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Mysterious Vibe - (4:00) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Girl Take Me - (5:29) 105 BPM
   
Play The Game - (6:45) 110 BPM
   
Lessons - (4:52) 105 BPM
   
Clean Sweep - (3:57) 105 BPM
   
Pressure - (6:08) 112 BPM
   
Embrace - (6:10) 114 BPM
   
We Can't Miss - (7:20) 115 BPM
   
Falling Back - (3:57) 105 BPM
   
Never - (3:38) 100 BPM
   
When Our Eyes Connect - (4:05) 90 BPM
Review: The UK disco boy Ash Reynolds follows up his last EP for Slightly Transformed with a new LP for the label, a diverse and all-encompassing disco-house gem for the small hours. The opener "Mysterious Vibe" is the grooviest piece of house funk that we've heard in a while - not to mention its glorious array of synths - and the dude follows up rather spectacularly with the rest of the release. We're particularly into "Play The Game" for its Detroit sensibility that reminds us of Kyle Hall's funkier output. Dopeness, indeed!
ST 003
01 Jan 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Divided - (7:28) 120 BPM
ST 006
01 Mar 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Stressed Out - (7:32) 123 BPM
ST 009
24 Nov 17
Funky/Club House
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Ash Reynolds - "Tune In (Intro)" - (0:36) 112 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Across The Floor" - (6:38) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ash Reynolds - "Down To The Strip" - (4:00) 108 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds, Soulpersona, Princess Freesia - "Remember When" - (3:19) 108 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Vibes & Stuff" - (2:26) 85 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds & Chuggin Edits - "Smooth" - (5:49) 106 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Hold On" - (2:50) 90 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "We Have What We Need" - (2:58) 108 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Good Morning" - (2:17) 89 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Under The Moon" - (3:06) 95 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Don't Stop Movin'" - (3:29) 98 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Break Out The Casio" - (2:24) 93 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Oh!" - (2:11) 95 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Devoted" - (3:51) 110 BPM
Review: Put on your gladdest of drags and hit the main thoroughfare; for his debut album Reynolds is taking us to town and he's doing it with serious sonic style. Down To The Strip is a hazy, dusky balmy LA Miami night circa 1985. An album built up around the warmest filters, clever samples and velvet synths cruising at a smooth mid tempo and surprising with plenty of twists in the tale; highlights include the bending chords and slouching breaks of "Hold On", the sublime hypnosis of "Under The Moon", the strange jazzy spring of "Oh!" and the Roule style loopy finesse of "Chuggin Edits". Time to strip things back.
ST 011
27 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Everytime (extended mix) - (6:41) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Everytime (Siente remix) - (3:23) 118 BPM
   
Everytime (Nine Lives remix) - (5:52) 120 BPM
   
Everytime (Sons Of Satin remix) - (4:19) 122 BPM
Review: London producer Ash Reynolds brings us vocal cut on his own Slightly Transformed that straddles the divide between deep house and garage - as so many records used to, but as so few, sadly, do today! The Extended Mix of 'Everytime' has a New Jersey-ish feel, while Siente sprinkles a little disco dust over a remix that's purpose-built for Iberican terraces. The Nine Lives Remix is a funkier pass and possibly the pick for deep house jocks, before Sons Of Satin throw us something of a curveball, in the form a breakbeat-led remix that harks back to the glory days of rave. Sterling work all round.
ST 033
31 Jul 20
Deep House
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Shablamidi Shablamda - (6:46) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
All You Wanna Do Is Party - (6:34) 106 BPM
   
Up Your Bottom - (6:11) 108 BPM
   
Come On Over To My Place - (6:38) 117 BPM
   
Now That I Have Found You - (6:24) 107 BPM
   
Times - (6:34) 101 BPM
Review: Chuggin Edits still chuggin' for the best of dancefloors. The slamming of kick drums, snap of white noise and all matter of loops, sounds and samples sent through the filters in this latest release for the discofied Slightly Transformed. This newest streak of funk, disco and boogie bangers sees strings and soul vibrations layered over the top slap of a Daft Punk inspired bassline (in "All You Wanna Do Is Party") to the piano led disco romances of "Come On Over To My Place". Even housier still is "Now That I Have Found You" and don't be afraid of the '70s leisure suite that is "Times". Still Chuggin'.
ST 028
27 Mar 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Know, I Know (original mix) - (6:22) 112 BPM
   
I Know, I Know (Limpodisco remix) - (5:51) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: It's been a bumper year for fans of Chuggin Edits trademark band of sample-heavy disco revisionism and throbbing, mid-tempo edits. This outing on Slightly Transformed follows on from fine EPs for Alpaca Edits, FKR, Midnight Riot, Hot Digits and Bandolier. "I Know I Know" is, naturally, something of a loopy chugger; a spacey, AOR disco/Italo-disco style throb job that radically transforms a much-loved cosmic disco classic in mesmerizing fashion. Limpdisco is on hand to provide the obligatory remix, providing a revision that's closer in tone and style to the Gaz Nevada classic that inspired the Chuggin revision.
ST 012
07 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Disco Lights (original mix) - (6:55) 123 BPM
   
