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Honey Rooftops
   
Honey Rooftops (Chris Coco version parts 1 & 2) - (8:42) 119 BPM
   
Honey Rooftops (original mix) - (4:15) 59 BPM
   
Honey Rooftops (instrumental) - (4:27) 59 BPM
   
Honey Rooftops (reprise - original mix) - (2:39) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Honey Rooftops (reprise - instrumental) - (2:33) 60 BPM
Played by: Chris Coco
Review: He might live and work just outside of Detroit, Michigan, but Blair French has made some decidedly Balearic music over the last few years, in the process notching up EPs on Claremont 56 and NuNorthern Soul. In its original form (track two), 'Honey Rooftops' has a White Isle-friendly feel, with eyes-closed vocals about "chasing the sun", delay-laden piano motifs and glistening guitar flourishes riding handclap-heavy beats and a warming, undulating bassline. French's short 'Reprise' versions (available in vocal and instrumental variations) beef up the beats to provide a more dub disco-leaning vibe, while the Instrumental mix is a sun-soaked delight. Arguably best of all though is Chris Coco's near nine-minute take, which is a supremely immersive, mid-tempo dub-disco treat with oodles of sunrise-friendly Balearic charm.
RSDD 004
16 Sep 22
Balearic/Downtempo
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From Over The Hills Beyond
   
Transcultural Dance - (5:14) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
From Over The Hills Beyond - (7:08) 100 BPM
   
A Shade Of Victory - (5:22) 110 BPM
Review: Detroit's Blair French is a man of many talents: he's a graphic designer as well as a music producer, while in the studio he's just as happy turning his hand to ambient music and sound design for film as he is knocking out club tracks. It's in the club where we find him on this latest release, though, as he serves up three dense, African-inspired shufflers. Choose from the chant vox and piercing flute/pipe line of 'Transcultural Dance', the pounding drums and sing-song vocal of 'From Over The Hills Beyond' itself, or the rainforest sounds and monkey howls of 'A Shade Of Victory'.
RSD 022
04 Jul 22
Funky/Club House
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Distant Dawn
   
Every Time You Move (feat Amma Whatt - original mix) - (8:43) 122 BPM
   
Cocoyer (original mix) - (6:33) 118 BPM
   
Every Time You Move (feat Amma Whatt - Dance with Shango dub) - (8:11) 122 BPM
   
Cocoyer (Raw mix) - (5:45) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
RSD019D
25 Apr 22
Funky/Club House
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The Art Of Us
   
Faded By The Sun (LP mix) - (6:11) 119 BPM
   
Celebration Ritual (LP mix) - (5:14) 130 BPM
   
Stay Detroit (original mix) - (3:56) 100 BPM
   
F O A (original mix) - (5:46) 126 BPM
   
Deep Tissue (original mix) - (2:19) 126 BPM
   
Space Time Curvature (original mix) - (6:06) 128 BPM
   
Honey Rooftops (original mix) - (4:15) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jeans (original mix) - (2:58) 108 BPM
   
Genes (original mix) - (5:03) 108 BPM
   
Honey Rooftops (reprise - original mix) - (2:39) 119 BPM
   
The Art Of Us (original mix) - (0:35) 77 BPM
   
Chest Drum (A Natural Unification) (original mix) - (6:36) 118 BPM
   
Drop Ceiling Shuffle (original mix) - (4:50) 108 BPM
   
River Crossing (original mix) - (5:09) 90 BPM
Review: Although he's flirted with other labels - most notably Claremont 56 and NuNorthern Soul - Blair French usually saves his best work for Peter Croce and Moonlighter's Rocksteady Disco imprint. Here he returns to that label's loving arms with his first full-length excursion in six years, a vibrant, atmospheric and musically mixed-up set that we think is his single greatest release to date. Starting with the extra-percussive, dub disco goes Afro-house heaviness of opener 'Faded By The Sun', highlights come thick and fast throughout. Our current favourites include the Afro-beatdown trip that is 'Stay Detroit', the jazzy downtempo grooves and spoken word vocals of 'Deep Tissue', the celebratory Balearic disco loveliness of 'Honey Rooftops', and the Hammond heavy Afro-funk cheeriness of 'Genes'.
RSDLP 001
30 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Drums From Detroit
   
