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Sneakin Up Behind You - (7:12) 102 BPM
   
Once You Get It - (7:57) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
O Preguicoso - (5:19) 118 BPM
Review: The mysterious Belabouche is back after top releases on the likes of Paper Disco, OBM Rec. and Thunder Jam in recent times. For Katakana Edits' 64th edition, he serves up a bunch of respectful edits here optimsed for maximum dancefloor potential. First up is "Sneakin Up Behind You" and indeed its groove certainly will in super lo-slung fashion. Some deep down and dirty funk action awaits you on the sexy-sleazy "Once You Get It" and prepare to venture into the exotic on the sultry latin action of "O Preguicoso" featuring some mad rhythms.
KE 9064
25 May 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Stopin - (2:43) 115 BPM
   
Tonight - (2:46) 110 BPM
   
Blacktel - (3:09) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Buyer - (2:55) 112 BPM
   
Quiqui - (3:26) 96 BPM
Review: Nothing cheap about the complier of the latest installment of Katakana Edits series. Cheapedits has lined up a sizzling selection of party-orientated scalpel jobs, and gives The Supremes a thorough early 90s hip-house makeover on "Stopin". Inxs get a sleazy big beat facelift on "Tonight", and it's all about the vintage 60s shuffle on "Blacktel". "Buyer" provides some poppy ska and "Qui Qui" wraps things up with closing-time-at-a-tequila-bar vibe.
KE 9028
15 May 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Night Strangers - (4:47) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
On Fire - (6:20) 117 BPM
Review: The honour of curating the 44th instalment of Katakana's Edits series has fallen on Disco Funk Spinner, a much respected re-edit guy whose work has appeared on the likes of Midnight Riot, Disco Fruit and Sound Exhibitions. Here though he only manages to provide two jams, but it's quality, not quantity, right? First up we get "Night Strangers" which takes loops from Candi Staton's Bee Gees cover (Nights On Broadway) and adds an accelerated disco house tempo and subtle but funky embellishments. On the digital flip is "On Fire", a clever rework of Peggy Lee's indestructible classic, Fever. Hot stuff!
KE 9044
19 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Breakfast Jam - (5:28) 111 BPM
   
What's Your Name - (4:49) 100 BPM
   
Written Letter - (6:38) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Having previously plied his trade on Tonbe's Disco Fruit label, re-editor Disco Funk Spinner transfers to Katakana Edits. Providing the ongoing series' 40th release, the Tel Aviv-based producer delivers a trio of tidy reworks. "Breakfast Jam" is bold and brassy, offering a chunky, hip-wigglin' version of a lesser-celebrated Michael Jackson workout complete with crashing drum breaks, scratching, clipped guitars, bold horns and impassioned, freestyle vocals. "What's Your Name" expertly cuts up David Bowie's "Fame", emphasizing the original's killer disco-funk groove along the way, while standout "Written Letter" extends a sweet soul gem, in the process turning it into a six minute club workout.
KE 9040
18 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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El Diablo - (4:12) 99 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Living Dread - (4:03) 91 BPM
   
Stay Dread Now - (4:02) 96 BPM
   
Grumbling - (3:55) 92 BPM
Review: Katakana have thrown us a bit of a curveball for this, their 36th volume of their Edits series, with DJ Clairvo and Dr Ivan lending a reggae-tinged twist to proceedings. Opener "El Diablo" has a big beat swing with some digi-reggae vibes, "The Living Dread" is synthy, cut-up dancehall, "Stay Dread Now" ups the heavy riddims and "Grumbling" is a brass-laden feel-good closer.
KE 9036
16 Oct 15
Breakbeat
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Soul Song Of Men - (3:50) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Irie Song - (3:54) 101 BPM
   
Song For Justice - (3:56) 103 BPM
   
Love The Song - (4:03) 105 BPM
Review: Clarivo and Ivan's Hungary/Germany dub connection continues with another series of surgically edited funk-ups. Lee Perry enjoys the treatment on two occasions: "Soul Man" gets a bold wonky swing, echoed guitars and full focus on the golden harmonies while "Justice To The People" gets a chuggy rub with big dubby FX on the vocal elements. Elsewhere The Originals' "Got To Be Irie" is shaken with a mild lovers rock 80s feel, underpinned by some strange stretchy bass textures. Finally Black Uhuru's "What Is Life" gets massaged with a neat dab of disco. Consummate.
KE 9037
11 Dec 15
Breakbeat
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You Don't Have To Go - (4:04) 106 BPM
   