Disco Lights (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:45) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Disco Lights (Ash Reynolds remix) - (5:44) 120 BPM
Review: No slapsash edits here, just some cheery nu-dsco positivity from sometime Re-Loved re-editor Conan The Selector and guest vocalist Sherie. Her lead vocal is superb - think classic soulful house meets screaming disco diva - while Conan's backing track on "Disco Lights" is rich in twinkling piano motifs, handclap-heavy percussion, rich disco grooves and clipped, Chic style guitars. Conan's original version comes backed with two solid reworks, too. First Andy Buchan gives the track a slightly more electronic feel on his synth-laden nu-diusco revision, before Ash Reynolds layers delay-laden vocal snippets above a deep and dreamy disco-house groove on his headline-grabbing remix.
ST 025
13 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Slick Talk - (6:10) 103 BPM
   
Just... A Lonely Soul (Part 1) - (6:50) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Just... A Lonely Soul (Part 2) - (6:52) 95 BPM
   
Sell The House - (6:53) 53 BPM
   
Sell The Dub - (6:04) 53 BPM
Review: Australia's Dave Mathmos brings us a five-track re-edit EP that digs impressively deep for inspiration. 'Slick Talk' revisits Asha Puthli's 1976 Indo-disco nugget 'Space Talk' (a favourite at The Loft) and is every bit as hypnotic and sensual as the original. 'Just... A Lonely Soul' reworks Labi Siffre's 'I Got The' from 1975 (the source for Eminem's 'My Name Is') and comes in hazy, druggy Part 1 and more immediately floor-friendly Part 2 forms, while finally 'Sell The House' and the fairly self-explanatory 'Sell The Dub' are based on a 1976 Ashford & Simpson album cut of the same name.
ST 029
01 May 20
Funk
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Some Thang - (6:50) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nature's Super - (7:15) 120 BPM
Review: Based in St Albans, Hansi has been breathing new life into dusty old tunes for some time. This two-tracker for Slightly Transformed appears to be his first outing on a well-known label, with previous missives being self-released. Both tracks here - subtly tooled-up re-edits - are an excellent showcase for Hansi's productions. Our pick of the pair is "Some Thang", a sweeping, funk-fuelled, party-ready revision of what sounds like an AOR disco classic rich in swirling orchestration, crunchy Clavinet lines and blue-eyed soul vocals. "Nature's Super" sees the Hertfordshire DJ/producer get to work on Cerrone classic "Supernature", expertly blending elements of the original with some fittingly funky new instrumentation. The synth bassline is, in particular, delightfully heavy.
ST 018
12 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Your Love - (6:42) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Easy Love - (5:17) 117 BPM
Review: I Gemin has been busy this year, contributing to compilations and multi-artist EPs from such labels as ISM, Midnight Riot and Editorial. Here the Russian producer strikes out on his own via what we believe to be his first outing on Slightly Transformed. The title track is a great example of his self-proclaimed "intelligent house" approach, combining woozy, sun-kissed soul, disco and jazz-funk samples with occasional filter trickery, a warming bassline and relaxed (and some would say rubbery) house beats. The slightly bolder and more up-tempo "Easy Love" is similarly groovy, with the producer wrapping punchy horn lines, wah-wah guitars, jazzy horns and occasional female vocal snippets above a more rolling house rhythm.
ST 022
20 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Vibrations & Temptations (original mix) - (6:22) 102 BPM
   
Vibrations & Temptations (Get Down Edits remix) - (6:30) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: It's a while since we last heard from Waterford-based producer Jay Ru (real name Jay Roche). In fact, according to our records this collaborative outing with Stephen Richards is his first single since 2014. In its original form, "Vibrations & Temptations" is something of a slow burning delight: a head-nodding deep nu-disco outing full of Loleatta Holloway vocal samples, punchy beats, twinkling pianos, eyes-closed guitars and shifting synth lines that builds up in stages. It's decent, but the remix by fellow Irish producers Get Down Edits is even better. Doffing a cap towards Detroit beatdown, the pair re-imagines Roche and Richards' track as a bubbling, bass-heavy chunk of deep disco-house hypnotism rich in twinkling melodies and swirling vocal samples.
ST 026
24 Jan 20
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Night Jet - (5:46) 120 BPM
   
