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Contagious
MIDRIOTDAL 001
15 Sep 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Contagious - (6:01) 117 BPM
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I've Been Watching U - (7:55) 115 BPM
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Hot - (7:23) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Crazy Bout My Love - (7:34) 114 BPM
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I Can't Wait - (8:02) 116 BPM
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Rocket Ship - (6:28) 100 BPM
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Something In Your Eyes - (7:07) 110 BPM
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Cocktails For 2 - (6:24) 110 BPM
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Confusion - (7:19) 106 BPM
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In Your Life - (7:23) 112 BPM
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Review: Warrington's Danny Worral has carved out a niche for himself delivering robust, floor-friendly re-edits that specifically rework synth-laden '80s electrofunk, soul and boogie jams. Here he presents his first album of reworks for regular home Midnight Riot. The source material is a mixture of the well known and slightly obscure, with the likes of the Whispers, Prince and the Aleems under the scalpel. Worral keeps the feel of the original tracks - including, in most cases, the vocals - giving them a little more contemporary dancefloor swing, largely thanks to extra-fat beats, subtle house rhythms and thick synth basslines. It's an attractive proposition for anyone who enjoys synth-laden '80s jams. Highlights are plentiful, from the glassy-eyed fun of the title track through to the soulful house shuffle of closer "In Your Life".
Hotline EP
MIDRIOTD 036
09 Apr 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Flashback - (7:33) 108 BPM
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In Our Lives - (7:04) 113 BPM
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Run From My Love - (6:51) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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This Love - (6:47) 113 BPM
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Review: Warrington-based 80s Child is turning into a one-man re-edit machine, delivering floor-friendly touch-ups of synth-heavy electrofunk, 80s soul and boogie jams on a regular basis. There's naturally much to admire about this third EP for regular home Midnight Riot, from the rolling boogie-house revision of stone cold classic "Flashback" - all carefully cultivated loops, filters and metronomic pulse - to the chiming synthesizer melodies, vocal breakdowns and delay-laden drums of "This Love". Arguably best of all, though, is the heavyweight swing, looped vocals and killer synth bass flex of "Run From My Love", one of his strongest rubs to date.
Night Vision
MIDRIOTD 007
10 Feb 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Make You Mine - (7:30) 115 BPM
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Hot - (7:29) 118 BPM
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I Cant Go 4 That - (7:54) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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My Future Is Clear - (8:43) 106 BPM
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Secret Love - (8:09) 115 BPM
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Review: Following a pair of well-received outings on Ruben & Ra's Retrospective imprint, 1980s re-edit specialist Danny Worrall pops up on Midnight Riot with another five-track collection of electrofunk rubs. There's plenty of party-starting fodder on show, from the bustling horns and rubbery grooves of opener "Make You Mine" to the Prince style Purple Funk throb of "Hot", and shiny synths and looped vocals of "My Future is Clear". Arguably best of all, though, is the sumptuous '80s soul re cut "Secret Love". There's also a version of Hall & Oates "I Can't Go For That", though it barely changes the original's winning formula.
Cruise Control
MIDRIOTD 015
12 May 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Missing - (5:36) 112 BPM
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Control - (5:40) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kiss U - (5:53) 105 BPM
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Be Together - (6:58) 103 BPM
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All Alone - (8:08) 112 BPM
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Review: Warrington-based 1980s obsessive Danny "80s Child" Worrall tends to eschew the obvious, delivering re-edits of '80s soul jams and overproduced, mid-'80s electrofunk curiosities. He's at it again here, dropping five more soulful, synth-laden nuggets for the Midnight Riot label. There's some saucer-eyed '80s soul in the shape of the touchy-feely "Missing", some gigantic, radio-friendly synth-rock ("Control"), and a dash of deliciously smooth, slow-dance fare ("Kiss U"). Better still is the New Jack Swing-flavoured dayglo rush of "Be Together", and "All Alone", a riotous electrofunk jam built around a familiar bassline and Shep Pettibone style drum edits.
Motor City Booty
MIDRIOTMCB 001
18 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Return Of The Ghetto Fly (feat Neco Redd) - (3:50) 104 BPM
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Superficial - (4:50) 116 BPM
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Slippin On Ya Pimpin (feat Dames Brown) - (5:51) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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1960 What? (feat London House Cats Choir) - (6:30) 122 BPM
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Soul Fly Pt 1 (feat Dames Brown) - (3:31) 138 BPM
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Soul Fly Pt 2 (feat Dames Brown) - (6:10) 138 BPM
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Steppin (feat Dames Brown) - (4:39) 118 BPM
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Your Love Is All I Need - (5:22) 120 BPM
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I Got It (feat Alena) - (4:11) 114 BPM
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Funk Is Here To Stay - (4:33) 111 BPM
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Send A Message - (4:52) 98 BPM
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Review: Disco duo Yam Who? know a thing about re-edits, just take a listen to the endless back catalogue of their revered Midnight Riot label. Here they've recruited man about town Amp Fiddler, to rustle up an album's worth of scalpel jobs. There are 11 smooth gems here to groove to, some of our favourites including the meaty, meandering bassline and soulful vocals of "Superficial", the funky feminist clap-along "Steppin' (feat Dames Brown)" and the skippy garagey house anthem, "Funk Is Here To Stay". Sweet sounds.
