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Katakana Edits Vol 28
KE 9028
15 May 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Stopin - (2:43) 115 BPM
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Tonight - (2:46) 110 BPM
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Blacktel - (3:09) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Buyer - (2:55) 112 BPM
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Quiqui - (3:26) 96 BPM
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Review: Nothing cheap about the complier of the latest installment of Katakana Edits series. Cheapedits has lined up a sizzling selection of party-orientated scalpel jobs, and gives The Supremes a thorough early 90s hip-house makeover on "Stopin". Inxs get a sleazy big beat facelift on "Tonight", and it's all about the vintage 60s shuffle on "Blacktel". "Buyer" provides some poppy ska and "Qui Qui" wraps things up with closing-time-at-a-tequila-bar vibe.
Katakana Edits Vol 40
KE 9040
18 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Breakfast Jam - (5:28) 111 BPM
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What's Your Name - (4:49) 100 BPM
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Written Letter - (6:38) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Having previously plied his trade on Tonbe's Disco Fruit label, re-editor Disco Funk Spinner transfers to Katakana Edits. Providing the ongoing series' 40th release, the Tel Aviv-based producer delivers a trio of tidy reworks. "Breakfast Jam" is bold and brassy, offering a chunky, hip-wigglin' version of a lesser-celebrated Michael Jackson workout complete with crashing drum breaks, scratching, clipped guitars, bold horns and impassioned, freestyle vocals. "What's Your Name" expertly cuts up David Bowie's "Fame", emphasizing the original's killer disco-funk groove along the way, while standout "Written Letter" extends a sweet soul gem, in the process turning it into a six minute club workout.
Katakana Edits Vol 37
KE 9037
11 Dec 15
Breakbeat
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Soul Song Of Men - (3:50) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Irie Song - (3:54) 101 BPM
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Song For Justice - (3:56) 103 BPM
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Love The Song - (4:03) 105 BPM
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Review: Clarivo and Ivan's Hungary/Germany dub connection continues with another series of surgically edited funk-ups. Lee Perry enjoys the treatment on two occasions: "Soul Man" gets a bold wonky swing, echoed guitars and full focus on the golden harmonies while "Justice To The People" gets a chuggy rub with big dubby FX on the vocal elements. Elsewhere The Originals' "Got To Be Irie" is shaken with a mild lovers rock 80s feel, underpinned by some strange stretchy bass textures. Finally Black Uhuru's "What Is Life" gets massaged with a neat dab of disco. Consummate.
Katakana Edits Vol 36
KE 9036
16 Oct 15
Breakbeat
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El Diablo - (4:12) 99 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Living Dread - (4:03) 91 BPM
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Stay Dread Now - (4:02) 96 BPM
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Grumbling - (3:55) 92 BPM
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Review: Katakana have thrown us a bit of a curveball for this, their 36th volume of their Edits series, with DJ Clairvo and Dr Ivan lending a reggae-tinged twist to proceedings. Opener "El Diablo" has a big beat swing with some digi-reggae vibes, "The Living Dread" is synthy, cut-up dancehall, "Stay Dread Now" ups the heavy riddims and "Grumbling" is a brass-laden feel-good closer.
Katakana Edits Vol 17
KE 9017
14 Apr 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Rollin Stone - (5:15) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hollywood Swings (ballroom version) - (4:18)
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Hollywood Swings (club version) - (4:22)
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Oh My Man - (4:25)
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Get Your Enjoys - (3:34)
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Review: Oli Garch was last heard of covering Bryan Ferry; here he returns with five swingy cuts with a slight hip-hop bent. Things kick off with the Latin lounge-via-the-durrty-south vibes of "Rollin Stone", the instrumental "Oh My Man" goes way back for a Louis Prima-style sound married to trippy hoppy beats, "Get Your Enjoys" loops some vocals from a similar retro tune, whilst the two versions of "Hollywood Swings" explore the housier end of the electro-swing spectrum.
Katakana Edits Vol 20
KE 9020
21 Nov 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Real Thing - (6:59) 124 BPM
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Review: Doctor Music recently released his Party Has Just Begun album on Timewarp, but this restless disco soul has already returned to his Katakana Edits series, releasing this, the 20th installment! "The Real Thing" is a slice of feelgood quality disco with an amazing, totally liquid bassline and golden honeyed (largely) female vocals. Looks like we'll be playing this one for months!
