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Lindas Marathon - (12:38) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Give It To Me (Unity edit) - (9:41) 120 BPM
Review: Usually, Katakana Edits releases have us furiously Googling lyrics to try and identify the source material, but for this latest volume Fray Bentos saves us a job, opting to work his magic on two very well-known tracks, Linda Clifford's 'Runaway Love' (1978) and Rick James' 'Give It To Me Baby' (1981). 'Linda's Marathon' is aptly named, as Bentos stretches out the original to a full 12:39, making for a sultry groove that'll go down a treat at Horse Meat Disco, while on 'Give It To Me (Unity Edit)' he goes for a struttier approach with a tech-house style "some Rick James, some Rick James" vocal loop for an intro.
KE 9108
30 Apr 21
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Don't Stop The Music - (4:37) 103 BPM
Live Together - (5:32) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
People Power - (5:21) 120 BPM
Stomp The Floor - (5:19) 100 BPM
You're Man Enough - (4:24) 120 BPM
Review: The latest in the long-running 'Katakana Edits' series features five funk reworks, three of which we can identify the source for: Timmy Thomas's 1972 classic 'Why Can't We Live Together', Billy Paul's 'People Power' (1975) and The Four Tops' 'Are You Man Enough?' (1973). 'Stomp The Floor' has us beat, though, and as for 'Don't Stop The Music' - well, it isn't the Yarbrough & Peoples one, and nor is it any of the tracks of the same name by K.I.D, Cascade, Bugz In The Attic, Supermax, Bits & Pieces or Brecker Brothers! But it's a decent lil' funk/boogie groove all the same...
KE 9107
09 Apr 21
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Trouble In My Mind - (5:51) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Pump Me Up (feat The Incredible DeeJay Random) - (5:09) 108 BPM
Review: The latest in the 'Katakana Edits' series sees GreySkoolEdits reaching back to two different eras in the long and storied evolution of Da Funk. In the red corner there's 'Trouble In My Mind', a reworking of Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul's '(I've Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind' from way back in 1973, while there's more "trouble" to be found in the blue corner, where we find the Greys revisiting Troublefunk's 1982 go-go fave 'Pump Me Up' - this time, somewhat unusually, augmenting the source material with some brand-new scratch shenanigans courtesy of UK turntablist The Incredible DeeJay Random.
KE 9106
05 Feb 21
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Jump Up Shake Down - (7:27) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Spaceship Love Affair - (2:52) 100 BPM
Memories - (3:57) 90 BPM
Review: The mysterious Crateditors is the man (it IS one man, we know that much!) at the controls for this latest in the long-running 'Katakana Edits' series. 'Jump Up Shake Down' (source unknown) finds us in party-hearty reggae territory with its lyrical homage to "a Kingston party in New York City," while 'Spaceship Love Affair' reworks 'Spaceship Lover', a space disco cut that was recorded in 1977 by Canada-based British singer Laurice (AKA Laurie Marshall) but not actually released until 2015. 'Memories' closes out the EP - again, the source has us beat but think torchy, hi-camp disco from the Grace Jones/Eartha Kitt school of thought.
KE 9105
18 Dec 20
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Ha Chica - (6:10) 110 BPM
Struglin' Together - (6:09) 116 BPM
Up The Downstairs - (4:34) 113 BPM
Inside Your Love - (6:05) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The long-running 'Katakana Edits' series rumbles on, with regular contributor DJ Laurel back in the driving seat for #104. He's got us beat when it comes to source material for a couple of the tracks, but 'Ha Chica' is a tropical-style funk/disco cut sporting lively brass flourishes and an infectious sing-song vocal, while 'Strugglin' Together' has a mid-70s funk-soul vibe (think Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers or even Gil Scott-Heron). Elsewhere on the EP, Laurel revisits William Wilson's raw, Ohio Players-esque 1978 funker 'Up The Downstairs' and Leon Ware's superb 1979 Minnie Riperton cover 'Inside Your Love'.