Belabouche
MIDRIOTD 012
05 May 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Slide Into Your Heart - (7:25) 118 BPM
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Son Of Slave - (7:42) 116 BPM
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The Way We Live - (6:28) 99 BPM
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Money Runner - (5:49) 116 BPM
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Open Your Mind - (6:39) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Those who follow Belabouche on SoundCloud will know just what a prodigious re-editor he is; not a week seems to pass without a clutch of new scalpel works from the talented Italian producer. Here he brings his effortlessly soulful, loose-limbed approach to Yam Who's Midnight Riot label for the first time. All five tracks are excellent, with the baggy, string-drenched disco-soul bump of "Slide Into Your Heart" and dubwise funk thrust of "Money Runner" standing out. He mixes up the tempos well, with the EP's two slower moments - the sinewy jazz-funk headiness of "Open Your Mind" and intoxicating, horn-heavy "The Way We Live" - being particularly potent. If you're after edits that match dancefloor chops with an easy soulfulness, this should be an essential purchase.
Stella
MIDRIOTD 076
11 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Octopussy - (6:10) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The One (feat Princess Freesia) - (5:46) 123 BPM
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Rock Me - (6:19) 121 BPM
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Need Ur Love (feat Lorrie) - (5:44) 119 BPM
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Review: Keeping the fire burning for disco freaks everywhere, Big Danny Kane sidles up to Midnight Riot with a plush EP of rich, warm groovers for all kinds of different times of night. "The One" especially shines with its punchy electro funk b-line and a hook vocal turn from Princess Freesia, capturing that mid-'80s mood in an impeccable fashion. "Octopussy" and "Rock Me" inject a little more house-minded pump into the proceedings, but the chunky synth lines and slick rhythmic edits still represent the core of Daddy Kane's ample repertoire. Keep an ear out for the radio-friendly funk of "Need Ur Love" which comes on like late era Fatback Band and sounds all the better for it.
Get Up EP
MIDRIOTD 054
26 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Get Up - (7:52) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Yes I Know My Way - (4:20) 105 BPM
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Um Ba Yao - (5:52) 124 BPM
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Reggae Tempo - (5:08) 110 BPM
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Review: 2015 has been a good year for Olivier Tunier, arguably one of the re-edit scene's most under-appreciated scalpel specialists. Having already unleashed fine EPs on Whiskey Disco, Phat Elephant and Hot Digits, the Amsterdam-based producer delivers another cracking quartet of reworks on Midnight Riot. As usual, he touches on a number of styles, moving from the percussive, strobe-lit disco hustle of the superb "Get Up", to the straightened-out Caribbean disco grooves of "Reggae Tempo", via the dense tropical percussion, jaunty horns and sweet Brazilian vocals of "Um Ba Yao". Best of all, though, is "Yes I Know My Way", a blinding blast of audio sunshine blessed with breezy piano hooks, impassioned blue-eyed soul vocals and deliciously swinging beats.
Soul Grooves
MIDRIOTD 074
20 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I've Got This Feeling - (5:11) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Soul Groove - (6:16) 120 BPM
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You Make Me Feel So Good - (4:56) 119 BPM
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Review: Grecian DJ/producer C Da Afro is beginning to build up an impressive discography. Impressively, Midnight Riot is the 20th label he's released on to date. Soul Grooves is his first EP for the imprint, and contains a quartet of floor-friendly tracks that sit somewhere between remixes, re-edits and original productions. So while "Soul Groove" is based heavily on Matsubara's Paradise Garage fave "S.O.S (Society Of Soul)", C Da Afro has added a swathe of new synthesizer parts to compliment the original's killer jazz-funk guitars. We must presume the same process has been followed on the tactile electrofunk bomb "I've Got This Feeling", and the almost overpowering synthesizer bliss of Balearic boogie closer "You Mae Me Feel So Good".
Space Beyond
MIDRIOTD 053
19 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Feel My Life - (5:47) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Together (guitar mix) - (5:13) 115 BPM
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Bad Disco Lady - (5:15) 124 BPM
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Review: Grecian producers C Da Afro and J.B Boogie first joined forces last year, releasing an E.P of filter-heavy disco/house fusions on SpinCat Records. Here, the Athens-based duo delivers more similarly celebratory, party-ready fare for Midnight Riot. They begin with the rolling, 109 BPM goodness of "Feel My Life", a delicious fusion of sparkling synths, glittery guitar lines, smooth vocals and head-nodding grooves. "Together (Guitar Mix)" craftily turns a lesser-known, mid-tempo boogie jam into a guitar and synth solo-laden, eyes-closed monster. Best of all, though, is the shirts-off pomp of "Bad Disco Lady", which gains much of its dancefloor power thanks to the combination of extended, filter-laden breakdowns and notable drops.
Jump
MIDRIOTD 029
22 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Jump (feat J Squared) - (4:26) 122 BPM
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Pumpin' It Up - (5:48) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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You're The One - (6:20) 108 BPM
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Melody - (6:34) 108 BPM
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Played by: JimmyTheTwin
Review: Such Is Yam Who's commitment to nu-disco, that even during the festive season his Midnight Riot label is pumping out numerous winter warmers. This Jump EP contains four retro-futuristic joints all of which are culled from only the most neon lit of '80s dancefloors. Highlights include the chopped up robo-funk "Jump", the slow and low, leather tracksuited bassy grind "You're The One" and the tougher, electronic rare groover "Melody".
