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Dirt Crew Recordings

Dirt Crew Recordings was founded in 2004, Berlin, by Felix B Eder and Peter Gijselaers, otherwise known as the DJ and producer duo Dirt Crew. Known for its deep, funky and minimal house grooves, the label has put out over 150 releases by artists including: Dam Swindle, Harry Woolfman, Tiger Skin, Brame & Hamo, James Flavour, Nachtbraker, The Revenge, Dirt Crew and more. Sub-labels include Players Paradise and Spiel.
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Leisure Suite EP
Leisure Suite EPCOMING SOON
  
   
Leisure Suite - (7:11) 120 BPM
   
Slosh - (5:45) 94 BPM
   
Vista - (7:59) 124 BPM
   
Expiration Of Times - (5:56) 120 BPM
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19 Nov 21
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Dagi Doo EP
   
Stam (feat Black Loops) - (6:36) 123 BPM
   
Peanut Crunch - (4:23) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Scale 4 - (4:04) 119 BPM
   
HWLM - (3:23) 113 BPM
   
Lo Fi Hi - (5:51) 118 BPM
Review: Earlier in the year, Idan Hana impressed via a debut EP for Outsiders that delivered a perfect balance between hazy dancefloor hypnotism and jazzy deep house. The producer's follow-up, a first outing on Dirt Cew Recordings, is similarly on-point. Hana first joins forces with Black Loops on the jazzy, trippy and crunchy headiness of 'Stam', before wrapping analogue bass, elongated chords and jazzy keys around a more intricate deep house beat on 'Peanut Crunch'. Elsewhere, 'Scale 4' is a sparse and alien chunk of deep electro, 'HWLM' is a maximal ambient excursion built around positive-sounding synth motifs and 'Lo Fi Hi' is a piano-sporting outsider house treat.
DIRT 134
08 Oct 21
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After EP
   
After - (6:28) 124 BPM
   
WEH - (6:37) 125 BPM
   
The Fluff - (6:15) 123 BPM
   
Knee Deep - (4:47) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: If you like your deep house on the slightly more leftfield/experimental side then check for this four-track from Marcus Holder, a Berlin-based Australian house producer, saxophonist and former heavy metal guitarist. 'After' tops quite a funky, chugging bassline (hints of 'Ma Foom Bey' here) with otherworldly synths, 'WEH' takes us on a late-night ride into outer space, 'The Fluff' sounds a bit like what you might end up with if Kerri Chandler tried his hand at making a progressive house track, while finally 'Knee Deep' drops the tempo and could fit into more leftfield-leaning disco as well as house sets.
DIRT 133
03 Sep 21
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You Can Leave Something Here EP
   
When This Is Over - (1:37) 118 BPM
   
Days Of Nothing - (4:47) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
We Are Choices - (5:09) 130 BPM
   
Post Modern Ballad About You & Me - (3:03) 108 BPM
   
Now Say Goodbye To Your Friends - (6:46) 118 BPM
   
She Likes Blood - (4:56) 124 BPM
Review: Given the multi-coloured dreaminess of the synthesizer chords on EP opener 'When This is Over' - a quick blast of immersive Balearic goodness - it's not that surprising to find that Love Will Say No is a new project from one half of Italian disco duo Fare Soldi. You'll find more blends of colourful dream house sonics and weighty dub disco elsewhere across the EP - see the driving but deep 'Days Of Nothing' and the more percussive and energetic 'We Are Choices'- alongside a spot pf luscious ambient acid ('Post Modern Ballad About You and Me'), some synth-laden Afro-tech (the really rather good 'Now Say Goodbye To Your Friends') and a Mauscovic Dance Band style psychedelic punk-funk workout ('She Likes Blood').
DIRT 132
18 Jun 21
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Cooking The Books EP
   
Toucan (original mix) - (4:50) 120 BPM
   
Gravitate - (4:47) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Altar - (5:09) 125 BPM
   
Toucan (Dan Only remix) - (5:36) 132 BPM
Review: As Clive From Accounts, Richard Day has previously delivered a handful of EPs for the likes of Outplay and No Brainer Records, all of which are vastly more fun than Excel spreadsheets, expenses forms and tax returns (though, to be fair, that's not a high barrier). He's at it again here via a Dirt Crew Recordings debut that adds spacey synth synths and electrofunk flourishes to a delicious deep house base. Our pick of a very strong bunch is opener 'Toucan', a gorgeous mix of intergalactic deep house tropes, undulating analogue bass and restless disco cowbells, though the more colourful 'Gravitate' and electro-influenced 'Altar' are also excellent. Dan Only remixes 'Toucan', re-framing it as a UKG-influenced, techno-tempo bumper full of deep sub bass, bouncy beats, warped electronics and deep space chords.
DIRT 131
14 May 21
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Sly Contrast EP
   
A21z - (3:03) 145 BPM
   
Walk With Me - (5:21) 123 BPM
   
Courage (feat Mona Vale) - (3:07) 156 BPM
   
Sly Contrast - (6:13) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fhloston Paradise - (2:17) 120 BPM
   
Workit Shep - (3:55) 140 BPM
Review: Harry Wolfman seems to save some of his best material for Dirt Crew Recordings, a label he first joined four years ago. There's certainly plenty to savour on his fourth EP for the long-serving German imprint, with the sometime House of Disco Records and Toy Tonics man sashaying between sparkling, sample-heavy deep house headiness (the sun-kissed treat that is 'Walk With Me', piano-and-strings-laden ambient bliss ('Phlosto Paradise' and Mona Vale collaboration 'Courage'), bass-heavy breakbeat house dreaminess ('Sly Contrast'), jazzy and loose-limbed downtempo beats (the Indonesian folk music-goes trip-hop flex of 'Workit Shep') and the pretty much impossible-to-pigeonhole immersive warmth of 'A21z'). An excellent EP all told.
DIRT 130
09 Apr 21
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The Remixes
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The Revenge - "Do The Right Thing" (Nachtbraker remix) - (7:29) 122 BPM
   
S3A - "Friends" (Art Of Tones Southern Soul remix) - (6:57) 121 BPM
   
Dam Swindle - "64 Ways" (feat Mayer Hawthorne - Kerri "Kaoz" Chandler vocal remix) - (6:57) 122 BPM
   
Mano Le Tough - "Baby, Let's Love" (Iron Curtis remix) - (7:41) 121 BPM
   
Dirt Crew - "Groove" (Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt remix) - (8:24) 118 BPM
   
