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No - (4:35) 123 BPM
   
Your Place - (4:42) 121 BPM
   
Ozette - (4:23) 121 BPM
   
Fell Through (with CLICK) - (5:30) 120 BPM
   
Amber Times - (6:23) 122 BPM
   
You Knew - (5:45) 120 BPM
   
Are You Alright - (5:03) 118 BPM
   
Den - (5:41) 121 BPM
   
Dream Mirrors - (6:01) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Night Eyes - (5:42) 127 BPM
   
Divided - (5:47) 125 BPM
   
Since Then - (6:27) 127 BPM
AFINLP 1
23 Mar 18
Deep House
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Color - (6:32) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Uhh - (5:24) 122 BPM
   
We Do - (5:46) 120 BPM
   
Hie - (3:14) 120 BPM
AFIN 20
29 Sep 17
Deep House
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78 Edits - "I'll Be Here For You" - (8:18) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lootbeg - "Your Heart's Been Broken Before" - (6:57) 108 BPM
   
Buzz Compass - "Your Daddy Loves You" - (4:07) 110 BPM
   
La Tuerie - "Mother" - (6:44) 110 BPM
   
Iami - "Hollywood Swing Dub" (Fft edit) - (7:05) 113 BPM
AFIN 02
25 Aug 14
Deep House
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78 Edits - "Keep It Up" - (7:18) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lootbeg & M ono - "About You" - (7:06) 119 BPM
   
Gregory Dub - "Acid Spacejam" - (6:21) 115 BPM
   
Zacharias - "Acaya" - (6:19) 108 BPM
Review: Germany's A Friend In Need have begun to develop a strong reputation for championing their own unique blend of deep house-not-deep-house. Here we get a new label comp featuring four different takes from four different artists: stop-start loopy funk (78 Edits' "Keep It Up"), deep and spacey jack-fests (Lootbeg & M Ono's "About You"), 303 fizz-outs (Gregory Dub's "Acid Spacejam") and the slow, raw and romantic depth charges of "Acaya" by Zacharias. Boom!
AFIN 05
26 Feb 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ra02 (original mix) - (4:08) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ra03 (original mix) - (4:07) 124 BPM
   
Ra03 (Lootbeg Club mix) - (6:33) 61 BPM
AMBIENTAFIN 2
01 Oct 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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Alex Agore - "Sell Out" - (5:27) 118 BPM
   
Jakobin & Domino - "180 Grams" - (9:00) 121 BPM
   
Crooks & Lovers - "Ground" - (3:27) 122 BPM
   
Lootbeg - "Come With Me" - (6:07) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
AFIN 04
26 Nov 14
Deep House
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Thermofluids - (2:40) 132 BPM
   
Profuse Elements - (3:41) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lophelia - (4:32) 120 BPM
   
Immensity Fields - (5:33) 121 BPM
   
Odyssea - (4:26) 126 BPM
   
Amber Island - (6:02) 135 BPM
AFIN 29
06 Feb 19
Electro
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DXin' - (6:24) 121 BPM
   
Escape (Sketch) - (7:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Greyed Out - (9:12) 122 BPM
   
Derrick - (4:56) 120 BPM
   
Radiance - (7:58) 121 BPM
ACIDAFIN 1
20 Oct 14
Deep House
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Blinds - "South Memphis" - (6:29) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lootbeg - "Sorry Wrong Chat" - (4:56) 123 BPM
   
AEZKVLAP - "Ande" - (4:48) 123 BPM
   
Nova Casa - "Union Station" - (5:13) 124 BPM
AFIN 22
15 Nov 17
Deep House
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Blinds - "Hidden Dimensions" - (8:28) 116 BPM
   
Lootbeg - "Love Like This" - (5:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Iami - "Klub Sonntag" - (6:19) 122 BPM
   