Hate Hate (DISCO rework) - (4:58) 112 BPM
   
Hate Hate (FUNK rework) - (4:58) 112 BPM
   
I'm Always Dancing To The Music - (4:51) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stay By Me - (4:46) 115 BPM
Review: Five more vintage cuts get a 21st Century refix from the ever-prolific Katakana camp, this time with DJ Laurel at the helm. The Chi-Lites' 'You Don't Have To Go' from 1976 is first to get the treatment, followed by Razzy Bailey's 'I Hate Hate', a 1974 country-soul gem that was something of a northern soul anthem and here gets served up in Disco Rework and Funk Rework flavours. Those first three rubs are all quite faithful to their respective originals; more liberties are taken with Benny Golson's 1978 rare groover 'I'm Always Dancing To The Music', which gets a boogiefied makeover and an added rap vocal, before finally Sam Cooke gets funked up and just slightly retitled on 'Stay By Me'.
KE 9082
26 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Can't Stop Ya - (5:08) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It Only Happens - (4:07) 108 BPM
   
The More I Want - (5:37) 120 BPM
   
Give Me My Heart Back - (4:32) 95 BPM
   
Come On - (4:45) 95 BPM
Review: The Katakana Edits series reaches #70. DJ Laurel - also known for his work on Greek label Chopshop - is once more in charge of the virtual razorblade and sticky tape for this latest collection, which draws largely on source material from the 70s soul pantheon. 'I Can't Stop Ya' adds an outsourced spoken vocal and some fine sax noodling to a Ty Karim nugget of (nearly) the same name, 'It Only Happens' lends the late, great Aretha some extra lounge-y swing, while 'The More I Want' dares to take on the Teddy Pendergrass classic and actually manages to get away with it.
KE 9070
26 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Jam Jam Jam - (5:43) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Will Get You Some Help - (4:55) 119 BPM
   
Going For Another One - (6:01) 127 BPM
   
Just A Metter Of Time - (4:59) 116 BPM
   
Shame - (5:54) 126 BPM
Review: Chopshop regular DJ Laurel returns to Katakana Edits - an imprint he's graced a number of times before - with a five-track selection of tried-and-tested revisions. He begins with a rolling revision of a full-throated disco-funk slammer ("Jam, Jam, Jam") before whipping off his shirt and dancing towards peak-time disco release via the spiraling madness of "I Will Get You Some Help". Those seeking loopy, piano-driven peak-time insanity should head for the bluesy brilliance of "Going For Another One", while "Just A Matter of Time" is an epic, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink slab of synth-laden AOR disco. Fittingly, he finishes with a bustling, tooled-up take on Evelyn "Champagne" King classic "Shame".
KE 9076
18 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hot Pents (Heavy Funk) - (4:26) 110 BPM
   
Windy City - (5:18) 116 BPM
   
Stop Your Teasing - (6:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Don't Need Nobody Else - (4:29) 102 BPM
   
Hot Pents - (4:05) 110 BPM
Review: Lavr Berzhanin (DJ Laurel) returns with five more re-edited dancefloor nuggets from days gone by. Or perhaps four because, confusingly, raw funk-soul jam 'Hot Pents' comes in two near-identical versions, one 4:06 long and credited to Heavy Funk, one 4:26 long and credited to DJ Laurel. Go figure! Elsewhere, 'Windy City' reworks Lou Rawls' 'Dead End Street' (a 1967 spoken word cut that predated both Last Poets and Gil Scot-Heron), 'Stop Your Teasing' draws on an unknown disco source for inspiration, while finally 'I Don't Need Nobody Else' adds a little more dancefloor oomph to Eddie Kendricks' 1981 soul jam of the same name.
KE 9087
05 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Everybody Needs Somebody - (5:54) 111 BPM
   
You Don't Fool Me - (6:08) 120 BPM
   
You Are My Everything - (4:44) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Take Me - (5:03) 108 BPM
   
You're My Fabilous - (5:24) 120 BPM
Played by: Kongisto
KE 101
05 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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All I've Got - (6:09) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feel The Need In Me - (5:01) 118 BPM
   
Battend Ships - (4:54) 107 BPM
   
Cookie - (4:50) 76 BPM
   
You Take My Heart Away - (5:36) 95 BPM
   
Annie Mae - (5:21) 105 BPM
Review: Under the DJ Laurel alias, Lavr Berzhanin has proved to be one of Katakana Edits' most reliable re-editors of recent times. We've lost count of the number of EPs he's delivered for the prolific imprint, but they're all rather good - as is his latest expansive effort. There's much to get the blood pumping across the six-track salvo, with our favourites including the rubbery, bouncy and glassy-eyed disco bliss of "All I've Got", the soaring, horn-heavy soundscape disco-soul shuffle of "Battend Ships" [sic], the blue-eyed soul goes drum and bass bounce of "Cookie" and the wah-wah guitar sporting two-step soul goodness of closing cut "Annie Mae". In other words, it's another rock solid collection of tried and tested reworks.
KE 9092
18 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hi Jack - (5:43) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sure Thing - (6:10) 100 BPM
   
