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Katzuma - Life in the City EP (Kinjo)

I've been following the Katzuma boys ever since their CD 'Dr Know' came out in 2010, a fine showcase of this Italian duo's ability to produce soul-soothingly warm and organic disco from scratch (no edits, no reworks, but good old fashioned craftmanship). The standout cut on that CD, "Where I'm Coming From" got a much-needed 12" release on Headcuts earlier this year, complete with an LTJ Xperience remix.

I was quite surprised to hear that Katzuma were to release a 12" on Dave Allison's Kinjo Imprint, which usually pushes a branch of jacking house I don't care too much for. Dave's involvement with the cheeky Editorial imprint is probably to blame for a serious change in direction for the label, as Kinjo's first release on plastic fuses loose, organic disco and moody deephouse quite brilliantly. Hit play below to enjoy the tunes while we ramble on about this record.

Katzuma - Stooned (Tony T Remix) by katzuma

The Italian beatsmiths sta…

Dr. Dunks Edits (Disco Deviance)

It's true we have a good few artist names on our SBBOSL (sleazy beats buy-on-sight list), but not too many labels have fallen into BOS category over the years. Some are still around - others have disappeared into oblivion or chosen to bow out gracefully. Staples such as Jisco comes to mind, Super Value, and Kolour LTD too, and more recently the Common Edit and Red Motorbike series of 7" beauts we're drooling over (we'll surely be snapping up all these in a wink). We've been fans of DD since the label's inception - the stellar rework of Patrice Rushen's Forget me nots, BC's intrepid take of Jump To It, the Situation brilliance on DD07, I could go on. DD is like a fine wine though it seems, increasingly getting better with age. Case in point, the imprint's 21st outing which follows the same formula:

Step 1. procure obscure funk/disco monster from the 70s/80s
Step 2. turn down the suck, boost the treble
Step 3. turn the rest up to eleven.

That&…

Tiger & Woods - Wiki & Leaks

Anyone else feeling a little underwhelmed by Tiger & Woods' debut longplayer on Running Back that came out a few months ago? Sure, a few of the tracks on that record are modern classics, but we already had all of those on 12" didn't we? The new material was a bit samey, all heavy drums and loops, but none of that stuttering party fodder that made them the current darlings of the disco edit scene.

They more than make up for that disappointing LP with a new album they cleverly 'leaked' (it's spreading faster than herpes, marketing geniuses at work here), dubbed it 'Wiki & Leaks' and threw on all those fine boogie and disco belters of THAT RA podcast that had everyone cream their pants. It's the boogie edits in particular that are tickling my pickle, the last few tracks of these 'Lab Files' are absolutely smashing.

15 tracks in all, great stuff for the pod (they're all low quality MP3's so I don't recommend dropping these pup…

Common Edit 3 / Red Motorbike

I love 7 inch records.
I love Canadians.
I love Canadians that put out quirky 7 inch records to give away at parties.
I love Dane from Edmonton, Canada.
I love exchanging records with a kind soul from Edmonton, Canada.
I love getting little cardboard mailers in the post with 7 inch records.
I love Dane's Common Edits imprint.
I love the soul soothing vintage vibes of 'Bills and Drills'.
I love the moody, chuggy vibes of 'Cosmic Muskat' on the flip, with Eddie C's token drums.
I love Eddie C.
I love Eddie C's new label Red Motorbike.
I love the chunky 'When The Wind Blows' on the A.
I love how I finally discovered a tune with a flute I don't hate.
I love how 'Yeah' on the B puts a smile on my face every time I listen to it.
I love how I've been playing these puppies for weeks.
I love seeing them sell out faster than you can say I hate Celine Dion.

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Developments in Record Land episode 1: The Sampler

While CD sales have been decimated over the past years, vinyl is said to be doing better than ever these days according to journalists and industry reps. A few words of warning before you quit your job at the factory and set up a record label: it's mainly reissues of classic rock albums that have been selling well, the market for 12" electronica is actually tougher than ever. It's interesting to see how small independent labels respond to these challenging times. Over the past years, we've witnessed the rise of superlimited and stupidly overpriced one-sided releases. We've seen labels (both new and old) take the DIY route, with handstamped, numbered runs of vinyl. Other imprints try to stand out by investing in proper artwork on the sleeve. The most interesting development from a record buyer's perspective though, is the advent of the mini-compilation or sampler. Four tunes by four different artists. Bigger names and new talent sharing sides of a record. Usua…