Katakana Edits Vol 39
KE 9039
04 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016) - (6:15) 99 BPM
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The Boogie - (7:53) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Into The Disco Scene - (5:41) 125 BPM
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The Crown - (6:45) 125 BPM
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Review: A DJ since the '80s, Argentinian by way of London Fabiolous Barker has appeared previously on Midnight Riot, Masterworks and Funkfusion and presents us with some quality disco edits. "Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016)" is a funky excursion to soul heaven that you'll never forget, while it's back to the disco on "The Boogie" which reworks Uncle Louie's "Full-Tilt Boogie" from 1979. "Into The Disco Scene" is the kind of recycled disco loops that Thomas Bangalter would be proud of while "The Crown" mashes up a few disco nuggets actually, but absolutely to perfection; try and guess which ones... but don't forget to dance!
Katakana Edits Vol 35
KE 9035
09 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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FabioLous Barker - "Sing" - (5:58) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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FabioLous Barker - "NightGrooving" - (6:59) 111 BPM
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FabioLous Barker - "Why D'you Run Away" - (6:04) 120 BPM
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Amir Pery - "Watch The Dub" - (3:38) 115 BPM
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Amir Pery - "Watch The Dub" (Doglong version) - (6:16) 115 BPM
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Review: High-grade schmokin' disco is on the menu here on the latest Katakana Edits installment, courtesy of Fabiolous Barker and Amir Perry. The former flexes his re-edit muscle over three beguiling tracks: the frisky funk fizz of the housey "Sing", the sultry low-slung "NightGrooving" and the punchy Flash & The Pan 80s rework "Why D'Ya Run Away". Perry mans the decks for the final tunes - the diva-funk strutter "Watch The Dub" which comes in both standard and extended versions.
Katakana Edits Vol 12
KE 9012
29 Jul 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Down In The Basement - (3:24) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Diablos - (4:23) 113 BPM
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Without You - (3:06) 76 BPM
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The Clapping Song - (3:57) 84 BPM
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Yo-Yo Beat - (3:29) 125 BPM
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Review: The latest addition to the Katakana Edits party is the mysterious FH. Equally mysterious are the source tracks for the edits featured here. However there's no ambiguity about the standard of tunes though. There's five of them and unlike the more swingy vibes of the label's recent releases, "Vol 12" is going for a tougher funk vibe, almost rare groove in places. Highlights include the gritty "Down In The Basement", the percussive Latin jam "Diablos" and the loose and groovy "Yo-Yo Beat".
Katakana Edits Vol 7
KE 9007
15 Oct 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Mambo No 5 - (3:14) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Funny Saga - (4:56) 119 BPM
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High Life - (4:55) 120 BPM
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Zamboozee - (3:42) 96 BPM
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Review: For the uninitiated, The Gaff is a Canada-based DJ, producer and prodigious maker of "party breaks" - shorthand for re-edits and reworks that should appeal for those DJs for whom loose rhythms are of more interest than a straight 4/4 pulse. This first contribution to the digital-only Katakana Edits series is full of funk and soul-laden jams with heavy but snappy drums. There's a global feel, too, with excellent forays into afro-funk ("High Life") and Latin beats ("Mambo Number 5"). While all four tracks are carefully tuned to the needs of dancefloors, the afro-flecked disco-funk grooves of "Funny Saga" stands out.
Katakana Edits Vol 5
KE 9005
10 Jul 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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La Bomba - (3:29) 76 BPM
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Its A Shame - (3:27) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Latin Jam - (6:05) 126 BPM
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Love Me - (6:56) 113 BPM
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Gousgounis - (1:41) 110 BPM
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Review: A worldly trawl through some excellent global retro gems marks out this latest set of "Katanka Edits" by Jorge Bits. From the wild and crazy Latin funk of "La Bomba" to an excellent edit job on The Spinners' classic soul jam "It's A Shame", Volume 5 comes loaded with five perfect and surprising floor-filling funk workouts.
Katakana Edits Vol 22
KE 9022
13 Feb 15
Funk
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The Castor Groove - (5:23) 111 BPM
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Ginga (feat Trotter) - (6:37) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Lee Zamah has appeared on stargazing re-edit label Katakana before, but only on various artist EPs. Here on Volume 22, he gets to blossom with two of his reworks featured. "The Cator Groove" is fiery, tight and urgent '70s funk-rock, whilst "Ginga" is more emotional, with soulful loops and plenty of brass action. Overall a well-rounded EP.
