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Lake Of X - (5:14) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Atomic - (6:09) 120 BPM
   
Harpy Dance - (6:11) 124 BPM
   
New Life - (6:05) 119 BPM
Review: Rotterdam-based Ukranian Antenna is the next producer to step up on Clone's Royal Oak offshoot. The Pinkman regular is in fine form, laying down a quartet of cuts that blend a range of classic house and Detroit techno influences in attractive, dancefloor-friendly ways. While the title track's fusion of British 'intelligent techno' and vintage Detroit sounds is undeniably impressive, it's the undulating acid lines, spacey tunefulness and distorted beats of "Happy Dance" that hit home hardest. That said, opener "Lake of X" - a Larry heard style chunk of spine-tingling analogue deep house - and the similarly intoxicating "Atomic" are also superb.
ROYAL 028
19 Oct 15
Deep House
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Evvy Steps - (5:13) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ninja Man Come - (5:08) 126 BPM
   
Feed Da Bird - (5:46) 122 BPM
Review: Finnish producer Arttu Snellman makes a welcome return to Clone's Royal Oak series with the wonderfully named Evvy Steps 12". Those elder selectors out there who lived through the West London broken beat scene and have the record collection to prove it should certainly check this one! Whether it's by design or default, there is a certain bruk heavy charm reminiscent of Dego, Domu et al in their pomp deployed by Snellman here, with the title track really setting the tone. Heavily swung, with killer bassline squiggles, "Evvy Steps" is topped off with a dusty finish and is the kind of track that will work in many different sets. And the two alternative tracks are just as rowdy!
ROYAL 26
02 Feb 15
Deep House
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Tune In (feat Diamondancer) - (6:09) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Move (feat Jerry The Cat - Cellar mix) - (6:26) 122 BPM
   
Move (feat Jerry The Cat - Field mix) - (6:03) 122 BPM
Review: Hitting a strong current of creativity with his relationship to Clone, Arttu is once again dishing out warm analogue goodness rooted in soul and grittiness, and it sure is purdy. "Tune In" is bolstered no end by the authoritative speech from Diamondancer, a righteous soul sister if ever there was one. Meanwhile the track itself rolls on a restrained kind of electro beat matched with soothing chords and smatterings of machine wobbles for decoration. It's simple and utterly devastating. The "Cellar" mix of "Move" on the flip is an instant ramp up in energy, hitting a fizzing and popping spring of old-school Chicago traits expressed in vital new ways, while the "Field" mix opens up the space without lessening the impact of the powerful drums.

ROYAL 015
11 Dec 12
Deep House
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UFO Funkin' (original mix) - (6:30) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
UFO Funkin' (instrumental) - (5:24) 122 BPM
   
Passing Out Privileges (feat Jerry The Cat - original mix) - (8:00) 120 BPM
   
Passing Out Privileges (instrumental) - (4:56) 120 BPM
Review: It's probably fair to say that Arttu has enjoyed a mixed career to date, flitting between deep house and jacking analogue grooves with varying degrees of success. This four-track EP for Clone's ever-reliable Royal Oak offshoot, though, is one of his strongest releases to date. Both "UFO Funkin" and "Passing Out Privileges" rock hard, with warped analogue electronics and ragged 303 acid lines riding hissing, distorted, cymbal-heavy drum machine grooves. There's a chest-puffing intensity and wonky swing to both, with Detroit native Jerry The Cat providing a suitably rambling vocal on "Passing Out Privileges". Two extra-robust instrumentals complete a strong package.
ROYAL 20
02 Dec 13
Deep House
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Nuclear Funk (A Made Up Sound remix) - (7:17) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Get Up Off It (Dexter remix) - (5:30) 133 BPM
Review: Dexter and A Made Up Sound get the Clone call to mess with the material from Arttu's great debut on the Royal Oak label, and naturally the results are a must have. In their original form both "Nuclear Funk" and "Get Up Off It" were the improvised results of a studio session between the 4Lux artist and Detroit vocalist Jerry The Cat. It's a bit of a genius stroke from Clone to enlist two well respected audio technicians like Dexter and Dave Huisman to bend them further out of shape, with the latter's take on "Nuclear Funk" a particular demented delight. Operating under his alias A Made Up Sound, this remix typically smudges the boundaries between genre and rhythm to suit his own needs, reworking the synths to sound like a faltering dot matrix printer over incessantly stumbling drums. Dexter indulges his love of 303 patterns on a remix of "Get Up Off It" that stays closer to the original's origins and makes for a nice contrast to the preceding onslaught.
ROYAL11R
14 Jun 12
Techno
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Nuclear Funk - (7:46) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Get Up Off It - (6:18) 119 BPM
Review: Sometime Philpot and 4lux artist Arttu arises on the Clone imprint for the first time - and the results are just as good as the Rotterdam label's preceding output this year. Presented as the results of some spontaneous studio jams with Detroit artist Jerry The Cat, there's an undeniable sense of fun to both tracks here. Lead track "Nuclear Funk" is loose limbed analogue house at its finest, with rough hewn drums and a delightfully elastic bassline soon joined by Jerry's inimitable improvised refrain and lolloping percussive textures. "Get Up Off It" is altogether more scattergun, with gleefully disjointed drum machine rhythms raining down on the gloopy analogue bass line before a heavily delayed Jerry The Cat comes to the fore.
ROYAL 11
09 Dec 11
Deep House
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Days Gone By - (7:35) 112 BPM
   
