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Heartbreaker
MMD029X
16 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dancing Real Close 2 U - (8:07) 106 BPM
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The Next Step - (6:21) 110 BPM
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Heartbreaker - (8:06) 115 BPM
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Love Is U - (6:52) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Closer 2 Your Luv - (7:29) 110 BPM
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Review: Given that he founded the label two years ago this month, it's something of a surprise to find that Heart Breaker is Danny '80s Child' Worrall's first release on Masterworks Music. As usual, the five re-edits on offer mine the producer's vast collection of '80s electro, P-funk and synth-soul for inspiration. Opener "Dancing Real Close 2 U" is a subtly beefed-up rearrangement of a P-funk/'80s soul fusion, while "The Next Step" is a Tiger & Woods style electrofunk-goes-house loop jam. He changes the formula a little on the organic disco cheeriness of "Love Is U", before reaching for the hairspray on the Jam & Lewis-on-steroids vibe of "Closer 2 Your Luv".
Say A Prayer EP
MMD 047
05 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Say A Prayer (Crown Heights edit) - (7:25) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Same Love (Withering Bill edit) - (6:06) 108 BPM
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Caught Up (Prime Cut edit) - (6:24) 118 BPM
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Keep On Burning (Latimore edit) - (6:04) 107 BPM
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Review: A dance music journalist who headed up DJ Magazine Middle East, an award-winning DJ and now a rising producer- formerly Dubai based Brit Andy Buchan continues on with his winning streak of late, cementing his status with a well deserved release on Masterworks. Following up releases on top labels such as Spa In Disco, Chopshop and Alpaca Edits, the man in Leeds serves up a nifty edit of good old fashioned soul funk on "Say A Prayer" (Crown Heights edit), some neon-lit '80s R'n'B on the sweltering "Caught Up" (Prime Cut edit) or even some lo-slung shenanigans on the slo-mo disco antics of "Keep On Burning" (Latimore edit).
What's The Plan
MMD 065
24 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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What's The Plan - (6:42) 118 BPM
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Fire In Me - (6:30) 120 BPM
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Penache - (7:30) 120 BPM
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Room For Everyone - (7:47) 120 BPM
Review: Masterworks Music's final outing of 2018 offers an introduction to a brand new artist: Italian twosome Ankle release. The duo has plenty of experience as DJs, though this is the first time they've shared any of their studio endeavours with the public. They start in impressive fashion via the pandemonium-creating Fender Rhodes riffs and swirling disco grooves of "What's The Plan", before slamming down a similarly delay-laden but far more bass-heavy disco-house workout (the fine "Fire In Me"). The fast-rising duo switches focus to the 1980s on the cheery electrofunk fun of "Panache", while closing cut "Room For Everyone" sees them wrap colourful synths and jaunty TB-303 style acid lines around a stop-start disco groove.
A Disco Rhythm
MMD 050
09 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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A Disco Rhythm - (5:58) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dancing At The Bay City - (6:33) 116 BPM
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White Rum - (6:44) 121 BPM
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Last Night - (7:03) 113 BPM
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Disco Stomp EP
MMD 008
29 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love Thingy Mi Jig (exstemded mix) - (9:25) 117 BPM
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Makes You Blind (Don't Stop edit) - (7:59) 118 BPM
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Keep On Givin' It Up (Chewy Story Of Our Lives Rub) - (9:12) 120 BPM
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Burning Up (Chewy Rubs BSP dub) - (6:31) 120 BPM
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Found Love (Chewy Rubs dub) - (7:45) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: UK veteran edit master Chewy Rubs steps out of his own Chewy outlet and lands on the old-school-friendly Masterworks Music. He's in a disco mood, as per usual, and he's mashing up samples and beats like no tomorrow; we have five juicy pieces of dancefloor gold on here, the more magical moments residing in the funky and riff-driven "Makes You Blind" (Don't Stop edit)", the man's BSP dub of the string-heavy "Burning Up", and his dubbier dub of "Found Love". Party tools.
Think Twice
MMD 045
25 Dec 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Maybe We Outa Think Twice - (6:05) 106 BPM
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Grandma Bill - (6:00) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cosmic Funk - (6:35) 113 BPM
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Burgandy's Flute - (6:12) 114 BPM
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Loosen Up Ur Collar - (5:27) 118 BPM
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Safe From Stratus - (5:50) 94 BPM
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Get Into The Groove
MMD 064
10 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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See - (5:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sit Up - (6:26) 115 BPM
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Love On The Beach - (5:25) 118 BPM
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Baby Boy - (5:45) 123 BPM
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Review: After impressing via a tasty two-tracker on Monoside earlier in the year, Cohen makes his bow on Danny Worrall's Masterworks Music imprint. In terms of the headline attraction, it's a close run thing between the slamming, full-throttle disco-house celebration of "Sit Up" - all bumping, bass-heavy beats, rising horns and looped vocal samples - and the filter-heavy, slightly tooled-up '80s electrofunk revision "See". You'll also find a slightly slower chunk of '80s soul bliss at the end of the EP ("Baby Boy"), while "Love On The Beach" is an endearingly hazy fusion of woozy deep house and turn-of-the-'80s disco-boogie.