Katakana Edits Vol 27
KE 9027
24 Apr 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Brother - (4:35) 115 BPM
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Sleazy - (3:12) 101 BPM
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Give Me What You Got - (2:51) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Braz Guns - (3:03) 95 BPM
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Decidete Mi Amor - (3:12) 92 BPM
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Manjah & Teza Capuccino - "Volume" - (3:53) 99 BPM
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Review: Greek re-edit king MaJah has found that his cheeky productions work in his favour; the producer is being re-enlisted to take charge of another volume in Katakana's edit series (he only just recently helmed vol 25!). This time he presents six new tracks, again laying off the disco/Afro in favour of different sounds. Highlights include the lazy funk rock of "Sleaze", the big-beat-goes-big-band-isms of "Give Me What You Got" and the vintage reggae rhyme hip-house crackler "Volume".
Katakana Edits Vol 8
KE 9008
30 Nov 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Donna's A Mess - (3:06) 134 BPM
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My Dub Is Empty - (4:28) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dynamite - (4:46) 99 BPM
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Sensi Aroma - (3:31) 86 BPM
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Oriente Patria - (3:43) 111 BPM
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Review: Fresh-faced funkateer Manjah steps up to the party-hardy Katakana series, and does so with distinction. It's a game of two halves as the first two cuts are dedicated to chanteuses Smokey Robinson and Donna Hightower. Both powered by swashbuckling 60s funk riffs, these are authentic edits done with true creativity. Later on in the EP we head West to the Caribbean as Manjah gets his skank on with Dancehall Queen. Those with a penchant for Greek taverna flavours should hold tight for the rustic groove on "Orienta Patria". Nice work.
Katakana Edits Vol 25
KE 9025
27 Mar 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kingston Knowing - (3:32) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Smokin My Ganja - (4:39) 122 BPM
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Raggamuffin - (3:56) 99 BPM
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ManJah & Teza Cappuccino - "Canibal" - (4:06) 75 BPM
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Rudies - (2:57) 91 BPM
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Roam - (3:22) 83 BPM
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Played by: Timewarp, ManJah, Funk Fusion
Review: To celebrate a quarter century of releases, Katakana Edits has decided to do things differently, eschewing disco and afrobeat jams in favour of a six-track set of reggae, dancehall, ska and ragga reworks from Athens-based ManJah. His formula is simple: take a variety of cuts, and give them a massive boot up the backside to make them more appropriate for contemporary dancefloor plays. In some instances, this means adding toughened-up hip-hop style rhythms ("Kingston Knowing", "Smoking My Ganja"); at other times, he's more interested in the 4/4 shuffle of pitched-down house (the excellent "Raggamuffin"). The results are never less than solid, with the rich, head-nodding sweetness of "Roam" and "Rudies" standing out.
Katakana Edits Vol 13
KE 9013
23 Sep 13
Breakbeat
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Chachacha - (3:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Discohop - (4:45)
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Trouble In Africa - (6:18) 127 BPM
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Party Overthere - (3:59)
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We've Got - (4:52) 120 BPM
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The Sound - (5:52)
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Played by: Timewarp, Chudy
Review: Last spotted on volume 10, Katakana mainstay Morlack returns with six more distinctive edits and rubdowns. In keeping the series' Latin, jazz, soul and boogie motifs, each of these cuts oozes smooth funk sophistication. With a sound that ranges from Papa Levi's rapid chatter on the skank-packed "Trouble In Africa" to the slapbass and horn-heaved sensation on "We've Got", Morlack tickles every corner of the dancefloor with gusto. Essential.
Katakana Edits Vol 10
KE 9010
26 Mar 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Loose It - (6:09) 95 BPM
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Let's Boogie - (5:32) 105 BPM
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Big Pill - (4:52) 116 BPM
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Capital S - (5:13) 78 BPM
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Tough - (4:15) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: How many edit series can boast reaching a tenth volume? Ok, well how many can boast of attaining ten successful ones? Here French funk party commander Morlack provides five new top-notch retweaks that take no prisoners. "Loose It" is a tight James Brown-style jam that occasionally veers into French electro territory, "Let's Boogie" is all funk grooves and tough hip-hop breaks, "Big Pill" is total rubberband disco-funk,"Capital S" is more electro-boogie and finally "Tough" wraps things up with a big ole slap bass and flute singalong!
Katakana Edits Vol 23
KE 9023
27 Feb 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Dude - (5:39) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Morning - (4:33) 100 BPM
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Dusic - (4:52) 113 BPM
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Spinnin - (4:46) 115 BPM
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Review: Normally one for the grand gesture (his last album boasted 27 tracks!), master of the gently nefarious art of the mash-up, Morlack, comes back down to earth to deliver a mere four edited disco gems for Katakana. As usual, the production quality of his sample-fuelled jiggery is second to none, with the slow and elastic funk of smoocher "The Dude", the slap bass twitcher "Morning", the stormin' electro-funk of "Dusic" and the raw, cowbell bustin' hoe-down of "Spinnin'" proving to be dancefloor devourers one and all.
