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Let Me Love You (Mike Dunn Black Glitter dub) - (6:41) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Let Me Love You (Mike Dunn BlackBall Vox mix Xtra End) - (5:56) 125 BPM
   
Standing In Line (Godson Rick Wilhite Long edit) - (8:07) 126 BPM
   
Let Me Love You (Mike Dunn BlackBall Mental mix) - (5:56) 125 BPM
   
Let Me Love You (Mike Dunn Black Glitter Mental) - (6:41) 125 BPM
Review: First out in 2005, this track by Anane gets new mixes from Mike Dunn that tone down the exuberant Latin flourishes of the original, making for a smoother ride that will play well alongside the deep, soulful grooves flooding out of South Africa these days. The BlackBall Vox mix is the most faithful to the original version but if the vocal's a little syrupy-sweet for you then there are BlackBall Mental, Black Glitter Mental and Black Glitter Dub mixes to choose from. Completing the package is Detroit veteran Rick 'The Godson' Wilhite's piano-looping remix of 'Standing In Line' from 2010's 'Ananesworld' album.
VR 199
25 Nov 20
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Blind Minded - "Punk Funk" - (5:47) 127 BPM
   
Federico Baracco - "How I Feel" - (6:19) 127 BPM
   
Fairshore - "Together" - (6:15) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Robsoul boss Phil Weeks has been expanding the label's already bulging roster. On this "future focused" sampler EP, he introduces us to three of his most recent signings. Up first is sometime Snatch, Superfiction and Monique producer Blind Minded, who wraps woozy, heavily filtered disco-boogie samples around a tough, chunky and peak-time ready house beat on 'Punk Funk'. Clockbeats man Federico Baracco ops for a more bass-heavy, organ-heavy vibe on thrusting EP highlight 'How I Feel', before virtual unknown Fairshore delivers a delightful slab of spacey deep house bliss with a light UKG twist.
RB 247
20 Nov 20
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Clouds - (7:20) 123 BPM
   
Groovin' - (6:36) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Running since 2016, London's Strictly Flava imprint describe their musical remit simply as "underground house and garage". That description sounds almost quaint as 2021 looms, but it's also a good clue as the trad-style vibes served up herein by the mysterious Blo. 'Clouds' is a late-night deep house groover par excellence, all warm bass and lingering pads with occasional cheeky, voicebox-like synth doodles on top, while the equally sumptuous 'Groovin' leans more towards classic deep New Jersey garage - in fact, we'd go so far as to say that if you'd spun this at +6 at the Frog & Nightgown, no-one would have batted an eyelid!
SFDEEP 02
27 Nov 20
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Ego Rave A - (7:53) 130 BPM
   
Ego Rave B - (6:42) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ego Rave C - (5:06) 126 BPM
   
Ego Rave D - (5:19) 128 BPM
   
Ego Rave D1 - (3:31) 128 BPM
Review: Deetron follows last year's Body Electric release on Running Back with a fine dance floor-based EP inspired by his formidable DJing. "Ego Rave B" is a seductive, bubbling electronic groove that supports woozy, cosmic synths, while on "Ego Rave D" and its "D1" variant, he goes down a tracky route, with dense drums and snappy percussion providing the basis for old school techno bleeps. There are also remnants of the Swiss DJ's more peak time selections: "Ego Rave A", sees Deetron fuse tranced out hooks with gentle piano keys, while "Ego Rave C" is a wide-eyed, good time electro-techno track.
RB 095D
20 Nov 20
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Keep Your Head To The Sky (Manoo Ol Skool remix) - (5:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Keep Your Head To The Sky (Manoo Afro remix) - (10:16) 120 BPM
   
