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Soul WeaponEXCLUSIVE
   
You Are The 1 - (5:05) 102 BPM
   
Gun - (3:58) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stay With Me Tonight - (4:41) 105 BPM
TJ 038
14 Aug 17
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Do It Again - (5:16) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Falses Faces - (4:39) 107 BPM
   
I Wouldn't Treat A Dog - (4:21) 105 BPM
   
The Breakdown Funk - (3:53) 100 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, SITUATION
Review: Previously found on compilations, here re-edit hero DJ Laurel, makes a solo debut on the mighty Chopshop. First up is the title track and suffice to say it takes a well loved 70s classic and goes back, Jack, and does it again...with a beefy back beat for good measure. Next, "Falses Faces", is more obscure, but just as effective with a tight, thumping funk groove and an impassioned vocal grunt-along. "I Wouldn't Treat A Dog" follows as a transportive melancholic Balearic dream, and "The Breakdown Funk" is an old-time boogie clap-a-long.
CHOPDIGI 095
29 May 17
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Jam Jam Jam - (5:43) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Will Get You Some Help - (4:55) 119 BPM
   
Going For Another One - (6:01) 127 BPM
   
Just A Metter Of Time - (4:59) 116 BPM
   
Shame - (5:54) 126 BPM
Review: Chopshop regular DJ Laurel returns to Katakana Edits - an imprint he's graced a number of times before - with a five-track selection of tried-and-tested revisions. He begins with a rolling revision of a full-throated disco-funk slammer ("Jam, Jam, Jam") before whipping off his shirt and dancing towards peak-time disco release via the spiraling madness of "I Will Get You Some Help". Those seeking loopy, piano-driven peak-time insanity should head for the bluesy brilliance of "Going For Another One", while "Just A Matter of Time" is an epic, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink slab of synth-laden AOR disco. Fittingly, he finishes with a bustling, tooled-up take on Evelyn "Champagne" King classic "Shame".
KE 9076
18 Jan 19
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You Don't Have To Go - (4:04) 106 BPM
   
Hate Hate (DISCO rework) - (4:58) 112 BPM
   
Hate Hate (FUNK rework) - (4:58) 112 BPM
   
I'm Always Dancing To The Music - (4:51) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stay By Me - (4:46) 115 BPM
Review: Five more vintage cuts get a 21st Century refix from the ever-prolific Katakana camp, this time with DJ Laurel at the helm. The Chi-Lites' 'You Don't Have To Go' from 1976 is first to get the treatment, followed by Razzy Bailey's 'I Hate Hate', a 1974 country-soul gem that was something of a northern soul anthem and here gets served up in Disco Rework and Funk Rework flavours. Those first three rubs are all quite faithful to their respective originals; more liberties are taken with Benny Golson's 1978 rare groover 'I'm Always Dancing To The Music', which gets a boogiefied makeover and an added rap vocal, before finally Sam Cooke gets funked up and just slightly retitled on 'Stay By Me'.
KE 9082
26 Apr 19
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Hot Pents (Heavy Funk) - (4:26) 110 BPM
   
Windy City - (5:18) 116 BPM
   
Stop Your Teasing - (6:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Don't Need Nobody Else - (4:29) 102 BPM
   
Hot Pents - (4:05) 110 BPM
Review: Lavr Berzhanin (DJ Laurel) returns with five more re-edited dancefloor nuggets from days gone by. Or perhaps four because, confusingly, raw funk-soul jam 'Hot Pents' comes in two near-identical versions, one 4:06 long and credited to Heavy Funk, one 4:26 long and credited to DJ Laurel. Go figure! Elsewhere, 'Windy City' reworks Lou Rawls' 'Dead End Street' (a 1967 spoken word cut that predated both Last Poets and Gil Scot-Heron), 'Stop Your Teasing' draws on an unknown disco source for inspiration, while finally 'I Don't Need Nobody Else' adds a little more dancefloor oomph to Eddie Kendricks' 1981 soul jam of the same name.
KE 9087
05 Jul 19
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Katakana Edits Vol 101FORTHCOMING EXCLUSIVE
  
   
Everybody Needs Somebody - (5:54) 111 BPM
   
You Don't Fool Me - (6:08) 120 BPM
   
You Are My Everything - (4:44) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Take Me - (5:03) 108 BPM
   
