Afterglow EP
APERSONAL 20
11 Sep 15
Deep House
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Afterglow - (5:35) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Real Talk - (6:10) 122 BPM
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Lumiere - (6:00) 120 BPM
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Terra Firma - (7:32) 117 BPM
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Review: Connor 'Debonair' Bevan burst onto the scene in 2012, delivering an impressive debut EP for Kolour Recordings, as well as tracks for split EPs from House of Disco, Editorial, Whiskey Disco and Much Love. Three years on, he returns with arguably his most polished set of tracks to date. Committed to a dreamy, atmospheric take on deep house, all four tracks bristle with tactile dancefloor intent. Arguably the most impressive cut is "Terra Firma", where Bevan smartly combines "Deep Burnt" style strings, bass-heavy grooves and yearning vocal samples, though the chunkier, retro-futurist bounce of "Real Talk" is not far behind. The twinkling electronics, tumbling pianos and enveloping grooves of "Afterglow" are pretty darn tasty, too.
Rhodes To Nowhere EP
KLR 024
04 Dec 12
Deep House
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Rivage - (6:07) 120 BPM
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Ocean Drive - (6:07) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rhodes To Nowhere - (7:02) 117 BPM
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Utopia - (6:04) 110 BPM
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Ruff N Stuff
WD 13
22 Oct 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Deep & Disco - "Hitney Whouston" - (6:17) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alkalino - "Ruff N' Stuff" - (8:17) 113 BPM
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Debonair - "Mellow Mellow" - (7:16) 110 BPM
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Johnwaynes - "Number 1" - (7:37) 105 BPM
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Review: This release reads like a re-edit producer's convention, with four different artists all delivering their own unique takes on selections from disco's past. "Hitney Wouston" is Deep & Disco's funky tech-house take on "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by you know who. It's an enthralling version that competes with Girls On Top's all-time reworking from back in the day. Alkalino's "Ruff N' Stuff" is a killer blend of throbbing bass, cowbells and a retro rap. Debonair's "Mellow Mellow" features a mesmerising, heavily filtered string loop and lots of disco lasers. Retro-house don Jonewaynes wraps things up with the looped slice of shimmering Balearica that is "Number 1".
Editorial Waxed: 4
ED-WAX 4
12 Sep 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - "Straight Up" - (7:39) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Debonair - "Straighten Out" - (6:41) 110 BPM
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The Noodleman - "Goin' Down" (Goin' Down) - (7:16) 107 BPM
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Virgin Magnetic Material - "Goin' For It" - (7:24) 110 BPM
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Spread Love EP
ML 003
29 Oct 12
Deep House
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Fil Lavin - "Feel As I Do" - (8:34) 122 BPM
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Linntronix & Samm - "Musique Concrete" - (5:55) 120 BPM
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Mike Gill - "Prankstar" - (6:47) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Debonair - "Trans Express" - (6:14) 112 BPM
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Review: This third EP from Alkalino and Alphabet City's occasional MuchLove label gathers together more bright and breezy deep house gems from up and coming producers. Fil Lavin leads the way with "Feel As I Do", a typically bold and beautiful combination of atmospheric synths, big chords and classic vocal samples. Linntronix & Samm's "Musique Concrete" ups the ante with the sort of bold strings and melodies that will have you reaching for the strobes, before Mike Gill offers some deep and dirty midtempo bump in the shape of "Prankstar". A solid EP is completed by Debonair's "Trans Express", a decidedly Balearic fusion of clattering electro rhythms, disco samples and deep house chic.
Busy Tone EP
HOD 004
02 Jul 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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OOFT! - "Mazin" - (6:34) 95 BPM
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Daniel Solar & Andi De Luxe - "Seventh" - (6:42) 115 BPM
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Debonair - "Your Love" - (5:41) 120 BPM
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Late Nite Tuff Guy - "I'm Goin' Outta My Head" - (6:02) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: One year in and the 'House of Disco' label continues to move from strength to strength. The label, spawned from a blog to which is shares it's name, has risen majestically to the top of an ever increasing pile of disco imprints. There is no real mystery surrounding its success, only the best productions and edits find their way onto the labels releases, carefully hand picked with due care and attention. The digital age has made owning a label no longer the pastime of millionaire playboys with a penchant for cylindrical percussive instruments, any Tom, Dick & Harry can claim to own a label these days, and often all three do... it would be churlish to suggest there are no decent digital only imprints out there, a couple of labels spring to mind, however, the discerning jock understands that any label willing to take the time, effort and risk of pressing up some vinyl must really believe in what they are doing and have a deep understanding of the scene's DJs and fans. This, the fourth release on the label entitled 'Busy Tone EP' is a great example of the complimentary A&R which is a mainstay of the label. First up we have a slo-mo looper from Scottish producer (Ali) OOFT! The track respectfully uses a synth and vocal sample from disco group 'Maze', slowly building into a real crowd pleaser. Next up we have German duo Daniel Solar & Andi De Luxe, taking time out from running their own label (Dikso) to drop the string led dance floor bomb 'Seventh'. 'Debonair' makes his second outing on the 'House of Disco' this time turning in an impeccable rework of the Garage classic 'Just How Sweet is Your Love'. And last up we have loop master 'Late Nite Tuff Guy' who brings the EP to a chugging finale, amazing strings and a hypnotic beat make this one of the highlights of the EP. Collectively; this is a great package, individually; all the tracks are must haves.
On The Latch EP
HOD 003
02 Apr 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Treatment - "Waves" - (5:11) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Satin Jackets - "How Long Can I Wait For You" - (7:47) 109 BPM
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Roberto Rodriguez - "Mustat Varjot" - (8:22) 105 BPM
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Debonair - "Why" - (5:36) 110 BPM
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Review: Since launching last year, disco/house website House of Disco's in-house (sorry) imprint has proved to be a rich source of atmospheric, groove-heavy slo-mo and midtempo tackle. Here they deliver four more sparkling cuts for the dancefloor. The Treatment's "Waves" builds a delightfully touchy-feeling synth-house jam around the groove from Surface's "Falling In Love", while Satin Jackets deliver a cosy, piano house-inspired nu-disco sparkler. Roberto Rodriguez opts for a more Balearic nu-disco feel on "Mustat Varjot", while Debonair turns a familiar disco staple into a rising disco/house banger - all twisted vocal samples, intricate percussion and heavy low-end bounce. Job done.
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