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Heist Recordings

Heist Recordings was founded by Dam Swindle to gain full control over their own releases and to create a stage for likeminded musicians. From the first release on, Dam Swindle’s “Break up to make up” EP in summer 2013, Heist has been a go to label for proper underground house and electronic music. Now, going into its 10th year, Heist has brought forward artists like Crackazat, Byron the Aquarius, Marina Trench, Kassian, Fouk, Makez, Kassian & Scan7.
Heist has been a home to many remixers and collaborators such as Blue Note artist Tom Misch, Nightmares on Wax, Ash Lauryn, Emma-Jean Thackray, DJ Bone, Matthew Herbert, Seven Davis Jr, Pépé Bradock, Ge-ology, Kai Alcé, Session Victim, and Jitwam. An annual label highlight is the ‘Round up’; a remix ep where all artists from that year remix each other; A unique concept that is another clear sign of the family approach the duo have with the label.
Now coming into its 10-year anniversary, there is no sign of slowing down and with the music they’ve got ready for future releases, Heist will continue its path to build bridges, support talent and showcase legends.

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Anthems Vol 1
Various
Cinthie - "Piano Heaven" - (6:44) 124 BPM
Fouk - "Mirage" - (7:07) 127 BPM
Dam Swindle - "That's Right" - (7:04) 120 BPM
DJ Sneak - "Full Cycle" - (6:57) 125 BPM
Amy Dabbs - "Crush" (extended mix) - (7:24) 130 BPM
Makez - "Feel The Same" - (6:13) 125 BPM
Orlando Voorn - "Be With You" (Crackazat remix) - (5:43) 126 BPM
Peter Matson & JKriv - "Bigtime" - (5:34) 122 BPM
Demuir - "The 3nity Returneth" (dub mix) - (9:37) 126 BPM
Nebraska - "Dip And Flip" - (6:23) 128 BPM
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Review: As the title makes clear, this ten-track collection celebrates some of the biggest and best-loved club workouts that Dam Swindle's Heist Recordings imprint has put out over the last 10 years. There's plenty of must-have material on show, from the saucer-eyed rush of Cinthie's nostalgic '90s house-flavoured 'Piano Heaven' and the colourful, organ-splashed deep house headiness of Dam Swindle's 'That's Right', to the soaring retro-futurism of Amy Dabbs' 'Crush (Extended Mix)' and the breezy, jazz-flecked house positivity of Crackazat's classic rework of Orlando Voorn's 'Be With You'. Elsewhere, there's another chance to savour the Afrobeat-meets-house joy of Peter Matson and JKriv's 'Bigtime', with its' Fela Kuti style horn blasts, and the sweat-soaked peak-time stomp that is 'Full Cycle' by DJ Sneak.
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HEIST 085D
26 Jul 24
Deep House
Sereen
Poor Man's Paradise - (5:23) 126 BPM
Sereen - (7:02) 129 BPM Hot
Can't Believe - (5:11) 130 BPM
Poor Man's Paradise (K-Lone remix) - (4:37) 126 BPM
Body Dripping Sweat - (6:35) 127 BPM
Review: After successfully doing his own thing online, sharing and selling music via artist-focused platforms, Dutch youngster Kaap brings his brand of 1990s-influenced deep house nostalgia to Heist Recordings for the very first time. It's an assured and genuinely impressive debut all told, with lead cut 'Poor Man's Paradise' providing a near-perfect fusion of hands-in-the-air stabs, misty-eyed female vocal samples, rubbery mid-90s US house bass and rolling beats. K-Lone remixes, giving it a breezier and more melodic spin - all gorgeous lead lines, cut-up vocal snippets and kaleidoscopic pads. Elsewhere across the EP, 'Sereen' combines Tenaglia-influenced beats with spiralling lead lines, TB-3903 acid squelches and colossal chords, 'Can't Believe' delivers nods to organ-rich deep house dubs, and 'Body Dripping Sweat' manages to be immersive, heady and dancefloor-ready in equal measure.
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HEIST 084D
05 Jul 24
Deep House
You No Good To Me (Mele Remix)
You No Good To Me (Mele remix - edit) - (3:50) 127 BPM
You No Good To Me (Mele remix) - (5:46) 127 BPM Hot
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3663729 313164
21 Jun 24
Deep House
Poor Man's Paradise (K-Lone Remix)
Poor Man's Paradise (K-Lone remix) - (4:37) 126 BPM
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HEIST084S 1
07 Jun 24
Deep House
What About Me
Lift Me Up - (5:18) 128 BPM
You No Good To Me - (5:24) 125 BPM
Whistle Me - (5:46) 126 BPM Hot
Lift Me Up (edit) - (3:00) 128 BPM
Review: Franco-Algerian producer Elisa Elisa steps up with her debut EP for Dam Swindle's Heist Recordings imprint, a four-tracker that does a good job in introducing us to her unique personal sound. The key cut is 'Lift Me Up', which appears in both full-length and edited forms. A richly percussive blend of sweat-soaked acid house bass, Afro-house beats, warehouse-ready riffs and her own effects-laden vocals, it sounds like an underground anthem in the making. Elsewhere, 'You No Good To Me' is a TB-303 powered acid house excursion with added Algerian percussion and 'Whistle Me' is a muscular Afro-house workout primed for peak-time plays.
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HEIST 083
31 May 24
Deep House
Lift Me Up
Lift Me Up (edit) - (3:00) 128 BPM
Lift Me Up - (5:18) 128 BPM Hot
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HEIST083S 1
26 Apr 24
Deep House
Mirage
Mirage - (7:07) 127 BPM Hot
Coffee - (6:44) 125 BPM
Tapioca - (6:13) 125 BPM
Mirage (Elisa Bee remix) - (5:43) 136 BPM
Abalone - (5:06) 126 BPM
Review: Dutch duo Fouk, comprised of Daniel Leseman and Hans Peeman, unveil their latest offering in the vibrant Mirage EP for Dam Swindle's Heist Recordings! Picking up from their Blue Steel EP of 2021, these four originals take in a blend of funk and disco influences while presenting a dynamic exploration of the pair's musical palette, leaning towards a club-centric vibe. The EP not only highlights Fouk's distinctive sound but also features a powerful remix of the lead track by the talented Hardgroove artist Elisa Bee, adding an extra layer of energy to the record!