KE 9104
27 Nov 20
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Going With Sadness - (4:13) 125 BPM
Love Is Really My Game - (6:54) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Our Time - (4:54) 125 BPM
Right Back - (6:06) 115 BPM
Review: The unstoppable juggernaut that is the 'Katakana Edits' series rumbles ever onwards, with Parisian label regular Morlack (AKA Funk Blaster) back at the controls for Vol 103. 'Going With Sadness' is a lively, late 70s-style disco number - original source unknown - with a Spanish-sounding female vocal and sunny sax, while 'Love Is Really My Game' revisits Brainstorm's Sylvester-esque 1980 Tabu cut of the same name. 'Our Time' plunders Roy Ayers' 1982 barrio funk fave 'Our Time Is Coming' (as previously reworked by MAW and Joey Negro), while finally 'Right Back' is a low-slung, lower-tempo groover with more of an 80s boogie feel.
KE 9103
23 Oct 20
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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
Review: The 'Katakana Edits' series dives headlong into its second century with a five-tracker from label stalwart DJ Laurel, and the Belarussian re-edit don has dug nice and deep this time out. 'You Are My Everything' is based on The Real Thing's 'You To Me Are Everything' (1976) and 'Everybody Needs Somebody' and Ann Margret's 'Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes' (1983) gets reworked as 'Everybody Needs Somebody'; the source material for the rest has our disco detectives beat (despite the nagging familiarity of that main riff on 'Take Me'), but that surely just makes these tracks even more effective as DJ weapons!
KE 9101
14 Aug 20
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Lose Your Love - (9:17) 120 BPM
Grapevine (Soul Casserole edit) - (6:26) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Over the last few years Fray Bentos has proved to be one of Katakana Edits most reliable contributors. Here he hits the mark once more with another double dose of pie-eyed reworks. The pastry-loving producer begins with "Lose Your Love", a gloriously meaty and celebratory re-edit that successfully tools-up and stretches out an Emotions classic for guaranteed extended dancefloor pleasure. It's really rather good, all told, though the accompanying "Soul Casserole Edit" of "Grapevine" (yep, you know the original) is arguably even better, in part because it builds tension via an extended instrumental section before unleashing the song's oh-so-familiar verses and chorus. Whether either track needed tampering with is debatable, but these are undeniably excellent alternative edits.
KE 9102
14 Aug 20
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Fray Bentos - "Body Down" - (6:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
DJ Laurel - "Galaxy" - (5:06) 119 BPM
Timewrap - "Girls On Drugs" - (5:07) 120 BPM
Morlack - "L.machine" - (8:21) 128 BPM
FabioLous Barker - "Into The Disco Scene" - (5:41) 125 BPM
RocknRolla Soundsystem - "Culture" - (8:35) 107 BPM
Fray Bentos - "White Men Can't Funk" - (6:30) 115 BPM
DJ Laurel - "Jam Jam Jam" - (5:43) 116 BPM
Morlack - "WIPE Mo" - (5:42) 121 BPM
Timewrap - "Kabashaka" (Acid Vox) - (5:06) 120 BPM
Streamer - "ID" - (4:45) 122 BPM
Timewrap - "Listen 2 This" - (9:42) 120 BPM
FabioLous Barker - "Lets All Chant" (Nobody Move The Body mix) - (8:35) 122 BPM
DJ Laurel - "Zina" - (5:10) 120 BPM
