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Hypnotise
   
Hypnotise - (3:24) 120 BPM
Played by: The Allergies
JAL 383
16 Sep 22
Funky/Club House
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Universal Vibrations
   
Just Can't Wait (feat Lumi HD) - (4:56) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
One More Time (feat SANITY) - (5:20) 128 BPM
   
Nagu (extended mix) - (4:32) 126 BPM
   
On The One (feat Mr Auden Allen) - (3:25) 120 BPM
   
Alegre (feat Ellie Coleman) - (4:32) 98 BPM
   
Party (feat Lumi HD) - (4:59) 90 BPM
   
Music Is... (feat Mr Auden Allen) - (6:35) 120 BPM
   
Only Because You're Around (feat Andrea Brown) - (4:44) 144 BPM
   
Blockbuster - (4:18) 117 BPM
   
Tears - (5:10) 98 BPM
   
So Real (feat Lumi HD) - (4:17) 97 BPM
Review: Sam Redmore is a DJ/producer from the Birmingham area who's known for his genre-hopping club sets. That electicism is well reflected in this, his debut album, which while sitting on our Funk pages actually takes in a wide range of styles, from sunny, summery nu-disco and disco-house (see 'Just Can't Wait') to fast n' furious African drum tracks ('One More Time'), and from classy soul/R&B ('Party', a clear standout for this writer) to Stereo MCs/Allergies-esque hip-hop ('On The One'). Featuring an array of guest vocalists and rappers, it's an album that sets out Redmore's stall nicely - and that bodes well for a long career in music.
JAL 375
09 Sep 22
Funk
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Jazzdance (Free Track)
   
Jazzdance - (3:57) 126 BPM
JAL FREE
09 Sep 22
Funk
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It Takes The Whole Day / In Shadows
   
It Takes The Whole Day - (3:04) 108 BPM
   
In Shadows - (3:46) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: The Allergies, Flevans
JAL 384
02 Sep 22
Experimental/Electronic
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Just Can't Wait (Kid Creme Remix)
   
Just Can't Wait (Kid Creme remix feat Lumi HD) - (4:51) 121 BPM
JAL 380
12 Aug 22
Funky/Club House
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Vamonos
   
Vamonos (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:13) 140 BPM
JAL 382
05 Aug 22
Funk
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Just Can't Wait
   
Just Can't Wait (feat Lumi HD) - (4:56) 115 BPM
JAL 373
15 Jul 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Brand Nu (142 Original Studio Mix)
   
Brand Nu (142 original Studio mix) - (4:13) 71 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Brand Nu (142 Slippy Wah instrumental mix) - (4:13) 71 BPM
JAL 381
01 Jul 22
Funk
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One More Time
JAL 372
03 Jun 22
International
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Tears (Scrimshire Remix)
JAL 378
13 May 22
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Tears
JAL 371
22 Apr 22
International
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Just Be Good To Me
JAL 370
11 Mar 22
International
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Party (Buscrates Funked Up Mix)
   
Party (Buscrates Funked Up mix) - (3:40) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Party (Buscrates Funked Up instrumental) - (3:40) 88 BPM
JAL 377
18 Feb 22
Funk
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Party
JAL 369
28 Jan 22
Soul
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Going To The Party (Extended Mix)
JAL 366
14 Jan 22
Funk
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Jalapeno Funk, Vol 12 (Explicit)
Various
   
Smoove & Turrell - "Never Wanted You More" (Dr Rubberfunk remix) - (4:40) 95 BPM
   
Gizelle Smith - "Three Tiny Seeds" - (3:54) 90 BPM
   
Izo FitzRoy - "Everybody Knows This Ain't Right" - (4:07) 84 BPM
   
Soopasoul - "A Wild Mad Beat" (edit) - (4:07) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dr Rubberfunk - "Boom!" (feat John Turrell) - (3:29) 90 BPM
   
Skeewiff - "Man Of Constant Sorrow" - (6:15) 108 BPM
   
Gizelle Smith - "Superstar" - (3:48) 57 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Going To The Party" (feat Lyrics Born) - (3:01) 110 BPM
   
Izo FitzRoy - "Thelma & Louise (We're Not Looking Back)" - (4:10) 85 BPM
   
Flevans - "Realisation" (feat Laura Vane - Lonely Boy's Isolation mix) - (4:32) 120 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Love Somebody" - (2:49) 111 BPM
   
