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Funk It Up - (7:34) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Can't Get Enough - (5:12) 118 BPM
   
Patrick's Lady - (6:00) 123 BPM
   
Skyy's Way - (6:20) 118 BPM
SE 217
27 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Cosmocomics - "Make My Love Brighter" - (4:34) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
FabioLous Barker - "I Think I Wanna Dance" - (6:40) 115 BPM
   
G Prajekt - "Rainbow In The Sky" - (7:58) 126 BPM
   
Mauro Vecchi - "Dripping Passion" - (6:24) 124 BPM
AFR 008
12 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Had A Dream (Latin Flava) - (7:31) 116 BPM
   
I Had A Dream (Mannix Primetime dub) - (6:33) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Had A Dream (Latin Flava instrumental) - (7:31) 116 BPM
   
I Had A Dream (Mannix Primetime instrumental) - (6:34) 124 BPM
GAN 042
28 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Wanna Move My Body (vocal radio edit) - (3:16) 120 BPM
   
Wanna Move My Body (dub) - (4:59) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wanna Move My Body (instrumental) - (6:11) 120 BPM
   
Wanna Move My Body (3 A.M. instrumental) - (4:35) 120 BPM
Review: After a couple of recent releases ('Evolution' and 'B-Movie') that mined Gil Scott-Heron for some piquant socio-political commentary, this latest single release finds Fabiolous Barker back in a more party-hearty kinda mood. Topping a loop from Michael Jackson's 'Don't Stop Till You Get Enough' with not one but two sampled female vocals - one from Costa Mee's 'Around The World', the other unidentified - 'Wanna Move My Body' was first released back in May in simple Vocal and stripped-back 3am Mood mixes; these four new rubs are essentially just variations on those two themes, but should extend the cut's dancefloor longevity. Hell, it's such an irresistible groove, we wouldn't even rule out crossover commercial success.
GAN 041
14 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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B-Movie (Mandate My mix) - (8:23) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
B-Movie (Mandate My dub) - (5:49) 100 BPM
Review: Re-edit king Fabiolous Barker turns his attention to a Gil Scott-Heron classic, though you'd probably guessed that already! A dancefloor cert thanks to that much-sampled intro ("Now the first thing I wanna say is, mandate my ass"), the Mandate My Mix is a very light-touch and respectful rework, and as such is mostly notable for how relevant the early 80s lyric is to America's current political climate. The Mandate My Dub, meanwhile, strips out most of that vocal and lets Robert Gordon's sleaze-tastic slap bassline shine through in all its glory. The original's still very playable, but these new rubs offer a viable alternative.
GAN 040
31 Jul 20
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Evolution - (5:48) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Evolution (instrumental) - (5:48) 117 BPM
Played by: Kongisto
Review: A track here that's both highly topical, and potentially controversial. Topical because the spoken vocal is lifted from the Gil Scott-Heron track of the same name, a hard-hitting rant about the USA's slow progress towards true racial equality that holds as true in 2020 as it did when first released a full 50 years ago; potentially controversial, because said vocal makes extensive use of the N-word. So if in doubt, you might wanna head for the accompanying instrumental, wherein the languid disco-funk backdrop really shines through with its echoing guitar chops, exuberant trumpet parps and ponderous, unhurried walking bassline.
GAN 039
17 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Had A Dream (vocal) - (7:48) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Had A Dream (instrumental) - (7:48) 116 BPM
Review: Fabiolous Barker has been on fire this year. Predictably his tenth solo single of 2020 is similarly strong, and in our opinion his best release to date. It comprises two rock-solid versions of "I Had A Dream", an ear-catching chunk of Balearic house-meets-dub disco pleasantness full of ear-catching elements. As the title suggests, the vocal version makes extensive use of Martin Luther King Jr's legendary "I have a dream" speech. While that adds an inspiring, ear-catching focal point, it's the quality of the warm and groovy music below - think low-slung bass guitar, sun-bright bogie synth sounds, clipped guitars, hazy trumpet solos and clipped guitar riffs - that males the cut so essential. For proof, check out the equally as essential accompanying instrumental mix.
GAN 038
03 Jul 20
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Get Up! - (7:00) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Get Up! (instrumental) - (4:23) 114 BPM
GAN 037
19 Jun 20
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2MUCH - (6:24) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Get A Life (Slow instrumental) - (4:38) 126 BPM
Review: Since the start of 2020, Argentinian disco dude Fabiolous Barker has released no less than six singles on Ganbatte, all of which have been rather good. Predictably, EP number seven, a tight two-track affair, is also rock solid. Barker hits the ground running with "2Much", a vibrant, all-action edit of a superb disco-funk number that was once reworked by the Unabombers for their "Elecrtic Souls" series of 12" singles. It's a rubbery affair, where female lead vocals, Chic-style guitars and punchy horns rise above a slap-bass-propelled disco groove. Just as impressive is "Get A Life (Slow Instrumental)", which despite not actually being that slow is wonderfully laidback, loved-up, string-laden and piano heavy. It's a sun-kissed slice of musical bliss.
GAN 036
05 Jun 20
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Coco Loco - (6:03) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Give Me That Beat (instrumental) - (4:10) 120 BPM
Played by: Paul Older
Review: Argentinian disco stu Fabiolous Barker is back with his new one for Ganbatte Records - a label born in the heart of London, dedicated to nu-disco, re-edits, funk, disco and house. Entitled "Coco Loco", there's definitely a familiar hook from a classic on this one, but we can ascertain that this very low slung, so funky and absolutely infectious. Next up is the late night sensuality of "Give Me That Beat" (instrumental) on which you can catch a glorious midnight sunset, occasionally illuminated by those odd flourishes on bright neon love. Following up some great material recently on Masterworks Music, Katakana Edits and Nang - this guy's on a roll!
GAN 035
22 May 20
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Wanna Move My Body (vocal) - (6:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wanna Move My Body (3 A.m. Mood) - (4:36) 120 BPM
Review: If you like to throw the odd curveball in your sets, then reach for this! Because for the first two minutes of its life, 'Wanna Move My Body' fools you into thinking it's a simple re-edit of MJ classic 'Don't Stop Till You Get Enough' - until in comes the sultry vocal from Costa Mee's 'Around The World', which is soon joined by a second, unidentified female "We came here to party/there ain't no stopping us" loop. With Vocal and more stripped-back 3am Mood mixes to choose from, it may be "just a mash-up" but it's superbly executed and all really rather lovely.
GAN 034
08 May 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Jacksonville - (7:25) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jacksonville (dub) - (7:25) 119 BPM
   
