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Freerange was founded by childhood amigos Jamie Odell aka Jimpster and Tom Roberts in 1996. The label was launched with the sole purpose of releasing Jimpster and his alter-ego Audiomontage’s electronica, jazz and house magic into the world. With the wheels in motion, Freerange went on to host deep, groove-based, soul-tinged house music from a range of artists including: Dam Swindle, Love Birds, Milton Jackson, Manuel Tur, Square One, Demuja, Clavis and many others.
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City To City: Johannesburg
Various
KaySoul - "Icey Baby" (vocal mix feat Mr. Beale) - (5:57) 121 BPM
SculpturedMusic - "Midnight Talk" - (5:04) 117 BPM
SizLeCaude - "Far Apart" - (5:54) 120 BPM
Radic The Myth - "Love (Kinda Thing)" - (6:07) 117 BPM
Persie Botta & Jade Nickels - "They Never Loved Us" - (5:58) 115 BPM
Review: Freerange Recordings takes us on a vibrant exploration of Johannesburg's musical landscape with "City To City: Johannesburg," a compilation featuring various artists. This diverse collection pulsates with energy, capturing the spirit of the city's dynamic and ever-evolving music scene. The journey begins with "Icey Baby" by KaySoul, a track that lives up to its name. Soulful vocals and sensitive production create a chilled and introspective atmosphere. SculpturedMusic takes a turn with "Midnight Talk," their signature deft pads shimmering over soft kicks, painting a sonic picture of a late-night cityscape. Then SizLeCaude's "Far Apart" injects a dose of energy with its driving bassline. With "Love (Kinda Thing)," Radic The Myth injects the compilation with his signature sound - harmonically rich and punchy house music that reflects his unique approach to the genre. To close the EP, Persie Botta and Jade Nickels team up on "They Never Loved Us," offering a quintessential slice of Joburg-style deep house: lush pads, powerful groove and a touch of melancholy weave through the track, leaving a lasting impression.
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FRD 295
01 Mar 24
Deep House
Icey Baby (Vocal Mix)
Icey Baby (vocal mix feat Mr. Beale) - (5:57) 121 BPM
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FRD295S
16 Feb 24
Deep House
Re Bulele EP
Mama Mwana - (5:45) 125 BPM Hot
Re Bulele (feat Fox Meropa) - (8:21) 123 BPM
Re Bulele (FNX Omar remix feat Fox Meropa) - (6:18) 121 BPM
Review: Aroop Roy serves up two new slices of his trademark globally-inspired deep house. 'Re Bulele' (feat Fox Meropa) is, in its Original form, a lilting affair with rolling beats and a simple electronic bassline topped with a smooth, melodic, Afro-style male vocal and, as the track progresses, sweeping synth washes. The accompanying FNX Omar Remix is slightly darker and more ominous in feel, with the track's electronic elements brought further to the fore and the vocal applied more sparingly, while the EP's completed by 'Mama Mwana', which has a similarly gentle, laidback feel to the title track but is more organic in its instrumentation.
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FRD 294
02 Feb 24
Deep House
Re Bulele
Re Bulele (feat Fox Meropa) - (8:21) 123 BPM
Played by: BRENDON P
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FRD294S
12 Jan 24
Dancehall/Ragga
Latent Magic EP
Hold - (5:58) 126 BPM
Latent Magic - (6:46) 125 BPM Hot
There It Is - (5:40) 124 BPM
Review: Kiwi house queen Philippa returns to Freerange Records - the label which released her fine debut EP in 2022 - following an equally inspired outing on Slothboogie earlier in the year. She begins in fine fashion with 'Hold', and slow building affair in which sparkling, sunrise-ready piano stabs and swirling synth strings rise above a jaunty, tactile bassline and unfussy deep house drums, before opting for a deliciously loved up vibe on the string-laden, life-affirming stomp of 'Latent Magic'. To round of a brilliant EP, the Berlin-based New Zealander serves up 'There It Is', where echoing vocal snippets and bold piano stabs ride a St Germain style jazz-house groove.
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FRD 293
15 Dec 23
Deep House
Hold
Hold - (5:58) 126 BPM
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FRD293S
24 Nov 23
Deep House
Nuphoria EP
Nuphoria - (6:54) 125 BPM
Dream (feat Sanele) - (3:29) 118 BPM
Nuphoria (Pretoria mix) - (6:14) 118 BPM
Wake Up (feat Frederick) - (5:48) 122 BPM Hot
Review: French producer Simbad spent years living in London, immersing himself in the broken beat and soul-soaked house scenes. These days he's based in Cape Town, South Africa, immersing himself in the Rainbow Nation's unique house culture. If this fine EP for Freerange is anything to go by, the move has certainly provided new impetus to his productions. For proof, check the two contrasting versions of 'Nuphoria': the spiralling, stargazing, synth-laden techno original mix (a breathlessly brilliant concoction that also boasts a spell-binding breakdown), and the sub-heavy soundscape house of the 'Pretoria Mix'. Elsewhere, South African singer Sanele guests on the twinkling, off-kilter deep house soul of 'Dream', and mic man Frederick appears on the percussive, loose and lovely 'Wake Up'.
