Harry Wolfman - "Upstream" - (7:22) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Art Alfie - "Dance To The Conga" - (6:08) 84 BPM
   
The Barking Dogs - "Mamarracho" (feat Marcelo Burlon) - (6:09) 80 BPM
   
Jacky Mingo & Kapote - "Make It Hot" - (6:42) 121 BPM
Review: Berlin's Toy Tonics present Mushroom House - a series for 'Indie Afro Disco House' now in its fifth edition. Stockholm's Art Alfie made a lot of great records with partner in crime Mr.Tophat and is part of the Studio Barnhus crew. His deep and minimalist slow burner "Dance To The Conga" will hypnotise you into submission. Harry Wolfman has released on Lost My Dog, Under the Shade and Dirt Crew - and is a specialist in that they call 'underwater house'. He presents a dusty, urban flavoured jam here called "Downstream" which wouldn't have sounded out of place on a label like Money $ex. There is also great track by The Barking Dogs - two guys from Milan who run Serendeepity Records. "Mamarracho" is a raw, old-school house jam featuring Marcelo Burton's sleazy deadpan vocals. Lastly, a 'psychoboogie' jam by Jacky Mingo and Kapote in the form of "Make It Hot" was made in three hours in Berlin last summer, while 42 degrees in the studio!
TOYT 076
23 Feb 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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The Nose - (8:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Get Down Brother - (8:09) 120 BPM
   
Uhh Baby - (5:56) 116 BPM
   
Uhh Baby (Brame & Hamo remix) - (5:56) 120 BPM
Review: Toy Tonics are getting their money's worth out of Kapote. Since making his debut for the label 18 months ago, the Berlin-based producer has had a hand in no less than four other EPs. There's no messing around on this latest four-track missive, as he launches himself at the dancefloor with the rubbery, punk-funk bass, fizzing percussion and jazzy disco samples of "The Nose". He heads for smoother, groovier deep house pastures on "Get Down Brother", before dipping the tempo a little on the shuffling, pie-eyed disco-house goodness of "Uhh Baby". That track also gets the remix treatment from Irish twosome Brame & Hamo, whose jazzy-but-driving interpretation makes excellent use of clattering drum machine hi-hats.
TOYT 060
09 Dec 16
Deep House
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The Body Move - (6:58) 120 BPM
   
Tell Tony - (7:35) 118 BPM
   
L.o.v.e. - (7:49) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Kapote is head honcho down at Toy Tonics HQ in Berlin with Manuel Kim and Bavarians Munk. He presents the label's latest offering in the form of The Body Move EP. It starts off with the funky and disco-fied jam that is the title track and then moves into "Tell Tony" which continues on in a deep and filtered fashion reminiscent of early Daft Crew releases: full of whirly synths and rough beats beneath. Finally, you can recline for the lo-slung acid jazz inflections of "L.O.V.E.". This is slow grooving dance music. In the words of the label, nothing is stressed here: just mid-tempo house with live played bass, keyboards and plenty of warm harmonies.
TOYT 066
05 May 17
Deep House
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Fuck Music - (9:44) 120 BPM
   
Fuck Music (Session Victim remix) - (6:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
N1 - (6:15) 122 BPM
   
Arpeggio - (6:32) 116 BPM
TOYT 045
30 Nov 15
Deep House
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Brasiliko - (5:47) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Brasiliko (Giovanni Damico remix) - (5:22) 122 BPM
   
Brasiliko (Byron The Aquarius remix) - (6:23) 124 BPM
   
Salva Tion - (6:51) 110 BPM
Played by: BRENDON P, Jabru
TOYT 089
01 Feb 19
Deep House
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Luftikuss - (7:44) 121 BPM
   
Luftikuss (Mark E remix) - (6:23) 121 BPM
   
Luftikuss (Mark E Dream House remix) - (6:22) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kabale - (5:24) 117 BPM
Played by: Alkalino
TOYT 048
14 Mar 16
Deep House
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Temptation - (6:49) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Curation - (7:52) 110 BPM
   
Salvation - (7:27) 112 BPM
TOYT 074
15 Dec 17
Deep House
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Temptation (Real J. remix) - (6:34) 114 BPM
   
L.O.V.E. (Art Alfie remix) - (6:27) 124 BPM
   
Kapote & Mona Lazette - "Tonite" (Marvin & Guy Obscure mix Radio version) - (4:41) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Salvation (FYI Chris remix) - (6:00) 118 BPM
Review: Berlin's Kapote has fast become a staple of local label Toy Tonics - this will be his fifth release on the imprint in as little as three years. These remixes by some of the top names in house music are equally as worth your while: "Temptation" from last year's EP of the same name gets a remix by Real J: dusty, blissful lo-fi shenanigans from the street in typical Berliner style - much like Money $ex et al. "LOVE" from the Body Move EP (also from 2017) receives a makeover from Swedish wunderkind Art Alfie and is a right stompin' affair that you could imagine hearing up at Panorama Bar on a Sunday night. Then we get treated to a journey down the cosmic hole by Italians Marvin & Guy on their Obscure mix of "Tonite", while FYI Chris' remix of "Salvation" goes down a deeper route on this emotive and swing fuelled number that gallops along quite nicely.
TOYT 078
16 Mar 18
Deep House
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Yeah Pass It - (6:04) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Want No More - (4:43) 115 BPM
   
