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Batida
SNDWD 038
26 Mar 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Pronto Pra Batida (feat Mck) - (0:13) 91 BPM
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Alegria - (3:35) 136 BPM
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Yumbala (feat Circuito Feixado) - (3:28) 140 BPM
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Tirei O Chapeu (feat Ikonoklasta) - (3:33) 135 BPM
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Puxa (feat Beat Laden) - (4:09) 123 BPM
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Bazuka (Quem Me Rusgou) - (3:51) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tribalismo (feat Circuito Feixado) - (4:23) 138 BPM
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Ka Heueh (feat Ngongo) - (4:08) 134 BPM
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Saudade (feat Bob Da Rage Sense) - (3:10) 95 BPM
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Cuka (feat Ikonoklasta) - (4:09) 134 BPM
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Alegria EP
SNDW 12014D
14 Jan 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Alegria (extended mix) - (6:07) 138 BPM
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Alegria (radio edit) - (3:06) 136 BPM
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Puxa (Beat Laden remix) - (5:02) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cuka (Maga Bo remix) - (3:24) 144 BPM
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Yumbala
SNDW 7017D
07 May 12
Breakbeat
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Batida - "Yumbala" (AJ Holmes remix) - (3:29) 140 BPM
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Carlos Lamartine - "Ngongo J'ami" (Batida remix) - (3:03) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Chris Coco
Elegancia Tropical
SNDWD 048
19 Nov 12
UK Garage
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Bosque - (4:52) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bailar Conmigo - (4:03)
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El Alma Y El Cuerpo - (5:01)
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Sintiendo - (3:58) 120 BPM
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Pure Love - (4:33) 127 BPM
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Rocas (feat Bnegao) - (3:02) 137 BPM
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Caribbean Power - (5:40)
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Mozo - (3:56) 136 BPM
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Pajaros - (5:27) 119 BPM
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Lo Que Tengo Que Decir - (3:24) 136 BPM
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Pa' Respirar - (5:13) 129 BPM
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Played by: Marflix
Review: Longstanding Columbian groovers Bomba Estereo have something of a timeless quality to their rich, organic grooves. As much as they roll with a comforting Zion Train pro-retro wriggle, there's all manner of contemporary parallels - not least the XX/Delphic style delivery of "El Alma Y El Cuerpo". Now on their third album, their distinctive blend of deep psychedelic production and rustic, wholesome Latin folk will warm your heart in minutes. But don't get too sun-kissed and sexy... there's some savage club grooves deep in the mix. Just wait till "Pure Love" hits. Wow.
Friday Night EP
SNDW 12013D
27 Aug 12
UK Garage
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Friday Night - (4:11) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Auntie Fatty - (4:19) 134 BPM
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Auntie Fatty (DrumTalk remix) - (4:29) 134 BPM
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Floor Excitement EP
SNDW 12013DB
08 Aug 12
UK Garage
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Floor Excitement - (3:05) 125 BPM
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Floor Excitement VIP - (3:38) 125 BPM
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Yagga Skank - (2:51) 135 BPM
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1995 - (3:57) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Magical Thinking
SNDWD 051
15 Apr 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Comes & Goes (feat Annakalmia Traver) - (4:55) 128 BPM
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Edge Of It - (4:51) 118 BPM
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Same Old Clown (feat Kendra Morris) - (4:48) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Long Time Gone - (5:28) 133 BPM
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Vivito (El Colibir) - (5:11) 140 BPM
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Magic Touch - (2:42) 99 BPM
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Esta Bueno - (5:25) 120 BPM
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Estrellitas (Little Stars) - (5:46) 76 BPM
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I Feel It (feat Alecia Chakour) - (4:25) 131 BPM
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One Day Late - (3:06) 133 BPM
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Vengo A Ti - (5:34) 74 BPM
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Oye Mira - (3:40) 120 BPM
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Manifest Tone The Best Of Volumes 1 3
SNDWD 041A
08 Apr 13
Funk
