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Razor-N-Tape is a Brooklyn-based label that releases feel-good disco and deep house that is, as label heads JKriv and Aaron Dae put it: ‘Good for dance!’. Founded in 2012, and oozing with funk and soul, the label has released beautiful beats from the likes of: COEO, Fouk, Junktion, Ron Basejam, Eli Escobar, Lovebirds, DJ Vas and more.
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Times Are Changing
Times Are Changing (vocal) - (5:13) 120 BPM Hot
Times Are Changing (instrumental) - (5:13) 120 BPM
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RNTD109S 1
19 Jun 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Bukom Mashie (JKriv Reworks)
Bukom Mashie (JKriv 7" Mash) - (4:58) 124 BPM
Bukom Mashie (feat Domenica Fossati - JKriv Acid dub) - (4:48) 124 BPM
Bukom Mashie (feat Domenica Fossati - JKriv extended Acid dub) - (6:34) 124 BPM Hot
Played by: Dicky Trisco
Review: J Kriv first reworked Oscar Sulley and the Uhuru Dance Band's 'Bukom Mashie', a much-loved big band highlife workout from the 1970s, almost a decade ago. Then, he re-edited it; this time round, he's delivered a trio of peak-time ready remixes. There's a '7" Mash' version in which the Razor N Tape co-founder underpins the original mix's heady horns, gravelly lead vocals and infectious highlife groove with a stomping beat, but it's the two 'Acid Dub' versions - and particularly the extended offering - that really hit home hard. J Kriv dances through elongated sections of lightly tooled-up highlife-disco before unleashing waves of psychedelic, mind-mangling acid lines and extended flute solos. A simple idea executed brilliantly.
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RNTD 108
07 Jun 24
Funky/Club House
Wabi Soba (Jex Opolis Remix)
Wabi Soba (Jex Opolis remix) - (6:31) 121 BPM
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RNTD110S 1
05 Jun 24
Deep House
Bukom Mashie (JKriv Acid Dub)
Bukom Mashie (JKriv Acid dub) - (4:48) 124 BPM
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RNTD108S 1
24 May 24
Funky/Club House
Habita Remixes
Pahua, La Perla & Captain Planet - "Espantapajaros" (Captain Planet remix - extended version) - (4:25) 62 BPM Hot
Pahua, Acid Coco & Tigerbalm - "Pa'lante" (Tigerbalm remix) - (5:12) 58 BPM
Pahua, NIKOLA & Clive From Accounts - "Cana Brava" (Clive From Accounts remix) - (4:57) 105 BPM
Pahua & JKriv - "Porque Yo" (JKriv remix - extended version) - (6:34) 123 BPM
Pahua, EnSkay & Prince Of Queens - "Calla" (Prince Of Queens dub - extended mix) - (6:03) 60 BPM
Pahua, La Perla & Poirier - "Espantapajaros" (Poirier remix) - (4:33) 120 BPM
Pahua, Paz Court & John Beltran - "Flor De Jazmin" (John Beltran remix) - (5:52) 100 BPM
Pahua & Belmar - "Porque Yo" (Belmar remix) - (3:33) 100 BPM
Review: Mexican artist Pahua's 2020 debut album 'Habita' did a brilliant job in blending modern Latin folk and pop sounds, bringing her to the attention of the 'outer-national' music community. Razor N Tape founders Aaron Dae and J Kriv were fans, so persuaded her to allow them to get it remixed for the dancefloor. The results, as showcased on this album, are genuinely excellent. For proof, check John Beltran's sun-soaked Afro-Cuban take on 'Flor De jazmin', J Kriv's sparkling nu-disco-goes-bruk revision of 'Porque Yo', Tigerbalm's stripped bacl dub disco-goes-tango rework of 'Pa'lante' and Clive From Accounts' pitched-down Balearic house re-wire of 'Cana Brava'.
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RNTD 106
03 May 24
Funky/Club House
The World
The World - (4:03) 120 BPM
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RNTR071S 1
26 Apr 24
Deep House
79.5 Remixes
79.5 & Malik Hendricks - "Feel Like Dancin'" (Malik Hendricks remix - extended version) - (5:24) 120 BPM
79.5 & JKriv - "Our Hearts Didn't Go That Way" (JKriv remix) - (5:10) 124 BPM
79.5 & Jubilee - "B.D.F.Q." (Jubilee remix) - (4:23) 135 BPM
Feel Like Dancin' (Generalisation dub) - (6:48) 100 BPM Hot
B.D.F.Q. (FSQ remix - extended version) - (7:41) 110 BPM
Review: NYC combo 79.5 are, like Midnight Magic and Escort before them, a live outfit whose trademark sound and output is shaped by the rich musical history of the city they call home. That superb sound was outlined on last year's eponymous debut album, tracks from which appear in remixed form on this must-check EP. There are two takes on previous single 'Feel Like Dancin': an extended deep house take by Malik Hendricks with added Afro-house percussion, and an impressive low-tempo chugger titled the 'Generalisation Dub'. 'B.D.F.Q' also comes in two contrasting variations: the spacey electro-meets-ghetto-house flex of the Jubilee Remix, and an extended version of FSQ's Midnight Magic style neo-disco interpretation. A percussive and joyous J Kriv house revision of 'Our Hearts Didn't Go That Way' completes a fine package.
