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Frottage Pie E.P.
Going To A Go Go - (7:55) 106 BPM
Hubbards Hills - (8:15) 118 BPM
Without You - (7:29) 120 BPM
Played by: RSS Disco
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SM 068
29 Jul 24
Funky/Club House
I Dream Of Machines
Discoteca-Bisteca - (6:02) 127 BPM
Primero - (5:40) 126 BPM Hot
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SM 073
08 Jul 24
Funky/Club House
Bonsai & Safari EP
Bye Bonsai - (6:41) 122 BPM
Safari - (5:40) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Mallorca's Fran Deeper comes to Manchester label Sprechen with two hazy, summery jams that sit right on the deep house/nu-disco cusp. 'Bye Bonsai' is up first, opening with atmospheric synth chords and crisp hand percussion before introducing an insistent two-note synth bassline, flute-like sounds and finally a robotic "ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourself for the ultimate journey into sound, space and time" vocal... it's all quite mid-80s-sounding but no less danceable for that, while the accompanying 'Safari' starts out nice and dreamy on a straight-up deep house tip, then introduces a mantra-like spoken female vocal and some very fine stabs.
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SM 069
27 May 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
ALT!
ALT! - (5:55) 75 BPM
Nowhere To Nowhere - (6:10) 115 BPM
Hapi - (4:31) 115 BPM
Pacific State - (4:30) 100 BPM Hot
Review: Manchester lad Psychederek serves up a four-tracker for local label Sprechen that blurs the lines between nu-disco, indie-dance, Balearica, alt-pop and psychedelia. "ALT!" itself comes on like Love trying their hand at 80s synth-pop, "Nowhere To Nowhere" is an epic and expansive slab of cosmic disco that gets more and more acidic as it progresses, and "Hapi" is a delicate, dreamy affair with ethereal vox - and no beats at all for a full minute at the start. But taking the gold, to these ears, is a truly out-there rendering of 808 State classic "Pacific State" - proof that you just can't keep a good riff down!
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SMV 008
20 May 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Trans Pennine Express II
Gamma Ray (original mix) - (7:41) 53 BPM
Gamma Ray (Massey remix) - (6:32) 105 BPM Hot
Delivery Man (original mix) - (8:45) 125 BPM
Delivery Man (Gina Breeze remix) - (5:26) 130 BPM
Space Cake (original mix) - (8:27) 120 BPM
Delivery Man (Tool) - (3:08) 125 BPM
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SM 071
14 May 24
Funky/Club House
Edgy Future Discotheque, Vol 6
Various
Coyote - "Cami De Sa Veleta" (Massey remix) - (7:11) 86 BPM Hot
La Guardia De La Luz - "Los Eiyani" (original mix) - (9:25) 119 BPM
Mummy's Boy - "Giddy Up" (original mix) - (5:02) 128 BPM
Popsneon - "Caffeine Detox" (original mix) - (3:22) 120 BPM
MinimalArchiv - "The Weak And The True" (original mix) - (5:54) 114 BPM
La Guardia De La Luz - "Libertad" (Bonaventura mix) - (9:23) 111 BPM
Review: Sprechen are never afraid to explore electronic music's more leftfield, arty fringes, and you'll find plenty of such shenanigans on this new six-track V/A. Coyote kicks us off with the downtempo drifter 'Cami De Sa Veleta'. Things then get a little more cinematic on La Guardia De La Luz's 'Los Eiyani' before Mummy's Boy's 'Giddy Up' provides the EP's only real dancefloor moment. Popsneon then channel 80s Visage vibes on 'Caffeine Detox', MinimalArchiv's 'The Weak And The True' marries sweeping synths to glitchy beats, before it's back over to La Guardia De La Luz for the inevitable epic closer, 'Libertad'.
