Review: Back Talk is a new collaborative electronic project, consisting of core member producers and (Reptile Dysfunction label mates) Doorly, Trooko and Tan Dem. The band will also feature a constantly evolving cast of cameo featured artists and vocalists: the first of which is Idris Elba on their debut track "Paradise'. Yes you heard that right - the lauded British actor responsible for some of the most memorable roles on TV - from Russell 'Stringer' Bell on HBO's The Wire to Luther on BBC has been dabbling in music for a while, moonlighting as a DJ from time to time under the guise of 'Big Driis'. In more recent times, Elba has been out there firmly rooting himself on the house scene with releases on his own 7 Wallace imprint. Elba's sleazy yet smooth vocals are accompanied by a slinky/deep tech house groove with some mad chord progressions and a Dirtybird sized drop: you gotta hear this one! Some killer remixes included by the current who's who of the scene: Skream, Griff and label boss Doorly all appear among others but for our money? It's all about maverick Patrick Topping's banging Stone Radge Remix featuring a galloping rhythm pattern and some razor sharp hoovers to get the rave started in style!
Review: Blantyre's first full EP release, Addiction, is on Doorly's imprint. The Los Angeles based Brit has stated that the main drive for setting up Reptile Dysfunction was to give him a stable for up- coming or overlooked talent that he's found on his travels as a DJ. Blantyre is an artist he originally met in Ibiza and has known for quite a while. His track "Come in" was part of last summer's Young Un's EP and this is his sophomore effort. We loved the sleazy main room bounce of "Addiction", just as much as we enjoyed the gritty/dusted-down shuffle of Manu Gonzalez' rework. Killer grooves right here!
Doorly, Charlie Rope - "My Thoughts Exactly" (original mix) - (6:20) 120 BPM
Ruby's Kimono (original mix) - (5:34) 126 BPM
When You Love (original mix) - (5:10) 124 BPM
When You Love (Blantyre Reptilian Road Rage remix) - (6:45) 125 BPM
Doorly, Charlie Rope - "My Thoughts Exactly" (Doorly's Acapella Tool) - (6:06) 120 BPM
Review: Doorly's Reptile Dysfunction follows up great releases by the likes of Idris Elba and and DJ Sneak by introducing an exceptional new talent to the world, this time with a feel good house and disco packed EP from up and coming producer Charlie Rope from the UK. Heavily influenced by the likes of Larry Levan, Giorgio Moroder, Frankie Knuckles and Giles Peterson, Charlie Rope's love of classic house music and disco is apparent in his productions, which are also driven by a desire to bring people together through music. His debut EP is a joyous, life-affirming jaunt through house, disco and acid. From the Studio 54-inspired respectful disco edits "J'Adore 54" and "Ruby's Kimono", he teams up with label boss Doorly on the funked-up breakbeat driven house "My Thoughts Exactly" (original mix) to the classic Chicago bounce of "When You Love".
Review: Following up a great release by renowned actor Idris Elba, Doorly's Reptile Dysfunction (easily contender for the year's best label name!) now bring you more cheeky house shenanigans by the legendary Carlos Souza aka DJ Sneak. The Windy City Don now dwells in Toronto, but his roots will always be heard in his signature sound. He teams up with Russian wunderkind Tripmastaz (Plant 74/Dance Mafia - Chelyabinsk) for the second time in 2017, following up a great EP for Ovum. "Booty Ho" is a cheeky 'percolator' style jack, calling to mind the classic Chicago hard house sounds of the mid '90s - popularised by Relief Records and DJ Rush. There's something more familiar of Souza next up on the boompty disco loops of "Sneak Attacks" and equally so on the smoothly hypnotic edit of "Beat Phreakin" by Tripmastaz himself. These guys are such 'House Gangstas' - what more can we say!
Review: DJ Sneak may be a legend of Chicago house with a vast discography to his name, but in recent years new releases from the big man have become few and far between. In fact, "House Sounds" - his first outing on Doorly's Reptile Dysfunction label - is amazingly his first solo single for two years. The title track should stir a few positive memories in older DJs, featuring as it does a good-time blend of tough but funky, floor-rocking house drums, filtered disco samples, cut-up vocal snippets and the kind of glassy-eyed chords that might make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Virtual B-side "Chitown Showdown" is even closer in tone to the classic Sneak sound, with breathless make vocal yelps and twisted acid lines dancing atop a bombastic house groove.
Review: Reptile Dysfunction boss Martin Doorly reckons that he has 'put his balls on the line' with this release - but we're pretty certain it will appease the label's most devoted fans and new ones alike. Teaming up with the mysterious Tan Dem on the Nismo's Groove EP for the lo-slung funk groove of "Mummas A Bean", he then goes solo for the remainder - where he serves up the neon-lit Italo influenced anthems 'Drop The Needle" and the electrifying "On The Upside. The sun kissed boogie-down jam "Cafe Mambo Disco Pumper" was on-point also. The now Los Angeles based Doorly has recently made the move back to Europe, where he nailed these killer grooves in his brand new studio in Ibiza.
Review: Jaydee, yes the same producer who produced Plastic Dreams, has been tempted to put out material on Reptile Dysfunction. Label owner Doorly deserves praise for this smart piece of A&R work, and the release features the old school, Beltram-sounding bass menace and growling acid of "Back Into Acid". On "Bring the Pressure", the house veteran goes deeper, with a balmy, melodic workout that ebbs and flows seductively to a warm bass. Doorly himself takes a turn at remixing, delivering a raggafied acapella of "Pressure" and reshaping "Acid" as a stepping, dubbed out groove, but really this release is all about Jaydee's re-appearance.
Review: Reptile Dysfunction's latest EP is packed to the rafters with peak-time fare. It's the first volume in what the label promises will be a continuing series and offers up a quartet of slamming, disco-fired "Club Edits". Predictably, Soul Clap steals the show with "Moov to Tha Beat", a swirling, string-laden workout laden with dreamy pads, well-placed delay effects and bubbly analogue drums. Doorly does a brilliant job combining aquatic P-funk bass and thrill-seeking disco samples on the superb "Lads Lads Lads", while Rick Trainor and Noah Schy's "Take It Down" is an impressively sweaty sample-house workout built around the principle of teasing out the action for maximum impact. As for Charlie Rope's "All For You", it's a shirts-off disco-house stomper that just gets bigger and bigger throughout.
Review: With just 10 tracks to choose from, this Miami sampler from Doorly's Reptile Dysfunction label is a positively humble affair compared to some, but then again, a little bit of quality control never went amiss! The album takes in a range of house styles, from Griff (UK)'s piano-sprinkled 'Gonna Tell You' to Aniche's techy, Indian-infused 'Third Eye' to Rominimal don Horatio's JA-inspired 'Dub Nation', but unlike some of the 30- and 40-track beasts that are landing in stores right now, the standard is consistently high throughout, making this a very worthwhile addition to your basket. File under "good things come in small packages"!