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12 Jan 12
Played by: The Legendary 1979 Orchestra
13 Aug 12
Played by: Odiggity, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Richard Rossa, Alessandro Otiz, Fab Mayday, Martin Brodin, Nine Lives, Mr Doris, Adriangiordano
Review: Having recently impressed with a string of groovy house productions, Portuguese producer Alkalino returns to the world of the re-edit. There are six sturdy scalpel jobs up for grabs, with familiar favourites and lesser-known cuts getting the cut and paste treatment. Musically, it's surprisingly diverse, touching not just on classic disco ("What You're Doing"), but also soaring '60s soul ("Come Back Baby"), calypso-soul ("Always"), '80s soul ("Throw Your Head Back") and even a spot of Yello ("Moon Sun"). All six edits are impeccably produced, mostly offering the sort of subtle rearrangements that seem to have gone out of fashion of late. As a result, it's an excellent package.
29 Oct 12
Review: A perpetual confounder, Portuguese house producer Alkalino, now returns to re-editing (after having appeared to have switched to original production). This second EP of cut and paste jobs features some clever reworking skills on tunes that range from the obvious ("Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy', George Benson's 'Turn Your Love Around'), to more cult tunes like Liaisons Dangereuses' 'Los NiNos Del Parque' and "Gurls". However the standout track here is the accelerated, super-chic version of Change's "Let's Go Together".
19 Jul 12
25 Apr 13
Review: Lino 'Alkalino' Rodriguez is getting straight to the point with the title of the latest release on his own Audaz label. The music featured also has a similar no-nonsense attitude, being all attention grabbing party starters. "Love That Funk" is an excellent electro-disco-boogie banger with an underlying hi-NRG feel. Ronnie Law's classic, "Always There", is subtly retweaked in sensitive fashion and likewise for Mystic Merlin's storming "Just Can't Give You Up".
24 Sep 12
Review: Portuguese producer Alkalino has enhanced his reputation of late thanks to a series of well-regarded original productions. Having previously concentrated on edits, he now seems fully focused on making his own music. "Hot Like The Sun" is typical of his recent efforts, mixing European deep house sounds with elements inspired by "Iberican" tribal and classic US house. The package also includes a veritable sack full of reworks, of which Panaroma Groove Express's classic deep house tweak most impresses. That said, the chiming synth-marimba vibe and tactile drums of the Tonto Dub runs it close.
15 May 12
Review: As shown by his previous forays into disco re-edit territory, Portuguese producer Alkalino isn't averse to producing music that emphasizes fun over dreary underground beard stroking. That sense of fun is evident on "Just Like Music", a Marvin Gaye-biting house cut built around cheeky hip-hop samples and some sturdy electrofunk bass. There's plenty of revivalist house fun to be had on "Beware Of The Dog", too, which sounds like it could have been made in 1989 or '90 (check out the retro-futurist riffage). "Gorgol" is a little deeper, but its party atmos samples and dubbed-out riffs still bristle with smile-inducing exuberance.
28 Mar 13
07 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, Slow It Down, Fingerman, Kid Who, Superbreak, Alexander Robotnick, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Martin Brodin, Cc:disco!, Dirty Mckenzie, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Ramsey Hercules, Tulioxi, Vinyladdicted
Review: If you're suffering from a post-Christmas slump and are keen to mix things up, this EP of varied edits from Berlin-based producer Alkalino could be right up your alley. Featuring six varied cuts that touch on electrofunk, P-funk, jazz and '80s electro, there's plenty of playable fodder for discerning DJs. Highlights include the talkbox funk and piano solo bizniz of "I Love It", the hustling disco-funk of "Silver Shot" (check the fabulous percussion break halfway through), the jazztime swing of "Janeiro" and the heavyweight Whodini re-cut "Something Funky". Also worth a look is the winding, cosmic oddness of "Warp" - a curious concoction that should appeal to those who like to drop a bit of leftfield disco.
01 Dec 11
26 Mar 12
Review: Portuguese producer Lino "Alkalino" Rodriguez has proved to be a shrewd operator when it comes to the art of re-editing, successfully breathing new life into obscure and little-known disco material. Root Edits offers up seven more immaculate scalpel jobs. Opening with the string-drenched soul bump of "Lucky Fellow", Rodriguez offers up a slick selection of smooth and groovy dancefloor faves. Across the seven tracks, he variously touches on anthemic synth disco ("Jamming", a 'fixed' version of The Jammers' "Be Mine Tonight"), curious Italo (a strange cover of Ace's hoary rock classic "How Long"), disco-reggae, disco-rock and, most excitingly, slap bass-wielding 80s alt-disco. All are re-sculpted with the finesse of a true craftsman.
25 Oct 12
Review: Since moving to Germany, Portuguese producer Alkalino seems to have wholeheartedly embraced the world of original production. Having previously delivered a smattering of deep house tracks here and there, he finally cuts loose on his own Audaz imprint with a quartet of late night shufflers. As with previous, there's plenty of old-skool influences on show - particularly on the soul-flecked, basement-bothering highlight "Much Love" (named after his short-lived project with Alphabet City) and early Orbital flex of "Jungle Dee" - but also some heart US garage-influenced rhythms (see "To Nice") and retro-futurist riffage (check the pianos on "We Jiggle").
11 Mar 13
Played by: Alkalino, Chris Deepak, G&d, Juno Recommends Disco, Weedyman, Ramsey Hercules, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: Lino 'Alkalino' Rodriguez continues to yo-yo between edits and original productions. Following some decent deep house outings for his own Audaz imprint, here he returns to the world of edits with a ten-track collection of impressively varied reworks. Predictably, he merrily switches between styles at will, touching on '80s AOR B-sides ("Shine On"), Italo (the excellent "Let's Give It A Try"), Balearica ("Secret Life", a rework of "City Lights"), disco-funk (the bumpin' "Untie Me Down"), art-disco (Arthur Russell rework "Keep On Doing") and industrial funk (the Nietzer Ebb-ish "New Beat"). Predictably, all sound like they'd do suitable damage on dancefloors.