Category Archives: House

GREG FOAT-SYMPHOMIE PACIFIQUE.

Greg Foat-Symphonie Pacifique. Label: Strut Release Date: ‘3rd’ July 2020. Prolific and versatile are words that describe London-based Greg Foat, who nowadays, is regarded as one of Britain’s top jazz pianists and composers.  His career began back in the noughties, and in 2009, he founded The Greg Foat Group who went on to release five …

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NIGHTMARES ON WAX-SMOKER’S DELIGHT 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

Nightmares On Wax-Smoker’s Delight 25th Anniversary Edition. Label: Warp. Four years after releasing their debut album A Word Of Science: The First and Final Chapter in 1991, Nightmares On Wax returned with their much-anticipated and critically acclaimed sophomore album Smoker’s Delight. It was released on the ‘24th’ of October 1995, Warp, who have just reissued …

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JAMIE 3:26 PRESENTS A TASTE OF CHICAGO.

Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago. Label: BBE Music. Release Date: ‘27th’ March 2020. Two years after releasing a 12” preview sampler, BBE Music will release Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago on the ‘27th’ March 2020. It’s a compilation of  edits from the DJ and producers Jamie 3:26, who hails from the …

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BODDHI SATVA-18.

Boddhi Satva-18. Label: BBE Music. Release Date: ‘20th’ March 2020. Boddhi Satva was born and spent much of the the early part of his life in Bria in the Eastern part Central African Republic. Soon, he was immersed in music, and spent his time writing, rapping  and producing with the hip hop crew the Gbekpa …

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ALEX ATTIAS PRESENTS LILLYGOOD PARTY! VOLUME 2.

Alex Attias Presents LillyGood Party! Volume 2. Label: BBE Music. Release Date ‘20th’ March 2020. Thirty-two years ago in 1988,  Alex Attias decided to embark upon a career as a DJ in his home city of Lausanne, Switzerland, and began playing an eclectic selection of dancefloor friendly music.  This didn’t come as a surprise to …

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SIMBAD PRESENTS COLLECTIONS VOLUME ONE 2003-2017

Simbad Presents Collections Volume One 2003-2017. Label: BBE Music. Release Date: ‘4th’ October 2019. Back in the late-nineties,  saxophonist Simbad  travelled to London for what he thought would be just one summer, before returning home. Little did he realise as he arrived in London, that three decades later that he would still call the city …

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WAKE UP! MUSIC USA-UK-NU-HOUSE: THE START OF SOMETHING SPECIAL.

Wake Up! Music USA-UK-Nu-House: The Start Of Something Special. Label: Wake Up! Music Group. In early 2018, I was asked by Maddy Gomez, who runs Wake Up! Music Group to write the liner notes to Music Is My Life, the comeback album from Chicago-based DJ and producer Matt Warren. Mostly, when writing liner notes, it’s …

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MATT WARREN-MUSIC IS MY LIFE-HISTORY IS MADE-THE BIRTH OF NU-HOUSE

Matt Warren-Music Is My Life-History Is Made-The Birth Of Nu-House. Words like pioneer and innovative are oft-overused by over=-enthusiastic music critics . However, once in a while an album is released by a pioneering musician that features truly innovative music. That is the case with Matt Warren’s new album Music Is My Life which will …

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MARCEL VOGEL’S LUMBERJACK’S IN HELL.

Marcel Vogel’s Lumberjacks In Hell Label: BBE Music. Release Date: ‘28th’ September 2018 German DJ and producer Marcel Vogel always believed he that had some unique to contribute to music from the moment he started: “cutting  up soulful tunes in the early noughties. By 2010, Marcel Vogel had relocated was one of the rising stars of …

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ALEX ATTIAS PRESENTS LILLYGOOD PARTY.

Alex Attias Presents LillyGood Party. Label: BBE Music. Release Date ‘11th’ May 2018.  It was thirty years ago in 1988, when Alex Attias decided to embark upon a career as a DJ in his home city of Lausanne, Switzerland, and began playing an eclectic selection of dancefloor friendly music.  Alex Attias friends weren’t surprised by …

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MAD MATS DIGGING BEYOND THE CRATES VOLUME 1.