The Burning Love Ensemble - (6:01) 114 BPM
   
La Montagne De Reves - (6:38) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Last seen dropping the humongous Klinsfrar Melodies on Creme Org back in 2010, Glaswegian producer Marco Bernardi makes a triumphant return on Clone's Royal Oak initiative with The Burning Love Ensemble, a 12" replete with three potent examples of drenching simple, raw drum machine rhythms with endless layers of emotional melodies. The contemplatively titled "Days Gone By" infers what is to unfold as the track's ruff edged drum groove is driven ever backwards in the mix by layer upon layer of intricate sonic detail which is finely poised at the point of full meltdown. The title track seems like a more streamlined affair initially, all melodic elements aimed squarely for the stars before Bernardi lets loose with a thick square analogue bass tone and the drums start to go mental. Finally, "La Montagne De Reves" delves swiftly into immersive dream like territory, dragging you down willingly!
ROYAL 12
10 Jul 12
Deep House
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Innocense Of Pleasure - (5:55) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Broken Silences (feat Keith Tucker) - (5:15) 123 BPM
Played by: Shadow Dancer
ROYAL 06
15 Nov 10
Techno
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Loving Higher - (6:19) 128 BPM
   
Pleasure Moment - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
Lifetime - (6:12) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
On My Mind (original mix) - (6:11) 126 BPM
   
On My Mind (Rhythm Of Paradise mix) - (5:18) 122 BPM
ROYAL 041
23 Mar 18
Deep House
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Harpo - (4:06) 122 BPM
   
Red Scorpions - (4:59) 122 BPM
   
Sunshine In The Limousine - (4:52) 123 BPM
   
Enjoy This Limousine - (6:18) 127 BPM
   
6Drops (Piano mix) - (5:16) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
6Drops (Technocid mix) - (7:05) 128 BPM
   
Ibiza Ritter - (7:15) 122 BPM
   
Sting Collins - (6:27) 125 BPM
   
Sonnen Ambiente - (4:35) 115 BPM
Review: DJ Fett Burger, AKA DJ Dog, is a Norwegian producer with several long-players under his belt, while DJ Speckgurtel is probably better known as Phillip Lauer, whose CV to date includes two albums for Running Back and one for Permanent Vacation. The pair first joined forces on 2013 EP 'Speckbass', and now they reunite to deliver an album that spans a range of house styles, from the 90s vibes of 'Harpo' and '6Drops (Piano Mix)' to the dreamy, stuttery 'Sunshine In The Limousine', via the prog-leaning title cut and downtempo closer 'Sonnen Ambiente'. Some of the tracks feel a little like extended sketches, but there's still much to enjoy here.
ROYAL 046LP
31 May 19
Deep House
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Night Games - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
Got Me Flying - (5:53) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Fear-E, VanDoorn, Vhyce
ROYAL 037
10 Jul 17
Deep House
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Side Street - (6:12) 124 BPM
   
Jaywick - (5:34) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Fear-E
ROYAL 033
30 Jun 17
Deep House
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Trouble Man - (6:09) 125 BPM
   
Friends - (6:26) 126 BPM
   
Double Man - (6:05) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Vhyce, OPOLOPO
Review: If you're on the hunt for some unusual, off-kilter house with swing, weight and tons of fuzzy analogue sounds, we'd recommend checking this Clone Royal Oak outing from Frits Wentink. It opens with one of the most sub-heavy tracks we've heard in a while, the two-step garage-meets-leftfield-deep house insanity of 'Trouble Man'. While it derives its power from an incessantly stabbing bass motif and loose-limbed drums, the track also boasts plenty of madcap melodic motifs and oddball electronic flourishes. In comparison, bass-and-piano-heavy peak-time workout 'Friends' is positively straightforward, though those who follow Wentink's career will know it's anything but. As for closing cut 'Double Man', it's as dusty, percussion rich and weighty as they come, with the Dutchman's heavy sub-bass offset by sparkling synths.
ROYAL 049
02 Oct 20
Deep House
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Filthboi69 - (6:42) 125 BPM
   