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FRD 291
10 Nov 23
Deep House
Dream
Dream (feat Sanele) - (3:29) 118 BPM
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FRD291S
20 Oct 23
Deep House
First Sight EP
First Sight (feat Javonntte) - (5:41) 121 BPM
Uku Dub - (5:33) 123 BPM Hot
Uku Dance - (6:08) 123 BPM
First Sight (instrumental) - (5:39) 121 BPM
Played by: Soulfuledge
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FRD 292
06 Oct 23
Electro House
Uku Dance
Uku Dance - (6:08) 123 BPM
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FRD292S
15 Sep 23
Electro House
Natural Child EP
Natural Child - (6:32) 120 BPM
Natural Child (dub) - (6:20) 125 BPM
My Harmony - (5:56) 124 BPM
My Harmony (dub) - (5:56) 124 BPM
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FRD 290
08 Sep 23
Electro House
Natural Child
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FRD290S
28 Jul 23
Deep House
Heat Makes Sense EP
Heat Makes Sense - (6:30) 123 BPM Hot
Switch (feat Stimulus) - (5:41) 125 BPM
Marino (feat Big $exy) - (5:24) 125 BPM
Do You Love Me? (The Martinez Brothers edit) - (5:42) 129 BPM
Review: Three years on from his last outing on Freerange, sometime No Regular Play member (and Wolf+Lamb contributor) Greg Paulus returns to the imprint, and this time he's got regular collaborator Taylor Bense in tow. There's a hard-wired, P-funk-meets-chunky house feel to storming opener 'Heat Makes Sense', where starry-eyed vocal snippets and eight-bit noises jostle for attention with Bootsy bass, while 'Switch' (featuring spoken word vocals from Stimulus) is a future deep house classic in the making. Big $exy lends a hand on the Chicago boompty-inspired peak-time sleaze of 'Marino', while the Martinez Brothers' edit of 'Do You Love Me' is a chunky, bumping and jazz-flecked soulful deep house treat.
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FRD 289
30 Jun 23
Deep House
Switch
Switch (feat Stimulus) - (5:41) 125 BPM
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FRD289S
09 Jun 23
Deep House
The Half Full EP
Autonomic Journeys - (7:22) 124 BPM Hot
Pan Gloss - (7:03) 125 BPM
San Guine - (7:23) 124 BPM
Review: Having previously remixed each other, it was only a matter of time before the legendary Josh Wink popped up on Jimpster's similarly storied Freerange Records imprint. Apparently recorded with summer spins in mind, 'The Half Full EP' combines elements familiar from previous Wink workouts - acid lines aplenty, trippy electronics and driving drums - with a big dose of sci-fi stargazing and sun-soaked deep house tropes. Our pick of the bunch is lead cut 'Automatic Journeys', an acid-fired deep house driver with a dash of Detroit machine soul thrown in, though the tribal-tinged, TB-303-powered trip that is 'Pan Gloss' pushes it close. The deliciously deep, warm and woozy 'San Guine' completes a rock-solid package.
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FRD 288
26 May 23
Deep House
Autonomic Journeys
Autonomic Journeys - (7:22) 124 BPM
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FRD 288S
05 May 23
Deep House
Tribute EP
Tribute (feat Mavhungu) - (7:08) 122 BPM
Tribute (Yoruba Soul club mix feat Mavhungu) - (6:56) 122 BPM
Tribute (Yoruba Soul Jazzstrumental feat Mavhungu) - (6:52) 122 BPM
Jacidswing - (5:47) 123 BPM Hot
Review: Jimpster was so inspired by his experiences DJing in South Africa that he decided to create a track in tribute. Simply titled 'Tribute', it features South African vocalist Mavhungu paying tribute (in her native tongue, Vengu) to the continent of her birth atop a wonderfully warming, evocative and atmospheric deep house/Afro-house fusion workout that's rich in both organic and electronic instrumentation. Fittingly, Osunlade - a deep house producer who has consistently made music inspired by his African heritage - provides two remixes: a smooth, slightly jazzier 'Club Mix' (check the rubbery bass, hypnotic beats and spring-fresh synth sounds), and a 'Jazzstrumental' that showcases more of Jimpster's wonderful electric piano solos. Also included in the EP is bonus cut 'Jacidswing', a deep, spacey, TB-303-sporting deep house instrumental.
