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Science Fiction
505496 0239722
25 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Science Fiction - (5:26) 175 BPM
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Earthbound - (5:27) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jado Jador - EP
826194 374990
28 Jul 17
Deep House
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Loubar's Stars (feat Queen Rose) - (6:53) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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BDX Biches Gang - (5:06) 144 BPM
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Road To Grand Champ - (6:36) 131 BPM
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Played by: & my mother say
Review: French producer Armless Kid is set to have a big year in 2017, reaching a global audience with his productions thanks to a helping hand from his friends at Classic. A young self-taught artist who has been working the Paris scene for only a short time, Xavier is right at home on Justin Solomon's label with his inventive approach to producing. Over just three tracks on the EP, he covers synth-enhanced jacking grooves featuring the diva tones of Queen Rose on "Loubar's Stars" and heady BPM cranked wildness on "BDX Biches Gang". Finally he finds a glorious middle ground with heavy syncopated beats and tight chords on "Road To Grand Champ".
Hi, How R U?
826194 354596
24 Mar 17
Deep House
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Mr Johnson's Talk'n Now (OG Demo mix) - (6:11) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Give It To Them - (7:38) 126 BPM
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Mr Johnson's Talk'n Now (Luke's Video Games Rework) - (7:34) 123 BPM
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Mr Johnson's Talk'n Now (BJ's Revamp mix) - (7:54) 123 BPM
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Review: Brett Johnson was always one of the most innovative house producers and this release for the re-launched Classic shows that he hasn't lost his signature sound. On the OG Demo mix of "Mr Johnson's Talk'n Now", he lays down a gritty, stripped back house groove, replete with lo fi blips and bursts of noise that accompany wired, weird vocal samples. The 'Luke's Video Games Rework' is just as off-beat, with the vocals deeper in the mix and a furious stab taking centre stage, while the 'BJ Revamp' remix swings back towards Johnson's wild, stripped back sound. Only on "Give It To Them" does he opt for a more conventional approach, with a disco stab riding the relentlessly jacking groove.
Insight
826194 379896
29 Sep 17
Deep House
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Insight - (6:53) 126 BPM
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Back In Time
826194 394592
16 Feb 18
Deep House
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Back In Time - (4:56) 120 BPM
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Back In Time (Crackazat remix) - (4:48) 120 BPM
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Back In Time (extended mix) - (6:48) 120 BPM
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Back In Time (Crackazat extended remix) - (7:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Since first popping up on Classic back in 2015, Chicago stalwart Chrissy (once famed for his juke productions as Chrissy Murderbot, but not embracing his house and disco roots) has barely put a foot wrong. "Back in Time", his third single for Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's label, is another surefire hit; a delightfully celebratory vocal workout blessed with nods towards classic disco, Maurice Fulton's Syclops project (check the meandering analogue synth bassline) and sing-along house. Of the producer's two versions, it's the Extended Mix, with its additional bassline pressure and punchy drum fills, that's the superior choice. Arguably even better is Crackazat's swinging, piano-heavy Extended Remix, which comes on like a long-lost vocal house anthem from the mid '90s.
Melondrop
826194 378998
06 Oct 17
Deep House
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Melondrop (Chicago mix) - (7:22) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Melondrop (Luke Solomon's Savage Body edit) - (6:52) 126 BPM
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Review: Thanks to a series of killer re-edit EPs released over recent years, Chicago veteran Cratebug is finally getting the credit his talents deserve. This surprise release on Classic - his first "original" production to get an official release since 2013 - is likely to raise his profile further. "Melondrop" is something of a sleazy peak-time treat: a sweaty, disco-tinged jack-track full of urgent drum machine percussion, delay-laden vocal samples and mind-altering analogue bass. Cratebug's "Chicago Mix" subtly rises and falls throughout, with the producer tweaking a handful of killer elements to do maximum dancefloor damage. Label boss Luke Solomon provides the obligatory rework, delivering a "Savage Body Edit" that pushes the track's disco elements to the fore whilst retaining the original's locked-in intensity.
Truelight - EP
826194 370299
14 Jul 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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In My Hands - (7:11) 116 BPM
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One True Light - (6:08) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In My Hands (Hot Toddy remix) - (7:11) 116 BPM
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One True Light (Ron Basejam remix) - (4:33) 105 BPM
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Review: Following on from their successful hook up with 2020 Vision, nu-disco heroes Crazy P have now joined forces with the Classic label (how has this not happened before?!) and here we get the "Truelight EP". Spacey retro soul balladry gives way to filthy cosmic funk on "One True Light" and "In My Hands" is nasty Padlock EP-style disco of the highest order. Hot Toddy (aka Chris Todd of Crazy P) remixes the latter into hypnotic acid and band co-founder Ron Basejam turns the former into chugging, sun-warped Balearic boogie.
