We HereEXCLUSIVE
   
It Was - (5:01) 57 BPM
   
We Here - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
What Ya Do - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
More Talking - (4:24) 174 BPM
Played by: Conrad Subs
Review: Subwoofah are rolling things out nicely here with a joint four-tracker from Grimesy and Speaker Louis, who manage to combine riotous jungle with more considered tones to great effect. 'It Was' lands more on the side of the former except it smashes out the jump up stabs over a staggered, junglist undercarriage which injects a whole new dynamic of broken, torn energy to create a proper choon. 'What You Do' is a bit more stripped back, a bit more focused on the drum side of things and it works really well, sub-bass stabs abound in the gaps and its all just very sick. Top work you two.
SW 029
02 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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006EXCLUSIVE
   
051 - (7:25) 105 BPM
   
052 - (5:48) 113 BPM
   
053 - (6:29) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
054 - (7:22) 115 BPM
   
055 - (6:47) 110 BPM
   
056 - (7:22) 120 BPM
   
057 - (7:22) 120 BPM
   
058 - (5:28) 120 BPM
   
059 - (6:16) 120 BPM
   
060 - (6:17) 110 BPM
Review: Shady scalpel field Lolita clearly has a vast archive of edits just waiting to be unleashed, as this bumper collection of tried-and-tested reworks follows hot on the heels from several other seemingly expansive volumes. So what you we expect this time round? It begins with a warm, drowsy and sun-kissed slab of soft focus soul ("051") and ends with a decidedly Balearic shuffler full of glistening, delay-laden guitars ("060"); in between, you'll find a mix of re-tooled classics (the piano-heavy disco stomp of "059", the slap-bass propelled brilliance of peak-time workout "056" and the party-starting goodness of "055") and rearranged obscurities (the Italo-disco/new wave throb of "057" and the deep disco bliss of "053"). From start to finish, it's an excellent collection of tasty, floor-focused revisions.
LOLITA 006
28 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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005EXCLUSIVE
   
041 - (5:23) 120 BPM
   
042 - (6:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
043 - (6:48) 120 BPM
   
044 - (7:41) 117 BPM
   
045 - (6:24) 110 BPM
   
046 - (4:47) 120 BPM
   
047 - (7:36) 120 BPM
   
048 - (4:18) 115 BPM
   
049 - (6:08) 120 BPM
   
050 - (7:02) 100 BPM
Review: There's something impressively "matter of fact" about Audaz's "Lolita" series, which offers up numbered, untitled re-edits with no information about their origin or the producer behind them (it's most likely label boss Alkalino, but that's not been confirmed). This fifth selection brings offers up another 10 slabs of dancefloor heat that ranges from sneaky revisions of well-known party anthems (see Prince re-rub "042" and the vaguely familiar 80s soul goodness of the D-Train style synth warmth that is "043"), to strong rearrangements of lesser known boogie, Italo-disco and AOR disco workouts. Highlights include the breezy disco-funk of "044", the end-of-night haziness of "046" and the snaking sax lines and Latin rhythms of "047".
LOLITA 005
21 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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004EXCLUSIVE
   
031 - (7:34) 115 BPM
   
032 - (7:00) 125 BPM
   
033 - (8:10) 115 BPM
   
034 - (6:09) 117 BPM
   
035 - (6:52) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
036 - (9:29) 125 BPM
   
037 - (7:45) 120 BPM
   
038 - (7:26) 115 BPM
   
039 - (6:14) 130 BPM
   
040 - (7:43) 127 BPM
Played by: BRENDON P
Review: The way Audaz has been churning out these Lolita collections lately, you'd think "possession of an unreleased re-edit" had just been made a crime under German law! But the quality standard shows no sign of slipping, so that's hardly cause for complaint. Standouts of this fourth volume include '038', which revisits Kim And Rasa's obscure 1982 Ghanaian funk/rap jam 'Love Me For Real', '035' with its fusion of country rock guitar and sweet female disco vox, and '037', which reworks Brass Construction's 'Changin' from 1975. Dead Or Alive get the Lolita treament, too, on '032'.
LOLITA 004
14 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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V'S Edits/Various
Funk We DanceEXCLUSIVE
   
Lee Dorsy - "Night People" (V's Hanging Out edit) - (5:48) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ed Russ - "The Loop Song" (V's Slow Burner edit) - (6:39) 101 BPM
   
The Gap - "At The Disco" (V's Shaking It edit) - (5:36) 104 BPM
   
Archy Bells - "You Could Make It" (V's Glad edit) - (6:13) 120 BPM
   
KC & SUB - "Make A Little Love" (V's edit) - (5:20) 114 BPM
   
TSSO - "So High" (We Can Go edit) - (7:56) 122 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
   
Wetty Bright - "Slip & Do It" (V Feels So Good edit) - (5:56) 105 BPM
   
Fly & Family Stone - "Thank You" (V's To The Bone edit) - (8:29) 115 BPM
   
Marvin - "Funky Space" (V's As It Goes edit) - (8:22) 106 BPM
   
The Controller - "Turn That Boogie Loose" (V's edit - remastered) - (6:02) 110 BPM
   
Blue Bland - "Your Love Light" (V's A Little Bit Higher edit) - (6:06) 106 BPM
   
Incredible Watson - "What The Hell" (V's Bottom Is Low edit) - (8:45) 106 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
   
Willy Hutch - "Gonna Party" (V's edit) - (5:31) 106 BPM
   
Capanni's - "Miracle" (V's edit) - (4:49) 106 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
   
Robert J - "Alkohol" (V's Putting It Down edit) - (6:38) 101 BPM
   
J.Hammond - "Fantasy" (V's edit) - (8:17) 112 BPM
   
Marvin - "I Know Your Ego" (V's Gentle edit) - (7:00) 120 BPM
   
The Windesiders - "I Like You Snuff" (V's Disco Boogie edit) - (7:30) 120 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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Life In YellowEXCLUSIVE
   
Fabiolous Barker - "The Expert" (Fabiolous Old Skool Re-Master) - (5:16) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dim Zach - "La Habanera" - (5:46) 116 BPM
   
