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Evergreen
   
Beacon Of Light - (3:52) 120 BPM
   
Everybody Talks About It - (4:52) 114 BPM
   
I'm Easy - (4:56) 120 BPM
   
Simple Things - (4:51) 122 BPM
   
It's All Different - (4:29) 122 BPM
   
Evergreen - (5:25) 124 BPM
   
Cadencia - (1:44) 100 BPM
   
True Power - (5:12) 120 BPM
   
Save Something - (3:07) 120 BPM
   
Nominee For Love - (5:03) 118 BPM
   
Thank You - (4:43) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Good Enough - (4:40) 100 BPM
Review: It's testament to Ben J Worrall's skill as a musician and producer that his soulful, jazzy deep house productions can be mentioned in the same breath as those by all-time-greats Larry Heard and Ron Trent. Yet unlike those producers, he's yet to deliver an album so good that it will be considered a true great. Until now, that is. Evergreen, his first set for Freerange, is simply sublime: an unapologetically soulful, life-affirming set that blends effortlessly brilliant vocals and jazz-funk inspired instrumentation (think incredible horn arrangements, smooth bass, twinkling keys and glistening guitars) with the luscious, often Latin-tinged deep house beats that have long been his calling card. If there's any justice, it will end of being regarded as one of the electronic albums of 2022.
FRCD 41D
13 May 22
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Funk N' Beats Vol 9 (unmixed tracks)
Jim Sharp/Various
   
Jim Sharp - "Shut It Down Intro" - (0:38) 153 BPM
   
Sam Krats - "Revive Rap" (feat El Da Sensei - Jim Sharp remix) - (4:48) 95 BPM
   
Jim Sharp - "The Man" - (3:18) 98 BPM
   
Sly5thAve - "Shiznit" (feat Jesse Fischer) - (4:34) 100 BPM
   
Randy Maverick - "Pure Love" (The Nextmen remix) - (2:45) 96 BPM
   
Lack Of Afro - "Here We Go Again" (feat Wax, Herbal T & EOM) - (4:29) 101 BPM
   
Shaka Loves You - "Get Down" - (3:53) 102 BPM
   
Ugly Duckling - "Rio De Janeiro" - (3:22) 99 BPM
   
LTF - "King Of Funk" - (2:29) 105 BPM
   
Natural Self - "I Don't Need This Trouble" (feat Alice Russell) - (4:01) 103 BPM
   
Gizelle Smith & The Mighty Mocambos - "Time Is Right For Love" (Swing-O AKA 45 remix) - (4:37) 107 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Since You've Been Gone" - (3:21) 54 BPM
   
Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop - "Make Your Move" - (4:14) 102 BPM
   
Dynamo Productions - "Give Some Space" (Krafty Kuts vs The Mexican remix) - (4:46) 52 BPM
   
Itsu Uno - "Shooter" (Super Sharp B-Boy) - (4:06) 110 BPM
   
Kidda - "Real Good Thing" (Diesler remix) - (4:56) 110 BPM
   
Ali B - "Swing It" (feat Afika NX - Jim Sharp remix) - (4:07) 55 BPM
   
X-Ray Ted - "Get It Started" - (2:34) 115 BPM
   
Kraak & Smaak - "Squeeze Me" (feat Ben Westbeech) - (3:17) 110 BPM
   
The Bamboos - "Ride On Time" - (4:16) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Skill - "Break It Down" - (2:42) 83 BPM
   
Daddy-O - "Drumma Man" - (2:55) 88 BPM
   
Jim Sharp - "Funk N' Beats Vol 9" (continuous DJ mix) - (42:34) 109 BPM
Review: Featuring 22 full-length cuts plus a 42-minute mixed version, there's no faulting the VFM on offer from this Jim Sharp-helmed Bomb Strikes comp. Featuring tracks and mixes from the likes of The Allergies, The Nextmen, Ugly Duckling, Alice Russell, Lack Of Afro and Sam Krats, the emphasis here is on the kind of dusty funk/soul grooves that sit well alongside hip-hop and breaks - as opposed to the stack-heeled, silver-jumpsuited kind that goes better with disco - with standouts for this writer including Sly5thAve's moody, cinematic 'Shiznit' (think Shaft staring broodily out of a rain-streaked diner window) and Skill's 'Break It Down', a stuttery, stop-start gift for the jazz-dancers.
BOMBFUNKB 009
29 Oct 21
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Africa (My No. 1)
   
Africa (My No. 1) - (5:29) 123 BPM
   
Africa (My No. 1) (feat The Ibibio Horns - Captain Planet remix) - (6:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Africa (My No. 1) (Captain Planet Marimba Vibes remix) - (6:03) 118 BPM
Review: Label newcomer Canopy Records, compiled and conceptualised by label head Sumosui, sends out some super Afro transmission for this first release. 'Africa No 1' is a single that features a superb tune from Benin City in Edo State, Nigeria, which was first put out locally in 1987. It is by the late great Nigerian reggae artist Ehi Duncan and his The Africa Army Express band and next to the uplifting original are two new mixes from Captain Planet. He brings the tune into the modern day with some tight key, horn and synth sounds for the first mix, and the second is a slower, more mid-tempo bit of afro disco. Lovely vibes.
CNPY 001
08 Apr 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 116
   
Nuevo Boogaloo - (3:31) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Brother & Sisters - (2:44) 52 BPM
   
Spanish Butterfly - (3:32) 101 BPM
   
Supimos Callarnos - (3:48) 90 BPM
Review: Chalk up two 'Katakaka Edits' outings on the bounce for El Paso, as hot on the heels of the soul-flavoured '115', released just a fortnight ago, he brings us four re-edits that look to vintage Latin music, and particularly 60s boogaloo, for inspiration. Leading the charge for this reviewer is 'Spanish Butterfly', which pairs the lead male vocal with melodic female BVs to die for. Elsewhere, pianos and trumpets take centre stage on 'Nuevo Boogaloo' and sparkling vibes/marimba (?) augment the sunny 'Brother & Sisters', before 'Supimos Callarnos' plays us out in far more laidback, lounge-y, almost melancholic style.
KE 9116
04 Mar 22
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Doin' My Thing
   
Doin' My Thing (extended mix) - (3:57) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tribute To The Original Artform - (4:05) 120 BPM
Review: What a funkadelic way to start the weekend as X-Ray Ted lands once again on Bomb Strikes for a vibrant display of breaksy bounce with two sizzling originals, jam-packed with colourful sampling and in-depth flare. First up, 'Doin' My Thing' delivers a shuffling waltz through northern-soul style vocals and horn lines, atop a shimmering plate of breaks-inspired drum work to create a dancefloor-ready shuffler. On the flip, 'Tribute To The Original Artform' combines groovy bassline action with colourful percussive drives and cowbell-infused melody, providing a wicked b-side and keeping the energy levels high as we round this one off.
BOMBMUSIC 083
08 Apr 22
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Piel De Oso
   
Piel De Oso - (5:21) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Piel De Oso (Rina X Benji remix) - (6:11) 120 BPM
   
Piel De Oso (Moisees & ZEA remix) - (5:49) 121 BPM
Review: Mexican merchants of dark disco, Duro, return this week with label co-chief Mateo Gonzalez aka Theus Mago, teaming up with Tyu (Tony Ullmann) on new offering "Piel De Oso" featuring Spanish rapper Livia. The entrancing, slo-mo exotica of the title track is complimented by some great remixes by Rina X Benji up first, who pick up the pace with some added snare rolls reminiscent of a certain Plastikman anthem, while Moisees & Zea's perspective takes the track into the peak time with pumping bass and a tighter rhythm section.
DURO 044
04 Feb 22
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Funk Butter Volume 1
Various
   
Debarge - "I Like It" (Frankee More Re-Funk remix) - (3:51) 92 BPM
   
Mr Fitz - "Sharons Land" - (3:35) 106 BPM
   
Pecoe - "Sunshine Love" - (3:53) 114 BPM
   
Roast Beatz - "Whoomp Times" - (3:50) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The Cuttin' It Fine crew have pulled together once again to deliver a bag of dancefloor ready riddims under the 'Funk Butter' compilation title, what more could we ask for? We begin with the emotive vocal sampling and big room keys of Frankee More's Re-Funk remix of 'I Like It' from Debarge, which sets high levels from the jump. From here, Mr Fitz delivers a horn-driven funk out on 'Sharons Land', topped with a powerful vocal display before the shuffling drum rhythms and disco-like string backing of 'Sunshine Love' from Pecoe does the business once again. Finally, Roast Beatz gets to work on rebuilding a classic Sister Sledge vocal set into a modern, groove-ridden breaks anthem. Lovely work from all involved!
CIF 32
25 Feb 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 114
   
