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VA - I Wanna Fall In Love / Love Affair (Mad Disco)

With a rather exciting gig just around the corner for us in Amsterdam with the Midnight City crew alongside long-time favourite producer and not to mention Sleazy Beats artist LTJ-Xperience - we've been flexing our disco muscles and been purchasing loads of heavy party-oriented fare for the occasion. This stuff always goes down well a treat for a packed house…we've still been buying loads of pitched down moody deephouse and we do love that kinda gear. But after a few drinks and when playing out together it's usually the whistles, horns and vocal stuff we love to play the air-guitar along to (and attempt to get as many others as possible to air guitar along with us). Good clean fun.

The most recent such record that arrived in the above category is the latest in the Mad Disco series of records, containing a couple of disco edits of songs that we're happy have received a facelift. The Aside is a new rendition of Gloria Gaynor's 'Love Affair'. Slap this on and…

YSE Saint Laur'Ant - Ladykillers EP (Whiskey Disco)

YSE drops his third EP on Sleazy McQueen's Whiskey Disco imprint under his YSE Saint Laur'Ant nom de guerre and much like his previous outings on the labels, it's a bit of a cracker, on white vinyl this time. From the chugging, deliciously sloppy soulstomper 'Gehtto Woman', the lovely slow-paced dub excursion that is 'Psychedelic Woman' to the sensationally deep and driving 'Sunset Woman' and the blissed out, guitar-led Crying Woman: they're all immensely enjoyable slices of proper contemporary 'sample heavy' beatdown disco. Few in the game have as much pizzazz and panache as YSE when it comes to conjuring up dirty disco vibes. Have a listen below:



I love all four tracks in equal measure so randomly picked one for posterity. You really ought to do yourself a favour and pick this up though, it's one of the best EPs we've bought in a while (incredible value for money too). I'm not a huge fan of white vinyl (so hard to see what…

Chicago Damn - Space Flower Girl (MERC)

As of late, Chicago Damn hasn't been the most prolific of producers - which might have something to do with the fact that the poor sod had triplets (!) a bit over a year ago, I kid you not - but ever since the elusive producer first emerged on Mark E's MERC imprint back in 2010 he has been one of the most interesting producers around. You never quite know what to expect from the man - his productions range from leftfield electronica to fierce dark house - yet his style is both instantly recognisable and inimitable, encompassing soul and grit in equal measure. While most of his tougher output isn't for me, Chicago Damn sometimes turns his hands to slower, dreamier gear that seems to speak directly to my soul. I've had a minor obsession with his 'Different Worlds' track for years now, and his most recent effort for MERC falls right into that same category of records to cherish.

The spaced out, guitar-driven and brilliantly titled 'Space Flower Girl' is o…

HNNY - Always (Omena)

New imprint Omena popped its cherry on Record Store Day a few weeks ago with a single sided release by HNNY. With only 150 copies done up, war rations applied for all shops and there was a fair amount of hype around this record. I was keen as a commander to get my hands on one of those 150, but oh cruel fate: I was stuck with the inlaws somewhere along the Belgian coast the entire weekend, pulling my hair out, weeping silently. You see, not only has HNNY become a bit of an attraction in his own right with a string of stellar releases, but Omena is also a new pet project run by Tooli, who's also behind perennial favourite Basic Fingers, Gold Fingers and the ever dependable Local Talk imprints. It's safe to say Tooli knows what it takes to successfully launch a new label: the right name, the right visual identity, and - most importantly - killer tuneage. And oh boy did HNNY deliver (more on that later). So basically, all stars aligned perfectly for a beast of a record - which I…

Kejeblos - The Family Mattress (Phantom Island)

I'm one of those hopeless cases that listens to pretty much every new release in the disco/deephouse section that pops up online. And much like in an actual record store - where it takes three seconds to establish a record you stuck on at the listening station isn't for you - most of them are not so good. Why do I still listen to every godforsaken record that comes out then? Because sometimes you stumble unto amazing music that way, making all those hours of listening to clips of shit house worth their while again. I also loathe most of the drivel the mrs likes to watch on tv, so it's a bit like eating and shitting at the same time to stick on the cans and have a wee browse every night.

So here I am one night, mindlessly clicking going through the 'just in' section of one of the larger online retailers of the black stuff, when a remix by Lexx caught my eye, whose stuff is always worth a listen. Cue whipping out my credit card three minutes later. Not because said …

Sasac/Witch Doctor/Golden Ivy - Chalice Records 001

With just five releases under its belt, it might seem a bit early for the Oye-affiliated Fasaan imprint to start an offshoot project, but the Swedish lads behind the label seems to be knowing what they're doing. The two 12" releases that came out on Fasaan last year have been in really heavy rotation over here, and the ridiculously funky live disco workout that is Midnight Cruise with its magnificent bassline and delightful percussion has become a bit of a staple tune in our sets.

For the inaugural release on new subsidiary Chalice, the Malmo-based lads ditch the live disco approach and go for a full frontal analogue boogie attack instead, enlisting the services of Sasac, Witch Doctor and trusted in-house producer Golden Ivy for a package that is truly glorious. Sasac (who has done some killer stuff for Omega Supreme) kicks things off with The Chase, a prime slice of sleazy boogie with a great guitar hook, a seriously rubbery bassline and some sweet and breezy keys that scre…

Saine - Business Hours EP (Black Ops 005)

The fifth release on our own Black Ops label saw the light of day earlier this week, coincidentally the first Sleazy Beats record we've put out on this imprint this year. We'd been following Saine ever since he released an incredible record on Must Have (I nabbed the last copy of that at Clone, it's now really hard to find) and he released one of our favourite EPs that surfaced last year on the excellent Odd Socks label (Traces being a particular fave, one of those tunes that feel like a warm blanket is being wrapped around you on a cold winter day). We originally had a record by M.Ono & Luvless planned but they've been very busy and needed some more time to finish tracks, so we switched up the release schedule a bit, got in touch with Saine and presto, a new record is here. Or, more accurately, was here. We're still trying to fathom what exactly happened, but it pretty much vanished from the shelves within 24 hours of it actually being out. We've done 15 …