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FRD 287
07 Apr 23
Deep House
Tribute
Tribute (feat Mavhungu) - (7:08) 122 BPM
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FRD287S
10 Mar 23
Deep House
I'm Steel Here EP
I'm Steel Here - (6:41) 122 BPM Hot
Azimuth - (6:07) 122 BPM
In The Sky - (5:28) 119 BPM
Review: Italian house original Don Carlos will likely never make a record quite so inspired as his 1991 dream house anthem 'Alone'. Yet he's still capable of delivering high-quality treats in his melodic and colourful style, as this surprise EP for Jimpster's Freerange imprint proves. The undoubted highlight is 'I'm Still Here', where classic dream house motifs - sparkling piano riffs, kaleidoscopic chords, sultry synth-strings and gorgeous counter-melodies - rise above chunky house drums and an arpeggio-driven bassline inspired by Rinder & Lewis's classic electro-disco cover of 'Willie and the Hand Jive'. Elsewhere, Carlos wraps sun-soaked, disco-tinged riffs around a chunky house groove on 'Azimuth', before adding layers of musical emotion to a rolling house groove on the similarly summery 'In The Sky'.
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FRD 284
24 Feb 23
Deep House
I'm Steel Here
I'm Steel Here - (6:41) 122 BPM
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FRD284S 2
03 Feb 23
Deep House
Worlds Collide EP
Worlds Collide - (6:56) 122 BPM
Worlds Collide (SculpturedMusic remix) - (5:33) 118 BPM
Moon Rise - (6:22) 123 BPM Hot
Review: A two-track, three-mix EP here from Freerange stalwart Matt Masters, whose association with the label now dates back nearly two whole decades. The EP opens with 'Worlds Collide' itself, a mid-paced instrumental jam which sits somewhere between deep house and deep techno with its stuttered synth notes and extensive use of FX. The accompanying remix from SculpturedMusic then brings Afro/tribal drums and some killer stabs, before the EP is completed by 'Moon Rise', which is a much more straight-up deep houser from the mellow and vaguely lounge-tinged side of the street, and the pick of the crop for this reviewer.
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FRD 286
27 Jan 23
Deep House
Worlds Collide
Worlds Collide - (6:56) 122 BPM
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FRD 286S
06 Jan 23
Deep House
Dancing Is Life EP
Dancing Is Life (feat Diamondancer) - (5:48) 122 BPM Hot
Here Comes The House Music - (6:41) 126 BPM
I Feel It - (5:50) 122 BPM
Focus - (6:03) 124 BPM
Review: In his previous outings for labels including Groovin', M>O>S, Karankul, Housewax and Phonica White, Massiande has proved adept at delivering timeless, classic-sounding deep house jams that are as warm and welcoming as they are club-ready and floor-friendly. The four tracks showcased on the rising star's first Freerange are similarly minded and uniformly excellent. To kick things off, he adds mazy vibraphone solos and a fine spoken word vocal from Diamondancer over a genuinely groovy, dreamy and toasty deep house groove ('Dancing Is Life'), before ratcheting up the energy levels, low-end weight and sustained chords on future peak-time fave 'Here Comes The House Music'. 'I Feel It' combines the spacey, sci-fi sounds of Detroit with eyes-closed vocal snippets and pleasingly tactile house groove, while 'Focus' sounds like classic, Nu Groove-era Burrell Brothers given a tasteful 21st century makeover.
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FRD 285
09 Dec 22
Deep House
Here Comes The House Music
Here Comes The House Music - (6:41) 126 BPM
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FRD285S
18 Nov 22
Deep House
Closure EP
Milton Jackson & Ski Oakenfull - "Need Your Love" - (6:24) 122 BPM
Day In, Day Out - (6:00) 123 BPM
Closure - (5:56) 119 BPM Hot
Review: The DJ, record producer, and DJ Awards winner, Milton Jackson is a regular to Freerange and has been delivering the imprint with increasingly classy servings of melody-rich, musically complex deep house. The experienced Glaswegian continues in this vein on his latest Freerange outing, giddily skipping through vibraphone-sporting classic house (gorgeously deep and tactile opener 'Need Your Love'), sunset-friendly nods to Kerri Chandler (the colourful, warming and percussively rolling 'Day In, Day Out') and sparkling blends of Kai Alce style soulful deepness and analogue-rich tactility ('Closure').
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FRD 282
21 Oct 22
Deep House
There's A Ghost In My Synthesizer EP
There's A Ghost In My Synthesizer - (6:45) 125 BPM Hot
I Guess I Have, Boy - (5:54) 122 BPM
Dimes - (5:35) 126 BPM
Slow It Down (feat Mo Van Zandt) - (6:27) 122 BPM
Review: Almost a decade ago, Philippa decided to decamp from her native New Zealand, where she was a well-known figure on the local house scene, to Berlin. It was during a trip to the German clubbing Mecca that Jimpster heard her productions, hence this first outing on his popular Freerange imprint. As label debuts go, it's a doozy, with the Kiwi producer confidently striding between classy, string-laden, smile-inducing post disco-house brilliance ('There's a Ghost in My Synthesizer'), deeper and more bass-heavy deep house loveliness (the sweeping synth sounds and reverb-laden vocal snippets of 'I Guess I Have Boy'), chunky funkiness (the tactile, classic house update that is 'Dimes') and effortlessly soulful and timeless goodness (the Mo Van Zandt hook-up 'Slow It Down', which is as colourful and spine-tingling as they come).
