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London-based Delusions Of Grandeur is a label that’s all about that raw, deep and underground house sound, often with the essence of disco running through. Founded by DJ/producer Jimpster and label partner Tom Roberts in 2009, Delusions Of Grandeur has seen releases from the likes of: Session Victim, Tornado Wallace, Aroop Roy, Medlar, Dan Shake, thatmanmonkz, Ben Sun, Toby Tobias, Trickski, Uffe and more. Jimpster and Tom Roberts also head up house label Freerange Records.
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One Way Or The Other EP
One Way - (6:29) 61 BPM
Spare Change - (6:27) 122 BPM
Backlash - (6:32) 121 BPM
The Other - (6:11) 53 BPM
Played by: RSS Disco, Kongisto
Review: Veteran production duo 6th Borough Project weaves their magic once more on "One Way Or The Other," a four-track EP for Delusions Of Grandeur. This release finds Craig Smith and Graeme Clark revisiting their signature deep house sound, infusing it with subtle twists that keep things interesting for longtime fans and newcomers alike. The title track, "One Way," sets the tone perfectly. A deceptively simple percussive workout lays the foundation, punctuated by infectious grooves and shimmering synths that echo the classic Chicago house spirit. "Spare Change" follows a similar path, dialing up the intensity with echoing synth stabs and deep, atmospheric pads while things take a turn for the psychedelic on "Backlash." Acidic flourishes add a trippy edge to the track, which also features a captivatingly orchestrated breakdown. The EP closes with "The Other," a deep and delicious slow-burner that harks back to the duo's earlier work.
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DOGD 99
26 Jul 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Screen Off EP
Screen Off (feat Ras Stimulant) - (5:50) 62 BPM Hot
Light The Way - (4:38) 129 BPM
Light The Way (Iron Curtis Illuminati mix) - (5:23) 81 BPM
Review: German duo Session Victim trade their usual downtempo sounds for a return to the club with the "Screen Off EP" on their home label Delusions Of Grandeur. The title track, featuring Ras Stimulant, is a highlight, offering a fusion of disco house with a bubbly bassline and a retro feel. "Light The Way" takes a smooth and seductive turn. Lush Balearic synths and floating pads create a weightless atmosphere, perfect for losing yourself in the music. An Iron Curtis Illuminati mix adds a touch of starry-eyed electro, while his reprise rounds out the EP with a fitting closure. If you are looking for energy, rich instrumentation, and dance floor hitter, don't look further.
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DOGD 100
21 Jun 24
Deep House
Screen Off
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DOGD100S
31 May 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Myatts Field EP (Explicit)
AcidMan - (6:40) 105 BPM
Heavily Percussed - (6:13) 120 BPM
Myatts Field - (5:40) 110 BPM
Roots - (6:08) 121 BPM Hot
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DOGD 98
03 May 24
Deep House
Madrugada EP
Madrugada - (5:12) 59 BPM
Funky Fever - (5:40) 58 BPM
Madrugada (Yuksek remix) - (5:22) 120 BPM Hot
Madrugada (dub) - (5:19) 118 BPM
Review: Throughout their decade-long career, Alma Negra has combined their love of disco and deep house with percussion, instrumentation and ideas excavated from African, Caribbean and tropical musical cultures. On this EP, they largely ditch the latter inspirations, instead delivering full-throttle revivalist disco sounds where the Basel-based band's organic instrumentation and vocals combine with colourful synth sounds and heady horns. The headline attraction is undoubtedly 'Madrugada', a warming and thickset, subtly deep house-influenced take on the turn-of-the-80s NYC downtown disco-not-disco sound. It comes backed with two revisions - an extra-percussive, dubbed-out Yuksek tweak and the band's own dub disco-goes-deep house 'Dub Mix' - and the riotous, party-starting brilliance of 'Funky Fever'.