Erik Ellmann - "Noe Turn" - (5:03) 117 BPM
AFIN 12
29 Jul 16
Funky/Club House
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Blinds - "Cloud City" - (9:15) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Napoleon Dynamite - "Altei" - (6:56) 120 BPM
   
Lootbeg & Nova Casa - "Introduction" - (4:37) 118 BPM
   
Zacharias - "Across The Cosmic Gardens" - (5:28) 117 BPM
Played by: ROTCIV
Review: Forget Berlin: it's all about neighbouring Leipzig these days and local imprint A Friend In Need are here to prove it on Leipzig Only 02. "Blinds" is up first with the classic Larry Heard vibe of "Cloud City" which was a pretty awesome exercise in deepness if we do say. There's nothing daggy about Napoleon Dynamite's uplifting nu-disco jam "Altei" which would make even Jay Shepheard stand up and notice. Label head honchos Lootbeg & Nova Casa serve up what could be the EPs finest moment on "Introduction" which was wonderfully emotive and bittersweet, with its life affirming strings, melancholic keys and dusty drums. Finally Zacharias goes chasing the ghosts in the analogue machines to stunning effect on "Across The Cosmic Gardens".
AFIN 15
15 Mar 17
Deep House
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Buzz Compass - "Orizont" - (5:42) 112 BPM
   
Liberty Caps - "Leggy Pee" - (4:09) 104 BPM
   
Blinds - "The Trip" - (6:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lootbeg & Iami - "Kalsarikaennit" - (7:05) 120 BPM
   
Zacharias - "Silver Shiver" - (6:38) 118 BPM
Played by: Buzz Compass
Review: Hailing from Leipzig, DJ Lootbeg is the man behind the 'house gems and deep vibes' label, A Friend In Need. Here he presents a sizzling selection of up and coming names from the roster. Highlights include the deep n' jazzy sleek houser "The Trip" by Blinds, the cloudy electro-pop of "Kalsarikaennit" by Lootbeg & Iami and the quirky, squelched-out acid house of "Silver Shiver" by Zacharias.
AFIN 08
23 Sep 15
Deep House
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Neural Geometry - (6:34) 128 BPM
   
Memory Cell - (5:27) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vision Sequence - (6:42) 130 BPM
   
Photosensory - (5:24) 132 BPM
   
Eva - (7:27) 121 BPM
AFIN 39
29 Apr 20
Electro
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Sequoia - (6:10) 120 BPM
   
Unfolding - (5:47) 123 BPM
   
Atmos - (6:55) 122 BPM
   
Dispersion - (5:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aqua-Line - (5:56) 121 BPM
AFIN 36
24 Oct 19
Deep House
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Etur Usheo - "Tribal Love Jam" - (5:43) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tunnel Vision (AUS) - "For You (I Cut My WIngs)" - (4:58) 123 BPM
   
Ricky O - "No Stoppin'" - (6:11) 124 BPM
   
Lootbeg & Blinds - "Close Range" - (6:30) 121 BPM
   
Kohmo Rebby - "Roses Des Sables" - (6:40) 120 BPM
AFIN 32
22 May 19
Deep House
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Sorry Bird - (7:11) 122 BPM
   
B1_Untitled - (7:46) 120 BPM
   
Resistance_A - (4:58) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Buildings On The Moon - (6:20) 120 BPM
AFIN 34
17 Jul 19
Deep House
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Rawstuff - (5:43) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nightlife - (5:29) 123 BPM
   
Nightlife (Riddim Jersey Keys dub) - (5:41) 123 BPM
   
Rawstuff (Blinds remix) - (8:11) 123 BPM
   
Rawstuff (Lootbeg remix) - (6:08) 120 BPM
Review: Switzerland-based producer Gregory Dub - arguably better known under his Pressure Mode alias - doesn't mess around. The original material presented on this EP for A Friend In Need is a good case in point. While blessed with hazy, fluid chords and plenty of soulful touches, there's a bumpin' feel to the beats throughout, while vintage US garage style vocal cut-ups help push the action forward at a rate of knotts. This is particularly noticeable on "Rawstuff", though the same formula underpins the deeper and more expansive "Nightlife". Happily, the remix package is solid, too, with Blinds' acid-flecked, ultra-deep take on "Rawstuff" and the booming Riddim Jersey Keys mix of "Nightlife" impressing most.
AFIN 06
05 May 15
Deep House
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Always Confused - (6:38) 130 BPM
   