Discosizer - (6:24) 125 BPM
   
Space Babe - (7:26) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stealth - (5:25) 85 BPM
Review: Expect only the most leftfield of deep house bizniss here from Dutch producer Frits Wentink (real name Steve Mensink). 'Filthboi69' rides a deep, Afro/tribal-tinged house rhythm with all manner of weird n' wobbly synth and organ sounds, creating an overall vibe that's one-part flotation tank to one-part lounge bar in outer space. 'Discosizer' is a more upbeat number with seriously wonked-out synths underpinned by a steady bass throb, 'Space Babe' sounds like The Clangers making dubbed-out house for those eyes-down, 4am moments and finally the glacial 'Stealth' marries 80s electro beats to delicate keys. Far out, man!
ROYAL 047
05 Jul 19
Deep House
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Drifting Back (original mix) - (6:36) 117 BPM
   
Houston We Have A Problem (original mix) - (7:25) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Juxtapose - (6:37) 119 BPM
Review: After two auspicious releases on the Swedish label Aniara Recordings, production duo Genius Of Time step up to Clone's Royal Oak series, previously graced by the likes of Space Dimension Controller, Reggie Dokes and Gerd. Taking this esteemed company into account, we don't take it lightly when we say this record is as good as anything we've heard in the Royal Oak series, with "Drifting Back" a jazzy house delight with softly pumping chords making for a jam that wouldn't seem out of place in the KDJ back cat. It's the two following tracks, however, that contain the real heat. "Houston We Have A Problem" combines calming synths, vocal moans and rolling percussion to breathtaking effect, while "Juxtapose" could almost be David Kennedy in house mode such is the tough, raw drum programming, but Genius Of Time add some softly soaring strings, thus imbuing the track with a nice classicist bent.
ROYAL 07
16 Mar 11
Deep House
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Palm Leaves (original version) - (6:48) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Palm Leaves (Serge & Tyrell dub mix) - (6:11) 126 BPM
Played by: Alkalino, Cosmin TRG
Review: Gerd continues to dig into his archive of previously unfinished material for the esteemed Clone imprint, returning to their fun house Royal Oak offshoot with the quite superb "Palm Leaves". What begins with a nice dusty house groove bursts into life when the superb vocal talents of Mr Oliver Day Soul rise to the surface on top of some driving chords and glistening textures. These elements combine adroitly and then Gerd throws in this thick gloopy square analogue bassline which lends the track a really winning je ne sais quoi. A stripped down mix from Clone boss Serge in cahoots with Mr Alden Tyrell occupies the flip, bringing the analogue throb to the fore whilst subjecting the rest to some cavernous filtration.
ROYAL 10
11 Oct 11
Deep House
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Palm Leaves (Mr Fingers Afropsychojungledub mix) - (9:39) 126 BPM
   
Palm Leaves (Mr Fingers Afropsychojungledub instrumental mix) - (8:03) 126 BPM
   
Palm Leaves (Deetron remix) - (7:57) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Palm Leaves (Deetron dub mix) - (6:57) 126 BPM
Review: With Larry Heard and Deetron on the remix, you'd be hard pressed to find fault with this superb remix package. Heard is typically at his melodic, soulful best, offering up two epic reworks that wrap heart-aching piano figures, jazz organs, acid tweaks and darting synths around a faultlessly deep groove. While his instrumental version is good, it's the full vocal version that really hits the spot. Deetron, meanwhile, ups the tempo and the percussive pressure on a pair of chiming, stargazing versions that just ooze Detroit techno flavour. This is perhaps most successful on the Dub, which gets just the right balance between build, melody and straightforward dancefloor oomph.
ROYAL 10R
21 Nov 11
Deep House
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Friendly Fire (extended) - (7:15) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Friendly Fire (dub) - (6:25) 125 BPM
   
Vibrations - (6:39) 118 BPM
ROYAL 03
29 Jun 10
Deep House
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Planet FMDX (mix 909) - (6:27) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Planet FMDX (mix 707) - (7:19) 123 BPM
   
Visitors - (5:57) 122 BPM
   
The Cube - (7:29) 125 BPM
Review: Dutch Veteran Gerd's career stretches back an impressive 22 years. Planet F.D.M.X Pt 1 sees him return to Clone's retro-futurist Royal Oak offshoot for the first time in five years. Interestingly, opener "Planet F.D.M.X (909)" doffs a cap to early Warp "bleep and bass" releases, while also paying tribute to the spacey techno sounds of Detroit. There's a slightly more Larry Heard feel to the accompanying "707" mix of the same track, with deliciously deep chords and bright stabs accompanying a "Can You Feel It" style groove. On the flip, he's in full on space mode on the wonderfully attractive and rubbery "Visitors", while "The Cube" bounces along on a wave of vintage acid style refrains, jackin' beats and dreamy, drawn-out chords.
ROYAL 34
08 Jul 16
Deep House
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Black Moon Voyage - (7:14) 125 BPM
   
