Available: 13th July 2021
Seminal club sounds from the legendary Strictly Rhythm catalogue, this is some straight 1994 heat.
Armand Van Helden is a worldwide legend in house music - this is undisputed! His discography is untouchable and 'Witch Doktor' is easily one of the most classic and BIGGEST jams in his catalogue. This is the sound of unbridled euphoria, huge sound-systems, packed out darkened dancefloors and an era of dance music that has passed but still reverberates today. Do yourself a favour, if you don't know it, or aren't feeling too hot yourself - come see the doktor!
The classic 'Dark Ages' version is reissued here and featuring two slamming brand NEW mixes courtesy of Serge Santiago and Illyus & Barrientos for 2019. Huge. This 12" comes with all original Strictly label artwork, snoozing not permitted!
A. Witch Doktor (Dark Ages Mix)
B1. Witch Doktor (Illyus & Barrientos Remix)
B2. Witch Doktor (Serge Santiago Remix)
Available: 13th July 2021
Incredible, stone cold classic house music from the mighty Wayne Gardiner, a truly underrated producer whose output has remained evergreen over the decades and is definite deep house royalty. 'Moments In House' is from 1990, unbelievable really when you hear how fresh it sounds today. The clue is in the title, this is a killer version of Art Of Noise's seminal 'Moments In Love', a landmark record in itself. Gardiner pays tribute to the Art with his stripped, funky and driving use of their infamous pads and tones, a nod to the NYC / NJ clubs where records such as 'Moments In Love' would have been deemed the classics of the day. 'Just A Touch' is on the flip, a beautifully deep and bassline driven cut that evokes the spirit of Larry Heard, but doesn't borrow too heavily from him while carving out it's own late night sonic niche. One for the dancers and the lovers of the deepness. It's hard to top records like this, from the dawn of house music's golden age, innocent and uncomplicated yet oozing with soul and depth. There aren't many out there like Mr. Gardiner. Untampered with and re-presented in it's original 1990 form with original Strictly label artwork, you need this! Essential.
A1 Moments In House (Full Effect Mix)
A2 Moments In House (Dub Mix)
B1 Just A Touch (Jazz Element Mix)
B2 Just A Touch (Smooth Mix)
Available: 16th April 2021
Well. Where do we start with 'Deep Inside'? Originally released in the golden NYC House era of 1993, this 5 tracker literally smashed everything in sight. And still does now! The epitome of an evergreen, all-time classic release. Masters At Work Louie Vega and Kenny Dope were on a major roll in this era, producing, remixing, dj-ing and everything in-between, these guys put in ridiculous work. They are joined on this EP by a roll-call of names and collaborators, Erick Morillo engineering the title track? Check. Maurice Joshua on co-production duties? You got it. Vocals by Ms. Barbara tucker? They're there. Killer, rock hard drums? Stacks of Soul? Masterfully chopped up Disco samples? All present. Serious stuff. Sometimes a record just manages to capture and distill the true essence of what this is all about and 'Deep Inside' is one such record, it bears all the hallmarks of golden era MAW, all the signposts of what was happening in NYC's clubs in the early to mid 90's were there within it's grooves. You know a record is good when it's still being, quite literally, hammered nearly 25 years later! Now, remastered, and reissued with the full involvement of Strictly Rhythm this seminal piece of NYC House history is made available again with all original, full sleeve artwork intact as per the 1993 original. This one's a straight up essential for any self-respecting dance aficionado. You know what to do!
a1. Deep Inside
a2. No Cure
b1. Just Believe
b2. Maurice's Vibe
b3. The Dub
Release Date: 7th November
Strictly Rhythm is back on track after a summer hiatus with a double header from one of the most exciting producers in house music right now: the UK's Josh Butler. What is Real? and Innocence showcase Butler's talent at blending his love of classic house with fresh flavours cut for today's dancefloors.
With over a dozen record releases to his name in a short career, Josh Butler is on the up. He's notched up notable partnerships with the likes of MTA, Noir, Cajual and MadTech, turned the heads of house music heavyweights Kerri Chandler, Marshall Jefferson and Pete Tong and made himself an essential fixture on the international DJ circuit.
Butler broke through in 2013 with Got A Feeling on Chase & Status' MTA label, for which he picked up a beatport award, and followed it up with the No Frills EP on Kerri Chandler's MadTech imprint, The Situation and Portable EPs on Cajmere's Cajual, Feelings on Noir and a remix of Fatboy Slim feat Macy Grey's Love Life. He was awarded the prestigious Best Breakthrough Producer by DJ Mag for 2104.
The DJ diary isn't too shabby either, with a posting supporting the legendary Chic on tour and two full summers in Ibiza at Sankeys under his belt, plus a US tour and clutch of festival appearances at the likes of SW4, Parklife and Secret Garden Party.
a1. What Is Real?
b1. Innocence (Featuring Tom Da Lips)
Available: 13th July 2021
The Strictly Rhythm imprint is legendary and is instantly recognisable by connoisseurs worldwide. It's a label that has contributed time and time again to dance music culture across it's almost 30 year lifespan. Countless classics passed through the NYC offices of Mark Finkelstein and Gladys Pizarro and this brand new 'Strictly Classics' series looks to celebrate this cornerstone dance label and it's immense catalogue by going back to the archives and presenting some double-header action for diehard fans and newcomers alike. That's right, the 'proper' mixes, reissued from source and remastered to the highest spec, each track spread across one side of a 12" for optimal sonic playback.
