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posted a review of Only Child - Solitaire. over 15 years ago
Stunning second LP from Only Child, hip-hop-soul-house and a whole lot more...Grand Centrals finest drops the much anticipated follow up to Satelites and Constelations at long last, and he has come up with another Manc classic... Featuring guest vocals ... See full review
posted a review of Only Child - U Bring Me Vibes. over 15 years ago
Disco bomb with the stunning vocals of Mr Fiddler, and superb remixes from DJ DSL and Mantis.First official single taken from the excellent Solitaire album is one of the collaborations with the new Detroit wonder kid Amp Fiddler. He has working in the ... See full review
posted a review of Only Child - Addicted. over 15 years ago
One of the standout tracks from the second album gets a deserved single release - this track has already received big club play thanks to its good-time disco feel and another great vocal from local lass Veba. Underrated French producer Llorca adds synth ... See full review
posted a review of Niko - You're My Favourite Music. over 15 years ago
This is Niko's second 12", following on from the much lauded 'Sound Off', where she delivered an army marching song style vocal over Riton's angular beats. 'You're My Favourite Music' is a completely different kettle of fish – a too-damn funky break, ... See full review
posted a review of Riton - Cast Of Thousands / I Found My Love. over 15 years ago
Since Henry Smithson, better known to most as Riton unleashed his debut album 'Beats Du Jour' on an unsuspecting public he has gained the title of the 'Producers’ Producer' from critics the likes of Trevor Jackson, Eddy Temple-Morris & Black Strobe. His ... See full review
posted a review of Funky Fresh Few - 24.7. over 15 years ago
Taken from the Stealing album, 24.7 is a UK ode to the old school days with a good flow from Wig. The main interest on here is the first fruits of new Grand Central artist Rob Smith (formerly of Bristol act Smith and Mighty). His Sun On Your Back mix ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Grand Central. over 15 years ago
Over the past few months Grand Central has been releasing a single on the first Monday of every month - so far these have only been available on 12" vinyl, but here these sought after tracks are now available on CD for the first time. In demand tracks ... See full review
posted a review of Aim - Cold Water Music. over 15 years ago
Aim’s debut for Grand Central. Some of the most beautiful chill out tracks you will hear, but this being Aim there’s more to this album. Wicked hip hop featuring QnC, YZ and AG and uptempo numbers such as Downstate, as well as the classic Sail featuring ... See full review
posted a review of Rae & Christian - Northern Sulphuric Soul. over 15 years ago
Debut album by Rae & Christian. Includes work with Texas, on 'The Hush' and The Jungle Brothers on 'Play On'. and Veba (Veba had hit R&C's world and the trio went on to work on 'Spellbound'; 'All I Ask'; 'Fool' and 'Divine Sounds' )- The collection of ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Central Reservations. over 15 years ago
The second compilation to come out of GCHQ in 1997 - Preceedes Northern Sulphuric Soul and is a Collection of remixes and out-takes from the hugely popular 'Central Heating' and Tony D's 'Pound for Pound' including exclusives from Tony D and remixers - ... See full review
posted a review of Tony D - Pound For Pound. over 15 years ago
Mark Rae's fact finding mission to New York in 1995 brought back Tony D. , his type of hip hop was perfect for GC. As a white rapper from New Jersey rather than New York in an evolving genre, UK based GC had less preconceived notions which allowed Tony D ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Central Heating. over 15 years ago
The perfect introduction to Grand Central, this double album has been re-issued due to popular demand. Some of GC's early releases are on here including Aim's Loopdreams and Original Stuntmaster (for an informal chat with Evil Kenieval) Andy Votel's ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Ralph Lawson - Stars On 33. over 15 years ago
The second instalment of our very own Stars On 33 series is compiled and mixed by Ralph Lawson of Back To Basics fame. His is a very original mix, Ralph has taken some modern grooves and dug up some dusty nuggets from the past, and mixed them all ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Ralph Lawson - Stars On 33. over 15 years ago
Ralph Lawson is best known for his long residency at one of the norths finest musical institutions, Back To Basics in Leeds. For a few years now he has also been releasing his own distinctive brand of funky electronic deep house on the 20:20 Vision label ... See full review
posted a review of Aim - Stars On 33. over 16 years ago
If the Beach Boys made a compilation this is what it would sound like. Stars on 33 somehow manages to capture all the meandering moodiness and stray beauty of the 'Boys finest, minus even a hint of tweeness. What might come as a surprise to Fat City fans ... See full review
posted a review of The Amalgamation Of Soundz - Hope. over 16 years ago
This is the first release on the excellent Moving Shadow imprint, Shadow Cryptic, and it could well be the sort of tech-house that actually survives the crossover to major playlisting. Mildly trance-like and otherworldly, yet with only the slightest ... See full review
posted a review of The Underwolves - So Blue It's Black. over 16 years ago
The Heavy Manners mix by DJ Pulse and Professor Stretch uses only few vocal samples and puts the main focus on the beats - which are excellent. They will not fail to rock the dancefloor. Juryman's (aka Ian Simmonds) Aberash version is a more jazzy tip. ... See full review
posted a review of Crazy Penis - The Wicked Is Music. over 16 years ago
