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Label co-founded by Basile de Suresnes and Ten Fingerz in may 2020. Frappé has developped a unique, club-orientated sound, on which renown artists such as Art Of Tones, Demuir, Mr Raoul K, S3A, Mark Blair Floyd Lavine, The CheckUp or Deborah Aime La Bagarre (to name only but a few) all have collaborated.
It's received media coverage from Dure Vie, DJ Mag ES, Radio Nova, Tsugi, FIP, Rinse, Jazz FM UK, Radio Meuh, Clubbing TV.
DJs like Laurent Garnier, DJ Sneak, Mark Farina, Gilles Peterson, Terrence Parker, Marcellus Pitman, Dave Lee, or The Blessed Madonna have supported the releases.
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Flight Of The Comet (Remixes)
Ban The Disco (Crackazat remix) - (6:07) 122 BPM Hot
Ban The Disco (Patchworks remix) - (6:23) 126 BPM
Ban The Disco (Paul Cut remix) - (5:20) 122 BPM
Pendant Ce Temps La A Vera Cruz (Raw Analog Funk remix) - (4:33) 127 BPM
Flight Of The Comet (Turbojazz remix) - (4:18) 88 BPM
Review: Art of Tones fantastic collaborative EP with live disco-jazz outfit Chatobaron, last year's 'Flight of the Comet', have been given the remix treatment. The EP begins with a trio of takes on 'Ban The Disco'. Crackazat steps up first with a UK garage-influenced deep house revision rich in musical colour, before Bruno Hovart dons his familiar Patchworks alias for a luscious, all-live take that sits somewhere between deep disco, jazz-funk and organic house. If you're looking for a little more energy, check Paul Cut's driving, Rhodes-laden revision of the same track. Elsewhere, the 'Raw Analog Funk Remix' of 'Pendant Ce Temps La A Vera Cruz' is a languid, warm and richly organic deep house treat, while Tiurbojazz's take on 'Flight of the Comet' is a slow-motion, sax and piano-laden head-nodder with added Balearic sunshine.
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FRPP 024D
29 Mar 24
Deep House
No Title For This
AAA - (4:39) 127 BPM
BBB - (5:36) 130 BPM
Leto Doesn't Want U To Get In Da Club - (4:57) 127 BPM Hot
Review: Basile De Surenses' last single, released in the summer of 2023, was an undeniably on-point exploration of the classic disco-house sound. This time round, he channels his inner early '90s raver on a trio of energetic, sweat-soaked workouts. Basile De Surenses first joins the dots between breakbeat-driven hip-house and bass-heavy warehouse workouts on the breathless and brilliant 'AAA', before pitching down a familiar hardcore and jungle break to techno tempo on the wide-eyed, hands-aloft rush of 'BBB' (check the raw rave stabs, looped vocal snippets and boisterous bass). To round things off, the young French producer reverts to jacking 4/4 beats on the excitable and gurning 'Leto Doesn't Want U To Get In Da Club'.
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FRPP 025
01 Mar 24
Deep House
Jeux De Mains
Loopy B - (5:24) 126 BPM
Dizco Ztringz - (5:17) 128 BPM
Our DNA - (5:48) 126 BPM Hot
Review: Bruno Valette AKA Ten Fingerz has been part of the Frappe family since the very start, featuring on the Paris-based imprint's debut release - the multi-artist 'Fete en L'air EP' back in 2020. Here he offers up his second solo single for the label (his first dropped in 2023), a typically tasty three-track effort. On opener 'Loopy B' he doffs a cap to both classic 'French Touch' filter disco-house and the muscular, thickset Chicago bump of Derrick Carter and DJ Sneak, before opting for a deeper, warmer and more classic-sounding disco-house sound on 'Dizco Ztrings'. To round off a rock-solid EP, Ten Fingerz offers up the jazzy Rhodes riffs, spoken word samples and driving deep house beats of 'Our DNA'.