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DOGD 97
22 Mar 24
Funk
Funky Fever
Funky Fever - (5:40) 58 BPM
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DOGD97S
01 Mar 24
Funk
Without You EP
Without You - (6:23) 124 BPM Hot
Strip Town - (5:26) 120 BPM
Lex (Athens) & Locke - "Purity" (feat Guto Fernandez) - (5:26) 122 BPM
Lex (Athens) & Dennis Liber - "No Time For Formalities" - (6:16) 128 BPM
Review: Almost two years on from his last appearance on the label - a collaborative release alongside German drummer, percussionist and producer Locke - Athenian veteran Lex returns to Delusions of grandeur. This time round it's a nominally a solo mission, though Locke and Dennis Liber do appear as featured collaborators on selected tracks. Our pick of a very strong bunch is 'Without You', a hypnotic and locked-in acid house roller full of mind-mangling TB-303 motifs, jazzy Rhodes licks and spacey chords, though the deep and funky, disco and jazz-funk tinged 'Strip Town' is almost as good. Locke and Guto Fernandez hook-up 'Purity' is a fine vocal number that sits somewhere between percussive Latin house and nu-disco, while Dennis Liber collaboration 'No Time For Formalities' sounds like a long-lost piano house track from 1988.
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DOGD 96
09 Feb 24
Deep House
No Time For Formalities
No Time For Formalities - (6:16) 128 BPM
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DOGD96S
19 Jan 24
Funky/Club House
Enchantment Under The Sea EP
Enchantment Under The Sea - (6:53) 121 BPM Hot
Zone Tonight - (7:36) 118 BPM
Vertigo - (6:27) 120 BPM
Bodymap - (6:27) 119 BPM
Review: Mark E, the underground maestro with an illustrious career spanning nearly two decades, returns to Delusions Of Grandeur with his latest creation, the "Enchantment Under The Sea EP." This release showcases Mark Evetts' unmistakable touch, a sublime vision of US deep house that goes beyond the confines of the dance floor. The EP kicks off with the title track, "Enchantment Under The Sea," a sonic journey that lives up to its name. Born in the Black Country, Mark E weaves fluid, ocean-deep chords and electronic melodies around a backdrop of lo-fi drum machine beats and an undulating bassline. "Zone Tonight" follows suit, offering a similarly deep, melodious, and tactile experience. Atmospheric synth strings, hypnotic drums, starry pads, and a bubbly bassline come together to create a late-night cityscape driving track. "Vertigo" takes a jazzier and sunnier turn, guaranteed to bring smiles to faces. Mark E's masterful production shines through, creating a composition that effortlessly blurs the boundaries between lilting analogue synth-pop and wide-eyed deep house. The EP concludes with the stunning "Bodymap," where the tempo gently descends, featuring minimal yet expressive drum patterns, a touch of melancholic strings, and a pulsating bassline.
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DOGD 95
01 Dec 23
Deep House
Vertigo
Vertigo - (6:27) 120 BPM
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DOGD95S
10 Nov 23
Deep House
Love Is Emotion EP
Runner - (5:55) 120 BPM
Violet - (5:42) 57 BPM Hot
I'm A Man - (7:20) 62 BPM
Love Is Emotion - (5:06) 120 BPM
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DOGD 94
27 Oct 23
Indie/Alternative
Runner
Runner - (5:55) 120 BPM
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DOGD94S
06 Oct 23
Indie/Alternative
Fight The Feeling EP
Fight The Feeling - (6:26) 61 BPM
Powerslide - (5:35) 122 BPM Hot
Dance The Funk - (5:21) 58 BPM
Review: Jimpster, under his Franc Spangler alias, delivers a delightful return to Delusions with three funky, disco-infused tracks that demand a dancefloor. Kicking things off with "Fight The Feeling" he crafts a rolling groove enriched with dubby percussion, horn solos, and soaring lead synths. "Powerslide" takes us on a retro journey with clav and guitar chops, Hammond slides, and an irresistible bassline, setting the stage for a high-energy club anthem. "Dance The Funk" closes the release with its deep, low-slung bounce and some juicy synth stabs, a heavy Moog bassline, and crunchy house drums.
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DOGD 93
22 Sep 23
Deep House
Rhythm & Truth EP
Rhythm - (7:15) 128 BPM Hot
Truth - (6:41) 122 BPM
Keep On - (7:10) 116 BPM
Review: A warm welcome back to 6th Borough Project, who have been rather quiet since the release of their Find Your Rhythm album on Roar Groove back in 2017. The Rhythm & Truth EP is genuinely a triumphant comeback, with the pair once again working their magic with a bunch of killer loops, some weighty basslines, and infectious rhythm tracks. Those wanting "classic" 6th Borough Project should check the filter-heavy, disco-sampling deep house wonder that is 'Truth', though lead cut 'Rhythm', a more percussive, slowly building affair rich in quality bass and organ loops, is arguably even better. Finally, they explore their love of dusty, ultra-deep mid-tempo jams on the sublime 'Keep On', which is closest of all three tracks to the sound the Scottish duo explored on their early releases for Jiscomusic and Instruments of Rapture.
