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Pina Disco - (5:19) 124 BPM
   
Hold Up - (4:23) 122 BPM
Review: Pushing a bigger sound inspired by the UK, bassline house and its post-rave generation is Alex Harrington. Arriving on the Deep Sense label, Harrington is all about a King Street sound and effervescence, boldly dialling up filtered rhythm sections, drums and hi-hats like no one's business. Drawing from soulful vocals and happy synthesised horn play alongside huge chords and rollicking keys, both tracks here burn deep; be it the higher, uplifting energy of the title track or the super bossa nova vibes inside the New Jersey ethics of "Hold On". Alex Harrington officially in the house.
DPSNS 019
08 Jul 20
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Be As One (original mix) - (6:19) 124 BPM
   
Live As One (Bazza Ranks remix) - (5:46) 139 BPM
Review: Straight up beat down tracks done in a ballroom house fashion from the one and only Bazza Ranks, backed up on the mic by Capitol 1212 preaching the word: 'love each other like a sister and brother'. With harder drums mapped to seering strings of a classic house track, Kerri Chandler-like chords rain down heavily in "Be As One", with Ranks own remix on the digital flip looking to UKG for its influences in a stylistic, liquid and free flowing remake for summer.
SBR 001
10 Jul 20
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Burning - (7:00) 129 BPM
   
Header - (4:50) 134 BPM
   
Just Get You - (5:12) 131 BPM
   
Lazer - (3:54) 131 BPM
   
Selekta - (6:02) 134 BPM
   
Shady - (6:58) 120 BPM
Played by: NAZA
Review: Within the release reviews we often discuss consistency and if there was ever a label that it applied to the most it is Strictly House And Garage. Since their inception as an imprint last year, they have barely put a foot wrong, with this latest six tracker from the ever-ready Daze Prism being a perfect example of that. We begin our journey into this one with a look at the smooth, warming chords within 'Burning' atop a colourful array of drums, before sliding into the futuristic percussive reverbs and winding sub structures of 'Header'. Next up we take in 'Just Get You' which combines nostalgic string notation with moderinzed crispy drum exploits, before 'Lazer' arrives with more catchy vocal chops to match. From here, 'Selekta' arrives with a lively set of drum moves and a catchy reese tone before we take in 'Shady', a slower groove that works perfectly to
round off the project with a bang.
SHAG 007
10 Jul 20
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Dalston Wizardzz (Sans Skit) - (1:54) 120 BPM
   
Dalston Wizardzz (Al Kent remix) - (6:11) 120 BPM
Review: Here is a teaser from the second album by Hologram Teen aka Morgane Lhote, forthcoming on Ransom Note. Following stints in outfits like Stereolab, The Projects and Garden, Morgane's first incarnation as a solo artist began five years ago, with her superb debut under the Hologram Teen alias titled 'Between the Funk and the Fear' released in 2018. New single "Dalston Wizardzz" is taken from the album 'Pizza Conspiracy' and is smooth nu-disco joint that is perfect for the late night, and is backed up by the mighty Al Kent's rework which takes it down a chilled-out and sunny balearic route - that's perfect for the summer season.
RSN 25S 1
07 Jul 20
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This Is Real (extended mix) - (7:57) 120 BPM
   
This Is Real (House mix) - (6:29) 120 BPM
   
This Is Real (House instrumental) - (6:24) 120 BPM
   
This Is Real (Disco dub) - (7:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
This Is Real (Disco instrumental) - (7:57) 120 BPM
Review: Brooklyn-based Washington DC native Jacques Renault, one of the team behind NYC's roving Let's Play House parties, comes to Future Disco with a five-track EP in the classic disco house mode. The Extended Mix, House Mix, House Instrumental, Disco Mix and Disco Instrumental shouldn't really take much explaining, but head for either of the latter two if you want something satisfyingly deep n' crunchy, either of the House mixes if you're after a dose of mid-90s podium nostalgia, or the Extended Mix if you've somehow found yourself about to drop a peaktime set at Glitterbox or Horse Meat Disco...
FUDIS 028
03 Jul 20
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What Ya Need - (6:25) 135 BPM
   
Come Again - (5:54) 132 BPM
Review: Earlier in the year, Jamie Jones decided to give Josh Hvaal his big break via an impressive debut EP on Hot Creations. A few months on, the 24-year-old, Derby-based producer is back with a bang, this time on the popular label's more underground Hottrax offshoot. He bhits the ground running with "What Ya Need", a bounding techno number laden with squelchy synth bass, crispy cymbals, tough drums, echoing vocal samples and cannily crafted tease-and-release breakdowns. "Come Again" is a little more retro-futurist in tone, with Hvaal adding retro-futurist Chicago house style bass and pitched-up, ghetto-house style vocal snippets to a jacking techno rhythm.
HXT 055
10 Jul 20
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All I Want Is You (Mason remix) - (6:11) 122 BPM
   