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FRPP 023
26 Jan 24
Funky/Club House
ChocoGinger Tribute (1971 - 2022)
Pyramid - (5:34) 120 BPM Hot
That's It - (4:22) 122 BPM
U Understand - (4:45) 117 BPM
Capacity Of Love - (4:54) 120 BPM
Review: In June this year, long-serving underground house producer Fabrice Viel AKA ChocoGinger passed away at the age of 51. To pay tribute, Frappe Records is offering up this EP from Prophetic Soul, a collaboration between Viels and Tee Two that previously released a small amount of music on Los Angeles label Salon Phonics. First up is 'Pyramid', a deliciously hypnotic, early morning deep house chugger that makes great use of a weighty bassline and a sampled guitar lick from a classic disco record. 'That's It', a woozy and gently wayward slab of leftfield, disco-tinged deep house, follows, before we're treated to the dual delights of 'U Understand', a musically expansive, string-sporting slab of starry dancefloor beauty, and the stirring late-night delight that is 'Capacity of Love'. The best possible tribute, all told.
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FRPP 022
03 Nov 23
Funky/Club House
Gotta Keep On
Gotta Keep On - (7:00) 120 BPM
Plage Prive - (5:48) 123 BPM Hot
Promenade - (5:56) 120 BPM
Traminer (skit) - (3:16) 112 BPM
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FRPP 020
03 Oct 23
Deep House
Parade Nauptiale
Jeez Car Destiny - (5:38) 126 BPM Hot
Let Your Jauy - (5:26) 125 BPM
Parade Nauptiale - (6:27) 131 BPM
Parade Nauptiale (Vaudafunk dub remix) - (5:48) 129 BPM
Review: Naux - real name Clement Hiernaux - is hardly prolific, with three solo singles and a handful of contributions to split EPs (including one on Frappe back in 2021) being his only releases since 2017. That said, he's clearly got talent and a head full of interesting ideas, because his latest four-tracker is quietly impressive. Check first sun-splashed opener 'Jeez Car Destiny', a filter-sporting chunk of disco-tinged chunky house positivity full of Bernard Edwards style bass, clipped guitars, soaring chords and summery melodies, before admiring the vintage Cassius-meets-nu-disco flex of 'Let Your Juay'. The EP finishes with two takes on title track 'Parade Nauptiale': the tough and catchy 'French Touch' filter funk of the original mix, and the Stardust swirl-and-pump of the locked-in and sweat-soaked 'Vaudafunk Dub Remix'.
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361722 6874529
08 Sep 23
Deep House
A La Fraiche
Greg Van Bueren - "Coming Atcha" - (5:34) 122 BPM
Baka G - "Uh Oh" - (4:48) 128 BPM Hot
Ten Fingerz - "Paris Sun Kiss" - (6:44) 125 BPM
Lone Dog - "Straight From The Underground" - (4:18) 128 BPM
Review: Grahb yourself a cooling drink, dust off your dancing shoes and head for the dancefloor: Frappe's "summer 2023 selection" is here. It's naturally a sweltering, sweat-soaked affair, with all four tracks perfectly suited to shuffling in the still, summer air below a blanket of stars. Greg Van Bueren kicks things off with the lolloping, low-slung and loose-limbved vocal house shuffle of 'Coming Atcha', before Baka G delivers sun-splashed positivity, killer deep house grooves, rich organ stabs and layered R&B vocal snippets on the superb 'Uh Oh'. Ten Fingerz' 'Paris Sun Kiss' effortlessly joins the dots between French touch headiness and classic Parisian jazz-house, while Lone Dog's 'Straight From The Underground' is a swirling, saucer-eyed, disco-fired house treat.
