Familiar Circles
WOLFLP 003
13 May 16
Deep House
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Intro - (0:39) 138 BPM
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Piano Hype - (6:22) 122 BPM
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Oddity - (3:56) 120 BPM
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Carlotta - (6:00) 119 BPM
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Love In Time - (4:26) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What (Miracle Beat) - (5:30) 121 BPM
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Hope This Finds You Well (feat Desert Sound Colony) - (6:29) 121 BPM
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Transit - (1:16) 108 BPM
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Overcome - (7:39) 118 BPM
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Foundations (End) - (7:01) 124 BPM
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Review: Wolf Music doesn't release many albums, but when they do, the resulting set is invariably superb. Familiar Circles, Casino Times' long awaited first full length, is certainly quietly confident, with the British house duo delivering a range of hazy, evocative cuts shot through with a hazy sense of loved-up positivity. While breezy, Balearic deep house is their go-to sound - and there's much of that evident throughout - the album also includes nods to "Belfast"-era Orbital (the shuffling electro/deep house hybrid "Oddity"), early Funkineven (the jumpy, modern boogie bliss of "What (Miracle Beat)"), drowsy ambience ("Transit"), and early '90s style intelligent techno (the psychedelic electronics, ambient house melodies and fleeting acid lines of closer "Foundations (End)").
Visions
WOLFLP 001
09 Jun 14
Deep House
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Get Up For The Beat Down - (2:36) 104 BPM
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Night Soldier (feat Sophie Brown) - (3:31)
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Give Up (Never Gonna) (feat Sophie Brown) - (4:27) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shape Your Mind - (4:18) 122 BPM
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Cream (feat KRL) - (4:39) 114 BPM
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Straight Billin' (feat KRL) - (5:33) 118 BPM
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Visions (feat Sophie Brown) - (5:12) 120 BPM
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Intermission - (0:41) 120 BPM
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TIEF - (7:23) 119 BPM
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17 Hours (feat Schoolbell) - (7:14) 119 BPM
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Fear (One For Pepe) - (5:20) 122 BPM
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Overload 101 - (3:38)
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End Game (feat Kishon Khan) - (5:25) 105 BPM
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Visions (continuous mix) - (45:25) 120 BPM
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Review: Graham 'Greymatter' Luckhurst has always been tricky to pin down. Initially inspired by soul, hip-hop and broken beat, his 2010 debut album Mind Over Matter joined the dots between those genres, garage and left-of-centre house. Having spent the last few years dropping quirky deep house floor fillers for Wolf Music, he returns to the London imprint with his sophomore set. Visions is an intriguing and entertaining set that's typically hard to categorize. While it has analogue deep house at its' core (as displayed via collaborations with Sophie Brown, Medlar and KRL), there are distinct nods to jazz, wonky downtempo electronica, and twisted, out-there acid.
WOLFEP032
WOLFEP 032
01 Feb 16
Deep House
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Kinda Man (Intro) - (1:45) 103 BPM
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Manchester Beat - (5:48) 122 BPM
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You Brought Me - (5:59) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Crushin' (Skit) - (0:26) 115 BPM
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Tell Me Why - (6:29) 118 BPM
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So Far (feat Janine Small) - (6:05) 118 BPM
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261 (Outro) - (1:53) 95 BPM
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Review: KRL's latest release - his first since 2013, coincidentally - is not so much an EP as a mini-album. Featuring a trio of hazy, quick fix interludes and a quartet of dancefloor-friendly house jams, WOLFEP032 sees the Wolf Music regular in fine form. "Manchester Beat" is a loose, oven-fresh groover built around looped, warehouse-friendly riffs, Lone style electronics and cut-up hip-hop vocal samples, while "You Roll Me" continues the late night, old skool vibe by way of gospel vocal snatches, bold chords and Balearic synthesizer flourishes. KRL joins forces with vocalist Janine Small on the tactile, groovy and luscious "So Far", but it's the retro-futurist pianos and classic US garage bump of "Tell Me Why" that really steals the show.
Rarely Pure, Never Simple
WOLFLP 002
17 Apr 15
Deep House
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There Now (feat Loes Jongerling) - (2:26) 74 BPM
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The Excitement Happens At Page 320 - (4:03) 123 BPM
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Writs Fentink - (1:09) 108 BPM
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Rarely Pure, Never Simple (feat Loes Jongerling) - (3:03) 87 BPM
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Glints - (5:54) 120 BPM
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Nevertheless (feat Loes Jongerling) - (3:47) 132 BPM
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The Circus - (4:18) 120 BPM
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Contempt (feat Loes Jongerling) - (2:45) 120 BPM
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Words To Fit - (1:41) 97 BPM
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Everybody Knows - (5:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Addition (feat Loes Jongerling) - (2:05) 134 BPM
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They Say - (0:53) 133 BPM
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A Fistful Of Sun - (4:02) 119 BPM
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Review: It's no surprise to see Amsterdam man Fritz Wentink issuing his debut album through Wolf Music, as the London label have been staunch supporters of his work with two 12" contributions over the past two years. The wonderfully named Rarely Pure, Never Simple adds to Wolf Music's growing artist album profile following long players from main men Medlar and Greymatter and further develops the all encompassing production style Wentink has displayed so eloquently for Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings and others. He seems most impressive on the more downbeat tracks done in collaboration with Loes Jongerling who possesses a quite astounding vocal delivery, though those craving some proper house will totally dig on cuts like "The Excitement Happens At Page 320".
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