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EFD 6
22 Apr 24
Funky/Club House
Helter Skelter
Helter Skelter - (6:34) 125 BPM Hot
Kill The Bill - (4:34) 128 BPM
Sirens - (6:47) 117 BPM
Review: The Sprechen team have delivered a tasty selection of futuristic house-driven taste on this latest link up with Acolyte, unveiling three dancefloor ready bubblers with a tonne of original nostalgic influence woven throughout. First up, we take in the title track 'Helter Skelter', a steady, moog-driven chop through old school drum processing and euphoric pad textures, before the swirling synth patterns and distant vocal reverberations of 'Kill The Bill' sweep into play. Finally, 'Sirens' slows the pace down massively with a much calmer combination of moog-like bass notation and atmospheric texturing, rounding off this one with a dash of additional finesse.
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SM 066
11 Mar 24
Breakbeat
Lights Go Down EP
Lights Go Down - (7:16) 120 BPM
Don't Be Serious - (7:52) 116 BPM
Say You Care - (7:42) 112 BPM Hot
Review: Having previously appeared on Sprechen's 'Edgy Future Discotheque' compilation, newcomer Ed Mahon has been given the opportunity to return to the label for a first full EP. He's embraced the opportunity, too, first delivering a moody Depeche Mode-meets-acid-and-dark-disco workout (the excellent 'Lights Go Down'), before wrapping echoing piano motifs and reverb-heavy spoken word snippets around a metronomic electronic disco groove on 'Don't Be Serious'. Arguably best of all though is closing cut 'Say You Care', a gorgeous, sunset-ready combination of Italian dream house piano riffs, bustling bongos and wide-eyed female vocal snippets. It has already received plays at Ibiza institution Café Mambo, so we can safely say that it's definitely Balearic.
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SM 065
15 Jan 24
Funky/Club House
Where Do I Belong?
Celestial Heartbeat (original mix) - (4:21) 108 BPM
Imposter Syndrome (feat Bay Bryan - original mix) - (5:08) 110 BPM
Fantasy Carnival (original mix) - (5:38) 95 BPM
Pavement Soul (feat NIIX - original mix) - (4:54) 99 BPM
The Love Letter From Space (original mix) - (3:55) 100 BPM
We'll Find Each Other (Song For Lisa) (feat Allison Rae - original mix) - (5:50) 86 BPM
Rendezvous On A Lost World (feat Psychederek - original mix) - (6:05) 62 BPM
Review: The Sprechen label's inaugural album release takes listeners on a captivating journey through the celestial realms of electronica and the vibrant, neon-lit streets of South Manchester. "Where Do I Belong?" marks the debut long player by The Thief Of Time, a new studio endeavour from Sprechen founder Chris Massey. Drawing inspiration from a life steeped in clubs, comic books, cult movies, and cosmic adventures, the album weaves a semi-autobiographical narrative through a tapestry of electronic artists and synth-heavy movie scores. Chris Massey's approach to the project is refreshingly unbound, allowing loose ideas to evolve into a collection of songs that pays homage to diverse sonic influences, featuring contributions from Manchester artists like A Certain Ratio, Bay Bryan, Psychederek and NIIX to Love Letters From Space and Allison Rae from Causeway.
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SMV 007
06 Dec 23
Experimental/Electronic
Back On The Grid
Light Cycle - (6:44) 122 BPM
Master Control Programme - (6:48) 115 BPM
Review: ISO City is a new collaborative project from Sprechen main man Chris Massey and pal Elliot Lion, inspired by their joint love of Italo-disco, EBM, vintage synths and the soundtrack to sci-fi movie 'Tron'. On opener 'Light Cycles', those influences are expressed via bold, throbbing, pulsating, reverb-laden synthesizer lead lines, arpeggio-style sequenced bass, unfussy machine drums and star-fall melodies. On 'Master Control Programme', it's tactile synth-bass, fizzing electronic melodies, wide-eyed chords and more bubbly melodic motifs. The results are ear-catching, entertaining and enjoyable, suggesting that the ISO City project is only just getting going. More, please!