Classic Presents Demuir & Friends
826194 338695
19 Aug 16
Deep House
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My Predictable Locals - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Story Of A DJ (feat Mark Farina) - (6:32) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Here's To Friday (feat Cynthia Amoah) - (7:23) 124 BPM
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Review: Hard-working Toronto producer Demuir has appeared on all manner of labels in recent times, but none more so than Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic Music Company. This debut EP for the long-running imprint undoubtedly contains some of Demuir's strongest work to date. Chief among these is opener "My Predictable Locals", a boompty-influenced chunk of disco-flecked Chi-town bump that could easily pass for a DJ Sneak or Derrick Carter production. Elsewhere, Mark Farina lends a hand on the rolling deep house hustle of "Story Of A DJ", and soul chanteuse Cynthia Amoah lends her honeyed tonsils to the modern soul-goes-house celebration of dancing that is "Here's To Friday".
Pancakes
826194 394493
02 Feb 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Pancakes - (4:00) 120 BPM
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Pancakes (extended Club mix) - (5:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pancakes (extended Club instrumental) - (5:20) 120 BPM
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Played by: PEZNT
Chaka Khan
826194 338541
05 Aug 16
Techno
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Chaka Khan - (5:30) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Up All Night Pt 2 - (5:59) 123 BPM
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Review: Hot on the heels of his rather fine Phreeky single, Eli Escobar returns to Classic with two more hot-to-trot house hits. "Chaka Khan", in particular, is something of a retro-futurist treat, with the NYC producer expertly blending hip-house era breakbeats, tipsy chords, warehouse-friendly electronics and a swathe of old school vocal samples. It sounds like a guaranteed party-starter, like many of Escobar's nostalgia-tinted productions. "Up All Night Part 2" sees him revisit the title track of his 2014 album, expertly working selected disco loops into a bumpin', sweaty, hands-aloft house stomper. It rises and falls in all the right places, and sounds like it could be capable of causing serious dancefloor devastation.
Happiness
826194 338497
16 Sep 16
Deep House
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Happiness (Part 2) - (6:59) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Need U - (5:34) 122 BPM
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In The Dark (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:16) 119 BPM
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Chaka Khan - (5:30) 125 BPM
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Miss My Luv - (5:59) 122 BPM
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Next To Me - (6:40) 124 BPM
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So Good - (5:18) 125 BPM
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Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:58) 126 BPM
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Winter's Anthem - (9:27) 120 BPM
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Happiness Reprise - (0:48) 155 BPM
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Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz) - (5:46) 122 BPM
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4 Luv (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (3:22) 109 BPM
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Review: You don't get any more NYC than Manhattan disco/deep house hero Eli Escobar who presents his debut album on Luke Solomon's Classic Music Company. Starting out with the soulful feel good opener that is the title track, there's more quality on offer on the pure disco inferno "Phreeky" featuring Hercules & Love Affair's Nomi Ruiz on vocals (who appears on several tracks throughout the albums duration) and the cheeky "Chaka Khan" which is a bouncy after-hours jam for freaks and the deep low-slung groover "Next To Me". But that's just scraping the surface. The album is full of quality grooves from start to finish, inspired by one of the Big Apple's finest talents and we highly recommend it!
Phreeky
826194 335199
17 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz) - (5:46) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:58) 126 BPM
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Review: Having previously plied his trade on a number of New York-affiliated imprints (Wurst, Night People NYC and Nervous offshoot Nurvous amongst them), Eli Escobar makes his debut on Transatlantic label Classic. Opener "Phreeky" features contributions from regular collaborators Vanessa Daou and Nomi Ruiz, and is little less than a killer combination of classic piano-house grooves, party-starting disco samples, relentless cowbells and choice old school vocal samples. It's something of a belter, all told, and one of Classic's strongest releases of recent times. Escobar continues this retro-futurist feel on the Masters At Work-via-Detroit-and-Chicago vibe of "Can't Stop Dancing", where vibraphone solos and whispered female vocals ride an Andres-styles deep house rhythm.
