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Crosstown Rebels

Crosstown Rebels

Crosstown Rebels deliver a unique underground music experience. Run by artist & DJ Damian Lazarus, who loves quality alternative sounds & thrives on creative, young people armed with something new to say.
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Start Over (Reboot Remix)
  
   
Start Over (Reboot remix) - (8:46) 125 BPM
CRM270R
30 Dec 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Jah Unite
Jah UnitePREORDER
  
   
Jah Unite - (6:31) 125 BPM
   
In This Life - (6:18) 125 BPM
CRM 284
23 Dec 22
Deep House
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Dive
DivePREORDER
  
   
Dive - (7:23) 122 BPM
   
Dive (Fort Romeau's 'Tranceadelic' mix) - (7:20) 122 BPM
   
Dive (Rebolledo's 'Distanced Disconnected Limited Edition mix) - (6:41) 122 BPM
CRM 283
09 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Nosferatu
   
Nosferatu - (8:00) 125 BPM
   
Mirage - (7:05) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
CRM 282
25 Nov 22
Minimal/Tech House
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A Fistful Of Stars
   
A Fistful Of Stars - (8:39) 124 BPM
   
Atacama Skies - (7:56) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
JFC - (5:01) 122 BPM
CRM 281
11 Nov 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Adventura
   
Adventura - (6:19) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Reinvention - (3:39) 125 BPM
   
Reinvention (Alan Dixon remix) - (5:44) 124 BPM
Review: Israeli indie-dance hero Moscoman is back on Crosstown Rebels this week, with an amazing collaboration with British electroclash legends Zoot Woman. The result is "Adventura", a deep chug exploration into the stratosphere which will leave you truly dazed, followed by the slinky and hypnotic cut "Reinvention" featuring Adam Blake's wonderful vocal delivery throughout. A remix comes from Love Attack label boss Alan Dixon, who takes the track into cosmic disco territory.
CRM 280
28 Oct 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Always Something
   
Always Something - (6:48) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Always Something (Ida Engberg remix) - (7:16) 128 BPM
Review: German duo Manqo's first outing on Crosstown Rebels, last year's 'Breaking Hearts', was undoubtedly their breakthrough release - a deliciously atmospheric, sub-heavy fusion of deep house and tech-house that won plenty of plaudits from DJs and critics alike. 'Always Something' is similarly strong: a warm, woozy and otherworldly affair in which opaque aural textures, eyes-closed vocals, bubbly electronics and piano motifs ride a subtly tribal-tinged rhythm track and deep sub-bass. Ida Engberg provides the accompanying remix, re-framing the track as a wonky, densely layered and billowing chunk of thickset tech-house euphoria. It's a fittingly soaring and wholehearted revision of Manqo's impressive original version.
CRM 279
14 Oct 22
Deep House
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High On
   
High On - (5:41) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Night Shift - (5:45) 123 BPM
CRM 278
30 Sep 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Overfree EP
   
Overfree - (9:54) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ten - (6:45) 119 BPM
   
Piece Of - (7:32) 119 BPM
   
Unify (feat Graham Baxter) - (6:49) 123 BPM
Review: Cologne-based producer Jonathan Kaspar is known for his awe-inspiring work on legendary local imprint Kompakt, being one of their key artists in recent times who really encapsulates the label's idiosyncratic style. The Gewoelbe Club resident now makes an appearance on the ever reliable Crosstown Rebels for his latest EP. "Overfree" is a typically life-affirming affair optimised for those saucer-eyed moments under the strobe light, followed by the subdued yet ultra deep minimalism of "Ten". Get on your tunnel vision while being truly hypnotised on next cut "Piece Of" and ending with one more utterly evocative affair - the downbeat dancefloor drama of "Unify" (feat Graham Baxter).
CRM 277
09 Sep 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Hush Hush EP
   