Slam Jam - (5:24) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lost Android - (7:14) 125 BPM
   
Chord Orbit - (5:41) 125 BPM
Review: Following up that great first volume, Amsterdam legend Gerd fired up the legendary Yamaha DX100 synth again and delivers a bunch of timeless perspectives of classic techno sounds on Planet F.M.D.X. The synth was a staple of the first wave Detroit sound, and this is a respectful tribute to that if we've ever heard it. From emotive hi-tech soul of "Black Moon Voyage" and its unashamed nod to the sounds of Transmat, the intergalactic funk of "Lost Android" complete with reversed beats for nostalgic effect, and the hi-tech jazz of "Chord Orbit" which will have all fans of early Underground Resistance and Strobe rejoicing.
ROYAL 042
29 Jun 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Gerd - "Freedom" (G mix) - (6:36) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Alex Agore - "Freedom" (A mix) - (6:27) 119 BPM
ROYAL 01
16 Jun 10
Funky/Club House
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Ghetto Disco - (5:01) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ghetto Blues - (5:38) 130 BPM
Review: If the title of this tune doesn't get you suitably excited then maybe the identity of the "brothers" will - none other than the legendary Blake Baxter and Orlando Voorn. Originally made in 1993, these two tunes sound as fresh as ever today, slotting in nicely with the current resurgence of house-orientated 2-step and future garage. While "Ghetto Disco" makes great use of chanking guitar samples, 808 snares and a proto-Baltimore skank, "Ghetto Blues" is even more urgent, complete with a deliriously upbeat synth melody. A great choice for a reissue, these are two very worthy slabs of underground house.
ROYAL 05
07 Jul 10
Funky/Club House
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RAPT (feat Starving Yet Full) - (8:17) 131 BPM
   
RAPT (feat Starving Yet Full - Serge & Tyrell dub) - (5:51) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
VSCUS - (6:05) 122 BPM
Review: Despite previously contributing tracks to split EPs from 3024 and Turbo, Rapt marks Brain Wong's debut solo EP under the Gingy moniker. The title track is particularly delicious, with Starving Yet Full's soulful vocals riding a bustling, two-step influenced rhythm and raw, distorted, acid house style drum machine hits. It's a deliciously inventive production, all told, which pushes soulful house in a genuinely new direction. Instrumental flipside "VSCUS" is an altogether different beast, with ragged electronics riding a simple groove, enveloping strings and picturesque memories. A strong package is completed by a stomping dub of the title track from Clone regulars Serge & Tyrell, which turn the original into a surging, organ-heavy chunk of Sneak style, bass-heavy loop funk.
ROYAL 24
29 Sep 14
Funky/Club House
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Swept Illusions (original mix) - (10:31) 124 BPM
   
Swept Illusions (Dorisburg 808 dance mix) - (6:58) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Swept Illusions (Arkajo remix) - (6:47) 120 BPM
Review: It's been nearly 20 months since Raphael Ripperton last donned the Headless Ghost guise for Clone's Royal Oak offshoot. While that release, the Frontend EP, was an exploration of hissing analogue deep house peppered with sly acid house references, Swept Illusions is an altogether more polished proposition. That's not meant as a criticism; if anything, the fizzing, Latin-influenced rhythms, twinkling electronics and sun-soaked pianos that dominate "Swept Illusions" are far more memorable. The remixes come from Genius of Time under their solo aliases. Dorisburg's 808 Dance Mix is a thrilling amalgamation of dense, tribal-influenced percussion, tough 808 drums and occasional foreboding electronic stabs. Arkajo takes a different approach, layering Balearic-friendly fiddles, pads and melodies atop a shuffling, low-slung groove.
ROYAL 21
01 Dec 14
Deep House
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Basik Fire - (7:21) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
SP3 - (6:33) 123 BPM
   
Yeaahhh - (6:09) 123 BPM
Review: Ripperton dons his Headless Ghost alias for three tracks of what he describes as "intuitive house". By this he presumably means that he made the tracks intuitively, laying them down quickly, using a mix of analogue and digital gear. Certainly, there's a freshness and fluidity to "Basik Fire", a basement-friendly fusion of hypnotic acid revivalism and intergalactic, Italo-influenced riffery. The fuzzier "SP3" - all vintage synth strings, drum machine rhythms and wonky melodies - is decidedly warmer and deeper (despite the ghostly melodies that pop up in the second half of the track), while "Yeeaahhhh" does a fine job mixing up crystalline synth appregios and cranky analogue piano house. Impressive stuff, all told.
ROYAL 16
08 Apr 13
Deep House
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You Got It - (6:05) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You Got It (Arttu remix) - (6:22) 119 BPM
   