Chewy Rubs
MIDRIOTD 006
20 Jan 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Universal Love - (7:12) 118 BPM
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Party & Get On Down - (7:24) 114 BPM
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Ill Tell You - (7:22) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Let It Lay - (8:25) 116 BPM
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Review: Unheralded re-edit master Chewy Rubs pops up on Midnight Riot with four more tried-and-tested chunks of discoid gold. The rubbery, delay-laden boogie of "Universal Love" - think slap-bass, echoing vocal samples, synth squiggles and shuffling house drums - kicks things off, before "Party On & Get Down" successfully rearranges a smooth disco-funk shuffler. There's a dash of subdued disco bounce in the shape of "I'll Tell You", before "Let It Lay" delivers the knock-out punch - a righteous chunk of squidgy P-funk with just the right amount of delay-laden low-slung disco flavour. All four tracks are expertly teased and tweaked, suggesting they'll prove popular on disco floors over the next few months.
Thru The Night
MIDRIOTD 024
13 Oct 14
Deep House
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Thru The Night - (7:01) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Truth - (7:41) 115 BPM
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Love Sunday - (6:24) 111 BPM
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If U Want Me - (6:12) 105 BPM
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Pressure - (5:02) 96 BPM
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Your Girl - (5:10) 100 BPM
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Review: Combining tech house with a disco sound may not seem an obvious pairing, but that is where this London producer is coming from, and he does it extremely well. "Thru The Night" is dreamy, housed up, electro-soul, "Truth" adds trancey gospel to the mix and "Love Sunday" sprinkles some spaced out disco dust on the Cherille/Alexander O'Neal classic Saturday Love. It's all mesmerising snowflakes-at-night deep and electro-house on "If U Want Me". "Pressure" is fluffy clouds o'clock - all blissed out electro-pop- whilst "Your Girl" ends things on a haunting disco high.
Disco Poison
MIDRIOTD 077
25 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Step Into The Mood - (6:06) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Disco Poison - (5:39) 115 BPM
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Hope You Feel The Same - (5:01) 115 BPM
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Funkador - (5:39) 125 BPM
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Review: Dexter Jones is an artist so new he hasn't even finished his SoundCloud profile yet. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how Yam Who? roll when searching for the latest talent for their Midnight Riot label. He may be a newbie but Jones has the production chops of a veteran. "Step Into The Mood" starts things with some tight funk guitar, bongo rhythms and falsetto vocals. Next, "Disco Poison" is all about mellow keys and afternoon poolside fantasy, "Hope You Feel The Same" is pure 80s chrome and carpet slap-bass-boogie and "Funkador" is a dreamy up tempo disco house serenade.
Turn It Up EP
MIDRIOTD 005
06 Jan 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Partay Everybody - (4:31) 116 BPM
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Love Affair - (6:00) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Turn It Up - (5:44) 110 BPM
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Grab A Girl - (6:15) 110 BPM
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Toys Of Joy
MIDRIOTD 062
08 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dot 40 - "I Believe" - (8:27) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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GG - "Salsa" - (6:45) 123 BPM
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Fatneck - "Circulate" - (7:55) 105 BPM
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A Digital Needle - "Who Is He" - (8:04) 120 BPM
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Cid & Fancy - "On The Road Again" - (8:24) 132 BPM
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Review: Midnight Riot's latest re-edit/rework outing is an all-star affair, with a variety of cheeky scamps delivering a track each. Dot 40 manage to turn in a genuinely revelatory version of a classic in "I Believe", which impressively chops and loops a Jackson Sisters' classic before unleashing the song's party-starting powers as it progresses. GG re-invents a Modern Romance classic as a spiraling, Latin nu-disco throbber, while A Digital Needle make merry with another familiar disco-soul classic, impressively teasing out the vocal and instrumental solos. Best of all, though, is Fatneck's "Circulate", which subtly breathes new life into a White Isle-friendly blue-eyed soul classic.
Touch Of Magic
MIDRIOTD 022
08 Sep 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Touch Of Magic (epic voyage) - (7:53) 104 BPM
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I Wanna Know - (6:17) 106 BPM
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Papa Told Me - (5:18) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Paradise - (6:13) 110 BPM
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Taxis In Space - (5:24) 110 BPM
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Work It Out - (5:51) 102 BPM
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Review: Although known as a nu-disco re-edit label, Midnight Riot regularly prefers the synthy, glitzy soul side of the '80s. No problem there, as much of that stuff crossed over to the disco side of things in that wonderful era of musical cross-pollination. Leading the charge is "Touch Of Magic", which basically takes all the best bits of Rose Royce's 1984 tropical synth-soul gem Magic Touch and makes it ten times better, Elsewhere we get a further five more slices of this shizzle including the deep, almost Balearic "Paradise" and the totally buggin' freak funk of "Taxis In Space".