Starlight EP
MMD 004
23 Mar 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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See The Light - (6:54) 118 BPM
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Livin For Your Love - (6:28) 110 BPM
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Stop That - (6:13) 114 BPM
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Show Me - (6:08) 110 BPM
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Gotta Have You - (5:52) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: B-Jam, Coutel, 80's Child
Review: Following appearances on Midnight Riot and Masterworks Music compilations, fast-rising electrofunk cut-up maestro Coutel is given an EP of his own on which to showcase his wares. His style - filter-heavy, loopy, smooth and sumptuous - is largely based around chopped-up rearrangements of largely forgotten '80s soul gems, with ultra-slick vocals riding bumpin' grooves, twinkling synthesizer melodies and shimmering chords. It's hugely appealing, and results in some suitably entertaining fare. Highlights include the soulful boogie-house shuffle of "Gotta Have You", the Jam & Lewis style beatbox pop of "See The Light", and "Stop That", a killer loop jam blessed with delicious guitars, simmering strings and addictive vocals.
Found The Sound
MMD 063
26 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Deamons - (6:46) 114 BPM
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You're A Mover - (6:16) 118 BPM
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Found The Sound - (8:01) 116 BPM
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Good Laard - (5:27) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Rich Hall and Megan Jones have already taken their Cuz Electric project to Midnight Riot, Particle Zoo, Thunder Jam and Katakana Edits, amongst others, and here make their bow on another popular disco-leaning stable: 80s Child's Masterworks Music. What we get is arguably their strongest EP of original music to date: a four-track fusion of synthesizer-powered nu-disco, Balearic boogie, revivalist electrofunk and, in the case of driving, solo-rich closing cut "Good Laard", low-slung disco-funk. Highlights are naturally plentiful, with Jones' sweet and well-judged vocals on "Deamons" [sic] and "You're A Mover" - both attractive nu-disco dancefloor workouts with plenty of musical detail - giving Crazy P's Danielle Moore a run for her money.
Lovers Call
MMD 037
14 Aug 17
Funky/Club House
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Lovers Call - (6:51) 115 BPM
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Move It On - (6:54) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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You're The One - (5:58) 113 BPM
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Over You - (6:43) 119 BPM
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Review: Hailing from Leeds, nu-disco producer Deelicious has seen his productions go global due to releases on big international edit labels like Sound Exhibitions, Hot Digits Music and Editorial. Here he appears on Masterworks with new four track EP, Lovers Call. The title track kicks things off with a straight up four-four beat that gently swells into a string laden disco epic, next, "Move On Up" toughens up a slow 70s soul/funk yearner and "You're the One" is built around warm and tender disco house loops. Lastly "Over You" wraps things up nicely with a slick slice of euphoric French Touch-style filtered disco house. Party central.
Dying To Dance
MMD 020
09 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lonely Town Lonely Street - (6:04) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Trust Me - (4:30) 118 BPM
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Dying To Dance - (5:26) 117 BPM
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Mechanical Body - (6:12) 102 BPM
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Change Of Mind - (6:28) 113 BPM
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Review: Lately Leeds' Deelicious has seen his loose and groovy tunes grace the likes of Sound Exhibitions and Disco Fruit. Here he rolls out five sizzling new bangers. The urgent slice of socially conscious funk, "Lonely Town Lonely Street", kicks things off, "Trust Me" incorporates housier filtered loops into the mix and the title track is celebratory slice of disco-pop with some ace bloc-rocking breaks and punk-funk bass work. Elsewhere we enter orbit with the melodramatic sci-fi boogie of "Mechanical Body" and "Change Your Mind" is an amazing example of early underground dance music reconfigured by a 21st century perspective.
Sensational Love
MMD 012
19 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sensational Love - (7:50) 116 BPM
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Last Night - (6:38) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stratosphere (with Kiu D) - (6:23) 118 BPM
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The Love - (5:54) 110 BPM
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Can't Figure Out - (7:18) 107 BPM
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Review: Over the past 18 months, antipodean editor Dr Packer has quietly been building an impressive discography. Following releases on Midnight Riot, Z Records, DiscoDat, Hotbox Boogie and Hot Digits, the Perth-based scalpel fiend returns with a second EP for '80s Child's Masterworks Music imprint. This time round, he's chopping, looping and re-inventing disco and boogie classics. Highlights include a French Touch style disco-house re-touch of Loleatta Holloway's Salsoul classic "Love Sensation" ("Sensational Love"), a nu-disco re-make of "Last Night A Dj Saved My Life" ("Last Night"), an impeccable, straightened-out extension of the Nick Straker Band ("Stratosphere"), and a bumpin', ever-rising tweak of Skipworth & Turner's "Thinking About Your Love" ("Can't Figure Out").