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DOGD 92
14 Jul 23
Deep House
The Intangibles
Motivation (feat Ras Stimulant) - (7:02) 126 BPM Hot
Dromedary Twist - (6:09) 124 BPM
Green Run - (5:04) 101 BPM
Review: Session Victim makes another triumphant return to Delusions of Grandeur with The Intangibles EP, following some noteworthy releases on Toytonics and Rhythm Section International. In the EP's opening track, "Motivation," they team up with Ras Stimulant, a dub-wise microphone man, to create a mesmerizing and intoxicating peak-time loop jam. This track is filled to the brim with irresistible electric piano riffs, vocal snippets drenched in delay effects, jazzy embellishments, and interstellar electronics. Following is "Dromedary Twist" with some winding saxophone lines interweaved with a thick deep house groove, replete with sustained chords and improvised Rhodes motifs. Lastly, "Green Run" lowers the BPMs as the listener enters the realm of lazy, hazy, blissed-out jazzed-up beats. With their style combining live organic elements, fat floor-filling beats, the Germna's duo comes up with comprises three original tracks that traverse the spectrum of high-energy jazz disco meets techno, soulful uplifting house, and downtempo blunted beats.
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DOGD 91
31 Mar 23
Deep House
Leaning Into The Light EP
Swimming Through A Diamond - (7:04) 117 BPM
Compact Object - (4:46) 117 BPM
Heartaches - (5:53) 114 BPM Hot
Leaning Into The Light - (5:02) 116 BPM
Mirrored Cube - (5:12) 106 BPM
Review: After 13 months away, Brummie deep house don Mark Evetts returns with something rather special: a warm and woozy, analogue-rich Delusions of Grandeur label debut that arguably sees him in peak form. He first peppers a squelchy bassline and soft-touch drums with sweet melodic motifs and tactile synthesizer chords on 'Swimming Through a Diamond', before tipping a wink to his own hypnotic productions of old on the immersive and warming 'Compact Object'. There's a slightly jazzier and more organic feel to the sun-speckled deepness of 'Heartaches', while 'Leaning Into The Light' is marked out by gorgeous chords, bubbly electric piano lines and languid solos. Finally, 'Mirrored Cube' is a pleasingly saucer-eyed slab of mid-tempo goodness that sounds like it was tailor-made for sofa-bound listening sessions after a heavy night out.
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DOGD 90
30 Sep 22
Deep House
Interruptor EP
Interruptor - (5:21) 122 BPM Hot
I Wish (feat Kim Anh) - (6:11) 121 BPM
Cable Street - (5:16) 126 BPM
Turn Things Around - (5:59) 120 BPM
Review: Following his return to long-time home Wolf Music Recordings last year, Medlar pitches up on Delusions of Grandeur for the first time since 2018. He starts strongly with title track 'Interruptor', where pots-and-pans percussion solos and twisted Aisha vocal samples rise above a tough house groove, before joining forces with vocalist Kim Anh on the fluid, sun-kissed, analogue-rich deep house goodness of 'I Wish'. 'Cable Street' sees him join the dots between bouncy, organ-rich early '90s U.S house and the deep space flex of early UK tech-house, while 'Turn Things Around' is an attractive chunk of tactile deep house sunniness tailor-made for sunset sets and mid-afternoon house parties.