Smoove & Turrell - "Elgin Towers" (Steve Cobby remix) - (4:35) 120 BPM
   
Sam Redmore - "On The One" (feat Mr Auden Allen) - (3:22) 120 BPM
   
Flevans - "Power Rocks You" - (4:03) 118 BPM
   
Aldo Vanucci - "Ponderosa" (feat Dena Deadly) - (4:34) 122 BPM
   
Smoove & Turrell - "Do It" (Ray Mang remix) - (6:35) 123 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Are You Ready" (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:14) 123 BPM
   
Izo FitzRoy - "Blind Faith" (Art Of Tones remix) - (3:14) 123 BPM
   
Soopasoul - "Swing Down" (edit) - (4:35) 134 BPM
   
Sam Redmore - "Nagu" - (3:38) 126 BPM
Review: The 'Jalapeno Funk' series reaches its 12th installment. The title's arguably something of a misnomer, because the 20 tracks here are largely closer to Dap Kings-style neo-soul - with, in true Jalapeno style, a side order of hip-hop - than they are to phat-assed 70s funk. But look at the names involved: with the likes of Smoove & Turrell, The Allergies, Skeewiff, Dr Rubberfunk, Ivo Fitzroy and Aldo Vanucci all onboard, you know fans of the label and/or the style are going to be more than satisfied with this one! Soopasoul's jazz-tinged 'A Wild Mad Beat' is one standout for this reviewer, while Skeewiff's 'Man Of Constant Sorrow' is worth a mention for its distinctive use of a country/bluegrass-style male vocal.
JAL 365
10 Dec 21
Funk
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Twin Stix
   
My Place (edit) - (3:45) 62 BPM
   
Hot & Cold (feat Dionne Charles) - (3:44) 112 BPM
   
Brand Nu (7" edit) - (4:29) 67 BPM
   
Lookin' For Freddie (edit) - (3:13) 91 BPM
   
Soopasoul Theme (edit) - (3:12) 118 BPM
   
Swing Down (edit) - (4:35) 134 BPM
   
Ya Lookin' Tight (7" edit) - (3:59) 64 BPM
   
It's Just Begun (Part 1) - (4:13) 112 BPM
   
Do Me Wrong (feat Sitzka) - (3:25) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Twin Stix (edit) - (3:45) 117 BPM
   
Hustlin' - (3:31) 109 BPM
   
A Wild Mad Beat (edit) - (4:07) 110 BPM
Review: Big time Jalapeno legend Soopasoul is back in the spotlight with the undeniable funk of Twin Stix, a three track banger taking in some high-tailing New York jazz in "Soopasoul Theme" thanks to that sweet brass section and big band blaxploitation funk tip. With touches of dub thrown about in "Lookin' For Freddie (edit)" next to some sweetly filtered licks of guitar, it's those solo horns and sustained strings that really hit the spot. "My Place (edit)" also drops in with some soulful vocal touches and a slight "Spacer Woman" Italo feel with its electronic bassline.
JAL 74D
19 Nov 21
Funk
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Nagu
   
Nagu - (3:38) 126 BPM
   
Nagu (extended mix) - (4:31) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
JAL 364
05 Nov 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Thelma & Louise (We're Not Looking Back)
   
Thelma & Louise (We're Not Looking Back) - (4:10) 85 BPM
JAL 362
08 Oct 21
Soul
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Promised Land
   
Lean On You (feat Dynamite MC) - (2:50) 76 BPM
   
Love Somebody - (2:49) 111 BPM
   
Promised Land - (3:20) 103 BPM
   
New Thing - (3:29) 99 BPM
   
Utility Man (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:27) 108 BPM
   
Move On Baby - (3:11) 135 BPM
   
Going To The Party (feat Lyrics Born) - (3:01) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Are You Ready (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:14) 123 BPM
   
Working On Me - (3:18) 122 BPM
   
Jumping Off - (3:17) 125 BPM
   
The Beat - (3:21) 64 BPM
   
Up Down Left Right (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:23) 136 BPM
   