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Say What - (6:38) 106 BPM
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Mayombe - (6:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Who You Runnin From? - (5:29) 108 BPM
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Govt Issue Id - (6:40) 120 BPM
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Dilo Como Yo (Te EstAnn Llamando) - (4:14) 60 BPM
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Head Hunting - (4:52) 60 BPM
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His Favourite Thing - (4:02) 62 BPM
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El Paragua (2010 edit) - (3:35) 60 BPM
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Luz - (5:19) 125 BPM
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Electric BAggalu - (3:04) 108 BPM
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Sin Frenos - (6:09) 133 BPM
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Nobody Wants To
SNDW 7021D
20 May 16
Hip Hop/R&B
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Nobody Wants To - (3:06) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nobody Wants To (instrumental) - (3:05) 86 BPM
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Same Old Clown EP
SNDW 12018D
04 Mar 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Same Old Clown - (4:48) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Same Old Clown (Linkwood remix) - (3:54) 115 BPM
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Same Old Clown (Kon remix) - (5:10) 115 BPM
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Same Old Clown (Kon dub) - (4:54) 115 BPM
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Played by: Caserta, Reed & Radley
Wondem
SNDWD 095
11 Nov 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Veggie Wondem Combo (Ras G Afrikan Space Program remix) - (3:05) 92 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Saba (Te'Amir Sweeney Tape remix) - (4:08) 68 BPM
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Xamar (Stomach Club Refix Ruff 03) - (2:12) 80 BPM
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Lalibela (Wondem Alternate dub remix) - (2:37) 90 BPM
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Wondem Collage (Carlos Nino & Dexter Story remix) - (3:30) 135 BPM
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Lalibela (Jeremy Sole remix) - (3:54) 90 BPM
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Sidet Eskemeche (Todd M Simon dub remix) - (3:09) 96 BPM
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Mowa (Al Dobson Jr remix) - (2:40) 96 BPM
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Merkato Star (Kutmah Kxxtz remix) - (2:37) 112 BPM
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Eastern Prayer (Kutmah Kxxtz remix) - (6:13) 87 BPM
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Review: Written and recorded in Story's own Los Angeles studio in downtown Los Angeles with his pal and producer Carlos NiNo Wondem was the debut Soundway Records release for multi-talented jazz-soul artist, Dexter Story. Progressing Story's sound from soul, funk, jazz and folk, the album saw him incorporate sounds East African-influenced music (think Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya). Here the album gets remixed and particular standouts include the spooky laser dub of "Veggie Wandem Combo" (Raf G Afrikan Space Program remix), the moody percussion of "Lalibela (alternative dub)" and the balmy nu-soul grooves of "Mowa" (Al Dobson Jr mix).
Wejene Aola
SNDWD 7022
25 Aug 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Wejene Aola (feat Kamasi Washington) - (3:36) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eastern Prayer (feat Nia Andrews) - (3:00) 130 BPM
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DrumTalk EP
SNDW 12016D
19 Nov 12
UK Garage
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Airbourne - (4:55) 127 BPM
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Strata - (4:43) 133 BPM
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Petro - (3:42) 140 BPM
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Realm - (4:53) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Free Love
SNDWD 070
09 Mar 15
Indie
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Basbizile - (4:58) 94 BPM
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Shangrila (feat Moonchild) - (3:44) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Higher Power (feat Nandi Ndlovu & Nongoma Ndlovu) - (3:17) 152 BPM
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Sefty Belt (feat Josiahwiseistheserpentwithfeet) - (5:09) 62 BPM
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Sophiatown - (2:39) 134 BPM
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Peaking - (4:04) 123 BPM
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My Wave (feat Nandi Ndlovu & Nongoma Ndlovu) - (4:53) 110 BPM
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Breaker - (1:15) 120 BPM
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Cat & Mouse (feat Mim Suileman) - (4:22) 81 BPM
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Fire & Smoke (feat Nandi Ndlovu & Nongoma Ndlovu) - (3:38) 144 BPM
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Damn (feat Josiahwiseistheserpentwithfeet) - (3:32) 140 BPM
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Umoya (feat Nandi Ndlovu & Nongoma Ndlovu) - (4:26) 84 BPM
