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Sporting a finely tuned, funk-infused aesthetic and dynamic, York-based label and release outlet Alpaca Edits have carved out a real niche for themselves in the thriving, multi-pronged soul, funk and disco scenes. With plenty of cross pollination between each sound, this sustained diversity has been a major marker of their widespread popularity, driven firmly by the enigmatic Pete Le Freq. A sharp focus on tasteful, respectful disco edits (both nu and old-style) has made them a force to be reckoned with, backed up by cracking appearances from Andy Buchan, Chuggin Edits and Deelicious, as well as Le Freq’s own seminal ‘Refreqs’ series - all have received widespread support and attention. A platform cherished and firmly appreciated by many, Alpaca Edits will continue to be a UK staple for years to come.
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Gnarly Seagull
All My Laxative - (7:11) 118 BPM Hot
Mi Sabrina - (6:28) 123 BPM
Mysteries Of Cissy - (6:04) 120 BPM
The Sweetest Way - (7:02) 114 BPM
Review: 2024 marks a decade since the launch of Alpaca Edits, an offshoot of the Llama Farm label established by Pete Le Freq and Fisco Dunk in the mid noughties. It's fitting, then, that the imprint's first missive of their 10th anniversary year comes from Le Freq. It's a joyous and celebratory affair all told, particularly opener 'All My Laxative', a cheery, string-laden and horn-toting rearrangement of a dewy-eyed disco-soul treat. Of course, there's plenty to set the pulse racing across the rest of the EP. Check first 'Mi Sabrina', a rolling house style re-edit of a jazz-funk-tinged Latin dancefloor gem, before turning your attention to the low-slung, delay-laden disco bump of 'Mysteries of Cissy', and the warming, loved-up disco warmth of 'The Sweetest Way'.
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ALPACA 082
09 Feb 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Five Six Seven Eight
Five Six Seven Eight (Properly extended mix) - (6:22) 119 BPM Hot
Five Six Seven Eight (radio edit) - (3:07) 118 BPM
Review: The clue's in the name here, as UK deep house and disco stalwart Pete Le Freq teams up with the unmistakeable tonsils of Freakpower's Ashley Slater on a track that first appeared on a Bombstrikes comp a year or two back but now gets a single release on Pete's own Alpaca Edits label. 'Five Six Seven Eight' comes in Properly Extended and Radio Edit mixes, with Slater on top growling, sleazoid form and Le Freq providing a suitably funk-fuelled backdrop. Definitely something of a Wild Cherry-ish feel here, but since when was that a bad thing? Play that funky music, white boys!
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ALPACA 081
08 Dec 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Headspace
Show U My Love - (6:33) 119 BPM Hot
Chicago Player - (6:53) 123 BPM
That Gospel Track - (7:29) 120 BPM
Keep On Dancin' - (6:41) 122 BPM
Review: You wait ages for a Pete Le Freq edits EP, and two come along at once! This four-tracker from the popular disco-house fusionist appears two weeks after his return to the label (via 'The Gok Wan Back Up Plan') for the first time in two years. He begins by gentling dubbing out, housing up and expertly rearranging a Goldie Alexander classic ('Show U My Love'), before joining the dots between the Bucketheads' 'The Bomb' and thedisco classic it sampled ('Street Player') on the bass-heavy 'Chicago Player'. Elsewhere, 'That Gospel Track' sees Pete Le Freq make merry with aquatic disco bass, heady horns and soaring gospel vocals, while 'Keep On Dancin' is a high-grade disco dance-along straight from the top drawer.
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ALPACA 080
27 Oct 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Gok Wan Back Up Plan
Afraid To Freq - (6:19) 122 BPM Hot
Infinity Now - (6:32) 120 BPM
Close 2 U - (6:32) 120 BPM
Rescue Sybil - (7:13) 118 BPM
Review: For the first time since he shared an epic album's worth of 'lockdown edits' in December 2021, Pete Le Freq is back on Alpaca Edits with another red-hot selection of club-ready disco and boogie reworks. He first offers a smoothed-out, mixing-friendly take on a boogie-bass propelled disco number full of simmering strings and twinkling pianos ('Afraid To Freq'), before tweaking a more driving, electric piano-sporting disco number ('Infinity Now'). Those looking for a big dose of dancefloor energy should check the disco-funkin' excellence of 'Close To You', while 'Rescue Sybil' is a tastefully executed revision of a Sybil Thomas boogie classic with freshly metronomic drums.
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ALPACA 079
13 Oct 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Lockdown Sessions Vol 1
Another Bloke - (6:55) 118 BPM
Nites Of Disco - (6:19) 124 BPM
Down - (6:01) 118 BPM
Chance With U - (6:16) 120 BPM
Not The Last One - (6:48) 120 BPM
Cool - (7:25) 123 BPM
Do The Dance - (5:56) 120 BPM Hot
Lip Gloss - (5:28) 117 BPM
Better Than Silver - (6:27) 120 BPM
Don't Stop - (6:42) 118 BPM
Spidey's Girl - (6:53) 116 BPM
Review: UK stalwart Pete Le Freq cut his teeth on the East Midlands deep house scene, coming up alongside the likes of Inland Knights and DiY, but these days you'll find him working mostly in the disco and funk sphere. And now here comes an 11-track collection that's very much in the latter vein, and whose genesis is rather neatly explained by the title! 'Lip Gloss' reworks Hi-Gloss's 'You'll Never Know' and 'Spidey's Girl' chops up 'Mary Jane' by Rick James; that suggests the other nine cuts are also probably re-edits, but if so he's dug admirably deep for inspiration! Either way, if it's disco and funk from the more traditional side you're after, you'll find much to enjoy here...
