Acido - (7:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Egon - (7:23) 125 BPM
   
The Simone - (6:39) 125 BPM
   
Comprendes - (6:50) 120 BPM
OT 004
02 Dec 13
Techno
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Fusci - (7:20) 110 BPM
   
Confuzed House - (7:18) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Occhi Blue - (8:08) 120 BPM
   
Il Canto - (5:16) 123 BPM
Review: JD Twitch seems to have an obsession with Italian music; amazingly, four of the first eight releases on the excellent - and typically hard to pin down - Optimo Trax imprint have come from Italian bands and producers. This second EP from Milanese twosome Boot & Trax fits into that category. It's as stylish and - on occasions - dark as you'd perhaps expect, variously being influenced by '80s industrial, fizzing post-punk, chugging Chicago house and strobelight electronica. There's naturally much to enjoy, from the hypnotic, left-of-centre Italian house revivalism of "Il Canto" and fuzzy "Ochhi Blu", to the energetic, darkwave-meets-punk funk rush of the irrepressible title track.
OT 008
23 Jun 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Good Fela - (3:56) 77 BPM
   
Sound Of Baloo - (5:09) 111 BPM
   
Red Guitar - (7:05) 116 BPM
   
Sublime - (6:23) 110 BPM
   
Dancin - (6:34) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sazarde Gente - (6:58) 99 BPM
   
Apnea - (6:48) 119 BPM
   
Father & Son - (7:36) 120 BPM
   
Soultains Of Mountain - (7:31) 123 BPM
Review: Boot & Tax have been members of the Optimo Music family since 2013, releasing a pair of well-regarded 12" singles on the offshoot Optimo Trax imprint. While those were formidably dancefloor focused, this eponymous debut set offers them a chance to flex their artistic muscles in a range of styles. For the most part, it's a surprisingly humid set, with the Italian duo variously doffing their cap to indie-dance, post-punk, dub and new beat, with occasional bluegrass and psychedelic flourishes. It's a formula that guarantees mixed results, at least aesthetically. For all the genre shifts, the quality threshold rarely drops from "excellent" throughout.
OM 04LP
25 May 15
Deep House
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Baia Del Ritmo - (6:52) 62 BPM
   
Sintessi Bassa - (6:05) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
La Ruota - (5:57) 58 BPM
   
Maranzana - (6:12) 60 BPM
Played by: CURSES, Roe Deers
Review: Dubbed a pair of Milanese maestros, Boot & Trax are a back with their first release of the year - just as it ends! There are four tracks, divided into two contrasting 'sides' that reveal the junction where EBM and disco meet. Opener "Baia Del Ritmo" is a raucous but slow roller that adds layer upon layer of sampled disco chants to form a hypnotic mantra, whilst EP highlight "Sintessi Bassa" is a sleazy excursion into pulsating sweaty darkroom electro/new beat. "La Routa" meanwhile is a quirky Italo-dub hybrid and closer "Maranzana" is a beguiling cosmic glam-rock lullaby.
OT 025D
11 Nov 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Celeste - (8:36) 118 BPM
   
Tempo - (7:18) 121 BPM
   
Mama Drop A Dime On Me - (10:55) 124 BPM
   
Celeste (Fatnotronic remix) - (7:23) 100 BPM
OVER 002
20 Dec 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Brace Brace - (6:33) 120 BPM
   
Brace Brace (Alien Alien remix) - (6:41) 115 BPM
   
Niente Per Niente - (7:20) 120 BPM
   
Balkan Youth - (6:55) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MEANT 022
06 Apr 15
Techno
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Various
   
Boot & Tax - "Macinare" - (6:00) 76 BPM
   
Capofortuna - "MA NU" - (5:44) 113 BPM
   
Tiger & Woods - "Machete" - (6:06) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
DJ Rocca - "Do U Luv Me" - (5:40) 122 BPM
   
Memoryman - "My Brother" - (5:44) 120 BPM
   
Funk Rimini - "Don't Smoke" - (5:31) 110 BPM
   
LowHeads - "Tsubasa" - (5:04) 120 BPM
   
Deep88 - "SP1200" - (4:48) 124 BPM
   
Lele Sacchi - "Proud" - (5:52) 120 BPM
   
Jolly Mare - "Dribbling" - (5:59) 120 BPM
Review: Inspired by Italy's rich history of re-imagining American funk, soul, disco, boogie and jazz-funk, Soul Clap's latest compilation offers up ten tasty cuts from contemporary Italian producers who draw heavily on this heritage. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the throbbing boogie-house badness of "Machete" by Tigver & Woods, and the high-octane experimental electronic Afro-jazz of Boot & Trax, to the chiming dub disco of DJ Rocca, the spaced-out cosmic funk/nu-disco fusion of Funk Rimini's "Don't Smoke" and the rich, treacly, techno-tempo deep house brilliance of Deep88's dream house tribute, "SP1200". Throw in further fine cuts from Lele Saachi, Memoryman and Jolly Mare (the 21st century P-funk/cosmic disco fusion of "Dribbling") and you have a certifiably excellent collection of cuts.
SCRLP 04
18 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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