09 Sep 13
Suzy (original mix) - (8:28) 118 BPM
Memory lane - (7:20) 110 BPM
Shape - (7:25) 106 BPM
Suzy (instrumental - Free Track) - (8:28) 118 BPM
Played by: Monkey Boots, Gazeebo, Superbreak, Roberto Rodriguez, Lucky Sun, Juno Recommends Deep House, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, Grass Green, Reed & Radley
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.
07 Oct 12
Played by: Vision Collective, Smashed Atoms, Dj N◉va ▶ Rodon FM 95, Monkey Boots, Gazeebo, FINGERMAN, Superbreak, Disco Tech (DiscoDat), Juno Recommends Disco, Kerry and Casio, J&M BROTHERS, Alessandro Otiz, Monkey Boots, CC:DISCO!, Homero Espinosa, Don Crisp, Nine Lives, Grass Green, Reed & Radley, Nu Disco Fever, Chris Lum
18 Aug 14
Monkey Boots - "Whitworth Strut" (Greg Wilson version) - (8:07) 110 BPM
Monkey Boots - "Hold Back The Night" (Andy Hart remix) - (7:36) 112 BPM
Monkey Boots - "Hold Back The Night" (original) - (8:31) 113 BPM
Played by: FINGERMAN, Scott K. [BOXmusic], Jad & The, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Monkey Boots, HWah, Grass Green
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!
13 Jul 15
Just Here To Raise Ya (original) - (9:21) 98 BPM
Melody Of Creed (original) - (7:57) 119 BPM
A Lullaby For Spiderman (The Phantom Flan Flinger remix) - (9:28) 100 BPM
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".
14 Jul 14
Impossible Need (original) - (8:23) 115 BPM
Yearning For You (original) - (7:39) 120 BPM
Yearning For You (Reed & Radley dub) - (6:59) 120 BPM
A Lullaby For Spiderman (The Phantom Flan Flinger remix - free track) - (9:28) 100 BPM
Played by: DAVE GERRARD, Kraak & Smaak, Monkey Boots, FINGERMAN, Dario Piana, Superbreak, Dr Packer, Jad & The, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Freddy Love, Monkey Boots, Evil Smarty, Joseph Terruel, Weedyman, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, HWah, Alien Disco Sugar (Leonidas DeeJay), DJ P-SOL, Juno Best Sellers 2016, Ziggy Phunk, Grass Green, Reed & Radley, Discothèque Credits , Wall Of Fame
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.
10 Sep 12
Crying In The Dark - (8:27) 123 BPM
Listen Up - (6:41) 127 BPM
Night Chills - (6:55) 123 BPM
Analog Rain - (7:29) 126 BPM
Crying In The Dark (Muirheads Club dub) - (6:48) 117 BPM
02 Dec 13
Keep On (original mix) - (7:42) 123 BPM
Dont Let Me Down (original mix) - (7:28) 121 BPM
Keep On (Shallow Taxi Club hard dub) - (7:12) 122 BPM
Played by: Dj N◉va ▶ Rodon FM 95, Monkey Boots, Gazeebo, Alkalino, ADAM WARPED aka Johnny Blackouts, Grass Green, K-Zan, Killer Funk Disco Digital US
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.
24 Nov 14
Descenders Of The Faith - (7:35) 125 BPM
Headstones - (7:41) 126 BPM
Fields Of May - (7:32) 123 BPM
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.
29 Apr 13
Flashback (original mix) - (7:41) 123 BPM
Mark My Words (Monkey Boots remix) - (8:28) 115 BPM
Mark My Words (disco edit) - (8:14) 114 BPM
Melody Of Creed (Monkey Boots remix - Juno bonus free when ordering entire release) - (7:57) 119 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, Monkey Boots, FINGERMAN, Irregular Disco Workers, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), In Flagranti, Leon Sweet, Joseph Terruel, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, Kono Vidovic, Grass Green, Reed & Radley, VinylAddicted, Mr Hooky, Fabrice Lamy, HuHu Music
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.