Shout
826194 380298
19 Jan 18
Deep House
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Nightmare Rag - (5:26) 123 BPM
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American Sorrow (Interlude) - (1:56) 99 BPM
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The People Intro - (0:15) 120 BPM
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The People - (7:38) 126 BPM
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ANGR - (7:33) 125 BPM
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Interlude 2 - (1:16) 111 BPM
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Muzik - (5:28) 125 BPM
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City Song - (6:22) 122 BPM
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City Song (Part 2) - (6:54) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Interlude 3 - (2:29) 107 BPM
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Love Inspired - (6:21) 124 BPM
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Body & Soul - (2:46) 109 BPM
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Handz Up - (6:40) 126 BPM
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Interlude 4 - (1:44) 101 BPM
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Goin' On? - (4:36) 123 BPM
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Review: It would be fair to say that Eli Escobar's second album, Shout, is not a carefree affair. Inspired by his growing anger at American politics, it's a much more poignant and melancholic affair than his party-hearty debut album. As such, the 15-track set is arguably his strongest collection to date, with cuts such as "Nightmare Rag", the gospel influenced disco deep house cry for freedom "The People", twisted and intense "ANGR", blissfully slick and tactile "City Song" and superb "Going On?" - a kind of sorrowful deep house update of Marvin Gaye's most heartfelt work - proving that Escobar is a far more thoughtful and musically savvy producer than many incorrectly believed. There are plenty of groovy and quietly positive moments, too, fuelled by Escobar's belief that love may be the answer to America's mounting problems.
Happy Again
826194 338480
07 Apr 17
Deep House
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Happiness (Kon's Discofied remix - Part 2) - (7:01) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz - SoulPhiction remix) - (6:03) 126 BPM
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In The Dark (feat Nomi Ruiz - Yam Who? remix) - (6:21) 123 BPM
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4 Luv (feat Nomi Ruiz - Soul Clap's American Tribal remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
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Up All Night (Rogue D & Memoryman Aka Uovo remix - Part 2) - (7:48) 123 BPM
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Chaka Khan (The Carry Nation remix) - (5:24) 125 BPM
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Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz - dub) - (3:39) 126 BPM
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Happiness, (Part 2 - dub) - (3:45) 122 BPM
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Miss My Luv (dub) - (3:43) 122 BPM
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Chaka Khan (Bonus Beats) - (2:34) 125 BPM
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Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz - Bonus Beats) - (2:57) 122 BPM
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Winter's Anthem (Bonus Beats) - (4:21) 120 BPM
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Chaka Khan (accapella) - (2:00) 125 BPM
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Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz - accapella) - (3:25) 126 BPM
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Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz - accapella) - (1:52) 122 BPM
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Review: There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about Happy Again, an album of alternative versions and remixes of tracks from Eli Escobar's acclaimed Happiness full-length. Thanks to the presence of DJ-friendly dubs, rhythm tracks and acappellas, it feels like Classic looked to the pioneering remix albums of the 1980s for inspiration. What really makes it stand out, though, is the quality of the material. Kon's rework of "Happiness (Part 2)" offers the perfect balance between subtle house and voodoo disco, while Soulphiction and Soul Clap steal the show with contrasting deep house takes on "Can't Stop Dancing" and "4 Luv". We're particularly impressed, too, with the freestyle-tinged revision of "Chaka Khan" by The Carry Nation, while Escobar's own dub of "Happiness (Part 2)" is a loose, warm and groovy treat.
Muzik
826194 369996
30 Jun 17
Techno
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Muzik - (5:28) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Back 2 Luv (feat Steven Klavier - Jamie 3:26 Alright Ronnie version) - (6:39) 123 BPM
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Back 2 Luv (feat Steven Klavier) - (6:25) 123 BPM
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Review: Eli Escobar is a staple of New York's electronic music scene and on his latest release, demonstrates why he is held in such high regard. That said, the title track shows that he is also expert in house music from Chicago. It starts with a stripped back drum pattern, followed by a reptitive vocal, hissings hats, insistent acid and doubled up claps. The unfussy production sound and straightforward approach to arranging harks back to the classic sound of Larry Heard and Adonis. On "Back 2 Luv", Escobar makes a stylistic return to NY. While the drums are solid, the combination of Steven Klavier's soulful vocals and celebratory piano keys make this house music of the most uplifting variety. The Jamie 3_26 Alright Ronnie version, with its disco influences closes out the release.
