Act Natural - (5:43) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jus Right - (5:57) 125 BPM
   
Low Key - (7:50) 120 BPM
   
Jus Right (Pontchartrain remix) - (6:11) 125 BPM
Played by: Kraak & Smaak
DOGD 69
26 Oct 18
Funky/Club House
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All Rising - (6:58) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
All Rising (Jitterbug dub remix) - (6:08) 127 BPM
   
All Rising (dub) - (6:39) 126 BPM
Review: It's now a decade since Toby Tobias made his debut, and two years since he released a pair of acclaimed EPs on Delusions of Grandeur. Here the London-based producer returns to that imprint with a chunk of deliciously warm, hazy and - whisper it quietly - Balearic deep house. "All Rising" combines subtle deep house percussion with swirling disco string samples and goose-bumps-inducing blue-eyed soul vocal snippets. The results are rather magical, all told. The accompanying Dub takes the track in a sweatier, more heavily percussive direction, while the Jitterbug Dub Remix re-casts "All Rising" as a heady chunk of dreamy European deep house.
DOGD 44
08 Jun 15
Deep House
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DOGD 13JU
29 Oct 10
Deep House
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Intro - (0:49) 133 BPM
   
Our Love - (5:15) 100 BPM
   
U Know U - (5:47) 106 BPM
   
Think It Over - (6:22) 112 BPM
   
In Your Arms - (5:03) 110 BPM
   
Through The Night - (5:29) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Callback - (6:32) 90 BPM
   
Back 2 Black - (6:20) 114 BPM
   
Read My Mind - (7:12) 118 BPM
   
Interlude - (0:33) 129 BPM
   
FEEL - (6:16) 118 BPM
   
The Vibes (album mix) - (6:03) 116 BPM
   
Walk Away - (5:29) 95 BPM
   
Outro - (0:48) 126 BPM
   
The Vibes (Chicago Damn remix) - (5:28) 115 BPM
Review: It's three years since Craig Smith and Graeme Clark impressed with One Night In The Borough, a landmark album that epitomized all that was good about the cut-and-paste, disco-sampling deep house scene of the time. This sophomore set offers more of the same, delivering tracks that ride a range of tempos in their trademark deep, loopy, hypnotic and pleasingly baggy style. While there are plenty of surprisingly supple, heavily electronic uptempo cuts on offer (see "Feel", the disco rush of "In Your Arms" and the classic, Frankie Knuckles-ish US house of "Read My Mind"), they're still at their best when operating at a slower tempo, as the deliciously jazzy "Walk Away" and sensual throb of "Through The Night" neatly prove.
DOGCD 03DJU
07 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Back 2 Black (Cuthead remix) - (5:42) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Read My Mind (Fantastic Man remix) - (6:02) 119 BPM
   
Walk Away (Ben La Desh remix) - (6:58) 105 BPM
Review: Here, Graeme Clark and Craig Smith hand over tracks from their recent sophomore album, Borough 2 Borough, to a trio of fast-rising deep house starlets. The results are predictably fine, with Dutch producer Ben La Desh providing the real standout. His version of "Walk Away", all tactile rhythms, wide-eyed electronics, smooth chords and blissful melodies, is unflinchingly Balearic despite its obvious deep house roots. Wolf Music regular Fantastic Man offers up a more upbeat but similarly fluid and melodic take on "Read My Mind", while Uncanny Valley's Cuthead delves into his box of tricks to deliver a warm, humid, scratchy and cowbell-laden interpretation of "Back 2 Black".
DOGD 37
09 May 14
Funky/Club House
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Burn This - (10:01) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
DOGD 75
10 Oct 19
Deep House
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It's Burning - (7:12) 118 BPM
   
