Appochop EP
CHOPDIGI 010
01 Jun 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Getaway - (6:05) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fantasy Island - (8:40) 90 BPM
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Devil Woman - (6:10) 107 BPM
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Dub A Little Love - (9:17) 100 BPM
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Cocaine - (7:51) 100 BPM
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Review: Middlesborough-based DJ/producer Appo has been mixing up and chopping up tracks since the late '70s. Here he makes his first appearance on re-edit imprint Chopshop with a five-track, pick 'n' mix assortment of floor-friendly reworks that touches on Balearica, AOR and, of course, disco. In the latter category come slo-mo disco-reggae drum workout "Fantasy Island" and scream-along disco-soul anthem "Getaway". Weirdly, two of the best cuts are also the most esoteric selections. Appo must have had his tongue firmly pressed in cheek when chopping up Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" (really) and JJ Cale's "Cocaine". Both tracks are given a surprisingly Balearic new lease of life.
The Captain Returns EP
CHOPDIGI 09
01 May 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Firehoes - (4:21) 114 BPM
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Play It Again - (3:42) 100 BPM
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Like We Use To Say - (3:41) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Freak The Groove - (4:45) 110 BPM
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Review: Something a little different from the Chopshop camp, as DJ Butcher and BnC join forces for a project inspired by the disco-biting world of early hip-hop. It's a definite progression for the Chopshop crew, who previously stuck largely to straightforward re-edits and mash-ups. Of course, there's plenty of reliance on classic samples - see the bumpin', jazz-flecked disco breaks of "Like We Say" and rubbery disco-funk groovery of "Freak The Groove" - but also plenty of invention within the bouncin', block-party grooves of "Firehoes" and "Play It Again". It's the latter - all head-nodding bump, twittering flutes, disco horns and addictive rap - that really stands out.
Natural Fun EP
CHOPDIGI 013
01 Sep 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Natural Fun - (5:02) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gimme Some More - (6:06) 106 BPM
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Dancehall Style - (5:53) 100 BPM
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Girls Wanna Dance - (5:58) 120 BPM
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Review: Chopshop regulars DJ Butcher and BnC have enjoyed considerable success since joining forces as Captain Futuro. Unlike their solo releases, which flit between funtime disco re-edits and housed-up party jams, their Captain Futuro material delves into the party-hearty world of hip-hop, old skool electro and, in this case, reggae. Both the cheeky "Natural Fun" (it samples, we think "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun") and "Dancehall Style" meld together elements of reggae, disco, hip-hop and electrofunk, largely with great success. "Gimme Some More" recreates classic '80s electro, while closer "Girls Wanna Dance" offers a new take on perennial party fave "I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
You Don't Know EP
CHOPDIGI 017
01 Dec 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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You Don't Know - (6:28) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hyped Up - (3:21) 92 BPM
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In Search Of Phenomena - (5:16) 123 BPM
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Review: Label regular Cazbee has hooked up with Chopshop boss himself, DJ Butcher, for a new three-track groove-fest. Title track, "You Don't Know", is a slow burner, coming across like The Scissors Sisters doing a 70s ballad...produced by Morcheeba. "Hyped Up" is more party-orientated fare, capturing a killer vintage funk sample, looped over an almost AC/DC-style 4/4 beat and adorned with rationed synth flourishes. Finally, "In Search Of Phenomena" is fast and furious disco-funk, with rolling bongos and a meaty bass synth riff, all punctuated with some effective action from the brass section.
The Future Is Ours EP
CHOPDIGI 016
16 Nov 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Andrew Clarke - "My Desire" - (6:04) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Yam Who? - "Quested" - (5:24) 113 BPM
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DJ Butcher - "The Future Is Ours" - (6:13) 118 BPM
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Appo - "House Of Fools" - (8:08) 120 BPM
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Review: Re-edit heavy hitters Chopshop are back following their recent killer Greg Wilson/Groove Armada EP, and the big guns are out in force. Andrew Clarke is first up with "My Desire", an exotic funk bass and shimmering grand piano orgy. Then Yam Who? arrives at the party armed with "Quested": an immense synth-boogie looper that will slay you without even trying. Not to be outdone, DJ Butcher's "The Future Is Ours" risks weirding out the dancefloor with its twisted leftfield funk, and succeeds (possibly due to the dog barking bit). Lastly Appo ends with a classic: an arpeggiated disco cover of Chain Of Fools.
