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Formed in 2019 Citizens Of Vice is a sub label of the tougher big brother label “Night Noise Music”. Starting life in Amsterdam and now based in their Jura Mountain Hideout in France. With over twenty releases under it’s belt showcasing and developing new talent such as Somethin’ Sanctified, Paper Street Soul, Andy Buchan, Lanowa and Jamie Porteous, it’s feet firmly planted on the disco floor. The artist(s) who have debuted on Citizens have since released on incredible labels such as Need / Want, Music For Dreams and Sprechen.
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Hypnotic
HypnoticEXCLUSIVE
Hypnotic - (6:30) 115 BPM
Deep Into The Night - (4:46) 116 BPM
Giving Out - (5:56) 118 BPM
Don't You Ever - (4:54) 118 BPM
Review: Nottingham-based Lanowa returns to his regular home of Citizens Of Vice with four more slices of dreamy, Balearic-leaning house and disco that will doubtless please his many fans no end. 'Hypnotic' itself is quite a poppy number, but don't let that put you off because that chorus is irresistibly catchy and the track overall has a pleasingly dreamy, hazy feel. 'Deep Into The Night' then brings a dose of deep house laced heavily with jazz-funk, while 'Don't You Ever' is a late-night drifter with echoing diva wails, though the pick for yours truly is 'Giving Out' with its Scissor Sisters-esque falsetto vocal.
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COV 053
21 Jun 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Neritic
Neritic - (6:51) 113 BPM
Cost Of Loving - (7:14) 113 BPM
Mirage - (7:42) 112 BPM
Moonbath - (6:47) 115 BPM
Neritic (Richard Sen remix) - (7:06) 113 BPM Hot
Review: Gus Paterson has a handful of releases to his name on Citizens Of Vice and Solar Phenomena, hails from London and describes himself as a "multi-instrumentalist, producer, DJ and roller dude". Here, he returns to the former stable with an EP packing four original cuts plus a remix from Richard 'Bronx Dogs' Sen. Dreamy, mid-paced Balearic vibes with strong hints of jazz-funk/jazz-fusion are the order of the day generally, with the exceptions being the chunkier, more euphoric 'Moonbath' and Sen's remix of the title track, which takes us down a slightly darker, wonkier path.
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COV 052
10 May 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Oslo Love Affair
Oslo Love Affair - (6:28) 120 BPM
Just Think About That Feeling - (4:53) 125 BPM
At The Beach - (5:04) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Boblebad - that'll be Norwegian for 'hot tub' or 'jacuzzi', then - goes by the name of Ulf Moen Denneche in real life and hails, unsurprisingly, from Oslo. Here he comes to Citizens Of Vice with three tracks of (mostly) heavily electronic nu disco, with the title track a jaunty, lolloping affair sporting some Daft Punk-esque guitar flourishes, 'Just Think About That Feeling' a slightly deeper, spacier number built for late-hours play, and 'At The Beach' the quirkiest and least synth-tastic cut of the three with its sampled seaside sounds, insistent hand percussion, Spanish guitars and kiddy vox.
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COV 051
12 Apr 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Evergreen
Evergreen - (6:12) 120 BPM
Space + Time - (8:00) 125 BPM Hot
Nigel's Vitamins - (5:08) 120 BPM
Review: Citizens of Vice are usually very good at sharing info about their artists and releases, but thus far they've kept quiet about this one - a label debut from a previously unheard artist called Daggers. Title track 'Evergreen' naturally sets the tone, with the mystery outfit layering sparkling synth sounds, echoing lead lines, delay-laden hand percussion and drifting bleeps around a deep, dubby bassline and psychedelic nu-disco beats. Elsewhere, 'Space + Time' is a breathlessly brilliant, low-slung dark disco number rich in mind-manging motifs and heavy bass, while 'Nigel's Vitamins' is a TB-303 laden slab of neo-dub disco with added hallucinatory colour.
