Various
   
Dawn Day Night - "Voodoo Vibe" - (3:14) 160 BPM
   
Dawn Day Night - "Mister Meaner" - (3:49) 160 BPM
   
Moresounds - "Flocon" - (5:04) 160 BPM
   
Fracture, Rider Shafique & Sam Binga - "Back It Up" - (2:43) 165 BPM
   
Sully - "Flock" - (4:42) 160 BPM
   
Fracture - "Cold & Rain" (feat Inaya Day) - (3:53) 160 BPM
   
Fracture - "Take You" (feat Lucie La Mode) - (4:35) 160 BPM
   
Philip D Kick - "Vibe Off" (feat DJ Spinn) - (3:35) 160 BPM
   
Client_03 - "Hope Repeater" - (4:30) 160 BPM
   
Fracture - "Big Up The Ladies" - (3:28) 160 BPM
   
DgoHn - "Lost & Found" - (5:34) 164 BPM
Review: As always with Astrophonica, we are in for a treat with this one, as they get busy with a top quality compilation selection, unveiling twenty pulsating originals under the name '20'. Whilst examining the vibes on this one, we noticed that it really does cover all the basis when it comes to high tempo bass music, from the grizzly roller arrangements of 'Hull Breach' from Fracture & Neptune to the bouncy footwork flavours of Dawn Day Night's 'Voodoo Vibe'. There are most certainly some clear standouts, with Fracture, Rider Shafique & Sam Binga pulling together for a spicy original on 'Back It Up', alongside Sully's super colourful junglist roller 'Flock' and the eerie flute work of 'Flocon' from Moresounds. A very interesting listen!
APHADIGILP 002
20 Jan 20
Drum And Bass
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Various
   
80's Child - "Closer 2 Your Luv" - (7:29) 110 BPM
   
Dr Packer - "Corner St. Boogie" - (6:55) 118 BPM
   
Deelicious - "Lonely Town Lonely Street" - (6:04) 117 BPM
   
Chevals - "This Time Is Dedicated To Love" - (7:03) 119 BPM
   
Andy Buchan - "Say A Prayer" (Crown Heights edit) - (7:25) 119 BPM
   
Kiu D - "Addiction" - (6:37) 118 BPM
   
Chris Grubizna - "Right On U" - (6:20) 117 BPM
   
Dirtyelements & Drunkdrivers - "You Must Try" - (6:06) 116 BPM
   
Polygon - "W2" - (6:25) 117 BPM
   
Oldchap - "But My Brother Say" - (5:58) 119 BPM
   
Fingerman - "Get My Luvin'" - (8:06) 111 BPM
   
OOFT! - "On The 25th Day" - (5:34) 115 BPM
   
More Lotion - "Havent Been Funked Enough" - (7:27) 117 BPM
   
TV - "Love Situation" - (8:03) 118 BPM
   
Platzdasch - "Gleitsicht" - (8:02) 112 BPM
   
Woodhead - "Be With You" - (5:27) 116 BPM
   
Hotmood - "Raw Dance" - (6:06) 118 BPM
   
Ziggy Phunk - "Destiny" - (5:36) 115 BPM
   
Alkalino - "What To Do" - (8:01) 115 BPM
   
Kiu D - "Discoteque" - (5:46) 110 BPM
   
That Needs An Edit - "Let Me Show You" - (6:50) 115 BPM
   
Chuggin Edits - "Grandma Bill" - (6:00) 116 BPM
   
Obas Nenor - "Stay" - (6:22) 118 BPM
   
Dr Packer - "Bizarre Love" - (5:41) 114 BPM
Review: You're only five years old once, so why not celebrate in style? And here Warrington lad Danny Worrall's disco and re-edits label Masterworks Music do just that, with an anniversary collection packing a whopping 50 back catalogue nuggets. You'll excuse us the full track-by-track, then, but suffice to say that this is the label that helped launch the careers of Dr Packer and Natasha Kitty Katt, both of whom feature here, and with names like Ziggy Phunk, Rayko, Alkalino, Chuggin' Edits and Fabiolous Barker also on bill, you should already have a pretty good idea what to expect. Classy stuff all round, and a great VFM package - here's to five more years!
MMD 088
20 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Riffz - "2 Late 2 Run" (VIP mix) - (5:33) 164 BPM
   
Stitch - "Killa" - (5:28) 166 BPM
   
Stitch - "Above Me" - (5:51) 165 BPM
Played by: DJ Hybrid
Review: Holy moly! This is how you smash open a new decade; a 50 track album absolutely drenched in stinkage. Now a tradition for DJ Hybrid's label, this anthem collection is one of the biggest to date with names and vibes across the spectrum. Epicentre, Kumarachi, Conrad Subs, Stompz, Veak, RMS and many more all bring their fieriest artillery with highlights bursting from the seams. Every single track slaps the dance from the stripped back drumfunk and demented mentasms of Substrate's "Throwback" to the mystic sitar twangs and heavy bass bangs of Euphonique's "Moksha" via ruded up Dread bass badness of the bossman's own "Lost In The Jungle". And that's not even the tippiest tip of this anthemic jungle iceberg. Don't dilly dally.
DEEPIN 073
17 Jan 20
Drum And Bass
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012EXCLUSIVE
   