Keep Your Head To The Sky (Manoo Ol Skool dub) - (4:50) 120 BPM
   
Keep Your Head To The Sky (Manoo Ol Skool extended mix) - (10:10) 120 BPM
   
Keep Your Head To The Sky (original extended mix) - (6:43) 120 BPM
Played by: Sean McCabe
Review: Here's something to cheer you up on miserable winter lockdown nights: a fresh suite of remixes of DJ Spen's lusciously luxurious soulful house collaboration with Cornell CC Carter, 'Keep Your Head to the Sky', courtesy of Emmanuel Kossi AKA Manoo. The long-serving French producer returns to the 'Old Skool' for three of his rubs, offering up a mixture of warm, jazzy bass guitar, snappy machine drums, sustained synth-strings, and some seriously summery piano stabs. We'd recommend checking both the stripped-back, synth solo-laden 'Old Skool Dub' and the killer 'Extended Old Skool Remix'. Elsewhere, his 'Afro Remix' is a deliciously positive blend of Afro-house grooves and soulful house flavours, while Spen and Carter's original extended mix is as musically rich and life-affirming as ever.
QTZ 306
20 Nov 20
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Purge - (5:54) 120 BPM
   
Inside Out - (4:37) 85 BPM
   
After The Rain - (5:25) 132 BPM
   
Flux - (7:29) 126 BPM
   
Have You Ever - (5:58) 130 BPM
   
Ambient Dance - (6:15) 120 BPM
   
Trust Me - (5:33) 132 BPM
   
The Complete Trance Induction - (5:46) 92 BPM
   
After Hours - (4:30) 130 BPM
   
Lights On - (5:29) 124 BPM
   
Dark River - (6:04) 133 BPM
   
Ambient Dance (radio mix) - (3:51) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flux (Dub mix) - (7:30) 126 BPM
   
Trust Me (Dub mix) - (5:33) 132 BPM
   
Desire - (4:00) 125 BPM
Review: Following up his debut album which was released earlier this year, Warsaw-based producer Bartoz Kruczynski - better known as Earth Trax - presents his second album titled, naturally, 'LP2' on Shall Not Fade. The 15 tracks served up here are warmer and more soothing than on his last outing, but at the same time more dance oriented. From the evocative Motor City style tones of ambient house epic "After The Rain", the life-affirming slo-mo acid of "The Complete Trance Induction" and going out all guns blazing onb the end with the thunderous old school techno of "Dark River" calling to mind classic Laurent Garnier. Featured on this digital edition are four bonus remixes for you to enjoy.
SNFLP 006
27 Nov 20
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Purpose - (4:24) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Felix Da Housecat & Rocketmann - "His Word" - (4:32) 118 BPM
Review: Chicago legend Felix Da Housecat drafts in a couple of friends for a two-tracker on his own Founders Of Filth. On the title track Felix goes right back to his roots and revisits that mid-90s Relief vibe, as he tops off a simple filtered disco loop with a single synth note that plays throughout, snatches of multiple heavily treated (or computer-generated) spoken male and female vocals and, later on, a mournful synth-violin line. File under "eyes down, motorik and trippy as all hell"! The accompanying 'His Word' is an even quirkier cut that comes on like Hot Chip channelling Syd Barrett.
FOF 015
20 Nov 20
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Just Wanna Pry - (6:07) 120 BPM
   
Never Saw Never - (5:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Movin' Kinda Screwy - (5:58) 120 BPM
   
One More Slice - (4:34) 120 BPM
   
One More Slam - (3:46) 120 BPM
Review: Following this year's release of Pacific Coliseum's third LP, How's Life, Slim Steve's label debut with the I Do It EP and two Westcoast Goddess titles, Let's Play House caps of a fine year for the empty dancefloors out there with Jacque'd Toolbox - a super combi between 'the' Gerd Janson and New York's Jacques Renault! Throwing into the mix all matter of edits and cutting techniques to disco, pop, electro and house music, the pair throw down hard when giving the free world a dose of what the really want; be it the stringed, pumping heaviness of a piano-ladened "Never Saw Never" or the rave-infused happy house of "Movin' Kinda Screwy". Find some '80s breakbeat electro in the shoulder pad pop of "One More Slice" next to the space pongs and filter loop tropics of "One More Slam" and percussive disco banger of "Jus Wanna Party". Disco, check!
LPHWHT 20RMX 2
20 Nov 20
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Hot Since 82 & Temple - "Nightfall" - (8:06) 123 BPM
   