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COV 050
15 Mar 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Feel The Need
On The Way To Memphis - (3:55) 96 BPM
Ruby Blues - (4:32) 59 BPM
Feel The Need - (4:32) 60 BPM
Whole Wide World - (4:23) 62 BPM Hot
Review: Cal Gibson AKA Secret Soul Society returns to French label Citizens Of Vice with four new cuts that throw a proper melange of styles into the blender. 'On The Way To Memphis' is a squelchy, midtempo affair with a soul/blues-style vocal about "leaving Georgia" and being "halfway to Hollywood", yet curiously also has something of an 80s pop feel. 'Ruby Blues' is a dense, shuffling number that bites the vocal from Reuben Wilson's 'Got To Get Your Own' from 1975 and 'Feel The Need' is a sweeping, dramatic slab of synth-disco, while finally 'Whole Wide World' brings the full-on indie-pop vibes.
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COV 049
23 Feb 24
Balearic/Downtempo
Hold On
Hold On - (5:47) 123 BPM Hot
Deep Inside - (6:09) 115 BPM
Hold On (Staccatoman version) - (5:13) 120 BPM
Hold On (radio edit) - (3:56) 123 BPM
Review: Citizens Of Vice, the 2019-born sub-label of Night Noise Music, has swiftly become a darling among enthusiasts of summer-infused house and nu disco tunes. Set to enrich their already stellar catalog, the French imprint welcomes back Offshore and Coen, respected Den Haag-based artists with a track record on prominent labels like Phat Elephant, Lazy Days, and Freerange. Teaming up with regular collaborator Paya, their upcoming EP, Hold On, is a pure delight. Next to the mellow, disco-synth-pop of the lead cut, there's B-side groove "Deep Inside, paying testament to the Dutch duo's expertise, offering a melodic, groovy, and beautiful journey that transcends the confines of a European winter. Get your bonus radio edit and Stoccatoman remix too.
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COV 043
24 Nov 23
Deep House
Drop The Pilot
You've Just Got To Let Go - (5:04) 117 BPM
Got To Go Insane - (4:49) 115 BPM
Matsui HiFi - (6:03) 119 BPM
Carry Me - (5:51) 112 BPM Hot
Review: We can't tell you much about Pilots Of Peace except that they dropped one well-received Balearic EP on Citizens Of Vice just under a year ago, and now they're back with another. The EP opens with the blissed-out chug of 'You've Just Got To Let Go', with 'Got To Go Insane' continuing in a similar vein. 'Matsui Hi-Fi' then drops down into a deeper groove with clear nods to both acid house and Afro jazz - an unlikely combo that works surprisingly well - before a rework of Joe Simon's 'Carry Me' from 1974 plays us out on a more laidback soul tip.
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COV 048
20 Oct 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Meraki
Various
Mass Density Human - "Henry's Theme" - (7:36) 121 BPM
Crooked Man - "Illyrian Song" - (7:39) 127 BPM
Sons Of Dub - "Sons Of Dub" - (4:28) 120 BPM
Lanowa - "Every Move I Make" - (8:15) 118 BPM
Offshore & Coen - "Everything But The Most Precious Has Been Lost For A Reason" - (6:56) 114 BPM Hot
Staccatoman - "Love Of My Life" - (5:56) 120 BPM
Review: French label Citizens Of Vice, self-described purveyors of "Balearic, disco and house for those of a sleazy inclination", bring us a V/A EP whose six tracks defy easy categorisation. For house lovers, though, the best places to start would be Crooked Man's atmospheric 'Illyrian Song' and Lanowa's disco-infused 'Every Move I Make', while elsewhere, 'Sons Of Dub' is one for wonked-out 5am floors, Offshore & Coen explore nu-disco's leftfield fringes, 'Love Of My Life' from Staccatoman brings the 80s/Italo vibes while Mass Density Human's 'Henry's Theme' starts out in drifty Balearic territory then slowly builds into a thunderous percussion workout.