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ALPACA 078X
03 Dec 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Multi-Track Freakouts Vol 5
AAS - "Tried, Tested & Positive" - (7:44) 119 BPM
AAS - "Discovered A Vaccine" - (7:06) 120 BPM
The Son Of Jack - "Day & Night Working" - (6:51) 125 BPM Hot
Sal's Really Big Band - "Sheffield's Tram Station" - (8:04) 117 BPM
Review: Pete Le Freq's re-edit series reaches Volume 5, with more cryptic artist names providing cheeky clues as to the sources. 'Day And Night Working' by Son Of Jack is an obvious one (The Jacksons, 'Working Day And Night', 1982), while Salsoul Orchestra's 1975 'Chicago Bus Stop' provides the basis for 'Sheffield's Bus Station' by Sal's Really Big Band. Elsewhere, 'Tried, Tested & Positive' and 'Discovered A Vaccine', both credited to AAS, are a couple of string-drenched, uptempo 70s-style disco stompers with big diva vocals - and were known in a previous life as 'Tried, Tested And Found True' and 'Found A Cure' by Ashford & Simpson.
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ALPACA 077X
22 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Multi-Track Freakouts Vol 4
Airr - "Here's 2 You" (Pete's Here's A Dubb) - (6:25) 122 BPM
Airr - "Here's 2 U" (Pete's vocal Refreq) - (8:31) 122 BPM
Smoked Ribena - "Being With U" (Pete Le Freq Refreq) - (7:40) 119 BPM Hot
Not The Smith Boys - "Egyptian Nights" (Pete Le Freq Refreq) - (8:46) 114 BPM
Review: A stalwart of the UK's deep house scene for over 20 years, Pete Le Freq comes to Alpaca Edits here with four very classy reworkings. Given that the original tracks in question are Skyy's 'Here's To You' (in Vocal and Dub flavours), Smokey Robinson's 'Being With You' and The Jones Girls' 'Nights Over Egypt', you certainly couldn't accuse the man of willful obscurantism when it comes to source material, but all three/four are very well done - especially 'Being With U', which has always been something of a guilty, schmaltzy pleasure for this reviewer and which just got one helluva lot easier to programme!
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ALPACA 076X
08 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Down The Back Of The Sofa Edits Vol 2
D'Bus - "One" - (8:20) 120 BPM
Brain Ideas - "Back Flash" - (7:47) 114 BPM
Local Assembly - "Dirty Knees" - (6:32) 120 BPM
Game Participant - "Baby Back Ribs" - (5:25) 112 BPM Hot
Review: York's Alpaca Edits label bring us four more reworkings of classic dancefloor cuts - and have some fun with the nomenclature while they're about it. So D Train's 'You're The One For Me' gets reinvented as 'One' by D'Bus, Imagination's 'Flashback' becomes 'Back Flash' by Brain Ideas, Funkadelic's '(Not Just) Knee Deep' is reworked as 'Dirty Knees' by Local Assembly (geddit? Parliament!) and Player's 'Baby Come Back' gets plundered for 'Back Baby Ribs' by Game Participant. We won't be handing out any crate-diggin' medals for this one, then, but all four re-edits are very serviceable and sure to raise a few smiles on the dancefloor.
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ALPACA 075X
18 Dec 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Sound Of Van Pratt
Me & You - (5:23) 116 BPM Hot
Talk About Funky - (6:25) 120 BPM
That Boogie - (6:35) 122 BPM
Review: Mexican producer Jesus Rodriguez, better known as Monsieur Van Pratt, comes to Alpaca Edits with three reworkings of vintage dancefloor cuts, though the originals in this instance remain sadly unidentified. 'Me & You' is a brass-tastic cut with a near-falsetto male "you give me so much pleasure" vocal, if that helps, while 'Talk About Funky' sounds like it's been hewn from the rock of 70s Afro-funk, and closer 'That Boogie' has a distinctly Fatback Band-ish feel. The latter takes the gold for this reviewer, with 'Me & You' a close second, but all three are plenty playable.
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ALPACA 074X
25 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Love In All Colours EP
Luvin' U - (7:16) 116 BPM
Strawberry Letter 24 - (6:46) 110 BPM
Heritage - "Love Me Baby" - (5:23) 114 BPM Hot
Review: This is the first-ever release from Heritage, a UK DJ/producer with a long track record working on the tech side of the industry. Coming on Pete Le Freq's York-based Alpaca Edits label, his debut finds him teaming up with Ed Mahon, a Blackpool-based house DJ/producer who also co-founded online station Cowbell Radio, to rework three classic disco/funk/boogie cuts from Donald Byrd ('Loving You', 1978), The Brothers Johnson ('Strawberry Letter 23', 1977) and Jean Carn ('My Love Don't Come Easy', 1979). No wheels are getting reinvented here, but all three takes are respectfully done, and chunked-up nicely!
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ALPACA 073X
11 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
This Ain't Yo Mama's Soul Train
This Ain't Yo Mama's Soul Train (original mix) - (6:11) 120 BPM Hot
This Ain't Yo Mama's Soul Train (Micfreak remix) - (4:54) 124 BPM
Review: Alpaca Edits regular Pete Le Freq takes time out from offering up "multi-track edits" to deliver a swirling, string-drenched chunk of disco house sweetness in collaboration with Coco Street. In its original form, "This Ain't Yo Mama's Soul Train" makes extensive use of elements from a Philadelphia International classic, layering up glassy-eyed Tony Montana style orchestration and vocal snippets over a bustling house beat. The accompanying Micfreak Remix takes the track further into disco-house territory, pitching the cut up to 124 BPM and beefing up the beats to gargantuan proportions. It's a suitably heavy alternative version that sounds like a peak-time staple in waiting.