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Eye Of The Sun EP
SNDW 12020D
10 Nov 14
Indie
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Eye Of The Sun (feat Moonchild) - (5:25) 89 BPM
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Shangrila (feat Moonchild) - (3:43) 85 BPM
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Sefty Belt (feat Josiahwise Is The Serpentwithfeet) - (5:09) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shesha Span (Hell Yeah) (feat Ross McDonald) - (4:42) 96 BPM
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Fafi - (3:38) 74 BPM
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24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82
SNDWD 047
03 Dec 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Disco Dancer - (6:56) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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24 Hours In A Disco - (7:19) 125 BPM
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Keep On Dancing - (6:30) 118 BPM
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Disco Train - (10:20) 127 BPM
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Pretty Pretty Girls - (9:16) 121 BPM
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Sexy Dancer - (6:59) 122 BPM
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Loving You - (9:28) 129 BPM
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Remixed
SNDWD 077
29 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Let's Dance (Faze Action remix) - (7:09) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Talking Fish (Titeknots remix) - (4:28) 110 BPM
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Let's Dance (Faze Action radio edit) - (3:30) 123 BPM
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Talking Fish (Titeknots radio edit) - (3:36) 110 BPM
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Hafa
SNDWLP 099
21 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Sadeo - (5:10) 99 BPM
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Water - (4:11) 122 BPM
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Quiver - (3:46) 134 BPM
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L'horloge - (3:32) 57 BPM
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Agua Viva - (4:09) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kulala - (4:48) 117 BPM
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Seasons - (3:51) 134 BPM
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Wind, Sand & Stars - (5:13) 135 BPM
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Konkoma Remixed
SNDW 12017D
10 Dec 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sibashaya Woza (Chico Mann remix) - (6:22) 131 BPM
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Handkerchief (Auntie Flo remix) - (6:28) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kpanlogo (Debruit remix) - (4:05)
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Carnival Drum Sound
SNDW 12011D
10 Sep 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Carnival Drum Song - (3:44) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Carnival Drum Song (DrumTalk Rremix) - (4:37) 115 BPM
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Just Do You
SNDW 12024D
09 Dec 16
Funk
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Just Do You (feat Mara TK) - (6:19) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just Do Dub - (6:21) 63 BPM
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Only You (feat Toby Laing) - (6:50) 63 BPM
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Just Do You (instrumental) - (6:19) 63 BPM
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Harmonies
SNDWD 090
14 Jun 17
Balearic/Downtempo
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Whoa! There's No Limit (feat Mara TK) - (5:31) 97 BPM
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Life On Earth (feat Mara TK) - (2:33) 111 BPM
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The Sweetest Meditation (feat Mara TK) - (5:54) 115 BPM
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Makossa No 3 - (4:01) 113 BPM
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Low To The Street (feat Lisa Tomlins) - (5:08) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Your Life - (5:15) 116 BPM
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Just Do You (feat Mara TK) - (4:48) 125 BPM
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C90 Eternal - (4:08) 128 BPM
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Note From Home (feat Toby Laing) - (3:48) 87 BPM
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I Love Music (feat Lisa Tomlins) - (3:55) 107 BPM
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Review: Over the course of the last decade, dub-soaked musical fusionist Lord Echo has delivered a string of fine releases, including two top-notch albums. Given his fine track record, it's perhaps unsurprising that Soundway has snapped up the Kiwi producer's third full-length excursion, Harmonies. It features contributions from a posse of guest collaborators - Tony Laing of Fat Freddy's Drop and regular studio buddy Mara TK included - and giddily infuses reggae and rocksteady with disco, Afro-soul, Afro-funk, Afro-beat, spiritual jazz and, more surprisingly, techno. It's a hugely vibrant and entertaining set, all told, offering a good balance between dancefloor vibrations and more laidback concoctions.
