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Opolopo Presents The Grit EP
LT 003
14 Oct 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Grit (original disco mix) - (7:29) 120 BPM
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The Grit (dub mix) - (5:46) 120 BPM
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Huff & Puff - (6:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hubble (deep field mix) - (6:40) 120 BPM
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Hubble (original mix) - (5:47) 120 BPM
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Review: This great value five-tracker sees former Swedish Brandy producer Opolopo launch a new moniker, Actual Proof. Musically, it offers a slightly more varied diet than his previous work, variously touching on deep house futurism (the rather quite spellbinding "Huff & Puff"), bubbling, sub-aquatic deepness (two excellent mixes of future late night staple "Hubble") and gritty, stripped-back disco/deep house fusion (two dubby versions of lead cut "The Grit"). As usual, it's all immaculately produced, offering the sort of far-sighted but groove-centred deepness that always impresses dancefloors. This boy will go places.
Wash My Soul
LT 063
23 Oct 15
Deep House
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Wash My Soul - (6:39) 122 BPM
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The Light - (5:38) 124 BPM
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Thank U - (6:01) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Few deep house producers are quite as hot right now as Adesse Versions, whose lovingly executed bootleg reworks and original productions have proved hugely popular in recent times. Here, he pops up on Local Talk, providing more lushly produced deep house gems for discerning DJs. Opener "Wash My Soul" impresses from the off, with bold synth riffs and sparkling electronics building in intensity over a chunky groove. The saucer-eyed "The Light" is a touch deeper but no less immersive, with mangled vocal samples rubbing shoulders with swirling pads and twinkling pianos. Finally, he makes great use of a joyous, life-affirming vocal sample on the deliciously positive and upbeat "Thank U". It's arguably the pick of a very strong bunch.
Local Talking EP
LT 022
18 Jan 13
Deep House
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Antoinette - (4:31) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cat Feeding - (4:29) 118 BPM
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I Want You Now - (6:53) 122 BPM
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Review: 1Bringing the sassy end of modern house production to the table for Local Talk, "Antoinette" is a keys-rich, uptempo deep house cut that keeps the vibe soulful and still primed for the peak of the party. Shaking the styles up, on the flip "Cat Feeding" takes a sharp turn for acid country, replete with jack-hammer drums and oodles of squelch, while the ravey madness continues apace with more savvy 303 tweaking on "I Want You Now". With crisp and punchy production, there's no way these tracks can fail to destroy the dance and cut it with tracks twenty years their senior.
The Adventures Of My Aniseed Lollipop
LT 036
13 Sep 13
Deep House
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Candy Stand - (6:15) 118 BPM
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My Aniseed Lollipop - (7:57) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Can't Forget (All The Things We Shared) - (7:25) 122 BPM
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Review: When you've stopped sniggering at the title, this latest missive on Local Talk is well worth further investigation. For starters, it sees a musical shift for the label, away from the "trad garage"-inspired sounds of old towards rougher, more robust, Chicago-influenced sounds. Anaxander's take on early Phuture, the thrillingly raw and bombastic "Candy Store", is worth the admission price alone. There's more sparse, balls-out 303-and-909 thrills to be found on the equally intense - if a little less muddy - "Aniseed Lollipop", while "I Can't Forget" sounds like the kind of sweet, naive, analogue deep house (and it certainly sounds like it was created on battered old kit) that could have slipped out on Gherkin or Nu Groove at the tail end of the 1980s. That's some compliment.
The Same Thing
LT 037
27 Sep 13
Deep House
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The Same Thing - (8:18) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Great Sgatmi - (5:06) 120 BPM
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The Same Thing (dub) - (5:44) 120 BPM
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I Don't Think That's Music - (4:43) 116 BPM
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Review: Having not bothered with the Art of Tones alias much over the last few years, Ludowic Llorca has now dropped two singles in the space of two weeks. Following his Murk-influenced "Your Love" for Defected offshoot DFTD, here he delivers some deeper fare for Local Talk. With its righteous vocal, slack snares, rubbery live bass and tumbling Rhodes chords, "The Same Thing" sounds like classic Detroit deep house given the Llorca twist - Piranhahead in Paris, perhaps. It's excellent, as is the accompanying Dub, which beefs up the beats and loops up choice sections of the original vocal. The bonus cuts are pretty tasty, too, with the classic proto house-meets-baggy US garage vibe of "I Don't Think That's Music" catching the ear.