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FRD 283
16 Sep 22
Deep House
I Can't Hide From Myself EP
I Can't Hide From Myself - (7:11) 121 BPM Hot
Glorious Illusions - (6:37) 119 BPM
Femme Fatale - (7:08) 117 BPM
Desalniettemin - (5:56) 119 BPM
Review: Sometime Sampling as an Art label contributor Yannick Roberts makes his bow on Freerange with a fine four-track missive of pleasingly warming, tactile and atmospheric deep house. The Dutch producer hits the ground running on 'I Can't Hide From Myself', an evocative and rolling workout in which minor key chords, synth-strings and gentle electronic melodies ride a jaunty, pulsating synth bassline and classic-sounding deep house beats. His love of sampling comes to the fore on jazz-flecked MPC-house jam 'Glorious Illusions' - mentor S3A would approve - while 'Femme Fatale' sees him make merry with a mix of rubbery bass guitar, effects-laden female vocal samples, Chez Damier chords and bustling beats. Closing cut 'Desalniettemin' doffs an oversized cap to classic U.S deep house and boasts some seriously toasty electric piano riffs.
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FRD 280
05 Aug 22
Deep House
Everybody Talks About It EP
Everybody Talks About It (Cody Currie remix) - (6:04) 122 BPM
Everybody Talks About It - (4:52) 114 BPM
I'm Easy (Crackazat Mana's dub) - (5:22) 122 BPM Hot
I'm Easy - (4:56) 120 BPM
Review: Crackazat, a Bristol lad who's now based in Sweden, has built up a strong following via releases on labels such as Futureboogie and Local Talk over the past 10 years or so, and can count the likes of Dave Lee and Floating Points among his higher-profile supporters. 'Everybody Talks About It' finds him in 80s soul/boogie territory before being given a more uptempo and garage-y refix by Cody Currie, while 'I'm Easy' starts out as a hazy soul shuffler before the accompanying Dub takes us into small hours dreamaway territory. Replete as ever with Crackazat's trademark jazzbo craftsmanship, there are some seriously classy vibes contained herein - one for the connoisseurs!
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FRD 279
08 Jul 22
Deep House
These Changes
Black Loops & Cody Currie - "These Changes" - (5:16) 128 BPM Hot
People - (7:00) 122 BPM
Driver - (7:38) 128 BPM
Review: You have to admire Black Loops work ethic, though far more impressive is the consistent quality of the duo's output. This EP - their third of 2022 to date - sees them make a belated return to Freerange after two years spent hopping between labels including Toy Tonics and Shall Not Fade. They begin with something predictably special: a wonderfully deep, immersive, soul-flecked, piano-speckled and hip-swinging house hook-up with rising star Cody Currie in which the latter's softly spun vocals catch the ear. They successfully reach for deep sub-bass, enveloping pads, gentle melodies and snappier drums on the equally as enjoyable late-night shuffle of 'People', before doffing a cap to robotic, arpeggio-driven disco on the spacey synth-house roll of 'Driver'. Excellent stuff as always!
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FRD 281
10 Jun 22
Deep House
Evergreen
Beacon Of Light - (3:52) 120 BPM
Everybody Talks About It - (4:52) 114 BPM
I'm Easy - (4:56) 120 BPM
Simple Things - (4:51) 122 BPM
It's All Different - (4:29) 122 BPM
Evergreen - (5:25) 124 BPM
Cadencia - (1:44) 100 BPM
True Power - (5:12) 120 BPM
Save Something - (3:07) 120 BPM
Nominee For Love - (5:03) 118 BPM
Thank You - (4:43) 122 BPM Hot
Good Enough - (4:40) 100 BPM
Review: It's testament to Ben J Worrall's skill as a musician and producer that his soulful, jazzy deep house productions can be mentioned in the same breath as those by all-time-greats Larry Heard and Ron Trent. Yet unlike those producers, he's yet to deliver an album so good that it will be considered a true great. Until now, that is. Evergreen, his first set for Freerange, is simply sublime: an unapologetically soulful, life-affirming set that blends effortlessly brilliant vocals and jazz-funk inspired instrumentation (think incredible horn arrangements, smooth bass, twinkling keys and glistening guitars) with the luscious, often Latin-tinged deep house beats that have long been his calling card. If there's any justice, it will end of being regarded as one of the electronic albums of 2022.
