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Secret Squirrels

No. 17

Shake your bushy mu'h'fu' tails crew - those reliable edit rodents are feeling extra frisky on their seventeenth release, serving us another pair of primo dancefloor weapons, cut and pasted hi-fi style to fuck a system up! Popping off on the A-side is a galloping bit of disco power, brought to life with super precise guitar licks, romping bass and stomping percussion. As ever, the squirrels let this one roll on & on, building the tension until some big piano chords signal the moment of tops off euphoria. Skip to the flip and we get a sleazy rerub of some super high sci fi italo, powering into your disco galaxy with tight bongo rolls, dramatic strings and a top shoulder rolling bass sequence. Supercharged for contemporary dance floor demolition, this is weapons grade shizzle! Buy on sight.


Sil says: I get all giddy when a new Squirrel arrives. I am the sucker completist collector type record shops love to have as customers. But these squirrels ooze quality on every single release so far! Their formula is an offering of pumped and amped disco music with a strong tinge of house. Disco edits that should be part of any disco house set. There is no real need to pre listen this bad boys. Guaranteed quality all around so ask for it at the counter before they escape!

Secret Squirrels

No. 11

Why do squirrels swim on their back? To keep their nuts dry!!! That's right, our re-edit rodents are back with two more floor-filling workouts primed to move your body straight to the party. On this 11th episode they continue to disrespect boundaries as they criss-cross Italy, from disco to house music in order to do their dirty deeds. Temperatures soar on the A-side with a hypnotic Italo house powerball built out of echoing piano chords, bubbling bass sequences (hello Gino Latino!) and the odd bit of FM synth brass! Well placed bongo patterns add a dope disco vibe to proceedings, lending the track a cross genre appeal. Skip to the flip and prepare to enter machine mode, working your chrome body suit to some proper mechanised chug. The zero gravity sequence rolls and drags liked a pitched down "I Feel Love", locking us into heads down hypnosis before proggy synth washes, fusion piano licks and triumphant melodies propel this one directly into the Beppe Loda school of Italian space disco. 

Secret Squirrels

No. 10

As the ever reliable edit imprint arrive at their tenth release it's becoming harder and harder to come up with a decent squirrel pun. Fortunately our mysterious editors are having no such problems serving up the good stuff, hitting us with yet more cut up, heavy dance floor tackle that criss-crosses the boundaries of proto-house and disco. Tracky as hell and cut loud for impact, the Squirrels make no apologies for taking aim directly at the dance floor. Feeding a Patrick Adams classic into their edit engine, the Squirrels come up trumps on the A-side, working muted guitar licks, dubby percussion and soaring synth lines into a full scale floor burner packed with atmosfear. On the flip, the dastardly duo work their black magic on Supermax's enduring "Love Machine", dubbing the vocals out in a slow building arrangement which powers the crowd on to a riotous peak. The relentless groove keeps feet moving through the first half before breaking down, punching back in and playing host to those super sleazy vocals. Play both sides loud and proud and watch the dancefloor erupt. 

Secret Squirrels

No. 4

It's time to roll out many a-corny pun, those reclusive rodents are back with two more treetop flyers that are naughty by nature. Whoever this mystery band of edit maestros may be, it's clear that they're been squirrelling away forgotten classics ripe for harvest. Volume 4 begins with a spring in its step with a bright eyed and bushy tailed rework of Empress' 1981 disco strut "Dyin' To Be Dancin". The Chic-esque groove is chopped into bitesize portions and casually looped, allowing each of the ace instrumental flourishes time to develop gradually as the track builds and builds into a towering stomp of sequined sass. Neat use of filtering and dubby vocal snippets add a touch of the power cosmic to proceedings while the club foot keeps you bouncing all night long. Flip the disc and jump aboard the disco train, you've got a one way ticket to peak time! The Squirrels take on the oft edited, ever reliable, hotter than a Matt Ward modelling shoot, all time classic "Love Hangover", dropping the slow and sleazey intro to get straight into that rolling groove. The killer guitar licks and jazzy keys work in harmony to get your hands skywards while the kick bumps away nicely underfoot. Filter, delay, echo, reverb, this mamacita's got the lot and is giving you the eye my friend. As the tension rises, so do those strings, ensuring a peaking response in every way. Buy your copy now before those squirrels bury these tracks for winter.

Secret Squirrels

No. 2

The Secret Squirrel returns with number two in this limited edition series of vinyl only, dancefloor delights. Having given 80s unclassic "Ma Foom Bey" the full treatment last time round, the remixing rodent this time takes Eddy Grant and the Coachhouse Rhythm Section downtown with a head nodding rework of "Nobody's Got Time". The intro is super looped, removing the difficulty of finding that first beat (I still haven't managed to work out where best to run the OG from), with bursts of harmonica echoing all over the place, before that killer groove gets dropped to full effect. This edit is close enough to the original to keep it real while adding those little tweaks in arrangement and mix that leave a dancefloor begging for more.

On the B-side Herb Alpert's "Rise" groove (you know, the bit from the middle where the trumpet drops out and everything gets real funky. You know, that bit with him clapping on the beach in the video. Oh yeah, that's right the bit sampled for "Hypnotize" by Notorious BIG) gets treated to a seven minute extension. Filtered up, down, left and right and given that slow release treatment where all the little additions from the original come in nice and slow, this is a proper peak time groover with a bumping kick and low end. Note, this comes complete with an awesome acid coda for the last couple of minutes. The artist may remain a mystery, but these edits have revealed themselves as must have.

Cut loud and built for maximum club use. Dancefloor devastation is guaranteed!

Secret Squirrels

No 1

The mysterious and anonymous Secret Squirrels 'No 1' has landed and will drive the DJs nuts! Cultural Vibe's mid 80s Easy Street proto-house classic 'Ma Foom Bey' reworked in a warehouse style. Cut loud over a whole side of wax, this is designed to cause maximum devastation at your all night tropical discotheque! Owners of the original will remember the bass drum playing hell with the stylus (like Theo's Ugly Edits, the kick was cut just toooo hot!). They've ironed out that issue and proceeded to add an even fatter kick drum, sizzling percussion and arrange the track for contemporary dancefloors. On the B-side the Squirrels go even more nuts on the track - adding layers of rampant 303s, a compressed, bass-heavy drum loop and manipulating the original sample a bit more, teasing it out through the plethora of added instrumentation. The 303s really set the track on fire, and I can see this causing all kinds of devastation in Croatia over the next few months.... essential stuff for Balearic house DJ's out in the field! Limited, vinyl only release.

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