112 - (6:14) 118 BPM
   
117 - (6:10) 110 BPM
Played by: BRENDON P
Review: This latest installment in Audaz's re-edit series gets off to a flying start, with '101' reworking King's 1984 pop smash 'Love And Pride' into a Brit-funk workout that'd be worthy of contemporaneous acts like Cymande or Central Line. Buy the EP for that track alone and you'll be getting your money's worth, because it really is a killer - in which case the other nine high-quality reimaginings of Gwen McCrae's 'Funky Sensation' ('117'), The Escorts' 1981 boogie jam 'Make Me Over' ('115') and assorted unidentified boogie, funk and Afro cuts are merely a bonus!
LOLITA 012
16 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Curtis Scott - "Truth" (original mix) - (6:04) 118 BPM
   
Peggy Kong & Stephane Deschezeaux - "A New Beginning" (original mix) - (6:39) 113 BPM
   
Stephane Deschezeaux & Lydia Scarfo - "Baby Talk" (2020 rework mix) - (5:53) 118 BPM
   
Ian Ossia - "Strawberry" (original mix) - (6:00) 118 BPM
   
Moogy Bee - "Satisfaction, Body Action" (original mix) - (5:56) 119 BPM
   
Dave Leatherman & Bruce Nolan - "Need In Me" (original mix) - (7:07) 118 BPM
   
Will The Funkboss - "DAT MPC 60 TRACK" (original mix) - (5:00) 116 BPM
Played by: Vincent Inc
Review: If the January blues have hit you hard, we'd suggest diving into this celebratory label compilation from Springbok Records. At 15 tracks deep it's something of an epic, with the collected cuts blurring the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original productions. There's plenty of chunky, filter-heavy disco-house cuts to be found throughout, with highlights including Andy Bach's piano-laden "Systematic", the bassline-driven brilliance of Curtis Scott's "The Truth" and the livewire peak-time excitement of Moggy Bee's "Satisfaction, Body Action", which breathes new life into a boogie-era disco classic. Elsewhere there are rock solid re-edits from Hp Vince, J.B Boogie, C Da Afro and Dave Leatherman and Bruce Nolan.
SBK 179
13 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Volpi Polari - (7:47) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Dusty, slammed down disco-house cosmiq. Whatever you wanna call it; space western discoteque pop from the techno future is still fun too. With dub trailing atmospheres streaking across the face of tracks like "The Light", all three here surf the skywaves of Detroit techno and Chicago house, lifting key notes and aquatic stabs from somewhere deeper in between too. Ripping key-tars and twangs bring the funk in "Volpi Polari" with "Fluto" going to Eiffel tower heights of Jean Michelle Jarre trance and '90s warehouse beats to lift you high.
PLAYRJC 058D
10 Jan 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Caan Touch - (4:35) 169 BPM
   
Kumo - "Roller Check" (VIP) - (4:41) 169 BPM
Review: Liondub are really rolling out the guns with this one and label founder and namesake Liondub is involved himself, which is when you know stuff is popping off. He's joined by Patexx and Kumo and the trio have concocted something deeply rolling, a release which lunges out over four tunes, including two Kumo VIPs, and keeps things banging the whole way. Our pick of the bunch is Kumo's 'Roller Check VIP', a double-kick laden stomper that keeps things punchy in the percussion and twisted in the low frequencies, it reminds us of Workforce's 'Don't Tell' and that's an extremely good thing. 'Caan Touch' is also deliciously funky whilst keeping thins heavy, a tough balance to strike and one well struck here.
LNDB 034
10 Jan 20
Drum And Bass
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Various
   
Villa - "Sween" - (4:04) 117 BPM
   
Rubin Steiner - "More Bongos" (Yuksek edit) - (4:37) 117 BPM
Played by: Dj XS (FVUK)
361640 3030765
10 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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011EXCLUSIVE
   
101 - (5:16) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
102 - (6:56) 115 BPM
   
103 - (7:43) 115 BPM
   
106 - (5:44) 115 BPM
   
107 - (5:43) 115 BPM
Played by: BRENDON P
Review: This latest installment in Audaz's 'Lolita' re-edit series opens with the Soul II Soul-biting '101', and also reworks cuts from reggae legend Little Roy (his take on Nirvana's 'Come As You Are' provides the basis for '107'), electro pioneers Freestyle (1985's 'Don't Stop The Rock' becomes '108') and 70s soul outfit The Moments ('110' revisits 1974 jam 'Girls'). The source material for most of the rest of the EP has us beat, but this time out it's mostly actual soul, funk and disco tracks that have come in for re-editing (rather than rock or pop classics), which means that while that fuzzy warm feeling that comes with the familiar may be in short supply, dancefloor appeal certainly isn't!
LOLITA 011
09 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Get Now! - (6:27) 117 BPM
   
Beautiful Sister - (6:46) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Fresh from fine outings on Editorial, Spa In Disco and Midnight Riot, Frank Virgilio pops up on Hot Digits with a quartet of warm and seductive workouts. He kicks things off via the sun down beauty and woozy grooves of "Your Whisper", before joining the dots between beatdown, Italo-disco and dancefloor Balearica on the bubbly and hypnotic "Get Now!" Title track "Donde Estas" is an impressively warm and groovy shuffle through pitched-down samba disco territory, while closing cut "Beautiful Sister" is a slightly bolder (but no less deep) mixture of drifting melodies, head-nodding house beats, groovy bass, select vocal snippets and enveloping chords.
HOTDIGIT 65
06 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Blow Your Whistle - (9:10) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Superslick - (6:06) 117 BPM
   