Together - (4:24) 116 BPM
   
Why - (5:13) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Moosey - (4:09) 117 BPM
   
Spooky - (3:24) 107 BPM
   
Take Trip & Groove With Me - (4:43) 100 BPM
Review: DJ Turmix helms the good ship Katakana Edits on this, its 114th voyage. Proceedings open with the raw, percussive 'Together', a reworking of Ray Barretto's 1969 barrio funk cut, before we move on to revisit first Timmy Thomas classic 'Why Can't We Live Together?' from 1972 and then, more bravely, Modern Romance's 'Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey' from 1981. Next to come under the re-edit scalpel is 'Spooky' - not the Dusty Springfield recording, but an unidentified, male-sung take that's neither Classic IV's original nor Chris Montez's 1968 cover. The EP's then completed by the laidback, tropical-leaning 'Take Trip & Groove With Me'.
KE 9114
17 Dec 21
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Waving
   
Punta Allen - (8:12) 106 BPM
   
Waving - (9:16) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Window Spells (feat Max Giovara) - (5:10) 108 BPM
   
The Jamail Pass - (6:10) 101 BPM
   
The Hipstick Rhino - (6:32) 54 BPM
   
Silver Peace - (8:09) 59 BPM
   
Down My Soul - (7:50) 124 BPM
   
La Di Da Di - (7:01) 118 BPM
   
Patrol De Caribe - (8:04) 111 BPM
   
Bay Rocker - (6:04) 112 BPM
   
Prezend - (6:38) 111 BPM
   
Angels Of Rhythm (Still Bouncing - feat Harriet Summer) - (6:13) 58 BPM
   
Ripped Sky - (5:12) 116 BPM
   
Large Stacks - (6:51) 61 BPM
   
Take The High Road - (5:38) 57 BPM
   
Diva - (7:24) 121 BPM
   
Keep Mashing - (5:57) 117 BPM
Review: A couple of years back, Leng welcomed Greek DJ/producer Lex to the label roster. Real name Alex Andrikopoulos, he's well known in his home city of Athens where he ran the Radical Soundz record shop. Now the Athenian has returned with his debut album for the esteemed London nu-disco label titled Waving, which appears on the back of a handful of EPs for a variety of labels (Samosa, B2, Frole). Whether it's the blissed-out balearica of last year's well received first single "Punta Alien", the late night boogie-down vibe of "Window Spells" (feat Max Giovara), the lo-slung dance floor heater "La Di Da D"i, to the sultry and deep mood music of "Angels Of Rhythm" (Still Bouncing - feat Harriet Summer) or the lovely closer "Keep Mashing" with its classic UK broken beat influence - Waving is his boldest and strongest statement yet as a producer.
LENGLP 017DD
22 Apr 22
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Toxic Funk Presents Boots Of Paradise
Various
   
Jayl Funk - "Keep On Bumpin" - (3:54) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Crash Party - "The Juice (Grunt Dream)" - (3:48) 152 BPM
   
Towlie DJ - "Brick Bounce" - (3:51) 55 BPM
   
Boydex - "B-Boy Stance" - (4:14) 58 BPM
   
Mako & Mr. Bristow - "Uptight Boss" (Skank edit) - (3:04) 154 BPM
   
BadboE - "Poor Folkes" (Party edit) - (4:08) 153 BPM
   
Suckaside - "Hard To Love" - (3:40) 143 BPM
   
Aliens In Denmark - "Chatty Tramp" - (3:36) 113 BPM
   
Mr Bristow - "Why I'm Near" - (3:15) 115 BPM
   
LROY - "Ice Cream" - (3:56) 155 BPM
   
The Breakbeat Junkie - "Jungle Boogie" (Refixed) - (4:02) 108 BPM
   
Morlack - "Fall In Love With Me" - (6:47) 58 BPM
   
Pecoe - "Champion" - (3:55) 116 BPM
Review: It's difficult to envisage a Breakbeat Paradise drop that doesn't feature a serious tonne of quality, with this latest collection of 13 powerful creations making up the 'Boots Of Paradise' collection. The project takes a very central theme of reigniting hip hop vocals with dancefloor-ready reworks, from the classic Biggie sampling of Crash Party's 'The Juice' to the old school slicing of 'Ice Cream' from LROY and Aliens In Denmark's 'Chatty Tramp'. Even with this pretty solid central theme, the project has a lot of variation involved, from the sharpened drum punches and modernized synth slides of 'Brick Bounce' by Towlie DJ, to the more 4x4 influenced grooves of Morlack's 'Fall In Love With Me'. Our standout highlight for the whole drop would have to be Pecoe's 'Champion', which balances crunchy drums with well designed vocal sampling, which also makes it a perfect final entry.
BBP 197
24 Sep 21
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Katakana Crate Diggin
Various
   
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.
KE 9055
22 Dec 17
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Party Over Here
   
El Bomba - "Take A Break" - (3:47) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Roast Beatz - "Party Over Here" - (3:27) 112 BPM
   
El Bomba - "Bronco Funk" - (4:08) 120 BPM
   
Roast Beatz - "Get On Down" - (3:31) 110 BPM
Review: With the catalogue that the Cuttin' It Fine team have both assembled and keep adding to, it's hard to expect anything less than exceptional with every release. They deliver another set of four breakbeat belters, courtesy of both El Bomba & Roast Beatz. First up, El Bomba delivers a dancefloor-ready funk out in 'Take A Break', a lively combo of sharp drum slaps and lip-curling basslines, before Roast Beatz the energy with the groovy guitar plucks and singalong vocals of 'Party Over Here'. Back to El Bomba next as the classic sounding guitar melodies and unpredictable drum shakes of 'Bronco Funk' tone down the madness a tad, before rounding off with anthem-like arrangements of 'Get On Down' from Roast Beatz, boasting a showstopper of a bassline, draped in pleasing horn switches and tidy vocal chops for good measure.
CIF 28
02 Jul 21
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Dougswana (Emmaculate Remix)
   
Dougswana (Emmaculate extended mix) - (8:19) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dougswana (Emmaculate instrumental mix) - (8:19) 124 BPM
Review: Two new remixes here of this Afro-flavoured production by Dave Lee in his Doug Wilis guise, which first came out back in 2007, and which was also remixed by Audiowhores the following year. The man picked to do the honours for 2022 is Emmaculate, AKA Chicago's Eric Welton, who doesn't flip the script too much, retaining the hi-life-ish feel of the Original but now augmenting the Rhodes that took the lead first time around with some scorching sax work. An Instrumental is also supplied, so if you'd rather dispense with the chanted male vox, you can.
ZEDD 12334
11 Mar 22
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Horse Meat Disco (unmixed tracks)
Various
   
Empire Projecting Penny - "Freakman" - (6:33) 107 BPM
   
Richard Hewson Orchestra - "Shark Bite" - (4:37) 121 BPM
   
Eddie Drennon - "Disco Jam" - (6:02) 108 BPM
   
KID - "Hupendi Muziki Wangu (You Don't Like My Music?)" - (8:53) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Plaza - "(Got My) Dancing Shoes" - (6:27) 126 BPM
   
Gregg Diamond - "Danger" - (7:00) 125 BPM
   
Sheryl Lee Ralph - "In The Evening" - (6:19) 125 BPM
   
Tamiko Jones - "Let It Flow" - (6:53) 104 BPM
   
Laura Greene - "Manhattan" - (4:56) 123 BPM
   
The Love Symphony Orchestra - "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" - (10:14) 123 BPM
   
Brooklyn Express - "You Need A Change Of Mind" - (6:35) 108 BPM
   
West India Company - "Ave Maria" - (7:31) 111 BPM
Played by: Itokim, Roman Rauch
STRUT 046CDX
28 Jul 09
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The Round Up Pt 8
Various
   
Fouk - "Money" (JKriv & Peter Matson remix) - (6:01) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Marina Trench - "Wake Up" (feat Sabrina Bellaouel - Makez remix) - (4:28) 84 BPM
   