The Crown - (6:45) 125 BPM
   
Lets All Chant (Nobody Move The Body mix) - (8:35) 122 BPM
   
Into The Disco Scene - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
La Cotorra - (6:50) 118 BPM
   
Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016) - (6:15) 99 BPM
   
The Boogie - (7:53) 110 BPM
   
Sing - (5:58) 114 BPM
   
Push It! - (5:35) 113 BPM
   
I'll Send You All My Love - (7:20) 112 BPM
   
Why D'you Run Away - (6:04) 120 BPM
   
Night Grooving - (6:59) 111 BPM
   
Sending My Love - (5:49) 111 BPM
   
Weakness - (7:20) 114 BPM
   
Only Fools Fall In Love - (5:43) 98 BPM
Review: The prolific Fabiolous Barker gets his eager little re-edit mitts on a further 16 vintage cuts as he serves up the 99th EP in the long-running 'Katakana Edits' series. Among the tracks getting the treatment this time around are Prince & The New Power Generation's 'Push', Chris Rea's 'Josephine', The Michael Zager Band's 'Let's All Chant' and Perucho Conde's 'La Cotorra', an evergreen Latin funk nugget from 1980 that was penned as a Venezuelan "answer" to Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight'. Some fairly obvious choices there, but the rest of the EP draws on more obscure disco/funk/boogie sources, so dive on in and enjoy!
KE 9099
24 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Henderson's Groove - (6:19) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spanish Delight - (6:48) 119 BPM
Review: Phat bass and disco walking all the way down the line in Henderson's Groove courtesy of everyone's favourite Argentianin in London, Fabiolous Barker! Notching up this two-track burner for your next clandestine weekender with the fam, Barker slips the slightest of comedic touches to the percussion and vocal edits of "Spanish Delight" while all the hallmarks of disco are given a fiesta vibe in this EP's title track. Get your funk on.
GAN 032
24 Apr 20
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Wrap It Up (vocal) - (6:34) 113 BPM
   
Wrap It Up (instrumental dub) - (5:10) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Work It! - (6:17) 113 BPM
Review: The Fabiolous Barker boy is back on Ganbatte, the label on which he's released many of his most potent productions. This time he's on a mid-tempo tip, delivering three tracks that bob along at a groovy 113 BPM. First up is the vocal mix of "Wrap It Up", a lightly touched-up, rolling revision of the Touche track of the same name with a wise emphasis on the track's killer bassline, squidgy electrofunk synths and chiming melodies. He delivers an "Instrumental Dub" revision too, which naturally strips out the vocal chants and instead makes more of the track's killer grooves. To round off the EP he adds his touch to a dusty old chunk of P-funk rich in fast-fingered bass guitar, strobe-lit synths and "work that sucker to death" vocal snippets.
GAN 031
20 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Alone (The Pet Shop mix) - (5:51) 116 BPM
   
Alone (The Pet Shop dub) - (5:51) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Midnight Cocktail (Limpodisco remix) - (5:36) 116 BPM
Played by: Kongisto
Review: 'Alone' Part 1, released just a month ago, centred around the Hall Mix, which lifted the bassline from Hall & Oates classic 'I Can't Go For That'. So we won't insult your intelligence by explaining which 80s pop survivors Part 2's Pet Shop Mix pays tribute to in similar fashion! What we will tell you is that, as per Part 1, there's an accompanying vocal-free pass for the more underground floors, while bonus cut 'Midnight Cocktail also returns, here remixed by Limpodisco in a wonkier nu-disco style compared to the boogie nouveau vibes of Part 1's original mix.
GAN 030
27 Mar 20
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Alone (Hall mix) - (5:16) 116 BPM
   
Alone (Hall instrumental) - (5:16) 116 BPM
   
Midnight Cocktail - (6:23) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Fabiolous Barker's latest opens with a bassline that's reminiscent of Hall & Oates classic 'I Can't Go For That', then drops some lovely garage-y organs and a mellow piano line. The female vocal, when it arrives, errs towards the pop side of things and won't suit everyone, but don't worry because there's an accompanying instrumental, essentially giving you one mix for the commercial floors and one for everywhere else. Completing the package is 'Midnight Cocktail', a funked-up contemporary boogie jam that's underpinned by a breakbeat rhythm and that sports wukka-wukking guitars, lively horns and some subtle, wigged-out Rhodes work.
GAN 028
28 Feb 20
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Let Me Be (Promo instrumental) - (7:00) 125 BPM
   
Dance Dance Dance (radio instrumental edit) - (3:15) 115 BPM
   
Dancefloor (Unpaid instrumental) - (8:12) 126 BPM
   
Sorry (Uni instrumental) - (3:26) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: As the matter-or-fact title makes clear, Fabiolous Barker's latest EP for Ganbatte offers up a quartet of cuts that have previously only been available to his nearest and dearest. As you'd expect, there's plenty to set the pulse racing, from the piano-driven, turn-of-the-90s Euro-house rush of "Let Me Be (Promo Instrumental)" to the pitched-down Balearic nu-disco warmth of "Sorry (Uni Instrumental)" - all whistling synthesizer motifs, Pet Shop Boys melodies and Johnny Marr style guitar - via the driving, fretless bass-propelled cheeriness of "Dancefloor (Unpaid Instrumental)". The track sandwiched in between, the "Radio Instrumental Edit" of glassy-eyed 80s synth-pop number "Dance Dance Dance", is also rather good.
GAN 026
16 Dec 19
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In The Beginning (Disco mix) - (5:50) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
In The Beginning (House mix) - (5:50) 122 BPM
   
