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Night Slugs

Night Slugs is a London-based label that has been applauded by Spin Magazine for developing ‘one of the most distinctive sounds in UK dance music, a mutable hybrid of grime, house, electro, R&B, techno, hip hop and dubstep’. The Night Slugs vision began in 2008 after co-founders Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 met on Myspace and started throwing club nights in Camberwell and later, East Village. In 2010 they launched Night Slugs as a label and since have released recognisable tracks like Lil Silva’s hyped-up ‘Seasons’. The label is also home to: Jam City, Girl Unit, Hysterics, Kingdom, Helix and Egyptrixx. Night Slugs is also related to labels Fade To Mind and Night Voyage.
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Boy Eyes
Fly By - (4:34) 128 BPM
Skydancer - (5:58) 130 BPM
ZZ Plant - (4:12) 127 BPM
NS 039
23 Mar 23
Deep House
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Anti Fed Up II (feat Raddy Rich & Gaika) - (3:12) 147 BPM
It's Bruck Up (feat Bruck Up & Lee Danger) - (2:40) 108 BPM
Kryptonite (feat Akazi) - (3:18) 137 BPM
Flex God (feat Fat Joe) - (3:20) 144 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Philly Story (feat Meer Colon) - (3:57) 145 BPM
Anti Fed Up (instrumental) - (3:12) 147 BPM
NS 038
08 Mar 23
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Nock Nock - (1:33) 130 BPM
Blade - (2:50) 105 BPM
Supernova - (2:51) 140 BPM
Nuclear - (2:47) 104 BPM
Heart Racing - (2:51) 104 BPM
Love Di Gyal Dem - (2:53) 107 BPM
Party On The Moon (feat Tashi) - (3:14) 87 BPM
Realist - (2:46) 141 BPM
NS 037
08 Feb 23
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My Intentions/Dirty Games
My Intentions - (5:04) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dirty Games - (3:02) 136 BPM
NS 036
12 Oct 22
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Ouais (original mix) - (3:25) 123 BPM
Ouais (Hysterics remix) - (4:08) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ouais (Zaida Zane remix) - (3:20) 130 BPM
Ouais (Helix remix) - (4:54) 62 BPM
Review: Night Slugs staple Bok Bok returns this week with new effort "Ouais". The South London-based producer and DJ serves up a typically blustering and bass-driven workout with urban vibes, and the remixes that come with the package are equally worthy of your attention. Hysterics' rework injects a brooding atmosphere into the backdrop for a more subterranean vibe, while Zaida Zane's playful rendition is underpinned by a thumping four-to-the floor beat, and finally Helix's experimental take ventures into advanced downbeat territory.
NS 035
29 Jul 22
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Hi Dynamik Range EP
Arena Boogie - (5:30) 83 BPM
Silver Rumble - (6:48) 85 BPM
Risky Rhodez - (4:21) 81 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
California Orange - (4:01) 135 BPM
Review: Bossing the best frames in bass music since debut stints on Other Heights and All Caps at the turn of the last decade - Helix has become a don number 1 for Night Slugs ever since, dropping 'Greatest Hits' after 'Greatest Hits'. He does so again here but in the form of this Hi Dyanmik Range EP, bringing a fresh Atlanta sound to the airwaves that's lush and steppy while shimmering like the far off glow from Ponce De Leon Ave. Get some loose basslines and reflective synths outta "Silver Rumble" next to the more soulful, R&B, drag-race and new-age inspired "California Orange". "Arena Boogie" will help up the tension for that mellow warm up set, with "Risky Rhodez" a breathy burner of crepuscular, night driving Atalanta dread.
NS 034
05 Nov 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Nights Into Mornings EP
Atlantis Level 1.5 - (3:29) 71 BPM
Ga$ton Rasta (feat DJ Glo 410) - (3:22) 135 BPM
House Of Helix - (3:22) 134 BPM
One My Side Cypher - (4:03) 143 BPM
Shake My Ass (feat Zfrek) - (2:46) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: As far as labels go, there really aren't many that are as willing to explore the more abstract areas of the underground as much as Night Slugs camp. They push the boat out once again with this well thought out collection from CalvoMusic, kicking off with the beautiful harmonic arrangements and lively drum progressions of 'Atlantis Level 1.5' which gives us an energetic introduction to say the least. Next up, feat DJ Glo 410 joins us for the super bouncy bass booms of 'Ga$ton Rasta', with the more techno influenced drum sounds and trance-like synth leads of 'House Of Helix' following right behind. Finally, 'One My Side Cypher' is the first of two cracking closer, delivering sumptuous sub processing, ethereal flute lines and lively percussive rhythms, before Zfrek gets involved with the breaks-influenced breakdowns and chunky basslines of 'Shake My Ass', giving us a slower, more industrial sounding juke creation. Wonderful work.
