Chris Massey - "In Zaire" - (5:41) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Oosh! - "What's That You're Doing" - (7:05) 107 BPM
Review: The Rack & Ruin edits offshoot of Mancunian club/label El Diablo's returns in triumphant form with two heavy duty reworks that will find favour with many disco selectors. El Diablo's Social Club's very own Chris Massey leads the way, tackling the Johnny Wakelin classic "In Zaire" and turning the chugometer up to 11 - expect to hear this up and down the Croatian coastline this summer. Massey's contribution is complemented by Oosh! who are a new name to us, but their edits seemingly have been racking up plenty of plays on Soundcloud. Take a listen to their heavily phased and filtered tweak of McCartney and Wonder's early 80s jazz funk boogie jammer "What's That You're Doing".
RR 006
13 Jun 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Craig Bratley - "Ani Kuni" - (5:49) 100 BPM
   
Craig Bratley - "Acid Mother" - (5:10) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
James Hadfield - "Love & Affection" - (5:45) 120 BPM
   
James Hadfield - "Silent Builder" - (4:49) 114 BPM
RR 015
01 Nov 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sean Lives - (6:28) 107 BPM
   
Rustic Rage (feat Flash Atkins) - (6:07) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: With little fanfare or fuss, El Diablo Social Club's To Rack & Ruin edit series has slowly made its' way onto digital download. This latest release - originally out on wax back in January - is one of the hush-hush imprint's strongest to date. It comes from Munich-based beat-manipulator Deckard, who successfully delivers a dubby, delay-laden chunk of piano-heavy, mid-tempo AOR disco in the shape of the rather brilliant "Sean Lives". While superb, the real killer is on the flip, where Flash Atkins helps Deckard turn a forgotten Jonny Cash gem into a brilliantly trippy, floor-friendly fusion of country blues, dub disco and Patrick Cowley/Giorgio Moroder style machine funk. However unlikely a fusion, the resultant track is genuinely brilliant.
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02 Oct 15
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Foreva - (6:35) 122 BPM
   
Love Ma Gin - (7:45) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: For the eigth instalment of To Rack & Ruin we see the long awaited return of Neil Diablo this time dropping the 'Evil K'Neil' moniker from used for the first two volumes of the edits series. First up on Foreva Neil skilfully chops up a little known raw 122bpm proto-house disco jam which has sumptuous boogie bassline, choppy stabs and a wonderful soulful female vocal extended and edited for dance floor delight. On the digi- flip is "Love Ma Gin", A glittery disco affair with a heavy bassline and glamorous strings which builds and builds. Get to know.

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25 Sep 15
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Disko Selectors - "Hiroshima" - (7:16) 112 BPM
   
Futuro Tropicale & Le Macchine - "Velenoso" - (7:43) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Here, Spain's Disko Selectors offer further proof of their crate digging and re-edit skills, delivering a killer rework of a dusty old Italo-style gem. The track's title - "Hiroshima" - may be a clue to its' origin, though the track's spiraling synthesizers, crusty rock touches and symphonic outlook is pure prog rock/Italo-disco fusion. Crucially, it's really good; arguably one of the standout tracks of the To Rack & Ruin series to date. On the flip, the previously unknown Futuro Tropicale & Le Macchine [sic] saunter off in a different direction, turning in a formidable dub disco take of a low-slung AOR bomb. With bluesy guitar riffs, delay-laden vocal snippets and alien synthesizer flashes to the fore, it has all the makings of a future basement classic.
RR 011
09 Oct 15
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Inergy - (6:28) 124 BPM
   
Mister Cheryl - (6:36) 79 BPM
   
Music For Your Lose - (6:55) 126 BPM
   
Powa - (6:04) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review:  Neil Diablo's To Rack & Ruin edit series has been on fire of late, delivering killer reworks by The Rejected, Phil Gerus, and Que Sakamoto & NT. Volume 13 contains a quartet of collaborative reworks by Italian pals DJ Rocca and N2B. First up is "Inergy", a dirty and full-throttle disco workout that contains a fantastic extended percussion break midway through. Rocca and N2B reach for the disco delays on the super-sweet shuffler "Mister Cheryl", before whipping their shirts off for a muscular disco-funk hoedown (the sax-laden stomp that is "Music For Your Lose"). Finally, the tape delays return on the dense, disco-goes-proto-house closer "Powa", which may well be our pick of the bunch.
RR 014
25 Sep 17
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Get Up - (6:53) 125 BPM
   