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HEIST082D
19 Apr 24
Deep House
Mirage
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HEIST082S2D
22 Mar 24
Deep House
Midnight Time
Makez & AVA LAVA - "Closer" - (2:49) 120 BPM
Makez & Life On Planets - "Running From The Noise" - (4:03) 123 BPM Hot
Makez & AVA LAVA - "Midnight Time" (feat Joey Hotwax) - (6:57) 128 BPM
The Answer - (5:24) 131 BPM
Gratitude - (6:38) 126 BPM
Review: The Dutch production duo Makez returns to their soulful house roots with a new four-track EP on Heist Recordings called "Midnight Time." This release showcases the versatility of Makez, seamlessly blending introspective grooves, infectious club anthems, and atmospheric soundscapes. The EP opens with "Closer," a laidback, jazzy collaboration with vocalist AVA LAVÁ featuring lush textures and rich instrumentation that sets a mellow, moody vibe. Next is "Running From The Noise," reuniting Makez with vocalist Life On Planets after their previous hit "Downstream." Life On Planets' emotive vocals mesh perfectly with Makez's trademark deep house rhythms, creating another potential dancefloor gem. It then gets into higher gear with the acid-tinged, 90s-inspired techno groove of "The Answer." Powered by a male vocal hook, acid basslines and classic 909 drum programming, it's a high-energy cut primed for peak-time club plays. Closing out the EP is "Gratitude," which ventures into deeper, more introspective territory with haunting strings, glitchy vocal samples and distorted synth textures layered into an immersive sonic landscape.
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HEIST081D
15 Mar 24
Deep House
Coffee
Coffee - (6:44) 125 BPM
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HEIST082S1D
01 Mar 24
Deep House
Closer
Closer - (2:49) 120 BPM
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HEIST081S 2
16 Feb 24
Deep House
The Round Up Pt. 10
Various
Cinthie - "Won't U Take Me" (Dam Swindle remix) - (5:34) 128 BPM
Crackazat - "I Need To Know" (Amy Dabbs remix) - (5:48) 158 BPM
DJ Sneak - "Full Cycle" (Cinthie remix) - (5:41) 127 BPM
Orlando Voorn - "High" (Krewcial remix) - (6:01) 122 BPM
Krewcial - "Owo" (Crackazat remix) - (6:36) 122 BPM
Amy Dabbs - "Only Breaks Can Love Your Heart" (UC Beatz remix) - (5:18) 123 BPM
Dam Swindle - "Soul's Lament" (DJ Sneak remix) - (8:58) 126 BPM Hot
UC Beatz - "Make Me Feel" (Orlando Voorn remix feat Marina Trench) - (6:10) 124 BPM
Review: Heist Recordings' 'The Round Up' - an annual mini-album in which label artists remix each other - reaches its tenth volume. As usual, there's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout. Dam Swindle channel the spirit of Victor Simonelli's early '90s NYC house productions on a fine version of Cinthie's 'Won't You Take Me', Krewcial opts for a bouncy, piano-rich 'classic house' revision of Orlando Voorn's 'High', and DJ Sneak re-imagines Dam Swindle's 'Soul's Lament' as a rolling, string-stab laden slice of rolling Chicago chunkiness. Further highlights include Crackazat's loose-limbed, sun-soaked and synth solo-heavy revision of Krewcial's 'Owo', Cinthie turns DJ Sneak's 'Full Cycle' into an acid-and-filter heavy peak-time loop jam, and Orlando Voorn and Marina Trench join forces on a deep, drowsy and woozy rework of UC Beatz's 'Make Me Feel'.
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HEIST 080D
09 Feb 24
Deep House
Running From The Noise
Running From The Noise - (4:03) 123 BPM
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HEIST081S 1
19 Jan 24
Deep House
Won't U Take Me (Dam Swindle Remix - Edit)
Won't U Take Me (Dam Swindle remix - edit) - (3:57) 128 BPM
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3663729 288684
12 Jan 24
Deep House
Back To Love
Love Can Make It Happen - (6:45) 126 BPM Hot
Going Back To It - (6:14) 127 BPM
Full Cycle - (6:57) 125 BPM
Pockets - (6:26) 125 BPM
Review: The DJ Sneak revival continues, with the U.S house legend pitching up on Dam Swindle's Heist Recordings imprint following fine recent outings on Hard Times, Frappe and Digital Tape Recordings. It may be 30 years since the Chicago house stalwart released his first EP, but his talent for delivering impeccable club cuts has not dimmed - as is proved by the punchy drums, wide-eyed vocal snippets and sumptuous string loops of 'Love Can Make It Happen', and the breathlessly brilliant 'bompty beats' and sleazy acid bass of EP highlight 'Going Back To It'. His ability to work short loops into a frenzy of heads-down and hands-aloft dancing comes to the fore on 'Full Cycle', while 'Pockets' is a veritable breeze of brilliantly programmed, loose-limbed house beats, vocal stabs and wonderfully deep chords.
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HEIST 079D
08 Dec 23
Deep House
Heist Classics Vol 02
Various
Crackazat - "Alfa" - (4:45) 124 BPM
Andy Hart - "Epsilon Girls" - (5:49) 118 BPM
Makez - "Different Planets" - (6:39) 121 BPM
Kassian - "8th Movement" - (7:39) 126 BPM Hot
Nachtbraker - "Hamdi" - (7:07) 120 BPM
Review: Dam Swindle's Heist Recordings celebrate their 10th anniversary this year, and here we have the fourth in a series of EPs marking that milestone. The EP opens with the surging, pulsing 'Alfa' from Crackazat with its insistent, rolling piano line, before Andy Hart injects a little old school funk/soul flava on 'Epsilon Girls'. Makez's 'Different Planets' adds an Afro-style chant to the classic deep house blueprint, Kassian take us into more stripped-back territory with the fluid '8th Movement' and its familiar "music!" vocal sample, before Nachtbraker play us out with 'Hamdi', a slightly more leftfield, bottom-heavy shuffler. The quality standard is high throughout, so here's to another decade!