Point Break - (5:43) 131 BPM
   
Her Stars - (5:17) 130 BPM
   
Everybody Want To Be Cool (But End Up Like Puyain) - (5:53) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
AFIN 27
05 Jul 18
Electro
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Airy - (3:50) 117 BPM
   
Beyond The Leploop Sky - (4:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ampathy Preparation - (5:36) 120 BPM
   
Romantic Kiss - (6:12) 118 BPM
AFIN 24
04 Apr 18
Deep House
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Romance Revenge - (5:50) 115 BPM
   
The Honeymoon - (5:54) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Honeymoon (M Ono remix) - (7:41) 122 BPM
   
Times Like These - (3:39) 90 BPM
Review: Fledgling label A Friend In Need are all a flutter, proudly presenting their second signing, Amsterdam-based outfit Kumquat. There are three sensual and deep jazzy groove jams here: the title track being a little housier with a sampled female monologue, "The Honeymoon" is a sugary lounge house with similar samples and "Times Like These" references 90s downbeat/trip-hop to great effect. M Ono also appears delivering an upbeat trancey shuffle rework.
AFIN 09
25 Nov 15
Deep House
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Sad Song - (5:44) 118 BPM
   
Downtime - (6:59) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Just Heard - (6:46) 115 BPM
   
Limitation - (5:46) 76 BPM
   
Subculture - (6:51) 122 BPM
AFIN 19
21 Jul 17
Deep House
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Release Yourself (original mix) - (5:47) 105 BPM
   
Dsant - "Spread Love" (Lootbegs Modulated Journey remix) - (5:29) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Acd4/303 (original mix) - (5:09) 113 BPM
   
Without Ur Love (original mix) - (4:57) 113 BPM
   
Simon Sunset - "Outer Banks" (Lootbeg's New Jersey edit) - (6:22) 114 BPM
   
Dsant - "Restless" (Lootbeg's raw remix) - (5:32) 115 BPM
Review: There's a rather simple idea behind A Friend In Need's latest audio missive, which gathers together founder Lootbeg's best-loved tracks and remixes on one handy EP. The Leipzig-based producer excels at delivering fluid, heartwarming deep house that offers the right balance between Floating Points style synthesizer looseness, tactile nu-disco influences and classically dreamy grooves. Highlights include an eyes-closed, acid-flecked rework of Dasant's "Spread Love", the sun-kissed breeziness of "Without Ur Love", and a New Jersey style classic garage-meets-deep house rub of Simon Sunset's "Outer Banks". Best of all, though, is "Acd4/303", a straight-up acid house throbber doused in rough 303 lines and jackin' percussive hits.
AFIN 07
21 Jul 15
Deep House
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Cheeeers - (4:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Goodbye Galaxy - "Gg17428" - (4:46) 83 BPM
   
Mental - (4:40) 123 BPM
   
Goodbye Galaxy - "Gg17421" - (4:25) 131 BPM
Review: There's no denying that Lootbeg has been in fine form of late, with 12" singles on Tieffrequent and Tooman Records only enhancing his reputation as a producer on the rise. Predictably, the Leipzig man is at the top of his game on this EP for A Friend in Need. Opener "Cheeeers" offers the perfect balance between raw, distorted drums, wiggly acid lines and the lilting, string-laden sheen of classic deep house, though acid-fired electro cut "Goodbye Galaxy - Gg17428" - all filtered late night stabs and thrillingly rough rhythms - is arguably even better. Elsewhere, he serves up a thrillingly muscular chunk of TB-303 techno (the fittingly titled "Mental") and does his best Drexciya impression on the heavy-but-poignant "Goodbye Galaxy - Gg17421".
AFIN 17
19 Jun 17
Deep House
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Satellite Inn - (6:30) 124 BPM
   
