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Layer 4 - (9:43) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mot Rose - (4:34) 68 BPM
   
Layer 6 - (4:50) 100 BPM
   
Layer 7 - (5:33) 83 BPM
   
Echo Park - (4:24) 114 BPM
   
Layer 5 - (6:41) 119 BPM
   
We Were Talking About The Space Between Us All - (6:06) 79 BPM
Review: Two years ago, we waxed lyrical about Flabaire's last album-length excursion, a delightfully dusty and atmospheric blend of deep house and instrumental hip-hop cuts entitled 'Bandwidth'. Predictably, we're going to enthuse about this belated follow-up too, which sees the Frenchman add further layers of musical complexity - including some deliciously jazzy instrumentation - to his sample-heavy, MPC-driven production template. Dreamy, immersive and more comforting than a king-size duvet, the set's seven tracks include the French producer's takes on futurist ambient techno ('Mot Rose'), jazz-flecked Balearic soundscapes (the ultra-deep 'Layer 4', 'Layer 5' and glistening 'Layer 7'), drowsy downtempo sounds ('Layer 6'), dub techno ('Echo Park') and echo-drenched guitar textures ('We Were Talking About The Space Between Us All'). Inspired.
DKOLP 07
20 Nov 20
Balearic/Downtempo
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Life & Times - (6:20) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Thrust - (6:39) 120 BPM
   
Softledge - (3:49) 89 BPM
   
The Royal Scam - (12:45) 124 BPM
   
Last Minute - (5:57) 120 BPM
   
Am/Pm - (6:24) 130 BPM
   
Milan To Minsk - (6:42) 125 BPM
   
A Storm In Heaven - (6:48) 85 BPM
   
Club Caution - (6:41) 126 BPM
   
& Whatnot - (4:13) 120 BPM
   
Sunset Silhouette (Bonus) - (5:16) 97 BPM
Review: D.KO regular Ralph "Flabaire" Maurani returns to the label with his sophomore album. Given the quality of his 2016 debut, It's Just a Silly Phase I'm Going Through, hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. Happily, Bandwith is superb, with Maurani working his way through a range of dusty deep house and blazed, MPC style beat cuts while retaining an attractive rhythmic looseness and dreamy melodiousness throughout. Check, for example, the gentle acid lines, bustling beats and glistening electronic melodies of "Life & Times", the slowly unfurling early morning bliss of ambient techno cut "The Royal Scam", the woozy, Rhodes-laden techno bounce of "AM/PM" and the surprise space-jungle shimmer of "A Storm in Heaven".
DKOLP 04
06 Apr 18
Deep House
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Midsummer Blues - (7:12) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tell Me About It - (6:29) 120 BPM
   
Prime Numbers - (7:15) 124 BPM
   
Ecoude - (6:26) 108 BPM
Review: Parisian 'emotional house' producer Flabiare is a stalwart of local imprint D.K.O where he's thrown down several fine releases of the deeper and dusty house music variety. Now for South Street out of the UK who have previously brought us great EPs by Yaki Incipient and Urulu. Kerri Chandler vibes abound for energetic opener "Midsummer Blues" while "Tell Me About It" carries on in style too with its evocative early '90s NYC style likewise. "Prime Numbers" (Parlez Vous Francais 2015 rework) serves up some rusty and dusted down deepness; its off kilter rhythm programming a fine touch and "Ecoude" closing out this fine EP in style with those neon lit synths and pitched down groove working a treat.
SOUTH 003
10 Jul 17
Deep House
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Laura Palmer - (6:46) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Shabbat Jam - (6:14) 113 BPM
   
Urquinaona - (6:15) 124 BPM
   
Laura Palmer (Aubrey remix) - (6:47) 123 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of the underrated Memories From Another Planet EP on his D.KO Records imprint, Ralph 'Flabaire' Manauri brings his brand of smooth and groovy deep house to Popcorn. He begins confidently, channeling the atmospheric spirit of Twin Peaks on the swirling, soundscape deep house shuffle of "Laura Palmer". He doffs a cap to the disco-flecked warmth of vintage East Midlands deep house productions on "Shabbat Jam", before fusing gentle acid lines, dreamy textures and bubbly melody lines on the enjoyable "Urquinaona". British techno veteran Aubrey weighs in with a fine remix of "Laura Palmer" that cannily turns the track into a melodious, hypnotic tech-house roller.
PRDIG 13
13 Jan 17
Deep House
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Sweet Spot - (4:55) 124 BPM
   