Serge Devant & Forrest - "Flashback" - (8:00) 126 BPM
   
Hot Circuit - (8:01) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hush Hush - (7:05) 124 BPM
CRM 276
22 Jul 22
Deep House
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Drum Beat
   
Loca - (7:00) 121 BPM
   
Drum Beat - (5:16) 120 BPM
   
Drum Beat (Joeski remix) - (6:35) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
CRM 275
08 Jul 22
Deep House
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Ashes Of Snow (The Rebirth Of The Phoenix)
   
Ashes Of Snow - (5:48) 113 BPM
   
On The Banks Of The River - (6:53) 121 BPM
   
Ashes Of Snow (Clive Henry remix) - (7:13) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
CRM 274
24 Jun 22
Deep House
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Crosstown Rebels present Spirits V
Various
   
Layla Benitez - "Fides" - (6:58) 120 BPM
   
Mr.Diamond - "Trabajar" - (5:01) 124 BPM
   
Denney - "Kill The Soundboy" - (6:44) 126 BPM
   
ASK:ME, El Muerto & Soulfoot - "Talk To Me" - (8:18) 128 BPM
   
GruuvElement's - "Boom Room" - (6:39) 125 BPM
   
Chinonegro - "My Moment" - (6:02) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Maglia - "Rayiys" - (6:14) 123 BPM
   
I AM JAS - "Thanks Moon" - (7:12) 120 BPM
CRMLP 049
17 Jun 22
Deep House
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Rock You All Night
   
Rock You All Night - (6:53) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Let Yourself Unwind - (6:58) 125 BPM
CRM 273
10 Jun 22
Funky/Club House
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What You Do
   
What You Do - (6:48) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What You Do (Harry Romero remix) - (6:24) 127 BPM
   
Maratone - (6:27) 129 BPM
CRM 272
27 May 22
Funky/Club House
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We Will Forgive Ourselves (Remixes)
   
We Will Forgive Ourselves (MK dub) - (6:30) 128 BPM
   
We Will Forgive Ourselves (Damian Lazarus Re-Shape) - (9:01) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
CRM271X
20 May 22
Deep House
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We Will Forgive Ourselves
   
We Will Forgive Ourselves - (6:31) 122 BPM
CRM 271
13 May 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Start Over
   
Start Over - (7:12) 121 BPM
   
Start Over (dub) - (6:17) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
CRM 270
29 Apr 22
Funky/Club House
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Dreamin' Colours
   
Colourful Dream - (3:58) 77 BPM
   
Satori & Ariana Vafadari - "Lalai" - (6:30) 101 BPM
   
Satori & Kalima - "Tuti" - (3:53) 104 BPM
   
Moj Dilbere - (7:07) 53 BPM
   
Satori & MY BABY - "The Gin Song" - (5:11) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Satori & Laska - "Yellow Blue Bus" - (4:53) 102 BPM
   
Satori & El Mundo - "Troublemaker" - (8:48) 118 BPM
   
Satori, Ora Dea & Moshe Halperin - "Condor" - (6:18) 120 BPM
   
Satori & Hugo Oak - "Lonely Boy (Redux)" - (5:42) 125 BPM
Review: Crosstown Rebels presents a new captivating full length release by Satori. Recorded at the esteemed Sonic Vista Studios in Ibiza, the result is a wonderful collection of world music journeys, steeped in the Dutch artist's Balkan roots and traversing various genres whether it be blues ("The Gin Song"), indie electronic ("Lalai"/"Troublemaker" ft El Mundo), to opera ("Lonely Boy"), folk ("Colourful Dream") and more. As Dreamin' Colours introduces him to a wider audience, Satori remains one of the most truly exciting names in electronic music at present.
CRMLP 048
22 Apr 22
Balearic/Downtempo
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Talking Walls
   
Talking Walls - (6:38) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Talking Walls (dub) - (6:39) 126 BPM
   
Talking Walls (Freak-A-Pella) - (2:47) 126 BPM
CRM 269
08 Apr 22
Minimal/Tech House
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The Gin Song
   