Lesson One (original mix) - (6:14) 125 BPM
   
Snacks (original mix) - (5:47) 125 BPM
   
Peter Croce - "Revival" (Jaco Matthews Groove mix) - (9:52) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Three very playable deep house cuts from young Detroitian producer Jaco Matthews here. 'Lesson One', a tribal-leaning drum workout, gets the ball rolling before 'Snacks' leads us into more straight-up deep house territory with its garage-y two-note organ hook, male vocal cut-ups, intricate hand percussion and rolling disco bassline. But the standout is Matthews' remix of Peter Croce's 'Revival', wherein more tribal percussion, hypnotic pads and a cheeky Camisra/Sandy B-like bassline underpin Rev William Barber II's stirring address to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. "Pay people what they deserve, share your food with the hungry" - amen, brother!
RSD 016
28 Apr 20
Deep House
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Placebo Palace
   
Que Locos - (6:55) 123 BPM
   
Baby Girl - (7:06) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sunday Palaver - (6:11) 128 BPM
   
Bottle Rocket - (6:24) 123 BPM
RSD 015
24 Mar 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Edits From Detroit #2
   
Life Is A Circle (Mr. PC edit) - (9:54) 128 BPM
   
What Can I Do For You? (Mr. PC 12" edit) - (6:08) 117 BPM
   
Do What You Wanna Do (Mr. PC Mystic Rhythm dub edit) - (9:02) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Motor City man Peter Croce has previously proved to be an adept re-editor, so there was much cheer in the Juno Download office when the Rocksteady Disco co-founder's latest EP landed. All three edits are superb: tactfully beefed-up rearrangements that make already excellent tracks into 21st century disco bombs. He begins with "Life Is A Circle", a stomping slab of heavyweight disco-funk, before dipping the tempo and loosening the beats on sweet disco-soul rework "What Can I Do For You". Arguably best of all though is his "Mystic Rhythm Dub Edit" of "Do What You Wanna Do", which turns a spacey and throbbing disco workout into a breathless sprint through percussive dub disco pastures.
RSD 014
03 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Mr PC Versions #1
   
Stanley Dancer - (8:04) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jaco Disco - (7:18) 125 BPM
Played by: LEGO EDIT
MRPC 001
29 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Aguaxire (Alternate Mixes)
   
Aguaxire - (9:00) 122 BPM
   
Aguaxire (dub mix) - (7:08) 122 BPM
   
Aguaxire (J's Acid Test) - (5:04) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aguaxire (Beats) - (4:17) 122 BPM
Played by: LEGO EDIT
Review: In recent times, sometime Escort bassist J Kriv has been in full-on disco mode, delivering a string of singles with old pal Adeline that recall the rush-inducing brilliance of NYC in the late 1970s. "Aguaxire", his latest single, is decidedly different, offering a superb fusion of TB-303 driven acid house, swirling deep house, Afro-house and horn-powered Afro-jazz motifs. It comes accompanied by three tasty alternate versions: a hazy, delay-laden dub tailor-made for glassy-eyed early morning moments, a jacking and forthright "Acid Test" mix that predictably emphasizes the track's psychedelic TB-303 lines, and a wonderfully bouncy, driving and percussion-rich "Beats" track.
RSDD 002
01 Oct 19
Deep House
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Standing Still Is An Illusion (Remixed)
   
Standing Still Is An Illusion (Bamboozle Aka Eli Soul Clap remix) - (7:32) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Standing Still Is An Illusion (Aroop Roy remix) - (7:11) 123 BPM
   
Standing Still Is An Illusion (Topher Horn remix) - (6:48) 124 BPM
RSD 012
01 Mar 19
Deep House
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Revival
   
Revival (Jaco Matthews Groove mix) - (9:52) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
RSDD 001
18 Feb 19
Deep House
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Aguas De Setembro
   
Ponteio - (5:53) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cisco Dois - (5:15) 117 BPM
RSD 011
29 Jan 19
Deep House
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Moonlighter EP
   