Chymera - "Isa" (Mark E remix) - (6:17) 117 BPM
   
S3A - "Fever" (Felix Leifur Flexi Leifs remix) - (5:42) 126 BPM
   
25 Places - "Closing Title Song" (Laurence Guy remix) - (6:43) 124 BPM
   
Lorenz Rhode - "On Top" (Strip Steve remix) - (5:49) 122 BPM
   
A Bunch Of Guys - "Let The Rhythm Hit'em" (Fouk remix) - (5:50) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dam Swindle - "Nothing Else Matters" (Morning Factory remix) - (6:41) 120 BPM
   
Ponty Mython - "Life, Love, Changes" (Red Rack'em remix) - (5:52) 121 BPM
   
Dirt Crew - "Soundwave" (Quarion's Drunken Wave remix) - (7:59) 123 BPM
   
Felix Leifur - "Berg Toppur" (Hidden Spheres "Rocky Top" remix) - (5:25) 119 BPM
   
Harry Wolfman - "Ice Thin" (Jesse Futerman remix) - (5:59) 118 BPM
Review: As its' rather matter-or-fact title makes clear, this 15-track opus gathers together some of the finest remixes released on Dirt Crew Recordings to date. It's well worth a listen, featuring as it does an attractive mix of loopy, bass-heavy hedonism (Nachtbraker reworking The Revenge), sumptuous NYC deep house warmth (the legendary Kerri Chandler adding a chunky new spin to Dam Swindle's Mayer Hawthorne hook-up), analogue-rich hypnotism (Mark E re-imagining Chymera), rushing brilliance (Strip Steve flipping Lorenz Rhode), jazz-house-goes-hip-house (Fouk re-framing A Bunch of Guys) and much more besides. We're particularly fond of the remixes by Morning Factory, Art of Tones and Jesse Futerman, though the quality and variety is so good throughout that picking out highlights is genuinely difficult.
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05 Feb 21
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Sandpaper EP
   
Sandpaper (feat Jamie Lidell) - (6:21) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
On The Nightshift - (6:45) 122 BPM
   
Sandpaper (feat Jamie Lidell - Sound Support remix) - (5:03) 122 BPM
   
Sandpaper (feat Jamie Lidell - radio mix) - (3:19) 122 BPM
   
Sandpaper (feat Jamie Lidell - instrumental mix) - (6:21) 122 BPM
Review: We were astonished to discover that the Sandpaper EP is in fact Lorenz Rhode's first solo single in two years. So was it worth the wait? We'd say yes. The title track in particular is superb, with blue-eyed soul man Jamie Lidell providing a typically brilliant lead vocal over a rubbery, hybrid electrofunk/house number full of jazzy electric piano riffs and pliable synth-bass. The track's boogie/synth-disco leanings are explored further on the accompanying Sound Support remix, which makes great use of a throbbing, arpeggio-style bassline and some shimmering chords. Elsewhere across the EP you'll find radio edit and instrumental takes, as well as the cheery, smile-inducing old-school house flavours of 'On The Nightshift'.
DIRT 129D
04 Dec 20
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Deciduous Dubs EP
   
Gateway Shuffle - (6:15) 134 BPM
   
Terraforming - (7:26) 124 BPM
   
It's Inside You - (6:21) 132 BPM
   
Macrodose - (5:45) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: With this rock-solid EP, Dan Only (real name Danny Voicu) notches up his third annual EP on regular home Dirt Crew Recordings. The hardware-obsessed Toronto Native is naturally in fine form throughout, offering Decidious Dubs that make judicious use of a range of beat patterns, bass textures and colourful melodic refrains. Check first sparkling, dubstep-influenced broken beat number 'Gateway Shuffle', where pin-sharp synth lines dance above crunchy beats and rumbling sub-bass, before admiring the deep space electronics, dubby bass, spacey chords and building deep house drums of 'Terraforming'. Denser but bouncier house grooves are the order of the day on hazy late-night treat 'It's Inside You', while closing cut 'Macrodose' is a deep D&B cut of the sort that Good Lookin' Records once delivered on a regular basis.
DIRT 128
23 Oct 20
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Let The Rhythm Hit'em EP
   
Filthy Rhodes - (5:55) 125 BPM
   
Let The Rhythm Hit'em (original mix) - (5:57) 126 BPM
   
Launch VII - (5:54) 120 BPM
   
Let The Rhythm Hit'em (Fouk remix) - (5:50) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Somewhat confusingly, A Bunch of Guys isn't a group of men, but rather a new solo project from Utrecht producer Rob Scholtens, previously best known for being one half of DJ duo Pablo Discobar Soundsystem. He's clearly a talent, because this Dirt Crew debut is packed with high-grade treats. Our pick of the bunch is the jaunty, piano-laden jazz-house bounce of "Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em", a sweaty, percussive, piano-laden treat that comes accompanied by a sleazier, groove-focused rework from Fouk. Also impressive are "Filthy Rhodes", a pumping old school piano house number smothered in electric piano solos, and the drowsier deep house-goes-deep electro haziness of "Launch VII". In a word: excellent!
DIRT 127
11 Sep 20
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Shadwell EP
   
Chak Wak - (5:43) 118 BPM
   
SE1 Bossa Nova - (2:19) 99 BPM
   
Shadwell - (5:41) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Boat-based London producer Dampe has so far impressed with his output on Dirt Crew Recordings, which is crafted using a combination of dusty old hardware, live instrumentation and obscure, hand-picked samples. He's in good form on EP number three, too, kicking off a three-track excursion via the squelchy acid bass, bustling percussion, starry-eyed synth chords and fizzing electronic riffs of "Chak Wakk". The fast-rising producer flips the script entirely on "SE1 Bossa Nova", a deliciously lazy, hazy and relaxed affair in which languid jazz guitar solos ride a lo-fi drum machine bossa-nova groove, before adding steel pan style melodies to a deep two-step garage beat on inventive (and suitably sub-heavy) closing cut "Shadwell".
DIRT 126
14 Aug 20
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Final Days EP
   
Homecoming - (5:02) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Long Goodbye - (4:53) 123 BPM
   
Morning Routine - (4:23) 119 BPM
Review: We absolutely adored Ouer's previous release on Dirt Crew, spring 2019's "Stingray Nebula EP", so our hopes are naturally sky-high for this belated sequel. As befits their love of warm-sounding analogue hardware and improvised production techniques, lead cut "Homecoming" offers a hugely attractive mixture of loose-but-crunchy breakbeats, chunky bass, layered synthesizer chords and melodies so tuneful you'll probably end up humming them in the shower. If anything, the deep and rolling cut that follows, "The Long Goodbye", is arguably even better, in part because it builds attractively towards a suitably glassy-eyed conclusion. To round things off, they go in a deeper and jazzier direction via the ultra-deep haziness of "Morning Routine", which sounds like it was largely recorded in one take.
DIRT 125
17 Jul 20
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Purple Winds EP
   