Goji Berry - "Mama" - (4:04) 110 BPM
FabioLous Barker - "La Cotorra" - (6:50) 118 BPM
Hawwis - "Descarga" - (5:09) 123 BPM
Morlack - "Across The Floor" - (3:37) 109 BPM
Fray Bentos - "Magic Work" - (7:11) 115 BPM
Belabouche - "Sneakin Up Behind You" - (7:12) 102 BPM
Fray Bentos - "Night And Day" - (5:25) 121 BPM
Timewrap - "Moneybomb" - (6:21) 110 BPM
SOKA - "Grease" - (6:14) 115 BPM
Timewrap - "Pick It Up" - (7:09) 108 BPM
DJ Laurel - "I Can't Stop Ya" - (5:08) 100 BPM
Timewrap - "Run Blind" - (3:31) 102 BPM
Vagz - "No More" - (4:13) 101 BPM
DJ Laurel - "Windy City" - (5:18) 116 BPM
Morlack - "Rainbow Mash" - (4:25) 122 BPM
Fray Bentos - "Gangster Flap" - (8:17) 124 BPM
Morlack - "Sossego" - (4:53) 112 BPM
DJ Laurel - "Lost In The Crowd" - (5:14) 111 BPM
Streamer - "Public Disco Enemy #1" - (3:24) 116 BPM
Hawwis - "Amiga" - (5:57) 116 BPM
Padcore - "Boogaloo" - (2:10) 100 BPM
Morlack - "Terapeutica" - (5:10) 116 BPM
Funkin Basstards - "N.H.L" - (3:48) 101 BPM
Padcore - "Mexico" - (2:52) 96 BPM
FL - "Last Monk" - (3:23) 89 BPM
DJ Laurel - "I'm Always Dancing To The Music" - (4:51) 91 BPM
G. Niotis & J. Pronoitis - "JB World" - (4:07) 90 BPM
MCurdit - "Brooklyn Bount Sq" - (3:49) 94 BPM
Padcore - "Pride" - (2:55) 93 BPM
Streamer - "THINK... You Better!" - (4:55) 107 BPM
Padcore - "J5" - (3:19) 98 BPM
DJ Laurel - "More Shame" - (5:07) 104 BPM
Padcore - "Sweetback" - (3:26) 90 BPM
Morlack - "Wop" - (5:00) 116 BPM
Streamer - "The Fastest Gumbo" (feat Young MC) - (3:26) 85 BPM
Padcore - "Track 02" - (3:43) 120 BPM
Played by: Conan The Selector
Review: Katakana Edits first compilation, 2017's "Crate Diggin", was an epic collection of high-grade re-edits, mash-ups and reworks packed to the rafters with tried-and-tested dancefloor treats. This belated follow-up is even more epic, with the popular label squeezing in no less than 50 tracks that variously touch on riotous disco-funk, dub disco, new wave, disco-rock, deep funk, Afro-boogie, swamp funk, Latin beats, boogie, pitched-down chuggers, boogaloo, hip-hop and everything in between. You'd expect that standard to be high - it is a "best of" collection after all - and it is. If you need an instant armoury of scintillating club cuts, look no further.
KE 9100
08 May 20
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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
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L.machine - (8:21) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Funk 4day - (4:08) 116 BPM
Samba Maria - (5:09) 90 BPM
Comme Bowie - (4:42) 95 BPM
Cali Style - (4:22) 120 BPM
King Kong - (3:44) 114 BPM
Merengue - (4:41) 127 BPM
Paper Snake - (4:55) 116 BPM
Shakamo - (4:32) 115 BPM
Hotspot - (5:19) 115 BPM
L.cats - (4:52) 87 BPM
Sparkle - (3:51) 115 BPM
This Life - (4:30) 118 BPM
Review: Rhode Island-based Katakana Edits bring us the 98th installment in this long-running series, and once more we're in the hands of Morlack, who's contributed no fewer than 14 previous volumes. The French DJ/producer has dug pretty deep for source material: 'Cali Style' bites Eddy Grant's 'California Style', the Jimmy Castor Bunch's 1975 novelty funker 'King Kong' gets a light-touch refix and 'L.Cats' gives The Cure an unexpected breakbeat makeover, but that's about as much as we can tell you! The rest of the EP draws on unidentified soul, funk and boogie nuggets, many of them with non-Anglophone vocals.
