracks being remixed are their 2011 re-recordings (originally seen on last summer's Legacy album) rather than the 70s and 80s originals, but don't let that put you off - especially as some of the reworks are superb. There's plenty of delightfully floor-friendly fodder on show, from Ray Mang's guitar-flecked re-invention of "Use It Up & Wear It Out" and Flash Atkins' Shaft-goes-dub-disco take on "Don't Tell Me Tell Her" to the everything-but-the-kitchen sink antics of Faze Action and DJD. While not every mix hits the spot, there's more than enough to warrant further investigation.
Coming Up Shaking EP
ISM 008X
06 Jan 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fuga Da (Daniele Baldelli and Dionigi Diba 1) - (5:20) 122 BPM
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Fuga Da (Daniele Baldelli and Dionigi Diba 2) - (5:50) 122 BPM
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Fuga Da (original mix) - (3:54) 122 BPM
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Fuga Da (Ashley Beedle & Yam Who? remix) - (6:10) 129 BPM
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Emergency Calling (Cosmodelica remix) - (6:52) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Am The Body Electric (original mix) - (3:56) 127 BPM
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I Am The Body Electric (Young Athletes League remix) - (4:52) 106 BPM
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Turtle Pizza Cadillac
ISM 001
29 Jun 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Turtle Pizza Cadillac (original mix) - (3:14) 125 BPM
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Weight Watchers (original mix) - (4:26) 120 BPM
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Gigolette (original mix) - (3:31) 125 BPM
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Turtle Pizza Cadillac (Yam Who? rework) - (4:18) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Weight Watchers (Yam Who? rework) - (4:22) 120 BPM
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Qwestlife II
ISM 058X
08 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Give Me A Minute (original mix) - (8:27) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What You Like (feat Wildchild & Lola - original mix) - (6:15) 118 BPM
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Don't Break My Heart (feat Lady Z - Geonis & Mier remix) - (7:09) 117 BPM
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Don't Break My Heart (feat Lady Z - Yam Who remix) - (5:30) 117 BPM
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Review: Two years on from their last outing on ISM, Yam Who and Parisian pal Tom Laroye rekindle their Qwestlife collaboration. As with that single - the double A-side Can't Stop/Don't Break My Heart - Qwestlife II sees them indulging their love of string-laden disco, synth-heavy electrofunk and summery soul via live instrumentation, analogue synthesizers and some suitably talented guest vocalists. "Give Me A Minute" kicks things off, offering a typically soulful take on 1980s disco-soul, before rapper Wildlife and vocalist Lola swing by for the P-funk-flavoured smoothness of "What You Like". The package is completed by two fresh remixes of "Don't Break My Heart"; a rich, warm and typically sensual rub from Yam Who, and a bolder soulful house-meets-disco rework from Geonis & Meir.
Sources
ISM 029X
01 Jul 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sources (The Dead Rose Music Company remix) - (6:42) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sources (Lo:eb remix) - (6:38) 121 BPM
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Sources (Bufi remix) - (6:10) 117 BPM
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Sources (Lovebites remix) - (6:48) 115 BPM
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Sources (Bronx remix) - (7:14) 117 BPM
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Played by: FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, Inigo
Magic Dust
ISM 72X
27 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Magic Dust (E Live remix) - (4:30) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Magic Dust (Yam Who? remix) - (6:13) 118 BPM
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Magic Dust (Yuki's mix) - (6:04) 118 BPM
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Magic Dust (Ourra remix) - (6:21) 118 BPM
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Review: Saucy Lady is a Japanese-born, Boston-dwelling artist on a one-woman mission to return to the outre disco diva chic of yore. Word of her larger-than-life persona has spread to the UK, where a close collaboration with Yam Who? has resulted in this joy of a retro disco single. The latter's mix blends four to the floor beats, Chic-style guitar, electro boogie bass and a sumptuous synthy atmosphere. Elsewhere E-Live adds a smooth 80s soul twist, Ourra opts for a dubbed out bass heavy vibe and Yuki takes us to Funky Town in the EPs sexiest mix. Hot stuff!
Girl Down & Humid Disko
ISM 036X
10 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Girl Down (original mix) - (6:51) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Girl Down (Yam Who? rework) - (8:15) 120 BPM
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Humid Disko (El Diablos Social Club remix) - (5:49) 116 BPM
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Humid Disko (original mix) - (7:51) 116 BPM
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Review: Who exactly runs nu-disco label extraordinaire, ISM? Yam Who? - that's who! Here it's quite clearly all about the '80s Dynasty shoulderpad disco and quite frankly every club needs more ladies dressed like this on their dancefloors. "Girl Down" is a slow-burning saucy Italo-disco jam that evokes memories of The Flirts, which is taken things back to the Loveboat in a funky house version by the aforementioned label boss. "Humid Disko" is a deliriously epic electro-disco bomb, laced with a smidgeon of acid that gets stripped down into a cosmic/NRG EP highlight by El Diablos.