Boogie Grinder EP
MMD 002
02 Feb 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Boogie Down - (7:09) 113 BPM
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Magic In Your Eyes - (6:21) 114 BPM
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Bizarre Love - (5:41) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sunshine - (6:29) 115 BPM
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Take My Love - (5:38) 116 BPM
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Review: Australian re-edit king, Dr Packer, loves his '80s electro-soul and funk, and here he kicks off 2015 with a slammin' rejig of Al Jarreau's slinky digi-soul classic "Boogie Down". There's a further four jams to check out here too, including a cool, Balearic rework of Sheila E's "Love Bizarre", a totally dubbed out version of "Walking On Sunshine" and the synthy, meandering disco house joint, "Take My Love".
Dj's Delight
MMD 021
06 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Disco Lovin' - (7:07) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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It's Not Over - (7:02) 119 BPM
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Monday Blues - (7:30) 122 BPM
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Nuthin' Goin' On - (6:23) 107 BPM
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Not Forgotten - (6:31) 114 BPM
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Review: Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's recent Vinyl TV show depicted the birth of New York black party culture with the mighty Kool Herc at the helm. Here Dr Packer riffs off that same imagery too, even if his edits are more in the disco vein than that of Herc's hard funk breaks. There are a whopping six edits to wrap your ears around here, highlights include sensuous 70s boogie, complete with electro bassline, of "Disco Lovin", the protracted hiNRG New Order loops of "Monday Blues" and the shimmering, dry ice soul of "Chocolate Boogie". Fun music for fun times!
DJs Delight Vol 2
MMD 030XX
06 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Baby You Make My - (7:15) 117 BPM
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Fascinating Groove - (7:33) 116 BPM
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A Thousand Kisses - (7:23) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hold Me Tight - (7:20) 116 BPM
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Ooh I Wonder - (7:06) 114 BPM
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Close Your Mind - (7:32) 116 BPM
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DJ's Delight Vol 3
MMD 038
04 Sep 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Corner St. Boogie - (6:55) 118 BPM
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Undercover Lover - (7:01) 116 BPM
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Wanna Phunk - (7:35) 125 BPM
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Phantasy - (7:14) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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You & Me - (6:25) 116 BPM
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Down 4 That - (5:17) 118 BPM
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Review: If you have ever found yourself in a bad mood, you need this in your life, pop on this collection of tracks and boogie your worries away. This is the happiest, funkiest collection of disco our ears have ever had the joy to behold. The LP containers reworks of classic cuts that'll you'll want rediscover. 'Undercover' sings of heartbreak and infidelity but you'll be clapping along and singing like you're celebrating a wedding. 'Wanna Phunk' has a forward chugging motion that reminds us Starlight Express, climb on board enjoy the ride and disembark covered in dusted in glitter in the early 80's. Everyone knows and loves 'Phantasy' but here we get a slightly faster, sound saturated version with louder shakers and new age risers. This is EP will have you dancing till the '12th of never.'
Disco Glory EP
MMD 022
04 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Disco Glory - (7:18) 123 BPM
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Falling - (7:20) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Go Gain - (5:59) 118 BPM
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Eye 2 Eye - (7:20) 123 BPM
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Review: Evil Smarty has spent much of his successful re-edit career collaborating with the equally cheekily named Bad Barbie. Here, he goes solo, delivering a four-track missive of reworks for '80s Child's Masterworks Music label. He gets things going with the throbbing, electro-disco stomp of "Disco Glory", before dipping the tempo for a dreamy rearrangement of Surface's loved-up synth-boogie classic "Falling In Love" (here simply titled "Falling", and arguably one of the most re-edited tunes of all time). "Go Gain" is a brilliant chunk of rock-tinged power-boogie (think bold synth bass, swooping sound effects, razor-sharp guitars and poodle perms), while "Eye 2 Eye" is a tooled-up, house-friendly sprint through purple funk pastures.
Back On Love EP
MMD 006
04 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Back On Love - (7:14) 122 BPM
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Sticky Party - (10:01) 99 BPM
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Funktime - (6:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Houdini - (9:03) 114 BPM
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Heartbeat - (6:33) 100 BPM
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Manhattan - (5:30) 110 BPM
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Review: Having been a DJ since the 1980s - first in his native Argentina, and now in London - Fabiolous Barker knows how to work a dancefloor. That knowledge came to the fore on his debut release for Funkfusion last year. Here, he transfers to '80s Child's Masterworks Music imprint and delivers a sextet of impressive re-edits. He kicks things off with the boogie-era disco bounce of "Back On Love", before slowing things down with the shuffling, P-funk style chug of "Sticky Party". There's a dash of piano-laden disco funk ("Funktime"), a tasty Whodini rework (the electro synths and rubbery bass of "Houdini"), and a tasteful Taana Gardner rework ("Heartbeat"). Oh, and a slice of harmonica-laden rare groove soulfulness ("Manhattan").
Black Hole
MMD 059
03 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Black Hole - (5:58) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Electronite - (6:01) 108 BPM
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C.B.E Way - (6:37) 117 BPM
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Extraordinary Nite - (6:31) 100 BPM
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Review: Neapolitan disco editor Frank Virgilio is back on the scene after great releases on Hot Digits, Midnight Riot and Good Stuff. He's really hitting the big time now if this appearance on Masterworks says anything! Featuring four scorchers guaranteed to cause a disco inferno pretty much anywhere, The Black Hole EP features the sexy and lo-slung title track, the late night boogie-down antics of "Electronite", as well as "C.B.E Way" which is on the funked-up acid jazz tip, and finally "Extraordinary Night" which will loop you into submission with its sublime brass section reminiscent of classic Salsoul kinda vibes.
