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Bandolier is the record label brought to you by UK DJ and producer Chewy Rubs. Expect a steady stream of Discofied edits, boogie down productions, indie disco and house with new original product and of course the legendary edits by the big hairy one and his friends.
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Focus (Chewy Rubs Reefa Vox Bump) - (7:48) 120 BPM
Focus (Chewy Rubs Cosmic dub) - (7:47) 120 BPM
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BAN 054
19 Jul 24
Dance In Space
Balanced - (6:32) 120 BPM Hot
Be Alright - (5:44) 120 BPM
Flying High - (4:56) 120 BPM
High On Gas - (5:27) 121 BPM
Played by: FINGERMAN
Review: This four-tracker on his own Bandolier label finds the Naughty But Nice veteran leaving the disco re-edits and cut-ups alone, and instead serving up four very fine slices of chunky, funk-driven house music. The vaguely 'French Kiss'-ish throb and sci-fi inspired synth bleeps of 'Balanced' kick us off, followed by the rolling disco groove of 'Be Alright'. The surging, pulsing 'Flying High' then ups the dancefloor energy a notch, before the EP ends on a high note (pardon the pun) with 'High On Gas',whose heavily distorted smoking area dialogue actually made this reviewer laugh out loud on first hearing... excellent work!
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BAN 053
07 Jun 24
Funky/Club House
Ruff Beats, Vol 5
Boogie Down (original mix) - (8:08) 120 BPM Hot
Down Town Detroit (Chewy Rubs dub) - (6:06) 118 BPM
Mind Your Business (original mix) - (6:00) 120 BPM
Projection (original mix) - (4:40) 120 BPM
Review: If you're in the market for summa dat tuff, chugging, tracky shiznit this week then you could do a lot worse than pick up this latest four-tracker from ever-checkable UK house veteran Mr Rubs, coming as usual on his own Bandolier imprint. 'Boogie Down' with its one-line vocal and hefty synth bassline is up first, followed by the ominous and sonically dense 'Down Town Detroit'. Then comes the more funked-up 'Mind Your Business', before the EP's completed by the uncompromising, pulsating 'Projection'. File under "satisfyingly chunky", with 'Boogie Down' the standout to these ears.
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BAN 052
03 May 24
Funky/Club House
Slo Mo
Acid Chugger - (7:15) 108 BPM Hot
Fro Mo - (7:46) 108 BPM
Jazz Kat - (6:06) 108 BPM
Something For Your Soul - (7:51) 108 BPM
Review: A four-tracker here from Chewy Rubs, coming on his own Bandolier label and operating, as the title suggests, at a slightly lower tempo than is his wont. The EP opens with 'Acid Chugger', whose very name kindly saves yours truly having to think of what to say about it! 'Fro Mo' is another midpaced affair topped with dialogue samples, 'Jazz Cat' opens with a "this is a how it should be done" vocal sample (the first of many) and has a party-hearty, Jalapeno-esque feel, before finally we come to 'Something For Your Soul', another chugging, throbbing affair with treated, spoken vocal snips and lashings of acid bass.
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BAN 051
05 Apr 24
Keys Of Life
Be Free (Chewy Rubs dub) - (7:52) 120 BPM Hot
Chapter 47 (Chewy Rubs Take 4 mix) - (8:00) 120 BPM
Life In The Jungle (original mix) - (7:36) 120 BPM
Loose Control (original mix) - (6:00) 120 BPM
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BAN 050
01 Mar 24
Chunky But Funky
Chunky But Funky (original mix) - (5:12) 120 BPM
Dance To It (Chew Rubs Tuff Gruff dub) - (8:24) 120 BPM Hot
Disco Evo (original mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM
Feed Your Soul (Chewy Rubs dub) - (5:57) 121 BPM
Review: UK deep house and disco stalwart Chewy Rubs is back with four brand new cuts whose overall MO is summed up rather nicely by the EP title. 'Chunky But Funky' itself centres around a hefty, squelching bassline that's married to a solid 4/4 kick, tizzy hats and a single, nagging piano chord, with spacier synths joining the party in the second half. Elsewhere, 'Dance To It' is a rollicking disco roller with a male "dance to it" vocal joined by chorus'd female "dance!" shouts, 'Disco Evo' ploughs a rawer funk furrow, while 'Feed Your Soul' brings the strutty deep house vibes. Good stuff all round.
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BAN 049
02 Feb 24
Funky/Club House
Children Go (Chewy Rubs Clap & Roll Dub)
Children Go (Chewy Rubs Clap & Roll dub) - (4:33) 116 BPM
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29 Dec 23
Rock Caracola
Rock Caracola - (5:21) 121 BPM Hot
Keep Calm Baby - (6:26) 121 BPM
Low Calories - (5:37) 121 BPM
Review: Three fine slabs of electronic disco here from Spain's Fran Deeper, brought to you by Chewy Rubs' Bandolier label. The title cut is a deep, proggy throbber augmented by bouts of sci-fi synths and the occasional rave-y whoop and/or holler. 'Keep Calm Baby' is a more archetypal 'nu disco' affair with Italo-ish synths and snatches of Chris Rea-like semi-spoken male vocal, while finally the package is completed by the lighter, more shimmer-y 'Low Calories', which sports some cool 70s-sounding strings alongside its shiny 80s synths. All three are very playable but the title track leads the charge for yours truly.