Finger Lickin' - (8:28) 116 BPM
   
Good Time Crescendo - (9:06) 111 BPM
Review: Last year, Montreal scene stalwart and original disco DJ/remixer Robert Ouimet surprisingly returned to action with a trio of rework singles released by Basic Fingers and Whiskey Disco. Here he marks his first appearance on Alpaca Edits with another quartet of tried-and-tested re-rubs. He starts in confident fashion via the bouncy, string-drenched and bass-heavy disco brilliance of "Blow Your Whistle", before closing his eyes and reaching for the flanged disco-funk guitars on the celebratory stomp of "Super Slick". His love of rock-fired disco heaviness is explored further on standout rework "Finger Lickin", while closing cut "Good Time Crescendo" is a soaring, feel-good disco number that more than lives up to the promise of its title.
ALPACA 071X
06 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Keep On - (5:51) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Everything - (6:12) 118 BPM
Review: It feels like barely any time has passed since Javi Frias last set our bags alight with "Just Give It Up", but he's back once more on his own Night Shift with more of those oh-so-cool edits to share with the world. The strain of disco funk he's digging into on this EP is just sublime, particularly with the self-explanatory "Party Music" and sweet string sizzle of "Keep On". Following, there's a fiercer uptempo slant to "So Tight" and a more classic soul feel to "Everything" - one to bring a crowd together in a moment of heartfelt expression whether they know the words or not.
SHIFT 006
03 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Sweetest Feeling - (7:31) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gimme A Chance - (7:05) 118 BPM
MNG 002
03 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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010EXCLUSIVE
   
091 - (5:57) 110 BPM
   
092 - (6:33) 113 BPM
   
095 - (6:27) 112 BPM
   
097 - (7:51) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
098 - (6:13) 110 BPM
Review: We have a grudging admiration for Audaz's Lolita series, which offers up untitled, numbered re-edits with little fanfare or fuss. While track titles wouldn't go amiss, there's no denying the high quality of the cut-jobs on show. Predictably, volume 10 in the ongoing series boasts another swathe of must-have edits. These include a gently sped up and tooled-up take on Cymande classic "The Message" ("091"), a shirtless skip through one of the Pet Shop Boys' most Italo-disco influenced early cuts ("092", which bites 1986 single "Love Comes Quickly"), an electric piano-solo-laden Euro-disco bounce-along ("094) and a disco-house revision of what sounds like a classic disco cut ("096"). In a word: superb.
LOLITA 010
02 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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C'est Une Bombe (Faze Action edit) - (6:20) 118 BPM
   
Les Vacances On S'Eclate, On S'Evade - (6:35) 112 BPM
Review: "Quando Tu Dances" was a hit for Micky Milan back in 1982 when it came out on Salsoul, and it has that seminal label's brand of disco funk spilling out of every bar. Now Faze Action have drafted a strong serving of remixers to bring a few deft touches to some of Milan's biggest hits, leading in with Willie Graff and his tasteful edit of the title track that lets the original vibe shine through in all its sunny finery. Faze Action themselves take on "C'est Une Bombe" - another slick '80s jam with plenty of boogie licks to complement the warmth of the guitar and Latin percussion. Finally we get an untouched original, the more spaced out cosmic pop jam "Les Vacances On S'eclete, On S'evade".
FAR 041
27 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Gully - (2:16) 160 BPM
Review: Oh gosh!! Giant-among-men Swift finally drops the biggun we've been waiting YEARS for. And it's clear from the opening filth-flinger "Dogs Of War" (with Gino) that this album is the full-fat uncut high grade LP message we've been longing for. 20 tracks (including remixes of classics by the likes of Serum and A.M.C), this packs more punch than a night out MCing to naff jump-up with Tyson Fury. Seriously, from the militant charge of "Freebass" to the cheeky riff swagger of "Creeper" via the Virus-style techy thunder of "Origin", the savage jungle techno homage "Loftgroove" and the heavy 110 BPM slo-mo rave messiness "The Gully" this leaves no stone unturned whatsoever... And this is only the first part. Wow. Swift ain't messing around here.
CHRG 056
27 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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Blow Your Head - (8:14) 115 BPM
   
Pantasy - (13:22) 115 BPM
   
Apo-Calypso - (8:52) 116 BPM
Played by: Tech Support
Review: Jan Schulte aka Bufiman drops his debut album on Dekmantel, and it's a thing of cosmic beauty. There's the odd ball groove of "Galaxy", on "Sara Sara", he tackles electronic boogie with great flair and "Hoolock Rock" is a superb slice of spaced out disco. However, Schulte's project is not just concerned with revisiting existing styles, and he seems to be just as content when teasing out weird and wonderful new hybrids. These are articulated most impressively on the frazzled acid and steely drums of "Blow Your Mind", the dreamy down tempo drums and tropical sounds of "News From The Treetops" and the sludgy electro funk on "Langsam Aber Slowly".
DKMNTL 074
20 Jan 20
Electro
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Various
   