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RNTD 105
12 Apr 24
Deep House
Pa'lante (Tigerbalm Remix)
Pa'lante (Tigerbalm remix) - (5:12) 58 BPM
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Gledd
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RNTD106S 2
05 Apr 24
International
Espantapajaros
Espantapajaros (Captain Planet remix) - (4:25) 62 BPM
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RNTD106S 1
22 Mar 24
International
B.D.F.Q. (Jubilee Remix)
B.D.F.Q. (Jubilee remix) - (4:23) 135 BPM
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RNTD105S 2
15 Mar 24
Deep House
We Live In The Hills EP
Melon Steppin - (7:01) 106 BPM
Save Me - (3:48) 115 BPM
We Live In The Hills - (5:23) 106 BPM Hot
Sixth Bridge - (4:22) 112 BPM
Review: An international meeting of the minds here as Japan-based British veteran Max Essa joins forces with Eddie C, who hails from Ontario in Canada but now calls Berlin home. Together they've come up with four classy jams that blur the lines between Balearica, nu-disco and deep house, with 'Melon Steppin' centred on a fragile keys riff but busting out some fine 303 squelch in the middle, 'Save Me' a more mellow and soulful affair with hints of jazz-funk, 'We Live In the Hills' all ponderous drums, haunting chords and more squelchy synths, and 'Sixth Bridge' a more midtempo, vaguely lounge-y closer.
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RNTD 104
08 Mar 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Feel Like Dancin' (Malik Hendricks Remix)
Feel Like Dancin' (Malik Hendricks Remix) (extended version) - (5:24) 120 BPM
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RNTD105S1D
01 Mar 24
Deep House
Feel Like Dancin' (Malik Hendricks Remix)
Feel Like Dancin' (Malik Hendricks remix) - (5:24) 120 BPM
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RNTD 105S1
01 Mar 24
Deep House
Save Me
Save Me - (3:48) 115 BPM
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RNTD 104S2
16 Feb 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Save Me
Save Me - (3:48) 115 BPM
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RNTD104S 2
16 Feb 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Flutes Of Gold EP
Flutes Of Gold - (7:02) 119 BPM Hot
Right Beside Me - (6:06) 122 BPM
Homage To Bossa - (8:08) 123 BPM
Acid Party At Santa Barbara - (4:29) 122 BPM
Played by: Superbreak
Review: Felipe Gordon may be a confirmed label-hopper - in the last 12 months alone he's appeared on Clone Royal Oak, Toucan Sounds and Shall Not Fade - but he's also Mr Consistency. Predictably, this return to New York's Razor N Tape imprint is full to bursting with tried-and-tested dancefloor treats. Gordon is at his expressive, musically expansive best on 'Flutes of Gold', where vibraphone and synth solos stretch out over a lolloping deep house beat and warming electric piano chords, while 'Right Beside Me' is an infectious, low-slung, sample-heavy jazz-house delight. To round off the EP, Gordon smothers a luscious deep house groove with extended organ solos ('Homage to Bossa'), before taking us deep into space via the wild TB-303 motifs, pots-and-pans beats and shimmering chords of 'Acid Party at Santa Barbara'.
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RNTD 103
09 Feb 24
Deep House
Melon Steppin
Melon Steppin - (7:01) 106 BPM
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RNTD 104S1
07 Feb 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Melon Steppin
Melon Steppin - (7:01) 106 BPM
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RNTD104S 1
07 Feb 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Homage To Bossa
Homage To Bossa - (8:08) 123 BPM
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RNTD103S 2
02 Feb 24
Deep House
Flutes Of Gold
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RNTD103S 1
26 Jan 24
Deep House
Family Affair Vol 3
Various
Free Magic & Catamaran - "Info At" - (5:55) 123 BPM
Yuu Udagawa - "2Gether" - (6:22) 121 BPM
Cor.Ece & Dave Giles II - "Possibly Impossible" (Ezel dub) - (8:31) 124 BPM
Guinu - "Amanha" (Bruce Leroys remix) - (6:32) 116 BPM
Gene Tellem - "Distance" - (7:37) 119 BPM
JKriv - "Better Than Her" (feat Saucy Lady & Tortured Soul) - (4:37) 116 BPM
Prince Of Queens - "Mucho Corazon" - (5:34) 121 BPM
Kim Anh - "In The Stars" - (5:06) 116 BPM
Misiu - "Doctor's Orders" - (6:38) 120 BPM
Flamingo Pier - "Wrapped In Nothing" - (4:50) 124 BPM
Ralph Session - "Brooklyn Disco" - (5:47) 127 BPM Hot
Atilla Ural & The Flair - "Young Gem" - (4:48) 124 BPM
Cody Currie - "Ghost" - (4:49) 126 BPM
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RNTD 102
15 Dec 23
Deep House
Cody Currie EP
Everynight (feat Stee Downes & MiK) - (5:23) 120 BPM
Yes Bruv (feat MiK) - (4:17) 119 BPM
Holding On (feat Marlena Dae) - (3:32) 159 BPM