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HEIST 078
10 Nov 23
Deep House
Minor Fools
That's Right - (7:04) 120 BPM Hot
Minor Fools - (5:40) 125 BPM
Soul's Lament - (6:28) 125 BPM
Review: Having spent much of 2023 marking the 10th birthday of their popular Heist Recordings imprint, Dam Swindle have not had much time to showcase new music. This three track EP of all-new material is therefore a very welcome development. Predictably, they're on the spot from the word go, wrapping filtered string sounds, hazy horn samples and sustained organ chords around a warming disco bassline and layered disco-house beats on 'That's Right'. Title track 'Minor Fools' follows, offering a blend of sweat-soaked deep house beats, rubbery synth-bass and sun-soaked chords, before the popular Dutch duo round off another strong EP via the tactile and huggable, disco-sampling sweeps of 'Soul's Lament'. It's arguably the EP's most impactful moment - and that's saying something.
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HEIST 077D
20 Oct 23
Deep House
Only Breaks Can Love Your Heart
Everything Alright (extended mix feat Aika Mal) - (4:08) 148 BPM
Everything Alright (Dam Swindle remix - extended mix feat Aika Mal) - (4:42) 140 BPM
Eleven Eleven Twenty Two (extended mix) - (5:58) 129 BPM
Crush (extended mix) - (7:24) 130 BPM Hot
Only Breaks Can Love Your Heart (extended mix) - (5:21) 81 BPM
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HEIST076D
22 Sep 23
Deep House
Best Of Remixes
Various
Dam Swindle - "Call Of The Wild" (Cinthie remix feat Jungle By Night) - (6:03) 122 BPM
Perdu - "Jane's World" (DJ Boring remix) - (7:53) 123 BPM Hot
Byron The Aquarius - "I Love Yo" (Kush Jones remix) - (4:58) 130 BPM
Alma Negra - "Endless Summer" (Soulphiction remix) - (5:34) 122 BPM
Adryiano - "Move It, Move It" (Jamie 3:26 remix) - (6:00) 123 BPM
Peter Matson & JKriv - "Ewesse Ye" (Auntie Flo remix feat Samy Love) - (5:44) 120 BPM
Hugo Mari - "Get Loose" (Kai Alce NDATL mix feat Zodiac) - (6:29) 124 BPM
Nebraska - "Big Plate Chicken" (Alma Negra's Blacksoul remix) - (7:02) 124 BPM
Fouk - "Money" (JKriv & Peter Matson remix) - (6:01) 123 BPM
Dam Swindle & Jitwam - "Coffee In The Morning" (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (10:27) 123 BPM
Nebraska - "Dip & Flip" (Kassian remix) - (6:58) 128 BPM
Makez & AVA LAVA - "Holy Sun" (Retromigration remix) - (5:56) 122 BPM
Gaoule Mizik - "A Ka Titine" (Dam Swindle remix) - (6:51) 120 BPM
Fouk - "Blue Steel" (Girls Of The Internet remix) - (5:04) 128 BPM
Teleseen - "Exposures" (Black Loops remix) - (7:00) 130 BPM
Review: Having previously released 10th anniversary 'best of' and 'hidden gems' collections, Heist Recordings' founders Dam Swindle complete the trilogy via a well-curated set of remixes from the label's bulging archives. Our picks of a very strong bunch include Cinthie's nostalgic, solo-laden piano house rework of Dam Swindle's 'Call of the Wild' (featuring Jungle By Night), Kush Jones' ultra-deep hybrid house/garage rub of Byron The Aquarius's 'I Love Yo', a deliciously off-kilter and drum-machine driven re-make of Adriyano courtesy of Jamie 3:26, and a typically epic, lusciously loved-up Prins Thomas 'Diskomiks' of Dam Swindle and Jitwam's 'Coffee in the Morning'. Throw in sublime reworks by Kai Alce, Dj Boring, Kassian and Alma Negra, and you have a genuinely must-have compilation.
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HEIST 075
25 Aug 23
Deep House
Hidden Gems
Various
Fouk - "Truffles" - (6:07) 126 BPM Hot
Felipe Gordon - "Highly Corrosive Acid" - (5:29) 123 BPM
Dam Swindle - "Sugar Sugar" - (6:21) 122 BPM
Lore Of The Samurai - "Space Designer" - (5:38) 132 BPM
Demuir - "Philippine Sunrise" - (7:18) 123 BPM
Crackazat - "We Know" - (5:27) 120 BPM
Adesse Versions - "Push It Along" - (5:29) 120 BPM
M.ono - "Delaware State Route" - (8:42) 123 BPM
Nachtbraker - "Gurl" - (6:01) 118 BPM
Nebraska - "The Blues" - (6:55) 128 BPM
Pitto - "You Treat Me Like A Fool" - (6:42) 120 BPM
Perdu - "Sacramento" - (5:58) 124 BPM
Marina Trench & Sabrina Bellaouel - "Wake Up" - (4:58) 123 BPM
Makez - "Feel The Same" - (6:13) 125 BPM
Orlando Voorn - "Tenderness" - (5:37) 131 BPM
Review: As part of Heist Recordings' ongoing 10th birthday celebrations, label founders Dam Swindle have decided to showcase some of the 'Hidden Gems' lurking in the imprint's back catalogue. It's a smart move, because there's plenty of high-grade dancefloor heat to be found across the 15 under-celebrated tracks on show. For proof, check the squelchy synth-bass, rushing piano riffs and classic house vibes of Fouk's 'Truffles', the gorgeous sci-fi techno melodiousness of Lord of the Samurai's 'Space Designer', the sun-splashed, jazz-flecked excellence of Crackazat's 'We Know', the low-slung, drum machine driven headiness of Adesse Versions' 'Push It Along' and the drowsy, soul-flecked late-night deepness pf Marina Trench and Sabrina Bellaouel's 'Wake Up'.