Lore Of The Samurai - "Justifice" (Fouk remix) - (5:28) 126 BPM
   
Felipe Gordon - "Highly Corrosive Acid" (Marina Trench remix) - (5:15) 129 BPM
   
JKriv & Peter Matson - "New Friend" (Felipe Gordon Deep remix) - (6:07) 115 BPM
   
Makez - "City Of All" (Lore Of The Samurai remix) - (5:54) 125 BPM
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Heist Recordings' annual Round-Up EPs, namely label regulars and selected guests remixing each other. JKriv and Peter Matson do a terrific job in turning Fouk's 'Money' into a squelchy, TB-303-fired slab of nu-disco/retro-futurist house fusion, before Makez re-imagines Mariana Trench's 'Wake Up' as a jazz-funk flavoured broken beat number and Fouk re-frames a Lore of the Samurai track as a gorgeous slab of house-not-house sunshine. Elsewhere, Mariana Trench gives Felipe Gordon's 'Highly Corrosive Acid' a driving, riff-heavy deep house spin, Felipe Gordon opts for a drowsy and eccentric mid-tempo house sound on his version of JKriv and Peter Matson's 'New Friend', and Lore of the Samurai's rework of Makez's 'City of All' is a hypnotic, tech-tinged treat.
HEIST 058
11 Feb 22
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Eccentric Soul/Omnibus
Various
   
13th Amendment - "Hard To Be In Love" - (4:17) 138 BPM
   
13th Amendment - "The Stretch" - (3:29) 81 BPM
   
Aggregation - "A Child Is Born" - (2:51) 126 BPM
   
Aggregation - "Can You Feel It" - (3:13) 84 BPM
   
Black Fur - "When We Get Together Soon" - (3:37) 120 BPM
   
Black Fur - "Feel The Shock" - (3:27) 120 BPM
   
Black Soul Express - "Party Time" - (2:37) 115 BPM
   
Black Soul Express - "When I Left You" - (4:53) 127 BPM
   
Crystal's Image - "A Friend" - (4:47) 120 BPM
   
Crystal's Image - "Crystals Image/CCT" - (4:45) 134 BPM
   
Darker Shades Ltd - "Tracking Down Jody" - (3:10) 128 BPM
   
Darker Shades Ltd - "Tracking Down Jody, Pt 2" - (2:58) 129 BPM
   
Deep Heat - "Do It Again" - (3:21) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Deep Heat - "She's A Junkie/Who's The Blame" - (2:39) 118 BPM
   
Directory - "Feel It In Your Bones" - (3:05) 100 BPM
   
Directory - "World And Creation" - (4:47) 142 BPM
   
Duracha - "Jody Is Gone" - (2:57) 131 BPM
   
Duracha - "Ghet-to Funk" - (3:05) 88 BPM
   
Elements Of Peace - "Together, Pt 1" - (2:16) 138 BPM
   
Elements Of Peace - "Together, Pt 2" - (3:24) 137 BPM
   
Energettics - "You Make Me Nothing" - (2:38) 103 BPM
   
Energettics - "Rainy Days And Monday" - (2:59) 141 BPM
   
Everyday People - "Loose Booty Is A Real Thing" - (4:06) 105 BPM
   
Everyday People - "Get Next To You" - (2:33) 110 BPM
   
Family Connection - "This Time" - (2:51) 134 BPM
   
Family Connection - "Lost Her Love" - (2:10) 132 BPM
   
Flack And Company - "Disco-TNT" - (2:55) 92 BPM
   
Flack And Company - "Been Loving You So Long Don't Want To Stop" - (2:54) 97 BPM
   
Free Mind - "Just Jammin" - (2:23) 124 BPM
   
Free Mind - "After We're Gone The World Keeps Turning" - (2:53) 108 BPM
   
Hifidelics - "Hifidelics Groove" - (3:30) 126 BPM
   
Hifidelics - "Quiptown" - (3:28) 131 BPM
   
Hot Snow - "Four Times The Love" - (2:56) 93 BPM
   
Hot Snow - "Me & You" - (2:03) 93 BPM
   
Inbassador - "Everyday" - (3:45) 136 BPM
   
Inbassador - "Everybody's Doing It" - (3:30) 116 BPM
   
Intentions - "Dig It Shovel" - (3:04) 95 BPM
   
Intentions - "Blowing With The Wind" - (3:58) 106 BPM
   
Curtis Liggins Indications - "Funky Monkey Right On" - (3:29) 128 BPM
   
Curtis Liggins Indications - "What It Is?" - (2:56) 127 BPM
   
Majestees - "Take Back All Those Things" - (1:59) 142 BPM
   
Majestees - "Let Her Go" - (3:18) 98 BPM
   
Mixed Breed - "Gotta Go Home" - (3:17) 111 BPM
   
Mixed Breed - "Wise" - (3:02) 121 BPM
   
Morning After - "Hey Girl" - (5:12) 132 BPM
   
Morning After - "Disco-Tick" - (3:54) 120 BPM
   
Now - "Land Of Now" - (4:51) 128 BPM
   
Now - "Lovin' You Is Easy" - (2:31) 126 BPM
   
Procedures - "Magic Mirror" - (3:51) 90 BPM
   
Procedures - "Give Me One More Chance" - (4:58) 94 BPM
   
Prophets Of Peace - "The Max" - (4:08) 104 BPM
   
Prophets Of Peace - "You Can Be" - (3:33) 100 BPM
   
Rokk - "Patience" - (4:39) 122 BPM
   
Rokk - "Donat Be No Fool" - (3:40) 125 BPM
   
Sag War Fare - "Don't Be So Jive" - (3:24) 118 BPM
   
Sag War Fare - "Girl You Better Change" - (2:59) 103 BPM
   
Sky's The Limit - "Don't Be Afraid" - (3:48) 112 BPM
   
Sky's The Limit - "Donat Be Afraid" (instrumental) - (3:41) 116 BPM
   
Soul Walkers - "Can I Say It Again" - (3:12) 83 BPM
   
Soul Walkers - "Stay Ahead" - (4:12) 122 BPM
   
Super Soul Movement - "Bad-Bad-Bad" - (3:08) 134 BPM
   
Super Soul Movement - "Bad-Bad-Bad Pt 2" - (3:04) 128 BPM
   
Suspicious Can Openers - "Fever In Your Hot Pants" - (2:38) 109 BPM
   
Suspicious Can Openers - "Tuesday In The Rain" - (2:16) 87 BPM
   
Techniques - "Get Technified" - (4:01) 122 BPM
   
Techniques - "When You're Away" - (3:14) 85 BPM
   
Third Generation - "Mother Nature" - (3:43) 101 BPM
   
Third Generation - "Love Is Gonna Rain Down On Me" - (3:27) 131 BPM
   
Three Days Ahead - "Face It Man" - (2:20) 125 BPM
   
Three Days Ahead - "Rollin Love Pt 2" - (3:48) 152 BPM
   
Tickled Pink - "Reach Out And Give Me Your Hand" - (3:02) 124 BPM
   
Tickled Pink - "Never Can Say Goodbye" - (2:48) 76 BPM
   
Trinikas - "Black Is Beautiful" - (2:48) 139 BPM
   
Trinikas - "Remember Me" - (2:28) 96 BPM
   
Trust - "Funk Power" - (3:40) 125 BPM
   
Trust - "Explosion" - (3:01) 127 BPM
   
Two Plus Two - "I'm Sure" - (3:03) 111 BPM
   
Two Plus Two - "Look Around" - (2:58) 71 BPM
   
Union - "Strike" - (2:27) 106 BPM
   
Union - "Come Over To My House For Lunch" - (2:16) 125 BPM
   
Volumes - "I've Never Been So In Love" - (2:18) 131 BPM
   
Volumes - "I'm Gonna Miss You" - (2:47) 80 BPM
   
Walter & The Admerations - "Life Of Tears" - (2:31) 130 BPM
   
Walter & The Admerations - "Man Oh Man What Have I Done" - (2:41) 130 BPM
   
Clifton White - "The Grade A" - (2:31) 123 BPM
   
Clifton White - "Ain't No Love" - (3:09) 112 BPM
   
Soul Walkers - "I'm Tired Of What People Say Or Do" - (4:12) 144 BPM
   
Soul Walkers - "Never Say You Don't Have It" - (2:53) 88 BPM
NUM 045DIG1
31 Oct 12
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Joints N' Jams Vol 2 (unmixed tracks)
   
Izo FitzRoy - "Everybody Knows This Ain't Right" - (4:07) 84 BPM
   
Moods - "Vulf's Back Pocket" (Regroove) - (3:01) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hot 8 Brass Band - "Love Will Tear Us Apart" - (3:36) 137 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Love Somebody" - (2:49) 111 BPM
   
