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Forces Of Nature (radio Slave 'New Age Of Love' remix - part 1) - (7:19) 122 BPM
 
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
CRM 254
11 Jun 21
Deep House
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Divergent EPCOMING SOON
 
Junior Sanchez & Todd Terry - "Live Forever" - (6:12) 125 BPM
 
After Love - (6:00) 124 BPM
 
My Mind Goes - (6:09) 126 BPM
 
Body Heat - (5:44) 124 BPM
CRM 253
28 May 21
Deep House
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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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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Psychoactive (Part 1) - (7:37) 128 BPM
   
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 - (6:39) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feels Good (Patrice Bumel 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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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 - (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 (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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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 (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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Yuma & Ricardo Villalobos - "Smek" (Ricardo Villalobos remix) - (12:34) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yuma & SIS - "Smek" (SIS remix) - (7:17) 119 BPM
   
Yuma & MoM - "Smek" (I-den By MoM remix) - (6:28) 94 BPM
Review: Tunisian twosome first caught the ear of electronic music enthusiasts four years ago via Rey & Kjavik's warm, deep and deceptively slow remix of semi-acoustic North African number 'Smek'. The track's potential for further remixes was spotted by Crosstown Rebels last year, with the result being this three-tracker of 2021 reworks. The headline-grabbing revision comes courtesy of effervescent Chilean Ricardo Villalobos, who adds the pair's attractive vocals and occasional flashes of Tunisian instrumentation to a surprisingly weighty, kickdrum-heavy groove that's way heavier than his usual sparse-but-funky rhythms. Elsewhere, SIS re-imagines the track as a percussion-rich fusion of tech-house and what would once have been called 'world music', while the MoM revision is a lusciously saucer-eyed downtempo excursion tailor made for late nights and early mornings.
CRM 246
05 Feb 21
Deep House
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It's A Lot (Calibre remix) - (5:47) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Only God Can Tell (LCY remix) - (6:12) 160 BPM
   
7 Known Truths (Flynn remix) - (3:23) 170 BPM
Played by: Big Dope P
CRM 245
18 Dec 20
Drum And Bass
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Negative Returns (Four Tet remix) - (5:33) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Space Oddity (Batu remix) - (5:07) 148 BPM
   
Keter The Heavenly (Damian Lazarus Re-Shape) - (8:01) 123 BPM
Review: Legend of the Bristol drum and bass scene - coming up alongside the likes of Roni Size, DJ Zinc and Photek back in the day - sees himself in 2020 working alongside Damian Lazarus label Crosstown Rebels. Having released his The Edge Of Everything album to critical acclaim (his first LP since 2006) on CR, a first remix installment was introduced earlier this year with a sweet double pack from Masters At Work. Bigger yet is this remix scoop featuring local Bristol associate (and Timedance boss) Batu with a darkly, bass-heavy and percussive twist on TEOE's penultimate track "Space Oddity", with Damian Lazurus himself turning an originally downbeat stepper into a wormholing deep house banger with some sweet claps to hold on to through the dark. Adding some sprinkles of light to this EP is Four Tet's interpretation of "Negative Returns" that still hurtles in velocity and sub-bass, with Kieran Hebden revealing upon its release: "this is the first D&B track I've ever made!"
CRM 244
04 Dec 20
Bass
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Antigravity Love (Masters At Work remix) - (9:48) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Antigravity Love (Masters At Work instrumental dub) - (9:44) 124 BPM
   
Antigravity Love (KenLou Dubb) - (9:17) 124 BPM
   
Antigravity Love (KenLou Dubb instrumental) - (6:19) 124 BPM
CRM 243
20 Nov 20
Deep House
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Secrets (feat Pablo:Rita) - (6:31) 123 BPM
   
Secrets (feat Pablo:Rita - Dennis Cruz remix) - (6:32) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
James Organ - "Moons Of Gaza" - (5:39) 112 BPM
CRM 242
06 Nov 20
Deep House
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Hegel Dialect - (5:52) 170 BPM
   