Ali B - "Music Saves Me" (feat Baby Bam - Beatvandals Club dub) - (4:16) 115 BPM
   
Ninjula - "Take My Hand" - (3:05) 115 BPM
   
Prosper & Stabfinger - "Get Your Body Groovin'" (feat Georges Perin) - (4:14) 115 BPM
Review: Bomb Strikes, the UK hip-hop/funk/soul/breaks label headed up by Mooqee & Beatvandals, celebrated their 15th birthday in 2019 with a fantastic compilation album, and to further celebrate the success of the label in 2019 they're releasing another compilation featuring 15 of their best cuts from the past 12 months. What's most impressive is the variety on offer, ranging from straight-up hip-hop from Alexander Norman Prosper & Stabfinger, to party breaks from Ali B and Krafty Kuts, to 'new old' soul from Flevans, to the fairly self-explanatory 'Disco Weapon' and 'Mirror Ballin'' (by Shaka Loves You and X-Ray Ted, respectively. Tons of fun for festive season funkateers of all ages!
BOMBBEST 019
20 Dec 19
Breakbeat
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Mamma Jamma (Tonbe remix) - (6:46) 116 BPM
Review: 2019 was a busy year for 84bit, a producer who released a mixture of deep house and nu-disco jams on a variety of largely digital-only labels. "Mamma Jamma" is his debut for Disco Fruit and features a number of notable cuts. Chief amongst these is the title track, a bustling, bass-heavy chunk of booming disco-house that's subsequently taken in a funkier direction by the ubiquitous Dr Packer, Hotmood and Tonbe, whose fine revision is looser, warmer and baggier. The EP also boasts two versions of "HN": an electric piano-laden original mix that expertly joins the dots between elecro, funk breaks and disco-funk, and a bubbly nu-disco revision by label regular Mitko.
DF 101
10 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Do Sol - (6:29) 115 BPM
   
Deixa A Tristeza - (6:32) 110 BPM
Review: This year Alexny has been busy... and we mean really busy. We make this outing on Furious Mandrill - his first disco-focused EP for a fair few months after a run of deep house cuts - the producer's seventeenth solo set of 2019 - an astonishing figure when you think about it. We'd argue that the headline attraction is opener "Que Beleza", a percussion-rich, beefed-up take on a horn-toting Latin disco workout, though some may be more attracted to the breezy, piano-sporting positivity of samba disco edit "Do Sol". Elsewhere, "Deixa A Tristeza" sees him craft a filter-heavy house chugger from bits of a joyous old samba jam, while "First Pay" is a sludgy loop-house head-nodder rich in jazzy guitar licks and twinkling melodies.
FEP 005
18 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Disco Overtime (G'night edit) - (6:18) 112 BPM
   
Let's Dance (JB's Bo Horne edit) - (6:30) 115 BPM
Review: If you were looking to nominate a producer for the (entirely imaginary) "nu-disco don of 2019" award, Andy Buchan would be a strong contender. Here he rounds off a hugely successful year via a four-track missive on Masterworks Music. He begins with a driving slab of tooled-up funk fuzziness (the straightened-out righteousness of "Brand New Girl (Billy Garner Edit)", before flexing his disco muscles on the string-laden, percussion-heavy mid-tempo sweetness of "Bless My Soul (Bettye Swan Edit)". 'Disco Overtime (G'Night Edit)" is a filter-sporting take on a mid-80s dancefloor gem rich in soulful vocals, glistening guitars and colourful synths, while "Let's Dance (JB's Bo Horne Edit)" re-imagines a sing-along 1980s classic as a bump-along exercise in filter disco.
MMD 087
16 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Don't Leave, Yeah? - (6:26) 113 BPM
   
Brass Monkeys - (7:12) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
High Priorities - (7:46) 110 BPM
Review: According to our records, "Back2ThaBeatdown" marks Hot Digits boss Fingerman's first solo single for almost three years. As the title suggests, the music on the EP was inspired in part by Detroit Beatdown, a mid-tempo style more associated with deep house than the disco cuts the British producer has used as his source material. Our pick of a strong quartet of cuts is "High Priorities", a rolling disco instrumental re-imagined as a toe-tapping slice of mid set dancefloor dreaminess. That said, other listeners will rightly gravitate towards the excitable, string-laden disco-funk of "Brass Monkeys", the even heavier and hazier "Don't Leave Me, Yeah?" and the rubbery disco-house grooves of "The Feel Good Factor".
HOTDIGIT 064
16 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Dr Packer - "The Power" - (6:04) 118 BPM
   
