Dave Hamiton Studio Players - "I Got Some" (instrumental) - (3:13) 91 BPM
Marvin Gaye - "T Plays It Cool" (remix) - (6:24) 104 BPM
Rufus Tomas - "Breakdown" (Beat Mann instrumental) - (4:02) 98 BPM
The Disco Magic Machine - "Scratchin" (Beat Mann instrumental remix) - (3:11) 107 BPM
On this compilation, Strictly Breaks aim to provide 'crazy' instrumental versions and rare mixes of some vintage soul and funk gems. They do that and then some over the course of 15 tracks, highlights of which include the gorgeous melancholia of The Emotions, the low down and dirty funk of Beat Mann's tough rework of Wilson Picket, the string laden joy of early Jacksons and some real car chase in a 70s cop movie vibes from Marvin Gaye. Damn funky!
Although he sounds like he could be a 1940s Hollywood dancer, or indeed a 1950s music hall entertainer, or possibly even a surreal hybrid of both, George Kelly is in fact the label owner of Our Records. He must know what he's doing because one of his first signings is the mighty Chicken Lips. Here we get Kelly's own sultry slice of slinky disco-house, "Tipsy Talkin", with the 'Lips providing two remixes: the club version (sleazy electro-house) and the dub (sizzling electro-disco). Get in!
The cheeky scamps at Editorial can usually be relied on to bring the goodness. This latest split EP is, predictably, bulging with highlights. Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee drop a bit of deep house/rubbery disco fusion on the head-nodder's fave "The Way You Move", while Aussie Jad & The Ladyboy ops for a sinewy, seductive, ultra-deep house vibe on his sumptuous "Love Is". B-Jam's "Have Some" is an almost X-rated chunk of electrofunk cut-up madness, all backwards cuts, grunting grooves and stuttering edits. There's a dash of straight-up disco in the form of Joutro Mundo's stretched-out "Body Heat", while Tonbe impresses with "Hot Ivy", a hip-grinding slice of electrofunk badness with analogue synths by the shipload.
They say that the editor's cut is final, and with this debut re-edit compilation, who are we to argue? It's apparent from the outset that this release is firmly in the party pleasing, housed up end of the re-edit spectrum. Nothing wring with that though, as sing-along anthem "Ai No Korrida" gets a tough boot up the backside by Buzz Compass, "Party Now!" brings some '70s party sunshine courtesy of Alien Disco Sugar and A Taste Of Honey's mighty "Boogie Oogie Oogie" gets subtly tweaked to perfection by VinylAddicted.
Who'd ever have thought that when the nights grow dark and cold, the exotic disco we turn to for warmth would be supplied by a Siberian producer? Well, it's true, and here, Alexander Chebankov aka Sunner Soul delivers three more sizzlers to keep the frostbite at bay. This time produced without his pal Banana Lover, "Hey" is all laid back and loungey guitar funk, "Mysterious Investigator" is seriously cool bass and bongos driven disco-fizz and "Street Madness" wraps things up with shimmering and golden phaser-heavy looped grooves. Hot!