Katakana Edits Vol 33
KE 9033
25 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hang It Up - (4:56) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bom Bom - (5:07) 116 BPM
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Love Thing - (4:58) 117 BPM
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Ganja Man - (4:21) 140 BPM
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Review: The latest driver to be given the keys to the Katakana Edits series is the Go-Go lovin' Morlack. He's delivered four sizzlers aimed, as always, firmly at the heart of the dancefloor. "Hang It Up" sees tough, breaky beats leading sassy brass, quirky bass and honky tonk piano, whilst "Bom Bom" is pure unadulterated 80s holiday cheese - imagine Black Lace on a bender in the Caribbean circa 1984 and you'll get the postcard. This theme continues with the digital-reggae sing-a-long "Ganja Man" before the pure, phased funk of "Love Thing" wraps things up in cool early '80s style.
Katakana Edits Vol 41
KE 9041
01 Apr 16
Breakbeat
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Don't Stop - (7:29) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Funk & Roll - (4:13) 118 BPM
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Ubirantan - (4:02) 120 BPM
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Review: Party orientated re-edit man Morlack is the latest name signed up to curate a Katakana Edit compilation. Here on number 41 the 80s obsessed producer catches us on the wrong foot with the dubbed out reggae rework of Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Til You Get Enough. Normally known more for his boogie tastes, this dubby version is a real treat. "Funk & Roll" is a celebratory funk and breaks sing-along and the beefed up Afrobeat of "Ubirantan" is the best track on here. Party season has arrived!
Katakana Edits Vol 19
KE 9019
28 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Morlack - "Feel Alright" - (3:56) 123 BPM
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Trotter - "Loco Trill" - (3:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Morlack - "Livin In America" - (5:28) 115 BPM
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Lee Zamah - "Bottom's Up" - (5:35) 103 BPM
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Review: Such is the ambition of disco edit label Katakana that their mission statement proclaims them to release 'music made on earth', like they're aiming for success beyond the stars. It's a pretty stellar line-up they've got too with French edit wonder Morlack getting two appearances both on the Miami Sound Machine-esque Latin electro-funk of "Feel Alright" and on a muscled up version of James Brown's "Living In America". Elsewhere we get early '90s hip-house vibes from Trotter on "Loco Trill" and slinky '80s slow boogie on "Bottoms Up". If that don't get the aliens dancing, nothing will.
Katakana Edits Vol 31
KE 9031
24 Aug 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Blue Devils - (2:57) 107 BPM
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Smooth Changes - (3:53) 122 BPM
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Horny Me Swing - (3:13) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Paper Bossa Loser - (4:50) 94 BPM
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Review: The latest curator of the esteemed series of groovy re-edits is none other than rising star, Ree Keen. There's four reworks featured here, all of which perfectly capture the noted diversity of his influences. Opener "Blue Devils" is all bluesy looped nonchalance, "Smooth Changes" is a party ragtime jaunt through Annie-style musical swing. "Horny Me Swing" is a mash-up of Mousse T and big band jive that's as improbable as it sounds and "Paper Bossa Loser" fuses vintage Beck with chiming, sunkissed bossa nova. It shouldn't work, but it does!
Katakana Edits Vol 34
KE 9034
02 Oct 15
Funk
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Rsn & Mister T - "Son Of A Gun" - (4:09) 110 BPM
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Rsn & Mister T - "Dig It" - (3:58) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mister Vagz - "Love Me Venus" - (3:22) 128 BPM
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Review: It appears that lately, the Katakana label have opted to keep their Edits Series releases shorter and more frequent. Here, we get the 34th installment this time features tracks by two different talents: RSN & Mister T who deliver the funky party breaker "Son Of A Gun" and the retro soulful big beat of "Dig It". Elsewhere Mister Vagz appears with the cheeky beefed-up mash-up, "Love Me Venus" (a blend of The Doors, Shocking Blue and 90s drum breaks!).