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BAN 048
08 Dec 23
Ruff Beats, Vol 4
Keep On Doing It - (6:18) 120 BPM
My Definition - (7:28) 122 BPM
Sensations Of The Mind - (5:20) 120 BPM Hot
Swagger - (6:16) 120 BPM
Review: Chewy Rubs' 'Ruff Beats' series reaches its fourth instalment in a little over 12 months, with deep, tracky grooves the order of the day once more. 'Keep On Doing It' is a mid-paced affair that tops moody synth sweeps with an echoing male vocal urging us to "keep on doing it like that", 'My Definition' is a more driving, house-ified cut that gets free 'n' easy with a Dream Warriors vocal snip, 'Sensations Of The Mind' marries snatches of two well-known vocals to a heavyweight funk bassline and hard-slammin' 4/4s, while 'Swagger' again plunders classic hip-hop from New York, New York (that's a clue!) for vocal inspiration.
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BAN 047
22 Sep 23
Episode 2
Dim The Lights - (4:58) 120 BPM Hot
Everybody Get Down - (4:24) 120 BPM
Of The Moment - (5:17) 121 BPM
Played by: FINGERMAN, Rayko
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BAN 046
25 Aug 23
Funky/Club House
Chewy Disco
Finger Lickers (original mix) - (8:00) 118 BPM
Get Up (original mix) - (6:00) 120 BPM Hot
Getting Serious (Chewy Rubs dub) - (7:04) 120 BPM
Let's Go (To The Disco dub) - (8:24) 120 BPM
Review: There's definitely something of a signature sound to Chewy Rubs releases: perhaps we could call it "chewy disco", or something? And, oh look, here comes a new four-tracker on his own Bandolier label called just that! If you've enjoyed the Naughty But Nice veteran's previous output then suffice to say these latest bullets won't disappoint: there's plenty of raw funk coursing through the veins of both 'Finger Lickers' (arguably the EP standout) and 'Getting Serious', while 'Get Up' has the loopy feel of mid-90s underground disco-house and 'Let's Go (To The Disco Dub)' brings the mirrorballs and handclaps nostalgia.
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BAN 045
04 Aug 23
Funky/Club House
Episode One
Jellybean - (5:58) 120 BPM
Contra D - (6:34) 119 BPM Hot
Feel This Dub - (6:08) 120 BPM
Feel This - (7:28) 120 BPM
Review: Former Naughty But Nice man Chewy Rubs teams up with another unsung hero of the UK scene, Travski, for this four-tracker on his own Bandolier label - with impeccable results. 'Jellybean' gets the ball rolling with throbbing synth-bass and rap vocal bites from LL Cool J's 'I'm Bad' and Dr Octagon AKA Kool Keith's 'Bear Witness', after which there's more party-hearty cut-up action on 'Contra D'. We then drop down into a deeper groove for 'Feel This Dub', a bassy slow-burner topped with synth-strings and indecipherable, barely-there vocal snips, and stay there for the jazzier 'Feel This', which rocks the house-eulogising diva vocal from Antoine Clamaran & D-Plac's 'Get Up'.
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BAN 044
19 May 23
Games In The Street
Win To Love - (7:28) 120 BPM
Games In The Street - (5:28) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Chewy Rubs teams up once more with semi-regular partner-in-crime North Laine for this two-tracker on his own Bandolier label. The funk-tastic 'Games In The Street' finds the deadly duo reworking 'Street Games', a 1977 single by The Blackbyrds. That suggests the accompanying 'Win To Love' may also be a re-edit, but if so we couldn't tell you what it's a re-edit of... either way, though, it's a lively lil' dancefloor rumpshaker with Caribbean-sounding percussion (think 'Soul Limbo' by Booker T & The MGs) and a boogie-style "tell me how to win your love" female vocal.
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BAN 043
21 Apr 23
Ruff Beats, Vol 3
Mind Over Matter - (5:30) 122 BPM
Have You Come To Funk - (7:03) 118 BPM
Fire Moon - (6:40) 120 BPM
Disco Tomato - (6:50) 120 BPM Hot
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BAN 042
31 Mar 23
Lose Me
Lose Me - (5:28) 120 BPM
Side Turn - (6:29) 122 BPM Hot
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10 Mar 23
Nu-Disco & Re-Edits, Vol 1
Chewy Rubs - "Strange Love" (original mix) - (8:19) 110 BPM Hot
Chewy Rubs - "The Game" (original mix) - (6:08) 118 BPM
Chuggin Edits - "I Get Satisfied" (original mix) - (5:55) 119 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Garage Disco" (Chewy Rubs dub) - (8:37) 115 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Garage Disco II" (original mix) - (6:44) 120 BPM
Double F.O.G - "Death Star Express" (original mix) - (6:24) 117 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Take My Love" (Chewy Rubs Deep Disco Vox) - (7:52) 118 BPM
Ian Upfold - "Sick Day Jam" (original mix) - (6:56) 121 BPM
Chewy Rubs & North Laine - "Sombrero" (original mix) - (6:40) 120 BPM
Stephen Richards - "Disco Habana" (original mix) - (7:36) 120 BPM
Double F.O.G - "I Do Anything" (original mix) - (7:15) 111 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Furry Mover" (Chewy Rubs Future Boogie Bump) - (8:08) 118 BPM
Ian Upfold - "Secret Combination" (original mix) - (6:33) 114 BPM
Chewy Rubs & Fingerman - "Disco Quavers" (original mix) - (6:12) 120 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Hypnotizin'" (Chewy Rubs Rollin Rub) - (5:31) 120 BPM
Ian Upfold - "Second Chance" (original mix) - (6:52) 118 BPM
Skeleton Keys - "Barrio Fever" (original mix) - (5:15) 118 BPM
Chewy Rubs & North Laine - "Lovin U" (original mix) - (7:01) 114 BPM