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HEIST 074
11 Aug 23
Deep House
Senses
I Need To Know - (2:49) 87 BPM
Do You Think About Me - (4:09) 116 BPM
Freddie's Groove - (5:02) 122 BPM
Phantom (feat The Potash Twins) - (5:14) 122 BPM Hot
Endless Life - (6:10) 126 BPM
When We Last Met - (4:27) 86 BPM
Review: A regular to the imprint Heist Records, Crackazat comes back to Dam Swindles' label with a mesmerizing mini album "Senses". From the soulful downtempo beats of the exceptional opener "I Need To Know", to the infectious and sun-soaked house brilliance of "Do You Think About Me" with its uplifting piano melodies, each track offers a unique and delightful experience. Next is "'Freddie's Groove", a sublime blend of deep house and subtle jazz influences while "Phantom", a collaboration with Potash Twins, fusions broken beat, jazz, house, and soul that will leave you spellbound. To wrap up this auditory adventure, Crackazat delves even deeper with "Endless Life" and "When We Last Met".
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HEIST 073
14 Jul 23
Deep House
Musique For Discotheques
Won't U Take Me - (6:22) 126 BPM
Piano Heaven - (6:44) 124 BPM Hot
Masterplan - (4:39) 145 BPM
Piano Heaven (St. David remix) - (6:53) 126 BPM
Review: Cinthie Cristl knows a thing or two about classic sounding, peak-time-ready house music, as her releases for Aus and fantastic DJ Kicks mix proved. Predictably, her Heist Recordings debut is similarly on point and packed with nostalgic, retro-futurist house treats. The dreamy chords, jazzy synth-bass and rushing piano stabs of turn-of-the-90s Italo-house appear to have been the inspiration for opener 'Won't U Take Me', while the accurately titled 'Piano Heaven' is a warehouse ready, hands-in-the-air treat for all those who crave rushing, loved-up goodness. That track gets a chunkier, weightier and more energetic makeover by St David, while 'Masterplan' is a high-octane tribute to Dance Mania style ghetto-house with a timeless deep house twist.
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HEIST 072D
16 Jun 23
Deep House
The Motherland
Owo - (6:17) 118 BPM
Wahala Dey (feat Nimiwari) - (7:29) 120 BPM
Kitoko - (5:08) 119 BPM
Ghana Groove - (5:48) 119 BPM Hot
Review: Here's something of a surprise: an appearance from long-serving French beat-maker, re-editor and bootleg remix king Krewcial on Dam Swindle's house-focused Heist Recordings imprint. Even more surprisingly, the four-track EP explores the veteran producer's love of Afrobeat, Afro-funk, and Afro-disco, combining classic-sounding instrumentation (including Fela-esque horns and guitar licks), with contemporary dancefloor grooves. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the modern Afrobeat bounce of 'Owo' and Africa 70-goes-house flex of 'Kitoko', to the heavy Afro-disco-meets-Afro-funk brilliance of 'Wahala Dey', featuring Nimiwari, and the percussion-rich Afro-disco-goes-Afro-house excellence of 'Ghana Groove'.
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HEIST 071
19 May 23
Deep House
Heist Classics Vol 01
Various
Dam Swindle - "The Break Up" - (7:56) 120 BPM Hot
Scan 7 - "The Best Is Yet To Come" - (6:33) 127 BPM
Fouk - "Kill Frenzy" - (6:01) 120 BPM
Demuir - "Werq. Feel. Gruv. Vogue." - (6:14) 125 BPM
Adryiano - "Me And You And Her" - (6:33) 127 BPM
Review: Now Dam Swindle's Heist Recordings imprint is a decade old, the Dutch duo is starting to get nostalgic. We can expect a few 'Heist Classics' EPs in the months and years ahead as they raid the label's vaults for inspiration. There's much to savour on volume one, which fittingly begins with one of the pair's best-loved tunes - the now 10-year-old dusty deep house gem that is 'The Breakup'. Elsewhere, there's a chance to savour the peak-time-ready classic house rush of Detroit crew Scan 7's 'The Best Is Yet To Come', a slab of hazy sample-house hedonism from Fouk (the jazz-flecked deep house bounce of 'Kill Frenzy'), a subtly disco-fired workout from Demuir ('Werq. Feel. Gruv. Vogue'), and a lesser-known slab of deep piano-house loveliness from Adriyano ('Me And You And Her').
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HEIST 070
21 Apr 23
Deep House
Orchid's Wish
Orchid's Wish - (5:58) 120 BPM
Make Me Feel (feat Marina Trench) - (6:03) 121 BPM
Blu Thang - (5:45) 124 BPM
Free (feat Tour-Maubourg) - (6:14) 124 BPM Hot
Purple Corner Fig - (5:57) 120 BPM
Review: Prolific producer UC Beatz adds another record label to his CV via a first outing on Dam Swindle's reliable and much-loved Heist Recordings imprint. It's an expansive, five-track affair, with two of the highlights being high-profile collaborations: a deliciously cowbell-rich chunk of vocal deep house pleasure with Mariana Trench (the brilliant 'Make Me Feel'), and the warm, starry, sunny and deliciously percussive 'Free' (with Tour-Maubourg). Elsewhere, opener 'Orchid's Wish' is a bold and attractive chunk of post-disco-house hedonism full of swirling orchestral samples and looped vocal snippets; 'Blu Thang' is a breezy slab of early morning deep house classiness; and 'Purple Corner Fig' is a joyous house roller that sounds like it could have been made in the late 1990s.
