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4Real (original mix) - (6:19) 120 BPM
   
4Real (dub) - (6:19) 120 BPM
   
4Real (edit) - (4:14) 120 BPM
LT 113A
02 Jul 21
Funky/Club House
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Diamant Noir (Playin' 4 The City mix) - (7:20) 125 BPM
LT 115B
25 Jun 21
Funky/Club House
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Diamant Bleu (Parisian Soul mix) - (6:04) 130 BPM
LT 115A
07 May 21
Deep House
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Keep On (original mix) - (6:36) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Keep On (6 A.M dub mix) - (6:53) 122 BPM
LT 112B
09 Apr 21
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Breaking Dub (original mix) - (5:32) 122 BPM
Played by: Juno Download
Review: Having released a debut album in 2017 via the GAMM label, Riddim Research Lab reveals itself again as some kind of enigmatic dub tribe with a curveball release finding its way to Swedish label Local Talk. This we can assume comes through Berlin duo Kyodai - who have collaborated with the likes of Basic Soul Unit, Mule Musiq, Freerange and Local Talk before. Together the pair deliver a largely instrumental number, strummed and dubbed out by warmer reggae vibes, a touch of disco and that tropicana flavour oozing from those sweet splashes of space echo and guitar. Get yer dubs, Local Talk.
LT 111A
02 Apr 21
Deep House
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Potion For Love (Never Give It Up) (original mix) - (7:53) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Potion For Love (L.A. Spacefunk dub) - (5:26) 120 BPM
Review: L'Aroye is Thomas Arroyo, a DJ and producer from Paris who is now living in Brighton. He's had some releases previously for the likes of Visions Inc., Tiff's Joints and Magic Black. He is back for another appearance on Mad Mats & Tooli's ever reliable Local Talk imprint with this one titled "Keep On" featuring two tracks that go down separate paths. The deep, evocative and altogether spiritual energy of the title track captures the very best elements of legends such as Kerri Chandler or Ron Trent, while the 6 A.M dub mix is a worthy addition too. On this version he streamline the groove for DJ use in fine fashion.
LT 112A
19 Mar 21
Deep House
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The Moon Dance (original mix) - (6:28) 120 BPM
LT 109B
29 Jan 21
Deep House
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Various
   
Coflo & Lee Wilson - "Fool For You" (Coflo's Fux Wit It mix) - (7:42) 123 BPM
   
Soulphiction - "Niederbeat Gospel Dub" (original mix) - (9:23) 122 BPM
   
Anthony Nicholson & Mark De Clive-Lowe - "Another Story" (original mix) - (8:24) 120 BPM
   
Urban Sound Lab Presents Miss Yankey - "One Less" (Main Send) - (6:17) 124 BPM
   
Opolopo - "Loose Limbs" (original mix) - (6:03) 118 BPM
   
Vick Lavender - "Shifting Gears" (Vick Lavender's Time Traveler mix) - (11:48) 122 BPM
   
Felipe Gordon & Kear - "Son Esquivias" (original mix) - (6:57) 121 BPM
   
Shaka - "New Relationship" (original mix) - (8:04) 120 BPM
   
Coflo - "Lux" (Coflo's extended mix) - (7:38) 122 BPM
   
Soulphiction - "U'll Like It" (original mix) - (5:37) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Local Talk's packed release schedule means that keeping up with the label's releases can be tough. Happily, founders Mad Mats and Tooli found a solution long ago: the best-of style Talking House compilation series, which here notches up its 11th instalment. Packed to the rafters with high-quality deep, dusty, jazzy and soul-fired house, the collection's highlights are plentiful. Our picks include the hazy gospel-house hustle of Soulphiction's 'Niederbeat Gospel Dub', the jazzy Afro-house warmth of 'One Less (Main Send)' by Urban Sound Lab presents Miss Yankey, the extra-percussive, organic deep house positivity of Vick Lavender's spacey 'Shifting Gears', the bruk-up breeze that is Anthony Nicholson and Mark De Clive-Lowe's 'Another Story', and the sunset-ready, bossa-house breeze of Shaka's'New Relationship'.
LTP 009
22 Jan 21
Deep House
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Various
   
Kyoto Jazz Sextet - "Rising" (Ron Trent remix) - (8:02) 122 BPM
   
DASCO - "Keep Movin'" (Anthony Nicholson Mediterranian Disco remix) - (8:32) 125 BPM
   
Coflo - "Lux" (Kaidi Tatham remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Crackazat - "Holding You Close" (Waajeed remix - feat Ideeyah) - (5:54) 123 BPM
   
Trevor Lawrence Jr - "Tiptoe" (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix) - (6:45) 123 BPM
   