Zina - (5:10) 120 BPM
   
Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night - (4:46) 98 BPM
   
When Love Is New - (6:32) 115 BPM
   
Bateu, Doeu - (5:11) 100 BPM
Review: The latest in the 'Katakana Edits' series comes once more from label regular DJ Laurel, who delivers six soul/funk/disco cuts that, as a rule, seek simply to update the source material for contemporary floors rather than rework anything too radically. That source material this time out includes Herbie Mann's 'Hijack' from 1974, Millie Jackson's 'Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night' from 1979 and Arthur Prysock's 'When Love Is New' from 1976 on a straight disco tip, as well as the lounge-y, Latin vibes of Carmen Costa's 'Bateu, Doeu' from 1973 - the other two have us beat, but all six cuts are very playable.
KE 9097
20 Mar 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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DJ Laurel - "Galaxy" - (5:06) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hawwis - "Camina" - (5:34) 115 BPM
   
Hawwis - "Descarga" - (5:09) 123 BPM
   
Cuz Electric - "Leroy Loves Ya" - (5:47) 100 BPM
   
G Niotis & J Pronoitis - "JB World" - (4:07) 90 BPM
Review: 62 collections deep and still blazing up any party in a 1000 mile radius; Katakana deliver yet another fun and funk-fuelled package. All laced with a heavy rhythmic theme, attention to groove detail is paid throughout as we're treated to range of classic and deeply dug edits. "Galaxy" sets the tone with a sleazy strutting war cry before we're hurled into a Latin frenzy on both the sultry "Camina" and the bull-fighting "Descarga". Elsewhere "Leroy Loves Ya" brings the soulful touch and "JB World" closes with a little psychedelic mystique.
KE 9062
27 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rollin Stone - (5:15) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hollywood Swings (ballroom version) - (4:18)
   
Hollywood Swings (club version) - (4:22)
   
Oh My Man - (4:25)
   
Get Your Enjoys - (3:34)
Review: Oli Garch was last heard of covering Bryan Ferry; here he returns with five swingy cuts with a slight hip-hop bent. Things kick off with the Latin lounge-via-the-durrty-south vibes of "Rollin Stone", the instrumental "Oh My Man" goes way back for a Louis Prima-style sound married to trippy hoppy beats, "Get Your Enjoys" loops some vocals from a similar retro tune, whilst the two versions of "Hollywood Swings" explore the housier end of the electro-swing spectrum.
KE 9017
14 Apr 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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The Real Thing - (6:59) 124 BPM
Review: Doctor Music recently released his Party Has Just Begun album on Timewarp, but this restless disco soul has already returned to his Katakana Edits series, releasing this, the 20th installment! "The Real Thing" is a slice of feelgood quality disco with an amazing, totally liquid bassline and golden honeyed (largely) female vocals. Looks like we'll be playing this one for months!
KE 9020
21 Nov 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016) - (6:15) 99 BPM
   
The Boogie - (7:53) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Into The Disco Scene - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
The Crown - (6:45) 125 BPM
Review: A DJ since the '80s, Argentinian by way of London Fabiolous Barker has appeared previously on Midnight Riot, Masterworks and Funkfusion and presents us with some quality disco edits. "Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016)" is a funky excursion to soul heaven that you'll never forget, while it's back to the disco on "The Boogie" which reworks Uncle Louie's "Full-Tilt Boogie" from 1979. "Into The Disco Scene" is the kind of recycled disco loops that Thomas Bangalter would be proud of while "The Crown" mashes up a few disco nuggets actually, but absolutely to perfection; try and guess which ones... but don't forget to dance!
KE 9039
04 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Push It! - (5:35) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
La Cotorra - (6:50) 118 BPM
   
I'll Send You All My Love - (7:20) 112 BPM
Review: Three very serviceable re-edits here from the ever-prolific Katakana stable. It's a brave man or woman who thinks they can improve on a Prince track, but 'Push It!' makes a surprisingly good fist of 'Push' all the same, beefing up the beats 'n' bass for the house/disco floors while keeping the original's Sugarhill-like funk intact. Not sure where 'La Cotorra' is sourced from but its disco bassline, energetic hand percussion and frantic, almost angry-sounding Spanish-language vocal will rock floors without doubt, while 'I'll Send You All My Love' closes out the EP on a Balearic note, looping up Chris Rea's 'Josephine' to hypnotic effect.
KE 9086
21 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lets All Chant (Everybody Move The Body mix) - (8:35) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lets All Chant (Nobody Move The Body mix) - (8:35) 122 BPM
Played by: Krystal Klear
Review: To our mind, Fabiolous Barker is one of the most dependable re-editors around. For proof, check his previous releases for the likes of Midnight Riot, Alpaca Edits and Disco Fruit, and of course his latest outing on regular home Katakana Edits. "Let's All Chant (Everybody Move The Body Mix)" sees him making merry with a bold, sing-along disco workout rich in electronic bass, Chic style guitars, energy-packed handclaps and rolling beats. It sounds like a peak-time anthem in the making. On the virtual reverse you'll find the "Nobody Move The Mix" version), which strips out a lot of the vocals, offers a stripped-back and heavy build-up, and surprisingly showcases a clarinet solo. It works well, of course, though it's not quite as spine tingling as the other mix.
KE 9089
26 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Only Fools Fall In Love - (5:43) 98 BPM
   