Hot Water (feat Cor.Ece) - (4:56) 124 BPM
Furball (feat Ally Mcmahon) - (2:44) 105 BPM
Everynight (feat Stee Downes & MiK - Vincenzo remix) - (6:15) 120 BPM Hot
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RNTD 101
01 Dec 23
Deep House
Tu Tak Tu Tak Tutiyan (Elado Remixes)
Tu Tak Tu Tak Tutiyan (Elado's Gulab Jamun rework) - (4:07) 123 BPM Hot
Tu Tak Tu Tak Tutiyan (Elado's 4 A.M. mix) - (4:45) 123 BPM
Review: Since it first appeared a couple of years ago, Elado's 'Gulab Jamun' rework of Nadeem Khan's 'Bollywood disco' classic 'Tu Tak Tu Tak Tutiyan' has become a firm favourite on dancefloors around the world. Here it returns to Razor-N-Tape via an officially licensed reissue. That take - a squelchy, acid-flecked stomper that puts Nadeem Khan's infectious lead vocals front and centre, alongside jacking drums, looped sections of the original instrumentations and wiggly TB-303 motifs - naturally opens proceedings. It's followed by the previously unheard '4AM Mix', a more intoxicating, exotic and mind-altering dub-style remix that naturally makes more of Elado's bassline and savage acid tweakery. In a word: essential!
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RNTD 100
03 Nov 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Beneath The Neon EP
How 2 Feel - (4:40) 120 BPM
Remedy - (4:25) 124 BPM
Beneath The Neon - (4:38) 118 BPM
Remedy (GUakaCVO Stank Face mix) - (7:05) 124 BPM
Flamingo Pier & Steve Monite - "Remedy" (JKriv Disco dub) - (6:00) 124 BPM Hot
Review: Flamingo Pier, the disco-boogie sensation from New Zealand, takes a transatlantic journey with their latest Beneath the Neon EP for Razor-N-Tape. Recognised for their electrifying parties in East London and their hometown festival appearances - this Kiwi collective serves up three fresh tracks that both reinforce and broaden their trademark danceable indie-soul & groove. The lead single, "How 2 Feel" delves into the club realm with a pulsating house rhythm paired by angular synth stabs, horn lines, and infectious vocal chants. "Beneath the Neon" and "Remedy" stay true to Flamingo Pier's signature disco-dance style, featuring more vocal hooks, funky guitar riffs to boot, and some mighty fine Luke Walker production. To top it off, the EP includes remixes by Chicago house legend Glenn Underground and RNT co-head JKriv, who welcomes in some extra Afro-boogie royalty in Steve Monite for a guest appearance. Drenched in sun-soaked vibes, Beneath the Neon is the ideal soundtrack for basking in the dog days of a summer afternoon.
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RNTD 099
15 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
11pm - 'Til
When The Night Is Right - (5:46) 107 BPM Hot
11pm - 'Til - (4:44) 115 BPM
First On The Floor - (5:35) 117 BPM
Whirlwind - (5:10) 121 BPM
Take The Low Roads Home - (4:45) 112 BPM
Last One Dancing - (5:16) 99 BPM
Review: The illustrious Razor-N-Tape label once again demonstrates its unyielding dedication to exceptional music with a captivating debut from Hiatt dB. With releases on esteemed imprints like Rhythm Section and his own Mystery Zone label, Texan talent Hiatt dB's debut on Razor-N-Tape introduces us to a scintillating six-track mini album titled "11pm - 'Til," an electrifying odyssey that traverses the sonic landscapes of funk, house, acid, breaks, disco, and boogie. The album's opener, "When The Night Is Right", sets the stage with an irresistible allure, inviting dancers to surrender to the rhythm and embrace the night. "First On The Floor" unfurls with spaced-out boogie beats, evoking visions of a cosmic dance party where the boundaries of time and space dissolve. "Take The Low Roads Home" exudes slow-motion house sleaze, pulling us into a hypnotic state of groove. Hiatt dB's musical prowess shines brilliantly on "11pm - 'Til," demonstrating a masterful command over a spectrum of genres. A synthesis of influences, from the raw energy of breaks to the nostalgic charm of disco, creates a symphony that is both captivating and compelling.
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RNTD 098
25 Aug 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Freak At Night EP
Freak At Night - (4:47) 122 BPM
Bit-O-Honey - (4:24) 116 BPM Hot
Review: RNT welcomes Amy Douglas - of Horse Meat Disco, DFA, Soul Clap and Tiger Sushi fame - to their label with a double dose rough-n-tumble NYC disco heat. Amy's distinctive vocal swagger and songwriting talent shines through on this EP, co-written and produced by Razor-N-Tape co-honcho JKriv. Both tracks are bass-heavy ear-worms, serving as wickedly naughty party starters. With Freaks At Night delivering a pair of future modern disco classics to ignite dance floors, get your vocal-led bassline and pianos from "Freak At Night" with some sultry drums and percussion in "Bit-O-Honey".