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02 Jul 21
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Liked You
NS 032
18 Dec 20
Deep House
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Song Feel Instrumentals
WYWD (instrumental) - (5:20) 120 BPM
Stuck (instrumental) - (4:32) 68 BPM
Sucker Free (instrumental) - (2:22) 130 BPM
Pull Up (instrumental) - (2:43) 100 BPM
Evidence (instrumental) - (4:24) 100 BPM
24 Hours (instrumental) - (3:32) 102 BPM
WYWD (instrumental House mix) - (5:59) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Last year, Night Slugs' longest-serving artist, Philip Gamble AKA Girl Unit, returned to action with a debut album nine years in the making. "Song Feel" was rightly proclaimed for its colourful collection of synth-heavy future R&B and space-pop gems, which made great use of top-notch guest vocalists and some distinctly off-kilter rhythm tracks. The genius of Gamble's backing tracks is the focus of this follow-up release, which - as the title makes clear - gathers together instrumental versions of the album's vocal moments. Amongst the highlights are two contrasting versions of "WYWD" (a languid, loved-up downtempo take and a gently upbeat, tropical and humid "Instrumental House Mix" that's worth the entrance fee on its own), the bass-heavy, grime-influenced filth of "Pull Up" and the grinning, piano-heavy rush that is "24 Hours".
01 May 20
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Pure Shores (TommyTommy Bootleg)
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24 Apr 20
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Pure Shores
Pure Shores (HXC mix) - (3:42) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Pure Shores (OG mix) - (3:26) 114 BPM
Review: As soon as you see the Night Slugs name on a new release, you know you are in for a treat, especially when you then notice Bok Bok's name following. This release is a perfect way to look into Bok Bok's ever evolving sound, as we firstly take in two alternate versions of 'Pure Shores', with the HXC mix providing an unpredictable, almost breakbeat feel, whilst the OG mix gives us a more stripped back approach. With both versions, you can almost taste the magic that has gone into making them, engulfed in stunning melodic precision and harmonic elegance.
NS 031
28 Oct 19
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Vivid Dreams
Vivid Dreams - (2:48) 80 BPM
NS 029S
20 Sep 19
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Back To The Beginning
Can You Feel It (feat Rashad) - (3:20) 80 BPM
Break4Luv (feat Manny) - (3:13) 80 BPM
Vivid Dreams - (2:48) 80 BPM
F-Train - (2:48) 80 BPM
Deeper Love (feat Moondoctor) - (3:15) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
See You Dance (feat Manny) - (3:12) 80 BPM
Review: As footwork and juke continue to grow in popularity and appeal, we are starting to see more and more established labels start to turn their head towards the genres to give them a real push. This latest Night Slugs release therefore sees DJ Phil do what he does best as we kick off with the emotive, hardcore rhythms of 'Can You Feel It', featuring Rashad. This is chased up by the drum-heavy punches of 'Break4Luv' alongside Manny, the spacey vocal harmonies of 'Vivid Dreams', the skippy break chops and clap slaps of 'F-Train' and high energy vocal layerings of 'Deeper Love' alongside Moondoctor. Manny then rejoins the party at its finale with some additional vocal work on 'See You Dance', rounding up everything nicely.
NS 029
18 Sep 19
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Tripwires - (4:58) 90 BPM
Shutter Drums - (3:51) 147 BPM
Quantanoir - (3:48) 122 BPM
Extrapolation - (3:27) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Shade Incarnate (feat Ash B) - (4:08) 85 BPM
Shade Incarnate (instrumental) - (4:07) 85 BPM
Review: As ever with Night Slugs, it's safe to expect the unexpected as they hear invite the futuristic grooves of Leonce into the frame for a six track showcase of his super unique sound. We begin with the shimmering, super panned noisey smashes and shimmering chords of the title track 'Tripwires', which is chased up in style by the epic drum-heavy melodic progressions of 'Shutter Down' and the super suspenseful sweeps of 'Quantanoir'. Next up, we leap into the rapidfire metallic percussive smashes of 'Extrapolation' and the pumping drum bounces the lead the way within 'Shade Incarnate' which features some fantastic vocal additions from Ash B, who puts the finishing touches on yet another stunning body of work for the Night Slugs catalogue.