I Give You Love - (6:44) 115 BPM
   
I Give You Love (LHT remix) - (7:53) 122 BPM
   
It's Burning (Lauer remix) - (7:07) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It's Burning (original demo version) - (5:10) 118 BPM
Review: Given his production vintage spanning REKIDS, Burek, Under The Shade and Let's Play House there's a sense of inevitability that Toby Tobias would surface on Delusions Of Grandeur sooner or later; indeed it feels strange that it's taken so long but as Burning Love demonstrates, its been worth the wait. Lead track "It's Burning" is notable for the chiming synth that resonates brightly amidst a multiplicity of gurgling analogue grooves, whilst "I Give You Love" opts for a more rugged warehouse vibe, embellished by the yearning vocal hooks. Down below these two cuts get remixed in requisite fashion; the London Housing Trust collective tackle "I Give You Love" morphing it into a tripped out jacking freestyle number, whilst the always excellent Lauer works his magic on "It's Burning" introducing all manner of vivid colour with his melodies and basslines. This Juno Download exclusive version also features the original demo version of "It's Burning".
DOGD 33JU
08 Nov 13
Deep House
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Castlecrag - (5:18) 122 BPM
   
Whole In One - (5:27) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Whole In One (Folamour remix) - (6:55) 125 BPM
DOGD 67
29 Jun 18
Deep House
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Air (with Khalil Anthony) - (3:41) 84 BPM
   
Jus Anutha Wunna Deez - (5:19) 60 BPM
   
Boogie Down (with Erik Rico) - (7:39) 60 BPM
   
Sum Ol' Nex' Ish - (4:10) 60 BPM
   
A Fly New Tune (with Ta'raach) - (2:18) 51 BPM
   
Turn It Out (with Dave Aju) - (4:36) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Another Night Under The Glitterball - (6:05) 117 BPM
   
I Can Hardly Breathe (with A Brother Isai) - (3:40) 97 BPM
   
For Bae - (6:26) 119 BPM
   
Moon On The Hill (with DJ Kali) - (5:17) 109 BPM
   
Vampires - (3:50) 94 BPM
   
Baked (with Malik Ameer) - (2:48) 94 BPM
   
Take U 2 My House (with Khalil Anthony) - (6:35) 61 BPM
   
For Those I've Lost Along The Way - (4:37) 57 BPM
Review: Thatman Monkz is Scott Moncrieff to be precise, a Sheffield based producer who's been making house music since around 1997 but more recently on Kolour LTD and of course Delusions Of Grandeur: where he's recognised as a label mainstay. His new album Colombusing is a mighty effort; 14 tracks to be precise and there's a wide variety of moods and grooves, not to mention collaborations! Some of those very hook-ups are the highlights on here, we must say. There's a couple of tracks with San Francisco minimalist/human beatbox Dave Aju; "Turn It Out" is a deep and sleazy funk jam with Cameo-ish vocals, while "Boogie Down" features the sweet lungs of Erik Rico whose Curtis Mayfield impressions suit this feel-good soul jam just perfectly. "Baked" features the deep poetry of NYC's Malik Ameer on this on this dope jam full of urban flavour. There's music to dance to too, rest assured: "Take U 2 My House" featuring Khalil Anthony is surefire deep house aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
DOGDD 06D
02 Mar 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Conun Drums - (5:42) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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
DOGD 76
22 Nov 19
Deep House
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Dawn (feat Nebraska) - (6:15) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
DOGD 71
22 Feb 19
Deep House
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Nebraska - "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" - (8:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ugly Drums - "Like Its Ok" - (7:07) 117 BPM
   
Session Victim - "Came To Be Alive" - (4:31) 106 BPM
Review: To celebrate hitting half a century of releases, Delusions of Grandeur has decided to release a couple of split EPs, featuring contributions from label regulars and invited guests. This first part starts in strong fashion, with recent signing Nebraska delivering a loose, evocative chunk of saucer-eyed, late night deep house full of fuzzy analogue bass, sparse drum machine rhythms and spine-tingling synthesizer arpeggios. Ugly Drums supply some jazzier deep house fare in the shape of "Like Its OK", before Session Victim finish things off in fine style with "Came To Be Alive". While slightly chunkier and denser than its' predecessors, the track bristles with sun-kissed warmth thanks to lazy electric pianos, killer vocal samples and subtle, beachside sound effects.
DOGD 50A
01 Apr 16
Deep House
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Son Of Sound - "Under The Son" - (6:39) 118 BPM
   