Katakana Edits Vol 26
KE 9026
10 Apr 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dopesmokah - (5:17) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Old Bisties - (4:53) 89 BPM
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Bambuta - (3:10) 110 BPM
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Jazzme - (6:21) 117 BPM
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Review: Is it that time already? Yep, yet another installment in Katakana's ever progressing re-edit series is here and this time the spotlight shines on regular label contributor Timewrap who delivers four of his finest. Having last occupied this role covering Duran Duran back on number 14, Timewrap looks more to other eras this time round. We get loose and funky 90s hip-hop vibes on the Beasties-sampling "Dopesmokah" and "Old Bisties". Meanwhile headnodding retro 70s funk meets party rap on "Bambooka" and the breezy, jazz guitar-laced Balearic house of "Jazzme" wraps things up nicely.
Katakana Edits Vol 14
KE 9014
29 Nov 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Yakayaka - (10:21) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Girls On Drugs - (5:08) 120 BPM
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Girls On Drugs (dub) - (5:08) 120 BPM
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Played by: Timewarp, Moustache Love
Review: Katakana Edits regulars Timewrap return to the ever-reliable label with another trio of dancefloor-focused reworks. Perhaps the headline attractions are the two alternate takes on Duran Duran's '80s classic "Girls On Film" (here re-titled "Girls on Drugs"). Both versions (vocal and Dub, the latter of which is our pick) make much of the original's restless punk-funk bassline, tough (but tasteful) new drums and plenty of delay. Arguably even stronger, though, is "Yakayaka", a stretched out, tweaked and teased version of Monyaka's odd (but essential) 1983 reggae-boogie cut "Go Deh Yaka (To The Top)". Stitching together the best bits of the original and dub with new electronics and even more dubwise effects, it offers an excellent, dancefloor-ready alternative to the '83 12".
Katakana Edits Vol 32
KE 9032
01 Sep 15
Breakbeat
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Dubrealmc - (5:53) 141 BPM
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Dubrealmc (version) - (5:54) 141 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Forever to be considered a spelling mistake, re-edit hero Timewrap handles creative duties on the latest installment of the Katakana Edits series. With just two tracks on this 32nd volume, it's a short and sweet affair, but hey, it's the holiday season. Timewrap certainly has holidays on his mind here with both tracks having a dubbed-out and rum-soaked sunny atmosphere, based around the riddim from the Willie Williams classic" Armagideon Time." The chunkier version wins it here.
Katakana Edits Vol 11
KE 9011
27 May 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Timewrap - "Say Some" - (3:48) 140 BPM
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DJ Oli Garch - "Summertime" - (4:27) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DJ Clairvo - "I'll Be A GoodMan" - (4:11) 109 BPM
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Timewrap - "Maiami" - (3:13) 104 BPM
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DJ Clairvo - "Lovely TV" - (3:51) 108 BPM
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Review: The Katakana edit express thunders on with their 11th installment of party breaks. This time the overwhelming vibe is of retro soul, jazz and swing. The latter is handled with a Latin influence on "I'll Be A God Man" and "Lovely TV" by DJ Clairvo, while the amazingly-named DJ Oli Garch provides a breaky, swingy version of jazz standard "Summertime. Lastly Timewrap opts for some Cuban-tinged grooves on "Miami", as well as a cheeky retweak of The Velvelettes' Motown classic "He Was Really Saying Something".
Katakana Edits Vol 4
KE 9004
22 Jun 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Timewrap - "Lost" - (6:02) 102 BPM
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Timewrap - "Moneybomb" - (6:20) 110 BPM
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Timewrap - "Dancing To That" - (6:06) 112 BPM
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Lee MaZah - "A Lover's Holiday" - (5:06) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Timewarp, Superbreak
Katakana Edits Vol 9
KE 9009
11 Feb 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Timewrap - "We Gonna Rule The World" - (10:46) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Timewrap - "Listen 2 This" - (9:44) 120 BPM
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Lee Mazah - "Funky Cameron" - (5:14) 120 BPM
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Lee Mazah - "Revans" - (5:57) 113 BPM
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Review: The Katwana Edits crew can usually be relied upon to deliver reliable, floor-friendly edits that get just the right balance between contemporary dancefloor chops and original swing. This four-tracker from Timewrap and Lee Mazah is, unsurprisingly, pitched perfectly. The epic "We're Gonna Rule The World" cleverly blends a number of shuffling disco-soul classics, without ever sounding lie a needless mash-up. "Listen To This" ups the tempo, brilliantly chopping up a soaring, basement-friendly disco-funk jam. Lee Mazah's cheeky "Funky Cameron" goes straight for the P-funk jugluar (via an electrofunk take on the US national anthem and some ace party atmosphere samples), while "Revans" is an outlandishly groovy disco-funk stomper.