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COV 047
22 Sep 23
Funky/Club House
SlowFlow
SlowFlow - (5:37) 114 BPM
Just Say - (7:30) 114 BPM
Strong - (6:03) 118 BPM
I Don't Mind Romancing - (5:08) 116 BPM
SlowFlow (Gus Paterson remix) - (7:16) 113 BPM Hot
Review: Nottingham-based Lanowa has been one of Citizens of Vice's most reliable producers since joining the popular imprint in 2020. Here he returns to the label with his fifth single. It's an expansive and action-packed affair, with the East Midlander first shuffling through warming, tactile and Balearic-tinged mid-tempo house on the brilliant 'Slow Flow', before opting for a similar pace and vibe on summery vocal number 'Just Say'. Elsewhere, 'Strong' is a throbbing nu-disco number that doffs a cap to both Italo-disco and freestyle, while 'I Don't Mind Romancing' is a thickset, bass-heavy house number smothered in effects-laden trumpet solos. Finally, Gus Patterson remixes 'Slow Flow', turning it into a sparkling, piano-powered early evening delight.
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COV 046
07 Jul 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Happens At Night
Happens At Night (original mix) - (6:44) 112 BPM
Happens At Night (Ron Basejam remix) - (6:17) 118 BPM Hot
Happens At Night (Bruise remix) - (6:14) 120 BPM
Happens At Night (Bruise dub) - (4:38) 120 BPM
Happens At Night (radio edit) - (4:43) 112 BPM
Happens At Night (Bruise radio edit) - (3:41) 120 BPM
Review: Taking their name from a 1961 album by jazz trombonist Slide Hampton, Somethin' Sanctified are the duo of Bent's Simon Mills and International Feel's Joel Hood. Here, they return to Citizens Of Vice with a cut that lifts the vocal from Geraldine Hunt's 'It Doesn't Only Happen At Night', from way back in 1981. The original's a pleasant enough, Balearic-ish soul jam but it's the remixes from Ron Basejam and Bruise (AKA Christian Campbell) that the deep and soulful house floors will lap up, with the latter leading the charge for yours truly thanks to the truly sublime treatment he's given the vox.
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COV 045
02 Jun 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Wanna Be Free
Wanna Be Free - (3:28) 60 BPM
Sunshine Slowdown - (4:47) 112 BPM Hot
Saturday Night - (5:58) 110 BPM
Freaky Francis - (4:00) 100 BPM
Wanna Be Free (Pops Neon remix) - (3:59) 117 BPM
Review: "Wanna Be Free" by Boogie Brothers vs Secret Soul Society is a disco house track that features a catchy vocal sample, a funky guitar riff and a disco beat. The track has a classic and uplifting vibe, as well as some modern and fresh elements. The EP also comes with a dub mix that strips away the vocals and adds some synth stabs and effects. "Wanna Be Free" is a fun and groovy release that showcases Boogie Brothers and Secret Soul Society's talents, and yet another great release on Citizens Of Vice.
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COV 044
28 Apr 23
Balearic/Downtempo
Smurfin
Smurfin - (5:36) 122 BPM
Sugar Daddy (Be Close) - (6:34) 114 BPM
What U Are - (7:52) 122 BPM
Got No Time - (6:36) 124 BPM
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COV 042
31 Mar 23
Deep House
Regole Di Terzi
Regole Di Terzi - (7:17) 109 BPM
Montalbano - (6:21) 114 BPM Hot
Alberato - (6:49) 114 BPM
Un Po D'Amore' - (7:10) 113 BPM
Review: There's not much info available about Gus Paterson, but we do know he's cropped up before on Solar Phenomena, Bokhari Records and Heavy Vibes. Now, he makes his debut on French label Citizens Of Vice with this four-track EP. It's the title track that takes the gold for this reviewer as it marries a fat, squelchy synth bassline and analogue stabs to Spanish-language female vocal snips and, best of all, a killer jazz-funk keys line redolent of Rodney Franklin classic 'The Groove'. But if you dig 'Regole Di Terzi' then there are three more fine slices of jazz-funk-tinged electronic disco where that came from!