I Just Canat
LT 070
17 Jun 16
Deep House
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I Just Canat (Get Over It) - (6:02) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dirty Stories - (7:57) 121 BPM
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Review: French legend Ludovic Llorca is back under the Art Of Tones guise for the always impressive Local Talk. Acid soul funk? You bet! Take a listen to I "Just Can't (Get Over It)" and you'll believe there is such a thing. On the flip, the smooth and soulful groove continues on "Dirty Stories" which has an undeniably French touch about it, with good use wonky synths, emotive strings and SP1200 style vocal cut ups. Deepness in the vein of Pepe Braddock or Chateau Flight.
The Rainbow Song
LT 060
05 Jun 15
Deep House
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The Rainbow Song - (7:35) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Rainbow Song (S3A Broken STL remix) - (5:42) 119 BPM
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Review: Following a surprise outing on House of Disco, Ludovic Llorca returns to Local Talk for the first time since 2013's much played The Same Thing EP. In its' original form, The Rainbow Song is a near perfect example of Llorca's particular brand of deep house - all stretched-out chords, a bustling bassline, tough but shuffling beats, cute cowbells and bluesy vocal samples. It sounds like an underground summer anthem in waiting. There's more of a funk-flecked urgency about the excellent S3A Broken STL Remix, which introduces further vocal samples and, arguably, an even more addictive groove. Certainly, it feels a little wilder than the original, whilst retaining Llorca's unique deep house perspective.
The Slope EP
LT 064
04 Dec 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Doctor Feelgood - (4:41) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Slope - (5:13) 120 BPM
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Slope (Lay-Far Upbeat version) - (5:45) 121 BPM
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Played by: Judge Funk
Fox Tooth
LT 067
15 Apr 16
Deep House
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Fox Tooth (Kaytronik Floss dub) - (6:29) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fox Tooth (Peacey's Jump Up remix) - (8:29) 124 BPM
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Review: This year marks two decades since Martin 'Atjazz' Iveson put out his first 12" single. That he continues to deliver high-grade, soul-flecked deep house is testament not only to his skills, but his staying power. With this EP, he had little to do but put his feet up, as Kaytronic and Peacey took it in turns to rework last year's "Fox Tooth". The former kicks things off, combining heavy analogue bass, tech-tinged beats (think classic Swag) and creepy, late night textures. Peacey takes a different approach, teasing out the inherent sweetness of Iveson' synth work on a bouncy revision that makes excellent use of an extended breakdown.
Moon Shadow
LT 001
08 Jul 11
Deep House
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Moon Shadow (original mix) - (7:02) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Moon Light - (7:05) 124 BPM
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In The Water
LTX 005
26 Jun 15
Deep House
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In The Water - (6:50) 120 BPM
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Dancin' Together - (6:28) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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J2015 - (7:19) 121 BPM
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Review: Black Fan has only put out one EP on Wolf Music Recordings prior to this latest outing on Sweden's excellent Local Talk stable. His music is characterized by deep, dubby and raw beats coated in a distinctive party flavor, qualities heard loud and clearly on the wonky bumps of "In The Water". "Dancin' Together" takes the more soulful approach, where choppy female vocals ride above jittery chords and starry pads, whereas "J2015" is an altogether dustier affair, a quick-firing mass of percussion shots and siren-like melodies.
Vodka & Valium EP
LT 038
06 Nov 13
Deep House
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Vodka & Valium - (5:54) 130 BPM
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Bring It Back - (5:14) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vodka & Valium (Crackazat vocal version) - (8:08) 120 BPM
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Vodka & Valium (Crackazat dub version) - (8:08) 120 BPM
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Vodka & Valium EP
LT 038
14 Oct 13
Deep House
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Vodka & Valium - (5:54) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bring It Back - (5:22) 123 BPM
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Vodka & Valium (Crackazat dub remix) - (8:08) 120 BPM
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Review: Such is the frequency of their output, you'd think Local Talk were trying to set a record for the highest number of releases in any given 12-month period. All jesting aside, their quality threshold remains high, and this EP from the previously unheralded Tony Blitz is another winner. "Vodka & Valium" rolls along at a furious tempo, delivering a mix of speaker-wobbling low-end bounce, hip-wigglin' US garage beats and some particularly curious vocal samples (listen to the clips and you'll know what we mean). Crazkazat remixes, turning the original into a smooth, classic sounding chunk of wide-eyed piano house. "Bring It Back", meanwhile, moves further towards UKG territory whilst retaining a gooey deep house centre.