Handz Up
826194 377694
08 Sep 17
Deep House
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Handz Up (Happy Clap mix) - (6:37) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Handz Up (Cratebug's Acid Reflux) - (7:56) 125 BPM
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Review: Eli Escobar is turning into a one-man anthem machine. Since joining the Classic Music ranks a couple of years back, the New York producer has been responsible for a string of insatiable dancefloor hits. Predictably, "Handz Up" is another belter: a jaunty, piano-laden roller that smartly builds in intensity throughout. Escobar achieves this primarily through the layering and manipulation of impassioned gospel style vocal samples, bold piano riffs and occasional Church organ, though the stomping, handclap-heavy beat also plays a significant part. Chicagoan scalpel fiend Cratebug - better known for his killer re-edits - provides the obligatory remix, re-imagining the track as a sleazy chunk of head-cracking, mind-altering acid house/gospel house fusion. It's a filthy remix, all told, and offers a druggy alternative to Escobar's cheery original version.
City Song EP
826194 396299
02 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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City Song Pt 2 (Eli's New Version) - (6:54) 122 BPM
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City Song Pt 2 (Ron Basejam remix) - (7:59) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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City Song (COEO remix) - (7:10) 122 BPM
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Review: While Eli Escobar's recent album, Shout, was undeniably superb, there's little doubt in our eyes that "City Song" and "City Song Part 2: Love & Happiness" were amongst the standouts. Here, both tracks are given the remix treatment. Munich twosome COEO handles "City Song", transforming the dubbed-out, disco-influenced deep house original version into a sparkling, piano-heavy chunk of classic, late '90s New York house complete with fluttering vocal samples and oceans-deep chords. The more organic and disco-fired "City Song Part 2" is re-imagined in contrasting ways by Escobar and Ron Basejam. While the latter's Crazy P-plus-acid lines version is fine (the funk-fuelled synths are particularly ear-catching), we're slightly preferring the sweaty, restless disco thump of Escobar's own rework.
Devoted To U
826194 407797
01 Jun 18
Deep House
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Devoted To U (Session Victim extended remix) - (7:15) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Devoted To U - (10:09) 120 BPM
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Review: Having previously popped up on the Defected's Glitterbox imprint, it was probably only a matter of time before Folamour made his bow on Classic, another imprint under the ownership of Simon Dunmore's company. In its' original form, "Devoted To You" is a stunning slice of sun-baked deep house positivity that will sound spectacular at open-air parties this summer. While underpinned by a snappy and relatively weighty rhythm track, it's the classic musicality - all swirling synth motifs, dewy-eyed vocal samples and finely filtered disco orchestration - and pitched-down breakdown that really makes the senses tingle. Session Victim moves the track further towards loose and languid disco territory on their "Extended Remix", which hits the filters a touch harder, ups the piano factor and adds even more live-sounding percussion.
Umami
826194 384296
10 Nov 17
Deep House
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Night Of Desirable Objects - (6:56) 114 BPM
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Y'all Right - (5:34) 112 BPM
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Petit Prince Du Macadam - (3:04) 93 BPM
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Ivoire - (8:15) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Look At Me Or I'll Steal Your Eyes - (7:55) 111 BPM
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Devoted To U - (10:09) 120 BPM
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Oyabun - (5:46) 110 BPM
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Kickflipin' That Stuff - (3:36) 97 BPM
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Jah Love - (7:46) 87 BPM
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Review: Many thought that Moonrise Hill Material co-founder Folamour's acclaimed second album, Umami, would only ever appear on vinyl. Happily, Classic has licensed it and here makes it available as a digital download for the very first time. The album boasts few surprises to those who know his catalogue and sees the hyped producer accompany dusty, sample-heavy deep house club jams with a smattering of soulful, MPC style beat workouts. There's naturally little in the way of flabby filler, just a wealth of good grooves heavily influenced by soul, jazz and disco. Highlights include the Theo Parrish/Andres style jazzy deep house of "Look At Me Or I'll Steal Your Eyes", the head-nodding hip-hop soul of "Kickflippin' That Stuff" and the full-throttle disco-house of "Ivoire".
