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29 Jun 11
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Matty Gillespie (Ibiza Sonica), Kirsten Sees, Gazeebo, Billy Bogus, Dario Piana, Dave Allison, Los Charly's Orchestra, Superbreak, Chris Coco, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Deadly Sins, Juno Recommends Leftfield, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), DJ Raw Sugar, Sleazy Beats Recordings, 78 Edits, Doctormusic Project, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, Craig Alexander, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, The Unity Agency, Mr Brazil Aka Lono Brazil, Don Crisp, Hotbox
Review: As the title suggests, this five-tracker from the previously re-edit-happy Editorial imprint showcases slo-mo disco/house crossover cuts from a selection of mostly little-known producers (the fast-rising Matthew Kyle aside). For those who've been digging the superb releases of labels like Sleazy Beats, Wolf Music and Instruments Of Rapture, Slo-Motion Potion comes highly recommended. It's largely impressive stuff, with DJ Butcher's epic "Shake Your Body", Kyle's deliciously sensual "Off My Mind" and 78 Edits' heady opener "Come On Baby" standing out. That said, the whole package is well worth a listen.
20 Dec 10
16 Nov 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), The Groovers, Fingerman, Cloned In Vatican!, Andrew Clarke, In Flagranti, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Re-edit heavy hitters Chopshop are back following their recent killer Greg Wilson/Groove Armada EP, and the big guns are out in force. Andrew Clarke is first up with "My Desire", an exotic funk bass and shimmering grand piano orgy. Then Yam Who? arrives at the party armed with "Quested": an immense synth-boogie looper that will slay you without even trying. Not to be outdone, DJ Butcher's "The Future Is Ours" risks weirding out the dancefloor with its twisted leftfield funk, and succeeds (possibly due to the dog barking bit). Lastly Appo ends with a classic: an arpeggiated disco cover of Chain Of Fools.
14 Oct 11
01 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Andy Warburton, Homegroove Project, Franz, Fingerman, Juno Recommends Disco, Disco B, Joseph Terruel, Futurewife, Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Spilt Milk, Nu Disco Fever
Review: With a sly wink and a beckoning wave of the hand, Chopshop invite us into their boudoir for another seductive trip into slinky rework territory. As usual, many bases are covered. Captain Futuro kicks things off with "Love Me Crazy", a slo-mo disco-flecked hip-hop head-nodder. Label supremo DJ Butcher turns Dave Gerard's "Twisted Message" (a sneaky bootleg version of the Furious Five classic) into a disco funk-breaks smasher, before laying down some revivalist rare groove fun in the shape of his own "However Do You Want Me" (a rework of Soul II Soul's "Back To Life"). A decidedly sensual package is completed by the misty-eyed headiness of Ill Advised "Superstition" (yep, a remake of that "Superstitition").
01 Dec 12
Review: Label regular Cazbee has hooked up with Chopshop boss himself, DJ Butcher, for a new three-track groove-fest. Title track, "You Don't Know", is a slow burner, coming across like The Scissors Sisters doing a 70s ballad...produced by Morcheeba. "Hyped Up" is more party-orientated fare, capturing a killer vintage funk sample, looped over an almost AC/DC-style 4/4 beat and adorned with rationed synth flourishes. Finally, "In Search Of Phenomena" is fast and furious disco-funk, with rolling bongos and a meaty bass synth riff, all punctuated with some effective action from the brass section.
08 Feb 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), DJ Drm (Bastard Jazz / Bstrd Boots), Juno Recommends Disco, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Vinyladdicted
Review: There's little pretentious about the work of DJ Butcher. Whether making original material, mash-ups or re-edits, he concentrates on working the dancefloor and getting the party started. "Black Jeans" is a perfect example. Mixing sturdy disco drums (inspired, we think, by Candi Staton's cover of the Bee Gees "Nights on Broadway"), re-recorded elements of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and the vocal from Steely Dan's "Do It Again", he's created a curious mash-up that will work wonders on the dancefloor. For those who want more of a "Billie Jean" flex, the instrumental strips out the vocals for a swinging trip to party central.