You - (3:48) 79 BPM
Review: The Allergies arrive at the Promised Land with mambo number five - the duo's fifth studio album! Featuring classic numbers in the familiar tones of tracks like "Working On Me" next to some more rap-and-boogie tracks with Andy Cooper of Ugly Duckling fame, other lyricists include soul sensation Marietta Smith, dance music heavyweight Dynamite MC, and the unmistakable voice of hip-hop royalty, Lyrics Born. Particular highlights include the bluesy half-time hip-hop number "Lean On You", Latin funk bomb, "Move On Baby" to the stringed-disco sessions of "The Beat". Get your more soulful numbers "Up Down Left Right", "New Thing" and "Are You Ready" without overlooking the pop-funk-rock-and-hip-hop crossover hit: "Promised Land".
JAL 356
01 Oct 21
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A Wild Mad Beat (Edit)
   
A Wild Mad Beat - (4:07) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Swing Down - (4:35) 134 BPM
Review: A fine two-tracker here from Soopasoul, a loose collective headed up by Manchester-born hip-hop, funk, house and rave veteran Danny Hybrid (E-Lustrious, Direckt), coming on their regular home of Jalapeno Records. Both tracks are original productions that hail from the jazzier end of the contemporary funk spectrum, with 'A Wild Mad Beat' itself rocking the Blaxploitation soundtrack vibes while on the livelier 'Swing Down' Hybrid's hip-hop roots are showing, as he takes us a little closer to funk-breaks/funk-hop territory, albeit still with a female soul vocal in full effect. An EP no self-respecting funkateer will want to miss.
JAL 359
24 Sep 21
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On The One
   
On The One (feat Mr Auden Allen & Renegade Brass Band) - (3:22) 120 BPM
JAL 363
17 Sep 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Love Somebody
JAL 355
03 Sep 21
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Little Birdie
JAL 361
06 Aug 21
Soul
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Everybody Knows This Ain't Right
   
Everybody Knows This Ain't Right - (4:07) 84 BPM
JAL 358
02 Jul 21
Soul
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Move On Baby
   
Move On Baby - (3:11) 135 BPM
   
Are You Ready (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:14) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Spring has sprung and The Allergies have arrived! In the mood for samba, Latin loops, catchy hooks and horns, the Bristol project signal their intentions from the start in "Move On Baby" with a hot and heavy, swung number of bandido funk. Its alternative, "Are You Ready" features lyrics from Ugly Ducking MC Andy Cooper and bigger vocals even still by Miss Marietta Smith whose collaboration collides in a dub-infused, jazz funk number of big beat heat!
JAL 354
18 Jun 21
Funk
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Revealing (Explicit)
   
Agony Road - (4:19) 55 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Superstar - (3:48) 57 BPM
   
Better Remember (They're Controlling You) - (5:38) 92 BPM
   
Maybe Baby (Lovin' You Was Never Ideal) - (4:36) 79 BPM
   
The Girl Who Cried Slow - (5:44) 140 BPM
   
King Of The Mountain - (5:31) 159 BPM
   
Three Tiny Seeds - (3:54) 90 BPM
   
Miss World (Less Is More) - (5:12) 86 BPM
   
Riot Cars - (3:30) 96 BPM
JAL 347
28 May 21
Funk
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Stratos Bleu Dubs
   
It Ain't Working (Smoove extended club dub mix) - (5:52) 120 BPM
   
Elgin Towers (Smoove dub mix) - (4:30) 120 BPM
   
Do It (Smoove Disco dub mix) - (4:49) 63 BPM
   
Never Wanted You More (Smoove extended Balearic dub) - (4:21) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It's You (Smoove extended dub mix) - (6:13) 60 BPM
   
Fade Away (Smoove Chubby dub mix) - (4:34) 127 BPM
   
This Time (Acid dub mix) - (5:32) 129 BPM
   
E.P. (Smoove Punk Funk dub) - (4:01) 130 BPM
   
Talk About Nothing (Smoove Tripped Out dub mix) - (4:05) 89 BPM
   
Still Don't Know (Smoove Submarine dub mix) - (5:20) 122 BPM
Review: Smoove & Turrell's sixth studio album continues to get the royal treatment with a new dose of remixes, this time coming from band member Jonathan Scott Watson's solo project, Smoove. Turning out ten new and previously unheard versions of Stratos Bleu, Smoove embraces dubs of all sounds and sizes. Looking to something trance-like in "Still Don't Know" with its turn-of-the-millenium house vocal - next to "Talk About Nothing" - get some neo-soul and gospel vibes in "Elgin Towers", to a chunky and Balearic instrumental in "Never Wanted You More". "Fade Away" adds an extra breath of fresh air to its vocal section and broken beat rhythm structure, with some summery and upbeat grooves that hit the floor running in an 'Acid Dub' to "This Time". Smoove operator.
JAL 360
21 May 21
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Lean On You
   
