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Amok Time/The Empath
ZEP 007
28 Jul 14
Techno
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Amok Time - (6:45) 116 BPM
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The Empath - (6:37) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: DARK SKY
Horse/Casio
ZEP 004
10 Mar 14
Techno
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Horse - (6:54) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Casio - (6:31) 115 BPM
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Afric/Casio
ZEP 006
19 May 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Afric - (6:07) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Casio (remix) - (6:20) 58 BPM
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The Maghreban
VER 096
02 Mar 15
Techno
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Smack - (5:35) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Smack Beats - (2:31) 119 BPM
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Hit Parade - (5:53) 121 BPM
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Heita! - (6:30) 122 BPM
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Played by: Arsenii
MT70 EP
ZEP 008
23 Feb 15
Techno
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MT702 - (6:03) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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MT703 - (5:59) 117 BPM
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MT705 - (7:25) 121 BPM
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MT707 - (4:44) 110 BPM
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Review: Boot's sister label Zoot Records has been strictly reserved for the sounds of The Maghreban, an alias used by Dr Zygote to deliver his exotic and utterly singular brand of house music. As a side note, the man has appeared on the excellent Versatile imprint out of Paris and he' sure to pop up here and there over the next few years if he keeps releasing such tight little floor gems! The MT70 EP, as you'd imagine, is all based around the Casio instrument and you can hear that good ol' dustiness come through on all four cuts. "MT702" is more of a classic house lick, while "MT703" is more broken, rigged and finely twisted! "MT705" is abstract, less focussed on the dancefloor and much heavier on the instrumentation, whereas "MT707" is a synth-heavy house jerker with gritty percussion and that familiar Maghrebian charm. Hotly recommended, don't miss it.
Wonder Woman
VER 103
21 Aug 15
Deep House
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Wonder Woman - (7:25) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Frenetique - (6:24) 125 BPM
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Kung Fu - (6:13) 120 BPM
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Review: Given the label's longevity and consistently on-point releases - in a variety of styles, it should be noted - it's somewhat surprising that Gilb'r's Versatile Records imprint is not more celebrated. Here, they welcome back Zoot Records founder The Maghreban (AKA Dr Zygote), who goes all Idjut Boys with a trio of heavyweight dub disco workouts. The title track - all booming punk-funk bass, horror-influenced synth flourishes and dense, live-sounding disco percussion - sets the tone, before he pushes things up a notch with the relentless, low slung synthesizer gooks and sweaty house beats of "Frenetique". Finally, he presses the button marked "weird-out" on the lolloping, jazz-flecked dub disco madness of "Kung Fu".
Now Easy
ZEP 009
23 Oct 15
Deep House
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Now Easy - (7:04) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Now Easy (142 dub) - (2:05) 95 BPM
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Not Good - (6:51) 122 BPM
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Hi Top - (5:26) 118 BPM
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Review: The Maghreban has always been difficult to pin down, musically speaking. His last outing, for Versatile, doffed a cap to classic house and disco, while previous EPs on the Zoot label he runs (under the alternative Dr Zygote alias) have melded together a variety of house and techno influences. He's at it again here, with opener "Now Easy" sounding like a fusion of house-tempo hardcore rave influences, booming tribal house bass and wonky ragga samples. As for the accompanying dub, it's a straight up post-dubstep-meets-hardcore boomer. Flip for the rolling pianos and locked-in house beats of "Not Good", and the freestyle jazz horns, spooky electronics and low-slung grooves of "Hi Top".
Dynamite/Calypso Christmas
ZEP 010
11 Dec 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dynamite - (6:08) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dynamite Drums - (2:48) 122 BPM
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Calypso Christmas - (6:39) 121 BPM
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Played by: Bal 5000
Review: Whether he's delivering Arabic-influenced acid house, off-kilter dub disco, or mutant techno, The Maghreban's releases on Zoot Records are always worth checking. This latest, hard-to-pigeonhole excursion is no different. He starts with the off-kilter drums, vaguely threatening rave riffs, fuzzy textures and quirky vocal samples of "Dynamite", a track that sits somewhere between early Meat Beat Manifesto, acid house and contemporary industrial techno. Happily, he's included a "Drums" version of the same cut for those who want to get creative in the mix. "Calypso Christmas" is strangely titled given that it's not calypso or festively themed, but it is a pleasingly sweaty, floor-friendly curiosity.
Pots & Pans / Martha
ZEP 012
01 Dec 17
Funky/Club House
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Pots & Pans - (5:33) 138 BPM
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Martha - (4:43) 130 BPM
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Elka - (2:58) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: It has become a tradition for London based outsider house producer The Maghreban to make records commemorating the passing of cats he knew and loved. One of these tracks is for a sadly departed feline named "Martha". Here the artist also known as Dr Zygote presents three captivating jams. One of the tracks features what someone said sounded like too many "Pots & Pans" and indeed this lo-fi and polyrhythmic number reaches near cosmic moments. The sombre title track is a reduced and slow burning jam featuring broken beats, gloomy piano parts and eerie pads that altogether create an unsettling atmosphere. he final track is a tropical and esoteric sounding arrangement he made using "Elka" X705 organ sounds. The Martha EP follows up two great EPs - Brooklyn and Lose It, respectively, released on the Bristolian imprint Black Acre in 2016
Patterns
ZFD 003
01 Nov 17
Bass
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Patterns - (5:26) 63 BPM
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01DEAS
RS 1802D
23 Mar 18
Techno
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Eddies - (2:23) 87 BPM
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Crime Jazz - (2:53) 126 BPM
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Can't Breathe (feat Anushka) - (3:42) 123 BPM
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Hi Top Remix (feat A-F-R-O) - (3:30) 121 BPM
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Sham - (4:22) 132 BPM
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Mike's Afro (feat Gatto Fritto) - (3:55) 125 BPM
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Mbira - (2:18) 83 BPM
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Revenge (feat Rutendo Machiridza) - (5:48) 130 BPM
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Strings - (2:57) 115 BPM
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Needy - (3:05) 121 BPM
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Mr. Brown - (5:13) 124 BPM
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Broken - (3:41) 120 BPM
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Radiance - (2:40) 145 BPM
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Review: It was only a matter of time before The Maghreban stepped up on a legendary dance imprint like R&S Records. The London-based house and techno craftsman has received nothing but praise off the back of his 12"s for his own Zoot label, with everyone from Actress to Nina Kraviz having played his tunes out in the rave. 01 Ideas is his first full-lengther, and it's clear that this producer has a lot more to say than a few quirky dance tracks. This release is full of life and meaning, pacing itself with each new cut instead of banging out the rave anthems hither and dither. There are elements of house and techno, of course, but these are infused with a sensibility for something altogether more abstract, like noise, power electronics and even something industrial. What is truly impressive is how The Maghreban brings it all back to the Levant, a distant yet perceptible influence at the core of all these tunes.
Lose It
ACRE 062D
15 Jul 16
Bass
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Lose It - (6:31) 60 BPM
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Wrong Move - (6:01) 125 BPM
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Brooklyn
ACRE 065D
11 Nov 16
Bass
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Brooklyn - (8:10) 60 BPM
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The Carpenters - (6:59) 122 BPM
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