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ALPACA 072X
20 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Good Time
Blow Your Whistle - (9:10) 119 BPM Hot
Superslick - (6:06) 117 BPM
Finger Lickin' - (8:28) 116 BPM
Good Time Crescendo - (9:06) 111 BPM
Review: Last year, Montreal scene stalwart and original disco DJ/remixer Robert Ouimet surprisingly returned to action with a trio of rework singles released by Basic Fingers and Whiskey Disco. Here he marks his first appearance on Alpaca Edits with another quartet of tried-and-tested re-rubs. He starts in confident fashion via the bouncy, string-drenched and bass-heavy disco brilliance of "Blow Your Whistle", before closing his eyes and reaching for the flanged disco-funk guitars on the celebratory stomp of "Super Slick". His love of rock-fired disco heaviness is explored further on standout rework "Finger Lickin", while closing cut "Good Time Crescendo" is a soaring, feel-good disco number that more than lives up to the promise of its title.
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ALPACA 071X
06 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mmm. I Like Pie
Sum Ting Bout Ya - (6:19) 114 BPM
What It Takes - (10:16) 120 BPM
Fray Bentos & Dusty Sanchez - "Hit It Off" - (7:04) 120 BPM
Fray Bentos & Dusty Sanchez - "Straighten It Out" - (5:15) 111 BPM Hot
Review: Given that he named himself after a popular brand of tinned pastry products, it would be fair to say that Fray Bentos likes pie. Disappointingly there's a distinctive lack of pie puns within the track titles of his latest EP, though the edits themselves are top notch. "Sum Ting About Ya" is an expertly rearranged and lightly bulked up slab of disco-soul, while "What It Takes" is a thrillingly delay-laden, tooled-up revision of a sing-along disco classic that makes the most of the original's synth bass-propelled instrumentation. For the EP's final two tracks he joins forces with Dusty Sanchez, first for the bustling disco-house stomp of "Hit It Off" and then the filter-smothered warmth of "Strengthen It Out", a deliciously dreamy affair blessed with superb piano solos.
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ALPACA 070X
16 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Multi-Track Freakouts Vol 3
Refreq'ed Miracle - (7:13) 112 BPM Hot
It's The Freqqin' Weekend - (7:41) 125 BPM
Pete's Got Vertigo - (7:01) 123 BPM
Relight Dan's Fire (With Added Loleatta) - (12:00) 123 BPM
Twenty Percent - (9:22) 120 BPM
Luv Town - (9:04) 120 BPM
Review: Multi-track maestro Pete Le Freq is back with a third selection of hot-to-trot reworks created using original vocals and instrumentation from a range of disco and boogie-era cuts. He successfully teases and filters out the Jackson Sisters on "Refreq'ed Miracle", before putting his stamp on Phreek's Patrick Adams-produced Paradise Garage anthem, "Weekend". He then delivers two storming cuts based on Dan Hartman's "Relight My Fire": an extended instrumental ("Pete's Got Vertigo") and a sing-along version with added Loleatta Holloway ("Relight Dan's Fire"). Elsewhere, he successfully tampers with a Salsoul classic ("Twenty Percent") and sticks a bouncy house beat beneath a string-laden disco classic ("Luv Town").
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ALPACA 069X
09 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Multitrack Freak Outs Vol 2
The Playa - (6:27) 120 BPM
Any Further - (8:18) 103 BPM
Lately - (7:07) 119 BPM
Naughty Birds - (8:34) 120 BPM Hot
Let No Man - (8:36) 120 BPM
Review: Alpaca Edits heavyweight Pete Le Freq continues to make merry with the multi-track tapes of dusty disco, soul and electrofunk classics. This second selection of "freak-outs" is every bit as on-point as its predecessor, with the self-proclaimed "Freq" sprinting through the soaring disco-soul brilliance of "The Playa" before slinking into '80s soul/AOR pop mode on the dreamy and quietly groovy "Any Further" (a period 12" Dub style revision of a well-known radio favourite). Elsewhere he tampers with Janet Jackson's Jam and Lewis produced classic "What Have You Done For Me Lately" with typically impressive results before successfully "talkin' about bad girls" on punchy rework "Naughty Girls". Best of all, though, is "Let No Man", a loose and life-affirming edit of one of the greatest disco records of all time.
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ALPACA 068X
15 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Lost In A Freq'in Maze
U - (8:25) 112 BPM
Before - (7:58) 109 BPM Hot
Stompy Mcstompface - (8:15) 122 BPM
U Gave Me Luv - (8:20) 116 BPM
Boo Ghee Nites - (7:27) 118 BPM
Review: Right now it seems like a week doesn't pass without the release of a new re-edit EP from Pete Le Freq. While it's not that surprising - the disco edit scene is full of prolific rework merchants - what is eyebrow-raising is the way that the Alpaca Edits regular is able to keep the quality threshold impressively high. For proof, check the glassy-eyed yacht rock/AOR disco-soul brilliance of "Before", the all-action, slap-bass and string-laden disco heaviness of "Stompy McStompface" (this week's most humorously titled re-edit), and the filter sporting, dub disco style "Boo Ghee Nights", where one of disco's most famous cuts gets a tidy 21st century makeover.
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ALPACA 067X
01 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Yacht Rock Rewinds
Yah Mo - (7:52) 117 BPM
Puddin' And Pie - (8:00) 100 BPM Hot
Say - (6:22) 115 BPM
Review: We'd like to think that Pete Le Freq completed these glassy-eyed '70s and '80s yacht-rock edits while dressed in suitable attire, specifically a pastel coloured, loose fit jump suit and boat shoes. Sadly, he probably didn't, but happily his "rewinds" will suit all those yearning for a bit of warm, sun-kissed positivity. Our pick of the bunch is "Say", where a string-laden classic from blue-eyed soul maestro Boz Scaggs is gently tooled up, dubbed-out and rearranged for maximum dancefloor impact. Elsewhere, "Yah Mo" is a tasty version of an eyes-closed, synth-laden '80s soul/yacht rock classic, while "Puddin' & Pie" is a groovy, occasionally echoing version of soft focus Toto classic "Georgy Porgy" that's just crying out to be rocked on an Adriatic boat party.
