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True Love
True Love (original mix) - (5:12) 125 BPM
True Love (radio edit) - (4:09) 125 BPM
True Love (DJ Passion remix) - (5:12) 125 BPM Hot
Review: Following outings on DeeVu, Pogo House, Plastic People Digital and Fruity Flavour - amongst others - Kindred Soul pops up on Slightly Transformed. In typical fashion, 'True Love' delivers a boundary-blurring vocal workout that happily sits at the aural intersection of Dave Lee style organic house, bumping US garage, soulful house and deep house. It's a musically rich affair, with live bass, sax, vocals and electric piano riding rolling, bongo-laden club beats. DJ Passion provides the obligatory remix, giving the track a classic disco-house feel via the addition of stirring strings, funkier bass, soaring chords and a serious of impressive musical build-ups. It's a fine remix that should appeal to all those who love the output of the Groove Culture and Z Records imprints.
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ST 053
10 Feb 23
Last Forever
Last Forever (edit) - (3:50) 113 BPM
Last Forever (extended mix) - (5:29) 113 BPM Hot
Last Forever (dub) - (5:06) 113 BPM
Review: Well here's an interesting one! 'Last Forever' centres around a couple of lyrical couplets that are lifted straight from Rod Stewart's early 80s hit 'Baby Jane', and I've spent the last few days trying to work out whether it's been resung or is just a sample that's been fed through the FX mangle several times over. Eventually came down on the side of the former, but you can never be sure in these days of advanced studio wizardry... anyway, provenance aside, 'Last Forever' ends up as a plenty playable, 80s-leaning nu-disco oddity that's served up in fairly self-explanatory Edit, Extended and Dub flavas.
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ST 052
27 Jan 23
Off The Rayls
Off The Rayls (For You) (feat Malaya Sol - original mix) - (5:38) 115 BPM
Uh Boy (original mix) - (4:36) 113 BPM
Good Luck Boy (original mix) - (4:49) 122 BPM Hot
Review: With just a handful of releases to his name so far, Ronald Koon hails from Dresden, Germany and describes his musical remit as "nu-disco and jacking house". This EP for Slightly Transformed packs three contrasting disco cuts: 'Off The Rayls' would cross over quite nicely to the 'new old' funk and soul scene, 'Uh Boy' sits somewhere between nu-disco and contemporary pop, but the killer to these ears is 'Good Luck Boy', a far quirkier affair that, with its bitchy spoken vocal, calls to mind all those borderline-novelty dance hits of the early 80s - think 'Clouds Across The Moon', 'Kissing With Confidence' or 'Murphy's Law'.
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ST 051
10 Oct 22
Dean Street
Know What It Is - (5:16) 100 BPM
The Questions - (6:27) 109 BPM
Just Right - (4:52) 57 BPM
Gottie - (2:39) 90 BPM
Make It Or Fake It - (5:49) 110 BPM
Zulu - (5:47) 52 BPM
Understand - (5:09) 114 BPM
UNI - (4:46) 119 BPM Hot
Married Joint - (5:43) 104 BPM
Sunnin' - (5:22) 110 BPM
Ponder This - (5:16) 96 BPM
Donuts - (3:54) 102 BPM
Tears Inside My Eyes - (3:07) 87 BPM
Down The Lane - (5:25) 97 BPM
Getz - (5:44) 60 BPM
139 - (3:55) 110 BPM
Review: Slightly Transformed bring us a long-player from New York-based DJ, producer and re-editor Patrick Sullivan, better known professionally as P-Sol, that's quite staggering in its musical scope, as he flits back and forth seamlessly between house, disco, broken beat, Balearic, funk, boogie, soul, lounge and hip-hop - sometimes in the course of a single track, and pleasingly without simply reaching for a big box of over-familiar samples. From the cinematic jazz-funk nouveau of 'Donuts' to the druggy slo-mo soul of 'Down The Lane' via the smooth, Sunburst-esque contemporary disco of 'Sunnin', 'Dean Street' is an album that packs many musical delights and is best served whole - so do yourself a favour and grab a copy.
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ST 050
24 Jun 22
Disco Strut E.P
Disco Strut - (5:31) 115 BPM Hot
Midnight Joke - (5:21) 116 BPM
Review: There are records that come along and change the musical landscape single-handedly: records that shift paradigms, push envelopes and rewrite rulebooks. Sometimes, though, it doesn't actually matter if you're not doing anything new or groundbreaking, just as long as you're doing what you do well. This two-tracker from Clean Is Good falls into the latter camp: the two disco/house fusions presented here do precisely nothing you haven't heard 1,000 times before, but just you try not dancing to them! A cheeky, familiar-sounding horns riff just nudges it for 'Midnight Joke' but both cuts are quality. If it ain't broke, etc...