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HEIST 069
24 Mar 23
Deep House
Heist Mastercuts, Pt.2
Soundsystem - (6:04) 127 BPM
High - (6:19) 127 BPM
Day By Day - (6:02) 125 BPM Hot
909 (OV remix feat Emil) - (5:45) 134 BPM
Soundsystem (instrumental) - (6:04) 127 BPM
909 (main mix feat Emil) - (6:16) 128 BPM
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HEIST 068
24 Feb 23
Deep House
The Round Up Pt. 9
Various
Crackazat - "Demucha" (Dam Swindle remix) - (6:46) 130 BPM Hot
Dam Swindle - "Good Woman" (Byron The Aquarius Late Night dub) - (4:35) 83 BPM
Orlando Voorn - "Be With You" (Crackazat remix) - (5:43) 126 BPM
Byron The Aquarius - "Success" (Nebraska remix) - (6:33) 120 BPM
Nebraska - "Chant Des Oiseaux" (Mak?z remix feat BeBelle) - (6:02) 134 BPM
Makez - "La Grande Folie" (Orlando Voorn remix) - (6:19) 143 BPM
Review: The release of the latest volume of 'The Round Up' - an EP in which Heist Recordings contributors remix each other - has become an annual institution. 2023's edition - the ninth in the series to date - is naturally an impressive, all-action affair. Label bosses Dam Swindle kick things off by turning Crackazat's inherently jazzy 'Demucha' into a glossy, funk-fuelled disco-house roller, before Byron The Aquarius adds a gently glassy-eyed, dreamy tinged to that duo's 'Good Woman'. Crazkazat joins the dots between string-laden disco-house and classy US style deep house on his take on Orlando Voorn's 'Be With You', while Voorn delivers a breathless, electro-goes-techno-funk tweak on Makez's 'La Grand Folie'. Elsewhere, Nebraska shuffles his way through an attractive, soul-flecked revision of Nebraska, and Makez delivers a fizzing, hands-aloft techno rework of Nebraska.
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HEIST 067
03 Feb 23
Deep House
Keep On Swindling Pt. 3
You - (6:18) 128 BPM Hot
More Love - (6:30) 124 BPM
The Wrap Around (2022 mix) - (6:40) 121 BPM
64 Ways (Nightmares On Wax remix feat Mayer Hawthorne) - (6:17) 123 BPM
The Wrap Around (DJ Bone's Doc Ciroc remix) - (6:16) 128 BPM
Review: Like its two predecessors, this third volume in Dam Swindle's 10th anniversary 'Keep On Swindling' series is packed with classic cuts, new tracks, forgotten gems and killer remixes. The Amsterdam-based twosome first opt for rush-inducing vocal snippets, rising and falling synth melodies, deep bass and shuffling beats on 'You', before opting for a more warehouse-ready, life-affirming peak-time house sound on 'More Love'. Early classic 'Wrap Around' is revisited twice, first by the duo themselves and then the mighty DJ Bone, who brilliantly re-imagines it as a sweat-soaked techno number full of sci-fi synths and driving dancefloor intent. Also well worth a listen is Nightmares on Wax's mix of Mayer Hawthorne hook-up '64 Ways', which the Ibiza-based Yorkshireman turns into a low-slung, cowbell-heavy peak-time romp.
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HEIST066D
02 Dec 22
Deep House
Akira
I Love Yo - (5:39) 125 BPM
Get Up - (5:34) 124 BPM
Love - (3:58) 138 BPM
Success - (5:11) 124 BPM Hot
I Love Yo (Kush Jones remix) - (4:58) 130 BPM
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HEIST 065
21 Oct 22
Deep House
Keep On Swindling Pt. 2
Good Woman - (6:26) 125 BPM Hot
Gaoul? Mizik - "A Ka Titine" (Dam Swindle remix) - (6:51) 120 BPM
High Life (Ash Lauryn remix feat Lorenz Rhode) - (4:59) 126 BPM
Yes, No, Maybe (Arp Frique remix feat Tom Misch) - (4:09) 110 BPM
Call Of The Wild (feat Jungle By Night) - (8:52) 122 BPM
Yes, No, Maybe (Arp Frique instrumental remix feat Tom Misch) - (4:09) 110 BPM
Gaoul? Mizik - "A Ka Titine" (Dam Swindle instrumental remix) - (6:35) 120 BPM
Review: Dam Swindle's Keep On Swindling series, which marks their tenth birthday, offers an enticing mix of remastered back catalogue favourites, obscurities, brand-new cuts and fresh remixes of classic tracks. This expansive second volume in the series is full-to-bursting with club-ready treats. Check first the gospel-influenced, handclap-heavy peak-time house stomp of 'Good Woman', before turning your attention to 'Call of the Wild', an often-overlooked collaboration with LA Afrobeat orchestra Jungle By Night that cannily combines the best of both artists' trademark sounds. Other highlights across the EP include the Dutch duo's percussion-rich tropical house takes on Gaoule Mizik's 'A La Tikni', Arp Frique's Afro-cosmic take on 'Yes, No, Maybe', and Lauryn Ash's tidy deep house flip of Lorenz Rhode hook-up 'High Life'.
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HEIST064D
23 Sep 22
Deep House
Demucha
Demucha - (6:28) 124 BPM Hot
Sarge - (5:46) 122 BPM
We Know - (5:27) 120 BPM
Review: If you follow Ben Jacobs AKA Crackazat, you could think producing is an easy job. He could have just relax after delivering the album Evergreen on Freerange, one of the best album of 2022, but no!! He is back on Dam Swindle's Heist Recordings imprint with another cracking EP. Title track 'Demuja' sees him in full-on bumping-but-breezy jazz house mode, peppering a double bass-propelled peak-time groove with breathless sax samples and hands-in-the-air piano riffs. Then 'Sarge' boasts a more mellow approach, US garage-influenced groove, onto which Worrall has added the dreamiest of deep house chords and some twinkling keys solos. The EP closer 'We Know' is a loopy, driving, sun-baked slab of festival-friendly brilliance that's destined to put smiles on the faces of a lot of people this summer.
