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Intro - (1:42) 116 BPM
   
A Lover's Anxiety - (5:11) 125 BPM
   
Llamada 911 - (7:10) 124 BPM
   
City Neon - (7:54) 123 BPM
   
Esquinas (Feat. Daniel RA¤A¤f) - (9:09) 123 BPM
   
Klubbensborg - (6:17) 124 BPM
   
Greg's Island - (5:51) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
A Blues (Dolphin Cruise edit) - (7:55) 110 BPM
   
Aah Hej Da Ra - (4:34) 124 BPM
   
East Village Trip - (9:37) 131 BPM
Played by: Bach Music
Review: Alongside pal and fellow Karlovac Recordings founder Mr Tophat, Art Alfie has produced some of the most interesting and respected house music of recent years. Remarkably, Reveries Of is not only his debut album, but also his first solo outing of any kind. It's a sprawling but hugely enjoyable set, full of spaced-out, lo-fi deep house cuts that are rich in evocative melodies and mood enhancing musical elements, but low on slick production polish. Highlights include the Detroit influenced melancholia of "LLamada 911", the jazz-fuelled Balearic house pump of "Klubbensborg", the dub-wise, ska-sampling madness of "Greg's Island", and the epic, techno-tempo stomp of closer "East Village Trip".
BARN 047
03 Mar 17
Deep House
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Holiday Extreme - (24:12) 80 BPM
BARNXMAS 2017
15 Dec 17
Soundtracks
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Eyes Of My Mind - (9:12) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Echoes Of My Mind - (8:44) 141 BPM
Review: We were rather surprised to learn that "Eyes of My Mind" is Axel Boman's first solo single on Studio Barnhus, the label he co-founded, since 2013. It's also his first EP of any sort since 2017 (though 2019 did see the release of his fine "Le New Life" LP on Mule Musiq). The track is little less than a loved-up aural hug; a slow building, deliciously glassy-eyed affair in which dreamy chords, quirky vocal samples, droning bass tones and bubbly electronic motifs ride a bustling, loose-limbed drum track that sits somewhere between regular deep house, Max D's Dolo Percussion project and good old-fashioned breakbeat. Boman calms things down dramatically on "Echoes of My Mind", a swelling, wall-of-sound ambient revision of the A-side that's as comforting and meditative as they come.
BARN 070D
10 Apr 20
Deep House
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Can't Help It - (5:38) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
BARN 051
19 May 17
Deep House
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This Is It (Body mix) - (6:16) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
BARN 051B
23 Jun 17
Deep House
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Snowwhite - (7:04) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Baby - (3:12) 100 BPM
   
Freeeze - (2:37) 105 BPM
   
XXX200003 - (5:06) 120 BPM
   
Are You Mad? Cause I'm Not Mad... - (7:39) 124 BPM
Review: The genius of Baba Stiltz productions - aside from their consistent high quality, of course - has always been their eccentric unpredictability. His latest EP for Studio Barnhus - his first for the Swedish label since the tail end of 2015 - sticks to this script. Across the five tracks, you'll hear tactile and dreamy deep house bliss ("Snowwhite"), future R&B-informed vocal synth-pop ("Baby"), bubbly, sun-kissed synthesizer Balearica ("Freeeze"), and hypnotic, loved-up tech-house brilliance (the superb "Are You Mad? Cause I'm Not Mad"). Arguably most impressive of all, though, is the humid "XXX200003", which gently rises on waves of marimba melodies, African-influenced percussion, and fireside-hot chords.
BARN 048
30 Jan 17
Deep House
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The Hours - (6:51) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Alom - (4:18) 104 BPM
   