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DOGD 89
15 Jul 22
Deep House
Mystic EP
Soul Of Hex - "Mystic" (feat More Lofton) - (6:14) 130 BPM
Soul Of Hex & Steve Lucas - "Love Is In Control" - (5:38) 120 BPM Hot
Soul Of Hex - "Heliocentrico" - (5:03) 128 BPM
Soul Of Hex - "Sphynx" (feat Temporal Wangan) - (5:39) 130 BPM
Review: Mexican duo Soul of Hex has released some fine EPs over the last few years, with their sporadic outings on Delusion of Grandeur often boasting their most interesting and cosmic-minded cuts. There's plenty to admire on their latest outing for the Freerange Records offshoot, from the warming, peak-time ready haziness of opener 'Mystic'- a fine fusion of effortlessly Balearic guitar solos, warming disco bass, spacey synth motifs and dreamy chords - and the sparkling breeziness of revivalist piano-house/late '80s NYC garage number 'Love is In Control' (where vocalist Steve Lucas delivers a star turn), to the squelchy nu-disco/Italo-house flex of 'Heliocentrico' and the bumpin' electro vibes of 'Sphynx'.
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DOGD 88
20 May 22
Deep House
7 Day Path
7 Day Path - (7:17) 121 BPM Hot
7 Day Path (DJ Rocca remix) - (6:38) 118 BPM
I See No Ball (feat Locomotives) - (7:14) 122 BPM
Catch Up With The Sun - (8:00) 110 BPM
Review: Fresh from the release of his rather good - and decidedly Balearic - debut solo album on Leng, Athenian scene stalwart Lex reunites with regular studio buddy Locke for a more club-ready, deep house-fired EP on Delusions of Grandeur. The pair's hybrid electronic/organic sound comes to the fore on '7 Day Path', where a dubby deep house groove is laden with heavy hand percussion, spacey synths and decidedly intergalactic chords. 'I See No Ball', featuring Locomotives, is a druggy, hypnotic and dubby blend of arpeggio-driven Italo-disco and organ-rich deep house, while 'Catch Up With The Sun' is the kind of relaxed, groovy and summery affair that could have graced Lex's recent album. Also worth checking out is DJ Rocca's remix of '7th Path', which reimagines it as a squelchy chunk of nu-disco/deep house fusion.
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DOGD 87
08 Apr 22
Deep House
Tiawo EP
Tiawo - (5:09) 124 BPM Hot
Strictly Pins - (6:04) 122 BPM
Burger - (5:10) 119 BPM
Brother - (6:21) 122 BPM
Review: Andy Ash is a great example of a producer who is simply getting better with age. For proof, check out any of his previous EPs on Delusions of Grandeur, or get your ears around this outing on the popular Freerange Records offshoot. Opener 'Tiawo' is a simply brilliant - and impeccably observed - chunk of mid-'80s, drum machine driven house mysticism, while 'Strictly Pins' is a warming, off-kilter deep house stomper smothered in Christmas Pudding-rich Rhodes chords, heavy drums and squelchy electronics. He doffs a subtle cap to Norway's Sex Tags crew on the eccentric, dubbed-out and extra-percussive house-not-house madness of 'Burger', before rounding things off via the delicious deep house shuffle of 'Brother'.
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DOGD 86
10 Dec 21
Deep House
Say It Again
Say It Again - (6:26) 129 BPM Hot
Pharoah Machine - (5:04) 120 BPM
Dreams - (5:52) 120 BPM
Review: 18 months after their first Delusions of Grandeur outing - the rather good Disco Permanente EP - Mexican duo Soul of Hex return to the Freerange Records offshoot with another confident and ear-catching EP. Our pick of a very strong bunch is striding opener 'Say It Again', a weighty, percussion-rich slab of late-night dub disco rich in fluid bass guitar, echoing vocal snippets, layered drums and crisp guitar licks (think Trevor Jackson's Playgroup project and you're close). The fun continues on 'Pharoah Machine', a squelchy and sparkling slab of rolling late-night house, while 'Dreams' is a formidably drowsy, warming and saucer-eyed slab of after-hours deep house brilliance.
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DOGD 85
29 Oct 21
Deep House
Two Crowns EP (Explicit)
Two Crowns - (7:02) 119 BPM Hot
Guidance - (6:03) 124 BPM
Village Youth - (6:13) 121 BPM
Review: On their second EP of 2021, Session Victim is back to doing what they do best: namely combining warming live instrumentation with contemporary dancefloor beats. The best of a strong bunch is arguably opener 'Two Crowns', a dense and energetic broken beat affair in which pots-and-pans percussion hits, mellow Rhodes chords, starry electronic flourishes and late-night deep house stabs cluster around thickset synth-bass and hot-stepping drum machine beats. On 'Guidance' they deliver tactile and dreamy deep house complete with raw analogue bass and breathy flute solos, while 'Village Youth' adds jazzy broken beats to an extremely immersive blend of tactile synth-bass, enveloping electronic chords and lilting, late-night melodies. In a word: delicious.