Coflo & Lee Wilson - "Fool For You" (Coflo's Fux Wit It mix) - (7:42) 123 BPM
   
Soulphiction - "Beehive" (Jamie 3:26 Windy City Bump) - (6:32) 123 BPM
   
DASCO - "African Power" (Trinidadiandeep remix) - (6:14) 123 BPM
   
Kyoto Jazz Sextet - "Mission" (Jaxx Madicine remix) - (7:11) 125 BPM
   
Art Of Tones - "I Just" (Can't Get Over It - Terrence Parker remix) - (7:27) 121 BPM
Review: Over the years, Local Talk bosses Mad Mats and Tooli have proved to be shrewd operators when it comes to commissioning remixes. As a result, the label's vaults are full of killer re-rubs, as this fourth collection of reworked highlights proves. Beginning with an inspired Ron Trent jazz-dance revision of Kyoto Jazz Sextet's 'Rising', the set smoothly moves between life-affirming, musically rich Latin house (Anthony Nicholson reworking DASCO), jazz-funk flavoured 4/4 smoothness (Kaidi Tatham tweaking Coflo), soul-fired organic house jazziness (Waajeed remixing Crackazat), analogue-rich late might hypnotism (a show-stopping Jamie 3:26 re-wire of Soulphiction) and sunset-ready tropical house (TRinidadiandeep's inspired re-frame of DASCO's 'African Power').
LTP 010
25 Dec 20
Deep House
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Never Found Love (Amen mix) - (6:18) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Never Found Love (original mix) - (8:02) 120 BPM
LT 109A
25 Dec 20
Deep House
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LT 110B
27 Nov 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Speak To Me (original mix) - (7:43) 120 BPM
Played by: The Revenge
LT 110A
20 Nov 20
Deep House
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Loose Limbs - (6:03) 118 BPM
   
Chocolate Liquorice - (6:35) 119 BPM
   
Moonwalk - (8:25) 122 BPM
   
You Can Make It (feat Pete Simpson) - (6:42) 118 BPM
   
Triplet Limp - (4:34) 119 BPM
   
Silkworms - (5:08) 120 BPM
   
Chimera On A Leash - (6:02) 120 BPM
   
Crab Sticks - (6:28) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Sluggard - (5:42) 118 BPM
   
Magnetopause - (5:40) 120 BPM
   
Sickla Quay Coasting - (7:36) 122 BPM
Review: First released via a trilogy of EPs, Sickla is Peter 'Opolopo' Major's first album in five years. As befitting an artist famed for the soulfulness, aural colour and expansive musicality of his productions, the set's X tracks are piled high with infectious rhythms, organic instrumentation, vibrant synth sounds and electric piano solos so jazzy they could have been the work of Herbie Hancock. Musically, the album is rooted in deep house, jazz-funk, boogie and dancefloor soul, bult also includes nods towards broken beat, Latin house and head-nodding downtempo beats. It's a stunning, sparkling set all told, and easily Major's most accomplished and enjoyable work to date.
LTCD 014
30 Oct 20
Deep House
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Theme From The Riverwalk (original mix) - (7:25) 122 BPM
   
New Relationship (original mix) - (8:04) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Theme From The Riverwalk (dub) - (5:18) 122 BPM
   
New Relationship (dub) - (6:04) 120 BPM
Review: Local Talk's latest recruit Shaka (real name Kurt Spichiger) is something of an unsung hero - a Swiss house producer who has periodically served up deep and seductive slabs of musical goodness since the mid 1990s. His first EP for Mad Mats and Tooli naturally has a classic feel, with title track 'Theme From Riverwalk' layering luscious electric piano motifs and spacey chords atop a bouncy groove rich in tough drums, jazzy synth-bass and hazy, US garage style organ stabs. He opts for a far jazzier and more uplifting sound on 'New Relationship', where fluid piano solos and sparkling, Herbie Hancock style jazz-funk synths rise above a jaunty Latin-house groove. Both tracks come accompanied by solid, club-focused Dub mixes.
LT 106
16 Oct 20
Deep House
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Chimera On A Leash - (6:02) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Crab Sticks - (6:28) 120 BPM
   
Magnetopause - (5:40) 120 BPM
   
Sickla Quay Coasting - (7:36) 122 BPM
Review: There's something of a stylistic shift from Opolopo here, as he tones down his usual broken beat/nu-jazz/Afro leanings and instead serves up four cuts that can best be described as late 70s/early 80s jazz-funk viewed through a deep/disco house filter. There are floors out there where these will make great warm-up material, and others where they'll create memorable peaktime 'moments', but either way there's no doubting the quality of the production. The meandering Rhodes on 'Crab Sticks' make it the standout for this reviewer, but it's a close-run thing because there's not a duff cut in sight!
LTLP 015
09 Oct 20
Deep House
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Silkworms - (5:08) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Triplet Limp - (4:34) 119 BPM
   