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FRPP 018
28 Jul 23
Deep House
U All Disco Lovers. Fuck
U All Disco Lovers. Fuck - (6:11) 125 BPM Hot
I Gotta Find U (feat Alex Layan) - (5:15) 126 BPM
Wot U Think - (5:52) 126 BPM
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FRPP 017
07 Jul 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Got Me Loving
Who Said - (5:48) 122 BPM Hot
Got Me Loving - (5:52) 126 BPM
All About That Funk - (5:11) 124 BPM
Whatchu Came To Do - (6:13) 126 BPM
Review: Fresh from a three-track collaboration with Darren Marshall on Jack City, James Juke serves up a solid solo EP on much-loved Parisian imprint Frappe. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the groovy-but-chunky headiness of opener 'Who Said' - a funk-fuelled loop jam that makes great use of samples from what sounds like an old disco-funk ham - to the synth bassline-driven, piano and sax solo-sporting excellence of EP closer 'Whatchu Came To Do', which has a more energetic, sweat-soaked feel. Sandwiched in between you'll find the smooth and soulful disco-house joy of 'Got That Loving' and the extra-chunky, funky house pleasure of 'All About That Funk'.
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FRPP 016
23 Jun 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
After Jazz Club
After Jazz Club - (5:09) 125 BPM
Real Fonk - (5:10) 125 BPM
Piano Call - (5:09) 125 BPM Hot
Time For Groove - (6:11) 126 BPM
Review: Although a globally popular genre whose popularity waxes and wanes, jazz-house does have a spiritual home: Paris. It was here where St Germain and his collaborators brilliantly blended deep house grooves and jazz instrumentation in the 1990s. It's also now home to DJ Darker, who here pops up on Frappe with a four-track 21st century update of the classic St Germain sound. The EP smartly builds in energy and excitement throughout, with the Parisian producer jogging between the piano solo-sporting, sun's out glory of 'After Jazz Club' (a saucer-eyed classic in the making); the hip-hop sampling jazz-house joy of 'Real Fonk', where potent trumpet solos catch the ear; the loopy, hands-in-the-air rush of 'Piano Call'; and the expansive, Kyoto Jazz Massive-goes-sunshine house goodness of 'Time For Groove'. Formidable feel-good vibes... recommended!
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FRPP 015
02 Jun 23
Deep House
3 Years Anniversary Compilation
Various
Art Of Tones - "Cameo Maceo" (Interview mix) - (5:47) 123 BPM Hot
Brooklyn Baby - "For The Soul" - (6:01) 125 BPM
Mark Blair - "Tropicana" - (6:20) 130 BPM
Georges - "Downed" - (6:24) 115 BPM
Ten Fingerz - "NS" - (5:01) 128 BPM
Basile De Suresnes - "Jazz After Sex" - (6:35) 124 BPM
Art Of Tones & Chatobaron - "Ban The Disco" - (5:25) 126 BPM
Brooklyn Baby - "NYC" - (5:04) 128 BPM
Saudade - "Bougarabou" - (6:37) 124 BPM
Ten Fingerz - "Stereojazz" - (5:13) 123 BPM
Groove Boys Project - "Groove Box" (Paname club mix) - (5:49) 128 BPM
Basile De Suresnes - "Frappe" - (4:41) 127 BPM
Vaudafunk - "Temakinho" - (6:12) 125 BPM
Shortcut & Brooklyn Baby - "Let Your Body Move" - (4:32) 122 BPM
Floyd Lavine - "Creda Mutwa" - (6:18) 133 BPM
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FRPP 014
19 May 23
Deep House
Fingerz Wurk
Fingerz Wurk - (7:17) 124 BPM
Jeune Rave - (5:48) 128 BPM
Love Spell - (7:22) 123 BPM Hot
Review: Ten Fingerz's debut EP, "Fingerz Wurk," delivers a powerful and funky electronic experience with three tracks. Drawing inspiration from Chicago, Detroit, and Paris, the record blends various styles to create a unique sound. The title track, "Fingerz Wurk," combines elements of hip-house and acid with catchy vocals and a modulated bassline. "Jeune Rave" features early Detroit techno-style synth stabs alongside an acid-saturated loop and thumping drum programming, delivering a dynamic listening experience.