The Gin Song - (5:11) 106 BPM
CRMLP048C
08 Apr 22
Balearic/Downtempo
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Frisbee
   
Frisbee - (7:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Luna - (7:31) 120 BPM
CRM 268
25 Mar 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Isla
   
Isla - (7:15) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mothball - (4:07) 130 BPM
   
Brain The Cut - (6:03) 127 BPM
   
Arp 8 - (5:00) 122 BPM
Review: Barcelona based Tibi Dabo's distinct and invigorating sound has resulted in a few EPs for Crosstown Rebels thus far, also remixing label chief Damian Lazarus on two occasions. Now he presents his fourth offering titled "Isla", which is a groovy balearic house cut, followed by the dusty and melancholic deep house of "Mothball". For something with more dancefloor dynamics for the main room, he has you covered on the swirling and hypnotic "Brain The Cut" while the low slung hip-house beats of closing track "Arp 8" is the perfect soundtrack for watching the sunset by the poolside.
CRM 267
11 Mar 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Walls Of Zion
   
Walls Of Zion - (7:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Too Drunk To Dream - (6:52) 121 BPM
Review: Established UK talent Made By Pete (Saved/Rebirth/Radiant ) joins forces with Mexico-based duo Cristiano & Sheena aka Savage & SHe (Abracadabra/Earthly Delights/TrueColors/Trndmsk) for the latest release on Damian Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels. The result is the spiritual deep house journey that is "Walls Of Zion", which takes strong cues from the Afro house sound, while the more straight ahead tech house of "Too Drnk To Dream" is a slinky and hypnotic affair that's perfect to set the mood during the warm-up set.
CRM 266
25 Feb 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Optical
   
Optical - (8:05) 124 BPM
   
Gridd - (8:03) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Following up last year's &Hope EP on their Sum Over Histories label, German duo Frankey & Sandrino return this week with a new release for Crosstown Rebels featuring two typically atmospheric house journeys. Embrace the pure dancefloor drama of A side cut "Optical", a futuristic affair perfect for those eyes-closed moments on the dancefloor. You also have the mesmerising journey into the deep that is "Gridd" which will captivate you with its rich sonic tapestry that's weaved together using multi-layered melodies.
CRM 265
28 Jan 22
Minimal/Tech House
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Lalai
CRMLP 048B
28 Jan 22
Balearic/Downtempo
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Love & Happiness
   
Love & Happiness - (7:21) 124 BPM
   
All Day Every Day - (6:16) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mantra - (7:38) 122 BPM
   
Mujer - (6:32) 124 BPM
Review: Love & Happiness is one of Saraga's first releases, but it shows that this emerging producer has already developed a distinctive voice. The title track is a mellow affair, with gentle vocals unravelling against a backdrop of rolling drums, melodic piano keys and loose percussion. On "Mujer", Saraga deploys Middle Eastern samples over a robust rhythm, while he goes deeper on "All Day Every Day". Led by pulsating bass and lithe percussion, it calls to mind US-style deep house. Then there's "Mantra"; drawing again on Middle Eastern vocal samples, combined with staccato drums and a frazzled bass, it makes for a mysterious end to this distinctive EP
CRM 264
24 Dec 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Breaking Hearts
Manqo feat Amos
   
Breaking Hearts - (7:50) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Breaking Hearts (Black Coffee remix) - (8:18) 120 BPM
Review: Given that their discography is rather slender right now, it would be fair to say that this outing on Crosstown Rebels is Manqo's most high-profile release to date. We're willing to bet that it will be the German duo's breakthrough release. There's certainly loads to like about 'Breaking Hearts', a sub-heavy chunk of deep house/tech-house fusion that wraps Amos' vocals, Innervisions style electronics and trippy aural textures around a hypnotic, locked-in beat. South African superstar Black Coffee handles the obligatory remix, offering a more drowsy, musically expansive take that adds detailed percussion, warming chords and all manner of trippy effects to the Teutonic pair's high-quality original.
CRM 263
10 Dec 21
Deep House
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Dancing With The Devil
   