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FRCD 41D
13 May 22
Deep House
Love Me Well EP
Love Me Well - (7:16) 121 BPM Hot
Paperasse - (6:22) 121 BPM
Touch Move - (5:40) 125 BPM
Review: Essen's Manuel Tur has released music on many labels over the years, but much of his greatest work - including a trilogy of albums - has been issued by Freerange Records. We can confirm that the German deep house stalwart is in fine form on this return to Jimpster and co's imprint after a three-year absence. Title track 'Love Me Well' is simply sublime: a slowly building chunk of deep, quietly soulful brilliance that adds heart-aching piano motifs, reverb-smothered female vocals and cut-glass strings to a sumptuous deep tech-house groove. He continues in this tech-house/deep house fusion vein on the bouncier 'Paperesse', where twinkling electric piano solos and looped string samples catch the ear, before rounding off a rock-solid EP via the TB-303-sporting deep house squelch of 'Touch Move'.
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FRD 276EP
29 Apr 22
Deep House
Paperasse
Paperasse - (6:22) 121 BPM
Played by: Fred Everything
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FRD 276
08 Apr 22
Deep House
Beacon Of Light EP
Beacon Of Light - (3:52) 120 BPM
Simple Things (Ron Trent remix) - (9:14) 122 BPM
Beacon Of Light (Maritime dub) - (5:44) 120 BPM Hot
Evergreen - (5:25) 124 BPM
Review: When it comes to musically expansive, jazz-flecked deep and soulful house, Ben J Worrall AKA Crackazat is in a league of his own. That's been the case for a while, but it's proven beyond doubt by his latest outing on Freerange Records. Title track 'Beacon of Light' is simply sublime: a bouncy, soul-soaked slab of jazz-house/deep house fusion blessed with exquisite musicianship and some superb lead vocals. Equally as impressive is Ron Trent's epic, near 10-minute remix of 'Simple Things', which is every bit as delightful, jazzy and musically intricate as you'd expect from the Chicago deep house legend. Elsewhere across the EP, the 'Maritime Dub' of 'Beacon of Light' transforms the track into a driving but rolling deep house bumper and 'Evergreen' is a sun-kissed future deep house classic.
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FRD 273
18 Mar 22
Deep House
Move & Body EP
Body - (5:43) 123 BPM Hot
Move - (6:42) 120 BPM
Ritmo Pandemico - (5:41) 109 BPM
Review: Since launching his career in the mid noughties, Manuel Sahagun has released a lot of fine deep house music on a wide variety of labels - including such lauded imprints as Drop Music, Salted Music, Kolour, Tooman and Freerange. Here the Argentinian producer returns to the latter label with his first missive of 2022. Opener 'Body' sets the tone, with Sahagun wrapping restless piano loops, wonky electronics, cut-up musical samples and stirring chords around a disco-tinged deep house beat. 'Move' meanwhile is a deeper but arguably tougher chunk of late-night hedonism, while 'Ritmo Pandemico' sounds like his take on turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house. It's certainly as luscious, ear-pleasing and loved-up as the likes of 'Sueno Latino', 'Calypso of House' and 'Alone'.
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FRD 278
04 Mar 22
Deep House
Birdhouse (Explicit)
Birdhouse - (3:11) 76 BPM
Ascension (feat Oliver Night) - (3:49) 91 BPM Hot
Voodoo (feat Yoh) - (3:02) 105 BPM
Still Believe - (3:15) 91 BPM
Beautiful Day (feat Cairo) - (3:46) 90 BPM
Heavy (feat Lazarusman) - (2:31) 105 BPM
Future Paradise - (3:18) 70 BPM
Telegram (The Introduction) (feat Capitol A) - (3:32) 99 BPM
Rain (feat Cairo) - (3:46) 95 BPM
The Doors Of Your Heart - (3:52) 100 BPM
Tell You - (3:30) 136 BPM
Full Circle - (3:33) 77 BPM
Review: During lockdown, when strutting your stuff on the dancefloor remained a pipe dream, many producers naturally gravitated towards more downtempo sounds during their studio sessions. Jamie Odell AKA Jimpster, who of course first rose to prominence in the late '90s as a producer of laid-back beats and jazzy instrumentals, was one of those producers. The resultant LP, Birdhouse - his seventh in total - is naturally brilliant, with Odell showcasing the quality of his musicianship (and song writing skills) on a range of warming, comforting and undeniably luscious tracks that variously join the dots between trip-hop, neo soul, nu-jazz, ambient and blunted beats. Throw in some superb guest vocals (from both singers and rappers) and you have a near perfect collection of sofa-ready sounds.
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FRCD 42D
25 Feb 22
Balearic/Downtempo
Rain
Rain - (3:46) 123 BPM
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FRD 277
28 Jan 22
Deep House
Dark Emerald EP
Must Go Deeper - (6:42) 121 BPM Hot
Mind - (7:22) 123 BPM
Dark Emerald - (5:51) 123 BPM
Review: Although he has previously released music on Jus-Ed's Underground Quality label, Apoena (real name Henrique Casanova) has spent much of his near decade-long career putting out cuts on his own imprint, Allnite Music. It's for that reason that this surprise outing on Freerange Records is such a big deal. The Brazilian's many years of experience shine through on assured opener 'Must Go Deeper', a rolling, hypnotic and atmospheric affair in which hazy stabs, bleeping electronics and hissing cymbals ride a crunchy, snare-heavy groove. 'Mind' is a more groovy, positive-sounding affair that boasts bolder bass and more colourful chords, while title track 'Dark Emerald' boasts billowing chords, dark string stabs, infectious bass and rolling deep house drums.