Chopshop Music Digital Release 08
CHOPDIGI 08
17 Feb 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Copycat - "Nautilus" - (4:08) 101 BPM
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Discotech - "The Boss" - (5:13) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DJ Raw Sugar - "It Sure Is Funky" - (6:24) 86 BPM
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DJ Agent 86 - "Give It To Me Baby" - (5:18) 118 BPM
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Review: Having previously delivered both chunky disco edits and cheeky, bootleg style reworks, the usually reliable Chopshop crew offer up an EP dripping with soul and funk. Included is a loose, hip-hop tempo rework of deep jazz-funk standard "Nautilus" from Copycat (ideal for those bar sets/warm up moments), a head-nodding, heavy 4/4 tweak of an odd electrofunk record from DJ Raw Sugar, and a dubbed-out take on James Brown ("The Boss") by Discotech. Best of all, though, is DJ Agent 86's "Give It To Me Baby", a cheeky, horn-toting rework of freaky 80s funk legend Rick James.
Chopshop Vol 5
CHOP 005
08 Jul 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Music Turns Me On (DJ Butchers Mashup) - (5:30) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wanna Know (DJ Butchers Mashup) - (6:03) 112 BPM
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Simon Says Space (DJ Butchers Mashup) - (6:13) 115 BPM
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The Beat (DJ Butchers Mashup) - (5:02) 120 BPM
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Need Some EP
CHOPDIGI 012
03 Aug 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Boyz - (5:16) 120 BPM
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Need Some (vocal mix) - (5:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Need Some (dub mix) - (5:55) 120 BPM
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The Partay Has Just Began - (4:40) 115 BPM
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Review: To date, DJ Butcher has earned himself a reputation as a purveyor of fine party-starting tackle - the kind of edits-not-edits that blur the boundaries between remixes, mash-ups and original productions. This latest EP for his Chopshop label continues on a similar theme, with lead cut "Boyz" sitting somewhere between old skool electro, breaks, house and boogie. "Need Some" - available in vocal and dub flavours - sounds like a long lost New York freestyle cut from 1985 (no bad thing in our book), while "The Party Has Just Began" [sic] fixes heavy synth bass to the sort of acid-laden breakbeat-house jam that was all the rage around '89-90. All four tracks are, of course, buckets of fun.
Sol Wrap
CHOPDIGI 019
01 Feb 13
Hip Hop/R&B
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Sol Wrap (vocal mix) - (6:29) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sol Wrap (Leftside Wobble mix) - (6:48) 106 BPM
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Sol Wrap (Timewrap mix) - (6:13) 106 BPM
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Sol Wrap (instrumental mix) - (4:49) 106 BPM
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Review: After honing his skills with a series of well-regarded re-edit releases, DJ Butcher changes tack here, delivering a devilishly sweet fusion of deep electrofunk, B-boy breaks and old skool hip-hop vocals. Clearly designed as a tribute to late '70s/early '80s hip-hop (check out the Sugarhill Gang/Furious Five style vocals), "Sol Wrap" has enough about it to suggest that it will easily slip into contemporary party sets. There's an instrumental, too, for those who can't be doing with the vocal, while Leftside Wobble offers up a slick remix that replaces the bass with pulsing vintage synth hits. The Latin-flavoured Timewrap Remix is pretty tasty, too.