KE 9098
03 Apr 20
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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
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Listen - (2:11) 77 BPM
Chicken Head - (1:53) 90 BPM
Talk With You - (2:21) 90 BPM
Be Bop - (2:41) 89 BPM
Musicians - (0:51) 82 BPM
Chill - (1:36) 87 BPM
Run - (2:16) 95 BPM
Boogaloo - (2:10) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Do Your Thing - (2:48) 88 BPM
Slum - (1:50) 96 BPM
Played by: LEGO EDIT, Kongisto
KE 9096
03 Jan 20
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Mexico - (2:52) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Hang On - (3:14) 85 BPM
Wanna Hear - (2:59) 81 BPM
Review: The unstoppable juggernaut that is the Katakana Edits series rolls on. Regular contributor Padcore is back at the wheel for this latest three-track instalment, which kicks off with 'Mexico', which conjures visions (in glorious Technicolor(TM), of course) of 1950s westerns set during the Mexican-American War. That's followed by 'What They Do', a mid-paced ballad that recalls the likes of Dusty Springfield, Julie London or Bobby Gentry while completing the EP is 'Wanna Hear', a low-slung, slow-burning funker that packs enough sleaze into its three-minute lifespan to give Times Square in the 70s a run for its money!
KE 9095
27 Dec 19
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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
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Venus (extended) - (3:01) 130 BPM
KE 9093
13 Dec 19
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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
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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
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Culture - (8:35) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Caminho - (8:31) 108 BPM
Review: Serious scalpel fiends Rockandrolla Soundsystem first came to our attention via a 2017 debut release on Springbok Records. In the same year they contributed to a killer compilation on Katakana, so it's little surprise to see the Dutch collective return to the label with a suitably strong two-track offering. Opener "Culture" is a mighty chunk of swamp funk/disco fusion where bluesy guitar parts, gruff soul vocals, alien synthesizer chords and bubbly synth-bass rise above rolling drums. "Caminho" continues on a similar vein, subtly scrubbing up and dubbing out a bluesy disco-rock number that sounds a little like JJ Cale after a night on disco biscuits in the company of Boz Scraggs, Eric Clapton and David Mancuso.
KE 9090
09 Aug 19
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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
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Terapeutica - (5:10) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Que Pasa - (6:04) 111 BPM
Manyoma - (4:23) 113 BPM
Hot 4U - (5:28) 124 BPM
Review: Parisian man of mystery Morlack is at the controls for this latest installment in the long-running Katakana Edits series, bringing us four more reworks of dancefloor cuts from days gone by. 'Terapeutica' tops a lolloping funk groove with brass parps and James Brown-like shouts, while 'Que Pasa' revisits Coati Mundi's 'Me No Pop I' from 1982. 'Manyoma' is a frothy, party-tastic cocktail of Latin, lounge and Afro influences, while completing the EP is 'Hot 4U', a more struttin', stripped-back disco jam with a late 70s kinda feel and, as the track nears its end, some scorching sax work.
KE 9088
19 Jul 19
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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
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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
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Intergalactic - (3:20) 108 BPM
Sweetback - (3:26) 90 BPM
All The People - (3:21) 59 BPM
Home - (3:42) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The unstoppable Katakana Edits series rolls on, with Vol 85 coming from label regular(s) Padcore. First to get the Katakana treatment is the Beasties classic 'Intergalactic', while 'Sweetback' revisits Viola Wills' 1969 ghetto funker of the same name (which predates Melvin Van Peebles' Blaxploitation flick by two years, fact fans). 'All The People' cuts up an unidentified, lounge-y soul take on Blues Magoos' 1967 garage/psych nugget 'The People Had No Faces', while Esther Phillips' 1971 cover of Gil Scott-Heron's 'Home Is Where The Hatred Is' provides the basis for the EP's standout cut, heartbreakingly melancholic closer 'Home'.
KE 9085
07 Jun 19
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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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Here Comes The Hook - (3:50) 115 BPM
Sossego - (4:53) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Lucy On Skate - (4:06) 114 BPM
Here I'm - (5:39) 115 BPM
Review: The chopper king himself Morlack returns here to the legendary Katanaka Edits imprint here with four stunning recreations, showcasing just why he is held in such high esteem by all of us here at Juno. The first track 'Here Comes The Hook' combines soulful, uplifting horn melodies with punchy drum moves for with fantastic results, whilst 'Here I'm' applies a similar format to some classic disco vocals. Next, 'Sossego' leaps to the forefront with some smooth, bluesy guitar riff, which is followed by the psychedelic grooves and twists of 'Lucy On Skate' to see out the EP in style.