Eye Of The Storm (feat Liz Cass) - (4:10) 120 BPM
   
Naboo (feat Miss Kittin) - (5:13) 121 BPM
   
Rules - (6:46) 123 BPM
   
Body Control (feat Jamie Jones & Boy George) - (3:40) 124 BPM
   
Hide - (6:06) 123 BPM
   
Loverdose (feat Liz Cass) - (4:53) 118 BPM
   
Hot Since 82 & Rudimental - "Be Strong" - (5:55) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sinnerman (feat Ed Graves) - (4:33) 120 BPM
   
Barefoot - (6:59) 124 BPM
   
Mesmerize - (7:02) 123 BPM
   
Want You - (6:10) 126 BPM
   
Black & White (feat Temple) - (5:28) 123 BPM
   
Nightfall (dub) - (7:48) 123 BPM
Review: While dancefloors have largely stood still throughout 2020, it hasn't made much of a dent in Knee Deep In Sound's musical output this year. Label head Hot Since 82 - better known as Daley Padley - takes care of their latest sonic dispatch on his sophomore long player. While last year's '8-Track' was dedicated to the passing of a close friend, the recording of 'Recovery' was a similarly cathartic process, with Padley describing the process as a therapeutic experience that enabled a more positive headspace. From the deep and slinky mood music of "Eye Of The Storm" featuring the sensual vocals of Liz Cass, to some surprisingly wonderful collaborations: "Body Control" features fellow UK tech house royalty Jamie Jones and the legendary Boy George on the mic reminiscing on the scene's good ol' days, while acclaimed outfit Rudimental support Padley on the aci-washed deepness of "Be Strong".
KD 110BP2
27 Nov 20
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Takeaway - (5:21) 123 BPM
   
Nothing Works - (6:52) 127 BPM
   
Anxiety - (4:47) 129 BPM
   
A Hard Fall Up To The Middle - (5:46) 131 BPM
   
Patsy - (6:24) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: While much of Huxley's material over the last few years has been bold, tech-tinged and druggy, this first appearance on Shall Not Fade is pleasingly celebratory and rooted in classic US house. For proof, check bouncy, bass-heavy opener 'Takeaway', where spine-tingling piano riffs, synth-sax and old school vocal samples catch the ear, and the rushing piano-house largeness of future hands-in-the-air anthem 'Patsy'. In between, he offers up a mix of dark, muscular house (see the Tenaglia-at-Twilo era pump of 'Nothing Works', which features some suitably mind-mangling acid lines) and druggy, early morning intensity ('A Hard Fall Up To The Middle', 'Anxiety').
SNFBT 005
27 Nov 20
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The CoastEXCLUSIVE
   
