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Katakana Edits is a label that’s been editing and re-editing disco, funk, breakbeat and broken beat with pure soul and groove since 2012. ‘Made in Earth’, the label has seen dusty and delicious edits from the likes of: Disco Funk Spinner, The Gaff, DJ Laurel, Timewrap, Voodoocuts, Manjah and more.
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Katakana Edits Vol 135
Spred Ur Love - (4:50)
Dr Jekyll - (4:45)
Can't Fight The Feeling - (4:41)
Mighty Fine - (5:32)
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Katakana Edits Vol 134
Funky Sambaro - (4:47) Biggest-selling track on this release
Tomorrow's Day - (4:35)
Hold Back - (5:01)
Review: Vol 134 finds DJ Laurel back at the controls as he serves up three more reversionings of classic tracks. First to get the treatment is Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers' 'Berro E Sombaro', an irresistibly danceable, Latin-flavoured cut from 1979's 'Bustin' Loose' album that recently saw a Record Store Day reissue and that was also revamped by Chewy Rubs a year or two back. Then it's the turn of Tomorrow's Edition's 'U Turn Me On' from 1981, before Laurel turns his attention to Chanson's 'Don't Hold Back' from 1978. All three will get 'em moving for sure but 'Funky Sambaro' stands out.
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Katakana Edits Vol 133
Twilight - (6:11)
Boca - (5:30) Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: MBO's first contribution to the 'Katakana Edits' came on Vol 128 and now, just five instalments later, he's back with another brace of fresh reworks of vintage nuggets. What exactly those nuggets are will have to go sadly unidentified this time out, but 'Twilight' is an unhurried lounge-y, tropical kinda jam with some sprightly-fingered jazz keys and minor chords that recall Flash & The Pan's 'Waiting For A Train', while 'Boca' is even more laidback, with Balearic-style dusty, sampled drums, wistful flute, schmaltzy strings and, most importantly, some very cool, blues-y Hammond work. Perfect for groovin' on a sunny afternoon.
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19 May 23
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Katakana Edits Vol 132
Ms Fine Brown - (5:32) Biggest-selling track on this release
Baila - (4:07)
Revenge - (3:44)
Tutu - (2:59)
Review: El Paso has become quite the Katakana regular of late, having helmed vols 115, 116, 122 and 129, and now he returns for a fifth instalment with four funk reworks in tow. 'Ms Fine Brown' revisits Syl Johnson's 'Ms Fine Brown Fame' from 1976, while James Brown's much-sampled 1973 classic 'The Payback' becomes 'Revenge'. The sources for 'Baila' and 'Tutu' - both featuring Spanish-language vocals - will sadly have to go unidentified, but the former has a Nu Yorican, boogaloo/barrio funk kinda vibe about it while the lower-tempo 'Tutu' is much more tropical and lounge-y in feel.
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Katakana Edits Vol 131
Hello There - (4:27) Biggest-selling track on this release
Off The Ground - (5:41)
Thelma - (4:35)
Review: Has any re-edit imprint ever released more reworks than Katakana Edits? Certainly, we can't think of any. In the wrong hands such productivity would impact on the quality of the label's output, but Katakana keep delivering gems even as they nudge past 130 EP releases - as Those Guys From Athens' new EP proves. They start in fine fashion by turning a dusty disco-funk number into a lolloping chunk of locked-in, head-nodding mid-tempo goodness on 'Hello There' - think bouncy beats, weighty bass, addictive guitar licks, lazy horns and luscious vocals - before subtly tooling up an urgent, peak-time-ready disco workout on 'Off The Ground'. To round things off, they add their own trademark beats and filter effects to an early-to-mid-80s disco number (complete with attractive synth sounds) from what sounds like Thelma Houston.
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10 Feb 23
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Katakana Edits Vol 130
Back To My Roots - (7:31) Biggest-selling track on this release
Itch & Scratch - (3:22)
Review: At the controls for Vol 130 in the 'Katakana Edits' series is Goji Berry, who returns to the stable after previously helming Vols 69 and 93 and appearing on several earlier editions. First to come under his scalpel is 'Going Back To My Roots': the track's perhaps best known to most via covers from Richie Havens, Odyssey or FPI Project, but it's Motown legend Lamont Dozier's 1977 original that gets the treatment here. That's followed by the raw, blistering funk of Rufus Thomas's 'Itch And Scratch' from 1972; put together, the two tracks add up to one small but perfectly formed package.