The Sluggard - (5:42) 118 BPM
Review: Given that Peter Major AKA Opolopo has a proven track record of making inspired, hard-to-pigeonhole dance music awash with colour and soul, Local Talk's recent announcement that they're releasing a series of EPs from him is very good news indeed. There's naturally much to get the blood pumping and the juices flowing on this second (of three) EPs, from the carnival-ready Latin percussion, Roy Ayers-esque jazz-funk instrumentation and sparkling synthesizer melodies of opener "Silkworms", to the Rhodes-heavy, organic jazz-house lusciousness of closing cut "The Sluggard". Sandwiched in between you'll find the oddly swung but undeniably brilliant jazz-funk jam "Triplet Limp". In a word: essential!
LTLP 014
18 Sep 20
Deep House
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Fool For You (original mix) - (7:42) 122 BPM
   
Fool For You (Coflo's Fux Wit It mix) - (7:42) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fool For You (instrumental mix) - (7:42) 122 BPM
LT 108
04 Sep 20
Deep House
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Loose Limbs - (6:03) 118 BPM
   
Chocolate Liquorice - (6:35) 119 BPM
   
Moonwalk - (8:25) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You Can Make It (feat Pete Simpson) - (6:42) 118 BPM
Review: Four cuts from Opolopo here that plough exactly the kind of deep, soulful, jazzy furrow we've come to expect. 'Loose Limbs' gets the ball rolling and has something of a late 70s/early 80s jazz-funk feel - if you know who Mike Mandel or Wilbert Longmire are, you'll dig this one for sure! Take the same recipe, stir in a little Afro-house flava in the drums department and you'll end up with 'Chocolate Liquorice', while 'Moonwalk' comes on like Dave Lee in his most dreamy, spaced-out moments and 'You Can Make It' takes us closer to straight-up soul territory.
LTLP 013A
28 Aug 20
Deep House
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One Less (Main Send) - (6:17) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
One Less (instrumental) - (6:17) 124 BPM
   
One Less (dub Send) - (6:15) 124 BPM
   
One Less (One-A-Pella) - (4:11) 150 BPM
Played by: Alkalino, Dave Mathmos
LT 107
26 Jun 20
Deep House
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Niederbeat Gospel Dub - (9:23) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feelin' Good Version - (5:01) 124 BPM
Review: Last year Local Talk offered up Soulphiction's latest album (his first for almost ten years), a superb, soul-fired set of bluesy, sample-rich deep house treats. Here they complete the package via a "VIP Edition" single featuring a brand new cut and a previously unheard revision of album highlight "Feelin' Good". The simply titled "Version" mix of that (track two on this digital edition) is delicious, with the Philpot founder layering expansive piano motifs and dizzying solos over skippy, U.S garage-influenced beats and a warm, toasty bassline. Arguably even better though is the fresh cut, "Niederbeat Gospel (Dub)". Living up to its title, the track is a thickset chunk of bluesy gospel house dustiness built around swinging beats, beefy bass and layered vocal samples from a crackly old gospel recording.
LT 104
12 Jun 20
Deep House
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Felipe Gordon - "For A Bright & Acid Future" - (7:35) 123 BPM
   
Felipe Gordon & Kear - "Son Esquivias" - (6:57) 121 BPM
   
Felipe Gordon - "My Clicking Fuzzed Personality" - (7:50) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Colombian producer Felipe Gordon's profile has risen considerably over the last 18 months, with rock solid releases on Quintessentials, Toy Tonics, Razor 'N' Tape Reserve and Exploited Ghetto only enhancing his credentials. Now some of his tracks have been snaffled up by another highly regarded imprint, the bastion of quality house that is Local Talk. Title track "For A Bright & Acid Future" hits the spot from the word go, with Gordon wrapping twisted, rough-neck acid lines around a bustling backing track rich in fuzzy synth stabs, jazzy bass guitar and crunchy beats. Kear lends a hand on the sun-kissed, soft focus brilliance of jazz-funk/Jazz/deep Latin house fusion of "Son Esquivias", before Gordon goes solo via the woozy, summery and squelchy deep house lusciousness of "icking Fuzzed Personality".
LT 105
29 May 20
Deep House
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Various
   
DASCO - "African Power" (original mix) - (5:48) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Opolopo - "You Can Make It" (feat Pete Simpson - original mix) - (6:43) 118 BPM
   
Wipe The Needle - "Enchanted" (feat Alex Lattimore - original mix) - (8:21) 123 BPM
   
