African Dust (original mix) - (7:07) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
African Dust (Simon Mills remix) - (7:34) 117 BPM
   
African Dust (Don Dayglow remix) - (7:48) 121 BPM
   
Algeria To Zimbabwe (original mix) - (6:19) 114 BPM
   
Secrets Of Wakanda (original mix) - (6:32) 120 BPM
Review: The clue's in the title with this one, as Particle Zoo serve up an EP dripping in African flavas. The title track, in its Original form, is a rolling Afro-disco groove with chanted vox and all manner of delicate percussion. Simon Mills declutters the top end and beefs up the kicks a little, but the obvious choice for club play would be the stripped-back and (deep) house-ified Don Dayglow Remix. Two more originals complete the EP: 'Algeria To Zimbabwe' sounds like Talking Heads trying their hand at African jazz while 'Secrets Of Wakanda' scatters a little magic disco dust.
PZR 0028
16 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Groove To Get Down - (8:15) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Night & Day - (5:25) 121 BPM
   
Love For The Sake Of Love - (8:47) 105 BPM
Review: Its not just noted Twitter collage artist Coldwar Steve who has a thing for tinned pies. Fray Bentos, a Midlands-raised re-editor and rework merchant, is such a fan of the 1970s favourite that he named himself after it. There's something fittingly meaty about "Groove To Get Down", the opening cut from the producer's latest Katakana Edits outing. It offers up chunks of jazz-funk piano, finely diced synth flourishes and a hearty vocal in a thick disco funk gravy. You'll find more horn-heavy heartiness in the shape of rolling disco-funk workout "Night and Day", while "Love For The Sake of Love" sees him extend, beef-up and slightly pitch-up one of disco's better-known dancefloor slow jams.
KE 9071
02 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Burning Sensation - (6:18) 125 BPM
   
You Alone - (6:52) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Limpodisco
DWFB 02
02 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Glow Of Love (Frays Meat 2 Veg edit) - (7:35) 120 BPM
   
Dr Love (Frays dub Bass edit) - (8:07) 120 BPM
   
Dancer (Frays Filtered edit) - (9:57) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I'm Your Boogie Man (Frays Sunshine edit) - (6:40) 118 BPM
DWFB 01
17 Apr 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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What You Gonna Do - (8:04) 116 BPM
   
What A Knob - (7:41) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gangster Flap - (8:17) 124 BPM
   
Quaking In My Boots - (7:52) 120 BPM
KE 9065
08 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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White Men Can't Funk - (6:30) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
House Of Bricks - (6:06) 110 BPM
Review: Just under six months on from his last outing for the prolific rework label, tinned pie enthusiast turned hotshot re-editor Fray Bentos returns to Katakana Edits. He starts in typically strutting fashion, offering a slightly heavier and beefier version of Wild Cherry's funk-rock classic "Play That Funky Music" that subtly shifts from dubbed-out dancefloor stomp to full-throttle party madness over the course of six sizzling minutes. "House of Bricks" does a similar job on a hazy, horn-heavy chunk of flash-fried disco-funk goodness. This is perhaps a little more reverential than the producer's Wild Cherry revision, though it still boasts house-friendly beats to appease those who can't be bothered mixing records with live drums.
KE 9081
19 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sum Ting Bout Ya - (6:19) 114 BPM
   
What It Takes - (10:16) 120 BPM
   
Fray Bentos & Dusty Sanchez - "Hit It Off" - (7:04) 120 BPM
   
Fray Bentos & Dusty Sanchez - "Straighten It Out" - (5:15) 111 BPM
Review: Given that he named himself after a popular brand of tinned pastry products, it would be fair to say that Fray Bentos likes pie. Disappointingly there's a distinctive lack of pie puns within the track titles of his latest EP, though the edits themselves are top notch. "Sum Ting About Ya" is an expertly rearranged and lightly bulked up slab of disco-soul, while "What It Takes" is a thrillingly delay-laden, tooled-up revision of a sing-along disco classic that makes the most of the original's synth bass-propelled instrumentation. For the EP's final two tracks he joins forces with Dusty Sanchez, first for the bustling disco-house stomp of "Hit It Off" and then the filter-smothered warmth of "Strengthen It Out", a deliciously dreamy affair blessed with superb piano solos.
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16 Dec 19
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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
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fray Bentos - "Magic Work" - (7:11) 115 BPM
   
Leon El Ray - "Super Machine" - (5:08) 126 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Longer Train Runnin" - (8:02) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Goji Berry - "Mama" - (4:04) 110 BPM
   