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ST 049
15 Apr 22
Winter Numbers 2022
P Sol - "Beach Is Closed" (original mix) - (4:56) 110 BPM
DiCE_NZ - "Roll With Me" (original mix) - (7:17) 108 BPM
Dad Bod - "Back To The Beach" (original mix) - (5:50) 118 BPM
Picossu - "Monkey" (original mix) - (5:45) 115 BPM
Delfonic - "Hanging Tough" (original mix) - (6:07) 119 BPM
Oldchap - "Hey Girl" (original mix) - (6:01) 98 BPM
T Sounds - "Always There" (original mix) - (5:18) 125 BPM
Kiosko 33 - "Theory Of House" (original mix) - (8:58) 115 BPM
Andy Kidd - "Hustlin'" (original mix) - (5:30) 122 BPM
Beatphreak - "Catch 22" (original mix) - (6:08) 101 BPM
Belabouche - "They Are Ours" (original mix) - (5:50) 103 BPM
Kristoff MX - "Funk With Me" (original mix) - (6:05) 117 BPM
Cole Medina - "Love In Motion" (original mix) - (6:25) 112 BPM
RobJamWeb - "Southern Breeze" (original mix) - (6:13) 120 BPM
Ronald Koon - "Paradyse" (original mix) - (5:27) 120 BPM
Jet Boot Jack - "Breakdance On The Street" (original mix) - (6:50) 120 BPM
Petko Turner - "Dont Try 2 Hold Me On" (original mix) - (3:21) 117 BPM
Ash Reynolds - "The Way You Move" (original mix) - (3:33) 108 BPM
Clean Is Good - "Jarbie's Samples" (original mix) - (5:42) 108 BPM
Chuggin Edits - "Ooo This Love" (original mix) - (5:51) 96 BPM
Dave Mathmos - "Down Down Down" (original mix) - (6:52) 116 BPM
Green Sequence - "Vo Ovoj Grad" (original mix) - (3:19) 124 BPM
The Secret Soul Society - "Music In The Air" (original mix) - (4:44) 110 BPM
Ferdinand Debeaufort - "Alone And Blue" (original mix) - (4:30) 112 BPM
The Andromeda Funk Phenomena - "The Chair That's Rockin'" (original mix) - (5:55) 100 BPM Hot
Platzdasch & Dix - "Steep Coast" (feat Alexander Watson - original mix) - (6:25) 122 BPM
Review: Slightly Transformed bring us the latest installment in their occasional compilation series, which follows on from 'Summer Numbers 2019' and 'Summer Numbers 2020'. Regular visitors to this page should need no introduction to the respected London-based label, and with the album packing a whopping 26 tracks, there's certainly no space to give you a full blow-by-blow rundown: suffice to say that whether you're a fan of sparkling boogie nouveau, sumptuous string-drenched disco, deep 'n' groovy house, headnoddin' Balearica or any combination thereof, this is a comp you're gonna want to check for. Standouts for yours truly include Kiosko 33's Chuck Roberts-biting 'Theory Of House' and Kristoff MX's 'Funk With Me', but you'll find your own I'm sure...
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ST 048
18 Feb 22
Burnin' Up
Burnin' Up (original mix) - (4:34) 123 BPM Hot
Burnin' Up (edit) - (3:43) 123 BPM
Burnin' Up (Jean Jacques Smoothie remix) - (7:37) 123 BPM
Burnin' Up (Monsieur Van Pratt Redub) - (5:55) 120 BPM
Review: Disco house from the sultry n' sophisticated side is the order of the day on this latest salvo from the Slightly Transformed camp. In its Original form, 'Burnin' Up' goes straight for the jugular - think peaktime at Glitterbox, though the sheer quality of the vocal and the deceptively complex funk bassline ensure it stays well clear of the cheese board. Jean Jacques Smoothie opts for a slightly deeper, chunkier feel but the standout for yours truly is the stripped-back Monsieur Van Pratt Redub, wherein the pianos get a chance to really shine, while a radio edit completes the package.