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FRPP 013
28 Apr 23
Funky/Club House
Return To Paris
Eyah Eyah - (6:32) 126 BPM
You Must Pay - (6:30) 126 BPM Hot
Review: While many of Frappe's releases come from producers based in the label's home city of Paris, they do occasionally look further afield for inspiration. That's what they've done for this release, which boasts two tracks from long-serving (and popular) Toronto producer Demuir. He begins in confident fashion on 'Eyah Eyah', a colourful deep house bumper rich in squelchy synth-bass, effects-laden female vocal snippets, rising electric piano motifs and swirling chords. He opts for a more loopy and locked-in sound on 'You Must Pay', where spoken word snippets and jazz style solos rise above a thickset groove crafted from beefy beats and samples from an old jazz-funk gem.
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FRPP 012
31 Mar 23
Funky/Club House
Energy
Wintergarten - (6:51) 127 BPM Hot
Waited Long Enough (feat Cansu Kandemir) - (6:36) 127 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of well-regarded collaborative releases on Likeminded and Heat Up Music, The Checkup brings his brand of hot-to-trot house music to Frappe for the very first time. He starts in typically forthright, peak-time ready fashion on 'Wintergarten', a bumpin', energy-packed big room house number in which sampled, chopped-up diva vocals, loved-up chords and jazzy electric piano solos ride a weighty analogue bassline and sweat-soaked drums. Vocalist Cansu Kandemir makes her presence felt on 'Waited Long Enough', an organ-rich fusion of deep house, two-step garage and classic-sounding U.S house that's as warming and picturesque as it is rolling and club-ready.
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FRPP 011
17 Feb 23
Funky/Club House
Flight Of The Comet
Ban The Disco - (5:25) 126 BPM
Flight Of The Comet - (4:00) 80 BPM
Pendant Ce Temps-la A Vera Cruz - (4:38) 115 BPM
La Chatte Au Baron - (5:22) 126 BPM Hot
Ban The Disco (Drum Tool) - (5:20) 126 BPM
Review: French veteran Art of Tones AKA Llorca teams up with Parisian jazz-funk outfit Chatobaron, and 'Flight Of The Comet' is a very apt EP cos the results are out of this world! 'Ban The Disco' (and its accompanying Drum Tool remix) and 'La Chatte Au Baron' operate at the jazzier, classier end of the disco spectrum, while the title cut with its stop-start rhythm and the lounge-tinged 'Pendant Ce Temps-La A Vera Cruz' probably sit more comfortably under the jazz-funk umbrella, but what all five tracks share is a musicality and sophistication that puts most of the week's other releases to shame. Very fine fare indeed.
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FRPP 008
30 Nov 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
In The Mood
Let Your Body Move - (4:32) 122 BPM Hot
For My People - (5:04) 126 BPM
Summer Heat - (5:43) 123 BPM
Review: Fresh from serving up the highly attractive For The Soul EP on Frappe, Loic Peltier AKA Brooklyn Baby returns to Frappe for a joint release with fellow label regulars Shortcut (AKA Yan Lahellec and Marc Royer). The results are undeniably impressive, with the trio expertly exploring their love of thickset, loopy, groovy, jazz-flecked house haziness. To kick things off, they make merry with rubbery, beefed-up beats, hip-hop vocal snippets, life-affirming disco loops and jammed-out electric piano solos on 'Let Your Body Move', before reaching for sun-splashed piano motifs, elastic double bass, snaking sax snippets and crunchy drums on classy jazz-house workout 'For My Heat'. Arguably best of all though is the rolling, warming, eyes-closed brilliance of classic-sounding peak-time deep house workout 'Summer Heat'.