Melodies
SNDWD 091
17 Feb 17
Balearic/Downtempo
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Rhythm 77 - (3:51) 91 BPM
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Blueberry Jam - (3:30) 106 BPM
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Wang East - (5:10) 98 BPM
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The Book Keeper - (5:49) 76 BPM
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That's Right - (5:25) 54 BPM
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Terabu - (3:30) 56 BPM
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Honest I Do - (3:04) 59 BPM
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Cosmic Echoes - (5:06) 110 BPM
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Miracle Dance - (4:26) 59 BPM
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Sword Cane - (6:13) 95 BPM
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Thinking Of You - (7:00) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Sweetest Meditation (Remixes)
SNDWD 131
29 Sep 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Sweetest Meditation (Club mix) - (6:31) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Sweetest Meditation - (5:51) 115 BPM
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The Sweetest Dub - (6:15) 115 BPM
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The Sweetest Meditation (Julien Dyne remix) - (6:26) 114 BPM
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The Sweetest Meditation (Borrowed CS remix) - (5:50) 118 BPM
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The Sweetest Meditation (Club mix radio edit) - (3:43) 115 BPM
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Review: Second time around for Lord Echo's Mara TK hook-up, "The Sweetest Meditation", which was one of the standout cuts on the Kiwi producer's brilliant Harmonies album. This time, the "high-rolling summertime opus" is given the remix treatment, with the good Lord kicking things off via a warm, jazzy and sun-kissed "Club Mix" full of wavy deep house attitude and Roy Ayers style Vibraphone solos. Julien Dyre utilizes the original version's dub style bassline to the full on his boogie-tinged deep house interpretation, while Borrowed CS's top-notch reworks sits somewhere between the Detroit deep house of Andres and Joe Clausell's percussive Afro-house productions. Arguably best of all, though, is "The Sweetest Dub", a rolling and echo-laden, dub disco style re-make.
Shango
SNDW 12010D
02 Jul 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Shango - (4:19) 120 BPM
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Shango (Daniel Haaksman & DJ Beware remix) - (5:12) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Weird Together
Manifest Tone EP
SNDW 12015D
12 Nov 12
Funky/Club House
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Dilo Como Yo (Te Estan Llamand) - (4:15) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Luz - (5:19) 125 BPM
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El Paragua (2010 edit) - (3:54) 110 BPM
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His Favourite Thing - (4:01) 125 BPM
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Review: As NYC multi-instrumentalist Chico prepares for a new album in 2013, we're treated to a selection of cuts from his previously limited "Manifest Tone" series. Fusing sprightly electro boogie with the zest of D-Train, the jazz fluency of Roy Ayers and the more modern, complex production presentation of The Mexican Institute Of Sound, it's a really interesting blend of flavours that spans decades. From the sad Cuban dirge "El Paraguay" to the two-step meets classic Knuckles-out garage "His Favourite Thing" via the Kenny Dope-meets-Fela Kuti minded rhythm of "Luz" this oozes unique character, creativity and musicianship.
Tropical EP (remixes)
SNDWD 073
01 Dec 14
Deep House
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Ranifall (Let The Machines Do The Work remix) - (4:43) 131 BPM
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YapeyA (Deft remix) - (4:34) 113 BPM
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Kaiowa (Shox Be Easy remix) - (5:04) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rainfall (Faik remix) - (3:04) 125 BPM
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Review: Hirsute Londoner My Panda Shall Fly (aka Suren Seneviratne) likes to keep his listeners on their toes with an unpredictable mix of sonic directions. Here though, we get his recent Tropical EP rejigged by a host of other producers, presumably all faves of Suren. Actually only three of the original six tracks appear here but there's still plenty to enjoy, particularly the misty tropical rave shower of "Rainfall" as remixed by Let The Machines Do The Work, the doomy synth pad excursions of "Kaiowa (Shox Be Easy remix)" and the distorted, broken down house of Faik's take on "Rainfall".
