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".
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09 Mar 18
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Venus (extended) - (3:01) 130 BPM
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13 Dec 19
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Night & Reggae - (4:16) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Wouldn't I - (2:45) 110 BPM
Review: Having contributed tracks to a number of their compilation style EPs, the Katakana Edits crew has finally offered Goji Berry a solo release. The mysterious re-editor has grasped the opportunity with both hands, delivering two killer rubs that should make their way into the playlists of lots of discerning DJs. First up is "Night and Reggae", a bouncy, hands-aloft-at-a-beach-party revision of a little-known 1980s pop-reggae number full of sweet vocals, jaunty horn stabs and rolling synthesizer basslines. "Wouldn't I" is similarly sweet, synth-heavy and 1980s in origin, with a chunkier house beat, eyes-closed guitar solos and dreamier chords adding to the holiday mood.
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03 Aug 18
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Goji Berry - "I Need" - (3:20) 119 BPM
Little Prince - "Getting Down To Cuba" - (6:40) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Goji Berry - "My Man" - (3:44) 109 BPM
Goji Berry - "In The Heat" - (6:58) 98 BPM
DJ Laurel - "Right On" - (4:14) 72 BPM
Review: The 54th EP from prolific rework imprint Katakana Edits is a triple-header, featuring hot new cut-jobs from Goji Berry, Little Prince and DJ Laurel. The latter's "Right On" is an undeniably sweet and soulful affair, with the producer underpinning slick '80s soul vocals and rising disco-funk horns with a low-slung, filter-heavy breakbeat groove. Although Little Prince's "Getting Down To Cuba" is an undeniably cheery peak-time affair - he adds a little house flavour to a Caribbean disco classic - the undoubted star of the show is Goji Berry. The producer serves up a trio of edits, with the hybrid Italo-disco/ electro-funk jauntiness of "I Need" and slow-mo, saucer-eyed vibes of "In The Heat" standing out.
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18 Dec 17
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SOKA - "Hapinness" (Dirty dub Redaction) - (7:41) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
SOKA - "Baretta" - (5:27) 119 BPM
Goji BerrY - "Lay Me" - (5:11) 100 BPM
Review: Congratulations to the Katakana Edits crew, who have now reached a half-century of releases. Their 50th EP of sneaky reworks boasts contributions not from familiar label favourites, but a couple of hitherto unseen debutants. SOKA takes top marks for opener "Happiness (Dirty Dub Redaction)", a brilliant dub disco style revision of a cheery disco anthem full of echoing vocal snippets, loose-limbed drum fills and what sound like backwards guitar solos. Soka's second contribution, "Baretta", sees the producer move further towards jazzy, funk-fuelled deep house territory via all manner of woodwind and brass solos, while Goji Berry's "Lay Me" is a sensual and eccentric chunk of slow motion disco sleaze.
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28 Aug 17
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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.
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22 Dec 17
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