Sebastien Vorhaus/Ponty Mython - "I'm The Slime" - (6:09) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Zepp001 - "Enemy" - (6:22) 117 BPM
   
Norm De Plume - "Building Bridges" - (5:58) 120 BPM
Played by: Giom, MANIK
Review: Delusions of Grandeur are doing a great job marking their 50th release. This second celebratory EP features four more previously unreleased gems from label artists past and present. New York veteran Son of Sound kicks things off with the driving, '90s New Jersey garage influenced pump of "Under The Son", before Sebastien Vorhaus and Ponty Mython join forces on the Theo Parrish influenced, deep jazz-house wiggle of "I'm The Slime". Dave Pezzner dons the Zepp001 guise for the first time in five years and serves up a jazzy nu-disco/deep house fusion (the deliciously tactile "Enemy"), before Norm De Plume closes proceedings with the warm-and-loose, jazz-funk influenced deep house cut "Building Bridges".
DOGD 50B
08 Apr 16
Deep House
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Don't Get Me Wrong - (6:16) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Shimmy - (6:58) 124 BPM
   
Don't Get Me Wrong (Tornado Wallace mix) - (6:04) 111 BPM
Review: Recloose on Delusions of Grandeur? Yes please! "Don't Get Me Wrong" is classic Matt Cicioine, packed full of his usual musicality and dense, melodic production. It sounds like an unlikely fusion of distant, long-forgotten disco and spine-tingling deep house, with more atmospheric vocal samples and live instruments than you can shake a smelly stick at. It's heady and intoxicating, coming on like a classic house production made somewhere between Detroit and New York. The driving "Shimmy" continues the murky, retro-futurist trend and is just as engaging. As if that wasn't enough, there's also a lovingly fluid, decidedly Balearic rework of the title track from Melbournite Tornado Wallace that's quite possibly the best thing he's done to date. Splendid!
DOGD 27JU
24 Sep 12
Deep House
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Don't Sleep - (6:00) 121 BPM
   
Giraffe - (8:22) 123 BPM
   
Don't Sleep (Revenge remix) - (6:07) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
DOGD 03
17 Jul 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ella - (8:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
DOGD 68
21 Sep 18
Deep House
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Fear Of Stopping - (6:16) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fear Of Stopping (Maxi Mill remix) - (6:44) 121 BPM
   
Walberswick (Hoist Covert mix) - (12:32) 120 BPM
   
Birdbrook Rain - (4:25) 109 BPM
Review: If you missed Soul 223's previous exploits - and given that he's released on Delsin and Soul Jazz, you shouldn't have done - this tidy EP for Delusions of Grandeur offers an excellent introduction. His influences - Detroit techno, soul, disco and hip-hop, mainly - can all be heard on "Fear of Shopping", a tight-but- swinging deep house gem built around tropical soul rhythms and Detroit-influenced chords and melodies. It's really quite excellent, as is the deeper, quirkier, Mr Beatnick style "Birdbrook Rain". The shuffling European futurism of the Max Mill Remix of "Fear of Shopping" really impresses, though the spine-tingling breakdowns and rising chords throughout Hoist Covert's mix of "Walberswick" are a Balearic delight.
DOGD 32JU
16 Sep 13
Deep House
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Foolin' - (5:27) 125 BPM
   
Foolin' (instrumental) - (5:27) 125 BPM
   
The Traveller - (8:36) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Warm and chugging disco-tinged house is on offer once again from the imperious Delusions of Grandeur, with the Foolin EP arriving with Germany's Manuel Tur at the wheel. Sticking with his usual synth heavy and sultry style, Tur strikes an immediately gritty tone of funk with tightly plucked guitar riffs, swooning brass and soulful vocals on the title track. Up next, an instrumental version of "Foolin" is accompanied by "The Traveller", which treads percussive realms with a heartbeat drum platform that pushes this otherwise orchestral and ambient track ever forward. Piano keys dance gently as string beds ascend against scatterings of brass and tinny crashes; our pick of the bunch.
DOGD 20
04 Nov 11
Deep House
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Gamma Ray (Franc Spangler mix) - (7:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gamma Ray - (6:17) 124 BPM
   
