Suzy (incl. Free Track)
GGR 004
09 Sep 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Suzy (original mix) - (8:28) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Memory lane - (7:20) 110 BPM
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Shape - (7:25) 106 BPM
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Suzy (instrumental - Free Track) - (8:28) 118 BPM
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Review: Given that Darren Clark has little history of releases behind him, this is a very assured and impressive EP. While the wide-eyed, deep house warmth of the title track - available in instrumental form as a free download - is good (particularly the woozy, hippy-ish vocals), it's actually "Memory Lane" that really stands out. Featuring more distinctly Balearic vocals, a baggy air and some delicious disco percussion, it seems designed to soundtrack Adriatic boat parties and Mediterranean sunsets. Almost as good is the deeper "Shape", which chugs along on a wave of building chords, dense percussion and filtered bass. It's one of those tracks you just want to get lost in, sometime around four in the morning.
Monkey Edits
GGR 009
13 Jul 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Just Here To Raise Ya (original) - (9:21) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Melody Of Creed (original) - (7:57) 119 BPM
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A Lullaby For Spiderman (The Phantom Flan Flinger remix) - (9:28) 100 BPM
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Review: Auckland's Grass Green are at it again with another series of smooth and sexy (not to mention cheeky!) slow-mo house re-edits. And fair play; they're executed pretty darn well, even the man himself Greg Wilson named this in some of his top choice of re-edits of 2013. First up "Just Here to Raise Ya" is yes, you guessed it: The Happy Mondays. Shallow Taxi's "Melody of Creed" reworks M People, but it's good, trust us! Finally and the standout here is Monkey Boots at it again but this time with "Lullaby for Spider Man" reworking The Cure's classic of yes you guessed it: "Lullaby".
Whitworth Strut Part 2
GGR 007
18 Aug 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Monkey Boots - "Whitworth Strut" (Greg Wilson version) - (8:07) 110 BPM
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Monkey Boots - "Hold Back The Night" (Andy Hart remix) - (7:36) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Monkey Boots - "Hold Back The Night" (original) - (8:31) 113 BPM
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Review: Auckland's deep delving duo Monkey Boots are back with a new version of "Whitworth Strut", this time reworked by disco royalty himself, Greg Wilson. Under Wilson's guidance the track becomes like a whooshy, subaquatic disco swim with tides of touchy feely loops washing all over the listener in blessed-out joy. Elsewhere we get a new track "Hold Back The Night", which is a lean and mean slice of linear electro funk (also successfully dubbed out by Andy Hart) that clocks in at a whopping eight minutes!
Mind Biscuit
GGR 006
14 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Impossible Need (original) - (8:23) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Yearning For You (original) - (7:39) 120 BPM
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Yearning For You (Reed & Radley dub) - (6:59) 120 BPM
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A Lullaby For Spiderman (The Phantom Flan Flinger remix - free track) - (9:28) 100 BPM
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Review: "Mind Biscuit": Something tasty for your brain to chew on while your feet mulch up the dancefloor. Auckland crew Monkey Boots lay down two jack-slapping originals that dig deep into the true deep house psyche. "Impossible Need" comes with smoky vocal and smouldering bass vibes on the groove while "Yearning For You" slaps with a lighter sensation, all wafty minor key organs and soul-stirring vocals. Remix-wise Reed & Radley subvert "Yearning For You" with a little more space and reverbed magic while The Phantom Flan Flinger gets all reflective and shimmering on the Balearic bomb "Lullaby For Spiderman". Beautiful.
Mums The Word EP
GGR 001
10 Sep 12
Deep House
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Crying In The Dark - (8:27) 123 BPM
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Listen Up - (6:41) 127 BPM
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Night Chills - (6:55) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Analog Rain - (7:29) 126 BPM
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Crying In The Dark (Muirheads Club dub) - (6:48) 117 BPM
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The Midnight Crisis
GGR 008
24 Nov 14
Deep House
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Descenders Of The Faith - (7:35) 125 BPM
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Headstones - (7:41) 126 BPM
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Fields Of May - (7:32) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: According to the press release accompanying this latest single from New Zealand duo Reed and Radley, lead cut "Descenders of the Faith" is "the sound of a late '80s warehouse rave invaded by an android Liberace, as re-imagined by Buck Rogers in the 25th century". In other words, it's a retro-futurist gem, where classic house pianos and bubby electronics meet driving beats and sweaty late night charm. There's more of a straightforward, dub-flecked deep house feel to "Headstones", before "Fields Of May" takes a trip back to the halcyon days of house music via a chunky Chicago bassline, New Jersey grooves and classic Italian house riffs.
Bongo Lover
GGR 005
02 Dec 13
Deep House
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Keep On (original mix) - (7:42) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dont Let Me Down (original mix) - (7:28) 121 BPM
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Keep On (Shallow Taxi Club hard dub) - (7:12) 122 BPM
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Review: Now based in New Zealand, Reed & Radley learnt their trade in northern England in the early 1990s. That probably explains the unashamed New Jersey garage/New York house sound of both "Keep On" and "Don't Let Me Down". Both are impeccable tributes to the Easy Street/early Strictly Rhythm sound, complete with hip-wigglin' beats, choice vocal samples and fluid chords. "Don't Let Me Down" offers the added bonus of some classic organs and pianos amongst the skipping snares and classic vocal samples. As old-fashioned as it is, it's certainly an accurate tribute. The package is completed by a decent remix of "Keep On" from Shallow Taxi Club, whose "Hard Dub" sounds like Mr G doing NJ garage; an enticing prospect indeed.
Nights Turn Brighter
GGR 003
29 Apr 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Flashback (original mix) - (7:41) 123 BPM
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Mark My Words (Monkey Boots remix) - (8:28) 115 BPM
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Mark My Words (disco edit) - (8:14) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Melody Of Creed (Monkey Boots remix - Juno bonus free when ordering entire release) - (7:57) 119 BPM
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Review: Further proof of the blurred boundaries between nu-disco, deep house and '90s house revivalism is provided by this jaunty four-tracker from Auckland-based studio buff Shallow Taxi Club. There's much to admire about the crisp, vintage house pianos, twittering melodies and bumpin' beats of opener "Flashback", but it's the deep, Crazy P-ish nu-disco groovery of "Mark My Words" that most impresses. Choose between the baggy 'Disco Edit' and a delightfully touchy-feely rework from Greg Wilson faves Monkey Boots. The latter also turn "Melody of Creed" into a gorgeous slice of shuffling deep house bliss.
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