Doorly, Charlie Rope - "My Thoughts Exactly" (original mix) - (6:20) 120 BPM
Ruby's Kimono (original mix) - (5:34) 126 BPM
When You Love (original mix) - (5:10) 124 BPM
When You Love (Blantyre Reptilian Road Rage remix) - (6:45) 125 BPM
Doorly, Charlie Rope - "My Thoughts Exactly" (Doorly's Acapella Tool) - (6:06) 120 BPM
Review: Doorly's Reptile Dysfunction follows up great releases by the likes of Idris Elba and and DJ Sneak by introducing an exceptional new talent to the world, this time with a feel good house and disco packed EP from up and coming producer Charlie Rope from the UK. Heavily influenced by the likes of Larry Levan, Giorgio Moroder, Frankie Knuckles and Giles Peterson, Charlie Rope's love of classic house music and disco is apparent in his productions, which are also driven by a desire to bring people together through music. His debut EP is a joyous, life-affirming jaunt through house, disco and acid. From the Studio 54-inspired respectful disco edits "J'Adore 54" and "Ruby's Kimono", he teams up with label boss Doorly on the funked-up breakbeat driven house "My Thoughts Exactly" (original mix) to the classic Chicago bounce of "When You Love".
Review: Featuring tracks from such luminaries as Hudson Mohawke, Benga and 16bit alongside new talent such as Shift Key and Morcee, Bullet Train Volume Two, selected by Bullet Train label head Marco Del Horno and Last Japan, spans the breadth of everything that's important right now in dubstep, bass and UK funky. Featuring a continuous DJ mix from the duo, as well as all the tracks unmixed, highlights include the snare driven riddims of Lil' Silva's "Patience", the massive dubstep bassline of Marco Del Horno and DJ Swerve's "Ho Riddim" and the fluid percussive workout that is R1 Ryders' "Just A Feeling".
Review: It would be fair to refer to Dino Lenny as a "veteran": the Italian producer has been churning out dancefloor hits since the dawn of the '90s. This release sees him join forces with Cajual and Hot Creations regular Doorly for a loving tribute to the joys of club culture. The action centres on a meandering, largely spoken vocal describing a mesmerizing late night dancing experience in "The Magic Room". On the lead version - a tasty re-edit by Lenny and Seth Troxler - this is accompanied by "Lazy" style pianos, and a chunky, disco-tinged house groove. The low-slung guitars and bass are pushed to the fore on Doorly's energy-packed remix, while Luke Solomon doffs a cap to the jazz-flecked boompty sounds of Chicago on his busy rework.
Review: Champion of genre-leaping, Doorly's unpredictable style is what makes each release so attractive. From jump-up D&B to squiggly, spiky dubstep to deep house, his label Pigeonhole This says it all. Here's a fine example; "Something To Say" is a deep disco cut, dished up with nu funk panache. With Roland "They know what is what but they don't know what is what" Clark on mic duties, it's instant feel-good power with a vibe you can't help but feel you've heard before. "Don't Worry About It", meanwhile, is a deep house cut that's not dissimilar to early Justin Martin material but with a more UKG-style dark garage bass tone. Here's to genre-leaping.
Review: Reptile Dysfunction boss Martin Doorly reckons that he has 'put his balls on the line' with this release - but we're pretty certain it will appease the label's most devoted fans and new ones alike. Teaming up with the mysterious Tan Dem on the Nismo's Groove EP for the lo-slung funk groove of "Mummas A Bean", he then goes solo for the remainder - where he serves up the neon-lit Italo influenced anthems 'Drop The Needle" and the electrifying "On The Upside. The sun kissed boogie-down jam "Cafe Mambo Disco Pumper" was on-point also. The now Los Angeles based Doorly has recently made the move back to Europe, where he nailed these killer grooves in his brand new studio in Ibiza.
Review: It's been another prolific year for Hot Creations, with Jamie Jones' label slamming out nine EPs and an album already, the latter being from Popof. In the interests of keeping dancefloors the world over fuelled with that distinctive sound, here comes the next bomb from the label, and Doorly and Hauswerks are the brains behind it. "The Illusionist" takes the lead with a brooding, heads down style that prizes subtlety over dramatic fireworks, until that is the trumpet-laden breakdown rears its head. "Swamp Donkey" meanwhile keeps the funk up and then whips right into an audacious bass-rich melt-out that should get the crowd itching for that impending drop.
