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Bananat
LAB 42
16 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Bananat - (4:27) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ayuca - (4:24) 111 BPM
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Papayah - (4:01) 117 BPM
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Bananat (Naduve remix) - (7:21) 118 BPM
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Review: Debutant twosome Akkan apparently has a penchant for psychedelic disco flavours and African percussioon. That's certainly what they deliver on superb opener "Bananat", where fluttering flutes, exotic vocal samples, whistling synth motifs and foreboding electronics rise above a loose and layered rhythm track (think sturdy kick drums and off-kilter hand percussion). The warmer and thicker "Ayuca" wanders further towards deep Afro-house territory whilst retaining their darting electronics and woozy synthesizers, while "Papayah" is a storming take on cheery piano house fused with the electronic Marimba lines and pitched-up chants. To complete an intriguing package, Nadvue provides a decidedly psychedelic nu-disco remix of "Bananat".
Fiction
OMX 1
16 Feb 18
Techno
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Fiction - (5:59) 129 BPM
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Fiction (Bleak's Original remix) - (7:56) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fiction (Bleak's Ocean version) - (7:51) 128 BPM
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Review: Released on vinyl back in 2015, Omena now make this great record available digitally. While Hellberg is known for techno releases on labels like Animal Farm, Fiction sees him mine a deeper path. On the title track, high-pitched melodic riffs and ghostly synths unravel over a rolling rhythm. It's hypnotic and musical, but also very dance floor friendly. The label has tapped Bleak for two remixes. The Delsin artist's "Original" remix dispenses with the melodies and puts a focus instead on a moody bass and insistent, rasping percussion. The second interpretation, the "Ocean" version, sees him veer further into deeper mode with trippy synth lines building over a pulsating, moody bass.
Gimme Some More
MS 47
15 Feb 18
Deep House
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Gimme Some More - (5:13) 121 BPM
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Review: Given Ludovic Llorca's vast experience and hugely impressive track record (not just as Art of Tones, but also under a variety of other aliases), we now expect each successive release to hit the mark. Predictably, this single-track salvo does just that. While rooted in warm, swinging, feel-good 1990s U.S deep house - a sound he has mined extensively in recent years - "Gimme Some More" also includes the kind of jazzy flourishes and toasty instrumentation that was first heard on his first F Communications release, "Can't Take It", way back in 1997. While that particular EP was packed with St Germain style deep jazz-house, "Gimme Some More" is a far more up-front affair, with sampled vocal refrains ratcheting up the track's shoulder-swinging dancefloor intensity.
Beacon One EP
541416 508741D
16 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ascension (feat Aurora) - (3:19) 97 BPM
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Alive - (3:29) 102 BPM
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Nothing - (3:46) 95 BPM
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Transition - (9:49) 89 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Bergen boys Atella (Johannes Hallanger and Magnus Lauritzen) have previously been compared to fellow city dwellers Royksopp and Erot. On this latest outing for Eskimo Recordings, it's easy to see why. While dreamy, downtempo opener "Ascension" and equally horizontal closer "Transition" are far more ambient in tone than those celebrated artists, you'll still hear cheery synthesizer motifs and a glassy-eyed sense of mid-winter positivity. The EP's two other tracks, "Alive" and "Nothing", do sound more like vintage Telle Records gems, albeit with the kind of sparkling electronic polish you'd expect from Eskimo-released nu-disco cuts. The duo's vocals (see "Nothing" for a standout example) are very Royksopp, too.
Light It
SAUCY 054
16 Feb 18
UK Garage
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Light It - (4:30) 134 BPM
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Review: The infamous Saucy Records serve up another sumptuous slice of bass brilliance with this one as regulars Barely Royal team up with man of the minute Bushbaby on ?Light It?. Both production outfits bring their own selection of spices to the table, fusing lethal bass sounds and reeses with sharp drum patterns perfectly alongside sprinklings of vocal finesse from Dread and Grove. Fantastic stuff!
Bells Of The Revolution
DC 184
12 Feb 18
Techno
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Bells Of The Revolution - (6:53) 126 BPM
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Ocean Drive - (7:09) 126 BPM
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Vocalized - (7:38) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Retrodade - (7:32) 126 BPM
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Review: Bart Skills has enjoyed a long-running relationship with Drumcode and Bells is his sixth EP on the label. While the Dutch producer is well-known for his heads-down, drum-heavy tools, the title track resounds to hypnotic bells and spine-tingling acid builds, coming across as a slightly more club-friendly take on Efdemin's sound. Of course, fans of Skils' linear productions - which includes label boss Adam Beyer - won't be disappointed with this release; the soaring bass and driving rhythm of "Ocean Drive", as well as the doubled up drums and infectious vocal samples from Rozalla's 'Everybody's Free? are effective but highly distinctive big room tracks.
Directions/Keep Breathin
TT 051
16 Feb 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Directions (feat Wevie Stonder) - (6:12) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Keep Breathin (feat DJ Deeon) - (4:42) 130 BPM
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Review: Label owner Tiga has proclaimed that mystery producer Beton's new record is the best of the last five years. Certainly, it's one of the most distinctive. Based on a dense, bass-heavy groove and eerie synths, "Directions" features the vocals of Wevie Stonder, which provide a GPS-style guide through the mean streets. The vocal narrative culminates with the audience being told to lift an object out of the car they are traveling in, at which point a wild wall of acid kicks in. "Keep Breathin'", also features some vocals, but they are buried deep in the arrangement, with acid lines and tough kicks to the fore. Both tracks are sure to turn heads whenever they are dropped.