Dutch Robinson - "Drive Me Wild" (Opolopo remix) - (5:23) 110 BPM
   
Dave Mathmos - "Your Love" (Contemporary Soul remix) - (8:11) 105 BPM
   
JB Dizzy - "Slow Cookin'" - (7:18) 106 BPM
   
The Niceguys & Bobby Saint - "Irie" (Flevans remix) - (4:17) 117 BPM
   
Pete Le Freak Power - "Five Six Seven Eight" - (6:22) 119 BPM
   
Young Pulse - "Love Will Bring It" (feat Natalie Nova) - (5:21) 122 BPM
   
Da Lukas - "Free & Happy" (feat Musione 2) - (7:00) 118 BPM
   
HP Vince - "Shake The Funk" - (4:21) 120 BPM
   
Fabio Pierucci - "Holding Me Back" (Birdee remix) - (6:43) 122 BPM
   
JB Dizzy - "Lovin' Me" - (6:42) 118 BPM
   
Shaka Loves You - "In My Arms" - (5:04) 124 BPM
   
Shaka Loves You - "Stomp" - (5:15) 124 BPM
   
Natasha Kitty Katt - "Kosmic Oscilliations" (Dexter Jones Cosmic Glue remix) - (4:49) 122 BPM
   
Locky - "The Inside" - (6:43) 126 BPM
   
Dirtytwo - "How About This One?" - (6:27) 127 BPM
   
Sunner Soul - "I Can Feel It" - (6:19) 123 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker - "Love Talkin'" (Sunset Boulevard mix) - (7:00) 107 BPM
   
Shaka Loves You - "Joints N' Jams Vol 2" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:12:40) 123 BPM
Review: Collections of contemporary disco, funk and boogie grooves seem to be one of the very few consumer items NOT currently experiencing "supply chain issues" in this post-pandemic world of ours - there's no shortage of them around, is there? This Bomb Strikes comp, though, stands out from the herd for its sheer stylistic breadth. The album kicks off at the hip-hop-, funk- and soul-infused end of the spectrum, with cuts from the likes of Ivo Fitzroy and The Allergies, and slowly works its way up, via some more straight-up disco stompers in the mid-section, into uptempo disco-house territory. Possibly the only place you'll find Natasha Kitty Kat rubbing shoulders with The Hot 8 Brass Band, it's a pleasingly varied set that, as such, should find favour with a wide range of buyers.
BOMBJNJ 002
25 Mar 22
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Freestyle - Funk!
Various
   
Speedometer - "The Shakedown" (Say Yeah - feat Martha High, Myles Sanko & The Stilhouettes) - (4:00) 110 BPM
   
Boogaloo Investigators - "Let's Work A While" - (3:32) 83 BPM
   
The Mighty Show-Stoppers - "Shaft In Africa" - (4:08) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Martha High - "Dragging Me Down" - (3:57) 146 BPM
   
Robert Moore - "Make It Alright" - (2:57) 101 BPM
   
Speedometer - "Four Flights Up" - (4:49) 128 BPM
   
Deep Street Soul - "Soul's Come Alive" - (3:02) 156 BPM
   
The Sound Stylistics - "The Players Theme" - (4:48) 121 BPM
   
Speedometer - "It's My Thing" - (3:59) 110 BPM
   
The Fantastics! - "Soul Child" (feat Noel McKoy) - (3:55) 108 BPM
   
The Andy Tolman Cartel - "You What" - (4:26) 119 BPM
   
Soulive - "Too Much" (feat Nigel Hall) - (4:16) 105 BPM
   
Speedometer - "City Strut" - (3:01) 91 BPM
   
The Sound Stylistics - "Night Theme" - (3:25) 84 BPM
   
The Apples - "Killing" - (4:18) 101 BPM
   
Queens Community Show Band - "Ghetto Funk" - (5:29) 95 BPM
   
Speedometer - "Kool & The Gang" - (3:37) 65 BPM
   
King Hector & The Soul Dynamites - "Broasted Or Fried" - (5:18) 105 BPM
   
The Fantastics! - "Sweetback" - (5:26) 99 BPM
   
Deep Street Soul - "Kick Out The Jams" (feat Tia Hunter) - (3:05) 126 BPM
   
The Perceptions - "Loopy Doopy" (Exclusive 45 version) - (2:38) 120 BPM
   
The Apples - "In The Air" (feat Fred Wesley) - (4:09) 95 BPM
   
Big Pimp Jones - "Fistfight In The Master Bath" - (3:18) 94 BPM
   
The Sound Stylistics - "Shake & Hip Drop" - (2:36) 120 BPM
   
The Grits - "Crazy Legs" - (2:52) 63 BPM
   
Lance Ferguson Rare Groove Spectrum - "Egg Roll" - (3:13) 110 BPM
   
Soulive - "For Granted" - (4:06) 121 BPM
   
The Perceptions - "Hurricane Warning" - (4:57) 129 BPM
   
Randa & The Soul Kingdom - "Not Gonna Let You" - (3:46) 68 BPM
   
The Fantastics! - "Up Yours" - (3:41) 90 BPM
   
Baker Brothers - "Space Funk" - (4:41) 113 BPM
   
Big Pimp Jones - "Three Color Collar" - (2:41) 108 BPM
   
Deep Street Soul - "What She Said" (feat Mighty May Johnston) - (4:48) 152 BPM
   
Randa & The Soul Kingdom - "Feel It In Your Soul" - (2:36) 133 BPM
   
Soulive - "Up Right" - (3:42) 108 BPM
   
Speedometer - "Again & Again" (feat Natasha Watts) - (3:46) 112 BPM
   
Deep Street Soul - "Soul Loco Suite" - (3:23) 83 BPM
   
High St Hustlers - "Give It Up" - (4:45) 94 BPM
   
Randa & The Soul Kingdom - "I Do What I Do" - (3:16) 56 BPM
FSRFNKDIG 01B
06 Sep 19
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Munanye EP
   
Munanye (original mix) - (3:50) 58 BPM
   
Wello (original mix) - (4:23) 58 BPM
   
Munanye (Prismatica remix) - (6:34) 55 BPM
   
Wello (Felipe Granda remix) - (5:07) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
SHNG 166
13 May 22
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Been A Long Time
   
Been A Long Time (feat Lucy Richards & Everyman) - (5:22) 122 BPM
   
Punjabi Party - (4:00) 125 BPM
   
Disco Hustle - (5:13) 118 BPM
   
Hold Your Head Up - (4:02) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bouncing Around - (4:25) 120 BPM
Review: Hailing from Bournemouth on the UK's south coast, Roast Beatz is a self-described 'multi-genre' DJ whose sets span house, disco, funk, hip-hop, breaks, D&B and more. And he takes a similarly eclectic approach in the studio, as this five-tracker on his own Cuttin' It Fine label demonstrates. Making liberal use of some very familiar samples (see 'Punjabi Party' and 'Hold Your Head Up' in particular), what he's come up with are five tracks that span the spectrum from house to soul and funk, but that all have the kind of instant floor appeal that can only be achieved by those with some considerable experience in the booth.
CIF 34
22 Apr 22
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Brazil 45s (DJ Mixes)
Kenny Dope/Various
   
Luli Lucinha E O Bando - "Flor Lilas" (Kenny Dope remix) - (2:52) 91 BPM
   
Di Melo - "Pernalonga" (Kenny Dope remix) - (3:40) 93 BPM
   
Toni Tornado - "Sou Negro" - (2:21) 87 BPM
   
Papete - "Procissao Dos Mortos" - (2:58) 80 BPM
   
Papete - "Domingo No Parque" - (4:56) 59 BPM
   
Antonio Carlos & Jocafi - "Quem Vem La" (Kenny Dope remix) - (3:50) 108 BPM
   
Miguel De Deus - "Black Soul Brothers" (Kenny Dope edit) - (3:43) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MRB 7206
16 Apr 22
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All Night Brotherhood
   
Brotherhood - (6:51) 110 BPM
   
All Night (extended) - (5:51) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
All Night (Scruscru remix) - (6:03) 122 BPM
   