KE 9083
10 May 19
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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
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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
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ID - (4:45) 122 BPM
Sex Machine (Streamer's HOT! remix) - (4:50) 108 BPM
On & On (Streamer's ON Disco remix) - (4:37) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Legba Nan Baye (Haiti Voodoo Samba) - (5:36) 120 BPM
Legba Nan Baye (Haiti Voodoo Samba 12' extended Ritual version) - (8:06) 120 BPM
Review: Five more assorted re-edits from the ever-prolific Katakana stable here, this time coming from Gary Shepherd, the Brit-in-Amsterdam better known as Streamer. Opener 'ID' rather cheekily bites the ghetto-fabulous, attitude-y female vocal from Riton & Kah-Lo's 'Fake ID' - we say "cheekily" because the original only came out last year. 'Sex Machine' takes the James Brown classic into Latin-tinged territory, while 'On & On' drags Erykah Badu onto the deep/soulful house danceloor, before the EP's completed by two different (5:30 and 8:06) reworks of 'Legba Nan Baye', a track culled from Jacques Schwarz-Bart's 2014 voodoo jazz album 'Jazz Racine Haiti'.
KE 9080
12 Apr 19
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Pain Around (Streamer's clean remix) - (4:45) 53 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Fastest Gumbo - (3:26) 85 BPM
Be Good To Me (Bossa Nova version) - (4:04) 111 BPM
Feel Good! (Funksploitation version) - (4:54) 90 BPM
Review: Since making his bow on Katakana Edits last April, Amsterdam-based Brit Gary Shepherd AKA Streamer has become a reliable source of cheeky re-edits and reworks. Unsurprisingly, the producer's latest outing - his first of any kind since July 2018 - contains four more high quality revisions. He begins by joining the dots between stab-happy funk, hip-hop heroes House of Pain and acid funk on "Pain Around", before turning a Cajun style hoedown into a skittish, rap-sporting drum and bass roller ("The Fastest Gumbo"). Arguably even better is his punchy, horn-heavy bossa-boogie take on Beats International classic "Just Be Good To Me", while "Feel Good (Funksploitation Version)" is a dub-wise workout rich in James Brown samples and fuzzy horns.
KE 9079
22 Mar 19
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Kayne - (3:19) 90 BPM
Track02 - (3:43) 60 BPM
Play With Fire - (4:48) 92 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Track04 - (5:42) 50 BPM
Review: We can usually identify the source material of Padcore's re-edits, but he's got us well and truly stumped with the four cuts featured here, though the overall cinematic vibe leads us to suspect he may have been rummaging in bins full of soundtrack albums! In any case, 'Kayne' is a slow, looping affair with a vaguely western-ish feel, both of which are qualities it shares with 'Play With Fire', while 'Track 02' is a livelier number with what sounds like a mariachi brass section. 'Track 04' completes the EP on a more straight-up funk/soul tip. File under 'obscure esoteric pleasures'.
KE 9078
01 Mar 19
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Ninas Dance - (3:53) 99 BPM
Se Peisma - (3:59) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
J5 - (3:19) 98 BPM
Break7 - (3:46) 105 BPM
Review: The ever-prolific Katakana Edits stable bring us four more repurposed funk gems. 'Nina's Dance' has something of a kitsch, lounge-y feel to its lazy, looped-up beats and melancholy sax. 'Se Peisma' is a raunchier cut whose original source, though unknown, must surely have come from somewhere along the James Brown/JBs axis, while the more soulful 'J5' would soundtrack a late-night cab ride through Harlem in a 70s Blaxploitation flick perfectly. 'Break7', a percussion workout laced heavily with squelchy, sleazy bass, completes an EP whose overall vibe sits somewhere between 'new old' funk and dusty, lo-fi west coast hip-hop ? la Cold Busted Records.