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Katakana Edits Vol 129
Kitty Kitty - (3:37) Biggest-selling track on this release
Grande - (3:13)
Revolution Solution - (4:36)
I Got To Be Kissed - (3:44)
Review: El Paso steps up to the plate for Vol 129 in the 'Katakana Edits' series. The original versions will sadly have to go unidentified this time around, but suffice to say Da Funk is in full effect across all four tracks, kicking off with 'Kitty Kitty', a rolling trop-funk groove with breathy female vocal snips. 'Grande' follows and operates in similar territory but in slightly more lazy n' laidback - and 100% more instrumental - fashion while 'Revolution Solution' brings the militant Black Power soul vibes with its conscious male vocal, before finally 'I Got To Be Kissed' plays us with out with its full-lunged 60s-style female soul vox.
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18 Nov 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 128
Doctor Funk - (5:20) 122 BPM
Get It - (5:09) 107 BPM
What They Want - (4:13) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
See - (4:25) 135 BPM
Mine - (4:18) 105 BPM
Review: These ears have seldom encountered a Katakana release they didn't like but Vol 128 really does pack some sterling re-edits, kicking off with MBO's reversioning of Jackie MacLean's 'Dr Jackyll & Mister Funk' from 1979. Next to get the treatment is The Jackson 5's 'Get It Together' from 1973, followed by The O'Jays' 'Give The People What They Want' from 1975. There's a similar 70s soul feel to 'Mine' - source sadly unknown - before we come to the jewel in the EP's crown, a stunning take on Don Covay & The Goodtimers' 'See Saw' from 1965. Mod R&B was, of course, the original rave music - check this and you'll understand why!
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Katakana Edits Vol 127
Let Woman Be A Woman - (4:22) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Shout It Out - (5:33) 108 BPM
Red Hot - (5:44) 110 BPM
Review: Volume 127 in the 'Katakana Edits' series finds regular contributor DJ Laurel back in the producer's chair once more. He opens his latest missive with a reworking of Dyke & The Blazers' 1969 funk/soul jam 'Let A Woman Be A Woman', and signs off with his take on 'Red Hot', a track culled from the disco-vibed 1979 debut solo album by former Supreme Mary Wilson. In-between you'll find 'Shout It Out', a rousing little number whose origins are unknown, but that's got a distinctly 'Schoolhouse Rock' kinda vibe about it. Good stuff all round, but 'Red Hot' takes the gold for this reviewer.
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Katakana Edits Vol 126
Love Thing - (4:39) 118 BPM
The Greatest Jiggy (2022 remix) - (4:00) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Do What You Want Do - (3:59) 114 BPM
Don't You Want To Dance - (4:10) 117 BPM
Music In The Street - (3:49) 118 BPM
Review: Something of a departure for the 'Katakana Edits' series here, as Pecoe, taking the helm for Vol 126, shifts the needle away from straight-up re-edits and moves it into the zone more properly labelled 'mash-ups', with most of the five taking an 'old meets new' approach. So contained herein you'll find The Whispers going head-to-head with Kelly Clarkson, Will Smith doing battle with Sister Sledge, Montell Jordan showing us how he does it alongside T-Connection, Hamilton Bohannon rubbing shoulders with US rapper Cupid and Busta Rhymes gettin' down with Unlimited Touch. File under 'surefire party starters'.
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29 Jul 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 125
Sometimes I Feel - (5:38) 110 BPM
Get Off My Back - (3:23) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The Katakana crew tick off the first milestone on the road to their second century, with Goji Berry doing the honours for Vol 125. It's a simple two-track affair this time out, with 'Sometimes I Feel' biting an unidentified male-sung take on the classic 'Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child' (a traditional Southern spiritual made famous by Odetta and Paul Robeson, and rendered here in a style that recalls the likes of Bill Withers, William De Vaughn or even Al Green), while the far more rumbustious 'Get Off My Back' reworks 1969's 'Get Off My Back Woman' by blues legend BB King.
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22 Jul 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 124
Funky Shingaling - (3:47) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Patra - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Katakana Edits Vol 123
Injection - (6:27) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Body & Soul - (5:22) 113 BPM
Review: At the controls for this latest installment in the long-running 'Katakana Edits' is DJ Turmix, who hails originally from Barcelona but has been based in New York since 2008. Trussel's 'Love Injection' from 1979 is the first dancefloor classic to get the re-edit treatment - which in this case means keeping the song structure intact but beefing things up considerably. The source material for 'Body & Soul', meanwhile, will have to remain sadly unidentified - but if you happen to be in the market for a dense trop-disco shuffler with a vaguely Europop-ish sing-song vocal, then step right on in...