Soulphiction - "Beehive" (Classic mix) - (6:12) 125 BPM
   
Alton Miller - "Afro Grey" (original mix) - (6:59) 122 BPM
   
Boddhi Satva - "Together" (Main mix) - (5:18) 120 BPM
   
Envee - "Brotherman" (Part 2 - dub) - (4:01) 124 BPM
   
Art Of Tones - "The Rainbow Song" (Crackazat rework) - (7:03) 120 BPM
   
MLiR & Arnau Obiols - "Lajbans" (original mix) - (9:09) 124 BPM
   
Zepherin Saint - "Blue Moon" (original mix) - (5:11) 124 BPM
   
Turbojazz - "Two" (original mix) - (7:34) 124 BPM
   
Art Of Tones - "Have Fun For A Little" (original mix) - (4:34) 120 BPM
Review: Local Talk's periodic round-up of classic cuts from the label's bulging back catalogue returns for an eighth time, with imprint founders Mad Mats and Tooli gathering together a predictably fine selection of tracks. Most bases are covered - house-wise, at least - from trumpet-laden Afro-house brilliance (Dasco's "African Power"), and ultra-soulful, Atjazz-esque broken house deepness (Wipe The Needle's super-smooth "Enchanted"), to "French Kiss"-inspired house hypnotism (Soulphiction's "Believe"), 21st century jazz-funk/deep house fusion (Crackazat's fine rework of Art of Tones' "The Rainbow Song") and ultra-deep, Nina Simone-sampling dancefloor bliss (Emvee's "Brotherman"). In a word: essential.
LTP008D
22 May 20
Deep House
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Lux (Coflo's extended mix) - (7:38) 122 BPM
   
Lux (Kaidi Tatham remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lux (Coflo's mix) - (7:56) 122 BPM
   
Lux (radio mix) - (5:48) 122 BPM
   
Lux (Kaidi Tatham dub) - (6:59) 122 BPM
Review: Given his roots in San Francisco's Bay Area, it's perhaps unsurprising that COFLO makes warm, gently breezy and sun-kissed music that joins the dots between the hippyish, dub-flecked deep house of Dubtribe Soundsystem and jazz-funk fired broken beat. His latest single, "Lux", is a particularly good example of his tactile and wavy fusion of styles, particularly in the EP-opening "Extended Mix" form (which also includes some tidy Latin percussion). The Latin, deep house and jazz-funk influences also come to the fore on "Coflo's Mix", while the rock solid vocal and dub revisions by Kaidi Tatham are more house-flavoured than you may expect, even if they do boast the kind of colourful jazz-funk synthesizer flourishes we've come to expect from the 2000 Black artist.
LT 098D
24 Apr 20
Deep House
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Shifting Gears (Vick Lavender's Time Traveler mix) - (11:48) 122 BPM
   
Here In Spirit Sid (Vick Lavender's Spirit & Life mix) - (10:54) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Vick Lavender in the house and it smells good! Shifting up the gears is Local Talk, the Swedish label celebrating its second record of the year with two epic, jazzy and melodic throw downs of undeniable house instrumentation. Deep and soulful, penetrating tribal dance drums hold down the rhythm track in Rick Lavender's "Here In Spirit Sid" that sees all matter of keys, strings, horns and bells light up its 11-minute count. Equal to that is Lavender's bassline driven hoochimama "Shifting Gears". Exotic cocktail tropicana seduction to turn you loose!
LT 101
20 Mar 20
Deep House
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Yeah-Yeah - (8:31) 126 BPM
   
Another Story - (8:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: If you like your deep house on the soulful, jazzy and dreamy side then you're in for a treat with this two-track EP, which sees Prescription veteran Nicholson teaming up with in-demand keyboardist de Clive-Lowe. 'Yeah Yeah' sadly isn't a Georgie Fame/Matt Bianco cover but instead a freeform excursion that uses filtered piano chords as the foundation for an ultra-jazzy workout with shufflin' drums and a wigged-out (Farfisa?) organ line, while 'Another Story', with its squelchy bassline and gently tinkling ivories, is perhaps more one for late-night play than the dancefloor, but equally impressive. A fine team-up from two very respected players.
LT 0103
31 Jan 20
Deep House
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You Can Make It (feat Pete Simpson) - (6:43) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You Can Make It (instrumental) - (6:43) 118 BPM
   
Lamprey Love (Bouncy mix) - (5:08) 120 BPM
   
Lamprey Love (original mix) - (5:15) 117 BPM
LT 097
06 Dec 19
Deep House
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U'll Like It (original mix) - (5:37) 119 BPM
   
Luv Yaselves (original mix) - (4:23) 122 BPM
   
Jus Listen (original mix) - (4:16) 120 BPM
   
24-7 Love Affair (original mix) - (6:07) 124 BPM
   
The Mood (original mix) - (5:38) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
80s Standard (original mix) - (5:16) 123 BPM
   