Jungle Madness EP
LT 005
02 Dec 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Electric Piano On The Run - (8:01) 125 BPM
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Drumming Man - (6:38) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Forest Dance - (6:24) 125 BPM
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Review: Madness is the work of a young Swedish producer, even though it sounds like it was crafted by a seasoned artist. As its title suggests, "Electric Piano On The Run" is a freeform, jazzy house jam, with slinky piano tinkling and lush strings supported by an offbeat groove. "Drumming Man" does what it says on the tin, with dense, live drums underpinning dramatic, plucked riffs. Best of all though is "Forest Dance"; achieving the near impossible balancing act of fusing 70s sleaze soundtracks with early techno synths, its loose organic rhythm and subtle jazz keys provide the backdrop against which these seemingly incompatible worlds meet and get it on.
No One Can Stop Us
LT 056
06 Mar 15
Deep House
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It's Not Over - (6:17) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No One Can Stop Us - (6:06) 120 BPM
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No One Can Stop Us (Martin Patino remix) - (7:57) 125 BPM
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No One Can Stop Us (Turbojazz remix) - (5:55) 123 BPM
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Review: Italy's Corrado Bucci is a rising talent in the deep house game, and one who has already released on the lovely Rebirth label before touching down on Swedan's titanic Local Talk. There's two original house cuts within: "It's Not Over" is a classic soulful house number with ringing horns and a circling vocal chop for that floor love, while "No One Can Stop Us" is a little juicier and yet similarly groovy and funked out. Compatriot Martin Patino remixes the latter into a deeper, more mesmerising deep house excursion filled with minimalistic influences, whereas Turbojazz goes for the jacking approach on his retouch of the same tune - wet and wild, raw and seductive.
Monster Munch EP
LT 023
25 Jan 13
Deep House
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C.R.S.T. - "Monster Munch (feat. The Organ Grinder)" - (6:15) 124 BPM
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Chesus - "Newark" - (5:35) 122 BPM
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C.R.S.T. - "Life" - (4:40) 126 BPM
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Chesus - "Special" - (7:08) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: An all-star cast (by Local Talk standards, at least) has been assembled for this latest trip into '90s house territory. C.R.S.T's opener "Monster Munch", was produced in collaboration with Welsh house wizard The Organ Grinder, and bumps along impressively on a bed of skipping garage beats and vocal cut-ups. Chesus's "Newark", meanwhile, doesn't hide its US garage roots, being dominated by the twin attractions of rolling organs and female yelps. The vocal cut-ups on C.R.S.T's "Life" recall Basement Jaxx's "Fly Life", while the music sounds like a mid-'90s New Jersey garage dub. Chesus closes proceedings with "Life", a delicious disco/house fusion brimming with sinewy strings and Teddy Pendergrass-ish vocalizing.
Nostalgia
LT 019
30 Nov 12
Deep House
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Nostalgia - (8:26) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Can't Hide It - (8:10) 123 BPM
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Review: You have to wonder what Local Talk will do when everyone gets fed up of new deep house cuts that sound like old US garage gems. This two-track salvo from Cazum & Andreas could give a clue to their future intentions. "Nostalgia" sounds more like a classic, Prescription-era deep house cut from Chez & Trent than a booming slice of MK revivalism. It's a good look, and certainly one of the more interesting Local Talk releases of recent times. There's also great depth and soulful intensity to "Can't Hide It", a warming exercise in synth bass-driven late '90s deep house. The jazzy keys and slight Latin flavour evoke memories of co-producer Andreas Saag's nu-jazz past (under the Swell Session moniker).
The Return (remixes)
LT1A 001
09 Dec 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Return (original 1997 mix) - (12:19) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The The The Return (Prommer & Barck remix) - (6:47) 118 BPM
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The Return (DJ Le Roi remix) - (7:13) 123 BPM
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Played by: Roberto Rodriguez
Kvasten I Hoernet
LT 073
09 Dec 16
Deep House
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Kvasten I Hoernet (original mix) - (6:03) 119 BPM
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Kvasten I Hoernet (Needs remix) - (6:53) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kvasten I Hoernet (extended DJ version) - (6:36) 119 BPM
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Played by: Dave Scott
Review: Swedish DJ/producer Claes Rosen is no newcomer to Local Talk, having first appeared on Mad Mats and Tooli's label back in 2013. This belated second outing is arguably the most summery deep house track you'll hear all winter. Full of dreamy vocal samples, sun-kissed chord progressions, tumbling electronics and Midday-bright synth flourishes, "Kvasten I Hoernet" feels like the audio equivalent of being gently massaged while sunbathing. It doesn't feel like it particularly needs remixing, but the accompanying Needs Remix - deeper, dreamier, a little more soulful, and shot through with the bass-heavy warmth of Landslide style 'future garage' - is equally as impressive as Rosen's original. For those who need intro drums to mix with, Rosen has also included an 'Extended DJ Edit'.