Barak - (4:53) 122 BPM
Review: A three-tracker here from Stockholm's Gabriella Borb?ly, coming on her own Studio Barnhus label. A refreshingly wide-ranging offering it is, too: all three tracks can safely be classed as 'deep house', but each takes quite a different approach. Kicking things off is 'The Hours', which marries deep, tribal beats to luxuriant piano chords, mournful sax and sweeping strings in a melancholy, midtempo kinda way. Sporting heavily effected male/female vox and strange, toy keyboard-like sounds, 'Alom' operates in blissed-out slo-mo territory, while if uptempo, floor-friendly jazz-house is more your bag then 'Barak' should suit your needs nicely, Daddio!
BARN 063
12 Apr 19
Deep House
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Can't Leave You Like This - (5:33) 116 BPM
BARN 067S 1
13 Sep 19
Deep House
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Can't Leave You Like This - (5:33) 116 BPM
   
She's Back! - (5:18) 89 BPM
   
Tuesday - (2:35) 123 BPM
   
Hotel Europa - (4:07) 125 BPM
   
Your Girlfriend - (3:31) 108 BPM
   
Stars - (3:28) 78 BPM
   
Way Chill - (5:05) 120 BPM
   
Do The Right Thing - (6:44) 55 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flightmode - (4:48) 120 BPM
Review: Since signing with Studio Barnhus in 2018, Bella Boo (real name Gabriella Borbely) has released a couple of quirky, off-kilter EPs in the Swedish label's trademark hard-to-pigeonhole style. Here the Los Angeles based delivers her debut album, an expansive nine-track affair that shifts shape at regular intervals. After beginning with the lightly Afro-tinged vocal deep house pulse of "Can't Leave You Like This", she breaks up the beats on rolling workout "She's Back", offers up some downtempo nu-jazz on "Tuesday", squelches her way through contemporary deep hip-house number "Hotel Europa", goes on an ambient diversion via "Stars", and doffs a cap to Floating Points' early works on the jazzy but acid-fired wonder that is Axel Boman hook-up "Do The Right Thing".
BARN 067
01 Nov 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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Tuesday - (2:35) 123 BPM
   
Can't Leave You Like This - (5:33) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Sweden's Gabriella Borbely, AKA Bella Boo, trails her soon-come debut album 'Once Upon A Passion' with this two-track release. The handful of EPs she's put out to date have consisted mostly of wonky, midtempo deep house, but this one finds her exploring more leftfield, downtempo territory: some gently tapping wood block percussion aside, 'Tuesday' is a near-ambient piece made up of piano chords, fragments of at least three different vocal parts (one male, two female) and a mournful sax line, while 'Can't Leave You Like This' is a slow-building Balearic cut that's tailor-made for warm-up sets.
BARN 067S2
18 Oct 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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LA Confidential - (4:04) 104 BPM
   
Is It Rude To Wear My Shades - (3:56) 116 BPM
   
Magnolia - (5:59) 120 BPM
   
Keep Me Warm - (7:14) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Homesick, Where's Home - (7:30) 120 BPM
Review: Young Swedish producer Bella Boo earned lavish praise for her 2017 debut EP on Third Try Records, so hopes are high for this follow-up on Axel Boman, Kornel Kovacs and Petter Nordvist's admirable Studio Barnhus label. Predictably, it's something of a treat, with Bella Boo eschewing house music conventions in favour of a trademark style that puts imaginative eccentricities front and centre. Check, for example, the razor sharp, acid-style motifs, delay-laden bells and skewed drum machine work of "Is It Rude To Wear My Shades", the ultra-deep headiness of EP standout "Magnolia" and the picturesque early morning shuffle of "Homesick, Where's Home". She also displays a keen grasp of eyes-closed left-field pop on fluid opener "LA Confidential". Impressive stuff, all told.
BARN 049
27 Apr 18
Deep House
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She's Back! (Off The Meds remix) - (4:21) 133 BPM
   