A Freak (original mix) - (4:17) 121 BPM
   
Good Night Ema (original mix) - (2:48) 90 BPM
   
Smurfin (original mix) - (5:17) 98 BPM
   
Blueprint (original mix) - (4:27) 123 BPM
   
Beehive (HiPhife mix) - (5:30) 124 BPM
   
Raw Track (original mix) - (6:49) 123 BPM
   
Feelin Good (original mix) - (6:39) 125 BPM
   
Soul Power (original mix) - (2:37) 93 BPM
   
Opium Den Xylo Lessons (original mix) - (3:15) 131 BPM
   
Work That (original mix) - (6:14) 107 BPM
   
Thanks For Listening (original mix) - (2:02) 101 BPM
Review: We were rather astonished to discover that "24/7 Love Affair" is Michael Baumann's first album as Soulphiction for 11 years. We were a little less surprised to find that it's superb. In fact, we'd go as far as to say that it could be considered a "best practice" example of the kind of loose, sample-heavy, soul-fired deep house that is all the rage right now. Yet the album's epic length - it comprises no less than 17 tracks - also allows Baumann to mix it up a little too, with a swathe of ocean-deep club jams being joined by search diversions as the morning-fresh broken beat loveliness of "Jus Listen", the stomping disco-funk of "The Mood", the bustling breakbeats of "A Freak" and the blazed instrumental hip-hop of "Good Night Ema".
LTCD 013
29 Nov 19
Deep House
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African Power (original mix) - (5:48) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Keep Movin' (original mix) - (5:14) 125 BPM
   
African Power (Trinidadiandeep remix) - (6:14) 123 BPM
   
Keep Movin' (Anthony Nicholson Mediterranian Disco remix) - (8:32) 125 BPM
Review: Israeli and Berlin-based DJ/producer Dasco has put out a fair number of singles over the last few years, but none are anywhere near as good as "African Power", their first outing on Local Talk. The title track is superb: a wonderfully jaunty, atmospheric, evocative and positive fusion of Afro-house, jazz, deep house and calypso that boasts layered percussion, a brilliant bassline and some lusciously lilting trumpet solos. "Keep Moving", meanwhile, is a heavily percussive deep house workout full of spacey synths and heavy South American drums. Trinidadian Deep does a fine job making "African Power" deeper, dreamier and even more melodic, while Anthony Nicholson joins the dots between Latin house and deep nu-disco on a suitably Balearic revision of "Keep Moving".
LT 102
01 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lajbans (original mix) - (9:09) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lajbans (Bellaterra dub) - (8:32) 124 BPM
Played by: Mr. Tea
Review: The Swedish duo of Einar Christoffersson and Marco Gegenheimer, better known as MLIR (Modern Life Is Rubbish), join forces with Barcelona's Arnau Obiols on this latest despatch from Mad Mats and Tooli's Local Talk camp, which is supplied in two very different mixes. In its original form, 'Lajbans' is a rather jaunty, prog-leaning houser with a sci-fi edge to the synth sounds, some great space disco stabs and a smiley, summery feel. The accompanying Bellaterra Dub is no mere instrumental re-edit: instead, it flips the script completely and takes us deep into actual (digi) dub territory.
LT 100
27 Sep 19
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Beehive (HiPhife mix) - (5:30) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Beehive (Classic mix) - (6:12) 125 BPM
   
Beehive (Jamie 3:26 Windy City Bump) - (6:32) 123 BPM
Review: Germany's Michael Buchanan, AKA Soulphiction, serves up a 'French Kiss'-ish throbber on Mad Mats' Local Talk label. There are three mixes to choose from: the HiPhife and Classic mixes don't vary hugely, except that the former has bigger, boomier drums while the latter has a little more swing in its step. But it's the Jamie 3:26 Windy City Bump Mix that stands out: as the name suggests, the Chicago producer has drawn heavily on his home town's musical heritage, making for a rub that could snuggle up quite comfortably alongside the classics it's worked so hard to emulate.
LT 099
30 Aug 19
Deep House
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Afro Grey - (6:59) 122 BPM
   
By The Way She Moves - (7:40) 120 BPM
   
One Way Back - (8:04) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Detroit veteran Miller, whose 25+ year production CV takes in the likes of Guidance, Distance, Nite Grooves and Planet E, is in African-inspired mode on this three-tracker for Mad Mats and Tooli's Local Talk. Opener 'Afro Grey' blends Afro, jazz and cosmic elements with classic house beats to create a 4am, eyes-wide-shut journey of a track. 'By The Way She Moves', which follows, is a more contemplative slice of electronic soul best suited to warm-up or post-club play, while closer 'One Way Back' treads similar ground to 'Afro Grey' musically but rides a tribal rhythm that leans towards broken beat.
LT 096
21 Jun 19
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Brotherman (Part 1) - (3:44) 124 BPM
   
Brotherman (dub - Part 2) - (4:01) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: If you like your deep house delivered with a lil' extra garage-y bump, this two-tracker from Mad Mats and Tooli's Stockholm-based Local Talk imprint needs to go into your basket right now! 'Brotherman (Part 1)' marries a soulful male vocal to a huge organ bassline - think one part Naked Music to one part Tuff Jam and you're somewhere in the right ballpark. But taking the gold here is 'Brotherman (Dub - Part 2)', where the vocal's stripped right back while the organ's swapped out for a nagging keyboard riff, augmented by monumental synth sweeps.
LT 094
31 May 19
Deep House
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Blue Moon (original mix) - (5:11) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flying High (original mix) - (7:31) 124 BPM
   