You Got It (Dexter & Awanto3 mix 2) - (6:17) 128 BPM
   
You Got It (Dexter & Awanto3 mix 1) - (6:39) 126 BPM
Review: Randee Jean sees the very exciting prospect of Chicken Lips' Dean Meredith and Andrew Meecham on Clone's Royal Oak imprint, albeit under the new Randee Jean moniker. Given that the name sounds like a long-forgotten New York house producer, it's not surprising "You Got It" provides as glorious a pastiche of Paradise Garage-era house as you'd expect, with a strong vocal, jazzy Rhodes and tumbling percussive swing. As ever with Clone, the remix choices prove inspired; Arttu puts his own tweaks on the track to give it a heavier, leaden stomp and thick soupy bass lifted up with its flute melody. Dexter and Awanto3 also team up to deliver two further mixes, one dubbed out funky roller with a spring in its step, and the other with a surprising ghetto flavour. As ever with Clone Royal Oak this is about 100% better than almost all other house records out there, and comes highly recommended!
ROYAL 14
11 Mar 13
Funky/Club House
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Pianos Of Gold (Ian Pooley mix) - (6:32) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Show U Love (DJ Deep edit) - (5:47) 121 BPM
   
Be Free (Mike Huckaby edit) - (7:04) 121 BPM
Review: Clone Royal Oak's latest outing is a simple idea, beautifully executed. It sees a trio of experienced producers offering up scalpel style reworks of classic cuts from Jovonn's early '89s Goldtone Records stable. Ian Pooley steps up first, delivering a chunky revision of sought-after 1993 cut "Pianos of Gold" that builds energy via a stripped-back, bass-heavy section before unleashing Jovonn's superb organ riffs, glassy-eyed deep house chords and sweaty vocal cut-ups. Next, DJ Deep delivers a snappy and perfectly pitched rearrangement of vibraphone-laden 1992 cut "Show U Love", before Detroit legend Mike Huckaby gets to work on Jovonn's 1991 debut "Be Free", brilliantly utilizing the breezy and soulful vocal on a version that subtly enhances the producer's classic New Jersey deep house original.
ROYAL 044
30 Sep 18
Deep House
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Calypso In My House - (8:54) 77 BPM
   
Move In That Demo - (7:22) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Travelling - (6:52) 78 BPM
   
Something In That Groove - (7:14) 78 BPM
Review: With renewed interest in early '90s Italian dream house, it's perhaps unsurprising that Clone's Royal Oak imprint has decided to release a swathe of previously unheard tracks from key (sorry) collective Key Tronics Ensemble. It's a predictably warm, rich and loved-up collection, beginning with the saucer-eyed dream house goodness of "Calypso in My House", a notably different version of the track that later became all-time-classic "Calypso of House". "Move in that Demo" is a smiling chunk of New Jersey garage/Italo-house fusion, while "Something in my Groove" sounds like an unlikely collaboration between Larry Heard and Morenas. Best of all though is "Travelling", a rush-inducing chunk of dream house bliss that's amongst the best the genre has to offer.
ROYAL 036
03 Jul 17
Deep House
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Valentine's Groove - (7:45) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Strings - (8:10) 122 BPM
Review: While his live appearances are placing him on the radar of ever more enlightened house heads the world over, Kink is showing no signs of slacking on the production front either. The clue is in his name, and as ever there are plenty of subtly shimmying tricks in the Bulgarian mastermind's grooves to keep the stiffest of dancers shaking on the off-beat. "Valentine's Groove" is a masterclass in jazz-inflected deep house, all fuzzy chord stabs and badass bass for the funkiest shape flingers. "Strings" meanwhile reaches for a more emotive feeling, lashing on the Detroit romanticism to a wonderfully bombastic end.
ROYAL 32
15 Jul 16
Deep House
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Beats - (8:50) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Beats (Serge & Tyrell remix) - (6:24) 125 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of his debut EP for Clone Royal Oak - the jaunty, swinging deep house shuffler that is "Valentine's Groove" - KiNK returns to the Dutch imprint. It sees label mainstays Serge and Alden Tyrell join forces to deliver a scorching rework of the previously unheard "Beats". As you might expect from the basement-loving duo, it packs a serious punch, thanks in no small part to their surging drum machine rhythms and expert use of build-and-release arrangement. The experienced pair are masters of creating and retaining energy, and their percussion sounds are always as jacking as they come. In other words, it's another club slammer.
ROYAL 321
10 Mar 17
Techno
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Garden Of Eden - (5:37) 126 BPM
   
Do You Love? - (5:37) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Giro Di Notte - (5:23) 126 BPM
   