Sua Speciale/Cenobite
ISM 050X
15 Dec 14
Deep House
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Sua Speciale (Chris Massey Change The Record remix) - (6:38) 120 BPM
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Sua Speciale (original mix) - (7:46) 110 BPM
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Cenobite (Rayko remix) - (6:44) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cenobite (original mix) - (7:04) 112 BPM
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Review: South Wales duo Somerville and Wilson are well loved in the deep disco scene (that's slower, more expansive nu-disco for newcomers). Given their status, it's no surprise to see them popping up on Yam Who's ISM imprint to celebrate the label's 50th release. The two original tracks here are typical of their style, with glassy-eyed synths and ear-catching melodies riding chugging, arpeggio basslines. "Sun Speciale" sounds like slowed-down deep trance (in a similar way to some of the productions on Prins Thomas' Full Pupp imprint), while there's a Balearic bagginess to "Cenobite" that's consistently infectious. Remix-wise, Chris Massey ups the tempo and turns "Sun Speciale" into a new-Italo slammer, while Rayko adds some sunshine disco sparkle to "Cenobite".
Play It Tight
ISM 077X
18 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Play It Tight (Phil Gerus remix) - (5:08) 120 BPM
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Play It Tight (original mix) - (4:12) 105 BPM
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Play It Tight (Yam Who? remix) - (4:53) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: YAM WHO?, GOLDBOY, 80's Child
Review: Given the respected track records of boogie revivalists Sven Atherton and Ourra (AKA producer Simon Tappenden), you'd expect this collaborative single to be rather good. Happily, it is. "Play It Tight" features the alluring vocals of Alena, and is as authentic a chunk of sparkling, synth-heavy boogie as you'll find. The duo's bubbly, sun-kissed original is accompanied by two fine reworks. First, Moscow resident Phil Gerus turns it into a throbbing fusion of Tiger & Woods style loop-house and hard-edged electrofunk, before label boss Yam Who effortlessly joins the dots between sumptuous soulful house, and tasty disco-boogie (think Chic style guitars, sweeping strings, and rich chord progressions).
Something's On My Mind
ISM 034X
25 Nov 13
Deep House
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Something's On My Mind (feat Mariama - original mix) - (3:53) 101 BPM
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Something's On My Mind (feat Mariama - Barrientos remix) - (10:13) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Something's On My Mind (feat Mariama - Yam Who? rework) - (4:14) 110 BPM
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Black Silk (feat Elsa - original mix) - (5:00)
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Black Silk (feat Elsa - Blue Youth boogie down remix) - (7:43) 113 BPM
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Review: North London producer Hamish Balfour is an intriguing proposition. Able to play a myriad of instruments, and with a love of heavy jazz, electronics and Flying Lotus-style MPC abuse, he produces songs that are particularly hard to pigeonhole. "Something's On My Mind" is deep, jazzy and soulful, built around sensual vocals, DIlla-esque beats, warm Rhodes and hazy electronics. "Black Silk" is even dreamier, darker and scratchier, showcasing more of his MPC programming skills. Both tracks are immaculate, suggesting great things to come in future. The EP also includes a string of remixes, with the warm and groovy Blue Youth Boogie Down mix of "Black Silk" and Yam Who's wide-eyed, piano-laden version of "Something's On My Mind" standing out.
Yam Who? Presents The Official Reworks
ISM 033X
02 Sep 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Alena - "Changes" (Yam Who? unreleased mix) - (5:58) 107 BPM
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Ilija Rudman - "Crazy With You" (Yam Who? Secret Garden mix) - (6:02) 115 BPM
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Volta Cab - "Play On" (Yam Who? Full Filtered remix) - (5:31) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Parallel Dance Ensemble - "Pizza Turtle Cadillac" (Yam Who? rework) - (4:17) 115 BPM
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Natasha Watts - "Touch Me (All Night Long)" (Yam Who? Unreleased edit) - (9:56) 120 BPM
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Bobby Eclecto - "Party Animals" (Yam Who? rework) - (7:49) 120 BPM
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Finn Peters - "Purple & Yellow" (Yam Who? rework) - (5:37) 106 BPM
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Tiny Cornelius - "Something's On My Mind" (Yam Who? Swedish Soul Mafia remix) - (4:26) 108 BPM
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Double Yellow - "Feed Me" (Yam Who? rework) - (7:30) 105 BPM
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Genius Collective - "Future" (Yam Who? Freestyle remix) - (5:52) 111 BPM
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Erik Rico - "Wanting You" (Yam Who? Spiritual rework) - (7:45) 116 BPM
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Spektrum - "Ambush In Istanbul" (Yam Who? After Dark rework) - (10:04) 123 BPM
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Review: Yam Who? tirelessly releases the finest electronic disco through his own label ISM. Sometimes it's in the form of compilations and sometimes its stuff by the likes of Sleazy McQueen or Spektrum. Now and then he even gets time to release his own work. This is such a case and it's an impressive collection of all his official reworks of other artists. Highlights over the 12 tracks include his souped-up version of an '80s cover by Natasha Watts, the slick electro boogie rework of a Bobby Electro tune and the soulful retro house of his Erik Rico re-rub.