Lean On You (feat Dynamite MC) - (2:50) 76 BPM
   
Working On Me - (3:18) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Bristol duo The Allergies continue to hint at a future album release with this two-track digital 7", Lean On You. Featuring bespoke lyrics from Dynamite MC in its lead cut, it's a track that subtly touches on Southern rap as it does rock and Gorillaz-styled funk or Cypress Hill-styled hip hop. Venturing further down a looped-up blues and rootsy funk tip in "Working On Me", lyrics are swapped for classic vocal samples, brass horns, big beat loops and clever funky drummer motifs. Spicy hot.
JAL 352
23 Apr 21
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Entropy
   
Dahlias - (2:46) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cherry Blossom - (4:12) 120 BPM
   
Slumber (feat Dontmesswithjuan) - (3:10) 69 BPM
   
Apparition - (3:05) 78 BPM
   
Between Love & Happiness (feat Muhsinah) - (2:22) 85 BPM
   
Butterfly House - (3:56) 80 BPM
   
Entropy - (4:37) 106 BPM
   
Left Behind (feat Lalin St. Juste) - (4:00) 117 BPM
   
Rose-tint - (3:06) 76 BPM
   
These Hands (part 2) - (5:42) 111 BPM
Review: Keeping it dusty, beatdown, looped up and moody blue is Asta Hiroki's Entropy album on Jalapeno. Taking in jazz drums, MPC programming, dusty vinyl crackles-and-pops to other classical and acoustic elements - like the harpsichords in its title-track - Entropy is a most alluring, emotional listen. With a sound that lands somewhere between Pantha Du Prince, DJ Shadow and Burial jamming in a jazz cafe/piano bar, get your kicks through classy finger percussion in tracks like "Dahlias" to '90s esque broken beat instrumentals in "Cherry Blossom" - tis the season. Post-dubstep percussion and mirrored synths make their way into tracks like "Butterfly House" next to some broken down hip hop and blues too in "Rose-tint". Entropy never felt so warm.
JAL 351
16 Apr 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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Starting Points
   
Starting Points - (5:27) 124 BPM
   
Biznizz - (5:38) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Wanted You To Stay - (5:51) 122 BPM
Review: Brighton-based DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Flevans (known as Nigel Evans in real life) has been steadily turning out funk- and soul-inspired beats, breaks n' grooves for the past 20 years, working mostly on the Tru Thoughts and Jalapeno labels. Here, he returns to the latter stable clutching three new tracks: 'Starting Points' is quite overtly disco-fied by Flevans' standards, 'Biznizz' is a little bit more down n' dirty but still upbeat, while the stripped n' looped 'I Wanted You To Stay' is the housiest of the three and wouldn't actually have sounded out of place on a 'Disco Kandi' compilation.
JAL 357
09 Apr 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Left Behind
   
Left Behind - (4:04) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Left Behind (instrumental) - (4:00) 117 BPM
JAL 349
19 Mar 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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King Of The Mountain
   
King Of The Mountain - (5:31) 159 BPM
JAL 348
05 Mar 21
Soul
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Jalapeno Records: Two Decades Of Funk Fire
Various
   
Smoove & Turrell - "Slow Down" - (3:58) 124 BPM
   
Kraak & Smaak - "Squeeze Me" (feat Ben Westbeech) - (3:17) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aldo Vanucci - "You're All Show" (feat Kylie Auldist) - (4:12) 111 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Felony" - (3:19) 61 BPM
   
Gizelle Smith - "S.T.A.Y." (feat Eric Boss) - (3:42) 131 BPM
   
Featurecast - "Evil Eye" (feat Greg Blackman) - (3:21) 62 BPM
   
Ephemerals - "You Made Us Change" - (3:24) 90 BPM
   
Dr Rubberfunk - "Northern Comfort" (feat John Turrell) - (2:48) 98 BPM
   
Basement Freaks - "Hit The Flame" (7" edit) - (3:49) 56 BPM
   
Skeewiff - "Soul Bossanova" (7" edit) - (3:25) 80 BPM
   
Soopasoul - "If It Ain't Funky Back It Up Pt 1" - (2:33) 61 BPM
   
Izo FitzRoy - "I Want Magic" (Dimitri From Paris radio edit) - (3:35) 58 BPM
   
Kraak & Smaak - "Money In The Bag" (K&S remix) - (3:44) 108 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Rock Rock" (feat Andy Cooper) - (4:11) 73 BPM
   