Can't Leave You Like This (Karima F remix) - (4:48) 128 BPM
   
Tuesday (Shy One remix) - (3:33) 126 BPM
   
Stars (Kornel Kovacs remix) - (5:08) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sin Sin (Matthew Styles edit) - (5:08) 120 BPM
Review: Next up from the Studio Barnhus Sweden crew we see them welcome back the wonderful Bella Boo, this time reworking a number of previous releases into vibrant remix creations, kicking off with the trippy melodic swirls and punchy bass slaps that emit from Off The Meds' rethink of 'She's Back. Next, Karima F gives 'Can't Leave You' a potent tribal rethink, Shy One delivers a spacey roller revamp of 'Tuesday' and Kornel Kovacs sends 'Stars' to the breakbeat manipulation machine for a sombre lick of paint. Finally, Matthew Styles provides us with a stripped back 4x4 overhaul of 'Sin Sin' rounding off a fantastic selection of fabulous recreations.
BARN 067X1
24 Jul 20
Breakbeat
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Bella Boo - "Boyboy" - (3:43) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Off The Meds - "Currency Low" - (2:29) 118 BPM
   
Axel Boman & Miljon - "Forgot About You" (Piano version) - (4:43) 78 BPM
BARNVOL 1S 3
07 Aug 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Axel Boman - "Modern Fluids" - (7:49) 128 BPM
   
Pedrodollar - "Ner I Brunnen" - (3:57) 120 BPM
   
Gino Bomino - "For Sharon" - (5:59) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: James Curd, The Zars
BARN 001
16 Jun 11
Funky/Club House
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Can't Find It - (8:16) 125 BPM
   
Kings & Emperors - (4:14) 119 BPM
   
Fantastic Piano - (4:00)
   
Dance All Night - (5:35) 118 BPM
   
No Sweden - (4:56) 110 BPM
   
Let's Get Nervous - (2:46)
   
Hello - (8:39) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Son Of A Plumber - (5:21) 120 BPM
   
Barcelona - (4:44) 120 BPM
   
Animal Lovers - (5:25) 120 BPM
   
New Krau Era - (4:04) 120 BPM
   
No! No! No! No! - (5:22) 120 BPM
   
Bottoms Up - (3:22) 120 BPM
Review: Swedish producer Axel Boman seems to have been around forever, delivering solid and occasionally sensational deep house. In fact, he first emerged in 2009, and somewhat surprisingly Family Vacation is his debut album. It's a rather impressive beast, if truth be told, offering a whirlwind trip through his inspirations, from the downtempo analogue wooziness of "Let's Get Nervous" and jaunty, jazz-wise, US-influenced deep house of "Son of a Plumber", to the dreamy electronics and off-kilter rhythms of "No! No! No! No!", and the Theo Parrish-goes-Calypso vibes of "Bottoms Up". Most impressive of all, though, is the dark, humid, tropical pagan flex of "Kings & Emperors". Its' African voodoo atmosphere offers a startling alternative to the quiet positivity found elsewhere.
BARN 018
11 Nov 13
Deep House
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Boska - "British Funk Museum Article No 808" - (5:51) 66 BPM
   
Pedrodollar - "Theme Song" - (2:05) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
BARN 013
01 Apr 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Lights & Strobes - (5:11) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lights & Strobes (Pedrodollar remix) - (7:43) 117 BPM
   
Lights & Strobes (Trance Dawn Rescue mix) - (2:55) 130 BPM
Played by: Tomasz Guiddo
BARN 038
13 May 16
Deep House
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Hans - (5:55) 120 BPM
   
Heinrich - (7:39) 120 BPM
   
Oskar - (6:33) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: One of the joys of Alex Boman and company's Studio Barnhus label is its' obvious eccentricity. This, of course, makes predicting the sound of each subsequent release tough, but rather thrilling. Here, they offer a label debut to former model turned underground house/techno producer Esther Silex. The Cologne-based DJ/producer does a good job showcasing the depth and variety of her sound, with the three tracks variously touching on rolling, tech-tinged deep house ("Hans"), atmospheric, modular-sounding hypno-techno ("Heinrich"), and dreamier, more melodious fare built around the manipulation of a handful of killer samples (the blissful "Oskar").
BARN 034
25 Jan 16
Deep House
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Shakes - (11:53) 63 BPM
   