Number 3 in the series kicks off on a proper old-school tip with CLS' mammoth 'Can You Feel It' from 1991, a collaboration between Todd Terry and Benji Candelerio CLS made a huge and lasting impression with this euphoric and anthemic slab of dancefloor madness. Instantly recognisable from it's ravey riff and funky drum programming, file this one under 'rave classic'! Over on the flip side we have South Street Player's smoothed out '(Who) Keeps Changing Your Mind?', a rolling and deep jam from Roland Clark and George Morel that came out in 1993. This one's some lights down, honest to god soulful house music, skipping garage drums and that organ driven groove offer the perfect vehicle for Clark's gorgeous vox to soar over. Yet another set of absolutely essential SR cuts from the archive!
A. Lou² - Freaky (The Bar Heads Mix)
B. K.C.Y.C - I'm Not Dreaming (Media Mix)
Speaker-shaking underground house is part of Strictly Rhythm's DNA, so it's safe to say we're hyped to present The Point EP by T. Williams and James Jacob, an exploration into the deepest corners of underground house techniques complete with a vocal contribution from the Master At Work himself, Kenny Dope.
West London's T. Williams is no stranger to this genre, having spent the last few years honing both his DJ skills and a tough, percussive, Afro-influenced production style via releases on labels such as PMR, Enchufada, Pattern, Local Action and his own imprints Deep Teknologi and Today, Tomorrow.
T's Sodality EPs have proved another musical milestone for him, the second of which marked his first collaboration with James Jacob.
James Jacob is a multi-genre producer, DJ and label owner who's pursued his creative urges - both original productions and remixes - under several different artist monikers. His partnership with T. has proved to be a fresh twist in musical direction for both parties, yielding four quality cuts of pure house spanning the sparse Moody and storytelling house music
history grooves After That and title track The Point.
a2. After That
b1. With It
b2. The Point
Available: 13th July 2021
Another special record, celebrating a milestone anniversary this RSD - Underground Solution aka Roger Sanchez - absolute classic 'Luv Dancin' from 1990 is celebrating its 30th birthday! What better way to join in the salutations than offering you all the definitive package of the best versions and mixes that money can buy? This expanded edition of the sublime deep house classic boasts all the mixes you need across 2 slabs of highest quality wax, pressed from the master sources, in full legit fashion! An absolute cornerstone record, from the golden era, that still wrecks a discotheque today when dropped at the right time. Evergreen, solid NYC house business by the bucketload. If you're a serious collector, or simply just a dancer and fan this package is for you - another dope RSD title that you'll not want to miss. All killer - no filler! Produced in collaboration with Sony / Above Board distribution, 2020.
A1. Luv Dancin' (Extended Vocal)
A2. Luv Dancin' (Final Solution Mix)
B1. Luv Dancin' (Underground Mix)
B2. Luv Dancin' (Ego Trip Mix)
C1. Luv Dancin' (In Deep Mix)
C2. Luv Dancin' (Sinistramental Mix)
D1. Deep In My Mind
Available: 26th April 2021
Legendary NYC house label Strictly Rhythm is celebrating a mammoth 3 decades of cutting edge, roof-raising house music. Truly a benchmark.
Originally founded in 1989 by the dynamic pairing of music industry man Mark Finkelstein and A&R expert Gladys Pizarro, Strictly tapped directly into the fertile New York underground and after hours club scene, helping to launch and bolster the recording careers of dance music luminaries like Armand Van Helden, Roger Sanchez, Ultra Nate, Todd Terry, Wamdue Project, DJ Sneak, Louie Vega and many more. Strictly Rhythm is easily one of the most recognisable and respected dance music powerhouses of all time.
Across 3 limited double vinyl offerings, the Strictly catalogue has been expertly picked over to present you with a snapshot of some of the most earth shattering house music to emanate from the streets of New York City. A who's who of producers and artists, all killer and no filler. End to end classics that help to tell the story of one of dance music's most well loved labels. Classic cuts and essentials from Danny Tenaglia (Code 718), George Morel, Kerri Chandler (KCYC), Louie Vega and more all feature on part 1 in their unedited, 12" mix glory.
Fully legit, remastered and selected with love courtesy of Strictly Rhythm and Above Board distribution for 2020. Happy birthday Strictly Rhythm!
a1. Code 718 - Equinox (Heavenly Club Mix)
a2. CLS - Can You Feel It (In House Dub)
b1. George Morel - Let's Groove
b2. KCYC - I'm Not Dreaming (Mystipsychotix Mix)
c1. Hardrive - Deep Inside
c2. Groove Patrol - Need Your Love (Original Mix)
d1. Lou² - Freaky (The "Bar Heads" Mix)
d2. Wink - Higher State of Consciousness (Tweekin Acid Funk)