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HardcorePREORDER
Low Rider - (6:48) 135 BPM
Hardcore - (7:37) 131 BPM
Cherry On The Cake - (5:35) 128 BPM
Don't Know Why? - (6:57) 128 BPM
Review: Pilot is one of the many labels in the orbit of the unstoppable production force that is Burnski aka garage innovator Instinct. It deals in proper club tackle from a wide range of artists and here it is Hatori Hanso that offers up the brilliance. 'Low Rider' opens with a very familiar hook and some deep, deep half sung, half spoken vocal, before nimble live bass, brass and crispy breakbeats bring the party. 'Cherry On The Cake' is a lively house cut littered with James Brown samples and screwy synths that keep the pressure on. 'Don't Know Why?' closes proceedings in a more cool and breezy tech house mood with sci-fi designs, to complete a set of varied but reliable frug-starters.
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PILOT 16
10 May 24
Breakbeat
Check Me Out
Check Me Out - (6:50) 127 BPM Hot
Spark Plug - (6:54) 130 BPM
For You - (6:55) 130 BPM
What's That (refix) - (7:01) 128 BPM
Review: It's hard to keep up with the hugely prolific output of UK don Burnski and his several different labels these days but one thing is for sure - Pilot keeps on serving up the goods. For its 15th release, the tech and minimal focussed label welcomes Robin Graham who opens up with the lively and colourful synths of bustling groover 'Check Me Out'. 'Spark Plug' is more business-like, the dry drums and hits overlaid with retro chord stabs that amp up the crowd. 'For You' then gets loose and funky with some twisted and sugar synths over garage-flecked beats, while the refix of 'What's That' offers a jumbled percussive sound full of dynamism.
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PILOT 15
05 Apr 24
Minimal/Tech House
T Total
T Total - (6:16) 128 BPM Hot
Aphrodite Curse - (6:47) 132 BPM
With Me - (6:24) 130 BPM
Keep It - (7:00) 128 BPM
Review: The rather naughty Pilot label is back and ready to take you on a trip to the heart of the dancefloor here as Wodda steps up with more fresh garage, minimal and tech fusions. 'T Total' is a perfectly infectious swinger with rasping bass notes and crisp percussion that will get faces screwed up and floors pumping. 'Aphrodite Curse' picks up with more damn sexy sound designs and super silky grooves that will take any crowd for a cruise. There is some bright and old school piano action to 'With Me' while 'Keep It' then offers a turbocharged future house excursion that is all about the good times.
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PILOT 13
08 Mar 24
Minimal/Tech House
Breaks Away
North Phase - "Breaks Away" - (5:05) 132 BPM Hot
North Phase - "Sound Connection" - (6:06) 131 BPM
ADR - "Ned Flanders Hot Chocolate" - (5:50) 133 BPM
ADR - "Comet Relief" - (6:21) 131 BPM
Review: North Phase and ADR share duties on this four track split EP, each dropping two tracks, although all four of them are firm dancefloor-filling candidates. North Face's 'Breaks Away' adds a few retro rave flourishes to a beat that's a distant cousin of Zinc's '138 Trek' and a bouncy, bumping bass holding the whole thing together. 'Sound Connection' has a hypnotic charm that nods to Fluke and early Underworld, although choppier and less linear in rhythmic approach. Aside from being probably the best named track we've come across in 2024 so far, ADR's 'Ned Flanders Hot Chocolate' is skippy enough to be 4x4 garage but with its scratched asides and cheeky, funky b-line has a unique personality, while 'Comet Relief' nods to the progressive house of the early 90s with an unexpected xylophone-like twist. It's all good, as they used to say.
