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Monkey See - (2:25) 80 BPM
   
Finti Cents - (3:38) 91 BPM
   
My Shingaling - (2:33) 144 BPM
   
Jurassic Jive - (3:17) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Beatnik City is one of the chief exponents of the Northern Soul sound and its crate digging culture. Here they present what they dub "BarBeat", which is a good way to describe the non-purist approach of the edits featured - perfect fodder for bars rather than big room clubs. Perfect examples of this approach include "Finti Cents" where In Da Club gets taken back into time to a shimmying Motown backing groove or the 90s-hip-hop-goes-retro-big-beat vibes of "Jurassic Jive".
BCD 012
20 May 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Intro - (0:19) 115 BPM
   
Flight To Rio - (4:57) 98 BPM
   
Martini Swing - (4:09) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pimp Ze - (3:35) 142 BPM
   
Throw Away The Pills - (3:44) 56 BPM
   
Everybody Have A Good Time - (3:35) 129 BPM
   
Interlude (1) - (0:14) 67 BPM
   
Let Me See What You Got - (4:04) 67 BPM
   
Dance Contest - (4:15) 83 BPM
   
Salsamba - (3:40) 98 BPM
   
Interlude (2) - (0:11) 127 BPM
   
Berimbkiss - (4:27) 90 BPM
   
Rainforest Boogie - (4:36) 88 BPM
   
Latin Babe - (3:48) 134 BPM
   
Interlude (3) - (0:08) 91 BPM
   
Ex-sex-ive Machine - (5:22) 111 BPM
   
That's It (the End) - (0:32) 151 BPM
Review: Brazilian beat fetishists, Beatnik City, are back proudly presenting a long player from Rio De Janeiro's best kept secret, Dr. K. They claim he's literally the city's best-kept secret - having tirelessly produced sizzling hot bossa nova infused beats for almost 15 years! this new album should change all that, boasting 17 fresh jams that fuse samba rhythms, a pinch of big beat goodness, a smidgeon of brass and lashings of carnival-friendly retro Latin vibes.
BCD 004
06 Jul 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Mola GramolaEXCLUSIVE
   
Fe Fo Fu - (4:17) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Meeny Mo - (4:20) 126 BPM
Played by: Luis Machuca
Review: Rising stars Groovy Joy and Sebastian Roser have already made an impression on the pant-swinging scene with remixes of the likes of The Puppini Sisters and Vassili Gemini. Levelling up once again they make their debut on Beatnik with two stamp-happy prohibition party pieces: "Fe Fo Fu" is as giant as its name suggests with R&B vocals, tight doo-wop backing vocals and firing bluesy horns. "Meeny Mo" is equally pleasing thanks to its deep driving 4/4 and infectious playground vocal that will have everyone singing along in seconds. Holy mola.
BCD 010
15 Feb 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Habanera SwingEXCLUSIVE
   
Habanera Swing - (3:44) 134 BPM
   
Lazy Finley - (4:12) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: International funk barons Beatnik City invite new member Kuhjo into the fold: the Cuban heel-clicking samba swinger "Habanera Swing" is heated enough to keep you warm throughout the coldest of months while "Lazy Fighter" reminds us of the lyrical majesty of Doug Lazy over a super-swinging horn-based breakbeat groove. Instant classics.
BCD 007
15 Dec 15
Breakbeat
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EP1EXCLUSIVE
   
Like That - (4:04) 59 BPM
   
Get Break - (5:29) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Summerwork - (4:57) 144 BPM
   
Calypop - (3:33) 110 BPM
Review: Newcomer Ree Keen has slowly been building a solid rep for his edit skills over the course of a handful of releases. This latest missive, "EP1" features four new cuts: the loose and sloppy hip-house jam "Like That", the party breaker (featuring an appearance from The Beatles!) "Get Break", the Missy Elliot meets Mungo Jerry jive of "Summerwork" and Afro-breaks shuffler, "Calypop".
BCD 006
12 Oct 15
Breakbeat
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MakeeniEXCLUSIVE
   