All Night - (3:49) 121 BPM
Review: Don't sleep on this much-hyped, disco-flavoured EP from F-Comm veteran Ludovic Llorca, who's been operating as Art Of Tones since 2005 and who's using this EP to launch his brand new PALP label. Llorca himself has said he sees 'Brotherhood' as "an intro track, something more musical," and certainly its mid-paced funk chug and 70s-style chanted vocal are more 'palette cleanser' or 'scene-setter' than 'surefire floor-filler' - when it's time time strut your funky stuff then 'All Night' is the one with its earthy female vocal, chicken scratch guitar and "everybody!" shouts, while Scruscru's remix takes us into wonkier, jazzier territory.
PALP 001
24 Sep 21
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Mogoya Remixed
   
Minata Waraba (Sampha remix) - (4:47) 120 BPM
   
Djoukourou (Krizbeatz remix) - (4:25) 102 BPM
   
Kamelemba (Pouvoir Magique remix) - (5:20) 68 BPM
   
Yere Faga (Natureboy Flako version feat Tony Allen) - (5:00) 106 BPM
   
Kounkoun (PEDRO remix) - (3:45) 123 BPM
   
Fadjamou (TWOTEK remix feat Tony Allen) - (4:54) 129 BPM
   
Djoukourou (Auntie Flo remix) - (5:39) 125 BPM
   
Kamelemba (Spoek Mathambo's Wassoulou Riddim remix) - (4:11) 100 BPM
   
Fadjamou (St Germain remix feat Tony Allen) - (5:03) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yere Faga (Sun-El Musician remix feat Tony Allen) - (4:27) 105 BPM
   
Fadjamou (Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains remix feat Tony Allen) - (4:03) 131 BPM
   
Yere Faga (Malik Djoudi remix feat Tony Allen) - (4:07) 105 BPM
   
Mogoya (Bastien D remix) - (3:36) 142 BPM
Review: Oumou Sangare's most recent album, 2017's Mogoya, was a fine collection of heartfelt songs in the traditional Malian wassoulou style. Here, it's given the remix treatment, with an impressive cast list of producers taking it in turns to provide their own distinctive interpretations. We were naturally drawn to some of the contributions from high profile producers, with the Tony Allen style Afrobeat rub of "Yere Faga" by Natureboy (AKA DJ Nature) and Auntie Flo's sublime version of "Djoukourou" - all gentle West African beats, sparkling synthesizers and life-affirming vocals - hitting home particularly hard. St Germain's warming Afro-house take on "Fadjamou" and Sampha's bass-heavy, 8-bit interpretation of "Minata Waraba" are also superb.
NOF 362
02 Mar 18
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It's My World Ya Heard
   
It's My World Ya Heard - (7:20) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Would You - (6:16) 123 BPM
   
Fist Of The North Star - (5:40) 126 BPM
Review: Fresh from delivering some jazz-funk influenced soulful house and broken beat flavours on Z Records, Lee Gomez AKA Wipe The Needle returns to Local Talk, a label he's been loosely associated with since 2019. The experienced producer immediately hits his stride with 'It's My World Ya Heard', a loose-limbed chunk of woozy deep house marked out by swinging beats, jazzy synth-bass and classic-sounding synthesizer chords. 'Would You' is a jaunty, soul-fired slab of samba-house loveliness smothered in futuristic jazz-funk synth sounds, while 'Fist of the North Star' is a sparkling, kaleidoscopic slab of heavily electronic broken beat/jazz-funk fusion full of subtle nods towards Motor City music and the hybrid works of Dego and Kaidi Tatham.
LT117B
29 Apr 22
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Funky Grooves Vol 14
   
Changes - (3:36) 122 BPM
   
Live Together - (5:12) 106 BPM
   
Papa Piper - (4:27) 105 BPM
   
Just Begun - (4:20) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: St Albans-based Hansi serves up four more covers on this latest addition to the long-running 'Funky Grooves' series on his own Viking Grooves. 'Changes' gets the ball rolling, rendering Black Sabbath's classic heartbreak ballad in a tortured, southern soul style - it's almost like Otis's revenge for the Black Crowes! The other choices of cover on the EP are perhaps less surprising - Timmy Thomas's 'Why Can't We Live Together', Run DMC's 'Peter Piper' and The Jimmy Castor Bunch's 'It's Just Begun' - but in all cases Hansi puts his own distinctive spin on the original, making for an EP with more than its fair share of attention-grabbers.
VK 020
26 Feb 21
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Moonlight Love Affair
   
Candy Girl (feat Vallemarie) - (2:42) 100 BPM
   
AKH Odessa (feat Russian Gentlemen Club) - (4:00) 64 BPM
   
Toxic Lover - (2:56) 128 BPM
   
FIRE - (2:34) 95 BPM
   
Black Bird (feat Mani Hoffmann) - (3:20) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Golden Dawn - (3:43) 75 BPM
   
Dirty Mariposa - (5:24) 60 BPM
   
Venom - (3:45) 63 BPM
   
Better Believe (feat Mani Hoffmann) - (2:56) 115 BPM
   
Toy Boy - (3:02) 63 BPM
   
Lights Off (feat Anduze) - (4:40) 60 BPM
   
Above The Ground (feat AVEC) - (2:54) 90 BPM
   
Candy Girl (Late Night mix) - (3:30) 60 BPM
EN 106
29 Apr 22
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Boy (Incl. 4 free tracks with full album)
   
Jouissance - (4:48) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Age Of Acceleration - (5:01) 111 BPM
   
D?M-FunK & Harvey Sutherland - "Feeling Of Love" - (4:25) 59 BPM
   
Holding Pattern - (3:56) 110 BPM
   
Michael Was Right About You - (5:06) 110 BPM
   
Slackers - (3:59) 128 BPM
   
Type A (feat Sos) - (3:03) 141 BPM
   
Angry Young Man - (4:44) 67 BPM
   
Boy - (3:24) 154 BPM
   
Time On My Side - (6:01) 54 BPM
   
Harvey Sutherland & DAM-FunK - "Feeling Of Love" (India Jordan remix - FREE WITH FULL ALBUM) - (4:44) 132 BPM
   
Harvey Sutherland & DAM-FunK - "Feeling Of Love" (Esa & His Afro Synth Band version - FREE WITH FULL ALBUM) - (4:31) 124 BPM
   
Harvey Sutherland & DAM-FunK - "Feeling Of Love" (Martyn Bootyspoon "With Tongue" mix - FREE WITH FULL ALBUM) - (4:23) 133 BPM
   
Adrian Sherwood & Harvey Sutherland - "Jouissance" (Adrian Sherwood On-U Sound "Pure Enjoyment" Dub - FREE WITH FULL ALBUM) - (4:49) 142 BPM
Review: Since debuting in 2013, Mike Katz has released a lot of music as Harvey Sutherland, flitting between interconnected styles (disco, deep house, jazz-funk, nu-boogie, U.S garage and Italo-disco included) without ever laying down an album of all-new music. Boy, then, is a significant milestone in Katz's career and offers an exploration of what he calls "neurotic funk" - a boundary-blurring fusion of jammed-out analogue electronics and live instrumentation that draws on a multitude of musical styles without neatly sitting in any one pigeonhole. Highlights include the squelchy boogie-soul revivalism of eye-catching DAM-Funk collaboration 'Feeling of Love', the sparkling jazz-funk-goes-boogie sunshine of 'Age of Acceleration', the simmering soul of 'Holding Pattern' (which features his first ever lead vocal) and the futurist post-punk/new wave flex of 'Type A'. In a word: brilliant.
3616846 798109
29 Apr 22
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Days To Come
   
Intro - (0:53) 114 BPM
   
Days To Come (feat Bajka) - (3:49) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Between The Lines (feat Bajka) - (4:36) 98 BPM
   
The Fever - (4:21) 100 BPM
   
Ketto - (5:06) 95 BPM
   
Nightlite (feat Bajka) - (5:09) 80 BPM
   
Transmission 94 (part 1&2) - (7:57) 108 BPM
   
On Your Marks - (4:11) 117 BPM
   
If You Stayed Over (feat Fink) - (5:23) 140 BPM
   
Walk In The Sky (feat Bajka) - (4:34) 100 BPM
   
Recurring - (5:06) 77 BPM
   
Days To Come (instrumental) - (3:50) 124 BPM
   
Between The Lines (instrumental) - (4:36) 98 BPM
   
Nightlite (Male vocal) - (5:10) 80 BPM
   
If You Stayed Over (instrumental) - (2:15) 140 BPM
   
If You Stayed Over (reprise) - (1:44) 85 BPM
   
Walk In The Sky (instrumental) - (4:06) 100 BPM
   
Hatoa (instrumental) - (4:21) 86 BPM
Played by: Bilanez Music
ZENDL 119
31 Oct 06
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Badass Funk Vol 2
Various
   