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ST 047
14 Jan 22
Sketch Of Noble Grooves
RAGAZZA DUB - (6:33) 116 BPM
FEEL IT! - (6:51) 116 BPM
YOU & ME - (6:37) 117 BPM
Review: The ever-reliable Mathmos returns with five typically high-calibre disco cuts. First up is 'Addio Ragazzo Ciao', which is laidback, lounge-y and summery, with an Italian vocal and an overall late 70s vibe. That's followed by 'Ragazza Dub', which tones down the lounge/pop elements and brings the bass to the fore, while elsewhere 'Feel It' reworks The Jones Girls' 'Nights Over Egypt', 'You And Me' is redolent of mid-70s barrio funk outta Spanish Harlem, while 'Where Is The Party' is another more funk-oriented workout with a little added Madhouse-style wonk. Whether these are best regarded as re-edits or simply as sample-heavy productions may be in doubt - their sheer danceability is not.
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ST 046
03 Dec 21
Dance With Somebody
Dance With Somebody (original mix) - (5:36) 121 BPM Hot
Dance With Somebody (The Owl Nu Disco remix) - (5:31) 116 BPM
Dance With Somebody (The Owl Slo Mo remix) - (5:02) 111 BPM
Review: Iberican native Mr Doris teams up once more with occasional partner-in-crime D-Funk, AKA Sydney-based Brit Doug Masters. With a robot-voiced spoken intro giving way to huge keyboard vamps and an in-your-face, looped/chanted "you got the right to dance with somebody" vocal, 'Dance With Somebody' is a surefire attention-getter and as such probably best reserved for peaktime play, while The Owl supplies two fairly self-explanatory Nu Disco and Slo Mo remixes. The latter will slot nicely into chilled/Balearic sets, but you can't beat the Original for sheer infectious danceability. Some rather lovely lil' jazzy keyboard licks in there, too.
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ST 045
13 Aug 21
Steady Eddie
Steady Eddie - (5:52) 120 BPM
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ST 041
09 Jul 21
If You Missed The Groove
If You Missed The Groove - (5:50) 115 BPM Hot
When You Need Me - (6:17) 117 BPM
The Monkey Do - (6:39) 117 BPM
The Funkeenator - (5:49) 110 BPM
Trumpeter - (5:42) 109 BPM
Review: In just a few short years, Argentinian producer Alexny has racked up releases on some of the most respected disco and house labels in the game, from King Street to Moiss Music, Furious Mandrill and Spa In Disco. Now you can add UK stable Slightly Transformed to that ever-growing list, as he steps up with a supremely checkable five-tracker that ranges from the discofied deep house of 'If You Missed The Groove', via the authentically 70s-sounding mirrorball vibes of 'When You Need Me', to the rawer funk strut of 'The Funkeenator', 'The Monkey Do' and 'The Trumpeter'.
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ST 43
04 Jun 21
Show Me EP
Show Me - (5:14) 122 BPM
Feel This Love - (6:10) 101 BPM Hot
Sundown - (6:44) 100 BPM
Review: French producer Vigi returns to Slightly Transformed with a three-track EP. 'Show Me' itself is up first and has a late 70s/early 80s feel, with classic disco strings married to a more boogie-esque male vocal. 'Feel This Love', which follows, drops the tempo and has a hazy, laidback feel that means it would slot well into Balearic sets. The package is then completed by 'Sundown', wherein a full male soul vocal and understated beats are served up in wobbly, warping fashion ? la Lemon Jelly, Bent et al. Classy stuff all round, but 'Show Me' takes the gold.
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ST 042
14 May 21
Dancin EP
Dancin - (4:36) 126 BPM
Soothing Groove - (6:09) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Two very playable disco-house/nu-disco cuts here from Boogietraxx, AKA Brandon Keeks, a New Yorker and self-described "rhythmic renovator of retro funk" who's now based in Austin, Texas. Whether they're original cuts or re-edits isn't entirely clear - if they're edits, then Keeks has dug impressively deep for source material - but no matter. 'Dancin' is a pleasant lil' filter disco groover with a looped female "don't stop dancing" vocal, while 'Soothing Groove' sits somewhere between late 70s disco and early 80s boogie and sports a suitably smooth male vocal - and either should keep disco floors groovin' along nicely.