Gamma Ray (Franc's Rolling dub) - (6:46) 120 BPM
DOGD 02
12 Jun 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Yes I Know - (6:40) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yes I Know (Max Graef remix) - (6:32) 118 BPM
   
Glow In The Dark - (7:01) 107 BPM
Review: Session Victim's 2012 debut full-length The Haunted House of House was arguably one of the best deep house albums of the year, and this EP provides the equally fine follow up. Opener "Yes I Know" features their trademark loose, swinging drums, warm chords and classic deep house sheen, alongside a healthy amount of what sounds like organic instrumentation. With the addition of a delicious disco vocal sample, it makes for wonderful listening. Max Graef remixes, turning in a version that sounds like a deeper take on 6th Borough Project. "Glow In The Dark", meanwhile, is wholeheartedly Balearic - a blindingly sunny slice of semi-live disco-house bagginess that should get maximum rotations in warmer climes this summer.
DOGD 31JU
07 Jun 13
Deep House
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In Your Arms - (5:03) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
U Know U - (5:47) 106 BPM
   
Read My Mind (feat Paul Joseph) - (7:12) 118 BPM
Review: A long-awaited taste of what to expect from their forthcoming sophomore set Borough 2 Borough, this trio of deep, groove-laden treats from Craig Smith and The Revenge's 6Th Borough Project have been long-awaited. "In Your Arms" has Balearica stamped all over it; concentrated house euphoria with sun-splashed keys and a perfectly executed disco vocal sample, it will melt the heart of everyone in a three mile radius of the club. "U Know U" is just as slow and steady but comes with a more electronic make-up that's almost Italo in its delivery. Gradually developing momentum with classy drama, it's instantly timeless. "Read My Mind" closes this spectacular show with a nagging, hooky tech piece that drives with a sharply edited piano riff, hushed vocals and an ever-morphing rhythm. Beautiful.
DOGD 35
14 Feb 14
Deep House
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It's So Nice - (9:10) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bristow's Flights - (8:16) 121 BPM
DOGD 65
02 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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It's Too Late - (6:20) 123 BPM
   
You Just Love You - (5:50) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Backtrack - (6:31) 124 BPM
Review: Man like Recloose returns to Delusions of Grandeur, having debuted on the label in fine style with last year's Don't Get Me Wrong EP, and it's a welcome one as It's Too Late is the New Zealand dwelling producer's first EP of 2013! Despite this prolonged absence, Recloose has clearly lost none of the energy that drove his DoG debut, with all three tracks here demonstrating a real vibrancy that will immediately provide a lift for any dancefloor experiencing an element of lag. The title cut bounces along with the sort of finesse you'd expect from a producer of Recloose's calibre, whilst the heavy slab of filter disco "You Just Love You" highlights his arrangement skills. Fans of Cardiology era Recloose should head right to "Backtrack" and bask in its brilliance.
DOGD 34JU
29 Nov 13
Deep House
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Just Tell Me Lies - (8:24) 126 BPM
   
U Give U Take - (6:58) 124 BPM
   
Antidote - (6:20) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Last Episode - (8:01) 124 BPM
DOGD 53
17 Jun 16
Deep House
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The Keyboarder - (7:17) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tomorrow Night - (6:09) 120 BPM
   
Even (dub) - (7:12) 116 BPM
Review: New on the Delusions of Grandeur label (a sub label of Jimpster's excellent Freerange imprint), Berlin based duo Session Victim have made a gem of an EP that would find a good home in the racks of any nu-disco fans. "The Keyboarder" sounds like something Treasure Fingers would drop, as it's both full of groove and heavy on the silky string stabs. The clean, live sounding drums on "Tomorrow Night" alone are worth getting excited about, underpinning a corking deep rhythm that becomes infectious. Well worth checking out.
DOGD 07
29 Jan 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Like You Mean It - (8:11) 124 BPM
   