Dancing With The Devil - (5:23) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dancing With The Devil (DJ Minx remix) - (7:18) 126 BPM
   
Tasty - (5:39) 127 BPM
CRM 262D
26 Nov 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Yellow Blue Bus
   
Yellow Blue Bus - (4:53) 51 BPM
CRMLP 048A
05 Nov 21
Indie/Alternative
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Roots
   
La Ratonera (feat P.Rivas) - (9:11) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Los Tamales - (5:34) 124 BPM
   
Dennis Cruz & Ian Ludvig - "Good Old Days" - (8:49) 123 BPM
   
Ecua - (5:29) 126 BPM
   
What U Doing (feat Leo Wood) - (5:20) 126 BPM
   
Bend - (5:25) 126 BPM
   
Go Down (feat Lee Scratch Perry) - (5:52) 126 BPM
   
Dennis Cruz & Josh Butler - "Ahora Toda Va" (dub) - (6:44) 124 BPM
   
Te Quiero Cantar - (5:01) 128 BPM
   
Dennis Cruz & Iuliano Mambo - "Back Again" - (6:13) 124 BPM
Review: Roots is a 10 track LP which draws inspiration from Dennis Cruz's life experiences, incorporating the many disparate influences that have resulted in his success as a DJ and producer to this day. A Spanish theme is central to the release, a nod to the country and culture that Cruz calls home and collaborations are aplenty throughout. Highlights come in the form of the deeply hypnotic locomotive chug of "Good Old Days" featuring the mighty Ion Ludwig, while the tough rolling tech house of "What You Doing" ft. Leo Wood is aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor. Elsewhere, the polyrhythmic minimal funk of "Go Down" features the legendary Lee Scratch Perry and on the sultry Latin vibe of "Ahora Todo Va" (Dub) Cruz teams up with scene hero Josh Butler.
CRMLP 047
29 Oct 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Ecua
CRMLP 047S2
15 Oct 21
Minimal/Tech House
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What U Doing
   
What U Doing - (5:20) 126 BPM
   
What U Doing (Mousse T's 'Deep Shizzle' remix) - (6:41) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What U Doing (Mousse T's 'Deep Shizzle' remix - instrumental) - (6:41) 126 BPM
Review: Later this month Dennis Cruz will release his debut album, Roots, a set that the experienced producer says is a "convergence of influences" including funk, salsa, flamenco, house and disco. We eagerly await that dropping, but first there's this teaser single to savour. In its original form, 'What You Doing' is a sparse, rolling late-night house jam in which emotion-rich female vocals rise above a sparse but weighty mix of loose-limbed house drums, metronomic bass, dark-room stabs and filtered, barely audible chords. German veteran Mousse T provides the accompanying remix, adding a dose of funk to proceedings via a squelchy bassline, warmer chords and some sparkling, smile-inducing piano riffs. His revision is available in both vocal and instrumental forms, with the former being our pick of a strong pair.
CRM 261
08 Oct 21
Deep House
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Electric Safari EP
   
Electric Safari - (7:25) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Electric Safari (Roman Flugel remix) - (5:41) 121 BPM
   
Electric Safari (dub mix) - (7:41) 121 BPM
   
Electric Safari (Roman Flugel dub mix) - (5:05) 121 BPM
Review: Rogue D and Memoryman AKA Uovo are old studio buddies. While this surprise single on Crosstown Rebels is not their first joint outing to be released- their collaborations have previously featured on Rebellion, DFD, Snatch and Too Many Rules - it's undoubtedly their most high profile to date. In its original form, 'Electric Safari' throbs and builds impressively, with energy-packed percussion fills, creepy chords, squiggly synth notes and fluid piano motifs riding a driving, kick-drum-driven groove and foreboding electronic bassline. The pair's own Dub mix is as trippy and mind-altering as you'd expect, while Roman Flugel weighs in with two impressive reworks: a dark and hypnotic 'Remix' that emphasises the pair's arpeggio-style bassline while adding denser tech-house drums, and a deeper, more spacey 'Dub' that sounds ripe for early morning plays.
CRM 260
24 Sep 21
Deep House
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Believer
   