Carlos Gatto - "Call It Love" - (5:46) 123 BPM
   
Don Dayglow - "Gotta Say Yes" - (6:59) 120 BPM
   
Fabiolous Barker - "The Expert" (Fabiolous Funka-Master-House) - (5:17) 104 BPM
Played by: Don Dayglow, Kongisto
Review: Ganbatte's latest affair may be all-star affair, but Fabiolous Barker rightly takes top billing thanks to delivering two takes on his latest track, "The Expert". He opens the EP with a hybrid electro/disco flavoured "Old Skool Re-Master" full of whispered vocals, crunchy guitars, throbbing synth-bass and tight horn blasts, before returning at the end with a "Funka-Masta-House" version that underpins the music with a head-nodding house style beat. In between you'll find the bouncy, Hi-NRG era Latin disco-house insanity of Dim Zach's "La Habernaro", the dreamy harmony vocals and ear-pleasing nu-disco grooves of Carlos Gatto's "Call It Love" and the alien funk masterclass that is Don Dayglow's "Gotta Say Yes", a suitably throbbing revision of an old Yello favourite.
GAN 025
02 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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003EXCLUSIVE
   
021 - (7:40) 109 BPM
   
022 - (9:20) 120 BPM
   
023 - (7:00) 105 BPM
   
024 - (7:39) 117 BPM
   
025 - (7:43) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
026 - (6:50) 125 BPM
   
027 - (6:24) 120 BPM
   
028 - (8:14) 115 BPM
   
029 - (7:16) 117 BPM
   
030 - (5:21) 106 BPM
Review: Audaz certainly seem keen to get these 'Lolita' re-edits out there: this third installment follows hot on the heels of Vol 2, which only landed last week! Once again there are 10 tracks to choose from, with the source material once again ranging from vintage funk, soul and disco to 80s pop and beyond. '021' is based on an unknown cover of the Timmy Thomas/Sade classic 'Why Can't We Live Together' and '022' reworks The Floaters' mellow soul classic 'Float On', while '026' (source familiar-sounding but unidentified!) has an EBM/Italo kinda feel and '025' loops up The Detroit Emeralds' 1972 funk/soul gem 'Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)'.
LOLITA 003
07 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Let's Dance EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Feeling Of Spirits - (7:11) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Keep Strangers - (5:45) 123 BPM
   
Liquid Disco - (5:04) 123 BPM
   
Lay In Low (MF-SB version) - (2:40) 115 BPM
   
Simply Around - (4:39) 122 BPM
Review: Five fine slices of contemporary disco make up this latest EP from Russian producer Alexandr Chebankov, better known as Sunner Soul. 'Feeling Of Spirits' is a midtempo shuffler that slowly breaks out into an intricate jazz-funk keys workout, 'Keep Strangers' is a Chic-y stomper, 'Liquid Disco' has distinctly Candido-esque overtones, 'Lay In Low (MF-SB Version' is a mellower, more lounge-y cut with muted space disco stabs and finally 'Simply Around' rocks a funkier, Blaxploitation-like vibe. With all five highly authentic-sounding and avoiding obvious samples, heavy rotation at the likes of Glitterbox and Horse Meat Disco is pretty much guaranteed.
VMR 073
04 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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002EXCLUSIVE
   
011 - (5:57) 116 BPM
   
012 - (6:38) 123 BPM
   
013 - (6:38) 105 BPM
   
014 - (5:57) 115 BPM
   
015 - (6:26) 103 BPM
   
016 - (6:07) 115 BPM
   
017 - (6:13) 120 BPM
   
018 - (6:53) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
019 - (6:28) 110 BPM
   
020 - (6:16) 100 BPM
Review: Audaz serve up a second set of re-edits by the mysterious Lolita. Whether label boss Alkalino or an anonymous backroom boffin are to thank we couldn't say, but whoever it is they take on an impressive range of source material, from Gene Pitney ('020') to 80s synth-poppers Alphaville ('013') via Talking Heads ('019'), Stargard ('016'), Laura Branigan ('014') and even a cover of Hank Williams' country classic 'Kaw-Liga' by new wave weirdos The Residents ('017') - all of which are given a druggy, chuggy makeover for today's nu-disco floors, with '015' (a take on 1979's 'Marathon Runner' by August Darnell and Bob Blank's Aural Exciters project) a particular standout.
LOLITA 002
31 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rhythm & Waves - (6:29) 125 BPM
   
Universal Disco - (6:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Red Hot Disco - (6:09) 122 BPM
   
Get Ready With Me - (6:29) 115 BPM
   
Let's Somebody Love - (7:29) 119 BPM
Played by: SUNNER SOUL
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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Shake It - (5:45) 108 BPM
   
Lady - (5:25) 116 BPM
   
The Funk - (7:47) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
About It - (5:50) 116 BPM
Played by: Ruff Diamond
Review: Greek producer Chris GS returns to Israel's Thunder Jam with four more slices of reworked vintage funk/disco goodness. He's dug nice and deep for this set, so the original source material remains a mystery in most cases, but in his hands 'Shake It' is a strings-drenched disco number that would've sounded right at home on the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack, while 'Lady' rocks a slightly rawer funk vibe. The same goes for 'The Funk', which reworks Positive Force's 'We Got The Funk' from 1979, while finally 'About It' leans a little closer towards early 80s boogie territory.
TJ 081
04 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
Disco ScrollsEXCLUSIVE
   
Bica - "Endless Rhodes" - (7:01) 120 BPM
   
Old Chap - "Because I'm Black" - (5:00) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hotmood - "Only Your Mom Calls Me Daddy" - (5:44) 120 BPM
   