The Coast - (2:10) 138 BPM
   
Change - (5:12) 130 BPM
   
Meditative State - (4:11) 133 BPM
   
In The Sun - (7:00) 126 BPM
   
Life's Alright - (5:41) 133 BPM
   
Summer Rain - (6:12) 128 BPM
   
In Different Places - (6:43) 128 BPM
   
Lucid Dreaming - (3:08) 132 BPM
   
All Day Bae - (5:44) 127 BPM
   
Workin (Should Be Livin) - (5:18) 124 BPM
   
Cmwtme - (5:20) 112 BPM
   
In My Soul - (1:24) 87 BPM
   
Love Fantasy - (5:15) 128 BPM
   
In My Heart - (8:54) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Outro - (1:25) 118 BPM
Played by: Juno Download
Review: Although he's served up a string of inspired EPs over the last few years, Jesse Bru has actively steered clear of the album format. Here the Vancouver-based producer finally relents, delivering an expansive full-length excursion that deftly showcases the breadth and diversity of his now-established trademark sound. Opening and closing with deliciously loved-up blasts of humid ambient bliss, The Coast sees Bru flit between sturdy, almost techno-tempo deep house warmers, loose-limbed breakbeat dreaminess, sample-heavy mutations of breakbeat hardcore and boogie (see 'Life's Alright'), saucer-eyed soundscape electro (the immaculate 'Summer Rain'), dream house, more bumpin' club excursions and, perhaps most surprisingly, smooth and jazzy drum & bass ('Cmwtme'). The result is a highly entertaining set capable of raising more than a few smiles in this most difficult of years.
HTLP 01
27 Nov 20
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Ryo (Monkey Safari extended mix) - (8:19) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dark (Soul Button extended mix) - (7:28) 122 BPM
Review: Legend of the scene Joris Voorn brings a fourth instalment to the remix series taking on his 2019 album Four. With the likes of Orbital and J Majik contributing to previous editions, version four sees German duo Monkey Safari - who released the Safe single on Spectrum earlier this year - relive the breathy and melodic tones of "Ryo" in a sweetly deep, instrumental and housey remix of refined production prowess. Next to that is a more bassline influenced, aparegio driven and trance pumping remake of "Dark" by Steyoyoke boss Soul Button. Four to the floor you can be sure.
SPCTRM 014
20 Nov 20
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Kapote/Various
   
Ponty Mython - "Slippin' Into Darkness" - (5:34) 115 BPM
   
Zhut & Kapote - "Afro Rico" (2020 version) - (5:23) 122 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho - "Keep Me In My Plane" (DJ Koze remix) - (7:03) 116 BPM
   
Munk - "Nigerian Jam" - (6:20) 119 BPM
   
Jad & The Ladyboy - "Gervinho" - (5:05) 120 BPM
   
Hyenah - "Fire" (feat Kissey) - (6:40) 121 BPM
   
The Deadstock 33s - "The Circular Path" (Asphodells remix) - (5:02) 120 BPM
   
Daniel Haaksman - "Akabongi" (feat Spoek Mathambo & Los Bulldozer - Kapote remix) - (5:07) 124 BPM
   
Daniel Avery & The Deadstock 33s - "Eric Zann Revisited" - (6:06) 117 BPM
   
Baldelli - "Phobos" (2020 version) - (2:28) 124 BPM
   
Munk & Rebolledo - "Surf Smurf" - (5:59) 120 BPM
   
Auntie Flo - "Kampala Boda Boda Ride" (feat Samuel Nalangirla) - (4:51) 100 BPM
   
Drrtyhaze - "Hey Mama" - (5:57) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Kraak & Smaak, VIGI
Review: Last year, Kapote joined forces with regular home Toy Tonics to release Teutonik Disaster, a compilation of his own re-edits of late '70s and early '80s, "German new wave funk". 12 months on he returns to the same label with a new collection, Mushroom House, which boasts a mixture of Balearic, Afro and cosmic-influenced cuts from the imprint's vaults. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the rubbery, dubbed-out Afro-house bounce of Ponty Mython's 'Slippin' Into Darkness' and the dusty Afro-disco haziness of Munk's 'Nigerian Jam', to the intergalactic electro trip of the Asphodells' killer remix of 'The Circular Path' by the Deadstock 33s, and the deep space Italo-disco chug of Baldelli's sparkling 'Phobos (2020 Version)'.
TOYT 115
20 Nov 20
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Freedom (Never Let You Go) - (3:37) 126 BPM
   
Can I Play - (6:36) 122 BPM
   
Freedom (Never Let You Go) (feat Mella Dee remix) - (3:57) 136 BPM
   
Freedom (Never Let You Go) (extended mix) - (6:54) 126 BPM
Review: After a hiatus to produce and write for the likes of Aquilo, Octavian and Rudimental, Derbyshire's super producer Sam Knowles returns with his first new music under the Karma Kid moniker in two years. He channels the glory days of late '90s funky house on the anthemic feel good vibe of "Freedom" (Never Let You Go) with its breathtaking brass section and roaring diva vocals that's sure to set the dancefloor on fire. This is followed by a killer remix by South Yorkshire's man of the moment Mella Dee (Warehouse Music) taking the track down a loved-up and energetic rave route, and another original track in the form of the sun kissed and dubbed-out deepness of "Can I Play".
GREC 084D
27 Nov 20
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101 Reasons - (7:00) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Set The Mood Right - (5:22) 140 BPM
   