Last Dance With Lolea
BBQ 002
16 Feb 18
Deep House
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Dropin' A Chrome - (6:21) 123 BPM
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Ezra Was Not Right - (6:11) 123 BPM
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Last Dance - (6:12) 124 BPM
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Dropin' A Chrome (Red Rack'em remix) - (5:51) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Blutch has been quietly going about his business since 2014, delivering sporadic slices of Balearic goodness and, most recently, bespoke deep house warmth. This latest EP could well be his most obviously peak-time focused released yet, with swinging, jazz-flecked opener "Dropin' a Chrome" delivering a weighty and attractive mix of bumpin', boompty-influenced deep house beats, lilting trumpet motifs, hip-hop vocal samples and seriously heavy analogue sub-bass. The disco-fired "Last Dance" - all Loleatta Holloway vocal samples, woozy chords and sturdy beats - explores similar territory, while "Ezra Was Not Right" sounds like a morning-fresh collaboration between "Eple"-era Royksopp and swinging deep houser Mall Grab. There's also a tasty bonus in the shape of Red Rack'em's dreamy and swirling remix of "Dropin' a Chrome", which includes some subtle nods towards Pepe Bradock classic "Deep Burnt".
No Cure
NS 007
16 Feb 18
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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No Cure - (3:39) 140 BPM
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Replicants - (4:36) 140 BPM
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Delta City - (4:39) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Reinforced - (3:41) 140 BPM
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Review: One of Nomine Sound's biggest releases to date; Boylan & Slimzee collide for four absolute heavers right here. "No Cure" is the deadliest jam of the set with its swooping, swathing horror movie bass, "Replicants" takes us deep into the rave machine and sends us home packing with some twisted mentasms and hoovers, "Delta City" plays the consummate graveyard stomper with a little more space and weight while "Reinforced" closes with a homage to one of the most important record labels in the early jungle movement. This is nothing short of essential.
Affiliation
CRU 17
16 Feb 18
UK Garage
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Affiliation (feat Skepsis & Darkzy) - (5:00) 135 BPM
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Take It Slow (feat Skepsis) - (4:01) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hide The Ting (feat Darkzy & Window Kid) - (4:05) 143 BPM
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Set Pace (feat Darkzy) - (4:25) 140 BPM
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Review: There are few success stories within the UK bass scene as potent as that of Bru-C, who has risen to the pinnacle of bassline MC status. With this EP he teams up with the infamous sounds of Skepsis and Darkzy for a destructive selection of four instant anthems. The whole project is spot on, from the catchy rhythms and harmonic vocal melodies on Take It Slow and the jump up stylings of Hide The Ting alongside Window Kid to the high pace skippy arrangement of ?Set Pace? and singalong vocals of Affiliation. Bru-C has outdone himself on this one!
Trick
SENSO 036
16 Feb 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Trick - (7:07) 126 BPM
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Artefact - (7:56) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Divided Universe - (6:45) 125 BPM
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Resoflash - (6:26) 125 BPM
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Review: Carlo Ruetz debuts on Senso with an impressive EP. The German artist, who has previously put out material on Minus, isn't the most obvious choice for the label. Unlike the in-house sound on Oliver Huntemann's label, this release follows a different approach; "Trick" is a wild ride that features a pulsating bass, wild, tweaked acid lines and a pitched down vocal sample intoning the track's title. "Artefact" is also atypical for the Senso style, with rolling, skeletal percussion, tough snares and a spaced out undercurrent. On "Divided Universe", Ruetz moves closer to the Senso approach, with eerie synth lines unfolding over a brooding, menacing bass, but it?s only a temporary divergence and "Resoflash" sees him up the ante to drop a rolling techno workout.
Sound Pump
HOTC 107
16 Feb 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Sound Pump - (6:26) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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It's Like Before - (6:19) 124 BPM
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Review: Ecuador's Carloh made a smashing debut last year with a release on Loco Dice's Desolat imprint and returns with his sophomore effort (in equally impressive fashion) for Jamie Jones' label: Hot Creations. The tough stomp of "Sound Pump" is fuelled by the signature bounce of the TR-808, jacked vocals and Plastikman style snare attacks. Second offering "It's Like Before" is definitely more a change of pace, going deeper with its hypnotic melody, boompty bass and diva vocals.
Interpretations Vol 1 - Nasadiya Sukta
MOTDEP 001
16 Feb 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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Cross Star Woman (Patrick Russell dub version) - (7:07) 60 BPM
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We Live Inside A Dream (Birds Of Prey version) - (8:05) 92 BPM
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Nyau Dust (Tdel Rework) - (7:53) 100 BPM
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Golden Circle (Gunnar Haslam version) - (6:02) 97 BPM
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Seven - (8:19) 92 BPM
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Review: Certain Creatures is Oliver Chapoy, a New York City based producer that was lent his talents to various projects over the years such as Black Rain, Thug Entrancer and Sinkane in addition to collaborations with Brendon Moeller and Clay Wilson. These tracks are taken from his new album entitled "Nasadiya Sukya" on new local imprint Mysteries Of The Deep. "Cross Star Woman" receives a dub version served up by Bunker NYC resident Patrick Russell - here's an extremely deep and hypnotic excursion that's heavy on the low end. Birds of Prey is a collaboration of live electronics by Grant Aaron, Clay Wilson, Eric Holmes, and Camille Altay and their rendition of "We Live Inside A Dream" is a rather haunting and textural soundscape to lose yourself in.
