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Friday, May 17 2013 | 18:32
Image: 1581425 New Sheffield label Shabby Doll Records makes its debut with Nail's 'Donks' EP We love music for what it does to our minds and bodies don't we? It's the music that matters, not the number of units shifted.

Except... occasionally a figure comes along that does raise an eyebrow. For instance, when London's Fear of Flying released the 'Ode Rammel' EP by Nail back in February, they sold out their vinyl pressing in a week. Not downloads or tracks streamed, but actual treacle-black vinyl.

Nail is Nottingham-based Neil Tolliday, a producer who spent the last decade creating deep downtempo joy as one half of Bent - their debut album 'Programmed to Love' helped ease the world's ills back in 2000. However, 'Ode Rammel' is a flashback to pre-Bent days, bringing together four of Nail's much sought-after mid-nineties house tracks, originally released on the legendary DIY Discs imprint. It’s music firmly in the tradition of the celebrated Nottingham party scene in which Nail made his first moves.

Now, with love for Nail's solo manoeuvres truly reignited, Sheffield's Shabby Doll label is taking the next step with his first new solo material for years. Called 'Donks', Nail's new four-track EP showcases his flawless dancefloor instincts:

A1. PersonalEdit - It's early evening and the lights have yet to be dimmed. There are faces you know, people you love and smiles everywhere you look.
A2. Feet Boutique - pounding and percussive & darkens the room and deepens the mood.
B1. Hey Baby - There's something deliciously seductive about this early hours charmer. One to play when things are getting wonderfully weird...
B2. Never4gEdit - brings back the sunshine with some sweet, melody-flecked disco.

With Nail's vintage house output currently proving to have real staying power, lovers of real British house music eagerly await his new tracks. So if you've got a dark room and a feeling, let Nail, Shabby Doll and 'Donks' add a little magic to the night. Available from 14.06.2013
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