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ST 039
18 Dec 20
Songs From The Soul Kitchen
Frank's In Love - (4:36) 114 BPM
Better Get To Know You - (4:23) 114 BPM Hot
Tense & Nervous - (4:48) 108 BPM
Shoot Me Down - (5:41) 114 BPM
Know Just What To Do - (5:14) 110 BPM
You Don't Know (feat Nell Shakespeare) - (4:35) 108 BPM
Groovy Coconuts - (3:01) 98 BPM
Charlie Can't Make Me - (5:50) 100 BPM
Find Our Way - (5:00) 104 BPM
Frankly It's A Groove - (4:03) 96 BPM
Stevie Loves Bettye - (4:05) 118 BPM
Love Will Come (feat Nell Shakespeare) - (4:44) 109 BPM
Leeping For Joy - (5:17) 112 BPM
Alan Has Future Proofed Jimmy - (3:38) 110 BPM
New World Would Be Nice - (3:39) 92 BPM
Review: Despite the artist name and album title, this is far from being the collection of 15 limp, same-y soul ballads you might be fearing! Instead, Secret Soul Society - AKA Neon Heights front man Cal Gibson and friends - serve up veritable smorgasbord of Balearic delights, from the dusty, looped disco-soul of 'Better Get To Know You' and the folksy Laurel Canyon vibes of 'Groovy Coconuts' to the 80s soul redux of 'Find Our Way', the bonkers 'Leeping For Joy' which should appeal to fans of 4hero, Four Tet et al, and the Stevie Nicks-biting 'Stevie Loves Bettye'.
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ST 038
11 Dec 20
Find A Love EP
Find A Love - (6:10) 120 BPM
Stay Stay Stay - (6:30) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Austrian producer Manfred Kling, AKA Mannix, has a CV that takes in labels such as Midnight Riot, Peppermint Jam, Black Vinyl, Duff Note and Favouritizm. Now, he makes his Slightly Transformed debut with two original disco productions that capture that late 70s vibe while still sounding up-to-date. 'Find A Love' has the surging, looping feel of filter disco and sports a hefty b-line, near-falsetto male vox and euphoric brass, not to mention some subtle but impressive Rhodes work towards the end, while 'Stay Stay Stay' nudges even closer to disco-house territory with trumpet parps, soaring strings, Blaxploitation-esque guitar squalls and a boogie-style male vocal.
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ST 037
16 Oct 20
Funny Feeling EP
Funny Feeling - (6:37) 120 BPM
Make Love - (5:35) 118 BPM Hot
Casou - (7:11) 122 BPM
Can't Do It Alone - (9:15) 116 BPM
Show Me How - (6:53) 109 BPM
Review: There's much to admire on this first full outing from newcomer Ferdinand Debeaufort, whose only previous outing was a sole track on Slightly Transformed's recent Summer Numbers 2020 compilation. By and large, the re-edits are bouncy and floor-focused, with the lavishly named Debeaufort adding a bit more percussive pressure to a variety of disco-centric cuts. He starts in confident mood with a brilliantly chopped-up and rearranged version of an old Fantastic Aleems cut ('Funny Feeling'), before dancing his way through a rubbery disco-boogie number (the synth-sporting 'Make Love'). Elsewhere, 'Casou' is a killer version of a mid-80s French synth-boogie number, 'Can't Do It Alone' is a horn-sporting disco celebration built around short, subtly changing loops, and 'Show Me How' is a low-slung treat.
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ST 036
25 Sep 20
Summer Numbers 2020
Luxxury - "What Are We Gonna Do" (extended mix) - (4:21) 113 BPM
Drop Out Orchestra - "Edgy" (original mix) - (5:38) 115 BPM
Joseph Terruel - "Stop On By" (original mix) - (5:20) 114 BPM
Chewy Rubs - "Move Across The Floor" (feat Dirty Angels - original mix) - (5:53) 118 BPM
Chuggin Edits - "Groovin U" (original mix) - (6:09) 118 BPM
Delfonic - "Get Up & Spread Love" (original mix) - (7:14) 105 BPM Hot
Dave Mathmos - "Take A Chance As You Go" (original mix) - (6:10) 118 BPM
Lego Edit - "JFunk" (Lego Afro Cut) - (7:43) 117 BPM
Paul Older - "No Matter" (original mix) - (6:07) 118 BPM
DiCE_NZ - "Get My Life Together" (original mix) - (4:51) 113 BPM
Oliver Dexx - "Do You Know" (original mix) - (4:30) 122 BPM
Platzdasch & Dix - "Affair" (feat Alexander Watson - original mix) - (7:26) 112 BPM
Ferdinand Debeaufort - "Make Love" (original mix) - (5:34) 118 BPM
Shit Hot Soundsystem - "Firebabe" (original mix) - (7:51) 116 BPM
Monsieur Van Pratt - "Mild Drug" (original mix) - (5:21) 120 BPM
Vigi - "Something About Love" (original mix) - (4:35) 122 BPM
Petko Turner - "Sunshine" (Bossa Nova mix) - (6:15) 103 BPM
Oldchap - "Mirandolina" (original mix) - (4:58) 112 BPM
The Secret Soul Society - "You Don't Know" (feat Nell Shakespeare - original mix) - (4:35) 108 BPM
The Found Sound Orchestra - "Mac & Carly Go Uptown" (original mix) - (4:15) 106 BPM
Late Night Workshop - "Dreaming Of Summer" (original mix) - (4:07) 96 BPM
KRM - "Summer In The City" (original mix) - (11:35) 85 BPM
Ash Reynolds - "I Am Yours" (original mix) - (5:07) 114 BPM
Review: With 23 tracks to choose from, there's no faulting the value for money offered by this summer compilation from London's Slightly Transformed label. Such an extensive tracklist also offers plenty of scope for stylistic variety, with tracks ranging from laidback, groovesome boogie/soul jams like opener 'What Are We Gonna Do' to the mellow Balearic haze of 'Summer In The City', via the strident 80s attitude of 'Edgy', the looping filter disco of 'Something About Love', the authentic-sounding Blaxploitation funk of 'Mac And Carly Go Uptown', the Zapp/Cameo-isms of 'Firebabe' and even a bossa nova cover of Bill Withers. Serve poolside, accompanied by several mojitos, for maximum impact!