The Jam
LT 027
22 Mar 13
Deep House
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The Jam - (6:38) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Jam (Dirtytwo remix) - (6:04) 121 BPM
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Review: The Local Talk bandwagon keeps on rolling. While others have begun inching away from the classic garage/deep house revival, Mad Mats and Tooli are sticking to their guns. Given that they do it better than anyone else - there's a heartfelt authenticity to the label's releases - you can't blame them. Cle's "The Jam" is another beauty. Building constantly with bold pianos and 'Nights of The Jaguar'-ish synth-strings, its simultaneously pleasingly uncluttered (check the loose, bongo-laden groove) and surprisingly big. Dirtytwo's remix gives it a little more of a Mood II Swing-ish twist, whilst retaining some of the original's attractive looseness.
Somewhere Else EP
LT 054
28 Nov 14
Deep House
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Somewhere Else - (4:56) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Somewhere Else (AD Bourke Bittersweet version) - (5:46) 125 BPM
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Somewhere Else (HADE 94 Thumpin rework) - (6:30) 123 BPM
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Played by: Lauri H, Phil Jaimes
Review: Ben Jacobs ends 2014 the way he started it, with a dose of thrillingly sweet and melodious house on Mad Mats and Tooli's Local Talk imprint. "Somewhere Else" is a typically positive affair, with waves of ear-pleasing music box melodies, cheery chords and hazy vocal samples riding a swinging US garage groove. It's the kind of record you stick on to chase the blues away; it's almost impossible not to smile at its jaunty positivity. Ad Bourke tries a different tack on his rework, opting for a deeper, more melancholic sound and some hushed, DJ Sprinkles style beats. Even better is Hade 94's version, which adds a little analogue style grit and a booming, warehouse-friendly deep house feel.
Crescendo
LTCD 002
06 Mar 15
Deep House
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Moon Ballad - (3:36) 75 BPM
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Somewhere Else - (4:56) 128 BPM
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Let Love - (5:40) 124 BPM
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Eye Light - (6:05) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Size Up - (5:15) 128 BPM
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Oh Pagode - (3:41) 105 BPM
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Tunnel - (6:27) 125 BPM
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Ambience - (1:51) 139 BPM
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Brother Bond - (3:31) 133 BPM
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Miss You Tonight - (8:24) 120 BPM
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Candle Coast - (5:54) 122 BPM
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Silent Sing (Crackazat rework) - (6:48) 126 BPM
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Person - (4:38) 50 BPM
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Review: Ben Jacobs aka Crackazat (we love that name!) returns to the unstoppable Local Talk imprint with his debut LP, a spiffing thirteen tunes of chimerical oddball house in a distinctive garage flavour for party goers and heads alike. Heavy chords, mild pads and plenty of digital processing feature throughout this beauty, where tracks like "Let Love" and "Eye Light" - NY house kinda joints - blend ever so well with more broken and stranger counterparts like "Oh Pagode" or "Ambience", the latter of which is a blissfull excursion into dense and meditative soundscapes. Gorgeous!
Candle Coast EP
LT 042
31 Jan 14
Deep House
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Candle Coast - (7:10) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dancecrodile - (7:20) 127 BPM
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Silent Sing - (8:20) 130 BPM
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Review: After sneaking out singles for the likes of Futureboogie and Astro:Dynamics over the past couple of years, it's time for Crackazat to step up to Local Talk with his limber and expressive brand of synth-rich deep house. "Candle Coast" features a simmering garage swing in its rhythm and keys that could sit neatly in a Strictly Rhythm classic, but it's a track piled high with tension despite the easy-bumping surroundings. "Dancrodile" takes a more leftfield direction into tropical flavours with its bright and breezy keys and shuffling ethnic percussion, and then "Silent Sing" goes ranging out towards a proto-techno jazz fest that would make the Motor City originals well up.
