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Carpet Warehouse - (8:05) 107 BPM
   
Love Hard - (6:20) 99 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sos - (5:38) 97 BPM
   
Wide Awake Club - (6:06) 120 BPM
Review: Sprechen's latest release is something of a doozy, all told. It comes from font-of-all-musical-knowledge and top notch DJ Bill Brewster, who shares four killer cuts from his personal stash of re-edits. It really is all killer, no filler, with "Love Hard" - a brilliant revision of a spacey, throbbing, tongue-in-cheek classic that dispenses with almost all of the most familiar bits and concentrates on the track's sleazy groove and intergalactic synths - hitting home particularly hard. Opener "Carpet Warehouse" offers more spacey synths, camp vocals and killer grooves, while "SOS" is a near perfect revision of a low-slung, post punk-era dub disco obscurity. Speaking of post-punk era goodness, we'd suggest checking out EP closer "Wide Awake Club", which could well be the strongest edit on a very strong collection of reworks.
SM 021
04 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Gone East (Version Deux) - (7:11) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wake Up (Dub Disco) - (7:40) 128 BPM
   
Macumba Espanol - (6:37) 124 BPM
   
Where There's Muck, There's Brass - (5:57) 112 BPM
Review: Last Night Bill Brewster saved my life, Sprechen Sie? Legendary UK musicologist, DJ and scribe Billy B returns to Chris Massey's Sprechen label following his Frottage Cheese EP from last year. Laced with the right kind of fromage a second time around, BB let's loose with some wild rhodes and heavy struck piano chords and mumba percussion in "Macumba Espanol", with some starlight bassline funk and cosmic instrumental disco in "Gone East (Version Deux)" - zing! FInd some high street soul-jazz in "Where There's Muck, There's Brass" with some spacey UK dub and post punk funk in "Wake Up (Dub Disco)". Tell 'em Elton sent ya. A good Brew.
SM 039
12 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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You Are Devine (feat Emperor Machine) - (6:55) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Floor To The Four - (8:03) 122 BPM
   
Floor To The Four (ROTCIV remix) - (5:22) 122 BPM
Review: Manchester hero Chris Massey is back with the Pink Flamingo EP. He serves up some high octane disco on "You Are Devine" featuring none other than The Emperor Machine aka Andy Meecham of Chicken Lips fame. "Floor To the Four" is pretty jacking electro house for the peak time hour. Berlin's ROTCIV steps us to deliver an even more acidified take on things also with his killer remix.
SM 002
01 Feb 16
Funky/Club House
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Beatdrum (feat Michelle Manetti) - (6:21) 118 BPM
   
Record Spins - (6:55) 123 BPM
   
Beatdub - (6:21) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Beatdrum (feat Michelle Manetti - Homeboy Redrum) - (5:04) 118 BPM
   
Record Spins (Rave Enka's Kosmo Sapiens remix) - (10:12) 123 BPM
Review: Following EPs from a range of upcoming producers, the 13th Sprechen release sees its boss back at the reins. Massey starts off the release with the jittery, rhythm and searing acid of "Beatdrum", before he moves into more commercial territory with "Record Spins". Sampling a stuttering vocal loop, he drops a menacing but infectious bass line, making for an accessible tune. On "Beatdub", he retreats back underground, accompanied by the sound of chilling sirens, dubbed out beats and jittery percussion, while this approach continues on "Beatdrum (Homeboy Redrum)", where organic percussion and stabbing riffs prevail. However, the EP concludes with the positively upbeat, summery Rave Enka remix of "Record Spins."
SPRECHEN 013
06 Nov 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Love Rescue - (6:00) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You Can Do It - (6:53) 122 BPM
   
Night Dancer - (6:30) 125 BPM
Review: Danny Russell and Ronald Christoph - two Berlin-based producers who both record separately, but also operate as something of an on-off duo - join forces once more on this stylistically varied disco three-tracker for Manchester's ever-checkable Sprechen label. If it's authentically 70s-sounding vibes you're after, then you'll find them in abundance on the title track, with a soulful male vocal backed by Brass Construction-esque horns, chorused female BV's and a warm, velvet-y bassline. Elsewhere, 'You Can Do It' is a tuffer, looping disco-houser, while 'Night Dancer' is a pacier peaktime workout with more of an early 80s feel.
SM 040
07 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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One Two One - (6:58) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Got To Have Your Dub - (6:19) 120 BPM
Review: The Anglo-German duo who made a splash with the funky, percussive 'Rolling Jazz' earlier this year return with a two-tracker on the Manchester-based label Sprechen. 'One Two One' is another deep funker, centring around a hefty, lolloping bassline that's paired with brass fanfares, disco strings and a filtered female "let's get onto a one-to-one situation" vocal, while the accompanying 'Got To Have Your Dub' is a livelier affair with saxophone and trumpets much in evidence, a funk guitar squiggle that loops throughout and a "baby, got to have your love" male vocal snip. The latter nudges towards disco-house, but in pleasingly non-cheesy fashion.
SM 029
21 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Funkabilia - (5:18) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Momento Latino - (7:24) 124 BPM
   