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COV 041
10 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sand Grown
Sand Grown - (6:43) 116 BPM
The Space Between - (7:47) 116 BPM
Sand Grown (Pete Blaker Africa remix) - (9:00) 121 BPM Hot
Review: Citizens of Vice's final missive of 2022 comes from Heritage and Ed Mahon, a duo who we last heard from - via a solid set of reworks for Alpaca Edits - two years ago. On title track 'Sand Grown', they give their take on Balearic nu-disco, wrapping smile-inducing piano riffs, Arabic vocal samples and ear-pleasing synth sounds around muscular beats and a pulsating, arpeggio style sequenced bassline. They opt for a cheerier, warmer and more colourful nu-disco sound on the bleeping, glassy-eyed loveliness of 'The Space Between', before hired help Pete Blaker delivers his 'Afrika' remix of 'Sand Grown' - a densely layered, swirling, subtly acid-flecked deep house revision that's impressively immersive, sonically speaking.
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COV 040
02 Dec 22
Deep House
Art & Soul
Art & Soul - (4:05) 110 BPM Hot
Ain't No Love - (5:50) 108 BPM
Fallin - (5:33) 115 BPM
Inherited Rhythm - (4:44) 112 BPM
Review: The Citizens of Vice crew is keeping tight-lipped about the producers behind the Pilots of Peace project, hinting that they're Balearic-loving Brits without confirming it. The shadowy outfit's debut is colourful, warming and packed with ear-pleasing, club-ready treats. Check first opener 'Art & Soul', a rolling chunk of subtly reggae flecked nu-disco/deep house fusion full of deep, dubby bass, echoing vocal snippets, twinkling keyboard motifs and eyes-closed riffs, before admiring the deliciously dubbed-out, edit-not-edit vibes of bluesy chugger 'Ain't No Love'. Elsewhere, 'Fallin' is a sumptuously comfy, hazy and thickset slab of Balearic deep house loveliness, while 'Inherited Rhythm' is a sample-heavy loop jam that's as deep and dubbed-out as it is tactile and pleasingly wide-eyed.
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COV 039
04 Nov 22
Deep House
Syntho De Janeiro
Syntho de Janeiro - (4:35) 115 BPM
Dypi - (5:28) 117 BPM
Sinningur - (3:46) 120 BPM
Syntho de Janeiro (Somethin' Sanctified remix) - (6:06) 119 BPM Hot
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COV 038
30 Sep 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Cloud 9
Cloud 9 - (4:25) 116 BPM Hot
Pushing On - (5:52) 117 BPM
Raining On - (5:58) 117 BPM
Give Me That Funky - (6:58) 117 BPM
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COV 036
26 Aug 22
Deep House
Oh Laura
Take A Chance On Love (original mix) - (4:49) 110 BPM
Driftin - (4:38) 99 BPM Hot
For You & Me - (5:48) 114 BPM
Take A Chance On Love (Popsneon Oh Laura ReMix) - (5:43) 120 BPM
Review: Citizens Of Vice bring us a new three-track, four-mix EP from Secret Soul Society, a loose collective headed up by deep house and Balearic stalwart Cal Gibson, AKA Neon Heights. The EP opens with the uber-drifty Original Mix of 'Take A Chance On Love', which is all slo-mo drums, layered atmospherics and haunting female vocal snip. That's followed (somethat ironically) by 'Driftin', a midtempo number with a soulful female vocal; then we get a more obvious call to dance in the form of the fat-bottomed, boogie-vocalled 'For You & Me', before the Italo-flavoured Popsneon Oh Laura Remix of 'Take A Chance...' completes the EP.