The Owl - "Shake" - (5:39) 113 BPM
   
Frank Virgilio - "Out Here" - (5:01) 105 BPM
   
Labour Of Love - "Good Feelin'" - (9:52) 123 BPM
   
NFC & Key Sokur - "City Affair" - (5:52) 106 BPM
   
Woodhead - "Pleasure Departure" - (6:30) 104 BPM
Played by: SUNNER SOUL
Review: Gather round: Editorial is revealing the contents of the mythical "Disco Scrolls", a sacred document for all those who kneel at the altar of the Church of Nu-Disco. It contains eight audio commandments, all of which should be listened to intently. Salvation comes first via the fluid nu-disco positivity of Bica's "Endless Rhodes" and the disco-house grooves of the soulful and musically expansive "Because I'm Black" by Old Chap. Elsewhere, you'll find righteous testimony from Hotmood (via the deep disco-funk of "Only Your Mom Calls Me Daddy"), The Owl (the boisterous horns and filter tricks of "Shake"), Frank Virgilio (the lolloping party disco-funk of "Out Here"), Labour Of Love (the bassline-driven percussion-fest that is "Good Feelin") and NFC and Key Sokur (the rubbery and down-low disco fun of "City Affair").
ED 89
05 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Flash Back (Lego edit 4 AM) - (6:09) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Ghetto (Lego Retouch) - (5:06) 114 BPM
   
Journey To The Old Town (Lego Afro Cut) - (9:43) 116 BPM
Review: Three months after allowing DJs to rummage through the contents of his "Sample Bag", Lego Edit has decided to repeat the trick. Unzip the bag and you first find his "4am" edit of "Flash Back", a sax and flute-wielding revision of a colourful and bass-heavy funk outing underpinned by chunky house drums and tons of energetic handclaps. Reach further within the bag's velvet-lined interior and you'll come across his smooth, rolling and dancefloor take on Philadelphia Soul era classic "The Ghetto" - check the sweet jazz guitar solos, locked-in house beats and scat vocal sections - as well as the wild, loopy and insatiable heaviness of stomping Latin jazz-funk revision "Journey To The Old Town".
LGFDIGIT 021
03 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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001EXCLUSIVE
   
001 - (7:02) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
002 - (7:28) 120 BPM
   
003 - (7:50) 120 BPM
   
004 - (6:26) 113 BPM
   
005 - (6:17) 120 BPM
   
006 - (9:52) 110 BPM
   
007 - (6:26) 103 BPM
   
008 - (7:26) 120 BPM
   
009 - (7:19) 120 BPM
   
010 - (7:10) 120 BPM
Review: While he's not confirmed it either way, we're pretty sure that Lolita is a new re-edit alias of Audaz boss Alkalino - a producer who has been offering up tidy, scalpel style reworks since we were in short trousers. There's much to admire amongst the numbered, untitled tracks, from the gently housed-up soul bounce of "001" and the delightfully over-the-top disco pomposity of "003", to the throbbing disco-house cheeriness of "005", the deep house/soul fusion of "006" and the heavily percussive world music-meets-disco goodness of "009". Best of all, though, is the gritty disco-funk stomp of "008", a superb revision of a reggae disco-tinged cover of Donna Summer classic "I Feel Love".
LOLITA 001
24 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fluty LoopsEXCLUSIVE
   
Been So Hard - (7:04) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Everybody - (8:12) 119 BPM
   
Fluty Loops - (6:58) 120 BPM
Review: Some classy contemporary disco fare here from Irish producer Jones, coming to you courtesy of Israeli label Thunder Jam. 'Fluty Loops' itself opens with an intricate, extended percussive intro, before funk geetar and stabby strings usher in the meandering flute line that gives the track its title - imagine Joey Negro remixing Roy Ayers and you're somewhere in the ballpark. 'Everybody' shows the same attention to detail in the percussion department but has a more Chic-ish vibe, while completing the EP is the more sultry 'Been So Hard', which comes on like Linda Clifford given a Balearic makeover...
TJ 102
11 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Delightful - (5:57) 113 BPM
   
Disko Heat - (7:20) 120 BPM
   
Funky Animals - (5:24) 117 BPM
   
Open Roads - (5:34) 118 BPM
   
Soul Food - (5:56) 105 BPM
   
Spank Her - (8:07) 116 BPM
   
Spring Break - (5:21) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Tonbe, Kongisto
Review: Astonishingly, Loshmi's long-running "Serious Edits" series is now 15 volumes deep. We can happily confirm that he's not run out of steam yet with the seven-track selection featuring some suitably playable, floor-friendly revisions that are well worth your hard-earned cash. Our highlights include the gently housed-up 80s disco goodness of "Delightful", the heavy disco-funk/proto-rap fusion of "Funky Animals" - all eccentric mic flow, mazy organ lines and beefed-up disco grooves - and the languid, glassy-eyed loveliness of head-nodding warm up gem "Soul Food". There's naturally plenty to set the pulse elsewhere across the EP, too, so give all of the clips a listen if you have time.
DF 100
06 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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All I've Got - (6:09) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feel The Need In Me - (5:01) 118 BPM
   
Battend Ships - (4:54) 107 BPM
   
Cookie - (4:50) 76 BPM
   
You Take My Heart Away - (5:36) 95 BPM
   
Annie Mae - (5:21) 105 BPM
Review: Under the DJ Laurel alias, Lavr Berzhanin has proved to be one of Katakana Edits' most reliable re-editors of recent times. We've lost count of the number of EPs he's delivered for the prolific imprint, but they're all rather good - as is his latest expansive effort. There's much to get the blood pumping across the six-track salvo, with our favourites including the rubbery, bouncy and glassy-eyed disco bliss of "All I've Got", the soaring, horn-heavy soundscape disco-soul shuffle of "Battend Ships" [sic], the blue-eyed soul goes drum and bass bounce of "Cookie" and the wah-wah guitar sporting two-step soul goodness of closing cut "Annie Mae". In other words, it's another rock solid collection of tried and tested reworks.
KE 9092
18 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rumba - (4:57) 150 BPM
   
Momie - (3:39) 104 BPM
   
El Ray - (5:28) 110 BPM
   
Masta Rocka - (4:01) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Da Bird - (6:38) 124 BPM
Review: It's been a very exciting 2019 for Morlack, who continues his run of top quality releases by teaming up here with the ever-ready Funk Blasters team for the third edition of 'Cheeky Edits'. We kick off with the classy sample work and pulsating drum pressure of 'Rumba', before moving into the spaced out percussive structures of 'Momie' and latin-inspired arrangements of 'El Ray'. Next, 'Masta Rocka' arrives with a real punchy drumline, before the the almost 80's sounding compositional layout of 'Da Bird' rounds us off with a bang.
FB 034
15 Nov 19
Breakbeat
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Lady ChaCha - (4:13) 129 BPM
   