You Dunno - (6:22) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
There Is None - (5:46) 122 BPM
   
The Happy Track - (4:51) 122 BPM
AFIN 35
05 Aug 19
Deep House
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Hey Oh - (6:19) 124 BPM
   
Grown Up In Leipzig West - (5:32) 124 BPM
   
Love Will Set You Free - (6:50) 124 BPM
   
24 Horas - (6:19) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
AFIN 37
06 Apr 20
Deep House
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Calling U Out (Main vocal mix) - (3:48) 130 BPM
   
Calling U Out (Club mix) - (5:01) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Calling U Out (ambient mix) - (3:56) 151 BPM
AFIN 26
06 Jun 18
Deep House
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Two Moons Rising - (6:13) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Some Daze - (4:53) 106 BPM
   
I Wish You Didn't Dub Me So Much - (3:50) 50 BPM
   
Hearts & Oceans - (6:20) 114 BPM
Review: There's always been something a little Balearic about the toasty, picturesque works of Glasgow-based deep house duo MermaidS. Even so, Welcome to Sunset seems to be a conscious attempt to enhance those Balearic credentials. While the EP does include some particularly warm and hazy deep house - see "Some Daze" and the loopy, electrofunk-influenced sunshine surge of "Hearts & Oceans" - the two most impressive tracks here are a little harder to pigeonhole. Opener "Two Moons Rising" - all enveloping chords, alien electronics, chugging, Italo-influenced bottom end and woozy melodies - sounds a little like Seahawks or some of Chris Carter's more atmospheric 1980s work, while "I Wish You Didn't Dub Me So Much" has all the wide-eyed charm of an obscure 1980s European synth-pop B-side.
AFIN 03
15 Sep 14
Deep House
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MermaidS - "Radiator Lady" - (3:39)
   
La Tuerie - "Look" - (7:11) 116 BPM
   
Mono - "Rain Down Tears" - (6:54) 118 BPM
   
Heion - "Misc" - (6:13) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lootbeg - "Basics" - (5:24) 116 BPM
Played by: MermaidS
AFIN 01
28 Mar 14
Funky/Club House
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MermaidS - "Omega" - (5:10) 115 BPM
   
M.ono & Luvless - "Grant Land" - (6:39) 120 BPM
   
Toomy Disco - "Oscillation" - (7:24) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Quadrakey - "April" - (7:36) 120 BPM
AFIN 14
27 Dec 16
Deep House
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Sogaard (Introducing) - (0:45) 80 BPM
   
To The Loved Ones - (6:33) 63 BPM
   
The Extended Break - (6:11) 57 BPM
   
The Palace - (6:25) 63 BPM
   
Crow Road - (7:22) 60 BPM
AFIN 38
15 May 20
Experimental/Electronic
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Morphing Tetsuo - (2:45) 119 BPM
   
Satori - (7:52) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It Felt Strange - (5:33) 129 BPM
   
Wudang - (3:41) 118 BPM
AFIN 18
07 Jul 17
Deep House
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Citylights - (2:48) 142 BPM
   
Boston Attack - (6:19) 118 BPM
   
David, Peter And Me - (5:18) 118 BPM
   
Believe In Me - (6:16) 118 BPM
   
The Forest - (6:05) 118 BPM
   
Flipp Blipp Klakk - (6:21) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
AFIN 16
15 May 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Abl3 - (5:30) 128 BPM
   