Sound Of The 80's
MMD 010
10 Aug 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Imagination - (6:12) 107 BPM
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Let's Go All The Way - (5:13) 102 BPM
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Automatic - (8:05) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just Can't Get Enough - (5:10) 127 BPM
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Who's Afraid - (5:03) 120 BPM
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Review: A veteran of esteemed edit labels like ChopShop, Sound Exhibitions and Hot Digits, Dave Gerrard is back on Masterworks Music with the Chorley FM-style EP "Sounds Of The 80s". Going straight for the party jugular, he tackles some megahits of the decade of excess - dubbing out Belouis Some's sleaze-popper "Imagination" and speeding up Sly Fox's pounding electro funk stomp "Lets Go All the Way". Then it's time for a subtle tweak of The Pointer Sisters much loved "Automatic", Depeche Mode's "Just Cant Enough" gets a percussive makeover and The Art Of Noise's proto industrial chaos is intensified on "Who's Afraid".
Work Hard EP
MMD 033
01 May 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Work & Results - (7:21) 117 BPM
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Delay In Time - (7:28) 117 BPM
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In The Rain - (6:24) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Give Up - (5:58) 113 BPM
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Review: Usually found lurking on re-edit labels like Disco Fruit Fruit and Chopshop, St Petersburg's finest Gradient Logic are back with four more scalpel jobs for our utterly spoilt ears. We slam into the late 80s with a bang on "Work & Results" - all exploding snares, rolling synth bass and breathy female vocals. Elsewhere "Delay In Time" eases back into some 70s smoothness with seriously slick bass elastics, "In The Rain" filters the bejayus out of a certain well known late 70s megahit and "Give Up" is pure, sharp 80s electro-boogie.
Intermission EP
MMD 026
11 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Latino Gino - (5:38) 117 BPM
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Room Full Of Strangers - (5:36) 100 BPM
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Somethin' Shady - (5:35) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What You Gonna Do - (5:33) 102 BPM
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Review: By the power of Greyskool, scalpel fiends Dave Gerrard and Rob Bairstow pop up on Masterworks Music with the follow-up to their 2015 debut, Inside The Box. They begin with a cheeky curveball: a punchy and floor-friendly re-imagining of Gino Latino's 1988 Euro-house hit "Welcome". "Room Full of Strangers" is a fine scalpel work of Candi Staton's superb, mid-tempo disco anthem "Nights On Broadway" - this time with a little extra low-end chug - while "Something Shady" is a fine rework of Labi Siffre's "I Got The..." that subtly gives it a little more dancefloor oomph. Finally, they make a play for "end of night edit of the year" with a tastily looped-up rearrangement of Stephanie Mills' super-sweet "Wha'cha Gonna Do With My Lovin".
Girlfriends Revenge
MMD 041
16 Oct 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Floatin' - (6:40) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fantom (African Woman) - (6:34) 112 BPM
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All The Way - (6:49) 115 BPM
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Prelude - (6:36) 108 BPM
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Review: Miami man His Dirty Secrets made his debut in early 2016, serving up a sextet of steamy disco rubs on Midnight Riot. On this follow-up for Masterworks Music he's reined himself in a little, though the four tracks on offer are amongst his strongest reworks to date. There's a breezy dreaminess about the killer combination of undulating boogie gass, jazzy guitar riffs, warm chords and drifting vocal snippets at the heart of deep disco opener "Floatin", while "Fantom (African Woman)" is a lolloping, organ-heavy take on an old Afro-funk gem. Meanwhile, "All The Way" is a string-laden sprint through peak-time disco pastures and "Prelude" is a groovy, pitched-down take on arguably one of the greatest disco records of all time.
Grooves Vol 1
MMD 032B
10 Apr 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Funjazoul - (6:37) 115 BPM
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Hundred Of Times - (7:03) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Let Me Hear You Say Yeah - (6:36) 124 BPM
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Review: Mexican combo Hotmood now has a sizeable discography under their belt, with releases on a clutch of well-regarded labels - think Editorial and Ganbette, for starters - offering proof of their 'rising star' status. This outing on Masterworks Music is predictably strong, too. Check, for example, the punchy Tijuana brass, lolloping beats and undulating disco bass of opener "Funjazoul", or the tasty edit action of "Hundred of Times", where a hustling disco-funk number, complete with rich electric piano chords, slick guitar riffs and rubbery bass, is expertly looped up and rearranged. They finish with a flourish, too, upping the ante on the bouncy, peak-time disco-funk pump of "Let Me Hear You Say Yeah", which sounds like a tried and tested party-starter.