Shaken Or Stirred - (3:57) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Eminem Mambo - (4:43) 97 BPM
   
Billie Juan - (5:05) 103 BPM
   
Shape Of You (cumbia version) - (4:32) 50 BPM
   
Owner Of A Boogaloo Heart - (5:05) 126 BPM
   
Regulate My Aperitif - (4:19) 100 BPM
Review: Ever turn up to a slightly strange but inviting house party to find a DJ playing a list of your favourite tracks - although you have no idea where they're from? It's label like Minimatic that keep the party going for another decade. Where electro-swing goes for sped up ballroom and big band jazz, Minimatic's approach to genre reformation takes the likes of UK pop (Oasis and "Owner of A Lonely Heart"), US hip hop ,(Eminem, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga) to slices of R&B via Ed Sheeran and dresses them up latin rhythms of baile and urban funk, adding touches of turntablism, jazzy horns and keys to lowriding grooves.
TER 021
04 Dec 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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008EXCLUSIVE
   
071 - (7:20) 120 BPM
   
072 - (5:55) 120 BPM
   
073 - (7:30) 112 BPM
   
074 - (6:58) 112 BPM
   
075 - (5:04) 115 BPM
   
076 - (5:33) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
077 - (5:16) 110 BPM
   
078 - (7:35) 120 BPM
   
079 - (6:59) 113 BPM
   
080 - (5:17) 108 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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CelebremosEXCLUSIVE
   
Celebremos - (6:40) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do It Again - (6:28) 116 BPM
   
Love Somebody Today - (6:38) 123 BPM
   
Ohio - (6:52) 118 BPM
   
To The Top - (8:02) 118 BPM
Review: Montenegro-based groove lord Mitiki is in a celebratory mood on his latest Disco Fruit re-edit outing. He gleefully skips between the beefed-up Spanish language disco cheeriness of "Celebremas" - a rework of a cover of Kool & The Gang's "Celebrate" - and the Clavinet-happy disco-funk muscularity of K.I.D tweak "Do It Again", before charging towards disco-house dancefloors via the beefed-up sweetness of "Love Somebody Today". The pie-eyed, smiling fun continues via the delicious disco-funk party vibes of "Ohio" and closing cut "To The Top", a chunky, horn-toting revision of another sing-along disco workout.
DF 098
25 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Way Too FarEXCLUSIVE
   
Another (original mix) - (4:36) 140 BPM
   
Way Too Far (original mix) - (5:06) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Luna Sangrante (original mix) - (4:12) 140 BPM
   
Another (Busted Fingerz remix) - (3:48) 140 BPM
   
Way Too Far (Alllone remix) - (4:03) 88 BPM
Review: This is an EP that oozes class from start to finish, and for us, sits pretty solidly as one of the most powerful dubstep releases of 2019 as OME lands of Simply Deep for five tracks of pure brilliance. We kick off with 'Another', a shimmering behemoth of glittering flutey tones and whirling atmospheric pads, followed by the warbling crunches of 'Way Too Far'. Next up, we face the haunting arpeggios of 'Luna Sangrante' before diving into a pair of very well designe remixes. Firstly, Busted Fingerz flips 'Another' into an apocalyptic grimey explosion, with Allone then reimagining 'Way Too Far' into a smooth hip hop roller. Awesome stuff!
SD 021
11 Dec 19
Deep Dubstep
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Refreq'ed Miracle - (7:13) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It's The Freqqin' Weekend - (7:41) 125 BPM
   
Pete's Got Vertigo - (7:01) 123 BPM
   
Relight Dan's Fire (With Added Loleatta) - (12:00) 123 BPM
   
Twenty Percent - (9:22) 120 BPM
   
Luv Town - (9:04) 120 BPM
Review: Multi-track maestro Pete Le Freq is back with a third selection of hot-to-trot reworks created using original vocals and instrumentation from a range of disco and boogie-era cuts. He successfully teases and filters out the Jackson Sisters on "Refreq'ed Miracle", before putting his stamp on Phreek's Patrick Adams-produced Paradise Garage anthem, "Weekend". He then delivers two storming cuts based on Dan Hartman's "Relight My Fire": an extended instrumental ("Pete's Got Vertigo") and a sing-along version with added Loleatta Holloway ("Relight Dan's Fire"). Elsewhere, he successfully tampers with a Salsoul classic ("Twenty Percent") and sticks a bouncy house beat beneath a string-laden disco classic ("Luv Town").
ALPACA 069X
09 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Voyage IVEXCLUSIVE
   
Sauco & Manuel Costela - "Are We Ready?" - (7:42) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hotmood - "Flamingo" - (6:04) 118 BPM
   
Rafael Fernandez - "I Don?t Know (But This Is Funk)" - (6:38) 103 BPM
   
Tony Disco - "Last Nite" - (5:22) 110 BPM
   
Clean Is Good - "Groovy Language" - (5:42) 112 BPM
   
Sould Out - "Overnight" - (5:49) 105 BPM
Review: Mexico's Deep Sense serve up a six-track EP that shows there's more than one way to go about repurposing a classic. Rather than simply looping up chunks of the original, the edits here get a little more creative - Sauco & Manuel Costela's 'Are We Ready?', for instance, takes the vocal from Fatback's 'Bus Stop' vocal and places it over a fresh (and utterly irresistible) funk backing, while on 'Last Nite' Tony Disco uses a similar trick to reinvent an InDeep classic in altogether sultrier, jazzier form. An equally well-known chanted vocal tops the brass-tastic 'Flamingo' from Hot Mood, and there are three more very playable nuggets where those came from!
DPSNS 16
29 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Juke JointzEXCLUSIVE
   
Too Cool To Be Careless - (7:15) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Believe In Magicians - (7:33) 107 BPM
   