NS 030
11 Sep 19
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Manara International Presents: The Ultimate Spice Mix
NA DJ - "Buzz" - (4:48) 144 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Asmara - "Dheere Dheere" - (3:25) 90 BPM
A.G - "Kehna Hi Kya" (Spice Queen remix) - (2:41) 95 BPM
Khayote - "Aloe Vera" - (3:39) 108 BPM
Scratcha DVA - "Ang Laga De" (Scratcha DVA DJ Tool) - (3:13) 129 BPM
General Courts - "Lazy Moments" - (5:02) 140 BPM
Ikonika - "Sarsariya" - (3:19) 125 BPM
Samrai - "Mehndi" (Madhorama Pencha) - (2:09) 100 BPM
Manara & Bok Bok - "My Name Is Shhh" - (3:20) 103 BPM
Ahadadream - "Balam Pichkari" - (3:16) 120 BPM
12 Aug 19
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Song Feel
WYWD (feat Kelela) - (5:20) 120 BPM
Stuck (feat Taliwhoah) - (4:32) 68 BPM
Sucker Free (feat Ms Boogie) - (2:24) 130 BPM
Head - (3:46) 131 BPM
Pull Up (feat Thast) - (2:43) 100 BPM
Evidence (feat Rush Davis) - (4:24) 100 BPM
Back - (3:15) 140 BPM
24 Hours (feat Brook Baili) - (3:32) 102 BPM
Roll - (5:03) 65 BPM
Pure Gold - (3:36) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
WYWD (feat Kelela - remix) - (6:03) 124 BPM
Played by: SHE Spells Doom
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05 Apr 19
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Sucker Free
Sucker Free - (2:24) 130 BPM
21 Mar 19
Hip Hop/R&B
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Night Slugs Allstars X
Asmara - "Dhalsim Dub" - (3:07) 144 BPM
Bok Bok - "Silo Pass" (Lil Silva remix) - (4:15) 137 BPM
Girl Unit - "WYWD" (feat Kelela - remix) - (3:30) 124 BPM
DJ J Heat & Neana - "Love" - (3:14) 138 BPM
Bok Bok & Sweyn J - "Meteorology" - (2:32) 89 BPM
Altered Natives - "The Bitch" - (6:00) 126 BPM
Girl Unit - "Double Chop" - (4:58) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Kayy Drizz - "Bang" - (2:35) 138 BPM
Hysterics - "HTRX7" - (5:00) 64 BPM
Fiedel - "Doors To Manual" - (4:56) 134 BPM
Uninamise - "Rise Of The Wolves" - (3:07) 140 BPM
Girl Unit & Sweyn J - "Slime Twins" - (2:49) 140 BPM
Helix - "Hmu Joe" - (3:04) 146 BPM
Cooly G - "Digitally Higher" - (4:32) 85 BPM
Review: What started as a DIY club night in Camberwell grew into a decade-spanning story, involving multiple continents and a varying cast of artists. Many things change in a decade, and as 2018 finds the label's affiliated artists in different places to where they were at the beginning - there's a core family ethos in London and beyond that still binds the Night Slugs imprint. They perceive an almost entirely different club environment to their humble beginnings in '08, throwing raves at The Redstar at a time when things felt much more closed. By comparison, today they admit that club environments are more open, and they continue a new approach to DJing and eventually a new approach to production. Featuring new exclusives by label staples such as Bok Bok, Altered Natives, Hysterics and Cooly G among many others.
15 Jun 18
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WYWD - (3:30) 124 BPM
14 Jun 18
Funky/Club House
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Meteorology - (2:32) 89 BPM
01 Jun 18
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Greatest Hits Vol 3
Idk These Drums (Closer To The edit) - (4:03) 135 BPM
Tha Lyot (feat DJ Roy - remix) - (7:33) 124 BPM
Jack The House Medley - (4:53) 125 BPM
The Riser Track - (3:11) 88 BPM
Funky 1irst - (5:07) 132 BPM
Pulse Techs - (6:19) 137 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Bring It Back Flex - (2:53) 134 BPM
Stereo Track (Trunk mix) - (4:14) 136 BPM
Spin My Break - (3:01) 128 BPM
LVR - (5:56) 135 BPM
Review: Helix aka Beau Thigpen has been one of our Nught Slugs favourites since the time he started banging out technoid bass anthems back in 2012. Since then, he has given us nothing but fire, touching down with abrasive dance gems that work EACH AND EVERY TIME. This is the Greatest Hits Volume 3, and it kicks off with the almost hummable bassline of The Lyot Remix - an total winner from the get-go! "Pulse Tech BBL" is equally effective, except here Helix lays down some dirty industrial beats that take this form house to full-out techno UK styleee and "Spin Me Round Break V2" drops us in a weird and wonderful world of hypnotic sonics and muscly low frequencies. Warmly recommended!