Headspace - (6:26) 120 BPM
   
Saudade - (2:39) 159 BPM
   
La Greve Des Etoiles - (7:45) 113 BPM
   
Berggasse 19 (Spiritual mix) - (8:18) 120 BPM
   
Interlude (Part 1) - (0:54) 132 BPM
   
Stars - (8:04) 116 BPM
   
Dub4jeremy - (3:53) 124 BPM
   
Interlude (Part 2) - (1:10) 109 BPM
   
Album 5 - (6:43) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bruxelles - (6:12) 100 BPM
   
Outro - (1:12) 80 BPM
Review: Following up his breakthrough EP titled Early Reflections which came out on D.KO in late 2014, young French artist Flabbaire is back with a full length titled It's Just A Silly Phase I'm Going Through, but we hope it's not because we think he's doing an absolutely grand job. Soulful, dusty and emotive Midwest U.S. style of deep house that calls to mind classic Sound Signature or 7 Days Entertainment type stuff. Starting off in truly impressive fashion with some bittersweet, ghost in the machines type journeys like on "Sweet Spot" or "Headspace" there's also some stoned cosmic/balerica kind of stuff too like on "La Greve Des Etoiles" or "Bruxelles" but it's the classic Windy City vibes of "Berggasse 19 (Spiritual mix)" and "Album 5" which are really on the money if you ask us.
DKOLP 01
11 Mar 16
Deep House
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Local Control - (5:55) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Think You Do - (8:00) 113 BPM
   
Chartreuse - (8:33) 120 BPM
   
L'Orphee - (6:58) 115 BPM
Review: Having previously popped up on the first compilation release from Paris label D.KO, Flabaire now gets a whole release over which to impart some flamboyant housey goodness. "Local Control" is a sassy number rich with Moog-esque synths intoning a decidedly funky message, while "I Think You Do" has a more thoughtful temperament that lets delicate piano keys meet with the steady ticking drums and warm bass. "Chartreuse" gets the twitchy funk back in place for all kinds of micro-shuffling goodness, and then "L'Orphee" opens the EP up in a final bow led by illustrious synth strings and a bouncy low end both emotive and eminently groovy in the same instance.
DKO 03
05 Feb 16
Deep House
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Flabaire - "Hidden Agenda" - (6:42) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
DkA - "Lucky 7" - (7:49) 120 BPM
   
Martin Patino - "Immigration" - (6:43) 120 BPM
   
Anthony Georges Patrice - "Iris" - (7:02) 120 BPM
PLRH 01
06 Jul 16
Funky/Club House
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Flabaire - "Biblife" - (6:43) 120 BPM
   
Paso - "I Never" - (7:11) 120 BPM
   
Mad Rey - "Quartier Sex" - (7:40) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Paso - "I Never" (Petr Serkin remix) - (5:41) 115 BPM
Review: Sexy Parisian deep house: what more can we say? D.KO are the right crew for the job, as we'll explain. Local lad Flabaire has appeared previously on Serie Limitee and Organic Music. "Biblife" is sombre and soulful deep house reminiscent of the emotive style of legends like Pepe Braddock or Schmoove. Paso Music head honcho: Paso, also appears here with the deep and sultry groove of "I Never" which is perfect for the early evening or afterhours alike. Petr Serkin gives the track a pretty decent remix treatment too, retaining the deep funky groove but with some help from some dreamy pads and cowbells which work a treat. Ma Rey's "Quartier Sex" is definitely the fiercest offering on here; tough and thumping peak time house reminiscent of Phil Weeks.
D.KO 01
15 Jan 16
Deep House
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Interstate - "Get Down" - (5:34) 129 BPM
   
Folamour - "Dancing On Your Heartbeat" - (5:26) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Siler & Flabaire - "House Resort" - (6:33) 134 BPM
   
Yooj - "Alto Glide" - (6:30) 125 BPM
Review: Brussels based Play Label Records step up for the second instalment of their La Parenthese House series. Interstate delivers some irresistibly groovy house vibes, followed by "Dancing Your Heartbeat", an even funkier track by Folamour. The next track is marked by a deeper and slightly more mellow atmosphere: "House Resort" by Siler and Flabaire (who have already been a part of the first La Parenthese House edition) dives into a loungy warmth. The final track comes from San Francisco born, Berlin based producer Yooj (Retrofit). He drops a multi layered journey with a catching balance of emotional and percussion-driven energy.
PLRH 02
24 Jul 17
Funky/Club House
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Paul Deepnlow Moore - "Virgo Tribute" - (6:09) 120 BPM
   