It Was All A Dream - (6:21) 97 BPM
Played by: Kongisto
Review: Thunder Jam's latest EP comes from a producer yet to make his (or her) mark in music, the capital letter loving REZ. The artist has another EP due out on Hatched soon; if this debut EP is anything to go by, that will be well worth a listen. We're particularly enjoying the chugging, slow-motion disco-rock head-nod that is opener "Too Cool To Be Careless", a revision of a well-known 1980s AM radio hit that will have your dancefloors singing along when the chorus eventually drops. Elsewhere, "Believe In Magicians" re-imagines a quirky and bluesy swing number into a locked-in chunk of hip-house, while "It Was All A Dream" successfully rearranges a slap-bass sporting chunk of "juicy", 80s-inspired 1990s hip-hop/R&B.
TJ 094
02 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Schweet EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Baller - (3:58) 85 BPM
   
Schweet - (3:44) 50 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Les Frites - (4:06) 111 BPM
   
Listen - (3:26) 123 BPM
Review: Clich?s like 'melting pot' or 'smorgasbord' are chucked around way too freely in music reviews, but it's hard to describe the wide array of influences on display here any other way! 'Baller' is an Afro-jazz workout, albeit more 'Afro' than 'jazz', with something of a makossa-ish vibe about it. 'Schweet' itself, which follows, is a more straight-up homage to 70s funk and soul, but we're back in jazz (or more accurately swing) pastures for 'Les Frites', albeit here served up in Latin rather than Afro flava. The EP's then completed by 'Listen', another electro-swing cut with a ragtime kinda feel.
SRAS 018
12 Dec 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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All I Want - (4:09) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Not Sure - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Burundanga - (4:08) 172 BPM
   
So Excited - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Here She Comes - (4:34) 175 BPM
Review: Liondub's renowned Street Series continues in full force and this next instalment is courtesy of Dez, a producer comes with some serious junglist heat on this one. All five of these cuts mean business and our favourites are the steppy bits, 'Burundanga' especially, which combines apocalyptic vibes with urban sonics to create a powerful patchwork of force and energy, all underpinned by a broken percussive line. The other four are also strong and we're definitely looking forward to hearing these out and about - the Liondub crew kill it yet again.
LDSSVOL 038
13 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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Keep Holding OnEXCLUSIVE
   
Keep Holding On - (7:25) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tropic Thunder - (5:12) 175 BPM
Review: Conrad Subs has more than one release out this week and it's entirely different to this one, proof of his stylistic flexibility, especially considering how hard he's killed this rolling liquid two-tracker on Liquid Flows. 'Keep Holding On' stays away from the common liquid mistake of neglecting the bassline, instead its gentle yet energetic melodies sit above a wide, deep and satisfying low end. 'Tropic Thunder' also packs a big back end but also heightens the feeling of frivolity and lightness with its upbeat stabs and funky flow. Lovely.
FLOW 006
03 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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MagnificentEXCLUSIVE
   
How You Escape - (3:39) 175 BPM
   
A Ghost - (3:39) 175 BPM
   
Magnificent - (3:39) 175 BPM
   
It's Dark - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Prestige is definitely one of the more talented producers out there, with previous releases on a host of other labels and his aggressive sound is back with a vengeance here. Packed with harsh, barking tones and a stripped-back, industrial aesthetic, Prestige doesn't waste any time in laying out the rules: there are none. 'A Ghost' is one of the heavier cuts, with a punching back end and an obstinate feel of solidness that reflects down all the way onto the rest of the tune. 'Magnificent' is the title tune and you can see why, with a KoTR-esque approach to drawn out basslines and tough sonics, all of which come together to round out a sick release from the Sub-liminal crew.
SLR 064
13 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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Killer ShrewEXCLUSIVE
   
GKS - (4:01) 175 BPM
   
Shake Don't Stir - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
Method - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Don't Know - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
Drop It Like That (feat Velocity) - (3:39) 175 BPM
Review: With some cool, dark, artwork, Blckhry has landed on On Point Audio with a hard-hitting five-tracker which combines a penetrating sense of attitude with a non-nonsense approach to musical arrangements. 'Method' has an warped-out, Souped Up vibe in its arrangement that feels powerful to the extreme and is perfect for a crowded dancefloor, especially with its underpinning in some weighty percussion. 'Don't Know' is the roller of the EP and grounded in wobbly atmospherics and a sense of space which makes it a pleasure to listen to, its snapping drum line providing the ground rock underneath. Yes boys.
OPA 010
13 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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Hold Em High - (4:08) 175 BPM
   
Panic - (4:30) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: After a series of crucial free downloads, prominent online jump up hub Jump Up Cave level up with a full digital label Cave. They're launching in style, too as west coast roustabouts Sub Killaz light the fuse. Two tunes, two vibes, one heavy message: "Hold On" is all pneumatic kicks, slime sub harmonics and gritty stabs on the fills while "Panic" lives up to its name with a higher-toned riff that sizzles with proper mischief. One for the Cave mandem...
CAVE 001
13 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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Major Public Holiday - (6:17) 130 BPM
   
Mark The Day - (5:45) 130 BPM
   
Voter Turnot - (6:17) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The latest release on Groove Manipulation comes from east European artist Buben, with a three-tracker that's tailor-made for the dance floor. The title track is a tough, acid-soaked metallic banger, underpinned by hollowed out drums and steely high hats. Buben ups the ante on "Mark The Day", where more intense 303 lines are combined with a relentlessly dense rhythm that is populated by looped vocal snippets. Changing tact radically, "Voter Turnot" is a dubbed out groove that resounds to ponderous vocals and dramatic organ stabs. It serves as a reminder why this prolific artist is held in such high regard.
406170 7267574
05 Dec 19
Techno
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Sky DumpEXCLUSIVE
   