Helmet - (6:15) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
BARN 014
13 May 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Flechazo - (8:34) 120 BPM
   
New Lover - (5:18) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flechazo (radio edit) - (4:41) 120 BPM
Review: Drew Lustman has been relatively quiet by his standards this year, though he's still found time to offer up a couple of quality singles on Blueberry Records and Unknown To The Unknown. Here he makes his first appearance on Studio Barnhus with an EP that showcases two distinctly different sides to his multi-faceted musical persona. Title track "Flechazo" is a veritable drizzle of melodic positivity, with eyes-closed synthesizer motifs, sun-bright electronics and dreamy chords cloaking a crunchy, off-kilter deep house rhythm and suitably heavy bassline. In contrast, "New Lover" is a fair more warehouse-ready affair, with Lustman reaching for the mid-90s U.S garage riffs (think "Show Me Love"), bustling breakbeats, booming bass, sweaty female vocal samples and twinkling melodies.
BARN 064
06 Dec 19
Deep House
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Journey - (7:19) 117 BPM
   
Jori's House - (5:37) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Smoke & Alcohol - (5:06) 119 BPM
   
Are We It? - (7:30) 116 BPM
Review: Here's something to savour: a fresh set of collaborations between old Finnish friends Freestyle Man (AKA Klas-Henrik Linblad, otherwise known as Sasse) and Jimi Tenor, who first worked together in 1997. It's the pair's second joint effort for Studio Barnhus following 2017's unsurprisingly eccentric "Sleepover". First up is "Journey", a deep, off-kilter chunk of groovy house-pop fusion where Tenor reprises his once familiar role as a sleazy, late 20th century lounge singer. It's superb, as is the twinkling, boogie flavoured deep house bliss of "Jori's House" featuring both keys and flute solos from Tenor, while "Smoke & Alcohol" is a sun-kissed, party-friendly chunk of vocal broken beat jazziness. Arguably best of all, though, is the sub-heavy house mysticism of clonk-fired closing cut "Are We It?"
BARN 059
09 Aug 19
Deep House
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Wheelman - "Underwater Sunrise Party" - (4:56) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hanky - "How Is It Going To End?" - (6:52) 84 BPM
Played by: Jimpster
BARN 054
18 Sep 17
Deep House
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Super Speed - (3:44) 116 BPM
   
Is This Love - (5:37) 80 BPM
   
Lucid Dream - (5:54) 117 BPM
   
Between A Dream & A Hard Place - (5:19) 87 BPM
BARN 043
29 May 17
Deep House
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Power Of Love - (6:37) 118 BPM
   
Pyjama Party - (6:37) 100 BPM
   
Temple Of Music - (5:08) 120 BPM
   
Turku Airport - (7:15) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: a surprise joint EP from experienced Finnish producers Jimi Tenor (still best-known for his eccentric lounge-jazz escapades on Warp) and Klas-Henrik Lindblad (AKA Sasse and, here, Freestyle Man). Tenor's drowsy and distinctive vocals - as well as his fuzzy old synthesizer melodies - come to the fore on the first two tracks, with dusty deep house opener "Power of Love" impressing slightly more than the tongue-in-cheek "Pyjama Party" (which, incidentally, reminded us of Tenor's late '90s material). Elsewhere, Lindblad's love of Metro Area style nu-disco is explored on "Turku Airport", while "Temple of Music" sees jazz-man Tenor layering solos over a slick and sumptuous deep house groove.
BARN 056
10 Nov 17
Deep House
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Szikra Intro - (1:37) 144 BPM
   
BB - (6:32) 126 BPM
   
Dollar Club - (6:05) 123 BPM
   
Gex - (2:44) 128 BPM
   
Josey's Tune - (4:44) 123 BPM
   
Dance... While The Record Spins - (5:25) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
SzA­v Utca - (5:44) 124 BPM
   