Smoove & Turrell - "You Could've Been A Lady" - (4:53) 58 BPM
   
Flevans - "It Just Goes" (feat Sarah Scott) - (5:23) 120 BPM
   
Alexia Coley - "Drive Me Wild" - (3:47) 119 BPM
   
Ikon - "The Dove" - (4:30) 79 BPM
   
Radio Trip - "Hashish" (feat Boom Pam) - (3:35) 120 BPM
   
The Beekeepers - "Apiculture" - (4:58) 119 BPM
Review: We're full of respect for the team behind Jalapeno Records, who have now been offering up the finest in funk, soul, hip-hop, disco and breakbeat for 20 years. It's a landmark that calls for a celebration, and with this compilation they've certainly marked their anniversary in style. The 20-track set is full-to-bursting with party-starting heat, with vintage gems from the likes of Skeewiff, Ikon, Kraak & Smaak and Featurecast being joined by more recent highlights from current imprint heavyweights such as Smoove & Turrell and the Allergies. Highlights are plentiful, with our picks including the break-driven revivalist soul headiness of Aldo Vanucci's 'You're All Show', the summery positivity of Gizelle Smith's 'S.T.A.Y' and the rushing disco brilliance of Dimitri From Paris's essential edit of Izo Fitzroy's 'I Want Magic'.
JAL 2020
27 Nov 20
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I'm Over Here
   
I'm Over Here - (6:08) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Uptight - (4:48) 121 BPM
   
Fade - (6:15) 121 BPM
Review: 2020 might have been a "dumpster fire" of a year (as our American cousins might say), but somehow Nigel Evans AKA Flevans has managed to remain positive. His new EP - the former Tru Thoughts stalwart's first of 2020 - is led by one of the funkiest, and most celebratory tracks he's ever made, the R&B vocal-sampling, disco and electrofunk revivalism of 'I'm Over Here'. With its' killer bassline, Chic-style guitars, bustling beats and squelchy synths, it sounds like a future peak-time anthem. He explores similar sonic pastures on the more shuffling, synth-heavy 'Uptight', before offering up a slightly deeper (but no less funky) take on early '80s disco via similarly superb closing cut 'Fade'.
JAL 337
06 Nov 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Stratos Bleu (Remixed)
   
Elgin Towers (Hot Toddy remix) - (5:32) 120 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Ashley Beedle's NSW vocal) - (7:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do It (Ray Mang remix) - (6:35) 123 BPM
   
It's You (Smoove extended dub mix) - (6:13) 120 BPM
   
This Time (Rayka remix) - (6:14) 129 BPM
   
Fade Away (Fouk remix) - (5:45) 127 BPM
   
Never Wanted You More (Dr Rubberfunk remix) - (4:40) 95 BPM
   
Talk About Nothing (Krash Slaughta remix) - (4:46) 89 BPM
   
E.P. (Rayka remix) - (6:03) 130 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Sorley remix) - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
It's You (Twin Beam remix) - (4:32) 120 BPM
   
Elgin Towers (Steve Cobby remix) - (4:35) 120 BPM
   
Fade Away (Vandebilt remix) - (3:50) 127 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Smoove extended club dub mix) - (5:52) 120 BPM
Review: Given the vibrancy, instrumental colour and musical richness of Smoove & Turrell's recent Stratos Bleu album, it should come as no surprise to find that this partner remix album is every bit as good. There are some suitably sizable, club-ready takes scattered across the set, with our picks including Ashley Beedle's piano and strings-laden disco revision of 'It Ain't Working', Ray Mang's slap-bass-sporting disco-boogie overhaul of 'Do It', Smoove's proto-house style 'Club Dub' of 'It Ain't Working', and a couple of excellent deep house re-rubs by Vandebilt and Fouk. Elsewhere, Steve Cobby's stirring remix of 'Elgin Towers' is a blue-eyed soul treat, Krash Slaughta successfully re-wires 'TalkAbout Nothing' as a shuffling drum and bass workout, and Dr Rubberfunk's take on 'Never Wanted You More' is a jazzy trip-hop treat.
JAL 336
16 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Stratos Bleu (Remixes)
   