Constructive Ambiguity - (12:04) 57 BPM
   
Negative Returns - (10:14) 170 BPM
   
Antigravity Love - (5:17) 170 BPM
   
The Dust Fell Off - (0:45) 170 BPM
   
7 Known Truths - (8:57) 170 BPM
   
Deep Fields Of Liars - (8:52) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Keter The Heavenly - (7:43) 175 BPM
   
It's A Lot - (1:52) 170 BPM
   
Space Oddity - (9:41) 170 BPM
   
Only God Can Tell - (6:33) 150 BPM
Review: 14 years in the making! Krust's follow up to 'Hidden Knowledge' is every bit as diverse, uncompromising and explorative as you'd hope. Blurring the lines between jungle and techno, your brain and the dancefloor, time and space, across the collection the Bristol pioneer takes us to some strange and singular places; the tension and sci-fi isolation of 'Known Truths', the swaggering space funk of 'Keter The Heavenly', the marching drama and powerful sense of foreboding on 'Negative Returns', the blitzkrieg amen-shattered opener 'Hegel Dialectic', the list goes on. Each cut building and merging to create a truly unique landscape that offers up something new on every investigation, it'll take another 14 years to unravel this album's many mysteries. Essential.
CRMLP 044D
06 Nov 20
Drum And Bass
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Constructive Ambiguity - (12:04) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tree Of Life - (10:54) 170 BPM
CRM 240
11 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
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Mountain - (5:00) 124 BPM
   
Mountain (Tornado Wallace remix) - (6:02) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mountain (Tibi Dabo remix) - (7:40) 126 BPM
Review: In September 2020, Crosstown Rebels main man Damian Lazarus will release his first solo album in almost a decade. To get us in the mood, he's decided to offer up this teaser single. In its original form, "Mountain" is a drowsy, bass-heavy breakbeat affair in which his own atmospheric spoken word vocals combine with gently pulsing, sunrise-ready chords and short vocal snippets from a much-loved Joanna Law classic ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", a Balearic-era classic whose acapella is much-loved by chill-out DJs). Tornado Wallace delivers a superb remix in which sparkling synth sounds and decidedly Balearic flourishes ride a dark analogue bassline and bongo-boosted breakbeats, while Tbi Dabo re-imagines "Mountain" as a bumpin', peak-time ready tech-house treat.
CRM 239
07 Aug 20
Deep House
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Control Transmission - (6:39) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Day Zero - (6:03) 126 BPM
Review: Alinka last appeared on Crosstown Rebels in 2016 with Shaun J Wright for Face The Truth, and now she returns in solo mode to the label with this diverse two-tracker. "Control Transmission" resounds to tough kicks and a humming bass that underpin out-there vocal samples and humming static sounds. It makes for a fittingly offbeat take on tech-house. "Day Zero" is slightly more conventional: based on a pulsating electronic bass and powered by doubled-up claps, it sees the Chicago producer fuse frequency-shifting tones with mysterious vocal samples to deliver a powerful slice of electronic disco.
CRM 238
24 Jul 20
Techno
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The Distance We Share - (6:56) 125 BPM
   
Komorebi - (4:58) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Komorebi (David Morales Red Zone remix) - (6:22) 123 BPM
   
Komorebi (David Morales Diridim mix) - (7:17) 123 BPM
Review: Young Berlin-based Spanish producer Max Guardans, AKA Tibi Dabo, returns to his semi-regular home of Crosstown Rebels with a four-track EP that should help keep fans going while they await his rumoured forthcoming debut album. Dabo's work to date has spanned a range of styles, but this EP comes from that nebulous zone where deep and progressive house collide. The title track is a hazy, dreamy affair riding a dubwise rhythm, 'Komorebi' is more your standard issue eyes-wide-shut euphoric workout, while NYC legend David Morales provides two remixes of the latter: a 3am-friendly Red Zone Remix and a more Afro-leaning Diridim Mix.
CRM 237
03 Jul 20
Deep House
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Fatima - (9:08) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Man From Ubud - (6:54) 125 BPM
   