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SM 063
31 Oct 23
Funky/Club House
Find Each Other (Song For Lisa)
We'll Find Each Other (Song For Lisa) (original mix) - (5:50) 86 BPM Hot
We'll Find Each Other (Song For Lisa) (instrumental) - (5:49) 86 BPM
We'll Find Each Other (Song For Lisa) (radio edit) - (3:57) 86 BPM
Review: A third outing here for Sprechen main man Chris Massey's The Thief Of Time project, which sees him exploring more downtempo and filmic musical pastures. As with previous releases 'Imposter Syndrome' and 'Pavement Soul' there's a guest vocalist on mic duties: in this case it's Allison Rae from Idaho dreamwave duo Causeway, so it's perhaps not surprising that 'Find Each Other' draws heavily on the more contemplative side of 80s synth-pop for inspiration. There's an accompanying Instrumental that might find its way into a wider range of leftfield/downtempo/Balearic sets, while a Radio Edit completes the package.
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SM 064
21 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
A Colour Under Blue
Helicoidal - (6:33) 98 BPM Hot
Farsighted - (5:43) 102 BPM
Dolphin - (5:07) 115 BPM
All That Glitters - (6:28) 100 BPM
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SM 061
23 Aug 23
Balearic/Downtempo
Pavement Soul
Pavement Soul (original mix) - (4:54) 99 BPM Hot
Pavement Soul (instrumental) - (4:41) 99 BPM
Pavement Soul (radio edit) - (3:44) 99 BPM
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SM 062
27 Jul 23
Experimental/Electronic
Edgy Future Discotheque, Vol 5
Various
Andy Buchan - "Body Heat" (original mix) - (7:00) 122 BPM Hot
Flash Atkins - "Mistpoffer" (original mix) - (7:12) 125 BPM
Ed Mahon - "Seismic Guitar" (original mix) - (7:35) 114 BPM
Tom2Trax - "Heatwave Horizon" (Lunar mix) - (5:55) 128 BPM
Jimmy Turnbull - "Still I Rise" (extended) - (5:17) 124 BPM
Mangetout - "Body Vibrations" (original mix) - (3:57) 111 BPM
Flash Atkins - "Mistpoffer" (Daco remix) - (7:41) 121 BPM
Review: What would you expect to hear when you stepped on an "edgy future discotheque"? That's the concept behind one of Sprechen's most popular series of multi-artist EPs, which here reaches its fifth instalment. Rising star Andy Buchan delivers a study start via the grandiose piano house/nu-disco/electro fusion of 'Body Heat', before Flash Atkins lays down a gorgeous fusion of stretched-pit piano solos, lolloping house beats and classy synth-pop sonics on 'Mistpoffer' (a cut that Daco later re-imagines as a throbbing, Patrick Cowley inspired electro-disco throb-job). Elsewhere, Mangetout's 'Body Vibrations' is a lolloping disco-funk shuffler, Jimmy Turnbull's 'Still I Rise' is funky, tech-tinged deep house workout, Ed Mahon's 'Seismic Guitar' is a weirdo electro number par excellence, and Tom2Trax's 'Heatwave Horizon (Lunar Mix)' is a big room house treat.
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EFD 5
27 Jun 23
Funky/Club House
Imposter Syndrome
Imposter Syndrome (original mix) - (5:08) 110 BPM Hot
Imposter Syndrome (instrumental) - (5:05) 110 BPM
Imposter Syndrome (radio edit) - (3:41) 110 BPM
Review: What we have is the debut offering from a new project starring Sprechen boss Chris Massey. Atop a backdrop that's one-part Balearic to one-part early house to one-part Morricone-esque soundtrack vibes, guest singer-songwriter Bay Bryan lends his dulcet tones in the form of a heavily treated, pop-style chorus while Massey himself waxes poetic and philosophical in spoken word form. If the Pet Shop Boys ever made a comedown album, it might sound something like this... but if the vocals are a bit too much, you can still make good use of the accompanying instrumental.