NS 025
27 Apr 18
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Rise Of The Wolves
Rise Of The Wolves - (3:07) 140 BPM
13 Apr 18
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Digitally Higher
Digitally Higher - (4:32) 85 BPM
30 Mar 18
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Greatest Hits Vol 2
Another Miami Jack Track - (2:41) 131 BPM
Helix House Beat 3 - (3:45) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Helix House Beat 2 - (5:20) 126 BPM
Heart Attack Time - (4:05) 66 BPM
July 21st (feat DJ Roy) - (2:07) 151 BPM
Game On - (2:32) 103 BPM
Beat 4 Whatever - (2:10) 132 BPM
String Clash - (5:12) 86 BPM
Funk Stab - (4:00) 64 BPM
108 - (3:51) 54 BPM
The Recorded Jams - (5:53) 137 BPM
NS 024
02 Mar 18
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Greatest Hits Vol 1
Disko Chop - (4:42) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Tainted Love (remix) - (4:52) 125 BPM
Tough Linns (The Money Machine Beat) - (2:52) 136 BPM
Techno Trak - (3:49) 134 BPM
UNTITLED (E-mix) - (4:00) 136 BPM
Dick Track (feat Al Hype) - (3:47) 135 BPM
Beat I Made In Miami (Helix edit) - (3:11) 65 BPM
DX Crowd (Chordy version) - (4:53) 132 BPM
The Chord Beat (edit) - (5:12) 66 BPM
Fbm Flip - (4:57) 129 BPM
Drum Track (P Jam Bootleg) - (4:42) 91 BPM
Review: Helix returns to Night Slugs with his first release since 2013's "Club Constructions". Still as vital as ever, this is the first part of a trilogy of "Greatest Hits" collections. All new, all vibey; highlights include the deep-bleep radar techno stomps of "Tainted Love", the sheet metal soul of "Beat I Made In Miami", the soft-focus filtered ripples and staccato dynamic of "Fbm Flip" and the dizzying cavernousness of "DX Crowd". Great times lay ahead for Night Slugs, this sets us up very nicely for the label's 10th anniversary; Helix hits the spot.
NS 023
16 Feb 18
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Silo Pass
Silo Pass (Lil Silva remix) - (4:15) 137 BPM
Review: When it comes to timeless grime anthems, there are few instrumentals that hold quite as much nostalgic currency as Silo Pass. Having received countless choppy refixes and intense reworks, it remains a staple in a large selection of grime sets to this day. With this however, funky legend Bok Bok gets stuck into a sub heavy overhaul, bringing out rolling bass tones and highly inventive chops of the original melody for a half time hit. As ever with Bok Bok, this one defies genre brackets and truly stands out with a touch of finesse.
01 Feb 18
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Neans Anthem - (5:01) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cruz Control - (3:40) 66 BPM
Tell Her - (4:14) 136 BPM
Fidelity - (3:21) 126 BPM
Review: This one is a release we were really excited to see announced as new Night Slugs recruit: Neana gets involved for a full length project entitled 'Evaser'. The entire project is a percussion driven masterpiece, most notably on the fluid cowbell rolls of 'Tell Her' and 'Cruz Control' which was officially unveiled via the Complex platform a little while ago. Following this, 'Fidelity' takes a depthy delve into futuristic house music, incorporating fluid rhythms and aquatic synthesis. To finish off, we have 'Neans Anthem', which draws its funky influences from carnival drums and highly energetic rolling claps. Night Slugs have scored a winner with this one!