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17 Jun 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 122
Besoka - (3:39) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Hong Kong - (3:19) 99 BPM
Kikiribu - (3:37) 102 BPM
Tropical Sant - (3:54) 124 BPM
Review: This latest installment in the 'Katakana Edits' series draws pretty much entirely from global music, which makes trying to identify the source material nigh-on impossible! Still, there's a kind of 60s/70s lounge-y vibe to opener 'Besoka', augmented by wave sounds, while 'Hong Kong' is a more Mexican/Latin-sounding affair that'd be best served in the summer sunshine. The fluttering 'Kikiribu' again has a Latin feel, with a chanted vocal this time, while 'Tropical Sant' maintains a similar MO but has more of a hazy, psychedelic vibe about it. One for the more eclectic DJs that like to mix up different world rhythms.
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10 Jun 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 121
Turn This Mutha Out - (4:53) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
I wANnA - (5:22) 125 BPM
Review: Another week, another installment in the long-running 'Katakana Edits' series. The man at the controls this time around is Fontrodona, AKA Max Galloway, who's resident at Dundee house, funk and disco night Jute City Jam. He introduces himself by looping up a section of the chorus/BVs from Idris Muhammad's 'Turn This Mutha Out' (1977), then performing a similar trick vis ? vis Donald Byrd's 'Thank You For Funking Up My Life' from the following year. With source material like that it's hard to go wrong, and suffice to say the lad doesn't - this is the real deal funky shit.
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03 Jun 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 120
Groove City - (5:02) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
If You Lookin'4 Night Of Fun - (5:14) 116 BPM
Musica Americana - (3:19) 105 BPM
Ready For Ur Love - (4:33) 110 BPM
Review: Katakana Edits regular Morlack steps up to the plate for the latest in the series, bringing with him four reworkings of (at least semi-) forgotten gems from the boogie era. First to get the treatment is T-Connection's 'Groove City' from 1981, swiftly followed by Leon Haywood's 'If You're Lookin' For A Night Of Fun' from 1980. The source material for the other two cuts remains sadly unidentified but 'Musica Americana' has a Mexican or Latin American flava while 'Ready Ur Your Love' is another early 80s-sounding jam with a growling, almost Tom Jones-esque male vocal.
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06 May 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 119
Evelyns Shame - (8:40) 131 BPM
Long Weekend - (11:09) 124 BPM
Love From George - (7:30) 121 BPM
Superman Lover (Soul Casserole edit) - (6:17) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Another week, another episode in the re-edit series that just keeps on giving. Getting the razor-and-tape treatment this time around, courtesy of Brighton's Adam Billingham AKA Fray Bentos, are Evelyn 'Champagne' King's 'Shame' (1977), Class Action's 'Weekend' (1983), George Benson's 'Love X Love' (1980) and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's 'Superman Lover' (1976). There are tracks on that list where you might think, "It's a brave producer who thinks they could add anything to THAT" - and you'd be correct. All credit to Mr Billingham, then, because he pulls it off with plenty of aplomb and absolutely no sacrilege in sight! Some useful little bullets here.
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25 Mar 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 118
I Can't Help Myself - (4:09) 123 BPM
Let Me Be Good To You - (5:11) 118 BPM
Got Myself A Good Man - (4:15) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Jubilee With Soul - (4:04) 104 BPM
Review: Hope you've got your soul shoes on because it's time to do some dancefloor struttin' in the company of DJ Laurel, as for this latest installment in the long-running 'Katakana Edits' series he turns to the 60s and 70s for inspiration. Tracks getting the treatment this time out come from Lou Rawls, Gladys Night & The Pips and most notably The Four Tops, who crop up twice - with 1965's 'I Can't Help Myself' and 1972's 'Jubilee With Soul'. Start with 'I Can't Help Myself' if you're of the Northern persuasion, or 'Let Me...' if you're looking for something a lil' funkier.
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18 Mar 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 117
Body II Body - (6:05) 96 BPM
Doo Dah - (6:10) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: DJ LAUREL, Kongisto
Review: After a couple of excursions into Latin and world music pastures on recent Kakakana releases, we're back in more straight-up funk/soul territory for Vol 117, which is helmed by Brussels-based Lee Zamah. The source material for these re-edits will have to go sadly unidentified, but 'Body II Body' is a low-slung, sensual groove that's vaguely reminiscent of Salsoul Orchestra classic 'You're Just The Right Size' (despite not actually sounding much like it), while 'Doo Dah' is a livelier, more uptempo funker with layered percussion and some fine keyboard trills. If your floor likes it funky, these two should keep 'em grooving, no question.