The Detox - (5:41) 124 BPM
   
Solid Satin (We Can Do Something) - (5:59) 122 BPM
   
Good For You - (5:35) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Pinpointing the exact style of beat-maker Uffe Christensen has always been a little tricky, as anyone who has listened to his recent debut album Radio Days will happily confirm. This first outing for Delusions of Grandeur continues the trend, delivering a range of dusty, quietly soulful workouts that variously doff a cap to Moodymann style deepness, hissing jazz-house and broken beat. There's much to admire, from the jazzy-but-smooth lushness of "Like You Mean It", to the rolling Afro-house rhythms and lilting melodies of "Solid Satin (We Can Do Something)". Arguably best of all, though, is "Good For You", a sumptuous chunk of organic deep house full of live instrumentation, hazy atmospherics and sensual intent.
DOGD 45JU
04 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Over & Over - (2:43) 105 BPM
   
Bring It Back - (6:21) 122 BPM
   
Moons & Flowers - (6:35) 123 BPM
   
The Hatch - (2:55) 110 BPM
   
Shadows - (5:40) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Matching Half - (6:53) 122 BPM
   
Unchained - (3:00) 91 BPM
   
If We Can Make It Here - (4:32) 117 BPM
   
Almost Midnight - (5:02) 119 BPM
   
Castle For Sale - (5:04) 77 BPM
   
Up To Rise (LP mix) - (5:25) 121 BPM
   
Head Over Heels - (6:16) 117 BPM
   
Thermal Explorer - (2:26) 112 BPM
Review: Although they've delivered plenty of fine singles over the years, it's invariably Session Victim's albums that get us hot under the collar. This is primarily because it gives them a chance to showcase a wider range of grooves, tempos and instrumentations amongst the ear-pleasing dancefloor workouts. Their sunny disposition, noted sample-spotting ability and varied inspirations are all in evidence on the German duo's third full-length excursion. It's a deliciously evocative, enjoyable and mood enhancing affair that smilingly meanders between dreamy jazz-house bliss, Bossa-Balearic fusion, disco-sampling cheeriness, glistening slow jams, Afro-tinged deep house warmth and humid dub riddims (the impeccable "Castle For Sale"). In other words, it's another hugely enjoyable romp packed full of winning moments.
DOGDD 07D
02 Jun 17
Deep House
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Bring It Back - (6:21) 122 BPM
   
If We Can Make It Here - (4:32) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Moons And Flowers - (6:35) 123 BPM
   
The Hatch - (2:55) 110 BPM
Review: At the beginning of June 2017, Session Victim will release their third album, Listen To Your Heart. This taster EP - the first of a series of digital releases containing cuts from the set - offers a tantalizing glimpse of what's to come. Predictably, there's plenty to set the pulse racing, from the cowbells and timbales-laden deep house blues of opener "Bring It Back" to the drowsy, pitched-down dreaminess of closer "The Hatch", a colourful and atmospheric chunk of Balearic electronica. Sandwiched in between you'll find the EP's standout moment, the Afro-house meets synth-disco gem "If We Can Make It Here", and the dusty, head-in-the-clouds deep house shuffler "Moons & Flowers".
DOGD 58
12 May 17
Deep House
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Almost Midnight - (5:02) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
DOGD 60
21 Jul 17
Deep House
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Shadows - (5:40) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Unchained - (3:00) 91 BPM
   
Up To Rise (LP mix) - (5:25) 121 BPM
   
Over & Over - (2:43) 105 BPM
Review: Session Victim's recent album, Listen to Your Heart, may well be the acclaimed German duo's strongest to date - and that's saying something. This second sampler EP boasts a quartet of cuts that perfectly encapsulate the album's sun-kissed warmth and heady Balearic ethos. Those seeking club-ready thrills should first head for "Shadows", a rolling fusion of rolling house grooves, disco strings and dusty samples, before checking the jazz-fuelled deep house hustle of "Up To Rise (LP Mix)". While naturally impeccable, there's an argument to say that the EP's downtempo moments are arguably even better. "Unchained", a sublime fusion of head-nodding beats, drowsy instrumentation and head-in-the-clouds electronics, is particularly alluring.
DOGD 59
30 Jun 17
Deep House
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Lo Pan (original mix) - (7:11) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lo Pan (Trickski remix) - (5:55) 120 BPM
   
