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Betaville (original mix) - (10:24) 120 BPM
   
Breakwater (original mix) - (6:57) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Betaville (Timothy J Fairplay remix) - (6:40) 120 BPM
Review: The story behind this record is an interesting one. Canadian pair Jokers of the Scene were touring in Europe last year and stopped off for a few days at Club Bizarre on France to record some music. The resulting tracks are as unconventional as their chosen name suggests. "Betaville" is a low-slung groove that resounds to crashing snares and some delicate but slightly sinister synth lines that sound like Boards of Canada on a bad trip. "Breakwater" is more slowed down and murky, with the duo dropping a dense, acid-caked groove. Completing this unusual release is Timothy Fairplay's take on "Betaville", where the UK producer delivers dense break beats to support some other-worldly sound scapes.
RCR 002
21 Nov 17
Techno
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Samarkanda - (6:15) 105 BPM
   
Samarkanda (Zombies In Miami 'Audio Guide' remix) - (6:49) 120 BPM
   
The Souk - (7:28) 115 BPM
   
The Souk (Mushrooms Project remix) - (8:46) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
RCR 004
03 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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No Me Gusta (Ciudad mix) - (5:32) 122 BPM
   
No Me Gusta (Playa mix) - (6:13) 122 BPM
   
No Me Gusta (Julian Sanza & Alvaro Cabana Aqui No Hay Playa remix) - (6:13) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
No Me Gusta (Javi Redondo remix) - (6:39) 119 BPM
RCF 021
06 Mar 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Dear Humans (original mix) - (7:02) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do Carry On (original mix) - (6:28) 58 BPM
   
Dear Humans (DEMIAN remix) - (6:21) 122 BPM
   
Do Carry On (MUGWUMP remix) - (9:22) 58 BPM
Review: Damon Jee and Snem K havce moved from party-ready house and techno to far-out swarms of Neo-romantic cold wave...and that's absolutely fine by us! The duo team up for this new EP on Rotten City Flies, kicking of with the nostalgic yet progressive dance aesthetics of "Dear Humans" - sounding a list like Ian Curtis in his golden days - before dropping into the steelier sounds of "Do Carry On", another 80s-leaning dance number. There's two remixes on the flip: Demian's more house-centric version of the title track, whereas legend Mugwump transforms "Do Carry On" into a cinematic big beat roller that'll do more than fine at most festivals. BAD!
RCF 012
23 Apr 18
Coldwave/Synth
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Next To Me - (6:45) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Inorganic Beings - (6:19) 119 BPM
   
See As One - (6:38) 120 BPM
   
You Want Me There - (6:32) 120 BPM
RCF 019
06 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Channa Six - (7:21) 106 BPM
   
Channa Six (MR TC remix) - (5:36) 112 BPM
   
Channa Six (Altieri Wicked mix - Digital Exclusive) - (8:36) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Popi Box - (5:30) 120 BPM
   
Popi Box (Justin Robertson's Deadstock 33s remix) - (6:02) 120 BPM
RCF 018
01 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Vigilia - (4:57) 110 BPM
   
Overdrive - (5:35) 115 BPM
   
Then I Realised - (4:45) 130 BPM
   
Rockets - (4:58) 125 BPM
   
El Lago - (10:04) 91 BPM
   
Cayena - (5:29) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sriracha - (5:13) 130 BPM
   
About You - (5:42) 115 BPM
RCF 006
05 Jul 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Overdrive (original mix) - (5:35) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Overdrive (Jamie Paton remix) - (7:13) 115 BPM
   
Overdrive (Jamie Paton dub) - (7:01) 115 BPM
   
Sriracha (original mix) - (5:13) 130 BPM
   
Sriracha (Il Est Vilaine Negros Sentimientos remix) - (5:39) 130 BPM
   
Chipotle (In Flagranti remix) - (6:21) 124 BPM
Review: Madrid's Rotten City Records has previously released material by Tronik Youth, and much of their output has a similarly dark, woozy, stylized and druggy feel. Those adjectives can certainly be applied to this single from label regulars Gatos Negros. "Overdrive", all dark-wave vocals, disco-chug electronics, low-slung post-punk bass and mascara-clad attitude, sets the tone, before "Sriacha" wanders further towards early New Order territory, whilst also boasting a loose, almost Balearic feel. The accompanying remix package is really strong, too, with former Cage & Aviary man Jamie Paton delivering a pair of trippy, sparse and heavily electronic interpretations of "Overdrive", and In Flagranti turning "Chipotle" into a "dub disco-meets-punk funk-via-Chicago acid" smasher.
RCF 003
11 Jan 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Cayena (original mix) - (5:29) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Habanero (original mix) - (4:58) 101 BPM
   