Take It
MIDRIOTD 065
07 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hot - (6:16) 118 BPM
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Don't Want To Stop - (7:14) 116 BPM
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Take It - (4:53) 117 BPM
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The Disco Beat - (6:01) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Guildford-based Evil Smarty is arguably best known for his collaborative work with Bad Barbie, though he has previously put out solo releases on Tonbe's Disco Fruit imprint. Here, he goes it alone once more, delivering a four-track missive of cheery reworks for Midnight Riot. "Hot" is a prize chunk of rolling disco-house built around a rising and falling piano line, jaunty horns, occasional synths and a booming groove. "Don't Want To Stop" is a starry disco-funk affair that benefits greatly from a beefed-up bassline and notable Clavinet lines, while "Take It" sees him charge off successfully into Afro-funk territory. Finally, he slows things down a little on the dreamy and loved-up "The Disco Beat".
The Disco Seen
MIDRIOTD 037
13 Apr 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Downside Up - (6:46) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Get Enough - (7:52) 92 BPM
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My Bell - (6:24) 121 BPM
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Your Love - (5:39) 94 BPM
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In Dust We Trust
MIDRIOTD 042
25 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Paradise - (6:38) 120 BPM
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Yes, I'm Sorry (FabioLous Re Based Funk mix) - (6:21) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tattoo (FabioLous anthem mix) - (6:16) 121 BPM
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Make Love To Me - (6:51) 122 BPM
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Limbo - (6:26) 112 BPM
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Review: An Argentinian born, London dwelling, veteran DJ with about three decades experience of rocking dancefloors, Fabiolous Barker is a seasoned pro. Here he delivers more of his hard-hitting disco house reworks for Midnight Riot. There's a maturity to these tunes - with highlights including the deep and synthy sauce-house grinder "The Paradise", the campy '70s disco-rocker "Tattoo" and the cool Miami freestyle electro restyling of Bryan Ferry's "Limbo". Sophisticated boogie!
Liquid Gold
MIDRIOTD 050
21 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Liquid Gold - (6:52) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Music (Yam Who? re-edit) - (7:46) 126 BPM
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The Real Thing - (6:54) 122 BPM
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Music (Jack To The Sound mix) - (5:52) 126 BPM
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NRG - (5:16) 122 BPM
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Review: Argentinian-in-London seems to be building up something of a head of steam this year, delivering a swathe of fine releases on the likes of Sound Exhibitions, Masterworks Music, Hotbox Music and Midnight Riot. Here he returns to the latter with more tried-and-tested blends of disco re-edits and groovy house rhythms. His default mode - as expertly outlined on the soaring sweetness of "The Real Thing" and "Liquid Gold" - is effortless party starting, offering exactly the right balance between 21st century house swing and cheery disco authenticity. The EP also boasts a couple of reworks-of-edits, most notably from Midnight Riot boss Yam Who. His chunky, loopy version of "Music" is an undoubted EP highlight.
Party Rockers
MIDRIOTD 067
23 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rescue My Love - (5:13) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Want U Back - (8:10) 119 BPM
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Bottoms Up - (6:36) 104 BPM
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The Touch (Funkahouse) - (5:17) 104 BPM
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Cool Jam - (4:51) 125 BPM
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Funk Pimpin EP
MIDRIOTD 040
28 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Get Down - (6:30) 115 BPM
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This Funk Is Solid - (6:58) 105 BPM
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Disco Fever - (6:04) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Running Back - (7:10) 127 BPM
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Hustler's Supreme
MIDRIOTD 039
27 Apr 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Never Danced - (6:27) 122 BPM
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So In Love - (5:44) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Don't You Want Me (Minnie Extension) - (8:00) 120 BPM
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Review: Scalpel fiend Justin Green dons his GG Edits guise for another outing on Midnight Riot, some 10 months on from his last outing. As usual, there's much for dusty-fingered crate diggers to enjoy. Opener "Never Danced" is an undulating, string-laden disco singalong, with Green getting just the right balance between the bold vocals and extended instrumental passages. "So In Love" is a loose, baggy and hugely enjoyable extension of a familiar soul classic, while "Don't You Want Me (Minnie Extension)" takes a trip into the world of rare groove and '80s soul, adding some booming - if pleasingly swinging - percussion to cater for the needs of 21st century dancefloors.
Striped Red
MIDRIOTD 055
02 Nov 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Make Lemons Not War - (5:07) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Striped Red - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Cashford & Pimpson - (4:17) 125 BPM
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Senior Runner - (5:12) 123 BPM
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Sterling Red - (5:01) 124 BPM
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Played by: YAM WHO?, 80's Child
Review: Boston, Massachusetts-based Brit Ben Adams has previously contributed tracks to Midnight Riot compilations, so it's little surprise to see him being given a full EP on which to showcase his wares. Under the GMGN guise, Adams has developed a sound that joins the dots between surging, party-friendly house, disco re-edits, and punchy, electro-influenced breaks. That fun-time, floor-friendly blend is evident through the five tracks here, from the sweaty bump of opener "Make Lemons Not War", to the bustling, bass music-influenced disco-house throb of "Senior Runner". Arguably the best of a strong bunch of "Striped Red", which sees Adams' make merry with weighty beats, crunchy looped guitars, tweaked filter effects and some seriously heavy horn solos.