In The Beginning (instrumental) - (5:02) 122 BPM
   
In The Beginning (Percapella dub) - (3:28) 122 BPM
   
Funk Off It All 2019 - (5:21) 115 BPM
Review: In the beginning, as we all know, there was Jack. Yes, it's another run-out here for Chuck Roberts' famous acapella from 1987, with 'In The Beginning' served up in four mixes which, being titled Disco Mix, House Mix, Instrumental Mix and Percapella Dub, are by and large fairly self-explanatory! It's the Disco Mix that stands out, though, with its 'Funky Town'-like bassline, Rodgers-esque guitars and happy hands-in-the-air Italo-house pianos, while oddly titled bonus cut 'Funk Off It All 2019' recalls the punk-funk likes of A Certain Ratio, ESQ or Liquid Liquid at their intense, claustrophobic best.
KRK 123
15 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love Talkin' (FabioLous remix New Master) - (7:56) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bomber (FabioLous Re Loved) - (6:16) 113 BPM
Played by: Don Dayglow, Kongisto
Review: Less than a week after he dropped the second volume in his continuing "Burning Bridges" series, Fabiolous Barker delivers a two-track missive that's every bit as alluring and equally as essential. Lead cut "Love Talkin' (Honey It's You)" is as loved-up and wide-eyed as the title suggests, with sweet non English-language vocals rising above a sumptuous mid-tempo disco groove rich in heady piano riffs, rubbery slap-bass, glistening synthesizer refrains and ear-catching guitar riffs. The London-based Argentine flips the script a little on "Bomber", taking his scalpel to what appears to be a Japanese disco-funk workout heavy on crunchy guitar licks, disco bass and tidy drums.
GAN 024
21 Oct 19
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Get Down (2019 remaster) - (7:08) 122 BPM
   
Camenergy (2019 remaster) - (5:16) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jam It (2019 remaster) - (6:35) 122 BPM
Review: Fresh from causing a commotion on nu-disco dancefloors with his suitably heavy "Grip My Hips" single, Fabiolous Barker offers up a belated sequel to his 2017 EP "Burning Bridges". This time round, he's in full-on funky re-edit mode, serving up reworks of a trio of little-known cuts. Opener "Get Down" is a rubbery, bass guitar dominated slab of synth-laden disco-boogie business rich in quirky female vocals and spacey chords, while "Camenergy" is a sax-laden stroll through chunky disco-funk territory in the company of a restless drummer and wired lead guitarist. Arguably best of all though is "Jam It", a multi-coloured P-funk romp tailor made for writhing dancefloors and suitably celebratory house parties.
GAN 023
14 Oct 19
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Grip My Hips - (6:24) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Grip My Hips (Ziggy Phunk 2AM remix) - (6:23) 122 BPM
Review: London-based Argentinian producer FabioLous Barker only released his first record five years ago, but he's been in the DJ game since the late 80s - which probably explains the undoubted floor-friendliness of the track presented in two mixes here! Barker's Original is a very solid nu-disco chugger comprising a walking, quite Euro-sounding bassline, guitars that go chika-chika-chik, and two vocals: one a male rap in a hip-house style, the other chant-like and female-sounding (though as it's clearly been through the FX mill, it could actually be the same singer). Copenhagen's own nu-disco king Ziggy Phunk then supplies a 2AM Remix that'll cross over more readily to house floors.
EFM 071
26 Sep 19
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Grip My Hips (dub mix) - (6:58) 121 BPM
   
Grip My Hips (Fray Bentos Acid Ted mix) - (5:59) 121 BPM
   
Grip My Hips (RobJamWeb's Subway 79 remix) - (8:41) 121 BPM
   
Grip My Hips (Disco Funk Spinner Club remix) - (7:27) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Downunder Disco
Review: Curiously, we'll have to wait a while to hear the original version of Fabiolous Barker's latest release, "Grip My Hips", as it's not scheduled to appear in stores until late September 2019. Instead, the London-based Argentine producer has decided to serve up a remix package first. He kicks things off with a throbbing "Dub" mix that sees flash-fried, rush-inducing vocal samples and Nile Rodgers style disco guitar riffs rise above a masculine groove reminiscent of Lipps Inc classic "Funky Town". Fray Bentos takes over and offers up a fine disco-acid take full of psychedelic TB-303 lines, before RobJamWeb delivers a deeper, Italo-disco style take that's deliciously warm and woozy. Arguably best of all though is the mind-altering disco-tech stomp of Disco Funk Spinner's all-action "Club Mix".
GAN 022
26 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Only Fools Fall In Love - (5:43) 98 BPM
   
Sending My Love - (5:49) 111 BPM
   
Weakness - (7:20) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: 80's Child
Review: Known for his work on Midnight Riot, Sound Exhibitions and Disco Fruit, among other labels, here London-based Argentinian producer Fabiolous Barker comes to the Katakana stable with three very fine re-edits. 'Only Fools Fall In Love' is a midtempo groover with female vocal harmonies, subtle guitar chops and an overall early 80s boogie vibe, 'Sending My Love' centres around a full-phat funk bassline and the Cameo-esque male "sending my love from me to you" vocal, while finally 'Weakness' has a male scatted vocal and tinkling keys. The source material has our disco detectives beat this time out, but all three are eminently spinnable.
KE 9091
23 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lets All Chant (Everybody Move The Body mix) - (8:35) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lets All Chant (Nobody Move The Body mix) - (8:35) 122 BPM
Played by: Krystal Klear
Review: To our mind, Fabiolous Barker is one of the most dependable re-editors around. For proof, check his previous releases for the likes of Midnight Riot, Alpaca Edits and Disco Fruit, and of course his latest outing on regular home Katakana Edits. "Let's All Chant (Everybody Move The Body Mix)" sees him making merry with a bold, sing-along disco workout rich in electronic bass, Chic style guitars, energy-packed handclaps and rolling beats. It sounds like a peak-time anthem in the making. On the virtual reverse you'll find the "Nobody Move The Mix" version), which strips out a lot of the vocals, offers a stripped-back and heavy build-up, and surprisingly showcases a clarinet solo. It works well, of course, though it's not quite as spine tingling as the other mix.
KE 9089
26 Jul 19
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Push It! - (5:35) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
La Cotorra - (6:50) 118 BPM
   