Fatima (feat Dinu - Priku remix) - (8:26) 125 BPM
Review: Russian born and now Berlin-based Yulia Niko can often be found wowing audiences at her residency for the famous local institution Watergate, in addition to releasing for tastemaker labels such as Get Physical, Hottrax, Rebellion and Subliminal. Not to mention her own imprints TochnoTechno and Libe Vibe. Here she makes her debut for Damian Lazarus' esteemed Crosstown Rebels imprint with the deep and mesmerising arcane energy of "Fatima", which is backed up by the equally spiritual and meditative polyrhythms on "Man From Ubud". If that was not enough, there's also a killer remix by Rominimal maestro Priku, who teams up with homeboy Dinu to increase the energy levels on their powerfully melodic rework.
CRM 234
19 Jun 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Please Don't Leave - (8:38) 123 BPM
   
Please Don't Leave (Serge Devant remix) - (7:32) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Please Don't Leave (NiCe7 Club mix) - (6:47) 123 BPM
   
Please Don't Leave (Leon dub mix) - (6:33) 128 BPM
CRM 236
05 Jun 20
Minimal/Tech House
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We'll Be Together - (7:25) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blu Lagoon - (6:33) 127 BPM
   
We'll Be Together (Moscoman remix) - (7:00) 123 BPM
   
We'll Be Together (Francesco Mami remix) - (6:55) 123 BPM
Review: Matthias Corsden AKA Ae:ther has flourished since joining Crosstown Rebels early last year. He won particularly praise for his debut album, "Me", which dropped back in November. "We'll Be Together" - a fine slab of sparse, spacey, minimalistic tech-house rich in eyes-closed vocals samples and starry electronics motifs - is the second single to be lifted from that set. It comes backed with fresh flipside "Blu Lagoon", an enjoyable exercise in chunky, deep-tech delight, plus two new remixes of "We'll Be Together". Moscoman hits all the right notes on his picturesque, melodious, analogue-rich revision - all grandiose deep space chords, starburst synths and chunky bass - while Francesco Mami's version is an altogether darker, tougher and more hypnotic take.
CRM 235
22 May 20
Deep House
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Disbelieve - (6:06) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hire The Birds - (6:34) 127 BPM
   
Hire The Birds (DJ Balduin Powerdive mix) - (6:44) 134 BPM
Review: Max Guardans aka Tibi Dabo follows up last year's Her Moon release on Crosstown Rebels with this subtle, tripped out affair. The title track is redolent of the kind of tranced out, euphoric shapes that Mathew Jonson used to conjure up, with electronic melodies unfolding over a wiry groove. It's an ethereal but alluring track. On "Hire The Birds", he opts for a more house-based groove, albeit one that is covered in atmospheric synth washes and tone-shifting bleeps. Dj Balduin's take on "Birds" is faster and more jittery, and its shuffling groove will appeal to those who prefer a slightly less esoteric approach.
CRM 233
24 Apr 20
Techno
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Destiny (feat Patrick Kitchens) - (5:31) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Drugs (feat Julian Smith) - (6:12) 123 BPM
Review: Sebastian "Basti" Grub is no newcomer to the house and techno scene, having begun his DJ/producer journey in the first decade of the century. His epic discography includes single releases on some suitably notable labels (Desolat, Mobilee and Hot Creations to name just three), though this two-tracker is his first for Crosstown Rebels. Singer Patrick Kitchens lends a hand on lead cut "Destiny", an ear-catching fusion of groovy, swinging house drums, frenetic layered percussion, a headline-grabbing bassline and eyes-closed vocals. Grub takes a different path on "Drugs", where Julian Smith invites us to "get high tonight" over a trippy tech-house beats, familiar bleeping melodies and sub-bass that might liquidise the contents of your guts.
CRM 232
10 Apr 20
Deep House
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Dennis Cruz & Los Suruba - "Uhuru" - (6:26) 122 BPM
   