All I Want Is You (Xinobi remix) - (6:59) 119 BPM
   
All I Want Is You (Ash Reynolds remix) - (6:42) 117 BPM
   
All I Want Is You (extended mix) - (5:32) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The original version of "All I Want" is one of the lesser-known gems in Kraak & SMaak's epic back catalogue. The squelchy slab of revivalist electrofunk, which features a brilliant lead vocal from Keyhole, was first sent to DJs five years ago, but for whatever reason was only released earlier this year. Here the long-serving Dutch trio treat us to the essential (and previously unheard) extended mix, plus a trio of reworks from industry pals. Mason kicks things off with a vibrant and colourful take that re-casts the track as a delay-laden chunk of 1980s NYC freestyle, Xinobi opts for a bass-heavy deep nu-disco flex, and Ash Reynolds re-imagines it as a swinging chunk of lusciously sun-kissed deep house with warming boogie flourishes.
BA 006
30 Jun 20
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Lucky (Late Nite Tuff Guy extended remix) - (5:28) 120 BPM
   
Lucky (Late Nite Tuff Guy dub) - (5:28) 120 BPM
Review: PNAU is the multi-platinum-selling, ARIA award-winning electronic act of Nick Littlemore (Empire of the Sun), Peter Mayes and Sam Littlemore famed for their extensive career born out of the underground clubs and festival dancefloors of Australia - "Strawberries" anyone? A headline act during Australia's summer festival season, keeping it warm and locked down in the clubs this winter (if you're down under) is disco edit king Late Nite Tuff Guy (aka DJ HMC for the diggers) who turns in two floor and DJ friendly remakes of a summer anthem all the kids are singing.
ETCETCD 5600
10 Jul 20
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Groove It (Yam Who? Studio 54 Tribute vocal mix) - (6:52) 122 BPM
   
Groove It - (5:34) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Groove It (Rocoe remix) - (6:05) 122 BPM
   
Groove It (Yam Who? Studio 54 Tribute instrumental mix) - (6:52) 122 BPM
Review: Midnight Riot serve up some contemporary disco/disco-house grooves that are sure to find favour at the likes of Glitterbox and Horse Meat Disco. In its Original form, 'Groove It' has a summery, mid-00s Hed Kandi kinda feel. Yam Who? then steps up with a Studio 54 Tribute Vocal Mix which, true to form, is somehow altogether more sumptuous and luxuriant without actually being that radically different, and which comes accompanied by a matching instrumental. Finally, Rocoe funks things up considerably on a remix that's driven by a phat bassline, wukka-wukking geetar and rare groove-style, siren-like horns.
MIDRIOTD 244
10 Jul 20
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Gettin' Me High (extended mix) - (6:34) 123 BPM
   
Gettin Me High (radio edit) - (4:47) 123 BPM
   
Gettin Me High (Jarred Gallo remix) - (5:18) 120 BPM
   
Gettin Me High (Jarred Gallo dub) - (4:38) 120 BPM
   
Gettin Me High (Jarred Gallo radio edit) - (3:58) 120 BPM
Review: Five mixes on offer here, though as these break down into the original Radio/Extended versions and a Remix, Dub and Radio Edit from Bay Area house veteran Jarred Gallo, there are really only two! The former could work in soulful house and contemporary soul/R&B spots alike, while Gallo's passes rock a somewhat heftier bottom end that make them the pick for less specialist house floors. In either case, the female vocal is complemented by the unmistakeable hip-house rap stylings of the inimitable Mr V. If you're looking for trad-style soulful/vocal house grooves this week, this is a very solid bet.
PJMS 0241
10 Jul 20
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Various
   
Whatever - "Adrianaa" - (4:47) 122 BPM
   
Lavan - "U R Beautiful In The Face" - (5:19) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Joe Cleen - "Gliders" - (5:28) 120 BPM
   