Flying High (dub) - (7:00) 124 BPM
LT 095
26 Apr 19
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Two - (7:34) 124 BPM
   
Jazzy Joint - (5:38) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Dj XS (FVUK), Sould Out
Review: Following on from Unbreakable, his 2016 debut on Local Talk, Tommaso Garofalo aka Turbojazz returns to the UK label. Inspired by Detroit techno and broken beat / nu jazz in equal measures, "Two" sees Garofalo focus on the dance floor in his own inimitable fashion. Scuffled drums are combined with ticking percussion and warbling synth lines to crate a vivid, expansive sound. "The Joint" is just as distinctive; centred on a disco filter and dusty melodies that are looped as a back drop to mischievous acid lines, it is one of the finest interpretations of modern deep house that you'll hear this year.
LT 093
29 Mar 19
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Enchanted (original mix) - (8:21) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Enchanted (WTN North London dub) - (9:08) 123 BPM
   
Enchanted (instrumental) - (8:21) 123 BPM
   
Enchanted (accapella) - (6:57) 123 BPM
Review: Some three years on from his last outing on Groove Odyssey - a fine hook-up with veteran vocalist Michelle Weeks - Wipe The Needle man Lee Gomez returns to action. This time round, it's the effortlessly soulful vocals of Alex Lattimore that catch the ear. On the original version of "Enchanted", Lattimore's slick, laidback vocals offer a perfect foil for Gomez's bossa-tinged gentle Latin house beats, fluid pianos, rich bass and sumptuous chords. Gomez successfully ups the tempo on the sparkling, Vibraphone-laden swirl of the "North London Dub", while the producer has also included Instrumental and Acapella versions to appease DJs who like to get creative in the mix.
LT 092
22 Mar 19
Deep House
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Basic Knowledge (00's mix) - (5:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Together (Main mix) - (5:18) 120 BPM
   
Basic Knowledge (90's mix) - (6:18) 120 BPM
   
Together (instrumental) - (5:18) 120 BPM
Review: When it comes to fusions of modern house music and indigenous music from around the world - most prominently the African continent - few are quite as skilful as "ancestral soul" innovator Boddhi Satva. It's for this reason that we're not surprised that Local Talk has snapped up this single from the long-serving producer, though "Basic Knowledge" is a far more straightforward proposition than many of his house tracks. It's available in two distinctive versions: the Ron Trent style loose-but-groovy drums, drifting chords and glassy-eyed synth riffs of the "00's Mix" and the bass-heavy, analogue-rich breakbeat-house shuffle of the "90s Mix". Arguably best of all, though, is the ultra-deep Afro-house delight that is "Together" - a wonderfully atmospheric number that's available in both vocal and instrumental formats.
LT 091
23 Feb 19
Deep House
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Various
   
Art Of Tones - "The Rainbow Song" - (7:03) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
DJ Spinna - "Tie It Up" - (5:21) 120 BPM
   
HNNY - "Tears" - (5:39) 118 BPM
   
Deymare - "1990" - (5:40) 124 BPM
   
Jaxx Madicine - "Fly High" - (5:41) 118 BPM
   
Anthony Bois - "Electric Piano On The Run" - (5:24) 122 BPM
   
Terrence Parker - "Unconditional" - (5:27) 120 BPM
   
Lay-Far - "Submerging" - (6:16) 120 BPM
Review: The latest volume in Local Talk's occasional reworks series comes from label regular Crackazat, who duly serves up a fine collection of mostly fresh remixes of back catalogue tracks. There's naturally much to admire throughout, from the rubbery electrofunk bass, drowsy piano riffs and cut-up vocal samples of the producer's revision of Art of Tones classic "The Rainbow Song" and a sparkling, riff-driven peak-time tweak of HNNY's loved-up "Tears", to wonderfully retro-futurist reworks of Deymare's "1990" and "Unconditional" by Terrence Parker, a re-imagining that's the epitome of feelgood deep house. Throw in a string of slightly jazzier revisions and you have a rock solid collection of cuts.
LTCD 012
25 Jan 19
Deep House
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Various
   
Crackazat - "Proton Blue" (original mix) - (7:16) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
S3A - "Doop Doop" (original mix) - (5:51) 127 BPM
   
Prequel - "Lefty" (original mix) - (6:25) 120 BPM
   
Tee Mango - "Tryin Times" (original mix) - (5:44) 123 BPM
   
Trevor Lawrence Jr - "Tiptoe" (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix) - (6:45) 123 BPM
   
Soulphiction - "Bizzness" (original mix) - (5:33) 117 BPM
   
Marcel Lune - "Thanks For Loitering" (original mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM
   