Notche - (6:10) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Los Libros - (6:02) 125 BPM
   
Loco - (7:31) 126 BPM
Review: Dennis Cruz's musical journey has seen him receive accolades for his output, with a number of awards and nominations including Best Producer in 2017's DJ Awards and releasing on influential imprints like Solid Grooves, Moon Harbour and Hot Creations. For his new one on Damian Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels imprint entitled "Uhuru", he teams up with fellow Spaniards Delmar and Alvaro aka aka Los Suruba for some deeply meditative and trance-inducing deepness - perfect for a shamanic ritual. He then flies solo on the hypnotic afterhours tech house of "Los Libros" which features some sweltering polyrhythms with truly scintillating Latin vocals. Closing it out is the dirty, tough rolling jacker "Loco" which proves this top producer can rock the main room too!
CRM 231
27 Mar 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Rivers (feat MAMA) - (6:15) 124 BPM
   
Tokyo ASMR - (7:20) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Paige
Review: Label regular Emanuel Satie returns to Crosstown Rebels with an EP featuring two quite contrasting melodic housers. 'Rivers' is a driving, heads-down kinda cut with energy to spare, and is based around a hypnotic rhythm that borders on the tribal, on top of which are layered subtly head-frying synths and snatches of chant-like female vocal. The accompanying 'Tokyo ASMR' is more contemplative, drifty affair with Middle Eastern-sounding strings, more strange cut-up female vocal snippets and a hazy, druggy atmosphere overall. If modular synth chords alone don't cut it for you, this is the melodic house you're looking for!
CRM 230
13 Mar 20
Deep House
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Lotus - (12:03) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lotus (dub) - (6:49) 124 BPM
   
Lotus (Tibi Dabo remix) - (8:28) 123 BPM
CRM 229
28 Feb 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Various
   
Damian Lazarus - "Ergot" - (7:11) 125 BPM
   
Dennis Cruz - "Mother Earth" - (8:38) 123 BPM
   
Martin Buttrich - "Slow Down" - (7:47) 124 BPM
   
Aiwaska - "Creatures Of The Night" (feat Jimmy Wit An H) - (7:30) 120 BPM
   
Denney & James Dexter - "Transcend" - (6:50) 124 BPM
   
Piem - "Freak Out" - (7:22) 126 BPM
   
Cipy & KnowKontrol - "Newark" - (7:56) 121 BPM
   
Nohan - "Into The Light" - (7:38) 122 BPM
   
Adonis Rivera - "XX Acid" - (7:22) 127 BPM
   
Harry Romero - "It's You" - (6:31) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Guti & Fosky - "Da Drumz" - (7:45) 128 BPM
   
Eli & Fur & Brothertiger - "She's Just A Wanderer" (feat Brothertiger) - (4:46) 106 BPM
   
Various - "Crosstown Rebels Present: SPIRITS III" (continuous DJ mix) - (59:23) 125 BPM
Review: Now in its third year, Crosstown Rebels' annual "Spirits" compilation does a great job of championing floor-friendly fare from a mixture of up-and-coming and established artists. As you'd expect volume three boasts some suitably sizable cuts, all of which have been extensively road-tested by CR boss Damian Lazarus. We're particularly enjoying the smoky Afro-tech shuffle of Dennis Cruz's "Mother Earth", the bongo-laden percussive bounce of Piem's "Freak Out, the bass-heavy throb of Harry Romero's similarly drum-laden "It's You" and the druggy early morning tech-house hypnotism of Lazarus's "Ergot", though there's plenty more must-check gems scattered throughout the compilation.
CRMCD 042
24 Jan 20
Deep House
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Lie Machine - (7:33) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lie Machine (Gorgon City remix) - (7:00) 124 BPM
Played by: Gorgon City
CRM 228
20 Dec 19
Deep House
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Star - (1:33) 82 BPM
   
Finferli - (5:07) 125 BPM
   
We'll Be Together - (7:32) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Costes - (4:48) 125 BPM
   