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PILOT 14
08 Mar 24
Breakbeat
Freekazoid
Freekazoid (Electro 'XXX' mix) - (6:16) 132 BPM
Freekazoid (Ruff mix) - (5:47) 130 BPM Hot
Rumpshaker (original mix) - (5:00) 131 BPM
Review: Locklead has previously endeared himself to the underground house world with nice classy cuts on labels like Hot Haus and Rawax. On Pilot though, he sets his sights on breakbeat and cooks up a tense, thumping and throwback rave sound. 'Freekazoid (Electro 'XXX' mix)' has stiff drums and sci-fi synths with spoken word vocals making for a fun atmosphere. The Ruff Mix is paired back, a driving groove with fresh drum sounds and withering chords. 'Rumpshaker' closes out with a rasping bassline skewing about the mix over more jacked-up and electro-fried drums.
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PILOT 12
08 Dec 23
Breakbeat
Got High Again
Got High Again - (6:02) 128 BPM
Weirdo - (6:52) 128 BPM Hot
Prospekt - (6:31) 133 BPM
Duck Concert - (6:22) 128 BPM
Review: Johannes Kolter is Kolter and is also a producer who went under the name DJOKO. He's been busy this year with plenty of goodness dropping including an album and three EPs. Now comes another, again on his home label Pilot. It is inventive stuff that functions well on the floor as it straddles the worlds of breaks, house and plenty more. 'Got High Again' is lively and dynamic with its squealing leads and dusty breaks, then 'Weirdo' layers up leftfield melodies and blurts of playful synth modulation. 'Prospekt' is a wild fusion of rock riffs and high-speed funky breaks and 'Duck Concert' closes with hardcore drum breaks and soulful synths next to mad scratching.
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PILOT 11
07 Apr 23
Breakbeat
Techno Life
Techno Life - (4:53) 135 BPM
Can't Stop Rocking - (5:00) 126 BPM Hot
Sorry You Had To Wait So Long - (5:46) 128 BPM
Review: Johannes Kolter is Kolter, as well as being the artist formerly known as DJOKO, and here he follows up on his very recent Between Fragments album with a cheeky three tracker, once again for the Pilot label. This EP kicks off with 'Techno Life', which ironically is a breaks/electro hybrid affair with all the hallmarks you could ask for from vocoder vocals to electronic cowbells. 'Can't Stop Rocking' borrows some serious chunks from a very famous electro record made by one of jazz music's legends - that description must surely narrows it down - and adds some tempo and the occasional vocal hook. Then we see proceedings drawn to a close by 'Sorry You Had To Wait So Long', every bit as lively as the other two, spaciously produced and peppered with the subtlest of electro flourishes. All round good work, you have to agree.
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PILOT 10
03 Mar 23
Electro
05
5 - (6:56) 128 BPM Hot
6 - (6:40) 125 BPM
7 - (6:01) 128 BPM
8 - (6:40) 128 BPM
Review: After this pair of Leeds residents made waves last November with their first EP for Pilot, Bobby O'Donnell and Reeshy return to lay down four new tracks that definitely stray towards the electro end of the breaks/electro spectrum. There's a sense of continuity, as the first EP's tracks (labelled 1-4) are followed here by tracks 5-8, as well as being executed with a proper human touch that not all such machinefunk can boast. '6' is full of spiralling Drexciyan mystery, before being pared down to an LFO-style bass prod. '8' also echoes the former legends of Leeds with its dreamy pads and acid backdrop - something in the local water supply. Definitely funky enough to keep the breaks DJs onside, but with a thorough knowledge of love of 40 years of electronic music heritage at its disposal too, this is one release you should make sure you not miss.
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PILOT 09
30 Sep 22
Breakbeat
Breakarama
Breakarama - (6:09) 128 BPM
Ghost In The Breaks - (5:30) 128 BPM
Get Out James! - (6:56) 128 BPM Hot
Horny Breakdancers - (5:23) 133 BPM
Review: Well this one is fun. And fun, just about, in a good way rather than stupid silly un-cool and uncouth fun. Kolter's Breakarama EP kicks off with the title track which makes use of the melodic motif from TV's much loved animation Futurama. It is sure to get some super reactions in the club with its playfulness and charm. 'Ghost In The Breaks' is more serious, with a slick and futuristic feeling breaks vibe then 'Get Out James!' is another laugh that makes use of the iconic riff from James Bond over some sleazy and dark UKG. 'Horny Breakdancers' is an airy, uplifting one to close.