Jamie 326 & Masalo - "Red Light" (original mix) - (7:32) 123 BPM
   
First Floor - "You Dubn't Know" (original mix) - (6:59) 120 BPM
   
Art Of Tones - "Where The One Is" (original mix) - (5:28) 121 BPM
   
Jaxx Madicine - "Fly High" (original mix) - (6:47) 120 BPM
   
NY*AK - "Bound" (feat Franc Syx - original mix) - (7:24) 113 BPM
Review: Mad Mats' Swedish label release their seventh annual label compilation, and suffice to say that whatever particular sub-shade of deep house floats your boat, you're unlikely to come away unsatisfied here. Like it soulful? Then check for Trevor Lawrence Jr's 'Tiptoe'. Like it jazzy? Try Prequel's 'Lefty'. Fiending for those old skool Jersey organ jams? Jamie 326 & Masalo's 'Red Light' will thrill you. Or if it's stripped-back 3am tracky shizzle you're after, allow us to point you in the direction of First Floor's 'You Dubn't Know', with its throbbing bass and hauntingly familiar vocal sample. Now you're talking!
LTP 007
21 Dec 18
Deep House
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Premiere Rexidence - (6:56) 125 BPM
   
End Track For A DJ - (6:23) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Searching Force - (6:33) 124 BPM
   
Deep Mood Vol 4 - (6:07) 121 BPM
Review: It's taken a while, but S3A is back on Local Talk, a label he last graced in 2013. He's produced many killer EPs in that time, taking his brand of dusty, sample-laden deep house goodness to such labels as Quintessentials, Quartet Series, Times Are Ruff and Soundofspeed. We can happily report that he's on top form throughout, from the rubbery, layered, disco-deep house roll of EP opener "Premiere Rexidence", to the slick, Chez Damier style chunky deep house warmth of closing cut "Deep Mood Vol. 4". In between, you'll find the cheery blast that is "Searching Force" (a bustling house rework of an old Real Thing disco-funk classic) and the rushing old school house bounce of "End Track For A DJ".
LT 090
14 Dec 18
Deep House
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Prolegomenes - (1:43) 86 BPM
   
Have Fun For A Little - (4:34) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Keep On Having Fun - (5:26) 119 BPM
   
Where One Is - (5:28) 121 BPM
   
Radio Hustle - (5:22) 123 BPM
   
A Comfort Zone - (4:23) 92 BPM
   
Grow - (6:13) 114 BPM
   
To The Limit - (4:11) 122 BPM
   
I Can - (4:52) 119 BPM
   
Stand Up - (6:23) 121 BPM
   
Rainbow Song (2018 rework) - (5:03) 122 BPM
Review: Although Ludovic Llorca has released albums under his other production aliases (the most recent being 2017's jazz-funk set "The Garden" under his longest-running pseudonym, Llorca), "Unbalanced" marks his first full-length outing as Art of Tones - some 13 years after he launched the project on 20:20 Vision. It's naturally a wonderfully warm and positive set, with the veteran French producer making great use of dusty jazz, soul, funk and disco samples throughout. There's plenty of breezy, feel good club tracks to be found dotted throughout - see "Keep On Having Fun", the electric piano-fired drive of "Where One Is", the hypnotic "Grow" and classic gospel deep house of "Grow", for starters - alongside a handful of hazier downtempo cuts that recall the early days of his production career in the mid 1990s.
LTCD 011
07 Dec 18
Deep House
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Mission (Jaxx Madicine remix) - (7:11) 125 BPM
Played by: BRENDON P
LT 089
23 Nov 18
Deep House
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Rising (Ron Trent remix) - (8:02) 122 BPM
Played by: KS French
LT 088
16 Nov 18
Deep House
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You Dubn't Know - (6:59) 120 BPM
   
Delight - (7:28) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Agua - (6:42) 125 BPM
   
Agua (Re edit) - (6:27) 84 BPM
LT 087
15 Sep 18
Deep House
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Bizzness - (5:33) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cart People - (4:41) 119 BPM
   
Slow Glow - (3:19) 101 BPM
   
Sweet Dreams - (4:21) 120 BPM
Review: Philpot co-founder Soulphiction has been MIA for a while now, making it an utter pleasure to have him back on our charts with some effective new house swingers. He's landed on Local Talk, one of the very best in its class, and "Bizzness" kicks off with a funky-ass bassline and some freaky vocal chops, while "Cart People" lingers at a steadier sort of tempo, filtered through mounds of dubbed-out haze. "Slow Glow" is an experiment in percussion, also meandering its wavy synths on an off-kilter mode, and "Sweet Dreams" works the drum-machine in and out of the groove, ending up with another off-balance house experiment for the deeper minds out there on the floor!
LT 086
17 Aug 18
Deep House
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Tiptoe (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix) - (6:45) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tiptoe (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix - 7 Inch edit) - (4:42) 122 BPM
   
Tiptoe (original mix) - (3:32) 100 BPM
   
Tiptoe (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix - instrumental) - (6:44) 123 BPM
   