Inside The Box
MIDRIOTD 048
24 Aug 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Saving My Love In - (4:50) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hesitate - (5:32) 109 BPM
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Definate Strangeness - (5:19) 115 BPM
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Who Do You Think You Are - (4:36) 100 BPM
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Review: Another week, another new set of high grade re-edits from the Midnight Riot label. This time round, label boss Yam Who hands a debut to Stafford-based Dave Gerrard and Rob Bairstow's Greyskooledits project. Predictably, they head straight for peaktime dancefloors with opener "Saving My Love In", a brilliantly cut-up, hustlin' rework of a well-known disco classic. They dip the tempo a little on "Hesitate", impeccably stretching out and tweaking Salsoul Orchestra's "Runaway" for modern dancefloors. Even better is "Definite Strangeness", a brilliantly dubbed-out, beatbox electro tweak of Barbara Mason's "Another Man", while "Who Do You Think You Are" sees the duo brilliantly chop-up funk classic "Mr Big Stuff" in a vintage hip-hop breaks style.
To The Music
MIDRIOTD 046
27 Jul 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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To The Music - (7:48) 115 BPM
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Money - (7:27) 112 BPM
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Nothing Can - (7:18) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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So Good To Me - (7:45) 115 BPM
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Review: Hampshire-based Groove Motion - AKA DJ/production duo Wayne Altham and Jack Henwood - describe their style as "bangin' soulful music". Certainly, there's plenty of soul to be found throughout this debut release for Midnight Riot. Throughout, they impeccably blur the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original productions, delivering new takes on classic tracks with plenty of cool musical flourishes. Check, for example, the deliciously evocative piano solos on their breezy house version of The Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt" (here renamed "To The Music"), or the sparkling guitars and tactile chords of Sade re-cut "Nothing Can". There's also a cheery, sun-flecked goodness to "So Good To Me", their house-friendly version of Donald Byrd's Paradise Garage classic "Love Has Come Around".
Tropical Golf
MIDRIOTD 044
06 Jul 15
Funky/Club House
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Headstrong - (6:32) 117 BPM
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Fade To Blue - (6:02) 118 BPM
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Bottlejack Stripdown - (5:56) 120 BPM
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50 Dog, 100 Dog - (7:48) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: North Sea dweller and nu-disco diver Headpocket hasn't rested on his laurels since the recent release of his Tubular Vision album, already returning with this Tropical Golf EP on the mighty Midnight Riot. There are four new sizzlers here, all of which veer on the deep side of things but it different ways: "Headstrong" is synth-drenched 80s disco-soul, "Fade to Blue" is soothing piano house, "Bottlejack Settledown" fuses holiday cocktail-house vibes with live funk guitar, but best of all is "50 Dog 100 Dog" which is a deliciously melancholic sunkissed Balearic/Italo-disco instrumental. Gorgeous!
Slipped Discs Vol 1
MIDRIOTD 072
23 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Darling - (7:21) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Soviet - (6:38) 112 BPM
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Femme - (5:40) 94 BPM
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Kids - (6:27) 88 BPM
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Review: Having recently delivered a killer 12" with P-funk legend Bootsy Collins, Hifi Sean joins forces with Las Vegas-based New Yorker Peter Shalvoy on Midnight Riot. The experienced twosome delivers a quartet of floor-friendly cuts that gleefully blur the boundaries between disco re-edits, loopy disco-house, and the kind of sample-heavy, cut-up dancefloor fare championed by Tiger & Woods. Our pick of the bunch is probably the slo-mo disco-funk sleaze of "Femme", with the similarly dubby, low-slung and trippy "Kids" (a significantly scrambled rework of a familiar classic) not far behind. Those seeking more up-tempo, peak-time thrills should check the Italo disco-tinged throb of "Soviet", or the hypnotic dancefloor pressure of "Darling".
Thug Life
MIDRIOTD 061
01 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Thug Life - (5:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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When You Get The Groove - (5:56) 124 BPM
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Gwen - (7:55) 114 BPM
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Real Love - (6:18) 123 BPM
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Movin' - (6:57) 123 BPM
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Sylvia - (5:57) 94 BPM
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Review: Midnight Riot's latest recruit, the wonderfully named His Dirty Secrets, hails from the steamy, sleazy surrounds of Miami. His music is similarly saucy, with this debut EP offering a sextet of tracks that effortlessly blend soul, disco, funk and boogie samples with his own warm, goodtime house sounds. There's naturally much to admire, from the funk-goes-house hustle of "When You Get The Groove" and bouncy, string-laden disco-house stomp of "Real Love" (built around an oh-so familiar classic), to the loved-up, slo-mo chug of "Sylvia", and rich deep house opener "Thug Life". All told, it's a strong collection of tried-and-tested dancefloor grooves.
Jam Master EP
MIDRIOTD 011
21 Apr 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Burning - (5:27) 120 BPM
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The Beat Is On - (7:13) 120 BPM
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My Best - (6:11) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kissed My Soul - (5:33) 104 BPM
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Honey - (5:26) 110 BPM
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Review: Midnight Riot boss Yam Who? isn't one to rest on his laurels, nope he's always out hunting new talent and here he's bagged Jam Master for an eponymous debut on the nu-disco imprint. Over the five tracks supplied here, the overriding vibe is all about lounging in a neon-lit Miami Vice-era nightclub, albeit one more favoured by Tubbs than Crockett. Shimmering digital synth funk is the name of the game and it's a joy to behold, with the best largely instrumental bits of anonymous mid '80s electro-soul edited and looped into a deliriously glamorous haze. Slick.