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08 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music)
Review: George Kelly aka DJ Butcher runs nu-disco label Chopshop. He's also one half of Captain Futuro, which is either a cape-sporting superhero (is he the legs or the top half?) or an obscure music act. Anyway, here he is spearheading the revival of Go-Go, an 80s hip-hop offshoot which has not been heard of much since a bunch of hits appeared on Now That's What I Call Music 7. "Get Out Your Seat" is a female-led chant-a-long featuring killer slap bass. Elsewhere highlights include the intensely funky "Hit Back" and the bonkers percussion freakout that is "Cranking At The Go-Go".
23 Jan 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Rotciv, Fingerman, Dave Allison, Juno Recommends Disco, B-Dub, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Martin Brodin
Review: Through his releases on Chopshop Music, DJ Butcher has proved to be a skilful practitioner when it comes to the party-starting end of disco edits and reworks. While he rarely resorts to cheap tricks or less than subtle percussion, his edits and re-cuts have a fun, effervescent quality that's sometimes at odds with current trends. This latest EP for Master Press offers more of the same joyous, fuss-free fodder with a cheeky glint in the eye. Lead cut "Love It" - a combination of samples from two or three jangly, summertime disco hits - is arguably the pick, though the squeezable electrofunk jams "Chinga" and "Get Down" are not far behind.
03 Aug 12
Review: To date, DJ Butcher has earned himself a reputation as a purveyor of fine party-starting tackle - the kind of edits-not-edits that blur the boundaries between remixes, mash-ups and original productions. This latest EP for his Chopshop label continues on a similar theme, with lead cut "Boyz" sitting somewhere between old skool electro, breaks, house and boogie. "Need Some" - available in vocal and dub flavours - sounds like a long lost New York freestyle cut from 1985 (no bad thing in our book), while "The Party Has Just Began" [sic] fixes heavy synth bass to the sort of acid-laden breakbeat-house jam that was all the rage around '89-90. All four tracks are, of course, buckets of fun.
01 Feb 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Fingerman, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: After honing his skills with a series of well-regarded re-edit releases, DJ Butcher changes tack here, delivering a devilishly sweet fusion of deep electrofunk, B-boy breaks and old skool hip-hop vocals. Clearly designed as a tribute to late '70s/early '80s hip-hop (check out the Sugarhill Gang/Furious Five style vocals), "Sol Wrap" has enough about it to suggest that it will easily slip into contemporary party sets. There's an instrumental, too, for those who can't be doing with the vocal, while Leftside Wobble offers up a slick remix that replaces the bass with pulsing vintage synth hits. The Latin-flavoured Timewrap Remix is pretty tasty, too.
10 Apr 10
06 Jul 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Dicky Trisco, Rotciv, Timewarp, Gazeebo, Fingerman, Los Charly's Orchestra, Jayl Funk, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Dirty Mckenzie
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from re-edit/mash-up/rework specialists Chopshop; namely the kind of sophisticated, floor-friendly concoctions that appeal to both geeks and party-starters alike. This split EP features plenty more material to tickle the fancy of DJs, from the Clav-heavy disco groovery of Ill Advised's "Inside Out" (a smart Odyssey cover) and block party disco-funk of Captain Futuro ("Booty Express"), to the needless-but-fun Indeep cut-up "In The Mix" by Dave Gerrard. Best of all, though, is the fluid re-touch by Greg Wilson of DJ Butcher's "Music Turns Me On", a sweet cut-and-paste effort that's pitched just right.
21 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Gazeebo, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, The Funk Hunters, Joseph Terruel, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Willo, Future Feelings, Del Strange, Grass Green, Vinyladdicted
Review: Having previously danced the night away, the extended musical family behind the Editorial imprint sit down together for a nice spot of Sunday Brunch. In practice, that means a slightly deeper, groovier flex than some previous outings. There's plenty to enjoy, though, from the low-slung mutant nu-disco of JKriv's "Something Special" and the tumbling goodness of Sonicvibe's "Wet Level" (based on Rick James' "Cold Blooded"), to the original boogie sweetness of DJ Butcher's "All My Dub" (a much-needed tweak of Major Harris's long-forgotten "All My Life"). Of course, there are a couple of peaktime stompers, with Feza's Bohannon-ish "Feel Like" standing out.
20 Sep 10
Played by: Shantisan, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Timewarp, Gazeebo, Fort Knox Five, Zamali, Los Charly's Orchestra, Hot Toddy, D.end, Badboe, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Badboe, Audited Beats, Sleazy Beats Recordings, D-Funk, Telephunken, The Dead Rose Music Company, Hero Records, Smoove, Big M, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
28 Aug 10