NS 028
24 Jan 18
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Sweyn Flu
Never One Of Us (feat J Black & NA) - (2:48) 140 BPM
Sweyn Flu (feat Ikonika) - (3:14) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Aloe Sour - (3:16) 99 BPM
Stadium Tour - (2:54) 159 BPM
NS 026
29 Sep 17
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Salvage 2017
Island Hopping - (3:46) 140 BPM
Salvage Lurkin - (3:38) 143 BPM
Know Already - (3:30) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
PR Drawbridge - (2:20) 152 BPM
Review: The return of the Night Slugs boss has been long-awaited and this EP is set to be his most grime informed material in years. Opening track "Island Hopping" is a sweet, pop-inflected number with punchy analogue bass and rusty beats throughout. The brightest of the bunch according to a press release, it paves the way for a darker, more down-cast narrative, in contrast to the often optimistic material heard on 2014's "Your Charizmatic Self". The EP is also described as being "built with raw 12-bit samples" with tracks inspired by and intended for DJs, MCs, radio sets and sweaty, blacked-out dancefloors.
NS 022
09 Jun 17
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Jersey Transit Systems
Transit - (2:24) 70 BPM
Stalker Ha (DJ J Heat remix) - (2:47) 70 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Boarding Station - (2:34) 70 BPM
Derailed Moments - (3:15) 70 BPM
Review: DJ/producer/engineer/artist DJ J Heat from Newark New Jersey is up next for London bass merchants Night Slugs. This guy has collaborated wth Brenmar, remixed Baauer and M.E.S.H. and really brings it on this killer EP entitled Jersey Transit Systems. Starting off with the stripped back low end assault of "Transit", he's into some dark side future beats on the brooding "Stalker Ha" (J Heat Remix) and some more straight up Jersey club sounds on the trigger happy roller "Transit Systems". A great effort by one of the scene's most promising producers in the second generation of it's scene.
NS 021
29 Mar 17
Hip Hop/R&B
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Night Slugs Allstars Volume 3
DJC - "C100" - (4:02) 105 BPM
Ikonika - "Stick Shaker" - (3:39) 130 BPM
Hysterics - "Empty VIP" - (4:49) 62 BPM
NA - "Ecstacy Edit" - (3:58) 144 BPM
Bok Bok X Sweyn J - "Good 2 U" (feat Semma) - (3:32) 140 BPM
Girl Unit - "Queen B" - (3:08) 134 BPM
Jam City - "Direct Drums" - (5:25) 96 BPM
Sweyn Jupiter - "Throwback Thursday" - (3:15) 113 BPM
Helix - "Funky 1irst" - (5:07) 132 BPM
Neana - "Cyberia" - (4:48) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
L Vis 1990 - "Sweet Spot" (feat Ronika) - (4:42) 90 BPM
Sheen X Sweyn J - "My Syrup" - (3:03) 132 BPM
Bok Bok X Sweyn J - "Unlimited" (feat Flirta D) - (3:02) 137 BPM
Played by: Star Eyes
Review: London's Night Slugs are back with their class of 2016 and if this is anything to go by, it's going to be quite the graduation party. Be prepared for some bass driven, street level, low end theories as per usual. There's Bok x Sweyn J featuring Semma on the sexy future R&B of "Good 2 U", Helix with some superb hyper-riddims on the explosive and syncopated "Funky 1irst", while label mainstays appear too, rest assured. There's Jam City with the brooding and powerful rhythm workout of "Direct Drums" and of course L-Vis 1990 with the sultry vocals of Ronika on the late night noir thriller "Sweet Spot".
25 Nov 16
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14 Oct 16
Hip Hop/R&B
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Queen B
Queen B - (3:08) 134 BPM
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22 Jul 16
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C100 - (4:02) 105 BPM
29 Jun 16
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Club Constructions Vol  7
Capricorn - (4:28) 100 BPM
Native - (3:36) 60 BPM
CC101 - (3:57) 99 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
CC102 - (4:10) 100 BPM
Review: Focussing on "raw material aimed straight for the dance floor", Club Constructions returns after three years of hiatus with newcomer DJC, and whether the artist is a Night Slugs member in disguise or a complete debutant is still a mystery. That doesn't matter, though, because we a tune like "Capricorn" is so rough and banging that we just want to beat it, not thinking too much about where it from or why; "Native" is the perfect tool to follow on from it, and its broken shreds of drums are a delight when hear loud. "CC101" is perhaps our pick of the lot - but it's a close call between all of them - as we're just madly into that sort of slowed-down Detroit-style techno funk, but "CC102" is nothing short of spectacular, and would easily go down a storm in DJ sets from Theo Parrish, all the way to Ben UFO.