You're My Fabilous - (5:24) 120 BPM
Played by: Kongisto
KE 9101
14 Aug 20
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All I've Got - (6:09) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feel The Need In Me - (5:01) 118 BPM
   
Battend Ships - (4:54) 107 BPM
   
Cookie - (4:50) 76 BPM
   
You Take My Heart Away - (5:36) 95 BPM
   
Annie Mae - (5:21) 105 BPM
Review: Under the DJ Laurel alias, Lavr Berzhanin has proved to be one of Katakana Edits' most reliable re-editors of recent times. We've lost count of the number of EPs he's delivered for the prolific imprint, but they're all rather good - as is his latest expansive effort. There's much to get the blood pumping across the six-track salvo, with our favourites including the rubbery, bouncy and glassy-eyed disco bliss of "All I've Got", the soaring, horn-heavy soundscape disco-soul shuffle of "Battend Ships" [sic], the blue-eyed soul goes drum and bass bounce of "Cookie" and the wah-wah guitar sporting two-step soul goodness of closing cut "Annie Mae". In other words, it's another rock solid collection of tried and tested reworks.
KE 9092
18 Oct 19
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I Can't Stop Ya - (5:08) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It Only Happens - (4:07) 108 BPM
   
The More I Want - (5:37) 120 BPM
   
Give Me My Heart Back - (4:32) 95 BPM
   
Come On - (4:45) 95 BPM
Review: The Katakana Edits series reaches #70. DJ Laurel - also known for his work on Greek label Chopshop - is once more in charge of the virtual razorblade and sticky tape for this latest collection, which draws largely on source material from the 70s soul pantheon. 'I Can't Stop Ya' adds an outsourced spoken vocal and some fine sax noodling to a Ty Karim nugget of (nearly) the same name, 'It Only Happens' lends the late, great Aretha some extra lounge-y swing, while 'The More I Want' dares to take on the Teddy Pendergrass classic and actually manages to get away with it.
KE 9070
26 Oct 18
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Hi Jack - (5:43) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sure Thing - (6:10) 100 BPM
   
Zina - (5:10) 120 BPM
   
Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night - (4:46) 98 BPM
   
When Love Is New - (6:32) 115 BPM
   
Bateu, Doeu - (5:11) 100 BPM
Review: The latest in the 'Katakana Edits' series comes once more from label regular DJ Laurel, who delivers six soul/funk/disco cuts that, as a rule, seek simply to update the source material for contemporary floors rather than rework anything too radically. That source material this time out includes Herbie Mann's 'Hijack' from 1974, Millie Jackson's 'Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night' from 1979 and Arthur Prysock's 'When Love Is New' from 1976 on a straight disco tip, as well as the lounge-y, Latin vibes of Carmen Costa's 'Bateu, Doeu' from 1973 - the other two have us beat, but all six cuts are very playable.
KE 9097
20 Mar 20
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DJ Laurel - "Galaxy" - (5:06) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hawwis - "Camina" - (5:34) 115 BPM
   
Hawwis - "Descarga" - (5:09) 123 BPM
   
Cuz Electric - "Leroy Loves Ya" - (5:47) 100 BPM
   
G Niotis & J Pronoitis - "JB World" - (4:07) 90 BPM
Review: 62 collections deep and still blazing up any party in a 1000 mile radius; Katakana deliver yet another fun and funk-fuelled package. All laced with a heavy rhythmic theme, attention to groove detail is paid throughout as we're treated to range of classic and deeply dug edits. "Galaxy" sets the tone with a sleazy strutting war cry before we're hurled into a Latin frenzy on both the sultry "Camina" and the bull-fighting "Descarga". Elsewhere "Leroy Loves Ya" brings the soulful touch and "JB World" closes with a little psychedelic mystique.
KE 9062
27 Apr 18
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Surfing Jam - (3:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kak Familia Tvoya - (4:01) 122 BPM
   
Tishina - (3:53) 117 BPM
002123
01 Jun 15
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Fantasy Love Affair - "Lost In Venice" - (5:03) 107 BPM
   