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HEIST063D
26 Aug 22
Deep House
Demucha (Edit)
Demucha (edit) - (4:15) 124 BPM
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HEIST063S 1
12 Aug 22
Deep House
Holy Sun
Makez & AVA LAVA - "Holy Sun" - (4:23) 122 BPM
Makez & AVA LAVA - "Holy Sun" (Retromigration remix) - (5:56) 122 BPM
Lifted - (6:56) 126 BPM
Inwards - (6:22) 124 BPM
La Grande Folie - (3:40) 92 BPM
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HEIST 062D
08 Jul 22
Deep House
Keep On Swindling Pt. 1
Body Control - (5:29) 124 BPM Hot
The Break Up (Emma-Jean Thackray remix) - (5:25) 122 BPM
64 Ways (2022 mix feat Mayer Hawthorne) - (4:42) 115 BPM
All I Want - (6:14) 124 BPM
Played by: Vaudafunk
Review: 2022 marks a decade since the birth of Dam Swindle (or as they were called back then, Detroit Swindle), so to celebrate the Dutch duo has decided to deliver a trilogy of EPs featuring a mix of remastered and remixed productions and previously unheard tracks. There's plenty to set the pulse racing on part one of three, from the pleasingly warming, loose and sun-kissed deep house vibes of brand-new opener 'Body Control', to the pair's own soul and R&B-flecked 2022 house mix of their vintage Mayer Hawthorne collaboration, '64 Ways'. Elsewhere, jazz starlet Emma Jean Thackray delivers an incredible, dancefloor-focused soul-jazz take on early DS single 'The Break Up', while 'All I Want' is a driving, tooled-up, riff-sporting 21st century take on mid-80s NYC proto-house with a 21st century twist.
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HEIST 061D
10 Jun 22
Deep House
Heist Mastercuts
Be With You - (6:00) 127 BPM Hot
Tenderness - (5:37) 131 BPM
Tenderness (Late Night dub) - (6:08) 128 BPM
Review: Dam Swindle may be amongst the most storied Dutch dance producers of their generation, but they know that they owe a lot to trailblazers such as Orlando Voorn, who's near three-decade career has included forays into electro, Detroit style techno futurism, deep house and much more besides. The veteran producer's first EP for the duo's Heist Recordings label is, somewhat predictably, packed with timeless-sounding treats. We're particularly excited by the bumpin', organ-heavy house bounce of 'Tenderness', which sounds like his take on mid-'90s U.S house, but others may prefer the driving, bass-heavy deep house drums, disco string samples and soulful vocal snippets of 'Be With You'. To round off a fine package, Voorn delivers a brilliantly spacey, intergalactic-sounding and subtly dub house-influenced Dub mix of 'Tenderness'.
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HEIST 060
06 May 22
Deep House
Chant Des Oiseaux
Chant Des Oiseaux (feat BeBelle) - (6:07) 126 BPM
Skelp Tune - (8:11) 124 BPM
Cop Show - (7:26) 116 BPM
Henri Rousseau (feat BeBelle) - (6:40) 120 BPM Hot
Review: While there's plenty of subtle variation within the now vast catalogue of Nebraska, by and large you know you're getting good quality deep house. Naturally that's what's on offer on the producer's latest Heist Recordings outlet, which sees him confidently skip between interestingly programmed, pleasingly inventive vocal deep house jazziness ('Chant De Oisseuax', which its twinkling Fender Rhodes flourishes, enveloping chords and French vocals), jaunty dancefloor joyousness (the retro-futurism of 'Skelp Tune'), string-laden disco-house cheeriness ('Cop Show'), and percussively dense but surprisingly breezy brilliance (the hard-to-describe but undeniably fine 'Henri Rousseau').
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HEIST059D
25 Mar 22
Deep House
The Round Up Part 8
Various
Fouk - "Money" (JKriv & Peter Matson remix) - (6:01) 123 BPM
Marina Trench - "Wake Up" (feat Sabrina Bellaouel - Makez remix) - (4:28) 84 BPM
Lore Of The Samurai - "Justifice" (Fouk remix) - (5:28) 126 BPM
Felipe Gordon - "Highly Corrosive Acid" (Marina Trench remix) - (5:15) 129 BPM
JKriv & Peter Matson - "New Friend" (Felipe Gordon Deep remix) - (6:07) 115 BPM
Makez - "City Of All" (Lore Of The Samurai remix) - (5:54) 125 BPM Hot
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Heist Recordings' annual Round-Up EPs, namely label regulars and selected guests remixing each other. JKriv and Peter Matson do a terrific job in turning Fouk's 'Money' into a squelchy, TB-303-fired slab of nu-disco/retro-futurist house fusion, before Makez re-imagines Mariana Trench's 'Wake Up' as a jazz-funk flavoured broken beat number and Fouk re-frames a Lore of the Samurai track as a gorgeous slab of house-not-house sunshine. Elsewhere, Mariana Trench gives Felipe Gordon's 'Highly Corrosive Acid' a driving, riff-heavy deep house spin, Felipe Gordon opts for a drowsy and eccentric mid-tempo house sound on his version of JKriv and Peter Matson's 'New Friend', and Lore of the Samurai's rework of Makez's 'City of All' is a hypnotic, tech-tinged treat.
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HEIST 058
11 Jan 22
Deep House
Bigtime
Ewesse Ye (feat Samy Love) - (6:02) 120 BPM
Ewesse Ye (Auntie Flo remix feat Samy Love) - (5:44) 120 BPM
New Friend - (6:43) 112 BPM
Bigtime - (5:34) 122 BPM Hot
Review: Here's something of a surprise: a collaborative EP featuring the combined talents of Underground System Afrobeat member Peter Matson and sometime Escort bass player (and Razor N Tape co-founder) Jason Kriveloff AKA J Kriv. Given their respective musical histories, you'd expect a blend of NYC disco, Afrobeat, synth-boogie and deep house, and that's exactly what they've delivered. Their hybrid style is probably best exemplified by the late '80s Todd Terry-meets-Afro-synth brilliance of 'Ewesse Ye', which is subsequently given a deeper and more percussive Afro-house spin by Auntie Flo. The fusion fun continues on the horn-sporting Afro-boogie brilliance of 'New Friend' and 'Bigtime', where righteous Afrobeat horns surge above a tactile deep house groove.