Atlantic Highway - (7:22) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Somewhat remarkably, nearly two decades have passed since Jean Jacques Smoothie tore up the charts with "2 People", a cheery, Minnie Ripperton-sampling number that was featured on a prominent Levi's commercial. He's had mixed fortunes in the years since, but - as this surprise appearance on Slightly Transformed proves - is still capable of delivering the disco-fired goods. "Night Jet" is warm, tactile and dreamy, with colourful synth flourishes, short vocal snippets and occasional chords rising above unfussy house drums and a squelchy, thickset nu-disco bassline. On "Atlantic Highway", the experienced producer moves further towards jazzy deep house pastures with significant success.
ST 030
05 Jun 20
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New York - (5:15) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You Took - (7:14) 110 BPM
Review: Following early outings on Electric Friends and Spa In Disco, fast-rising producer JMMSTR (no relation to Freerange boss Jimpster) makes a first appearance on Slightly Transformed. There are two tracks to set the pulse racing. Opener "New York" is a confirmed mid-tempo treat: a woozy, 112 BPM shuffler that layers flash-fried guitars and piano-laden snippets from a swirling, string-laden disco classic atop thickset bass and bongo-heavy nu-disco beats. Virtual B-side "You Took" employs bouncier and crispier beats, with the producer utilizing filter effects to tease in elements of a female-fronted disco-funk number. The vocal breakdown is life affirming, but it's the trippy treatment of the sample source's hard-wired guitars that catches the ear.
ST 027
07 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Good Vibe - (6:03) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You & Me - (6:59) 121 BPM
ST 015
01 Mar 19
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Nothing But Funk - (7:03) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Groove It - (7:14) 120 BPM
   
All Night Long - (6:35) 117 BPM
Review: If you're gonna give your EP a title like that, you'd damn well better HAVE 'da funk' to back it up. Thankfully, Mexican producer Van Pratt most assuredly does. 'Nothing But Funk' itself kicks off the EP, opening with a full-phat bassline before ushering in an 80s boogie-style vocal and some VERY 80s-sounding synth chords. That sets the tone for the rest of the EP, with 'Groove It' marrying white-socked 80s soul vibes to a liquid-y funk geetar line while 'All Night Long' is a straight-up boogie number built for cruising along Ocean Drive with the top pulled down and your Wayfarers on, baby...
ST 024
15 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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What's The Use - (5:19) 107 BPM
   
Watching You - (5:19) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Since debuting a few years back, Oldchap has delivered some quietly impressive re-edits and original productions. Here he makes his bow on Slightly Transformed following previous outings on such labels as Editorial, Boutade Musique and Puro Music. First up is "What's The Use", a hustling swamp funk revision where dubbed-out, filtered instrumental sections make way for chunkier slow house passages in which Oldchap showcases the killer guitar, bass and electric piano solos featured on the disco-funk track that inspired it. Similarly impressive is "Watching You", which sees the self-proclaimed wrinkly gently tool up and dub-out a rasping chunk of Blaxploitation-era funk.
ST 014
01 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Get Down EPEXCLUSIVE
   
The Get Down - (5:05) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do For Love - (6:18) 123 BPM
   
Do You Believe - (5:32) 122 BPM
   
Copacabana - (4:27) 122 BPM
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Oliver Dexx. According to our records, this Slightly Transformed label debut marks the producer's first solo outing in almost 18 months. It's well worth picking up, if only for the down-low, Clavinet-fuelled strut of sweaty, funk-fuelled opener "The Get Down", which is the nearest thing to an instant party-starter we've heard this week. That said, there's plenty more to set the pulse racing elsewhere across the EP, from the pitched-up, soulful disco-house sweetness of "Do For Love", to the tidily beefed-up Brazilian disco-funk re-edit "Copacabana", via the rolling grooves, jazzy guitars and swirling vocal samples of "Do You Believe".
ST 034
07 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Street Pocket - (6:38) 118 BPM
   
Never - (7:28) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Funky Doo - (7:02) 120 BPM
   
Nao Pochie - (6:25) 105 BPM
Review: Italy's Paolo Vecchiato serves up four authentic-sounding slices of retro funk. 'Street Pocket' itself is up first, a sax-tastic, laidback jazz-funker reminiscent of The Crusaders or (dare we say it) Shakatak, particularly when the girly chorus arrives halfway through. 'Never' is in a similar vein but has more of a sultry, late-night feel, while 'Funky Doo' takes us into more stomping, silver-jumpsuit-clad Ohio Players/Commodores territory and barrio funker 'Nao Poche' plays us out on a Latin-tinged note. An EP that could easily have been made some time around 1981 - and in this case that's a compliment, not a complaint!
ST 023
18 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Say Goodnight (original mix) - (4:23) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Say Goodnight (Basement Love remix) - (3:14) 92 BPM
Played by: 80's Child, Wonkar
ST 001
28 Apr 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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When U Return - (7:04) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nights Over - (5:39) 116 BPM
ST 013
11 Jan 19
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Playaround - (7:51) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Oh My My - (6:59) 124 BPM
Review: 10 months on from his last solo outing - a four-track missive of "Good Vibes" on Midnight Riot - South London's Shit Hot Soundsystem makes his belated bow on Slightly Transformed. There's much to enjoy on opener "Playground", a buzzing, low-slung chunk of mind-altering dub disco full of trippy electronic noises, intense bass, funky guitars and well-placed samples from a New York disco classic. On accompanying cut "Oh My My" he whips off his shirt and runs giddily towards sunny and summery disco pastures, adding his distinctive touch to a glassy eyed early '80s cut full of chopped-up rifts, celebratory vocal snippets and excitement-building filter sweeps.
ST 021
09 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Get To Know - "Music" (original mix) - (6:50) 117 BPM
   