The Breakbeat Junkie vs DJP - "Step Up" - (4:43) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
B-Side - "Each & Every Day" (feat Kurnal MC) - (3:58) 53 BPM
   
Morlack - "Hydraulic Roof" - (5:03) 109 BPM
   
Turntill & Merlin - "Dancing Mood" (feat Crosby) - (3:36) 80 BPM
   
BadboE - "The Suicide Thing" - (5:05) 110 BPM
   
Roast Beatz - "Funky Weekend" - (3:35) 53 BPM
   
Tosses - "Same Old Funk" - (3:21) 100 BPM
   
Ewan Hoozami - "Rock More" - (3:48) 120 BPM
Review: As always with the Breakbeat Paradise Recordings crew, we are in for a treat as they unleash the full version of the second 'Badass Funk' compilation, jam-packed with colourful originals and vibrant sampling displays. Featuring eight exciting creations, the vibes stretch from the soulful sample slicing of 'Step Up' from The Breakbeat Junkie and DJP and disco-infused melodic switches of 'Dancing Mood' from Turntill, Merlin & Crosby, to the the more euphoric synth tops and bubbling drums of Ewan Hoozami's 'Rock More' and more relaxed grooves of BadboE's 'The Suicide Thing'. We also hear some tidy work from Morlack on 'Hydraulic Roof', alongside some oldschool finesse on Tosses' 'Same Old Funk'. The whole project oozes class, but our highlights have to include the scatty percussive switches and signalong melodies of B-Side and Kurnal MC's 'Each & Every Day', next to the funkadelic bass twangs of 'Funky Weekend' from Roast Beatz. Awesome stuff!
BBP 149
26 Nov 21
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Creative Musicians (Waajeed & Henrik Schwarz Remixes)
   
Jazzanova - "Creative Musicians" (feat Sean Haefeli) - (3:38) 54 BPM
   
Jazzanova - "Creative Musicians" (Waajeed remix - feat Sean Haefeli) - (6:09) 63 BPM
   
Jazzanova - "Creative Musicians" (Henrik Schwarz remix - feat Sean Haefeli) - (4:34) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Lyman Woodard Organization - "Creative Musicians" - (2:38) 108 BPM
   
Jazzanova - "Creative Musicians" (Waajeed remix instrumental) - (6:10) 63 BPM
   
Jazzanova - "Creative Musicians" (Henrik Schwarz dub) - (4:35) 60 BPM
Review: BBE Music, DJ Amir and 180 Proof records present 'Creative Musicians, featuring remixes by Waajeed and Henrik Schwarz. Taken from the forthcoming new album 'Strata Records - The Sound of Detroit - Reimagined by Jazzanova'. The esteemed German producer enlists the rather Gil Scott-Heron sounding Sean Haefeli as vocalist on these sessions. Waajeed's remix of 'Creative Musicians' goes down a sublime, Detroit style hi-tech soul route, while Henrik Schwarz takes the track into emotive, late-night jazzy house territory. To give you proper context, they have included the much loved original version by the Lyman Woodard Organization.
BBE 690SDG
21 Jan 22
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Umba Baraumba (O Meu Jorge)
   
Umba Baraumba (O Meu Jorge) - (3:35) 80 BPM
ICP 480
13 May 22
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Resense 054
Resense 054EXCLUSIVE
   
Take It Easy - (3:55) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Take It Easy (dub) - (3:51) 110 BPM
Review: A solo excursion here from Smoove, who you surely don't need reminding is one-half of veteran UK soul and funk faves Smoove & Turrell. 'Take It Easy' is a reworking of Astrud Gilberto's 1969 take on Jorge Ben's 'Take It Easy My Brother Charlie', and is sure to be huge with the likes of Peterson, Snowboy and Scruff, and a dancefloor cert wherever shuffling, lounge-y samba rhythms are played. There's a Dub as well, which will be useful for DJing purposes, but of course that one doesn't have Astrud singing. If you dig this, then we suggest delving into her back catalogue - heaven awaits!
RESENSE 054
21 May 21
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Makeded Differenty
Atjazz/Various
   
Atjazz & Mark De Clive-Lowe - "Sweat No Sleep" (Atjazz Astro remix) - (5:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
C.9ine - "Chasing" (feat Kholi - Atjazz remix - part 1) - (10:11) 125 BPM
   
Musaria - "Moment" (feat Saturna - Atjazz Astro remix) - (7:25) 122 BPM
   
TrueSelf - "Future Memories" (Atjazz Internal dub) - (7:13) 124 BPM
   
At One - "African Healing Dance" (feat Wyoma - Atjazz remix) - (6:27) 124 BPM
   
At One - "African Healing Dance" (feat Wyoma - Atjazz Astro remix) - (6:23) 124 BPM
   
Atjazz & Jullian Gomes - "Overshadowed" (Atjazz Galaxy Aart dub) - (7:17) 123 BPM
   
Pablo Fierro - "Whistle" (Atjazz remix) - (6:23) 120 BPM
   
Pablo Fierro - "Whistle" (Atjazz Astro remix) - (6:41) 120 BPM
   
DeejayKul - "Dream Deep" (Atjazz Astro dub) - (5:46) 120 BPM
   
Elise - "Poseidon" (Atjazz Love Soul remix) - (6:52) 125 BPM
   
Brandy - "The Ritual" (Atjazz Galaxy Art dub) - (9:02) 120 BPM
   
Jullian Gomes - "Love Song 28" (feat Bobby - Atjazz Galaxy Aart remix) - (8:15) 120 BPM
   
Jullian Gomes - "Love Song 28" (feat Bobby - Atjazz Astro remix) - (7:59) 120 BPM
   
Rancido - "Thief" (Atjazz remix) - (7:03) 123 BPM
   
Rocco Rodamaal - "P3 Jazz" (Atjazz remix) - (6:54) 123 BPM
   
Fred Everything - "?" (Atjazz Galaxy Aart remix) - (6:40) 120 BPM
   
Kid Fonque & D-Malice - "All This Time" (feat Clara Hill - Atjazz Astro remix) - (6:32) 120 BPM
   
Ben Marc - "Wait" (Atjazz Rudinova Rub) - (7:19) 91 BPM
   
Clara Hill - "Lonely Glow" (Atjazz Galaxy Aart remix) - (6:28) 126 BPM
   
The RAH Band - "Perfumed Garden" (Atjazz remix) - (7:30) 104 BPM
   
Jullian Gomes - "1000 Memories" (feat Sio - Atjazz Galaxy Aart remix) - (7:04) 122 BPM
   
DJ Tipz - "Lifetime" (feat Kholi - Atjazz Love Soul remix) - (6:41) 117 BPM
   
Karizma - "Tech This Out" (Atjazz remix - part 1) - (8:54) 123 BPM
   
Abel - "Just Another Day" (feat Shelley Chapman - Atjazz Astro remix) - (5:17) 118 BPM
   
Atjazz - "Everyone & Everything =" (Atjazz Astro dub) - (6:30) 120 BPM
   
Tomahawk Bang - "HOME" (Atjazz Astro remix) - (7:14) 120 BPM
   
Pat Bedeau & Atjazz - "Dance Of The Inca's" (Atjazz Love Soul remix) - (5:16) 122 BPM
   
!Sooks - "Imagine" (feat Lazarusman - Atjazz Galaxy Aart remix) - (6:50) 121 BPM
   
Inkswel & Atjazz - "Astral Love" (feat Dwight Trible, Planetself & Michele Manzo - Atjazz Love Soul remix) - (3:50) 96 BPM
   
Turbojazz - "Optimistic" (feat Jennyfire - Atjazz Love Soul remix) - (3:56) 120 BPM
   
Fka Mash & Atjazz - "Lonely Jester" (Atjazz Galaxy Aart remix) - (5:46) 118 BPM
ARC 153AD
01 May 22
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Soggy Pocket Remix
   
Soggy Pocket (Hippo Sound System remix) - (6:20) 133 BPM
   
Soggy Pocket (Hippo Sound System remix instrumental) - (6:20) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
HIPPO 004
11 May 22
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Kush Calls EP
   
You Want That (original mix) - (5:52) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heat It Up (original mix) - (6:07) 117 BPM
   