M.O.K.E & Chewy Rubs - "Echo The Love" (original mix) - (6:53) 120 BPM
Ian Upfold - "Sunken Ship" (original mix) - (7:35) 119 BPM
Chewy Rubs & Bad Barbie - "Breakout" (original mix) - (5:58) 119 BPM
Downunder Disco - "Pianomania" (original mix) - (6:51) 123 BPM
Chewy Rubs & North Laine - "Precious" (original mix) - (6:40) 118 BPM
Frank Virgilio - "Voices" (original mix) - (5:28) 120 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Voodoo Disco" (original mix) - (7:08) 120 BPM
Stephen Richards - "Grand A.M." (original mix) - (7:34) 110 BPM
Chewy Rubs & North Laine - "Tempted" (Vox edit) - (7:20) 120 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Feel The Groove" (Chewy Rubs 'Be Alright' dub) - (4:16) 120 BPM
Ian Upfold - "Other Side Of The Storm" (original mix) - (6:48) 119 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Dig It" (original mix) - (6:15) 122 BPM
Dadbod - "Feel Nice" (original mix) - (4:25) 112 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Ecstasy" (original mix) - (6:48) 120 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Tek Disko" (Chewy Rubs dub) - (6:54) 122 BPM
Chewy Rubs & North Laine - "Love Is All We Need" (Chewy Rubs & North Laine dub) - (5:49) 118 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Music To Move" (original mix) - (5:44) 120 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Get Loose" (original mix) - (5:31) 120 BPM
Review: With 36 tracks to choose from, there's no doubting the VFM on offer here... or so goes the old clich?! But if those 36 tracks are rubbish, that's no good, is it? Lucky, then, that THESE 36 cuts come from the Bandolier label, which is headed up by Chewy Rubs - for this reviewer's money, one of the finest and most under-rated UK producers working in the disco arena today. Featuring multiple contributions from Chewy himself as well as label regulars Stephen Richards and Ian Upfold, picking highlights is pretty much superfluous here because while not every track is a killer, obviously, a good 30 or so of 'em are! But 'Sombrero' has been a surefire floorfiller for yours truly since its 2019 single release, so maybe start there...
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23 Dec 22
The Waveform (original mix) - (6:26) 115 BPM
Ensemble (original mix) - (7:45) 120 BPM Hot
Ensemble (Ian Upfold remix) - (7:22) 120 BPM
Review: Ireland's Stephen Richards hails from Waterford, made his name with his Disco Daze and Waveforms radio shows and has gone on to record for labels such as Rare Wiri, Spa In Disco, Masterworks and Slightly Transformed. Here, he returns to Chewy Rubs' Bandolier with two original productions, with 'The Waveform' bringing the spacey, early 80s boogie vibes - the likes of The Rah Band spring to mind - while the sax-tastic 'Ensemble' ploughs a much struttier, rawer 70s funk furrow. The EP's then completed by Ian Upfold's remix of the latter, which smoothes out some of the rough edges to take us deeper into Balearic/nu-disco territory.
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BAN 040
16 Dec 22
Ruff Beats Vol 2
Disco Magic (Chewy Rubs Take 2 remix) - (5:44) 120 BPM Hot
Keep Going (Chewy Rubs Saturday dub) - (7:12) 120 BPM
Love Takeover (Chewy Rubs Take 2 remix) - (6:40) 120 BPM
The Vibe (original mix) - (6:43) 119 BPM
Review: Chewy Rubs is a name that'll always prick up this reviewer's ears and here he serves up a spanking new four-tracker on his own Bandolier label. The EP kicks off with 'Disco Magic', a solid lil' chugger with a male "disco dancing" vocal refrain. That's followed by the struttier and slightly more energetic 'Keep Going', after which we come to 'Love Takeover', a denser, more atmospheric jam with a cut-up female "your love is taking me over" vocal, before 'The Vibe', another moodier cut with a distinctive squelchy electronic bassline and male "feel the vibe" vocal shouts, plays us out.
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BAN 039
25 Nov 22
Funky/Club House
Sugar EP
Sugar - (7:10) 121 BPM
Another Mile - (7:19) 119 BPM
Zulu Shuffle - (6:59) 121 BPM Hot
Made To Measure - (6:42) 115 BPM
Review: Four varied tracks make up this latest EP from Ian Upfold, a Brighton-based studio veteran who's latterly turned producer in his own right. The EP opens with 'Sugar' itself, an understated groover made up of warm, rolling bass, sprightly synth top-notes and occasional ultra-80s stings. That's followed first by 'Another Mile', which has a Nang-y, nu-disco kinda feel, and then by 'Zulu Shuffle' which, interestingly, marries the obligatory chanted Afro vox to both a full-phat disco b-line and warping, Prodigy-like synth/organ stabs. Completing the package is 'Made To Measure' - think 80s synth-pop with a jazz-funk twist.
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BAN 038
23 Sep 22
Ruff Beats, Vol 1
Ruff Beats - (5:28) 120 BPM Hot
Hype Or Right - (5:28) 120 BPM
Make It Funky - (5:43) 120 BPM
Party Up - (6:16) 120 BPM
Review: UK scene stalwart Chewy Rubs gets down with his bad self on an EP that can be safely filed under "tracky shit". With its acid bassline and cut-up rap vocal samples, 'Ruff Beats' is a simple affair but utterly irresistible, and will get bodies onto floors for sure. There are more rap snips on midtempo disco-house roller 'Hype Or Right', while the sample-happy 'Make It Funky' has a charmingly na?ve, late 80s/early 90s feel. 'Party Up' then plays us out on a slightly more straight-up disco tip. All four are eminently playable, but suffice to say the lead track has been well chosen.