Flabaire - "Relachement" - (7:53) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Johannes Albert - "The Dean" - (6:32) 120 BPM
   
Sames - "Fahrbahn" - (6:44) 120 BPM
GKEBAB 009
10 Jul 17
Deep House
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Vadim Svoboda & Paul Cut - "Un Porc Ex Porc" - (8:00) 131 BPM
   
Seuil & Yakine - "La Routourne Va Tourner Gars" - (6:47) 125 BPM
   
Siler & Flabaire - "Venus Institut La Taille" - (5:57) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
PCR 017
05 Oct 18
Deep House
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Various
   
Nephets - "Les Vaines Splendeurs" (original mix) - (3:47) 120 BPM
   
Vodkaera & DJ Pauvre - "Banana45" (original mix) - (3:30) 160 BPM
   
Saint-James - "Dega Deso" (Clouclou remix Remix) - (5:00) 154 BPM
   
Femmes Actuelles - "Under Pre$$ure" (original mix - live @ Concrete) - (4:11) 85 BPM
   
Drew C Mance - "Feeling High" (original mix) - (5:26) 159 BPM
   
Venus Attack Project - "Haute Fidelite" (original mix) - (6:13) 116 BPM
   
Rag Dabons - "Aphte 12" (original mix) - (4:10) 95 BPM
   
Behzad & Aurele - "MF08" (original mix) - (4:08) 120 BPM
   
Ghostfish - "Lot Of Peoples" (original mix) - (2:22) 90 BPM
   
Mezigue - "Lourd Comme La Porte De Clignancourt" (original mix) - (7:00) 140 BPM
   
Gabriel - "Zushi Or Not Zushi" (original mix) - (6:26) 160 BPM
   
Flabaire - "181018" (original mix) - (4:16) 110 BPM
   
Tour-Maubourg - "Morning Dew" (original mix) - (5:35) 100 BPM
VOL 2
04 Jun 20
Techno
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Various
   
Muzigue - "Le Nouveau Kusanagi" - (6:24) 135 BPM
   
Aurele - "Numbers" (feat Amarou - V45 Vocoder mix) - (4:41) 128 BPM
   
Toke - "Ambavi" - (6:24) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flabaire & Siler - "Je Vais Bien Ne T'en Fais Pas" - (5:33) 110 BPM
   
Mud Deep - "Bill Morray" - (8:26) 80 BPM
   
Saint-James - "Time Paradox" - (4:07) 115 BPM
   
Security DJ - "Boaliketool" - (7:12) 130 BPM
   
Mandigo - "Les Maux De Mud" - (5:22) 140 BPM
Review: Parisian imprint D.KO has put out plenty of multi-artist EPs in the past, but few compilations that are quite as expansive as "Bircavia". We've not been able to assertain whether there's a theme, concept or specific reason for the appearance of the set, but in many ways it doesn't matter; the eight tracks are uniformly superb and that's reason enough to release a compilation. Highlights are plentiful, with standouts including the pulsating, funk-fuelled electro dreaminess of Aurele's "Numbers (featuring Amarou - V45 Vocoder Mix)" and Toke's "Ambavi", the deep and intergalactic drum and bass of Mud Deep's decidedly spacey "Bill Murray", the acid-flecked breakbeat mutations of Saint-James' "Time Paradox" and the ultra-deep and picturesque deep house hypnotism of Flabair & Siler.
DKO 28
01 Nov 19
Deep House
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Various
   
Larry Houl - "Acid BerbArre" - (7:19) 131 BPM
   
Flabaire - "Linguine Alle Vongole" - (5:51) 132 BPM
   
Mad Rey - "Yes Papi Bounce" - (4:58) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Paul Cut - "Walk" - (6:35) 125 BPM
   
Cire Chaude - "Le Second Volet De Paris First" - (5:58) 130 BPM
   
Sandro - "Camel Crush" - (4:53) 120 BPM
   
BrAque - "Maracuja" - (6:05) 90 BPM
   
Rag Dabons - "Vagalam" - (7:29) 120 BPM
DKO 15
02 Aug 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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