Sky Dump - (4:33) 110 BPM
   
Sky Dump (Location 141 Ny mix) - (8:17) 110 BPM
   
Sky Dump (Malu Cachu remix) - (5:07) 127 BPM
   
Massive Birth - (4:49) 109 BPM
   
Massive Birth (Mind Fair remix) - (5:39) 108 BPM
   
Talorypo - (5:28) 118 BPM
   
Talorypo (Warehouse Preservation Society remix) - (5:21) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Kongisto
Review: Of late, Dean Meredith's Rogue Cat Sounds label has been exploring the more cosmic and Balearic end of the musical spectrum, so it's little surprise to see him welcome Italian legends DJ Rocca and Daniele Badlelli to the imprint. The storied twosome begins in fine fashion via the lilting electric guitar solos and bubby electronic disco grooves of "Sky Dump", before opting for a weirder and more psychedelic dancefloor sound on Afro-Cosmic workout "Massive Birth" and doffing a cap to Yello on the eccentric electronics of "Talorypo". The accompanying remix package is epic and uniformly high standard, though if we were picking favourites we'd opt for Warehouse Preservation Society's warm, thickset nu-disco version of "Talorypo" and Mind Fair's Chicken Lips-esque rework of "Massive Birth".
ROGUE 015
09 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ursa Minor - (6:19) 116 BPM
   
Exotic Matter - (3:17) 100 BPM
   
Exquisite Corpse (Zero Gravity remix) - (5:42) 80 BPM
   
Running To Paradise - (6:08) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ursa Minor (radio edit) - (4:43) 116 BPM
Review: From Robsoul and Tsuba to Is It Balearic? and Futureboogie, Craig Bratley can be many things depending on who's releasing his music. He launches the Automatism label in a flurry of cosmic disco finery with "Ursa Minor", a synth-rich escapade that could make Cerrone feel a little giddy on its course to the stars. "Exotic Matter" slows things right down and ramps up the rock drums to create a noirish soundtrack vibe. "Exquisite Corpse (Zero Gravity Mix)" changes tact once more with some plaintive piano tinkering over subtle arpeggios, and "Running To Paradise" slides down into a smooth Balearic groove that rounds out this wonderfully diverse EP.
AUTO 01
09 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Work Me BodyEXCLUSIVE
   
Work Me Body - (6:56) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Work Me Body (James Rod remix) - (8:36) 123 BPM
   
Work Me Body (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:56) 122 BPM
Played by: JAMES ROD, Andy Buchan
Review: We're not sure who Hoochie Coochie Papa is - or are, as it may be more than one producer - but this first outing on Golden Soul is pretty darn good. "Work Me Body" is a deliciously sweaty and throbbing affair; a contemporary take on Italo-disco and mid 1980s Hi-NRG rich in arpeggio style synth-bass, spacey electronic melodies, sampled male vocal snippets and glassy-eyed chords. The first of two accompanying remixes comes courtesy of Spanish scene stalwart James Rod, who adds insatiable cowbells while stripping the cut back to its' muscular, arpeggio-driven core. To round things off, man of the moment Andy Buchan re-imagines "Work Your Body" as an ear-catching tribute to Giorgio Moroder's production work on Donna Summer's "I Feel Love".
GS 038
09 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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On A Riddim - (4:50) 175 BPM
   
You Dont Know Me - (4:33) 174 BPM
   
Madman (feat Replicant) - (4:26) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Funk Pulse - (4:27) 174 BPM
   
Venom (Sikka remix) - (4:55) 174 BPM
   
Takeover (Guzi remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM
Review: Hailing from Coventry, DJ Hybrid has firmly established himself over the last couple of years as someone at the forefront of D&B's re-discovered love for jungle-influences and bouncy but hard-hitting basslines. Drawing upon those influences, he's back on Audio Addict for a full-throated six-tracker that kicks off with 'On A Riddim', a gently weighted sine-based wobbler that pushes on every corner of the range. 'Madman' and 'Funk Pulse' have clear Kings of the Rollers vibes, with juddering bass pulses and that recognizable sense of hardware-based rawness. This release has overtones of Manchester and undertones of the South - proper UK underground stuff.
ADDICT 075
13 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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Your Here - (5:02) 135 BPM
   
Dulchie Ina Duplex - (3:55) 130 BPM
   
Jack Burton - (4:29) 130 BPM
   
Ronans In The Toyato - (6:16) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Liquid Gold - (5:20) 130 BPM
   
The Ballad Of Jimmy McGee - (5:52) 130 BPM
   
Strange - (4:34) 130 BPM
   
You Are Home - (4:30) 130 BPM
   
The Sunrise Crew - (6:42) 130 BPM
   
The Last Tune Of The Nite - (5:04) 131 BPM
   
Fantastic - (4:46) 140 BPM
   
Eat Your Government - (3:47) 110 BPM
   
99 Dubplate - (7:09) 131 BPM
   
The Rise UP - (4:56) 127 BPM
   
The Wiggle - (5:54) 127 BPM
   
Your Here - DJ Version - (5:42) 135 BPM
   
You Are Home - extended Beats version - (5:22) 130 BPM
   
The Last Tune Of The Nigh - DJ version - (5:07) 131 BPM
   
Durty Mondays - (5:06) 130 BPM
   
Liquid Gold - Disco version - (5:35) 130 BPM
Played by: Johnnypluse
Review: As ever with JohnnyPluse, we are in for a treat as he lands yet again onto BulaBeats for a phenomenal display in breakbeat brilliance across twenty incredibly well produced originals. There is something on this project for everyone, from the colourful landscaping and bouncing drums of 'You Are Home' to the more tribal percussive smacks of 'Eat Your Government' and junglist inspired arrangements of 'The Wiggle'. There are a couple of clear stand-outs across this twenty track bonanza, including the euphoric drum breaks of 'Fantastic' and the smooth harmonies of the disco edition of 'Liquid Gold'.
BB 1017
02 Dec 19
Breakbeat
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God ShotEXCLUSIVE
   
God Shot - (5:17) 140 BPM
   
Shadow People - (5:07) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: So it would appear that Zip Sound Recordings have landed on a slab of gold with this one as they unveil a chunky two track steppers selection from Royal Panic. Firstly, we dive headfirst into the grizzly bass synthesizers and ticking melodies of the title track 'God Shot', which kicks the EP off with a high dosage of energy. On the flipside, we then dive into the gnarly overtones and warbling bass designs of 'Shadow People', a crunchy, dungeon ready roller, perfectly summarizing the deep dubstep sound of 2019. What a way to round the year off for the Zip Sound team!
ZIPS 047
09 Dec 19
Deep Dubstep
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ConspiracyEXCLUSIVE
   