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HEIST 057
26 Nov 21
Deep House
Highly Conductive Rhythms
Highly Smooth Tone (feat Julio Rigal) - (5:55) 120 BPM
Highly Deep And Conductive - (7:14) 120 BPM
Highly Corrosive Acid - (5:29) 123 BPM
Highly Rhythmic Pace - (6:19) 117 BPM
Review: Felipe Gordon could be the hardest-working producer in deep house right now. We're not complaining though, because over the last 18 months he's delivered a string of formidable, musically rich releases. Predictably, there's plenty to set the pulse racing on his first Heist Recordings outing too, from the vintage St Germain-inspired jazz-house beauty of opener 'Highly Smooth Tone (featuring Julio Rigal and Equilibrium)', to the squelchy, percussive and intoxicating Latin house vibes of closing cut 'Highly Rhythmic Pace'. Sandwiched in between you'll find two more reasons to be cheerful: the Italian dream house-with-added-jazz flex of saucer-eyed treat 'Highly Deep & Conductive', and the jacking, mind-mangling insanity of 'Highly Corrosive Acid'.
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HEIST056D
08 Oct 21
Deep House
Out The Door
City Loop - (5:08) 125 BPM
Deeper Into Orbit - (5:51) 126 BPM
Space Designer - (5:38) 132 BPM
Alpha Base - (4:57) 130 BPM
Justifice - (6:55) 125 BPM
Review: More "mystery artist" action, this time from an "already well-established producer" on Dam Swindle's Heist Recordings imprint. We're unsure who Lore of the Samurai is, but he or she has certainly delivered an assured and impressive five-track missive. Check first 'City Loop', where tumbling synth strings and looped organ sounds rise above a chunky breakbeat house groove, before turning your attention to the squelchy tech-jazz brilliance of 'Deeper Into Orbit'. Our publicity-shy hero moves further towards sci-fi techno territory on vibes-laden workout 'Space Designer', before offering up some deep breakbeat boogie flavours on the wonderful and dreamy 'Alpha Base'. Rounding things off is 'Justifice', a drowsy slab of woozy, sub-heavy deep house funk.
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HEIST 055
27 Aug 21
Deep House
City Of All
The Entrance - (3:14) 128 BPM
Not So Different (feat LYMA) - (4:41) 120 BPM
City Of All - (5:36) 125 BPM
Sonder - (4:11) 123 BPM
Gonna Getya - (5:46) 125 BPM
Orbit - (5:25) 111 BPM
Makez & Allysha Joy - "Looking Up" - (3:44) 102 BPM
Feel The Same - (6:13) 125 BPM Hot
Roselane (feat Fouk) - (6:16) 124 BPM
Returning - (4:03) 140 BPM
Humming Harmonies (feat LYMA) - (2:29) 129 BPM
Bent With Funk - (6:10) 125 BPM
Encounters - (2:07) 130 BPM
Review: Here's something of a rarity: a full-length excursion on Dam Swindle's usually EP-focused Heist Recordings imprint. It comes courtesy of talented twosome Makez, who last featured on the Dutch label two years ago. There's much to enjoy from start to finish, with the pair blending loose-limbed house rhythms, head-nodding hip-hop rhythms, and sumptuous downtempo grooves with subtle disco instrumentation, colourful electrofunk synth sounds, layered percussion, squelchy analogue bass, and occasional vocal snippets. The results are uniformly vibrant, atmospheric and musically rich, without ever becoming overly fussy or self-indulgent. There's plenty of floor-friendly material for DJs to savour and champion, but the album sounds just as good when listened to at home. Stellar stuff all told.
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HEISTLP 02D
16 Jul 21
Deep House
Feel The Same (Edit)
Feel The Same (edit) - (3:44) 125 BPM
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HEISTLP 02S 2
02 Jul 21
Deep House
The Wrap Around
The Wrap Around - (7:11) 122 BPM
Pain Tomorrow - (7:45) 118 BPM Hot
Pain Tomorrow (Pattern Select mix) - (6:39) 120 BPM
Review: Soon Salsoul will release a series of EP's featuring fresh Dam Swindle remixes of classic disco cuts. Before that, the long-serving Dutch duo have decided to treat us to a new EP of their own. It's a predictably impressive affair, with title track 'The Wrap Around' layering evocative vocal samples, dreamy deep house chords and increasingly sleazy electronic motifs atop sweaty drums and a frankly filthy acid-style, analogue bassline. There's a more classic U.S deep house feel to woozy, bass-heavy and gently soul-flecked bonus cut 'The Pain Tomorrow', which comes accompanied by a terrific late-night rub - all tight and awkward loops, hypnotic beats and dirty analogue squelches - courtesy of Pattern Select.
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HEISTSP 01
25 Jun 21
Deep House
Over There
Sunrise - (4:52) 128 BPM
Carry On - (6:22) 126 BPM
Over There - (5:39) 126 BPM
Marina Trench & Sabrina Bellaouel - "Wake Up" - (4:58) 123 BPM Hot
Review: Having previously impressed via must-check singles on Deeply Rooted and Wolf Music, Marina Trench has now joined Dam Swindle's Heist Recordings family. There's much to set the pulse a-flutter on her first EP for the Dutch imprint, from the tipsy electronic motifs, pots-and-pans deep house percussion and squelchy bass of opener 'Sunrise', to the touchy-feely early morning bliss of similarly inclined (and every bit as attractive) closing cut 'Wake Up'. Sandwiched in between you'll find the organ and trumpet-laden deep house bounce of 'Carry On' and the loved-up classic house vibes of 'Over There'.
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HEIST054D
28 May 21
Deep House
Blue Steel
Blue Steel (feat Rebiere) - (8:36) 123 BPM
Don't You Want To Boogie - (6:06) 126 BPM Hot
Blue Steel (Girls Of The Internet remix) - (5:04) 128 BPM
Money - (6:47) 123 BPM
Review: Heist regulars Fouk (AKA Daniel Leseman and Hans Peeman) had a relative quiet 2020, releasing just one EP and a single-track salvo, 'Need My Space'. Here they're back to their distinctive best, belatedly kick-starting their 2021 release campaign via a rock-solid four-tracker. Rebiere lends a hand on title track 'Blue Steel', a (drum machine) handclap-heavy house stomper marked out by deep, sub-heavy bass, jaunty synth stabs and waves of energy-packed saxophone solos. Girls of the Internet provide the obligatory remix, opting for a long, dreamy, pared-back intro before unleashing the Dutch duo's killer bassline and winding sax motifs. Elsewhere, 'Don't You Want To Boogie' is a high-octane disco-house number full of swirling filter effects, while 'Money' is a squelchy chunk of nu-disco/peak-time house fusion.