Disarm (original mix) - (7:52) 119 BPM
Review: Having already impressed with outings on Foto, ARP and their own Use Of Weapons, Deep Space Orchestra add Delusions Of Grandeur to their CV and deliver perhaps their most refined work to date. "Lo Pan" weaves between flourishes of Rhodes and analogue arps with a confidence that fully demonstrates their progression as a production unit. Underpinning all this is the constant groove of 808 kicks and Detroit that provides the all important rawness and momentum. The accompanying remix from Berlin duo Trickski drags "Lo Pan" into the lower reaches of muscular house movements, stripping proceedings back to a dramatic synth lead and neck crunching beat before unfolding into a groove that really gets under your skin - thanks in no small part to the added vocals. Deep Space Orchestra end proceedings on the hazed out "Disarm" which accrues a delightfully ethereal quality as it floats towards its conclusion. Fine work all round!
DOGD 15
15 Jul 11
Deep House
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Lose Myself - (7:27) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Commando (extended edit) - (11:49) 114 BPM
   
Commando (Wareika's Crazy Setup extended mix) - (9:35) 114 BPM
DOG 06D
08 Jan 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love Affair (I Cube remix) - (8:10) 124 BPM
   
Love Affair - (5:50) 110 BPM
   
Sloflava (Session Victim remix) - (6:39) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sloflava - (6:59) 101 BPM
Review: Toby Tobias' comeback gathers pace. Here, two tracks from his fine sophomore set Rising Son get a single release, backed with a pair of fine remixes. I:Cube remixes "Love Affair", turning Tobias' deep, woozy and glassy-eyed Italo-disco chugger into a spacey, expansive chunk of Detroit techno-influenced deep house. Full of deep space electronics and chunky, rolling grooves, it feels like a love survivor from the early '90s. Label-mates Session Victim delivers an interpretation of the dreamy Balearic slow jam "Sloflava". Their version is impressively floor-friendly, using Tobias' original elements - plus some carnival-leaning percussion - to deliver a delicious chunk of soul-flecked, ultra-positive deep house.
DOGD 49
04 Dec 15
Deep House
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Love Is Gone - (4:25) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bald Spot Jam - (5:51) 122 BPM
   
MTV Cars - (5:47) 127 BPM
   
Wa I O - (6:46) 129 BPM
   
Sleep - (3:26) 125 BPM
Review: U-Dee is a fresh alias from Uffe Christensen, whose two fine albums for Denmark's Tartelet Recordings portrayed him as a man who doesn't like to settle on one groove or stylistic idea for too long. The deep house material showcased on this Delusions of Grandeur outing is notably warmer, richer, and looser than we've come to expect, with an in-built jazziness and quiet soulfulness that's rarely less than impressive. Of course, there are tougher moments - see the fizzing, sweat-soaked drum machine workout "MTV Cars", and the delay-heavy madness of "Sleep" - but for the most part Christensen keeps things rich, organic and lo-fi. Highlights include the breezy, Afro-tinged warmth of "Wa I O", and the jazzy, pared-down soulfulness of "Love Is Gone".
DOGD 56
02 Dec 16
Deep House
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You Should Know Better - (9:40) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yesterlife - (7:36) 122 BPM
   
Love Hotel (feat Slow Hands) - (6:42) 117 BPM
Review: For those who like to dig a little deeper, Ben Sun has long been a name to keep a hawkish eye on in deep house circles. Although "Salty Tears" is considered by most to be the London based producer's breakthrough track, his potential was first seen on the ephemeral delights of 2009's "When You Looked". Both of those tracks were released on the Voyeurhythm imprint he runs with Tyson Ballard and Megadon Betamax, and his arrival on Delusions Of Grandeur feels like a significant step towards wider appreciation. The Love Momentum EP sees "You Should Know Better" sprawled across the A Side, and it's hard not to think of KDJ when soaking in the jazzy key samples that form the backbone of the track alongside a deliciously clipped vocal sample, strings, horns and the dustiest of beats. "Yesterlife" on the flip is all about the 909 hats and hanging chords, while "Love Hotel", featuring Wolf + Lamb affiliated producer Slow Hands, features the kind of low slung bassline that has been the hallmark of many a Ben Sun jam.
DOGD 26JU
13 Jul 12
Deep House
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FCL vs VFB
   