FX Menu - (4:36) 130 BPM
   
It Will Never Be The Same - (5:34) 126 BPM
   
Red/Green - (4:56) 132 BPM
   
Something Is About To Happen - (4:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
AFIN 30
03 Mar 19
Electro
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Bolt - (7:20) 120 BPM
   
RAM Down High - (7:12) 110 BPM
   
Can't Reach You - (6:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Can't Reach You (Jimini version) - (6:24) 120 BPM
AFIN 23
08 Feb 18
Deep House
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Fatty Cutz - (6:11) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Disco 3 2 1 - (6:47) 116 BPM
   
Disco 3 2 1 (Deo & Z-Man remix) - (7:04) 121 BPM
   
Feel It - (5:46) 119 BPM
Review: It is Roberta up next on esteemed German imprint A Friend In Need with the Fatty Cutz EP. Some sublime deep house on offer such as on the the sexy and slinky title track. "Disco 3 2 1" carries on with the same vibe but definitely gets some Afro-spiritual leanings going on in the vein of Joe Claussell or Osunlade. It gets a more upbeat and straight ahead remix by Hamburg's Deo & Z-Man for some sweaty dancefloor action complete with some sick 303 acid action. Finally "Feel It" gets all deep and loungy again taking its cues from some of the harbour city's finest like Vincenzo or early Steve Bug.
AFIN 11
05 Jul 16
Deep House
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Sound Synthesis - "Modulate" - (5:39) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lootbeg - "Hidden Memories" - (4:07) 128 BPM
   
The Workers New Club - "Archi Leap" - (5:41) 121 BPM
   
Varum & Sua Locin - "The Plod" - (5:21) 133 BPM
   
Collin Sullivan - "Chromatic Dispersion" - (5:30) 137 BPM
AFIN 31
01 Apr 19
Deep House
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SupaKC - "Poor People's" - (3:14) 98 BPM
   
Blinds - "Heat" - (8:07) 121 BPM
   
Mary Yalex - "All The Things You Are" - (4:24) 120 BPM
   
Lootbeg - "Quick Reaction Alert" - (4:36) 118 BPM
   
DJ Mo - "Jst Wndrng Thrgh Spc" - (5:06) 116 BPM
AFIN 25
27 Apr 18
Deep House
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Toefflinger - "That's The Way" - (7:34) 123 BPM
   
Thomas Stieler - "Keep Dancin" - (6:37) 122 BPM
   
Ciro De Gais - "Interstellar" - (6:56) 120 BPM
   
Gregory Dub - "Closer" - (6:47) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: German label A Friend In Need, has amassed a very strong back catalogue of deep house/disco fusion jams in a just two years. Here they present new works by a variety of artists and again quality is paramount. Toefflinger delivers some smooth and emotional vintage sax-garage vibes on "That's The Way", Thomas Steiler drops some rumbling bass and hazy synth layers "Keep Dancin" and "Instellar" by Ciro De Gais is all about the suspended strings and Pettibone-style machine gun snares. Lastly Gregory Dub's "Closer" literally closes the EP with a kind of fusion of elements from all the above.
AFIN 10
23 May 16
Deep House
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Capsule In Space - (5:03) 109 BPM
   
Lithium - (5:34) 130 BPM
   
Lithium (Jens Porath remix) - (6:47) 132 BPM
   
Lithium (Oliver Rosemann remix) - (6:44) 130 BPM
   
Divide - (4:32) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: A Friend In Need/Afin is a Leipzig-based label pushing 'house gems & deep vibes", run by Lootbeg and Nova Casa. Next up is local producer Elisa Rost aka Tsorn who serves up some emotive techno journeys on Technoafin Vol 1. "Capsule In Space" is a dark and melodic journey track that fit in well with the current trend of tech house at the moment but definitely has a bit more originality than the rest of the pack at present. "Lithium" is a pounding and dystopian industrial techno cut that really packs a punch for Institut fuer Zukunft at peak time. It also gets two killer remixes by locals Jens Porath and Oliver Rosemann; but it;s the latter's ferocious and tunneling makeover which really does for us; think Modularz!
TECHNOAFIN 1
07 Jun 16
Minimal/Tech House
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La Tuerie - "Look" (original mix) - (7:11) 116 BPM
   