Piano Lick - (5:31) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
- 8 - - (3:46) 140 BPM
   
Glory - (4:41) 123 BPM
   
Purple Winds - (4:05) 128 BPM
   
Nan Madol - (4:01) 134 BPM
Review: Simbad Stanislas AKA SMBD has released music on some terrific labels over the years - think Freerange, BBE, GAMM, Apron and City Fly, for starters - but this EP marks the first time he's appeared on legendary German imprint Dirt Crew. As you'd expect the quality threshold remains impressively high throughout. The London-based Frenchman first delivers tome string-laden, tech-tinged deep house bounce ("Piano Lick"), before successfully upping the tempo on the colourful and spaced-out "-8-". Groovy, organ-heavy deep house swing is the order of the day on "Glory", while title track "Purple Winds" is a sumptuous slice of atmospheric broken beat goodness. There's also a wonderfully symphonic bonus ambient cut tagged on the end of the EP, "Nan Madol".
DIRT 124
05 Jun 20
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Always 3 EP
   
A Way You Come Home To Me (feat Christian Crow) - (5:45) 130 BPM
   
Step By Step - (5:10) 126 BPM
   
Speaking Raman - (5:58) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Always 3 - (3:25) 144 BPM
   
Green Trees - (5:22) 128 BPM
Review: An artist long associated with the Dirt Crew label outta Germany, Harry Wolfman turns in the deep, dubby, sometimes ambient and discofied Always 3 EP. Across five tracks it dips into the blurry sunshine and water music of "Step by Step" to an uplifting and piano-active lead track "Speaking Raman". Softly distorted and floating jungle makes an appearance in "A Way You Come Home To Me (feat Christian Crow)" alongside some dirty yet polished electro in "Green Trees". A sweetly ambient title-track pulls at the strings of nostalgia in a EP that takes as much inspiration from Modern Love as it does Smallville or of course, Dirt Crew.
DIRT 123
16 Mar 20
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Garden
   
A Basement, Ten Years Ago (feat C YS) - (4:27) 104 BPM
   
727 And Arp Breaks (original mix) - (5:31) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Live Birds - (3:07) 159 BPM
   
Garden - (6:21) 125 BPM
   
France - (3:47) 89 BPM
   
Sunday Night Machines - (4:13) 108 BPM
   
727 And Arp Breaks (ASOK remix) - (6:23) 87 BPM
Review: Perhaps the most impressive thing about Dampe's second outing on Dirt Crew is its subtle eclecticism. Compare and contrast, for example, the soft focus, ultra-deep electronica of superb opener "A Basement, Ten Years Ago", with the track that follows it, the dubbed-out, spaced-out deep house bliss of "727 And Arp Breaks (Original Mix)". It's a pattern that continues throughout the EP, with the Rhodes-laden ambient jazz of "Live Birds" making way for the synth-laden, two-step tech-jazz of "Garden" and the tropical dub shuffle of "France". The EP also boasts a fine remix of "727 And Arp Breaks" by Liverpool techno type ASOK, whose brilliantly re-imagines it as a hot-stepping slab of deep space dancehall.
DIRT 122
11 Nov 19
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Pages (Remixes)
   
Clarence J. Boddicker (Lorenz Rhode remix) - (5:52) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Friends (Art Of Tones Southern Soul remix) - (6:57) 121 BPM
   
Fever (DampeI French Retouch) - (4:39) 114 BPM
   
Friends (Nachtbraker remix) - (6:23) 128 BPM
   
Fever (Felix Leifur Flexi Leifs remix) - (5:42) 126 BPM
   
Friends (Art Of Tones Southern Soul Beats - Bonus Track) - (4:04) 121 BPM
   
Friends (Art Of Tones Southern Soul dub - Bonus Track) - (5:13) 121 BPM
Review: Now that we've all had a chance to enjoy S3A's typically dusty and evocative debut album, "Pages", Dirt Crew has decided to offer up a swathe of fresh interpretations of tracks from the set. The standout mixes come from Art of Tones, who offers up 'Remix', 'Beats' and 'Dub' interpretations of "Friends" that brilliantly re-casts it as a synth-sporting chunk of loose-limbed jazz-funk/disco-boogie fusion. Nachtbraker gets his mitts on the same track and opts instead for a bouncy deep house revision rich in booming sub-bass, fluid synth motifs and garage-influenced drums, whole Lorenz Rhode turns "Clarence J Boddicker" into a string laden, synth-heavy house roller. There are also two contrasting takes on "Fever": a gentle, head-in-the-clouds downtempo version by Dampel French and a deep, druggy and driving peak-time deep house team from Felix Leifur.
DIRT 121
23 Sep 19
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Roar Groove Meets Dirt Crew Vol 4
   
Like An Ending - (8:21) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Work Out Right - (6:32) 121 BPM
   
We Have So Much We Can Gain - (7:50) 122 BPM
   
Prizefighter - (6:56) 122 BPM
Review: The Revenge brings his "Roar Groove" sound to Dirt Crew for the fourth time, in the process offering up a quartet of tried-and-tested deep house cuts. As usual, the synthesizer sounds are spacey, the basslines thickset and groovy, and the beats crunchy and on-point. We're particularly enjoying "Prizefighter", where Syclops style electronic motifs and woozy synthesizer lines peek out above a crunchy rhythm track, and the delay-laden intergalactic positivity of fluttering early morning deep house gem "We Have So Much We Can Gain". That said, opener "Like An Ending" is pleasingly deep, dubby and hypnotic, while "Work Out Right" is a glassy-eyed delight that makes merry with ear-pleasing samples from what sounds like a deep synth-pop gem from the 1980s (but don't quote us on that).
DIRT 120
29 Jul 19
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Fragments EP
   
Someday (feat AHKI) - (6:17) 121 BPM
   
All Thatas Left (Piano dub mix) - (5:58) 124 BPM
   
Emulsion - (5:20) 126 BPM
   
What I Want - (6:02) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Breathe - (6:12) 126 BPM
Review: Toronto resident Dan Only is renowned for the quality of his warm and groovy deep house productions, with the support of German titans Dirt Crew proving his "rising star" status. His latest EP for the long-serving imprint offers a five-track showcase for his trademark sound, where ultra-dreamy chords and dusty samples - think bluesy pianos, jazzy instrumentation and so on - envelop tough but tactile deep house grooves. There's plenty to excite across the five tracks, with highlights including the jaunty synth-bass and lilting Balearic lead lines of "Emulsion", the musically rich deep dancefloor hustle of "Someday (featuring AHKI)" and the sunrise-ready breakbeat/deep house fusion of "Breathe" and "What I Want".
DIRT 119
24 Jun 19
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Pages
   