Believer - (5:14) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Believer (club mix) - (6:03) 128 BPM
CRM 259
10 Sep 21
Deep House
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Los Tamales
   
Los Tamales - (5:34) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Monkey Business - (5:48) 122 BPM
Review: MUSE co-founder Dennis Cruz has cemented his reputation as one of global dance music's most esteemed talents, in a career that spans decades. He returns to Crosstown Rebels with the Los Tamales two tracker, which precedes the forthcoming full length which will drop on the label in October. The title track is a salsa-inspired cut that rolls deep and features Yazaneth's signature Spanish vocals. Second offering "Monkey Business" benefits from a more minimal arrangement and dubby bass and makes for perfect tackle for the warm-up or afterhours alike.
CRM 258
13 Aug 21
Minimal/Tech House
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The Edge Of Everything (Remixed)
   
Hegel Dialect (UNKLE Reconstruction) - (8:11) 124 BPM
   
Constructive Ambiguity (Hodge remix) - (5:52) 136 BPM
   
Negative Returns (Four Tet remix) - (5:33) 128 BPM
   
Antigravity Love (feat Larry Powell - Masters At Work remix - edit) - (5:01) 124 BPM
   
7 Known Truths (Flynn remix) - (3:23) 127 BPM
   
Deep Fields Of Liars (DJ Nature remix) - (9:52) 130 BPM
   
Keter The Heavenly (Damian Lazarus Re-shape) - (8:01) 123 BPM
   
It's A Lot (Calibre remix) - (5:47) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Space Oddity (Batu remix) - (5:07) 148 BPM
   
Only God Can Tell (LCY remix) - (6:12) 107 BPM
Review: With the legend of Krust's The Edge Of Everything album closing on a three part remix series, Crosstown Rebels go the distance with an encore by bringing all the remixes together in one place. Cast your eyes down Crosstown's curation and you'll find heavy hitters like UNKLE and Calibre in the mix next to Four Tet and more contemporary club focused acts like Batu, Flynn, LCY and Hodge. But perhaps what makes this release such a wildcard success is the transatlantic house combinations of DJ Nature, Damian Lazarus himself, and true legends of the scene - Masters At Work.
CRMLP 044X
06 Aug 21
Breakbeat
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TEOE Remixes #3
   
Hegel Dialect (UNKLE Reconstruction) - (8:11) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Constructive Ambiguity (Hodge remix) - (5:52) 136 BPM
   
Deep Fields Of Liars (DJ Nature remix) - (9:52) 130 BPM
Review: A legend in the house to be spoken in the same sentence as Ed Rush, Optical, Zinc and Roni Size, Bristol's own Krust takes it strangeways on Crosstown Rebels - and the label's third installment of album remixes. Diving back into that deep and hopeful sound of '90s drum and bass, breakbeat and soul is a rare UNKLE remix of "Hegel Dialect", that like Hodge's remake of "Constructive Ambiguity" lifts its inspiration of course from the halcyon days of hardcore, jungle and rave with ghostly atmospheres to boot. With a most fitting wildcard entrant to cap off this great remix series - that has so far included Masters At Work, Four Tet, Damian Lazarus, Batu, Calibre, LCY and Flynn - sweet New Yorkian house vibes and ambient percussion come through in DJ Nature's remix of "Deep Fields Of Liars". Krust & Crosstown equals result!
CRM 257
23 Jul 21
Breakbeat
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Return To Jericho
   