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ALPACA 066X
17 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Burnin'
Burnin' - (8:23) 123 BPM Hot
Turn Your Love - (7:28) 108 BPM
Dreamin' The Dream - (8:00) 122 BPM
What About Nile? - (6:54) 95 BPM
Review: Alpaca Edits founder Pete Le Freq is on a roll at the moment, with a string of high-grade EPs still to drop in coming weeks. "Burnin" is the first of these and is every bit as essential as the producer's previous edit EPs. He starts in confident mood offering up a groovy, subtly beefed-up revision of a Gwen McRae classic that wisely gives dcue prominence to the original track's killer bassline. "Turn Your Love" sees the friendly Freq get busy with filter tricks on a breezy version of a 1980s George Benson favourite, while "Dreamin' The Dream" is a driving, low-slung revision of a powerful disco-funk workout. Arguably best of all, though, is "What About Nile", a gently breezy, filter-sporting slab revision of a sleek, chic and lovelorn disco classic.
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ALPACA 065X
03 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serial Funker
Don't Stop - (7:49) 120 BPM
Get On Down - (7:15) 116 BPM Hot
Split Personality - (7:06) 115 BPM
Review: Ireland's Dexter Jones serves up three reworked dancefloor nuggets from days gone by. 'Don't Stop' opens with an extended, Italo-esque synth intro, then bursts suddenly into life around the two-minute mark with a great big horns riff and a vocodered male "don't stop" vocal that alternates with a female vocal chorus singing "don't stop the music", though where these elements have come from we can't tell you (and no, it's not Yarburgh & Peoples!). The male-vocalled soul/boogie grooves of 'Get On Down', on the other hand, have been lifted from Raydio's 'It's Time To Party Now' from 1980, while there's more "boogie bassline + soulful harmonies" action on the closing 'Split Personality'.
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ALPACA 064X
24 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Brockwood Selections
Elevate (Don't Mind Me edit) - (4:53) 118 BPM
Help Myself (Goo Goo edit) - (5:24) 112 BPM
Too High (Cost Of The edit) - (5:47) 120 BPM
To Moira (The Leary edit) - (5:20) 120 BPM Hot
Played by: Paper Street Soul
Review: Fresh from a recent outing on Rare Wiri, sometime Midnight Riot and Hot Digits duo Cuz Electric (AKA Rich Hall and Megan Jones) bring their brand of disco revisionism to Alpaca Edits for the second time. They begin by putting their spin on an elastic, P-funk influenced electrofunk jam (the body-popping brilliance of "Elevate"), before cannily re-arranging and re-EQ'ing a mid '80s new wave disco jam on the big studio grandiosity of "Help Myself". They skip their way through a Hugh Masekela style mid-'80s South African bubblegum track on "Too High", while "To Moira" is a deliciously muscular, string-laden chunk of camp disco celebration just crying out for peak-time plays.
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ALPACA 063X
13 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Polymorphin'
We Are Devotion - (6:02) 82 BPM Hot
Champagne Charlie - (6:17) 76 BPM
Bit By Bit - (5:50) 132 BPM
The Peach - (6:23) 97 BPM
Pleasure - (5:55) 100 BPM
Review: Fresh from showcasing his trademark brand of hypnotic dancefloor reworks on Seamus Haji's Re-Loved imprint, sometime Midnight Riot and Hot Digits artist Chuggin Edits makes his first appearance on Alpaca Edits for almost a year. There's much to admire across the five-track EP, from the Saccharine sweetness of drowsy Balearic rework "We Are Devotion" (the kind of softly spun AOR pop edit that screams "end of night jam"), to the triple-time blue-eyed soul cut-up of "Bit By Bit", via the 1980s Barry White haziness of "The Peach" and sun-kissed, trumpet-sporting warmth of the EP's superb closing cut, "Pleasure". In other words, it's another fine collection of unlikely, Balearic-minded reworks for steamy sunsets and tactile sunrises.
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ALPACA 062X
03 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Cleaning Up?
Clean Up Your Own Yard (J Moore edit) - (7:01) 122 BPM
Fortunate Son (Ccr edit) - (6:27) 125 BPM
Say Wot (A Sensible Captain edit) - (6:47) 105 BPM Hot
Review: Former DJ Mag Middle East editor Andy Buchan is undoubtedly one of the rising stars of the nu-disco and re-edits scene. His reworks are always of a solid standard - and often even higher - making each successive release a "must-check". Predictably he's in fine form on this Alpaca Edits outing, brilliantly kicking things off with the jaunty, peak-time-ready disco-soul stomp of "Clean Up Your Own Yard (J Moore edit)". Arguably even better is "Fortunate Son (Ccr Edit)", a percussion-rich rework of a flash-friend funk-rock classic, while closing cut "Say Wot (A Sensible Captain Edit)" is baggy, bouncy, giddy and blessed with the kind of bassline that will be stuck in your head for days. And yes, it is a revision of an overlooked Captain Sensible classic.