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DOGD 84
26 Mar 21
Deep House
Unconscious Therapy EP
Unconscious Therapy - (6:00) 123 BPM Hot
Sink - (5:38) 120 BPM
All Of It At Once - (6:09) 117 BPM
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DOGD 83
26 Feb 21
Deep House
Got Me Coming Back EP (Explicit)
Got Me Coming Back - (5:42) 123 BPM
Deep Down In My Soul - (6:08) 122 BPM Hot
Your Sweet Lovin' - (5:29) 118 BPM
How's Life? - (6:00) 117 BPM
Review: Bari-based Nico Lahs has proved to be something of a musical chameleon over the last 10 years, subtly shifting between various strains of house and techno whilst striving to develop his own trademark style. Got Me Coming Back, his Delusions of Grandeur debut, is equally as diverse, with the producer utilising the EP format to showcase the breadth and depth of his club-ready cuts. He begins with the warming chords, thickset grooves, spacey electronics and fluid jazz-funk bass of 'Got Me Coming Back', before adding sweet melodic flourishes to a bustling, cymbal-heavy house beat on 'Deep Down in My Soul'. Shirts-off peak-time pump is provided by via the retro-futurist deep house throb of 'Your Sweet Lovin', while 'How's Life' is a jazzier and sunnier slab of sample-house goodness.
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DOGD 82
22 Jan 21
Deep House
The Soul's Return
Step Inline (The Narcotic Soul) - (7:51) 119 BPM Hot
The Devil In Mr Holmes (The Erotic Soul) - (5:41) 122 BPM
I Might Be OK (The Faithful Soul) - (9:12) 119 BPM
Review: Westcoast Goddess's previous two releases this year, both of which were released on Let's Play House, showcased a deliciously colourful, retro-futurist take on house that including nods to some very psychedelic electronic music from the 1990s. Here she transfers to Freerange offshoot Delusions of Grandeur and offers up a trio of tracks that make much greater use of squelchy synths, rush-inducing chords and the kind of positive melodies and instrumental choices that were all the rage in the disco and boogie era. Check first the chunky, sunrise-ready dancefloor bliss of "Step Inline (The Narcotic Soul)", before admiring the piano-laden sweetness of the genuinely smile-inducing "The Devil In Mr Holmes (The Erotic Soul)" and "I Might Be OK (The Faithful Soul)", which tips a wink to mid-'80s NYC garage-house productions.
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DOGD 81
11 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Disco Permanente EP
Disco Permanente - (5:06) 129 BPM
Polygon Alpha Funk (feat Cornelius SA) - (6:27) 124 BPM Hot
Drum Fantasy - (6:19) 120 BPM
Punch (feat More Lotion) - (5:39) 125 BPM
Psychic - (5:03) 124 BPM
Review: During their golden patch between 2015 and 2017, Soul of Hex released well-regarded material on Quintessentials, Defected offshoot DFTD and, most notably, Freerange. It seems fitting then that their first new single in two years should appear on the latter label's on-point Delusions of Grandeur offshoot. It's a typically excitable, all-action affair, with the Mexican twosome variously offering up savagely cut-up, low-slung punk-funk/house fusion ("Disco Permanente"), starry, slap-bass-propelled deep house warmth ("Polygon Alpha Funk" featuring Cornelius SA), madcap, off-the-wall disco-house loop-funk ("Drum Fantasy"), heavily percussive nu-disco/Afro-house fusion ("Punch", featuring More Lotion), and tactile, disco-tinged Balearic deep house goodness ("Psychic").