Tina - (3:32) 123 BPM
   
Clark - (4:31) 125 BPM
   
Spektre II - (6:29) 124 BPM
   
N.62 - (9:16) 126 BPM
   
Elf - (4:45) 126 BPM
   
Me - (4:00) 123 BPM
   
Shuttle - (3:36) 126 BPM
CRMCD 041
15 Nov 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Doctor - (8:48) 124 BPM
   
Doctor (Nuiton remix) - (8:28) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Doctor (dub) - (6:15) 124 BPM
CRM 227
15 Nov 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Yulia Niko & Sil Romero - "Caminando" - (6:57) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yulia Niko & Sil Romero - "Caminando" (Cioz remix) - (6:59) 122 BPM
   
Paradise - (9:05) 125 BPM
   
Es Vedra - (6:36) 126 BPM
Review: Yulia Niko comes to Crosstown Rebels with a four-tracker that blends deep, tech, prog and minimal elements to great effect. 'Paradise' is an understated, shuffle-y number with lots of subtle filtering, while 'Es Vedra' ups the dancefloor ante with pounding drums, snatches of spoken male vocal and a tiny hint of acid, making for a cut that'd work equally well in the warm-up or during the wee smalls. But the standout is the surging, pulsing 'Caminando', which features Chilean vocalist Sil Romero and comes with a more minimal-leaning refix from Cioz. Quality, hard-to-pigeonhole stuff from this Berlin-based Russian producer.
CRM 226
01 Nov 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Raven - (7:23) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rise - (6:16) 125 BPM
CRM 225
18 Oct 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Jodi Bush - (7:59) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Body Juice - (8:46) 123 BPM
CRM 224
27 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Smoke The Monster Out - (2:27) 127 BPM
   
Moment - (8:56) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Finding It Hard - (4:03) 106 BPM
   
Memory Box - (4:03) 125 BPM
   
King Of Fools - (0:43) 134 BPM
   
Come And Play - (3:51) 114 BPM
   
Diamond In The Dark - (3:37) 128 BPM
   
Cold Lizards - (1:04) 159 BPM
   
Neverending - (3:25) 112 BPM
   
Broken Dreams - (4:14) 95 BPM
   
Lullabies - (5:33) 120 BPM
   
Spinnin' - (2:39) 160 BPM
   
Bloop Bleep - (3:43) 124 BPM
   
It's Raining Today - (5:12) 129 BPM
   
Dr Whiskers Theme - (5:23) 103 BPM
   
After Rave Delight - (5:05) 99 BPM
Review: Damian Lazarus celebrates the 10th anniversary of his acclaimed 2009 debut album 'Smoke The Monster Out' with a remastered and expanded edition on his famed Crosstown Rebels label. He originally released the opus on the Berlin-based label Get Physical, and it was the first time he had let himself loose in the studio - resulting in a psychedelic collection of 'extremely strange and bizarre songs.' Packed full of his inspirations and influences, and with no consideration for genres, airtime or getting played in the clubs. Lazarus is proud to celebrate this milestone in his career - going on to admit that that the album 'is still as weird as it ever was.' Be sure to check out the Moment In The Dark EP as well, featuring two of the album's original tracks, "Moment "and "Diamond In The Dark" reworked and remixed by Keinemusik resident Adam Port, rising newcomer Tibi Dabo and Dutch talent Satori.
CRMCD 040
27 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Moment - (8:56) 115 BPM
   
Diamond In The Dark - (3:37) 128 BPM
   
Moment (Adam Port remix) - (7:32) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Diamond In The Dark (Tibi Dabo remix) - (6:25) 126 BPM
   
