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Klic/Lokiboi - Slow Down EP (Kolour)

After over three years of releasing records, I can safely say I still have absolutely no idea what makes this vinyl market tick. Sure, at first glance it seems straightforward enough: distributor pushes record, store buys some stock, puts it in the 'just in' bin, label does promotion and sales commence. But that's where things gets tricky. Why do some records get showered with attention and hype, while others completely fly under the radar? You'd assume it's the really exceptional ones that get the special treatment. But as much as I like stores like Phonica, Piccadilly, Juno and Rush Hour and websites like RA, some of the twelves they pick as 'record of the week' are simply not that great and leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. I'm in a bit of a foul mood today, but take that recent W+L Black release (Silent Partners Edits) for example. I bought a whole bunch of those W+L Black records over the years but this is just really really mediocre and unin…

Martin Hayes/Luvless/M.ono - Various Three (Rose Records)

If you haven't been keeping frantically up to date on all things fresh and tasty in the world of disco and house during these dog-days of summer then there's a good chance you may have missed the news that our Leipzig based brothers over at the mysterious Rose Records camp have released another killer record. Hey, it happens! It's summertime. Starting out with their maiden voyage last year, these guys are doing things nice and slowly - with two releases under their belts so far (I believe we've covered both of them here on the blog) that have been delightfully fresh, and this third venture keeps with the same proper vibe. Recipe is similar for Rose03: three lovely tracks by three lovely and talented souls, M.ono, Luvless and Martin Hayes. 250 copies hand-numbered. Right then, on to the music.

Martin Hayes kicks off and hogs the A side with 'When The Underdog is Hungry', a deep synthy workout laden with movie vocal samples that shimmers along with…

VA - Young Adults Ep (Young Adults)

It brings a tear to our eye when we discover yet another new quality label set up by fellow vinyl lovers. Truly. Stateside based Young Adults are next in line in our ever growing obsession with this type of operation and are far from disapointing. On the contrary actually - for their maiden voyage they're offering up everything we love and respect and showing off how things should be done in today's disposable world: proper artwork for the jacket, nice diverse sampler music-wise, 4 tracks to choose from, & limited wax release. Check, check, check and check.

On board first we're met with one of our favourite artists of the past 12 months - the elusive Suzanne Kraft, whose output is indeed sparse at best but what he does choose to release is masterfully special. 'Turning' from the Green Flash ep on Running Back was one of our 'best of' 2011 if I'm not mistaken (and if it wasn't then oops, my bad - it should have been). 'Jus U…

Ben La Desh - Stop That Groove Girl EP (Sleazy Beats Black Ops)

After ten releases on our Sleazy Beats imprint we felt the time was right to start afresh. As much as we love disco and edits, there's no denying it's getting a bit crowded in the 'disco department'. When we realised only a handful of the many, many records that get released each week strike a chord (you know the ones, you listen to the first few bars, start nodding your head, and automatically start reaching for that one credit card that isn't maxed out), it's time to move on.

We're really pleased to introduce the result of much heated discussion, blamestorming and academic analysis: Sleazy Beats Black Ops. We're sticking to our limited vinyl-only policy (no represses, no digital), but as our pal Mark Whyte from Isodisco put it so eloquently, we're going with a 'slight but definite shift in feel and tempo'. Sample heavy, moody tackle for the wee hours. A different kind of disco, nahmean?

A fresh start calls for fresh names, so for our ina…

Sir Own - Hooked (Kon's Nite Time rmx) [Gold Finger 001]

Well I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that as a label with a penchant for (good) edits we'd kinda be numpties if we didn't cover what is possibly one of the most clever, most fun and most deservedly-hyped reworks of the summer of 2012. What we've got here is a rather triumphant and perhaps dare I say quintessential summertime/daytime party tune. Cerrone's 1981 masterpiece 'Hooked On You' is in the blender here and the recipe is quite simple really - keep that that timeless bassline and rhodes and let things float along effortlessly with Jocelyn Brown's lovely vocal's in charge - the thing just works wonders there's no question. Be prepared to hear this at all the major parties and festivals for the remainder of the summer where there's sun, dancing and booze involved. Pure hands in the air stuff. If it ain't a perfect tune for this kinda setting then we don't know what is... 


 She comes pressed up on what is becomming one of …