KE 9077
25 Jan 19
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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
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Bird Up In The Sky - (2:52) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Pride - (2:55) 93 BPM
Funk You - (1:41) 96 BPM
Soulfunk - (3:07) 108 BPM
Review: Okay, Katakana, you got us this time! Where Padcore have found the source material for this latest batch of re-edits from has our finest disco detectives beat, suggesting they've dug pretty damn deep. Still, 'Bird Up In The Sky' tops a sleazy, 'Fame'-ish funk groove with a sweet, looping female vocal, 'Pride' is a rawer, 60s-sounding funker with a James Brown-ish feel, 'Funk You' has a heaver, druggier late 60s kinda vibe about it, while closer 'Soulfunk' has the sound palette of brassy Southern soul, only run through an MPC for that lo-fi hip-hop feel. All four are should prove eminently playable for a wide range of jocks.
KE 9075
28 Dec 18
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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
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Rainbow Mash - (4:25) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
That Girl - (5:25) 125 BPM
Review: Paris-based Ben Morlack is the man at the controls for this latest addition to the ever-growing Katakana Edits series. 'Rainbow Mash' is just that: a mash-up of styles with house, big beat and P-funk influences thrown into the pot and serve up as a gloriously energetic dancefloor romp topped with a "party down!" vocal and a rolling, house-y piano riff. 'That Girl', meanwhile, beefs up Maxi Priest and Shaggy's 1996 ragga hit for modern dancefloors, while leaving the 'Green Onions' riff on which it's based intact. Both tracks can be safely filed in the box marked 'party-starters'.
KE 9073
23 Nov 18
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Kabashaka (Acid Vox) - (5:06) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Kabashaka (Acid dub) - (5:06) 120 BPM
Review: Timewrap's last few releases on Katakana Edits have been epic affairs that gather together a sizeable collection of party-starting reworks. This one - the Rhode Island imprint's 72nd release in total - takes a different approach, offering up two acid-fired revisions of spiraling, tongue-in-cheek disco workout "Kabashaka". The Katakana regulars begin with an "Acid Vox" version that wraps psychedelic, mind-altering TB-303 disco lines around big house beats, swirling disco instrumentation and suitably camp, over-the-top vocals. Arguably even better is the "Acid Dub", which allows the distinctive acid motifs a little room to breathe while tooled-up drum hits and vocal snippets ricochet around the sound space. Both versions sound like serious dancefloor heat.
KE 9072
09 Nov 18
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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
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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
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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
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Across The Floor - (3:37) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
I Like The Way You... - (4:53) 128 BPM
Played by: Morlack
Review: Breakbeat Paradise regular Morlack has a reputation for serving up brilliantly chopped-up, funk-fuelled material that's guaranteed to get the party started. The Parisian producer's latest Katakana Edits outing ticks all of the right boxes, serving up two prime cuts of celebratory dancefloor release. Choose between the rubbery, beefed-up disco heaviness of "I Like The Way You..." - all elastic slap bass, punchy horns and screaming orchestration -and the chunkier, 109 BPM breakbeat shuffle of "Across The Floor". This is effectively a rearrangement of a well-known disco era staple with punchy new drums beneath. While simple by design, it's very effective.
KE 9068
20 Jul 18
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Your Favourite DJ - (4:51) 93 BPM
Public Disco Enemy #1 - (3:24) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Jungle Message - (5:07) 100 BPM
How Do You Get Your Kicks - (4:11) 126 BPM
KE 9067
06 Jul 18
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SO|KA - "Grease" - (6:14) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
DJ Laurel - "Lost In The Crowd" - (5:14) 111 BPM
DJ Laurel - "All Or Nothing" - (5:02) 96 BPM
Review: Volume 66 of the Katakana Edits is nothing but vibes from start to finish, and surely exactly what we need in the blazing summer months - edits, edits, and nothing but more edits! SO|KA's opening "Grease" is a dubby, weighty house chugger that blends effortlessly with juat about any form of dance tune, while DJ Laurel's "Lost In The Crowd" is a disco charmer that leads with horns and is backed by pumping beats, leaving the final "All Or Nothing" to provide the seductive charms thanks to a gentle r&b charm. Beautiful stuff.