Verona Dub - (6:14) 123 BPM
   
Symptomatic - (6:49) 122 BPM
Review: 'Funkabilla' is a hot, steamy hunk of a track, its low end is so strong and intoxicating with the shakers and that groovy guitar you'll be hard pushed not to get down. 'Momento Latino' is another cut which will get you moving, another set of funky guitar chords and rattling shakers are living up with the pounding beat which drops at the same point as the exciting vox, the low omnipresent sub is the star of the track. Verona Dub has huge a techno overtone to it, the bass is patterned as is essentially the entire track, while the snare and other echoing elements seem to dance eloquently on top. 'Symptomatic' is a brooding and forward moving 80's influenced beast with a dark undertone gently laced with euphoria.
SPRECHEN 011
04 Sep 17
Funky/Club House
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Giagiarat - (6:32) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Once In A Lifetime - (5:17) 104 BPM
Review: It was way back in 2016 when DJ Steevo made his first appearance on Manchester-based Sprechen. Here he returns to the imprint for the first time since with two tracks of house-friendly nu-disco science. First up is "Giagirat", a warm and groovy affair that smothers a toasty deep disco groove with spacey chords, jaunty Rhodes stabs, glassy-eyed piano riffs and intergalactic electronics. Steevo switches to synth-heavy mode on "Once In A Lifetime", where his lazy, sun-kissed guitar motifs and comorting chords offer a perfect accompaniment to mazy synth solos, echoing machine drums and a gently pulsing, Italo-disco style arpeggio line. By the time the dreamy breakdown homes into view you'll be having a glassy-eyed "moment" or two.
SM 024
24 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Karioca - (6:28) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Talking Machines - (6:58) 120 BPM
   
Karioca (SHMLSS remix) - (7:45) 116 BPM
   
Talking Machines (DJ Rocca remix) - (6:18) 123 BPM
Review: A stalwart of the Athenian nu-disco scene, DJ Steevo knows a thing or two about putting on a party. These two new cuts on the Sprechen label once again prove he's on fine form. "Karica" starts things on an upbeat tip - Beginning as lively filtered disco jam (think French Touch or even Groovejet) before expanding into trippier Balearic territory. "Talking Machines" meanwhile is a slower, cool and moody funky head nodder. SHMLSS then arrives to make the title track even trippier on a remix filled with lashings of 303 goodness whilst DJ Rocca gives "Talking Machines" and slick electro-boogie makeover.
SM 003
02 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fm Dreams - (7:21) 124 BPM
   
Mephi (Club mix) - (6:22) 122 BPM
   
Mephi (Disco mix) - (7:24) 122 BPM
   
Fm Dreams (Karl Fraunhofer remix) - (6:28) 124 BPM
   
Mephi (Curses remix) - (6:31) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: London based DJ & Production duo Dorsia are back with more jacking house shenanigans on "FM Dreams" where spangling vintage synth textures bleep and grind away in properly bumping fashion, supported by some real lush and textured moments. The club mix of "Mephi" goes for some nice retro flavour on this Italo disco homage with live drums and soaring analogue arpeggios. But the remix later by Curses is where it really shines on this slow burning EBM style makeover with dirty synth funk bass added for great measure. Also worthy of mention, remix wise; is Norwegian guy Karl Fraunhofer's one of the aforementioned "FM Dreams" where he takes it down early '80's style electronic disco avenue rather reminiscent of Giorgio Moroder or Gino Soccio.
SPRECHEN 009
06 Mar 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Acid Party - (6:57) 122 BPM
   
Wobble - (7:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Acid Party (Gina Breeze remix) - (6:04) 123 BPM
   