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PILOT 08
05 Aug 22
Breakbeat
Between Fragments
Rest - (6:29) 150 BPM
Passenger - (4:21) 128 BPM
Journey - (4:32) 113 BPM
Seducer - (5:23) 132 BPM Hot
Roboflow - (5:24) 129 BPM
Systematic - (4:26) 130 BPM
Went Too Far - (5:59) 124 BPM
Do Not Resist - (6:01) 133 BPM
Ying Yang - (5:25) 130 BPM
Neintien Eyti - (5:45) 134 BPM
Illumination - (5:59) 134 BPM
Stay With Me Forever - (5:53) 128 BPM
Lights On - (6:36) 127 BPM
Review: Johannes Kolter is Kolter, an artist formerly known as DJOKO, and now a hotly tipped breaks and garage head who has already got plenty of attention. Here though he makes a grand and widescreen statement with the first full length release on the Pilot label. It is a stylish and adventurous album with plenty of killer cuts from the downbeat hip hop opener to the deep house delights of 'Journey' via the elastic and energetic future house kicks of 'Roboflow.' Showcasing both a knack for well craft synths and expert drum programming precisions, this record plays out like a mini DJ set with all the twists and turns you need to keep you on your toes and fully engaged.
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PILOTLP 01
08 Jul 22
Breakbeat
Ying Yang
Ying Yang - (5:25) 130 BPM Hot
Drop De Tiddies - (7:49) 132 BPM
Review: Cologne's DJOKO has been exploring breakbeats and electro formations under the Kolter banner over the past couple of years, dropping some serious heat on Talman, Pilot and Body Movement. It's Pilot he returns to for this bang tidy two tracker of taut and crisp breaks which wouldn't sound out of place in a Plump DJs set circa 2005. 'Ying Yang' slips some vocodered spirituality in amongst a punchy beat and warm splashes of analogue synth work. The slightly saucier 'Drop De Tiddies' rides a break and works an old-skool hip hop sample before ripping into some chirpy lead lines, making for a fun and fruity dancefloor delight.
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PILOT 07
06 May 22
Breakbeat
Seducer
Seducer - (5:23) 132 BPM
Neintien Eyti - (5:45) 134 BPM
Gifting - (5:45) 134 BPM Hot
Closing Time - (6:00) 135 BPM
Review: DJOKO hops back into his Kolter guise after an excellent release on a split EP with Robert James for Body Movement. Now he gets his fourth appearance for Pilot, and he wastes no time in getting the party started with the wiggy breakbeat house trance trip of 'Seducer'. By way of contrast, 'Neintien Eyti' creates a uniquely bubbly kind of happy house with splashes of acid and breakbeat. 'Gifting' strips things back to a cool-headed garage shuffle, and then 'Closing Time' freaks the funk back in once more for some organ-led fun and games.
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PILOT 06
11 Mar 22
Breakbeat
1
1 - (5:55) 130 BPM
2 - (6:04) 128 BPM Hot
3 - (7:06) 124 BPM
4 - (6:21) 126 BPM
Review: Last seen sharing space with 100Hz and Voightmann on his own E Numbers imprint a couple of years back, Bobby O'Donnell resurfaces via a collaborative outing with Reeshy, a fellow Leeds resident who is seen by many as a rising star of the Yorkshire scene. In keeping with the PILOT label's breakbeat-driven, retro-futurist feel, each of the four cuts on show doff a cap to turn of the '90s rave culture. This is arguably best exemplified by weighty, funky and spacey bleep & breaks jam '2', though the arguably even more sub-heavy, UK garage influenced opener '1' comes a close second. Elsewhere, '3' delivers subtle nods towards Rob Gordon and Richard H Kirk's short-lived XON project (look it up, kids) while '4' is an acid-flecked warehouse shuffler.