Nick Reach Up - "Dreaming" (feat Jazz Morley - Qwestlife remix) - (7:37) 118 BPM
   
Raquel Rodriguez - "Night's Over" (Redux Inc Da Club mix) - (8:10) 117 BPM
   
Never Dull - "Easy Love" - (6:53) 117 BPM
   
Get To Know - "Better Love" (feat Andre Espeut - Babert remix) - (5:33) 118 BPM
   
Bad Bambino - "Hit The Road" - (3:45) 117 BPM
   
FSQ - "I Zimbra" (feat Dolette McDonald - Alternate mix) - (3:26) 115 BPM
Review: As the year comes to a close, labels are naturally offering up celebratory compilations showcasing their strongest releases of 2019. The latest comes from Midnight Riot, a prolific imprint that rarely fails to serve up the fieriest contemporary disco heat. As you'd expect, the 26-track selection includes a blend of superb original productions (the nu-disco soul warmth of Jack Tyson Charles' "Glory", Alton Edwards sweaty, synth-bass propelled boogie-house gem "I Just Wanna Spend Time With You", the swirling disco headiness of Arthur Baker's "Reachin' Out") and re-edits/reworks (Dr Packer's gospel boogie revision "The Power", C Da Afro's disco-funk slammer "Party Purpose" and the suitably celebratory "Boogie On Time" by Ladies On Mars). As you'd expect, the quality threshold remains impressively high throughout.
MIDRIOTFINEST 2019
13 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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008EXCLUSIVE
   
073 - (7:30) 112 BPM
   
074 - (6:58) 112 BPM
   
075 - (5:04) 115 BPM
   
076 - (5:33) 115 BPM
   
077 - (5:16) 110 BPM
   
079 - (6:59) 113 BPM
Review: Ten more re-edits from Audaz's mysterious Lolita here. No idea what the source for opener '071' was but it's ended up as bluesy, organ- and harmonica-driven house stomper in the vein of Lemon Interrupt's classic 'Big Mouth', and sets the tone nicely for an EP that packs some killer dancefloor grooves, including a sterling re-edit of Geraldine Hunt's 1980 disco gem 'Can't Fake The Feeling' ('076'), a throbbing, Balearic take on 'Another Brick In The Wall' ('073'), the white-socked boogie of '077' and the driftaway space-lounge loveliness of '078' - though a beefed-up take on 'Oh What A Night' ('075') is probably one for the wedding jocks...
LOLITA 008
12 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Get To Know - "Fugar" - (5:49) 118 BPM
Review: Midnight Right's Afrobeat, Afro-funk and Afro-disco inspired "Riot In Lagos" compilation is arguably one of the label's standout releases of the last few years, so it's exciting to hear that volume two is on the way. To give us a taste of what's to come, the Yam Who-helmed imprint has offered up this rock solid sampler. Krewcial kicks things off via the jaunty, sax-heavy brilliance of "Mabina" - a kind of swinging, bass-heavy disco tribute to Fela Kuti - before Get To Know cheerily dance through mid-80s Nigerian boogie/synth-soul pastures on the wonderful "Fugar" re-edit. The EP also boasts two versions of Situation's Afro-centric cut "Wonky": a deep and jazzy Afro-house version by Frank Situation rich in glistening jazz guitar solos, and an even hazier and more hypnotic Mr Mulatto take.
MIDRIOTD 220
06 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Double Exposure - "Everyman" (Joey Negros Salsoul Strut) - (7:20) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mary Gold - "Dancing" (original mix) - (10:01) 110 BPM
   
Synergy & Donnell Pitman - "More People Than Me" (original mix) - (6:46) 112 BPM
Review: This excellent collection from Z Records draws together some of boss man Joey Negro's favourite label cuts of 2019, many of which he of course had a hand in either producing or remixing. There are naturally tons of superb multi-track remixes of disco gems old and new (see the versions of the O'Jays, Delia Renee, Tamiko Jones and Double Exposure), as well as fresh revisions of vintage Joey Negro house productions under other aliases (Doug Willis, Z Factor, Foreal People) and a swathe of killer cuts that join the dots between disco and house (Sunkids and Chance, Four80 East and CeCe Peniston, Bobby D'Ambrosia and Michelle Weeks). Throw in tracks and remixes from the likes of Fouk, Crackazat and Lay-Far and you have a superb collection of peak-time-ready workouts.
ZEDDCD 048DD
06 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Get Ready With Me - (6:29) 115 BPM
   