Wobble (Mitch Davis remix) - (6:57) 125 BPM
Played by: Chris Massey
Review: Since debuting on Futureboogie's fifth Summer Riot EP back in 2016, Field Theory has delivered a handful of quietly impressive releases. Here he returns to Sprechen, a label he last graced in the winter of 2016, with another rock solid collection of club-ready cuts. Opener "Acid Party", a bustling late night jack track where waves of psychedelic TB-303 lines crash over bustling machine drums and foreboding synth stabs, is probably the pick for peak-time plays, though the more angular and trippy "Wobble" is not far behind. For more all-out acid thrills check the bumping and low-slung Gina Breeze remix of "Acid Party", while Mitch Davis's sub-heavy remix of "Wobble" is a bouncy, stripped-back treat.
SPRECHEN 015
19 Mar 18
Deep House
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What's Going On - (5:52) 118 BPM
   
KRS Acid - (6:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What's Going On (Alinka remix) - (6:12) 120 BPM
   
KRS Acid (Dorsia remix) - (7:46) 125 BPM
Review: Field Theory is undoubtedly a producer on the rise. His debut track, the acid-propelled "Rituals", was the standout cut on Futureboogie's Summer Riot V EP, while his recent Europa single on Secret Life was packed with saucer-eyed treats. The two original tracks showcased on this Sprechen outing are superb, too. He continues his obsession with psychedelic TB-303 lines on the rolling, floor-friendly strut of "What's Going On", before diving into deeper waters on the contemporary Chicago hip-house/acid house fusion of "KRS Acid". Alinka delivers a metallic, everything-but-the-kitchen sink rework of "What's Going On", while Dorsia turns "KRS Acid" into a melodious, melancholic chunk of lilting deep house.
SM 007
21 Nov 16
Deep House
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Spacey Jelly (original mix) - (6:27) 120 BPM
   
Bad Cat (original mix) - (6:03) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Makeupina (original mix) - (7:20) 116 BPM
   
Makeupina (Frantic remix) - (7:09) 119 BPM
SM 031
29 Oct 19
Funky/Club House
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Of The Wall - (6:40) 118 BPM
   
Electric Boogaloo - (7:07) 120 BPM
   
Of The Wall (Fabrizio Mammarella remix) - (6:17) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Electric Boogaloo (Neon Amish remix) - (6:42) 120 BPM
Review: Spain's Gameboyz are a trio of electro-breakbeat enthusiasts, who are just about the only ones doing it right these days. Coming through for the young Sprechen label, they deliver the excellent "Off The Wall", the sort of tune that Plump DJs would have been playing back in the day, and one that even manages to deliver some fine waves of 303 acid; "Electric Boogaloo" feels like the slower, housier companion that offers something deeper and more cerebral. There's remixes of both: the former is versioned by Italy's Fabrizio Mammarella into a slick tech-house bomb with the same acid licks giving it extra power, whereas the latter sees Neon Amish transform the tune into a spacey piece of prog house. Check it!
SM 005
29 Aug 16
Breakbeat
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1AM (feat KimoKal) - (5:06) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mantra - (7:10) 128 BPM
   
Hypnotic - (5:40) 126 BPM
Review: Hailing from Manchester, Gina Breeze is a DJ and producer whose sound captures the creativity and innovative spirit of her home city - a true staple of the European electronic music scene. For local imprint Sprechen, she serves up her new one called "1am" which is an acid house era influenced jam with a charismatic vocal from Jakarta's Kallula of KimoKal. This is followed by the hypnotic tribal house groove of "Mantra" with its powerful polyrhythms hammering the message home. Fitting then that the final track is entitled "Hypnotic" which goes back to the late '80s with its jacking warehouse vibe of The Windy City.
SM 022
27 May 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Mean World - (5:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aldi - (4:54) 124 BPM
Review: Manchester's Indigo Jung returns to Sprechen, the leftfield house/disco/Balearic label headed up by Paper A&R Chris Massey. 'Mean World' takes a proper 60s/70s soul diva vocal and places it atop a backdrop that marries fluttery disco geetars and Balearic-style atmospherics to a bassline that's hefty and resonant to the point of being almost junglistic in feel, the end result being a surging, looping cut that'll keep bodies moving nicely. The accompanying 'Aldi' is a more traditional-style, string-drenched disco-houser that could have come out at any point in the past 25 years, but still packs plenty of dancefloor punch with its intricate slap bassline, chopped string stabs and layers of white noise.
SM 038
15 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Take Me Higher - (5:33) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spanglish - (6:24) 111 BPM
   