Love Prescription - (6:27) 120 BPM
   
Love Prescription (dirt dub) - (6:08) 120 BPM
   
Matrix Plus - (6:02) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love Prescription (acappella tool) - (3:11) 120 BPM
Review: In the canon of EPs that require little in the way of additional prompting from the Juno review staff, the latest release from Delusions of Grandeur must surely rank high. Pairing We Play House duo FCL with VFB, the latest alias from Dani 'MCDE' Plessow proves to be a smart choice, securing Delusions perhaps their finest release to date! Love Prescription is nominally formed around three variations on the title track from Plessow's new VFB moniker (yet another smart ode to his hometown) introducing the yearning soulful tone of Stef Gustaph amidst a nicely stripped down take on house music which is perhaps best utilised on the bubbling Dirt Dub version. FCL appear with the masterful "Matrix Plus" full of bouncing rhythms and high rise chords dipped with Mr Fingers style emotion.
DOGD 22JU
18 Nov 11
Deep House
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Matching Half - (6:53) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Up To Rise - (7:45) 121 BPM
   
Matching Half (Byron The Aquarius remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
Review: Matthias Reiling and Hauke Freer return with the Matching Half EP. The Berlin-Hamburg connection present two cuts of feelgood deep house with a loose and live feel, no doubt inspired by their energetic live performances. The title track features some funky disco style drumming beneath some emotive strings, jazzy Rhodes keys and xylophones; all working in perfect harmony. There's also a killer remix of said track by Detroit's finest: Byron The Aquarius, who has appeared recently on Wild Oats and S3A. His version gets well funkier and injects a truckload of soul into it, naturally! Second original offering "Up To Rise" is the deepest journey on offer and has a definite summertime vibe about it.
DOGD 55
21 Oct 16
Deep House
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Menorca - (6:09) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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".
DOGD 70
07 Dec 18
Deep House
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Million Dollar Feeling (original mix) - (6:42) 121 BPM
   
Million Dollar Feeling (Gerd remix) - (6:33) 121 BPM
   
Time To Let You Down (original mix) - (11:15) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Million Dollar Feeling (Gerd's Old School mix) - (8:35) 120 BPM
DOGD 12
29 Oct 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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How Can I Show You? - (8:00) 95 BPM
   
Miss World (Soultourist remix) - (6:55) 120 BPM
   
Miss World (OOFT! remix) - (7:55) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Miss World (original mix) - (7:41) 120 BPM
DOGD 05
22 Oct 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Next To You - (6:21) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Somewhere Else - (6:01) 120 BPM
   
Dreamworld - (5:33) 113 BPM
DOGD 74
26 Jul 19
Deep House
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Night Waves - (6:05) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
DOGD 73
26 Apr 19
Deep House
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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.
DOGD 62
08 Dec 17
Deep House
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NRG - (6:13) 117 BPM
   
NRG (dub mix) - (5:09) 117 BPM
   
Tripped - (5:11) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
DOGD 66
04 May 18
Deep House
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Intro - (0:36) 101 BPM
   
Let Yourself Go (live mix) - (3:16)
   
If The Feeling's Right? (original mix) - (6:16)
   
BURT (The Journey) (original mix) - (6:45) 116 BPM
   
Find A Way (original mix) - (5:12) 118 BPM
   
Back To Me (original mix) - (7:06) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sometimes The Fool (original mix) - (6:41) 116 BPM
   
Settle (original mix) - (5:21) 127 BPM
   
How Can I Show You? (original mix - exclusive track) - (7:58)
   
Endless Night (original mix) - (6:37) 121 BPM
   
Iznae (original mix) - (7:47) 120 BPM
   
Deep C (original mix) - (6:46)
   