Habanero (Squarewave remix) - (5:58) 93 BPM
   
Rockets (original mix) - (4:58) 125 BPM
   
Rockets (JackWasFaster remix) - (9:01) 100 BPM
   
Then I Realised (original mix) - (4:45) 130 BPM
   
Then I Realised (instrumental mix) - (4:45) 130 BPM
RCF 001
07 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hit The Road, Jack - (7:13) 117 BPM
   
The Reason (Soft Vision) - (7:29) 110 BPM
   
The Reason (Raw Vision) - (6:24) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The latest missive from Madrid's Rotten City Files camp signals the debut of Jacktome, a collaborative project made up of producers JackWasFaster and TALKTOME. They begin in confident fashion with "Hit The Road, Jack" - not a cover of the well-loved sing-along song of the same name - which sees them instinctively wrap psychedelic acid lines, trippy electronic flourishes and Kraftwerk style vococder parts around a bubbly, low-slung, bongo-rich mid-tempo groove. The rest of the EP is taken up with two contrasting mixes of "The Reason": the stab-driven deep house/Balearic disco fusion of the "Soft Vision", and the arguably superior "Raw Vision", whose stripped-back groove and neon-tinged synthesizer motifs help create an intoxicating late night mood.
RCF 010
21 Jun 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Bitter Pill To Swallow - (7:28) 100 BPM
   
Curmudgeon - (7:22) 112 BPM
   
Bitter Pill To Swallow (Gatos Negros) - (7:44) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Curmudgeon (JP Soul remix) - (5:43) 112 BPM
RCF 005
13 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kieran Holden - "Barlick Acid" - (7:41) 108 BPM
   
JackWasFaster - "Granada Liberacion" - (7:08) 102 BPM
   
Gameboyz - "Tacon Puntera" - (5:49) 114 BPM
   
Cabaret Nocturne - "Blind Trust" - (6:48) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Madrid's Rotten City is a label dedicated to all things slow and moody and to kick things off they have rounded up some of the most appropriate producers for this new label comp. Over the fours tracks we vibes are all about slow motion brooding body music. Kieran Holden ups the acid levels on "Barlick Acid", JackWasFaster's "Granada Liberacion" is dark, linear machine music, Gameboyz deliver some typically excellent electroclash and Cabaret Nocturne wraps things up with the soaring Depeche Mode style electro-pop of "Blind Trust".
RCF 002
09 Nov 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kieran Holden - "Barlick Acid" (Undo remix) - (7:24) 108 BPM
   
JackWasFaster - "Granada Liberacion" (A Best Man Dead remix) - (7:01) 102 BPM
   
Gameboyz - "Tacon Puntera" (Avanti remix) - (4:49) 114 BPM
   
Cabaret Nocturne - "Blind Trust" (Jonathan Kusuma remix) - (7:03) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Since launching last year, Madrid's Rotten Files has delivered a trio of releases dedicated to the trippy end of mid-tempo house/nu-disco fusion. Here, they continue that approach, serving up a quartet of remixes of tracks from November 2015's excellent Rotten Citizens Volume 1 EP. Undo steps up first, turning Kieran Holden's intoxicating "Barlick Acid" into a vocoder-sporting chunk of low-slung, post-punk disco/nu-disco fusion. Next, JackWasFaster's "Granada Liberation" is re-invented as a 102 BPM psychedelic acid chugger by A Best Man Dead, before Avanti doffs a cap to EBM on an excellent re-make of Gameboyz' "Tacon Puntera". Finally, Jonathan Kasuma chucks everything but the kitchen sink at Cabaret Nocturne's "Blind Trust", resulting in a chiming, chugging treat.
RCF 004
14 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Local Face (feat Moshe Abutbul & Shahar Hatch) - (6:38) 117 BPM
   