Fever - (6:27) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
First Day With Lucien - (5:56) 122 BPM
   
Greed - (7:02) 123 BPM
   
Lockwood - (5:49) 125 BPM
   
Interlude For Marc - (3:00) 112 BPM
   
Clarence J. Boddicker - (5:37) 117 BPM
   
Friends - (6:53) 123 BPM
   
Joint No. 5 - (5:19) 81 BPM
   
Leaving 19th - (6:26) 123 BPM
   
Obsession - (6:34) 115 BPM
   
Eaux Troubles - (6:21) 112 BPM
Review: Fans of sample digging deep house maestro S3A take note: the producer has finally dropped his long-promised debut album on Dirt Crew. While there are a couple of subtle musical references to his hip-hop style beat-making past - see the blunted, off-kilter beat science of "Joint No. 5" and the drowsy mid-tempo dustiness of "Interlude For Marc" - the majority of the album has its sights firmly set on peaktime dancefloors. Amongst the plentiful highlights you'll find the swinging, leftfield jazz-funk/jazz-house fusion of "Greed", the fuzz-bass propelled stomp of "Fever", the funk-sampling heavy house genius of "Clarence J Boddicker" and the heady disco-house warmth of "Friends".
DIRT 118
13 May 19
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Peach Shuffle EP
   
Peach Shuffle (original mix) - (4:55) 124 BPM
   
St James' Road - (4:30) 140 BPM
   
Move Me (feat Laura Steel) - (2:35) 159 BPM
   
Peach Shuffle (Nebraska remix) - (7:04) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Carn (feat SMBD) - (3:24) 85 BPM
   
Zongo Junction, At Night - (5:07) 118 BPM
Review: Debutant Dampe resides in South East London, making tracks that fuse distinctively UK influences - think broken beat, the resurgent British jazz scene, Britfunk and off-kilter bass music - with nods to African music and the comforting sounds and dreamy chords of high quality deep house. You'll find all this and more on this expansive first outing, whose many highlights include the gentle tropical deepness of the Floating Points style brilliance "Zongo Junction, At Night", the beat-less, slowly unfurling bliss of "Move Me" and the drowsy broken house brilliance of "Peach Shuffle". That track is also remixed by Nebraska, who beefs up the beats and adds some jaunty new synths while retaining Dampe's deep and intoxicating vibe.
DIRT 117
18 Mar 19
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Stingray Nebula EP
   
Stingray Nebula - (4:54) 122 BPM
   
Undine - (6:16) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Thales - (5:37) 120 BPM
   
Inside - (5:31) 122 BPM
   
Train Ride To Bratsk - (5:08) 120 BPM
Review: Some two years on from their last recorded output, improvised house and techno specialists Ouer (AKA Oliver Gehrmann and Xavier Hirsch) pitch up on Dirt Crew Recordings with a typically melodious and colourful collection of cuts. While they have included something tough, driving and distorted - see the percussive and mind-altering strut of "Inside" - for the most part the EP ripples withy sun-kissed instrumentation, heartwarming chord sequences, blissful electronics and loose, languid deep house beats. This blend is arguably best executed on the loved-up, guitar-flecked rush of "Undine", though many will naturally be drawn to the blissful, arpeggio style synthesizter melodies and glassy-eyed intent of sumptuous title track "Stingray Nebula".
DIRT 116
11 Feb 19
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Belair EP
   
Belair - (6:48) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jubilee - (5:11) 118 BPM
   
On Top (Strip Steve remix) - (5:49) 122 BPM
   
And I Said (Tensnake remix) - (5:43) 124 BPM
Review: It would be fair to say that Lorenz Rhode's greatest asset is his reliability. He doesn't release all the much music, but what he does put out is always on the money. That's certainly the case here. Title track "Belair" is a chunky, dust-encrusted deep house thumper tailor-made for peak-time plays, while "Jubilee" sees him get even jauntier via wild Clavinet solos, punchy P-funk bass and crunchy disco-house drums. Elsewhere, Strip Steve re-imagines "On Top" as a quirkily swung, stab-happy chunk of MPC house madness, before Tensnake steals the show with a brilliant revision of "And I Said" that sits somewhere between turn-of-the-90s New York house and jammed-out jazz-funk madness.
DIRT 115
03 Dec 18
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Hamburg 3011 EP
   
Between Us - (5:57) 118 BPM
   
Hamburg 3011 - (6:37) 111 BPM
   
Pinot Noir 1985 - (6:08) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Modern Soul Classics - (6:05) 122 BPM
   
Merlot 1988 - (4:19) 122 BPM
Review: While he's also released on Bobby Donny and LaGaffe Tales, Felix Leifur's best material has often been reserved for Dirt Crew, a label he debuted on back in 2016. His latest missive for the German imprint is, as expected, pretty darn strong. Highlights include the alien chords, organic-sounding beats and woozy atmosphere of ultra-deep chugger "Hamburg 3011", the jazzy, early morning dancefloor sleepiness of loose-limbed broken beat number "Modern Soul Classics" and the horizontal drowsiness of blissful closing cut "Merlot 1988". Arguably best of all, though, is the chunky dancefloor pressure of jazzy deep house opener "Between Us", which reminded us a little of fellow German producer Soulphiction.
DIRT 114
29 Oct 18
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Deep Love 2018
Various
   
Lorenz Rhode - "Marakuja" - (7:35) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jaxx Madicine - "Blue Bird" - (8:21) 123 BPM
   
Felix Leifur - "Buster" - (6:29) 122 BPM
   
S3A - "Modern Soul" - (6:17) 125 BPM
   
Harry Wolfman - "Space Cakes" - (6:04) 124 BPM
   
Ponty Mython - "It's All Understood" - (6:47) 116 BPM
   
Ouer - "Lost Mindset" - (6:18) 122 BPM
   
Dan Only - "Lofty" - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
Times Are Ruff - "DF3" - (6:57) 123 BPM
   
25 Places - "Bleak Moments" - (7:22) 85 BPM
Review: On their Deep Love 2018 compilation, you'll find label stalwarts to newcomers alike for respected Berlin imprint Dirt Crew. Their seventh compilation in the series, the label claims that it is the most complete in terms of sound and flow - and will blend in perfectly with that laid back, late summer mood. From moments of dusty and chilled-out deepness courtesy of Lorenz Rhode or Felix Leifur, lo-slung acid jams like Ponty Mython's "It's All Understood" or funked-up disco house like Frenchman S3A's "Modern Soul". Elsewhere, we have got the kind of slinky and sensual tech-house you've come to expect from the label - best exemplified by Canadian Dan Only or Jaxx Madicine's particularly sublime "Blue Bird". Essentially, it's more of the fine quality you've come to expect from this house music institution.
DIRT 113
17 Sep 18
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Roar Groove Meets Dirt Crew Vol 3
   