Nokia Nostalgia - (6:41) 125 BPM
Review: Look Like makes his debut on Clone Royal Oak with a fresh take on classic house music, where Italo, balearic, Chicago and Detroit's influences all merge into an exciting melting pot. With previous releases on DVS1's Mistress label, Drumpoet Community and Akoya Circles, this guy is all set to blow up in 2019 for sure. The Garden Of Eden EP features the rather 808 State sounding title track - and what a throwback that is! Experience the second summer of love all over again on "Do You Love Me" and feel the vibe of his emotive electro on "Nokia Nostalgia".
ROYAL 045
12 Apr 19
Deep House
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Heat It Up - (4:22) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Adrift - (5:25) 125 BPM
   
UM-ing - (4:17) 125 BPM
   
Firefly - (5:55) 125 BPM
Review: It's strange to think that this is Mark Du Mosch's debut release on Clone, given that he's from the Netherlands. On UM-ing, he shows why he is such a vital addition to the Rotterdam label's roster. "Heat It Up" is a chugging, chord-heavy groover, while on "Adrift", he goes for a similar approach - the only difference is that the organ-playing is replaced with tripped out tones and shiny synths. The title track ushers in a change of tone, with its moody bass and layered percussive volleys recalling the menacing swagger of early Force Inc, while closing track "Firefly" moves the mood dial back towards happiness with its surging, melodic chords.
ROYAL 040
22 Dec 17
Techno
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Freak Like U (Club mix) - (5:55) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Freak Like U (original radio mix) - (3:51) 134 BPM
   
Freak Like U (remix) - (6:08) 127 BPM
   
Freak Like U (Freakappella) - (2:51) 127 BPM
Review: Clone sub-label Royal Oak bring us some uptempo disco/proto-house vibes par excellence courtesy of Masarima, which is a new project from Dario di Pace, the Italian producer formerly known as Rio Padice. In its original Club Mix form, 'Freak Like You' rides a sparse electro beat with gloriously 80s synths, squelchy talkbox-like guitar and a proper little earworm of a female "a freak like me needs a freak like you" vocal, while the Remix is chunkier and more overtly house-ified. Definitely one for the dancers, with a Radio Edit and a useful Freakapella completing the package.
ROYAL 048
28 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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EKR's Galactic Dance (part 1) - (5:47) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
EKR's Galactic Dance (part 2) - (3:38) 120 BPM
   
The Sun On The Refugees - (4:28) 120 BPM
   
Satellite Orbit Funk - (4:21) 119 BPM
Played by: Resident Advisor, Coeo
ROYAL 25
22 Dec 14
Deep House
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Fantasy Check (original mix) - (6:50) 120 BPM
   
Diane's Love (original mix) - (7:12) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Clone's Royal Oak offshoot has barely put a foot wrong since launching in 2009, providing open-minded deep house/disco/electrofunk heads with quality material from the likes of Space Dimension Controller and the hotly tipped Genius of Time. Here they give a Royal Oak debut to Dutch duo Morning Factory, who previously impressed on 2020 Vision. "Fantasy Check" is something of a slow-burning delight - an emotion-rich soup of gently cascading jazz pianos and sparkling chords that sounds like a long-lost Ron Trent production. "Diane's Love" is more densely layered percussion-wise, but still finds space in the building mix for some cute melodic touches and a delightful spoken word vocal.
ROYAL 09
15 Jun 11
Deep House
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Letit - (5:30) 128 BPM
   
I Don't Really Wanna Lose U - (7:19) 123 BPM
   
Krugovert - (4:52) 128 BPM
   
Wrong Silence - (5:47) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Few producers have been on quite as intensive a journey as Alexey "Nocow" Nikitin over the last five years. His prolific output contains all manner of weird and wonderful treats, with releases touching on wonky dubstep, experimental electronics, frazzled bass music and, more recently, throbbing techno. On the Letit EP, which marks his debut for Clone's ever-reliable Royal Oak offshoot, the Russian producer delivers a quartet of bubbling, melodious, analogue-rich deep house workouts. All four tracks are hugely entertaining, positive and quietly boisterous, with the tracky, slightly tribal "Wrong Silence" and glacial, off-kilter "I Don't Really Wanna Lose You" being our picks of a satisfyingly strong bunch.
ROYAL 30
30 May 16
Techno
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Modulo RZ - (5:11) 124 BPM
   
The Octave Lord Of Ring Mode - (5:40) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Super Accompaniment - (6:10) 122 BPM
Review: The Modular RZ EP is an excellent rough edged material from Naples pair Rio Padice and Massimo De Lena, founders of the Early Sound Recordings label and well acclimatised to working together as part of The Early Sounds Collective with fellow Neapolitan Leskin. The three tracks here are a perfect fit for Clone's irregular Royal Oak series, nudging themselves nicely in the fuzzy grey zone between house and techno and focusing on a tooly approach that keeps the beats straight whilst they work through a raft of bleep laden, analogue movements. The title track has immediate qualities that will appeal to many, but the rugged charms of "The Octave Lord Of Ring Mode" really stand out for us, with dirt encrusted bassline and semi malfunctioning fx lending the production just the right dash of wrongness.
ROYAL 17
17 Jun 13
Deep House
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NOYFB - (8:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
NOYFB (Straight2tape edit) - (6:02) 124 BPM
   
