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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!
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
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".
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.
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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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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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