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FRPP 010
21 Oct 22
Deep House
For The Soul
For The Soul - (6:01) 125 BPM Hot
Watch What You're Sayin' - (4:56) 117 BPM
NYC - (5:04) 128 BPM
Review: Fresh from offering up the sublime, sun-soaked deep house sounds of the Love Overdose EP on Hustler Trax, rising star Brooklyn Baby (real name Loic Peltier) appears on Frappe for the first time. He begins offering up something 'For The Soul - a classic-sounding chunk of rolling deep house warmth in which tactile organ stabs, eyes-closed diva vocal samples and sampled funk guitar notes rise above chunky beats and a thickset bassline. Peltier dips the tempo a little and reaches for the hip-hop vocal samples on the jazzy, loose and languid deep house number 'Watch What You're Saying', before paying tribute to his favourite U.S city on the bumpin', chunky and bass-heavy deep house retro-futurism of 'NYC'.
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FRPP009D
20 May 22
Deep House
Amour Fatal
Temakinho - (6:12) 125 BPM
Amour Fatal - (5:42) 125 BPM Hot
Bomaki - (6:36) 123 BPM
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FRPP 007
25 Feb 22
Funky/Club House
The Godbanger
S3A - "Work For NYRK" - (5:24) 125 BPM
S3A - "Slump" - (6:02) 128 BPM
Ten Fingerz - "Rue Du Fonk" - (6:01) 125 BPM
Basile De Suresnes - "Get Back" (feat Tareuss) - (6:44) 124 BPM Hot
Alastair Lane - "Tokyo Love Affair" - (4:44) 110 BPM
Review: We're not quite sure what the loose theme is for Frappe's latest multi-artist EP, but the material on show is well worth further investigation. Scene stalwart S3A provides a peak-time ready chunk of sparkling, densely layered sample-house full of rubbery slap-bass, drowsy chords, chunky house beats and twinkling melodies ('Work For NYRK'), before laying down an even weightier, horn-heavy house stomper ('Slump'). Elsewhere, Ten Fingerz joins the dots between chunky, peak-time house, hip-house and Blaxploitation funk ('Rue du Fonk'); Basile De Surenses drops some disco-tinged, soul-fired vocal deep house ('Get back'); and Alastair Lane reaches for the glassy-eyed 'city pop' synths on the gorgeous and sublimely squelchy 'Tokyo Love Affair'.
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FRPP 006
10 Dec 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Work For NYRK
Work For NYRK - (5:24) 125 BPM
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FRPP 006BTI01
03 Nov 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Afrodisiaque
Various
Floyd Lavine - "Creda Mutwa" - (6:18) 133 BPM
Mr Raoul K - "Raining Love" - (7:25) 118 BPM
Saudade - "Bougarabou" - (6:37) 124 BPM
Ten Fingerz - "Blow Da Conga" - (5:17) 128 BPM Hot
Basile De Suresnes - "Bastoss Afrok47" - (5:37) 125 BPM
Review: Since launching in May 2020, Frappe Records has released a string of multi-artist EPs, each with its own conceptual theme. They've continued this approach on Afrodisiaque, an attempt to join the dots between Afro-house and "the French sound of the early 2000s". Floyd Levine's opener, 'Creda Mutwa', offers a perfect encapsulation of this, combing jacking Chicagoan acid house grooves and wild TB-303 lines with densely layered African style percussion, while Mr Raoul K's superb 'Raining Love' is authentic West African deep house rich in fluid xylophone melodies, melancholic chords and foreboding electronic riffs. Elsewhere, Saudade hits the heights on the luscious 'Bougarabou', Ten Fingerz doffs a cap to the disco-house/Afro-house futurism of DJ Gregory's Africanism series ('Blow de Conga') and Basile de Surneses rolls out some rave-ready Afro-acid ('Bastoss AfroK47').