Mad Mats Digging Beyond The Crates Volume 1. Label: BBE. Mats Karlsson’s life changed forevermore when hip hop arrived in Europe in 1983. Back then, he was living in northern Stockholm, which was an ethnically diverse neighbourhood, and had no interest in music. That soon changed when he discovered hip hop. Soon, Mats Karlsson threw …

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DJ MARKY-INFLUENCES VOL 2.

DJ Marky-Influences Vol. 2. Label: BBE. DJ Marky has come a long way since he started DJ-ing in his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil over twenty-five years ago. He made his DJ-ing debut at the age of the tender age of twelve. Little did he know that he had just made his first tentative steps in what …

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KON AND THE GANG-KON AND THE GANG

KON AND THE GANG-KON AND THE GANG It’s hard to believe that twenty years have passed since BBE released their very first release, Stop and Listen Volume 1 on the 4th of November 1996. It was compiled by Dr. Bob Jones and was a journey through disparate musical genres. Everything from soul, jazz and funk …

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20 YEARS OF HENRY STREET MUSIC-THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION.

20 YEARS OF HENRY STREET MUSIC-THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION. Nowadays, not many independent record labels survive to celebrate their twentieth anniversary. Especially given how turbulent the last twenty years have been. During that period, the music industry was forced to reinvent itself. So much had changed. Many labels struggled to survive. Some fell by the wayside. …

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DJ SPINNA PRESENTS THE SOUND BEYOND STARS.

DJ SPINNA PRESENTS THE SOUND BEYOND STARS. DJ Spinna first stepped behind the wheels of steel aged eleven. By then, Vincent Williams, the future DJ Spinna, was already immersed in music. Music surrounded DJ Spinna. His first major influence was the Caribbean and Latin music in his father’s record collection. Then DJ Spinna heard the …

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MEGA JAWNS-LITTLE LADY.

MEGA JAWNS-LITTLE LADY. Nowadays, there aren’t many bands that manage to record an album in a week. Instead, some bands take years to record an album. Partly, that’s down to the way albums are recorded. Forty years ago, the only way to record an album, was in a recording studio. That  cost money. So, the …

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MEGA JAWNS-TEN LETTERS FROM HOME.

MEGA JAWNS-TEN LETTERS FROM HOME. From the day Bernie Lowe and Karl Mann founded Cameo Records in 1956, Philadelphia was on its way to becoming one of America’s musical capitals. Throughout the sixties, Philly’s reputation as a musical centre of excellence grew. This was in part down to a trio of songwriters and producers, known …

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HARDCORE TRAXX: DANCE MANIA RECORDS 1986-1997.

HARDCORE TRAXX: DANCE MANIA RECORDS 1986-1997. Whilst Traxx and DJ International dominated Chicago house in the mid-eighties, a whole host of smaller labels were being founded. Some of these labels were releasing innovative and influential music. One of these labels was Dance Mania Records. It was founded in 1986 by Ray Barney and offered an …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 3.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 3. RODDY WOOMBLE-LISTEN TO KEEP. Back in 2006, when Roddy Woomble, the lead singer of Idlewild, released his debut album My Secret Is My Silenced, Idlewild had just enjoyed the most successful period of their career. Their third album, 2000s 100 Broken Windows was certified silver, while 2002s The …

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YOU TOOK IT ALL FEATURING YAZMINE AZAIEZ-NUTRITIOUS DELICIOUS REMIX.

YOU TOOK IT ALL FEATURING YAZMINE AZAIEZ-NUTRITIOUS DELICIOUS REMIX. Over the last few years, Nutritious has forged a reputation as one of the best remixers and producers in New York. Considering the fierce competition, that’s quite an achievement. Anyone who heard Nutritious’ remixes or productions will know that he’s got a big future ahead of …

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