After Dark EP
826194 379094
25 Aug 17
Deep House
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After Dark - (5:53) 121 BPM
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Reckless - (5:10) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Look Don't Touch (feat Ted Rogers) - (4:20) 126 BPM
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Played by: Chris Massey
When U Go
826194 367091
21 Jul 17
Deep House
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When U Go (edit) - (3:32) 122 BPM
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When U Go - (6:58) 122 BPM
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When U Go (MoBlack remix) - (7:00) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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When U Go (MoBlack dub) - (6:13) 124 BPM
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Review: Rather confusingly, Girls of the Internet are not scantily clad ladies with a passion for music production and webcams, but rather two mask-wearing blokes who closely guard their secrecy. This is their first single since 2014 and marks their first appearance on Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's long running house imprint, Classic. Interesting, "When U Go" is something of a slinky and seductive affair; an unfussy, slow burn deep house shuffler blessed with in immaculately soulful vocal and some subtle jazz guitar flourishes. Italian producer MoBlack provides the obligatory remixes. His two revisions (vocal and dub) add a little rhythmic pressure (thanks to some jaunty, bossa-house beats) and subtle dreaminess, whilst retaining the best parts of the duo's simmering original mix.
Re-Werked (feat. IMMA / MESS)
826194 324346
06 May 16
Minimal/Tech House
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High Over You (Huxley remix) - (7:52) 127 BPM
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High Over You (Luke Solomon's Body edit) - (5:17) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lush (Catz 'n Dogz Club Tool mix) - (5:40) 124 BPM
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Review: Introducing the remixes from Hannah Holland's recent EP featuring IMMA/MESS. "High Over You" gets a makeover by UK house hero Huxley which introduces a druggy, afterhours tech house vibe which perfectly suits the vocals if you ask us. It then gets a remix by label head honcho Luke Solomon who gives it some of that funky and swing fuelled Chicago deep house magic like only he can really. Finally The Catz 'N Dogz Club Tool Mix of "Lush" sounds like classic Green Velvet or Cashmere; once again suits the druggy edge of the track in the vein of the rave anthem 'Flash".
Everything Is Changing (remixes)
826194 203795
13 May 11
Funky/Club House
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Everything Is Changing (B Bounce Move vs D BHQ edit) - (6:57) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Everything Is Changing (Freakspsychredo) - (6:23) 133 BPM
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Everything Is Changing (Brett Late Night mix) - (8:20) 123 BPM
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Everything Is Changing (Justin Harris Re-Doob) - (6:19) 125 BPM
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The Music
826194 400996
11 May 18
Funky/Club House
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The Music - (2:34) 123 BPM
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The Music (extended) - (6:05) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Music (dub) - (6:05) 123 BPM
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It's All Right (feat. Ori Kawa)
826194 345396
14 Oct 16
Deep House
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It's All Right - (6:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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It's All Right (Jazz dub) - (4:35) 120 BPM
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Review: Bay Area buddies Homero Espinosa and Mark Farina are old studio buddies, producing a string of collaborative singles for Moulton Music. Here, they recuit the services of smooth vocalist Ori Kawa and pitch up on Classic. "It's All Right" effortlessly combines the duo's usual hazy, soul-flecked deepness with the jazz-fired rhythmic swing and low-end bump more often associated with Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's imprint. This latter aspect - and its' sneaky bassline borrowed from a David Joseph/Larry Levan classic - is explored further on the superb accompanying Dub, which also includes some life-affirming piano solo business.
Xtra EP
826194 409999
25 May 18
Deep House
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Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Thunda" (feat John Mendelsohn - Rampa remix) - (7:05) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Catch The Beat (feat Cakes Da Killa - Derrick's Black Catcher vocal) - (7:33) 125 BPM
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Personal Slave (feat Charles McCloud - Harry Romero remix) - (6:40) 125 BPM
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Review: Soon, Chicagoan rising star Honey Dijon will release Xtra, a bulging collection featuring reworked versions of tracks from her 2017 debut album The Best of Both Worlds. First, though, we get this taster EP that predictably boasts some seriously good revisions. We're particularly enjoying the hip-house-goes-boompty bounce of Derrick Carter's fine rework of "Catch The Beat" featuring the superb flows of rapper Cakes Da Killa, though Harry "formerly Choo-Choo" Romero's dark and bustling big room take on Charles McLoud collaboration "Personal Slave" is also rather fine. Completing the package is Rampa, who delivers a slick and attractive European deep house revision of Tim K hook-up "Thunda".