Shades Of Disco
ISM 054X
30 Mar 15
Funky/Club House
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Odyssey - "Going Back To My Roots 2015" (Main Club mix) - (5:57) 112 BPM
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The Hinge Project Feat Mandel Turner - "Brand New Day" (JoeBlack remix) - (7:32) 115 BPM
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Alena - "Let Me Be The One" (80s Child remix) - (5:44) 114 BPM
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Geonis & Mier - "Walks The Night" (original mix) - (6:36) 52 BPM
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Gemini Brothers - "Jeckermich" (original mix) - (7:09) 119 BPM
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Ilija Rudman - "Future Times" (original mix) - (3:47) 110 BPM
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Ron Basejam - "Is The Word" (original mix) - (6:00) 112 BPM
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Dagfest - "I'm Low" (original mix) - (4:34) 99 BPM
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Bonar Bradberry Feat Steven Collazo - "Stop & Look" (original mix) - (7:01) 118 BPM
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Krenz - "Vendredi" (original mix) - (7:57) 126 BPM
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Qwestlife Feat Lady Z - "Don't Break My Heart" (original mix) - (5:23) 117 BPM
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Natasha Watts - "Touch Me All Night Long" (Yam Who? dub mix) - (9:56) 120 BPM
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Somerville & Wilson - "Humid Disko" (El Diablos Social Club remix) - (5:49) 116 BPM
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Freekwency Feat Sarah Bates - "Midnight Rise" (Ruf Dug remix) - (3:28) 72 BPM
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Soopaman Inc Feat Andre Espeut - "One Thing" (Get Down Edit's remix) - (6:44) 54 BPM
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DJ Raw Sugar Feat Milly James - "Tell Me" (Yam Who? Rework) - (6:01) 116 BPM
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Alena - "Changes" (Ron Basejam remix) - (7:15) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Leebo Freeman - "Hot Ways" (original mix) - (6:10) 110 BPM
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Solid District - "Don't Stop" (original mix) - (7:42) 119 BPM
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Voodoo Whiskey - "Sunspots" (original mix) - (6:10) 114 BPM
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Killer Whale - "Tell You Today" (original mix) - (8:49) 128 BPM
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Chaz Jankel - "Questionaire" (DJD Disco dub remix) - (5:20) 125 BPM
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Ichisan - "Bela Ljubljana" (Yam Who? Rework) - (5:41) 113 BPM
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Ponty Mython - "Use Your Hands, Use Your Head" (original mix) - (6:05) 122 BPM
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Review: Yam Who is a man who is on a mission to uncover the coolest cult re-edit guys around and make sure the public hear them. This is usually through his own ISM imprint and it's also usually via the medium of the EP. Here, though he's gone all out to present this huge compilation album, bursting with party goodness, and boasting 24 tracks. Highlights include the '80s Child's rework of power-snare soul anthem "Let Me Be The One", the neon glow of arpeggiated synth boogie gem "Jeckermich" and Ron Basejam's deep and sensuous take on the sultry electro-soul of "Changes".
Yam Who? Presents Magic Mixes & Official Reworks
ISM 065
09 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Hinge Project - "Brand New Day" (feat Mandel Turner) - (6:23) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Freekwency - "Something Else On Your Mind" (feat Jordan Ruru) - (7:51) 113 BPM
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Jimmy The Twin - "Midnight Shuffle" - (6:40) 115 BPM
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Ichisan - "Bela Ljubljana" - (5:41) 113 BPM
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I Gemin - "Private Life" - (7:43) 117 BPM
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Alena - "Use 2 Hold Me" - (6:06) 113 BPM
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Joey Dice - "Puzzling Me" (feat Charmaine Patterson) - (6:55) 111 BPM
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Cosmic Funk Band - "House Of Sand" - (7:10) 117 BPM
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Richard Seaborne - "He Said He Loved U" - (8:28) 117 BPM
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Qwestlife - "Don't Break My Heart" (feat Lady Z) - (5:30) 117 BPM
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Drive - "Diamond In The Rough" - (7:05) 118 BPM
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Bubblegum - "On & On" - (6:56) 120 BPM
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Review: London disco house imprint ISN presents us with a compilation showcasing recent graduates of their Class of '16. All the usual suspects are here; and they all pass, with honours! Hosting the ceremony is none other than Yam? Who, compiling the release tremendously with some surefire dancefloor fodder to make it one year to remember, and boy do they ever! There's the sweet boogie down vibes of The Hinge Project's "Brand New Day" and Freekwency's "Something Else On Your Mind" right through to the Italo favoured vibe of Ichisan's "Bela Libujanja" and not to mention sweet nu disco ditties by Joey Dice ("Puzzling Me") and Richard Seaborne ("U Said U Loved Me") showcasing the labels various moods and grooves in impressive fashion.
