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Freerange

Freerange

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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I'm Steel Here
   
I'm Steel Here - (6:41) 122 BPM
FRD284S 2
03 Feb 23
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Worlds Collide EP
   
Worlds Collide - (6:56) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Worlds Collide (SculpturedMusic remix) - (5:33) 118 BPM
   
Moon Rise - (6:22) 123 BPM
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.
FRD 286
27 Jan 23
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Worlds Collide
FRD 286S
06 Jan 23
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Dancing Is Life EP
   
Dancing Is Life (feat Diamondancer) - (5:48) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRD 285
09 Dec 22
Deep House
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Here Comes The House Music
   
Here Comes The House Music - (6:41) 126 BPM
FRD285S
18 Nov 22
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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').
FRD 282
21 Oct 22
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There's A Ghost In My Synthesizer EP
   
There's A Ghost In My Synthesizer - (6:45) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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).
FRD 283
16 Sep 22
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I Can't Hide From Myself EP
   
I Can't Hide From Myself - (7:11) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRD 280
05 Aug 22
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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!
FRD 279
08 Jul 22
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These Changes
   
Black Loops & Cody Currie - "These Changes" - (5:16) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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!
FRD 281
10 Jun 22
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRCD 41D
13 May 22
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Love Me Well EP
   
Love Me Well - (7:16) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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'.
FRD 276EP
29 Apr 22
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Paperasse
   
Paperasse - (6:22) 121 BPM
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FRD 276
08 Apr 22
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRD 273
18 Mar 22
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Move & Body EP
   
Body - (5:43) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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'.
FRD 278
04 Mar 22
Deep House
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Birdhouse (Explicit)
   
Birdhouse - (3:11) 76 BPM
   
Ascension (feat Oliver Night) - (3:49) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRCD 42D
25 Feb 22
Balearic/Downtempo
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Rain
FRD 277
28 Jan 22
Deep House
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Dark Emerald EP
   
Must Go Deeper - (6:42) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRD 275
14 Jan 22
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House Arrest EP
   
Remember - (6:10) 144 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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!
FRD 272
03 Dec 21
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Next To Me EP
   
Next To Me - (7:55) 126 BPM
   
My Soul Is Quiet - (6:31) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRD 274
12 Nov 21
Deep House
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Jimpster: Remixed
   
One (Space Ghost remix - feat Casamena) - (5:36) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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'.
FRD 269
01 Oct 21
Deep House
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Paper Cut EP
   
Paper Cut - (6:27) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRD 271
10 Sep 21
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Helena EP
   
Helena - (5:48) 120 BPM
   
Heating Element - (5:05) 117 BPM
   
Airbear - (4:51) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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.
FRD 270
06 Aug 21
Deep House
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Anthology Vol Three
   
Closer To You (feat Emma Odell) - (5:32) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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!
FRCD 40D
16 Jul 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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
FRCD38D
02 Jul 21
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Your Kissing
   
Your Kissing (feat Elisabeth Troy - extended mix) - (6:34) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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'.
FRD 267
25 Jun 21
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Here We Are
   
Here We Are - (7:24) 121 BPM
   
Here We Are (Nutty Nys remix) - (7:25) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRD 268
21 May 21
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Mind In A Daze EP
   
Mind In A Daze - (6:11) 122 BPM
   
The Kiss - (6:46) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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'.
FRD 266
30 Apr 21
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Soul Spectral EP
   
Soul Spectral (feat Greg Paulus) - (6:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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).
FRD 265
12 Mar 21
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Peaceful Revolution EP
   
Peaceful Revolution (feat Lwandile) - (4:51) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
FRD 263
29 Jan 21
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City Movements EP (Explicit)
   
Breezy Point - (7:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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'.
FRD 262
15 Jan 21
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Dub Come Down EP
   
Dub Come Down - (6:33) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Area E3 - (5:19) 121 BPM
   
No Normal - (7:03) 123 BPM
Review: To round off another rock-solid year, Freerange Records co-founder Jamie 'Jimpster' Odell has decided to offer-up an EP made in collaboration with Matt Masters, a producer who has been on the imprint's staff for many years. The resultant three tracker is as strong as you'd expect, with the two friends first radically re-imagining Evelyn King boogie classic 'Love Come Down' as an ultra-trippy, spaced-out slab of dub house/deep house fusion rich in rubbery bass guitar, delay-laden boogie synths, off and tidy peak-time drums ('Dub Come Down'). 'Area E3' is a warmer, breezier and more colourful fusion of electrofunk synths and deep house nous in the style of Metro Area, while 'No Normal' delivers a glorious mixture of squelchy synth-bass, sparkling chords and Floating Points style synth squiggles.
FRD 264
11 Dec 20
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Be The Change
   