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DOGD 80
12 Jun 20
Deep House
Cityspell EP
Cityspell - (6:18) 125 BPM
Do U Luv Me? - (4:55) 124 BPM Hot
What U Done - (5:42) 124 BPM
Review: T-shirt designer turned top-notch producer Tom Mangan has released some fine music over the last few years, mostly on Aus Music and his own Millionhands imprint. "Cityspell" sees him add another label to his discography via a debut outing on Delusions of Grandeur. Mangan's in a suitably boisterous mood too, with the EP-opening title track delivering a hot and sweaty mix of hard-wired, Giorgio Moroder style arpeggio bass, snappy drum machine beats, swirling chords and stabbing lead lines. You'll find more sleazy, low-slung synth-bass on the rave-inspired nu-disco/deep house fusion of "Do U Love Me" - all warehouse-ready riffs, bustling noises and chunky beats - while closing cut "What U Done" wraps colourful, picturesque melodies around suitably chunky beats.
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DOGD 79
03 Apr 20
Deep House
Squarker EP
Squarker - (6:12) 120 BPM Hot
Love Me So - (6:15) 124 BPM
A Stone Thiing - (5:51) 124 BPM
Review: While his chosen moniker may be mildly amusing, there's nothing silly, cheeky or throwaway about the music of Sydney-based Londoner Norm De Plume. "Squarker", his first EP of any sort for nigh on two years, is full of detailed, mood-enhancing, musically rich deep house treats. Check first deliciously glassy-eyed opener "Squarker", where rising synthesizer lead lines, swirling chords and funk-fuelled synth flourishes rise above a sturdy bed of disco-house beats and rubbery jazz-funk bass, before admiring the bustling beats, sustained chords and breathless hustle of "Love Me So". If that lot's not enough to set your pulse racing, "A Stone Thing" should impress with its crunchy drums and classic deep house warmth.
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DOGD 78
06 Mar 20
Deep House
Bottleneck EP
Bottleneck - (5:55) 125 BPM
Hump - (6:27) 122 BPM Hot
Actual Price - (6:17) 122 BPM
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DOGD 77
31 Jan 20
Deep House
Conun Drums EP
Conun Drums - (5:42) 118 BPM Hot
Red C Mellow D - (6:14) 114 BPM
A Frog Rovin' - (5:53) 120 BPM
Solar Assailer - (6:40) 120 BPM
Played by: Dave Mathmos
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DOGD 76
22 Nov 19
Deep House
Burn This
Burn This - (10:01) 128 BPM Hot
Burn This (Medlar remix) - (5:52) 123 BPM
Burn This (Flight Mode's dub) - (7:32) 128 BPM
Review: First unleashed on vinyl this time last year, Flight Mode and Joel Brittain's first collaborative EP has finally made it to digital download. This is undoubtedly a good thing, because "Burn This" is superb. In its' original form, the track is a near perfect fusion of dub disco heaviness - chunky bass guitar, delay-laden horn snuppets, crunchy drums - and the kind of electronic instrumentation and mood-enhancing chords more often found in straight-up deep house cuts. There are two tidy accompanying remixes: a sparkling, synth-heavy Balearic house revision by Medlar and a suitably trippy, spaced out Flight Mode dub that's arguably even more driving and floor-friendly than the original mix.
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DOGD 75
11 Oct 19
Deep House
Next To You
Next To You - (6:21) 122 BPM Hot
Somewhere Else - (6:01) 120 BPM
Dreamworld - (5:33) 113 BPM
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DOGD 74
26 Jul 19
Deep House
Night Waves
Night Waves - (6:05) 129 BPM Hot
Pacifica 399 To Freedom - (5:49) 129 BPM
It's Clear - (4:42) 125 BPM
Played by: Jimpster
Review: Since making his debut in 2011, Paxton Fettel has proven adept at delivering jazz-funk-fuelled house and downtempo releases that fuse expert musicianship with a keen knowledge of what makes dancefloors tick. "Night Waves" marks his first appearance on Freerange offshoot Delusions of Grandeur and is every bit as alluring as his previous work. The title track is bold and brassy, with Fettel hammering out life-affirming piano riffs over a throbbing, full-throttle house groove rich in rubbery bass guitar, booming beats and disco-house style filter tricks. It's utterly joyous and something of a serious stomper. "Pacifica 399 To Freedom" is a breezier but no less rush-inducing chunk of Balearic house positivity, while "It's Clear" sees him dip his toe in deeper, more electronic house waters with predictably impressive - and jazzy - results.