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RNTD 097
26 Jul 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Nina EP
Tigerbalm & Farafi - "Nina" - (6:31) 123 BPM Hot
Tigerbalm & Les Amazones D'Afrique - "Sisters" - (4:57) 131 BPM
Tigerbalm & Farafi - "Nina" (Elado remix) - (6:56) 123 BPM
Tigerbalm & Farafi - "Nina" (Voilaaa remix) - (4:49) 123 BPM
Review: Following on from the release of her debut album last year and its 'Remixes' counterpart in May, Rose Robinson AKA Tigerbalm now returns with two fresh tracks that once again showcase female vocalists from around the world. 'Nina' finds her collaborating with transnational duo Farafi, while the accompanying 'Sisters' is graced by pan-African supergroup Les Amazones d'Afrique. Both tracks are rooted firmly in traditional African music, with 'Nina' a percussive, chanted affair while 'Sisters' has a more lilting, singsong kinda vibe, but 'Nina' also gets a brace of more house-oriented remixes courtesy of Tel Aviv's Elado (a Razor-N-Tape regular) and Bruno Hovart's Voilaaa project.
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RNTD 096
28 Jun 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
The One (Reznik & Mikesh Remix)
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RNTD 095
19 May 23
Deep House
79.5
Club Level - (4:13) 116 BPM Hot
B.D.F.Q. - (3:26) 81 BPM
Feel Like Dancin' - (3:44) 93 BPM
As I Wait 4 Your Love - (3:38) 89 BPM
Stereo In The Window - (4:48) 82 BPM
79.5 (feat LaDawn Black) - (1:17) 91 BPM
Our Hearts Didn't Go That Way (feat Durand Jones) - (2:04) 125 BPM
Long Term Parking - (4:08) 71 BPM
So Real - (3:11) 106 BPM
Magazine - (3:46) 76 BPM
Fight Or Fall - (4:16) 131 BPM
Review: Brooklyn-based five-piece 79.5, headed up by singer, songwriter and bandleader Kate Mattison, released their debut long-player 'Predictions' on Big Crown Records in 2018 and now, five years on, they follow it up with their self-titled sophomore outing on Razor-N-Tape. '79.5' opens with the sax-sporting late-night dancefloor groover 'Club Level', but after that the tempo seldom goes much beyond walking pace, making this an album that's probably best suited to post-club listening, with one slow jam after another bringing hints of R&B, smooth jazz and bittersweet Adult Oriented Pop, and with an 80s-sounding sax line never far away. It'll be too polite for some - the sweary 'B.D.F.Q' notwithstanding - but you just KNOW babies will be made to this...
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RNTD 094
05 May 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Lovetempo EP
The One - (4:59) 110 BPM
What To Do But Love You - (4:58) 107 BPM
There's No You - (4:16) 100 BPM
The Sun - (4:55) 120 BPM
The Sun (Yuksek remix) - (5:22) 116 BPM Hot
Turnaround - (4:54) 116 BPM
Turnaround (Nick Catchdubs remix) - (5:01) 116 BPM
Review: What we have here is the first-ever release from Lovetempo, a new solo project from Mattie Safer, who's best known as the bassist for NYC punk-funk outfit The Rapture, as well as his slo-mo stylings under the Poolside moniker. On this evidence, Lovetempo will slot in neatly between the two: less strident and attitude-y than the former but more dancefloor-oriented than the latter. Most of the EP's five original cuts sit somewhere between Balearica, indie soul and melancholy electronic pop, but it's Nick Catchdubs' stripped n' strutty, 80s-flavoured remix of 'Turnaround' that stands out to these ears.
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RNTD 093
28 Apr 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Looking In EP
Looking In - (5:08) 118 BPM
Sleazy - (3:50) 118 BPM Hot
Your Distraction - (4:01) 124 BPM
Sleazy (Nenor remix) - (5:00) 122 BPM
Looking In (Clive From Accounts remix) - (5:59) 118 BPM
Review: Underground System, a quintet based in Brooklyn makes a comeback on local label Razor-N-Tape with their impressive five-track release called "The Looking In EP." This release offers a unique fusion of Balearic grooves, left-field funk, and up-tempo backbeats that showcase the distinct US sound. The band's signature use of flute and synth soundscapes, driving percussion, and catchy vocal hooks is prominent in all tracks, ensuring a groovy and captivating listening experience. Furthermore, RNT regulars Nenor and Clive From Accounts have contributed two club-ready remixes, taking the tracks to even greater heights of dancefloor appeal
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RNTD 092
26 Apr 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
I Found Love
I Found Love (Perel remix) - (6:56) 126 BPM
I Found Love - (7:31) 126 BPM
I Found Love (Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca Erodiscotique remix) - (6:57) 126 BPM Hot
I Found Love (Sophie Lloyd remix) - (8:48) 126 BPM
Review: Midnight Magic brings some hot and love-filled vibes to Razor-N-Tape's new EP. Kicking things off is a sensational remix by Perel of their hit track 'I Found Love,' which is a powerful and emotional disco-house anthem that will have you reaching for the sky with a rush of energy. The original version of the track is a bit more subdued but still exudes an infectious party spirit. Next up, Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca offer their cosmic touch with a subtle but groovy Erodiscotique remix. Finally, Sophie Lloyd takes the reins with her glossy synth work on her remix, adding her own spin to this already sensational release. Get ready to experience a musical journey filled with passion, energy, and pure disco magic!