Pareidolia - (6:24) 120 BPM
   
Carmen - (7:40) 128 BPM
Review: Having previously impressed with a trickle of fine EPs for L.I.E.S and Exotic Dance Records, man of mystery Person of Interest pops up on the ever-reliable Clone Royal Oak. Lead cut "NOYFB" is an intriguing proposition, fusing as it does the rhythmic swing of UK garage, the spacey futurism of classic Detroit techno, and the loved-up ethos of early US deep house. The latter two influences shine through on the alternative "Straight To Tape" version, while "Pareidolia" mixes jaunty analogue electronics with the low-end throb more readily associated with British-made house and techno. A fine EP comes to a close with "Carmen", a particularly woozy, cymbal-heavy late night excursion.
ROYAL 31
04 Jul 16
Deep House
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No Rush - (5:50) 118 BPM
   
Dustman (feat Dusty) - (6:13) 105 BPM
   
In The Locale - (4:37) 124 BPM
   
Enough - (5:47) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
ROYAL 035
17 Oct 16
Deep House
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Until Tomorrow - (6:02) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yellow Toe - (4:20) 120 BPM
   
The Beginnings Of Ra - (6:49) 115 BPM
Played by: Sanderson Dear
ROYAL 02
22 Jun 10
Funky/Club House
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Vigilante (GB remix) - (4:54) 125 BPM
   
Ghetto Prophet (MdM remix) - (7:52) 126 BPM
   
Cascavel Breeze (Duplex remix) - (6:15) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ghetto Prophet (Aera remix) - (8:02) 125 BPM
Review: A little over a year ago, Sabre brought their brand of jaunty electronic melodies and loose machine grooves to Clone Royal Oak for the first time. Here, three tracks from that EP get the remix treatment. Gifted and Blessed steps up first, serving up a pleasingly loved-up version of "Vigilante" full of rubbery synth bass, snappy snares and dreamy, stretched-out chords. MdM handles "Ghetto Prophet", making much of the Portuguese duo's swooping strings and moody chords, before veteran Dutch twosome Clone turn in a tactile techno re-make of "Cascavel Breeze". Finally, Aera delivers a jumpy, ultra-positive version of "Ghetto Prophet" that sits somewhere between classic Detroit techno and vintage US deep house.
ROYAL 271
02 May 16
Deep House
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Cascavel Breeze - (6:20) 129 BPM
   
Ghetto Prophet - (8:08) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vigilante - (6:06) 126 BPM
   
Streets Of Love / Blaze - (7:14) 125 BPM
Review: Maybe it's something to do with Sabre' Portuguese background, but whatever the explanation, this latest release is full of breathy, sun-kissed melodies and ramshackle grooves. It starts with "Cascavel Breeze", where woozy, psychedelic chords unravel over broken down drums and a beat-down rhythm. "Vigilante" is based on the same template, but on this occasion it sees Sabre conjure up jazzy keys and loose drums, against which there is some nonsensical but hugely enjoyable vocal wittering. "Ghetto Prophet" is the main dance floor track and features a searing bass fused with dreamy melodies, but the standout track is "Streets Of Love - Blaze". It sees Sabre lay down a hypnotic deep techno pulse to which he adds freeform synth lines and cosmic pan pipes.
ROYAL 27
09 Mar 15
Techno
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The Trails You Left Behind - (10:05) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Nova Report - (6:15) 96 BPM
   
Galactic Insurgents - (5:10) 147 BPM
   
Scatter Scanners - (5:38) 80 BPM
Played by: DIONIGI, Bob Moses
Review: The Space Dimension Controller has landed for another round of Correlation explorations on Clone Royal Oak. Take us to your leader? Nah. Just play us some of your newly discovered space oddities, we say! There's some real deepness to be found in other parts of the universe, as the high tech soul of "Galactic Insurgents" proves. As does "Scatter Scanners" which throws in some seriously funky e-bass and new jack swing influence. The further discoveries are astounding: "The Trails You Left Behind" is some seriously inter-dimensional electro funk that'd make Gerald Donald stand up and notice, while the haunting "Nova Project" is a dark cinematic cut reminiscent of John Carpenter.
ROYAL 29
26 Oct 15
Deep House
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Angel Grove - (7:53) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Monodynamic - (5:54) 123 BPM
   