Screwface Edits Vol 2
RBTC- 034
16 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Cheryl Lynn - "You Saved My Day" - (11:00) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DJ Oats - "Time" - (6:54) 124 BPM
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Endangered Species - "Ping Pong" - (7:23) 123 BPM
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Dee Lite - "Good Beat" - (7:55) 119 BPM
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Played by: Eric Eman Clark
Review: In 2016, Eric ?Eman? Clark launched the Run Bklyn Trax Company. Expect to hear many more releases from the featured artists and Eman himself - playing through a speaker near you. Here label staple Sinsay delivers more of his respected (not to mention respectful!) edits here as part of the Screwface series. Cheryl Lynn's "You Saved My Day" is an oldie but a goodie that never gets tired - that definitely needed an edit! Admittedly, we have not heard "Time" by DJ Oats but it's about time we did get a dose of this deep, uplifting and proper NYC house jam. We're equally sure that Sinsay did a decent job of resplicing it for optimum dancefloor bliss.
Back In Time
826194 394592
16 Feb 18
Deep House
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Back In Time - (4:56) 120 BPM
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Back In Time (Crackazat remix) - (4:48) 120 BPM
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Back In Time (extended mix) - (6:48) 120 BPM
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Back In Time (Crackazat extended remix) - (7:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: The Dirty Madonna
Review: Since first popping up on Classic back in 2015, Chicago stalwart Chrissy (once famed for his juke productions as Chrissy Murderbot, but not embracing his house and disco roots) has barely put a foot wrong. "Back in Time", his third single for Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's label, is another surefire hit; a delightfully celebratory vocal workout blessed with nods towards classic disco, Maurice Fulton's Syclops project (check the meandering analogue synth bassline) and sing-along house. Of the producer's two versions, it's the Extended Mix, with its additional bassline pressure and punchy drum fills, that's the superior choice. Arguably even better is Crackazat's swinging, piano-heavy Extended Remix, which comes on like a long-lost vocal house anthem from the mid '90s.
Donkey Fight
FHR 001
16 Feb 18
Bass
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Donkey Fight - (3:38) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Black Snow - (6:54) 130 BPM
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Review: New Berlin based label Fox and Hound is a diffusion imprint of the established Nomine Sound, Backlash and TEAR Recording labels. Here they serve up their inaugural release, which brings experimentation into the leftfield from relative a newcomer: Brit in Berlin Cocktail Party Effect. Following up a release on Pinch's Cold Recordings, this young modular buff shows us there is plenty of exploration to go with, on this "idiosyncratic two step adventure". Moreover, it features a familiar UK bass feel but with an explicit character of its own. Featuring the brooding and low-end emphasised Bristolian bounce of "Donkey Fight" followed by the seething and atmospheric roller "Black Snow".
Fun & Bass
BBP 148
16 Feb 18
Drum And Bass
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Crash Party - "Crazy" - (4:27) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kontrol Center1 - "Respekt" - (5:18) 175 BPM
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Ra:skl - "I See You" - (5:10) 176 BPM
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Cult - "Tell Them" - (4:24) 174 BPM
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Basschimp - "Treat You Right" - (4:05) 175 BPM
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Toy Beats - "Flip Mode" - (5:03) 175 BPM
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Review: Welcome to party paradise: BPR unite some of their best mates from breakbeat's new generation for this six-track D&B flavoured knee-trembler. Highlights include the insane riffology and samplecraft on "Crazy", the saw-toothed grizzles on "Respekt", the skitty drums and twisted risers on the bright and bashy "Tell Them" and the pure rave euphoria of "Treat You Right". Paradise found.
Sunset
GI 303DIG5
13 Feb 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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Sunset (feat Shigeto) - (4:00) 93 BPM
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Review: When not producing modern industrial/EBM reinterpretations as Charles Manier or classic house sounds as James T. Cotton, maverick Detroit producer Tadd Mullinix returns to his hip-hop project. It comes with a bit of help from local beatsmith Shigeto on his new single for Ghostly International - a label that he's had rapport a with for many years. "Sunset" is a fitting name for this sun-kissed and sublime urban joint, which is a perfect soundtrack to a Sunday afternoon drive through Motown's inner city. Taken from his forthcoming album Three/Three, which features guests such as Ghostface Killah, Jon Wayne and Danny Brown.
Shake's On A Plane
LIH 026
12 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Magic Marcel - (7:41) 123 BPM
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The Bee Won - (6:48) 127 BPM
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Wake, Bake & Shake - (4:51) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The unstoppable march of Dan Shake continues apace as he storms Lumberjacks HQ with some of that refined sample-a-delic house music that is fast making him a marquee booking for those who want their party started right. He sounds right at home on "Magic Marcel", throwing down an addictive bass hook and looping up the woozy romanticism of classic disco and filter house into a thoroughly potent brew. "The Bee Won" takes a more urgent approach, reaching towards a kind of jazz funk energy with some tumbling percussion shaken into the mix for good measure. Taking a cooler approach to round the record off, "Wake, Bake & Shake" lets the funk take centre stage and leaves the samples plain as day for that breezy Sunday afternoon feeling.