Levantine - "Atmosphere" - (7:00) 110 BPM
   
C Da Afro - "The Sexy Groove" - (5:24) 97 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Rising On Top" - (5:41) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Greek re-edit powerhouse, Chopshop, is back this time with a new various artist's compilation, Lost In Grooves. There's plenty of jollies to be had here, beginning with the high drama of "Lost In Venice" a swirling disco features golden tonsilled sirens and bug thumping drums. Elsewhere Levantine's "Atmosphere" recalls the good old days of French Touch, with its warm, filtered loops, C Da Afro opts for lazy beats and sumptuous strings on "The Sexy Groove" and DJ Laurel mellows things out with some silky 80s synth funk grooves on "Rising On Top". Slick!
CHOPDIGI 085
02 Dec 16
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Fray Bentos - "Body Down" - (6:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fray Bentos - "Night Giver" - (7:20) 120 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Yes I Know" - (4:03) 105 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "More Shame" - (5:07) 104 BPM
Review: Oh dear, the Katakana edits are back once again, and that means pure and vibrant disco-house vibes for all shapes and sizes. Fray Bentos returns in fine style with two cuts, starting with the bumpy, utterly groovy "Body Down", followed by the deeper, more majestic jazzy feel of "Night Giver" - oh, those strings! DJ Laurel's up next, bringing through some proper stylish funkiness with "Yes I Know", sampling the late, great Pino Daniele on the vocals, while "More Shame" goes for the tribal touch, pushing through some lovely horns and a magnificent sway of seductive trumpets for that sexy feel. Yet more Katakana goodness!
KE 9056
02 Feb 18
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Goji Berry - "I Need" - (3:20) 119 BPM
   
Little Prince - "Getting Down To Cuba" - (6:40) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Goji Berry - "My Man" - (3:44) 109 BPM
   
Goji Berry - "In The Heat" - (6:58) 98 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Right On" - (4:14) 72 BPM
Review: The 54th EP from prolific rework imprint Katakana Edits is a triple-header, featuring hot new cut-jobs from Goji Berry, Little Prince and DJ Laurel. The latter's "Right On" is an undeniably sweet and soulful affair, with the producer underpinning slick '80s soul vocals and rising disco-funk horns with a low-slung, filter-heavy breakbeat groove. Although Little Prince's "Getting Down To Cuba" is an undeniably cheery peak-time affair - he adds a little house flavour to a Caribbean disco classic - the undoubted star of the show is Goji Berry. The producer serves up a trio of edits, with the hybrid Italo-disco/ electro-funk jauntiness of "I Need" and slow-mo, saucer-eyed vibes of "In The Heat" standing out.
KE 9054
18 Dec 17
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Saint Mathieu - "What The Funkin Idea" - (5:48) 118 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Don't Hold Back" - (5:04) 104 BPM
   
Dave Gerrard - "Glow Of Dub" (Morning mix) - (7:25) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cordycep - "The Key" - (8:28) 122 BPM
Review: Another month, another solid split EP from long-running edit imprint Chopshop. This time round, there's no unifying concept, just a quartet of cuts guaranteed to get things going out on the dancefloor. Saint Mathieu kicks things off with a chunky, party-starting rearrangement of a lesser-known European P-funk workout from the turn of the '80s, before DJ Laurel drops the cheery, chop-heavy disco-house chug of "Don't Hold Back". Label regular Dave Gerrard steals the show with "Glow Of Dub (Morning Mix)", a superior rework of a tactile, '80s soul favourite, while Cordycep closes proceedings with a hard-edged scalpel rework of a throbbing, early '80s, Prelude style electrofunk-meets-rap stomper ("The Key").
CHOPDIGI 084
18 Nov 16
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SO|KA - "Grease" - (6:14) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
DJ Laurel - "Lost In The Crowd" - (5:14) 111 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "All Or Nothing" - (5:02) 96 BPM
Review: Volume 66 of the Katakana Edits is nothing but vibes from start to finish, and surely exactly what we need in the blazing summer months - edits, edits, and nothing but more edits! SO|KA's opening "Grease" is a dubby, weighty house chugger that blends effortlessly with juat about any form of dance tune, while DJ Laurel's "Lost In The Crowd" is a disco charmer that leads with horns and is backed by pumping beats, leaving the final "All Or Nothing" to provide the seductive charms thanks to a gentle r&b charm. Beautiful stuff.
KE 9066
22 Jun 18
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Various
   
ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM - "Thank You" (Stripped Groove mix) - (6:43) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Disco Funk Spinner - "Night Strangers" - (4:47) 116 BPM
   
Dim Zach & Deem - "Check It" - (6:25) 112 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Blind Band" - (7:12) 122 BPM
   