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FRPP 005
24 Sep 21
Deep House
Raining Love
Raining Love - (7:25) 118 BPM
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FRPP 005BTI02
10 Sep 21
Deep House
Tropicana
Tropicana - (6:20) 130 BPM
Played by: Tiptoes
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FRPP 004BTI01
14 May 21
Deep House
French Kiff
Various
Mark Blair - "Tropicana" - (6:20) 130 BPM
Naux - "Kristofer" - (5:58) 124 BPM
Groove Boys Project - "Groove Box" (Paname club mix) - (5:49) 128 BPM
Basile De Suresnes - "French Toast" - (5:13) 124 BPM Hot
Ten Fingerz - "Ze Party" - (5:17) 128 BPM
Review: The Frappe label loves to give its' multi-artist EPs a concept, though there appears to be no such unifying theme behind French Kiff, their latest mini compilation (or at least not one they've so far mentioned). Regardless, there's a lot to love across the EP, with the Parisian imprint's selected artists all delivering the goods. Check first the mid-90s New Jersey garage revivalism of Mark Blair's 'Tropicana' - all bouncy organ riffs, squelchy bass, driving beats and synth-trumpet solos - before admiring the starry, synth-bass driven deep house haziness of Naux's 'Kristofer'. Elsewhere, Groove Boys Project's 'Groove Box (Paname Club Mix)' is a summery slab of jazzy deep house warmth, Basile de Suruesnes' 'French Toaast' adds scratches and hip-hop vocal samples to a chunky deep house beat, and Ten Fingerz' 'Ze Party' is a woozy, crunchy and starry treat.
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FRPP 004
14 May 21
Deep House
Groove Box (Paname Club Mix)
Groove Box (Paname club mix) - (5:49) 128 BPM
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FRPP 004BTI03
14 Apr 21
Deep House
Jtekken 3
Basile de Suresnes - "Break For Good Teuchi" - (4:51) 129 BPM Hot
Ten Fingerz - "Ns" - (5:01) 128 BPM
Tomasi - "Haute Altiture" - (5:04) 129 BPM
Basile de Suresnes - "Dirty Shit For Badass" - (4:58) 129 BPM
Ten Fingerz - "I Wanna Jack" - (5:26) 130 BPM
Review: French label Frappe has worked out an entire storyline for an imaginary arcade game -Jtekken 3, which lends the EP its' title - in order to provide context for the music on this multi-artist extravaganza. It's a long and rambling if entertaining tale, so we'll just focus on the five tracks on display. Basile de Suresnes kicks things off via the rubbery, rap-sampling electrofunk brilliance of 'Break For Good Teuchi', before Ten Fingerz drops some spacey acid/synth-pop/deep house fusion ('NS') and Tomasi layers classic-sounding US house riffs and bleep melodies over a bustling, all-action peak-time beat ('Haute Attiture'). Elsewhere, Suresnes returns via the sweaty and excitable piano-house rush of 'Dirty Shit For Badass' and Ten Fingerz' second contribution to the compilation is a starry slab of deep acid ('I Wanna Jack')
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FRPP 003
05 Mar 21
Deep House
Break For Good Teuchi
Break For Good Teuchi - (4:51) 129 BPM
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FRPP 003BTI01
12 Feb 21
Breakbeat
Roller Cluster
Art Of Tones - "Cameo Maceo" - (5:47) 123 BPM Hot
Georges - "Downed" - (6:24) 115 BPM
Robby & Stupid Flash - "The Realm" - (4:14) 125 BPM
Basile De Suresnes - "Jazz After Sex" - (6:35) 124 BPM
Ten Fingerz - "Stereojazz" - (5:13) 123 BPM
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FRPP 002D
23 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fete En L'Air
Various
Deborah Aime La Bagarre - "Victoire Disco" - (5:34) 130 BPM
Basile De Suresnes - "Falcon" - (5:49) 127 BPM
Madcat - "Gato Loco" - (4:55) 126 BPM Hot
Basile De Suresnes - "Frappe" - (4:41) 127 BPM
Ten Fingerz - "Maison Acide" - (5:22) 124 BPM
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FRPP 001D
22 May 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Falcon
Falcon - (5:49) 127 BPM
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FRPP 001DS1
24 Apr 20
Funky/Club House
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