Sending My Love - (5:49) 111 BPM
   
Weakness - (7:20) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: 80's Child
Review: Known for his work on Midnight Riot, Sound Exhibitions and Disco Fruit, among other labels, here London-based Argentinian producer Fabiolous Barker comes to the Katakana stable with three very fine re-edits. 'Only Fools Fall In Love' is a midtempo groover with female vocal harmonies, subtle guitar chops and an overall early 80s boogie vibe, 'Sending My Love' centres around a full-phat funk bassline and the Cameo-esque male "sending my love from me to you" vocal, while finally 'Weakness' has a male scatted vocal and tinkling keys. The source material has our disco detectives beat this time out, but all three are eminently spinnable.
KE 9091
23 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Jacksonville - (7:25) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jacksonville (dub) - (7:25) 119 BPM
   
The Crown - (6:45) 125 BPM
   
Lets All Chant (Nobody Move The Body mix) - (8:35) 122 BPM
   
Into The Disco Scene - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
La Cotorra - (6:50) 118 BPM
   
Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016) - (6:15) 99 BPM
   
The Boogie - (7:53) 110 BPM
   
Sing - (5:58) 114 BPM
   
Push It! - (5:35) 113 BPM
   
I'll Send You All My Love - (7:20) 112 BPM
   
Why D'you Run Away - (6:04) 120 BPM
   
Night Grooving - (6:59) 111 BPM
   
Sending My Love - (5:49) 111 BPM
   
Weakness - (7:20) 114 BPM
   
Only Fools Fall In Love - (5:43) 98 BPM
Review: The prolific Fabiolous Barker gets his eager little re-edit mitts on a further 16 vintage cuts as he serves up the 99th EP in the long-running 'Katakana Edits' series. Among the tracks getting the treatment this time around are Prince & The New Power Generation's 'Push', Chris Rea's 'Josephine', The Michael Zager Band's 'Let's All Chant' and Perucho Conde's 'La Cotorra', an evergreen Latin funk nugget from 1980 that was penned as a Venezuelan "answer" to Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight'. Some fairly obvious choices there, but the rest of the EP draws on more obscure disco/funk/boogie sources, so dive on in and enjoy!
KE 9099
24 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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FabioLous Barker - "Sing" - (5:58) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
FabioLous Barker - "NightGrooving" - (6:59) 111 BPM
   
FabioLous Barker - "Why D'you Run Away" - (6:04) 120 BPM
   
Amir Pery - "Watch The Dub" - (3:38) 115 BPM
   
Amir Pery - "Watch The Dub" (Doglong version) - (6:16) 115 BPM
Review: High-grade schmokin' disco is on the menu here on the latest Katakana Edits installment, courtesy of Fabiolous Barker and Amir Perry. The former flexes his re-edit muscle over three beguiling tracks: the frisky funk fizz of the housey "Sing", the sultry low-slung "NightGrooving" and the punchy Flash & The Pan 80s rework "Why D'Ya Run Away". Perry mans the decks for the final tunes - the diva-funk strutter "Watch The Dub" which comes in both standard and extended versions.
KE 9035
09 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Down In The Basement - (3:24) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Diablos - (4:23) 113 BPM
   
Without You - (3:06) 76 BPM
   
The Clapping Song - (3:57) 84 BPM
   
Yo-Yo Beat - (3:29) 125 BPM
Review: The latest addition to the Katakana Edits party is the mysterious FH. Equally mysterious are the source tracks for the edits featured here. However there's no ambiguity about the standard of tunes though. There's five of them and unlike the more swingy vibes of the label's recent releases, "Vol 12" is going for a tougher funk vibe, almost rare groove in places. Highlights include the gritty "Down In The Basement", the percussive Latin jam "Diablos" and the loose and groovy "Yo-Yo Beat".
KE 9012
29 Jul 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Bloody Dance - (3:10) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Last Monk - (3:23) 89 BPM
   
Broken Days - (3:04) 86 BPM
   
Forgotten Tearz - (2:23) 85 BPM
Review: You could never accuse the Katakana Edits stable of sitting on their laurels - they deliver a seemingly endless supply of re-edit action on an almost weekly basis. This time out, the man at the controls is FL, who takes us into beats/leftfield territory with four edits that draw on film soundtracks by way of inspiration. 'Bloody Dance' is scratch-tastic, 'Last Monk' majestic and sweeping, 'Broken Days' jaunty yet delicate and 'Forgotten Tearz' ponderous and melancholic, with all four tracks featuring western movie strings/brass (think our gunslinger anti-hero riding slowly into a deserted Mexican village) and/or martial arts vocal samples prominently.
KE 9084
24 May 19
Hip Hop/R&B
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What You Gonna Do - (8:04) 116 BPM
   