Vendetta
RAMM 314D
12 Feb 18
Drum And Bass
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Vendetta (AMC & Turno remix) - (5:46) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Everybody (Flowidus remix) - (4:13) 174 BPM
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Review: Hello is that the police? Good. We'd like to report some absolute murderation! The culprits are A.M.C and Turno and they've left the scene of the crime in a bit of mess; amens, bass subversions, drama and bloodshed everywhere, "Vendetta" will never be the same again. Hello is that the fire brigade? Good. We'd like to report some serious dancefloor arson. The culprits are Flowidus and they've left the dancefloor a blazed up mess. Scorched hairs, frazzled goosebumps and third degree burns everywhere. Serious emergency business.
King/Worthy
NC 005
16 Feb 18
Deep Dubstep
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King - (5:15) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Worthy - (4:42) 140 BPM
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Review: The North American duo of Distinct Motive are at it again, this time teaming up with Navy Cut for a weighty two track release. We start off with ?King? which is a stepper?s delight. Pounding electronic subs roll ahead in the bass section whilst marching drums and super swung gritty synths run riot above. On the flip side we hear ?Worthy? which is straight out of the same bag of swing, however this composition is driven by its revving bass synth sounds and stuttered vocal appearances.
Untitled
SLOWDOWN 001
12 Feb 18
Deep House
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Track 1 - (6:51) 121 BPM
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Track 2 - (6:55) 120 BPM
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Track 3 - (6:27) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Track 4 - (6:35) 81 BPM
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Review: Having spent the last few years championing vinyl-only releases, London-based deep house imprint Slow Down has finally decided to make some of its' releases available on digital download. Fittingly, they've reached for the label's 2014 debut release first, a brilliant four-tracker from long-serving U.S producer Greg Stewart, better known as DJ Aakmael. Each of the four tracks is wonderfully warm, rich and gently life affirming, with Stewart variously making use of bluesy sampled loops, fluid piano motifs, deep-space chords, wild organ solos, tactile New Jersey garage basslines and brilliantly programmed percussion. In other words, it's a collection of top quality deep house tracks from a producer who's been at the top of his game since the 1990s.
Turn Up EP
BIODIGI 0086
12 Feb 18
Drum And Bass
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Click Clack - (4:23) 177 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lighter Up - (4:49) 175 BPM
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Listen Dis - (4:30) 173 BPM
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Turn Up - (4:40) 173 BPM
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Two Left Feet (VIP) - (4:33) 175 BPM
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Review: Click click click BOOM: Limited returns to Bio HQ with five more far-reaching, all-encompassing thoroughbred D&B wounders. "Click Clack" thumps with a loose flabby bassline that flaps and flops around the swinging kicks, "Lighter Up" wheezes and groans with a 40 a day rasp and a hook that's more addictive than nicotine, "Listen Dis" brings the feels with pristine pianos before hurtling us into a savage grotty bass riff while "Turn Up" barks like a classic Playaz jam circa 2001. The EP climaxes with gully abandon as we're treated to a full sub-soaked VIP overhaul of one of Limited's earliest cuts "Two Left Feet". Turn up!
Gone Like Fool/Badboy Selection
RNF 009
16 Feb 18
Bass
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Gone Like Fool - (5:25) 85 BPM
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Badboy Selection - (4:38) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: After what is approaching a decade at the cutting edge of bass music, DJ Madd has solidified himself as one of the greats. This latest release sees him team up with the Roots & Future imprint for an explosive halftime two tracker. First up we have Gone Like A Fool which is a schooling in bass control and use of space, incorporating haunting vocals and the occasional moogy arpeggio. On the B-Side we hear Badboy Selection which runs with similar themes alongside additional percussive instrumentation and dubbed out chord FX. This is a weighty one for sure!
Poder Do Vento
WAP 401DDA
13 Feb 18
Bass
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Poder Do Vento - (4:04) 65 BPM
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Review: As funky continues to make a well fueled reemergence across the UK, we are always excited to hear new creative approaches to the classic kuduro formula. With this new single entitled Podor Do Vento we hear a complete rethink in the way that funky can be composed. Off the cuff and unpredictable percussive melodies swing from side to side in hammocks above classy basslines and groovy drum rhythms, making this one a real sneak peak into the future.
Limonata
MTR 006
13 Feb 18
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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DJ Polo & Grim Sickers - "1 Triple 0" - (3:37) 125 BPM
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Limonata (1 Triple 0 instrumental) - (3:37) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DJ Polo & Lobby - "Multiple Palm Tree Emojis" - (4:35) 120 BPM
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Swervin' - (4:30) 65 BPM
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Review: Bass music from a UK funky perspective, courtesy of Bristol's DJ Polo - who has had previous releases on authority labels such as Roska Kicks & Snares and New York City's High End Times so go figure! On the dubbed-out late night anthem "1 Triple 0" prepare to get that lighter in the air, featuring the mad vocal skills of Grim Sickers, while "Limonata" is the instrumental version. More of the same on "Multiple Palm Tree Emojis" (featuring a bit of help from Lobby) and tropical vibes abound assisted by those sweltering polyrhythms on the absolutely heaving "Swervin".
Late Night Swing
GCW 18V
16 Feb 18
Deep House
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Late Night Swing - (7:29) 126 BPM
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Hypeway 101 - (4:09) 118 BPM
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Sambao - (5:55) 126 BPM
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Jediland - (6:11) 127 BPM
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J Mina 001 - (6:37) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: With the Late Night Swing EP, the Greta Cottage crew welcomes a new member of their growing family of artists: publicity-shy analogue hardware enthusiast Duccio. We're particularly enjoying "J Mina 01", a kind of hybrid classic tech-house/deep house hybrid rich in futurist electronics, fluttering instrumental solos and urgent rap vocal samples, while the outstanding title track is a perfectly-pitched tribute to tech-house in its purest form (think house rhythms, Motor City style atmosphere and tumbling, Nu Groove style synth-flute solos). Elsewhere, be sure to check the jazzy-, pitched-down bliss of "Hypeway 101" and '90s dream house update "Jediland", which thrillingly borrows the old ambient house trick of burying odd spoken word samples deep in the mix.