Dynasty
MIDRIOTD 032
16 Feb 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Guitar Dynasty - (9:00) 117 BPM
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Weather Stone - (4:43) 118 BPM
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Dawn Of Chandler - (6:08) 115 BPM
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Flauta Guayaba (feat Fran Deeper) - (5:29) 115 BPM
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Night Class
MIDRIOTD 064
22 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kissing You - (7:11) 111 BPM
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Atlantis Move - (4:57) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ozila Boogie - (8:37) 115 BPM
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It's You - (7:41) 112 BPM
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Crushed - (6:43) 114 BPM
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Flying In The Mind - (5:30) 110 BPM
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Can I Shake It - (5:01) 118 BPM
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Never Giving In - (6:35) 121 BPM
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Review: Over the last couple of years, Spanish producer James Rod has worked his way to the top of the nu-disco scene via a string of fine releases for Hot Digits, Audaz, Good Stuff and his own Golden Soul label. Night Class marks his first appearance on Midnight Riot, and predictably he's pulled out all the stops. The eight-track set effortlessly blurs the boundaries between house-friendly reworks and traditional re-edits, along the way serving up a string of dancefloor-ready bombs. Highlights include - but are not limited to - the electrofunk/disco hybrid "Kissing You", the synth-bass-heavy shuffle of "Ozila Boogie", the stuttering, edit-heavy freestyle flex of "Crushed", and the slammin', anthem-like brilliance of closer "Never Giving In".
City Vibes EP
MIDRIOTD 004
30 Dec 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Its Over Now - (8:09) 113 BPM
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Say You Love Me, Girl - (7:04) 110 BPM
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Brown Baby - (7:50) 115 BPM
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Its Tooo Late - (6:30) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Yam Who's Midnight Riot series continues to impress, delivering tracks that sit somewhere between cheeky re-edits, illicit remixes and original productions. There's much to enjoy on this latest label missive, a four-tracker from Waterford-based disco/electrofunk enthusiast Jay Roche (aka Jay-Ru). "It's Not Over" is a deliciously wide-eyed version of '80s soul fave "It's Over Now" with some neat additional nu-disco and deep house touches, while "Say You Love Me Girl" is a brilliant cut-up edit of a soaring '80s disco jam. "Brown Baby" employs similar MPC-jamming techniques, as well as a killer breakdown and build-up slap bang in the middle. Finally, "It's Tooo Late" [sic] alternates between subdued groovery and grandiose flourishes on a delightful slo-mo disco gem.
City Vibes Vol 2
MIDRIOTD 028
15 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Can't Hide - (6:17) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Where's This Groove Going? - (7:36) 101 BPM
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The Thrill Is Gone - (6:38) 98 BPM
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Got To Find A Way - (6:12) 100 BPM
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Played by: FINGERMAN
Review: Irishman Jay-Ru proved his re-edit credentials on the previous installment of this series of cheeky-edit-or-original-production tunes. So much so in fact, that label boss Yam Who has invited him back to the Midnight Riot fold for more of the same. And who's complaining? Well what with the fluty clavinet grind of "Can't Hide", the bluesy lament "The Thrill Has Gone" and the loopy hippy soul of "Got To Find A Way, pretty much nobody really.
Lost In Rio
MIDRIOTD 041
11 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Danca - (6:05) 113 BPM
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Boogie Da Central - (7:21) 111 BPM
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Coming Over - (7:26) 114 BPM
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Keep The Beat - (7:14) 117 BPM
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Bring It Back (Jou acid way) - (6:12) 116 BPM
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Dancin Happy - (7:09) 114 BPM
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Tanto Tempo - (7:12) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Just in time for the summer festival season comes this gem of an EP from Rio-based Joutro Mundo (AKA DJ/producer Jonas Rocha), featuring a swathe of superb reworks of Brazilian and American disco and boogie gems. The hits come thick and fast, from the straightened-out disco-boogie shuffle of "Danca" and effortlessly sunny "Boogie Da Central", to the acid-laden P-funk tweak of "Bring It Back (Jou Acid Way)", and horn-totin' smoothness of "Dancin Happy". Best of all, though, is "Tanto Tempo", a toe tapping saunter through bass-heavy Brazilian funk territory built around a killer drum break.
Brazilian Boogie & Disco Reworks Vol 1
MIDRIOTBBDR 001
16 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Tropical Affair - (7:12) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Paul In Rio - (6:54) 124 BPM
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Cores - (7:30) 117 BPM
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Morena - (7:51) 110 BPM
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Crusin' - (9:08) 114 BPM
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Director's Cut - (7:28) 118 BPM
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Panthera - (7:09) 114 BPM
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Boogie Da Central - (7:15) 112 BPM
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Combo Funk (feat Dalage) - (5:40) 110 BPM
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Posto 12 - (6:12) 95 BPM
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Perna Groove (feat Dalage) - (6:03) 100 BPM
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Energia - (7:15) 100 BPM
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Review: On his previous Midnight Riot releases, Joutro Mundo has always included a number of scorching reworks of Brazilian disco and boogie faves. Now, the fast-rising producer has gone one step further, serving up an entire album's worth of humid, summery reworks of authentic Brazilian fare. While a handful have previously seen the light of day elsewhere (see "Boogie Do Central" in particular), there's plenty of previously unheard revisions to get the juices flowing. Highlights include the synth bass, jaunty horns and party vibes of "Tropical Affair", the Leroy Burgess-goes-to-Rio boogie flex of "Morena", and the densely percussive, Clavinet-driven sweatiness of "Combo Funk". Oh, and a fine rework of an obscure Brazilian cover of Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" ("Paul In Rio").