The Best Of Both Worlds
826194 379797
13 Oct 17
Deep House
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Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Love Muscle" (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (4:49) 117 BPM
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Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Burn" (feat Jason Walker - Remastered) - (5:14) 106 BPM
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Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Thunda" (feat John Mendelsohn - Remastered) - (4:33) 114 BPM
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State Of Confusion (feat Joi Cardwell) - (4:56) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Personal Slave (feat Charles McCloud) - (3:41) 123 BPM
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Houze (feat Seven Davis Jr - Houze Rebuilt mix) - (3:51) 125 BPM
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Catch The Beat (feat Cakes Da Killa) - (3:48) 126 BPM
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Lift - (4:52) 123 BPM
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Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Look Ahead" (feat Sam Sparro) - (3:46) 124 BPM
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808 State Of Mind (feat Shaun J Wright & Alinka) - (7:00) 124 BPM
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Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Why" (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:04) 95 BPM
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Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Burn" (feat Jason Walker - Black Water remix) - (12:10) 106 BPM
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Review: Given that she first worked with the Classic Music Company 15 years ago, it seems fitting that the label is releasing the long serving Chicagoan's debut album. Described by its creator as a "very personal statement", the set contains a mixture of remastered gems from the vaults and fresh new material - including a swathe of collaborative cuts featuring headline-grabbing names such as Seven Davis Jr, Joi Cardwell, Sam Sparro and regular studio sparring partner Tim K. It's naturally rooted in deep house, but also rather varied, with the First Lady of Chicago House variously doffing a cap to classic jack-tracks, smooth soulful fare, synth-laden boogie-house, wide-eyed late '80s fare and Dancemania-inspired hip-house. The set also contains a rather wonderful cover version of Carly Simon's "Why".
Xtra
826194 412494
06 Jul 18
Deep House
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Thunda (feat John Mendelsohn - Rampa remix) - (7:05) 122 BPM
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Burn (feat Jason Walker - Ashley Beedle's North Street remix) - (6:14) 118 BPM
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State Of Confusion (feat Joi Cardwell - The Maurice Fulton remix) - (6:34) 124 BPM
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Catch The Beat (feat Cakes Da Killa - Derrick's Black Catcher vocal) - (7:33) 125 BPM
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Look Ahead (feat Sam Sparro - Horse Meat Disco's Vauxhall version) - (7:01) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Personal Slave (feat Charles McCloud - Harry Romero remix) - (6:40) 125 BPM
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Personal Slave (feat Charles McCloud - Eli Escobar remix) - (6:09) 126 BPM
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Catch The Beat (feat Cakes Da Killa - Honey Dijon's I'm Carrying remix) - (7:21) 126 BPM
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Thunda (feat John Mendelsohn - HNNY Rxtended remix remastered) - (7:00) 114 BPM
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Why (feat Nomi Ruiz - DJ Seinfeld remix) - (5:42) 124 BPM
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Review: The wonderful Honey Dijon returns to UK institution Classic with some top remixes from last year's LP The Best Of Both Worlds that she completed with Chicago veteran Tim K (Home & Garden) and guests Nomi Ruiz and Matrixxman. Here on Xtra, Keinemusik main man Rampa delivers some sultry and emotive dancefloor drama with his perspective of "Thunda", her homeboy - none other than legend Derrick Carter - brings the super boompty business (like only he can!) with his Black Catcher Extended Vocal remix of "Catch The Beat" and New York's finest Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero delivers an Extended Remix "Personal Slave"- a proper darkroom dub that gets deep-down and devilishly dirty.
Catch The Beat (feat. Cakes Da Killa)
826194 369699
16 Jun 17
Funky/Club House
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Catch The Beat (edit) - (3:48) 126 BPM
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Catch The Beat - (7:17) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Catch The Beat (instrumental) - (7:17) 126 BPM
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Review: Honey Dijon may sound like a type of mustard, but is in fact a Chicago-raised DJ known for producing hot and peppery joints. Inspired by Danny Tenaglia's sets at legendary 90s club Twilo, Dijon is travels the world playing everywhere from the Sub Club to Berghain. Whenever she's got a spare minute in all this, she's also dedicates her spare time to transgender activism. Here however she's doing what she does best - delivering a pulsating tech-house stormer that balances tough beats with delicate rhythms. Cakes Da Killa adds some MC flow, bringing a touch of old skool hip-house vibes in the process.
Personal Slave (feat. Charles McCloud)
826194 353391
21 Apr 17
Deep House
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Personal Slave - (6:17) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Personal Slave (Drum Machine mix) - (6:14) 123 BPM
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Personal Slave (Matrixxman Dungeon dub) - (5:32) 130 BPM
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Stars
826194 394998
13 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Stars - (3:27) 125 BPM
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Stars (Disco version) - (6:16) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stars (Cratebug Nova remix) - (6:05) 126 BPM
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Stars (Cosmic Energy dub) - (5:57) 125 BPM
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Review: What could be more fun than a hot-to-trot combo of driving disco bass, psychedelic acid lines and haunting, Sylvester style vocals? That's the winning formula behind Chicago star Honey Dijon's new collaboration with Aussie vocalist Sam Sparro. This killer combo is brilliantly executed on both the original mix and longer "Disco Version", which sounds to us like a summer anthem in waiting. The track's nagging TB-303 acid lines are pushed to the fore on the wilder Cosmic Energy Dub, while Cratebug's "Nova Remix" is a predictably dusty slab of deep house/disco fusion.