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BAN 037
02 Sep 22
Active Ingredients
Active Ingredients - (5:28) 120 BPM
Get Loose - (5:31) 120 BPM Hot
Sweet Little Booboo - (5:20) 121 BPM
Team Work - (7:02) 120 BPM
Review: Anything with Chewy Rubs' name on it is sure to prick up this reviewer's ears, and the Naughty But Nice veteran certainly doesn't disappoint with this latest four-track EP, which finds him with his house hat on. The standout to these ears is 'Get Loose' with its rubberband bassline, party shouts and sense of just-repressed energy, followed closely by 'Sweet Little Booboo' with its chopped n' looped preacherman vox, while 'Active Ingredients' itself borrows from D-Train classic 'Music' and 'Team Work' is an eyes-down, blues-infused shuffler, built for the wee small hours and riding a b-line that kicks like the proverbial equine quadraped
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BAN 036
27 May 22
Funky/Club House
Strictly Rockers
Afro Disco - (6:51) 119 BPM
Music To Move - (5:44) 120 BPM Hot
Respect & Harmony - (6:16) 120 BPM
Strictly Rockers - (6:57) 122 BPM
Review: A very solid four-tracker here from Mr C Rubs, opening with the chunky 'Afro Disco', which isn't particularly Afro-flavoured musically but does feature a snatch of sampled tribal speech by way of a vocal. 'Music To Move' then brings the peaktime disco-house stomper vibes, before 'Respect & Harmony' takes us into chunkier pastures. And then we come to what for this reviewer is the EP standout by far - 'Strictly Rockers', wherein a monster bass throb provides the musical backbone around which assorted FX, piano licks, shakers, vocal snips and more interwine for seven slinky, sinuous minutes.
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BAN 035
29 Apr 22
Love Is A Bug EP
Love Is All We Need (Chewy Rubs & North Laine dub) - (5:49) 118 BPM
Knock One Out (original mix) - (5:12) 120 BPM
Down The Barrel (original mix) - (8:18) 120 BPM Hot
Click, Snap & Shoot (original mix) - (7:06) 120 BPM
Review: Seeing Chewy Rubs' name on a release is always guaranteed to prick up this reviewer's ears; for this four-tracker on his own Bandolier label, he ropes in the equally dependable North Laine, with predictably fine results. 'Down The Barrel' bravely revisits that most maligned of first-gen disco anthems, 'Devil's Gun' by CJ & Co (1977); that suggests the other three cuts may also be re-edits but if so they've dug nice and deep! Either way, 'Love Is All We Need' is a 70s-sounding near-instrumental, 'Knock One Out' has more of an early 80s feel and 'Click, Snap & Shoot' takes us into full-blown, shiny-suited boogie territory.
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BAN 034
25 Feb 22
Feel Nice
Feel Nice (original mix) - (4:25) 112 BPM
Feel Nice (Chewy Rubs remix) - (6:54) 118 BPM Hot
Carnival (original mix) - (7:04) 120 BPM
Review: Dadbod is a new joint venture from a couple of Australian house and disco producers, namely Downunder Disco and Henri Le Blanc, and here they come to Bandolier with 'Feel Nice', a curiously old school affair that's got something of a Raw Silk-ish feel, and that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a 3am deep house floor some time in the early 90s - in the best possible way. UK scene veteran Chewy Rubs is therefore an apt choice of remixer, and his dubbier pass doesn't disappoint one iota, while the EP's completed by 'Carnival', a funked-up looper that again has something of a 90s vibe about it - think Direckt's '2 Fat Guitars' or Mother's 'All Funked Up'.
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BAN 031
11 Feb 22
Easy Tiger
Whoolly Mammoth (original mix) - (5:40) 122 BPM
Tek Disko (Chewy Rubs dub) - (6:54) 122 BPM Hot
Hot To Trot (original mix) - (5:36) 120 BPM
Easy Tiger (Chewy Rubs dub) - (5:52) 120 BPM
Review: Ever-prolific Hereford veteran Chewy Rubs steps up with another four-track EP on his own Bandolier label. 'Whoolly Mammoth' kicks us off in whompy, stompy, loopy fashion, before we get a slice of proper dancefloor struttery in the form of the fairly self-explanatory 'Tek Disco'. Next comes 'Hot To Trot', which with its clipped brass stabs comes a little closer to late 90s/early 00s-style filter disco, before the EP's completed by 'Easy Tiger', another looping bass workout in a very similar style to the opener, but now with the addition of six-string wails and keyboard licks redolent of early Chi-town house.
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BAN 033
28 Jan 22
Return From A Far
Muffin Bizniz (Chewy Rubs dub Ting) - (6:40) 120 BPM
Happy When Your Free (Chewy Rubs dub) - (8:06) 120 BPM
Ecstasy (original mix) - (6:48) 120 BPM Hot
El Coco (Chewy Rubs Club Rewarp) - (8:07) 120 BPM
Review: Four predictably fine slices of contemporary funk 'n' boogie courtesy of Hereford's own disco don Chewy Rubs. While retro-flavoured vibes may dominate, Mr Rubs shows a healthy disregard for convention or stylistic 'historical accuracy' - so 'Muffin Bizniz' marries scorching 60s Hammond funk to a "raggamuffin bizness and ting" vocal, while the early 80s boogie/funk groove of 'Ecstasy' (think Cameo or Rick James) gets augmented by the "acid... ecstasy" vocal snip from Beltram classic 'Energy Flash'. Meanwhile, it it's sheer squelchy bass and soaring strings retro disco silliness you're after then head for 'Happy When You're Free'.