Take Me Higher (Gina Breeze remix) - (5:17) 123 BPM
   
Spanglish (Rave-Enka remix) - (9:48) 119 BPM
Review: For the latest EP on his fast-rising Sprechen imprint, Chris Massey has joined forces with Spanish producer James Rodriguez. As the title makes clear, the two original productions showcased here were inspired by the druggy, off-kilter world of early '80s mutant disco. They begin with "Take Me Higher", where effects-laden vocal samples and disco string stabs rise above a trippy, Italo-disco style arpeggio, before dipping the tempo on the spaced-out, proto-techno era electronic shuffle of "Spanglish". Gina Breeze provides a chunkier, heavier, dubbed-out interpretation of "Take Me Higher", before Rave-Enka turns "Spanglish" into a new beat-meets-early UK rave smasher.
SPRECHEN 008
06 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Supernature Sunday - (6:35) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Disco Sound - (6:48) 120 BPM
   
Supernature Sunday (Mike Simonetti remix) - (6:35) 120 BPM
   
The Disco Sound (Kimo remix) - (6:35) 120 BPM
   
The Disco Sound (Harvy remix) - (6:21) 118 BPM
Review: For the latest release on his growing Sprechen label, boss man Chris Massey - who also co-curates Paper Recordings' excellent Trash The Wax series - joins forces with Spanish nu-disco don James Rod. The experienced duo begins with the arpeggio-heavy Cerrone tribute "Supernature Sunday", which is in turn given a deeper, woozier and more melodious makeover by Mike Simonetti. The EP's other original Rod/Massey production, "The Disco Sound", is an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink affair, with crunchy guitar riffs and razor sharp string stabs clustering around a mutant disco groove. The EP also boasts two contrasting reworks: an even heavier, piano-fired rub from Harvy (no relation to DJ Harvey) and a breathlessly blissful deep house take by Kimo.
SPRECHEN 016
27 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Summer No Summer - (5:57) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cuir Rouge - (6:34) 118 BPM
   
Summer No Summer (feat Duncan Gray - Hardway Bros remix) - (7:21) 116 BPM
   
Cuir Rouge (Il Est Vilaine Cuir Reinterpretation) - (5:30) 118 BPM
Review: Veteran French electro-disco dude Damon Jee is back and we're glad to report he's still keeping things goth. The Summer No Summer EP features two slow and deep body music cuts. The title track is minutes of depressed electro-pop, in the coolest possible way, whilst "Cuir Rouge" is a suspense-filled slice of menacingly throbbing new beat. Also the former is given a post-punk overhaul by Hardway Bros, whilst the latter reappears as a livelier Giorgio Moroder-esque "Il Est Villaine Cuir" reinterpretation.
SM 001
28 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Back In The Daze (original mix) - (4:07) 116 BPM
   
How I Built My House With What Older DJS Taught Me (original mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM
   
Back In The Daze (The Caribbean House remix) - (6:44) 116 BPM
   
How I Built My House With What Older DJS Taught Me (Broke One remix) - (6:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Paper Recordings
SM 018
18 Oct 18
Deep House
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Mutebird - (5:45) 84 BPM
   
Dub Is All We Need (feat Donald Waugh) - (8:14) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mancunian Sway - (8:20) 125 BPM
   
Drones In The Key Of Chi - (8:58) 120 BPM
Review: UK house veteran and former Hacienda resident Jon Da Silva's production CV is a lot shorter than you might expect! Here, though, he comes to Chris Massey's Manchester-based Sprechen with four solid jams that blend house, disco and electro influences. Opener 'Mutebird' is the missing link between Balearica and Detroit techno, 'Dub Is All We Need' looks to the classic sound of mid-80s Chicago for inspiration, 'Mancunian Way' is a floor-friendly deep houser with bright chords/stabs and buzzy, rave-y bass, and finally 'Drones In The Key Of Chi' is an instrumental nu-disco workout, with subtle production nods to the likes of Moroder and Robotnick.
SM 027
16 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Justin Unabomber - "C'Mon" (original mix) - (7:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flash Atkins - "Cold Oak Smoker" (original mix) - (7:08) 120 BPM
   
Hardway Bros vs Josefin Ohrn & The Liberation - "Rushing Through My Mind" (Hardway Bros remix) - (7:27) 122 BPM
   
Massey & Buchan - "The Climber" (original mix) - (6:38) 123 BPM
EFD 001
08 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Altered Beats (original mix) - (7:32) 120 BPM
   
Altered Beats (Timothy Clerkin & Massey remix) - (6:17) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Future Express (original mix) - (6:37) 115 BPM
   
