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19 Dec 11
15 Oct 10
03 Feb 12
Played by: Visti, Bonar Bradberry, Peter Edison, Juno Recommends Deep House, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Moustache Mamas, Frank Booker, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Things Happen
Review: Whether it's the PBR stuff Bonar Bradberry does alongside Tom Thorpe or the solo material for the likes of Under The Shade and Needwant, the Leeds producer has always delivered solid dancefloor material. With the news that PBR Streetgang is the latest additions to an ever expanding Hot Creations operation, Bonar Bradberry might be on the cusp of wider recognition his production talents deserve. A second solo outing on Sean Brosnan's Needwant imprint can only help too, with You Were Away a richly rewarding journey through dewy eyed twilight disco house, all breathy vocals, well placed handclaps, subtle laser driven synths and a warm bottom end. There's a nice upwards shift in emphasis midway through that only serves to highlight Bradberry's mettle as a producer. Complementing this are some wisely chosen remixes, with German types Space Ranger reworking the track into the kind of throbbing yet glistening mutant discoid arrangement they are renowned for, whilst South Coast duo Maxxi Soundsystem serve further notice of their potential with a simmering boogie refix of digi only track "Lip Therapy" that explodes with delightful textures midway through.
17 Dec 12
30 Jun 10
09 May 11
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), The Revenge, Billy Bogus, Chris Coco, Dirt Crew, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Cosmonauts, Dionigi, The Unity Agency, The Main Stem
Review: Is It Balearic chiefs Coyote scored something of an underground hit with their last house-flavoured single, "Moving", for International Feel. Here they look to repeat the trick - this time for Needwant - by once again teaming up with Sheffield chanteuse Nesreen Shah for an atmospheric, White Isle-flavoured houser. In its original form, "Always" offers a snaking mix of hypnotic, delay-laden vocals, twinkling pianos and atmospheric pads, all underpinned by a distinctly bumpin' bassline. Neville Watson remixes, offering vocal and dub versions that seemingly bristle with retro deep house charm. The more straightforward Balearic disco outing "Corona" - an excuse for more big piano builds - completes a solid package.
01 Oct 12
Played by: Hybu, Pete Dafeet, Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Homegroove Project, Boris Dlugosch, Ya Dun Know, Dirty Channels, Gazeebo, Mike Millrain (Soul Revolution ), Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Sw, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Dopefish, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Karim, Sccucci Manucci, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Raw Club Radio, Dublin Aunts, Homero Espinosa, Sounds Of Sumo, Mario Basanov, Willo, Jack Fell Down, Embryo, Derek Avari, Young Hand, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: With an excellent release on Tusk Wax in his armoury and a notable collaboration with Bicep on their recent Aus EP, Norn Irish lad Ejeca seems primed to follow the trajectory set by the aforementioned burger loving duo. The Horizons EP, his debut for the Needwant imprint sees Ejeca throwing down three tracks that are very much steeped in the same vocal lead New Jersey garage sound that Bicep are currently plundering to great effect, not least on the thickly infectious title track that demonstrates Ejeca's ease for crafting a killer breakdown. "Dazed" eschews the reliance on vocals for some deft chord usage and excellent drum programming, while "See Through You" shimmers with garage indebted warmth.
05 Sep 11
Played by: Chris Coco, Lusty Zanzibar, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Downtempo, Joseph Terruel, Fear Of Theydon, Black Marlin
Review: The miserable British summer may have long since passed, but no one seems to have told Needwant. Here, they attempt to kick-start a long overdue Indian summer with a quartet of bespoke nu-Balearic beauties. Fete's "Song For Her" leads the eyes-wide-shut charge, offering a bracing early morning stroll through child-like melodies, laidback pianos and gorgeous electronic grooves. Finnish studio boffins Hannulelairi handle the remix, fixing the original piano melodies to a chugging, dancefloor-friendly groove. Perhaps most impressive, though, are the two new cuts from little-known producer Black Marlin. Both "Forest" and "Autumn" deliver a dewy-eyed mix of slo-mo Balearic goodness and intergalactic electronica tailor-made for starry nights and sunny mornings.