Eye Light
LT 058
17 Apr 15
Deep House
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Eye Light - (6:05) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eye Light (It's A Jam) - (7:22) 121 BPM
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Silent Sing (Crackazat Rework) - (6:48) 126 BPM
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Silent Sing (Tiger Stripes remix) - (6:32) 127 BPM
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Eye Light (Midnight) - (7:02) 120 BPM
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Eye Light (Sunset) - (7:22) 120 BPM
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Fuck That Shit
LT 076
31 Mar 17
Deep House
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Fuck That Shit - (5:10) 120 BPM
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Get Down - (5:26) 120 BPM
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Potato Express - (5:22) 120 BPM
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What Can I Say - (2:25) 94 BPM
1990 EP
LT 007
27 Jan 12
Deep House
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1990 - (5:14) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Time To Work - (5:11) 120 BPM
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Keep On Movin - (4:50) 117 BPM
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The Beat Is Back - (5:47) 118 BPM
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Review: Since setting up shop last year, Mad Mats and Tooli's Local Talk label has provided discerning dancefloors with some delicious, old skool flavoured house. This EP from Finnish producer Deymare continues that pattern, offering up four tracks that pit the piano flourishes and vintage drum machine grooves of Mr Fingers with the bumpin' basslines and heady soundscapes of Nu Groove-era NYC house. "1990" itself is near perfect, but it has more than able support from the subterranean New Jersey vibes of "Time To Move", mid '90s grooviness of "Keep On Movin" and early Masters At Work bump of "The Beat Is Back". Highly recommended.
Moody
LT 006
23 Dec 11
Deep House
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Moody (original mix) - (10:18) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Moody (Butt Jackin' remix) - (7:12) 120 BPM
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Moody (short edit) - (8:50) 120 BPM
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Review: Brilliantly, this has one of the oddest concepts we've ever come across - a deep house cover of ESG's "Moody" with added Neneh Cherry vocal samples - yet it works magnificently. Musically, it's structured around a groove that recalls classic MK-era US garage - all shuffling beats and rolling organ riffage - on to which all manner of subtle samples and acid tweaks are added. It's simple but devilishly effective - think deep, driving and emotion-rich. The Butt Jackin' Remix adds some more late night riffage and boompty-influenced beats, while the Short Edit (not so short at nearly 9 minutes) shaves off all of 90 seconds. Still, stellar stuff all told.
Trapped EP
LT 016
19 Oct 12
Deep House
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Trapped - (6:20) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I'm Feelin' (feat Frosche) - (7:04) 123 BPM
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Review: Bringing on carefully polished and honed modern old-skool house vibes aplenty, Dirtytwo deliver their second single for Swedish Local Talk. "Trapped" is full of surefire dancefloor success, not least as it revolves around some powerful deployment of vocals from Colonel Abrams' seminal proto-house banger "Trapped", except here the soulful croon is stitched to a Chi-town deep house jam with easygoing organ chords and measured drum machine patterns. "I'm Feelin'" keeps the same mellow vibe over bumping beats, albeit in a more cheeky early garage style that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Strictly Rhythm, not least when Frosche's bold vocal hook comes in.
The Baryard EP
LT 040
06 Dec 13
Deep House
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Waisted - (6:00) 121 BPM
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Talkin' 2 U - (6:27) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Talkin' 2 U (Hard On edit) - (6:40) 120 BPM
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Review: You can always count on Local Talk to bring the heat where pumping New Jersey house action is concerned, and it's no different on this offering from label mainstays Dirtytwo. "Waisted" sounds as though it looks to a certain Mr Vandross for some soulful crooning, but he's surrounded by a wealth of romantic string blasts and cheeky DX7 lines to round out a peppy belter. "Talkin' 2 U" gets sassier thanks to a crazily addictive lead synth line that bounces like the most uplifting of peak time jams. If that wasn't enough, there's a "Hard On edit" of that second cut that lets some squelchy acid in on the action amidst more wistful synth lines.
White Journey EP
LT 013
15 Jun 12
Deep House
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I Want - (6:14) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sky Hunt - (7:20) 122 BPM
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Think It Over - (6:33) 122 BPM
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Review: It seems near impossible for us to begin a review of a Local Talk release without mentioning the label's raison d'etre, namely reinventing classic New Jersey garage and dubwise New York house. They're at it again here, with SJ Steaw offering up three tracks of typically bumpin', organ-heavy deepness. Opener "I Want" leads the way, working cut-up vocal stabs around robust drums and nagging organs. "Sky Hunt" goes for more of a classic house approach (think Morales in his underground pomp, pre radio friendly drivel), while the breezier "Think It Over" is pure instrumental UK garage pressure.
Wake Up
LT 030
03 May 13
Deep House
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Wake Up - (7:24) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wake Up (Brennan Green remix) - (8:28) 123 BPM
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Holdin U - (6:48) 120 BPM
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The Chi
LT 047
30 May 14
Deep House
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Love It - (7:25) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love It (Oscar Offermann remix) - (6:01) 125 BPM
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The Chi (feat Amalia) - (6:40) 123 BPM
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Review: Local Talk are one of the hottest labels in the 4/4 domain, and this latest floor-ready bomb sees Swedish producer Eric Ericsson doing his thing in fine style. "Love it" is a smooth house belter for the warm summer months, working for both warm-up and peak time sets, while "The Chi", as the name suggests, is a sweet Chicago-style house nugget that's a surefire floor-filler. To top it off, Oskar Offermann remixes "Love it" and goes even deeper than the original. Bangin'.