El Sueno De Una Teoria EP
KW 027
15 Feb 18
Techno
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Odisea - (6:18) 128 BPM
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Destino - (7:35) 128 BPM
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El Sueno De Una Teoria - (6:21) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Unica Perspectiva - (5:58) 126 BPM
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Review: Despite the seemingly morbid artist name, there's little here to feel down about. Dying & Barakat are an Argentinean pair who have released before on Knotweed, and this follow up is even more impressive. Full of layered melodies and breathy textures, this is house and techno music for a warm summer's night. "Odisea" sets the tone, with beautiful bells and evocative chimes unfolding over a rolling club groove. "Destino" is even deeper and more soulful as the duo conjures up a disco-influenced, bubbling affair that has echoes of Pepe Braddock. The title track sees them navigate a slightly darker path, with a niggling acid line and thunder claps underpinning the warm filters, but overall, this is a wonderfully musical affair as the reflective electro sounds of "Unica Perspectiva" demonstrate.
Acid House EP
BW 007
16 Feb 18
Techno
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Enrico Saba aka C_Sky - "Acid Groove" - (7:11) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Niceteed - "303 Buzzer" - (6:08) 126 BPM
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Lil'M & Jok - "Mantra" - (6:31) 123 BPM
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Miguel Rendeiro - "Feel That Way" - (5:59) 121 BPM
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Sammy W & Alex E - "Acid Phone" - (6:35) 123 BPM
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Review: London label Brock Wild drops a split EP that is rooted in the madness of the 303 sound. First up is Enrico Saba with "Acid Groove". Featuring angry vocal samples, rolling snares and wild acid lines, it's a racuous, exhilarating affair, ideal for peak time usage. "303 Buzzer" by Niceteed, is even more deranged, with squelching, brain-melting 303s riding thunder claps and a firing rhythm. While "Mantra" by Lil'M & Jok and Miguel Rendeiro's "Feel That Way" aren't quite as intense and resound to slower tempos, they nonetheless feature the same kind of wild, tweaked acid lines and percussive builds. Rounding off the release is "Acid Phone", by Sammy W & Alex E, where an insistent vocal is woven over a rolling, conga-led groove.
Rockstone/Clash 77
ROOTSUK 008
12 Feb 18
Drum And Bass
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Fleck & Selecta J Man - "Rockstone" - (5:11) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Aries & Jacky Murda - "Clash 77" - (4:03) 178 BPM
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Played by: DJ Hybrid, Ted Ganung
Review: Authentic jungle business: Roots spark up a fat 2018 with these two bubblesome skankers. Fleck & Selecta J-Man's "Rockstone" is all about the uplift. Bouncy bass, positive chords and deft samplecraft, it's got summer vibes stamped all over it. Next up: Aries & Jack Murda raise the battle alarm with the soundclash-ready "Clash 77". Tightly rolled drums, big dub FX and precision vocal shots; slews are guaranteed.
Inventor
SHA 134S2
16 Feb 18
Drum And Bass
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Inventor - (4:32) 176 BPM
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Review: Following the massiveness of his collabo with Roni Size, Rockwell teases us with another subversion excursion from his forthcoming "User" EP. This time tagging in with one of grime's most iconic and crystal clear voices Flowdan, "Inventor" is a bashment stamper with militant drums and serious sermons from the Roll Deep professor. The results speak for themselves. Bring on the full EP.
Lunik
STRIKE 168
16 Feb 18
Experimental/Electronic
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Elektrik - (5:10) 90 BPM
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Numerik - (4:52) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Logik - (4:19) 90 BPM
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Kinetik - (5:19) 90 BPM
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Optik/For Yen-Ni - (4:57) 90 BPM
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Elastik - (4:44) 72 BPM
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Statik - (4:30) 90 BPM
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Plastik - (6:28) 60 BPM
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Mechanik - (4:52) 60 BPM
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Sputnik - (5:30) 60 BPM
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Motorik - (4:58) 90 BPM
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Review: Frank Bretschneider's material dates back to the mid 90s, when he co-founded the legendary Raster-Noton imprint, along with having constantly graced the underground charts with fiery waves of surreal electronics. In short, he's been unstoppable and inimitable ever since. This new LP, Lunik, lands on his native Shitkatapult, another label which has been instrumental in the proliferation of quirky, out-there dance movements since the early 00s. It's a beast of an album, spanning 11 tracks of otherworldly frequencies for the more trained ear; with a visceral nod to the likes of Sahko and the rest of the Finnish tech crew, it's in a perennial state of flux, never quite lingering and yet not quite the sort of dance-centric material you'd expect from a German imprint. Ambient-dance is probably the best way to describe its rich hedonism, and we believe that it'll be a fundamental standard to future generations of experimenters.