Review: Doorly steps up to compile Souther Fried's fourth instalment of the Southern Fried & Tested series. There's over forty-five tracks on here so it should keep you moving and warm for the entire duration of the summer, not to mention Doorly's ingenious mixing and mash-up style. The compilation also spans many different sub-genres of house, from booty, electro, tech and more dancehall-inspired tunes, creating one hell of a party and one beauty of an addition to Southern Fried's catalogue! Check the "Big Booya" acappella!
Review: After revealing each exclusive track over the last month, Kry Wolf finally delivers his DNA collection. A way of showing his own roots and party passions while celebrating his peers and labelmates' finest studio creations, the mix is a great reflection of Wolf, his and Shadow Child's label and its talented roster. Highlights include Shadow Child and Friend Within's WOW-referencing "The Moon", Kry Wolf's percussion-pummelled twist on "Piano Weapon", Geoff K's floor-melting bass shaker "Dysturbed Trumpet" and NYTA's dangerously demonic vocal cut "The Call". Also included is Kry Wolf's mix that joins the dots between the many sonic shades. A great concept backed up by an immaculate collection; DNA is where it's at.
Review: Reptile Dysfunction's latest EP is packed to the rafters with peak-time fare. It's the first volume in what the label promises will be a continuing series and offers up a quartet of slamming, disco-fired "Club Edits". Predictably, Soul Clap steals the show with "Moov to Tha Beat", a swirling, string-laden workout laden with dreamy pads, well-placed delay effects and bubbly analogue drums. Doorly does a brilliant job combining aquatic P-funk bass and thrill-seeking disco samples on the superb "Lads Lads Lads", while Rick Trainor and Noah Schy's "Take It Down" is an impressively sweaty sample-house workout built around the principle of teasing out the action for maximum impact. As for Charlie Rope's "All For You", it's a shirts-off disco-house stomper that just gets bigger and bigger throughout.
Review: There's a distinctly old school flavour to this compilation as Thee Cool Cats take to the controls. Patrick Topping's "Forget" sees the fast-rising producer serve up insane rave stabs and diva vocal samples over insistent cowbells and slamming beats, while Catz'n'Dogz mine a different part of 90s music culture. The duo's "Booty Comes First" is inspired by the rude and raucous sound of ghetto house, as pre-orgasmic moans and a slamming rhythm reinforce the vocal that "yo booty comes first". At the other end of the emotional spectrum, Tough Love impress greatly with the acid-laced, soulful house of "Dreams", while the next generation of Detroit techno, fronted by Dantiez Saunderson and working with Altus Project returns to early 90s US house with the vocal-led "I Need You".
Review: Here's a rather epic proposition: a 33-track collection from Toolroom that not only boasts 32 classic, little known and unheard remixes from the label's vaults, but also a CD-length bonus mix. With tracks seemingly taken from the entirety of the label's existence to date, there are plenty of forgotten gems - think remixes by D Ramirez, Funk D'Void, Full Intention, and Copywright - as well as inspired reworks from such contemporary heroes as Dusky (a suitably reverential rub of Cloud 9's 1993 US garage classic "Do You Want Me Baby"), Tensnake (a typically touchy-feely rework of Jake Island) and Doorly (a bouncy UK bass-house interpretation of Steve 'Silk' Hurley's "Jack Your Body").
Review: With dance music's annual Winter Music Conference in Miami fast approaching, Toolroom present a selection of tunes to impress the gathered industry boffins, clubbers and well-watered music journalists. Oh, and DJs who fancy getting the label's next "big tunes" well in advance of their regular release. At 47 tracks deep, with three DJ mixes thrown in for good measure, it's a bit of a beast, but there's more than enough to excite those who want fresh, recent and forthcoming bangers. All the big players are present - Deadmau5, Huxley, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, Mark Knight etc - as well as Toolroom favourites such as Hoxton Whores, Dirty South and Nicky Romero. Basically, if you're after big tunes to please big rooms, you should give it a whirl.
Review: For those of you who can't make it, you can still enjoy these very tracks that will be thrashed on San Francisco institution Dirtybird's US tour this summer. This is the third edition of their Summer BBQ compilation titled Secret Sauce and it features an all-star cast. Starting things off in spectacular fashion with Chicago house legend Marshall Jefferson teaming up with L.A's Doorly on the wicked "Neanderthal', there's the wonky, bassbin rattling deepness of label mainstay Christian Martin (with Ardalan) on "Flight of The Pterodactyl" and rising star Justin Jay's pop-inflected epic "Broke The Law" featuring a bit of help from mates Sascha Robotti, Henry Was and vocals by Josh Taylor.