SO|KA - "Hapinness" (Dirty dub Redaction) - (7:41) 110 BPM
   
Disco Funk Spinner - "BreakFast Jam" - (5:28) 111 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Into The Disco Scene" - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
Goji Berry - "I Need" - (3:20) 119 BPM
   
FabioLous Barke - "Sing" - (5:58) 114 BPM
   
RocknRolla Soundsystem - "Give The People What They Want" - (7:48) 107 BPM
   
Doctormusic Project - "The Real Thing" - (6:59) 124 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Hot 2 Trot" - (8:11) 120 BPM
   
Little Prince - "Getting Down To Cuba" - (6:40) 118 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "The Boogie" - (7:53) 110 BPM
   
Amir Pery - "Watch The Dub" - (3:38) 115 BPM
   
Morlack - "Totally Connected" - (5:31) 100 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Right On" - (4:14) 72 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Jazzme" - (6:21) 117 BPM
   
SO|KA - "Loviness" - (8:12) 107 BPM
   
Morlack - "Train" - (3:53) 109 BPM
   
RSN & Mister T - "Dig It" - (3:58) 95 BPM
   
Zemerald - "Wicked Drummer" - (4:04) 110 BPM
   
ManJah - "Decidete Mi Amor" - (3:12) 92 BPM
   
The Worldstylers & DJ Clairvo - "Hello Everybody" - (3:36) 105 BPM
   
Mister Vagz - "Stopper Wayz" - (4:53) 105 BPM
   
The Worldstylers & DJ Clairvo - "Rub A Duby Stylee" - (4:29) 108 BPM
   
Morlack - "Ring My Bell" - (4:29) 115 BPM
   
Timewrap & Mr Vagz - "Soul Fingaz" - (2:43) 126 BPM
   
Vida G - "Nu Soul" (Maikon remix) - (4:47) 98 BPM
   
DJ Clairvo & Dr Ivan - "El Diablo" - (4:12) 99 BPM
Review: This decidedly epic collection marks Katakana Edits's first foray into the compilation market and is designed as a "best-of" style outing. It boasts 30 reworks, mash-ups, remixes and re-edits gleamed from the prolific imprint's first 50 singles. Naturally, club-ready material comes thick and fast, with a multitude of genres - think swamp funk, disco, dub disco, electrofunk, Italo-disco, hip-hop, reggae and dancehall - and wide variety of tempos represented. Naturally, some of the reworks tend towards the well known, though there are also plenty of rubs of lesser-known gems for those who want to dig deeper than familiar peak-time anthems. Most importantly, the standard remains impressively high throughout.
KE 9055
22 Dec 17
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The InvasionEXCLUSIVE
   
Planet Jumper - "Get It Where It Needs To Go" - (8:00) 115 BPM
   
Phil De Burn - "Wallflower" - (5:31) 116 BPM
   
Limpopo - "Talk For You Baby" - (5:49) 105 BPM
   
Chuggin Edits - "Galaktika" - (6:22) 108 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Something About U" - (6:45) 91 BPM
   
Alfa Flite - "Starcrossed" - (7:19) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Funk Bank - "Jamming With The Thunder" - (3:29) 116 BPM
   
Kellini - "Fordelskortet" - (6:58) 120 BPM
   
BOI - "The Gift" - (4:58) 120 BPM
   
C Da Afro - "I Can't Deny" - (5:20) 117 BPM
   
Disco Funk Spinner - "Names In Heaven" - (7:08) 112 BPM
   
Nicko Marineli - "One Night In The City" - (7:08) 112 BPM
   
Dee Bunk - "Little Brown Eye Girl" - (5:47) 121 BPM
   
Andy Buchan - "More Love" - (5:53) 112 BPM
   
Belabouche - "Stop" - (10:38) 119 BPM
   
Don Dayglow - "Bobby On The Beat" - (5:04) 115 BPM
   
Adato - "Marimberos" - (8:00) 120 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "See So Far" - (5:40) 105 BPM
   