What A Knob - (7:41) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gangster Flap - (8:17) 124 BPM
   
Quaking In My Boots - (7:52) 120 BPM
KE 9065
08 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Groove To Get Down - (8:15) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Night & Day - (5:25) 121 BPM
   
Love For The Sake Of Love - (8:47) 105 BPM
Review: Its not just noted Twitter collage artist Coldwar Steve who has a thing for tinned pies. Fray Bentos, a Midlands-raised re-editor and rework merchant, is such a fan of the 1970s favourite that he named himself after it. There's something fittingly meaty about "Groove To Get Down", the opening cut from the producer's latest Katakana Edits outing. It offers up chunks of jazz-funk piano, finely diced synth flourishes and a hearty vocal in a thick disco funk gravy. You'll find more horn-heavy heartiness in the shape of rolling disco-funk workout "Night and Day", while "Love For The Sake of Love" sees him extend, beef-up and slightly pitch-up one of disco's better-known dancefloor slow jams.
KE 9071
02 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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White Men Can't Funk - (6:30) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
House Of Bricks - (6:06) 110 BPM
Review: Just under six months on from his last outing for the prolific rework label, tinned pie enthusiast turned hotshot re-editor Fray Bentos returns to Katakana Edits. He starts in typically strutting fashion, offering a slightly heavier and beefier version of Wild Cherry's funk-rock classic "Play That Funky Music" that subtly shifts from dubbed-out dancefloor stomp to full-throttle party madness over the course of six sizzling minutes. "House of Bricks" does a similar job on a hazy, horn-heavy chunk of flash-fried disco-funk goodness. This is perhaps a little more reverential than the producer's Wild Cherry revision, though it still boasts house-friendly beats to appease those who can't be bothered mixing records with live drums.
KE 9081
19 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fray Bentos - "Body Down" - (6:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fray Bentos - "Night Giver" - (7:20) 120 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Yes I Know" - (4:03) 105 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "More Shame" - (5:07) 104 BPM
Review: Oh dear, the Katakana edits are back once again, and that means pure and vibrant disco-house vibes for all shapes and sizes. Fray Bentos returns in fine style with two cuts, starting with the bumpy, utterly groovy "Body Down", followed by the deeper, more majestic jazzy feel of "Night Giver" - oh, those strings! DJ Laurel's up next, bringing through some proper stylish funkiness with "Yes I Know", sampling the late, great Pino Daniele on the vocals, while "More Shame" goes for the tribal touch, pushing through some lovely horns and a magnificent sway of seductive trumpets for that sexy feel. Yet more Katakana goodness!
KE 9056
02 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fray Bentos - "Magic Work" - (7:11) 115 BPM
   
Leon El Ray - "Super Machine" - (5:08) 126 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Longer Train Runnin" - (8:02) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Goji Berry - "Mama" - (4:04) 110 BPM
   
Hawwis - "Amiga" - (5:57) 116 BPM
Review: Fray Bentos is Adam Billingham - currently a resident DJ with Brighton's infamous Soul Casserole crew. He has supported the likes of Norman Jay, Craig Charles, Don Letts, Giles Peterson and The Reflex during his tenure. He returns on the trusty Katakana Edits with more handy resplices of golden oldies for modern audiences, supported by Goji Berry and Hawwis here for the label's 58th edition. Bentos' "Magic Work" is a lo-slung affair with a rolling funk bassline and some shimmering synth work - it's an edit of something quite familiar you think - but then that vocal dops and it finally hits you! Greece's Goji Berry delivers some smooth Italo styled business on "Mama" while Manchester's Hawwis serves up the sweltering Afro vibes and gets totally spiritual on "Amiga".
KE 9058
09 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fray Bentos - "Boogie Bonanza" - (7:24) 115 BPM
   
Fray Bentos - "Hot 2 Trot" - (8:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fray Bentos - "Come & Get It" - (4:51) 120 BPM
   
SO|KA - "Loviness" - (8:12) 107 BPM
Played by: Downunder Disco
Review: Katakana Edits hail from Scituate, Rhode Island and are responsible for edits, re-edits, bootlegs and mash-ups only! Fair enough! The bulk of their new EP comes courtesy of Fray Bentos who is originally from the Midlands - where he cut his teeth blagging sets with the free party scene in the early 90's. He then lived in London where he ran his own night Deep Fried for 15 years. He's currently a resident DJ with Brighton's infamous Soul Casserole crew who have supported the likes of Norman Jay, Craig Charles, Don Letts, Giles Peterson and The Reflex. There's some familiar hooks on these fine edits such as on "Hot 2 Trot" which is absolute fire. "Come & Get It" has some some Summery NYC circa the '70s styled heat. Finally there's a track by Russian duo SO KA with "Loveliness". Their edit going for some smooth Curtis Mayfield styled flavour. Respectful edits on offer here.
KE 9052
27 Oct 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Mambo No 5 - (3:14) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Funny Saga - (4:56) 119 BPM
   