Future Express (Rolf Royce & Oddvar Bra?k remix) - (5:45) 131 BPM
Review: Chris Massey's Manchester-based Sprechen serve up a four-tracker that touches on a range of leftfield electronic styles. 'Altered Beats', in its Original form, sits somewhere between Italo, electro and footwork, and features a distinctly Carpenter-esque synth topline as well as a hint of 303 squelch, while 'Future Express' suggests an unhealthy obsession with Kraftwerk. Timothy Clerkin and Massey himself then take the title track into full-on acid house territory with a remix that recalls the output of Urban Records back in the day, while Rolf Royce & Oddvar Bra?k drag 'Future Express' onto deep house and nu-disco floors.
SM 036
03 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Santa Cruz - (7:02) 120 BPM
   
Tone - (5:28) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Santa Cruz (Leo Mas & Fabrice remix) - (6:46) 120 BPM
   
Tone (Neil Diablo remix) - (6:46) 120 BPM
SPRECHEN 012
02 Oct 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kimo - "Daydream" - (8:01) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gizpel - "Eyes On The Street" - (3:45) 120 BPM
   
Harvy Abdurachman - "Gargantuan" - (6:13) 120 BPM
   
Logic Lost - "Heliconia" - (11:32) 62 BPM
Review: Sprechen may be based in the North West of England, but their latest missive is all about showcasing rising musical talents from Indonesia, and specifically some of the artists involved in Jakarta's "Coming Together" studio project. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the wide-eyed, morning fresh Balearic chug of Kimo's blissful and melodic "Daydream", to the spaced-out, late night deep house hypnotism of Harvy Abdurcharman's "Gargantuan" and the drowsy shoegaze disco shuffle of Gizpel's "Eyes On The Street". Best of all though is Logic Lost's 12-minute epic "Heliconia", an inspired journey through orchestrated ambient house and The Field style pastoral techno.
SM 030
18 Nov 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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Take Six - (6:46) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Park Street - (7:33) 121 BPM
   
I'll Be There - (6:53) 123 BPM
   
Misumba - (5:58) 122 BPM
SM 019
03 Dec 18
Deep House
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Itchy Kitchy People - (6:49) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yakkatakk - (6:40) 122 BPM
Review: Tromso, Norway's Kohib is back following up the great "Talk To Me" on Paper Recordings earlier in the year with "Itchy Kitchy People" on Manchester's Sprechen Music, a classic house jam with a catchy bell melody and some crazy 808 claps going off rapid fire style. Oh and that bassline is seriously bumpin'. Second offering "Yakkatakk" has an Oriental aesthetic about it in terms of melody, but the bumpy bassline and rich pads could've made it equally at home on a label like Freerange; and that's a compliment, right!
SM 004
25 Jul 16
Funky/Club House
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Italovest - (7:56) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Parlez Vous Francais? - (7:07) 114 BPM
Review: It's been nearly three years since lesser-celebrated Norwegian producer Kohib delivered the Itchy Kitchy People EP. Here he returns to the Manchester-based label with two more chunks of peak-time Scandolearic disco. As its title suggests, "Italovest" sees him pay tribute to the muscular throb of arpeggio-driven 1980s Italo-disco, though it's non-stop nature, foreboding feel and druggy intensity is arguably more in keeping with later Dutch interpretations of the sound (as well as the space disco works of Hans-Peter Lindstrom). He takes a slightly different approach on mid-tempo bonus cut "Parlais Vous Francais", peppering a mid-tempo electronic disco groove with ricocheting drum hits, glacial '80s synth-pop melodies and glassy-eyed chords.
SM 023
15 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love Me Love You - (6:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ecstasy - (6:17) 115 BPM
   
Who Knows Where Your Love Goes - (6:49) 118 BPM
Review: Last May Ben Arnold popped-up on Paper Recordings with "I Can't Control Myself", a prime slice of dubbed-out late night deep house wonkiness that marked his debut as Lovebreak. Here he transfers to Sprechen, an imprint helmed by Paper family member Chris Massey. Our pick of the bunch is "Love Me Love You", a thrusting slab of lo-fi sweatiness that sees Lovebreak pepper a sturdy drum machine groove with alien electronics, gnarly analogue stabs and acid-style motifs. "Ecstasy" is as saucer eyed and retro-futurist as you'd expect given the title - think bold, shimmering chords, bustling beats and hazy female vocal samples - while "Who Knows Where Your Love Goes" sticks a deliciously deep and dubby bassline beneath more clicking machine drums and deep space pads.
SM 033
24 Feb 20
Deep House
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Red M - (6:37) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Trashtrem - (6:37) 122 BPM
   