Tropical
SNDWD 063
11 Aug 14
Experimental/Electronic
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Ngalopkha - (3:34) 68 BPM
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Kaiowa - (5:03) 57 BPM
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Rainfall - (4:02) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Zareba - (3:51) 63 BPM
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Old Tupi - (4:19) 64 BPM
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YapeyA - (5:04) 64 BPM
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Mangase
SNDW 12020
04 Aug 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Shaluza Max - "Mangase" - (4:12) 108 BPM
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Tabu Ley Rochereau - "Hafi Deo" - (9:30) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Keira
SNDWD 094
28 Oct 16
International
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Keira - (1:10) 78 BPM
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Mamadou - (2:43) 51 BPM
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Bani - (4:51) 96 BPM
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Ansumana - (5:25) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Foday Kunda - (4:39) 57 BPM
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Susso Kunda - (1:02) 82 BPM
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Alagi - (4:32) 104 BPM
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Tomora - (6:24) 88 BPM
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Kangorang - (2:49) 115 BPM
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Son Kunda - (5:49) 56 BPM
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Review: For this album, London's Huw Bennett created music directly inspired by the magnificent sounds of the Mandinka people in Gambia, namely Susso and Kuyateh griot families. According to Soundway Records, while travelling and seeking inspiration Huw found himself humbled by such a welcoming community of artists. The tracks are said to be composed from original source material, in addition to field recordings and Huw's own multi-instrumentalist leanings (he is the bass player for electronic jazz outfit Saltwater Samurai), all the while paying homage to a traditional Gambian aesthetic. The traditional instruments of the local musicians and their distinct style combine with Bennett's electronic production methods for a truly captivating and, above all, soulful musical experience.
Ten Cities
SNDWD 069
17 Nov 14
Deep House
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Octa Push - "Khuchende Halala" (feat Isaac) - (4:55) 130 BPM
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Pinch - "Are You Coming With Us?" (feat Temi Oyedele) - (5:39) 126 BPM
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Dirty Paraffin - "Choborops" (feat Hannes Teichmann) - (4:26) 77 BPM
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Lunabe & Djeff - "Temedo" (feat MC Sacerdote & MC Yola Noivada) - (5:41) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Batida - "Mama Watoto" (feat Cannibal) - (3:09) 133 BPM
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Just A Band & Octa Push - "Boom Boom Boom" - (3:49) 85 BPM
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Lunabe - "Quero Falar" (feat MC Sacerdote) - (2:58) 95 BPM
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Rob Smith - "Work!" (feat Jah Device & Sasha Perera) - (4:28) 69 BPM
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Wura Samba & Gebruder Teichmann - "Antere" - (4:44) 90 BPM
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Diamond Version/Bikya/Wetrobots - "DV BK WR 06" - (3:29) 125 BPM
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Vakula & Planet Lindela - "Ten Cities Masala" (feat Okmalumkoolkat/Thuli Mdlalose/Tshepang Ramoba/Moonchild) - (4:49) 120 BPM
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Perera Elsewhere - "Ebora" (feat Aremu) - (2:29) 156 BPM
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Dubmasta/Hannes Teichmann/Leon Erasmus - "10 Henry Nxumalo Street" (feat Afurakan) - (6:31) 133 BPM
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Diamond Version/Bikya/Wetrobots - "DV BK WR 01" - (6:36) 90 BPM
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Afrologic - "Omode Mewa" (feat Aremu/Temi Oyedele/Wura Samba) - (4:35) 120 BPM
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Vakula & Planet Lindela - "Jozi Sunset" - (7:36) 118 BPM
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Oren Gerlitz - "Orange Green" (feat Karun) - (2:44) 126 BPM
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Hannes Teichmann & Vakula - "Last Chance For Momo" (feat Planet Lindela) - (9:29) 116 BPM