Carlo - "Truck ID?" - (6:29) 126 BPM
   
Philippa - "That's What I Mean By Free" - (5:45) 124 BPM
   
Felipe Gordon - "Deep Like The Hole We Live In" - (6:08) 123 BPM
   
Letherette - "Your Love" - (4:35) 124 BPM
   
Kassian - "Warehouse Discotheque" - (7:37) 126 BPM
   
Luvless - "Big Fudge" - (5:52) 120 BPM
   
Ruff Stuff - "Space Explorer" - (6:04) 128 BPM
   
Pablot - "Rewind Run" - (6:10) 120 BPM
   
Casino Times - "Bones" - (6:47) 122 BPM
   
Jad & The - "Roys Road" - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
Soul Wun - "Thank You, St Germain" - (4:49) 122 BPM
   
DJ Counselling - "Keep On Playing" - (8:18) 118 BPM
   
2xm/Kills - "Pirates" - (6:12) 133 BPM
   
Meowsn - "Y" - (5:30) 117 BPM
   
SlothBoogie - "Dancing With Friends" (continuous mix) - (1:28:22) 124 BPM
Review: To celebrate notching up ten years in the game, London blog and party-turned-record label SlothBoogie has decided to offer-up their most ambitious release to date: an epic collection of previously unheard cuts from a mixture of imprint regulars and like-minded friends. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, with highlights including the sparkling jazz-funk-meets-deep house sunshine of Levan's "U R Beautiful In The Face", the deep, breakbeat-driven dreaminess of Philippa's "That's What I Mean By Free", the piano solo-heavy disco-house bump of Leatherette's "Your Love", and the dub disco-meets-acid house heaviness of "Rewind Run" by Pablot. Throw in similarly impressive contributions from Kassian, Luvless, Casino Times and Soul Wun (the classic jazz-house of "Thank You, St Germain") and you have a must-have collection.
SBLP 001
03 Jul 20
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Mark Knight & Tuff London - "Don't Give Up" (feat Cagney & Lacey - extended mix) - (6:20) 122 BPM
   
KC Lights & Juliet Sikora - "Tonight" (extended mix) - (6:24) 125 BPM
   
Friend Within & D Ramirez - "Let It Move Ya" (extended mix) - (5:32) 124 BPM
   
Alex Preston & Siege - "Back To The Beginning" (extended mix) - (5:58) 124 BPM
   
Rene Amesz & David Tort - "Or The Other Way Around" (extended mix) - (6:26) 125 BPM
   
Mat Joe & Ben Remember - "Let Go" (extended mix) - (6:36) 128 BPM
   
Wh0 vs Sllash & Doppe - "The Fire" (extended mix) - (5:42) 124 BPM
   
ATFC & Mason - "The Get Down" (extended mix) - (6:24) 126 BPM
   
Tube & Berger/Eskuche - "La Familia" (extended mix) - (6:35) 127 BPM
   
Dario D'Attis & Kinnerman - "Won't Stop" (extended mix) - (6:46) 123 BPM
   
The Deepshakerz & Simon Kidzoo - "Shamanize" (extended mix) - (5:40) 125 BPM
   
GAWP & DJ Rae - "Something Real" (extended mix) - (5:46) 124 BPM
   
Clyde P/Illyus & Barrientos - "Acid Vogue" (extended mix) - (5:30) 128 BPM
   
DJ Chus & Siwell - "Love Me" (extended mix) - (5:53) 125 BPM
   
Gene Farris & Miane - "Footwerk" (extended) - (5:45) 124 BPM
   
Amine Edge & Dance/Maxinne - "What U Say" (feat Mizbee - extended mix) - (6:06) 126 BPM
   
Frederick & Kusse/Fibi - "Gimme That Funk" (feat Eric Redd - extended mix) - (6:44) 124 BPM
   
Raumakustik & Andrew Meller - "Disco Dust" (extended mix) - (6:34) 127 BPM
Review: Following up the 'T1'experiment back in 2015, Toolroom reboots the concept to celebrate their artists' talents and challenge them creatively. With many in isolation across the world, 'T2' will act to raise money for Covid-19 relief funds, with a percentage of profits going to charity. Much like the last edition - which was an album of new and exciting collabs from their label roster - label boss Mark Knight picked the collaborations totally at random during a Facebook Live broadcast, resulting in some 'out-of-the-box experiments and sure-fire bangers.' Highlights include: KC Lights who teams up with Kitball's Juliet Sikora on the soulful sax-driven shuffle of "Tonight", the man himself Mark Knight teaming up with Tuff London and Cagney & Lacey to bring back funky house with a vengeance on "Don't Give Up", while Romanian label staples Sllash & Doppe likewise turn in some late '90s styled filtered disco funk on "Burnin'" and the ascendant Maxinne teams up with Mizbee, Amine Edge & DANCE on the tough rolling main room stomper "What U Say".
TOOL 93301Z
10 Jul 20
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