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TOT 2
01 Jun 23
Funky/Club House
Imposter Syndrome
Imposter Syndrome (radio edit) - (3:41) 110 BPM
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TOT 01
01 Jun 23
Experimental/Electronic
Pillowtalk / My Way
Pillowtalk (original mix) - (5:44) 61 BPM
My Way (original mix) - (5:49) 62 BPM Hot
Pillowtalk (Synthapella) - (5:46) 61 BPM
My Way (instrumental) - (5:49) 62 BPM
Pillowtalk (radio edit) - (3:05) 61 BPM
My Way (radio edit) - (3:02) 62 BPM
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SM 060B
25 Apr 23
Experimental/Electronic
It's Stretford, Not Berghain
Inside My Head - (6:23) 122 BPM
Massey & Dan Wainwright - "Gnome Terrace" - (6:07) 123 BPM Hot
Played by: FINGERMAN, Flash Atkins
Review: Sprechen main man Chris Massey is Mancunian through and through, hence using the title of his new two-tracker to offer some light-hearted advice to his city's new generation of techno producers. Lead cut 'Inside My Head' does offer a few nods to mind-mangling German techno and tech-house productions of old, with echoing electronic riffs, wavey acid lines and angular motifs riding a tidy drum machine rhythm and Teutonic bassline. He joins forces with Dan Wainwright on the brilliantly titled 'Gnome Terrace', opting for a more outwardly Balearic, sun-soaked sound rich in warming bass, early Chicago house beats, attractive synth sounds and sparkling piano flourishes.
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SM 059
28 Feb 23
Funky/Club House
Promenade
Shokran - (4:14) 133 BPM Hot
Haku - (4:40) 126 BPM
Breeze - (3:53) 123 BPM
Azur - (5:10) 88 BPM
Review: French born, Manchester-based DJ and producer Lena C. loves digging and sharing sounds from all around the world on her Reform Radio show. Her latest release comes courtesy of local imprint Sprechen titled Promenade. "Shokran" is a blissed-out balearic instrumental that's perfect for road trips or watching sunsets alike, while the hypnotic yet subtle polyrhythms on the downbeat affair "Breeze" provide an equally impressive backdrop for summertime chilling, and finally the slo-mo deep chug disco of "Azur" closes it out in style.
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SMV 006
31 Jan 23
Balearic/Downtempo
Edgy Future Discotheque Vol 4
Various
Black Hawks Of Panama - "Turn You On" - (4:36) 122 BPM Hot
Hunterbrau - "OBelisk" - (8:13) 118 BPM
S.N.U.S - "Work It Out" - (5:07) 126 BPM
TJ Lawton - "Erasure" - (5:50) 117 BPM
Joe Roche - "Joy" - (7:05) 123 BPM
Sun Sone - "Dolphin" - (5:07) 115 BPM
Review: There's plenty of good quality cuts scattered across the latest edition of Sprechen's eclectic, multi-artist 'Edgy Future Discotheque', though perhaps a bit less edginess than the title suggests. That's not a criticism though, and the psychedelic, hallucinatory flex of Hunterbrau's 'Obelisk', a muscular neo Italo-disco throb-job smothered in tough TB-303 tweaks and paranoid chords, and TJ Lawton's frankly filthy, min-bending 'Erasure' certainly offers an interesting definition of future disco. Straight-up joy abounds elsewhere across the EP, from the nostalgic classic house-goes-nu-disco flex of Joe Roche's fittingly titled 'Joy' and the warming Balearic shuffle of Sun Sone's gorgeous 'Dolphin', to the funk-fuelled disco-house hedonism of S.N.U.S (the low-slung 'Work It Out') and Black Hawks of Panama's sparkling cover of Cherelle's '80s boogie classic 'Didn't Mean To Turn You On'.
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EFD 4
22 Nov 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Sprechen Remixes
Chaser Of The Lights (Gina Breeze remix) - (6:32) 115 BPM
Wanderlust (Massey remix) - (5:36) 110 BPM
Red Moon (TJ Lawton remix) - (6:43) 50 BPM
Played by: Paper Recordings
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SM 057
08 Nov 22
Funky/Club House
From Jakarta To Manchester
Sprechen X Double Deer & Kallula - "Coming Together" (feat James Yuill - original mix) - (5:31) 100 BPM
Sprechen X Double Deer - "Hold On" (feat Kallula - original mix) - (4:48) 110 BPM Hot
Sprechen X Double Deer - "Coming Together" (instrumental) - (5:48) 100 BPM
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SM 056
06 Sep 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
No One Knows
No One Knows - (5:30) 120 BPM
Kosmiche - (5:30) 120 BPM
Little Pigments - (4:50) 123 BPM Hot
Review: Ivan Fabra, a 30-year veteran of the Spanish scene, comes to Manchester-based Sprechen with three tracks of chunky, synth-heavy house that pack elements of both prog and disco, and as such should have quite wide-ranging appeal. The EP opens with the drifty, spangly and strongly Italo-flavoured 'No One Knows', before along comes a huge, squelchin' 303 bassline to power along the far more housified 'Kosmische', a 5.5-minute chugger built for small-hours floors. Completing the EP is 'Little Pigments', which is in a similar stylistic vein to its predecessor, but a tad lighter on its feet.