Changin (original mix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
   
BURT (Inside) (original mix) - (6:27) 120 BPM
   
String-A-Lude (original mix) - (0:29)
Review: Thanks to three previous 12" and digital samplers, most of you will have a fair idea what to expect from this debut full-length from Scottish house-disco fusionists Graeme Clark and Craig Smith. It's still very much worth listening to the album in its entirety, though. Clearly designed as a proper album to be listened to in sequence, it's beautifully programmed and packs a whole skipload of great ideas (not to mention brilliant samples) into a thoroughly entertaining 90-miniute journey. While it only occasionally strays from house - check the downtempo delight "Settle" - there's plenty of variety within that, touching on classic NYC deepness, loopy disco/house heaviness, sensual slo-mo grooves and string-laden tech-house builders.
DOGCD 01DJU
03 Jun 11
Deep House
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Find A Way (original mix) - (5:12) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Iznae (original mix) - (7:47) 120 BPM
   
If The Feeling's Right? (original mix) - (6:16) 88 BPM
   
Changin (original mix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
Review: One Night In The Borough, the debut full-length from Scottish disco/house fusionists Craig Smith and Graeme "The Revenge" Clark, is arguably the best thing either producer has done yet (and certainly collectively). This first sampler 12" showcases four of the album's many highlights, offering plenty of loopy, floor-friendly grooves for those who like their house with more than a dash of original disco flava. Choose between the slo-mo MDMA soul of "If The Feeling's Wrong" (our pick), the urgent stomp of "Find A Way", the smart retro house vibes of "Changin" and "Iznae", a delightfully stripped-back chunk of late night deep house bliss.
DOGD 16
06 May 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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BURT (The Journey) (original mix) - (6:45) 116 BPM
   
Back To Me (original mix) - (7:06) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Deep C (original mix) - (6:46)
   
Settle (original mix) - (5:21) 127 BPM
Review: This second sampler for Craig Smith and Graeme Clark's excellent debut album once again sees them in fine form. While three of the four tracks stick to their tried-and-tested formula - rock-solid deep house built on heavy, head-nodding loops, long, lazy builds and cute, killer hooks - there's plenty to get excited about. The distinctly old skool "Back To Me" (check that analogue bassline) and hynotic head-nodder "Deep C" stand out, with "BURT (The Journey)" not far behind. The most revelatory moment, though, is "Settle", a dreamy downtempo concoction crafted from syrupy soul samples, echo-laden beats and sinewy strings that sounds like an updated version of Minnie Ripperton's more sensuous moments.
DOGD 17
13 May 11
Deep House
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Sometimes The Fool (original mix) - (6:41) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
BURT (Inside) - (6:27) 120 BPM
   
Endless Night - (6:37) 121 BPM
   
Let Yourself Go (live mix) - (3:16)
   
String-A-Lude - (0:29)
Review: Scottish duo Graeme Smith and Craig Smith aka 6th Borough Project present the third and final sampler ahead of the release of their debut album, kicking off with two surprisingly house dominated cuts, "B.U.R.T" and "The Fool", whose intro does indeed fool via a standard tech house first half. Abruptly, the music cuts and from nowhere an immense disco accapella cuts in - the beat returns as a disco fuelled funk attack, 6th Borough Project as we know (and love) them!
DOGD 18
20 May 11
Deep House
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Paddlin' - (6:51) 113 BPM
   
Swimmin' - (7:08) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Paddlin' (Linkwood remix) - (7:19) 113 BPM
Review: More discerning discotheque cuts for the cowbell connoisseur from the Delusion of Grandeur imprint, this time calling on Australian playboy Tornado Wallace. The Melbourne resident has impressed with previous pitched down mutant discoid cuts for the Sleazy Beats and Murmur imprints, but the Paddlin' EP sees Tornado Wallace go deep. The title track has a main groove that throbs away underneath fizzling Detroit pads whilst funk grunts fight for your attention with soaring synth washes. "Swimmin" reworks proceedings, switching down the tempo slightly but bringing the groove topside for a splendid sun kissed chugger. Firecracker/Prime Numbers don Linkwood jumps on board to deliver a soaring seven minute remix that brings to mind the Pepe Bradock classic "Deep Burnt".
DOGD 010
11 Jun 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
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