Let's Somebody Love - (7:29) 119 BPM
Review: With "Rhythm & Waves", Russian producer Sunner Soul seems to be daydreaming of sunnier and warmer times. There's certainly something suitably sun-kissed about the title track, which gently beefs up and re-arranges a bouncy, Clavinet-heavy chunk of groovy disco-funk that comes smothered in atmospheric party sounds. The tighter, slap bass-sporting "Universal Disco" explores similar sonic territory, while "Red Hot Disco" sees him layer up the percussion and filter sweeps on a joyful, mid-set workout. Elsewhere, "Let's Somebody Love" is a soaring slice up tooled-up disco-soul and "Get ready With Me" is a fine slab of string-laden boogie brilliance that sounds like it was beamed down from a distant disco planet.
VMR 074
02 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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U'll Like It (original mix) - (5:37) 119 BPM
Review: We were rather astonished to discover that "24/7 Love Affair" is Michael Baumann's first album as Soulphiction for 11 years. We were a little less surprised to find that it's superb. In fact, we'd go as far as to say that it could be considered a "best practice" example of the kind of loose, sample-heavy, soul-fired deep house that is all the rage right now. Yet the album's epic length - it comprises no less than 17 tracks - also allows Baumann to mix it up a little too, with a swathe of ocean-deep club jams being joined by search diversions as the morning-fresh broken beat loveliness of "Jus Listen", the stomping disco-funk of "The Mood", the bustling breakbeats of "A Freak" and the blazed instrumental hip-hop of "Good Night Ema".
LTCD 013
29 Nov 19
Deep House
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Disco Weapon 2 - (6:15) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Bomb Strikes stalwart Shaka Loves You can usually be relied upon to bring the goods, as anyone who has heard their all-action blends of disco, funk, breaks and boogie will attest. The producers' first outing of 2020 is predictably impressive, too. Lead cut "Love Is True" is as infectious a contemporary disco cut as you're likely to find, with waves of snappy, handclap-heavy percussion, rubbery bass guitar and Chic style guitar riffs combining to create a suitably celebratory mood. "Disco Weapon 2", seemingly a tooled-up, horn-heavy re-edit of a lesser-known everything-but-the-kitchen-sink 1970s disco-funk jam, is also impressively potent.
BOMBMUSIC 058
17 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Celeste - (8:36) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Italian party crew Rollover Milano present their second record, harnessing the vibe of their legendary nights. The Celeste EP sees duo Claudio Brioschi & Cristian Croce aka Boot & Tax (Optimo Trax/Endless Flight) continue to put their unwavering passion for analogue synths and deep knowledge of Italo music to great use. From the dark disco of the title track, to the brooding dancefloor drama of "Tempo" which is sure to have wide crossover appeal, or the slow burning raw techno banger "Vortice" - this fine EP show that there's a lot of diversity in the pair's sonic repertoire. There is also a remix of the title track by Fatnotronic, which goes down a sludgy slo-mo EBM route - nice one!
OVER 002
20 Dec 19
Minimal/Tech House
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009EXCLUSIVE
   
082 - (5:58) 115 BPM
   
083 - (6:41) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
085 - (6:28) 115 BPM
   
086 - (6:48) 111 BPM
   
087 - (6:37) 117 BPM
   
088 - (6:56) 110 BPM
   
089 - (7:17) 112 BPM
   
090 - (7:22) 115 BPM
Review: It's a good time to be fan of Audaz's Lolita edits series, with volumes eight and nine dropping in a single week! Sources for this latest installment identified by our disco detectives include Sylvester's 'Over And Over' ('081'), Dynasty's 'I Don't Want To Be A Freak' ('085), La She Ba's 'Hunching All Night' ('087'), George Benson's 'Turn Your Love Around' ('088') and Eunice Collins' 'At The Hotel' ('089'), while special mention must be made of '083', which reworks Sequence's classic 1979 Sugarhill jam 'Funk You Up' (often cited as the first ever female rap record) to devastating effect.
LOLITA 009
19 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Runaway Love (Dr Packer) - (3:58) 112 BPM
   
Runaway Love (Dr Packer extended remix) - (6:57) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: BRENDON P
826194 492991
17 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sum Ting Bout Ya - (6:19) 114 BPM
   
Fray Bentos & Dusty Sanchez - "Straighten It Out" - (5:15) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Given that he named himself after a popular brand of tinned pastry products, it would be fair to say that Fray Bentos likes pie. Disappointingly there's a distinctive lack of pie puns within the track titles of his latest EP, though the edits themselves are top notch. "Sum Ting About Ya" is an expertly rearranged and lightly bulked up slab of disco-soul, while "What It Takes" is a thrillingly delay-laden, tooled-up revision of a sing-along disco classic that makes the most of the original's synth bass-propelled instrumentation. For the EP's final two tracks he joins forces with Dusty Sanchez, first for the bustling disco-house stomp of "Hit It Off" and then the filter-smothered warmth of "Strengthen It Out", a deliciously dreamy affair blessed with superb piano solos.
ALPACA 070X
16 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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V'S Edits/Various
Funk We DanceEXCLUSIVE
   
KC & SUB - "Make A Little Love" (V's edit) - (5:20) 114 BPM
   
Betty's - "Lucinda" (V's Where's 1 edit) - (4:44) 110 BPM
   
Brass Destruction - "Gotta Do It" (V's edit) - (5:33) 118 BPM
   
Fly & Family Stone - "Thank You" (V's To The Bone edit) - (8:29) 115 BPM
   
The Controller - "Turn That Boogie Loose" (V's edit - remastered) - (6:02) 110 BPM
   
The Fat Belly Band - "Joint" (V's edit) - (4:57) 112 BPM
   
Tom Browning - "Funkin' For Kingston" (V's Cool 80's mix) - (5:30) 111 BPM
   
The Emptations - "Law Of The Band" (V's Old-Skool edit) - (5:30) 115 BPM
   
Billy Royal - "Hush" (V's edit) - (3:44) 111 BPM
   
J.Hammond - "Fantasy" (V's edit) - (8:17) 112 BPM
Review: When operating under the V's Edits alias, re-edit maestro Valique can always be relied upon to bring the goods. It's little surprise, then, to find out that his latest collection of fresh cut-jobs - an epic affair featuring no less than 24 tracks - is packed to the rafters with high-grade fare. We don't have enough space to list all of the highlights, but we'd suggest checking out his rolling revision of Lee Dorsey's "Night People", the low-slung disco-funk heaviness of the Brass Construction rework ("Gotta Do It"), the intergalactic disco deepness of the Marvin Gaye revision ("Funky Space"), the lightly tooled-up, slowly unfurling take on Tom Browne's "Funkin For Jamaica" and the sweeping, string-laden disco brilliance of "Miracle (V's Edit)".
VHR 071
12 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Don't Have Babies - (3:18) 115 BPM
   