Dreamer - (5:49) 128 BPM
   
Dreamer (Frits Wentink remix) - (6:42) 128 BPM
Played by: Kraak & Smaak
Review: Strahil Velchev AKA KiNK has successfully done his own thing this year, eschewing the advances of long-established labels in order to release music on the Sofia imprint he co-founded in 2019. Toplo is the third and final instalment in a trilogy of EPs he kicked off with Nagore way back in January. It's a suitably varied, analogue-rich affair, with the long-serving artist flitting between fuzzy, driving heaviness (see the star fall synth sounds and booming, metronomic bass of '101 Reasons'), sub-heavy, post-dubstep seduction (the hard-to-pigeonhole 'Set The M'ood Right'), and angular and atmospheric up-tempo deep house (the startlingly evocative 'Dreamer'). Noted house eccentric Frits Wentink is given the task of remixing 'Dreamer', resulting in a jaunty and quirky re-wire full of oddball sample edits, jumpy stabs and swinging beats.
SOF 004D
27 Nov 20
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Amusez-Vous Bordel - (5:07) 126 BPM
   
Trust Yaself (rave mix) - (5:24) 124 BPM
   
Final Battle - (5:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Enfant Lune Sous Acid - (6:02) 127 BPM
   
Song 4 My Next Girlfriend - (4:46) 95 BPM
Review: Following inspired outings on D.KO, Let's Play House and Flux, Robin Lazore returns to RTCT Records after a three-year absence. The Bordeaux-born producer is in formidable - and we'd argue, surprisingly forthright - form from the off, tweaking his TB-303 mercilessly on the early '90s stadium house-goes-Chicago jack intensity of 'Amusez-Vous Bordel' before adding angular acid lines and razor-sharp hardcore stabs to a bouncy electro beat on 'Trust Yourself (Rave Mix)'. Elsewhere, 'Final Battle' is string-laden disco-house on steroids, Enfant Lune Sous Acid' is a bouncy slab of disco-house positive with added acid attacks, and 'Song For My Next Girlfriend' is a gorgeous instrumental hip-hop head-nodder that's as positive as a surprise tax rebate.
RTCT 007
20 Nov 20
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Blue Island - (3:44) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Red Island - (5:35) 126 BPM
   
Levitation - (3:37) 117 BPM
   
If We Were Children Again (Mak?z rework) - (9:28) 123 BPM
   
More Visions - (7:21) 116 BPM
Review: Back in February, Makez made the move from Heist Recordings to Let's Play House, bringing with him the Elevation EP, which we dubbed his "strongest EP to date". This timely follow-up for the Brooklyn-based imprint is equally strong. He begins by combining gently tropical drums, kaleidoscopic synths and languid melodic refrains on mid-tempo number 'Blue Island', before upping the tempo and reaching for rubbery disco bass on the equally picturesque 'Red Island'. Title track 'Levitation' is a glorious chunk of Afro-funk/deep house fusion, 'More Vision' is a dense and hallucinatory slab of feverish house hypnotism, and 'If We Were Children (Makez Rework)' is a bouncy disco-house number full of cut-glass strings and jammed-out electric piano riffs.
LPH 077
20 Nov 20
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The Love Goes First - (9:04) 120 BPM
   
String Of Feelings - (9:04) 120 BPM
   
About Energies - (8:00) 122 BPM
   
Keep Moving - (8:25) 122 BPM
Review: We've been impressed by Maxi Degrassi's output this year, which has included melodious, must-check EPs for Sag & Tre and Melody of the Soul. Pleasingly, the Argentine producer appears to have stepped it up another notch on this fine four-tracker, which marks his debut on All Day I Dream. He begins by adding South American percussion, chiming lead lines, ethereal female vocal samples and spacey synth sounds to a chunky beat on 'The Love Goes First', before reaching for the pianos on the deeper, warmer and hazier dancefloor bliss pf 'String of Feelings'. 'About Energies' is a smooth, string-drenched treat, while closing cut 'Keep Moving' is dreamy, tactile and wonderfully hypnotic. Undeniably one of All Day I Dream's best EPs of the year - and that's saying something.
ADID 064
27 Nov 20
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Too Late (part I) - (3:22) 123 BPM
   