NSCC 007
05 Apr 16
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Papaya Lipgloss
Papaya Lipgloss (club mix) - (4:29) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Papaya Lipgloss (sour mix) - (3:46) 136 BPM
Review: Bok Bok is back in action on his own label with this sprightly two-tracker featuring fresh-faced collaborator Sweyn Jupiter who is making a debut appearance on this record. The "Club Mix" of "Papaya Lipgloss" is a plush affair that revels in the sweetest chimes of melody that linger in mid-air surrounded by a pleasantly sleek rhythm section. It's a joyous affair that keeps an upbeat mood without reaching over into banality, instead letting subtle but impressive flairs of production shine through in the simple surroundings. The "Sour Mix" doesn't actually loose any of that sweetness, but rather deploys it in a more staggered, playful mix that revels in more broken drum patterns and dramatic pauses.
NS 018
17 Mar 15
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Hysterics EP
Club Life - (5:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
HTRX9 - (5:23) 128 BPM
Eye Mask - (5:14) 127 BPM
Empty - (4:46) 124 BPM
Review: Girl Unit's alter-ego did some serious damage with the fifth volume of Night Slugs' Club Constructions series back in 2013, and now Hysterics gets reanimated for another four brutal attacks of spine-tingling drum alchemy. "Club Life" wastes no time in spelling out its physical intentions as it pushes and pulls with industrial clout and techno dexterity, whereas "HTRX9" takes a more unusual route through highly strung synths into a spaced-out abstraction of tech house. "Eye Mask" equally places the synths at the forefront with some dazzling juxtapositions of clashing tones atop the supporting beats, while "Empty" makes for a more conventional but equally enchanting sojourn into blissfully soulful deep house territory.
NS 017
03 Feb 15
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Your Charizmatic Self
Melba's Call (feat Kelela) - (4:11) 140 BPM
Howard - (5:32)
Greenhouse (Day) - (2:24) 149 BPM
Funkiest (Be Yourself) - (5:04) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Greenhouse (Night) - (3:18) 140 BPM
Da Foxtrot - (5:51)
Melba's Instrumental - (4:11) 140 BPM
Review: Channeling his love of late '80s R&B productions with his futuristic production swagger, Bok Bok is back on his own Night Slugs with a slick salvo of tracks that highlight his ever-progressing skills. "Melba's Call" wraps around an impeccable vocal delivery from Kelela, firing off snappy synth hooks and sharp guitar licks with a flair that comes on like micro-boogie. "Howard" too summons the gods of electro funk, although here the Moog lines are fused with some proper UK sub busting b-lines, while "Funkiest (Be Yourself)" pares everything down to a minimal Linn Drum beat and wobbly bass. Who said you can't look backwards to move forwards?
NS 016
26 May 14
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Melba's Call
Melba's Call - (4:11) 140 BPM
Played by: MikeQ
Review: The boogie is out in force in the tricky production that Bok Bok brings to his latest effort, as a razor sharp melee of stop-start beats and hurried funk licks dart out underneath Kelela's soulful croon. It's definitely got the neon gloss that all dedicated Night Sluggers will be craving, but there's a nastiness to the crafty way that Bok Bok delivers the track that sets it apart. It's no mean feat to straddle styles like this and make it work, yet the end result sounds smooth even if the track wriggles and writhes with abandon throughout.
NS 015
31 Mar 14
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Night Slugs Allstars Volume 2
L-Vis 1990 - "Lost In Love" (feat Javeon McCarthy - Night Slugs Street mix) - (5:14) 126 BPM
Girl Unit - "Ensemble" (club mix) - (5:52) 128 BPM
L-Vis 1990 - "Not Mad" - (4:40) 125 BPM
Lil Silva - "The 3rd" - (4:23) 136 BPM
Kingdom - "Stalker Ha" - (3:49) 128 BPM
Bok Bok - "Silo Pass" - (6:08) 136 BPM
Jam City - "How We Relate To The Body" - (5:20) 133 BPM
Helix - "Drum Track" - (4:15) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Kingdom - "Bank Head" - (4:22) 136 BPM
Egyptrixx - "Adult" - (4:49) 140 BPM
Girl Unit - "Double Take Part 2" - (4:32) 136 BPM
Morri$ - "White Hood" - (3:20) 136 BPM
Review: With an ever-strong commitment to their very unique brand of modern electronic dance music, the Night Slugs posse are rounded up once again for a stocktake on the follow up to the successful Night Slugs Allstars compilation. It's only with a chance to reflect such as this you can appreciate the range that falls neatly into the Night Slugs remit. At one turn you can be doused in the blinding sunshine of Girl Unit's cheery electro as on "Ensemble (Club Mix)", or at the next be confronted with the staggered stab frenzy of Helix's somewhat ironically named "Drum Track". Try reaching them without being thrown by Bok Bok's 31st century grime madness or Lil Silva's hyper-kinetic throwdown of mechanical psychedelia and you might have a chance of getting a handle on the label as a whole.