Smoke Of Cali - (5:10) 176 BPM
   
J.F.K. - (5:38) 176 BPM
   
Mass Projection - (5:15) 176 BPM
   
Cydonia - (4:24) 176 BPM
   
Hangman - (4:04) 176 BPM
   
Order Out Of Chaos - (4:23) 176 BPM
   
Area51 - (4:24) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pass Us By - (5:23) 176 BPM
Review: Vital Elements is a long-time stalwart of the rougher side of the scene, the side of the scene that perhaps doesn't get as much flashy publicity but that day-in-day-out plays host to raves, bedroom hang outs and after parties up and down the UK. Vital Elements is that guy who'll be at the party, spinning tunes and having a good time and this single encapsulates that no-nonsense, fun-at-all-costs approach. 'Mass Projection' is a bouncing leviathan that rests on naughty snare-action and lives up with its jagged bass notes; 'Smoke of Calii' is more of a rolling beast, it's back end stretching out and lumping you in the face. Another top release from man like Vital Elements and this big one comes in at a cool eight tracks. Lovely stuff.
ORKR 026
13 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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Barrio FeverEXCLUSIVE
   
Barrio Fever - (5:15) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Not Whom You Seem - (7:32) 121 BPM
Review: Previously best known for offering up a handful of tasty singles on Sleazy Deep, Skeleton Keys pops up on Bandolier with a first solo single in almost 12 months. First up is "Barrio Fever", a wonderfully dubbed-out, bass-heavy and dancefloor-friendly revision of a much-loved disco-era chunk of Latin funk headiness. Skeleton keys has wisely retained many of the key original elements - think glistening guitar riffs, layered percussion and ear-catching horn motifs - while beefing up the bass and adding plenty of delay effects. "Not Whom You Seem" gives a similar sonic treatment to what sounds like an early 80s synth pop/AOR disco workout. It's good, though we still prefer "Barrio Fever".
BAN 017
06 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sangoma EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Sangoma (original mix) - (6:19) 115 BPM
   
Curse Go Back (original mix) - (6:16) 123 BPM
   
Sangoma (Tyu remix) - (7:22) 115 BPM
   
Curse Go Back (Colossio Dembow remix) - (7:42) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: When they first started putting on parties in London, the collective behind the Kolago Kult alias operated as Tales of Voodoo. Here they make their first step into music production with an EP of inspired musical fusions that expertly join the dots between West African drum tracks, South American percussion workouts and contemporary deep house. This blueprint is expertly explored on "Curse Go Back", where shuffling drums and chiming percussion hits rise above doom-laden bass and trippy spoken word samples, as well as on the heavier deep house exotica of "Sangoma". That track is given a throbbing, synth bass and rave stab-propelled makeover by Tyu, while the brilliantly named Colossio Dembow re-imagines "Curse Go Back" as a druggy slab of psychedelic nu-disco chug.
C 009
09 Dec 19
Deep House
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Various
   
Takjacob - "Can't Own Me" - (5:42) 140 BPM
   
Arta - "Flushhh" - (6:00) 140 BPM
   
Tinky - "Hakka" - (4:24) 140 BPM
   
Kismat - "Invaders" - (4:37) 140 BPM
   
Muhla - "Sinister" - (3:30) 142 BPM
   
Cel - "Who Do Voodoo" - (4:19) 134 BPM
   
Copley - "Bombay Bad Boy" - (4:15) 137 BPM
   
Ran - "Seasonz" - (5:42) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: What a year it has been for the team at Dubtribu, a label who continue to impress in all areas, with their homegrown roster looking stronger by the second. This last project of the year sees them firing on all sides as they invite eight of their best in for 'Deep Dub Inside 2019', a comprehensive showcase of the labels sound, featuring potent originals from the likes of Arta, Tinky, Muhla, Kismat, Cel and Ran for starters. We have two clear highlights for this one, with the gnarly sub work of Takjacob's 'Can't Own Me' being a real heavy hitter, along with the spooky overtones of Copley's 'Bombay Bad Boy'. Awesome stuff!
DTR 032
13 Dec 19
Deep Dubstep
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The Rain EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Clap Your Hands - (5:08) 174 BPM
   
Modaji - (4:34) 175 BPM
   
The Rain - (5:20) 174 BPM
   
After Hours - (5:30) 174 BPM
Review: Liquid Lab essentially do what their name would suggest: they make deep music that touches your soul. It's one of the best small liquid labels out there and it'd definitely be worth your time to check out their stuff, starting with this EP from Motiv. This release is certainly deep, the title track kicking you off with a lovely combination of funky jazz samples and more melancholic ambience. It's a trend that repeats itself over and over, especially on 'Clap Your Hands', which has a gorgeous depth yet feels rooted right in the moment. 'After Hours' is the is all about the jazz vibes and it does this very nicely, stretching piano cords out over a rolling beat.
LL 006
13 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
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DolorousEXCLUSIVE
   
Dolorous (radio edit) - (3:43) 123 BPM
   
Dolorous (Club mix) - (5:43) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Next up on Donald Wilborn's long-established Embarcadero label is US duo Dahli aka Shaun Valentine and Darin Carter. In its radio edit format, "Dolorous" resounds to a throbbing bass and evocative synth builds, as the pair conjure up a dramatic, euphoria-inducing tracks that's on the right side of epic. On the club mix, Dahli opt for a leaner approach; the bass is throbbing and menacing, the synth melody soars with dark abandon and the overall result is the perfect, moody counterpart to the radio edit mix. It goes to show that Dalhi can cover both bases with effortless ease.
EMBREC 099ALW
02 Dec 19
Techno
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Vector - (5:47) 120 BPM
   