I'll Send You All My Love - (7:20) 112 BPM
Review: Three very serviceable re-edits here from the ever-prolific Katakana stable. It's a brave man or woman who thinks they can improve on a Prince track, but 'Push It!' makes a surprisingly good fist of 'Push' all the same, beefing up the beats 'n' bass for the house/disco floors while keeping the original's Sugarhill-like funk intact. Not sure where 'La Cotorra' is sourced from but its disco bassline, energetic hand percussion and frantic, almost angry-sounding Spanish-language vocal will rock floors without doubt, while 'I'll Send You All My Love' closes out the EP on a Balearic note, looping up Chris Rea's 'Josephine' to hypnotic effect.
KE 9086
21 Jun 19
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Burning Bridges - (5:05) 116 BPM
   
I Heard You Calling - (6:25) 116 BPM
   
Game Of Love - (7:00) 116 BPM
   
The Touch (Old Skool mix) - (5:16) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Re-Wake - (6:50) 122 BPM
GANBATTE 001
13 Jun 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Back On Love - (7:01) 122 BPM
   
Delicious - (7:48) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Don't Turn Around - (7:42) 113 BPM
   
Get Down - (7:08) 122 BPM
Played by: Tonbe
Review: Argentine scalpel fiend Fabiolous Barker is rightly regarded as one of the best re-editors in the game, an opinion more than validated by this first EP for Tonbe's Disco Fruit stable. He does a terrific job in building excitement on the sweaty, horn-heavy disco slammer "Back On Love", before dipping the tempo and subtly rolling out the grooves on the boogie era disco-funk shuffle of "Delicious". Speaking of boogie, he expertly stretches out a Jheri curl-sporting 80s soul/synth disco classic on "Don't Turn Around", before making merry with all manner of synth and electric pianos on the rubbery, instrumental disco-funk flex of "Get Down".
DF 039
27 Jun 16
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Rescue My Love - (5:13) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Want U Back - (8:10) 119 BPM
   
Bottoms Up - (6:36) 104 BPM
   
The Touch (Funkahouse) - (5:17) 104 BPM
   
Cool Jam - (4:51) 125 BPM
MIDRIOTD 067
23 Mar 16
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Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016) - (6:15) 99 BPM
   
The Boogie - (7:53) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Into The Disco Scene - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
The Crown - (6:45) 125 BPM
Review: A DJ since the '80s, Argentinian by way of London Fabiolous Barker has appeared previously on Midnight Riot, Masterworks and Funkfusion and presents us with some quality disco edits. "Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016)" is a funky excursion to soul heaven that you'll never forget, while it's back to the disco on "The Boogie" which reworks Uncle Louie's "Full-Tilt Boogie" from 1979. "Into The Disco Scene" is the kind of recycled disco loops that Thomas Bangalter would be proud of while "The Crown" mashes up a few disco nuggets actually, but absolutely to perfection; try and guess which ones... but don't forget to dance!
KE 9039
04 Mar 16
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The City - (6:51) 122 BPM
Review: Another one-tracker from disco-edit Londoner Fabiolous Barker. "The City" is a celebratory trek through the mind of someone like Rick James - all twangy, skintight lurex basslines, snappy snares and golden choruses. Totally dope.
ALPACA 019X
21 Sep 15
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Liquid Gold - (6:52) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Music (Yam Who? re-edit) - (7:46) 126 BPM
   
The Real Thing - (6:54) 122 BPM
   
Music (Jack To The Sound mix) - (5:52) 126 BPM
   
NRG - (5:16) 122 BPM
Review: Argentinian-in-London seems to be building up something of a head of steam this year, delivering a swathe of fine releases on the likes of Sound Exhibitions, Masterworks Music, Hotbox Music and Midnight Riot. Here he returns to the latter with more tried-and-tested blends of disco re-edits and groovy house rhythms. His default mode - as expertly outlined on the soaring sweetness of "The Real Thing" and "Liquid Gold" - is effortless party starting, offering exactly the right balance between 21st century house swing and cheery disco authenticity. The EP also boasts a couple of reworks-of-edits, most notably from Midnight Riot boss Yam Who. His chunky, loopy version of "Music" is an undoubted EP highlight.
MIDRIOTD 050
21 Sep 15
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You Stepped Into My Mix - (8:00) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Funk For Love - (6:21) 98 BPM
   
Hooked - (6:06) 108 BPM
   
On My Way - (5:54) 120 BPM
   
Try Me - (5:54) 120 BPM
Review: Having recently delivered cheery, DJ-friendly edits and reworks for Midnight Riot, Masterworks Music, Argentinian-in-London Fabiolous Barker offers up more glassy-eyed fare on Hotbox Boogie. There's much to admire throughout the five tracks, which - like many edits these days - expertly blend scalpel style rearrangement with compressed, 'straightened out' house grooves. Highlights include the addictive, honky tonk piano solos and disco-funk chunkiness of "Hooked", the thrillingly over-to-the-top "Try Me" (a version of a lesser-known cover of Gino Soccio's "Dancer"), and "You Stepped Into My Mix", a loved-up, house-friendly revision of a disco-era Bee Gees cut later made famous by Melba Moore.
HB 013
21 Jul 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Paradise - (6:38) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tattoo (Fabiolous Anthem mix) - (6:16) 121 BPM
   
Make Love To Me - (6:51) 122 BPM
   
Limbo - (6:26) 112 BPM
MIDRIOTD 042A
08 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Back On Love - (7:14) 122 BPM
   
Sticky Party - (10:01) 99 BPM
   
Funktime - (6:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Houdini - (9:03) 114 BPM
   