Hawwis - "Amiga" - (5:57) 116 BPM
Review: Fray Bentos is Adam Billingham - currently a resident DJ with Brighton's infamous Soul Casserole crew. He has supported the likes of Norman Jay, Craig Charles, Don Letts, Giles Peterson and The Reflex during his tenure. He returns on the trusty Katakana Edits with more handy resplices of golden oldies for modern audiences, supported by Goji Berry and Hawwis here for the label's 58th edition. Bentos' "Magic Work" is a lo-slung affair with a rolling funk bassline and some shimmering synth work - it's an edit of something quite familiar you think - but then that vocal dops and it finally hits you! Greece's Goji Berry delivers some smooth Italo styled business on "Mama" while Manchester's Hawwis serves up the sweltering Afro vibes and gets totally spiritual on "Amiga".
KE 9058
09 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fray Bentos - "Boogie Bonanza" - (7:24) 115 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Hot 2 Trot" - (8:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fray Bentos - "Come & Get It" - (4:51) 120 BPM
   
SO|KA - "Loviness" - (8:12) 107 BPM
Played by: Downunder Disco
Review: Katakana Edits hail from Scituate, Rhode Island and are responsible for edits, re-edits, bootlegs and mash-ups only! Fair enough! The bulk of their new EP comes courtesy of Fray Bentos who is originally from the Midlands - where he cut his teeth blagging sets with the free party scene in the early 90's. He then lived in London where he ran his own night Deep Fried for 15 years. He's currently a resident DJ with Brighton's infamous Soul Casserole crew who have supported the likes of Norman Jay, Craig Charles, Don Letts, Giles Peterson and The Reflex. There's some familiar hooks on these fine edits such as on "Hot 2 Trot" which is absolute fire. "Come & Get It" has some some Summery NYC circa the '70s styled heat. Finally there's a track by Russian duo SO KA with "Loveliness". Their edit going for some smooth Curtis Mayfield styled flavour. Respectful edits on offer here.
KE 9052
27 Oct 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
James DB - "Nasty Boy" (Make It Funk mix) - (5:10) 55 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Beatamix - "Heart Of Glass" (Disco Breaks mix) - (5:14) 116 BPM
   
DJ Dubra - "Get Right" - (4:15) 110 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Cussin' The Funky Drummer" - (4:21) 110 BPM
   
DJ Leon El Ray - "Good Times" (dub Construction) - (4:59) 56 BPM
   
KMT - "Return Of Life" - (3:19) 127 BPM
   
DJ CMAN - "Funkin' For Jamaica" - (5:28) 111 BPM
   
One Five - "No Scrubs" - (4:31) 54 BPM
   
Stex - "Cat & Funk" - (5:42) 53 BPM
   
Head Honcho - "A Night Like This" - (4:32) 123 BPM
   
El Funka - "Back In Nookie Bitch" - (3:04) 149 BPM
   
G Duppy - "Crazy In Love" (Reggae mix) - (4:15) 138 BPM
   
DJ Welly - "It's A Funky Feeling" - (4:29) 124 BPM
   
KMT - "Kingston Hype" - (3:10) 149 BPM
   
G Duppy - "Drop It Like It's A Golden Hen" - (5:05) 135 BPM
   
DJ CMAN - "Nothing Too Good For My Baby" - (3:39) 131 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Woe" - (6:25) 117 BPM
   
El Funka - "How Low" (Double Bubble Trouble) - (2:32) 78 BPM
   
DJ CMAN - "Think" - (5:45) 57 BPM
   
DJ Blue Funk - "Love's So Far Away" (DJ Blue Funk Bluesy Break) - (2:54) 129 BPM
   
Alekz - "Frantic Breakz" - (3:04) 120 BPM
   
DJ Jasper Weeda - "Tequila, Give It Away Now" - (2:28) 130 BPM
Review: Here they are at it again, fusing, twisting and sampling all the hits, obscurities and bangers you've come to love over the years; be they hip hop, electro, pop, funk or rock. Notorious BIG makes an appearance on this compilations opener while JLO vocals and dirty electro can be found on "Get Right". Scale down the tracklist and you'll come across J5, old school funk and flutes to The Champs - Tequila!
FFVOL 11
17 Sep 15
Breakbeat
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DJ Dubra - "Get Down On It" - (3:56) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
DJ CMAN - "Red Hot" (Gimme Some Bucks edit) - (4:02) 154 BPM
   