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COV 037
29 Jul 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
My Fantasy
My Fantasy (extended edit) - (8:13) 115 BPM Hot
My Fantasy (Crooked Man Fantasy Chapter 1) - (8:37) 115 BPM
My Fantasy (Crooked Man Fantasy Chapter 2) - (8:29) 115 BPM
My Fantasy (Crooked Man Fantasy Chapter 3) - (7:08) 115 BPM
My Fantasy (radio edit) - (3:33) 115 BPM
Review: 13 months after delivering his last EP of original music for Citizens of Vice, Nottingham producer Lanowa returns to the imprint with 'My Fantasy' - a gorgeous chunk of summery deep house bliss that rolls along at a toe-tapping 150 BPM and makes great use of Balearic acoustic guitar flourishes and sweet, soulful vocal snippets. Choose between radio edit and (in our opinion superior) extended edit versions, before diving headlong into a trio of reworks from Sheffield heavyweight Crooked Man. The 'Chapter 1' mix is a slowly building slab of sun-splashed Balearic disco loveliness, while the 'Chapter 2' take is a dubbed out, spaced-out, cowbell-driven chunk of late-night mid-tempo house sleeve blessed with a filthy analogue bassline. The former All Seeing I member rounds things of with the sub-heavy, subtly broken beat influenced 'Chapter 3' mix.
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COV 034
01 Jul 22
Deep House
Remixed
CYA (We Play Alone remix) - (6:43) 116 BPM
Soul Glo (mix & Fairbanks remix) - (6:27) 128 BPM
Bassline (Nail remix) - (7:36) 126 BPM
2 Long (Lanowa remix) - (6:02) 115 BPM Hot
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COV 033
20 May 22
Deep House
Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street - (7:47) 95 BPM Hot
Bourbon Street (Coyote remix) - (5:13) 95 BPM
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COV 035
06 May 22
Balearic/Downtempo
As The Crow Flies
As The Crow Flies - (6:26) 55 BPM Hot
Steely Dad - (5:57) 59 BPM
As The Crow Flies (Chris Coco remix) - (7:27) 110 BPM
Steely Dad (Secret Soul Society remix) - (5:24) 100 BPM
Review: This week on French nu-disco merchants Citizens Of Vice, we have the enigmatic Coyote with four servings of proper sunset balearica on the As The Crow Flies EP. Starting off with the lo-slung poolside groove of the title track, which is perfect for chilling, and receives a euphoric ambient rework by Chris Coco. Second offering "Steely Dad" will take you to a higher state of consciousness with its hypnotic textures and trippy acid sounds underpinned by mesmerising polyrhythms. The remix up next by Secret Soul Society is much more off-kilter and experimental in slo-mo fashion.
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COV 031
25 Mar 22
Balearic/Downtempo
Piano Hands
Piano Hands - (6:45) 120 BPM Hot
Ghosts Of Yanquin - (6:50) 122 BPM
Take Me Dancing - (5:35) 126 BPM
Piano Hands (Glenn Davies remix) - (6:58) 121 BPM
Review: Given the title you can probably guess what instrument takes centre stage on this latest EP from UK disco regular Andy Buchan, which is brought to you by the goodly folks at Citizens Of Vice. 'Piano Hands' itself is, unsurprisingly, a piano-led instrumental that sits right on the house/disco cusp and also sports some fine strings, while Glenn Davies' remix is a treat for house floors that like it deep and soulful. Elswhere there's plenty more ivories action to be found on the boogie-esque 'Ghosts Of Yanquin', before the piano-free 'Take Me Dancing' plays us out on a blissy, euphoric kinda tip.
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COV 030
25 Feb 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Improvisation
Improvisation - (7:22) 119 BPM Hot
Kruzhitsya - (5:25) 116 BPM
Melatonin Dream - (6:11) 119 BPM
Man Knowing Infinity - (6:17) 115 BPM
Review: So far, he's yet to score any significant dancefloor hits, but Nightdrive's bulging catalogue of mostly digital-only EPs is full of attractive, hard-to-pigeonhole treats. The St Petersburg native's first outing on Citizens of Vice sees him step things up a notch, delivering a quartet of cuts that touch on a variety of sounds and styles. Title track 'Improvisation' is a great case in point; it begins with a throbbing nu-disco-meets-deep house groove, before evolving as the track progresses thanks to the addition of various improvised instrumental offerings. On 'Kruzhitsya', he joins the dots between Balearica, Pat Metheny style jazz-fusion, nu-disco and broken beat, while 'Melatonin Dream' is a liquid Balearic nu-disco treat, and 'Man Knowing Infinity' is an ultra-deep electro shuffler.