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RNTD 090
05 Apr 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Burning Bridges EP
Burning Bridges - (4:01) 100 BPM
Burning Bridges (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (8:58) 109 BPM Hot
It Was The Summer - (3:53) 113 BPM
It Was The Summer (Each Other remix) - (7:42) 115 BPM
Review: Last heard collaborating with Horse Meat Disco on Glitterbox (2021's 'Sanctuary'), New York collective Phenomenal Handclap Band have decided to showcase their new material on a growing NYC institution: Aaron Dae and J Kriv's popular Razor N Tape imprint. They're in fine form on title track 'Burning Bridges', a squelchy, lyrically bittersweet chunk of disco-boogie revivalism that's as stylish and classy as they come. Norwegian master Prins Thomas provides a pleasingly extended, Clavinet-heavy dancefloor tweak for those that want bolder disco thrills, before the band offers up the psychedelic and Balearic experimentation of 'It Was The Summer'. That, too, comes backed by a fine remix: the squelchy, mind-mangling, TB-303 driven acid thrills of the Each Other mix.
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RNTD 089
10 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Club Level
Club Level (original mix) - (4:14) 116 BPM Hot
Club Level (Eli Escobar remix) - (4:57) 116 BPM
Review: Two mixes to choose from of this latest bullet from 79.5, a New York outfit whose line-up includes Dap Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss. In its Original form, 'Club Level' sits somewhere between 80s boogie and the smooth jazz-funk of the same era, being a languid affair that's driven along by a moody bassline, haunting keys and airy fem vox with a "say you wanna, say you wanna fly" chorus, while a droning sax lends proceedings an almost cinematic air. Eli Escobar's remix swaps out the beat for something a tad livelier, drops the sax drone and adds analogue synth sparkles to give the track a more straight-up nu disco feel.
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RNTD 087
21 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Family Affair Vol 2
Various
Boo Williams - "Besty Smith" - (6:57) 124 BPM
SMTHNG SMTIME, Megatronic & Edseven - "Luck (With You)" - (4:07) 120 BPM
Ben Sun - "Harvest" - (7:06) 126 BPM
Nenor - "Do You Remember" (feat Jenny Penkin - Red Axes remix) - (5:24) 124 BPM Hot
Frank Booker - "Time Won't Wait" - (5:26) 120 BPM
JKriv - "Your Love Is The Sun" - (6:01) 112 BPM
Philippa - "Things I'd Like To Be" - (4:12) 124 BPM
JKriv & Brandon Markell Holmes - "Something Else" (Peter Matson remix) - (6:01) 122 BPM
Lovetempo - "Turnaround" - (4:54) 116 BPM
Underground System - "Into The Fire" (Mike Misiu remix) - (9:12) 123 BPM
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RNTD 088
16 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Palago Remixes
Palago (Jose Marquez remix) - (8:10) 118 BPM
Haja Fe (Faze Action remix) - (5:16) 105 BPM Hot
Electromandinga (Diogo Strausz remix) - (6:22) 119 BPM
Portao De Ferro (Carrot Green Dance mix) - (6:34) 118 BPM
Palago (SekoBass remix) - (2:45) 111 BPM
Review: Pedro Guinu's first album for Razor N Tape, 'Palago', was a wholehearted tribute to Brazilian music of the 1970s and '80s that we'd argue is one of the slept-on sets of 2021. This follow-up EP brings the Brazilian's trademark sound bang up to date via a wealth of quietly impressive remixes. Jose Marquez kicks things off with a fine revision of the title track that sits somewhere between classic Azymuth, nu-disco and samba, before Faze Action deliver a groove-driven, Clav-happy Balearic disco rework of 'Haje Fe'. Elsewhere, Diogo Strausz steals the show with a percussion and synth-laden revision of 'Electromandinga' hat straddles jazz-funk and synth-boogie, Carrot Green dances his way through a squelchy house-not-house revision of 'Portao De Ferro', and SekoBass opts for a hot-stepping, sun-soaked sound on a fine re-wire of 'Palago'.