High Life - (4:55) 120 BPM
   
Zamboozee - (3:42) 96 BPM
Review: For the uninitiated, The Gaff is a Canada-based DJ, producer and prodigious maker of "party breaks" - shorthand for re-edits and reworks that should appeal for those DJs for whom loose rhythms are of more interest than a straight 4/4 pulse. This first contribution to the digital-only Katakana Edits series is full of funk and soul-laden jams with heavy but snappy drums. There's a global feel, too, with excellent forays into afro-funk ("High Life") and Latin beats ("Mambo Number 5"). While all four tracks are carefully tuned to the needs of dancefloors, the afro-flecked disco-funk grooves of "Funny Saga" stands out.
KE 9007
15 Oct 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Venus (extended) - (3:01) 130 BPM
KE 9093
13 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Night & Reggae - (4:16) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wouldn't I - (2:45) 110 BPM
Review: Having contributed tracks to a number of their compilation style EPs, the Katakana Edits crew has finally offered Goji Berry a solo release. The mysterious re-editor has grasped the opportunity with both hands, delivering two killer rubs that should make their way into the playlists of lots of discerning DJs. First up is "Night and Reggae", a bouncy, hands-aloft-at-a-beach-party revision of a little-known 1980s pop-reggae number full of sweet vocals, jaunty horn stabs and rolling synthesizer basslines. "Wouldn't I" is similarly sweet, synth-heavy and 1980s in origin, with a chunkier house beat, eyes-closed guitar solos and dreamier chords adding to the holiday mood.
KE 9069
03 Aug 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Goji Berry - "I Need" - (3:20) 119 BPM
   
Little Prince - "Getting Down To Cuba" - (6:40) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Goji Berry - "My Man" - (3:44) 109 BPM
   
Goji Berry - "In The Heat" - (6:58) 98 BPM
   
DJ Laurel - "Right On" - (4:14) 72 BPM
Review: The 54th EP from prolific rework imprint Katakana Edits is a triple-header, featuring hot new cut-jobs from Goji Berry, Little Prince and DJ Laurel. The latter's "Right On" is an undeniably sweet and soulful affair, with the producer underpinning slick '80s soul vocals and rising disco-funk horns with a low-slung, filter-heavy breakbeat groove. Although Little Prince's "Getting Down To Cuba" is an undeniably cheery peak-time affair - he adds a little house flavour to a Caribbean disco classic - the undoubted star of the show is Goji Berry. The producer serves up a trio of edits, with the hybrid Italo-disco/ electro-funk jauntiness of "I Need" and slow-mo, saucer-eyed vibes of "In The Heat" standing out.
KE 9054
18 Dec 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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La Bomba - (3:29) 76 BPM
   
Its A Shame - (3:27) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Latin Jam - (6:05) 126 BPM
   
Love Me - (6:56) 113 BPM
   
Gousgounis - (1:41) 110 BPM
Review: A worldly trawl through some excellent global retro gems marks out this latest set of "Katanka Edits" by Jorge Bits. From the wild and crazy Latin funk of "La Bomba" to an excellent edit job on The Spinners' classic soul jam "It's A Shame", Volume 5 comes loaded with five perfect and surprising floor-filling funk workouts.
KE 9005
10 Jul 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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The Castor Groove - (5:23) 111 BPM
   
Ginga (feat Trotter) - (6:37) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Lee Zamah has appeared on stargazing re-edit label Katakana before, but only on various artist EPs. Here on Volume 22, he gets to blossom with two of his reworks featured. "The Cator Groove" is fiery, tight and urgent '70s funk-rock, whilst "Ginga" is more emotional, with soulful loops and plenty of brass action. Overall a well-rounded EP.
KE 9022
13 Feb 15
Funk
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Donna's A Mess - (3:06) 134 BPM
   
My Dub Is Empty - (4:28) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dynamite - (4:46) 99 BPM
   
Sensi Aroma - (3:31) 86 BPM
   
Oriente Patria - (3:43) 111 BPM
Review: Fresh-faced funkateer Manjah steps up to the party-hardy Katakana series, and does so with distinction. It's a game of two halves as the first two cuts are dedicated to chanteuses Smokey Robinson and Donna Hightower. Both powered by swashbuckling 60s funk riffs, these are authentic edits done with true creativity. Later on in the EP we head West to the Caribbean as Manjah gets his skank on with Dancehall Queen. Those with a penchant for Greek taverna flavours should hold tight for the rustic groove on "Orienta Patria". Nice work.
KE 9008
30 Nov 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Kingston Knowing - (3:32) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Smokin My Ganja - (4:39) 122 BPM
   