Return To Jericho - (6:43) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Akkabi Blue - (7:35) 127 BPM
Review: Sankeys resident Darius Syrossian was chatting with London tech house legend Bushwacka at the beginning of lockdown about starting a collaboration. When the latter checked out what Syrossian had been releasing on Moxy, there was a feeling that it would indeed work and could be the first of many. With that in mind Crosstown Rebels presents "Return To Jericho", a deep and evocative joint featuring hypnotic polyrhythms and a dubby atmosphere that makes for perfect mood music. This is followed by the more minimal and moodier groove of "Akkabi Blue" that's just perfect for going deeper into the afterhours.
CRM 256
09 Jul 21
Minimal/Tech House
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In Dub We Trust
   
Lessons Learned - (8:49) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Faded - (6:10) 125 BPM
CRM 255
25 Jun 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Forces Of Nature
   
Forces Of Nature - (6:00) 123 BPM
   
Forces Of Nature (radio Slave 'New Age Of Love' remix - part 1) - (7:19) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Forces Of Nature (radio Slave 'New Age Of Love' remix - part 2) - (6:37) 108 BPM
   
Forces Of Nature (Lucas Frota & Blakkat remix) - (6:55) 123 BPM
Review: Some excellent all-star action here, as Amberoom (AKA Manuel Tur and Adrian Hoffman) join forces with scene stalwart Blakkat and LA artist Babygirl for a first joint single on Crosstown Rebels. In its' original form, 'Forces of Nature' is attractive and intoxicating in original measure, with soulful lead vocals riding bubbly synthesizer lines, undulating synth-bass and a stripped-back rhythm track. The headline remixes come from Radio Slave, who delivers two 'New Age of Love' reworks. The first is dreamy and loved-up, delivering a 21st century update on the funky breakbeat house sound of the early '90s, while the second is a hip-hop tempo take that's every bit as alluring. To complete the EP, Blakkat and Lucas Forta re-invent 'Forces of Nature' as a deep, Latin-tinged chunk of jazz-house hedonism.
CRM 254
11 Jun 21
Deep House
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Divergent EP
   
Junior Sanchez & Todd Terry - "Live Forever" - (6:12) 125 BPM
   
After Love - (6:00) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
My Mind Goes - (6:09) 126 BPM
   
Body Heat - (5:44) 124 BPM
Review: Junior Sanchez may not enjoy quite as high a profile as he did back in the nineties and noughties, but he continues to deliver regular doses of tried-and-tested dancefloor gold. His latest EP - his first for Crosstown Rebels - ticks a lot of boxes, delivering a quartet of cuts tailor-made for big rooms and dark basements. He first joins forces with fellow scene stalwart Todd Terry on 'Live Forever', a slowly building, tactile chunk of celebratory house retro-futurism that's as spine-tingling and rushing as they come, before opting for heavier bass on disco-tinged number 'After Love'. 'My Mind Goes' is an even heavier and more psychedelic late-night bumper, while 'Body Heat' is a wonky techno number full of mind-mangling riffs, warped bass and Switch style beats.
CRM 253
28 May 21
Deep House
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Ahora Todo Va
   
Ahora Todo Va - (7:30) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ahora Todo Va (Gorgon City remix) - (8:00) 124 BPM
Review: Something of a meeting of minds here, as long-established Spanish producer Dennis Cruz (Stereo Productions, Hot Creations, Moon Harbour Recordings) joins forces with fellow deep house/tech-house fusionist Josh Butler (Madtech, Defected, Rejected), for a joyous bounce through carnival-ready Latin house. 'Ahora Tado Ba' sneakily uses portions from what sounds like an old Latin jazz record, brilliantly weaving them around a bouncy, drum-heavy samba-house groove. It's an insanely infectious cut and one that we're fully expecting to hear tons over the summer. It comes backed by a drawn-out, loved-up tech-house take from Gorgon City that's arguably far more emotive than Cruz and Butler's original, if a little less urgent, energetic and funky.
CRM 252
07 May 21
Deep House
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Surface Tension
   