Bewyste EP
LT 061
17 Jul 15
Deep House
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Bontas (live mix) - (6:34) 124 BPM
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Mvk - (6:32) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mvk (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul remix) - (5:21) 120 BPM
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Mvk (Boddhi Satva No Solo mix) - (5:21) 120 BPM
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Mvk (Boddhi Satva Thump mix) - (5:56) 120 BPM
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Review: Highlife man and Auntie Flo collaborator Esa Williams has decided to co-credit this surprise outing on Local Talk to his little used deep house alias, Mervin Granger. While the booming, bass-heavy, tech-tinged deep house roughness of "MVK" that will get most attention, it's opener "Bontas (Live Mix)" that really floats our boat. It takes a similar approach, but has a looser swing and benefits greatly from some live guitars, keys and bass. BBE regular Bodhi Satva provides the obligatory remixes, turning "MVK" into a rubbery chunk of Afro-influenced tech-soul/deep house fusion on the superb "Ancestral Soul Remix". For a lighter, even sunnier vibe, check the delicious piano solos and breezy beats of his "Thump Remix".
Brothers & Sisters/Legacy
LT 028
12 Apr 13
Deep House
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Brothers & Sisters (PM Atlantic) - (8:07) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Brothers & Sisters (AM Pacific) - (6:35) 120 BPM
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Legacy - (6:29) 120 BPM
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Review: Amazingly, it's been 16 years since Canadian deep house producer Fred Everything dropped his first EP. It seems fitting, then, that his latest release is big chunk of '90s nostalgia for unashamed revivalists Local Talk. Everything is an old hand at this kind of thing, of course, and it shows. Both versions of "Brothers & Sisters" bolt classic garage riffs and woozy vocal samples (and, in the case of the AM Pacific version, snaking synth-horns) onto the kind of snappy, swinging groove he probably knocks out in his sleep. The best of the lot, though, is "Legacy", a flowery, near Balearic garage-house odyssey that sounds like it was inspired by 808 State's "Pacific State".
Get Down EP
LT 071
22 Jul 16
Deep House
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Get Down - (6:57) 122 BPM
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Get Down (Ezel Bayacou mix remix) - (6:41) 122 BPM
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Get Down (Ezel Bayacou mix - Atjazz Tweak) - (6:41) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Get Down (instrumental mix) - (6:57) 122 BPM
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Get Down (Ezel Bayacou instrumental mix) - (6:41) 122 BPM
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The Good Vibrations EP
LT 032
07 Jun 13
Deep House
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To The Ball - (6:26) 120 BPM
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Feel It - (5:18) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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On Hold - (5:56) 124 BPM
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Review: The sheer volume of Local Talk releases is dizzying. It can make keeping track of their output difficult, which is mildly irritating given the high quality threshold. This latest EP - their first from Orazio Fantini - is another belter. While rooted in classic US house and deep garage, there's a summery breeziness not often found on Local Talk EPs. The three tracks are fairly similar, with clever use of sampling, bouncing melodies and just the right amount of retro chic. "Feel It", with its surprise jazz-funk breakdown halfway through, is probably our pick, though the more upbeat, groove-driven "On Hold" (which seemingly features an M People vocal sample) is pretty tasty.
Off Script
LT 066
25 Mar 16
Deep House
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Off Script - (6:37) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Northern Reach - (7:27) 124 BPM
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Review: Irish legends Fish Go Deep are back! Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson are the duo behind the hit "The Cure And The Cause" from the mid noughties and are still at it, releasing mainly on their own goDEEP imprint but this time appear on Mad Mats and Tooli's Local Talk. "Off Script" is deep (naturally) and dubby techno-soul; those emotive strings and Aril Brikha style synths are so Detroit, it's just brilliant! On the flip the dubby and rolling grooves continue with more soul in the circuitry on "Northern Reach". Nice one fellas, keep it up!
Garden State '92 EP
LT 002
23 Sep 11
Deep House
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First Time House - (6:41) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Like It - (7:36) 123 BPM
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Review: The title of this second release on the Local Talk label gives a hint as to what's to come. Lead cut "First Time House", in particular, evokes thoughts of riotous parties in sweaty New York basements circa 1992, when shirtless dancers would go crazy for the latest MK remixes. It uses organs, bumpin' basslines, beats, strings and vocal samples in a similar manner, making it a retro-futurist gem. "I Like It" treads a similar path, adding classic Detroit drum programming into a delicious New Jersey-New York mix. Sure, both tracks cover old ground, but they both sound great - to our ageing ears, at least!