Give Us Rain - (7:50) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kinematic - (6:32) 128 BPM
   
A Certain Average Kind Of Normal Experience - (6:51) 123 BPM
RSD 009D
13 Oct 18
Funky/Club House
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Public Park
   
Public Park (original mix) - (6:31) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spirit Guides (original mix) - (5:17) 116 BPM
   
Public Beach (original mix) - (5:11) 148 BPM
   
Public Beach (Stripped version) - (5:11) 148 BPM
RSD 010
11 Sep 18
Funky/Club House
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Remixes, Rarities, & VIPs Vol 1
   
Peter Croce - "Revival" (LADYMONIX's Deep remix) - (5:39) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Topher Horn - "Photo For Todd" (Sol Power All-Stars remix) - (8:15) 123 BPM
   
Peter Croce - "Revival" (Pontchartrain's Deep Unto Deep mix) - (7:38) 124 BPM
   
Topher Horn - "Moving Pictures" (VIP) - (5:35) 120 BPM
RSD 008
10 Apr 18
Deep House
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Agape
   
Agape (Love Wins) - (7:21) 125 BPM
   
Maracatu Detroit - (6:59) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bufe Bufe - (7:06) 126 BPM
RSD 007
27 Oct 17
Funky/Club House
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Standing Still Is An Illusion
   
Standing Still Is An Illusion - (9:09) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ayiba I Yeri O - (6:36) 125 BPM
   
Pagode Americano - (5:32) 125 BPM
Played by: LEGO EDIT
Review: Blair French has spent much of his career sidestepping lazy stereotyping, successfully turning his hand to all manner of downtempo and club-friendly styles. This fine EP for Rocksteady Disco sees the Detroit-based producer exploring some of his global influences in three different ways. Opener "Standing Still is an Illusion", where glistening guitars, rich electric bass and fluid hand percussion combine with drum machine beats and impassioned vocals, is a brilliantly warm and sunny fusion of Balearic disco charm and organic Afro-house grooves. These African influences are explored further on the dense, tribal style thrust of "Ayiba I Yeri O", before he whips his shirt off and heads for the Rio carnival on the equally percussive "Pagode Americano".
RSD 006
07 Jul 17
Deep House
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Revival
   
Revival - (9:18) 127 BPM
RSD 005STEMS
27 Feb 17
Deep House
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Revival
   
Revival (original mix) - (9:18) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Revival (Beats mix) - (6:11) 127 BPM
   
Revival (acapella) - (8:18) 110 BPM
Played by: Chrissy
RSD 005
17 Feb 17
Deep House
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Ice Accountant
   
Ice Accountant (Egyptian Lover remix) - (6:02) 115 BPM
   
Ice Accountant (Pontchartrain remix) - (6:04) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ice Accountant (Table Daddy remix) - (6:59) 124 BPM
   
Ice Accountant (original mix) - (2:31) 115 BPM
   
Cloud Nine (Ashod Production) - (2:21) 78 BPM
Played by: FINGERMAN
RSD 004
07 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rocksteady Disco All-Stars Vol 1
   
Pontchartrain - "Rock Your Baby" - (7:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lafleur - "1.1" (Peter Croce's High & Tight edit) - (6:46) 114 BPM
   
G2S - "Rinky Dink" - (5:41) 116 BPM
   
Pontchartrain - "Gone Home" - (7:27) 118 BPM
RSD 003
17 Jun 16
Deep House
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...For Todd
   
Blkshrk - "Swimming For Todd" (original mix) - (7:32) 121 BPM
   
Blkshrk - "Ticket Stub" (original mix) - (5:33) 100 BPM
   
Topher Horn - "Photo For Todd" (original mix) - (7:10) 116 BPM
   
Topher Horn - "Chopped Rhodes" (12" mix) - (6:43) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
RSDSE02FFC 009
28 Mar 16
Deep House
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The Detroit Jazz Sessions Vol 1
   
Moving Pictures - (5:33) 120 BPM
   
Love On The L - (6:03) 119 BPM
   
I Like Your Motorcycle - (5:59) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sumthin Jazzy - (7:19) 117 BPM
RSD 002
13 Nov 15
Deep House
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