All Night Long
MMD 055
25 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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All Night Long - (6:21) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Real Disco - (6:19) 112 BPM
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To Night - (6:21) 112 BPM
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Tell Me - (6:09) 115 BPM
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Review: There's seemingly no stopping Hurlee, a producer whose cheerful, floor-friendly music has appeared on countless well-regarded labels (think Apparel Music, Exploited, Large Music, Papa and Plastik People, for starters) over the last few years. Here he debuts on Masterworks Music with a quartet of shamelessly feel-good cuts that effortlessly wrap disco and boogie samples around chunky grooves for maximum peak-time pleasure. We're particularly enjoying the filtered vocals, horns and disco strings of "All Night Long" and locked-in afternoon disco-house positivity of "Tonight", thought both the brilliantly chopped-and-looped heavy-disco house of "Tell Me" and more laidback bounce of "Real Disco" also sound like genuine dancefloor winners.
Tone Of Love
MMD 042
13 Nov 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Stay Mine - (5:58) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tone Of Love - (6:02) 115 BPM
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Unlimited - (8:21) 114 BPM
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Win You Back - (9:05) 114 BPM
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Review: Spanish nu-disco don James Rodriguez is in fine form on their first appearance for 80's Child's Masterworks Music stable. There's something particularly alluring about opener "Stay Mine", a sumptuous fusion of head-nodding disco and tactile boogie full of sweeping strings, sensual female vocal hooks and a killer groove. He doffs a cap towards boogie-inspired loop-house maestros Tiger & Woods on the superb "Tone of Love" and "Unlimited". The Madrid-based producer arguably saves the best till last with "Win You Back", a nine-minute boogie epic that sits somewhere between the languid shuffle of the EP's opening track and the loop jams showcased elsewhere.
One Decision From Disaster
MMD 046
05 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Prove It - (6:07) 116 BPM
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Nothing Can Stop - (6:27) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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One Decision From Disaster - (6:02) 112 BPM
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Feeling Alright - (5:26) 114 BPM
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Urge - (6:27) 120 BPM
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Review: Norwegian nu-disco maestro Kellini is up next on Warrington's Masterworks Music with a bunch of super tasty boogie down treats. He has had releases on Hot Digits Music, Midnight Riot, Thunder Jam and Walking Disco Records thus far - so he's on a bit of a roll we must say. From the Arp driven opener "Prove It" to the absolutely electric "One Decision From Disaster" which would make even Tensnake stand up and notice. "Urge" is the EP's most energetic moment and our highlight - where this Moroder-esque synth journey will take you on a groove mission to the stratosphere. Kellini is Kjetil Lagesen, a 35 year old producer and DJ from Skien in Norway.
Discotheque EP
MMD 003
02 Mar 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Discotheque - (5:46) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Illusion - (5:43) 116 BPM
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Dont Stop - (5:09) 115 BPM
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First Jazz On The Moon - (4:57) 113 BPM
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Loose - (5:19) 112 BPM
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Review: Italian producer Kiu D has previously delivered party blends of disco, electrofunk and house on Hotbox Boogie and Other Sound. Here, he pops up on Masterworks Music with his most forthright and funky EP yet. His cut-and-paste style is arguably best showcased by title track "Discotheque", which peppers a familiar (if tooled up) disco groove with chugging, Italo-style arpeggios, nu-disco synths and further smile-inducing samples. The same approach is successfully applied on "Don't Stop" - a rubbery nu-disco bumper built around snippets from the K.I.D track of the same name - while "Loose" delivers a killer chunk of baggy disco-funk positivity, helped in no small part by some seriously cheeky synth solos.
Into The Deep
MMD 025
03 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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A Different Attitude - (6:40) 118 BPM
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Moonlight - (6:38) 118 BPM
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Jazzy Taste - (6:03) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Brothers & Sisters - (5:26) 110 BPM
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Review: Italy's Kiu D has embraced many different styles and genres over the years but he's always returned to disco. Masterworks Music too is also somewhere at home, so it's no surprise to see this new four track single, Into The Deep, released by them. "A Different Attitude" kicks things off with warm and woozy disco loops and soft soul vocals set to a light garage beat. Elsewhere "Moonlight" accelerates with cascading arpeggios and disco chants, "Jazzy Taste" is dreamy cocktail house complete with poolside trumpets and lastly, "Brothers & Sisters" is all about retro loops, chirpy keys, and shuffley beats.
The Journey
MMDA 01
17 Jul 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dynamite - (6:40) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Secret Thing (feat Leo Paryna) - (5:36) 117 BPM
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Calm Before The Storm (VIP version) - (6:20) 115 BPM
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Sweet Is Better - (6:08) 118 BPM
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The Journey - (6:28) 116 BPM
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Good Luck - (5:24) 96 BPM
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You Don't Have To - (5:40) 121 BPM
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Out Of Service - (4:52) 122 BPM
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Peace Of Myself - (7:02) 120 BPM
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Kaleidoscope - (6:58) 120 BPM
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Review: An impeccable producer, Kiu D has delivered sizzling works for the likes of Hot Digits and Special Edition. However, with The Journey marking his 4th release for Masterworks, this LP now makes him a bona fide label family member. A journey it may well be, but this is also a collection of ten straight to the point disco jams. There's no flab to found here, just heavy hitters highlights of which include the lighter than air floaty vapour trail vibes of "Secret Thing", the deep and trippy arpeggios of "Sweet Is Better" and the pulsating Italo-disco of "Out Of Service".