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RNTD 085
02 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Dance To Keep From Crying (Extended)
Cor.Ece & JKriv - "Dance To Keep From Crying" (extended mix) - (7:58) 121 BPM
Cor.Ece & Danny Kane - "What's The Word" (original mix) - (4:51) 117 BPM
Cor.Ece & Dave Giles II - "Possibly Impossible" (Crackazat dub) - (5:08) 122 BPM Hot
Cor.Ece & Dave Giles II - "Possibly Impossible" (extended mix) - (6:47) 120 BPM
Cor.Ece & Danny Kane - "What's The Word" (Bad Colours remix) - (3:50) 121 BPM
Review: Sometime Honey Dijon collaborator Cor.Ece impressed us back in the summer with the 'Dance To Keep From Crying EP'. This speedy sequel sports a mixture of extended takes of tracks from that set, and remixes of others. The extended take on the title track, made in cahoots with Razor N Tape co-founder J Kriv, is simply gorgeous: a fine mix of proto-house, boogie and nu-disco sounds topped off with a genuinely soulful lead vocal. Acid-flecked, piano-sporting soulful deep house cut 'What's The Word' (with Danny Kane) is tastefully extended before Bad Colours delivers a sub-heavy, Todd Edwards-inspired revision. Dave Giles II hook-up 'Possibly Impossible', a squelchy bass-propelled nu-disco-meets-house number, is not only extended by also remixed by Crackazat, who gives it a jazzy, Rhodes-laden, Afro-tinged deep house flavour.
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RNTD 086
18 Nov 22
Deep House
Palago
Palago - (3:19) 111 BPM Hot
Portao De Ferro - (3:24) 57 BPM
Haja Fe - (3:01) 93 BPM
Eletromandinga - (2:00) 128 BPM
Ceu De Sangue - (3:23) 110 BPM
Amanha - (2:34) 83 BPM
Raridade - (2:59) 87 BPM
Achei Amor - (3:22) 74 BPM
Joana Joa - (2:36) 95 BPM
Chorando Pitanga - (3:28) 111 BPM
Review: Here we have the debut long player from Pedro Guinu, a Brazilian artist who's currently based in Rio De Janeiro. The album, intended as a tribute to the greats of the Brazilian scene of the 70s, was recorded live in the studio and as such captures the raw, organic feel of recordings of that era well. Obviously, it'll be of most interest to Brazilian music buffs, but good places to start for the rest of us would be the slightly funkier 'Raridade', the hip hop-leaning 'Joana Joa' or the bruk beat-ish 'Electromandinga', the latter making great use of what sounds like a feedback hum.
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RNTD 083
28 Sep 22
International
On That Day EP
And Others - (6:06) 123 BPM
Gonna Do - (6:32) 117 BPM Hot
On That Day - (6:28) 121 BPM
Fire & Water - (5:50) 120 BPM
Review: The 54th release on Razor 'N' Tape's original production-focused 'Reserve' offshoot is a belated digital edition of Nenor's first outing for the imprint, On That Day, which first surfaced on vinyl nearly two years ago. It remains a brilliant four-tracker all told, with the Israeli producer confidently strutting between jazzy, jammed-out and pleasingly organic disco/deep house fusion (spacey synth solo-laden opener 'And Others'), analogue bass-propelled early morning deep house bliss ('Gonna Do'), jazz-flecked sunshine brilliance (the jazz-funk leaning, life-affirming giddiness of the title track) and low-slung, late-night goodness (the slightly dubbed-out, filter-sporting haziness of 'Fire & Water').
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RNTD 054
09 Sep 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Dance To Keep From Crying EP
Possibly Impossible (feat Dave Giles II) - (4:26) 120 BPM
Nothing But Me - (3:52) 110 BPM Hot
Soul Train Babies (pt 1 - feat Darrell J. Hunt) - (1:25) 110 BPM
Sky85 - (4:01) 115 BPM
Soul Train Babies (pt 2 - feat Darrell J. Hunt) - (0:48) 121 BPM
Dance To Keep From Crying (feat JKriv) - (3:55) 121 BPM
What's The Word (feat Danny Kane) - (4:51) 117 BPM
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RNTD 082
12 Aug 22
Funky/Club House
Something Else EP
Something Else (feat Brandon Markell Holmes) - (6:09) 122 BPM
Try Again (feat Phenomenal Handclap Band & Nic Hanson) - (5:18) 116 BPM Hot
Shoulda Been Me (feat Toribio - original mix) - (6:20) 118 BPM
Shoulda Been Me (feat Toribio - Alton Miller remix) - (6:30) 118 BPM
Review: The Brooklyn-based producer, DJ, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist JKriv steps in on his own label Razor-N-Tape to deliver a trio of all-original cuts on his Something Else EP. Starting with the late night boogie-down vibe of 'Something Else' featuring totally electrifying vocals by Brandon Markell Holmes. Following is the low-slung disco heater 'Try Again' featuring Phenomenal Handclap Band and another irresistible vocal courtesy of Nic Hanson. Carry on and it's all about 'Shoulda Been Me' (feat Toribio) which receives a spiritual deep house rework by the one-and-only Alton Miller that's worth the admission alone.