A Boogie Affair
MIDRIOTD 058
14 Dec 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Director's Cut - (7:55) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Atlantis - (6:40) 120 BPM
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Not Chicago - (6:58) 110 BPM
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Boogie Down - (7:41) 100 BPM
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Energia - (7:14) 100 BPM
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Review: Brazilian DJ/re-editor Joutro Mundo was responsible for one of Midnight Riot's strongest releases of 2015, the rather fine Lost In Rio. Happily, this follow-up contains another quintet of high-grade re-rubs for discerning DJs. He begins as he means to go on, building the Prince-like "Directors Cut" into a sweaty floor-slayer via the track's original ingredients, chunkier beats and a few choice acid lines. Elsewhere, he gets all sinewy and sensual on the mid-'80s Brazilian boogie-soul of "Not Chicago", before dipping the tempo a little on "Boogie Down", a low-slung killer laden with trippy dub disco effects. Finally, the acid returns on the EP's stand-out track, the sun-kissed Brazilian brilliance of "Energia".
Chief Rocker
MIDRIOTD 051
28 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Chief Rocker - (6:31) 116 BPM
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Wildest Derams - (6:58) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Watch Your Man - (6:55) 127 BPM
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Close To You - (6:05) 113 BPM
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Rok Box - (5:01) 124 BPM
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Review: Starting as he means to go on, Judge Funk debuts on Midnight Riot with some serious dancefloor law-giving on this five track banger. It's all about the 80s, with the highlight tracks including: an expertly tweaked and extended version of Shelia E/Prince's A Love Bizarre ("Wildest Dreams"), the manic energy of Klymaxx's Meeting In The Ladies Room ("Wildest Dreams") and a discreet rejig of a rare SAW Balearic mix of Princess' Saying I'm Your Number One ("Close To You").
Cosmic Haze
MIDRIOTD 060
28 Dec 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Cosmic Haze - (5:20) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tell Me - (5:34) 120 BPM
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Many Lovers - (6:32) 120 BPM
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Make U Happy - (6:52) 120 BPM
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House Of Love
MIDRIOTDAL 002
20 Apr 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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House Of LOVE - (3:07) 92 BPM
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African Mother - (4:26) 120 BPM
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Jungle Juice - (3:30) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Secret Garden - (4:50) 113 BPM
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NYC Underground - (3:50) 116 BPM
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States Is High - (5:12) 120 BPM
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Sex On Drugs - (4:20) 120 BPM
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Run2Me - (3:24) 119 BPM
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L'amour Physique - (5:26) 117 BPM
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Relax Yo Self - (3:05) 118 BPM
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Review: Adelaide-based producer Henri Le Blanc got his break with Midnight Riot after being championed by fellow Aussie studio don Inkswel. It makes perfect sense. While Le Blanc's style somewhat differs from that of the Hot Shot giant, he shares the same love of dusty grooves, soulful chords, swinging beats (some deep house, some informed more by disco or hip-hop) and warm instrumentation. It's an endearing formula that makes for an excellent debut album. Inspired, according to its maker, by the ups and downs of "real love", The House of Love is packed with highlights, from the percussive deep house warmth of "States Is High" and Balearic disco loveliness of "L'Amour Physique", to the Afro-influenced MPC shuffle of "African Mother".
Secret Enclave
MIDRIOTD 014
05 May 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Do It Baby - (8:05) 105 BPM
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Strong - (7:04) 100 BPM
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Mr. Cool - (6:00) 108 BPM
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Tell Me - (6:10) 114 BPM
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Freekin Fine - (4:44) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Having previously graced the release schedules of Dab Hand and Kojak, nu-disco don Magnetic Soul is back this time with a new five tracker on Midnight Riot. It's hard to choose, but the best of these quality jams include the mind-warping retro funk of "Do It Baby", the floaty forward flying flute-disco of "Mr Cool" and the intense clap 'n' stomp-along "Freekin Fine".
Deeper
MIDRIOTD 057
23 Nov 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Got The Power - (7:40) 100 BPM
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69 - (11:45) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Deeper (Judge Funk remix) - (5:45) 112 BPM
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Round One - (8:27) 100 BPM
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Deeper - (7:45) 100 BPM
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Review: It seems like an eternity since slow, chugging edits were all the rage. It's good to see, then, that Mantova-based Massimo Vanoni is still keeping the flame alive. The Italian producer's style feels like a slightly less loopy take on fellow countryman LTJ, with the emphasis on head-nodding grooves and tactile disco shapes. There's much to enjoy here, from the pitched-down AOR disco stomp of "Got The Power", and 12-minute boogie chugger "69", to the undulating sweetness of "Deeper", and Italo-influenced, Moroder-ish bob of "Deeper". Judge Funk remixes the latter track, pitching it up to 112 BPM for additional dancefloor pleasure.