Nothing Wrong EP
LT 053
14 Nov 14
Deep House
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Nothing Wrong - (6:59) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Me - (7:19) 125 BPM
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Hade - "Baphome" - (5:31) 122 BPM
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Played by: Kerem Akdag, DJ EZ
Review: Here's something different from Local Talk: an EP from Cologne-based twosome Hade & Gutta that fuses the imprint's usual classic US house influences with the unmistakable boom of UK bass music. Opener "Nothing Wrong" is the real killer, a rambunctious fusion of speaker-rattling sub, punchy US garage vocal samples and relentless stabs. "In Me" is noticeably deeper, with classic strings and bubbling electronics riding a shuffling but potent groove. Finally, Hade goes solo on "Baphome", an ultra-deep excursion blessed with shimmering chords, sparse-but-heavy rhythms and some choice hip-hop vocal samples. It's the EP's most laidback moment, but it still packs some serious punch.
For The Very First Time EP
LT 015
31 Aug 12
Deep House
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For The Very First Time - (6:45) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Apricots - (4:34) 119 BPM
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Trummor - (10:22) 119 BPM
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Review: Having come to the fore via some rather divisive edits of Dorian Concept, Steve Reich and Mariah Carey, the Stockholm based producer HNNY serves notice of his capacity for original productions with this rather fine release on the Local Talk label. This fifteenth release for Mad Mats' resolutely deep house operation maintains the standards set by previous emissions, and it's easy to see why opening track "For The Very First Time" has already been embraced by HNNY's former overseers Studio Barnhus. That all too authentic take on the early 90s NYC house sound is a good primer for what to expect from hereon in, with the similar equation of pitched vocal snatches craftily twisted around infectious yet simplistic melodic motifs and thick bass lines also characterising "Apricots". Do check the percussive 10 minute long behemoth that is "Trummor" for an example of what else HNNY can do - an expert DJ tool in the mould of how they used to be done, back in those days.
Yearning EP
LT 025
15 Mar 13
Deep House
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Yearning - (5:37) 120 BPM
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For The Very First Time (Dirtytwo's Midas Touch version) - (7:56) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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For The Very First Time (Dirtytwo's Midas Beatless version) - (6:30) 118 BPM
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Review: Rising Swedish house producer HNNY scored one of last year's most ubiquitous cuts in the shape of "For The Very First Time" which appeared on his debut EP of the same name for Mad Mats' unstoppable Local Talk label. Yearning marks HNNY's long overdue Local Talk return and features yet another immediately infectious production from the Stockholm-based producer's armoury along with a superlative remix of his aforementioned hit. As soon as those warm keys wrap around the loose rhythms of "Yearning" you get an sense that HNNY knows how to craft a house production and the subtle vocal hook that comes swooping in will undoubtedly cause requisite chaos. On the remix tip, Local Talk's secret weapon Dirtytwo gets his 80s electro funk on for a blinding rendition of "For The Very First Time". Tiger & Woods would be proud of this one.
Tears
LT 041
20 Dec 13
Deep House
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Tears - (6:02) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gymnastics - (4:48) 126 BPM
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No Tears - (4:33) 119 BPM
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Review: Johan Cederberg has enjoyed a productive year under his HNNY alias, dropping a trio of hush-hush 12" singles on Puss, as well as further acclaimed singles for Let's Play House and Local Talk. Here he returns to the latter with "Tears", arguably his strongest release of the year. The title track is deep, evocative and emotion-rich, offering up a sublime mixture of heart-aching vocal samples, unfussy, US garage-influenced beats and tactile electric pianos. It's subdued but rush inducing, prone to bringing grown men to tears (fittingly, we suppose). There's a woozier, deeper dub in the shape of "No Tears", while "Gymnastics" sees him impressively trotting off towards arms-raised disco territory. Not disco house, mind, just good, honest, string-laden disco.
Throwback
LT 029
22 Apr 13
Deep House
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Thowback (dub) - (7:46) 123 BPM
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In Out - (8:23) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Throwback - (7:53) 122 BPM
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Review: This Local Talk three-tracker from Dale Howard is seemingly inspired by too many late nights spent listening to old Mood II Swing jams; "Throwback (Dub)" is tough, bassy, authentically produced and unsurprisingly effective. That it sounds fresh, despite its vintage sounds and inspiration, is testament to the quality of Howard's production. The bouncier "In Out" throws more classic UKG influence in the pot alongside the basement-bothering NJ garage sounds, resulting in a formidable peaktime banger.