Down In Sector H - (6:41) 117 BPM
Review: Last year's first Correlation EP was something of a return to form for Space Dimension Controller. While his debut album Return To Mikrosektor-50 was arguably a little too eccentric, Correlation #1 saw Jack Hamill return to what he does best: namely making inspired, spaced-out house and techno tracks blessed with those trademark, ambient-inspired synth melodies. Happily, there's more of the same here. There's an attractiveness to the alien bleeps and delay-laden groove underpinning the brilliant "Angel Groove", while "Monodynamic" is gloriously wide-eyed - all surging melodies, cosmic effects and unfussy analogue grooves. Closer "Down in Sector H" is good, too, in that oh-so-blissful way that marks out Hamill's best productions.
ROYAL 22
16 Jun 14
Deep House
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First Glance - (5:48) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Familiar Terrain - (7:25) 122 BPM
   
Butterflies Of Malaysia - (7:18) 114 BPM
   
Chemoreceptor - (6:33) 111 BPM
   
Petrichordense - (2:54) 152 BPM
ROYAL 19
23 Sep 13
Deep House
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Journey To The Core Of The Unknown Sphere - (7:13) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cosmo30 Travel Duration - (4:42) 125 BPM
   
Journey To The Core Of The Unknown Sphere (Kyle Hall I'm Only Breathing remix) - (5:58) 128 BPM
   
BBD Alignment - (6:31) 105 BPM
   
Fluorescent Trails - (5:46) 130 BPM
Review: If young Belfast producer Space Dimension Controller aka Jack Hamill is yet to wander across your musical radar it's likely you will be paying attention after listening to Journey To The Core Of The Unknown Sphere. Vintage Warp sounds collide harmoniously with g-funk vibes and early 90s Detroit melodies on music Hamill refers to as "Galactic Funk". The many elements of opening track "Journey" are so bewitching it requires several repeat listens to fully appreciate the richness. "Cosmo30 Travel Duration" combines gargling elastic bass with soft Detroit kicks which are slowly digested by Hamill's increasingly wigged out synth melodies. SDC is currently working on tracks with Kyle Hall, and ahead of that the Detroit wunderkind remixes "Journey" into a fuzzy discotheque groover which sounds nothing like any of his other remixes. The slo mo future boogie of "BD Alignment" and journey into ethereal chord expression on "Fluorescent Trails" make this an astounding EP.
ROYAL 04
06 Jul 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dreams Of - (6:31) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Zig Zag - (5:10) 119 BPM
   
The Church With No Name - (5:25) 127 BPM
   
Baby Call - (5:06) 125 BPM
   
Tree Of Life - (5:04) 126 BPM
ROYAL 039
05 Feb 18
Deep House
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Confused - (6:24) 125 BPM
   
Going Wrong - (6:38) 128 BPM
   
Via Carlos - (6:30) 123 BPM
   
Losing Control - (8:18) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Alkalino
Review: Under the Tee Mango alias, Millionhands chief Tom Mangan has been tearing it up of late. Here he debuts on Clone Royal Oak following fine outings on Aus Music, Royal Oak and, of course, Millionhands. He hits the ground running with opener "Confused", an attractive mixture of woozy deep house chords, lo-fi machine drums and dazzling, starburst style synths, before reaching for the cowbells on trippy deep house jack-track "Going Wrong". Turn to the virtual flipside for the extended build-ups, psychedelic synthesizer cycles and Motor City influences of "Via Carlos" and the ultra-positive brilliance of "Losing Control", where a soulful vocal sample is worked hard over a slick and spacey deep house groove.
ROYAL 038
15 Dec 17
Deep House
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Tonite - (5:12) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rock That - (4:58) 125 BPM
Review: While he may be a stone-cold legend, much of Todd Terry's recent work has been a little disappointing, to say the least. It's great to report, then, that he's back to his mesmerising best on this surprise release for Clone Royal Oak. While the picturesque, funk-fuelled "Rock That" - this booming, disco-fuelled bottom-end, Balearic keys and warm horns - is impressive, it's lead cut "Tonight" that hits home hardest. Boasting swinging, loose-limbed house beats, bouncy analogue bass and some superb hip-house era stabs and vocal cuts, it feels like a long-lost late '80s Terry classic given a warehouse party makeover. It's certainly worth the admission price on its own.
ROYAL 18
05 May 14
Deep House
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Masterlight - (6:52) 120 BPM
   
Modular Flute - (7:07) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Clone Royal Oak's 43rd edition delivers fresh new cuts by a newcomer from the Dutch west coast, featuring warm and woolly vintage synth sounds that create futuristic vibes. Dark old school techno in the vein of Suburban Knight or Orlando Voorn. From the cracking, lo-fi groove of "Masterlight" with its classic sci-fi overtones, through to second offering "Modular Flute" which is the winner here. It is a groove oriented jam with lush FM synth tones and the boom and bounce of classic Roland drum machines.
ROYAL 043
16 Jul 18
Minimal/Tech House
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