Petko Turner - "Destiny" (original mix) - (6:45) 120 BPM
   
DJ XS - "Time" (original mix) - (6:26) 115 BPM
   
Shit Hot Soundsystem - "Be With You" (original mix) - (7:01) 114 BPM
   
Le Visiteur - "Make My Body Move" (original mix) - (6:32) 120 BPM
   
Chuggin Edits - "Floating" (original mix) - (5:42) 105 BPM
   
Paul Older - "I Don't Know Why" (original mix) - (6:56) 105 BPM
   
Late Night Workshop - "Guru4eva" (original mix) - (3:34) 100 BPM
   
Old Chap - "Flight With Love" (original mix) - (4:15) 99 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vigi - "Take My Hand" (original mix) - (3:53) 115 BPM
   
Limpodisco - "Gimme Mo" (original mix) - (6:18) 124 BPM
   
Kut & Loop - "You & Me" (original mix) - (6:59) 121 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "Good Night" (original mix) - (4:33) 121 BPM
   
Deelicious - "12 Inches" (original mix) - (6:03) 119 BPM
   
Mannix - "The Beat" (original mix) - (6:13) 126 BPM
   
Rosso (IE) - "Don't You Love It" (original mix) - (5:31) 115 BPM
   
Partner Music - "Love Is Called" (original mix) - (6:11) 124 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds, Soulpersona, Princess Freesia - "Remember When" (Fingerman remix) - (7:13) 113 BPM
   
Downunder Disco - "Slow Moves" (original mix) - (5:46) 100 BPM
Review: With the sun finally making its presence felt in the UK, it seems a fitting time for Slightly Transformed to unleash this epic compilation of "Summer Numbers" - cheery, disco-fired chunks of positivity tailor made for al-fresco sets and celebratory shindigs. Featuring a mixture of tried-and-tested re-edits and sample-heavy original compositions, the 19-track set boasts a pleasingly high number of highlights. These include - but are no way limited to - the talkbox-sporting '80s disco/jazz-funk fusion of Shit Hot Soundsystem's "Be With You", the warm and woozy, synth-laden bliss of Chuggin Edits' "Floating", the slow and steady head-nod of Old Chaps wonderfully soulful "Flight With Love" and the fizzing disco rush of Limpdisco's "Gimme Mo". Get To Know's "Music" - a chunky revision of a jazz-funk era dancefloor destroyer by Dayton - is also excellent.
ST 020
05 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Wasted Nights - "She Got It" - (5:18) 118 BPM
   
Beerlover - "Weekend" - (2:35) 108 BPM
   
Ash Reynolds - "All Tonight" - (4:03) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Palinoia - "Two Things" - (2:40) 120 BPM
   
Tuuwa & Peazy 86 - "Cyber Girl" - (2:39) 125 BPM
   
Dunkan Disco - "Malibu" - (3:12) 110 BPM
   
Statikk - "Do You Still Care" - (4:14) 106 BPM
   
Nam'pa - "Time" - (3:47) 94 BPM
   
Fitzzgerald - "Inside My Love" - (4:51) 116 BPM
   
Zeblon - "Little Cookie" - (3:36) 126 BPM
   
Nico - "A Day" (feat Jacko) - (5:20) 105 BPM
   
Midnight Runners - "Trapper Keeper" - (4:34) 90 BPM
ST 002
11 Feb 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Acid Lies - (5:24) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Because Of You - (6:08) 121 BPM
Review: London re-edit label Slightly Transformed bring us a two-tracker from French producer Vigi. No idea what the original source for the strings-drenched, male-vocalled 'Acid Lies' might be, but the track presented here is simply dripping in 80s soul/boogie goodness, while a gentle dash of 303 freakery adds a little more contemporary appeal towards the end. 'Because Of You' is similarly boogie-inspired, but has a pacier, more disco-oriented feel. Good stuff, but be careful out there, people - a couple of spins and you may find yourself overcome by a sudden yearning for shiny suits and enormous shoulderpads...
ST 019
28 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Your Time - (4:41) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Perspective - (4:08) 95 BPM
ST 004
15 Apr 16
Deep House
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