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COV 029
21 Jan 22
Deep House
From Above
Paris From Above - (5:18) 110 BPM
Quebec From Above - (4:44) 123 BPM
Paris From Above (Coyote remix) - (5:46) 95 BPM Hot
Quebec From Above (Erik Skantze remix) - (5:32) 123 BPM
Review: A native of Reykjavik, Iceland, Tonarunur has just a handful of releases to his name on labels including Eskimo Recordings and Citizens Of Vice, but has already been called upon to sprinkle some magic remix dust over tracks by Imagination and Visage... which gives you some idea of the kind of 80s-inspired grooves you'll find herein. The dreamy 'Paris From Above' kicks us off in Italo/cosmic mode, before things take a more uptempo, proggy turn on 'Quebec From Above'. Coyote then brings us a downtempo refix of the former while Eric Skantze's take on 'Quebec...' goes straight for the melodic techno jugular.
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COV 028
26 Nov 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
North
North - (5:54) 100 BPM
North (Sauco remix) - (7:07) 100 BPM Hot
North (Yarni remix) - (7:47) 100 BPM
Review: Still not legally old enough to enter a club, 17 year old Maks sounds as if he was there for the rave and free-party scene of his Sheffield's '90s heritage. With a doff of his cap sounding like its tipped towards the likes of William Orbit & Moby - said inspirations - this really comes through on "North'' with its breathy '90s vocals, classic rave keys, bigger-beat drum making, and slow-motion euphoria sounds. Employed for remixes is Canary Islands producer Sauco who ups the big beat inspirations in his remix while fellow Sheffield producer Yarni takes the track down sweetly inspired techno route that dreams up visions of dancing in a field somewhere during the crepuscular hours of a misty swept sunrise. Happy days.
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COV 027
29 Oct 21
Balearic/Downtempo
The Remixes
Red Days (The Patchouli Brothers remix) - (5:39) 116 BPM
Clubber Lang (Somethin' Sanctified KO mix) - (7:24) 121 BPM Hot
Mojito (Ourra & Gary B remix) - (6:08) 113 BPM
Coloured Squares (George & Lynne remix) - (6:24) 120 BPM
Review: Over the last 18 months Lanowa has become one of Citizens of Vice's most reliable artists, with a string of quietly impressive nu-disco EPs to his name. For this EP he's taken a back seat and turned over the parts to some of his career highlights over to a string of like-minded producers. Our pick of a very strong bunch is Somethin' Sanctified's 'KO mix' of 'Clubber Lang', a filter-sporting, trumpet-laden deep house bounce-along drenched in sonic sunshine, though Ourra and Gary B's tactile, Balearic boogie rub of 'Mojito' is almost as good. Elsewhere, the Patchouli Brothers deliver a squelchy and colourful revision of 'Red Days' and George & Lynn go all deep, warm and groovy on their rework of 'Coloured Squares'.
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COV 026
01 Oct 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Don't Wait
Don't Wait (original mix) - (4:46) 74 BPM
Keep The Love (original mix) - (3:27) 99 BPM
Don't Wait (Mushrooms Project Wicked remix) - (7:27) 105 BPM Hot
Keep The Love (Ourra remix) - (5:12) 99 BPM
Review: Striding Frog is not the name of a new hiking-based documentary series hosted by Nigel Farage, but rather a debutant band who make baggy, sun-kissed music that should tickle the fancy of anyone of a Balearic persuasion. The headline-grabbing cut is opener 'Don't Wait', a languid and lazy affair in which the band's multi-tracked vocals rise above psychedelic synth sounds and hazy, slow-motion grooves. Later in the EP you'll find a chugging, acid-fired slo-mo rework of the same track from Italian duo Mushrooms Project, an outfit who do psychedelic disco better than most. Elsewhere, 'Keep The Love' is a sparkling, almost horizontal AOR disco treat, with Ourra's accompanying remix brilliantly re-imagining the track as a dreamy chunk of Balearic synth-pop loveliness.
