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27 Jun 11
16 Oct 12
Review: London is a cruel, addictive mistress: countless artists across every discipline imaginable have scribbled, sung and sketched their own unique homage to one of the world's truly great cities. Arcadis joins that list with London Lights; the title track is an insouciant house jam with breezy, Breakbot-esque arpeggios, it's more sunny day in Kew Gardens than grotty Bethnal Green back alley. The rest of the EP is worth checking too, most notably the low slung piano house of "Lost Days" and the starry-eyed funk of Lazuli and Viper Strike's remix of "Waitress".
04 Mar 13
Review: Dutch duo Authentiek Recept pitches up on Pole Position Recordings with a hustlin' dose of bumpin' jazz-house. While the swinging grooves recall classic US house, the relentlessly snaking sax line and tongue-in-cheek vocal samples take the track in a fresh new direction. Those of a certain vintage will recall similarly minded house tunes from the late '90s, but few have trodden this path of late. L'Atellier provides a suitably sleazy remix, while the largely sax-less dub - all loose jazz drums and deep chords - offers a nicely deep alternative. Deeper bonus cut "High Temperature" - available in two solid mixes - is worth checking, too.
26 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Julian Sanza, Giom, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Slow It Down, Stan Tropic, Mr Chombee, Lou Teti, Cosmonauts, Martin Brodin, Elly K, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Viper Strike, Black Magic Disco, Cram, B.g. Baarregaard
Review: We don't know much about Black Magic Disco, other that he's based in London and makes funk-laden electroboogie tackle that sounds like classic Jam & Lewis productions given a contemporary nudisco makeover. It's this retro-futurist attention to detail - think bright '80s soul synth riffs, crisp guitars and booming synth-bass - that makes "Downtown" worthy of your attention. The same can also be said of the unashamedly touchy-feely "First Avenue", which is positively Balearic in its rush-inducing approach (it even features a sneaky sonic reference to Maze's "Twilight"). A trio of solid remixes complete a good package, with Satin Jackets' bubbling '80s synth-funker and Odahl's Daft Punk-do-boogie tweak standing out.
24 Jun 13
21 Jan 13
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Disco, Drop Out Orchestra, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: "Zashu", the lead cut from this EP from unknown quantities Clark & Pudell, sits somewhere between murky nu-disco, '90s darkroom house and contemporary cocaine house. It pops and spits with hypnotic intent, burying subtle melodies under shuffling percussion, Tenaglia-ish chords and middle-eastern vocal samples. It somehow feels both dated and fresh, if that makes sense. Satin Jackets impress on their remix, a jaunty, piano-heavy tribute to the late '80s, rare groove-era pop-house remixes of David Morales and co. Soulplate deliver a subdued garage tweak, while Viper Strike takes it further into Tenaglia territory with a marathon 'bass and beats' edit.
19 Apr 11
06 Aug 12
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Julian Sanza, Fish Go Deep, Chudy, Cloned In Vatican!, Deepshizzol On Deepvibes Radio 16.0, Alexander Robotnick, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Matt Prehn, B.g. Baarregaard, F3
Review: Any track that inspires you to dance like a loon while attempting both air guitar and air trumpet has got to be good. That's exactly what Odahl's remix of F3's latest, "Magnificent", does. With its numerous breakdowns, bright sound and funtime nu-disco vibes, it's a bit of a winner. While the rest of the remixes don't quite reach its dizzying heights, there are some other notable versions (the cheery original is pretty boss, too). Matt Prehn turns it into a driving chunk of electrofunk-influenced deep house, while Nathan Swiss's lazy, nu-Balearic version is a picture of grin-inducing beauty.
22 Apr 13
Review: Although they hail from Germany, this duo's hearts are most definitely rooted in France, or more specifically, the French sound. Once again "Moonshine" mines that familiar territory of sugary, compressed 80s synth-pop in the vein of well, almost anything on labels like Valerie. Auxiliary The Masterfader keeps it 80s, but more electro-funk, Phunktastike goes for a classic Alan Braxe-style workout, while CRAM go for a slightly housier interpretation.
06 Aug 12
Review: Copenhagen-based Frej Le Vin describes his sound as "deep and jacking", with US garage, hip-hop and G-funk influences. "The More I See You", his first single for Pole Position, demonstrates some of these stylistic inspirations, coming on like a sun-bright mix of deep house, nu-disco and soulful garage. With Ashibah's vocal to the fore, it's a pleasing listen. It's backed by a huge remix package featuring no less than six re-rubs. Of these, it's the deep garage shuffle of Marco Twellmann's two mixes that most impresses, though Frej's own 6am Sunday Mix, an exercise in twinkling two-step gorgeousness, is also lovely.
12 Nov 12
Review: Sometimes, it's the simple things that bring us so much pleasure. In its original form, "Torben Jazzin" is deceptively simple, lacing delicious jazz keys and formidable sax from horn player Torben Westergaard over a swinging, organ-heavy deep house groove. It's a simple idea, beautifully executed. There's a swathe of remixes to tuck into, too, including a deliciously deep, midtempo rub from Ejeca, a hustlin' Piano Dub from Le Bin himself, and a pitched-up, boompty-goes-deep excursion from Matt McLarie and Viper Strike. Most tasty of all, though, is the disco-flecked, feelgood bumper from Arcadis, which impresses with its sunny facade.
26 Aug 11
01 Oct 12
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Slow It Down, Blackmagicdisco, Salon Acapulco, Nathan Swiss
Review: Straight outta Cardiff, Pole Position's releases have been reaching far and wide with such disparate names as Robert Owens and Etienne De Crecy supporting this new release. As the title suggests, "Sebastian's Birthday" is a big, exploding champagne bottle of celebratory Italo-disco joy. Remix -wise Black Magic Disco deliver an awesome deeper take that still has its heart firmly residing in the mid-80s. Nathan Swiss concentrates on up-funking the bassline while Phunktastike strip things back for a mellower party vibe.