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FRD 275
14 Jan 22
Deep House
House Arrest EP
Remember - (6:10) 144 BPM Hot
Lockdown Love - (6:59) 144 BPM
Adriatica - (6:06) 144 BPM
Birdsong - (5:35) 144 BPM
Miami Voice - (4:44) 144 BPM
Review: Believe it or not, 15 years has now passed since Barry Christie AKA Milton Jackson first appeared on Freerange Records. He recently returned to the imprint for a collaborative EP with his long-time friend (and studio buddy) Shir-I-Khan, and here delivers his first solo missive for Freerange since 2015. There's plenty of highlights to be found across the pleasingly strong five-tracker, from the locked-in late night bump of 'Remember' - a proper after-hours affair featuring subtle nods to Pepe Bradock's 'Deep Burnt' - and the sparkling, sun-kissed lusciousness of 'Lockdown Love', to the chugging mid-tempo bliss of 'Adriatica' and the pitched-down synth-pop/electronic disco shuffle of 'Miami Voice'. In a word: gorgeous!
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FRD 272
03 Dec 21
Deep House
Next To Me EP
Next To Me - (7:55) 126 BPM
My Soul Is Quiet - (6:31) 126 BPM Hot
Who's Playin For Ya? - (6:24) 125 BPM
Do You Think? - (5:42) 127 BPM
Review: Earlier in the year, long-serving US deep house duo Solid Gold Playaz returned to action with a fine EP on Freerange. This speedy sequel for the same imprint more than lives up to its predecessor, with all four tracks bursting at the seams with peak-time-ready audio goodness. There's naturally plenty to get the heart racing throughout, from the seductive spoken word vocals, jaunty acid bass and swelling pads of 'Next To Me', to the Andres-esque, MPC-driven deep house jazziness of 'Who's Playin' For Ya?' Elsewhere across the EP, 'Do You Think' is a warming and bass-heavy chunk of clarinet-sporting deep house headiness and 'My Soul Is Quiet' is a jazz-funk flavoured house excursion that's dustier than an antiques shop and infinitely more alluring.
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FRD 274
12 Nov 21
Deep House
Jimpster: Remixed
One (Space Ghost remix - feat Casamena) - (5:36) 123 BPM Hot
Smile For A While (Jon Dixon remix) - (6:22) 126 BPM
Where You Are (Teflon Dons dub remix - feat Khalil Anthony) - (6:34) 123 BPM
Inside The Loop (Kai Alce Grooved Out mix) - (5:43) 122 BPM
Brought To Bare (Kareem Ali remix - feat Jonatan Backlie) - (5:21) 125 BPM
Echoes In My Head (Solid Gold Playaz remix) - (7:21) 123 BPM
Review: Given that Jimpster's productions are always musically rich and full of intricate sonic details, you'd expect this new collection of remixes of classic cuts to be similarly minded. It is, of course, resulting in some genuinely brilliant revisions. Space Ghost delivers deliver a twinkling, Larry Heard-inspired analogue deep house mix of 'One', while Jon Dixon joins the dots between jazzy deep house and early 2000s tech-house futurism on his version of 'Smile For a While'. Elsewhere, darker late-night house vibes are provided by the Teflon Dons (a killer dub of 'Where You Are'); Kai Alce's revision of 'Inside The Loop' oozes sun-kissed positivity; Kareem Ali turns 'Brought to Bare' into a deep-tech roller; and Solid Gold Playaz reach for the percussion on a deliciously druggy mix of 'Echoes In My Head'.
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FRD 269
01 Oct 21
Deep House
Paper Cut EP
Paper Cut - (6:27) 122 BPM Hot
Hit Thinking - (6:35) 123 BPM
Sixth Section - (5:13) 124 BPM
Review: For his latest missive on long-time home Freerange Records, Tom Szirtes AKA Shur-I-Khan has joined forces with long-time friend and fellow deep house veteran Milton Jackson, a producer who was particularly active throughout the 2000s. Check first chunky but picturesque title track 'Paper Cut', where stirring strings, undulating lead lines, bubbly electronics and a wonderfully rubbery sequenced bassline wrap around dusty deep house drums. Next, get your ears around 'Hit Thinking', an ultra-melodious, positive and summery breeze of an electronic house gem (all fluttering flute sounds, cheery pianos and more rising and falling synth sounds), before admiring closing cut 'Sixth Section', which sees them successfully tiptoe the fine line between chunky peak-time heaviness and breezy, early evening positivity.