Crazy Penis (aka Jim Baron and Chris Todd) have in recent years become the hottest properties on Manchester's acclaimed and revered Paper Recordings label, and not without good reason. They caused a deep-house stir with the release of their debut album A ... See full review
posted a review of Rae & Christian - Spellbound. over 16 years ago
"Perhaps the labels most famous track featuring the incredible voice of Veba. Featured in remix form with Old English winning in the soul stakes a cracking two stepper delivered by Andy Madhatter one time musical partner of Steve Christian. This original ... See full review
posted a review of Mr. Scruff & Spikey T - Is It Worth It. over 16 years ago
"The more dance floor friendly of the two Rae and Scruff outings on the Central Heating 1 LP "How sweet it is" is a firm favourite. Recorded with Phil Kirby in Zombie studios before the building was burnt down (it was the Doves studio which suffered the ... See full review
posted a review of Only Child - Rain / Pourquoi (Remixes). over 16 years ago
"Re-vocalled specifically for the Dego remix this release also features a remix collaboration with Rae and Christian. Perhaps the best moment is the acapella and Rhodes mix of Rain which captures the fragile beauty of of Buffy Brox’s vocal. Buffy is the ... See full review
posted a review of Aim - Loop Dreams Remix E.P.. over 16 years ago
"A collectable item featuring the first airing of "Just Passing Through" which became a mid-tempo dancefloor anthem. Also features a remix collaberation between Rae and Christian and Aim plus another dancefloor gem in "Phantasm". Originally intended as a ... See full review
posted a review of Funky Fresh Few With AfuRa* - Runnin' Through These Veins. over 16 years ago
"Our first venture into vocal hip hop. Originally intended to be included on the album Central Heating this plan collapsed when a travel agent sent the wrong flight details to the label and Afu Ra spent 24 hours in terminal 1 of Manchester International ... See full review
posted a review of Tony-D* - Trenton Connection EP. over 16 years ago
"The second Tony D EP. Contains what many people consider the finest beat on the label. "Come back to you" is a simple repetitive loop of exquisite beauty that puts you in a trance. Springfield Ave Reprieve refers to previous ghetto wanderings in ... See full review
posted a review of Rae & Christian - Northern Sulphuric Soul. over 16 years ago
"The original release with this title, a track picked up on by Derrick Carter and also the only place you can find baseball fury featuring plenty of scratched dialogue from the film that graced every video player in the early eighties. "The Warriors " is ... See full review
posted a review of VOTEL* - If Nine Was Six. over 16 years ago
"Certainly a more widely known artist now then he was when this three track release served as his first, Andy Votel blends the horrors of Twin Peaks style soundscapes and sixties beat extravaganzas to create a truly original sound. Went on to introduce ... See full review
posted a review of Only Child - The Electric Chair EP. over 16 years ago
"Now doubly renowned for his work as one half of the Unabombers who provide Manchester and the surrounding northwest with the unrivalled club delights of the electric chair Only Child took us on his first trip into space via Luna Groove. All four tracks ... See full review
posted a review of Rae* - Free Rolling. over 16 years ago
"A bizarre jungle outing delivered in a hiphop style this is probably the most incongrous release on the label. It does however stand the test of time as it samples some rather tasty moments and includes a very cool Marcus Intalex mix, an artist who went ... See full review
posted a review of Funky Fresh Few - Slow For Focus E.P.. over 16 years ago
"Hailing from northshore in Blackpool (Britain's most harrowing seaside resort) Damon Savage showed his militant deep hiphop roots on this seven track stoned crawl through a mind obviously gravely affected by the number of tattooed hardmen on his ... See full review
posted a review of Aim - Pacific North West EP. over 16 years ago
"Andy Turner was first spotted as a talent in the fat city record shop. Shopping heavily for drum breaks, on furthur grilling it turned out that Andy had recorded a track in Manchester entitled "let the funk ride" and was making music at home using an ... See full review
posted a review of First Priority - Pure Arithmetic E.P.. over 16 years ago
"First Priority served as the first incarnation of Rae and Christian and this EP is very typical of the early Rae and Christian production technique, samples from me, production from Steve. Most notable for the size of the samples and the amount of ... See full review
posted a review of Tony D - Central J Parlay EP. over 16 years ago
"Culled from the streets of Trenton which lies halfway between NY and Philly these eight tracks formed the first grand central release. Tony is the maestro of the Emu sp1200 drum machine apiece of kit that first surfaced in the mid eighties and is one of ... See full review
posted a review of Aim - The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice. over 16 years ago
"Sad, loping beats, optimistic, ascending strings and woozy air is cut from the exact same cloth as most of Aim's album Hinterland. The prescence of Kate Rogers on vocals lends a honeyed poise that treads perfectly the line between depth and shmaltz. ... See full review
posted a review of Aim - The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice. over 16 years ago
"Sad, loping beats, optimistic, ascending strings and woozy air is cut from the exact same cloth as most of Aim's album Hinterland. The prescence of Kate Rogers on vocals lends a honeyed poise that treads perfectly the line between depth and ... See full review
posted a review of Niko - Sound Off!!. over 16 years ago
"Features New York jazz chanteuse Niko delivers incredibly funky vocals over a catchy score by production wizard Henry Smithson aka Riton. Both the Radio dit and Extended version opt for tasty beats and disco-flavoured percussion whilst the instrumental ... See full review