Makeeni - (3:14) 152 BPM
   
I Say I Love You - (4:13) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Re Keen's arrival onto the broken beat scene has been a breath of fresh air, and has undoubtedly made even the most cynical of dance enthusiasts into converted followers. With an opening tune like "Makeeni", however, it's easy to see why: there's funk and good vibes spewing from every corner of its seductive little groove, and it goes so far as being able to appeal to both the jazz heads and the disco deviants. It's an excellently executed piece of dance oddity. Now, for the second slice of slapped-up funk, "I Say I Love You" offers a sweet, hummable groove that pays homage to the 60s rock and roll sound, sprinkled with a bit of vintage surf soul for that extra bit of boogie-woogie.
BCD 011
01 Apr 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Various
   
Smoove - "Take It Easy Smoove" - (5:16) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ree Keen - "Hope De Carioca" (short edit) - (3:40) 115 BPM
   
Fab Samperi - "Samba Rhyming" - (3:12) 60 BPM
   
Lucio K - "Goldfather Mashup" - (4:12) 88 BPM
   
DJ Farrapo - "Eu Sei Que Voce" - (3:43) 90 BPM
   
The Rebel Brothers - "Malandro" - (3:10) 84 BPM
   
Daytoner - "Franks Bossa" - (4:06) 103 BPM
Review: For this, their inaugural release, Beatnik City round up a pan-international squad (including British, Italians and Brazilians) in what proves to be a great homage to 'the world's sexiest city'. There's seven tracks here - all of which look back to the hazy golden 1960s and conjures up vintage Copacabana vibes through a combination of salsa and Latin loungey sounds and melodies all welded to tougher modern breaks for a contemporary slant.
BCD 001
15 Aug 14
International
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Various
   
Fab Samperi & Skeewiff - "Mr Body Rock" - (3:44) 120 BPM
   
Waggles - "Girl Of Mine" - (3:04) 143 BPM
   
Badboe - "Carpet Ride" - (5:17) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Captain - "Feel Alright" (Bass mix) - (4:02) 143 BPM
   
Superfort - "Sure Up!" - (3:24) 120 BPM
   
Roberto Samperi - "Beatbox Baby" - (4:38) 105 BPM
   
Rory Hoy - "Runaway Again" - (4:24) 130 BPM
   
DJ Ozyboy - "Swing Me Do" - (3:48) 123 BPM
   
Dis Ma'fucka - "Loco Notion" - (4:25) 130 BPM
Review: Two months have passed since their inaugural volume and Beatnik City return with another chop-walloping, swash-buckling party frenzy. Their emphasis remains fully focused on the big beat vibe as each of the contributors boil down myriad genres from blues to rock to roots to classic b-boy hip-hop and recode them around swinging mid tempo breakbeats. Each cut will massage any gathering you perform to, but stand out cuts include The Captain's Toots-tweaked skank-slammer "Feel Alright", the slower, almost Todd Terje style blues stomp of "Beatbox Baby" and the unabashed sing-along feels of Rory Hoy's "Runaway Again". Unfettered booty business aimed directly at the cheeriest parties.
BCD 003
05 Jun 15
Breakbeat
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Various
   
Smoove - "Nowhere To Go" - (4:11) 130 BPM
   
Shaka Loves You - "Soul On Fire" - (4:23) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fab Samperi - "Come On Up" - (5:40) 131 BPM
   
Mako/Mr Bristow - "Olympic Lovin" - (3:04) 133 BPM
   
F BLock - "Sweet Cherry Lips" - (6:03) 129 BPM
   
Superfort - "Yo Love" - (4:05) 110 BPM
   
DJ Ozyboy/Dis Ma'Fucka - "Ready" - (5:50) 133 BPM
   
DJ Snatch - "Lena In The Water" - (4:21) 132 BPM
   
Daytoner - "Stevies Stomp" - (3:54) 138 BPM
Review: Crate digging in the Northern Soul scene is the gift that keeps on giving - an endless quest for rarer and rarer gems. Here Beatnik present a new collection that features nine classic Motown and Northern Soul cuts which have been sensitively retouched by some contemporary talent. Highlights include the celebratory, fizzy soul jam "Soul On Fire" by Shaka Loves You (yes, the one sampled by Beyonce), a Junkie XL-style makeover of Martha & The Vandellas on "Nowhere To Go" and Mak & Mr Bristow's muscled up take on The Rascals - "Olympic Lovin".
BCD 008
05 Feb 16
Breakbeat
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Various
   