NSAS 002
28 Jan 13
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Club Constructions Volume 3
Bring In The Katz (feat Pork Chop) - (4:24)
Bring In The Katz (L-Vis 1990 Dub) - (3:38) Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Serious Baltimore business right here. KW Griff and Pork Chop's dark, chopped up club rider rolls with beefy kicks and a classic break. Released last year it's been picked up on by L-Vis 1990 who's gone ahead and given it a royal Night Slugs makeover. Subby, stripped back and munching its way through 808s, all that remains of the original are the vocal snippets and the same authentic sense of edge Griff and Chop conjured up in the first place. Heavyweight stuff.
NSCC 003
12 Sep 12
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Southside (remixes)
Silo Pass (Sir Spyro remix) - (5:39) Biggest-selling track on this release
Silo Pass (Vjuan Allure remix) - (4:59)
Charisma Theme (Bok Bok remix) - (4:15)
Reminder (L-Vis 1990 CC mix) - (5:39)
Look (Helix remix) - (9:56)
Review: After the success of the original Southside EP last year, Bok Bok has called upon his mates to rework some of the lead cuts with results that stretch across the board. Sir Spyro has some filthy bass at the forefront of his playful reworking of "Silo Pass", while the horns get teased in the appropriate places to great effect. Vjuan Allure instead focuses on dry beats working around a UK Funky template, with only scattered effects left to fill in the gaps. Bok Bok's own remix of "Charisma Theme" piles the tension on high with dread strings and a snappy dispersal of percussion. L-Vis 1990 gets jacking with his take on "Reminder", leaving it to Helix to delve into a funky techno rut to conquer "Look".
NS 010R
11 Jul 12
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Club Rez EP
Girl Unit - "Ensemble" (Club Mix) - (5:52) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Girl Unit - "Cake Boss" - (4:29) 130 BPM
Girl Unit - "Plaza" - (4:33) 129 BPM
Girl Unit - "Double Take" - (5:04) 135 BPM
Girl Unit - "Rezday" - (4:12) 140 BPM
Girl Unit - "Club Rez" - (5:16) 136 BPM
Review: After breaking through with some powerful EPs on Night Slugs, Girl Unit is back to continue what he started. Interestingly, the grimey element in his earlier output has been replaced by a screamingly loud electro influence, positioned in the kind of snappy funk favoured by EDMX and his Breakin Records posse. From "Ensemble (Club Mix)" to "Plaza", the sharp edges of the synth work chafe against crisp drum machine workouts, leaving six cold crush bangers in their wake. It's something of a departure for Girl Unit, but he's absolutely nailed the target sound with tracks that will absolutely tear up the dance.
NS 013
07 May 12
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Club Constructions Volume 1
Workout - (4:37) 130 BPM
Video Drone - (5:35) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Rubber Crash - (5:07)
Hard Drive - (5:16) 126 BPM
Girl Clap - (5:18) 128 BPM
Review: After the shimmering pop tendencies of his recent album and accompanying single, L-Vis 1990 hits up Night Slugs with five downright nasty slices of stern-faced jackhammer material. Whether it's the whumping bass of "Workout", the grinding hats of "Video Drone" or the more restrained techno of "Hard Drive", this is clearly a statement on how to make cruelly effective floor tracks with the DJ in mind. For a no-frills approach to tools, you'd be hard pressed to find a selection that slots in between the current mess of genres in clubs as easily as these grim rippers.
NSCC 001
16 Apr 12
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Dreama EP
Let You No - (6:06) 138 BPM
Stalker Ha - (3:49) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dreama - (4:58) 140 BPM
Hood By Air Theme - (4:44)
Played by: BIZT, Massacooramaan
Review: Having already bolstered the Night Slugs mission across an EP and occasional other appearances, Kingdom returns to his neon-lit home with more of that R&B flavoured business. "Let You No" rides one of those quintessential clean, precise dubstep beats that the NS crew love so well, while the melodies fall thick and bright around a decisive vocal rip. It's immaculately produced, while "Stalker Ha" manages to eke out more of an edge with some wild samples and hits over a more punchy UK Funky beat. "Dreama" sees Kingdom exploring his sound more, slowing the beat down to let his imaginative synth work fly free. Check it.