25 Jul 11
30 Jan 12
Played by: Viper Strike
08 Mar 11
27 May 13
Played by: Martin Virgin
Review: When he decided to call his EP "Endless Love", presumably Martin Virgin (snigger) was thinking of epic tantric sex sessions, rather than the depressing familiarity of an unhappy marriage. Certainly, the cosmic, touchy-feely deep house of the title track suggests his mind was on the former, rather than the latter. With its ruff analogue bassline, spacey noises, big builds and twinkling pianos, it's certainly more loved-up than your average contemporary deep house cut. The decidedly jolly nu-disco jam "To The Stars" treads a similarly wide-eyed path, while vocal cut "Dark" is, ironically, wonderfully upbeat. Smile-inducing piano house jam "Fappy Haces" closes a decidedly serotonin-friendly four-tracker.
24 Jan 11
19 Mar 12
Review: Over recent years, Glasgow-based producer Matt McLarrie has released EPs on a dizzying array of labels. Here he pops up on Pole Position with an expansive selection of deep house-themed grooves. There's a dash of jazz-flecked spring sunshine (the lovely "Couscous" and "Cyclops", which are arguably the EP's two standouts), some classy, string-laden positivity ("Humble Abode"), a dollop of heavily percussive, sax-bating pressure ("Trilby Stand") and a chunk of super-deep late night house ("Dolphin Translator"). There's also a garage-inspired, organ-heavy old skool remix of "Cyclops" from Viper Strike. If you're looking for a versatile deep house EP, you can't go wrong.
08 Apr 13
Review: Matt McLarrie has previously proved himself to be a versatile producer, with releases on a wide variety of labels in a myriad of deep, soulful and jackin' house styles. The Glasgow-based studio buff continues this approach with Zookeeper, a diverse six-track EP. There's the Balearic sweetness of "Flamingo", the big chords and dancing synth bass of "Wingspan", and the liquid shuffle of "Enclosure". The old skool organ stabs and bumpin' beats of "Captive" impress, while stand-out cut "Online Safari" wraps delicious deep house pianos around a tough 'Africanism' style groove. There's also some old skool piano house in the shape of "Cetacean".
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06 May 13
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Martin Virgin, Juno Recommends Deep House, Rony Breaker, P A U L I E
Review: Those with a keen eye for detail will note that Midiman is a name of a range of midi controllers and soundcards. It's also the chosen pseudonym of Russian deep house upstarts Lenya Goosey and Sergey Silvertone. Here, they pop up on Pole Position with six tracks of super-smooth deep house. Their style is fluid and melodic, seemingly taking influence from Russian nu-Balearic disco and classic US deep house. The electrofunk-influenced shuffler "Come To Me" is our pick, though the dreamier "For The Sake Of Love" (available in two sparkling versions) and similarly disco-influenced beach house groover "Dreams Come True" run it close.
03 Dec 12
Played by: Drop Out Orchestra
Review: Expect five slices of shimmering, eyes wide shut Balearica on this latest EP from Nathan Swiss on Pole Recordings. The languid bass riff and sparkling keys that characterise opening cut "Two Worlds" get beefed up into a filter-disco jam by the Final DJs, alongside two other Swiss originals - "New Wave" and "Daze" - and an excellent collaboration with Viper Strike.
30 Oct 11
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30 Sep 11
14 May 12
Played by: Deepshizzol On Deepvibes Radio 16.0
18 Jun 12
Review: You know what you're getting from Germany's Satin Jackets. Offering a breezy take on nu-disco heavily influenced by '80s synth funk, glittery pop and classic piano house, their tracks are fun and accessible, but well produced enough to impress the heads. This single for Pole Position is arguably one of their strongest yet, a touchy-feely, near Balearic chunk of synth-laden disco-pop that should boost their profile no end. The original version - featuring a weary but engaging vocal - is arguably the pick, though Satin Jackets own remix, reminiscent of Regret-era New Order, is also excellent. In summary... summery (you're fired - Ed).
25 Feb 13
Played by: Richard.gear, DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), The Groovers, Straightoffthefloors.com, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Gazeebo, Pete Herbert, Lusty Zanzibar, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Cc:disco!, Tad Wily
Review: Although sounding like a Manhattan laundry or maybe a pizza delivery service, Sixth Avenue Express are in fact a nu-disco duo from Peckham. They've generated some pretty large interest since forming in 2011 and now finally we have a much-anticipated new release from them. "Can't Stop Feelin" is not just an anthem for everyone out there incapable of keeping their hands to themselves. No, it's a deep and sensuous slice of the kind of mellow electro-house favoured by the likes of DJ T, and to which Pete Herbert adds some extra percussion and ravey stabs. Classy!
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04 Jun 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Deep House
20 Feb 12
11 Dec 12
Soulplate & Viper Strike - "Never Deny" (feat Charmaine - Viper Strikes Cheeky instrumental mix) - (6:43) 126 BPM
17 Jan 11
10 Sep 12
Review: Some delightful eyes wide shut house jams from Yohan Esprada on Pole Position Recordings. The title track of the Red Phone EP is a slow, groovy slice of deep house fixed with calming synth washes and a gentle but firm early 90s bump to the drums, while the remix from Meloder offers more a more anthemic take with some build and drops galore. There are two other original cuts on offer - "The Night" and "The Waltz Of Paris" - along with remixes of both tracks from Deepshizzol and CRAM respectively.