Moment (Satori remix) - (4:47) 73 BPM
Review: For the moment, Damian Lazarus has dispelled with his Ancient Moons collective. Instead, he's gone back into the studio alone and crafted some tracks tailor made for creating "moments in the dark". Lead cut "Moment" is a curious but undeniably quietly impressive affair, where fragile female vocals and gentle melodic elements weave in and out of relaxed tech-house drums and wobbly sub-bass. In contrast, "Diamond In The Dark" is largely beat-free: a tipsy chunk of psychedelic folk music laden with weird effects and trippy spoken word snippets. The package also contains a trio of tidy remixes, of which the standout is undoubtedly Satori's loose-limbed, broken-house revision of "Moment".
CRM 223
13 Sep 19
Deep House
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What Keeps You There - (6:12) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What Keeps You There (Cevin Fisher remix) - (6:53) 123 BPM
   
What Keeps You There (Avidus remix) - (8:05) 123 BPM
   
Let It Be Known - (6:18) 123 BPM
Review: Alex Dimou has released on some pretty hot labels over the years, with his previous outing - last autumn's epic "Creep Inside" - being one of Get Physical's most potent missives of recent times. Here the Greek producer builds on that momentum via a label debut on Crosstown Rebels. "What Keeps You There" begins with bold, beat-free piano riffs before ascending towards peak-time dominance via a superb mix of snappy drums, Chicken Lips style synth bass (think "He Not In") and just the right amount of dreamy, eyes-closed female vocals. Cevin Fisher takes the track into deeper and darker tech-house territory on his throbbing remix, while Avidus adds a little druggy and mind-altering flavour on a revision that bounces higher than a rubber ball on speed. Chunky, Tengalia-esque bonus cut "Let It Be Known" is pretty darn tasty too.
CRM 222
09 Aug 19
Deep House
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Miracle - (6:03) 122 BPM
   
Miracle (Paul Woolford Endless Bassline mix) - (10:52) 82 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Although he's been offering up dancefloor hits for decades, Nic Fanciulli has not previously featured on Crosstown Rebels. He's saved something rather special for his belated bow, offering up a pleasingly melodic, slowly-building blend of smooth tech-house beats, glassy-eyed deep house melodies, clattering layered percussion, dreamy pads and vintage vocal samples borrowed from a turn-of-the-90s dance classic. It's good, but Paul Woolford's accompanying "Endless Bassline Remix" is arguably even better. Inspired by the stuttering, delay-laden dubs of NYC proto-house records and the piano-sporting cheeriness of late '80s "garage-house", the Yorkshire producer's revision is a stunning retro-futurist workout that clocks in at nearly 12 minutes. You'll be hearing it a lot this summer.
CRM 221
26 Jul 19
Deep House
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You*re Sick - (6:01) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You*re Sick (D'Julz dub) - (6:35) 124 BPM
   
Dust To Bone - (6:00) 129 BPM
   
Rite De Passage - (6:02) 124 BPM
Review: After previous outings on Get Physical and Resonance, Swedish producer Adeline comes to Damian Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels with a three-track, four-mix EP that showcases her unique musical style (sort of techno, sort of house, but not really tech-house) nicely. 'You*re Sick' is a midtempo (bordering on slo-mo) affair sporting an alt-R&B style vocal from Adeline herself, 'Dust To Bone' is a slightly pacier, more eyes-down deep tech cut and the warm-up friendly 'Rite De Passage' has a lighter touch, but arguably the standout here is a predictably classy Dub of the title track from French house legend D'Julz.
CRM 220
12 Jul 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Don't Hesitate (feat Oli Gosh) - (6:33) 123 BPM
   
Don't Hesitate (feat Oli Gosh - dub) - (7:19) 124 BPM
   
Tied (feat Danielle Moore) - (7:22) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tied (feat Danielle Moore - PBR Streetgang remix) - (8:01) 124 BPM
   
Tied (feat Danielle Moore - PBR Streetgang dub remix) - (8:01) 124 BPM
   
Tied (feat Danielle Moore - Gabriel Sordo (Mex) remix) - (7:34) 127 BPM
Review: Waifs & Strays man Amos Nelson has been getting crazy props for this new EP, which unusually features two different vocalists. Rising indie-electronica starlet (and RADA-trained actress) Oli Gosh voices the very radio-friendly 'Don't Hesitate', which comes accompanied by a more percussive Dub for club play. Meanwhile, Crazy P's Danielle Moore lends her tonsils to chunky-but-slinky house groover 'Tired', which comes complete with tougher, techier Vocal and Dub passes from PBR Streetgang, and a deeper, percussion- and vox-led remix from Gabriel Sordo. Expect to be hearing this one a lot this summer, especially on a certain Mediterranean island...
CRM 219
28 Jun 19
Funky/Club House
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10 Days - (6:44) 124 BPM
   