Heartbeat - (6:33) 100 BPM
   
Manhattan - (5:30) 110 BPM
Review: Having been a DJ since the 1980s - first in his native Argentina, and now in London - Fabiolous Barker knows how to work a dancefloor. That knowledge came to the fore on his debut release for Funkfusion last year. Here, he transfers to '80s Child's Masterworks Music imprint and delivers a sextet of impressive re-edits. He kicks things off with the boogie-era disco bounce of "Back On Love", before slowing things down with the shuffling, P-funk style chug of "Sticky Party". There's a dash of piano-laden disco funk ("Funktime"), a tasty Whodini rework (the electro synths and rubbery bass of "Houdini"), and a tasteful Taana Gardner rework ("Heartbeat"). Oh, and a slice of harmonica-laden rare groove soulfulness ("Manhattan").
MMD 006
04 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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FabioLous Barker - "Sing" - (5:58) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
FabioLous Barker - "NightGrooving" - (6:59) 111 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Why D'you Run Away" - (6:04) 120 BPM
   
Amir Pery - "Watch The Dub" - (3:38) 115 BPM
   
Amir Pery - "Watch The Dub" (Doglong version) - (6:16) 115 BPM
Review: High-grade schmokin' disco is on the menu here on the latest Katakana Edits installment, courtesy of Fabiolous Barker and Amir Perry. The former flexes his re-edit muscle over three beguiling tracks: the frisky funk fizz of the housey "Sing", the sultry low-slung "NightGrooving" and the punchy Flash & The Pan 80s rework "Why D'Ya Run Away". Perry mans the decks for the final tunes - the diva-funk strutter "Watch The Dub" which comes in both standard and extended versions.
KE 9035
09 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fabiolous Barker - "Disco Lights" - (6:59) 107 BPM
   
Dim Zach - "The Super Model" (vocal) - (5:12) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Carlos Gatto - "Computer Love" (instrumental mix) - (6:35) 124 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker - "Computerized Love" - (7:28) 118 BPM
Played by: LEGO EDIT
Review: Fabiolous Barker's London-based Ganbatte bring us a second collection of Kraftwerk re-edits/remixes/reworkings, following on the heels of 'Pt 1' a few weeks ago. What we said then still applies: there'll be plenty of Kraftwerk lovers who'll tut, shake their heads and mutter darkly that this should never have happened, but those involved have all made a decent fist of things, so they'll just have to live with it! Barker's 'Computerized Love' is the more radical of two reworks of 'Computer Love' but the standout to our ears is Dim Zach's 'The Super Model', although that's possibly because it's not really that different from the original...
GAN 029
13 Mar 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fabiolous Barker - "London Endless" - (6:28) 115 BPM
   
Dim Zach - "The Super Model" (dub) - (5:12) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Carlos Gatto - "Computer Love" (vocal mix) - (6:35) 124 BPM
   
Don Dayglow - "Tour De Trance" - (7:50) 123 BPM
Review: Here's an EP that might ruffle a few feathers... the four tracks are all re-edits of classic Kraftwerk cuts, and there'll no doubt be many purists out there who'd say that was a job that didn't really need doing, but generally speaking the four producers concerned have done a pretty good job. Dim Zach's 'The Super Model (Dub)' nudges ahead of the pack, while Gatto's progressive house-leaning 'Computer Love (Vocal Mix)' is probably the most radical in approach. But the other two reworks from Fabiolous Barker and Don Dayglow are also perfectly serviceable, so if you dig Florian, Ralf and co and can get past the "sacred cows" thing, check it out.
GAN 027
14 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fabiolous Barker - "The Expert" (Fabiolous Old Skool Re-Master) - (5:16) 104 BPM
   
Dim Zach - "La Habanera" - (5:46) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Carlos Gatto - "Call It Love" - (5:46) 123 BPM
   
Don Dayglow - "Gotta Say Yes" - (6:59) 120 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker - "The Expert" (Fabiolous Funka-Master-House) - (5:17) 104 BPM
Review: Ganbatte's latest affair may be all-star affair, but Fabiolous Barker rightly takes top billing thanks to delivering two takes on his latest track, "The Expert". He opens the EP with a hybrid electro/disco flavoured "Old Skool Re-Master" full of whispered vocals, crunchy guitars, throbbing synth-bass and tight horn blasts, before returning at the end with a "Funka-Masta-House" version that underpins the music with a head-nodding house style beat. In between you'll find the bouncy, Hi-NRG era Latin disco-house insanity of Dim Zach's "La Habernaro", the dreamy harmony vocals and ear-pleasing nu-disco grooves of Carlos Gatto's "Call It Love" and the alien funk masterclass that is Don Dayglow's "Gotta Say Yes", a suitably throbbing revision of an old Yello favourite.
GAN 025
02 Dec 19
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His Dirty Secrets - "When You Get The Groove" - (5:56) 123 BPM
   
Peza - "Black Gold" - (6:25) 112 BPM
   
Cloak Dagger - "Hankuri" - (4:07) 110 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Paradise" - (6:38) 120 BPM
   
Rayko - "The Jam" - (5:56) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aashton - "Do What You Want" - (8:00) 118 BPM
   