Raggamuffin - (3:56) 99 BPM
   
ManJah & Teza Cappuccino - "Canibal" - (4:06) 75 BPM
   
Rudies - (2:57) 91 BPM
   
Roam - (3:22) 83 BPM
Review: To celebrate a quarter century of releases, Katakana Edits has decided to do things differently, eschewing disco and afrobeat jams in favour of a six-track set of reggae, dancehall, ska and ragga reworks from Athens-based ManJah. His formula is simple: take a variety of cuts, and give them a massive boot up the backside to make them more appropriate for contemporary dancefloor plays. In some instances, this means adding toughened-up hip-hop style rhythms ("Kingston Knowing", "Smoking My Ganja"); at other times, he's more interested in the 4/4 shuffle of pitched-down house (the excellent "Raggamuffin"). The results are never less than solid, with the rich, head-nodding sweetness of "Roam" and "Rudies" standing out.
KE 9025
27 Mar 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Brother - (4:35) 115 BPM
   
Sleazy - (3:12) 101 BPM
   
Give Me What You Got - (2:51) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Braz Guns - (3:03) 95 BPM
   
Decidete Mi Amor - (3:12) 92 BPM
   
Manjah & Teza Capuccino - "Volume" - (3:53) 99 BPM
Review: Greek re-edit king MaJah has found that his cheeky productions work in his favour; the producer is being re-enlisted to take charge of another volume in Katakana's edit series (he only just recently helmed vol 25!). This time he presents six new tracks, again laying off the disco/Afro in favour of different sounds. Highlights include the lazy funk rock of "Sleaze", the big-beat-goes-big-band-isms of "Give Me What You Got" and the vintage reggae rhyme hip-house crackler "Volume".
KE 9027
24 Apr 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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MCurdit - "Brooklyn Bount Sq." - (3:49) 141 BPM
   
Funkin' Basstards - "N.H.L" - (3:48) 152 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: For their latest two-track trip into peak-time party territory, the Katakana Edits crew has recruited a couple of break-digging artists from Greece: MCurdit and former Timewarp sorts Funkin' Basstards. It's the former who kicks things off with the low-slung, head-nodding, hip-wiggling bounce of "Brooklyn Bount Sq.", where aggressive (sampled) rap vocals rise above heavy bass and chunky beats. Funkin' Basstards, meanwhile, jet to sunnier climes via a funky and chunky, slightly tooled-up mid-tempo breaks revision of a Tito Puente style mambo workout. It's really rather good, all told, with jaunty and memorable horn lines, timbales and Cuban vocals all emphasizing the track's party-hearty Latin mood.
KE 9074
21 Dec 18
Breakbeat
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Stopper Wayz - (4:53) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Get Ice On It - (4:09) 58 BPM
   
Supernatural Soul - (7:30) 95 BPM
   
Wondrous Regulate - (3:13) 110 BPM
Played by: Superbreak
Review: For the 48th instalment of the popular Katakana Edits series, the shadowy figures behind the rework stable have turned to Mister Vagz, a producer who has previously contributed to a couple of other label EPs. It's pleasingly varied, with Vagz effortlessly switching between spaced-out, bass-heavy mash-up pastures (the reggae/hip-hop/funk-rock hoedown of "Stopper Wayz") and echo-laden electrofunk-rap business ("Get Ice On It"). Throw in the pitched-down soul meets classic hip-hop shuffle of "Supernatural Soul" and the heady soul breeziness of "Wondrous Regulate" and you've got a fine EP of grown-up mash-ups. In three words: mature party-starters.
KE 9048
21 Apr 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Chachacha - (3:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Discohop - (4:45)
   
Trouble In Africa - (6:18) 127 BPM
   
Party Overthere - (3:59)
   
We've Got - (4:52) 120 BPM
   
The Sound - (5:52)
Played by: Timewarp, Chudy
Review: Last spotted on volume 10, Katakana mainstay Morlack returns with six more distinctive edits and rubdowns. In keeping the series' Latin, jazz, soul and boogie motifs, each of these cuts oozes smooth funk sophistication. With a sound that ranges from Papa Levi's rapid chatter on the skank-packed "Trouble In Africa" to the slapbass and horn-heaved sensation on "We've Got", Morlack tickles every corner of the dancefloor with gusto. Essential.
KE 9013
23 Sep 13
Breakbeat
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Loose It - (6:09) 95 BPM
   
Let's Boogie - (5:32) 105 BPM
   
Big Pill - (4:52) 116 BPM
   
Capital S - (5:13) 78 BPM
   
Tough - (4:15) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: How many edit series can boast reaching a tenth volume? Ok, well how many can boast of attaining ten successful ones? Here French funk party commander Morlack provides five new top-notch retweaks that take no prisoners. "Loose It" is a tight James Brown-style jam that occasionally veers into French electro territory, "Let's Boogie" is all funk grooves and tough hip-hop breaks, "Big Pill" is total rubberband disco-funk,"Capital S" is more electro-boogie and finally "Tough" wraps things up with a big ole slap bass and flute singalong!
KE 9010
26 Mar 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Dude - (5:39) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Morning - (4:33) 100 BPM
   