The Bells - (6:44) 125 BPM
   
Pop - (6:26) 126 BPM
   
Urszusz - (5:14) 108 BPM
Review: In recent times, Studio Barnhus co-founder Kornel Kovacs has delivered a string of eccentric, hard-to-pin-down 12" singles that drag house music in weird and wonderful new directions. He's at it again on Bells, the Swede's long-awaited debut album. While largely deep, melodious and quirkily lo-fi - the distinct sound of tape hiss is never far away - Kovacs nevertheless veers off in many different directions over the album's ten-track direction. So while the pitched-down UK funky rhythms and 8-bit synth melodies of "Josey's Tune" impress, dancefloors may prefer the rambunctious, redlined Latin-house thump of "Gex", the sparkling rave revivalism of "Dance...When The Record Spins", or the rubbery bounce and pulverizing analogue bass of "Pop".
BARN 045
26 Aug 16
Deep House
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Rocks (Robert Dietz Bling Bling mix) - (7:25) 128 BPM
   
Purple Skies (D. Tiff's Plush vocal) - (5:28) 115 BPM
   
Marathon (Paradise Alley version) - (5:02) 127 BPM
   
Baltzar (Butch remix) - (6:02) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: When it came to commissioning remixes of tracks from his superb sophomore album "Stockholm Marathon", Kornel Kovacs reportedly rang his favourite producers - or at least those he knew would provide "characteristic" revisions that took his tunes to new sonic spaces. It would be fair to say that the plan worked. The "Paradise Alley" version of "Marathon" is a wonderfully sparse, jacking and mind-altering acid house interpretation rich in bold bass and Dream 2 Science style chords, while Robert Dietz's "Bling Bling" mix of Rocks brilliantly joins the dots between rushing synth-pop, deep breakbeat house and hazy electro. Elsewhere, D Tiffany steals the show with a chiming, out-there deep house tweak of "Purple Skies" and Butch re-casts "Baltzar" as a beautifully languid mixture of glassy-eyed Balearic house and pitched-down deep synth-pop.
BARN 065X1
20 Sep 19
Deep House
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BARN 065S2
27 Mar 19
Deep House
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Purple Skies - (3:47) 120 BPM
   
Marathon - (3:48) 127 BPM
   
Szombat - (5:05) 120 BPM
   
Atlas Nights - (3:35) 108 BPM
   
Rocks - (5:32) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ducks - (6:05) 123 BPM
   
Club Notes - (6:22) 118 BPM
   
Baltzar - (4:33) 120 BPM
Review: In need of both "friends and inspiration", last year Kornel Kovacs moved back to his "beautiful, boring" home city of Stockholm. Once again residing in his old apartment and surrounded by collaborators (primarily Matt Karmil, jazz musician Niclas Skagstedt and female vocal duo Rebecca and Fiona), the Studio Barnhus co-founder set about recording his follow-up to lauded 2016 debut album "The Bells". The resultant set is predictably impressive, with Kovacs offering up a range of ear-catching vocal and instrumental tracks that brilliantly fuse elements of spacey deep house, mutant R&B, leftfield synth-pop, lo-fi electro, tech-jazz and glassy-eyed electronica. More often than not the collaborations with Rebecca & Fiona hit the mark (see "Club Notes", "Purple Skies" and "Marathon"), but there are plenty of other highlights elsewhere on the album.
BARN 065
26 Apr 19
Deep House
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Wildlife - (6:03) 132 BPM
   
Missing In Reaction - (6:07) 120 BPM
   
It's Good To Try - (3:04) 157 BPM
   
My Brain Is A Scrambled Egg - (9:10) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Are You Fine? - (3:46) 107 BPM
   