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BAN 032
26 Nov 21
Crate Diggin'
Dig It (original mix) - (6:15) 122 BPM Hot
You've Got To Live (Chewy's Jack In The Bounce dub) - (4:19) 120 BPM
Music (original mix) - (6:00) 119 BPM
Destiny (original mix) - (5:27) 120 BPM
Review: Always a pleasure when a new release from Mr Rubs lands in the inbox! 'Dig It' kicks things off this time, a disco chugger that's dripping in restrained energy and comes topped with two male voices ("Can you dig it?"/"Yeah, I can dig it"). 'You've Got To Live' is a big, strutty funker designed to induce the throwing of shapes out on the dancefloor, while 'Music' is more the kind of sparse, stripped-down throbber that'll see you through the wee small hours nicely. Completing the EP is 'Destiny', a disco-house-boogie concoction with a looped female vocal and subtle hints of jazz around the edges.
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BAN 030
08 Oct 21
Distance Living EP
Distance Living - (5:48) 116 BPM
Dog Day Afternoon - (7:13) 125 BPM
Other Side Of The Storm - (6:48) 119 BPM Hot
Stress Release - (5:53) 120 BPM
Played by: FINGERMAN
Review: A four-track EP here from Ian Upfold, a Brighton, UK-based DJ and producer whose output has spanned both re-edits and original material. We're in the latter mode here, with 'Distance Living' a midtempo affair that'd work well for afternoon, bar or warm-up play, 'Dog Day Afternoon' a chunky lil' mover that'll appeal to disco, funk and deep house floors alike, 'Other Side Of The Storm' an unlikely but effective combination of sleazy funk grind and a full preacherman vocal that has something of a Roland Clark-ish feel, and 'Stress Release' a brass-dripping workout for the jazz-dancers. Good stuff all round.
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BAN 029
21 May 21
Creatively Spawned EP
Pluckers Luck (original mix) - (6:59) 120 BPM
Feel The Groove (Chewy Rubs 'Be Alright' dub) - (4:16) 120 BPM Hot
Boogie 1Nite (original mix) - (5:12) 120 BPM
Get A Lift (original mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM
Review: Chewy Rubs is one nu-disco producer who's never afraid to throw in the odd curveball, and seldom has this been more evident than on 'Pluckers Luck', which sounds like a crazed disco producer jamming with an entire Russian orchestra - pretty sure we actually heard a bassoon in there at point! And there's DEFINITELY a kazoo... The EP's other three cuts are all perfectly serviceable nu-disco jams, by turns eyes-down ('Feel The Groove'), uplifting ('Boogie 1Nite') and lo-slung and funky ('Get A Lift'), but it's 'Pluckers Luck' that'll have 'em running up to the booth demanding track IDs.
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BAN 028
07 May 21
Tempted (vox edit) - (7:20) 120 BPM Hot
Tempted (Chewy Rubs Rollin' dub) - (5:28) 120 BPM
Review: Chewy Rubs joins forces once more with fellow nu-disco fave North Laine on a 70s-style disco cut that's offered up for public consumption in a choice of two mixes. The lead Vox Edits tops a bed of rolling funk bass and disco geetar chops with a soulful male vocal, brass fanfares and, around the four-minute mark, some fine vibes work, while the matching Chewy Rubs Rolllin' Dub pretty much does what it says on the tin, looping up sections of the track to create a chuggin', Sneak-y workout that'll be perfect for keeping fired-up floors moving in-between the anthems.
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BAN 027
12 Mar 21
Grand A.M.
Grand A.M. - (7:34) 110 BPM Hot
Sangria - (7:44) 120 BPM
Summer Stages - (7:09) 112 BPM
Review: Irish DJ/producer Richards returns to Chewy Rubs' Bandolier Records with a three-track EP. The vaguely Crazy P-ish 'Grand AM' itself is a contemporary disco/funk/pop groover centred around a cascading bass riff and a distinctive half-sung, half-hummed female vocal. The Latin-flavoured, instrumental 'Sangria' is another funk jam but with brass taking the lead, before the EP's completed by 'Summer Stages', another very individual-sounding affair that centres around an ominous, looping bassline with something of a horror soundtrack feel. It all adds up to an EP whose originality puts it head and shoulders above a sea of near-identikit modern disco releases.
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BAN 026
26 Feb 21
Voodoo Disco
Voodoo Disco (original mix) - (7:08) 120 BPM Hot
Have A Bit Of Fun (original mix) - (6:05) 120 BPM
Golden Fire (Jet Flame dub) - (7:52) 120 BPM
Welcome (Head Bumpin' Droid dub) - (6:04) 119 BPM
Review: This reviewer always experiences something of a frisson when a new Chewy Rubs promo lands in the inbox, and this latest offering doesn't disappoint, packing two slabs of party-hearty, authentically 70s-sounding funk squelch ('Voodoo Disco' and 'Have A Bit Of Fun') and two tracks ('Golden Fire' and 'Welcome') that lean more towards disco-house and nu-disco. As with much of Chewy's output, it's hard to tell if these tracks are straight re-edits or just heavily sample-based productions, but no matter - if they're re-edits, the source material is sufficiently obscure that they'll sound "new" to most ears regardless!