Testify/Can't U
LT 074
27 Jan 17
Deep House
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Jamie 326 & Masalo - "Testify" - (8:16) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sameed - "Can't U" - (4:42) 123 BPM
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Sameed - "Dusty Jazz" - (5:53) 120 BPM
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Review: Since first dropping on wax in the autumn, this multi-artist affair has gone on to be one of Local Talk's most popular releases in years. It's easy to see why. Jamie 326 and Masalo's "Testify" is a fabulously urgent concoction - a low-sling, disco-tinged deep house bomb built around a restless rhythm track, impassioned, gospel style vocal snippets, and killer Clavinet lines. Sameed's dustier, sweatier "Can't U" offers a different slant on the same idea, offering a basement-bothering stomper that utilizes many of the same samples. Finally, the same artist delivers something looser in the shape of deep jazz-house jam "Dusty Jazz".
New Life EP
LT 057
20 Mar 15
Deep House
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Dope High - (7:36) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nea Kameni - (8:59) 125 BPM
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Nea Kameni (Glenn Underground Dance Fusion mix) - (7:30) 125 BPM
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Dope High (vocal mix) - (7:52) 123 BPM
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Nea Kameni (GU Chord mix) - (7:31) 125 BPM
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Nea Kameni (Reprise mix) - (6:44) 125 BPM
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Review: Kiko Navarro has dropped his signature style of funky, soulful house on pretty much any label worth releasing on - Nite Grooves, Third Ear and even King Street Sounds to name a few! He returns on Local Talk with two new cuts, both of them ripe and ready for hip-swaying vibes. "Dope High" is an itchy, Kenny Dope kinda tune boasting a totally swung-out percussion and a militant groove for the DJ's. You've also got "Nea Kameni", a gorgeous house number with old-school synth keys, and it's remixed by none other than Chicago house don Glenn Underground who strips it back, jacks it down and transforms it into a funky and laid-back kinda tune. Local Talk delivering the goods!

Shadow & Construction EP
LT 017
02 Nov 12
Deep House
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Shadow & Construction - (6:46) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Deep Stripped Down N' Dirty - (5:36) 120 BPM
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Rthoms - (6:54) 118 BPM
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Review: Amazingly, this is the 17th Local Talk release, not bad going since they only first started operating in mid 2011. It's a slight departure from many of the label's outings, in that it doesn't sound like a shameless homage to classic instrumental US garage. Instead, the three tracks sound like fusions of contemporary house and classic basement-bothering garage dubs, with some modern bass music influences thrown in. The deep and chiming "Rthoms" [sic] is our pick, though the loose but tribal rhythms of "Shadow & Construction" do come close. The organ-heavy "Deep Stripped Down & Dirty", however clumsily named, is also pretty hot.
Breaking (remixes)
LTX 001
06 Sep 13
Deep House
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Breaking (Roberto Rodriguez remix) - (9:24) 122 BPM
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Breaking (Ian Pooley remix) - (5:43) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Having impressed with original version of "Breaking" last year, Kyodai sits back and watches as his revivalist US garage anthem gets reworked by Roberto Rodriguez and Ian Pooley. The former delivers a long, strung-out version that ebbs, flows and bubbles with dancefloor positivity, all swinging, almost broken drums, warm chords, relentless ride cymbals and cut-up vocal samples. It's an impressive rework, all right, and arguably Rodriguez's best work for a while. German veteran Ian Pooley has fun on his version, too, which features a simpler but equally swinging groove, pleasing piano builds and a deeper all round feel. It's solid, but fails to reach the dizzy heights of its predecessor.
Breaking
LT 012
06 Jun 12
Deep House
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Breaking (original mix) - (6:47) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Breaking (90s mix) - (6:07) 120 BPM
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Breaking (90s dub) - (5:43) 120 BPM
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Review: Not content with releasing records that pay homage to the sounds of the '90s, Local Talk bosses Mad Mats and Tooli have now signed a tune made by a production act that were last heard of in the '90s (well, 1999). "Breaking", then, is the first Kyodai record for nearly 13 years. It sounds like it was made back then, offering a smooth, piano-laden fusion of alien synths, shuffling beats and cut-up vocal stabs. It's tasty, but the real fun is to be had on the "90s Mix" and "90s Dub", both of which up the organ count in a tribute to mid-'90s New Jersey garage.
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