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Royal Athlete Vol 2
RAD 002
03 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Brian Ellis - "'Bout You" - (5:04) 115 BPM
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MatMatix - "Speeding Lane" - (3:52) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rick Wreck - "Dance Again" - (5:25) 113 BPM
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Vexkiddy - "Strange Attractors" - (5:09) 117 BPM
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Royal Athlete Vol 4
RAD 004
03 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Chaconne - "Dreamers" - (5:37) 110 BPM
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The Real Kent Clark - "Make It Right" - (5:10) 114 BPM
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Aux Tha Masterfader - "Lets Dance To The Beat" - (4:24) 76 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dilemma - "Bocca Nights" - (4:00) 106 BPM
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Review: Hot Pony, Vexkiddy and Antoni Maiovvi's bi-monthly gathering at Sameheads, is arguably one of Berlin's best-kept secrets. Their spin-off label, Royal Athlete - which also explores their Italo-disco, synth-wave and synth-boogie influences - seems to be similarly under-appreciated, despite a strong track record. There's certainly much to admire on this latest multi-artist E.P, from the elastic freestyle revivalism of Aux Tha Masterfader's brilliant "Let's Dance To The Beat", and The Real Kent Clark's glistening synth-pop bubbler "Make It Right", to the chugging, spacey and druggy shuffle of Dilemma's "Bocca Nights". Chaconna's sparkling instrumental synth-pop opener, "Dreamers" is our pick of a strong bunch.
Caramel EP
RADASS 001
11 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Caramel - (4:27) 120 BPM
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Pleasure - (3:51) 118 BPM
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Caramel (Pin Up Club remix) - (6:15) 118 BPM
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Smth Bout Yo Love - (4:00) 118 BPM
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2 U - (5:10) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pleasure (Ourra remix) - (5:44) 118 BPM
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Review: Having been impressed by his contribution to one of their multi-artist EPs, Royal Athlete chiefs Vexkiddy and Anton Maovvi have decided to out Don Chrelli's debut EP. Predictably, it's rather good, featuring four breezy, attractive, Jam and Lewis-era '80s soul and boogie originals. You'll find plenty of pop hooks, sing-along choruses and American AM radio-friendly synth sounds on the likes of "Caramel", "Pleasure" and lilting, jammed-out standout "2 U", which also boasts some Roger Troutman-esque talk box action. Ourra provides the standout remix, adding extra layers of mid-'80s big studio polish to 'Pleasure", though the driving, Italo-disco style version of "Caramel" by Pin Up Club is also rather tasty.
Royal Athlete Vol 3
RAD 003
03 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Don Chrelli - "Tonight" - (4:33) 116 BPM
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Fiero - "Standard Hotel" - (4:22) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heartbeat Stars - "Obsession" - (6:01) 115 BPM
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Royal Athlete Vol 5
RAD 005
19 Apr 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Private Agenda - "Tender" - (7:37) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sven Atterton - "Last Of The Linn" - (6:45) 120 BPM
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Liquid Pegasus - "Bass Finger" - (5:07) 126 BPM
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Rick Wreck - "Heartache 2 Heartbreak" - (4:35) 96 BPM
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I Am The Other Guy - "Violet Karaoke" - (5:54) 104 BPM
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Played by: Meggy
Review: Few labels do revivalist boogie, electrofunk and Italo-disco quite as well as Berlin's Royal Athlete. For proof, just check out this multi-artist EP, which is just overflowing with synth-heavy goodness. Atmospheric '80s pop revivalists Private Agenda get things going with the dreamy "Tender", before occasional PPU contributor Sven Atherton drops an authentic chunk of Balearic-minded synth-funk (the standout "Last Of The Linn"). Other highlights include the piano-heavy boogie business of "Bass Finger" by Liquid Pegasus and the emotion-rich soul wonkiness of Rick Wreck's raw and teary-eyed "Heartache 2 Heartbreak". In other words, it's another essential EP from the Royal Athlete camp.
Royal Athlete Vol 1
RAD 001
03 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Vexkiddy - "Robotic Understanding" - (4:43) 117 BPM
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Antoni Maiovvi - "Exits" - (6:44) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Dreamers - "He's My Man" - (6:51) 120 BPM
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Dimitri SoEmotional - "Unconditionally" - (5:26) 105 BPM
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Review: Royal Athlete is a new venture from Berlin's Hot Pony party, a well-loved excuse to play camp Italo, boogie and '80s electro from former Bristol residents Vexkiddy and Antoni Maovvi. Both offer up tracks on this debut single, with Vexkiddy's bouncy synth funk throw-down "Robotic Understanding" - all squidgy melodies and darting rhythms - just edging out Maovvi's italo-revivalism in the highlight stakes. Elsewhere, UK Italo royalty Bill Ambrose and Marika Gauchi join forces as The Dreamers' for the deliciously camp "He's My Man", before Berlin newcomer Dimitri SoEmotional delivers "Unconditionally", a Benny Badge/Inkswel style chunk of deep modern boogie. If all Royal Athlete releases are going to be this strong, it will be a label to watch in future.
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