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ST 035
28 Aug 20
The Get Down EP
The Get Down - (5:05) 118 BPM Hot
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".
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ST 034
07 Aug 20
Everytime (extended mix) - (6:41) 123 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 033
31 Jul 20
Deep House
Night Jet EP
Night Jet - (5:46) 120 BPM
Atlantic Highway - (7:22) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 030
05 Jun 20
Contemporary Soul EP
Slick Talk - (6:10) 103 BPM
Just... A Lonely Soul (Part 1) - (6:50) 97 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 029
01 May 20
The Untitled EP
Shablamidi Shablamda - (6:46) 91 BPM Hot
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'.
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ST 028
27 Mar 20
New York EP
New York - (5:15) 112 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 027
07 Feb 20
Vibrations & Temptations
Vibrations & Temptations (original mix) - (6:22) 102 BPM
Vibrations & Temptations (Get Down Edits remix) - (6:30) 107 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 026
24 Jan 20
Disco Lights
Disco Lights (original mix) - (6:55) 123 BPM
Disco Lights (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:45) 122 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 025
13 Dec 19
Nothing But Funk
Nothing But Funk - (7:03) 118 BPM Hot
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...
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ST 024
15 Nov 19
Street Pocket
Street Pocket - (6:38) 118 BPM
Never - (7:28) 105 BPM Hot
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!
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ST 023
18 Oct 19
Your Love EP
Your Love - (6:42) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 022
20 Sep 19
Playaround EP
Playaround - (7:51) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 021
09 Aug 19
Summer Numbers 2019
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 Hot
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.
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ST 020
05 Jul 19
Acid Lies EP
Acid Lies - (5:24) 102 BPM Hot
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...
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ST 019
28 Jun 19
Some Thang
Some Thang - (6:50) 124 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 018
12 May 19
Good Vibe
Good Vibe - (6:03) 119 BPM Hot
You & Me - (6:59) 121 BPM
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ST 015
01 Mar 19
What's The Use
What's The Use - (5:19) 107 BPM
Watching You - (5:19) 115 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 014
01 Feb 19
Island Edits EP
When U Return - (7:04) 113 BPM Hot
Nights Over - (5:39) 116 BPM
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ST 013
11 Jan 19
I Know, I Know
I Know, I Know (original mix) - (6:22) 112 BPM
I Know, I Know (Limpodisco remix) - (5:51) 112 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 012
07 Dec 18
Down To The Strip
Ash Reynolds - "Tune In (Intro)" - (0:36) 112 BPM
Ash Reynolds - "Across The Floor" - (6:38) 112 BPM Hot
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.
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ST 011
27 Jul 18
Stressed Out
Stressed Out - (7:32) 123 BPM
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ST 009
24 Nov 17
Funky/Club House
Divided - (7:28) 120 BPM
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ST 006
01 Mar 17
Your Time
Your Time - (4:41) 105 BPM Hot
Perspective - (4:08) 95 BPM
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ST 004
15 Apr 16
Deep House
Mysterious Vibe - (4:00) 110 BPM Hot
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!
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ST 003
01 Jan 16
Slightly Transformed Vol 1
Wasted Nights - "She Got It" - (5:18) 118 BPM
Beerlover - "Weekend" - (2:35) 108 BPM
Ash Reynolds - "All Tonight" - (4:03) 110 BPM Hot
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
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ST 002
11 Feb 15
Say Goodnight
Say Goodnight (original mix) - (4:23) 115 BPM Hot
Say Goodnight (Basement Love remix) - (3:14) 92 BPM
Played by: 80's Child, Wonkar
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ST 001
28 Apr 14
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