Be The Change (feat Carlos Mena) - (6:47) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Be The Change (instrumental) - (6:47) 123 BPM
   
Twisted - (6:07) 123 BPM
   
Be The Change (feat Carlos Mena - Percapella) - (4:58) 124 BPM
   
Be The Change (feat Carlos Mena - Moody dub) - (4:44) 123 BPM
Review: 18 months ago, Thomas Arroyo AKA Laroye delivered one of the strongest singles to date on Alex Attias's Visions Inc imprint, a double A-side affair full of spiritual intent, layered melodic elements and deliciously intricate instrumentation. Here he brings his brand of grown-up, mood enhancing house music to Freerange for the very first time. The headline attraction is 'Be The Change', a percussion-laden chunk of samba-soaked cosmic house positivity laden with life-affirming chords, colourful synth solos, glistening guitars and inspirational lead vocals courtesy of Carlos Mena. It comes backed with a variety of alternate takes and DJ tools - including a drum-heavy 'Percapella' and the deep and lovely 'Moody Dub' - as well as jaunty and jazzy bonus deep house workout 'Twisted'.
FRD 261
23 Oct 20
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Smile For A While
   
Smile For A While - (6:43) 124 BPM
   
Echoes In My Head - (6:53) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Echoes In My Head (Head In The Clouds mix) - (5:44) 123 BPM
Review: Jamie "Jimpster" Odell has long been one of deep house's more positive producers, with much of his material being as musically delicious as it is dancefloor ready. Even so, new single "Smile For a While" is particularly positive. Built around twinkling, eyes-closed vocal and harp samples, the track sees Odell layer waves of colourful electronics and kaleidoscopic chords atop a chunky bassline and snappy deep house beats. It comes accompanied by two takes on "Echoes in My Head". We get an original version that adds Osunlade style live percussion, ambient techno chords and spacey synths to a driving, retro-futurist house groove, and a Larry Heard-esque revision (the "Head in the Clouds Mix") that's as positive and rush-inducing as they come.
FRD 259
18 Sep 20
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The Feeling EP
   
The Feeling (feat Tamara Chetty) - (5:55) 120 BPM
   
Modern Smoker (feat Djana Covic) - (5:49) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
FRD 260
26 Jun 20
Funky/Club House
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Tired Up EP
   
Tired Up - (5:49) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heaven & Hell - (5:06) 121 BPM
   
Lifestreams - (5:19) 120 BPM
   
Looking Back - (5:00) 118 BPM
Review: After spending much of the first half of the last decade quietly building up a reputation, Simon Hinter has been almost silent since 2016. It's therefore heartening to see him finally return to action with arguably his most high-profile release yet: a fresh EP on the effervescent Freerange Records. All four tracks are suitably strong, particularly thickset, bass-heavy opener "Tired Up", whose explicit, female spoken word vocals, filtered loops, chunky bass and jazzy flourishes reminded us a little of the work of Thatmanmonkz. "Heaven & Hell" offers a sparkling, life-affirming take on glassy-eyed deep house hedonism, while "Lifestreams" adds some welcome nods to jazz-funk and disco while retaining a classy house vibe. To round things off, Hinter returns to a jazzier deep house flex on "Looking Back".
FRD 258
29 May 20
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Wirefire EP
   
Camira - (6:31) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wirefire - (6:18) 122 BPM
   
Matinada - (6:52) 124 BPM
Review: Comprised of German deep house veterans Manuel Tur and Adrian Hoffmann, Clavis is the new name they release under in tandem with their Amberroom project - where they collaborate with Ramin Nouyan. Once again it's for Jimpster's ever reliable Freerange, following up last year's terrific Boyd EP. The Wirefire EP sees them continue on with their deep, Afro-inspired electronic grooves of previous releases, which is evident on the euphoric dance floor narrative of "Camira". Elsewhere, there's the moody minimal tech house chugger that is the title track, reminiscent of each respective producer's style back in the mid noughties. Finally, they end things on a glassy eyed and bittersweet note on the emotive deep house epic "Matinada".
FRD 257
24 Apr 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Something Special EP
   