Steal The Fuzz - (5:51) 115 BPM
   
Yeah Pass It (Mangabey remix) - (6:02) 125 BPM
Review: Toy Tonics boss man Kapote is in fine form on Yeah Pass It, the Berlin-based producer's first EP of 2018. There's much to admire from start to finish. He hits the ground running with the title track, a loose and ear-pleasing deep house roller full of jazzy keys, vintage analogue bass, snappy machine drums and jazz style freestyle vocals. The bluesy, low-slung hip-house shuffler "Want No More" follows, before Kapote gets busy with rubbery bass guitar, lolloping deep house drums and mazy jazz-funk synth solos on the warm and tasty "Steal The Fuzz". To complete a rather good passage, Mangabey serves up a fresh revision of "Yeah Pass It" that wraps new vibraphone and Latin style piano motifs around a bolder, busier rhythm track.
TOYT 086
03 Aug 18
Deep House
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Give It To Me (edit) - (8:02) 120 BPM
   
Pump It (edit) - (6:21) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Grandmaster (edit) - (7:19) 119 BPM
   
Pleasure (edit) - (6:10) 111 BPM
TOYT 104
29 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Delirio Italiano (dub) - (7:04) 120 BPM
   
Jaas Func Haus (Art Of Tones remix) - (5:06) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jaas Func Haus (Rahaan remix) - (5:55) 115 BPM
   
Jaas Func Haus (Sworn Virgins remix) - (6:28) 128 BPM
   
Delirio Italiano - (3:52) 120 BPM
Review: Four months after the release of his fine debut album "What It Is", Toy Tonics founder Matthias Modias AKA Kapote offers up fresh versions of two of the set's most potent tracks. Of most interest to many will be the included "big name" remixes of "Jaas Func Haus". Art of Tones does a bang-up job recasting the cut as a dusty chunk of rubbery jazz-house/deep house fusion, while the Sworn Virgins remix is a delay-laden late night analogue-house wiggler from the Ron Hardy school of Chicago sleaze. Best of all, though, is Rahaan's rework, which is a wonky mid-tempo fusion of acid-style electronics and spiraling disco bliss. Elsewhere, there's another chance to enjoy Modias' funk-fuelled disco workout "Delirio Italiano", as well as a stripped back, extra-percussive "Dub" mix.
TOYT 091
06 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Karl Hector & Nicolas Tounga - "Ngunga Yeti Fofa" (The Joaquin Joe Claussell Electric Afrika version) - (11:35) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vito & Druzzi - "Night Masquerade" - (7:27) 121 BPM
   
Kapote - "Besamo Fly" (extended version) - (6:59) 106 BPM
Review: There's much to enjoy on the latest volume in Toy Tonics' ongoing hallucinatory house series, regardless of your psychedelic state of mind. The undoubted standout is Joe Clausell's epic version of Karl Hector and Nicolas Tounga's "Ngunga Yeti Fofa", a feverish, dub-flecked deep house interpretation of a track rich in both African and South American vocals and instrumentation. That said, we're also fans of Vito and Druzzi's "Night Masquerade", where Steve Reich style marimba melodies and fizzing synthesizer solos rise about a jaunty, tropical house groove, while Kapote's "Besamo Fly" is a lolloping, mid-tempo romp full of delay-laden African vocal snippets, jaunty Afro-funk horns and sludgy drumbeats.
TOYT 068
20 Oct 17
Deep House
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Caliente - (7:28) 121 BPM
   
Fuego - (6:00) 120 BPM
   
Noche - (8:11) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Caliente Dub - (7:28) 121 BPM
TOYT 036
04 May 15
Deep House
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Make It Cold - (7:45) 122 BPM
   
So Damn Hot - (5:13) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Make It Cold (Nachtbraker remix) - (6:59) 124 BPM
   
So Damn Hot (Kian T remix) - (6:07) 118 BPM
Review: Toy Tonics regular Kapote returns to action, and this time he's brought a friend along for the ride. Zhut joins the party, lending a hand on the EP's two original tracks, "Make It Cold" and "So Damn Hot". The former is a lively, off-kilter disco-meets-deep house gem built around rubbery electric bass and picturesque melodies, while the latter sounds like a balls-out, pitched-down take on the Soundstream disco-house sound. Nachtbraker remixes "Make It Cold", adding some swinging beats, fluid synths and a whole lot more energy, while Kian T turns the more restless "So Damn Hot" into an undulating, Mister Saturday Night style deep house groover.
TOYT 049
02 May 16
Deep House
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Zhut & Kapote - "Afro Rico" - (7:13) 122 BPM
   
Munk - "Nigerian Jam" - (6:20) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hyenah - "Fire" (feat Kissey) - (6:40) 121 BPM
   
Auntie Flo - "Kampala Boda Boda Ride" (feat Samuel Nalangirla) - (4:51) 100 BPM
Review: The second volume in Toy Tonics' ongoing Mushroom House series gathers together more Afro-influenced dancefloor jams from an impressive selection of producers. Zut and Kapote kick things off with the bouncy house rhythms, chanted African vocals and heavy dub disco bass of "Afro Rico", before Gomma regular Munk pays tribute to Afrobeat on the excellent "Nigerian Jam". Elsewhere, Freerange and Objektivity regular Hyenah throws down a typically tactile chunk of atmospheric, Afro-tinged tech-house ("Fire"), and Glaswegian genre-bender Auntie Flo layers up indigenous instrumentation and hand-held percussion on the standout "Kampala Boda Boda Ride".
TOYT 054
29 Aug 16
Deep House
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