Local Face (feat Moshe Abutbul & Shahar Hatch - Ghost Form remix) - (8:29) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The High Hat Complexity - (6:34) 120 BPM
   
Middle Sky Boom & Eliezer - "Dining Fine" - (5:36) 114 BPM
Played by: Future Bones, Bufi
RCF 015
12 Oct 18
Electro
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Lost Memories I (original mix) - (8:04) 117 BPM
   
Lost Memories II (original mix) - (6:48) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lost Memories I (Dionigi remix) - (6:24) 117 BPM
   
Lost Memories I (Monoblok & PSLKTR remix) - (7:15) 117 BPM
   
Lost Memories II (Sebastien Tex remix) - (6:17) 118 BPM
Review: The crew behind Rotten City Files is remaining tight-lipped about the identity of Nozz, the producer behind their latest druggy disco salvo. Thanks to a bit of detective work, we can confirm that he's a "mysterious French producer", and that Lost Memories is his first full EP. "Lost Memories I" is a kosmiche-informed nu-disco shuffler, while "Lost Memories II" is a slightly bolder take on the same psychedelic disco template. The accompanying remix package is particularly strong, too. We're rather enjoying the outer-space madness of Marco Dionigi's re-imagining of " Lost Memories I", although Sebastien Tex's throbbing, Italo-disco informed version of "Lost Memories II" is arguably a little more dancefloor-friendly.
RCF 008
15 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Drunk Like A Cowboy (original mix) - (5:00) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Drunk Like A Cowboy (Mytron & Ofofo remix) - (4:52) 115 BPM
   
Sober Country House (original) - (5:45) 118 BPM
   
Human (original mix) - (6:49) 115 BPM
RCF 014
10 Aug 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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D.Y.O.R. - "A Ground In The Hole" (Damon Jee remix) - (6:08) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sutja Gutierrez - "Ubi Sunt" (MiddleSkyBoom remix) - (6:43) 114 BPM
   
Iron Blu - "Sweet Redemption" (feat Rock Serling - Wolfstream remix) - (5:41) 110 BPM
   
Curses - "Vengeance" (Days Of Being Wild remix) - (7:25) 115 BPM
   
Dos Attack - "Masa Madre" (Holographic Planes remix) - (7:52) 118 BPM
   
Silent Echoes - "Diorama" (Roe Deers remix) - (7:36) 118 BPM
   
Elvis LA - "Rodeo Drive" (Bawrut remix) - (6:31) 120 BPM
Review: Currently celebrating their second birthday, Madrid's Rotten City Files are marking the occasion by presenting this collection of back catalogue remixes. It's a tasty set it must be said, with seven tracks specially reworked for 2017. Highlights include Wolfstream's brooding electroclashy remix of Iron Blu's "Sweet Redemption", Days Of Being Wild's raw, Bobby O-style version of Curses' "Vengence" and the menacing arpeggiated techno-disco of Holographic Planes' reboot of "Masa Madre" by Dos Attack. Top-notch electro, good to hear this sound coming back strong.
RCF 009
19 May 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Roe Deers - "Hunting" - (6:45) 90 BPM
   
Die Jungle - "Todo O Nada" - (5:00) 86 BPM
   
Coobe - "Ashmadai" - (8:12) 95 BPM
   
Thomass Jackson - "Copacabana's Magic" - (7:00) 93 BPM
   
Dune - "Garbage In, Garbage Out" - (7:48) 118 BPM
   
D.Y.O.R. - "Devil's Way" - (5:44) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
JackWasFaster - "Massolit" - (6:52) 115 BPM
   
Dionigi - "Listen To My Beat" - (5:36) 122 BPM
   
Class B Band - "Repli-can" - (9:01) 117 BPM
   
Skelesys - "Do You Know?" - (6:11) 115 BPM
Review: Some 13 months after the label's last round-up of cuts from associated "Rotten Citizens", Rotten City Files serves up a third edition of its popular annual compilation series. There's loads of music to set the pulse racing throughout, from the opening slo-mo chug of Roe Deers' suitably psychedelic "Hunting" and the throbbing, strobe-friendly pulse of Thomass Jackson's exotic "Copcacabana's Magic", to the New Wave era, post-punk hum of D.Y.O.R's "Devil's Way" and the Weatherall-friendly dark room mysticism of 'Do You Know" by Skelesys. We're also rather enamoured by the reverberating, 4/4 electro/dub disco fusion of Marco Dionigi's "Listen To My Beat".
RCF 013
11 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Cabaret Nocturne - "Blind Trust" (original mix) - (6:48) 112 BPM
   