Fever
TNT 029
16 Feb 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Fever (original mix) - (6:21) 127 BPM
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Bumped (original mix) - (6:13) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fever (Steve Rachmad remix) - (8:07) 128 BPM
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Fever (Sterac Stripped remix) - (7:16) 130 BPM
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Played by: The Dirty Madonna
Review: Davide Squillace's label opens its 2018 account with a killer release. G Flame is the house-focused alias of Cisco Ferreira, who is better known for his razor sharp techno and electro work as The Advent. As Fever shows, he is also adept at making deeper grooves. The title track is a good example; based on a tracky backing, it sees Ferreira unleash waves of subtle filters, warm chords and highly effective break downs and builds. "Bumped" is based on a similar approach, with a rolling groove underpinning hypnotic, dubbed out stabs. The label has commissioned another scene veteran, Steve Rachmad to provide the remixes. Working under his Sterac alias, he delivers a deep, driving take on the title track and a "stripped" version that deploys dramatic woodwind over a pulsing, glistening groove.
Hero
JAL 263A
16 Feb 18
Funk
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Hero - (4:31) 87 BPM
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Review: Gizelle Smith's forthcoming LP 'Ruthless Day' is the sound of a dynamic artist expanding her horizons from the classic aesthetic of her debut, to explore a new brand of progressive modern funk. Expansive and exhilarating, it bridges the gap between delicate honey dripped soul through to psychedelic funk freakouts, complete with strutting beats and emotive lyrics. Smith's energy and personality are undeniable and both shine through in every track on the album. The first single lifted from the album is "Hero" featuring Philadelphia's Eric Boss and it is a neo-soul explosion that perfectly supports Smith's gorgeous vocal performance and her deep, life affirming lyrics.
TBC
SC 007
15 Feb 18
Experimental/Electronic
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Unsinn - (8:20) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kannibalentanz - (5:07) 100 BPM
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Orpheus - (5:29) 66 BPM
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Every Tree & Creature - (4:22) 61 BPM
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All Blue - (4:32) 71 BPM
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Review: Second Circle's latest mini-album comes from the previously unheard Giuseppe Leonardi, a "young Viennese musician" whose heady, synthesizer-heavy style is reminiscent of some of the curious obscurities reissued on parent label Music From Memory. While experimental in nature - think skewed combinations of lo-fi analogue keyboards, sparse and dusty drum machine hits and all manner of manipulated voices - each of the five tracks is pleasingly melodious. Combined with a range of left-of-centre influences from the early-to-mid '80s (think new wave ambient, new wave and British post-punk dub), it makes for a heady and arresting collection of tracks that actually gets better with each successive listen.
Cocada EP 1
GPM 433
16 Feb 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Hauy - "Redpath" - (5:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ossaim - "When You Say My Name" - (8:35) 124 BPM
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Review: There is no doubt that Get Physical is one of house music's most savvy labels, as this release demonstrates. Hauy has only one previous release to his credit, but on this split EP, he delivers the spellbinding "Redpath". Led by buzzing, wide-eyed melodies, it builds up to a gloriously frazzled climax before returning to its heads-down groove. It's exactly the kind of track that label owners M.A.N.D.Y would play in their sets. Ossaim is also a newcomer, but once again, Get Physical's ability to spot and nurture talent from an early stage is apparent here. "When You Say My Name" is a deep, disco-heavy house jam that could have emanated from Detroit.
Chamber
2020LDN 008
16 Feb 18
Bass
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Graphics - (3:55) 53 BPM
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Chamber - (3:38) 154 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chimes (feat Deft) - (3:50) 65 BPM
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Fiction - (4:34) 127 BPM
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Graphics (Hi5Ghost remix) - (4:20) 140 BPM
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Review: With this one we see Havelock delve into the deepest darkest realms of bass music as his new 5 track project entitled Chamber in association with Ivy Lab?s 20/20 LDN imprint. To start off "Graphics" is a hip hop inspired arrangement with a spooky twist, flinging shimmering siren-like synths left to right above sharp reese tones and syncopated drum patterns. Following this we have the subtle jungle flavours and rolling subs of Chambers along with "the spacious vocal play and organic percussion of "Chimes? which features additional work from Deft. To round up the EP we then have the beautiful carved square wave synths and stunning soundscaping of Fiction. On remix duty, Bristol's own Hi5Ghost steps up to the plate with a complete trapstyle overhaul of Graphics, bringing his signature rolling 808 subs and choppy drum placement into the mix.
Greatest Hits Vol 1
NS 023
16 Feb 18
Bass
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Disko Chop - (4:42) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tainted Love (remix) - (4:52) 125 BPM
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Tough Linns (The Money Machine Beat) - (2:52) 136 BPM
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Techno Trak - (3:49) 134 BPM
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UNTITLED (E-mix) - (4:00) 136 BPM
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Dick Track (feat Al Hype) - (3:47) 135 BPM
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Beat I Made In Miami (Helix edit) - (3:11) 65 BPM
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DX Crowd (Chordy version) - (4:53) 132 BPM
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The Chord Beat (edit) - (5:12) 66 BPM
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Fbm Flip - (4:57) 129 BPM
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Drum Track (P Jam Bootleg) - (4:42) 91 BPM
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Review: Helix returns to Night Slugs with his first release since 2013's "Club Constructions". Still as vital as ever, this is the first part of a trilogy of "Greatest Hits" collections. All new, all vibey; highlights include the deep-bleep radar techno stomps of "Tainted Love", the sheet metal soul of "Beat I Made In Miami", the soft-focus filtered ripples and staccato dynamic of "Fbm Flip" and the dizzying cavernousness of "DX Crowd". Great times lay ahead for Night Slugs, this sets us up very nicely for the label's 10th anniversary; Helix hits the spot.