Katakana Edits Vol 38
KE 9038
22 Jan 16
Funk
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Timewrap & Mister Vagz - "Soul Fingaz" - (2:43) 126 BPM
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Timewrap - "Jalec" - (4:24) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The latest installment of Katakana's Edits series may be a short and sweet January stopgap, but that doesn't mean the quality is any less. First up Timewrap teams up with Mister Vagz to drop a perky big beat hoedown in the form of "Soul Fingaz", before the mighty Timewrap steps in and slows things down with the soulful Reggae grooves of "Jalec".
Katakana Edits Vol 3
KE 9003
04 Jun 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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K&G Moments - (4:41) 110 BPM
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Meters Disco - (4:56) 124 BPM
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Fresh & The Gang - (4:07) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Woman Can See It (Deep Groovy edit) - (3:26) 120 BPM
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Katakana Edits Vol 2
KE 9002
10 Jun 12
Funky/Club House
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Timewrap - "Caravan Boot" (feat DJ KomMit) - (6:36) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Timewrap - "Vira IV" (feat DJ KomMit & BeatRide) - (5:53) 125 BPM
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Timewrap - "Vira IV" (feat DJKomMit & BeatRide - instrumental) - (5:07) 125 BPM
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Yamon Serrano - "Swing In Rome" - (5:06) 123 BPM
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Yamon Serrano - "Story Of The Drum & Salsa" - (4:02) 120 BPM
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Played by: Timewarp
Review: If you're looking for some cheeky, party-starting music with a difference, this selection of electro-swing re-edits could be perfect. Featuring reworks that range from straight-up swing ("Swing In Rome"), and sweaty mambo-house ("Vira IV"), to heavyweight Arabian jams given a contemporary twist ("Caravan Boot"), there are plenty of horn-toting global rhythms to enjoy. By far and away the best track, though, is closer "Drum & Salsa", which dispenses with additional kits and house production trickery in favour of intricate percussion, Latino swagger and choice vocal samples. Does what it says on the tin. Well, kind of.
Katakana Edits Vol 6
KE 9006
03 Sep 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Timewrap - "Run Blind" (feat dj KomMit) - (3:31) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Timewrap - "Pussycat" - (4:38) 120 BPM
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Timewrap - "Cumbia" - (5:20) 105 BPM
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Yamon Serrano - "Bitch boot!" - (3:24) 108 BPM
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Yamon Serrano - "Yiri Cumbia" - (2:23) 90 BPM
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Timewrap - "Just Crust" - (6:47) 123 BPM
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Review: In keeping with the previous five releases in this series, Vol 6 of Katakana Edits once again takes vintage tunes and chops 'em up, adding extra modern percussion and the like, to deliver contemporary dancefloor fillers with an old skool twist. This release uses very old songs as the basis for each tune: vintage blues for the Moby-esque "Run Blind", Latino mambo on "Pussycat" and Mexicana on "Yiri Cumbia". Conversely, and perhaps to keep the audience on their toes, "Bitch Boot" features samples of foul-mouthed rap including "My Neck, My Back" by Khia!
Katakana Edits Vol 1
KE 9001
10 May 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Koulouri - (3:10) 135 BPM
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Dr Ray - (5:44) 86 BPM
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Aint Swing It - (4:33) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ida Tharis - (4:53) 108 BPM
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Turn Me On (free download) - (3:41) 129 BPM
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Review: TMW warms up his edit mangler and sharpens his scalpels to go to work on a fabulously exotic set of rarities that swing through Balkan beat, Latin and indeed Swing on this invaluable five track Katakana Edits EP. The Eastern '60s pop of "Koulouri", the Northern Soul stomp of "Dr. Ray" and the electro-swing of "Ain't Swing It" especially all make for very canny DJ food for spinners of a far-out persuasion.

Katakana Edits Vol 29
KE 9029
29 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Timewrap - "Staying" - (6:31) 115 BPM
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Timewrap - "Pick It Up" - (7:09) 108 BPM
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Timewrap - "Blind Band" - (7:12) 122 BPM
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Dim Zach & Deem - "Check It" - (6:25) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dim Zach & Deem - "Loose Beat" - (5:11) 97 BPM
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Bonnie & Klein - "Full Contact" - (8:17) 100 BPM
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Dim Zach & Deem - "Rize" - (7:29) 100 BPM
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Review: Interesting move here for established re-edit crew Katakana's ongoing eponymous edits series; rather than choose one compiler, they've chosen several. It's not a bad idea, either, with three different sets of producers providing a selection of their own unique takes on disco obscurities. Highlights include Timewrap's Average White Band rejig "Pick It Up", Dim Zack & Deem's subtly muscular disco version of In Deep on "Check It", and their delicate take on Herb Alpert's classic "Rise".