Faith Game - (6:01) 117 BPM
Played by: Trevor Jackson
Review: Bergsonist aka Selwa Abd follows 2017's From Dualism To Monism long player with this collection of left of centre tracks. Drawing on her Eastern roots, Middle resounds to organic drum sounds. At times chaotic and dense, audible on the title track's clattering arrangement, in other instances club-friendly and direct - just check "Gaza Border Violence" or the electronic groove of "Otology" - it marks her out as an artist with a unique approach. In case you are in any doubt about Bergsonist's capabilities, on "Magnesium" she deconstructs beat down house and adds extra, textured layers that are nothing short of hypnotic.
OMLP 16D
17 Jan 20
Techno
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Chacun Fait - (5:51) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Givin' It Up - (4:40) 112 BPM
RR 0292019
26 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Marcel Vogel - "Blaze" - (5:13) 117 BPM
   
Pional - "Isaac In Fsharp" - (6:20) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
El_Txef_A - "Untitled 4" - (7:25) 115 BPM
RVRT 015XMAX
24 Dec 19
Deep House
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Various
   
Made By Pete - "Aikido" (Enamour remix) - (8:12) 119 BPM
Played by: Deep Dish
Review: Fill yer boots for the ravers out there that ain't no stranger to the club and kick drums, yer tech house fillings are here, a whole year's worth. Deep Dish's label out of Washington has been prolific as always on the release front this year with a stream on sunwashed Ibiza compilations coming out alongside EPs from CJ Jeff, Olivier Giacomotto and Sinisa Tamamovic to name a few, all of which feature here. Alongside other influential label member Sharam, Made By Pete delivers two cuts with the synth driven "Hawkins" and Enamours' deep tribal mix to "Aikido". Our pick though being Dubspeeka's remix to Sharam's "Secret Parkway" which sounds like a 2019 remake of Mike Huckaby's legendary track "Sandcastle".
YRD 057
10 Jan 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Signals - (5:24) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Kisk, Downunder Disco
Review: The term 'deep house' is applied so freely these days that at times it can seem meaningless, so be grateful that we still have the likes of Goddard around to remind us all what those words really mean! 'Fourth Dimension' is an instrumental jam centred around a squelchy bassline and fluttering, cascading synths, while 'Signals' channels vintage Chi-town deepness from the late 80s/early 90s. 'It's Not Cold In Tromso' is a more leftfield affair with pounding 4/4s and YMO-ish synths, while completing the package is the Jad & The Remix of the latter, a glacial, futuristic pass with acid house and electro influences.
APLTD 012
06 Jan 20
Deep House
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Voodoocuts - "The Fool" - (4:44) 110 BPM
   
Hot 8 Brass Band - "Get Up" (Diesler remix) - (4:56) 110 BPM
   
Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop - "Point Blank" - (5:05) 110 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Can't Keep Working This Hard" - (3:35) 112 BPM
   
Captain Planet - "Speakin' Nuyorican" - (3:29) 113 BPM
   
Jazzanova - "Boom Clicky Boom Klack" (Mr Scruff's vocal remix) - (8:39) 115 BPM
   
Nicole Willis - "Big Fantasy" (For Me) - (4:50) 115 BPM
   
Eric Boss - "Closer To The Spirit" - (3:27) 118 BPM
   
Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop - "Al Naafiysh" (The Soul) - (4:13) 118 BPM
   
Marc Hype - "Funk N' Beats Vol 7" (Marc Hype continuous DJ mix) - (1:03:55) 115 BPM
Review: Marc Hype, boss of German 7-inch label Dusty Donuts, mixes up this seventh volume in Bomb Strikes' 'Funk N' Beats' series. It's an eclectic, funked-up selection that ranges freely through hip-hop from The Nextmen and Red Astaire, 'new old' funk and soul from Speedometer, Soopasoul and the Hot 8 Brass Band, nu-jazz from Nicole Willis and Jazzanova and more besides. Highlights include The Traffic's funked-up cover of Daft Punk's 'Harder Better Faster Stronger', Speedometer's cover of The Chi-lites' 'Are You My Woman?' (AKA 'Crazy In Love'), and Hype's own take on electro classic 'Al Faafyish (The Soul)'.
BOMBFUNKB 007
06 Dec 19
Funk
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Remain Silent (Superpitcher remix) - (8:17) 113 BPM
   
Remain Silent (Superpitcher dub) - (7:48) 113 BPM
   
Remain Silent (Ray Mang extended mix) - (6:26) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Remain Silent (Ray Mang instrumental mix) - (5:26) 116 BPM
   