KMT - "Boxer Revenge" - (3:47) 146 BPM
   
DJ Jasper Weeda - "Funk Soul Satisfaction" - (3:40) 78 BPM
   
El Funka - "Get Jump" - (3:10) 107 BPM
   
G Duppy - "Blurred Lines" (G Duppy Reggae mix) - (3:45) 139 BPM
   
Ghetto Cats - "On My Jaxx" (UK Garage mix) - (3:26) 130 BPM
   
James DB - "Get Out, Gotta Understand" (Make It Funky edit) - (4:21) 145 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Pimping Breath" - (5:43) 120 BPM
   
Alekkz - "Eazy" (Alekkz Re-funk) - (3:32) 120 BPM
   
KMT - "A Little Hip Hop Prayer" - (3:46) 150 BPM
   
El Funka - "Smells Like Get Busy" - (3:01) 111 BPM
   
DJ Leon El Ray - "Give Me The Night" (Urban Reconstruction Rework) - (4:49) 52 BPM
   
DJ Raw Sugar - "It Sure Is Funky" - (6:24) 128 BPM
   
Dr Blue Funk - "Monterey" (Dr Blue Funk's Chemical Wash) - (4:41) 116 BPM
   
Rayvon SuedMassiv Sound - "Could U Be Luvd Refix" - (3:20) 52 BPM
   
Walking Rhythm - "Music Makes You Feel Like Dancin'" - (8:12) 58 BPM
   
Dr Funk - "Cheek 2 Cheek" - (5:57) 144 BPM
   
JP Source - "Appliance Of Love" - (6:28) 121 BPM
   
DJ Leon El Ray - "The Ghetto" (Disco Re-edit) - (7:27) 123 BPM
Review: There's no denying Funk Fusion definitely live up to their name; take these first two tracks which sample and flip Kool & The Gang and Tribe Called Quest numbers into something new and different for 2015. There's also a cheeky garage remake of Basement Jaxx, and for something slower check out the hip hop throw down of Aretha Franklin's "Say A little Prayer For You" by KMT. And have you heard Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" pitched against Sean Paul lyrics? Well you have now. Something for everyone.
FFVOL 10
13 Aug 15
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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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Adato - "Marlena Soul" - (5:59) 116 BPM
   
Aure Zwins - "Long Way" - (8:11) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
C. Da Afro - "Rise & Fall" - (7:35) 119 BPM
   
Celestino - "Rhythm" - (6:58) 120 BPM
   
Disco Funk Spinner - "So Tight" - (4:22) 106 BPM
   
Dis-Connection - "Once Again" - (6:24) 120 BPM
   
Don Dayglow - "Sumo" - (3:14) 110 BPM
   
Double F.O.G - "Bang Bao Boulevard" - (6:48) 113 BPM
   
Downunder Disco - "Float Ya Boat" - (6:50) 117 BPM
   
Frank Virgilio - "Make Me Do It" - (6:50) 100 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Sleeping In Rhythm" - (6:23) 115 BPM
   
Funk Sinatra - "Boom For Real" (live Analog Jam) - (6:40) 125 BPM
   
Ivan Fabra - "Fangkok" - (5:43) 118 BPM
   
Jack Tennis - "Strings" - (6:04) 122 BPM
   
Limpodisco - "Siesta" - (6:54) 113 BPM
   
Mourmour - "Subconsciuos" - (4:27) 109 BPM
   
Noil Rago - "J.Club" - (6:51) 119 BPM
   
RNR - "Pawn Shop Breaks" - (5:02) 116 BPM
   
Saskin S - "Watch Me" - (5:37) 125 BPM
   
Chris Gs - "Funky Circus" - (5:42) 120 BPM
   
Disco Funk Spinner - "Flying Violins" (Bonus Track) - (5:04) 118 BPM
Review: The team behind Thunder Jam is dreaming of a "Fantasy Fling". Given that the compilation is an expansive, 21-track affair (sorry), it would be safe to say that they're thinking of a steamy, all-action romance rather than a disappointing one-night stand. Musically, the cuts on offer tend towards the warm and loved-up, with Adata's dreamy deep house opener "Marlena Soul" and the glassy-eyed Balearic disco heat of Aure Zwins' "Long Way" setting the tone. Highlights include the loopy, filter-heavy bounce of Celestino's Lionel Richie-sampling "Rhythm", the twinkling, picturesque nu-disco cheeriness of Double F.O.G's "Bang Bao Boulevard", the synth-heavy boogie revivalism of "Fangkok" by Ivan Fabra and the low-slung dub disco-goes-jazz flex of Noil Rago's "J.Club".
TJ 052
14 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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