Too Late (part II) - (4:00) 130 BPM
Played by: Murder He Wrote
Review: Murder He Wrote, Chrystal, Rhythm Athletic? What more could you want from a new school UK funky release?! What a fabulous link up we find ourselves exploring with this one as MHW returns once again to his home imprint to deliver a potent two track experiment by the name of 'Too Late'. Part one sees him deploy a vast array of colourful percussive lines and softened melody, over which Chrystal's heavenly vocal layers sit just perfectly. On the flip side, Part two sees a much more underground sound deployed as shimmering chord notes are left to drift into an icy soundscape atop glittering rhythms and more of Chrystal's chilling vocals. Amazing work as per from one of the most consistent producers out there right now!
ATHLETIC 007EP
27 Nov 20
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You're Mine (extended mix) - (8:26) 129 BPM
   
You're Mine (Black Girl/White Girl extended remix) - (4:38) 69 BPM
   
You're Mine (Luke Vibert extended remix) - (6:29) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
(Find Me) On The Edge Of Town (extended mix) - (6:39) 126 BPM
   
You're Mine (Mac & Ward extended remix) - (5:48) 124 BPM
Review: Acid house evangelists Posthuman rarely put a foot wrong, so it's no surprise to find that their latest EP is full to bursting with high quality. Interestingly, there's no sign of their trademark TB-303 acid lines on lead cut 'You're Mine'; instead, they've opted to pepper a sturdy drum pattern with retro-futurist organ stabs, glassy-eyed vocal samples and, as the track progresses, gargantuan sub-bass and sweaty breakbeats. The accompanying remix is package is strong too, with Luke Vibert predictably stealing the show with a tooled-up, rave-igniting take smothered in a variety of familiar old school vocal samples. We'd also suggest checking dense and chunky bonus cut '(Find Me) On The Edge of Town', a sweaty slab of future acid jack with oodles of energy.
YUM 062
20 Nov 20
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Conscience - (7:02) 120 BPM
   
Shinjuku Strut - (5:14) 110 BPM
   
Secret Distant Memories - (6:23) 115 BPM
   
After Dark - (5:55) 110 BPM
   
Gotta Have Jazz - (6:28) 80 BPM
   
In The Fields - (5:44) 120 BPM
   
I Need You - (5:20) 120 BPM
   
Authentideep - (6:14) 123 BPM
   
Beautiful World - (5:50) 115 BPM
   
Angry Orchestra - (6:40) 120 BPM
   
Stay - (5:38) 125 BPM
   
Hustler's Lament - (5:58) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bionic Mind - (6:11) 124 BPM
   
Mack Equation - (4:49) 110 BPM
Review: With a 30-plus-year career, Rick Wade's name is spoken in reverent tones in deep house circles, thanks mostly to the output of his Harmonie Park label. For the past decade or so, he's found a regular home at Japanese label Unknown Season, and this 'best of' is really an omnibus that brings together the various EPs he's made for them, rather than a definitive, career-spanning anthology. There's still much to enjoy, though, from the fluttery, uplifting Latin-jazz-soul of 'Shinjuku Strut' to the eyes-wide-shut 4am dancefloor throb of 'Angry Orchestra', the soulful house shuffle of 'Gotta Have Jazz' and the lounge-y 70s funk nostalgia of 'After Dark'.
USDC 0099
23 Nov 20
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The Way I Am (Tresilo remix) - (7:01) 128 BPM
   
Academy (Pezzner's CR02 mix) - (6:46) 120 BPM
   
Planet Deep (Vintage Future Planet D-Mix) - (6:18) 125 BPM
   
Academy (Pezzner remix) - (7:31) 120 BPM
Review: Michigan born Rick Wade finds himself getting remixed on Belgium's Elypsia with each getting more gritty and cosmic minded than you might expect from the deep house stalwart himself. Tresilo certainly grits his teeth for the pixelated melodic workout that is the opener, while things get more smooth and cuddly with American producer David Pezzner at the buttons. The Vintage Future Planet D mix is a thing of meditative beauty ad last of all Pezzner reappears with a second fine remix.
ELY 061DIG
27 Nov 20
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Departure - (7:42) 99 BPM
   