Greg Wilson Versions
CHOPDIGI 015
02 Nov 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Girls Say (Greg Wilson version) - (6:40) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DIY Disco (Greg Wilson version) - (9:04) 123 BPM
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Love Sweet Sound (Greg Wilson version) - (8:33) 123 BPM
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Save Our Soul (Greg Wilson version) - (6:31) 130 BPM
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Review: Clash Of The Titans here, with Clapham house heroes Groove Armada having their back catalogue given a good seeing to by Manchester's tape-wielding disco maniac, Greg Wilson. It's quality from the get go, starting with "The Girls Say" now reworked into an awesome early 80s synth funk workout that would make Rick James proud. "DIY Disco" is celebratory retro electro-disco at it's finest, while "Love Sweet Sound" is a happy-sad cowbell disco journey of immense proportions. Finally we end proceedings on old skool electro tip with 'Save Our Souls" sounding like a vocodered alien invasion.
Chopshop Music Turns Me On
CHOPDIGI 011
06 Jul 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ill Advised - "Inside Out" - (4:09) 104 BPM
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Capitan Futuro - "Booty Xpress" - (4:18) 105 BPM
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Dave Gerrard - "In The Mix" - (6:22) 110 BPM
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DJ Butcher - "Music Turns Me On" (Greg Wilson Re-Touch) - (8:11) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from re-edit/mash-up/rework specialists Chopshop; namely the kind of sophisticated, floor-friendly concoctions that appeal to both geeks and party-starters alike. This split EP features plenty more material to tickle the fancy of DJs, from the Clav-heavy disco groovery of Ill Advised's "Inside Out" (a smart Odyssey cover) and block party disco-funk of Captain Futuro ("Booty Express"), to the needless-but-fun Indeep cut-up "In The Mix" by Dave Gerrard. Best of all, though, is the fluid re-touch by Greg Wilson of DJ Butcher's "Music Turns Me On", a sweet cut-and-paste effort that's pitched just right.
Chopshop Music Digital Release 07
CHOPDIGI 07
09 Dec 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Unlock The Future (original mix) - (7:45) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Unlock The Future (George Kelly mix) - (6:24) 116 BPM
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Stroller Of The Backlands (original mix) - (5:45) 115 BPM
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Stroller Of The Backlands (Space Ranger mix) - (6:36) 120 BPM
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Superman EP
CHOPDIGI 018
07 Jan 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Shake Your Body - (8:02) 112 BPM
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Superman - (5:46) 100 BPM
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The Beat Goes On - (8:00) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Put The Freez On - (6:47) 118 BPM
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Review: Serial re-edit fiend Rayko enjoyed a busy 2012, releasing countless well-regarded EPs of floor-friendly electrofunk and disco rubs. Here he kicks off 2013 with a first solo outing on Chopshop. Like previous outings, it provides a quartet of synth heavy re-dubs and the odd peaktime re-cut (see the mostly instrumental take on The Whispers' "And The Beat Goes On"). Opener "Shake Your Body" is probably the standout, building a formidable electrofunk groove around thickset synths and heavy low-end. "Put The Freez On" ups the tempo and laces chunks of vocal over a particularly sweet and soul-flecked synth groove, while "Superman" rolls along on a Roger Troutman flex - all heavy P-funk synths and fancy talkbox vocals.
Chopshop Music Digital Release 05
CHOPDIGI 05
20 Jul 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rayko - "Give Me Your Love" (edit) - (7:07) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rotciv - "Juicy Fruit" (edit) - (6:00) 116 BPM
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Touchsoul - "Give U More" (edit) - (5:38) 115 BPM
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Beaten Space Probe - "Share The Night" (edit) - (8:27) 106 BPM
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Chopshop Music Digital Release 06
CHOPDIGI 06
14 Oct 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Andrew Yukon - "Humerus Groove" - (5:41) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cazbee - "Fired Up" - (5:46) 117 BPM
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Drop Out Cutz - "Axxeman" - (4:21) 92 BPM
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DJ Butcher - "Funky Games" - (4:00) 108 BPM
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Ill Advised - "Won Doe" - (4:21) 103 BPM
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