Fade Away (Fouk remix) - (5:45) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fade Away (Fouk dub) - (5:45) 63 BPM
   
EP (Rayka remix) - (6:03) 130 BPM
   
This Time (Rayka remix) - (6:14) 129 BPM
Review: UK "new old" funk 'n' soul faves Smoove & Turrell bring us four remixes of three tracks culled from their sixth studio album 'Stratos Blue', which dropped back in June. 'Fade Away' - an uptempo Pharrell/Cee-Lo/Aloe Blacc-style funker in its original form - gets housed-up nicely by Fouk on his fairly self-explanatory Remix and Dub. Elsewhere, Rayka's take on 'EP' is even more transformational, taking the pop-soul original into throbbing acid territory; 'This Time', on the other hand, was pretty uptempo and house-y to start with, but Rayka still injects some hands-in-the-air pianos, just to make sure.
JAL 335
25 Sep 20
Funk
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Do It (Ray Mang Remixes)
   
Do It (Ray Mang remix) - (6:35) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do It (Ray Mang instrumental mix) - (6:35) 123 BPM
Review: In the version used to open Smoove & Turrell's recent (and rather good) "Stratos Bleue" album, "Do It" is a slap-bass-propelled chunk of revivalist early '80s disco-boogie excitement with an added side order of jazz-funk colour. Because of this, it's not a great stretch to think that disco remix king Ray Mang would provide some killer reworks. And so it proves. The long-serving producer delivers superb Vocal and Instrumental takes that mirror the structure and production tricks of original disco mixers such as Tom Moulton and Shep Pettibone. That means a greater role for the rubbery bassline, beefed-up percussion, Chic-style guitar riffs, delay-laden percussive breakdowns, kaleidoscopic synth sounds and early '80s effects aplenty. Ace!
JAL 334
04 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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It Ain't Working (Remixes)
   
It Ain't Working (Ashley Beedle's NSW vocal) - (7:00) 120 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Ashley Beedle's NSW dub) - (6:55) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It Ain't Working (Sorley remix) - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Sorley remix radio edit) - (3:33) 126 BPM
Review: In its original "Stratos Bleu" album mix form, "It Ain't Working" was one of the deepest and slickest cuts in the Smoove & Turrell catalogue. To kick off this excellent remix package, Ashley Beedle takes the best bits of the track and adds some summery disco and old school house flavours of his own (the "NSW Vocal Mix"), before delivering a deeper, sweeter and more spacey instrumental "NSW Dub" mix that's arguably even better (if only because you get more piano stabs, more trumpet solos and plenty of intergalactic synthesizer doodles). Those looking for something more forthright and bass-heavy should head for Sorley's sweaty and low-slung revision, which re-imagines the Newcastle crew's original as an acid-fired slab of sleazy late-night house hedonism.
JAL 332
14 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Elgin Towers (Remixes)
   
Elgin Towers (Hot Toddy remix) - (5:32) 120 BPM
   
Elgin Towers (Hot Toddy dub) - (7:05) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Elgin Towers (Steve Cobby remix) - (4:35) 120 BPM
Review: In its original form, jazz-funk and electrofunk-flavoured neo-soul number "Elgin Towers" was one of the standout moments on Smoove & Turrell's recent (and must-check) sixth album, "Stratos Bleu". Here it gets the remix treatment, with Crazy P man Chris Todd leading the charge under his now familiar Hot Toddy alias. Todd kicks things off with a warming, deep disco vocal version that places Turrell's fine vocal atop a bed of Balearic guitars, bubbly synths, snare-heavy drums and dreamy deep house chords, before offering up a mostly instrumental "Dub Mix" that's even more Balearic, loved-up and life-affirming thanks to some suitably stirring chord sequences. Fila Brazillia man Steve Cobby takes a totally different approach on his remix, re-imagining the track as a slow, languid, string-laden downtempo soul treat.
JAL 331
24 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Say The Word
   
Hit Me One Time (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:29) 101 BPM
   