Rewind The Days Of Youth - (6:22) 119 BPM
   
Bound Together - (6:23) 123 BPM
   
Nowhere - (5:49) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Interlude - (5:46) 92 BPM
   
4th Journey - (5:00) 118 BPM
   
Tomorrow Comes Today (feat Quails) - (5:53) 109 BPM
   
Arrival - (6:27) 127 BPM
   
This Far - (6:14) 126 BPM
Review: Fittingly, Szilveszter Horvath's long-awaited debut album as Route 8 was directly inspired by the Hungarian highway after which his artistic alias is named. It's one he has travelled many times over the years, hence his desire to create an album of "cruising music" that would sound good on journeys down the motorway. In practice, that means a fine musical excursion that blends warming deep house and futuristic Motor City techno sounds with elements of blissful ambient techno (see inspired opener 'Departure' and 'Arrival'), deep acid electro ('Nowhere', snappy closing cut 'This Far'), Pete Namlook style weightless ambient ('Interlude'), two-step ('4th Journey') and near horizontal synth-pop ('Tomorrow Comes Today'). The results are certainly ear-pleasing and rarely less than superb.
LT 076
20 Nov 20
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Relief - (5:24) 131 BPM
   
Unite - (6:54) 132 BPM
   
Dance Wicked - (5:58) 131 BPM
   
Real Headz - (5:59) 129 BPM
Review: Questioned in the past for their flavour-of-the-month-attitudes to house and techno, Lobster Theremin has come through the other side as a bastion for what's good about contemporary US and UK inspired dance music (with that lo-fidelity touch). Always on the hunt for fresh artists mining such a sound, the label gives Saturday Night Rush (also known as Truant) a full debut with a four-track EP covering an expansive spectrum of classic house sounds tied together with a bevy UK influences; be they bass-driven breaks, piano stabs for the rave to slicing garage percussion, raw drums and luscious synths. Lose yourself to the bass wobble of "Relief", uptempo deep house, trance and UKG of "Unite" next to the dub noir of "Dance Wicked" and a Chicago house overload in "Real Headz". Hot rush.
LT 077
27 Nov 20
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Don't Let It Slip - (4:45) 122 BPM
   
She Never Looked Back - (5:30) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What You Want - (6:02) 117 BPM
Review: Since deciding to pack in his day job to follow his music production dreams last year, Tee Mango has released some of his most impressive, interesting and well-produced music to date. This fine run of form continues via a Permanent Vacation label debut that's notable for both its variety and quality. He begins by reaching for woozy electric piano chords, tech-tinged deep house beats, twinkling lead lines and colourful synth flourishes on the rather relaxed and beautiful 'Don't Let Slip', before offering up some organ-heavy house retro-futurism via 'She Never Looked Back'. Arguably best of all though is 'What You Want', a tactile and occasionally fuzzy affair rich in undulating synth-bass, snaking sax solos, memorable organ stabs and his own high-register vocals.
PERMVAC 2101
20 Nov 20
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Various
   
DJOKO - "It All Comes To An End" - (6:38) 131 BPM
   
Adelphi Music Factory - "Keep Holding On" - (6:58) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Black Loops - "Stoner Dreams" - (5:56) 132 BPM
   