I Have The Feeling I've Been Here Before - (3:15) 156 BPM
Review: It's been almost a year since we last heard from Church, Cin Cin and Outplay regular Laurence Guy. Last time out, he delivered a tasty trio of jazz-fired deep house cuts for Mule Musiq; this time round, the talented producer is showcasing his versatility with predictably picturesque results. Highlights come thick and fast from the off, where "Wildlife" introduces us to Guy's sound world via bustling, hardcore style breakbeats, Aphex Twin style acid lines and bold, life-affirming chords. Club-ready cuts include the dreamy deep house-meets-ambient techno bustle of "Missing In Reaction" and the hot-stepping, stab-happy and bass-heavy rush of "My Brain Is a Scrambled Egg", while the included forays into ambient and IDM - most notably "Are You Fine" and the "Electric Counterpoint"-inspired "It's Good To Try" - are uniformly superb.
BARN 062
01 Mar 19
Deep House
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Put Your Heart Close To Mine - (11:49) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Distant Signals From The Acid Aviary - (10:10) 120 BPM
Played by: Jimpster
Review: We can't remember the last time Sweden's Studio Barnhus put out a duff or mediocre release. This latest missive, from label-hopping producer LD Nero (an alias of busy German Alex "Cortex" Neumann), is another fine release. Near 12-minute opener "Put Your Heart Close To Mine" is particularly sweet, with swelling synth chords and bouncy pads riding a classic, New York house influenced groove. He dives into deeper waters on "Distant Signals From The Acid Aviary", where spacey noises and fluttering chords effectively join forces with a bold, dub-wise bassline and hypnotic drum machine rhythms.
BARN 039
30 May 16
Deep House
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In My Heart - (5:13) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
A Track For You - (5:42) 120 BPM
   
Bell Dance - (3:00) 118 BPM
   
Aroubi Song - (5:14) 119 BPM
   
Catcher In The Rye - (4:03) 120 BPM
   
It Always Rains - (4:36) 124 BPM
Review: Some three years on from his first appearance on the label, Studio Barnhus welcomes back Stockholm eccentric Lukas Nystrand Von Unge. The EP's six tracks were recorded at various points between 2010 and 2016, and tidily showcase his open-minded approach to music making. After opening with the gospel-influenced leftfield house shuffle of "In My Heart", Nystrand proceeds to sprint between woozy lo-fi deep house ("A Track For You"), tape hiss-encrusted, four-track U.S garage (the music box melodies of sparse beats of "Bell Dance"), tipsy jazz-house ("Aroubi Song"), and triumphant, low-slung disco house haziness (standout closer "It Always Rains").
BARN 041
02 May 16
Deep House
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Kill Me - (3:46) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Black Park - (3:36) 120 BPM
Review: Sweden's Axel Boman is the man at the controls here. Working as Man Tear (usually with fellow countryman Petter Nordvkist, here with vocalist Johan Jonason) he's put out a handful of tracks over the past half-decade on DFA, Needwant, Future Disco and Studio Barnhus, and now he returns to the latter with two cuts that look to the late 70s for inspiration. 'Kill Me' would be a fairly typical disco-house workout were it not for the single male vocal line, which loops throughout and has a new wave/powerpop kinda feel: it might take a listen or two to sink in, but it's a proper earworm once it does. 'Black Park', meanwhile, comes on like Talking Heads given a nu-disco makeover.
BARN 061
11 Oct 19
Funky/Club House
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Nova Blur - (6:46) 111 BPM
   
Find A Way - (7:39) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Block Out - (4:48) 120 BPM
   
Outdoor Pursuit - (7:38) 114 BPM
Review: Mark Evetts is nowhere near as prolific as he once was, but the Birmingham-based producer is still capable of crafting must-have releases. He's at it again here on his first outing for eccentric Swedish label Studio Barnhus. Opener "Nova Blur" sees Evetts' add warm chords and skewed electronic lead lines to his usual hypnotic deep house template, while closing cut "Outdoor Pursuit" is a surprisingly fuzzy, lo-fi and distorted stomp through dense drums and echoing percussion sounds. Perhaps most ear catching of all is the faintly foreboding "Find A Way", where echoing chords, creepy melodies and looped Irish fiddles attempt to smother a sturdy, locked-in groove, though the fuzzy, proto-house influenced "Block Out" is also rather fine.
BARN 072
28 Feb 20
Deep House
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The Unmaker - (7:02) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mind vs Mind - (6:04) 120 BPM
   
