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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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No Words
No Words - (4:46) 124 BPM
No Words (DJ Tennis remix) - (7:08) 126 BPM
No Words (Perel remix) - (6:18) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
No Words (Perel remix dub version) - (6:18) 124 BPM
Review: Pale Blue has recently released "No Words," the second single from their forthcoming album Maria. The electronic duo's album consists of love songs, with this track being a standout. It was created using synths from Jaydee, the producer behind the iconic "Plastic Dreams." With a captivating bassline and fluttering vocals, it captures a playful and optimistic nature. The single includes remixes from Perel whose Dub Version offering a cosmic dive through spacey synths and ever-evolving electronics, while DJ Tennis' remix is hazy yet captivating, with organic drums and engrossing melodies forming around the vocals.
CRM 287
17 Mar 23
Minimal/Tech House
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Horizon Red (Damian Lazarus Re-Shape)
17 Feb 23
Minimal/Tech 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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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.
06 Aug 21
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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
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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.
30 Apr 21
Deep House
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Feels Good
Feels Good - (6:39) 126 BPM
Feels Good (Patrice Baumel remix) - (7:24) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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
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.
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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Smek (Remixes)
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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TEOE Remixes #2
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, Mantissa
CRM 245
18 Dec 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
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TEOE Remixes #1
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
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Antigravity Love (Masters At Work Remixes)
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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The Edge Of Everything
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.
06 Nov 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
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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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Constructive Ambiguity
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 & Bass / Jungle
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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
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
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The Distance We Share
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
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
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
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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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Uhuru EP
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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Crosstown Rebels Present: SPIRITS III
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.
24 Jan 20
Deep House
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Lie Machine
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
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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Paradise EP
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
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
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.
27 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Moment In The Dark EP
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
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 (Body Rock)
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
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
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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