10 Jul 11
Review: Ignore the fluffy subtitle - this excellent collection from Needwant is packed to the rafters with high-grade contemporary nu-Balearic fodder. There's a good mix of the slinky (Max Essa's 20-minute, "E2E4" tribute "Panorama Suite"), chugging (Cos/Mes remixed by Acid Orhcestra), ambient (Diskjokke) and dreamy (the bluesy grooves of "Sir John" by White Elephant), with a smattering of more dancefloor-centric Balearic disco hits thrown in (Free Disco's sublime "Odd Summer"). With some genuine scene titans present - Todd Terje, Coyote, Lee Douglas etc - and a smattering of lesser-known producers showcasing their wares, there's enough to excite Balearic veterans and scene newcomers alike.
26 Jul 10
29 Oct 12
Played by: King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Kito Jempere / Spdsc, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Jakobin&domino
Review: Sometime Hercules & Love Affair chanteuse has set her sights on solo stardom. Following a smattering of solo tracks, she gets her big chance with house/nu-disco fusionists Needwant. "Return It" is in many ways exactly what you'd expect from Foxman, offering a classic, melancholic vocal atop a bubbling electronic groove that touches on retro house, synth-pop and slick nu-disco. "Hypnotic Dance" is tougher, sounding like a painfully hip New York cover of a classic Inner City track. There are various tougher/deeper remixes, including a wonderfully bumpin' analogue garage take from fellow Noo Yoykah John Selway and a pair of smooth Steffi interpretations. The Populette remix is pretty tasty, too.
19 Nov 12
Played by: Teniente Castillo, Redsoul, Freddy Love, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Bruno From Ibiza, Luka, Inigo, Jona Saucedo
Review: Mario Basanov is clearly a man who spends all his waking hours in the studio. His first album, a collaborative effort with pal Vidis, was an expansive two-disc set. Journey, his solo debut, clocks in at a similar length, though the second disc does borrow heavily from previous solo singles and EPs. Even so, it's a grandiose proposition. Musically, it's pretty much what you'd expect, shuffling between typically Lithuanian deep house, sprightly nu-disco and the sort of fluid deep-pop that sits somewhere between the two camps. There's little in the way of darkness or grit, just pleasant, feel good niceness that bristles with vivid synths and sneaky Italo influences.
13 Jun 11
10 Dec 10
08 Apr 12
23 Jul 12
Review: While Mark E is no stranger to Needwant, having remixed Massimiliano Pagliara for the label back in 2010, We Could Love marks the debut proper for the Midlands producer on Sean Brosnan's label. As you'd expect from a cut featuring the immediately recognisable tones of Robert Owens, "We Could Love" is Evetts going full blown house, expanding on the themes explored on last year's Stonebreaker LP and embracing a non sample based sound with gleeful results. Based around that thickly pulsing bass line and Owens' breathy yet understated vocals, the track's other elements take on a subtler role, with chords chiming in at well placed moments and the rhythms never slipping past ripple status. One of those tracks that feels just right, Needwant mercifully eschew the temptation for perfunctory remixes!
31 Aug 10
11 Jul 11
19 Dec 11
Played by: Homegroove Project, Giom, Mmdrec, Justin Miller, Hot Toddy, Juno Recommends Disco, Deepgroove, Moustache Mamas, Frank Booker, Kruse & Nuernberg, Dionigi, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Space Ranger, Martin Brodin, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Marvin Zeyss, Silver City
Review: Having begun the year with a stone-cold dancefloor slayer - their brilliant revision of "Criticize" on Kojak Giant Sounds - Brighton twosome Maxxi Soundsystem attempt to end 2011 with a similar smash. "Make Or Break" certainly has similar potential, coming on like an inspired fusion between Balearic-flavoured nu-disco and bass-heavy Julio Bashmore/Futureboogie-ish house (think wobbly, dubby bass, cut-up R&B vocals and touchy-feely pads). Both "There's No Love" and "Never Stop" take a similarly E'd-up approach, with the latter adding a touch more synth-funk bottom end for maximum dancefloor pressure. Look out for these guys in 2012.