KE 9066
22 Jun 18
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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
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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
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Your Love - (6:19) 118 BPM
Wop - (5:00) 116 BPM
We Got Ze Funk - (5:14) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Do It 2u Right - (3:54) 130 BPM
Review: For their 63rd edition, Katakana Edits hand the reins over to Paris based DJ Morlack again with some crafty resplices of some forgotten disco gems. Following up a slew of terrific releases on the always reliable Breakbeat Paradise imprint - you're in equally good hands with this four tracker. From the neon-lit, '80s styled boogie down jam "Your Love", the Cameo styled funk attack on "Wop" to a golden oldie by the artist who was formerly known under a variety of names on "Do It 2U Right" - there is no doubt that Ben Morlack has got it goin' on!
KE 9063
14 May 18
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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
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Superstition - (4:56) 135 BPM
THINK... You Better! - (4:55) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Lively Up Yourself - (6:06) 125 BPM
Raggamuffin Soul - (4:26) 147 BPM
Review: Next up on Katakana Edits is emerging edit wizard Gary Shepherd aka Streamer, an expat in Amsterdam who turns in a bunch of cheeky resplices here of some obscure covers and versions. From the deep, down and dirty rendition of Stevie Wonder's classic "Superstition" which gets high into the stratosphere, some spiritual African disco by way of reggae on a cover of "Lively Up Yourself" and likewise some more Jah dubwise shenanigans on the block rockin' beats of "Raggamuffin Soul".
KE 9061
13 Apr 18
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Freestyle EditsEXCLUSIVE
Dubshine - (5:45) 105 BPM
Dubrealmc - (5:52) 141 BPM
Dubrealmc (version) - (5:52) 141 BPM
Dopesmokah - (5:17) 150 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cumbia - (5:20) 52 BPM
Run Blind - (3:31) 153 BPM
Say Some - (3:48) 140 BPM
Dr. Ray - (5:44) 130 BPM
Jalec - (4:24) 135 BPM
Ain't Swing It - (4:34) 150 BPM
Pussycat - (4:37) 120 BPM
Ida Tharis - (4:53) 109 BPM
Koulouri - (3:09) 135 BPM
Maiami - (3:13) 104 BPM
Flush - (5:01) 110 BPM
Swing5 - (3:55) 141 BPM
Bambuta - (3:10) 110 BPM
Old Bisties - (4:54) 136 BPM
Smoke Miash - (8:00) 144 BPM
Review: Lord a'mercy! Timewrap are chowing down on 2018 with the appetite of 10 armies right now. Hot on the heels of their space disco collection comes this equally spotless set of versions, edits and booties ranging from dub-style hip-hop to all-out trouser swinging Motown monsters. Highlights include beastie skanker "Dopesmokah", the doo-wap walloper "Say Some", the big band cosmic soul drama of "Dr Ray", the middle eastern mischief of "Ida Tharis" and the psychedelic hip-hop funk of "Bambuta".
KE 9060
30 Mar 18
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We Gonna Rule The World - (10:46) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Yakayaka - (10:19) 100 BPM
Pick It Up - (7:09) 108 BPM
K&G Moments - (4:42) 110 BPM
Listen 2 This - (9:42) 120 BPM
Girls On Drugs - (5:07) 120 BPM
Girls On Drugs (dub) - (5:07) 120 BPM
Blind Band - (7:13) 122 BPM
Moneybomb - (6:21) 110 BPM
Staying - (6:32) 115 BPM
Meters Disco - (4:57) 124 BPM
Dancing To That - (6:06) 112 BPM
Lost - (5:59) 102 BPM
Jazzme - (6:20) 117 BPM
Vira - (5:49) 125 BPM
Vira (instrumental) - (5:07) 125 BPM
Just Crust - (6:47) 123 BPM
Caravan Boot - (6:35) 129 BPM
Played by: LEGO EDIT
Review: Katakana follow up the rather tasty EP from Frey Bentos with this bountiful compendium of Timewrap's juiciest, most cosmic edits. Ranging from the surefire party belters such as the slick and sprightly twist on "Pick It Up" to the spaced-out take of double-D pop fave with "Girls On Drugs" via the sprightly island bliss of "Stayin" and the chugging, subtly-filthed, horn-melting "Lost", it's a sunset to sunrise session with every shade of star-lit groove your dancefloor can ever ask for. Ready for takeoff?
KE 9059
16 Mar 18
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