Piano Weapon
MIDRIOTD 078
25 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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For Your Love (Cosmic Inspiration mix) - (8:23) 100 BPM
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Piano Weapon (Plastic mix) - (6:43) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Piano Weapon - (7:26) 100 BPM
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Feel This Groove - (7:43) 100 BPM
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For Your Love - (9:00) 100 BPM
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Review: Although the original Italian disco clubs have long gone, the spirit still remains in the likes of Massimo Vanoni. Here his latest missive, the Piano Weapon EP, features a variety of takes on a few of his tunes. The title track is a deep and hypnotic lounge funk workout, which gets a thumping 'jazz hands' remodel in a Jaydee Plastic Dreams referencing remix. The title track is all slinky elastic gyrations and is given a percolating Balearic/yacht rock makeover in the 'Cosmic Inspiration' version. Lastly "Feel This Grove" adds some much needed pan pipe action to the mix.
Overdrive
MIDRIOTD 030
29 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Can't Lose (Yam Who rework) - (6:59) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Can't Lose - (3:08) 111 BPM
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High Energy - (5:44) 129 BPM
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Hot Night - (3:10) 127 BPM
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Light Up - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Review: With a cover that looks like a ZX Spectrum game from 1983, it's fairly clear we're into retro 80s territory here. Since the early 80s are arguably the coolest era in dance music, that's no bad thing. Mista Shifta presents here five digital electro-funk and disco jams positively brimming with neon-flecked goodness. Highlights include the arpeggiated accelerator of the Sylvester-sampling "High Energy", the raw bleepy soul jam of "Hot Night" and the slammin' electro banger "Light Up".
Playmates
MIDRIOTD 026
10 Nov 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Playmates - (7:25) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sweet Heat - (7:55) 114 BPM
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Touchdown - (6:30) 115 BPM
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You'd Better Not Fool Around - (4:56) 111 BPM
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Review: To some soul music became super artificial in the chrome and carpet world of the mid-80s. Thankfully Spanish producer Mr Absolutt isn't one of those people and neither are we. This single dives head first into the aforementioned world with aplomb: "Playmates" is all snappy drums, clean guitar licks and fizzy synths, "Sweet Heat" is boogie with some killer electro-bass for extra kicks, "Touchdown" has that more pop production of that era sounding more than a little bit like Luther Vandross and "You'd Better Not Fool Around" ends on a laser-funk high.
Show Girls
MIDRIOTD 052
05 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Serious Groove - (5:41) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Show Girls - (8:08) 102 BPM
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Superfine - (8:02) 110 BPM
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Bad Boys - (6:40) 113 BPM
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Played by: YAM WHO?, Evil Smarty
Review: Mr Absolutt has gone deep into the glitzy world of mid-80s soul for his latest, the "Show Girls" EP. We get the intense, male/female duet "Serious", the title track's saucy tropical grind, big-drummed pounder "Superfine" and cheap n' cheerful Italo-disco on "Bad Boys".
Neon Dancer
MIDRIOTD 069
18 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Night Driver - (7:17) 111 BPM
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One Love - (7:32) 111 BPM
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The Cross - (6:15) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Champ - (9:13) 118 BPM
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Review: Here on Neon Dancer Mr Absolutt stays true to his name and goes absolutely pure on his homage to the sound of early RnB dancefloors. "Night Drive" is a hazy blend of What's Love Got To Do With It tropical synths and sultry Princess-esque grooves. Elsewhere "One Love" is fluffy boogie fun, "The Cross" is a twangier Paradise Garage-era raw funk jam and "Champ" is a hiNRG-funk crossover. A refreshing 80s vodka cocktail of an EP (no prizes guessing which brand).
Measure Once, Cut Twice
MIDRIOTD 043
29 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Dismissal - (7:39) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Never Knew - (6:56) 116 BPM
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Break My Heart - (5:54) 115 BPM
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A Single Number - (7:05) 115 BPM
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Coming Back - (7:51) 115 BPM
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Review: All-things-funky specialists Midnight Riot are known for their collaborative EP's from all corners of the nu-disco world, but they've got a hot new single from The New Black, a producer who has already appeared a number of times on the label. He's got five slices of party-ready madness this time around, the jewels of which have to be the boogie-tastic "I Never Knew", slo-mo jazz-house piece "A Single Number", and the funky percussive bomb "Coming Back". Hot off the trod!
Subway
MIDRIOTD 023
06 Oct 14
Euro Dance/Pop Dance
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Stranger - (6:18) 118 BPM
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Neptune - (5:49) 114 BPM
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You Ain't Never - (6:13) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Do You Have Any - (6:15) 98 BPM
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Review: Peza is a shady re-edit hero, whose previous releases have created all kinds of a stir in the disco world. This latest EP, Subway, for the esteemed Midnight Riot, has already notched up some serious pre-release support from the likes of Andy Weatherall and Horse Meat Disco. One listen to the four tracks included here and you can tell why - we get everything from some slowed-down Eurythmics ("Stranger") to the deep and spacey funk grooves of "You Ain't Never" via the female disco/clavinet interface funk of "Do You Have Any?".
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