Paramount - (5:35) 125 BPM
Sparkle - (4:17) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Plush - (4:01) 110 BPM
Played by: Casio Social Club
Review: Originally starting back in the mid-noughties as a slightly Ed Banger-esque producer, London based Swede Blende has mellowed over time into a more discofied take on the electro sound. He's also forged a bond with the always-hip Eskimo recordings. Here he presents three new sparkly gems: the cowbells and string-laden "Paramount", the raw '80s punky-funk of "Sparkle" and the wall of synths beauty that is closer "Plush". Just lovely.
541416 506500D
07 Apr 14
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Fake Love (original mix) - (5:24) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Fake Love (Villa remix) - (5:22) 122 BPM
Fake Love (The Living Islands Tropical Doom? remix) - (4:24) 120 BPM
Fake Love (The Living Islands Tropical Doom dub) - (4:00) 120 BPM
Fake Love (Chordashian remix) - (4:36) 116 BPM
Review: Blende has been on the London scene for a few years now, building up a following for his classic electro-disco productions. Now he's got a new EP on esteemed Belgian synth-pop label Eskimo, and he's clearly settled right at home. "Fake Love" is excellently produced electro-pop, not unlike a much more polite Uffie, and with some subtle Chic style chords and a big juicy chorus. Villa chop up and re-skewer the original in their remix, and the humorously titled Chordashians provide a pulsating, arpeggiated and melodic version. The Living Islands supply two versions of their Tropical Doom mix (one's a dub), which isn't that doomy but is a pretty lovely Italo-disco excursion.
541416 505598D
17 Sep 12
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Running (original mix) - (4:45) 123 BPM
Running (Kraak & Smaak remix) - (6:58) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Running (Knight One remix) - (4:04) 114 BPM
Review: There's something deliciously vibrant and multi-coloured about this single from London-based Swede Blende. "Running" is an attractive chunk of bubbling Balearic disco, painted in bold colours, soaked through with classic electrofunk synths, and boasting a deliciously soulful vocal from Hercules & Love Affair singer Gustaph. Happily, the accompanying remixes are equally as vivacious. Former breakbeat crew Kraak & Smaak deliver a wonderfully fluid, melodious deep house take - all shimmering electronics, soft-focus pads and metronomic rhythms - before Knight One turn the original into a dayglo slab of wide-eyed pop. While radio-friendly, it also sounds like the kind of tackle that would sound good blasting out of a poolside soundsystem, somewhere swelteringly hot and sunny.
541416 506853 D
24 Nov 14
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Back To Summertime (extended mix) - (4:50) 120 BPM
Back To Summertime (This Soft Machine remix) - (7:34) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Back To Summertime (Cavego extended remix) - (4:11) 114 BPM
Back To Summertime (Cavego After Dinner extended remix) - (5:08) 120 BPM
Review: Blende is slowly becoming one of Eskimo's "go-to" artists. "Back To Summertime" is the cheery nu-disco/synth-pop fusionist's fourth single for the Belgian label since 2012. The track itself is something of a jaunty, synth-heavy summer shuffler, with Mattie Safer's attractive vocals rising above a bouncy, P-funk influenced backing track laden with kaleidoscopic melody lines. Arguably even better is the remix by This Soft Machine, which recasts the track as a rubbery chunk of sumptuous disco house complete with razor-sharp strings and life-affirming slap bass. To complete a rock solid package, Cavego weighs in with two reworks; a revivalist electrofunk "Extended Remix" and an "After Dinner" remix that re-wires the track as a blissful chunk of live-sounding Balearic disco.
541416 508406D
28 Apr 17
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Do You Remember? - (2:58) 119 BPM
Do You Remember? (extended mix) - (6:29) 119 BPM
Do You Remember? (instrumental mix) - (6:29) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Since first joining the label in 2012, Blende has been one of Eskimo's standout artists, releasing a string of attractive Balearic disco workouts. Predictably, the London-based Swede has done it again with "Do You Remember", a shimmering, sunshine-friendly Italo disco-goes-Balearic pop workout complete with strong lead vocals from collaborator Mickael Karkousse. Skip the radio edit and head straight for the Extended Mix, a far more satisfying and life-affirming beast that uses positive chord progressions and druggy arpeggio lines to build energy before Karkousse's killer vocal drops in midway through. It's accompanied by a tasty instrumental mix that is, if anything, even more glassy-eyed and grandiose than its predecessor.