The Journey (Remix)
MMD 052
14 May 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dynamite (DR. Packer remix) - (6:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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You Don't Have To (Bachgenaur remix) - (6:28) 120 BPM
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Good Luck (Fingerman remix) - (8:15) 109 BPM
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Sweet Is Better (Hotmood remix) - (6:16) 118 BPM
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Review: Kiu D's debut long-player The Journey was something of a hit for Masterworks Music in the summer of 2017. Here, tracks from that well-received set receive the remix treatment from various label affiliates. Rising star and Glitterbox regular Dr Packer steps up first to turn "Dynamite" into a hybrid chunk of orchestral disco/funk-fuelled house bliss, before Bachgenaur recasts "You Don't Have To" as a Red Rack'em-esque wonky disco-house anthem. Elsewhere, Fingerman steals the show with a mid-tempo boogie take on "Good Luck", while Hotmood's version of "Sweet Is Better" is a bouncy, life-enhancing deep house bumper.
Timeline
MMD 048
12 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Timeline - (6:39) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love In Ny - (5:39) 121 BPM
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Clavinet Show - (6:04) 117 BPM
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Retro Game - (7:07) 119 BPM
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Street Disco
MMD 019
11 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Street Disco - (7:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Your Luv - (8:21) 121 BPM
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Freak Mouse - (7:57) 118 BPM
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Prance With Me - (7:38) 123 BPM
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Review: Despite hailing from modern day Norway, Lux Experience's heart remains firmly in the USA during the heady days of the 1970s. Nothing wrong with that as nothing really tops the thrill of the original disco explosion during that wild decade. Here he unearths four more long gems from that time and retweaks them for contemporary dancefloors. "Street Disco" is and accelerated proto-hiHRG opener, "Your Luv" begins as classic French Touch-style diva loops before expanding into more stripped backed boogie and "Freak Mouse" is a bass driven chant-along. Lastly "Prance With Me" wraps things up with some seriously elastic party vibes.
Shake Ya Booty
MMD 034
29 May 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Freakish - (6:39) 116 BPM
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Give Me All - (7:08) 122 BPM
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Shake Ya Booty - (6:36) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The One - (5:53) 123 BPM
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Review: Nostalgic Norwegian producer Lux Experience is back with another EP inspired by his favourite period of music - the late 70s the crossover time when orchestrated disco swish frolicked its way into synthesizer boogie. "Freakish" sees soaring strings duel with soft vocoders and gentle, analogue electronics. Elsewhere we get the warm and positively forward driving "Give Me All", the snappy 80s funk of "Shake Ya Booty" and the loop heavy French Touch style joint, "The One".
Wicked Funk
MMD 017
29 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Wicked Funk - (8:13) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Respect - (8:21) 100 BPM
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Get Up - (6:18) 100 BPM
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Keep On - (7:44) 100 BPM
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Review: Having previously established his reputation via a string of well received releases on Atop and Hot Digits, Massimo Vanoni has thrown his lot in with '80s Child's Masterworks Music imprint. Midtempo disco-funk throwdown "Wicked Funk" aside, the majority of the EP sees him explore slower territory, joining the dots between head-nodding warm-up fare and more chugging, slow house territory. "Respect" wraps fluttering flute lines around a sinewy, string-drenched disco groove, while "Get Up" is a toe-tapping disco-funk chugger blessed with spacey nu-disco synth flourishes. Best of all, though, is "Keep On", which sounds like a lost LTJ jam. It certainly has the same loose-but-loopy, slowly unfurling feel.
Juicy Cuts Vol 1
MMD 016
08 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hot Your Hot - (6:00) 122 BPM
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It Seems To Hang On - (5:55) 120 BPM
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She's A Groovy Freak - (6:23) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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That Dexter Thing - (5:51) 102 BPM
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Right In The Socket - (6:17) 123 BPM
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Review: Here we have a juicy debut from re-edit man Mike Woods. Boasting five tracks, we quickly can see that he is all about squeezing the grooves out of classic disco, teasing each samples until it pops. "Hot Your Hot" kicks things off with six-minutes of extended funky riffage that occasionally gives way to some vocal joy. Elsewhere "It Seems To Hang On" is more vocal-orientated with a vintage Curtis Mayfield-style singer lost in painful rapture, "She's A Groovy Freak" is taught boogie fun, "That Dexter Thing" is a hypnotic, low-slung groove loop and "Right In The Socket" is an accelerated keyboard disco jam.
Electrical Nights
MMD 031
20 Mar 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Mike Woods - "Muzik" - (8:31) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shit Hot Soundsystem - "Spinnin'" - (7:03) 101 BPM
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RobJamWeb & Javgroove - "Stay With Me" - (8:13) 108 BPM
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Ruben & Ra - "Let You Go" - (5:53) 108 BPM
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Review: Danny '80s Child' Worrall's nu-disco Masterworks Music imprint regularly drops quality re-edits that are crafted for maximum dancefloor destruction. Here we have some 80s jams reworked for the pleasure of our dancing feet. First up a very famous South London boogie trio have one of their biggest hits tweaked by Mike Woods into "Muzik" featuring that signature twangy electronic bass line coupled with tougher drums. Elsewhere we get filtered, glittery synth soul courtesy of the Shit Hot Soundsystem's "Spinnin", "Stay With Me" adds some killer freestyle drums patterns and "Let You Go" by Ruben & Ra is pure, nasty electro-funk at its finest.