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BAN 025
01 Jan 21
Frankly Speaking
Voices - (5:28) 120 BPM Hot
Love Thief - (7:24) 119 BPM
Review: Frank Virgilio is a house and disco DJ from Naples who, with 30 years experience behind the decks, made the move into production around 2015. Here, he serves up two deep house nuggets for Chewy Rubs' Bandolier label (est. 2018). Up first is 'Voices', which after a breathy, grunted intro settles down into a heavy, bass-y tribalistic groove topped with a nagging keys riff and sweeping disco strings. 'Love Thief', meanwhile, is another chuggy affair centred around a bassline that recalls Adamski's 'Killer', which it pairs with chanted disco vocal snips. Both are solid set-builders that will work on house and disco floors alike.
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BAN 024
23 Oct 20
Deep House
Future Ready - (7:44) 120 BPM
Precious - (6:40) 118 BPM Hot
Night Out - (6:25) 116 BPM
Who's Having All Your Love - (7:51) 120 BPM
Review: Some 17 months after their first collaborative edits EP first hit Juno Download's virtual shelves, buddies Chewy Rubs and North Laine return with a third (and possibly final) collection of joint reworks. They begin in confident mood via "Future Ready", a gently tooled-up, house style extended edit of the Winners' NYE-friendly disco gem "Get Ready For The Future", before turning a sweaty disco-funk workout into a beefy, peak-time-ready chunk of disco/deep house fusion ("Precious"). "Night Out" is a bouncy and cheery revision of a synth-laden 80s soul/electrofunk number, while "Who's Having All Your Love" is a killer flip of a glassy-eyed old school-house number that may well be the EP's standout moment.
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BAN 023
31 Jul 20
Deep Under EP
Do The Disco - (6:01) 120 BPM
No Strutting - (8:01) 120 BPM
Pianomania - (6:51) 123 BPM Hot
The Starlight - (7:23) 91 BPM
Review: "Shall we go to the disco?" asks opener 'Do The Disco', but it's a fairly rhetorical question because after hearing the four tracks here, resistance to such an idea is gonna be pretty much futile! 'Do The Disco' is a looping affair but with a sound palette that's wide-ranging enough for things not to get boring. 'No Strutting' is a more contemplative, introspective kinda cut (albeit still very struttable, despite the title), while the instrumental and fairly self-explanatory 'Pianomania' takes us down a housier route before 'The Starlight' plays us out on a more chilled note - one for the Balearic jocks.
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BAN 022
03 Jul 20
Locked In
Breakout - (5:58) 119 BPM Hot
Normalism - (6:32) 120 BPM
Review: UK-based Bad Barbie teams up with Chewy Rubs to deliver more of her disco re-edits here on the 'Locked In' EP, with forays into funk, house and reggae. She's known for her radio show on Kane FM, where her love of music and lively personality get a chance to shine, not to mention maintaining a rather curious Instagram account. Partner in crime Chewy Rubs is no stranger to the scene either, and heads up this very label: Bandolier Records. Get utterly hypnotised by the funked-up disco loops of "Breakout" which is sure to turn up the heat on the dancefloor, while the deeper and more low-slung groove attack of "Normalism" is reminiscent of the Chicken Lips/Bearfunk style - perfect boogie down vibes to play at sunset!
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BAN 021
22 May 20
Sunken Ship EP
Sunken Ship - (7:35) 119 BPM Hot
Shifting Sand - (6:22) 117 BPM
Like Electricity - (6:47) 118 BPM
Flower Press - (7:29) 120 BPM
Review: Some records take a little longer than others to really sink in. Take 'Sunken Ship', for instance: why, it could well be a full 30 seconds or so before it has you on your feet! But that simple looping, chugging bassline is a call to the dancefloor if ever we heard one, and once the matching keys come in, at around the two-minute mark, it's game over. Coming a close second to the title track is 'Flower Press', an urgent, pulsating jam with an organ line that's positively straining at the leash, while disco-funker 'Like Electricity' and the slightly housier 'Shifting Sand' complete a very fine package.
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BAN 020
17 Apr 20
Beam EP
Echo The Love - (6:53) 120 BPM Hot
The Bubble - (7:00) 120 BPM
Silent Caller - (6:16) 120 BPM
Beam - (6:30) 118 BPM
Review: The nu-disco scene's favourite Wookee, Chewy Rubs, has dedicated much more time to collaborations of late. He's already joined forces with Fingerman and North Laine, and here shares the results of studio time spent with the previously unheard M.O.K.E. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the rolling nu-disco warmth of EP opener "Echo The Love", where bubbly electronic motifs and surging synth lines ride an elastic groove, to the weirdo vocals and disco-tech vibes of the rather ear-pleasing "Silent Caller". Best of all though is title track "Beam", a fine chunk of 21st century Italo-disco/house fusion full of sparkling refrains, sleazy analogue bass and dreamy, sun-kissed melodies.
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BAN 019
27 Mar 20
Vol 2
Night Cruising - (8:08) 120 BPM
Second Chance - (7:03) 118 BPM
Biological - (6:12) 116 BPM
Lovin U - (7:01) 114 BPM Hot
Review: In between promoting the latest Star Wars flick and fighting the evil Empire, hairy re-editor Chewy Rubs has somehow found time to join forces with old pal North Laine for a second collaborative EP on Bandolier. They begin by offering a punchy instrumental take on Deodato's horn-heavy jazz-funk era gem "Night Cruiser" (here re-named "Night Cruising") before successfully looping up a soaring, over-the-top disco classic ("Second Chance"). "Biological" is a fine, floor-friendly revision of a lesser-known swamp funk gem, while closing cut "Lovin'U" is a slightly tooled-up version of a glassy-eyed '80s soul sing-along. As the old saying goes, this EP is "all killer, no filler".