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ALPACA 061X
18 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Multi-Track Freakouts
Relight Dan's Fire - (12:02) 123 BPM Hot
Get On T'floor - (9:49) 127 BPM
Review: Sometime Masterworks Music manipulators That Needs An Edit (an alias of Alpaca Edits mainstays Pete Le Freq and Jon Baker-Hood) have decided to have a "Multi-Track Freakout" and we've all been invited along to listen to the fun unfold. They begin with a stellar, surprisingly stripped back revision of Dan Hartman classic "Relight My Fire" that brilliantly showcases instrumental elements largely buried in the original (razor-sharp funk guitar riffs, bongo patterns etc) before introducing the track's superb vocals and orchestrations. The result is a killer, 12-minute peak-time beast. Handle with care! The EP's other outing is similarly epic, with the duo giving a Clavinet-heavy new twist to Michael Jackson classic "Get On The Floor". This, too, has the makings of a dancefloor anthem.
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ALPACA 060X
04 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Legends In Our Own Underpants
G'night T'night - (8:52) 119 BPM
Re Anon - (7:58) 122 BPM
This Is More - (7:52) 124 BPM
Tango In The Edit - (6:51) 119 BPM
Feeling Needy - (6:29) 116 BPM
Don't Call Dr Nick - (6:22) 118 BPM Hot
Inside Out - (6:14) 100 BPM
Outside In - (7:22) 115 BPM
Labour Of Loops - (6:44) 121 BPM
Love Multiplier - (7:50) 114 BPM
Love Lost - (8:53) 123 BPM
Wake Up! - (8:02) 116 BPM
Where's The Love For Donny? - (5:42) 115 BPM
That Girl - (5:09) 115 BPM
Gamble's In A Huff - (6:10) 120 BPM
Review: Bam: 15 massive edits from Alpaca crew all in one hefty, hairy hit. How many can you spot? How many can you play in one set? How many more of these words are you going to read before you press play and hear for yourself? If you know Alpaca, you'll know the deal; deep digs and big faves all respectfully beefed and tweaked for your DJ pleasure. From the roxy foxy yearning of "This Is More" to the upbeat glory of "Don't Call Dr Nick" via "Labour Of Love", an edit so percussive and funky it'll have you crying out loud. That's barely scratching the surface... You're going to have a lot of fun with these this Christmas.
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ALPACA 059X
03 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
A Girl Like Me
A Girl Like Me - (7:54) 123 BPM Hot
You Got Me - (8:43) 127 BPM
Review: Austrian producer Mannix returns to Alpaca Edits with two more retro-happy, disco-flavoured jams. Centred around a singalong "why must a girl like me love a man like you?" chorus, 'A Girl Like Me' is a high-camp affair with something of a 70s Eurovision air about it, and hence is probably best served to dancefloors that don't mind a hint of fromage (or formaggio or K?se, if you prefer). Rollicking along at a fairly pacey 127bpm, the accompanying 'You Got Me' operates in similar territory, but has more of an authentic US feel.
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ALPACA 058X
26 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Weekend Madness
Touching You Feeling You - (6:05) 117 BPM
Weekend Madness - (6:32) 109 BPM Hot
With Cristine In The Disco - (6:31) 114 BPM
Review: York based Alpaca Edits is run by Pete Le Freq and makes make what you like in the headphones come out the big speakers with their top edits, reworks and remixes. Now he has hot C Da Afro - see what he did there - from Greece who has appeared previously for Midnight Riot, SpringBok, Editorial and Spa In Disco. Filtered late-night Miami vibes abound on "Touching You Feeling You", sexy deep disco for lovers awaits you on "Weekend Madness" and "With Cristine In The Disco" features some sultry saxophone action that would make a grown man cry.
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ALPACA 057X
12 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
About 6 Minutes Each On Ampex Tape Reels
Keep On Dancing - (6:39) 112 BPM
Live In Me - (5:45) 120 BPM
Shake - (7:05) 110 BPM Hot
Review: Re-edit kings Rocknrolla Soundsystem return with their takes on three more vintage dancefloor gems. The Jackson 5 are the first to go under the knife, with 'Keep On Dancing' extended to 6:39 of looping groove with MJ's vocal front and centre but not over-used. Next it's the turn of Rufus & Chaka Khan's 'Live In Me', a rolling affair with those mighty tonsils in full effect, before the Rocknrollers get deep down and dirty as they rework The Gap Band's 'Shake' with its Fatback-ish earworm of a chorus ("shake, shake shake shake, shake my booty at the disco").
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ALPACA 056X
29 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Deja Vu
Imagine This (Crescendolls edit) - (5:04) 115 BPM
U Did It (Fatboy Ann edit) - (5:27) 110 BPM Hot
What The Jezahel (Birley Shassey edit) - (5:03) 114 BPM
Review: Alpaca Edits are back with one of the scene's most favoured editors at present: Andy Buchan. The Leeds based disco DJ first cut his teeth playing in Dubai a while back, where he was editor of DJ Mag Middle East. Nowadays, you can find him playing across the UK and presenting his highly sought after resplices on top labels like Hot Digits, Masterworks, Spa In Disco and Audaz. His new Deja Vu EP features the disco inferno of "Imagine This" (Crescendolls edit), the lo-slung boogie down vibe of "U Did It" (Fatboy Ann edit) and the flamboyant What The "Jezahel" (Birley Shassey edit) - which was our favourite of the bunch.
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ALPACA 055X
15 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Tales From The Vault
Mind Funk - (6:06) 116 BPM
Hey Hey - (5:57) 116 BPM
Rapping Wordyhood - (5:56) 122 BPM Hot
Get Down - (6:03) 110 BPM
Review: Mike Woods has previously delivered the goods on a number of popular re-edit imprints, including Masterworks Music, Cherry Cola and Disco Fruit. Here he stars on Alpaca Edits for the first time. Woods begins with the chunky, synth-laden, sun-kissed goodness of "Mind Funk", before dipping into his bag of throbbing, EBM-influenced Italo-disco tricks with "Hey Hey", a stomping rework of a Fairlight CMI-powered Trevor Horn production from 1984. It doesn't take a degree in crate digging to work out the track being rearranged on "Rapping Wordyhood"; for the record, Woods's revision is faithful to the original while giving it his own subtle tweak. Arguably best of all, though, is "Get Down", a loopy, floor-friendly revision of a lesser-known cover of an early hip-hop classic.