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SM 055
05 Jul 22
Funky/Club House
These Machines E.P.
These Machines - (5:22) 118 BPM Hot
Vibration - (5:30) 116 BPM
Hot Metropolis - (5:45) 117 BPM
Review: Balearic veteran James Bright - formerly one-half of Lux alongside Steve 'Afterlife' Miller - flexes his electronic muscles on this three-tracker for Sprechen. 'These Machines' itself kicks things off, fusing elements of Italo and vintage acid into an angular concoction that's sure to inspire the thowing of a few shapes out on the floor. 'Vibration' then takes us into proper Balearic territory, being a piano-sprinkled head-nodder powered along by a pleasingly chunky bassline, while 'Hot Metropolis' offers up a more contemplative, late-night variation on the overall synth-y theme. Forward-thinking stuff as ever from the Manchester label.
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SM 054
24 May 22
Funky/Club House
Music For The Rave
Trippy Vocal Track (original mix) - (5:18) 128 BPM
Piano Rave Track (original mix) - (5:49) 120 BPM Hot
An Acid Love Feel Track (feat Maria Uzor - original mix) - (7:04) 125 BPM
An Acid Love Feel Track (feat Maria Uzor - radio edit) - (3:42) 125 BPM
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SM 053
17 Apr 22
Funky/Club House
Translink
Translink - (6:51) 123 BPM Hot
Outer - (6:35) 121 BPM
Review: Based in Jakarta in Indonesia, where he works as a tattooist and graphic designer by day and DJs by night, Bayu Putra Pratama AKA Baypoet has just one previous release to his name that we know of, on the Metropolis label. Now he comes to Manchester's Sprechen with a two-tracker that blends house, disco, prog and Italo influences. It's probably the latter that gives 'Outer' most of its flavour - just check out those analogue synth throbs. It's the title cut that stands out for yours truly, though - mostly thanks to some old school hands-in-the-air pianos that render the mid-section a truly uplifting experience.
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SM 052
07 Mar 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Edgy Future Discotheque Vol 3
Various
Bill Brewster - "Macumba Espanol" (Black Eyes 8th Re-Dimension) - (7:24) 126 BPM
The Yum Yum Club - "An Acid Love Feel Track" (feat Maria Uzor - original mix) - (7:04) 125 BPM
Andy Buchan - "Reasons" (original mix) - (6:34) 123 BPM Hot
Tom2Trax - "Grafter" (original mix) - (4:55) 132 BPM
Yootis - "Preach" (original mix) - (8:18) 125 BPM
Review: No less a personage than dance music historian extraordinaire Bill Brewster is the man wearing the 'selecter' hat for this five-track V/A offering from Stretford-based Sprechen. Andy Buchan's 'Reasons' is a reworking of Ian Dury classic 'Reasons To Be Cheerful', Yum Yum Club's 'An Acid Love Feel Track' bites Donna Summer and Yootis's 'Preach' takes liberties with the Peech Boys' 'Don't Make Me Wait'; that suggests the other two cuts may also be re-edits, though if that's true we couldn't tell you what of! All the same, these are five reliable workouts that'll get contemporary disco floors shimmying for sure.