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BAN 018
20 Dec 19
Barrio Fever
Barrio Fever - (5:15) 118 BPM Hot
Not Whom You Seem - (7:32) 121 BPM
Review: Previously best known for offering up a handful of tasty singles on Sleazy Deep, Skeleton Keys pops up on Bandolier with a first solo single in almost 12 months. First up is "Barrio Fever", a wonderfully dubbed-out, bass-heavy and dancefloor-friendly revision of a much-loved disco-era chunk of Latin funk headiness. Skeleton keys has wisely retained many of the key original elements - think glistening guitar riffs, layered percussion and ear-catching horn motifs - while beefing up the bass and adding plenty of delay effects. "Not Whom You Seem" gives a similar sonic treatment to what sounds like an early 80s synth pop/AOR disco workout. It's good, though we still prefer "Barrio Fever".
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BAN 017
06 Dec 19
Burning Sun EP
Second Chance - (6:52) 118 BPM Hot
Burning Sun - (6:36) 117 BPM
Two Of Everything - (6:20) 112 BPM
Rounded Corners - (6:20) 122 BPM
Review: Ian Upfold's first two solo EPs on Bandolier were both rather impressive, so it's no surprise to find that his lasting outing is also packed to the rafters with synth-heavy, left of centre dancefloor treats. We're not quite sure whether they're re-edits or original tracks, but it many ways it doesn't matter; regardless, what you get is superb. Check first the off-kilter broken house beats, double-tracked bass (guitar/TB-303 style acid) and sparse but positive melodic elements of "Second Chance", before admiring the throbbing Italo-style arpeggio bass, droning electronics and heady chords of "Burning Sun". "Two of Everything" sounds like a bubbly Balearic cover of M's "Pop Musik" minus the vocals, while "Rounded Corners" is a chunky bounce through disco-house/deep house/gospel fusion.
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BAN 016
22 Nov 19
Power Tools EP
Disco Hook (original mix) - (5:52) 120 BPM
Party Tool (Chewy Rubs G Funk Disco dub) - (4:48) 118 BPM
Garage Disco IV (original mix) - (7:34) 120 BPM
Hypnotizin' (Chewy Rubs Rollin Rub) - (5:31) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Tom Vine AKA Chewy Rubs fires forth four more salvoes from his disco machine gun. 'Disco Hook' gets the ball rolling, a lively affair that sports some killer space disco stabs and a looped "disco music" vocal, and that recalls Joey Negro's work with The Trammps. 'Party Tool (Chewy Rubs G-Funk Disco Dub)' is another one that doesn't take much explaining, given that the relevant keywords are right there in the title; ditto 'Garage Disco IV', which rocks a super-infectious bassline not dissimilar to last year's 'Sombrero' and old-school "jack!" vocal samples, while finally 'Hypnotizin', as you've probably already guessed, borrows from Raw Silk.
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BAN 015
25 Oct 19
Disco Quavers EP
Disco Quavers - (6:12) 120 BPM Hot
Theory Funker - (6:31) 118 BPM
Maintain The Groove - (7:36) 118 BPM
Maintain The Acid - (6:06) 118 BPM
Review: For those who didn't live through the '90s, it was once the done thing to refer to ravers by their rhyming slang title: "Quavers". Therefore this collaborative EP from Chewy Rubs and Fingerman is aimed fairly and squarely at disco ravers. The title track brilliantly sets the tone, peppering a low-slung disco-house groove with intergalactic electronics, echoing spoken word samples and delay-laden string stabs. "Theory Funker" is a lesson in disco-tech heaviness - all swirling samples and acid-fired electronics - while "Maintain the Groove" is a lolloping dance into hazy dub disco territory. The most "disco-rave" cut of all, though, is closer "Maintain The Acid", a mind-altering re-make of the above cut smothered in psychedelic TB-303 acid lines and echoing disco samples.
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BAN 014
26 Jul 19
Secret Combination EP
Secret Combination - (6:33) 114 BPM Hot
The Mover - (8:01) 112 BPM
Bouncy Castle - (7:25) 117 BPM
Lone Wolf - (7:00) 120 BPM
Review: We were genuinely impressed by Ian Upfold's first outing on Bandolier last December, so hopes are naturally high for this relatively speedy follow-up. There's a wonderfully languid but elastic feel to opener "Secret Combination", a jolly fusion of Italo-disco style bottom end and cheery nu-disco melodies. Upfold wraps his distinctively lo-fi synthesizer motifs around a slightly wonky, chugging mid-tempo groove on "The Mover", before moving towards breezier nu-disco/disco-house territory on the unflinchingly sunny "Bouncy Castle". If that's not enough to wet the whistle, the Brighton producer offers up a superb climax in the shape of the "Bladerunner"-era Vangelis inspired nu-disco bounce of "Lone Wolf".