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DOGD 73
26 Apr 19
Deep House
Place Of Worship
See It Come Shining - (7:38) 126 BPM Hot
Oceanways T150 - (7:02) 126 BPM
Atlantis Transfer - (7:10) 120 BPM
Review: Place Of Worship is Ben 'Sun' Davidson's fifth release on Delusions Of Grandeur and, true to form, it's an effortless, sun-kissed affair. It starts with the wonderfully uplifting "See It Come Shining", where Davidson combines raw beats with sensuous, stirring strings and soulful piano lines. "Oceanways T150" is similarly cosmic and upbeat, with the UK producer laying down a cacophony of found sound samples and cosmic bleeps over a gentle drum track. The mood throughout the release is sensuous and unhurried, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the blissed-out "Atlantis Transfer", where Davidson combines a plunging house bass with atmospheric ambient textures.
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DOGD 72
29 Mar 19
Deep House
Dawn
Dawn (feat Nebraska) - (6:15) 122 BPM Hot
Taste Of Life - (6:41) 121 BPM
Hear The Sun (feat Iron Curtis) - (7:30) 124 BPM
Dawn (feat Nebraska - Sven Weisemann ReDawn Inbassed mix) - (8:01) 121 BPM
Review: Four quite varied tracks make up this latest offering from London-based deep house stable Delusions Of Grandeur. 'Dawn' itself, in its Original Mix form, is a mellow cut with a hint of influences from west coast jazz-funk, while 'Taste Of Life' is a more percussive affair with a very 70s-sounding vocoder/talkbox vocal backing a second, spoken male one. 'Hear The Sun' maintains the laidback feel but operates at a more danceable tempo, while completing the EP is Sven Weissman's ReDawn Inbassed Mix of the title track, which is the one to head for if more traditionally styled deep, dubby house is your bag.
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DOGD 71
22 Feb 19
Deep House
Menorca
Menorca - (6:09) 115 BPM Hot
You - (6:27) 123 BPM
Light - (7:18) 120 BPM
You (Session Victim remix) - (7:07) 123 BPM
Played by: Kraak & Smaak
Review: Following a fine debut on Pont Neuf earlier in the year, Parisian producer Cosmonection makes his bow on Freerange offshoot Delusions of Grandeur. Like its predecessor, the "Menorca EP" is deliciously deep, spacey and synth-heavy, with the fast-rising producer effortlessly joining the dots between intergalactic electronic soundscapes, glassy-eyed late night house and particularly intergalactic nu-disco. We're particularly enjoying the sustained spacey chords, bubbling melody lines and effortlessly groovy drums of "Menorca", though some may prefer the glitchy, low-slung, garage-influenced swing of "You" and the Balearic-minded, sunrise-ready bliss of "Light". There's also a fine bonus in the shape of Session Victim's hypnotic, floor-focused deep house rub of "You".
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DOGD 70
07 Dec 18
Deep House
Act Natural
Act Natural - (5:43) 125 BPM Hot
Jus Right - (5:57) 125 BPM
Low Key - (7:50) 120 BPM
Jus Right (Pontchartrain remix) - (6:11) 125 BPM
Played by: Kraak & Smaak
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DOGD 69
26 Oct 18
Funky/Club House
Ella
Ella - (8:03) 123 BPM Hot
Putting It In My Way - (7:17) 124 BPM
Putting It In My Way (instrumental) - (7:15) 124 BPM
Review: Word of mouth is spreading fast about Scotland's Austin Ato and his unique productions: creating a blend of disco and house with elements of techno. He's up next on Jimpster's Delusions Of Grandeur, following up some great grooves previously on Phonica White, Me Me Me and Futureboogie. "Putting It My Way" is an energetic classic house jam that's in the vein of classic Ron Trent - spiritual house music done proper. "Ella" gets off on the disco tip and is one seriously lo-slung and funked-up jam for the late night.