Damon Jee & Snem K - "Dear Humans" (original mix) - (7:02) 116 BPM
   
D.Y.O.R. - "A Ground In The Hole" (Damon Jee remix) - (6:08) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cannibal Ink - "Samarkanda" (Zombies In Miami 'Audio Guide' remix) - (6:49) 120 BPM
   
NOZZ - "Lost Memories II" (original mix) - (6:48) 118 BPM
   
Jacktome - "Hit The Road, Jack" (original mix) - (7:13) 117 BPM
   
Sutja Gutierrez - "Ubi Sunt" (original mix) - (7:00) 110 BPM
   
Tronik Youth - "Malice Of Absence" (Red Axes & Yovav remix) - (8:14) 108 BPM
   
Wolfstream - "No Future" (Thomass Jackson remix) - (7:03) 102 BPM
   
Roe Deers - "Drunk Like A Cowboy" (Mytron & Ofofo remix) - (4:52) 115 BPM
   
Elvis L.A - "Rodeo Drive" (Bawrut remix) - (6:31) 120 BPM
   
Silent Echoes - "Diorama" (Roe Deers remix) - (7:36) 118 BPM
   
Gatos Negros - "Overdrive" - (5:35) 115 BPM
   
Kieran Holden - "Barlick Acid" (original mix) - (7:41) 108 BPM
   
A Jokers Bizarre - "Betaville" (Timothy J Fairplay remix) - (6:40) 120 BPM
RCF 016
25 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Cannibal Ink - "The Souk" (Mushrooms Project remix) - (8:46) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
JackWasFaster - "Granada/LiberaciAnn" (A Best Man Dead remix) - (7:01) 102 BPM
   
Gatos Negros - "Habanero" (Squarewave remix) - (5:58) 93 BPM
   
Jacktome - "The Reason" (Soft Vision) - (7:29) 110 BPM
   
Wolfstream - "No Future" (original mix) - (6:02) 118 BPM
   
Tronik Youth - "Malice Of Absence" (Richard Sen remix) - (6:21) 116 BPM
   
Silent Echoes - "Diorama" (original mix) - (12:00) 118 BPM
   
Gatos Negros - "Overdrive" (Jamie Paton remix) - (7:13) 115 BPM
   
Curses - "Vengeance" (original mix) - (7:01) 115 BPM
   
Dos Attack - "Masa Madre" (original mix) - (9:25) 120 BPM
   
Skelesys - "Do You Know?" (original) - (6:11) 115 BPM
   
NOZZ - "Lost Memories I" (Monoblok & PSLKTR remix) - (7:15) 117 BPM
   
Daniel Kyo - "Inorganic Beings" (original mix) - (6:19) 119 BPM
   
A Jokers Bizarre - "Betaville" (original mix) - (10:24) 120 BPM
   
Gatos Negros - "About You" - (5:42) 115 BPM
Played by: Catz 'N Dogz
RCF 017
25 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
D.Y.O.R. - "A Ground In The Hole" - (4:57) 113 BPM
   
Sutja Gutierrez - "Ubi Sunt" - (7:00) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Iron Blu Feat Rock Serling - "Sweet Redemption" - (6:09) 110 BPM
   
Curses - "Vengeance" - (7:01) 115 BPM
   
Dos Attack - "Masa Madre" - (9:25) 120 BPM
   
Silent Echoes - "Diorama" - (12:00) 118 BPM
   
Elvis LA - "Rodeo Drive" - (9:54) 123 BPM
Review: Ten months on from the release of the first Rotten Citizens collection, Rotten City Files delivers the follow-up. This time round, they've chosen to mix things up, accompanying their usual chugging, mid-tempo fare with a smattering of up-beat floor-fillers. In the former category, you'll find a pair of baggy, indie-tinged Balearic shufflers from DYOR and Sutja Gutierrez, and a mid-tempo acid chugger from Iron Blu and Rock Sterling. If you're looking for a little more energy, head for the eyeliner-clad, Nein-ish disco-chug of "Vengeance" by Curses, the throbbing weirdness of Dos Attack's "Masa Madre", or the blissful, floor-friendly positivity of Elvis LA.
RCF 007
19 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Two Mamarrachos - "Gloria Banada En Sangre" - (6:40) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
John Patter - "Searching The Reason Of Life" - (5:53) 101 BPM
   