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BAN 013
07 Jun 19
Furry Movers
Furry Mover (Chewy Rubs Future Boogie Bump) - (8:08) 118 BPM Hot
Get Up Off Your Arse - (5:57) 118 BPM
Love Your Glow - (6:24) 120 BPM
Get Enough - (7:44) 120 BPM
Review: The ever-prolific Chewy Rubs issues forth four more re-edited vintage dancefloor nuggets from his secret underground lair. The funk-fuelled boogie of 'Furry Mover' (a rework of One On One's 'Body Music' from 1981) opens proceedings, followed by 'Get Up Off Your Arse' (original source unknown), which has another big PHAT bassline, dramatic synth stabs and a western movie-like trumpet/bugle line. 'Love Your Glow' has an early 80s feel and much use of filters and FX, while completing the EP is 'Get Enough', a more smooth-rollin' affair that harks back to first-generation disco-house of the mid-90s.
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BAN 012
10 May 19
Hot 'N' Wet
Hot 'N' Wet - (7:23) 107 BPM
Who's Afraid Of Disko Dreng - (8:17) 118 BPM
I Do Anything - (7:15) 111 BPM Hot
Review: Bandolier presents a second salvo from fast-rising disco Jedi Double F.O.G, whose label debut last autumn remains one of the nascent imprint's strongest collections of cuts. Pleasingly, there's plenty to set the pulse racing this time round, too. Check first the hypnotic, mind-altering bump of "Hot & Wet", where punk-funk style sax loops and mangled vocalizations ride a rubbery mutant disco groove, before turning your attention to the electric piano-laden reggae-nu-disco fusion of "Who's Afraid of Disko Dreng", a wild but hugely attractive affair that defies easy categorization. Finally, the mysterious producer reaches for the cowbells on druggy and driving closer "I Do Anything", a throbbing late night fusion of angular arpeggio bass, mind-altering motifs and dreamy chords.
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BAN 011
05 Apr 19
Disco Habana EP
Disco Habana - (7:36) 120 BPM Hot
Nuances - (6:23) 111 BPM
Nuances (Chewy Rubs Breakers Dozen dub) - (8:42) 116 BPM
Review: The clue's in the title with this latest from UK label Bandolier, as Irish producer Richards serves up three slices of Latin-tinged disco. 'Disco Habana' itself is a midtempo, shuffling affair with a fluttering, insistent flamenco guitar line by way of a lead, augmented by female "yeah-yeahs" and the occasional space disco stab. 'Nuances', which follows, is more of a straight-up looping funk groove with a spoken male "I just finally feel I belong somewhere, you know?" vocal sample. Label boss Chewy Rubs then completes the EP with his Breakers Dozen Rub of the latter, which is a little more in-your-face sonically.
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BAN 010
01 Mar 19
Laine Rubs Vol 1
Feel How You Love - (6:32) 118 BPM
DehctiwS - (6:48) 118 BPM
Lets Take A Ride - (6:08) 120 BPM
Sombrero - (6:40) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Four more vintage gems get a 21st Century makeover on this joint EP from North Laine and the ever-prolific Chewy Rubs. First up is a faithful refresh of Sharon Redd's Prelude classic 'Love How You Feel', which lets Redd's spirited vocal do the heavy lifting. Then there's 'DehctiwS', a beefed-up take on an unknown disco/boogie nugget, followed by 'Let's Take A Ride', wherein Fat Larry's Band's 'Center City' gets a glitzy, shmaltzy reboot. But the MVP award goes to 'Sombrero', which is as infectious and irresistible a slice of stomping, piano- and flute-sprinkled Latin disco as you're likely to come across this year.
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BAN 009
01 Feb 19
30 & Rolling EP
30 & Rolling - (5:39) 109 BPM
Sick Day Jam - (6:56) 121 BPM Hot
Love's Gonna Get You - (7:34) 117 BPM
Natural High - (7:18) 120 BPM
Review: Synth-y, squelchy contemporary disco bordering on slo-mo house is the order of the day on this four-tracker from rising Brighton producer Ian Upfold. '30 & Rolling' itself foregrounds a hefty walking b-line and Flat Eric-ish wobbles, while 'Sick Day Jam' contains nods to both early prog ? la Guerrilla Records and 80s electro. 'Love's Gonna Get You' then delves into the mists of time for inspiration and comes out clutching a famous Jocelyn Brown vocal from 1987, before 'Natural High' adds a little Balearic flavour with its Italo-house piano and sampled, spoken self-help vocal.
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BAN 008
14 Dec 18
Shaken Not Stirred EP
Take My Love (Chewy Rubs Deep Disco Vox) - (7:52) 118 BPM Hot
Love A Groove (Chewy Rubs Extended-It) - (8:42) 116 BPM
Chewy Rubs & Moke - "Garage Disco III" - (9:04) 120 BPM
Rake The Moon (Chewy Rubs Space Dust Rub) - (7:07) 118 BPM
Review: Like fictional super-spy James Bond, Chewy Rubs prefers his re-edits "Shaken Not Stirred". "Took My Love Away (Chewy Rubs Deep Disco Vox"), the opening cut from the Star Wars-loving producer's latest EP, is every bit as potent and tipsy as a pint of Vodka Martini, with deliciously glassy-eyed female vocal snippets rising above a loopy disco-house groove. Similarly impressive is chugging, mind-altering throb-job "Love A Groove (Chewy Rubs Extend-it)", where spacey synthesizer arpeggio lines and quirky vocal samples rise above a pulsating, mid-'80s dancefloor groove. Elsewhere, "Garage Disco III" is a electric piano-heavy revision of a mid-80s NYC house jam rearranged in cahoots with pal Moke, while "Rake The Moon (Chewy Rubs Space Dust Rub)" is a creepy, ever-growing, house-friendly tweak of a weirdo space disco workout.
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BAN 007
09 Nov 18
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