Remain Silent (12" version) - (5:14) 113 BPM
Review: Since joining Toy Tonics last year, the Phenomenal Handclap Band has served up some of their greatest material to date. Predictably, their third outing for the label is another winner. You'll find the band's original mix of "Remain Silent" - a wonderful slab of off-kilter revivalist disco rich in attractive lead vocals, authentic instrumentation and spacey synths - tucked away at the end of the EP. The headline-grabbing remixes once again come from Ray Mang, whose "Extended Mix" and "Instrumental Mix" both offer a slightly tighter, polished-up feel that's arguably more suitable for club spins. The EP also contains rather good "Remix" and "Dub" takes from Superpitcher which subtly strip the track back and give it a more spaced-out dub disco feel.
TOYT 097
08 Nov 19
Deep House
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Various
   
Krewcial - "Damnfeelit" - (4:10) 118 BPM
RBCD 75
03 Jan 20
Deep House
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Various
   
Rick Wade - "Up Late" - (6:00) 118 BPM
Played by: Posthuman
Review: Now into its fifth year, KGW's Shall Not Fade imprint has long been a reliable source of dusty deep house and rugged, warehouse-ready workouts. To kick-start 2020, the label has decided to celebrate this facet of their output via an expansive compilation of previously released highlights. There's a peak-time ready feel from start to finish, with our picks of a very impressive bunch including the bustling, riff-heavy techno pump of KETTAMA's "In The Garage", the sunrise-ready, melody-heavy bliss of Harrison BDP's epic "Watching The World Go By", the sleazy, acid-fired growl of Big Miz's "Primordial Soup" and the dusty-but-sparkling, emotive rich broken house brilliance of Contours' "Fifth Planet". In a word: essential.
SNFC 004
17 Jan 20
Deep House
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Various/Seamus Haji
   
Birdee - "Start The Weekend" (original mix) - (6:47) 119 BPM
   
Samo - "(You Make Me) Feel So Good" (Seamus Haji extended remix) - (6:48) 118 BPM
   
Belezamusica - "All This Love That I'm Giving" (Seamus Haji extended Re-Work) - (7:01) 118 BPM
BLDC 031
13 Dec 19
Funky/Club House
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013EXCLUSIVE
   
124 - (6:26) 115 BPM
   
127 - (6:43) 113 BPM
   
128 - (6:40) 115 BPM
   
130 - (6:28) 115 BPM
Played by: Alkalino, Phil Disco
Review: One of the most attractive aspects of Audaz's mysterious "Lolita" re-edit series is the consistently surprising choice of source material. This 13th ten-track collection is a great example. While other editors often focus on sprawling New York disco and well-known anthems, this 13th Lolita collection giddily skips between versions of obscure Italo-disco jams, all-instrumental revisions of skewed synth-pop cuts, sweaty tweaks of muscular high-NRG tracks and throbbing John Carpenter horror fare (see "126", which plays around with the "disco version" of "End" from "Assault on Precinct 13"). It's refreshing stylistically, but it's the tightness and consistently on-point nature of the re-edits that hits home hardest. Well worth a listen.
LOLITA 013
23 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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BBZ
   
Renegade Master - (3:16) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Get Up Freak On - (3:03) 115 BPM
   
Soul Swingers - (3:08) 117 BPM
   
B-Boy Step - (3:18) 117 BPM
BBZ 102
09 Dec 19
Breakbeat
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Freeezing - (5:19) 110 BPM
   
Electro Splash - (7:08) 110 BPM
   
Super Suelto En Hollywood - (4:47) 110 BPM
Played by: BRENDON P
Review: Spain's Raico Pe?a drops his fourth long-player, but only the second on his own Rare Wiri imprint (albums two and three having come out on Nang Records). Opening with a near-instrumental re-edit of The Passions' classic 'I'm In Love With A German Film Star' sets the tone nicely for a long-player that wears its 80s influences proudly on its sleeve, with Syndrum beats and analogue synths much in evidence throughout. And just to drive the point home, there's an 'Axel F' reversion called 'Super Suelto En Hollywood' thrown in for good measure! If you dig that spangly, 80s-influenced nu-disco sound, you'll dig this set for sure.
RW 069
20 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Toi & Moi - (6:17) 117 BPM
   
Room 27 - (6:31) 119 BPM
   
Second Choice - (6:03) 112 BPM
RBCD 74
20 Dec 19
Deep House
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Various
   
Riz Ortoiani - "Nonsi Sevizia Unpaperino" - (4:27) 110 BPM
   
Dave Grusin - "The Big Fight" - (5:41) 111 BPM
   
Arpadys - "All The Bass" - (2:56) 111 BPM
DUSTYFINGERS 579157
10 Jan 20
Funk
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We Know We Live You - (7:53) 115 BPM
   
I Sing Da Blues - (8:32) 118 BPM
   
Stand The Word - (8:38) 110 BPM
   
To Late - (5:47) 115 BPM
Played by: LEGO EDIT
Review: If you've ever heard 'Another Brick In The Wall' and thought "What this really needs is an extended Italo synth intro," then this is the EP for you, as the Pirate Edits crew serve up 16 more dancefloor reworks of vintage favourites including Sister Sledge's 'Lost In Music', Space's 'Carry On, Turn Me On', Chaka Khan's 'I Know You, I Live You' and The Joubert Singers' 'Stand On The word', as well as many other, more obscure disco and boogie nuggets. There's a slightly 'kitchen sink' approach to the production at times, but disco and funk spinners should still find plenty of fresh dancefloor ammunition here.
MFPIRATEEDITSVOLUME 12
13 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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