Times Get Tough - (7:06) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Subconcious - (7:36) 122 BPM
   
Searchlight - (7:27) 120 BPM
   
Come Down - (7:12) 122 BPM
Review: Roar Groove main man The Revenge returns to Dirt Crew with a third serving of tried-and-tested dancefloor treats. First on the menu is "Times Get Tough", a bouncy, breezy and deliciously positive loop jam (complete with chopped-up vocal samples from an '80s soul classic) that recalls the Scottish producer's fine early work for Instruments of Rapture. There's a choice of main courses - the locked-in peak-time deep house hypnotism of "Subconscious" and the skipping, sub-heavy Red Zone shuffle of "Searchlight", while brilliant retro-futurist closer "Come Down" is as good an early morning palette-cleanser as a sizeable serving of home-made Lemon sorbet.
DIRT 112
02 Jul 18
Deep House
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Caves & Cages
   
Intra - (2:20) 140 BPM
   
King's Cave - (10:19) 115 BPM
   
Helix - (7:17) 126 BPM
   
In Air - (7:16) 125 BPM
   
Ghost Button (feat Haushausen) - (2:19) 138 BPM
   
Future History - (7:21) 119 BPM
   
Nervana - (6:59) 130 BPM
   
Last First Time - (5:49) 123 BPM
   
Transition State CIV - (8:13) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Self-Similarity - (6:20) 130 BPM
   
R.U.G. (feat Haushausen) - (4:23) 116 BPM
Review: Alex Kruger has been releasing electronic music for the past 20 years, and his experience and skills shine through on his latest album. Caves & Cages, his first long player since 2012, moves from the smoky beats of "Ghost Button" into the lush deep house of "King's Cave" and the dubbed out minimalism of "In Air". Kr?ger then moves up the tempo with the deep but angular techno of "Helix" and "Nervana", but it turns out to be only a temporary shift. "Future History" typifies the rich deep house sound that the Dub Taylor project has become synonymous with, and which makes Caves & Cages such a rewarding listen.
DIRT 111
07 May 18
Techno
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The Wurly Chronicles EP
   
It's Clear - (5:45) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Be Major...Believe - (7:21) 124 BPM
   
Don't You Understand - (7:14) 126 BPM
   
Truffles - (5:26) 124 BPM
Review: More quality deep house from Toronto's Dan Only on Berlin institution Dirt Crew (his second in only six months) and follows up additional releases on top labels like New Kanada and indie label DETH Records. The Wurly Chronicles features four cuts of the more deep and lush variety, from the sensual late night groove "It's Clear" to the bittersweet and emotive deepness of "Be Major...Believe". We particularly enjoyed the dusty and sunkissed MPC-styled jam "Truffles" which calls to mind the work of Berlin based producers such as Glenn Astro and Max Graef of the Money $ex crew. If any of this is an indication: Dan Only is certainly one to watch in 2018!
DIRT 110
19 Mar 18
Deep House
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Foresight Prevents Blindness EP
   
Perspectives Of The Youth - (4:04) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Soukoun - (5:12) 129 BPM
   
Treize Zero Zero Trois (original mix) - (6:10) 123 BPM
   
Treize Zero Zero Trois (Nachtbraker remix) - (6:45) 124 BPM
   
Crown Collection - (6:27) 108 BPM
Played by: Claude VonStroke
Review: "Sekou Babe is this other face you have to keep to yourself," writes the Dirt Crew promo team about the label's latest signing. "It's the side of the known producer that gets lost in the moment." Whatever the real identity of "newcomer" Sekou Babe, this debut EP is really rather good. Check, for example, the bustling breakbeats and tasty soul samples of party-starting opener "Perspectives of the Youth", the electric piano-laden, up-tempo deep house bounce of "Sekoun" and the saucer-eyed, sunrise-friendly Balearic jazz bliss of killer closer "Crown Collection". Elsewhere, there are two versions of "Treize Zero Zero Trois"; Sekou Babe's warm and melodious, synth-laden original and a chunkier, peak-time focused revision from Heist Recordings regular Nachtbraker.

DIRT 109
05 Feb 18
Deep House
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Risa EP
   
And I Said (original mix) - (6:03) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Risa - (5:28) 124 BPM
   
And I Said (K.98 Rubbadub mix) - (6:15) 126 BPM
   
Xpandau - (5:45) 120 BPM
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Lorenz Rhode. Remarkably, this is the former Exploited regular's first EP in nearly five years. As usual, the emphasis is on classy, party-starting fare, from the jammed-out electric piano keys, synth bass and sampled '80s soul vocals of "And I Said" to the big builds, jaunty synth riffs and crispy drums of "Xpandau". Heavier workouts come in the shape of "Risa", where druggy electronic motifs ride a sleazy, Chicago jack-influenced backing track, and K.98's "Rubbadub" mix of "And I Said", a warehouse-friendly romp fired by bombastic kick-drums, DJ Sneak style stabs and Todd Edwards-esque vocal cut-ups.
DIRT 108
20 Nov 17
Deep House
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Deep Love 2017
Various
   
Lorenz Rhode - "On Top" - (6:02) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
M.ono - "Jamas" - (6:57) 123 BPM
   
Nachtbraker - "Cobi Cabani" - (6:54) 116 BPM
   
Felix Leifur - "Record" - (5:21) 121 BPM
   
Roman Rauch - "Sweet Ears" - (6:23) 120 BPM
   
Jesse Futerman & Dan Only - "Changes" - (5:21) 120 BPM
   
Loz Goddard - "Now Is Where We Are" - (5:53) 117 BPM
   
Ponty Mython - "Who Am I Kidding ?" - (5:25) 113 BPM
   
Jun Kamoda - "Whole Lotta Love" - (6:50) 123 BPM
   
Thatmanmonkz - "Liebestrasse" - (5:29) 112 BPM
   
BAL 5000 - "Under The Influence" - (5:55) 120 BPM
Review: As you'd expect, the latest volume in Dirt Crew's regular Deep Love compilation series features far more hits than misses. As with previous installments in the long-running series, Deep Love 2017 is mostly made up of previously unheard material from label favourites and like-minded guest producers. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, and include the horn-laden Latin disco-house brilliance of M.ono's "Jamas", the jazzy, Compost style broken beat deepness of Felix Leifur's "Record", the loved-up shuffle of Loz Goddard's impeccable "Now is Where We Are" and a touch of 21st century jazz-funk/deep house fusion by Ponty Mython. Also worth a listen is the contribution from Sheffield beat-smith Thatmanmonkz, who once again delivers a hazy chunk of ultra-deep, soul-flecked dancefloor bliss.