Hidden Valley EP
RHR 013
12 Feb 18
Techno
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Enslaver - (9:26) 127 BPM
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Distom Spook - (6:57) 125 BPM
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Lemon Stealer - (4:39) 125 BPM
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Crow Hill - (5:36) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: HVL has landed on many different labels in recent years, but Rough House Rosie will always be something of a spiritual home for the adventurous deep electro and techno craftsman. Across the Hidden Valley EP he displays a fluid, instinctive approach to composition - "Enslaver" rolls out like a live jam but the detail and control embedded in the track is astounding. "Distom Spook" is charged with nervous acidic energy, while "Lemon Stealer" takes things in a more experimental direction with all manner of snaking synth voices wriggling around a crisp electro beat. "Crow Hill" finishes the EP off with a slow, rolling breakbeat groove and hazy pads for a quintessential wind-down session.
Im Kellar EP
MST 033
16 Feb 18
Techno
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Im Kellar - (4:42) 125 BPM
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Golden Queen - (4:59) 125 BPM
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Brain Roto Cast Action - (5:27) 127 BPM
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Golden Axe - (5:15) 128 BPM
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Played by: ROTCIV
Review: It's hard not to admire David Vunk. Apart from being a great party DJ, he is also an astute label owner, and Moustache was one of the first places to champion Gesloten Cirkel. For his latest coup, he has signed the debut act by Dutch pair Im Kellar, which focuses on ebm and new wave with some industrial thrown in for good measure. The title track on Im Kellar as well as "Brain Roto Cast Action" sound like they were fashioned in Front 242's studio, and are led by pumping bass, steely drums and paranoid vocals. "Golden Queen" is a noisier, heavy affair, with the pair letting off regular blasts of white noise as they descend down a pulsating wormhole. "Golden Axe" is the most musical cut, with the spirits of Yello and Rago & Farina looming large.
Rebirth Lab Vol 5
REBD 056
12 Feb 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Jay Shepheard - "Touch Tone" - (6:55) 123 BPM
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HearThuG - "Drunk In Love" - (7:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Will Blake - "Fil Rouge" - (5:34) 98 BPM
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Review: Italian label Rebirth Records presents the fifth volume of the Rebirth Lab series, featuring new material by renowned British nu- disco hero Jay Shepheard. The Retrofit head honcho serves up "Touch Tone", an impressive change in style that sees the Berlin based artist explore a deep tribal groove - and it's perfectly suited to the afterhours. Also appearing is 28-year old Tunisian DJ and producer HearThuG (My Favorite Robot/Audiomatique) with the uplifting and melodic "Drunk In Love" featuring some nifty synth textures throughout. Finally, Milan's Will Blake - of the duo BLAKE Inc. (TRAX Records) gives us the blunted yet dreamy hip-hop joint "Fil Rouge" which is just so sublime.
Anti-Paradise/Bumbaclot Selekta
FORCE 092
12 Feb 18
Drum And Bass
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Anti-Paradise - (5:18) 175 BPM
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Bumbaclot Selekta - (5:40) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: One of America's most on-point junglists Jaybee breaks into a new year with two absolute stinkers on Force. "Anti-Paradise" is a howling hurricane of groans and moans over some devilishly tight rolling drums while "Bumbaclot Selekta" pays homage to your old lady with a plough-like energy and a dark bass texture that wouldn't have gone amiss on 31 in its scene-shaping infancy. Jaybee's not messing around here.
Adularescence
DS6D 07
16 Feb 18
Experimental/Electronic
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Door - (1:12) 76 BPM
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She's A Peeler - (3:28) 75 BPM
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3mm - (0:46) 59 BPM
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Amalgam - (3:11) 100 BPM
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Permission - (1:36) 60 BPM
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Go - (3:18) 70 BPM
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I Donat Think I Should Shout - (0:20) 60 BPM
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Meaning Of Pupil - (2:59) 80 BPM
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Sheded - (0:48) 61 BPM
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It Used To Be A Dream Of Mine - (4:11) 65 BPM
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The Dilemma Of A Sinner - (0:55) 57 BPM
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Yet To Begin - (2:20) 80 BPM
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Continous Mix - (24:42) 65 BPM
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Review: The new release from UK techno legend Steve Bicknell's 6dimensions label uses philosophy of the human mind as a conceptual starting point for its output. Discovering a passion for music at an early age in Taipei, live performer, DJ and composer Jing writes short stories and produces musical soundscapes to convey them - like a short film without the visuals. While the content of "Adularescence" is colourful, it represents a black and white cult-classic filled with emotions. It is accompanied by a narrative to its 12 experimental parts, taking the listener on an unforgettable trip. Dark, psychedelic sounds permeate the eardrum, a beautiful and disturbing concoction of images relating to the text.
I Want You
CRM 193
16 Feb 18
Deep House
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I Want You (original Acid mix) - (6:48) 125 BPM
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I Want You (Disco mix) - (7:09) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Last year, Joeski popped up on Cajmere's Relief Records imprint with a dash of "Acid Disco". On his second Crosstown Rebels appearance, the long-serving producer explores similar territory, serving up "Acid" and "Disco" variants of the sleazy and enticing "I Want You". It's arguably the former version, with its? piercing TB-303 lines, jacking drums, Hipp-E and Halo style dubbed-out rifss and wonky, spoken word vocals that hits home hardest. It's certainly both big room and peak-time friendly. The "Disco Mix" is still impressive though, featuring as it does looser drums, warmer bass and some choice guitar samples from Cymade's superb "Dove". While certainly evocative, it lacks the feral appeal of the wilder "Acid Mix".