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Rob Smith - "The One" (feat Jah Device/Temi Oyedele/Wura Samba) - (5:16) 150 BPM
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No Compromise (remixes)
SNDWD 075
22 Jun 15
Deep House
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No Compromise (Daniel Haaksman remix) - (4:30) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Compromise (Lewis Cancut remix) - (4:13) 135 BPM
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No Compromise
SNDWD 072
19 Jan 15
Deep House
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No Compromise - (3:27) 69 BPM
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Mbira - (6:00) 129 BPM
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Gban Gban Lewa - (3:57) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kalahari - (6:17) 128 BPM
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Karima's Story - (6:25) 122 BPM
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Review: Auckland-based eight-piece Weird Together are an interesting proposition - and not just because it's helmed by Tokyo-based journalist Nick Dwyer and one-time NRK deep house regular Dick 'Magik J' Johnson. Their style, as showcased on this debut EP for the admirable Soundway Records, is fiendishly hard to pin down. In essence, they take inspiration from a myriad of global styles - mainly localised sounds from parts of South America, Africa and the Caribbean - and fuse them with contemporary house rhythms and structures. Throughout, highlights come thick and fast, from the dense percussion, booming bass and African vocals of "Gban Gban Lewa" and picturesque, Soweto-house shuffle of "Karima's Story", to the South American bliss of "Mbira".
Heads Records: South African Disco-Dub Edits
SNDWD 147
11 May 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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William & The Young Five - "You Turn Me On" (JKriv Rework) - (6:28) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Manyane - "Thabong" (Frankie Francis Bubblegum dub) - (6:18) 121 BPM
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Adaye - "Turn It Up" (Frankie Francis 3AM Re edit) - (7:38) 113 BPM
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Starlight - "Picnic" - (3:35) 111 BPM
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Review: Hot on the heels of Soundway's fantastic Gumba Fire compilation of South African boogie and synth-soul comes this partner EP, which shines a light on the country's short-lived but influential Heads Records imprint. The label was only originally active for two years between 1982 and '84, but in that time released a handful of killer 12" singles. A few of those came from Starlight, whose sought-after "Picnic" - a proto-bubblegum, boogie affair heavy on rising horns, jazz-funk electric piano solos and rubbery synth motifs - is arguably this EP's standout moment. Elsewhere, contemporary scalpel fiends get their chance to rework classic Heads Records moments, with Frankie Francis delivering dubbed-out renditions of two cuts: Manyane's stomping, Italo-disco-influenced "Thabong" and Adaye's gravelly, gospel-influenced peak-time disco-funk workout "Turn It Up".
Mass/Mon Ecole
SNDWD 133
07 Jul 17
Deep House
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Mass - (7:10) 120 BPM
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Mon Ecole - (6:35) 116 BPM
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Mass (edit) - (4:04) 120 BPM
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Mass (Ben Hauke remix) - (6:01) 122 BPM
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Mon Ecole (Glenn Astro remix Intro) - (1:39) 116 BPM
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Mon Ecole (Glenn Astro remix) - (5:12) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Last year, Gentleman's Dub Club member Nick Tyson tickled the fancy of many serious selectors with two fine EPs under the Xoa alias. Both brilliantly blurred the boundaries between Afrobeat, electronica, deep house and a myriad of other classic and contemporary genres, with Tyson skillfully combining choice samples and organic instrumentation. Happily, he's at it again here, delivering another two hard-to-pigeonhole treats. We're particularly enjoying the fluttering flutes, sampled vocals, vintage synths and Tony Allen style beats of "Mass", though the hazy Afro-soul of "Mon Ecole" is almost as impressive. The accompanying remixes are tasty, too, with Glenn Astro's two-part rework of "Mon Ecole" (a spine-tingling beat-less intro followed by a wonderfully jazzy deep house rub) just edging out Ben Hauke's sumptuous remix of "Mass".
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