Arranciata (original mix) - (5:25) 119 BPM
   
Kush Calls (feat Cem Mo & Mauricesax - original mix) - (5:11) 112 BPM
Review: Fresh from the release of two tip-top 12" singles on Handy Records and Wolf Music, Malik Kassim brings his trademark Retromigration sound to the freshly minted LYAM label. Typically warm, woozy, bass-heavy and with plenty of musical details - think Ron Trent, with a dash of the Burrell Brothers and the Detroit deep house swing of Andres - all four cuts are superb examples of the Dutch producer's approach to dancefloor dynamics. Highlights include the laidback, club-ready bump of 'Heat it Up', where undulating acid lines and synth-sax catch the ear; the shuffling, broken house sparkle of 'You Want That' (a genuinely sumptuous late-night delight smothered in spacey synth solos); and the mid-tempo, jazz-funk style title track, where loose-limbed live instrumentation and emotive solos come to the fore.
LYAM 001
06 May 22
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Resurrection - The Remixes Part One
   
Cathedrals (Joey Negro extended Disco mix) - (10:09) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do You Want The Real Thing? (Ron Basejam's Main Rub) - (7:31) 100 BPM
   
Indiscreet (Dr Packer remix) - (6:24) 115 BPM
   
Let Them Dance (Idjut Boys Beats) - (4:13) 128 BPM
Review: Back in the day, D.C LaRue was one of the undoubted stars of the underground disco scene, so it makes perfect sense that Z Records boss Dave Lee has bagged a swathe of new remixes. Lee dons the familiar Joey Negro alias to kick things off with a brilliant extended interpretation of all-time LaRue fave "Cathedrals", before Ron Basejam wraps spacey synth solos and fluttering flutes around a killer slow disco groove on his fantastic rub of "Do You Want The Real Thing". Elsewhere, Glitterbox regular Dr Packer provides a rolling, delay-laden take on "Indiscreet" rich in killer disco interpretation that could well be the EP's highlight, while the Idjut Boys serve up a typically trippy, dub disco powered "Beats" version of "Let Them Dance".
ZEDD 12258DD
04 May 18
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Katakana Edits Vol 62
   
DJ Laurel - "Galaxy" - (5:06) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hawwis - "Camina" - (5:34) 115 BPM
   
Hawwis - "Descarga" - (5:09) 123 BPM
   
Cuz Electric - "Leroy Loves Ya" - (5:47) 100 BPM
   
G Niotis & J Pronoitis - "JB World" - (4:07) 90 BPM
Review: 62 collections deep and still blazing up any party in a 1000 mile radius; Katakana deliver yet another fun and funk-fuelled package. All laced with a heavy rhythmic theme, attention to groove detail is paid throughout as we're treated to range of classic and deeply dug edits. "Galaxy" sets the tone with a sleazy strutting war cry before we're hurled into a Latin frenzy on both the sultry "Camina" and the bull-fighting "Descarga". Elsewhere "Leroy Loves Ya" brings the soulful touch and "JB World" closes with a little psychedelic mystique.
KE 9062
27 Apr 18
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Katakana Edits Vol 115
   
Sociedad - (3:27) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cali Woman - (5:10) 93 BPM
Review: Remember that tape/DJ mix/playlist you made - the one where you cobbled together all your most sensual and seductive tracks, to put on when you finally got That Special Someone back to yours? I bet you even called it 'Lights Down Low' or 'The Passion Parlour' or something, didn't you? Yes you did. Well, that's basically what this latest 'Katakana Edits' EP sounds like, as El Paso reworks two soul grooves from days gone by. 'Sociedad' (origin unknown) is a bit Latin-y, while the Joe Bataan-biting 'Cali Woman' is (oddly, given the source) less Latin-y, but with a bit of luck no one's REALLY listening anyway...
KE 9115
25 Feb 22
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Atomico EP
   
Atomico (Felipe Gordon remix) - (6:57) 121 BPM
   
La Kossa (JKriv Elektrikossa dub) - (6:35) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Atomico (DJ Nu-Mark remix) - (3:55) 123 BPM
   
La Kossa (Snake In Da Bronx dub) - (4:16) 116 BPM
   
Biri Biri (Samual Miles remix) - (4:47) 138 BPM
Review: Three years after Jungle Fire joined Razor N Tape Reserve, the label has decided to offer up a swathe of new remixes of some of the band's classic cuts. It's a simple idea, executed brilliantly. Man of the moment Felipe Gordon excels on a jazz-funk and nu-disco-tinged deep house re-frame of 'Atomico', before label co-founder J Kriv delivers a thrillingly squelchy, driving disco dub of 'Le Krossa'. Legendary turntablist DJ Nu-Mark offers a superbly funky rework of 'Atomica' that embraces the track's Afrobeat roots, band-member Patrick Bailey joins the dots between electro and Afro-funk on his deliciously spacey 'Snake in Da Box Dub', and Samuel Miles opts to layer up breathless, energetic percussion on his fine remix of 'Biri Biri'.
RNTD 069
17 Sep 21
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It's All Over / Good Things
   
It's All Over - (3:07) 103 BPM
   
Good Things - (2:37) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
825764 967051
12 May 22
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Funk Jams
Various
   
Mandrill - "Ape's Back In Town" (The Reflex Revision) - (6:50) 52 BPM
   
Ferry Ultra - "Dangerous Vibes" (feat Roy Ayers - Mousse T's R&B mix) - (4:20) 99 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Akay - "Sexual Healing" (Rob Hardt Rephunked mix) - (5:23) 55 BPM
   
Rob Hardt & Ferry Ultra - "If These Walls Could Speak" (feat Sharon Phillips) - (5:27) 94 BPM
   
Akay - "Not Like Me" (feat Montell Jordan - Cool Million edit) - (4:29) 52 BPM
   
Mandrill - "Got To The Funk" (Stephane Deschezeaux remix) - (8:25) 56 BPM
Review: Some high-quality modern funk/soul bizniss here, coming courtesy of Germany's long-running Peppermint Jam. The EP's bookended by fresh remixes of two cuts from NYC world-funk fusionists Mandrill's 2020 comeback album 'Back In Town', while in-between you'll find label regular Ferry Ultra paying homage to Roy Ayers before teaming up with contemporary soul songstress Sharon Phillips, and Berlin's Akay similarly serving up a very classy reworking of Marvin's 'Sexual Healing' (a brave move, but it works) before luring Montell Jordan into the studio for 'Got To The Funk'. Excellent work all round - THIS is how you do it!
PJMS 0250
02 Jul 21
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YOUNGTONES
   
The Sun - (2:55) 59 BPM
   
Don't Let Me Down - (3:31) 137 BPM
   
Ivory Tower - (3:53) 120 BPM
   
Losers - (3:18) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Go Getter - (2:38) 62 BPM
   
Ruthless - (3:37) 93 BPM
   
Cold - (3:31) 59 BPM
   
Locked - (3:15) 99 BPM
   
Dopamine - (3:29) 114 BPM
   
Try Try Try - (3:38) 79 BPM
   
Under The Gun - (3:30) 53 BPM
   
Sway - (3:08) 84 BPM
   
Gravity - (4:38) 91 BPM
   
A Me & A You - (3:15) 147 BPM
CAT 603781
22 Apr 22
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Disco Afro Reedit Series
   
Hustler Super Disco (Monsieur Scott reedit) - (6:11) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Afrodiscobeat (Africaine 808 rework) - (9:56) 120 BPM
   
Hustler (Mad Rey remix) - (4:20) 125 BPM
   
African Message (Mexican Institute Of Sound rework) - (4:04) 118 BPM
   
Jealousy Afrotech (Loya reedit) - (3:31) 100 BPM
   
Jealousy Electro (Loya reedit) - (4:03) 80 BPM
COMET 084
19 Jan 18
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Hymne Au Soleil
   
Oh Yeah - (3:40) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
La Vie, La Vie, La Vie - (5:31) 94 BPM
   
Hymne Au Soleil - (5:11) 134 BPM
   
Adieu My Lord - (5:08) 62 BPM
   
Destination Danger - (4:01) 94 BPM
   
Jou En Nou Riv? - (3:49) 86 BPM
   
Combly Family - (4:56) 89 BPM
   
Verte Gronouille - (3:15) 93 BPM
   
Kenya Sunrise - (3:54) 66 BPM
   
Sarang - (4:44) 59 BPM
   
Laurent Bardainne, Tigre d'Eau Douce & Bertrand Belin - "Oiseau" - (5:10) 109 BPM
HS 227
28 Jan 22
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Beach Diggin', Vol 4
Guts/Mambo/Various
   