541416 510039D
20 Apr 18
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The Glimmers/Various
Ilya Santana - "Transborder" (Letherette remix) - (4:32) 93 BPM
Hot Toddy - "I Need Love" (feat Ron Basejam - Morgan Geist Love dub) - (6:29) 95 BPM
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - "Boney M Down" - (3:49) 101 BPM
Aeroplane - "Caramellas" - (7:42) 110 BPM
Simone Fedi - "Bitter Devotion" (Ewan Pearson extended remix) - (6:49) 115 BPM
Downtown Party Network - "Days Like These" (vocal) - (8:08) 120 BPM
Bottin & Rodion - "Galli (Give It Up)" (edit) - (3:59) 120 BPM
Hiem - "Clubscene Popscene" (A Just Us Diskopop version) - (8:13) 120 BPM
Stratus - "Footprints" - (7:01) 107 BPM
Reverso 68 - "Todd Terje Spinning Star Mix" - (10:06) 96 BPM
Low Motion Disco - "Things Are Gonna Get Easier" (Sebastien Tellier vocal remix) - (3:25) 132 BPM
Allez Allez - "African Queen" (Quiet Village dub) - (8:00) 72 BPM
Low Motion Disco - "Love Love Love" (Aeroplane mix) - (6:42) 105 BPM
LSB - "Original Highway Delight" - (8:32) 111 BPM
Maelstrom - "Petrichor" - (4:45) 112 BPM
Aeroplane - "Without Lies" (Breakbot remix) - (3:46) 117 BPM
Reverso 68 - "Tokyo Disko" (part 1) - (6:30) 118 BPM
In Flagranti - "Personal Angst" - (7:06) 118 BPM
Visti & Meyland - "Yes Maam (All Nite Long)" (Trentemoller remix) - (7:25) 123 BPM
Allez Allez - "Allez Allez" (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas remix) - (12:05) 130 BPM
Dance Disorder - "My Time" (Radio Slave Rekids Tribe mix) - (8:21) 124 BPM
The Neon Judgement - "TV Treated" (Tiga Treated vox) - (7:04) 128 BPM
The Sexmachines - "Okay" (Whitey mix) - (4:29) 120 BPM
Aeroplane - "We Can't Fly" (Oliver remix) - (4:43) 110 BPM
Low Motion Disco - "Love Love Love" (Solomun edit) - (8:37) 118 BPM
Kris Menace Presents Stars On 33 - "Something You Can Feel" (Reverso 68 remix) - (5:45) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
West Phillips - "(I'm Just A) Sucker For A Pretty Face" (Surrender! remix) - (4:26) 120 BPM
Dirty Minds - "I'm For Pleasure" (Claptone remix) - (7:21) 122 BPM
LHAS INC - "A Feeling" (It's A Fine Line remix) - (7:11) 126 BPM
Aeroplane - "I Don't Feel" (Deetron remix) - (8:20) 123 BPM
Dr Beat From San Sebastian - "Mediterraneo" (DJ Harvey Beach To The Bara mix) - (7:47) 120 BPM
Blende - "Fake Love" (The Living Islands Tropical Doom dub) - (4:00) 120 BPM
Jean Winner - "Alive & Kicking" (Zimmer remix) - (6:57) 117 BPM
Drop Out Orchestra - "Sun Machine" (diskJokke remix) - (6:42) 110 BPM
Allez Allez - "African Queen" (Moonlight Matters 'I Love Grace Jones' remix) - (5:30) 72 BPM
Various - "Mo's Selection" (continuous DJ mix by The Glimmers) - (1:01:47) 116 BPM
Various - "Dave's Selection" (continuous DJ mix by The Glimmers) - (1:02:02) 121 BPM
Review: Ten years ago, Eskimo Recordings emerged from Ghent, as an outlet for mix albums from hometown heroes the Glimmers. Since then, the label has gone on to be a leading light on the nu-disco and nu Balearic scenes. Fittingly, this expansive tenth anniversary set was put together by the Glimmers, and features two solo DJ mixes featuring label highlights aplenty. For DJs, the real bonus is the huge selection of unmixed tracks on display, which adeptly showcases the depth and variety of the label's output. Highlights are plentiful, from the woozy Scandolearic vibes of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and brilliance of early Aeroplane, to the sun-bright dream pop of Hiem, and the bouncing dancefloor groovery of LHAS Inc.
541416 505648DDJ
05 Nov 12
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Atella - "The Monster" - (4:10) 88 BPM
Freeform Five feat Roisin Murphy - "Leviathan" - (8:11) 117 BPM
Deadbots - "UFRST" - (5:07) 120 BPM
Julian Sanza feat Future Feelings - "The Feeling" - (6:49) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Blende - "Rikki" (Le Crayon remix) - (3:37) 71 BPM
Volta Cab - "Smoke Some Kill" - (5:00) 107 BPM
Michoacan - "The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand" - (8:12) 99 BPM
Satin Jackets - "Night Keys" (original mix) - (6:11) 105 BPM
Blamma! Blamma! feat Kristina Train - "Zsa Zsa" (original mix) - (7:34) 105 BPM
NTEIBINT feat Stella - "Never Without You" - (4:18) 119 BPM
Pete Oak feat Emeron & Fox - "NOVA" - (8:28) 122 BPM
Eelke Kleijn - "A Tale Of Two Lovers" - (8:57) 120 BPM
Review: Last year's Pink Collection, the first in Eskimo's Colour Series of compilations, delivered a sumptuous blend of baggy Balearica, synth-heavy nu-disco, electronic deep house and wide-eyed indie-dance. Here, the long-running Belgian label repeats the formula, serving up 12 new and recent cuts from a wide-range of artists. Highlights come thick and fast, from the touchy-feely goodness of Freeform Five's Roisin Murphy hook-up "Levinthian" and the atmospheric nu-disco-goes-acid of Volta Cab's subdued "Smoke Some Kill", to the guitar-laden Balearic house of Peak Oak and company's "Nova", and Elke Kleijn's sensual, string-laden deep house epic "A Tale of Two Lovers".
541416 506345D
24 Feb 14
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