Race 83 - (7:24) 123 BPM
Review: Disco from the far side is the order of the day here, as Italian producer Luca Vera looks to the cosmic/Italo era for inspiration. 'Red M' opens with chugging drums, then drops some big techno stabs to get your attention before settling down into a sparkling, Carpenter-esque synth groove that mutates constantly as the track progresses. The Space-like 'Trashtrem' is a more eyes-down affair that could work on nu-disco, progressive and even tech-house floors, and that gets more and more 'epic' as it goes, paving the way nicely for the more cinematic closer 'Race 83'.
SM 026
22 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Salvador - (6:21) 124 BPM
   
De Mentalism - (6:33) 120 BPM
   
De Mentalism (DJ Rocca & Chris Massey remix) - (6:00) 120 BPM
   
Salvador (Baldelli Dionigi mix) - (5:14) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
SPRECHEN 017
02 Jul 18
Deep House
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Massey & Dita - "City Affairs" - (7:04) 118 BPM
   
Two 2 Tango (feat KimoKal) - (6:44) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Put It On (Too Less Tango) - (6:44) 122 BPM
Review: Manchester's Chris Massey (not to be confused with Newcastle D&B producer Dan Masseye) serves up two tracks on local label Sprechen that were produced in collaboration with Indonesian artists. 'City Affairs' (featuring Dita) is a dark, techy houser topped with a whistle line and an Afro-style vocal, while on the funked-up 'Two 2 Tango' (feat KimoKai), with its poppy female vocal, fat-ass basline and cheeky lifts from Dupree's classic 'Brass Disk', Massey hits that sweet spot where 'credible' and 'commercial' are in perfect balance, and as such could have a summer hit on his hands. A dub of the latter, 'Put It On (Two Less Tango), completes a fine package.
SM 032
10 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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SM 028
26 Aug 19
Funky/Club House
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Nothing I Need (original mix) - (5:33) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nothing I Need (Massey's Balearic rework) - (4:47) 118 BPM
   
Take Flight (original mix) - (5:14) 80 BPM
   
Learning (original mix) - (6:08) 124 BPM
Review: Muddy Feet is the relatively new DJ and production alias of Kirby, a Manchester scene veteran who has been playing in the city's clubs and bars for years. Harmonising marks her first production outing on local label Sprechen. Our pick of a very strong bunch is 'Nothing I Need', where a hazy vocal snippets and what sound like Madchester-era guitar sounds rise above a chunky, Italo-influenced nu-disco groove. Sprechen main man Chris Massey provides the accompanying remix, brilliantly re-imagining the cut as a sparklingl acid-fired chunk of colourful Balearic electro bliss. The EP also boasts two other strong cuts: the off-kilter, broken beat-meets-nu-disco sparkle of 'Take Flight' and the surging, life-affirming cheeriness of 'Learning', whose freestyle-influenced synth sounds are undeniably joyous.
SM 042
12 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Tranceptor - (6:55) 121 BPM
   
Interstate 95 - (7:07) 120 BPM
   
Tranceptor (Gameboyz remix) - (5:49) 122 BPM
   
Interstate 95 (feat Andy Meecham - Chris Massey remix) - (7:27) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Sprechen's sixth release comes from Neon Amish, a collaborative project from Curley Sue and Lee Stevens that debuted on the latter's Luv Shack imprint earlier this year. In an attempt to capture the zeitgeist, both "Tranceptor" and "Interstate '95" pay tribute to the early days of psy-trance and acid techno, layering psychedelic electronics and ragged riffs on top of thunderous beats and throbbing arpeggio lines. The accompanying remixes boast similarly mind altering intent, with The Gameboyz going in particularly hard on their titanium-clad rework of "Tranceptor". Chris Massey joins forces with The Emperor Machine himself, Andy Meecham, to deliver a deliciously analogue-rich interpretation of "Interstate 95" that could well be the EP's standout moment.
SM 006
03 Oct 16
Funky/Club House
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Hold On Tight (original mix) - (5:16) 123 BPM
   
Love Someone (original mix) - (5:48) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dissipate (original mix) - (5:58) 60 BPM
   
Hold On Tight (Jon Dasilva remix) - (7:28) 123 BPM
   
Love Someone (Massey remix) - (7:06) 123 BPM
   
Dissipate (Mike Simonetti remix) - (7:29) 60 BPM
Played by: Chris Massey
SM 025
17 Jun 19
Progressive House
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Bleak House (original mix) - (5:27) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bleak House (Timothy Clerkin remix) - (6:56) 118 BPM
Played by: Chris Massey
NG 01
10 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Selector (original mix) - (5:44) 130 BPM
   