Fresh 16 - (5:44) 124 BPM
   
Something Special - (7:21) 125 BPM
   
Blue Pill - (7:29) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Melody - (7:08) 126 BPM
Review: After two years away in which they offered up a wealth of releases on other top-tier labels (Pets Recordings, Ton Tonics and Madhouse included), Italian twosome Black Loops returns to Freerange Recordings with another must-check EP. As usual, there's far more hits than misses. We're particularly enjoying the loose-limbed deep house funk of opener "Fresh 16", a canny combination of chunky, funky grooves, classic Italian house chords and synthesizer melodies so sunny they might burn your skin if you wallow in the track's majesty too long. Elsewhere, "Something Special" - named in honour of the Peech Boys track it sneakily samples - is a pitch-perfect chunk of swinging New Jersey deep house warmth, while "Blue Pill" adds a tech-house touch to a vintage Italian style chunk of glassy-eyed, loved-up deepness.
FRD 256
27 Mar 20
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One EP
   
One (feat Casamena) - (6:58) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
One (feat Casamena - Waajeed's One Nation remix) - (5:53) 121 BPM
   
The Way It Is - (6:21) 122 BPM
Review: Put up the bunting: Jimpster's back! The Freerange Records co-founder has been rather quiet of late, with the "One EP" delivering his first new material for nearly two years. Predictably he's in fine form from the off, successfully joining forces with Osunlade collaborator Casamena on brilliant opener "One" - a jaunty, loose-limbed fusion of jumpy broken house beats, huggable chords, sweaty percussion fills and a post hip-house spoken word vocal from the track's guest star. Detroiter Waajeed re-frames it as a bass-heavy chunk of starry deep house positivity before Jimspter offers up bonus cut "The Way It Is", a slightly more rubbery jog through ear catching deep house positivity rich in jazzy piano solos and squeezable synth bass.
FRD 250
28 Feb 20
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Valentine EP
   
Valentine - (5:26) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Back Of My Heart - (5:54) 120 BPM
   
I Heard You - (5:16) 121 BPM
   
Back Of My Heart (Patrice Scott remix) - (7:19) 120 BPM
Review: Given his track record, it's something of a surprise to find that this is Crackazat's first outing on Freerange. It's less of a surprise to discover that it's a superb EP. Lead cut "Valentine" is little less than sublime: a warm and floor-friendly mixture of bumping US garage influenced drums, jaunty jazz-funk bass, spacey synthesizer flourishes and jazzy piano motifs that veer from poignant and heart-aching to celebratory and rush-inducing in the space of five minutes. "Back Of My Heart" is a bleeping skip through bass-heavy deep house while "I Heard You" is a bluesy and jazzy house number straight out of the top drawer. If that's not enough to get you drooling, Patrice Scott's remix of "Back Of My Heart" is a warm, loose and languid intergalactic treat.
FRD 255
07 Feb 20
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Miles EP
   
Miles (Jimpster edit) - (6:39) 122 BPM
   
Miles (Jimpster dub) - (6:06) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Miles - (9:20) 122 BPM
Review: Dutch duo Lovestad are unusual in that they prioritize live performance over recording music, something that has earned them cult status in the Netherlands. Here they make their official debut on Freerange with a single that started life as a hardware jam. In its' original form (track three), "Miles" is sensually sumptuous, with hazy melodic flourishes, jazzy guitar licks and warming chords sashaying in and out of skipping drum machine beats and a wonderfully rubbery bassline. Freerange boss man Jimpster provides two typically club-ready remixes: a tight "Edit" that's arguably even more glassy-eyed than Lovestad's original mix and a "Dub" that focuses on the beats, liquid chords and lilting synth solos.
FRD 254
20 Dec 19
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Vogue EP
   
Vogue - (6:30) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vogue (Jimpster remix) - (6:52) 123 BPM
   