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EFD 3
18 Jan 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Gyration E.P.
Hot At The Time - (5:53) 118 BPM
Kong - (6:01) 117 BPM
I Can't Describe - (6:01) 118 BPM Hot
Venezuela - (5:41) 119 BPM
Review: Chris Massey's label outta the UK has been going strong in 2021 with a string of releases that's taken in jams from Elliott Lion and classy Leeds act PBR StreetGang - alongside debuting the sounds Psychederek. Keeping it bouncing is JIGGYJIGGYJIGGY with The Gyration E.P. that introduces a fresh new name to the Sprechen label via four rave-tainted, techy, disco and classic house bangers. With slamming claps, rhodesy keys and deft "Who's Afraid Of Detroit" references killing it in "Hot At The Time", "Kong" keeps it deep yet warm with its bassline and pads - and with trippy vocals to boot - find some straight up soulful and warm house numbers in "I Can't Describe". With some gnarly electro thrown in the mix thanks to "Venezuela", it's an EP super reminiscent of an emerging Azari & III - Hungry For The Power!
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SM 051
16 Nov 21
Funky/Club House
Trans Pennine Express
GCP (original mix) - (7:55) 123 BPM Hot
Condor (original mix) - (7:37) 124 BPM
GCP (Elles (Gotta Chase Paradise Reshape)) - (4:00) 110 BPM
Condor (Psychederek remix) - (5:58) 115 BPM
Review: An apt title here for an EP that comes from a Leeds-based duo on a label that's headquartered in Stretford. The EP packs two tracks in four mixes, and is very much the proverbial game of two halves: Bonar Bradbury and Tom Thorpe's two originals both draw heavily on Italo/cosmic disco for inspiration, the latter also having something of an epic, proggy kinda feel, but the accompanying remixes - Elle's Gotta Chase Paradise Reshape of 'GCP' and the Psychederek Remix of 'Condor' - have much more of an indie-ish edge, the former rocking an almost coldwave/goth-y vibe while the latter recalls assorted UK indie bands' late 80s electronic dabblings.
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SMV 005
01 Nov 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Tourists Of Science Fiction
Good Gone Bad (original mix) - (6:11) 122 BPM Hot
Sacred Life (original mix) - (7:02) 80 BPM
Good Gone Bad (Massey & Muddy Feet remix) - (6:42) 127 BPM
Sacred Life (Elliott Lion remix) - (5:13) 122 BPM
Review: Following on from May's 'Deep Space Radio Flash' EP, London lad Delahay returns to Stretford-based Sprechen with a two-track, four-mix homage to the sounds of Italo and cosmic disco. 'Good Gone Bad' is your archetypal synth-y Italo throbber. 'Sacred Life' is a more contemplative, cosmically inspired piece, while the remix from Elliott Lion puts a light Balearic twist on proceedings. If your disco tastes tend towards the leftfield end of the spectrum, this is one to check for sure.
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SM 048
28 Sep 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Space Arcade
Screamadereka (original mix) - (7:34) 60 BPM
I'm Alright (original mix) - (4:57) 60 BPM Hot
Screamadereka (Hardway Bros Meet Monkton Downtown Disco dub) - (8:11) 60 BPM
I'm Alright (See Thru Hands remix) - (5:56) 62 BPM
Screamadereka (Hardway Bros Meet Monkton Downtown) - (7:54) 60 BPM
Screamadereka (radio edit) - (3:52) 60 BPM
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SMV 004
23 Aug 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
MIF Sounds
Various
Lena C. - "Pelago" (original mix) - (4:53) 95 BPM Hot
Breakfast In Berlin - "I Had A Dream About You Last Night" (original mix) - (5:10) 122 BPM
Reeta - "Strangers To Lovers" (feat Goux - original mix) - (6:17) 125 BPM
Breakfast In Berlin - "I Had A Dream About You Last Night" (radio edit) - (4:05) 122 BPM
Reeta - "Strangers To Lovers" (feat Goux - radio edit) - (3:35) 125 BPM
Review: Three tracks, coming from three different artists and served up in a total of five mixes, make up this V/A offering from Manchester-based Balearic stable Sprechen. Lena C kicks us off in laidback, languid fashion with 'Pelago', which blends African and Indian influences as it chugs along at a druggy, almost raga-like pace. Reeta's 'Strangers To Lovers' is a poppier and sweetly female-sung affair - think Crazy P or Moloko - while Breakfast In Berlin's 'I Had A Dream About You Last Night' takes us into out-and-out contemporary (albeit 80s-inspired) pop territory, so it's fitting that these latter two come with matching Radio Edits.