California Dreaming
MMD 009
20 Jul 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Every Night - (5:16) 98 BPM
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Closer To You - (6:06) 100 BPM
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Real Love - (7:02) 110 BPM
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Oh Gawd - (6:46) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Do Ya - (7:18) 115 BPM
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Review: Danny "80s Child" Worrall's Masterworks Music label seems to specialize in delivering tasty reworks of long forgotten '80s soul, boogie and P-funk gems. This latest EP from Brooklyn-based P-Sol is packed to the rafters with this kind of gear. He does an admirable job balancing the needs of the dancefloor with giving the original material due reverence, as you'd expect from someone of his vast experience. There's some slow, chugging, synth-laden disco sweetness ("Every Night"), a dash of breezy '80s dancefloor soul (the filters and bumpin' beats of "Real Love"), and a lesson in the power of dubbed-out horns and eyes-closed synth solos (the admirable "Do Ya"). In other words, plenty of tried-and-tested material for those who dig synth-heavy disco grooves.
Free At Last
MMD 027
28 Nov 16
Deep House
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First Step - (6:54) 118 BPM
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Gleitsicht - (8:02) 112 BPM
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Free At Last - (6:59) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Strimpulse - (7:21) 118 BPM
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Played by: Platzdasch, 80's Child
Review: David Platzdasch has enjoyed a productive 2016, releasing a string of quietly impressive singles on Manuscript and Gents & Dandys. Here he rounds off the year via an appearance on '80s Child's Masterworks Music. First, he heads into loose, loopy, peak-time disco-house territory with "First Step", before diving into deeper, warmer and groovier territory via the mid-tempo deep house shuffler, "Gleichtsicht". The German aims deeper still on "Free At Last", where swirling strings, dreamy chords and a dense analogue bassline smother a bongo-rich disco drum track. Finally, he wraps up proceedings with "Strimpulse", a spacey deep house number blessed with twinkling electric pianos and warm, sun-kissed chord progressions.
Polygon Vol 1
MMD 062
12 Nov 18
Deep House
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M3 - (6:20) 117 BPM
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T7 - (7:30) 114 BPM
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W2 - (6:25) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Mexican maestro Polygon doesn't have much to say online, preferring instead to let his warm, woozy and floor-friendly music do the talking. Luckily for him, his music is pretty darn hot - as August's expansive debut EP on Saiko proved. This three-tracker for Masterworks Music is packed with hazy deep house treats, too, from the thickset bass, drowsy Rhodes chords and eyes-closed Marvin Gaye vocal samples of "M3", to the late '80s style hip-house swing of chunky, breakbeat-driven closer "W2". Sandwiched in between the two tracks you'll find "T7", a lusciously warm and woozy groover whose bold cymbals rise above a backing track rich in wobbly acid bass, elongated chords and pulsing electronics.
Summertime Groovin
MMD 035
19 Jun 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Summertime Groovin - (8:28) 94 BPM
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Holding On - (5:16) 94 BPM
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I Didn't Take - (7:11) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Whatcha Doin' - (5:55) 93 BPM
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Review: Here we have a collection of steamy soul numbers to serve as the perfect soundtrack to the latest heatwave. An already nasty 70s sleazy funk groove is beefed up into a muscle-bound grind-athon on "Summertime Groovin". "Holding On", meanwhile, is a floaty slice of super-feminine 80s soul. Elsewhere its tough funk licks, sassy vocals and lots of filter on "I Didn't Take" and string-laden soul bearing on impassioned closer, "Watcha Doin?". Never did the summer sound so good!
The Cosmic Soul EP
MMD 014
23 Nov 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lover's Groove - (8:29) 124 BPM
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Just A Little More - (7:47) 123 BPM
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Like This - (7:09) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Clap Your Hands To The Music - (8:03) 125 BPM
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Review: Robert "Robjamweb" Webster's contribution to Editorial's 2014 Love Dubs EP earned him many new fans. Amongst them was Masterworks Music boss Danny "*)s Child" Worrall, who here hands the producer his first solo EP. Webster duly delivers, serving up a quartet of mirrorball-friendly, disco-house re-edits. He begins with the heavily compressed bump of "Lover's Groove", before unfurling the triumphant "Just A Little More" - a rock solid filter-house revision of a Teddy Pendergrass belter. "Like This" makes superb use of swirling strings and bold piano motifs, while closer "Clap Your Hands To The Music" is the kind of disco earworm that will be stuck in your head for weeks.
