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Shir Khan Presents Dancing & Romancing

    Shir Khan’s Exploited Recordings has always stood out as a label with serious ambitions. From the consistent quality of its prolific output to its early championing of many a dance music star to its diverse array of sounds, it has felt like a highly accomplished offering even since its earliest days. Now one of house music’s biggest labels, it has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Berlin. Dancing & Romancing gives a snapshot of the imprint’s last five years, charting its story from contender to heavyweight in stunning fashion. Label boss Shir Khan’s excellent A&R skills proceed him by this point, but taking stock of just a fraction of what he’s signed along the way in these 30 tracks really drives his reputation home. From breaking Claptone as an unknown artist to helping him become one of the biggest-selling names in dance music to introducing the world to other major players like Adana Twins, Doctor Dru and Joyce Muniz, he has unearthed a staggering amount of talent in such a short space of time.

    Browse through the label’s 150+ releases and you’ll also see an impressive plethora of acclaimed names from across the house, techno and disco sphere: Metronomy, Modeselektor, Siriusmo, Munk, Julio Bashmore, Michael Mayer, Fort Romeau, Untold, John Tejada, Phil Weeks, Riva Starr, Cosmin TRG, Freeform Five, DJ Sneak, Locked Groove, Deetron, Detroit Swindle, Acid Pauli, Ralph Lawson, Fred Falke… the list goes on and on.

    Dancing & Romancing showcases some of the label’s high points from the last half decade, attempting to provide a summary of what Exploited is all about. From resolute club bangers to tracks that sound as good on your home stereo as they do on the dancefloor, it’s a compilation that reminds us that dance music is no longer simply the preserve of the clubs but something bigger and further-reaching than it’s ever been.

    Big vocal anthems like Claptone feat. Jaw’s No Eyes and Murphy Jax feat. Mike Dunn’s Let’s Get To It sit alongside charismatic instrumentals such as dreamy Cocolores’ Vox and Urulu’s rolling 1991. Sample-heavy classics like Adana Twins’ Strange and Doctor Dru’s Voice Of Dru contrast with the cutting-edge freshness of Light Year’s Never Know and Sirens Of Lesbos’ 7 Years In Tibet. We’re reminded of the the number of excellent new vocalists who have graced the label, from Anabel Englund’s seductive tones alongside Human Life on El Diablo to Daudi Matsiko’s haunting delivery with Kyodai on Houston In The Blind.

    From nu disco to acid to melodic techno to fist-pumping house, the breadth of the label’s output is neatly encapsulated in these 30 enduring tracks. 


    Shir Khan Presents Black Jukebox 22

    Shop workers Matt and Syl have always had a soft spot for this label. No nonsense party starting house music for the terraces which I guess has fallen out of fashion with the Manchester set currently looking for darker and more leftfield sounds. That doesn't mean we're gonna ignore these classic moments of dancefloor goodness though. Why should we? Musical trends come and go but dancing is here to stay. TURF are two Dutch friends who've previously released on Apparel. You know what to expect by now, elbows-out house beats, plenty of filter action and disco hooks transformed into peaking house grooves. All mixed, mastered and pressed to make the tweaters tweak and the subs to rumble. PS - Sounds much better on a Funktion1! (fuck this Void shit! - sorry! - Matt).

    Quite the milestone for Mr. Khan and his Black Jukebox. A true Piccadilly records champion, we've been chasing this cat down the freeway since record numero uno - his terrace friendly, feel-good house music going down a storm here in the shop. Not only does the series always sell out, it's become a cult collectors item on 2nd markets - Shir Khan's meticulous, soundsystem-teasing mastering and pressing, plus the limited nature of the label ensuring it gets hunted down by house DJs and aficionados alike.

    Number twenty sees familiar faces rub shoulders with newcomers. Bas Roos & Guy Steve's "Piece Of Soul" delivering a nicely cut up slice of jazzy house goodness with that all important bottom end power. Freiboitar sees disco staple "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" forced through the Ableton stems and transformed into a banging house track. So Black Jukebox it hurts.... Finally Claus Casper & Jean Philips's "Sex Sells" sees a well known Rod Stewart number from 1978 given a full make over, transforming it into a club ready fist pumper for the hi-nrg crowd. So good!

    As usual, mega limited, so get those orders in quick if you want in.

    More disco-house gold from Shir Khan. Four new fine cuts on Black Jukebox 17 featuring Martin Lewis & Aussteiger. Lewis kicks things off on side A with "Lifted" and "Feel Good". The former takes a bouncy midtempo groove and then gets to work on the low pass filter, teasing in a soulful hook that as yet escapes me. Quite an understated way to open the EP and a different angel for Mr Khan's Jukebox - nonetheless very stimulating! "Feel Good" keeps to the formula, another understated soul / rare groove hook being looped around a crisp, syncopated beat at a very smooth 110BPM.  Aussteiger takes care of house work on the flip, "Taperock" kick starting the shoulders as we venture out onto the terrace to bask in the sun and get our wiggle on while "Baracao" takes us into later territory; sweaty, balmy and covered in a post-coital glow. Music for the club but in some hot, Balearic location. Its another winner for the label, as usual move quick if you want a piece of the pie. 


    Matt says: Shir Khan's back, and still throwing two fingers up at the recession with this inflation busting 12". Four cuts primed and ready at less than the price of pint down Spirit Land! Yowzers...

    Exploited deliver this massive double mix CD from current hot favourite, Berlin's Shir Khan. It's a ghetto pop muzik mash-up taking us from new rave to fidgit house, from post-cash pop to glitch and Euro-crunk, via baile funk and acid-disko to hiptronica and no wave. It includes tracks by Justice, Tepr, Munk, SMD, Mocky, Shit Robot, Diskokaine, Crookers, Yuksek, Sinden & Count, Captain Comatose, Edu K, Duke Dumont and many MANY more. Already gaining five star reviews from the likes of Mixmag, this is an essential set for fans of 2Many DJs, Optimo etc

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