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Kosmick - (7:39) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Come My Way - (6:33) 122 BPM
   
2049 - (6:59) 119 BPM
   
Come My Way (Paper Street Soul remix) - (7:51) 105 BPM
Review: For the label's sixteenth release, Citizens of Vice welcomes back rising star Andy Buchan, a producer who has previously plied his wares on Rare Wiri, Hot Digits and Masterworks Music. Opener "Kosmick" lives up to its name, with Buchan peppering a sturdy, arpeggio-driven grooves with waves of colourful synthesizers, sparkling aural textures and some suitably saucer-eyed melodies. "Come My Way" offers a chunkier, more groove-focused take on the same spacey nu-disco sound with the addition of tougher, house-style drums and wavy male vocal samples, while "2049" is powered forwards by stomping drums, sustained chords and a squelchy synth bassline. To round off the EP, "Come My Way" is turned into a dreamy slab of spaced-out synth-soul by the Paper Street Soul crew.
COV 016
27 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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What You Do 2 Me - (7:00) 123 BPM
   
Get Down - (6:52) 121 BPM
   
Dubble D - (6:17) 122 BPM
   
What U Do 2 Me (Pete Herbert remix) - (6:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Citizens of Vice's latest on-point EP comes courtesy of Andy Buchan, a producer, remixer and re-editor who has previously released umpteen EPs on labels such as Midnight Riot, Hot Digits, Paper Disco, and Masterworks Music. To our ears, the standout cut is undeniably opener "What U Do 2 Me", a joyously summery and rush-inducing affair that layers bouncy piano riffs, elastic synth bass and pitched-down vocal samples over a suitably big and ballsy groove. Pete Herbert takes a different tack on his remix, re-imagining the cut as a sparkling, synth-heavy chunk of proto-house/Balearic nu-disco fusion. Elsewhere, "Get Down" is a driving chunk of organ-sporting nu-disco/deep house fusion, while "Dubble D" sees Buchan pepper another sturdy groove with jaunty synth-riffs, sunset-ready piano stabs and Italo-influenced electronics.
COV 006
24 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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NSanity Beach - (7:59) 122 BPM
   
Devon Incognito - (7:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Follow Me - (5:34) 118 BPM
   
Night Cruise - (6:19) 118 BPM
Played by: Citizens Of Vice
COV 013
09 Dec 19
Deep House
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Childhood (original mix) - (5:34) 107 BPM
   
Memories (original mix) - (6:14) 105 BPM
   
Childhood (Tim Hutton remix) - (7:14) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Memories (Plastic Fantastic remix) - (7:46) 105 BPM
Review: If you've yet to taste the sunny, sumptuous, synth-heavy world of Nico Bernard AKA AWITW, this on-point outing on Citizens of Vice is as good a place as any to start. "Memories", in particular, is blissfully gorgeous; a cheery, life affirming mid-tempo amble through sunlit Mediterranean uplands in the company of a drum machine and a wealth of vintage synthesizers. "Childhood", meanwhile, chugs a little more, with alien synth melodies riding a squeezable electronic bassline and warming Fender Rhodes chords. Tim Hutton's chunkier, acid-flecked revision of "Childhood" is naturally also a tasty treat, while Plastic Fantastic brilliantly re-casts "Memories" as a woozy shuffle through deep house/dreamy synth-pop fusion that's more Balearic than queuing for hours to get into a disappointing super-club.
COV 002
14 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sprettur - (5:28) 138 BPM
   
Onefnt - (4:59) 131 BPM
COV 003
25 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Can't Get Enough - (6:03) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fight Back - (6:25) 115 BPM
   
Square Leg - (5:23) 120 BPM
   
Hooked On The Music - (7:25) 121 BPM
Played by: Don Dayglow
Review: Don Dayglow AKA Adam Hignell serves up a nu-disco four-tracker that steers refreshingly clear of the usual musical cliches. 'Can't Get Enough' does tread fairly familiar nu-disco/disco-house ground, admittedly, but 'Fight Back' is a more inventive number that marries 80s soul elements to a full-phat bassline and house pianos to great effect, while 'Square Leg' is as fine a slice of acid funk squelch as you'll hear all month, with a few nods to Italo-disco thrown in for good measure. And then there's 'Hooked On The Music', which starts out all experimental and percussive, then takes a sudden left turn into a rave circa 1989.
COV 011
25 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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In Flagranti - "Regatta" - (6:20) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Citizens Of Vice - "Pikes" - (5:36) 117 BPM
   
Somethin' Sanctified - "Direct Sunlight" - (5:25) 121 BPM
   
Plastic Fantastic - "Mellow Guitar" - (6:00) 80 BPM
COV 001
30 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Disco Voyage - (5:07) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Empty Spaces - (3:52) 122 BPM
   