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11 Mar 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 116
Nuevo Boogaloo - (3:31) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Brother & Sisters - (2:44) 52 BPM
Spanish Butterfly - (3:32) 101 BPM
Supimos Callarnos - (3:48) 90 BPM
Review: Chalk up two 'Katakaka Edits' outings on the bounce for El Paso, as hot on the heels of the soul-flavoured '115', released just a fortnight ago, he brings us four re-edits that look to vintage Latin music, and particularly 60s boogaloo, for inspiration. Leading the charge for this reviewer is 'Spanish Butterfly', which pairs the lead male vocal with melodic female BVs to die for. Elsewhere, pianos and trumpets take centre stage on 'Nuevo Boogaloo' and sparkling vibes/marimba (?) augment the sunny 'Brother & Sisters', before 'Supimos Callarnos' plays us out in far more laidback, lounge-y, almost melancholic style.
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04 Mar 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 115
Sociedad - (3:27) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cali Woman - (5:10) 93 BPM
Review: Remember that tape/DJ mix/playlist you made - the one where you cobbled together all your most sensual and seductive tracks, to put on when you finally got That Special Someone back to yours? I bet you even called it 'Lights Down Low' or 'The Passion Parlour' or something, didn't you? Yes you did. Well, that's basically what this latest 'Katakana Edits' EP sounds like, as El Paso reworks two soul grooves from days gone by. 'Sociedad' (origin unknown) is a bit Latin-y, while the Joe Bataan-biting 'Cali Woman' is (oddly, given the source) less Latin-y, but with a bit of luck no one's REALLY listening anyway...
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25 Feb 22
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Katakana Edits Vol 114
Together - (4:24) 116 BPM
Why - (5:13) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Moosey - (4:09) 117 BPM
Spooky - (3:24) 107 BPM
Take Trip & Groove With Me - (4:43) 100 BPM
Review: DJ Turmix helms the good ship Katakana Edits on this, its 114th voyage. Proceedings open with the raw, percussive 'Together', a reworking of Ray Barretto's 1969 barrio funk cut, before we move on to revisit first Timmy Thomas classic 'Why Can't We Live Together?' from 1972 and then, more bravely, Modern Romance's 'Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey' from 1981. Next to come under the re-edit scalpel is 'Spooky' - not the Dusty Springfield recording, but an unidentified, male-sung take that's neither Classic IV's original nor Chris Montez's 1968 cover. The EP's then completed by the laidback, tropical-leaning 'Take Trip & Groove With Me'.
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17 Dec 21
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Katakana Edits Vol 113
Chant Of The Isles - (7:26) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ritzy Mambo - (5:16) 116 BPM
Rumours - (5:08) 115 BPM
Review: There's a distinctly Latin/tropical feel to this latest instalment in the long-running 'Katakana Edits' series. Opener 'Chant Of The Isles' is a languid affair with mournful, Mexican-sounding trumpets and an almost 1940s crooner-style vocal, which a little tactical Googling reveals to be a rework of a 1968 recording for Fania Records by New York-based boogaloo congo player George Guzman. The livelier, spanglier 'Ritzy Mambo', meanwhile, revisits the Salsoul Orchestra cut of the same name from 1976, before closer 'Rumour' (source unknown) plays us out on a similarly shuffling, sunshine-y tip. Ai carumba!
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10 Dec 21
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Katakana Edits Vol 112
Cocinando - (5:25) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Latin Soul - (4:26) 130 BPM
Pow Pow - (4:21) 130 BPM
Yeah Baby - (3:51) 142 BPM
Review: For the 112th edition of the fantastic 'Katakana Edits' series, DJ Turmix is back inside for another fabulous display of international music fusion and intricate sampling displays. We begin our dive with 'Cocinando', a bubbling combination of lively drum arrangements, percussive pulses and groovy brass riffs, followed by the more jungle-like drum designs and smile-inducing melodies of 'Latin Soul'. The whole project lets off a smooth feeling, with each track being processed to absolute perfection, including the old school bass moogs and more hectic breaksy sampling of the next track 'Pow Pow'. The pace then increases to it's most rapid as 'Yeah Baby' delivers a super-sonic display of jungle-drum work and distant LFO warbles to round the EP out with a hectic landing and putting the finishing touches on a masterful display.