DIRT 107
25 Sep 17
Deep House
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Roar Groove Meets Dirt Crew Vol  2
   
Every Night - (6:49) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Grit - (6:56) 122 BPM
   
Never Learn - (8:15) 122 BPM
   
Krokodille - (6:55) 123 BPM
Review: For his second outing on Dirt Crew, Roar Groove boss The Revenge is in full-on peak-time mode. There's no hypnotic slow house chuggers or mid-tempo loop bumpers, just a quartet of tried-and-tested slammers. The veteran Scottish producer gets straight down to it with the loopy disco-house celebration of "Every Night", where judicious chops are used to incite a rapturous response on dancefloors, before cooling things down a little via the retro-futurist, late '90s New York house bump of "Grit". "Never Learn" is a percussive and stripped back outing that pits vintage, Tenaglia style drums and bass against wonky, alien electronics, while "Krokodile" sounds like a Chicago jack-track after a round of shooters with the Emperor Machine.
DIRT 106
10 Jul 17
Deep House
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Downstream EP
   
Fermi - (8:16) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ice Thin (original mix) - (7:52) 118 BPM
   
Downstream - (6:44) 116 BPM
   
Ice Thin (Jesse Futerman remix) - (5:59) 118 BPM
   
Outro Version - (7:00) 112 BPM
Review: Since making his mark via some fine releases on House of Disco, Harry Wolfman has delivered top-notch material on Lost My Dog, Secret Reels and Dirt Crew. Here he returns to the latter label with another five reasons to be cheerful. EP buyers can choose between the dreamy, dusty, fluid and percussion rich deep house bliss of "Fermi", the rich and spacey dancefloor shuffle of "Ice Thin", the fiendishly fuzzy, jazz house-goes-disco bump of "Downstream" and the yearning, sun-kissed Balearic bliss of 112 BPM closer "Outro Version". Rising star Jesse Futurman provides a brilliant remix of "Ice Thin" that sits somewhere between vintage Floating Points, Larry Heard and St Germain.
DIRT 105
08 May 17
Deep House
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Shade Throw EP
   
Manna For Poppa - (7:30) 124 BPM
   
Intrinsic Divine - (6:15) 119 BPM
   
Space Jam 2017 (feat Clyde Phalanx) - (6:43) 115 BPM
   
Evolver - (5:17) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Scott Moncrief's debut album as Thatmanmonkz, last year's excellent Columbising, was arguably one of the most overlooked sets of recent times. It was packed with highlights, and saw Moncrieff showcasing not only sublime deep house, but also all manner of tasty, floor-ready concoctions influenced by his hip-hop roots. He's predictably in fine form on this outing for Dirt Crew, too. Opener "Manna For Poppa" is a deliciously sleazy and slow-burning affair, with hard-wired sax lines riding a bustling, bass-heavy groove and impressively layered percussion. The horns return on the fluid, emotion-rich deep house melancholy of "Intrinsic Divine", while "Space Jam 2017" is a light-touch jazz-house affair blessed with eyes-closed guitar solos and impressively loose drum work. Fittingly, he rounds things off with the bluesy, smoky shuffle of 104 BPM groover "Evolver".
DIRT 104
20 Mar 17
Deep House
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In General EP
   
Eyelids - (5:29) 121 BPM
   
Classy - (6:35) 120 BPM
   
In General - (6:15) 120 BPM
   
Midwinter - (7:19) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Apollo - (6:49) 120 BPM
   
Mine - (3:54) 158 BPM
Played by: Alkalino
Review: Icelandic producer Felix Leifur made a big impression with his first EP for Dirt Crew, last year's The Sunday Club. This action-packed follow-up is, if anything, even more impressive. Over the course of six dusty, head-in-the-clouds cuts, you'll find skewed, effects-laden drums (think Theo Parrish crossed with Chaos In The CBD), alien chords, punchy jazz samples, J Dilla influences, sweaty percussive build-ups, fluid jazz-funk instrumentation, twisted R&B vocal cut-ups, and a serious amount of tape hiss. The result is a collection of tracks that shimmies between loose and groovy deep house, instrumental hip-hop goodness, and club-ready jazz-house heaviness. In other words, it's pretty darn tasty.
DIRT 103
06 Feb 17
Deep House
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Party In The Hills EP
   
Party In The Hills - (5:41) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Closing Title Song (original mix) - (5:33) 124 BPM
   
Closing Title Song (Laurence Guy remix) - (6:43) 124 BPM
   
Backyard Stories - (7:13) 124 BPM
Review: Having put out their last release on Chez Damier's Balance imprint (the rather fine Tried & Tested EP), 25 Places return to their previous home, Dirt Crew Recordings. As you'd expect, the Party In The Hills EP contains another clutch of floor-friendly deep house explorations. The title track, which successfully blends chopped-up Brazilian vocal samples, sustained note chords, dirty analogue bass and a hustling deep house groove, is undeniably the EP's strongest moment, though the bold and fizzing "Closing Title Song" and chiming, riff-heavy "Backyard Stories" aren't far behind. Those who fancy something a little more ragged should check Laurence Guy's disco-house-meets-acid rework of "Closing Title Song".
DIRT 102
28 Nov 16
Deep House
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Really Ties The Room Together EP
   
Really Ties The Room Together - (6:14) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rew - (7:15) 124 BPM
   
Rew (Rerub) - (5:09) 122 BPM
Review: Just like a well-placed lamp, coffee table or framed painting of dogs playing pool, Nachtbraker's latest EP for Dirt Crew Recordings Really Ties The Room Together. Interior design advice aside, the title track is one of his strongest for some time; a thrusting, energy-packed bumper packed full of intricate percussion hits, cyclical chords, fuzzy vocal samples, occasional horn stabs and subtle Latin influences. The fun continues with the warm, low-slung bass, drowsy chords and metronomic drum hits of "Rew". Arguably best of all, though, is the accompanying "Rerub" of that track, which transforms it into a swinging, acid-laden jacker.
DIRT 101
24 Oct 16
Deep House
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Deep Love 100
Various
   
Felix Leifur - "Feels Like" - (8:03) 121 BPM
   
Dam Swindle - "Tori Karaage" - (6:10) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ponty Mython - "New York, New York" - (5:14) 122 BPM
   