28 Nov 11
Played by: Rotciv, Owain Kimber (Owain K), Superbreak, Dirt Crew, Sound Black / Lady Blacktronika, Gitchell Moore, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Roy Gilles, Villa Savoye
Review: Given the current trend for house productions inspired by the late 80s/early 90s New York house sound, it's perhaps surprising that there haven't been many compilations looking back at the pioneering releases of the city's legendary Nu Groove label. This unmixed collection from nu-school slo-mo disco/house producer Nicholas fills that gap, offering a personal selection of favourites from the label's archives. As selections go, it's pretty hot, largely sidestepping well-known cuts in favour of forgotten gems and rarities. As a result, it should be an essential purchase for anyone with at least a passing interest in the development of deep house and US garage. Besides, Basil Hardhaus 2's super-deep "Black Man" is almost worth the admission price alone.
15 Aug 11
17 Mar 10
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), DJ Shorterz (Tom Short), Billy Bogus, Faze Action, Sean Brosnan, Juno Recommends Disco, Eddie C, Juno Download, Vicmoren, Voltage (Cutters Records)
Review: Future Disco compiler Sean Brosnan gets the once over from a pair of Nu-Disco dons on his debut release. Brosnan's original of Sat Jam pools together awesome bass, some classy dub effects as well as a sure-footed groove. Ray Mang snatches up the A-side with his mix though - a spellbinding rerub that takes it's time to drop but keeps you hooked with it's tight piano-house motif and cosmic production. Man of the moment Eddie C also takes Sat Jam to task, going much deeper than the original and dropping the bpm's down slightly for a more soulful and blissed-out version.
31 May 10
07 Feb 11
Played by: Julian Sanza, Giom, Fingerman, Jp Source, Sean Brosnan, Drop Out Orchestra, Chili Davis (Forward Disco), G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Pbr Streetgang, Juno Electro House Podcast, Linosaur, Thievery Corporation
Review: Needwant’s popular Future Disco series reaches its fourth volume, with another epic trawl through some of 2010’s biggest Neon tinged late night bombs. It’s the first section that impresses most, offering a thrill-a-minute journey through low-slung contemporary New York disco, breezy nu-disco and even touching on house. The tracklist is a little heavy on the admittedly brilliant but already familiar (Jacques Renault’s ubiquitous take on Midnight Magic’s "Beam Me Up", Greg Wilson’s remix of Escort and "Look Right Through", Morgan Geist’s debut as Storm Queen ), but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find superb, lesser-known tracks and mixes. Particular highlights include the superlative Gadi & Soul Clap tweak of 80s Boston act Bad Rabbits, Filippson & Ulysses emotive ode to John Carpenter and Bonar Bradberry getting reshaped by Pete Herbert.
27 Feb 12
Played by: B-Jam, Low Slung, Fingerman, Dave Allison, Deepshizzol On Deepvibes Radio 16.0, Sunseet Summer Chart, Zee&eli, Elly K, Black Magic Disco
Review: For those with a penchant for the blurred boundaries between house, nu-disco and contemporary electrofunk, the Future Disco series has always been a reliable source of high quality material. This fifth volume continues that trend, offering up a two-disc selection (one disc mixed, the other unmixed) that has squidgy synth basslines, slick pads and warm electronic melodies seeping out of every digitally encoded groove. While there are plenty of scene anthems present (Tiger and Woods remixing Tensnake, Classix reworking Cosmic Kids, Benoit & Sergio's ace "Principles"), there's plenty of lesser-known fare to excite the nerds - not least some thrilling contributions from fast rising house/disco fusionists Maxxi Soundsystem and Bonar Bradberry.