Looking For Love - (5:46) 122 BPM
Played by: Man With Records
COV 04
29 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Way Hey - (6:38) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Way Hey (Somethin' Sanctified's Heatwave mix) - (6:12) 120 BPM
Played by: RSS Disco
Review: Given that he's most associated with the more tech-tinged Nightnoise label, we were a little surprised to see Jamie Porteus popping up on sun-soaked, Balearic-minded disco imprint Citizens of Vice. Perhaps we shouldn't have been, because "Way Hey" is superb - a deliciously sunny, mid-set workout that wraps glassy-eyed Balearic guitars and bold synthesizer motifs around a chunky groove that reminded us of the Cure, the Police (as in the band, not your local neighbourhood coppers) and all manner of obscure 1980s European Balearic disco records. Over on the virtual B-side, Something Sanctified channels the spirit of Canadian Balearic synth-pop heroes The Junior Boys on a mix so luscious and tactile you half expect it to spring from the speakers and give you a hug.
COV 010
20 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Jamie Porteous - "Johnny Deep" - (4:50) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lanowa - "Gorgeous People" - (5:04) 120 BPM
   
Lovebreak - "Honestly" - (6:04) 118 BPM
   
Paper Street Soul - "Bobby's Song" - (6:24) 116 BPM
   
We Play Alone - "There's Something Up There" - (5:56) 120 BPM
Review: To celebrate the dawning of a new decade Citizens of Vice has decided to offer up a multi-artist extravaganza featuring contributions from a quintet of rising stars. Jamie Porteus kicks things off with "Johnny Deep", a wonderfully warm-and sun-kissed blend of bubbly electronic grooves, ear-pleasing melodies and subtle dub influences, before Lanowa goes down a deeper route on the warm, hypnotic and bass-heavy house cut "Gorgeous People". Elsewhere, Lovebreak's "Honestly" is a dusty sample-house shuffler, Paper Street Song's "Bobby's Song" is a glassy-eyed rework of an eyes-closed 80s soul jam and We Play Alone's "There's Something Up There" brilliantly joins the dots between drowsy deep house and sub-heavy UL garage.
COV 014
27 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Seven Seas - (5:11) 117 BPM
   
Red Days - (6:47) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Feel Fire - (6:54) 113 BPM
   
Next To Me - (8:10) 116 BPM
COV 020
23 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Coloured Squares - (6:22) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Disco Stu - (5:09) 118 BPM
   
You Know - (4:59) 116 BPM
   
Green Wave - (5:14) 110 BPM
Review: Contemporary disco-house at its best on this four-tracker from Nottingham producer Lanowa, coming on French label Citizens Of Vice. 'Coloured Squares' is a throbbing, hypnotic affair with a spoken female vocal that's highly reminiscent of Who Da Funk's classic 'Shiny Disco Balls'. 'Disco Stu' is warm and bass-y rolling disco groove topped with a vocal that sounds like a Native American chant: the formula's simple, but at 4am on big speakers it may well sound like the best record on Earth! 'You Know' is fat n' squelchy with echoes of NJ garage, before the mellower 'Green Wave' completes the EP with its gently tinkling keys, jazz fusion geetar and playground chant vocal.
COV 017
19 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Calle De Dulcinea (original mix) - (5:03) 115 BPM
   
Andalusian Jazz Hands (original mix) - (5:53) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Calle De Dulcinea (Bobby Bricks remix) - (5:01) 105 BPM
   
Andalusian Jazz Hands (The Beat Broker dub) - (6:46) 115 BPM
Played by: Citizens Of Vice
Review: A four-track EP here that you can file under disco, deep house or downtempo as you see fit... unless, of course, you have a crate marked 'stunning', in which case it deserves a place in there! Opener 'Calle De Dulcinea' is a bumpin', bass-y affair with a fine jazzy vibes solo in the middle and occasional scat vocal snips, 'Andalusian Jazz Hands' operates in similar territory but is a tad more upbeat and floor-friendly, while Bobby Bricks supplies a blissed-out, Balearic refix of the former and The Beat Broker provides an even-bassier dub of the latter. A very fine package for the summer months.
COV 009
16 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fallin Down - (5:08) 116 BPM
   
Always (On My Mind) - (6:17) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Moonpig - (7:41) 110 BPM
Review: Paper Street Soul is a new project from some experienced producers/musicians, namely Slync man Ian Stanford and Cuz Electric's Rich Hall and Megan Jones. This is their debut EP and it's really rather good. Check first the languid Balearic disco goodness of opener "Fallin' Down", where eyes-closed guitar solos, swirling chords, hazy sax motifs and echoing vocals wrap around a laidback dub disco groove, before admiring the layered percussion, deep chords and elastic bass of superb deep disco-house cut "Always (On My Mind)". To round things off they take a relaxed trip into sweet nu-disco territory via the bubbly arpeggio bass, clipped guitars and colourful synthesizers of "Moonpig".
COV 008
22 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Always On My Mind (Sophie Lloyd remix) - (8:14) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Moonpig (Simon Mills remix) - (6:22) 110 BPM
   
