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Sunken Ship - (7:35) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Shifting Sand - (6:22) 117 BPM
   
Like Electricity - (6:47) 118 BPM
   
Flower Press - (7:29) 120 BPM
Review: Some records take a little longer than others to really sink in. Take 'Sunken Ship', for instance: why, it could well be a full 30 seconds or so before it has you on your feet! But that simple looping, chugging bassline is a call to the dancefloor if ever we heard one, and once the matching keys come in, at around the two-minute mark, it's game over. Coming a close second to the title track is 'Flower Press', an urgent, pulsating jam with an organ line that's positively straining at the leash, while disco-funker 'Like Electricity' and the slightly housier 'Shifting Sand' complete a very fine package.
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17 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Second Chance - (6:52) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Burning Sun - (6:36) 117 BPM
   
Two Of Everything - (6:20) 112 BPM
   
Rounded Corners - (6:20) 122 BPM
Review: Ian Upfold's first two solo EPs on Bandolier were both rather impressive, so it's no surprise to find that his lasting outing is also packed to the rafters with synth-heavy, left of centre dancefloor treats. We're not quite sure whether they're re-edits or original tracks, but it many ways it doesn't matter; regardless, what you get is superb. Check first the off-kilter broken house beats, double-tracked bass (guitar/TB-303 style acid) and sparse but positive melodic elements of "Second Chance", before admiring the throbbing Italo-style arpeggio bass, droning electronics and heady chords of "Burning Sun". "Two of Everything" sounds like a bubbly Balearic cover of M's "Pop Musik" minus the vocals, while "Rounded Corners" is a chunky bounce through disco-house/deep house/gospel fusion.
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22 Nov 19
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Secret Combination - (6:33) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Mover - (8:01) 112 BPM
   
Bouncy Castle - (7:25) 117 BPM
   
Lone Wolf - (7:00) 120 BPM
Review: We were genuinely impressed by Ian Upfold's first outing on Bandolier last December, so hopes are naturally high for this relatively speedy follow-up. There's a wonderfully languid but elastic feel to opener "Secret Combination", a jolly fusion of Italo-disco style bottom end and cheery nu-disco melodies. Upfold wraps his distinctively lo-fi synthesizer motifs around a slightly wonky, chugging mid-tempo groove on "The Mover", before moving towards breezier nu-disco/disco-house territory on the unflinchingly sunny "Bouncy Castle". If that's not enough to wet the whistle, the Brighton producer offers up a superb climax in the shape of the "Bladerunner"-era Vangelis inspired nu-disco bounce of "Lone Wolf".
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07 Jun 19
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30 & Rolling - (5:39) 109 BPM
   
Sick Day Jam - (6:56) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love's Gonna Get You - (7:34) 117 BPM
   
Natural High - (7:18) 120 BPM
Review: Synth-y, squelchy contemporary disco bordering on slo-mo house is the order of the day on this four-tracker from rising Brighton producer Ian Upfold. '30 & Rolling' itself foregrounds a hefty walking b-line and Flat Eric-ish wobbles, while 'Sick Day Jam' contains nods to both early prog ? la Guerrilla Records and 80s electro. 'Love's Gonna Get You' then delves into the mists of time for inspiration and comes out clutching a famous Jocelyn Brown vocal from 1987, before 'Natural High' adds a little Balearic flavour with its Italo-house piano and sampled, spoken self-help vocal.
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14 Dec 18
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P-Sol - "Walter" - (5:16) 89 BPM
   
Vigi - "I'll Be Right There" - (4:38) 95 BPM
   
Frank Virgilio - "Dee Smile" - (5:23) 100 BPM
   
Vibes4YourSoul - "Acaraje" - (5:00) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Picklejam - "Untitled Love" - (7:35) 106 BPM
   