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SM 049
28 Jul 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Double Triangle 22
The Double Triangle 22 - (4:35) 114 BPM Hot
That's Not True - (7:09) 117 BPM
Honey Melts - (4:38) 100 BPM
Review: So far in his career, St Petersburg-based Nikita Kropachev AKA Diskette has done his thing almost entirely for Russian stable SOVIETT. Now though, following recent excursions on Rare Wiri and Silhouette Music, he comes to Manchester's Sprechen with a three-tracker from the dreamy, Balearic side. The title track is a hazy, synth-y affair built for slow groovin' in the afternoon sun, the slightly more upbeat 'That's Not True' throws together Italo synths, muted piano chords, a looped, reverb-heavy "love me, love me" female vocal and more, while 'Honey Melts' drops the tempo right down and is one for the morning after...
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SM 047
14 Jun 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Deep Space Radio Flash
Megapolis (original mix) - (6:18) 120 BPM Hot
It Just Felt Right (original mix) - (6:44) 120 BPM
Megapolis (Massey's Balearic Trance remix) - (6:13) 120 BPM
It Just Felt Right (Martin Moscrop remix) - (5:07) 120 BPM
Review: Sean Delahay is a lad from Stroud in Gloucestershire who moved to the regional metropolis of Bristol around five years and has never looked back since, releasing a string of house and disco EPs on labels including King Street and Future Disco. Here, he comes to Stretford stable Sprechen with two Italo/cosmic-leaning cuts that'll appeal to fans of arists like Prins Thomas and Todd Terje and labels such as Palms Trax and Running Back, while remix duties are taken care of by a couple of certified local heroes - label boss (Chris) Massey and A Certain Ratio legend Martin Moscrop.
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SM 046
10 May 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Music Control
Music Control (original mix) - (6:36) 120 BPM Hot
Music Control (instrumental) - (6:31) 120 BPM
Music Control (See Thru Hands remix) - (7:25) 124 BPM
Music Control (Sink Ya Teeth remix) - (6:30) 120 BPM
Music Control (radio edit) - (4:41) 120 BPM
Review: My first thoughts on hearing this distinctive-sounding nugget from Manchester's Sprechen were, "This doesn't really sound like anything else, except maybe A Certain Ratio". Then a bit of digging revealed that Sir Horatio is actually an alias for... guess who?! Which makes me either clever or stoopid, I guess... either way if you're a fan of late 70s punk-funk, mixed with a dash of Belgian new beat, EBM and other midtempo rock-electronic hybrids, this is one for you, while remixes from See Thru Hands and Sink Ya Teeth rework the track for nu-disco and house floors, respectively.
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SMV 002
26 Apr 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Creeps EP
Together Free (Disco) - (7:06) 124 BPM
The Creeps - (7:35) 125 BPM Hot
Parrot - (6:42) 120 BPM
Review: Elliott Lion is the DJing and dance music production alias of Editors keyboard player and guitarist Elliott Williams, and here he comes to leftfeld Manchester label Sprechen with three tracks that draw heavily on early 80s synth-disco for inspiration. 'Together Free (Disco)' has hints too of boogie and early 90s-style Italo-house, title track 'The Creeps' itself takes us down a more cinematic, coldwave-like path, while 'Parrot' is more in-your-face and driving, riding a motorik drum beat with multiple layers of synthesizer chuggery. It's all very angular and indie-dance in feel... but then what did you expect?!
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SM 045
29 Mar 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Super Manspreader
Love You Again - (7:37) 120 BPM Hot
Die Kiste - (7:24) 126 BPM
Review: Paper boss Ben Davis once more dons a cape and, as his Flash Atkins alter ego, comes to Paper-affiliated Sprechen with two tracks that are best summarised as "deep house and disco collide in the leftfield". 'Love You Again' tops rolling, Afro/tribal-inspired drums with a jaunty lil' synth riff and the merest hints of a treated reggae-style vocal, while 'Die Kiste' leans even more heavily towards the experimental side of the street with its complex, fractured rhythms and squelchy analogue synth-bass. The latter's one for the more leftfield floors only, but 'Love You Again' may have slightly broader appeal.