NS 012
21 Nov 11
UK Garage
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Wut (Claude Vonstroke Remix)
Wut (Claude Vonstroke Undressed mix) - (6:10) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Wut (Claude Vonstroke Butt Naked mix) - (6:11) 126 BPM
Review: Commonly regarded as the centrepiece of Night Slugs first year as a label, Girl Unit's incendiary ode to dirty south hip-hop is pretty much the epitome of a track that needs no extra embellishment. However we guess you can relent when Dirtybird deity Claude Von Stroke reveals an interest in tackling it. Thus Night Slugs present two of three Von Stroke remixes of the track - expect the third "Fully Dressed" version to appear on a forthcoming remix compilation. Strains of both the "Undressed" and "Butt Naked" remixes were heard several times over the Sonar weekend, and the titles lend some clues as to the stripped down nature of the results. The former slowly reveals an 8bit soaked variant on that distinct synth refrain over skeletal drums which explodes into brilliant colour at just the right moment. The Butt Naked remix is a far darker affair but no less potent.
NS 008R
28 Jun 11
UK Garage
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Southside EP
Charisma Theme - (6:58) 131 BPM
Hyperpass - (5:33) 134 BPM
Reminder - (5:31) 132 BPM
Silo Pass - (6:08) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Look (dub) - (4:30) 136 BPM
Review: Bok Bok has played a significant role in reinvigorating the contemporary bass music scene with the unique brand of neon-tinged grime/dubstep/house purveyed on the Night Slugs imprint he runs with L-Vis 1990. It's strange then to think that he hasn't graced the NS label with any original material of his own until now, but the Southside EP delivers on the hype and expectation that preceded the release. Kicking off with "Charisma Theme", it's all swirling, hazy atmospherics and taught chiming for the first part. Immediately demanding attention, the hollow thumping kicks of the intro swiftly build into a clipped, rolling riddim with clapping beats and quirky, fidgeting melody and undulating b-line below. "Hyperpass", up next, is a much deeper, darker beast, with ominous dread vocal, a dubbed out soundscape, the sound of rainfall and urgent, insistent beats pumping out menacingly. Moving on, "Reminder" is all hissing hats and searing snares, coupled with lassoing synths and a simple, repetitive bleepy melody. Then, there's "Silo Pass" with its scythe sharpening intro, and distant voices, weighty subs and rattling SFX, before grime-infused half step smasher "Look" concludes the EP, with poised and understated prowess.
NS 010
30 May 11
UK Garage
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Bible Eyes
Start From The Beginning - (3:00) 126 BPM
Bible Eyes - (6:15) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Chrysalis Records (feat Trust) - (3:22) 123 BPM
Liberation Front - (7:01) 126 BPM
Naples - (3:36) 121 BPM
Rooks Theme - (3:38) 126 BPM
Recital (A version) - (7:24) 128 BPM
Fuji Cub (feat Trust) - (4:48) 132 BPM
Barely - (3:57) 124 BPM
Recital (B version) - (3:36) 129 BPM
NSLP 001
07 Mar 11
UK Garage
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Night Slugs Allstars Volume 1
Mosca - "Square One VIP" - (5:58) 65 BPM
Lil Silva - "Golds To Get" - (4:30) 65 BPM
Girl Unit - "IRL" (Bok Bok remix) - (5:40) 136 BPM
Kingdom - "Bust Broke" - (4:25) 86 BPM
L-Vis 1990 & T. Williams - "Stand Up" - (5:21) 131 BPM
Jam City - "Arpjam" - (5:30) 85 BPM
Lil Silva - "Seasons" - (4:28) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Egyptrixx - "Liberation Front" - (7:00) 63 BPM
Bok Bok & Cubic Zirconia - "Reclash" (dub) - (5:45) 67 BPM
Optimum - "Broken Embrace" - (5:46) 135 BPM
Velour - "Booty Slammer" - (4:34) 135 BPM
Girl Unit - "Wut" - (6:58) 140 BPM
NSAS 0001
29 Nov 10
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Wut - (6:59) 70 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Every Time - (5:23) 68 BPM
Showstoppa - (5:02) 70 BPM
NS 008
25 Oct 10
Hip Hop/R&B
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