Tremble (original mix) - (6:06) 79 BPM
   
Twist & Drop (original mix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
   
Selector (Eskimoh remix) - (4:12) 82 BPM
   
Twist & Drop (Paper Street Soul remix) - (6:49) 118 BPM
SM 041
02 Nov 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Do It Backwards (vocal mix) - (6:39) 119 BPM
   
Shoey's Acid Trip (original mix) - (5:36) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do It Backwards (Pablo's Air Raid dub) - (6:54) 119 BPM
Review: If you're looking for some mixed-up disco-tech goodies to allieviate boredom and spread vibes during these troubled times, we'd heartily recommend this EP from former Paper Disco and Fatty Fatty Phonographics artists Pablo & Shoey. Check first the EP-opening "Vocal Mix" of "Do It Backwards", a gloriously kaleidoscopic affair that flits between bursts of disco-sampling joy and percussion-laden, acid house-inspired nu-disco wonkiness. The EP also includes an alternative "Air Raid Dub" from Pablo which expertly tools up the more trippy and acid-fired elements of the track while retaining some of the disco cheeriness present in the pair's original mix. The release's other cut, "Shoey's Acid Trip", lives up to its name by sounding like a Maurice Fulton outing as Syclops after a sweaty fight with a Roland TB-303.
SM 034
23 Mar 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Colour (original mix) - (5:24) 116 BPM
   
True (original mix) - (6:44) 116 BPM
   
Wonder (original mix) - (7:19) 112 BPM
   
Colour (Massey's 'Murky' mix) - (7:06) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
True (Hard Ton remix) - (5:54) 123 BPM
Review: What we have here is only the second ever release from Paper Street Soul, something of a nu-disco supergroup formed from the union of Cuz Electric (Rich Hall and Megan Jones) and Slync (Ian Stanford). Both sides of the equation have respectable nu-disco CVs already, so fans of the genre will be expecting good things, and they're unlikely to be disappointed. The three originals come on like Crazy P having a bout of 90s handbag nostalgia and Chris Massey's Murky Mix of 'Colour' is nice 'n' sleazy, but it's the stripped-down strut of Hard Ton's take on 'True' that snatches the gold.
SM 035
04 May 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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And Here My Troubles Began - (6:35) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Beware The Beast In We - (6:42) 112 BPM
   
And Here My Troubles Began (James Rod Dark vocal remix) - (7:08) 114 BPM
   
Beware The Beast In We (Alkalino remix) - (6:17) 120 BPM
Review: After a short hiatus, Sprechen is back with some quality music to soundtrack your Summer. Planet Jumper hosts the Manchester label's tenth release and they get things bubbling and chugging away with "And Here My Troubles Began", a bass heavy stomper with disco licks and kicks, alongside some twanging bass guitar action and stabby Rhode chords. "Beware The Beast In We" is cosmo-disco funk that will take you straight up into the stratosphere! Remixes come courtesy of James Rod; who turns "And Here My Troubles Began" into an epic 303 acid odyssey, while Audaz main man Alkalino takes the party into a lo-slung and very slo-mo deep house direction.
SPRECHEN 010
31 Jul 17
Funky/Club House
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Connectivity (original mix) - (3:57) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Connectivity (Skream remix) - (7:38) 123 BPM
   
Connectivity (Jorja Chalmers Electricity remix) - (3:59) 109 BPM
   
Connectivity (Massey remix) - (6:05) 123 BPM
   
Connectivity (radio edit) - (3:10) 123 BPM
Review: Having made their debut last year on Ruf Dug's Ruf Kutz label via the superb "Hot City" EP, hard-to-pigeonhole sextet See Thru Hands could well be on the verge of a major breakthrough. "Connectivity", the Manchester fusionist's follow-up and Sprechen label debut, is certainly impressive. In its original form, the song sounds like an off-kilter, low-key tribute to Prince rich in emotive group vocals, rubbery slap bass, eyes-closed guitar solos and colourful synthesizer sounds. The headline-grabbing remix comes from Skream, who continues his move towards house and disco pastures via a sweet synth-pop-meets-Italo-disco revision that's every bit as essential as See Thru Hands' original version. Also worth checking is Jorja Chalmers' fiendishly dubbed-out, spaced-out and slowed-down remix, which sounds like something the late, great Andrew Weatherall would have come up with.
SMV 003
06 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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War Wolf (original mix) - (7:56) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Acid Drive (original mix) - (6:35) 118 BPM
   