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SM 044
01 Mar 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Hope & Deliverance
I Love You - (7:18) 89 BPM
Nothing Ever Stays The Same - (6:51) 115 BPM
Feel - (5:17) 111 BPM
I Hope That Joy Will Come To You - (5:10) 95 BPM Hot
Review: Releasing mainly through his own Oddball Records imprint, Liverpool producer Dan Wainwright's stock-in-trade are meandering, hypnotic excursions that meld together influences from disco, Balearica and global music. He serves up more of the same on this four-tracker for Paper-affiliated Sprechen, with 'I Love You' having a singer-songwriter-ish feel, 'Nothing...' coming on like an early 90s The Beloved out-take, 'Feel' taking something of a Balearic kitchen sink approach and the almost folk-y 'I Hope That Joy Will Come To You' closing the EP on a more chilled-out note. Saturday night peaktime stompers these are not, but if you dig all things downtempo and leftfield then dive right on in...
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SM 043
01 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Cutz From The Electric Chair Vol 1
Cut #1 - (6:22) 120 BPM Hot
Cutz #2 - (8:26) 135 BPM
Cutz #3 - (7:01) 109 BPM
Cutz #4 - (3:36) 118 BPM
Review: Way back in the early 2000s, the Unambombers released a swathe of their own fine re-edits - all prepared to detonate the dancefloor at their long-running Electric Chair night - via a limited, vinyl only label called Electric Souls. This fine EP offers up some of those killer cut-jobs on digital download for the very first time, concentrating on those crafted by Justin Unabomber AKA Only Child. 'Cut #1' and 'Cutz #2' are heavy, driving and life-affirming stomps through electrified disco-funk territory, rich in heady horn blasts, low-slung bass and gnarled guitar riffs. 'Cutz #3' breathes new life into a Parliament/Funkadelic style P-funk number by a highly obscure artist, while 'Cutz #4' is another heavy stomper that joins the dots between disco-funk and synth-funk. Simply essential.
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SMV 001
30 Nov 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Selector EP
Selector (original mix) - (5:44) 130 BPM Hot
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
Review: Hailing from Leeds, the Night Giants are by their own admission a melting pot of The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Bonobo and Caribou - and they bring all the aforementioned influences to their incredible live sets. They return to Manchester's Sprechen label with their new Selector EP featuring the chugging and hypnotic energy of the title track (which receives an awesome liquid drum 'n' bass remix by Eskimoh), the blissed-out sunset breaks of "Tremble" and the funky party starter "Twist & Drop" which also receives a low slung nu-disco remix by Paper Street Soul (Ever After / Redlight). More great stuff from Chris Massey's label.
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SM 041
02 Nov 20
Minimal/Tech House
Harmonising
Nothing I Need (original mix) - (5:33) 118 BPM Hot
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.
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SM 042
12 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Love Rescue EP
Love Rescue - (6:00) 122 BPM Hot
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.
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SM 040
07 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Frottage Industry
Gone East (Version Deux) - (7:11) 122 BPM Hot
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.
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SM 039
12 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Connectivity
Connectivity (original mix) - (3:57) 123 BPM
Connectivity (Skream remix) - (7:38) 123 BPM Hot
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.
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SMV 003
06 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mean World EP
Mean World - (5:24) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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SM 038
15 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
The War Wolf EP
War Wolf (original mix) - (7:56) 98 BPM Hot
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.
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SM 037
24 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Edgy X Future X Discotheque Vol 2
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 Hot
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.
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EFD 02
10 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Altered Beats EP
Altered Beats (original mix) - (7:32) 120 BPM
Altered Beats (Timothy Clerkin & Massey remix) - (6:17) 120 BPM Hot
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.
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SM 036
03 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Berrocas & Trackie Bottoms
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 Hot
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.
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SM 035
04 May 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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