80s Child - "This Love" - (6:47) 113 BPM
   
Total M - "Typical" - (7:53) 111 BPM
   
Shit Hot Soundsystem - "Start A Groove Thing" - (6:02) 114 BPM
   
Wish & Consyn - "Crossfingers" - (6:42) 120 BPM
   
Cosmocomics - "Mary Jane" - (6:30) 120 BPM
   
Headpocket - "Fade To Blue" - (6:02) 118 BPM
   
C Da Afro - "You Gonna Get It" - (6:10) 110 BPM
   
Sean Innit - "Saturday Night" - (6:47) 117 BPM
   
Chewy Rubs - "Free Love" - (7:55) 116 BPM
   
South Beach Recycling - "Africano Drop" - (7:44) 116 BPM
   
GG Edits - "Never Danced" - (6:27) 122 BPM
   
Judge Funk - "Womans Man" (DJ dub edit) - (6:56) 103 BPM
   
Dead Soul - "Only You" - (7:10) 120 BPM
   
Ziggy Phunk - "Groovin" - (6:18) 113 BPM
   
G Prajekt - "Victim Of Love" - (7:50) 106 BPM
   
Garen - "Acapulco" - (4:16) 120 BPM
   
Groove Motion - "So Good To Me" - (7:45) 115 BPM
   
Phil Jaimes - "Nowhere To Hide" - (4:39) 110 BPM
   
Boogieman & Stan Tropic - "Ego, Envy & Lust" - (7:26) 122 BPM
   
Rollover DJ's - "Everything All The Time" - (4:48) 120 BPM
   
Massimo Vanoni - "Move Up" - (8:08) 100 BPM
   
Mista Shifta - "Cash Money" - (3:09) 101 BPM
   
Mr Absolutt - "Super Sativa" - (5:41) 89 BPM
   
Feza - "World" - (5:13) 98 BPM
   
Bad Barbie vs Evil Smarty - "Don't Let It Go" - (7:10) 95 BPM
   
Various - "Midnight Riot Vol 9" (Rayko continuous DJ mix) - (1:06:09) 110 BPM
Review: There's a reason that Midnight Riot's eponymous compilations frequently charge to the top of the Juno Download charts. Put simply, they never disappoint. This ninth installment sticks to the now tried-and-tested formula - house-friendly re-edits and originals from across the disco, boogie, soul and funk spectrum - but predictably hits the spot throughout. As usual, there's a bonus mix - this time put together by globe-trotting scalpel jockey Rayko - and tracks come from both label regulars ('80s Child, Ziggy Phunk, Chewy Funk) and an impressive array of new or unheralded talents. It's in the latter category that you'll find some of the most impressive fare - see Phil Jaimes deliciously Balearic "Nowhere To Hide" and Cosmocomics' kaleidoscopic synth-funk jam "Mary Jane" - though the standard remains pleasingly high throughout.
MIDRIOTVOL 9
08 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Mannix - "Stay Stay Stay" (original mix) - (6:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nic Capadocia - "Red Warriors" (original mix) - (5:11) 124 BPM
   
P-Sol - "Stay Right Here" (original mix) - (6:15) 113 BPM
   
Withheld (UK) - "La Discotheque Acide" (original mix) - (6:22) 110 BPM
   
Stephane Deschezeaux - "Don't Go" (original mix) - (5:24) 120 BPM
   
Adam Nova - "Dance To The Music" (original mix) - (6:25) 121 BPM
   
Luxxury - "What Are We Gonna Do?" (original mix) - (3:38) 113 BPM
   
The Velvet Stripes - "Mi Nena" (original mix) - (4:52) 120 BPM
   
Hotmood - "Another Hustle" (original mix) - (6:21) 124 BPM
   
Discotron - "Back To My Roots" (original mix) - (5:50) 125 BPM
   
Maulo Partinez - "Lonely Without You" (original mix) - (9:07) 110 BPM
   
Jamie Vice - "Hood Girls" (original mix) - (6:48) 120 BPM
   
Picossu - "Spanners" (original mix) - (6:38) 118 BPM
   
Phil Disco - "Daft Disco" (original mix) - (3:28) 120 BPM
   
Carl Hanaghan - "Illuminate Me" (feat Beth - Carl Creme extended remix) - (4:39) 122 BPM
   
Dave Heaton & Blandy - "Show Me How To Move" (original mix) - (6:34) 124 BPM
   
Louis Feen - "Feel Good Music" (feat Myl-N-So - original mix) - (4:18) 124 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker - "I Think I Wanna Dance" (original mix) - (6:40) 115 BPM
   
Nusisco & Salade Tomate - "About This Game" (original mix) - (3:15) 124 BPM
   
B.A.N.G! - "So Close" (original mix) - (3:22) 126 BPM
   
Paolo Bardelli, Alan Junior & Sharon May Linn - "Ain't That Shit" (70's Disco mix) - (5:58) 120 BPM
   
Lac's Edits - "Space Talking" (original mix) - (5:56) 97 BPM
   
Samorodnov - "The Last Sun" (original mix) - (3:45) 100 BPM
   
Fussflow - "Hybrid Keys" (original mix) - (6:25) 125 BPM
   
KS French - "Amour Et Groove" (original mix) - (4:30) 110 BPM
NBTSOND 13
12 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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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
Disco/Nu-Disco
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80's Child - "Closer 2 Your Luv" - (7:29) 110 BPM
   
Dr Packer - "Corner St. Boogie" - (6:55) 118 BPM
   
Deelicious - "Lonely Town Lonely Street" - (6:04) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ian Ossia - "Papa's Stoned" - (7:30) 122 BPM
   
Sweet Tooth - "Midnight Kiss" - (3:54) 120 BPM
   
Francis Overcast - "Tired" (Ruff Diamond remix) - (7:22) 121 BPM
   
Chevals - "This Time Is Dedicated To Love" - (7:03) 119 BPM
   
The Funk District - "The Funky Joint" - (7:39) 124 BPM
   
Gledd - "Light Of Florence" - (7:55) 122 BPM
   
Andy Buchan - "Say A Prayer" (Crown Heights edit) - (7:25) 119 BPM
   
ANKLE RELEASE - "Penache" - (7:30) 120 BPM
   
Kiu D - "Addiction" - (6:37) 118 BPM
   
Chris Grubizna - "Right On U" - (6:20) 117 BPM
   
Dirtyelements & Drunkdrivers - "You Must Try" - (6:06) 116 BPM
   
Polygon - "W2" - (6:25) 117 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker - "Back On Love" - (7:14) 122 BPM
   