10 Days (Osunlade 'Yoruba Soul' remix) - (6:42) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
CRM 218
14 Jun 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Doomed To Live (Davide Squillace Ethnik remix) - (7:14) 124 BPM
   
Doomed To Live (Davide Squillace Techno remix) - (8:27) 124 BPM
   
Doomed To Live (Baldelli & Dionigi Nu Disco remix) - (6:01) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Doomed To Live (Baldelli & Dionigi dub mix) - (5:12) 122 BPM
   
Doomed To Live (Lele Sacchi remix) - (6:23) 122 BPM
CRM 217
31 May 19
Deep House
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Her Moon - (10:03) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It's All Behind - (7:36) 127 BPM
   
Nowhere Beach - (8:44) 126 BPM
Review: Tibi Dabo is the name of a mountain that overlooks Spanish producer Max Guardans' hometown in Barcelona. Following up a great debut on Sasha's Last Night On Earth a couple of years back, he returns under Damian Lazarus' guidance - following up last year's offering "La Dorada" which was picked up by his Rebellion imprint. This new EP showcases Guardans' ability to create evocative music, with a musical maturity beyond his years. Features the uplifting and sunkissed summertime groove of "Her Moon" and its riveting chord progression, the deep and darkly hypnotic "It's All Behind" geared for some real moments of tunnel vision on the dancefloor, and finally, the glacial and cavernous dub techno textures of "Nowhere Beach" taking you further down the spiral.
CRM 216
17 May 19
Minimal/Tech House
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All I Need To Get High (Emanuel Satie remix) - (6:19) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
All I Need To Get High (Butch Redux) - (6:27) 120 BPM
   
All I Need To Get High (Emanuel Satie dub mix) - (6:03) 123 BPM
   
All I Need To Get High (BUTCH remix) - (6:49) 120 BPM
   
All I Need To Get High (Ae:ther Dreaming dub remix) - (8:28) 125 BPM
   
Feedback Loop (Serge Devant remix) - (7:22) 123 BPM
   
Feedback Loop (Bedouin remix) - (7:32) 120 BPM
   
Feedback Loop (Mad Professor Ariwa dub 1) - (4:42) 92 BPM
   
Feedback Loop (Mad Professor Ariwa dub 2) - (4:41) 92 BPM
   
Fly Away (Jonas Rathsman remix) - (8:44) 125 BPM
   
Five Moons (La Fleur remix) - (6:07) 123 BPM
   
Five Moons (La Fleur dub) - (6:51) 123 BPM
   
Five Moons (Magit Cacoon remix) - (7:24) 121 BPM
   
Five Moons Feat Chela (feat Chela - Jamie Jones 'Igazu' remix) - (6:03) 125 BPM
   
Five Moons Feat Chela (feat Chela - Jamie Jones 'Liquid' dub) - (6:54) 127 BPM
   
Five Moons Feat Chela (feat Chela - Luciano remix) - (8:25) 116 BPM
   
I Found You (Black Coffee Journey remix) - (8:06) 122 BPM
   
I Found You (Patrice BA¤umel remix) - (7:32) 122 BPM
Played by: Hot Chip
Review: As the title suggests, this epic collection gathers together a bumper selection of remixes of tracks from Damian Lazarus and the Ancient Moons' sophomore set, "Heart of Sky". There's naturally plenty of floor-focused fare throughout, with highlights including Emanual Satie's moody, rumbling revisions of "All I Need To Get High", Butch's shuffling tech-house versions of the same track, Serge Devant's analogue bass-propelled peak-time take of "Feedback Loop" and La Fleur's urgent, faintly foreboding and wonderfully percussive Dub of "Five Moons". There are further high quality "big name" revisions courtesy of Black Coffee, Jamie Jones and Luciano, while Mad Professor's ludicrously heavy dub reggae re-makes of "Feedback Loop" offer intriguing, sofa friendly diversions.
CRMCD 037D
26 Apr 19
Deep House
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All I Need To Get High - (5:33) 116 BPM
   