Fallin Down (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:58) 117 BPM
COV 012
29 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Idle Promises - (6:18) 118 BPM
   
Rain (original mix) - (7:27) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Indigo Days - (7:25) 122 BPM
   
Rain (Ourra remix) - (5:05) 110 BPM
Review: After a sojourn on Sprechen, Paper Street Soul (Slync's Ian Stanford and Cuz Electric's Rich Hall and Megan Jones) return to their original home, Citizens of Vice, with arguably their strongest EP to date. Check first gorgeously sunny and humid opener "Idle Promises", a tasteful chunk of NYC freestyle-meets-Euro-disco cheeriness, before getting down to the fizzing p-funk synths, rubbery bass guitar and unfussy boogie beats of "Rain". Remixer Ourra delivers a superbly sun-kissed and undeniably Balearic nu-disco revision of "Rain" smothered in eyes-closed soft rock guitar solos, while "Indigo Days" is another hot-to-trot slab of squelchy electrofunk that should appeal to Prince and Parliament/Funkadelic fans.
COV 018
14 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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CYA - (6:58) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bassline - (5:28) 120 BPM
   
2 Long - (6:24) 121 BPM
   
Nobody - (5:30) 121 BPM
COV 005
08 Apr 19
Deep House
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Soul Glo - (7:41) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
CuCuCu - (6:13) 129 BPM
   
Marzipan - (5:38) 121 BPM
   
White Blossoms - (5:37) 114 BPM
Review: Just two months after delivering their debut EP for Citizens of Vice - the rather good "Arrivals Part 1" - Bent member Simon Mills and International Feel artist Joel Hood reprise their Somethin' Santified partnership. "Arrivals Part 2" is a rock solid sequel. The pair begins with "Soul Glo", a wonderfully woozy and opaque number where glistening melodies and sechoing vocal samples bob and weave around a chunky, proto-house style groove, before wrapping themselves in cotton wool on the loved-up Balearic dancefloor bliss of "CuCuCu". "Marzipan" is a sticky, humid and melodious chunk of sunrise-ready deep house breeziness, while closing cut "White Blossoms" is a reverb-laden jazz-house shuffler rich in fluttering flute lines and drifting Brazilian vocal samples.
COV 007
28 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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You Are Not Alone (original mix) - (8:03) 93 BPM
   
Rayko - "Unforgettable" (feat Tito & Elena Hikari) - (5:27) 85 BPM
   
You Are Not Alone (Ilya Santana remix) - (7:37) 103 BPM
   
You Are Not Alone (Rayko remix) - (9:08) 105 BPM
COV 021
27 Nov 20
Balearic/Downtempo
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Flora - (4:23) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sumra - (3:51) 117 BPM
   
Skorra - (8:16) 115 BPM
Review: Tonarunur hails from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, which is also where he resides and works. You might remember the music he previously made as B.G. Baarregaard, but he now goes under this alias for Citizens of Vice. On the Sunny Nights EP you are certainly in for a treat: from the dusty and sun-kissed deep house of "Flora" which is reminiscent of Berlin producers like Max Graef and Glenn Astro, to the classic early '90s Chicago house vibes on "Sumra" or the blissful layers of melody on closing cut "Skorra" which will hypnotise you into submission - Baarregaard showcases some of his finest musical forays yet on this great EP.
COV 019
11 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love Breaks Down - (5:52) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Into You - (6:08) 116 BPM
   
3-29am - (6:29) 117 BPM
   
Into You (Brooks From Eindhoven remix) - (6:31) 118 BPM
Played by: Citizens Of Vice
Review: Earlier in the year We Play Alone debuted on Citizens Of Vice via a contribution to the label's superb "Twenty 20". Here the trio of experienced producers returns with a rather fine first EP. Opener "Love Breaks Down" is dreamy and delicious, with the threesome wrapping tactile chords and mangled vocal samples around a bustling house beat. "Into You" sees them join the dots between Todd Edwards style garage and laidback analogue deep house, while "3-29am"is the kind of wavy, ultra-deep house jam that makes perfect sense at half-three in the morning. Also superb is former Accidental and Mantis Recordings man Brooks's remix of "Into You", which turns the cut into a quirky fusion of booming sub-bass, pin-sharp melodies and constantly intensifying beats.
COV 015
30 Mar 20
Deep House
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