Nachtbraker - "Busy Bee" - (5:55) 123 BPM
   
Harry Wolfman - "Rainbow Set" - (5:45) 110 BPM
   
Marlon Hoffstadt - "Extra Slim Manufactured" - (6:19) 123 BPM
   
Mono & Luvless - "Whopa" - (7:19) 122 BPM
   
Huerta - "Blvd" - (5:49) 122 BPM
   
Good Guy Mikesh - "Boiling" - (7:00) 124 BPM
   
The Revenge - "Narrow Hatch" - (6:49) 125 BPM
   
Jun Kamoda - "I Know" - (7:38) 120 BPM
Review: Congratulations to Germany's Dirt Crew Recordings, which marks a century of releases with a celebratory volume of the popular Deep Love compilation series. As befits the momentous occasion, the 11 tracks on offer are all exclusive and previously unreleased. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy, from the dusty, crackly deep house warmth of Felix Leifur's "Feels Like", and classic U.S garage swing of Ponty Mython's "New York, New York", to the sweet, jazz-flecked haziness of Harry Wolfman's "Rainbow Set", and Huerta's dreamy, glassy-eyed Balearic deep house cut, "Blvrd". Throw in fine contributions from big hitters Detroit Swindle, Nachtbraker and The Revenge, and you have an undeniably essential collection.
DIRT 100
12 Sep 16
Deep House
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Life, Love, Changes EP
   
How To Get Your Life Together & Succeed - (5:06) 121 BPM
   
Changes We Go Through - (5:57) 118 BPM
   
Watch Over Him - (4:48) 104 BPM
   
Life, Love, Changes (Red Rack'em remix) - (5:52) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love Is Not A Thing - (5:56) 119 BPM
   
Lopp 17 - (4:11) 107 BPM
DIRT 099
01 Aug 16
Deep House
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Looking For Mushrooms EP
   
Looking For Mushrooms (feat Das Eb) - (7:24) 122 BPM
   
Tsukiji - (7:39) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Octocat - (7:02) 124 BPM
   
Red Fox - (8:57) 120 BPM
Review: Dirt3000's unstoppable force known as Dirt Crew is back with Berlin local tech house hero Tigerskin, who enlists a bit of help from Grambow on the smooth and melodic deep house of "Looking For Mushrooms (featuring Das Eb)". On "Tsukiji" they go for more of an uplifting house tune complete with swing fuelled rhythm, happy pianos and bumpy bassline that'd make even Kollektiv Turmstrasse stand up and notice! "Octocat" goes for something techier, darker and low-slung; better for the afterhours and finally "Red Fox" goes for more of the hazy and esoteric vibe that'll help you drift like a Crosstown Rebels or All Day I Dream track.
DIRT 098
27 Jun 16
Deep House
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The Sunday Club EP
   
Berg Toppur - (7:53) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Giving - (6:16) 118 BPM
   
The Sunday Club - (6:27) 117 BPM
   
Berg Toppur (Hidden Spheres "Rocky Top" remix) - (5:25) 119 BPM
   
Wait - (6:04) 120 BPM
Review: Reykjavik's Felix Leifur has appeared previously for local homeboys Lagaffe Tales but really hits the big time now with his second release on Berlin's Dirt Crew with The Sunday Club EP; five delicious servings of dusty deep house goodness! The title track and "Berg Toppur" are the kind of lo-fi, hip-hop influenced house grooves that would make even Glenn Astro stand up and notice. Equally suited to a stoned Sunday afternoon stroll through Mauerpark is "Giving" however the sampled up soul/disco vibes makes for something more funky and sultry. There's a pretty sweet remix of "Berg Toppur" too by Hidden Spheres which goes for a more straight up and polished production with added dancefloor dynamic.
DIRT 097
23 May 16
Deep House
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Roar Groove Meets Dirt Crew Recordings
   
Conkers - (6:42) 117 BPM
   
Do The Right Thing - (6:42) 118 BPM
   
Do The Right Thing (Nachtbraker remix) - (7:29) 122 BPM
   
New Attitude - (6:34) 124 BPM
   
Conkers (Nachtbraker remix) - (7:36) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Dirt Crew Recordings have long been fans of The Revenge's Roar Groove imprint, so asked the Glasgow-based producer if he fancied putting together this collaborative release. He begins in full-on anthem mode, delivering an Italo disco-Chicago house hybrid that pulses, throbs and wobbles in all the right places. "Do The Right Thing" sees The Revenge exploring the loopy middle ground between shuffling deep house, bubbly disco and loved-up Balearica, while "New Attitude" is deep, sparkling and acid-flecked. Dirt Crew regular Nachtbraker provides two remixes; a wild, bass-heavy tweak of "Do The Right Thing", and an impeccable deep house revision of opener "Conkers".
DIRT 096
11 Apr 16
Deep House
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Go Go Go/We Go Home
   
Go Go Go - (8:14) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
We Go Home - (7:39) 126 BPM
Review: It's pretty damn clear that Waze & Odyssey are considered to be two of the best producers in the deep house game, not least by the impressive number of outing on all the best labels out there - 2020 Vision, Crosstown Rebels, Visionquest, you name it. In fact, it's easy to see why a tune like "Go Go Go" is picked up by Germany's Dirt Crew; its slick and effective groove is a wish-wash of deep and sensual vibes, powered forwards by a dusty percussion swing that must lock ever so tightly around just about any other track. "We Go Home", on the other hand, is quirkier, a little less smooth around the edges, but works perfectly well as a build-up track. Lovely.
DIRT 095
26 Feb 16
Funky/Club House
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Backstabber EP
   
Hump - (6:46) 118 BPM
   
Backstabber - (6:47) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Time Is Of The Essence - (6:43) 122 BPM
   
Monday Mourning - (6:32) 118 BPM
   
Yaaa - (6:42) 120 BPM
Review: Following quietly impressive outings on Hudd Trax and Heist, Nachtbraker returns to Dirt Crew Recordings, the label on which he made his recording debut in early 2014. There's much to admire, beginning with the rich, analogue-sounding chords, loosely programmed deep house beats and cute electric piano flourishes of "Hump". "Backstabber" and "Time Is Of The Essence" are chunkier, bass-heavy, late night affairs, with the latter subtly doffing a cap towards Floating Points more dancefloor-friendly excursions. Frenetic, hissing jazz percussion comes to the floor on deep roller "Monday Morning", before "Yaaa" brings the curtain down on another solid EP via smooth grooves, comforting chords and well-placed hip-hop samples.
DIRT 093
30 Nov 15
Deep House
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Time Of Descent EP
   
Faint (feat Grambow) - (8:06) 124 BPM
   
Stay - (8:52) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Descent - (7:57) 122 BPM
   