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FRD 271
10 Sep 21
Deep House
Helena EP
Helena - (5:48) 120 BPM
Heating Element - (5:05) 117 BPM
Airbear - (4:51) 119 BPM Hot
Review: Germany-based Simon Hinter has most frequently released music on Dutch label Phil, though last year his profile rocketed thanks to appearances on Quintessentials and Freerange. Here he returns to the latter label with an assured and attractive three-tracker that should further enhance his reputation. We're particularly enjoying opener 'Helena', whose evocative strings, fluid pianos, effective bassline and unfussy drums recall the spine-tingling beauty of Pepe Bradock's 'Deep Burnt'. He opts for a slightly more lo-fi sound on the more densely layered and percussively punchy 'Heating Element', while 'Airbear' sits somewhere between weighty, filter-sporting disco-house, Rhodes-heavy jazz-house and driving, early morning deep house.
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FRD 270
06 Aug 21
Deep House
Anthology Vol Three
Closer To You (feat Emma Odell) - (5:32) 128 BPM Hot
Maiden Voyage (feat Larraine Odell) - (7:19) 90 BPM
Slippin' (feat Elsa Hedberg) - (4:42) 117 BPM
Bad Hair Blues - (5:56) 106 BPM
Walking Weird - (4:56) 130 BPM
High Wire - (6:05) 62 BPM
Standing Wave - (6:35) 72 BPM
La-Di-Da - (7:20) 76 BPM
Left & Right (feat Capitol A) - (4:14) 62 BPM
Fluorescent Blue - (7:03) 78 BPM
Spend The Night - (4:59) 74 BPM
Brought To Bare (feat Jonatan Backelie) - (5:13) 58 BPM
State Of Mind (feat Simon Jinadu) - (5:38) 109 BPM
Forever Voyetra - (4:11) 132 BPM
Playtime - (7:27) 71 BPM
Distant Light - (5:30) 72 BPM
Review: Freerange co-founder Jamie 'Jimpster' Odell recently reached a significant musical milestone, namely the passing of 25 years since the release of his first record. To mark the occasions, he's been releasing a series of retrospective compilations. This is the third and, like its predecessors, is packed to the rafters with career highlights. For the most part the set focuses on the more downtempo end of Odell's output, flitting between evocative nu-jazz ('Bad Hair Blues', the ultra-dreamy lusciousness of 'Maiden Voyage'), squelchy electronica ('Makin' Weird'), jazz-funk-fired broken beat ('Standing Wave'), bruk/hip-house fusion (Capitol A collaboration 'Left & Right') and slow-motion soundscapes ('Fluorescent Blue'), with only occasional forays into deep house. In a word: superb!
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FRCD 40D
16 Jul 21
Balearic/Downtempo
Anthology Volumes One & Two
Dangly Panther - (6:49) 122 BPM
Seventh Wave - (6:00) 120 BPM
Sleeper - (7:05) 125 BPM
Can't Stop Loving - (6:30) 120 BPM
One (feat Casamena) - (6:58) 121 BPM
English Rose - (6:34) 123 BPM
Curve - (8:09) 122 BPM
Don't Push It - (5:26) 120 BPM Hot
Square Up - (7:20) 125 BPM
Head Spin - (6:33) 120 BPM
Got A Hold On Your Soul - (7:03) 125 BPM
Rollergirl - (5:55) 117 BPM
A Love Like This (feat Diamondancer) - (6:21) 123 BPM
Late Night Blues - (6:42) 125 BPM
Burning Up - (6:32) 123 BPM
Jimpster & Jinadu - "The Sun Comes Up" - (5:48) 105 BPM
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FRCD38D
02 Jul 21
Deep House
Your Kissing
Your Kissing (feat Elisabeth Troy - extended mix) - (6:34) 122 BPM Hot
Your Kissing (feat Elisabeth Troy - Belcampo extended remix) - (4:43) 122 BPM
Delisei - (4:37) 129 BPM
Your Kissing (instrumental) - (6:35) 122 BPM
Review: It can't have passed you by that the 25th anniversary of the 'French touch' sound has inspired a fresh wave of celebratory, filter-sporting disco-house records. 'Your Kissing', the debut single from Florence-based Belcampo, fits this narrative, with British singer Elizabeth Troy singing sweetly over looped, lilting strings reminiscent of Tom Trago's 'Use Me Again', driving disco bass, swirling synth chords and breathless, non-stop house beats. Belcampo's 'Extended Remix' is a more Cassius-esque filter house roller that rightly emphasizes the summer-ready strings, while bonus cut 'Delisei' is a brilliantly chopped-up, excitable disco-house loop jam of the kind that Daft Punk used to knock out in their sleep during the early days of their career. In some ways, it's even cheerier and more celebratory than the admittedly superb 'Your Kissing'.