Ultra Vivid Parse - (5:57) 120 BPM
   
Pyramideleven - (7:15)
Played by: Ambivalent
BARN 009
16 Apr 12
Progressive House
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All Together - (5:04) 120 BPM
   
Meg - (8:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
UG - (5:02) 69 BPM
   
Tell Me Why - (4:17) 111 BPM
Review: Three years on from his first appearance on Studio Barnhus, multi-talented Matt Karmil returns to the eccentric Swedish imprint. He's in a surprisingly positive mood on opener "All Together", a chunky slab of skewed loop-house brilliance whose slipped 4/4 drums come laden with sweet, saucer-eyed samples and jaunty stabs. The celebratory mood is enhanced further by the DJ Sneak style bounce of "Meg", before he serves up the polyrhythmic madness of "UG", where synthesized bells, loved-up chords and bombastic sub-bass take centre stage. There's also a horizontal bonus in the shape of delicate but trippy, soul-fired loop jam "Tell Me Why". In other words, it's another must-have from the former Idle Hands, PNN and Beats in Space man.
BARN 057
02 Mar 18
Deep House
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Callin' It Quits - (3:30) 75 BPM
BARN 073X1
31 Jul 20
Balearic/Downtempo
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Forgot About You (Piano version) - (4:43) 78 BPM
BARNVOL 001S1
12 Jun 18
Deep House
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Spanish Lo-Life - (7:39) 125 BPM
   
People - (6:07) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
UtUr City - (3:44) 88 BPM
   
Eat Something Else - (5:33) 132 BPM
   
Just In Rooimance - (4:19) 131 BPM
BARN 044
20 Jun 16
Deep House
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El Baile De Los Muertos - (8:02) 130 BPM
   
Mania - (11:30) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Hailing from the north of Sweden, MLIR ('Modern Life Is Rubbish') are a three-piece collective specialising in dancefloor grooves inspired by world music. Here, they serve up two tracks on their own Studio Barnhus label. Despite the Spanish title, the energetic 'El Baile De Los Muertos' ('Dance Of The Dead') is actually an African-sounding affair, with chant-style vox and a fluttering riff played some unknown stringed instrument, with some sci-fi synths sounds thrown in for good measure. 'Mania', which operates at a slightly lower tempo, has a more Arabic/Middle Eastern feel and comes topped with random spoken, English-language vocal samples.
BARN 053
14 Jun 19
International
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Double Dance Lover (Radio version) - (7:46) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Double Dance Lover (Disko Dubb mix) - (14:59) 124 BPM
Review: Given the quality of their previous releases - and, in particular, last summer's tasty two-tracker on Beats in Space - hopes are naturally high for Mount Liberation Unlimited's Studio Barnhus debut. Interestingly, "Double Dance Lover" maintains their obsession with improvised music making, but relies more on traditional instrumentation than synths and drum machines. The "radio version" is a sweaty, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink disco exploration that sounds like an unlikely collaboration between the Idjut Boys and fellow Swede Kornel Kovacs. The real killer, though, is the near 15-minute Disko Dubb Mix. This begins as an Italo-disco shuffler, develops into a Prins Thomas style 'Scandolearic disco' groover, and ends in a flurry of sweaty guitar, piano, percussion and synth solos. It's utterly mental, but in the best possible way.
BARN 050
16 Dec 16
Deep House
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Climb Me Up (Album version) - (7:28) 108 BPM
   
Climb Me Up (Dance version) - (8:53) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
BARN 066X1
10 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Air 2 Breathe (edit) - (4:29) 124 BPM
   
Air 2 Breathe - (7:14) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
BARN 066X2
08 May 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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Clintro Space Funk - (0:45) 93 BPM
   
Welcome To Organic - (4:59) 118 BPM
   
Gospel - (6:39) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Prozac - (6:01) 126 BPM
   