Subterranea - (7:19) 120 BPM
   
Under Your Skin (feat Kevin Knapp) - (4:38) 115 BPM
   
Binaural Dreaming - (4:01) 89 BPM
   
925 Shift - (5:39) 125 BPM
   
Easy Rider - (6:13) 126 BPM
   
Psychoactive (Part 1) - (7:37) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Psychoactive (feat William Letford - Part 2 - extended dub version) - (6:46) 130 BPM
   
Feels Good (feat Jem Cooke) - (6:39) 126 BPM
   
First Dawn (feat The Silver Reserve) - (6:29) 116 BPM
   
Surface Tension (Story version) - (1:04:00) 126 BPM
Review: Following up the lead single "Under Your Skin" with Kevin Knapp, veteran duo Audiojack of Gruuv Recordings fame finally unveil their full length album on Crosstown Rebels. The Leeds natives James Rial and Richard Burkinshaw last served up an LP back in 2009, so it's another career high for the pair and features a diverse array of moods and grooves across 10 tracks. From the balearic downbeat chill vibe of "Binaural Dreaming", to the funky and bass-driven tech house of "Easy Rider" or similarly the acid laced "Psychoactive" (Part 1) which are more typical of the pair. Not to mention the utterly euphoric second single "Feels Good" featuring vocalist Jem Cooke, its a cohesive effort by these staples of the Ibiza party circuit.
CRMLP 046
30 Apr 21
Deep House
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Feels Good
   
Feels Good - (6:39) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feels Good (Patrice Baumel remix) - (7:24) 126 BPM
Review: Earlier in the year Audiojack teased their forthcoming second album, Surface Tension - their first full-length excursion for 12 years - with a pleasingly off-kilter and bass-heavy cut featuring an atmospheric vocal from Kevin Knapp. 'Feels Good', which features storied singer Jem Cooke, is also taken from Surface Tension. It's arguably even better than its predecessor, with Cooke's delay-laden vocals riding crunchy drum machine percussion, ghostly chords and a restless, rolling electronic bassline. The accompanying Patrice Baumel remix is simply stunning, too, with twinkling piano motifs and atmospheric stabs rising above a smoother but weightier, kick-drum driven groove. As it progresses, Baumel introduces sparkling synths and richer chords, taking an already excellent track into the stratosphere.
CRM 251
23 Apr 21
Deep House
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Personal Liberation EP
   
Emanuel Satie & Nanghiti - "Personal Liberation" - (6:58) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Keys To Jupiter - (6:39) 126 BPM
   
Somewhere Else In Time - (3:45) 122 BPM
Review: Last time we heard from Emmanuel Satie back in January, he was delivering an epic slab of muscular, percussion-rich peak-time house on Moon Harbour ('One Love'). 'Personal Liberation', the title track from the former Get Physical regular's first Crosstown Rebels outing, is similarly weighty and drum-heavy, with guest vocalist Naghiti speaking echo-laden words over gargantuan sub-bass, dark string sounds, moody chords and a bouncy, percussion-rich Afro-house beat. Elsewhere, 'The Keys To Jupiter' is a more melancholic and bittersweet affair, with mournful piano motifs rising above a more shuffling (but no less rubbery) tech-house beat, while 'Somewhere Else In Time' cheerily joins the dots between classic electro, Inner City's 'Good Life' and symphonic deep house.
CRM 250
09 Apr 21
Deep House
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It Hurts
   
It Hurts - (6:59) 123 BPM
   
It Hurts (Rodriguez Jr. remix) - (6:01) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It Hurts (instrumental) - (6:59) 123 BPM
Review: By his usually prolific standards, Harry "Choo Choo" Romero has been rather quiet of late, offering up just two missives of note in 2020. Here he pitches up on Damian Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels imprint for the very first time, delivering a dark room throb-job that's arguably far less muscular than many of his productions - even if it does boast a thickset, mind-altering bassline and plenty of layered percussion. Romero provides vocal and instrumental mixes, with the former adding spoken word sections from Jessica Eve to the New York producer's addictive blend of minor key motifs, spacey chords and suitably wonky electronic noises. Rodriguez Jr. provides the other mix, skilfully re-imagining the track as a woozy, soft-touch tech-house number full of shuffling beats, moody chords and undulating lead lines.
CRM 249
26 Mar 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Play In The Dark
   