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ALPACA 054X
01 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Get A Room
Got 2 B 3 - (5:40) 86 BPM
Hng2Gthr - (6:15) 108 BPM
Next 2 U - (6:36) 72 BPM
Runway Gurl - (5:34) 104 BPM Hot
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ALPACA 053X
21 May 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Down The Back Of The Sofa Edits
The Freq Girls - "Egyptian Nights" (Pete's Overnight Rework) - (9:03) 114 BPM Hot
EnSLAVEd - "Just A Freq" (Pete's Freakin Rework) - (9:37) 114 BPM
Teddy Freqqygrass - "Get Loose" (Pete's Got Funky Rework) - (11:00) 125 BPM
Chaka Freq - "Wha Cha" (Pete's Freakin Rework) - (8:30) 110 BPM
Freq Johnson - "Fine Brown Frame" (Pete's Alfa Refresh) - (9:20) 115 BPM
The Freqsons - "Lovely One" (Pete's Freakin Rework) - (8:58) 123 BPM
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ALPACA 052X
07 May 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Innercity Sumo
Feladup - (7:37) 118 BPM
I Need It - (6:55) 123 BPM
Whistle Bump - (11:19) 122 BPM Hot
Review: Seemingly inspired by the pathetic pitches of fictional Norfolk broadcaster Alan Gordon Partridge, South Beach Recycling treats us to their take on the great man's Inner City Sumo concept. We're not quite sure what Alan would make of the three tracks on show, but plenty of people are likely to be mightily impressed. Check, in particular, "Feladup", a jaunty and hard-hitting interpretation of a slamming Fela Kuti classic, and the stunning, orchestral disco wig-out that is 11-minute epic "Whistle Bump". This epic edit contains all manner of saucy solos as well as sultry strings, cheeky cut-ups and one hell of a floor-friendly groove.
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ALPACA 051X
23 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Tilt
The Tilt - (5:31) 117 BPM
It's Too Late - (6:53) 117 BPM
Dreamer - (6:18) 120 BPM Hot
Sexy Cream - (5:57) 124 BPM
You Can't Turn Me Off - (6:25) 122 BPM
Review: Having previously released on many of the edit scene's most prolific labels - think Hot Digits, Editorial, Masterworks Music and Disco Fruit - Deelicious attempts to complete a full house by adding Alpaca Edits to his CV. Perhaps the most notable feature of the EP is the subtle variety of the producer's reworks. Contrast, for example, the heavy but swirling disco-house bounce of "Sexy Cream", whose undulating orchestration works in perfect harmony with the producer's chunky new house beats, and the '80s boogie-meets-disco-funk brilliance of synthesizer-heavy opener "Tilt". Those searching for deeper and dreamier vibes should also check the hazy country-disco sweetness of "Dreamer".
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ALPACA 050
09 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Juiced
Haysey Recall - (8:34) 118 BPM Hot
Half Way Len - (7:58) 116 BPM
Bakers Fantasy - (7:09) 118 BPM
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ALPACA 049X
26 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Muscle Car Funk Pt 2
So U Wanna Be A Star - (7:48) 122 BPM Hot
Good Lovin' Is Good Livin' - (7:56) 124 BPM
Review: Austrian DJ and remixer Mannix Kling stands for high quality house music productions with influences from disco, soul, funk and boogie. Over the years, he's had releases on labels such as Purple Music, Favouritizm Records, Sunclock and Lapsus Music. On Muscle Car Funk Pt 2, Mannix lends his deft hand to a bunch of re-takes that sure as hell needed an edit! "So U Wanna Be A Star" is a right disco inferno that sounds quite familiar and while we cannot name it off the top of our heads - it sounds like a fresh revision for modern dancefloors. Secondly we have a respectful edit from a creative source (ahem!) we know that much - "Good Lovin' Is Good Livin'' takes things down a deeper and more sultry route.
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ALPACA 048X
05 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Muscle Car Funk Part 1
Looking Ahead - (8:54) 126 BPM
The World Is A Ghetto - (10:02) 114 BPM Hot
Review: Disco-minded dance soldier Mannix lands on the insufferably seductive Alpaca Edits with two new fiery bits of glitter-ball funk - the Muscle Car Funk edits! "Looking Ahead" is a disco sensation, mashing up heavyweight bass drums with sensual strings and funky guitar bass, while "The World Is A Ghetto" travels at a much calmer pace, churning the vibes through a mid-tempo swagger that makes for the funkiest of funk bombs. Yes!
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ALPACA 047X
12 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Shake It, Cheryl, Shake It!
Shake It Cheryl - (10:59) 120 BPM Hot
L.O.V.E. - (8:04) 117 BPM
Keep On - (5:32) 117 BPM
One More Step - (8:11) 118 BPM
Review: Pete Le Freq is Alpaca Edits and Llama Farm head honcho, serial re-editor and reworker of soul funk and disco. Here he presents three respectful edits such as "L.O.V.E." where he delivers a lo-slung and funky affair: Greek style, no guesses who he resplices on "Shake It Up Cheryl" - it's an oldie but indeed a goodie. There's also a 1979 British soul classic thats given a nice modern revision here on "One More Step" - timeless stuff! Pete's been djing for the last 20 years, has played all over the UK and Europe, spinning with the likes of Inland Knights, The Littlemen, Soydan, Cagedbaby, DIY, Matt Shrewd and loads more. His productions have taken elements of disco, soul, funk and jazz with a large dose of wobbly bass and blended them all together in a deep house smoothie.