Mercy
LDDR 086
16 Feb 18
Drum And Bass
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Mercy - (4:25) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Locked Off - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Signal - (4:07) 175 BPM
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A31 - (4:12) 175 BPM
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Kanine & K Motionz - "Command" - (3:45) 175 BPM
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Review: Woof woof! Kanine makes his debut on Low Down Deep with four barking mad thunder jams. "Mercy" does the foghorn bassline shake in a similar groaning way that Serum and Benny L have championed lately, "Locked Off" takes us for walkies at a heads-down turbo pace via sandpaper bassline bliss while "Signal" would give any dog a massive bone with its laserfied bass screams. Elsewhere "A31" wags its tail respectfully at the Clipz school of riff science while "Command" rips down the walls with a bass texture so toxic it could you put down. Welcome to the doghouse.
Boiling, Steaming & Poaching
DRUT 008
16 Feb 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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Carillon Chimes - (7:30) 123 BPM
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01 06 1972 - 18 01 2016 - (2:38) 85 BPM
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Sand In Your Craw - (3:30) 132 BPM
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Maybe You're Right - (3:23) 116 BPM
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Maroon Bells Variation - (5:20) 73 BPM
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Tomato Day - (4:19) 70 BPM
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Played by: Chris Coco
Review: Kelpe is Kel Mckeown, an electronic music producer from London previously releasing on DC Recordings, Black Acre, Svetlana Industries and now on own label DRUT Recordings. His new EP is entitled 'Boiling, Steaming & Poaching' and features half a dozen journeys of the chill balearica kind. From the evocative neo-classical drifter "Carillon Chimes" to the reflective harpsichord led "Sand In Your Craw" or the dreamy nu-gaze soundscape of "Tomato Day", Kelpe proves here that he has many musical methods in his repertoire for creating emotive music with a cinematic feel.
Super Sax Sounds
BAP 111
16 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Bueller's Dance - (6:11) 120 BPM
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Space Commercial - (4:44) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Atmosphere - (5:35) 127 BPM
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Tomohawk - (5:45) 114 BPM
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Review: Bordello A Parigi has just returned from a fruitful expedition to Russia and presents Super Sax Sounds: a rich and varied expression from St Petersburg synthesizer playboy Kito Jempere. Now here is an artist that has explored a spread of sounds during his career. The first two tracks are the product of one diverse machine: the Yamaha QY-70. Beginning with the late night neon-lit disco of "Bueller's Dance" which indeed does sound like it was lifted from a John Hughes soundtrack, as does the evocative and bittersweet score of "Space Commercial" with its tapestry of rich synth textures. We particularly enjoyed closing track "Tomohawk", a mysterious journey through the exotic with its middle eastern aesthetic conjured form analogue machines.
Wacomin
UGA 068
16 Feb 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Wacomin - (6:19) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wacomin (Raumakustik remix) - (6:07) 124 BPM
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Aya - (8:08) 124 BPM
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One Catch - (7:35) 124 BPM
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Review: Manchester based producer Kreature is up next for local imprint Underground Audio. Launched in June 2011, The Underground is an essential guide to all things underground in the world of electronic music. Across the EP's four tracks, you can expect tough, rolling main-room grooves with the peak time in mind - following in the tradition of Northern tech house heroes such as Audiojack, Lewis Boardman or Jey Kurmis. Beginning with the swing fuelled, strobe-lit stomp of "Wacomin" which then gets a drugged up and ravey remix by Raumakustik. Then prepare to travel deep into the exotic and esoteric on the woozy "Aya" until it all comes to a glorious close on the funky minimal house tool "One Catch".
Club Studies
HOTSHIT 035
16 Feb 18
Deep House
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Just A Little (Sunday Service mix) - (6:23) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just A Little (Twilo mix) - (7:35) 122 BPM
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Dedication (Sound Factory mix) - (5:56) 125 BPM
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Dedication (N.A.S.A mix) - (8:13) 133 BPM
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Review: Those who've kept track with Krystal Klear's career will note that the Irish producer regularly pays tribute to historic aspects of dance music culture. Rarely, though, has he made his intentions quite as clear as this. As the name suggests, Club Studies features cuts that wholeheartedly doff a cap towards the records played at legendary New York clubs. First you'll find two versions of "Just a Little"; a groovy, soulful and sparkling mix inspired by the weekly Sunday Service bashes, and a chunky, hypnotic, percussion-led affair that nails the sound Danny Tenaglia was championing at Twilo in the late 1990s. Then you will get Junior Vasquez style dark garage of "Dedication (Sound Factory Mix)" and the riff-heavy Brooklyn techno throb of the "NASA Mix" of the same track.
Cristina EP
FKR 213
14 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Cristina Sweet Love - (5:46) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cant Fake It - (5:47) 116 BPM
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Ma Lady - (3:22) 118 BPM
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Played by: Sunner Soul, KS French
Review: Parisian disco producer KS French returns to FKR with a bunch of lo-slung and sexed-up grooves. Beginning with the super soulful, late night mood lighting of "Kristina Sweet Love" and followed by the neon-lit boogie down disco of "Can't Fake It" and finally some looped-up and dusted down deepness for the afterhours on "Ma Lady". The label FKR had a great year in 2017, with French's fantastic Le Groove Africa EP and German Soultronic's eponymous EP - featuring an awesome remix by Hotmood that had us rather impressed.
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