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DOGD 68
21 Sep 18
Deep House
Castlecrag
Castlecrag - (5:18) 122 BPM
Whole In One - (5:27) 112 BPM Hot
Whole In One (Folamour remix) - (6:55) 125 BPM
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DOGD 67
29 Jun 18
Deep House
NRG
NRG - (6:13) 117 BPM
NRG (dub mix) - (5:09) 117 BPM
Tripped - (5:11) 108 BPM Hot
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DOGD 66
04 May 18
Deep House
What I Love
Save Our Love - (7:35) 121 BPM Hot
What I Love - (5:26) 126 BPM
Walk That Walk (feat Blaktroniks) - (4:56) 109 BPM
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DOGD 64
30 Mar 18
Deep House
It's So Nice
It's So Nice - (9:10) 123 BPM Hot
Bristow's Flights - (8:16) 121 BPM
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DOGD 65
02 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Pulp Fusion
Pulp Fusion - (5:36) 123 BPM Hot
Fade Out - (5:49) 112 BPM
Raw (live edit) - (6:54) 125 BPM
Review: Although still best known for delivering high grade reworks and re-edits, Adesse Versions has previously released some killer original productions, too. Predictably, the three sample-heavy house jams included on this debut Delusions of Grandeur experience are pretty darn hot. Check, in particular, the Clavinet-heavy Blaxploitation bounce of "Pulp Fusion", where sampled '70s instrumentation rides a bouncy, filter-flaunting house groove. Or, for that matter, the lolloping, undulating, glassy-eyed sweetness of the sun-kissed, extra percussive "Fade Out", which makes use of elements from a particularly Balearic disco record. Flip to the B-side for "Raw (Live Edit), a bustling, big room friendly jack-track that sounds like a long lost David Morales Red Zone Dub.
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DOGD 63
16 Feb 18
Deep House
No Loitering
New York Iz All I Know - (7:14) 123 BPM
Tight Skin - (6:14) 124 BPM
New York Iz All I Know (Aroop Roy remix) - (7:32) 123 BPM Hot
Review: New York's Son Of Sound returns to Delusions of Grandeur with two floor-friendly originals plus a remix. To say this guy has history is something of an understatement: as far back as the early 90's this guy was a key figure, involved in seminal releases on Strictly Rhythm, Maxi Records and MAW Records. "New York Iz All I Know" is classic soulful house east side style with neon-lit elements while the funkier "Tight Drop" has that dusty MPC style swing all over it. Aroop Roy steps up for a groovy, sexy and seriously lo-slung remix following a run of fine edits and originals on the likes of Freestyle, Basic Fingers and House Of Disco. More recently Son Of Sound has created magic for Jus Ed's Underground Quality, Classic, Razor n Tape and Local Talk as well as establishing his own District30 imprint. Yet more of Henry Maldonado's sleek and thoughtful style on offer here.
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DOGD 62
08 Dec 17
Deep House
The Rain
The Rain - (7:11) 129 BPM
The Rain (Nebraska remix) - (7:13) 122 BPM Hot
New Way Of Feeling - (6:22) 122 BPM
Review: Since his last outing on Delusions of Grandeur a couple of years back, Toby Tobias has released some of his strongest material to date, including fine EPs on Cosmic Pint Glass, Resista and ESP Institute. Predictably, this latest single hits the mark, too, with title track "The Rain" offering an energy-packed sprint into freaky, cut-up, muscular house territory. The London producer's stuttering beat edits and use of short, manipulated disco samples is particularly impressive. Nebraska opts for a more traditional, rolling disco-house feel to his bass-heavy, club-ready rework, while "New Way of Feeling" is a jazzy trip into off-kilter, synth-laden deep house territory that could easily be described as "Balearic".
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DOGD 61
22 Sep 17
Deep House
Listen to Your Heart Pt. Three
Almost Midnight - (5:02) 119 BPM Hot
Castle For Sale - (5:04) 77 BPM
Head Over Heels - (6:16) 117 BPM
Thermal Explorer - (2:26) 112 BPM
Played by: Nachtbraker
Review: Apologies for banging on about this, But Session Victim's recent Listen To Your Heart album is one of the best Balearic-minded house sets we've heard this year. It goes without saying, then, that this third sampler EP is packed full of playable goodness. While they've naturally included an obligatory slow jam (wonderfully dreamy Balearic beats cut "Castle For Sale") and a rush inducing, gradually building Balearic soundscape (EP highlight "Thermal Explorer"), the other two tracks jostle for position in the "best for peak-time plays" stakes. Choose between the tactile nu-disco/deep house fusion of "Head Over Heels" - all sweeping strings, bubbly synth bass and twinkling piano flourishes - and "Almost Midnight", a wonderful trip into disco deep house territory that's as rich and musically expansive as they come.
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DOGD 60
21 Jul 17
Deep House
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