Katakana Edits Vol 18
KE 9018
18 Jul 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Bonnie & Klein - "Kung Fu Love" - (7:17) 147 BPM
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LCA & Voodoocuts - "That's Alright" - (4:13) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Timewrap - "Dubshine" - (5:45) 106 BPM
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DJ Oli Garch - "Swingin'" - (5:17) 97 BPM
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Review: Just four tracks to be found on the Katakana Edits crew's latest instalment their ongoing disco comp series. Still, it's all about the quality, not the quantity and there's plenty of that still to be found. Bonnie & Klein deliver the warped hypnotic funk of "Kung Fu Love", LCA & Voodoo Cuts serve up a vintage-jazz-meets-daisy-age-rap joint, old skool ragga-roots is the order of the day on Timewrap's good time anthem, "Dubshine". Oligarch arrives with the raucous "Swingin'" to wrap things nicely, and nicely he does.
Katakana Edits Vol 16
KE 9016
03 Mar 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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DJ Disse - "Bosarocker" - (6:00) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Timewrap - "Flush" - (5:01) 110 BPM
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Lee Zamah - "Frankie Beverly" - (3:39) 110 BPM
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Morlack - "Seeds Of Life" - (4:28) 110 BPM
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DJ Clairvo - "Shakka Boom" - (4:04) 105 BPM
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Lee Zamah - "Miami Freaks" - (5:08) 112 BPM
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Timewrap - "Swing5" - (3:54) 94 BPM
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DJ Clairvo - "I'll Be A GoodMan" - (4:11) 109 BPM
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The Gaff - "Mambo No 5" - (3:14) 52 BPM
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Timewrap - "Say Some" - (3:48) 70 BPM
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DJ Oli Garch - "Summertime" - (4:27) 57 BPM
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FH - "Diablos" - (4:23) 113 BPM
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ManJah - "Donna's A Mess" - (3:06) 67 BPM
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The Gaff - "High Life" - (4:55) 60 BPM
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Timewrap - "Aint Swing It" - (4:33) 100 BPM
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Jorge Bits - "Its A Shame" - (3:27) 109 BPM
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Manjah - "My Dub Is Empty" - (4:28) 94 BPM
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Timewrap - "We Gonna Rule The World" - (10:46) 98 BPM
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Morlack - "Tough" - (4:15) 54 BPM
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FH - "Down In The Basement" - (3:24) 113 BPM
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DJ Clairvo - "Baila Boom" (feat DJ Zsazsa) - (4:05) 99 BPM
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Timewrap - "Smoke Miash" - (8:00) 96 BPM
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Review: This latest offering from the shady Katakana Edits crew makes their previous offerings seem positively anemic by comparison. Boasting a whopping 22 tracks, it's almost certainly guaranteed to provide decent ammo for every house party imaginable. Highlights include the chugging electro dub sing-along "Shakka Boom" by DJ Clairvo, the p-funk meets disco of vibes of "Miami Freaks" by Lee Zamah and Timewrap's pumped up version of The Velvettes's perennial Motown classic, "He Was Really Sayin' Something".
Katakana Edits Vol 42
KE 9042
04 Jul 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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ManJah - "Kingston Knowing" - (3:32) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Timewrap - "Dubrealmc" (version) - (5:54) 94 BPM
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Morlack - "Dont Stop" - (7:29) 92 BPM
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Timewrap - "Dubshine" - (5:45) 105 BPM
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Morlack - "Ganja Man" - (4:21) 70 BPM
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Timewrap - "Dopesmokah" - (5:17) 100 BPM
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DJ Clairvo & Dr Ivan - "Soul Song Of Men" - (3:50) 55 BPM
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LCA & Voodoocuts - "That's Alright" - (4:13) 110 BPM
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Timewrap - "Jalec" - (4:24) 90 BPM
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Disco Funk Spinner - "Written Letter" - (6:38) 51 BPM
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ManJah - "Brother" - (4:35) 115 BPM
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DJ Oli Garch - "Rollin Stone" - (5:15) 157 BPM
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RSN & Mister T - "Son Of A Gun" - (4:09) 110 BPM
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Zemerald - "Tis Alright" - (3:29) 110 BPM
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Mister Vagz - "Love Me Venus" - (3:22) 128 BPM
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Dim Zach & Deem - "Loose Beat" - (5:11) 97 BPM
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FabioLous Barker - "Sticky Party" (ReVamp 2016) - (6:15) 99 BPM
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Morlack - "The Dude" - (5:39) 98 BPM
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Lee Zamah & Trotter - "Ginga" - (6:37) 110 BPM
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FabioLous Barker - "NightGrooving" - (6:59) 55 BPM
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YuriYuri - "I'll Be Gone" - (5:47) 61 BPM
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CheapEdits - "Quiqui" - (3:26) 95 BPM
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Vida G - "Supa Soul" (Timewrap remix) - (4:36) 95 BPM
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Ree Keen - "Paper Bossa Loser" - (4:50) 94 BPM
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Review: If life teaches you anything it's to expect the unexpected. Here the mighty re-edit label Katakana deliver their 42nd instalment of scapel jobs. However, this time, rather than have a specific producer curate an EP, they've shaken up the formula and delivered a compilation of edits. There's a whopping 24 reworks to enjoy too, many thrills and spills, but our favourites include Morlack's explosive drum-lead MJ cover, "Don't Stop", Mister Vagz' corny 60s mash-up "Love Me Venus" and Dim Zach & Deem's baggy rework of the Happy Monday's sublime "Loose Fit".