Saskin S - "Jungle Fight" - (4:59) 126 BPM
   
Steven Angel - "Endless Loops" - (5:04) 122 BPM
   
Urban Grooves - "Fire On The Dance Floor" - (7:10) 120 BPM
   
Manack & Zwins - "Disco Flight" - (8:16) 101 BPM
   
Mark Stone - "Get Funky" - (5:47) 114 BPM
Review: Thunder Jam's latest release is something of a sprawling epic; a 23-track "Invasion" featuring some of the hottest names in the re-edit and nu-disco scenes, alongside contributions from lesser-known talents. There's much to admire throughout, from the low-slung boogie bass and cut glass disco strings of Phil Da Burn's "Wallflower" and the spacey synth-funk of Funk Bank's wiggly "Jamming With The Thunder", to the bouncy disco/New Jersey garage fusion of BOI's "The Gift" and the straightened-out sunshine soul of Dee Bunk's "Little Brown Eye Girl". Throw in solid contributions from Don Dayglo, Belabouche, C Da Afro and Andy Buchan, and you've got a pleasingly varied set of floor-friendly excursions.
TJ 040
10 Apr 17
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Various
   
Fray Bentos - "Body Down" - (6:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
DJ Laurel - "Galaxy" - (5:06) 119 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Girls On Drugs" - (5:07) 120 BPM
   
Morlack - "L.machine" - (8:21) 128 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Into The Disco Scene" - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
RocknRolla Soundsystem - "Culture" - (8:35) 107 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "White Men Can't Funk" - (6:30) 115 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Jam Jam Jam" - (5:43) 116 BPM
   
Morlack - "WIPE Mo" - (5:42) 121 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Kabashaka" (Acid Vox) - (5:06) 120 BPM
   
Streamer - "ID" - (4:45) 122 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Listen 2 This" - (9:42) 120 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Lets All Chant" (Nobody Move The Body mix) - (8:35) 122 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Zina" - (5:10) 120 BPM
   
Goji Berry - "Mama" - (4:04) 110 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "La Cotorra" - (6:50) 118 BPM
   
Hawwis - "Descarga" - (5:09) 123 BPM
   
Morlack - "Across The Floor" - (3:37) 109 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Magic Work" - (7:11) 115 BPM
   
Belabouche - "Sneakin Up Behind You" - (7:12) 102 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Night And Day" - (5:25) 121 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Moneybomb" - (6:21) 110 BPM
   
SOKA - "Grease" - (6:14) 115 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Pick It Up" - (7:09) 108 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "I Can't Stop Ya" - (5:08) 100 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Run Blind" - (3:31) 102 BPM
   
Vagz - "No More" - (4:13) 101 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Windy City" - (5:18) 116 BPM
   
Morlack - "Rainbow Mash" - (4:25) 122 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Gangster Flap" - (8:17) 124 BPM
   
Morlack - "Sossego" - (4:53) 112 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Lost In The Crowd" - (5:14) 111 BPM
   
Streamer - "Public Disco Enemy #1" - (3:24) 116 BPM
   
Hawwis - "Amiga" - (5:57) 116 BPM
   
Padcore - "Boogaloo" - (2:10) 100 BPM
   
Morlack - "Terapeutica" - (5:10) 116 BPM
   
Funkin Basstards - "N.H.L" - (3:48) 101 BPM
   
Padcore - "Mexico" - (2:52) 96 BPM
   
FL - "Last Monk" - (3:23) 89 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "I'm Always Dancing To The Music" - (4:51) 91 BPM
   
G. Niotis & J. Pronoitis - "JB World" - (4:07) 90 BPM
   
MCurdit - "Brooklyn Bount Sq" - (3:49) 94 BPM
   
Padcore - "Pride" - (2:55) 93 BPM
   
Streamer - "THINK... You Better!" - (4:55) 107 BPM
   
Padcore - "J5" - (3:19) 98 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "More Shame" - (5:07) 104 BPM
   
Padcore - "Sweetback" - (3:26) 90 BPM
   
Morlack - "Wop" - (5:00) 116 BPM
   
Streamer - "The Fastest Gumbo" (feat Young MC) - (3:26) 85 BPM
   
Padcore - "Track 02" - (3:43) 120 BPM
Played by: Conan The Selector
Review: Katakana Edits first compilation, 2017's "Crate Diggin", was an epic collection of high-grade re-edits, mash-ups and reworks packed to the rafters with tried-and-tested dancefloor treats. This belated follow-up is even more epic, with the popular label squeezing in no less than 50 tracks that variously touch on riotous disco-funk, dub disco, new wave, disco-rock, deep funk, Afro-boogie, swamp funk, Latin beats, boogie, pitched-down chuggers, boogaloo, hip-hop and everything in between. You'd expect that standard to be high - it is a "best of" collection after all - and it is. If you need an instant armoury of scintillating club cuts, look no further.
KE 9100
08 May 20
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