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RNTD 081
22 Jul 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sunshine EP
Sunshine (feat Clara Gispert - original mix) - (4:26) 114 BPM
Sunshine (feat Clara Gispert - JKriv Beach Burn mix) - (7:19) 115 BPM Hot
Jungle Deep (extended mix) - (7:08) 118 BPM
Sunshine (feat Clara Gispert - JKriv SPF76 mix) - (5:06) 115 BPM
Jungle Deep (extended vocal) - (7:07) 118 BPM
Review: Two tracks in a total of five mixes make up this EP from Kokoro Disco-San, AKA the Barcelona-based trio of Lalo Lopez, Miguelito Superstar and Thompson. In its Original form, 'Sunshine' is an unsurprisingly summery and mellow nu-disco joint that, as we move on up through the Beach Bum Edit and SPF76 Mix rubs from label boss JKriv, gets progressively more electronic, the former adding an 80s squelch b-line and the latter throwing in some fine stabs, while 'Jungle Deep' is a slice of moody tropical disco served with or without a spoken female vocal. I'd go 'with' if I were you...
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RNTD 079
29 Jun 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Take My Time EP
How Can I Be Free (feat Jenny Penkin) - (5:00) 123 BPM
Do You Remember (feat Jenny Penkin) - (5:17) 120 BPM
Gonna Take My Time - (5:56) 119 BPM
Work That - (5:51) 122 BPM Hot
Do You Remember (feat Jenny Penkin - Red Axes remix) - (5:24) 124 BPM
Review: Razor 'N' Tape Reserve's latest release is a label debut from Nenor, an Israeli producer previously best known for being one half of Mahogani Music-signed duo Rabo & Snob. He begins by offering up two cuts featuring vocalist Jenny Penkin: the attractive nu-disco/deep house fusion of 'How Can I Be Free' and the giddy nostalgic rush of revivalist number 'Do You Remember', which joins the dots between rushing piano house and late '80s Larry Heard productions. Red Axes provide a fantastic rework of the latter cut, retaining some of the dreamier and more life-affirming elements while also giving it their usual chunky grooves and psychedelic tinge. Elsewhere, 'Gonna Take My Time' is a locked-in late night delight full of sharp stabs, and 'Work That' is a restless, energy-packed late-night delight.
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RNTD 077
01 Jun 22
Deep House
Into The Fire EP
Into The Fire - (4:43) 123 BPM
He Said, She Said - (3:23) 70 BPM
Desnuda - (5:48) 120 BPM
Into The Fire (Andres remix) - (5:30) 123 BPM
Desnuda (Yuksek remix) - (4:54) 120 BPM Hot
Review: A decidedly pop-tastic release from Razor-N-Tape here, coming from Underground System, a multiracial, NYC-based indie-dance live band who cite Fela Kuti as a primary influence and whose work has previously appeared on Soul Clap Records, Planet E and Hell Yeah Recordings. Both 'Into The Fire' itself and the vaguely new wave-tinged 'He Said, She Said' have something of a Hot Chip-ish kinda feel, while on 'Desnuda' the band take a left turn into more reggae-leaning territory. The standout for this writer, though, is Yuksek's remix of 'Desnuda', which packs lashings of fat, squelchy 80s bass.
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RNTD 078
18 May 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Distant Messenger EP
Transmission - (6:30) 123 BPM
Sable Sun (feat Jon Sable) - (6:59) 126 BPM
Tremors - (5:34) 121 BPM Hot
Red Light - (6:39) 126 BPM
Review: Here's an EP that's been on fairly constant rotation since landing in this reviewer's inbox on Monday morning - and if your tastes lean towards the deepest and spaciest of house grooves, your experience of it may be very similar! 'Transmission' will provide the perfect accompaniment to those late-night, sofa-bound excursions into inner space, while 'Sable Sun' has a mellower vibe and 'Red Light' takes us into the 4am deep jackin' zone. The real killer, though, is 'Tremors', which rocks the kind of bassline (so sumptuous and warm you could swim in it) not often heard since all those classic Italian dub house records on Irma and Antima 30 years ago. Absolutely outstanding.
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RNTD 076
20 Apr 22
Deep House
Possibly Impossible
Possibly Impossible - (4:26) 120 BPM
Possibly Impossible (Crackazat remix) - (4:18) 122 BPM Hot
Review: Fresh from hitting the headlines thanks to a couple of killer collaborations with Honey Dijon, vocalist and songwriter Cor.Ece pitches up on Razor N Tape for the very first time. 'Possibly Impossible' was produced by label co-founder JKriv and sees Cor.Ece deliver layered, superbly soulful vocals over a backing track rich in squelchy, spacey synth-bass, twinkling electronic motifs and beats that sit somewhere between futurist deep house and the classier end of nu-disco. Musical polymath Crackazat takes the track to whole new heights on his accompanying remix, which combines live jazz and jazz-funk instrumentation with tougher, more locked-in house beats and a weightier bassline.