Katakana Edits Vol 21
KE 9021
08 Dec 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Nu Soul - (3:10) 85 BPM
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Supa Soul - (2:24) 87 BPM
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Nu Soul (Maikon remix) - (4:47) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Supa Soul (Timewrap remix) - (4:36) 95 BPM
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Played by: Timewarp, Superbreak
Review: Inventive re-edit maestro Vida G has invented edgy scalpel jobs for a plethora of recognised nu-disco labels, and now he commandeers the latest installment of Katakana's long running Edits series. We get two tracks - "Nu Soul", which sees stoner G-funk vibes fused with hazy filtered disco samples (it also gets a speedy adrenaline boost via Maikon's mix), and the choppy cut-hop of "Supa Soul", which is also remixed - this time in a swooshy trip-hop style by Timewrap.
Katakana Edits Vol 15
KE 9015
03 Feb 14
Funk
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Voodoosexmachine - (4:32) 110 BPM
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Blow Ya Woopie - (3:30) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stay Excited! - (3:18) 110 BPM
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Get Up Brother - (5:24) 120 BPM
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Review: The ever-reliable Katakana Edits crew returns, this time with a quartet of goodtime funk reworks from Berlin-based edit fiend Voodoocuts. James Brown gets a going over on "Voodoosexmachine", a flute-laden re-cut of the Godfather of Funk's best-known tune. Another familiar favourite - check the snaking sax line, as sampled by The 45 King on B-Boy classic "The 900 Number" - is given a dancefloor touch-up on "Blow Ya Woopie", while "Get Up Brother" turns a cover version of Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" into a deep, bassy, fluid house jam. Finally, there's more bumpin' rare funk business on the ludicrously bottom-heavy "Stay Excited".
Katakana Edits Vol 30
KE 9030
28 Sep 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Men Working Under - (4:09) 52 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I'll Be Gone - (5:47) 60 BPM
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Played by: Timewarp
Review: We've never thought of Men at Work's "Down Under" as a would-be Balearic classic, but then we're not tropically minded mash-up man Cayetano. Here, under his Yuriyuri alias, he re-casts the infamous '80s pop song as a gorgeous, sun-kissed chunk of cumbia-meets-reggae gorgeousness. It shouldn't work, of course, but it really does (thanks, largely, to the bagginess of the live instrumentation and Cayetano's smart production). The virtual flip features another unlikely mash-up/rework, as Aha's "Take On Me" becomes an accordion-heavy tropical groover. Again, it shouldn't work, but weirdly, it does. Ideal festival fodder, all told.
Katakana Edits Vol 24
KE 9024
13 Mar 15
Funk
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Soul Girl - (3:07) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tis Alright - (3:29) 55 BPM
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Candy - (3:31) 110 BPM
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You Got To Express Yourself - (3:37) 106 BPM
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Wicked Drummer - (4:04) 110 BPM
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Review: The honour of fronting the latest installment of Katakana's Edits series has been bestowed on the Bergerac of funk himself, Jersey's Zemerald (aka Joseph Kavanagh). Without missing a beat he rises to the challenge and delivers five expertly sliced reworks, with some of our faves including "Soul Girl" a sassy, stompin' retort to the more famous Soul Man, the raw R&B of "Candy" and the guilty pleasures of "Wicked Drummer", a cheeky update of the classic Funky Drummer break.
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