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24 Aug 11
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Low Slung, Justin Miller, Stan Tropic, Superbreak, DJ Steef, Kisk, Martin Haberland, Chris Coco, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Tom Lown (Acryl/Um Records/Lmd), G&d, Juno Recommends Disco, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Frank Booker, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Antek, Matthew Kyle, Gsd, Deadly Sins
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28 Oct 12
Played by: B-Jam, Joe Morris, Homegroove Project, Low Slung, Fingerman, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Sw, Sleazy Beats Recordings, X-Press 2, Grass Green, Monkey Boots
Review: Following impressive outings on Under The Shade, Kolour and Sleazy Beats, Melbourne-based producer Griffin James brings his Francis Inferno Orchestra project to 2020 Vision offshoot Fina. Thankfully, he's stuck to his usual style, delivering a trio of deliciously wide-eyed cuts. "Astral Breeze" sets the tone, offering a thrillingly touchy-feely fusion of saucer-eyed chords and hands-in-the-air pianos. "Here's To Feeling Good All The Time" retains this retro-futurist feel, combining bumpin' beats and melodic touches with classic old skool samples. A fine EP closes with "Silk & Smoove", a gorgeously sunny disco-house groover built around some classic strings from an oh-so familiar record.
17 Jan 11
Played by: Billy Bogus, Discomendments, Scenery Records, D-Pulse, Yam Who?, Dave Allison, Recloose, Superbreak, Chris Coco, Sean Brosnan, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Disco, John Devecchis, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Trujillo, Sare Havlicek, Frawl, Jt Donaldson, Musumeci, Matthew Kyle
Review: The underground disco network operated by Under The Shade reaches out to Australia to showcase the sounds of Francis Disco Inferno. Fans of the Wolf Music and Dikso imprints might be familiar with the work of the young Melbourne based producer, and the rest of you will probably make a mental note to keep your ears peeled for future FDI missives on the potential shown here. There's an inherent warmth to the rich piano melodies that filter through "Meet me In Salt Lake City" but the sloppy drum hits give the track an unpolished idiosyncratic feel that's all too absent from contemporary disco tinged house. Soul Clap drag the track back towards proto house territory with a stripped to the bone warehouse rhythmic thrust running throughout, dark pulses of bass augmented by reverberant key stabs and subaqueous melodies. In contrast, the remix from Eddie C embellishes all the elements, dipping the track in a swathe of delightfully bubbling delay.
04 Oct 11
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Julian Sanza, Giom, Scenery Records, Fingerman, Superbreak, Kidb (Seoul), Romanto (Young Society/Daredomusic), Da Funk, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Kirby, Deadly Sins, Axer Rouf, Cottam, The Glue, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Sccucci Manucci, The Tortoise, Elly K, Antek, Charles Scott, Leg Jazz, Black Marlin, Villa Savoye, 7 Love Records
Review: The brilliantly-named Griffin James continues his meteoric rise with the delivery of another strong EP, this time for Kolour Recordings. "Sing To Me" is a touch different to previous Francis Inferno Orchestra releases, but still boasts Griffin's trademark production and attention to detail. The lead cut builds a lolloping deep house groove around lazy midtempo drum breaks, offering both laidback shuffle and effortless atmospherics. Both the brighter "Go Easy On Me Girl" and Deep Space Orchestra-ish "All Up In This Shit" return to more traditional deep house pastures, mixing chunky 4/4 grooves with delicious organs and intoxicating pads.
28 Jun 11
Played by: Gazeebo, Dave Allison, Kisk, Maurice Aymard, Ramboiage, Juno Recommends Disco, Fromage Disco, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Picture House, Sccucci Manucci, Trujillo, 78 Edits, Dirty Mckenzie, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, House Of Disco Records, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Telesynth, Leg Jazz
Review: Brand spanking new label Sccucci Manucci launches with this offering containing cuts from four different but equally pleasing sources. Those of you who hang out at the crossroads where disco meets house will no doubt already be keenly aware of the stylings of Aussie pup Francis Inferno Orchestra, and here he turns in piano-driven stomper "Horizon Beat". No less euphoric is "Scare The Night" by Jonno & Tommo - alas not a production duo from Far North Queensland but the considerably less tropical climes of London - who drop an oven warm slow-mo jam that brings to mind I:Cube's epic "Falling". Up next, Scott Featherstone & Tino TCB, with "Circles" guaranteed to raise a smile from the more discerning corners of the dancefloor. Portuguese newcomer Ramboiage rounds off the release, dropping some Cottam-esque heavy thud house on "Pretty Baby".
24 Aug 11
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Mat Hoods, Visti, Tal M. Klein, Justin Miller, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Golden Fleece, Ben Pistor, Roberto Rodriguez, Eddie Leader, Juno Recommends Disco, Downtown Party Network, Hero Records, John Devecchis, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Raw Club Radio, Joseph Terruel, Antek, Matthew Kyle, House Of Disco Records, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Leg Jazz
Review: The House of Disco site launches its new label endeavour of the same name with an impeccable selection of cosmopolitan sounds from four of the contemporary disco scene's most valued selectors. The ubiquitous Nicholas kicks things off with the slinking "Talking About Love" which leans on a soul classic with aplomb, and it's matched by the most upwardly mobile number on this release from Australia's Francis Inferno Orchestra. "Sun Up" is driven by one of those incessantly energetic filtered cores and surrounded by a thumping groove and leaves you gasping for the moment the vocal hook and hats finally kick in. Up next everyone's favourite South American dwelling East European exponent of super slow disco does his thing on "Outstanding" whilst Psychemagik indulges in some carnival leaning house boom on "Carnaval De Transoco". A deft release that corners all aspects of the modern discoteria needs.
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Played by: Low Slung, Giom, Slow It Down, Romanto (Young Society/Daredomusic), Dirt Crew, Mike W - Kolour Ltd, Juno Recommends Deep House, Javi Lopez, John Veis ( Kiss Dance Records ), Joseph Terruel, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Don Crisp, Leg Jazz, Black Marlin, Deadly Sins
Review: Melbourne artiste Griffin James, known to you as Francis Inferno Orchestra, has enjoyed a healthy dose of attention and praise thanks to his deep and carefully constructed house jams. His mature style is impressive for such a young producer and upon hearing this new EP on Join The Dots, we can only jump aboard the bandwagon. "I Need It" swoons with balmy, seductive chords and drums that tip-tap and crash-bang in all the right places. Rolling delicately through classic and captivating streams of sound via rich melodies and an intricate structure, there's nothing to disappoint. The Nicholas basement remix gets funky with guitar licks and chopped vocals adding a bouncier feel while Fantastic Man's Electronic Boogaloo remix takes the oomph to new levels with a deep, pounding b-line and quickened tempo. Another Francis Inferno Orchestra original can be found in "I Said Yes Sir"; which is characterised by spat vocals and heavy drums and rhythm sections. Recommended.