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HEIST 053
09 Apr 21
Deep House
The Round Up Pt. 7
Various
Alma Negra - "Dakar Disco" (Crackazat remix) - (5:40) 124 BPM Hot
Teleseen - "Dekalb" (Dam Swindle remix) - (6:10) 125 BPM
Crackazat - "Class One" (Scan 7 remix) - (6:39) 120 BPM
Pitto - "Discko" (Teleseen remix) - (5:44) 111 BPM
Nebraska - "Dip & Flip" (Kassian remix) - (6:58) 128 BPM
Dam Swindle - "Move Out The Way" (Nebraska remix) - (7:25) 123 BPM
Scan 7 - "All For Me" (Alma Negra remix) - (6:35) 122 BPM
Kassian - "8th Movement" (Pitto remix) - (6:39) 126 BPM
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Heist Recordings' annual Round Up releases - label artists remixing each other, basically - so we'll crack on and talk about the music on offer. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, with our picks including Alma Negra's deliciously percussive and groovy take on Scan 7's gospel-tinged Motor City gem 'All For Me', Scan 7's breezy, Latin-tinged Detroit house revision of Crackazat's 'Class One', Crackazat's Ethio-jazz-goes-sunshine house rework of Alma Negra's 'Dakar Disco', and Kassian's driving, warehouse-ready remix of Nebraska's 'Dip & Flip', which makes great use of thumping beats, undulating electronics and a seriously dirty analogue bassline. As the old saying goes, this seventh volume in The Round Up series really is "all killer, no filler".
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HEIST052D
12 Mar 21
Deep House
Alfa
Alfa - (6:49) 124 BPM Hot
Class One - (6:31) 120 BPM
Tiger's Eyes - (6:05) 120 BPM
Alfa (Rick Wade remix) - (6:44) 120 BPM
Review: By his usually prolific standards, Ben Worrall AKA Crackazat has been rather quiet of late, with 2020 producing just one release of note - a rather good EP on Freerange. Here he strides into 2021 with another label debut, this time for Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings. The headline attraction is undoubtedly 'Alfa', a chunky-but-breezy slab of jazzy piano house perfection that's later given a more classic-sounding deep house tweak from Detroit scene stalwart Rick Wade. Elsewhere, 'Class One' is a rushing, life-affirming dancefloor treat tailor-made for sun-soaked outdoor dancing, and 'Tiger's Eyes' sees Worrall add mind-altering TB-303 motifs, sustained organ chords, swirling synth-strings and rushing riffs to another energetic, peak-time ready house beat.
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HEIST051D
22 Jan 21
Deep House
Sooner Than Later
All For Me - (5:56) 122 BPM
The Best Is Yet To Come - (6:33) 127 BPM Hot
The Funk That Stunk - (6:16) 128 BPM
Review: Here's something we didn't expect: a fresh EP on Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings label from Motor City stalwarts and Underground Resistance associates Scan 7. It's certainly a notable way for the Dutch imprint to notch up a half century of releases. Naturally, the included material is superb, with the masked Detroit veterans confidently striding between gospel-tinged, jazz-flecked, musically rich deep house warmth (the Moodyman style brilliance of 'All For Me'), chunky, organ-driven US garage goodness (the bouncy and heady thrills of 'The Best is Yet To Come') and strutting, sweaty, percussion-rich peak-time heaviness (the sampled vocal yelps, dense drums, sustained synth-strings and raw organ stabs of 'The Funk That Stunk'). A genuinely brilliant EP from the true masters of Motor City future funk.
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HEIST 050
23 Oct 20
Deep House
Exposures
Exposures - (5:12) 126 BPM
Exposures (Black Loops remix) - (7:00) 130 BPM Hot
Dekalb - (7:11) 124 BPM
Transfer - (4:32) 110 BPM
Review: Gabriel Cyr AKA Teleseen has built his rising reputation on an ability to craft sonically inventive, retro-futurist house tracks that variously incorporate such diverse influences as post-dubstep style UK experimentalism, Batacuda, dub, ambient and new beat. He's at it again on this first outing for Heist Recordings, first combining heavily processed vocal samples and Brazilian percussion with pin-sharp synth riffs and proto-house grooves on 'Exposures', before reaching for more organic drum sounds on the sparkling, sun-baked house positivity of 'Dekalb' and the African juju-goes-electro wonder that it standout 'Transfer'. The latter is dizzyingly good and really rather hard to describe. The EP also boasts a club-ready bonus in the shape of Black Loops' sturdy deep house take on 'Exposures'.
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HEIST 049
02 Oct 20
Deep House
Dakar Disco
Dakar Disco - (6:00) 115 BPM
Contra - (6:30) 128 BPM
Dakar Disco (Kuniyuki remix) - (7:19) 115 BPM
Back In Town - (6:25) 125 BPM Hot
Review: Connecting the dots between labels like Highlife (Huntley & Palmers) to Basic Fingers and Lumberjacks In Hell, Alma Negra bring their undeniable sound back to Heist Recordings. It follows the 2018 Conversations EP which sees the Swiss trio turn in a classic dubbed out synthline and jazzed-up rebirth of cool in "Contra". "Back In Town" throws down some heavy percussion and Afro-Rhythms alongside an insatiable vocal sweep. Winding it back to the top is "Dakar Disco" that's been sent through the orchestral pit of japanese artist and discophile Kuniyuki (tip!) giving some extra flamboyance its original funk premise. From disco to Dakar and beyond!
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HEIST 048
28 Aug 20
Deep House
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