The Captain - "Got To Change" (Latin mix) - (4:54) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ursula 1000 - "Bloops Y Breaks" - (3:18) 128 BPM
   
Dedy Dread & DJ Rebel - "Uhh! Ahh" - (4:32) 154 BPM
   
DJ Andy Taylor - "Shimmy Cumbia" - (3:22) 107 BPM
   
The Captain - "Got To Change" (Breaks mix) - (4:38) 60 BPM
   
DJ Clairvo - "Lift Ma Soul" - (3:23) 105 BPM
   
Ree Keen - "Conquetando" - (3:49) 52 BPM
   
Waggles - "Golden Boy" - (3:42) 125 BPM
   
The Fritz - "Real Smooth" - (3:41) 132 BPM
   
Daytoner - "All Gods Chillun" - (4:40) 120 BPM
   
Stabfinger - "Isidora Club" - (2:55) 110 BPM
   
Mad Doc - "Merry Spyder" - (4:08) 139 BPM
Review: Should you want to turn your place into a swinging cantina let Beatnik City's first release of The Latin Leaks be your soundtrack, and slam those tequila's to "Uhh! Ahh". There's some sampled Wu Tang thrown in among a clamour of drums in "Shimmy Cumbia", while tempos are lowered in "Lift Ma Soul". For some electro-swing vibes check out "Golden Boy" and get tropical on "Real Smooth". Consider your next fiesta sorted!
BCD 005
10 Aug 15
Breakbeat
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Various
   
Ursula 1000 - "Le Jacques" - (4:16) 120 BPM
   
Ree Keen - "Lui Lui" - (4:48) 129 BPM
   
Leygo - "Loose Wheel" - (4:18) 144 BPM
   
Fab Samperi - "The Beat" - (3:39) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Rebel Brothers - "Groundhog" - (3:20) 125 BPM
   
DJ Snatch - "Sugar Dress" - (3:28) 138 BPM
   
F Block - "Thurston's Little Ditty" - (4:01) 135 BPM
   
Mad Doc - "Nori's Gem" - (2:51) 140 BPM
Review: Destination 60s as Beatnik City follow up last year's breakthrough compendium "The Rio District" with an exploration of pop roots, contemporised by swinging breakbeats and premium party signatures. Instantly recognisable jams include the ill behaviour of Ree Keen's take on "Louie Louie" and the ongoing beat mischief of Fab Samperi's homage to Sonny & Cher but the slightly less obvious versions shouldn't be overlooked either... The frenetic harmonica-snapping of Leygo's "Loose Wheel" and the lounge-writhing slipper jazz of Mad Doc's "Nori's Gem". Authentic big beat business.
BCD 002
01 Apr 15
Breakbeat
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Various
   
Hiphoppapotamus - "Disco Shame" - (3:54) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aldo Vanucci - "Chickens" - (3:49) 95 BPM
   
Retro The Robot - "Backyards & BBQs" - (3:12) 76 BPM
   
BadboE - "Breaking Down Motown" - (5:27) 128 BPM
   
Daytoner - "Help Me" - (3:38) 133 BPM
   
DJ Ozyboy - "Grape Vine" - (3:45) 114 BPM
   
F-Block - "Yo My Girl" - (3:06) 150 BPM
   
Shimi Sonic - "Lulu Loves" (BC edit) - (3:07) 108 BPM
   
Superfort - "Daddy Love" - (2:56) 64 BPM
   
Leygo - "Feels Good" - (3:21) 126 BPM
Review: Almost one year ago exactly, 'international funk barons', Beatnik City introduced us to their first selection of sensitively retouched northern souls gems on the first volume of this occasional series. Now having fully ingested all the goodness contain therein, we're ready for the next helping. There are ten new wonders to get lost in here. Highlights include hearing The Spinners' timeless melodies given a light and breezy Latin makeover on "Disco Shame", BadboE's smokin' breaks rework of a Velvelettes classic on "Breaking Down Motown" and finally Leygo's percussion-lead stomper, "Feels Good".
BCD 009
02 Jan 17
Soul
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