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COV 025
18 Jun 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Thrill Me
Thrill Me - (6:29) 114 BPM
Mojito - (8:09) 113 BPM
Clubber Lang - (6:36) 112 BPM Hot
Feels Like Love - (4:18) 110 BPM
Review: Nottingham-based Lanowa has been one of Citizens of Vice's most storied artists over the last 12 months, with this rock-solid four-tracker marking his third outing for the imprint in less than 12 months. He hits the ground running with lolloping mid-tempo treat 'Thrill Me', a relaxed, groovy and quietly colourful slab of sun-baked Balearic deep house, before adding a little Afro-house flavour to his summery sound palette on the Adriatic disco warmth of 'Mojito'. 'Clubber Lang' is a chunkier, sleazier and more bass-heavy shuffle through loopy disco-house territory rich in dreamy pads and jazzy guitar solos, while 'Feels Like Love' sees Lanowa move further towards straight-up disco-funk via rubbery bass guitar, mazy Clavinet motifs, drowsy female vocal snippets and hazy horns.
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COV 024
17 May 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sun Goddess
Sun Goddess (original mix) - (7:47) 55 BPM Hot
Soulstice (original mix) - (6:32) 90 BPM
Sun Goddess (Lanowa remix) - (5:22) 55 BPM
Soulstice (Rayko remix) - (5:33) 95 BPM
Review: French label Citizens of Vice welcomes the Canary Islands' very own Sauco to the mix with the Sun Goddess EP featuring sleeper hit "Sun Goddess". With the lead track tripping out on flamenco-like guitars, looped disco-machine grooves and balearic synth, it undergoes a funk and ballroom workout in Lanowa's worthy remix. With Rayko dubbing out the guitars, tuning his synths and pumping up the Roland in his Italo-inspired version of "Soulstice", it's the undeniable vamp, build and crescendo of the original within it mega groove that does the trick on us here.
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COV 023
09 Apr 21
Balearic/Downtempo
Label Love 'The Remixes' Vol 1
Various
Paper Street Soul - "Falling Down" (Lanowa remix) - (5:39) 114 BPM Hot
Somethin' Sanctified - "CuCuCu" (Don Dayglow remix) - (6:29) 87 BPM
Citizens Of Vice - "Pikes" (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:37) 119 BPM
Don Dayglow - "Hooked On The Music" (Jamie Porteous Breaking My Synth mix) - (4:40) 121 BPM
Jamie Porteous - "Way Hey" (Atdhe's Disco Meditation mix) - (5:32) 115 BPM
Review: To kick-start 2021, Citizens of Vice has chosen to showcase some fresh remixes of back catalogue tracks courtesy of some of the label artists. Lanowa kicks things off in style via a driving but dreamy, peak-time ready nu-disco take on Paper Soul's 'Falling Down', before Don Dayglow surprisingly turns Somethin' Sanctified's 'CuCuCu' into a drowsy, tactile and melodious fusion of Balearic nu-disco and pitched-down drum and bass. Andy Buchan offers up a typically jaunty and synth-heavy take on Citizens of Vice's own 'Pikes', before Jamie Porteus re-invents Don Dayglow's 'Hooked On The Music' as a glossy, big-studio '80s electro number full of chopped-up samples and oodles of funk. Closing out proceedings is Atdhe, whose 'Disco Meditation' mix of Porteus' 'Way Hey' is arguably the best of the bunch.