Tiptoe (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix - 7 Inch edit instrumental) - (4:39) 123 BPM
Review: Trevor Lawrence Jr impresses us on a constant basis, with his debut album paving a new way for funk and soul music all around the world, subtly swinging to the delicate touch of deep house at its core. This time, however, the imprint is Local Talk, and they've decided to make available digitally the 7" format "Tiptoe"; there's a DJ Spinna remix, on top of Lawrence's magnificent single, with the experienced producer coming through smooth and effective thanks to some elegant beat-work and plenty of soulful vibes. Killer!
LT 085
08 Jun 18
Deep House
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Where The One Is - (5:28) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Double Wheelin - (5:30) 117 BPM
   
Reprise De Fonk - (5:45) 119 BPM
Review: "Where The One Is", the lead cut from Art of Tones' latest Local Talk release, sounds like a peak-time anthem in the making. Seemingly crafted using a mixture of cut-up Philadelphia soul samples, jammed-out new disco instrumentation and jazzy, ambidextrous house beats, it feels a little like a tooled-up, slightly more low-slung version of Blackjoy classic "Moustache". You'll find more low-slung, disco-fired, Clavinet-sporting heaviness where "Double Wheelin" provides further guaranteed peak-time pressure. As for "Reprise Du Fonk", it appears to be a quick-fire dub of "Where The One Is" featuring even more elastic bass guitar, jazz-wise guitar licks and life-affirming electro piano solos.
LT 084
27 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Holding You Close (feat Ideeyah - Waajeed remix) - (5:54) 123 BPM
   
Holding You Close (original mix) - (4:24) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: BRENDON P
Review: "Holding You Close" was one of the undoubted highlights of Crackazat's sublime sophomore album, Rainbow Fantazia, which dropped to much critical acclaim last autumn. Here the track gets a deserved single release, with the fantastic original version - a deliciously tactile, eyes-closed vocal number underpinned by elastic acid bass and fluttering synthesizer motifs- being joined by a fresh rub from Detroit heavyweight Waajeed. The former Platinum Pied Pipers and Slum Village man naturally teases out the tracks more soulful elements, adding new female backing vocals to a sumptupus, partly electronic, partly organic deep house groove. It's a superb rework and arguably far more club-friendly than Crackazat's original version.
LT 083B
16 Mar 18
Deep House
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Bound (feat Franc Syx) - (7:24) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dancing - (7:33) 111 BPM
   
See More - (6:40) 118 BPM
   
Sandwiches (feat Ian Blevins) - (6:58) 117 BPM
Review: With previous releases on Technicolour, Saft and Shadeleaf under his belt, it would be fair to say that NY*AK is a deep house producer on the rise. Here he pops up on Local Talk for the first time, in the process delivering a quartet of high quality dancefloor treats. The Newcastle-based producer kicks things off with the lolloping disco-house goodness of "Bound (featuring Franc Syx)", before wrapping deliciously wide-eyed and Balearic chords and soulful vocal samples around a low-slung analogue house groove on "Dancing". Those seeking the distinctively wiggly sounds of TB-303 "acid" lines should check the intergalactic jack-track "See More", while ESP Institute regular Ian Blevins lends a hand on the soul-flecked, bass-heavy deep house shuffle of closer "Sandwiches". Superb stuff all told.

LT 082
23 Feb 18
Deep House
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Sundial (Groove Assassin remix) - (7:26) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sundial (original mix) - (5:38) 122 BPM
Review: Mad Mats and Tooli's Local Talk return with the second single from Crackazat's new album entitled Rainbow Fantasia. Ben Jacobs is a musician based in Sweden who grew up in Bristol, moved to London in 2007 (to study jazz at university) and has since then teached, played and composed electronic music. Here "Sundial" gets the remix treatment by Groove Assassin aka Nick Moss of Things May Change and Delve Deeper Records fame. He performs a respectful rendition of Jacob's deep and soulful track, but injects a little more looseness and flow in to counteract the very loopy original - sounding like classic Masters At Work in the process. Nice one!
LT 083A
23 Feb 18
Funky/Club House
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Jamie 326 & Masalo - "Testify" - (7:24) 122 BPM
   
Art Of Tones - "I Just" - (7:27) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: This two-tracker from Local Talk - originally released in limited numbers on vinyl - appears to be the result of some smart thinking on behalf of the Swedish label. It sees ordained minister and all-round Detroit house and techno legend Terrence Parker put his slant on two of the most gospel-influenced cuts in the imprint's sizeable back catalogue. Parker first works his magic on Jamie 326 and Masalo's "Testify", serving up a bouncy, all-action peak-time house rub full of crunchy Clavinet lines, bold piano riffs, heavy organ stabs and inspiring gospel vocal snippets. Arguably even better is the Detroiter's interpretation of Art of Tones' "I Just", which looks to classic piano house for inspiration with predictably fine results.
LTB 001
26 Jan 18
Deep House
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