WWW.ednesday - (2:40) 120 BPM
   
Climb Me Up - (7:28) 108 BPM
   
Jaz For More - (5:24) 99 BPM
   
Krauten - (6:20) 129 BPM
   
The One - (2:26) 122 BPM
   
Techno Thrills & Ecstasy Pills - (8:17) 122 BPM
   
Air 2 Breathe - (7:14) 124 BPM
Review: Five years on from the release of their staggeringly good debut EP, "Astr Travelling Through Life", Mount Liberation Unlimited is finally ready to unleash their first full-length excursion. It's a typically loose, off-kilter and musically rich affair, with the Swedish duo layering all manner of electric and electronic instrumentation (glistening jazz guitars, toast bass guitar, analogue synthesizers and so on) over a range of live and programmed rhythms. Stylistically, it's wonderfully hard to pigeonhole, with the pair's eccentric fusions - some dancefloor-focused, others more suited to pie-eyed home listening - variously mixing and matching elements of disco, house, Balearica, acid, Italo-disco, IDM, proto-house, synth-pop, ambient and jazz-funk.
BARN 066
31 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Belter - (4:38) 128 BPM
   
Belter (Joy Orbison Belly mix) - (8:03) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Belter (acapella) - (3:01) 142 BPM
BARN 060
22 Mar 19
Breakbeat
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Off The Meds - "Currency Low" - (2:29) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Axel Boman/Miljon - "Forgot About You" (Piano version) - (4:43) 78 BPM
BARNVOL 001S2
28 Jun 18
Hip Hop/R&B
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BARN 065S1
07 Mar 19
Deep House
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Something... - (6:42) 62 BPM
   
Jamison - (4:37) 63 BPM
   
Liseberg (Portacode Dancehall mix) - (9:41) 79 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Liseberg (Tapes Dub in memory of Travis Hall) - (2:37) 60 BPM
BARN 008
02 Mar 12
Experimental/Electronic
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Multi Orchestral House Sound - (2:47) 121 BPM
   
Hammond Fireworks - (6:07) 108 BPM
   
Marcy Son What - (4:55) 128 BPM
   
Hessingen - (6:27) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kungssten Bus Stop Riddim - (2:55) 97 BPM
   
Path Mountain Square - (5:14) 125 BPM
   
Waayaha Cusub - (4:27) 124 BPM
   
Jenin Grill Dreams - (6:25) 113 BPM
   
Wudzele Obeme - (3:16) 140 BPM
   
The Return Of Uncle Benon - (2:05) 110 BPM
   
K&F's Favorite - (6:37) 117 BPM
   
Wheel Of Fortune - (3:15) 125 BPM
BARN 052
23 Mar 18
Deep House
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Lana Gaye - (6:04) 124 BPM
   
Trains & Airports - (6:38) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ios Santos (feat Kid Simius) - (6:16) 123 BPM
   
Home Is Where I Can Dance - (5:22) 124 BPM
Played by: Jacques Greene
BARN 058
01 Mar 19
Deep House
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Sarita Colonia - (6:18) 123 BPM
   
Moninga - (4:55) 122 BPM
   
Hollywood - (5:05) 123 BPM
   
Akariku - (5:46) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Berlin-based producer Sofia Kourtesis joined Swedish imprint Studio Barnhus last year, offering up an assured debut EP that took a left of centre approach to deep house/tech-house fusion. If anything, this follow-up is even better, with the Peruvian expertly showcasing her impressive grasp of drum programming and inventive production techniques. Our pick of an impressive bunch is title track "Sarita Colonia", a throbbing affair that builds to a righteous, life-affirming conclusion (all cut-up string samples, booming bass and glassy-eyed vocal snippets) after a deep and drowsy start. There's much to set the pulse racing elsewhere across the EP, including the sub-heavy, melody-rich wonkiness of "Akariku" and the sunny deep house warmth of "Hollywood".
BARN 068
14 Feb 20
Deep House
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