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01 Aug 11
Played by: Rotciv, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Ilya Santana, D-Funk, Campari_safari, Igor Jadranin, Antek
Review: Spanish edit maestro Rayko pops up on Ruben & Ra's Retrospective imprint with a clutch of synth-heavy electrofunk re-rubs. As the title suggests, the lead track is a heavyweight cut-up of The Whispers' 1984 Reggie Calloway-produced synth-funk jam "Contagious". Like the rest of the edits here (particularly the lush "Whip"), it strikes a neat balance between thick instrumental grooves and the original's simple vocal hooks. There are two versions of twinkling 80s soul groover "Love Come Down" - a smart edit from Rayko and a remix from Ruben & Ra that sounds like a breezier version of Tiger & Woods.
03 May 13
Review: Given how many re-edit releases he's had over the last few years, you have to wonder whether Rayko will soon run out of fresh scalpel material. Thankfully, he's not reached the 'barrel-scraping' stage, as this breezy two-tracker proves. "Enjoy Your Life" is the epitome of summery disco-soul, all shuffling beats, addictive vocals, darting strings and wiggly funk guitars; it's the sort of thing that should be booming out of a boat party soundsystem somewhere in the Adriatic. "Emotion", meanwhile, sees Rayki return to his love of electrofunk drums, turning a synth bass-laden disco jam into a touchy-feely instrumental delight.
14 Jan 13
Review: With this, his latest release, Rayko makes the leap from disco/funk re-edit man to bona fide producer. Serving as a taster for his upcoming long player, "The Cave" is a classy seven-minute 80s synth-disco odyssey straight out of Miami Vice. Cold, glistening pads wash around a pulsating arpeggiated bassline like a crisp white sport scar against an azure sky. Ohm Fat's 'Transcended' mix, stays on similar territory but with a more urgent bassline, however if it proves too urgent for you, you can always opt for the extra dub mix which suitably chills the whole thing out.
03 Jan 13
13 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), DJ Agent 86, DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Visti, Fingerman, Cloned In Vatican!, Juno Recommends Disco, The Glue, Ilya Santana, La Royale, Get Down Edits, Things Happen
Review: Barely a week goes by without the release of another 12" or digital single for perpetual re-edit don Rayko. Luckily, this synth-heavy selection box of house-friendly electrofunk dubs is probably one of his strongest releases of recent times. Arguably the strongest cut is "People", which is available in two versions; a tidy 7-minute Rayko 12 mix, and an extended, Tiger & Woods style builder that stretches out for 11 synth-laden minutes. Elsewhere, check the Prince-ish "Revue", sweet "Searching To Find The One" and "Heads Together", a sprightly dub of an '80s O'Jays fave.
07 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Spilt Milk, Chris Deepak, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Martin Brodin, Nine Lives, Ramsey Hercules, Vinyladdicted
Review: Serial re-edit fiend Rayko enjoyed a busy 2012, releasing countless well-regarded EPs of floor-friendly electrofunk and disco rubs. Here he kicks off 2013 with a first solo outing on Chopshop. Like previous outings, it provides a quartet of synth heavy re-dubs and the odd peaktime re-cut (see the mostly instrumental take on The Whispers' "And The Beat Goes On"). Opener "Shake Your Body" is probably the standout, building a formidable electrofunk groove around thickset synths and heavy low-end. "Put The Freez On" ups the tempo and laces chunks of vocal over a particularly sweet and soul-flecked synth groove, while "Superman" rolls along on a Roger Troutman flex - all heavy P-funk synths and fancy talkbox vocals.
16 Jan 12
Played by: B-Jam, Rotciv, Gazeebo, Juno Recommends Disco, B-Dub, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Elly K, Leg Jazz, Get Down Edits
Review: Spanish re-edit hero Rayko had a productive 2011, releasing some of the best cut-ups and disco reworks of the year. Here he begins 2011 in similar fashion, delivering four more tried and tested slabs of dancefloor funk. Opener "My Lady" does a terrific job at re-modelling a Prince-era, slap-bass heavy 80s jam, removing all but snatches of the vocal in favour of more instrumental groovery. "After The After" continues on a similar theme, going deeper into slow dance territory, while "Turn Me On Again" builds brilliantly over six delightfully sensual minutes. "This Is It", meanwhile, adds some head-nodding house flavours to a simmering 80s soul jam. Solid.