Let Them Know (feat The Cuban Brothers) - (3:48) 105 BPM
   
Say The Word (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:27) 59 BPM
   
Felony - (3:19) 61 BPM
   
Take My Love (feat Marietta Smith) - (3:59) 71 BPM
   
I Just Got That Feeling (feat Andy Cooper) - (4:24) 88 BPM
   
Every Trick In The Book - (3:10) 99 BPM
   
Get Yourself Some - (3:00) 108 BPM
   
Rile 'Em Up (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:26) 60 BPM
   
Hot Sensation (feat Dynamite MC) - (3:25) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I'm On It (feat Dr Syntax) - (3:17) 66 BPM
   
Take Me Back (feat Mr Woodnote) - (3:23) 105 BPM
   
It Feels So Good (feat Marietta Smith) - (4:19) 51 BPM
Review: Formed in 2012, Bristol duo The Allergies have spent the past eight years crafting a signature style that's like the missing link between Stereo MCs and The Dap Kings. This, their third studio long-player, doesn't throw up any huge surprises - yet again they float effortlessly from party-style hip-hop and funk breaks to effective 'new old' funk and northern soul pastiche - but is notable for its range of guest vocalists, who include Dynamite MC, The Cuban Brothers (on Latin excursion 'Let Them Know') and veteran Ugly Duckling rapper Andy Cooper, not to mention Bristol's own most notorious busker, Mr Woodnote. The Ike & Tina vibes of 'Every Trick In The Book' and the fast-n-furious 'I'm On It' (feat Dr Syntax) are among the highlights.
JAL 350
17 Jul 20
Funk
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Accumulate (Remixed)
   
Speculate (Saison remix) - (7:00) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ambition Like Cream (feat Scooby Jones - Flevans Disco Revision) - (5:57) 122 BPM
JAL 329
10 Jul 20
Funky/Club House
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Say The Word
JAL 350S
03 Jul 20
Funk
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All I Want Is You
   
All I Want Is You - (3:24) 119 BPM
BA 003
30 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Way Back Home
   
Way Back Home (feat Ivar) - (6:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Seb's Party - (6:39) 121 BPM
   
Way Back Home (feat Ivar - Fouk remix) - (6:25) 120 BPM
BA 007
30 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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All I Want Is You (Remixes)
   
All I Want Is You (Mason remix) - (6:11) 122 BPM
   
All I Want Is You (Xinobi remix) - (6:59) 119 BPM
   
All I Want Is You (Ash Reynolds remix) - (6:42) 117 BPM
   
All I Want Is You (extended mix) - (5:32) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The original version of "All I Want" is one of the lesser-known gems in Kraak & SMaak's epic back catalogue. The squelchy slab of revivalist electrofunk, which features a brilliant lead vocal from Keyhole, was first sent to DJs five years ago, but for whatever reason was only released earlier this year. Here the long-serving Dutch trio treat us to the essential (and previously unheard) extended mix, plus a trio of reworks from industry pals. Mason kicks things off with a vibrant and colourful take that re-casts the track as a delay-laden chunk of 1980s NYC freestyle, Xinobi opts for a bass-heavy deep nu-disco flex, and Ash Reynolds re-imagines it as a swinging chunk of lusciously sun-kissed deep house with warming boogie flourishes.
BA 006
30 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Red Line (Dr Meaker Remix)
   
Red Line (Dr Meaker remix) - (6:39) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Red Line (Dr Meaker remix - radio edit) - (3:53) 174 BPM
JAL 330
26 Jun 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
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Let Them Know
JAL 341
19 Jun 20
Funk
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Realisation (Remixes)
   
Realisation (Re-Tide remix) - (5:49) 120 BPM
   
Realisation (Lonely Boy's Isolation mix) - (4:36) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Realisation (Supermini remix) - (5:48) 123 BPM
   
Realisation (Supermini remix radio edit) - (3:52) 120 BPM
Review: We were rather impressed by Flevans recent album "Accumlate" - his fifth in total over a career spanning almost two decades - and in particular its inherent funkiness and effortlessly soulful flavour. Here one of the LP standouts, "Realisation" with vocalist Laura Vane, is given the remix treatment. The EP-opening "Re-Tide Mix" brilliantly joins the dots between funk-fuelled disco-house and colourful, synth-heavy boogie, while Lonely Boy's "Isolation Mix" is a deliciously loose-limbed breakbeat revision that gives due prevalence to track's insanely funky bassline and jaunty Rhodes keys. You'll also find full-length and radio versions of Supermini's hot-to-trot remix, which may well be the funkiest and freshest of the lot.
JAL 344
12 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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