Timothy Clerkin & Night Giants - "Bleak House" (Clerkin's Reprise remix) - (3:24) 100 BPM
Review: Since debuting under his given name in 2017 (before that he delivered solo productions as Heretic), Eskimo Twins member Timothy Clerkin has released must-check music on Ransom Note Records, Insult To Injury, Throne of Blood, and now Sprechen. His brand of psychedelic nu-disco tends towards the cosmic and otherworldly, and that's exactly what opener "War Wolf" delivers: think tumbling analogue synthesizer melodies, chugging grooves, raw bass and Enigma-style synth-flute lead lines. In contrast, "Acid Drive" is a bold and bright affair build around wild TB-303 acid lines, baggy piano riffs and bleeping, eyes-closed melodies, while closing cut "Bleak House (Clerkin's Reprise Mix)" - made in collaboration with "Night Giants" - is a moody, pitched-down take on dreamy, acid-flecked breakbeat house.
SM 037
24 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Tommy Tickle - "Keepon" (original mix) - (6:07) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tommy Tickle - "Sock It" (original mix) - (5:59) 124 BPM
   
Tommy Tickle & Silent K - "Regenerating Night Cream" (original mix) - (6:19) 113 BPM
   
Tommy Tickle & Silent K - "Regenerating Night Cream" (Two Tail remix) - (6:28) 124 BPM
Played by: Chris Massey
SM 020
14 Jan 19
Deep House
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Various
   
James Rod/Chris Massey - "Spanglish" (feat Danielle Moore) - (6:30) 111 BPM
   
Neil Diablo - "No Thrills" - (6:27) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gina Breeze - "Make Me Feel" - (5:00) 123 BPM
   
Homeboy - "Kaleidoscopic Orange Lights In The Attic" - (4:51) 115 BPM
   
Kohib - "Hot Pants And Dance Shoes" - (6:46) 105 BPM
   
Planet Jumper - "Before The Diamond Turns To Dust" - (7:26) 53 BPM
   
Karl Fraunhofer - "Jupiter" - (7:21) 115 BPM
   
Rave-Enka - "Pa Kryss Og Pat Tvers" - (8:52) 110 BPM
Review: Sprechen is a Manchester based platform to showcase electronic music with a passion for melody, groove, soul and energy. There are no limitations of style and a diverse release policy. For their latest label compilation, the gang celebrates two years in the business - label boss Chris Massey teams up with Spain's James Rod on the funked up nu-disco of "Spanglish" featuring vocals by Danielle Moore, homegirl Gina Breeze serves up some bouncy late night tech house on "Make Me Feel" while Norway's Kohib delivers some true Italo style business on "Hot Pants And Dance Shoes" and Australia's Planet Jumper bring da funk on "Before The Diamond Turns To Dust". Sprechen was launched by former Electric Elephant booker and manager Massey as a side project, alongside his A&R role at Paper Recordings.
SPRECHEN 014
05 Feb 18
Funky/Club House
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Various
   
Ed Mahon - "A Brighter Day" (Ed's Piano Reprise) - (5:38) 120 BPM
   
Ivan Fabra - "Incursions" (original mix) - (6:19) 120 BPM
   
Indigo Jung - "For Real" (original mix) - (6:58) 124 BPM
   
DJ Steevo - "Heroes Funk" (feat Sista Lu) - (7:22) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Solid State - "Tonite" (original mix) - (7:00) 126 BPM
   
Trudee Nite - "Dreams Of Revenge" (original mix) - (5:16) 130 BPM
   
DJ Steevo - "Heroes Funk" (instrumental) - (7:22) 120 BPM
Review: Chris Massey's Manchester-based Sprechen label serve up a seven-track collection that, taken as a whole, sits somewhere between house, nu-disco and Balearica. If it's moments of spine-tingling euphoria you're after, then allow us to point you in the direction of Ivan Fabra's 'Incursions' or DJ Steevo's 'Heroes Funk' - the latter being a clear standout, as is reflected by the inclusion of both vocal and instrumental passes. For more contemplative pleasures, try Ed Mahon's piano-led, MLK-sampling 'A Brighter Day' or Indigo Jung's soulful 'For Real', while Trudee Nite's bumpin', garage-y 'Dreams Of Revenge' adds some welcome dancefloor bite. Classy stuff.
EFD 02
10 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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