Boris Garbiner Happening - "Breezin" - (3:34) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Glenn Riccs - "I've Been Waiting For You" - (4:22) 55 BPM
   
Serginho Meriti - "Bons Momentos" - (2:27) 95 BPM
   
Sue Barker - "Love To The People" - (4:40) 144 BPM
   
Shoody - "Tokyo Melody" - (4:24) 96 BPM
   
Taxi - "Pode Chorar" - (4:06) 91 BPM
   
Alec Khaoli - "Cross Lines" - (5:22) 109 BPM
   
Bebeto - "Neguinho Poeta" - (3:08) 93 BPM
   
Brooski - "This Love" - (3:10) 92 BPM
   
Jemaa - "Bob Marley" - (3:51) 90 BPM
   
Denny King - "Chiquito" - (4:09) 115 BPM
   
O.R.E.A. - "Desintegration-France" - (4:37) 91 BPM
   
Black Sugar - "All Your Love" - (3:52) 109 BPM
HS 154
11 May 22
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The Complete "Blue Cover" Series Vol 2 - Electro Swing 2018-2019
Various
   
Pisk - "Jumpin' Jive" (Electro Swing remix feat Cab Calloway) - (3:38) 59 BPM
   
Heavy Sugar & The Real Tuesday Weld - "Joe Palooka" (Show Me The Money - The Clerkenwell Kid Electro Swing remix) - (4:05) 62 BPM
   
The Swing Bot - "Shake Like It's Coming On" - (4:40) 62 BPM
   
Atom Smith - "Girl Lookin' Good" (feat Burkey) - (3:30) 59 BPM
   
Pisk - "Black Coffee" (feat Nat Gonella) - (4:13) 63 BPM
   
Atom Smith - "Bright Like Hollywood" (feat BURKEY) - (3:56) 125 BPM
   
The Swing Bot - "New Orleans Saloon" - (3:52) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wolfgang Lohr - "Sing, Sing, Sing" (radio edit feat The Speakeasy Three) - (3:03) 62 BPM
   
Pisk - "Mambolero" - (4:11) 127 BPM
   
Atom Smith - "Not Sorry Charlie" (feat Miss Emmma) - (2:35) 64 BPM
   
Tune In Crew - "Bangalore Swing" - (3:19) 113 BPM
   
Atom Smith, Miss Emmma & Burkey - "Flashin' Like I'm Gatsby" - (3:04) 115 BPM
   
The Swing Bot - "Barber Shop" - (4:08) 62 BPM
   
Pisk - "Hummin' To Myself" - (3:42) 62 BPM
   
JAWN - "Obsession" (By My Side - feat Alanna Lyes) - (3:31) 73 BPM
   
Atom Smith - "If It Don't Fit" (Don't Force It - feat Limbs Akimbo) - (3:11) 87 BPM
   
The Swing Bot - "Midnight Purple" - (4:13) 63 BPM
   
The Swing Bot - "Coquette" - (4:15) 62 BPM
   
Pisk - "It Ain't Right" (feat Stuff Smith) - (3:38) 127 BPM
   
The Swing Bot - "It Had To Funk You" - (4:32) 120 BPM
   
Atom Smith - "Stickup Kid" (feat BURKEY) - (3:29) 125 BPM
   
The Swing Bot - "One Hundred" - (3:52) 62 BPM
   
Atom Smith - "All That Meat & No Potatoes" (remix feat Fats Waller) - (2:46) 71 BPM
   
The Swing Bot - "1939" - (3:37) 115 BPM
   
JAWN - "The Jam" (feat Alanna Lyes) - (3:08) 127 BPM
   
The Swing Bot - "Go Away" - (3:53) 115 BPM
   
Atom Smith - "Egad, Mister Cad" (feat Andy McBain) - (4:03) 62 BPM
   
Pisk - "Born To Swing" - (3:54) 125 BPM
Review: When in search of nostalgic ballroom and swing numbers from yesteryear that have been dressed up in a new kind of neon to fit modern dance floors, Freshly Squeezed remains on point as always. This hefty compilation brings in a decadent treasure trove of big band numbers that in their original form may be nearing 100 years of age! All the proper label mates are there like JAWN with the brassy, jazz tones of "The Jam", Tune In Crew's exotic "Bangalore Swing" and Atom Smith's vocal and electro-mashing "Girl Lookin' Good" to Pisk and those classic horns that are "Jumpin Jive".
ZESTLP 166
22 Nov 19
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Chocolate Star: The Very Best Of Gary Davis
   
Gee Dee - (5:13) 120 BPM
   
Last Night - (3:54) 72 BPM
   
Stay With Me - (4:47) 72 BPM
   
The Time For Love Is Now - (2:35) 67 BPM
   
Got To Get Your Love - (3:43) 118 BPM
   
Super Jake - (3:51) 121 BPM
   
The Professor Here - (4:08) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Pop - (3:59) 109 BPM
   
Gotta Get Your Love (Kenny Dope remix) - (4:24) 118 BPM
   
The Professor (Is) Space Walking - (8:06) 134 BPM
   
The Pop - (9:13) 110 BPM
   
The Professor (Is) Slow Walking - (6:57) 118 BPM
   
The Pop (vocal version) - (6:36) 110 BPM
   
Gee Dee (alternative mix) - (3:43) 122 BPM
TEG 3308
06 Dec 06
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Welcome To The Hills
   
Black Love ~ Amazonian Springs - (5:16) 109 BPM
   
Jamaican Links - (1:45) 138 BPM
   
Odyssey - (3:44) 92 BPM
   
Gully Side - (12:29) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
For My Ladies (live In Copenhagen, July 9, 2019) - (8:14) 147 BPM
   
Palladino Sauce - (7:01) 115 BPM
   
Welcome To The Hills - (7:17) 112 BPM
   
Yesterday Princess - (7:21) 85 BPM
   
Encore ~ Babylon Burning - (5:52) 156 BPM
   
Purple Skies ~ Libations - (6:46) 145 BPM
   
Ride Out - (5:05) 156 BPM
   
Nipsey Tha Great - (6:24) 116 BPM
Review: British jazz drummer Yussef Dayes hooks up with bossman on keys Charlie Stacey and bassist Rocco Palladino for Welcome To The Hills. Released on Dayes' own Cashmere Thoughts label inspired by the Jay Z song of the same name, the album presents a live stream of off the hook cosmic jazz, new age funk, downtempo and free-spirited soul that exhales a colourful plume of hi-energy instrumentalism from the lungs of jazz music. Deep and spacey it is in tracks like "Ride Out" and the 12-minute epic "Gully Side" while drums skitter buckwild in numbers like "Black Love ~ Amazonian Springs" and "Encore ~ Babylon Burning". Find more casual and cool swaggers of groove in "Odyssey" next to "Jamaican Links" and the slow jam dubs of "Purple Skies ~ Libations". The rebirth of cool: live and direct!
CT 006
03 Dec 20
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Decision Time Remix EP
   
This Is Real (Dazzle Drums mix) - (7:12) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Music (Jazzuelle's Retro Rhapsody) - (7:10) 118 BPM
   
The Spell (Mark E mix) - (4:45) 116 BPM
   
Music (Luciano vocal mix) - (10:42) 120 BPM
Review: Charles Webster's Decision Time album, the veteran British producer's first for 19 years, was a wonderfully hazy, deep and atmospheric affair, but not particularly dancefloor focused. This belated EP of remixes, on the other hand, is largely club-ready and - thrillingly - packed to the rafters with genuinely brilliant reworks. Dazzle Drums provides a stunning revision of 'This Is Real' that subtly recalls many classic, acid-flecked, starry-eyed Webster deep house tracks of old; Mark E chugs his way through an analogue-rich, sunrise-ready deep house tweak of 'The Spell'; and minimal maestro Luciano reimagines 'Music' as a quietly soulful, off-kilter epic built around pulsing bass and South American style drums. Jazzuelle's 'Retro Rhapsody' version of the same track, meanwhile, magnificently joins the dots between deep house sonics and languid street soul grooves.
DIREC 013
08 Apr 22
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Views
   
Caravan - (6:27) 90 BPM
   
Adrian - (6:32) 76 BPM
   
From Africa - (5:20) 95 BPM
   
The Path - (6:40) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Clash - (6:38) 112 BPM
   
Fuse - (4:51) 98 BPM
   
Kingdom - (7:20) 115 BPM
BTR 052D
06 May 22
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