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PILOT 05
04 Feb 22
Breakbeat
Do Not Resist
Do Not Resist - (6:01) 133 BPM
April Funk - (5:08) 131 BPM
Roboflow - (5:24) 129 BPM Hot
Forest - (6:00) 133 BPM
Played by: DJ Mau Mau
Review: Kolter serves up four grooves blending streamlined beats with cheeky funk swagger. Opener 'Do Not Resist' brings us breakbeat mischief and heaps of hip-hop attitude. 'April Funk' adds a few P Funk touches to a stripped down DJ track that's not exactly frills free but definitely shaped for action in the mix. There's more of an 80's synth flavour to 'Roboflow', although the more robotic tendencies are played off with funky keys, while 'Forest' takes a more chilled route to satisfaction, nodding at Kraftwerk's bittersweet melodies without overtly aping them.
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PILOT 04
22 Nov 21
Breakbeat
Electronic Funk
Electronic Funk - (6:12) 133 BPM Hot
D1000 - (4:57) 126 BPM
Escape & Evasion - (6:44) 133 BPM
Halo - (5:20) 128 BPM
Played by: DJ Mau Mau
Review: Pilot comes correct with a third release in quick succession. We were big fans of the first two and this one is another muscular, action packed slab of wax from North Phase. Once again he draws on many different genres to cook up his floor filling beats. 'Electronic Funk' is a bit of a throw back to when the Plump DJs were good, while 'D1000' then gets more down and dirty on scuzzy bass and electro pops. 'Escape & Evasion' is the most heady of the lot with its sparse atmosphere and old school breaks and 'Halo' closes on a cosmic borne beat wig out.
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PILOT 03
27 Sep 21
Breakbeat
VA
North Phase - "Feel It" - (6:36) 126 BPM
North Phase - "Escape From Planet X" - (5:30) 129 BPM
Kolter - "B2R" - (5:35) 126 BPM Hot
Kolter - "Systematic" - (4:26) 130 BPM
Played by: DJ Mau Mau
Review: Earlier in the year, we heaped tons of praise on the booming, breakbeat-driven first EP from Pilot, which showcased a quartet of killer cuts from Johannes Kolter. He returns to action on this EP, offering up the funky, sample-heavy electro/breaks fusion of 'B2R' (think Layo & Bushwacka's classic material and you're close) and the more spacey, electro-focused bubbliness of 'Systematic'. While they're both very good, we'd argue that North Phase's two tracks are even better. Choose between the dubby and hypnotic breakbeat-house roll of 'Feel It', and 'Escape From Planet X', a deeper, more bass-heavy chunk of breakbeat pleasure that comes complete with fizzing electronic noises, deep bass and some suitably trippy synth sounds.
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PILOT 02
13 Sep 21
Breakbeat
Went Too Far
Went Too Far - (5:59) 124 BPM Hot
Get Into It - (5:00) 135 BPM
Selectoor - (5:18) 133 BPM
Illumination - (5:59) 134 BPM
Played by: DJ Mau Mau
Review: Cologne's Johannes Kolter made his name as DJOKO, but his most recent outing under that alias for Talman Records also included a pair of tracks credited to Kolter. It's that artistic alias he's chosen to use on this single, which introduces the world to debutant imprint PILOT. It's an EP that's well worth checking out, not least for deliciously bass-heavy opener 'Went Too Far', a weighty, stab-happy and sample-heavy affair that recalls the occasional electro tracks made by early blepe & bass and hardcore producers. Garage-influenced breakbeat workout 'Get Into It' is another funk-fuelled treat, while jungle-influenced breaks shuffler 'Selectoor'[sic] is a bass-heavy beast. The German successfully rounds off a fine EP via 'Illumination', which reminded us a little of Orbital's most melodious early moments.
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PILOT 01
16 Apr 21
Breakbeat
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