Gong Bong (original) - (6:37) 108 BPM
Gong Bong (Mushrooms Project Outrun Diversion) - (6:45) 110 BPM
Gong Bong (Stevie Kotey's Africa Road Tripmix) - (7:15) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: In its' original form, "Gong Bong" - the latest missive from label-hopping producer Billy Bogus - is a sumptuous chunk of melodious nu-disco/dub disco fusion smothered in glistening guitars, swirling synthesized strings and life-affirming synthesizer flourishes. You can dance to it, of course, but it works just as well in those "can't move from the sofa" moments on a Sunday afternoon. The first of two remixes comes from Leng regulars Mushrooms Project, who emphasize the track's dub influences whilst adding warm new chords and their usual heavy dose of blazed late night textures. Arguably best of all, though, is the interpretation by label boss Stevie Kotey, who wisely pushes the duo's wonky acid lines and jazzy guitar solos to the fore.
505537 3534206
18 Aug 17
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Night Drive (radio edit) - (3:29) 122 BPM
Gong Bong (album edit) - (5:24) 108 BPM
Lonely Man - (5:03) 131 BPM
Love By Proxy (album edit) - (5:19) 118 BPM
Jesus Freaks (album edit) - (5:36) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Nature Nature (album edit) - (5:05) 120 BPM
Africa Addio - (5:32) 75 BPM
Streets Like Noodles (album edit) - (5:33) 116 BPM
Played by: Billy Bogus, LEGO EDIT
Review: Billy Bogus debuted his Caribbean House project on Bearfunk last autumn, serving up a sumptuous single ("Gong Bong") that brilliantly joined the dots between dub disco, string-laden Balearica and picturesque nu-disco. This follow-up debut album naturally contains that superb track, plus seven more hard-to-pigeonhole cuts that variously doff a cap to '80s new wave pop dubs ("Night Drive"), distorted, techno-tempo analogue wonkiness ("Lonely Man"), Scandolearic space disco headiness ("Love By Proxy"), flash-fried dub disco ("Jesus Freaks"), Chicago jack-tracks ("Nature Nature") and blissful, delay-laden pop oddities ("Streets Like Noodles"). There's a lot going on throughout, but that's no criticism; it's simply one of those albums where you'll hear something new on each successive listen.
13 Jul 18
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Cosmia (Pete Herbert remix) - (7:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cosmia (Main Theme) - (7:07) 135 BPM
Cosmia (Regal mix) - (6:26) 135 BPM
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18 Oct 19
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Dreamscape Planet - (5:52) 137 BPM
Cosmia (Regal mix) - (6:26) 135 BPM
If I Keep My Eyes Closed (Mezzanine mix) - (5:27) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Synthia 2000 - (5:48) 133 BPM
6th Floor Entrance (Guardians Gate mix) - (5:04) 133 BPM
S.O.S. Flight Theme - (4:46) 135 BPM
Techniques & Tactics (Nocturnal mix) - (4:22) 90 BPM
19 Jul 19
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Global Warming - (3:41) 104 BPM
All Nite - (3:41) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
A Bad Day - (4:11) 104 BPM
What U Need - (3:46) 110 BPM
Got No Return - (4:53) 112 BPM
Blow Your Mind - (4:24) 112 BPM
Baby Come - (4:29) 118 BPM
Move Body Shaker - (2:54) 104 BPM
Seeerious - (3:35) 104 BPM
Wordzzzz - (3:35) 100 BPM
08 Apr 16
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My Malaise - (5:38) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
My Malaise (The Pete Herbert Brick Lane version) - (6:07) 117 BPM
Back 2 Basement - (6:34) 123 BPM
Review: London nu-disco imprint Bearfunk are back with a smashing tune from the mysterious Matt Kenny. My Malaise" is classic Detroit techno - hi-tech soul if you will, but not at such a blistering tempo. Kenny somehow makes it work in a downbeat fashion which we could really appreciate. From what we can tell, the track is around five years old but sounds as fresh as ever: we're glad that Stevie Kotey and Co. could help this sleeper hit see the light of day and bring forth his first release in nearly 10 years! His last release was on sub-label Hairy Claw way back when. It also gets a wicked remix by Reverso 68 main man Pete Herbert on his absolutely electric Brick Lane version, and is followed up by another original offering in the form of the evocative "Back 2 Basement". It's yet more soulful and evocative techno business that will appeal to fans of first and second wave sounds from the Motor City.
505537 3534879
24 Nov 17
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Getting High - (6:00) 120 BPM
Getting High (Kim & Buran Electrohigh remix) - (7:51) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Getting High (Ichisan Boogie mix) - (6:17) 120 BPM
Getting High (One Era remix) - (6:28) 120 BPM
Getting High (Kim & Buran Discohigh remix) - (7:01) 115 BPM
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19 Jul 19
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Flexxibility (extended mix) - (7:06) 116 BPM
Flexxibility (Tropical dub) - (6:45) 116 BPM
Mystic Moods (extended mix) - (7:08) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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22 Feb 19
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Night Drive - (4:58) 105 BPM
Groove Glide - (5:03) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Living On The Edge (feat Sorcerer) - (5:06) 112 BPM
Flexxibility - (4:53) 116 BPM
New Business - (4:45) 116 BPM
After Touch - (4:58) 112 BPM
Mystic Moods - (4:55) 117 BPM
Infinite Wave - (5:12) 113 BPM
Make Your Move - (4:50) 114 BPM
Review: His heart may be Balearic, but The Beat Broker resides in California. Still, the sun shines brightly in both locations and that's the most important thing when you're in the business of brokering sunkissed dance music. Having released numerous singles on Steve Kotey's Bear Funk label, he now returns with a full-length offering, Back To Business, on the same imprint. There are nine new jams to get stuck into, highlights of which include the bleepy, shimmering 303 disco of "Groove Glide", the chiming, yacht-rock-at-sunset haziness of "Living On The Edge" (feat Sorcerer) and clean Italo disco joy of "New Business
505537 3529776
30 Jun 17
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