Look Ahead
826194 379995
22 Sep 17
Deep House
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Look Ahead (extended mix) - (8:01) 124 BPM
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Thunda (feat. John Mendelsohn)
826194 305796
16 Oct 15
Deep House
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Thunda (feat John Mendelsohn) - (6:15) 114 BPM
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Thunda (feat John Mendelsohn) (HNNY Remix) - (7:02) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thunda (feat John Mendelsohn) (Terrence Parker Detroit Thunda Storm Instrumental) - (7:12) 126 BPM
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Beau Mot Plage (Freeform Reform, Onionz & Original Versions)
826194 198596
29 Oct 12
Deep House
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Beau Mot Plage (Freeform Reform Parts I & II) - (10:38) 128 BPM
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Beau Mot Plage (original) - (6:38) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Beau Mot Plage (Freeform Reform edit) - (3:53) 128 BPM
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Beau Mot Plage (Onionz Mash Up) - (9:10) 123 BPM
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Played by: Juno Classics
Two Decades And A Day
826194 353896
10 Mar 17
Deep House
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Treat Treat Treat - (6:29) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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James Curd & Fuzzy Cufflinxxx - "Bring Back The Whoop" - (6:02) 124 BPM
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Now I Believe
826194 366094
11 Aug 17
Deep House
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Now I Believe - (7:40) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Now I Believe (Dubstrumental) - (7:37) 126 BPM
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Review: Fresh from a rock solid outing on Midnight Riot, Australia-based American James Curd returns to longtime home Classic. This time round, he has Shaun J Wright in tow, whose effortlessly soulful vocals - frequently chopped up and manipulated by boompty survivor Curd - rise above stretched-out pads, bubbly synthesizer melodies and energetic-but-unfussy drums on the duo's brilliant original version. Curd's loved-up synthesizer motifs and the bouncy groove are naturally given greater prominence on the accompanying Dubstramental version, which also includes even more cut-up snippets of Wright's brilliant vocal. While Curd rarely disappoints, "Now I Believe" is undoubtedly his strongest single for some time.
Just Once More
826194 418892
10 Aug 18
Deep House
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Just Once More (extended mix) - (7:52) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just Once More (extended dirt mix) - (7:15) 124 BPM
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Boy
826194 344894
18 Nov 16
Deep House
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Boy - (7:12) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hit The Streets - (7:12) 120 BPM
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Coming Out - (6:44) 125 BPM
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One Eyed Jack's
826194 296490
06 Oct 14
Deep House
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Freak In Motion - (7:30) 124 BPM
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One Eyed Jack's - (6:49) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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One Eyed Jack's (accapella) - (3:44) 82 BPM
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Telephone Call
826194 339142
30 Sep 16
Deep House
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Telephone Call - (6:28) 124 BPM
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A Thing Called J (feat S L F) - (7:06) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Z's House (feat Rogue D) - (6:24) 125 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino
Review: The revival of Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic Music Company continues apace, with Hot Natured man Luca Cazal the latest to join the stable. Predictably, he hits the ground running, lacing short snippets of Prince style vocals over a bumpin', low-slung deep house groove on E.P opener "Telephone Call". In contrast, "Z's House", featuring the distinctive spoken word vocals of Rogue D, sounds like a Hot Creations-era take on the jazz-flecked, mid-2000s Chicago boompty of Mike Dixon and Honey Dijon. Finally, S L F lends a hand on E.P closer "A Thing Called J", a fizzing combination of heavy, undulating bass, snappy percussion, wonky vocals and drunken acid lines.
Stop The Riot
826194 263294
28 Jul 14
Deep House
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The Acid Games (feat Nick Maurer) - (7:16) 120 BPM
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Stop The Riot (feat Sam Lynham) - (8:02) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Second Hand Blues - (7:38) 122 BPM
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Review: There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about Luke Solomon's latest missive for the re-born Classic imprint. Lead cut "The Acid Games", for example, sounds like something Solomon himself may have put out with one-time partner in crime Justin Harris on their Music for Freaks label back in the mid-noughties. Nick Maurer's quirky spoken vocal perfectly compliments Solomon's boompty-light beats and a typically snaking acid line. The eccentric title track - all wild vocals, hustling guitar licks and low-end pressure - feels like a long-lost Greens Keepers record (circa their career-defining What's My Man Got To Do With Gan? release), while "Second Hand Blues" sounds like an unlikely studio hoedown between Derrick Carter and Jimi Hendrix, with Soundstream on the edits.