78 Edits - "Keep It Up" (original mix) - (7:18) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Zacharias - "Airport Mornings" (Kumquat remix) - (5:20) 114 BPM
   
Blinds - "DXin'" (original mix) - (6:24) 121 BPM
   
Buzz Compass - "Orizont" (original mix) - (5:42) 112 BPM
   
Kumquat - "The Honeymoon" (M.ono remix) - (7:41) 122 BPM
   
Lootbeg - "Acd4/303" (original mix) - (5:09) 113 BPM
   
Jakobin & Domino - "180 Grams" (original mix) - (9:00) 121 BPM
   
Gregory Dub - "Rawstuff" (original mix) - (5:43) 123 BPM
Played by: Jakobin & Domino
AFINCOMP 2
13 Mar 17
Deep House
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Various
   
MermaidS - "Hearts & Oceans" - (6:20) 114 BPM
   
78 Edits - "I'll Be Here For You" - (8:18) 105 BPM
   
Buzz Compass - "Your Daddy Loves You" - (4:07) 110 BPM
   
La Tuerie - "Mother" - (6:44) 110 BPM
   
Mono - "Rain Down Tears" - (6:54) 118 BPM
   
Gregory Dub - "Acid Spacejam" - (6:21) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
MermaidS - "Some Daze" - (4:53) 106 BPM
Review: Since launching last spring, Lootbeg's A Friend In Need label has established itself as a reliable source of deep house/disco fusion, delivering the kind of heady, loopy material that was once the preserve of the Dikso and Instruments of Rapture imprints. No Jacket Required, the Leipzig-based label's first compilation, tells the story so far. There's plenty to get excited about throughout, from the smooth, Balearic-inclined grooves of MermaidS, and the sumptuous loop disco deepness of 78 Edits' "I'll Be Here For You", to the fluttering acid lines, enveloping pads and eyes-closed grooves of Gregory Dub's "Acid Spacejam". Even more impressive is the contribution from Buzz Compass, which offers a decidedly summery deep house revision of a Terry Callier classic.
AFINCOMP 1
06 Jul 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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NMSS - "It Felt Strange" (original mix) - (5:33) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blinds - "Cloud City" (original mix) - (9:15) 116 BPM
   
Little Boy with Glasses - "Downtime" (original mix) - (6:59) 120 BPM
   
Rowvn - "Feels" (original mix) - (5:44) 124 BPM
   
Orange Dot - "Flipp Blipp Klakk" (original mix) - (6:21) 124 BPM
   
Lootbeg & Nova Casa - "Introduction" (original mix) - (4:37) 118 BPM
   
5HTTP - "Color" (original mix) - (6:32) 123 BPM
   
Lootbeg - "Cheeeers" (original mix) - (4:56) 120 BPM
   
Afinss - "Ra01" (ambient mix) - (5:13) 115 BPM
AFINCOMP 3
04 Jan 18
Deep House
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VARIOUS
   
Afinss - "Ra01" (Rhythmical mix) - (5:14) 120 BPM
   
Heion - "Misc" (original mix) - (6:13) 108 BPM
   
78 Edits - "Keep It Up" (original mix) - (7:18) 102 BPM
   
La Tuerie - "Look" (original mix) - (7:11) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
MermaidS - "Some Daze" (original mix) - (4:53) 106 BPM
   