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COV 022
05 Mar 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
You Are Not Alone
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 Hot
You Are Not Alone (Rayko remix) - (9:08) 105 BPM
Review: A few years ago, Tito Velcro, Elena Hikari and Rare Wiri founder Rayko joined forces in the studio and produced a handful of decidedly Balearic tracks. Now, having sat on Rayko's hard drive for "a few years", they're finally getting a deserved release courtesy of Citizens of Vice. "You're Not Alone" is suitably special, with swirling and evocative vocals from Hikari rising above lazy, laidback guitar riffs, dreamy chords, bubbly beats and soft-touch synth sounds, while 'Unforgettable' is a chugging, slow-motion treat that wraps sparkling synth lines and echoing guitars around echoing beats and low-slung bass. Rayko provides a slightly more club-friendly nu-disco take on 'You're Not Alone', while Ilya Santana re-imagines the same track as a sparse, sunrise-ready chunk of Balearic electrofunk.
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COV 021
27 Nov 20
Balearic/Downtempo
Seven Seas
Seven Seas - (5:11) 117 BPM
Red Days - (6:47) 116 BPM Hot
I Feel Fire - (6:54) 113 BPM
Next To Me - (8:10) 116 BPM
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COV 020
23 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sunny Nights
Flora - (4:23) 118 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 019
11 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Cosmic Evangelist
Idle Promises - (6:18) 118 BPM
Rain (original mix) - (7:27) 110 BPM
Indigo Days - (7:25) 122 BPM
Rain (Ourra remix) - (5:05) 110 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 018
14 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Coloured Squares
Coloured Squares - (6:22) 115 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 017
19 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Kosmick
Kosmick - (7:39) 122 BPM
Come My Way - (6:33) 122 BPM
2049 - (6:59) 119 BPM
Come My Way (Paper Street Soul remix) - (7:51) 105 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 016
27 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Love Breaks Down
Love Breaks Down - (5:52) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 015
30 Mar 20
Deep House
Twenty 20
Jamie Porteous - "Johnny Deep" - (4:50) 106 BPM
Lanowa - "Gorgeous People" - (5:04) 120 BPM
Lovebreak - "Honestly" - (6:04) 118 BPM
Paper Street Soul - "Bobby's Song" - (6:24) 116 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 014
27 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Night Cruisers
NSanity Beach - (7:59) 122 BPM
Devon Incognito - (7:29) 120 BPM Hot
Follow Me - (5:34) 118 BPM
Night Cruise - (6:19) 118 BPM
Played by: Citizens Of Vice
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COV 013
09 Dec 19
Deep House
Saurischian Dancers - The Remixes
Always On My Mind (Sophie Lloyd remix) - (8:14) 116 BPM Hot
Moonpig (Simon Mills remix) - (6:22) 110 BPM
Fallin Down (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:58) 117 BPM
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COV 012
29 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
With Love
Can't Get Enough - (6:03) 118 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 011
25 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Way Hey
Way Hey - (6:38) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 010
20 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Spain On My Brain
Calle De Dulcinea (original mix) - (5:03) 115 BPM
Andalusian Jazz Hands (original mix) - (5:53) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 009
16 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Saurischian Dancers
Fallin Down - (5:08) 116 BPM
Always (On My Mind) - (6:17) 113 BPM Hot
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".
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COV 008
22 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Arrivals Part 2
Soul Glo - (7:41) 122 BPM Hot
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.
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COV 007
28 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Get Down
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 Hot
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.
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COV 006
24 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Arrivals/Part 1
CYA - (6:58) 123 BPM Hot
Bassline - (5:28) 120 BPM
2 Long - (6:24) 121 BPM
Nobody - (5:30) 121 BPM
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COV 005
08 Apr 19
Deep House
Disco Voyage
Disco Voyage - (5:07) 122 BPM Hot
Empty Spaces - (3:52) 122 BPM
Looking For Love - (5:46) 122 BPM
Played by: Man With Records
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COV 04
29 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sprettur
Sprettur - (5:28) 138 BPM
Onefnt - (4:59) 131 BPM
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COV 003
25 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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