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FRD 267
25 Jun 21
Deep House
Here We Are
Here We Are - (7:24) 121 BPM
Here We Are (Nutty Nys remix) - (7:25) 117 BPM Hot
Here We Are (instrumental) - (7:32) 121 BPM
Review: Since he first started appearing on records a decade ago, Lazarus Mathebula has collaborated with dozens of rising stars and well-known producers. For this outing on Freerange, he's finally gone solo for the first time, adding his now famous spoken word vocals to a track he produced himself. 'Here We Are' really is rather good, with lo-fi synthesizer flourishes, woozy electronics and his poetic vocals wrapping themselves around a slipped broken house groove and warming deep house bass. It comes backed by Mathebula's own instrumental version and a sparkling 'Nutty Nys' version that smothers crunchy deep house drums in sparkling synths and fluid, atmospheric piano motifs.
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FRD 268
21 May 21
Deep House
Mind In A Daze EP
Mind In A Daze - (6:11) 122 BPM
The Kiss - (6:46) 124 BPM Hot
Let Me See You Jack - (6:17) 126 BPM
Optical Illusion - (6:53) 123 BPM
Review: Having popped up on Kanzlermat Music on numerous occasions over the 16 years, Solid Gold Playaz has transferred to Freerange Records. The American duo's first outing on the long-running British label is as confident and quietly impressive as you'd expect, with the pair combining punchy percussion and rolling beats with waves of attractive electronics and atmospheric synthesizer sounds. This is arguably best exemplified by opener 'Mind in a Daze', where undulating, intergalactic lead lines tumble down across sustained chords and crunchy beats, though the sci-fi sounding 'Optical Illusion' and 'The Kiss' - both of which employ starry chords and bubbly melodies - aren't far behind. If you're after some late-night sleaze, get your ears around fine bonus cut 'Let Me See You Jack'.
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FRD 266
30 Apr 21
Deep House
Soul Spectral EP
Soul Spectral (feat Greg Paulus) - (6:00) 120 BPM Hot
Sanguine - (6:10) 118 BPM
Think Of You Always - (6:25) 122 BPM
Soul Spectral (Greg Paulus dub) - (4:59) 120 BPM
Review: Astonishingly, a quarter of a century has now passed since Jamie 'Jimpster' Odell delivered his debut single, Martian Arts. While his sonic style has gradually evolved in the years since, his ability to craft warm, rich, emotive and sonically detailed music remains as strong as ever. That much is proved by 'Soul Spectrum', a sumptuous slab of organic deep house in which Odell's melancholic keys and Greg Paulus' similarly bittersweet trumpet lines ride above a percussion-rich groove. It's available in a slightly more stripped-back, effects-laden Dub Mix form, too, for those looking for added energy and heaps more hand percussion. Elsewhere, 'Sanguine' is a slightly more driving deep house number rich in colourful synth sounds and fluid piano lines, and 'Think of You Always' is ultra-deep and jazzy (think Boulevard-era Saint Germain, and you're close).
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FRD 265
12 Mar 21
Deep House
Peaceful Revolution EP
Peaceful Revolution (feat Lwandile) - (4:51) 122 BPM Hot
Let Go - (5:24) 120 BPM
Peaceful Revolution (SMBD Shaolin dub) - (5:54) 122 BPM
Soulful Jam - (3:15) 109 BPM
Review: A warm welcome back to the hugely talented Simbad Stanislas, who returns to action with his first solo single since 2019. He begins his third outing on Freerange with title track 'Peaceful Revolution', a deliciously swinging deep house number in which stirring, string-style synth chords, rubbery electronic bass and Lwandile's weary, sadness-tinged vocals rise above rolling, snare-heavy beats. Simbad delivers an even more immersive and percussively interesting 'Shaolin Dub' of the track later in the EP, too, and that's well worth a listen. Elsewhere, let go is a tough but ultra-deep affair featuring sustained organ chords, distant gospel vocal samples and enveloping chords, while 'Soulful Jam' is a jazz-funk-goes-slow-house shuffler smothered in spacey synth solos and gorgeous pads.
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FRD 263
29 Jan 21
Deep House
City Movements EP (Explicit)
Breezy Point - (7:54) 120 BPM Hot
Do You Love Me? - (5:30) 123 BPM
Mr. Lee's Trophy Theme - (5:54) 122 BPM
Review: Having initially made his name as an associate of the Visionquest crew, producer/trumpeter Greg Paulus has spent the last few years building up a quietly impressive catalogue of EPs. The City of Movements EP sees him appear on Freerange Records for the very first time via a three-tracker that's slicker and more densely layered than anything he'd done before. For proof, check impeccable EP closing cut 'Mr Lee's Trophy Theme', a gorgeous and immersive mixture of drowsy chords, slowly shifting electronic motifs, crunchy beats, meandering trumpet solos and eyes-closed vocals. Further proof arrives via classically bouncy deep house opener 'Breezy Point', where he speaks and sings seductively over dirty analogue bass and heavenly electric piano motifs, and the jazzy, soul-fired deep house warmth of 'Do You Love Me'.
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FRD 262
15 Jan 21
Deep House
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