Dusic - (4:52) 113 BPM
   
Spinnin - (4:46) 115 BPM
Review: Normally one for the grand gesture (his last album boasted 27 tracks!), master of the gently nefarious art of the mash-up, Morlack, comes back down to earth to deliver a mere four edited disco gems for Katakana. As usual, the production quality of his sample-fuelled jiggery is second to none, with the slow and elastic funk of smoocher "The Dude", the slap bass twitcher "Morning", the stormin' electro-funk of "Dusic" and the raw, cowbell bustin' hoe-down of "Spinnin'" proving to be dancefloor devourers one and all.
KE 9023
27 Feb 15
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Wipe Mo - (5:42) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dance Dance Dance - (4:20) 115 BPM
   
Wonderful - (5:55) 100 BPM
   
Whip - (5:33) 100 BPM
Review: The long-running 'Katakana Edits' series reaches #94, with Parisian funk and disco producer Morlack at the controls and bringing us four tracks. Opener 'Wipe Mo' (source unknown) has a soca-ish feel, while 'Dance Dance Dance' feels like it's been reworked from an old African disco record. 'Wonderful', on the other hand, revisits Kid Creole & The Coconuts' 1982 hit 'I'm A Wonderful Thing Baby', while 'Whip' is a slowed-down, Temazepam disco reversioning of the Dazz Band's 'Let It Whip' from the same year. The EP as a whole will suit those who like their disco on the more leftfield side.
KE 9094
20 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Totally Connected - (5:31) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
FWM - (3:49) 100 BPM
   
High Time - (4:12) 117 BPM
   
Do It Fluid - (4:29) 118 BPM
Played by: Morlack
Review: Go-Go lovin' disco re-tweaker Morlack recently helmed the 41st instalment in Katakana's Edits series. It clearly was a huge success because they've already invited him back to curate a second one! There are four tunes on this one, starting with a toughened up version of T-Connection's already tough 70s funk jam "Totally Connected", "FWM" is a spacier and breakier affair, "High Time" is accelerated lady funk of the electro kind and "Do It Fluid" wraps things up with a beautiful melange of boogie, breaks and soulful bellowing.
KE 9045
03 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ring - (4:29) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Up Down - (4:11) 87 BPM
   
Tell Me Smthing Good - (3:53) 80 BPM
Played by: Trotter, Morlack
Review: If ever there was a resident curator of the esteemed nu-disco Katakana Edits series, it's the Go-Go hero Morlack. Frankly, he's always at it. Here he's back for numero 47, this time rustling up three new cuts for our itchy disco feet. "Ring" goes for the jugular, taking a well-known (to the point of wedding disco classic) 70s barnstormer and adding some seriously filthy electro arpeggios to the mix. Next up, "Up Down" is a slow and groovy party breaks cover version of Diana Ross' perennial classic. Last but not least is "Tell Me Something Good" which is relaxed and mellow reggae fun at its finest.
KE 9047
24 Mar 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Hang It Up - (4:56) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bom Bom - (5:07) 116 BPM
   
Love Thing - (4:58) 117 BPM
   
Ganja Man - (4:21) 140 BPM
Review: The latest driver to be given the keys to the Katakana Edits series is the Go-Go lovin' Morlack. He's delivered four sizzlers aimed, as always, firmly at the heart of the dancefloor. "Hang It Up" sees tough, breaky beats leading sassy brass, quirky bass and honky tonk piano, whilst "Bom Bom" is pure unadulterated 80s holiday cheese - imagine Black Lace on a bender in the Caribbean circa 1984 and you'll get the postcard. This theme continues with the digital-reggae sing-a-long "Ganja Man" before the pure, phased funk of "Love Thing" wraps things up in cool early '80s style.
KE 9033
25 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Don't Stop - (7:29) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Funk & Roll - (4:13) 118 BPM
   
Ubirantan - (4:02) 120 BPM
Review: Party orientated re-edit man Morlack is the latest name signed up to curate a Katakana Edit compilation. Here on number 41 the 80s obsessed producer catches us on the wrong foot with the dubbed out reggae rework of Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Til You Get Enough. Normally known more for his boogie tastes, this dubby version is a real treat. "Funk & Roll" is a celebratory funk and breaks sing-along and the beefed up Afrobeat of "Ubirantan" is the best track on here. Party season has arrived!
KE 9041
01 Apr 16
Breakbeat
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Train - (3:53) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
There It Is - (3:30) 114 BPM
Played by: Smashed Atoms, Morlack
Review: Congratulations to the Katakana Edits crew, who have now reached a half century of releases. Their 53rd EP comes from the mysterious Ben Morlack from Paris. He's had other releases recently on Funk Blasters, Breakbeat Paradise, Relative Dimensions, Homebreakin, Tru Funk and Boogie Boutique: so you know where this guys coming from! "Train" is a well funky joint with some super powerful vocals retained from the original of this fine track - that sounds quite familiar. Next up you get served to some serious soul power on the wicked "There It Is".
KE 9053
10 Nov 17
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