Vidur - (6:36) 125 BPM
   
Februar - (7:54) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
CS30 - (4:20) 156 BPM
Review: After a great first release from NonniMal, Icelandic label Lahar is back with a new drop from Den Nard Husher, who was also recently spotted on US label Strobelight Network. The project is a collaboration between Octal Industries and Vector, and finds the pair conjuring up a limber strain of techno with industrial tones and textures but a more springy execution that makes it sound undeniably fresh. "Vector" is especially strong in this regard, while "Februar" juggles a smart array of wriggling rhythmic elements to create a highly technical club track with sound design and FX to get synapses firing all over the joint.
LAHA 02
06 Dec 19
Techno
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Costanera Montara - (6:39) 115 BPM
   
Voice Of Saturn - (5:32) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Bright Day - (5:11) 120 BPM
   
Spirit Of The Boogie - (6:26) 120 BPM
   
Jazzy Patterns (Raw edit) - (2:36) 120 BPM
Review: Having conducted his own glassy-eyed sunrise s?ance, Vintage Music main man Sunner Soul has successfully summoned the "Spirits of the Boogie" for a hazy early morning dance. Perhaps the most alluring of these "spirits" is opener "Constanera Montana", a vibraphone sporting shuffle through drowsy Rhodes chords and metronomic beats, though the heavy and low-slung "The Bright Day" and all-action electrofunk workout "Voice of Saturn" run it close. Elsewhere, "Sprit of the Boogie" is a bass-heavy disco-funk party jam smothered in high-grade horn lines and brilliant bass guitar, while "Jazzy Patterns (Raw Edit)" is an accurately titled blend of dusty machine drums, jazz samples and crazy special effects.
VMR 072
07 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Funky Beauty - (3:34) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Limehouse Groover - (4:10) 87 BPM
Played by: Vincent Inc
Review: Funky Town reissue two tracks from Sound Factory Inc's 1977 long-player 'Night Shift'. 'The Limehouse Groover' opens with a resonating gong hit before revealing itself to be a sunny, carefree jazz-funk/jazz-fusion affair with a synthesized saxophone lead line - the likes of Spyro Gyra, Mezzoforte or Morrissey-Mullen would be useful reference points here - while 'The Funky Beauty' is a more uptempo number that leans towards Euro/Italo disco, with organic sax and trumpets counterpointing analogue synths that are very much of their time. It's all a bit "70s sitcom soundtrack", but leave your fromage-phobia at the door and just enjoy!
FT 45
18 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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In BetweenEXCLUSIVE
   
Nosa Costra - (8:07) 53 BPM
   
Pookish - (5:56) 60 BPM
   
Der Trip - (5:16) 122 BPM
   
Ja Gakaki - (3:45) 95 BPM
Played by: Rayko
Review: Legendary disco diamond Rayko and his Rare Wiri label continues its relationship with the music of Ilya Sanata, aka Siri, a producer and remixer based out of The Canary Islands. With associations with Nang, Eskimo Recordings and Permanent Vacation back in the day, he surfaces as Sirs with a quality EP of four sides. The record goes deep into cosmic space and classy vocoder territory with the interdimensional "Pookish", while New York mafiosos are represented in the post-punk, drum rolls and heavy Italo sound of "Nosa Costra". Strands of rock and minimalism combine between the socialistic and angsty gestures of "Ja Gakaki" with the voice of a most alluring German devil hidden deep within "Der Trip".
RW 067
09 Dec 19
Coldwave/Synth
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Sweet SeasonEXCLUSIVE
   
Ramana - (6:34) 88 BPM
   
Bohdran - (6:38) 102 BPM
   
Amazonas - (9:22) 75 BPM
   
Blue Castle - (8:05) 80 BPM
   
Rain - (9:32) 115 BPM
   
Semi-Piliated Human - (4:16) 114 BPM
   
Drala - (9:13) 94 BPM
   
Bendir - (15:11) 106 BPM
   
Sweat Season - (5:40) 99 BPM
   
Seven Heaven - (11:38) 75 BPM
   
Silver Lining - (4:29) 110 BPM
Review: Emotional Rescue is delighted to present a collection of works by the founding father of the modern drum movement, Glen Velez. Collated from his first 3 solo albums from 1985 to 1989, Sweet Season is a snapshot in to the pioneering composing and performance of this four-time Grammy winner. Born in 1949, of Mexican American ancestry, Velez grew up in Texas before moving to New York in 1967. Playing jazz on the drums he soon gravitated to hand drums from around the world (frame drums in particular), seeking out teachers from many different musical traditions.

Among the many instruments Velez favours are the Irish bodhran, the Brazilian pandeiro, the Arabic riq, the North African bendir and the Azerbaijani ghaval. Although these instruments are similar in construction they have their own playing techniques that open new possibilities.

Sweet Season highlights this vocabulary, mixing and adapting techniques from various cultures to develop new ones. The music, often composed as cross-cultural ensembles, has a particular fondness for polyrhythms - superimposing different meters simultaneously - while incorporating Stepping Split-tone and Central Asian Overtone singing to complete the global horizons.

This new genre of contemporary drumming has been hugely influential and seen Velez work with the likes of John Cage and Steve Reich, as well as teaching his virtuosic combinations of hand movements and finger techniques to many emerging players.
ERC 078
13 Dec 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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VestaEXCLUSIVE
   
Vesta - (7:33) 129 BPM
   
Crossed Wires - (5:42) 126 BPM
   
Peculiar Duality - (5:13) 130 BPM
   
Kamek - (6:31) 128 BPM
Review: Within the UK, we have seen a real rise in popularity with the more experimental, unusual side of bass music, a sound that the team at Jelly Bean Farm have now been championing for a hot minute. This latest four track piece from Squane is a perfect example of just how cool it can get, as we kick off proceedings with a look at the silky subs and subtle breakbeats of the title track 'Vesta'.The smooth vibes continue as we parade through the luscious synthesizer sweeps of 'Crossed Wires' and clicky rhythms of 'Peculiar Duality'. Finally, 'Kamek' lands with colourful percussive melodies and bubbling atmospherics to round us off with a bang!
JBF 012
13 Dec 19
Bass
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