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03 Dec 21
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Katakana Edits Vol 111
Ringo (2021 remix) - (4:16) 116 BPM
You Can't Hide - (3:31) 110 BPM
Bold Sister - (3:38) 100 BPM
Ice & Snow (extended version) - (3:46) 116 BPM
Grandmaster Mash - (3:31) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The ever-dependable 'Katakana Edits' series rolls on, and while this latest installment might not win PECOE any deep diggin' brownie points, it does pack some very serviceable dancefloor-friendly reworks of classic cuts from days gone by. Leading the charge for this reviewer is 'Ice & Snow', which does unspeakable but very satisfactory things to Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song', but elsewhere you get a fresh take on 'Jingo', 'Grandmaster Mash' fuses 'White Lines' with chunks of the rap from 'The Message', while 'Bold Sister' revisits James Brown's 'Bold Soul Sister' - leaving only the 60s deep funk source for 'You Can't Hide' unidentified.
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26 Nov 21
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Katakana Edits Vol 110
What About You - (3:33) 118 BPM
Askin' For A Trouble - (5:15) 118 BPM
You Steppin Into My Life - (6:25) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Don't Sneak On Me - (5:07) 100 BPM
Review: The unstoppable behemoth that is the 'Katakana Edits' series reaches Vol 110, with regular contributor DJ Laurel back at the controls. The EP opens with 'What About You' and 'Asking For Trouble', both of which draw on sadly unidentified sources - but think 60s soul/deep funk (Georgie Fame, maybe?) for the former, and blues/country-infused 70s soul for the latter. We then fast-forward to the disco and boogie era, with Melba Moore's 'You Stepped Into My Life' (1978) and the Michael Zager Band's 'Don't Sneak On Me' (1980) both getting the Laurel treatment. All four are very playable, making for a strong addition to the Katakana catalogue.
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10 Sep 21
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Katakana Edits Vol 109
Anticipation - (5:08) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Some Dues To Pay - (4:42) 95 BPM
Zouk La Se - (5:00) 132 BPM
Zoulous - (4:13) 87 BPM
Way Out - (4:37) 110 BPM
Review: French producer Morlack is at the controls for this latest installment in the 'Katakana Edits' series. On 'Way Out' he reworks a 1982 Steve Arrington track of the same name, while 'Anticipation' mines Mtume's 'Anticipatin'' from 1980, so that's your boogie lovers covered, while those in search of rawer funk pleasures can head for 'Some Dues To Pay', which revisits a 1971 cut from Little Beaver AKA Willie Hale. Elsewhere, 'Zouk La Se' draws on the 1984 track by Guadeloupean band Kassav' which spawned the 'zouk' dance craze in Latin America and the Caribbean, while 'Zoulous' was originally a 1988 French pop hit for female duo Les 36'15.
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23 Jul 21
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Katakana Edits Vol 108
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.
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30 Apr 21
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Katakana Edits Vol 107
Don't Stop The Music - (4:37) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Live Together - (5:32) 112 BPM
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...
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09 Apr 21
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Katakana Edits Vol 106
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.
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05 Feb 21
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Katakana Edits Vol 105
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.
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18 Dec 20
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Katakana Edits Vol 104
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'.
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27 Nov 20
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Katakana Edits Vol 103
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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Katakana Edits Vol 101
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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Katakana Edits Vol 102
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.
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14 Aug 20
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Katakana Crate Diggin Vol II
Fray Bentos - "Body Down" - (6:29) 120 BPM
DJ Laurel - "Galaxy" - (5:06) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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
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.
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08 May 20
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Katakana Edits Vol 99
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!
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24 Apr 20
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Katakana Edits Vol 98
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
Played by: Morlack
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.
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03 Apr 20
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Katakana Edits Vol 97
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.
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20 Mar 20
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Katakana Edits Vol 96
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
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03 Jan 20
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Katakana Edits Vol 95
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!
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27 Dec 19
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Katakana Edits Vol 94
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.
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20 Dec 19
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Katakana Edits Vol 93
Venus (extended) - (3:01) 130 BPM
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Katakana Edits Vol 92
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.
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18 Oct 19
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Katakana Edits Vol 91
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.
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23 Aug 19
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Katakana Edits Vol 90
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.
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09 Aug 19
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Katakana Edits Vol 89
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.
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26 Jul 19
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Katakana Edits Vol 88
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.
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19 Jul 19
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Katakana Edits Vol 87
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.
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05 Jul 19
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Katakana Edits Vol 86
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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