Weird Safari - (6:05) 112 BPM
   
Dubby Pino - (5:49) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mr. Rossi's Backpain - (6:01) 120 BPM
Review: Manchester's label/clubnight combo El Diablo has a knack for releasing some pretty heavyweight edits, but this eighth installment of its To Rack & Ruin series really ups the ante. With DJ Rocca teaming up with N2B, we are treated to four precision scalpel jobs, all of which really tease out the bassy loops. Highlights include seven minute opener "Get Up" - a dubby odyssey into misty lands of shuffly beats, incessant basslines and wah-wah guitar aplenty. Also the suspended tension of Balearic mind-trip "Weird Safari" and the '80s slap bass aerobics of "Mr Rossi's Backpain" are worth checking out.
RR 007
10 Nov 14
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Stay The Night (Evil K'Neil edit) - (7:33) 116 BPM
   
Hooked On You (Evil K'Neil edit) - (8:30) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
RR 002
16 Jan 12
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Party (Evil K'Neil edit) - (6:56) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Get A Little (Evil K'Neil edit) - (7:55) 117 BPM
RR 003
17 Jan 12
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Take Me With You - (6:37) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Brother's Dub - (5:22) 91 BPM
Review: Out of the Basement are Steve Leggat and James Ellis, both players in Manchester's music scene. Now they've hooked up with the El Diablo Social Club boys to finally deliver two much sought after edits. Both these tunes have been floating around in various forms for a while, but now they've been spruced up for a 'proper' release. "Take Me With You" layers an old soul vocal over new punk-funky live instrumentation for a slick head nodder. "Brother's Dub" meanwhile, is a slinky slo-mo edit of the Brothers Johnson cover of Shuggie Otis anthem "Strawberry Letter 23".
RR 005
19 May 14
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Delicious Wishes - (7:10) 108 BPM
   
Bossy Lady - (7:14) 116 BPM
   
Stop! Let's Slow Down - (5:07) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Agent Meguro - (7:42) 105 BPM
RR 012
31 Oct 16
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One Of The World - (6:26) 121 BPM
   
Disco Sensation - (6:06) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Chris Massey
Review: Shamelessly funky edits from two Dutch disco dynamos SHMLSS. They've already given us plenty to jump to via Midnight Riot and Disco Deviance. We're likely to hear a lot more of them in the future, but right now it's all about this epic double up on Manchester's To Rack & Ruin imprint. "Disco Sensation" is a heady slap bass jam session with an array of tight chops and disco flurries on the fills. Meanwhile we're treated to an epic rendition of Peter Jacques Band's "Counting On Love" where every string and piano rolls are polished and presented with dramatic glee. Bona fide disco vibes.
RR 008
24 Nov 14
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The Rejected - "Gambling In The 70s" - (5:57) 116 BPM
   
The Rejected - "Lucky Lucio" - (5:27) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Que Sakamoto & NT - "Mr Moonlight" - (5:36) 115 BPM
   
Que Sakamoto & NT - "Salut Des Frangines" - (6:39) 117 BPM
Played by: Limpodisco, 80's Child
RR 013
21 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Get It On - (10:31) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Thoughts Of Yesterday - (6:00) 106 BPM
Review: Preston's Watson is clicking his heels right now, having been snapped up for the latest instalment of the El Diablo crew's "To Rack & Ruin" series. Although Paul has known the ED guys from his days at Fat City records, they actually first heard "Get It On" at a Paper Recordings party in Manchester. Taking Millie Jackson's classic as a starting point, Watson expands it into a ten-minute Philly-tastic strings and elastic bass stomper. Also included is the laid back "Thoughts Of Yesterday", which takes some fine disco/funk loops and layers some lovely synth lines over the top.
RR 004
05 May 14
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