25 Feb 13
Review: Sean Brosnan's long-running Future Disco series has always been a good barometer of the nu-disco scene at any given point in time. This sixth volume continues the trend, offering up a selection that reflects the current fixation with disco, nu-disco and electrofunk-influenced house. So, we get Crazy P's Futureboogie-influcned "Heartbreaker", a Maceo Plex remake of Laura Jones, the Garden Festival-inspired late night slippiness of Greymatter's "Tisno", and even a dash of Hypercolour-era Groove Armada. Best of all, though, is the most obviously disco-centric track of all: Bonar Bradberry's Tiger and Woods-inspired Change cut-up, "Loose Grip".
12 Mar 12
Played by: F3, King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Justin Miller, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Sw, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Eddie Da Silva, Fredeverything, Space Ranger, Martin Brodin, Trujillo, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Bruno From Ibiza, Dirty Mckenzie, Elly K, Matthew Kyle, Don Crisp, Resident Advisor, Mosaik, B.g. Baarregaard, Nicholas
01 Apr 13
Review: Here, Needwant dust off three of the best tracks from their recent celebration of new and recent cuts influenced by '90s US garage, Traxx: The House That Garage Built, and give them a deserved single release. While the compilation features some well-known jams, these three tracks were all previously unreleased. There's plenty to admire, from the baggy deep house/garage fusion of Rhythm Operator's melodic "Anytime", to the bold snares, MK vocal cut-ups and vintage organs of The Mekanism's "Body Classic". Best of all, though, is Purple Velvet's "Never Do You Wrong", a fluid trip through basement atmospherics.
25 Aug 10
21 Dec 09
13 May 13
Review: Having previously impressed on Exploited and Amadeus, Los Angeles' Urulu (AKA producer Taylor Freels) pops up on Needwant, alongside Auckland-born brothers Ben and Louis Helliker-Hales, better known as Chaos In The CBD. The two collaborations between the three producers are impressive, with the fluid chords, deep samples and booming, garage-influenced bottom end of "Mind The Gap" setting the tone. The delicious "Between Us", meanwhile, sounds like classic Fingers Inc - all Robert Owens-ish soulful vocals, "Can You Feel It" electronics and twinkling pianos. Elsewhere, Urulu delivers a typically chugging deep house number in the shape of "Never Again", while the Helliker-Hales brothers drop a dab of sweetness in the shape of "Mariana Trench".
28 Sep 09
11 Jun 12
Played by: Kush Arora
Review: Ah, the poolside. Now let's remember the rules: no heavy petting, no dive bombing, no smoking, no running. Fortunately there was never a rule saying 'no lush, soul-stirring house and cosmic deep funk' or Need Want would be up the deep end without a paddle. Like their previous Future Disco compilations, the selection is very well considered and spans a lot broader than a lot of their contemporaries, fusing the likes of Ron Basejam, Bonar Bradbury, Maya Jane Coles, Jeremy Glen and The Rapture into one soothing, easy-vibe blend that can't help but enchant even on the gloomiest of days. With tempo tweaks throughout, and available as one seamless mix and as DJ friendly solo tracks, this is one poolside party where heavy petting, dive bombing, smoking and running is wholeheartedly encouraged.
25 Mar 13
Review: Given the ubiquity of classic garage-inspired house records over the last 18 months, it was probably inevitable that some bright spark would eventually decide to put together a themed compilation. To be fair to Needwant, they've done a pretty good job. While there are plenty of big, scene-defining records present - HNNY's "For The Very First Time", Dusky's "Flo Jam", Medlar's mix of Disclosure's "Boiling" and George Fitzgerald's "Child" - there are also of plenty of admirable cuts from lesser-known names and relative newcomers (see the excellent contributions from Ben Pearce and Purple Velvet). Job done.