Oldchap - "But My Brother Say" - (5:58) 119 BPM
   
Coutel - "This Is Love" - (6:41) 95 BPM
   
80's Child - "Move Ya Hips" - (7:53) 102 BPM
   
Lup Ino - "You Cant Lose" - (6:08) 122 BPM
   
Lux Experience - "Street Disco" - (7:30) 120 BPM
   
The Silver Rider - "The Walk" - (5:44) 107 BPM
   
Monsieur Van Pratt - "The Real Thing" - (6:40) 120 BPM
   
Saint Paul - "Relieve Your Mind" - (6:26) 120 BPM
   
Fingerman - "Get My Luvin'" - (8:06) 111 BPM
   
OOFT! - "On The 25th Day" - (5:34) 115 BPM
   
More Lotion - "Havent Been Funked Enough" - (7:27) 117 BPM
   
Natasha Kitty Katt - "After The Dance" - (5:56) 122 BPM
   
Dr Packer - "Waves Of Funk" - (6:15) 120 BPM
   
TV - "Love Situation" - (8:03) 118 BPM
   
Platzdasch - "Gleitsicht" - (8:02) 112 BPM
   
Kiu D - "You Don't Have To" (Bachgenaur remix) - (6:28) 120 BPM
   
Woodhead - "Be With You" - (5:27) 116 BPM
   
Hotmood - "Raw Dance" - (6:06) 118 BPM
   
RocknRolla Soundsystem - "The Lovely Ones" - (7:40) 121 BPM
   
Valique - "Think About It" (Not Too Long edit) - (6:27) 120 BPM
   
Ziggy Phunk - "Destiny" - (5:36) 115 BPM
   
Mike Woods - "Hot Your Hot" - (6:00) 122 BPM
   
Rayko - "Looks Like Love" - (9:06) 120 BPM
   
Alkalino - "What To Do" - (8:01) 115 BPM
   
RobJamWeb - "Qu'est-Ce Que L'amour" - (7:41) 101 BPM
   
Kiu D - "Discoteque" - (5:46) 110 BPM
   
Rare Cuts - "Holding On" - (5:16) 94 BPM
   
That Needs An Edit - "Let Me Show You" - (6:50) 115 BPM
   
Chuggin Edits - "Grandma Bill" - (6:00) 116 BPM
   
Obas Nenor - "Stay" - (6:22) 118 BPM
   
Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - "Do It Tonight" - (6:49) 106 BPM
   
Tomas Malo - "After The Rain" - (7:18) 106 BPM
   
Dave Gerrard - "Imagination" - (6:12) 107 BPM
   
Dr Packer - "Bizarre Love" - (5:41) 114 BPM
Review: You're only five years old once, so why not celebrate in style? And here Warrington lad Danny Worrall's disco and re-edits label Masterworks Music do just that, with an anniversary collection packing a whopping 50 back catalogue nuggets. You'll excuse us the full track-by-track, then, but suffice to say that this is the label that helped launch the careers of Dr Packer and Natasha Kitty Katt, both of whom feature here, and with names like Ziggy Phunk, Rayko, Alkalino, Chuggin' Edits and Fabiolous Barker also on bill, you should already have a pretty good idea what to expect. Classy stuff all round, and a great VFM package - here's to five more years!
MMD 088
20 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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A Flock Of Seagulls - "I Ran (So Far Away)" (Situation Dubside remix) - (6:00) 73 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Julian Sanza - "Perfect System" (Situation remix) - (4:09) 110 BPM
   
Jazzy Funk - "Dont You Worry Bout A Thing" (Situation remix) - (6:32) 118 BPM
   
Pasteur Lappe - "Na Real Sekele Fo' Ya" (The Situation Redub) - (6:12) 117 BPM
   
Sugar Daddy - "Love On The Attack" (Situation remix) - (6:03) 81 BPM
   
James Rod - "Disco Rocket" (Situation remix) - (4:57) 106 BPM
   
George Kelly - "I Got You" (Situation remix feat Andre Espeut) - (5:26) 120 BPM
   
Future Feelings - "Downtown Girl" (Situation's City remix) - (5:20) 123 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "R U Ready 4 This" (Situation remix) - (4:17) 120 BPM
   
Dark Punk Hippies - "Jankos Drug" (Situation remix) - (5:38) 116 BPM
   
Visage - "Fade To Grey" (Situation remix) - (6:08) 113 BPM
   
Pure Conjecture - "Jealous Girl" (Situation remix) - (3:44) 114 BPM
   
Love And Money - "Strange Kind Of Love" (Situation Sunrise mix) - (6:05) 102 BPM
   
Rubberlips - "Hold On" (Situation remix) - (4:08) 95 BPM
NANG 193
01 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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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
Disco/Nu-Disco
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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
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Alfa Flite - "West Coast Sun" - (6:52) 113 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker - "The City" (Fabiolous Kick mix) - (6:51) 122 BPM
   
Charlie Brown Superstar - "Goin' South" - (6:35) 112 BPM
   
Alfa Flite - "Framed" - (9:36) 115 BPM
   
REz - "Love & Happiness" - (6:45) 103 BPM
   
Mr Absolutt - "Party People" - (8:50) 107 BPM
   
Situation - "Moore Melba" - (5:07) 115 BPM
   
Alfa Flite - "Slave" - (7:01) 110 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker - "Keep On Dancing" (Fabiolous Horns mix) - (6:09) 115 BPM
   
That Needs An Edit - "Strange Sensation" - (6:57) 113 BPM
   
Dr Packer - "Dreamin'" - (5:01) 117 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker & Mr Absolutt - "Let's Work It Out" - (7:23) 122 BPM
   
Alfa Flite - "Starchild" - (6:48) 114 BPM
   
Charlie Brown Superstar - "Never Gonna Stop" - (6:21) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Alfa Flite - "Minnie's People" - (7:49) 112 BPM
   
That Needs An Edit - "Pegged Back" - (8:10) 118 BPM
Played by: REz, Downunder Disco
ALPACA 034X
07 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Voyage IIIEXCLUSIVE
   
Mr Absolutt - "The Road Club" - (6:22) 116 BPM
   
Alex Harrington - "Tanlines" - (5:41) 124 BPM
   
Hotmood - "Hammond 78" - (5:16) 108 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Girls Are More Fun" - (6:39) 119 BPM
   
Stephen Richards - "Bombilate" - (6:32) 114 BPM
   
Situation - "Flying With Wings" - (6:15) 124 BPM
   
Joutro Mundo - "High Paradise" - (6:14) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rafael Fernandez - "Give It All For The World" - (5:26) 119 BPM
   