Elfenberg - "Kebabsyra" - (5:52) 110 BPM
   
Azaria - "Sunday Service" - (9:08) 114 BPM
   
Peaces - "Walking With Ramesses" - (6:22) 116 BPM
   
Daniel Monaco & Futuristant - "Hide" - (8:08) 120 BPM
   
Lebollet - "Ruined King" - (6:53) 115 BPM
   
Colossio, Alvaro Cabana & Silicodisco - "Los Lobos Del Norte" - (6:51) 118 BPM
   
Erel (TR) - "Storyteller" - (7:13) 118 BPM
   
Alvee & Javier Martinez - "Chanclazo" - (5:00) 122 BPM
   
Marko East - "Cube" - (7:15) 124 BPM
   
BillyonAir - "Intergalactic Tricksters" - (8:15) 125 BPM
   
Telesketch - "Ruta Estelar" - (7:03) 115 BPM
   
Alex Aguayo - "Keep Walking" - (6:39) 116 BPM
   
Marching Machines - "Guardian" - (8:02) 116 BPM
   
JackWasFaster - "El Mejor Dia De Nuestras Vidas" - (7:12) 122 BPM
   
Zakmina - "Novel" - (5:50) 118 BPM
RCF 022
17 Jul 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Roe Deers - "Hunting" (Two Mamarrachos remix) - (6:49) 115 BPM
   
Die Jungle - "Todo O Nada" (Aristidez remix) - (5:28) 103 BPM
   
Coobe - "Ashmadai" (Sutja Gutierrez remix) - (6:08) 98 BPM
   
Thomass Jackson - "Copacabana's Magic" (Russian Girls remix) - (6:01) 107 BPM
   
Dune - "Garbage In, Garbage Out" (Duncan Gray remix) - (8:00) 118 BPM
   
D.Y.O.R. - "Devil's Way" (Cabaret Nocturne remix) - (6:50) 119 BPM
   
JackWasFaster - "Massolit" (WLDV remix) - (5:24) 115 BPM
   
Dionigi - "Listen To My Beat" (Alvaro Cabana & Silicodisco remix) - (7:27) 122 BPM
   
Class B Band - "Repli-can" (Theus Mago & Moisees remix) - (5:43) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Skelesys - "Do You Know?" (Curses remix) - (8:24) 116 BPM
RCF 020
06 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Vox Low - "Now We're Ready To Spend" (1981/91 Vox Low remix) - (7:52) 108 BPM
   
Vox Low - "Now We're Ready To Spend" (Marvin & Guy version) - (7:20) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vox Low - "Now We're Ready To Spend" (Holographic Planes (Damon Jee + Alvaro Cabana) remix) - (8:04) 120 BPM
   
My Broken Frame - "Black Lake" (Vox Low remix) - (8:23) 102 BPM
RCR 005
26 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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No Future (original mix) - (6:02) 118 BPM
   
No Future (Thomass Jackson remix) - (7:03) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gone (original mix) - (5:30) 95 BPM
   
Gone (Curses 'Dangerousity' dub remix) - (6:53) 116 BPM
Review: In the spring of 2017, Wolfstream debuted with a thrillingly skewed and intoxicated EP on Mange Moi that gently joined the dots between dub-disco, chugging nu-disco psychedelia and post-punk moodiness. They explore similar pastures on this follow-up for Rotten City Files, doffing a cap to fellow dystopian disco-nauts Red Axes and Moscoman on the wayward disco-punk trip that is end-of-days throb-job "No Future". While certainly moody, it's undoubtedly a floor-friendly affair; "Gone", on the other hand, is a foreboding slo-mo shuffler smothered in black eyeliner and gothic motifs. Of the accompanying remixes, it's Thomass Jackson's decidedly pagan re-make of "No Future" - think dark samba guitars, densely layered ritual percussion, pastoral flutes and hypnotic, head-nodding drum machine beats - that stands out.
RCF 011
01 Sep 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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