Say Something [People Stamp Your Feet] (feat. Natalie Broomes)
826194 260491
15 Apr 13
Deep House
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Say Something (People Stamp Your Feet) (12" version) - (7:06) 120 BPM
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Say Something (People Stamp Your Feet) (Akufen remix) - (7:22) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Say Something (People Stamp Your Feet) (Julien Chaptal's Step People mix) - (6:33) 125 BPM
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We Go (feat. Natalie Broomes)
826194 263096
10 Jun 13
Deep House
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We Go (feat Natalie Broomes - extended Club mix) - (6:49) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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We Go (feat Natalie Broomes - extended dub mix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
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We Go (feat Natalie Broomes - Bbq remix) - (9:27) 126 BPM
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We Go (feat Natalie Broomes - Bbq dub) - (6:40) 126 BPM
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Played by: The Undah-Dub, Alinka, Alinka
Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) (feat. Jon Marsh)
826194 241193
29 Oct 12
Deep House
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Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) - (6:58) 120 BPM
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Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) (Ewan Pearson Into The Night remix) - (8:42) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) (Emperor Machine Restretched vocal version) - (11:36) 120 BPM
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Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) (Ewan Pearson Into The Night instrumental) - (8:42) 123 BPM
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Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) (Bonus dub) - (6:42) 120 BPM
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Light You Up
826194 383183
27 Jul 18
Deep House
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Light You Up (Louie Vega roots mix) - (9:10) 123 BPM
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Light You Up (Louie Vega Organ mix) - (6:09) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Throughout his long and distinguished career, Luke Solomon has not made a record quite as disco-fired as "Light You Up". In its' original form, the track wraps spoken word verses from beat poet Queen Rose and chorus vocals from bourbon-loving Brooklyn singer Amy Douglas around a killer Blaxploitation-era disco-funk groove. Here Louie Vega is giving the honour to remix it with an extended disco revision that's breezier, groovier and full of superb musicianship.
Light You Up
826194 383190
27 Oct 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Light You Up (edit) - (4:37) 123 BPM
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Light You Up - (6:11) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Label boss Luke Solomon returns to Classic with his first original offering in three years. On "Light You Up", Solomon recruits the poetic talents of Queen Rose and his recent disco cohort Amy Douglas - who's no stranger to Classic having collaborated with Juan Maclean on the Peach Melba project. For its live and loose feel, Solomon brings in long-time friend Andy Neal on bass and guitar and Powerdance bandmate Danny Ward aka Moodymanc behind the drums. With its sleazy guitar lick and absolutely fine vocal work over those snaking rhythms and liquid bass: it's already being championed by the likes of Horse Meat Disco. The track was mixed down by West Coast deep house legend Lance DeSardi for Builders Of Paradise.
Raindance
826194 313197
15 Jun 15
Deep House
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Raindance - (7:43) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Raindance (Nick Monaco remix) - (5:23) 126 BPM
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Raindance (Till Von Sein & Tigerskin remix) - (6:50) 124 BPM
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Freaks On The Floor EP
826194 279097
10 Feb 14
Deep House
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Mikey V - "Freaks" - (7:06) 123 BPM
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Memories - (6:28) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Illusions
826194 330491
01 Apr 16
Techno
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Illusions - (8:28) 123 BPM
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Illusions (Eric Kupper & Kenny Summit Present Proper remix) - (6:03) 123 BPM
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Illusions (Bas Ibellini remix) - (6:37) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Los Angeles native Mikey V takes a break from usual studio partner Eddie B to release this monster EP on Luke Solomon and Derrick L. Carter's Classic Music Company. "Illusions" is the kind of tunnelling dark house that's reminiscent of classic Felix Da Housecat vibes on Nervous. NYC deep house legend Eric Kupper is back on the scene after a long hiatus with a bit of help from Kenny Summit making the track a much deeper journey reminiscent of Sydenham & Ferrer's old stuff; not at all a bad thing. Finally London's Bas Ibellini fresh off a release on Tuskegee gives the track a sweet minimal makeover that's druggy and rolling and perfect for the afterhour's scene.
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