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ALPACA 046X
29 Jan 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Maskerade
Don't Let It Go 2 Ur Hed - (7:26) 109 BPM
Keep On Doing Wot Ur Doin - (7:06) 108 BPM Hot
Maskerade - (5:30) 100 BPM
Bye! - (6:32) 88 BPM
Review: Chuggz is back! Once again flexing between neat digs and familiar finds, he kicks off 2018 the way he climaxed 2017 - with serious funk and flare. "Don't Let It Go 2 Ur Hed" makes you pull up your jeans and pay attention with its lush waving vocals and rolling groove, the string-laden "Keep On Doing Wot Ur Doin" will make you shout 'bo' in the most sensual hip-slinked way imaginable, "Maskerade" is a work of cosmic downbeat dreamy wonder while "Bye!" is a straight up walrus of a dreamboat. Let's hope he's not saying goodbye for too long....
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ALPACA 045X
15 Jan 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Freq Show
Freq Show - (8:07) 122 BPM
Stuff - (7:38) 120 BPM Hot
Changing Transport - (8:27) 118 BPM
Review: Pete La Freq is a Cambridgeshire DJ that heads up Alpaca Edits and its parent label Llama Farm. On "Freq Show" be prepared for a Cameo sounding, neon-lit boogie funk edit that could well have been on the soundtrack to classic '80s films like Beverly Hills Cop or Action Jackson. And that P-funk bassline, manalive! Next up he serves up some lo-slung, deep disco business on "Stuff" that goes for that late '70s NYC kind of vibe. Finally "Changing Transport" is the kind of feel good and sunny 'respectful edit' that will appeal to fans of other equally lauded disco Stus of the moment - such as Perth's Dr. Packer or The Noodleman from Toronto. This follows up some awesome releases on the label in recent times, from the likes of Andy Buchan, RockNRolla Soundsystem and the charmingly titled C Da Afro.
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ALPACA 044X
08 Dec 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Monkey Tennis
Heaven - (6:17) 120 BPM
Intrusion - (9:37) 120 BPM
The Floor - (6:19) 118 BPM Hot
Review: It's time for some pre-Xmas edits with South Beach Recycling, and this lot are up on Alpaca Edits for the first time - that can only mean vibes and vibes, from start to finish! In fact, "Heaven" loops its majestic disco riff over a phat, chunky beat that will cause absurd levels of hysteria on the dancefloor. "Intrusion" is a similarly freaky disco affair, this time coming through with horns and Rhodes keys sounding more seductive that anything we've heard this week, plus, you get the jazzy, sax-led magic of "The Floor" as an added DJ weapon that will undoubtedly appeal to all the boys and girls. Hot and unstoppable!
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ALPACA 043X
24 Nov 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Ripe & Red From The Autumn Orchard
Benny's Fever - (6:10) 118 BPM
Benson's Ghetto - (7:09) 112 BPM Hot
Father Father - (6:45) 92 BPM
Review: Following scalpel-wielding missions on Katakana Edits and Springbokz, the Rocknrolla crew returns to the warm bosom of Alpaca Edits. The Dutch four-piece is in fine fettle throughout, serving up a trio of reworks that dig deep in the crates for inspiration. First up, they make merry with a drowsy cover version of all-time jazz classic "Fever", combining their source material's lounge jazz instrumentation with subtle nods towards dubby deep house. "Benson's Ghetto" sees the edit quartet brilliantly combine elements of an impassioned Philadelphia Soul era disco classic with sunshine jazz guitars and freestyle vocals reminiscent of George Benson, while "Father Father" is a wonderfully chugging take on a disco-era blue-eyed soul gem.
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ALPACA 042X
10 Nov 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Caught In The Middle
Caught In The Middle - (5:37) 119 BPM Hot
Kos Mick - (6:39) 119 BPM
Dancing Tight - (5:57) 119 BPM
Space Chant - (5:57) 120 BPM
Review: York based label specialising in soul, funk and nu/old disco edits. They make what they like in headphones come out the big speakers - and hopefully some vinyl releases are coming soon. Next up for the label is Andy Buchan, who is back in his home of the United KIngdom after a long stint in Dubai. Here the Leeds based artist delivers "Caught In The Middle" and it hurts not knowing the name of the early '80s disco diva he sampled on this wicked edit. Next up "Kos Mick" does exactly what it says on the tin with this cosmic synth journey that reaches near intergalactic moments. There's also some super soulful galaxian vibes on "Dancing Tight" and "Space Chant" gets some Afro vibes in the house. In addition to deejaying and production, Buchan is a copywriter, editor and journalist who worked at DJ Mag Middle East. He is also a self-confessed expert muffin maker.

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ALPACA 041X
27 Oct 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Kicking Cancer In The Nuts Vol 2
Various
Situation - "Tequila Sun Down" - (4:46) 89 BPM
Karim - "Woman Of The Ghetto" - (7:18) 101 BPM
Hotmood - "I Need A Drink" - (6:55) 100 BPM
Deelicious - "Stayin' Alive" - (6:33) 105 BPM Hot
Stephen Richards - "Head Lights" - (7:00) 106 BPM
Chuggin Edits - "Billy Whizz" - (6:39) 112 BPM
Fingerman - "Searchin' 4 Yo Luv" - (9:10) 115 BPM
Luxxury - "Uh Huh! I Like It!" - (5:01) 120 BPM
Kitchens Inc - "Loops & Roundabouts" - (7:17) 118 BPM
REz - "Forget Me Nots" - (7:18) 114 BPM
Charlie Brown Superstar - "Insane" - (6:18) 112 BPM
That Needs An Edit - "Aaaaaay!" - (5:56) 116 BPM
JoBu - "Stainless Steel" - (6:24) 120 BPM
Judge Funk - "Black Rose Shakes" - (6:16) 123 BPM
Pontchartrain - "I'm A Man" - (7:35) 120 BPM
Review: York might not be the disco capital of the world, but the way the gang at Alpaca Edits carry on it might just as well be! They've been trotting out world class soul, disco and funk edits for a good while now, and here they deliver the second instalment of their compilation in aid of testicular cancer support. There are 15 quality scalpel jobs this time around, with highlights including the rumbling, evening poolside boogie of "I Need A Drink" by Hotmood, the punchy electro-disco of "Head Lights' by Stephen Richards and the white-hot 70s disco rock of "I'm A Man" Pontchartrain.