Earth Boys - "Icey" - (4:36) 132 BPM
   
Matrefakt - "Daze" - (6:02) 128 BPM
   
Mutual Attraction - "MPC Live Track 1" - (8:05) 120 BPM
   
Rhode & Brown - "Ticket To Chicago" - (6:35) 125 BPM
   
Jaymie Silk - "CyberPunk" - (3:20) 136 BPM
   
Computer Data - "Hannashi" - (7:45) 129 BPM
   
Harrison BDP - "The Powerful Play" - (7:10) 128 BPM
   
Module One & Soela - "Everything You Need" - (6:08) 120 BPM
   
GVRL - "Lovegame" - (2:29) 130 BPM
   
Jacques Renault - "This Way That Way" - (4:43) 116 BPM
   
Tilman - "Too Tight To Stay" - (6:08) 120 BPM
   
Felipe Gordon - "Socorro & J?piter" - (6:55) 120 BPM
   
Hanna & Gere - "Reality Check" - (4:54) 107 BPM
   
Earth Trax - "I'm Not Afraid" (Baltra remix) - (5:48) 137 BPM
   
DJ Psychiatre - "Welcome Aboard" - (6:56) 120 BPM
   
Astro - "Way Out" - (5:38) 128 BPM
   
LXURY - "T Garden" - (4:10) 117 BPM
   
Dart - "Transformations" - (5:54) 130 BPM
Review: While it may have been designed to reflect the evolving nature of the label's sound over the last half-decade, Shall Not Fade's fifth anniversary compilation is nevertheless packed to the rafters with previously unheard treats. It begins with a techno-tempo blast of garage-influenced deep house warmth from DJOKO and ends with the dark, squelching and ghostly bounce of Dart's 'Transformations'; in between, you'll find 19 more reasons to be cheerful with plenty of serious dancefloor chops. Undisputed highlights include the crunchy, head-nodding pleasure of GVRL's instrumental hip-hop jam 'Love Game', the angular and acid spiked tech-breaks of Harrison BDP's 'The Powerful Play', the drowsy deep house dreaminess of Mutual Attraction's 'MPC Live Track 1' and the rushing rave revivalism of Baltra's killer re-fix of Earth Boys' 'I'm Not Afraid'.
SNFLP 005
20 Nov 20
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Various
   
Doc L Junior - "Metro Part 1" - (6:24) 128 BPM
   
Blackbelt Andersen - "Lort Og Fanteri" - (5:46) 125 BPM
   
Bjorn Torske - "Ramma" - (7:11) 123 BPM
   
DJ Fett Birger - "Blot Fis I Hvite Linbukser" - (6:03) 120 BPM
   
Telephones - "Betongbonus" - (8:48) 127 BPM
   
Marius Vareid - "Acidus" - (5:34) 125 BPM
   
Christian Engh - "Schmoo" - (6:12) 126 BPM
   
Mental Overdrive - "Day" (Prins Thomas mix) - (6:15) 125 BPM
   
Iben Elster - "Kong" (Ibens Overdub) - (6:13) 123 BPM
   
Magnus International - "Sitronsyre" (Prins Thomas mix) - (5:47) 124 BPM
   
Skatebard - "Bim Bam" - (5:51) 131 BPM
   
Wild Flowers - "Magic Johnson" - (6:29) 120 BPM
   
Frantzvaag - "Soft" - (7:07) 126 BPM
   
Velferd - "Returning" - (6:52) 120 BPM
   
Jarle Brathen - "Vaguely Wavey" - (6:20) 122 BPM
   
Kalle Magnus & Daniel - "Ny, Lang" (Prins Thomas edit) - (6:32) 120 BPM
   
JaddajaddaPlay - "Flagrende Gevanter" (Prins Thomas edit) - (6:26) 120 BPM
   
LP Martin - "Copenhagen" - (5:10) 124 BPM
   
Pandreas - "N.M." - (5:29) 117 BPM
   
Pelifics - "Corso Magenta" - (5:03) 115 BPM
   
Sommerstad - "Seniore Parnemando" (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:00) 118 BPM
   
Tarje & Are - "For Rubicon" - (4:49) 118 BPM
   
Synk - "Lykkemaskin" (Prins Thomas mix) - (4:58) 131 BPM
Review: Prins Thomas's Full Pupp reached their 15th birthday in 2020, an event they've been celebrating all year via a series of five EPs. Now, all five get conveniently bundled together in album for the benefit of anyone who hasn't been paying attention! The album's 23 tracks span a fair range of musical ground, from straight-up deep house (see Marius Vareid's 'Acidus') and shimmering nu-disco (Pandreas's 'N.M.') to leffield electronica (DJ Fett Birger's 'Blot Fis | Hvite Linbukser', floaty prog (JaddaJaddaPlay's 'Flagrende Gevanter') and haunting cosmic/Italo disco (Tarje & Are's 'For Rubicon'), making for an enjoyable and varied listen.
FPXX 15DIGIALBUM
27 Nov 20
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