Buzz Compass - "Your Daddy Loves You" (original mix) - (4:07) 110 BPM
   
M.ono & Luvless - "Grant Land" (original mix) - (6:39) 120 BPM
   
Kumquat - "The Honeymoon" (original mix) - (5:54) 117 BPM
   
Lootbeg - "Love Like This" (original mix) - (5:36) 120 BPM
   
Quadrakey - "April" (original mix) - (7:36) 120 BPM
   
RNR - "Bolt" (original mix) - (7:20) 120 BPM
Review: Lepizig crew A Friend In Need regular serve up compilation style EPs featuring tasty tracks from a select group of like-minded local and international producers. Here they go further, delivering an expansive, 11-track collection that could well be the imprint's strongest release to date. After beginning with a chunk of sparkling ambient brilliance by Afinns, the set flits between deliciously dreamy, groovy and tactile mid-tempo fare (mostly courtesy of slo-mo specialists such as Heion, loop-master 78 Edits, MermaidS, La Tumerie and Buzz Compass) and more peak-time-friendly tackle that similarly fuses elements of swirling deep house, rubbery disco and glassy-eyed boogie. These cuts are particularly potent, with the contributions by Mono & Luvless, Lootbeg and Quadrakey standing out.
AFINCOMP 5
13 Aug 18
Deep House
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Various
   
AEZKVLAP - "Ande" - (4:48) 123 BPM
   
5HTTP - "Den" - (5:41) 121 BPM
   
Lootbeg - "Cheeeers" - (4:56) 120 BPM
   
Blinds - "Radiance" - (7:58) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rowvn - "Is It Real" - (5:38) 122 BPM
   
5HTTP - "Color" - (6:32) 123 BPM
   
Lootbeg - "Sorry Wrong Chat" - (4:56) 123 BPM
   
Blinds - "South Memphis" - (6:29) 123 BPM
   
Rowvn - "Feels" - (5:44) 124 BPM
Review: While it has become increasingly fashionable to champion hissing, crackle-heavy deep house, Leipzig label A Friend In Need has been repping the style longer than most. Here they enhance their credentials via a fine nine-track compilation. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the pitched-down Detroit techno/hazy deep house futurism of AEZKVLAP's "Ande" and the acid-flecked Balearic house hiss of Lootbeg's "Cheeeers" [sic], to the Larry Heard-on-happy pills bliss of Rowvn's "Is It Real", to the dirt-encrusted, redlined fuzz of Blinds' "South Memphis", which reminded us a little of Shall Not Fade's most memorable moments.
AFINCOMP 4
15 May 18
Deep House
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Various/Aquatronics
   
Aquatronics - "Thermofluids" - (2:40) 132 BPM
   
Richard Easel - "Abl3" - (5:30) 128 BPM
   
Lootbeg - "Hidden Memories" - (4:07) 128 BPM
   
Varum & Sua Locin - "The Plod" - (5:21) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Richard Easel - "It Will Never Be The Same" - (5:34) 126 BPM
   
Varum - "Centered" - (4:15) 130 BPM
   
Sound Synthesis - "Modulate" - (5:39) 133 BPM
   
Aquatronics - "Profuse Elements" - (3:41) 128 BPM
   
Varum - "Deep Minder" - (4:42) 131 BPM
   
Collin Sullivan - "Chromatic Dispersion" - (5:30) 137 BPM
AFINCOMP 6
24 Feb 20
Electro
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Intro (original mix) - (2:03) 130 BPM
   
Deep Minder (original mix) - (4:42) 131 BPM
   
Cygnolo (original mix) - (5:52) 130 BPM
   
Insects (Breakapella mix) - (3:39) 138 BPM
   
Be 14 (92' version) - (6:20) 155 BPM
   
Centered (original mix) - (4:15) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
A Trip To Trumpton (original mix) - (3:26) 120 BPM
AFIN 28
12 Dec 18
Electro
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Airport Mornings - (4:21) 114 BPM
   
Airport Mornings (Roberta remix) - (5:51) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Airport Mornings (Iami remix) - (6:02) 118 BPM
   
Airport Mornings (Kumquat remix) - (5:20) 114 BPM
Played by: Buzz Compass
AFIN 13
10 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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