Ross Fitz - "Keep Movin'" - (8:03) 107 BPM
   
J.B. Boogie - "Give Your Luv" - (6:08) 109 BPM
   
Jay Ru - "Now Is The Time" - (6:15) 108 BPM
   
Andy Buchan - "I Feel Free" - (5:16) 111 BPM
   
Ed Ayers & Sunner Soul - "Your Mind" - (5:08) 115 BPM
   
Lasso D'amore - "The Way We Used To Do It" (Reprise mix) - (5:58) 114 BPM
   
Noil Rago - "Adventure" - (6:07) 115 BPM
   
James Rod - "Zreef Love" - (6:48) 115 BPM
   
Stephen Richards - "Curves" - (6:54) 116 BPM
   
Dave Mathmos - "Hide Luv" - (7:12) 120 BPM
   
Dexter Jones - "Swing Thing" - (5:28) 120 BPM
   
I Gemin - "Really Love" - (4:56) 120 BPM
   
Monsieur Van Pratt - "Let's Dance" - (6:26) 120 BPM
   
Paul Older - "Your Time" - (7:11) 120 BPM
   
Sauco - "Keep The Spirit Alive" - (7:00) 120 BPM
   
Chewy Rubs - "Funky Bee Bop" - (6:44) 121 BPM
   
C. Da Afro - "Reflective Jam" - (6:24) 124 BPM
   
Vince Delano - "Serious Feeling" - (6:52) 121 BPM
   
Tomas Malo - "Depaysement" - (6:37) 122 BPM
   
Down Under Disco - "Can't Stop Now" - (7:40) 121 BPM
   
Don Dayglow - "Kakapo" - (7:47) 122 BPM
   
Ian Upfold - "Night Walking" - (7:07) 122 BPM
   
Fingerman - "Do It Again" - (6:46) 125 BPM
   
Boogietraxx - "Nothing But U" - (6:39) 126 BPM
   
The Funk District - "Everybody Say Hey!" - (6:31) 130 BPM
Review: Having recently notched up a sixth year in business, Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint is in a celebratory mood - hence this all-action round-up of recent delights and unheard treats from the disco-loving label. Encompassing no less than 30 tunes, the collection giddily skips between warming beatdown disco (P-Sol's "Walter"), Mark E style slo-mo loop jams (Vigi's "I'll Be There") and glassy-eyed Balearic nu-disco (Picklejam's "Untitled Love"), before raising its hands skywards as the peak-time party-starters begin to appear thick and fast. Highights in this category include the vibrant jazz-house flex of Dexter Jones' "Swing Thing", the bustling boogie re-edit business of Monsieur Von Pratt's "Let's Dance" and the hearty disco-funk heaviness of Chewy Rubs' "Funky Bee Bop".
HOTDIGITMAXI 006
01 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dirtyelements/Drunkdrivers - "In Da Wood" - (4:59) 115 BPM
   
JB Dizzy - "Africosmo" - (7:19) 112 BPM
   
Surgery Edits - "Get Down Philly" - (6:52) 118 BPM
   
Barry&Gibbs - "Hanging At The Disco" - (6:01) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mike Woods - "Special Groove" - (6:24) 113 BPM
   
Chewy Rubs - "Fakin" (No Mistakin dub) - (6:40) 118 BPM
   
Nenor - "Valeo Bolero" - (5:36) 124 BPM
   
Ruff Diamond - "Get Down On The Floor" - (6:07) 125 BPM
   
Chevals - "Everything Goes Right" - (5:57) 121 BPM
   
RocknRolla Soundsystem - "When Did I Stop Loving You" - (7:28) 117 BPM
   
RobJamWeb - "Dub At First Sight" - (6:56) 114 BPM
   
Chuggin Edits - "My Mind Wont Let Go" - (6:18) 104 BPM
   
Oldchap - "Day's Life" - (5:47) 117 BPM
   
Monsieur Van Pratt - "Love Lane" - (6:58) 120 BPM
   
Rayko - "Feel It Wrong" - (6:58) 116 BPM
   
Cuz Electric - "People" (Around The World) - (5:44) 120 BPM
   
C Da Afro - "I Like It" - (6:28) 120 BPM
   
Downunder Disco - "Funk Up The Ghetto" - (5:46) 118 BPM
   
Frank Virgillo - "The Mouse" (The Re-Think) - (6:40) 114 BPM
   
Ian Upfold - "Project Push" - (6:46) 105 BPM
Review: Going by the volume of tracks on show, it would be fair to say that Masterworks Music's "Bag of Tricks" is not a little handbag, but more like a Mary Poppins style bottomless carpetbag. The label's latest rummage through its seemingly endless contents has been a successful one, with the 20 showcased cuts including a wealth of fine fusions of disco, house, boogie, electro and 80s soul. It's uniformly dancefloor-focused, with highlights including the Afro-house/disco-tech fusion of JB Dizzy, the driving, spaced-out disco-house grooves of Mike Woods, the loose-limbed, off-the-wall edits of Chewy Rubs, the sweet disco-soul bounce of RocknRolla Soundsystem, the delay-laden synth sing-along styles of Rayko and the hot-to-trot brilliance of Downunder Disco.
MMD 085
28 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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