Futurism Shades Of Space
ISM 026X
25 Mar 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Bonar Bradberry - "This Way Up" - (7:15) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spektrum - "Ambush In Istanbul" (Kiwi remix) - (6:46) 124 BPM
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St Petersburgh Disco Spin Club - "Pardonnez Moi Pour Mon Francais" - (6:22) 117 BPM
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Mannmade Music - "Listen Up" - (6:43) 116 BPM
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Ron Basejam - "Is The Word" (PBR Streetgang remix) - (10:26) 119 BPM
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Jamie L - "Rough Jammm Yo" - (8:08) 120 BPM
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Michelle Manetti - "Give It Up" (Ruben & Ra remix) - (6:52) 120 BPM
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Nu Ak - "Fly Away" - (6:54) 115 BPM
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Adolfo Velayos - "The Taste" - (7:31) 120 BPM
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Rubinskee - "Sources" (The Dead Rose Music Company remix) - (6:44) 118 BPM
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Nega Tiv - "Liquid Call" - (5:04) 124 BPM
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Ex Friendly - "Shokran" - (8:12) 80 BPM
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Odyssey - "Aint No Stoppin Us Now" (Ron Basejam remix) - (7:10) 119 BPM
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Gemini Bros - "Jocko" (DJ Rocca Eurodiscodub) - (5:58) 120 BPM
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Ben La Desh & Plan DAqua - "Crackstate" - (6:54) 105 BPM
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Yam Who? - "Dont You Want My Love" (feat Natasha Watts - Stupid Human mix) - (6:14) 120 BPM
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Questlife - "What You Like" (feat Lola & Wildchild) - (6:20) 118 BPM
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Freekwency - "By My Side" (feat Charli James) - (5:22) 111 BPM
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Phunktastike - "Love Crisis" - (5:20) 110 BPM
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Yambee - "SAM" - (7:25) 110 BPM
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Genius Collective - "Stronger Than Me" - (6:09) 100 BPM
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Hamish Balfour - "Believe" (feat Erik Rico) - (6:00) 108 BPM
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Review: ISM Records' two Futurism EPs have proved so popular that label boss Yam Who has decided to use them as the inspiration for an expansive compilation of previously unreleased gems. Unlike the label's other popular strand, Midnight Riot, there's always been a bit more of an open-minded, eclectic feel about the Futurism releases. This is no different. Whilst rooted in nu-disco and deep house, Futurism: Shades of Space also touches on 21st century jazz-funk (Manmademusic), bongo-laden spiritual house (Nu Ak's "Fly Away"), fluid garage (Nega Tiv's excellent "Liquid Call"), woozy Balearica (Ben La Desh and Plan DAqua), block party boogie (Questlife feat Wildstyle, Freekwency) and nu-jazz (Hamish Balfour). More importantly, the quality threshold remains high throughout.
Downtown Diva EP
ISM 025X
15 Aug 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rock With U 2Nite - (7:55) 115 BPM
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Rock With U 2Nite (Electric Boogie Boogie Down dub) - (6:29) 115 BPM
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Giving It All To Me - (7:18) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Touch Me (All Night Long) - (9:56) 120 BPM
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Review: Previously, vocalist Natasha Watts has largely appeared on a range of soulful house cuts, working with the likes of Aaron Ross and Richard Earnshaw. Here, she flips the script and delivers an EP revivalist boogie jams for Yam Who's ISM imprint. It's a smart move. Opener "Rock With U Tonight" sets the tone, delivering a dubbed-out mix of spacey synths, rubbery bass and Larry Levan levels of delay. "Giving It All To Me" continues on a similar theme, sounding so authentic that it could have been released on Prelude or Vanguard in the Spring of 1983. Best of all, though, is "Touch Me (All Night Long)", a brilliant, strung-out cover of the Fonda Rae club classic of the same name.
Shine
ISM 003X
15 Mar 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Shine (Bennson mix full version) - (7:39) 118 BPM
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Shine (original mix) - (5:44) 122 BPM
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Wanting You (original mix) - (4:58) 78 BPM
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Wanting You (Yam Who? remix) - (7:24) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shine (Roots N Herbs remix) - (6:36) 116 BPM
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Shine (radio edit) - (5:09) 118 BPM
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Played by: Touchsoul
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