Don't Lose It (The Remixes)
MMD 036
31 Jul 17
Funky/Club House
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Don't Lose It - (8:57) 122 BPM
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Don't Lose It (Goldboy remix) - (8:23) 124 BPM
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Don't Lose It (Tom Fin remix) - (8:28) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Ronnie Turner cut his teeth in the early '80s, playing alongside UK funk and soul stars of the time at his own promotions. He went on to become a regular DJ at the original house nights at the Slough Centre in 1989, alongside London house pioneers Carl Cox, Trevor Fung, Danny Rampling, Brandon Block and Rocky & Diesel. His production has earned him most plaudits over the last two decades. Signed to Brighton's Loaded Records in the mid '90s, he enjoyed a UK national Top 50 release with "Gimme Your Love" as Home Alone, before setting up his own label Bulletproofsonics with co-writer Andy Childs (ex-Elevator Suite). He's more recently renowned under his Blunted Funk Project and as one half of The Slacksons. He strikes out solo here for "Don't Lose It", a deep, slinky and soulful number with a huge bassline and euphoric string arrangement made for proper dancefloor elation with its strong vocal section. The remixes here are good too: our pick is Tom Fin's brooding and dramatic rework.
Night Grooves
MMD 060
17 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Another Technique - (5:56) 115 BPM
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Night Grooves - (6:10) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What Is Breakbeat? - (7:17) 115 BPM
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What Do You Need? - (4:47) 125 BPM
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Review: Norwegian producer Saskin S pitches up on Masterworks Music for the very first time. As with his previous outings for the likes of Hot Digits and Thunder Jam, the "Night Grooves" EP is packed with colourful, high quality material. Check, for example, the Blaxploitation funk guitars, low-slung grooves and densely layered percussion of loop-driven opener "Another Technique", the acid-driven (nu) disco-funk madness of "What Is Breakbeat?" and the formidably bluesy, jazzy and wonderfully atmospheric deep house shuffle of "What Do You Need?". Arguably best of all, though, is title track "Night Grooves", a sparkling chunk of '80s soul-meets-nu-disco cheeriness rich in colourful synthesizer lines, atmospheric chords, twinkling melodies and low-slung dub disco grooves.
Sexy Dancer
MMD 005
20 Apr 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Aint Nobody - (7:13) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Charlotte - (6:57) 120 BPM
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Steady Rocking - (6:51) 118 BPM
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Boxed - (5:39) 112 BPM
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Black Coffee - (6:09) 121 BPM
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Review: After recent excursions on Funk Fusion and Get Down Edits, Colchester-based rework specialist Shit Hot Soundsystem returns to 80's Child's Masterworks Music. As you might expect, Sexy Dancer largely focuses on heavyweight, seriously compressed cut-ups and re-edits of '80s dancefloor jams. There are a couple of thumping, filter-heavy tweaks of Prince style P-funk jams (see "Aint Nobody" and "Black Coffee"), a dash of slap bass-wielding '80s soul goodness (the excellent "Steady Rocking"), a piano-laden dash of singalong boogie-house ("Charlotte"), and - somewhat bizarrely - a chugging cut-up of Living In A Box's eponymous debut single.
Trash Tracks Vol 1
MMD 053
28 May 18
Deep House
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Qualified - (7:23) 122 BPM
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Tisno - (8:44) 118 BPM
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Suite N Sour - (7:55) 120 BPM
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Part Of Me - (6:04) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: On previous outings, South Beach Recycling has largely stuck to variations on a party-starting re-edit theme. This time round, the sometime Midnight Riot producer has moved further towards outright original productions, delivering a quartet of house cuts rich in sinewy samples and choice lifts from disco, soul and funk records. It's a formula that delivers largely impressive results. We're particularly enjoying the peak-time stomp of opener "Qualified" - think filter-heavy disco-house with chopped-up '80s soul samples - and the jazzy bump of "Suite & Sour", where impeccable electric piano solos ride a thunderous rhythm track. That said, we're sure many people will enjoy the seductive shuffle and sun-kissed, glassy-eyed vocal samples of Adriatic-inspired cut "Tisno" - we certainly did.
Street Jam
MMD 056
16 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Street Jam - (5:32) 116 BPM
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Brass Tracks - (7:42) 102 BPM
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Right Action - (7:38) 108 BPM
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New Jack Swing - (8:02) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Crossfire - (7:11) 116 BPM
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Groovers Magic Vol 2
MMD 061
22 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Tinkle On The Ivories - (7:56) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Work T'do - (6:27) 110 BPM
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Affair In Spring - (11:27) 119 BPM
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All Night Thing - (9:39) 120 BPM
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Runnin' Away - (9:29) 122 BPM
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Super Fonk - (7:27) 121 BPM
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Review: The clue's in the name here, as Masterworks Music serve up another set of 21st Century makeovers of dancefoor delights from days gone by. Diana Ross's 'My Old Piano' gets reinvented as a rather classy disco-houser on opener 'Tinkling The Ivories', while getting similar treatment elsewhere are Maze's 'Running Away', Invisible Man's Band's 'All Night Thing', Donna Summer's 'Spring Affair' and more. Long throughout on sweeping strings, handclaps, fat funk basslines and soulful vocals, the whole EP is a must for contemporary disco floors, especially as the source/track selection isn't over-obvious.
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