Windeck (C.Vogt edit) - (6:58) 120 BPM
   
Vogue (Bonus Butch edit) - (5:43) 123 BPM
Review: Fresh from their fine collaborative single on Running Back - the rather heavy "Desire" - Butch and C.Vogt join forces once more for an outing on another admirable house imprint, long-running London label Freerange. In its original form, "Vogue" is undulating and gently mind-altering, with the pair wrapping angular electronic motifs, soft-touch chords and dreamy synth sweeps around crunchy, drum machine style percussion. Label co-founder Jimpster provides the headline remix, opting for deeper bass, warmer chords and oodles of layered tribal percussion, which Butch provides a "Bonus Edit" that seems even dreamier than the original mix. The EP includes another tasty bonus in the shape of Vogt's edit of saucer-eyed retro-futurism gem "Windeck".
FRD 253
29 Nov 19
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Never Ending Nights
   
Gonna Make - (6:03) 122 BPM
   
Once Again - (5:16) 116 BPM
   
Riding High - (5:35) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Never Ending Nights - (7:23) 120 BPM
   
Chimes - (6:12) 119 BPM
   
The Ahs Have It All (Intro) - (1:17) 123 BPM
   
The Ahs Have It All - (5:52) 123 BPM
   
The Road Outside - (7:52) 123 BPM
   
Memories Of Chimes - (1:54) 105 BPM
   
Choosing A Room - (4:50) 123 BPM
   
Breakfast Memories (feat Lazarusman) - (4:40) 111 BPM
FRCD 37D
11 Oct 19
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Never Ending Nights Album Sampler
   
Once Again - (5:16) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gonna Make - (6:03) 122 BPM
   
Never Ending Nights - (7:23) 120 BPM
   
Chimes - (6:12) 119 BPM
Review: Matt Masters has been part of the Freerange family for a long time, though this is the first time he's released music on the label. The four-tracker is a taster for his imminent debut album, "Never Ending Nights", which sounds like it could be an essential listen for all those who enjoy languid, fluid and distinctive deep house that boasts its' own unique shuffle and swing. Our picks of the bunch are the rubbery, funk-fuelled dustiness of "Memory of Chimes" and the dub-flecked dancefloor bliss that is LP title track "Never Ending Nights". That said, plenty will enjoy the intricately produced brilliance of "Once Again" and "Gonna Make", both of which sound like they were heavily influenced by Floating Points' house tracks.
FRD 251
27 Sep 19
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Bermuda
   
Bermuda - (7:47) 117 BPM
   
Isolation - (7:41) 117 BPM
   
Isolation (Manuel Tur remix) - (8:52) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Dave Mathmos
FRD 248
19 Jul 19
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Perfect Strangers
   
Take U Away - (6:56) 125 BPM
   
Logarithm - (5:39) 127 BPM
   
Chika Kozo - (6:44) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Perfect Strangers - (5:47) 124 BPM
Played by: Ewan Jansen
FRD 249
05 Jul 19
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Unalloyed Pleasure
   
Unalloyed Pleasure - (6:48) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Raise It Up - (5:25) 123 BPM
   
Just A Memory - (7:05) 125 BPM
FRD 246
24 May 19
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Nostrand Ave
   
Nostrand Ave (feat DJ Heure) - (7:17) 124 BPM
   
Portland Headlights - (6:03) 125 BPM
   
Portland Headlights (Garrett David remix) - (5:44) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
FRD 245
03 May 19
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Organic Reach
   
Astrakan - (6:06) 126 BPM
   
Hold Your Hand - (6:06) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Organic Reach - (5:08) 120 BPM
FRD 244
12 Apr 19
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The Black Pearl
   
The Black Pearl - (7:53) 122 BPM
   
Sunset Over Water - (7:11) 122 BPM
   
Sacrifice - (6:33) 120 BPM
   
Sunset Over Water (Fka Mash Glitch dub) - (5:57) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Johannesburg-based producer Bruce Loko prides himself on making music that's "far from bog-standard South African house". Here he makes his debut on Freerange with a fine four-track EP that expertly showcases his trademark sound. Leading the line is "The Black Pearl", a spacey, woozy, quietly picturesque and surprisingly hazy chunk of atmospheric deep house/tech-house fusion. "Sacrifice" is, if anything, even more dusty, deep and spaced out - all minor key, lo-fi synth melodies and broken house drums - while "Sunset Over Water" duly lives up to its evocative title. FKA Mash provides a breezier, warmer "Glitch Dub" of the same cut that's arguably even better than Loko's sublime original mix.
FRD 242
01 Mar 19
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