Sould Out - "Feelin' Moody" (vocal mix) - (5:48) 80 BPM
   
Deelicious - "Let's Get Back" - (5:39) 111 BPM
Review: Reliable jams from a reliable bunch on this reliable compilation from the reliable Deep Sense. Mr Absolutt opens with the P-funky, cosmic number "The Road Club" - perfect for cruising - while Alex Harrington goes a little techier, white noise build up filter house in "Tanlines". FabioLous Barker takes huge inspirations from Ray Parker Jr in his poppy hit "Girls Are More Fun" while Latin guitars are introduced into Situations' "Flying With Wings". Sould Out slows things down in "Feelin' Moody" leaving Delicious to liven things up with a MJ number in "Let's Get Back". Quality productions abound!
DPSNS 11
20 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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JB Dizzy - "Midnight Power" - (6:31) 103 BPM
   
Mike Woods - "Do You Like It" - (6:33) 116 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Delicious" - (7:48) 108 BPM
   
Loshmi - "First On The Top" - (5:42) 119 BPM
   
Loshmi - "Funk Off" - (5:46) 115 BPM
   
Loshmi - "You're Doing The Best" - (6:35) 108 BPM
   
Tonbe - "Feel The Night" - (6:43) 122 BPM
   
Tonbe - "Original Tool" - (6:06) 118 BPM
   
Disco Funk Spinner - "Disco Fun" - (5:21) 117 BPM
   
Disco Funk Spinner - "Too Much Grease" - (5:54) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: In the hustle and bustle of the disco edit scene, the Disco Fruit crew are committed to keeping the spirit of classic '70s sounds alive. The modern elements are pushed to the back as JB Dizzy gets raunchy with the guitar licks, horn sections and some divine vocoder action on "Midnight Power". Mike Woods meanwhile knows just how to treat "Do You Like The Way That It Feels?" by Tempest Trio, keeping the soul of the original party burner alive while beefing up the drums just a touch. Across this 10-track collection the quality remains unflappable in its channeling of true disco principles.
DF 040
13 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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ManJah - "Kingston Knowing" - (3:32) 88 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Dubrealmc" (version) - (5:54) 94 BPM
   
Morlack - "Dont Stop" - (7:29) 92 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Dubshine" - (5:45) 105 BPM
   
Morlack - "Ganja Man" - (4:21) 70 BPM
   
Timewrap - "Dopesmokah" - (5:17) 100 BPM
   
DJ Clairvo & Dr Ivan - "Soul Song Of Men" - (3:50) 55 BPM
   
LCA & Voodoocuts - "That's Alright" - (4:13) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Timewrap - "Jalec" - (4:24) 90 BPM
   
Disco Funk Spinner - "Written Letter" - (6:38) 51 BPM
   
ManJah - "Brother" - (4:35) 115 BPM
   
DJ Oli Garch - "Rollin Stone" - (5:15) 157 BPM
   
RSN & Mister T - "Son Of A Gun" - (4:09) 110 BPM
   
Zemerald - "Tis Alright" - (3:29) 110 BPM
   
Mister Vagz - "Love Me Venus" - (3:22) 128 BPM
   
Dim Zach & Deem - "Loose Beat" - (5:11) 97 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Sticky Party" (ReVamp 2016) - (6:15) 99 BPM
   
Morlack - "The Dude" - (5:39) 98 BPM
   
Lee Zamah & Trotter - "Ginga" - (6:37) 110 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "NightGrooving" - (6:59) 55 BPM
   
YuriYuri - "I'll Be Gone" - (5:47) 61 BPM
   
CheapEdits - "Quiqui" - (3:26) 95 BPM
   
Vida G - "Supa Soul" (Timewrap remix) - (4:36) 95 BPM
   
Ree Keen - "Paper Bossa Loser" - (4:50) 94 BPM
Review: If life teaches you anything it's to expect the unexpected. Here the mighty re-edit label Katakana deliver their 42nd instalment of scapel jobs. However, this time, rather than have a specific producer curate an EP, they've shaken up the formula and delivered a compilation of edits. There's a whopping 24 reworks to enjoy too, many thrills and spills, but our favourites include Morlack's explosive drum-lead MJ cover, "Don't Stop", Mister Vagz' corny 60s mash-up "Love Me Venus" and Dim Zach & Deem's baggy rework of the Happy Monday's sublime "Loose Fit".
KE 9042
04 Jul 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Shit Hot Soundsystem - "My Life" - (8:00) 122 BPM
   
Rayko - "Fuji Kiss" - (5:57) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ziggy Phunk - "Distant Love" - (6:01) 111 BPM
   
Chewy Rubs - "You're So Fine" - (10:50) 118 BPM
   
Jessie Funk - "Robot Cafe" - (3:52) 113 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker - "Luv Talkin'" (Cocktail mix) - (7:56) 106 BPM
   
Judge Funk - "Big In Japan" - (6:30) 97 BPM
   
Burazazu Wakai - "Right Time" - (6:04) 118 BPM
   
Mr Absolutt - "True" - (7:10) 116 BPM
   
Saucy Lady - "Magic Dust" (Ourra remix) - (6:25) 118 BPM
   
Beaten Space Probe - "Rainy Nights" - (7:05) 102 BPM
   
Yam Who? - "Tokyo Space Lab" - (6:43) 97 BPM
   
Weedyman - "Keyser Says Dance" - (6:25) 88 BPM
   
Akasaka - "Water Ways" - (8:01) 93 BPM
   
Showfa - "Land Of Never After" - (6:39) 120 BPM
Review: Ever wondered what, when the western world was amok with disco in all its forms, was going down over in Japan? Well, Yam Who? and his Midnight Riot cohorts are here to educate you. There are 15 newly revived 'Japanese disco and boogie gems' here, all slightly beefed up and tweaked for the dancefloor's benefit. Highlights include the raw guitar licks and slap bass of "You're So Fine" by Chewy Rubs, the tight electro-boogie of "Robot Cafe" by Jessie Funk and the saucy space-grind of "Big In Japan" by Judge Funk.
MIDRIOTJABG 001
28 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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