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ALPACA 40
03 Jul 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Colours Cubed
Fusion (Fingerman's Disco Beatdown) - (7:04) 111 BPM Hot
Open Eyed (Rafael Fernandez dub) - (5:33) 116 BPM
Blues Squared (Fabiolous Disco Mayhem) - (6:22) 116 BPM
Shooter (Micko Roche remix) - (5:21) 110 BPM
Cool Down (Get Down Edits remix) - (6:32) 99 BPM
Stay With Me (Alex Harrington remix) - (5:15) 123 BPM
Half & Half (Jonnie Biscuits remix) - (5:39) 120 BPM
Place To Be (Paul B Lost On The Terrace Retrix) - (7:27) 115 BPM
Say Something (Stephen Richards remix) - (7:19) 114 BPM
Moto Garage (Evil Smarty remix) - (6:30) 119 BPM
Cool Down (That Needs An edit Light The Bbq remix) - (7:31) 112 BPM
Clear Beach (Chuggin Edits rework) - (5:54) 114 BPM
Spring Flight (A.O.D remix) - (7:17) 123 BPM
Half & Half (Natural Angle remix) - (6:14) 124 BPM
DJ Mix - "Colours Cubed" (Mixed By Jay Ru) - (1:17:20) 118 BPM
Review: This time last year, Stephen Richards popped up on Alpaca Edits with an expansive, 17-track album of full of sample-heavy blends of disco, deep house and Balearic boogie. Here, that album is given the remix treatment by a rather impressive collection of fast-rising re-editors. Highlights are plentiful, from the languid "Disco Beatdown" goodness of Fingerman's remix of "Fusion" and Get Down Edits super-smooth, soul-driven interpretation of "Cool B", to the mutant electrofunk/disco fusion of Evil Smarty's re-fix of original album highlight "Moto Garage". Lob in further fine remixes from Chuggin' Edits, A.O.D and Fabiolous Barker, and you've got a rather tasty package.
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ALPACA 039X
01 May 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Dad Dancing
Alright Tonight - (9:03) 115 BPM
Burned Redux - (9:35) 102 BPM Hot
Clive The Chancer - (7:11) 112 BPM
That Needs Fireworks - (9:20) 110 BPM
You Can't Run From My Dub - (7:20) 114 BPM
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ALPACA 038X
17 Mar 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Love Attack!
Attack - (5:18) 116 BPM
Limits - (5:27) 110 BPM
Making Me Hot - (5:11) 105 BPM Hot
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ALPACA 037X
10 Mar 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Bedroom Lies
Lose Your Love - (6:11) 93 BPM Hot
Want Me, Hold Me - (6:11) 113 BPM
Sxxy Dancer - (6:00) 120 BPM
The Lady - (4:48) 117 BPM
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ALPACA 036X
17 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Shakey Ground
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ALPACA 035X
03 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Just In Case You Missed It Vol 2
Various
Alfa Flite - "West Coast Sun" - (6:52) 113 BPM
Fabiolous Barker - "The City" (Fabiolous Kick mix) - (6:51) 122 BPM
Charlie Brown Superstar - "Goin' South" - (6:35) 112 BPM
Alfa Flite - "Framed" - (9:36) 115 BPM
REz - "Love & Happiness" - (6:45) 103 BPM
Mr Absolutt - "Party People" - (8:50) 107 BPM
Situation - "Moore Melba" - (5:07) 115 BPM
Alfa Flite - "Slave" - (7:01) 110 BPM
Fabiolous Barker - "Keep On Dancing" (Fabiolous Horns mix) - (6:09) 115 BPM
That Needs An Edit - "Strange Sensation" - (6:57) 113 BPM
Dr Packer - "Dreamin'" - (5:01) 117 BPM
Fabiolous Barker & Mr Absolutt - "Let's Work It Out" - (7:23) 122 BPM
Alfa Flite - "Starchild" - (6:48) 114 BPM
Charlie Brown Superstar - "Never Gonna Stop" - (6:21) 106 BPM Hot
Alfa Flite - "Minnie's People" - (7:49) 112 BPM
That Needs An Edit - "Pegged Back" - (8:10) 118 BPM
Played by: REz, Downunder Disco
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ALPACA 034X
07 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
Keep On Chuggin'
What Choo Gonna Do - (6:34) 104 BPM Hot
Mellow Mellow Dub On - (6:14) 90 BPM
Review: Back in July 2016, we commented that Chuggin' Edits debut release - a fine E.P of largely slo-mo toe-tappers - did "exactly what its' title promises". The same could easily be said of this first outing on Alpaca Edits. "What Choo Gonna Do" sees the mystery editor make merry with one of disco's most sensual end-of-night head-nodders, Stephanie Mills' peerless "Wha Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'". He or she expertly extends key instrumental passages whilst retaining Mills' brilliant vocal, the result being an extended period of pleasure. On the virtual flip, the chief chugger takes his or her scalpel to Lowrell's brilliant "Mellow, Mellow Right On", making it rise and fall in all the right places.
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ALPACA 033RX
24 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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