Hippies - (7:05) 124 BPM
   
I Miss Chris - (8:15) 125 BPM
Review: Alexander Kruger is still going, in a career that has spanned over a decade and showing no signs of slowing down. From releases on Morris Audio to Highgrade and Moodmusic, he's back with another one for Berlin's Dirt Crew. Starting off with the steady groove of "Faint" he soon gets down to business on the blissful hands in the affair that is "Descent" and the funky groove of "Hippies". However there's some deeper moods and grooves on tracks like "Stay" and "I Miss Chris".
DIRT 092
26 Oct 15
Deep House
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Mila, It's Not Over EP
   
Sebastien Vorhaus & Ponty Mython - "Face Down" - (5:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ponty Mython - "Apple Arp" - (5:23) 122 BPM
   
Ponty Mython - "Mila, It's Not Over!" - (6:00) 123 BPM
   
Ponty Mython - "Narcolepsy" - (6:43) 121 BPM
   
Ponty Mython - "Paulette" - (6:44) 115 BPM
Review: Lithuania-based Russian Ponty Mython has quietly been building an impressive discography over the last few years, with releases on No More Hits, Royal B-Sides and Quintessentials emphasizing his growing credentials. Here he pops up on Dirt Crew with an impressive EP of loose, winding and spacey deep house/future disco fusion. "Apple Arp" sounds like Floating Points jamming with Todd Terje and Axel Boman, while "Mila, It's Not Over" fixes stargazing electronics and hazy deep house chords to a fluid, jazz-flecked groove. Elsewhere, there's a classic, Nu Groove era deep house feel about "Narcolepsy", and Paulette feels like an aural tribute to some chilly Eastern European sunrise. The sweet, disco-influenced melodiousness of "Face Down", a hook-up with Sebastien Vorhaus, is also pretty tasty.
DIRT 090
27 Jul 15
Deep House
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Love More EP
   
Love More - (7:33) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Strange Days - (6:34) 117 BPM
   
These Moments - (6:49) 122 BPM
   
Ecstatic States - (5:07) 113 BPM
   
Sometimes - (6:25) 120 BPM
Review: While they've been part of the Dirt Crew family since contributing to the Deep Love 3 compilation in 2013, Love More marks Rotterdam duo 25 Place's first 'proper' release for the long-established German label. They've gone all out to make it special, too, delivering five tracks of impeccable deep house. There's the string-laden late night hedonism of "Love More", the ultra-deep pulse of the enveloping "Strange Days" - complete with yearning, bluesy vocal samples - and some more rush-inducing fare in the shape of "Sometimes" and the piano-laden "These Moments". Oh, and a dash of ambient house-inspired goodness that's as fluid and picturesque as the Pacific Ocean (the wonderful "Ecstatic States").
DIRT 088
25 May 15
Deep House
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25 Cent Color EP
   
Urulu & Steve Huerta - "Settle Back Easy Jim" - (6:40) 125 BPM
   
Urulu - "Laura Don't Touch That" - (7:10) 125 BPM
   
Urulu & Steve Huerta - "DEGL" - (6:47) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Steve Huerta - "Jamais Vu" - (6:12) 121 BPM
   
Urulu & Steve Huerta - "Katsu Dub" - (3:05) 77 BPM
Review: Germany's Dirt Crew have always put out top quality house and techno over the years, with the likes of Adultnapper and Ricardo Villalobos sprouting up on their catalogue from time to time. However, they're also experts in delivering music by new and interesting talent out there in the field such as this latest collaborative EP by Urulu and Steve Huerta, who between them have seen an impressive run of form over the last few years. If you're into swinging, percussive-fuelled dub house the this is the ticket for you, and these guys mean business when it comes to the dancefloor. We're particularly find of Urulu's "Laura Don't Touch That", a discofried house bomb that just keeps on givin'.
DIRT 087
13 Apr 15
Deep House
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Akio EP
   
Do You Know Me (original mix) - (6:43) 124 BPM
   
A Thousand Times (original mix) - (8:09) 120 BPM
   
A Thousand Times (Nachtbraker remix) - (6:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do You Know Me (Roberto Rodriguez remix) - (7:30) 123 BPM
   
Do You Know Me (Roberto Rodriguez 2 Pop 4 Pop remix) - (4:37) 124 BPM
Review: Following excellent releases on Fata Morgana and Freerange, St Petersburg dweller Kito Jempere pops up on Dirt Crew with an EP that perfectly encapsulates the richness and accessibility of his trademark sound. Opener "Do You Know Me" is a particularly good example of Empere's style, with melodious flourishes and sinewy vocal samples riding a woozy but breezy groove. The deeper "A Thousand Times" impresses, too, with jazz-inspired off-kilter rhythms providing a good foundation for soulful vocal samples and dreamy chords. The accompanying remix package is strong, too, with Nachtbraker adding some sweaty fizz to "A Thousand Times", and Roberto Rodriguez delivering two contrasting versions (one dreamy and Balearic, the other loose and jazzy) of "Do You Know Me".
DIRT 086
02 Mar 15
Deep House
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Peelers EP
   
Peelers - (7:43) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Charge - (6:34) 120 BPM
   
Gold Bars - (8:12) 128 BPM
   
Sherara - (7:13) 121 BPM
   
DDLF - (6:24) 120 BPM
Played by: S-File, Schmutz
Review: Hailing from Belfast, it sounds like Schmutz is a new production force to be reckoned with. Indeed, this release on Dirt Crew sees them take influence from a range of styles without sounding derivative. The title track is a drum-heavy techno workout, with waves of droning sound unfolding over relentless, pummelling drums. "The Charge" sees them take influence from Technasia and the leaner end of Steve Rachmad's catalogue as dramatic chords and strings surge over a driving rhythm. "Sherara" focuses on the same territory, albeit with an acid-tinged hue, while "DDLF" has an old school feeling, its rhythm peppered with rave-era vocal samples.
DIRT 085
26 Jan 15
Techno
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Arkansas City EP
   
Hey - (5:39) 125 BPM
   
Dance - (5:37) 126 BPM
   
Arkansas City - (6:47) 124 BPM
   
Real Talk - (6:47) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: This long-serving house duo follows up on last year's Molly Brown release for Dirt Crew with Arkansas City. Unlike some of their peers who slavishly attempt to copy US producers, this pair uses American house and techno tropes as mere starting points. It explains why they uses a doomy Detroit bass as the backdrop for the fractured rhythms and chopped up vocals of "Hey" or why the conventional acid licks and electro bass on "Dance" have morphed into a futuristic-sounding groove. A similar approach applies on "Arkansas City" and "Real Talk", with the strings and funk basslines from disco classics past integrated into the duo's dubby, evocative grooves.
DIRT 084
01 Dec 14
Minimal/Tech House
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