Play In The Dark (Steam mix) - (8:26) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Play In The Dark (Troxler's Freak mix) - (8:55) 129 BPM
Review: This is the first release together for Tuskegee Music co-heads The Martinez Bros and Seth Troxler since "Space & Time" back in 2014. But as far as Crosstown Rebels is concerned, the Bros are making their debut here, and Troxler returning for the first time since 2011 when he collaborated with Art Department on "Living The Life". The result is "Play In The Dark" with its woozy after hours style of boompty business, immersed in swinging rhythms, dirty bass and ethereal chords. Troxler's Freak Mix is more of an introverted and heads down affair, which will hypnotise you into submission in the tradition of DJ Koze's classic "I Want To Sleep".
CRM 248
05 Mar 21
Deep House
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Crosstown Rebels Present SPIRITS IV
Various
   
Alex Kennon & Pete Tong - "Apache" - (7:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Francesca Lombardo - "Freak On Sea" - (7:58) 126 BPM
   
Martin Badder & Pablo:Rita - "Phase" - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
Andrea Oliva - "Rawman" - (5:51) 126 BPM
   
Artur Nikolaev - "Alma" - (11:31) 128 BPM
   
Lubelski - "Passion Fruits" (feat Xkylar) - (7:25) 126 BPM
   
Luke Brancaccio & Cypherpunx - "I See Colour" - (6:21) 127 BPM
   
Made By Pete - "Harar" - (6:40) 120 BPM
   
Ali Kuru & Ilhan Ersahin - "Eplos" - (6:25) 120 BPM
   
Murr & Rosina - "Super Natural" - (5:12) 126 BPM
   
DJ Linus - "Vibes In Space" - (7:52) 120 BPM
   
Matador - "Vulture" - (6:48) 124 BPM
   
Various - "Crosstown Rebels Present SPIRITS IV" (DJ mix) - (1:00:13) 124 BPM
Review: Damian Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels imprint has been bringing some consistent quality over the last months, with releases by drum & bass legend DJ Krust and most recently Audiojack and Kevin Knapp's "These Days" which came with a killer remix by Pearson Sound. The label is now into the fourth edition in the SPIRITS compilation series, with highlights coming from Radio 1 legend Pete Tong teaming up with Italian tech house producer Alex Kennon on the slinky groove of "Apache", the ever reliable Francesca Lombardo with the mesmerising cosmic dancefloor journey "Freak On Sea" as well as Los Angelno pair Lubelski & Xkylar with the afterhours minimal shuffle of "Passion Fruits" and the Minus affiliated Matador with the lurking bass and moody atmospherics of "Vulture" - plus many more.
CRMLP 045
26 Feb 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Under Your Skin
   
Under Your Skin (Club Cut) - (6:37) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Under Your Skin - (4:38) 115 BPM
   
Under Your Skin (Pearson Sound remix) - (5:05) 115 BPM
   
Under Your Skin (Pearson Sound Skeleton dub) - (4:50) 115 BPM
Review: Crosstown Rebels follows up a killer album by drum & bass legend DJ Krust with this new one by Gruuv main men Audiojack, who team up with American expat in Berlin Kevin Knapp. The result is "Under Your Skin", an off-kilter and experimental cut that's quite unlike anything you've heard from the producers before, with its intoxicating and bass-driven vibe that's perfect for the chill-out or warm-up alike. With this in mind, it receives a remix from quite the suitable candidate in the form of Pearson Sound. The UK bass hero taking the track into the more hypnotic realms in pursuit of his typically low end theories.
CRM 247
19 Feb 21
Minimal/Tech House
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