All I Need To Get High (BUTCH remix) - (6:49) 120 BPM
   
All I Need To Get High (Ae:ther Dreaming dub remix) - (8:28) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Crosstown Rebels head honcho Damian Lazarus and his live project The Ancient Moons released his third studio album titled Heart Of Sky around this time last year. The album's opening cut "All I Need To Get High" now receives two new renditions by two recent label signees who provide their own take on the track. The original version's arcane and evocative sense of soul gets reworked into a sublime and hypnotic daydream fantasy by the Watergate/Cocoon affiliated producer Butch - you could imagine the likes of Lee Burridge playing this one on a rooftop party somewhere this summer. This is followed by Berlin-based Italian Ae:ther's darkly hypnotic dub - which is perfect for those heads down moments under the strobelight.
CRM 215
26 Apr 19
Minimal/Tech House
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XII - (7:21) 124 BPM
   
Psalm 23 - (7:49) 123 BPM
   
Lux - (7:32) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Revenge Of The Whales (Avidus Crosstown rework) - (6:45) 124 BPM
Review: Hailing from Kiel, German duo Fritz and Marc aka Avidus have forged a strong partnership over the years. Fritz began producing music in the late 90s, making hip-hop and pop music before moving on to house. During his early years, Marc produced backing tracks for hardcore bands before DJing at raves. Their diverse musical tastes and influences are apparent in their music, and the duo launched their own imprint Empore Music in 2014 - that has charted releases from Johannes Albert amongst others. Features the majestic "XII", the ethereal tech-house epic "Psalm" and the moody journey into the deep that is "Revenge Of The Whale".
CRM 214
12 Apr 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Stardancer - (7:44) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ultravox - (6:53) 126 BPM
CRM 213
29 Mar 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Lay Your Weapons Down - (6:41) 122 BPM
   
Lay Your Weapons Down (Alex Kennon remix) - (7:31) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Raw District & DkA - "Dans Tres Bras" - (8:01) 124 BPM
Review: Some all-Belgian antics here, as new school heroes Raw District join forces with storied techno veteran Fabrice Lig for a peak-time workout on Crosstown Rebels. In its' original form, "Lay Your Weapons Down" is alien and intoxicating, with Just Her's seductive vocal rising above warped electronic bass, unfussy drums, foreboding riffs and, as the track progresses, ecclesiastical organ motifs. Alex Kennon provides a bolder, heavier and more mind-altering interpretation that sits somewhere between driving tech-house and razor-sharp techno. To complete the package, Raw District joins forces with DkA on the hazy and at times densely percussive European tech-house shuffle of "Dans Tres Bras".
CRM 212
15 Mar 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Inside My Head - (7:40) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Behind The Curtain - (6:51) 125 BPM
Review: Following impressive outings on Gruuv and Knee Deep in Sound, Leeds-based tech-house stalwarts Audiojack return to Crosstown Rebels for the first time since 2017. It's the long-serving production partnership's first release of the year and contains two typically on-point cuts. "Inside My Head" sees the duo doff a cap to fellow Leeds dance music royalty Nightmares on Wax via a heavyweight, bass-heavy peak-time workout that utilizes the same Cuba Gooding vocal sample as the veteran Warp act used on their 1990 cut "I'm For Real". As tribiutes go, it's rather good. There's a little more funk to the swinging tech-house/hip-house fusion of "Behind The Curtain", where rap samples and jammed-out electric piano lines ride a sweaty but rubbery groove.
CRM 211
01 Mar 19
Minimal/Tech House
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