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RNTD 075S1D
18 Feb 22
Funky/Club House
Emancipacao Extended
Emancipacao (extended mix) - (7:46) 116 BPM Hot
50 Anos Em 5 (extended mix) - (7:03) 115 BPM
Emancipacao (Ron Trent remix) - (9:11) 82 BPM
Review: Diego Strausz's first outing on Razor-N-Tape, a vinyl-only offering released in early 2022, was a thrillingly vibrant and hard-to-pigeonhole affair, with the Paris-based Brazilian joining the dots between Batacuda, South American disco, boogie and deep jazz-funk. Here the EP finally lands digitally, albeit in expanded form. We get previously unheard extended versions of the single's two tracks: 'Emancipacao', a kind of extra-squelchy, rhythmically rubbery and deliciously dreamy tribute to Azymuth, and '50 Anos Em 5', a TB-303 acid-sporting slab of Latin jazz-fusion with bonus spacey synths. Perhaps the package's most notable moment though is Ron Trent's inspired remix of the title track, which in typical fashion sees the legendary deep house producer add extra layers of musicality, sun-kissed positivity and plenty of killer house-not-house beats.
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RNTD 074
28 Jan 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Clasico EP
Strings Of The Afterlife - (6:56) 120 BPM Hot
The Fall Of A Withered Empire - (5:37) 120 BPM
Clasico - (7:22) 124 BPM
Julia & Luis - (4:48) 120 BPM
Review: Man-of-the-moment Felipe Gordon was little more than a Columbian producer with promise when he first appeared on Razor N Tape Reserve back in 2019. Since then, he's chalked up impressive, jazz-funk influenced deep house releases for all manner of high-profile labels including Heist, Local Talk and Shall Not Fade. This belated return to Razor N Tape is great, too. Opener 'Strings of the Afterline' is pleasingly hazy and dreamy whilst boasting Gordon's usual synth-heavy squelch, while 'The Fall of a Withered Empire' is a rare vocal number with a deep jazz-house feel. Elsewhere, 'Classico' is a bouncy, classic-sounding deep house bounce-along rich in sparkling synth riffs, while 'Julia Y Lewis' is a more languid and laidback chunk of jazz-sampling, funk-fuelled deep house haziness.
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RNTD 072
05 Jan 22
Deep House
Family Affair Vol 1
Various
Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca - "Days Of A Better Paradise" - (5:58) 124 BPM
Clive From Accounts - "It's Not That I Don't Care" - (5:11) 105 BPM
Ben Sun - "The Answer" - (4:28) 88 BPM
Misiu - "Love Me Do" - (6:06) 123 BPM
Eli Escobar & Lauren Flax - "Just A Feelin'" - (6:52) 122 BPM
Saucy Lady - "Passport To My Love" - (5:51) 118 BPM
Sentimental Animals - "Love Vibration" (JKriv's Acid dub) - (7:00) 122 BPM
Jungle Fire - "Atomico" (Snake In Da dub) - (5:32) 124 BPM
Daniel T - "Trinidad Trouble" (Daniel T edit) - (5:02) 116 BPM
Lay-Far - "Acid-Funk Bass Extended Tool" - (5:06) 129 BPM Hot
Family Affair Vol 1 (Continues DJ mix) - (48:24) 123 BPM
Review: It's taken a while, but Razor N Tape has finally decided to drop a compilation after years spent serving up tasty EPs. Made up entirely of previously unheard fodder, Family Affair Volume 1 giddily flits between delay-laden proto-house brilliance (Dimiti From Paris and DJ Rocca, JKriv dubbng out Sentimental Animals), slo-mo deep house/deep nu-disco fusion (Clive From Accounts), jazzy head-nodders (Ben Sun), dubby hypno-house (Misiu), string-drenched peak-time house creepiness (Eli Escobar and Lauren Flax), Escort style disco-boogie revivalism (Saucy Lady), Afrobeat (Jungle Fire), extra-percussive tropical disco (Daniel T in re-edit mode) and loopy, acid-fired breakbeat house deepness (Lay-Far). In other words, it's a fantastic collection of cuts tailor-made for sweaty dancefloors.
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RNTD 073
17 Dec 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Strictly Business EP
Tell Me - (5:10) 122 BPM Hot
Without Your Love - (6:13) 124 BPM
Strictly Business - (5:26) 120 BPM
Yukon - (4:47) 129 BPM
Review: With this entertaining EP, former Outplay contributor Clive From Accounts becomes the latest producer to contribute to Razor N Tape's excellent Reserve series of original productions. He's delivered a sublime EP all told, with opener 'Tell Me' providing a near perfect blend of driving disco-house, saucer-eyed deep house and foreboding, warehouse-ready motifs. He opts for a breezier, jazzier and more colourful deep house sound on bona-fide ear-pleaser 'Without Your Love', dives into deeper waters via the dusty deep house/jazz-funk fusion of 'Strictly Business' and looks skywards on spacey closing cut 'Yukon', a thoroughly emotive and intergalactic breakbeat roller.
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RNTD 070
12 Nov 21
Deep House
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