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18 Jul 11
Review: We Play House social secretary Red D presents the first in what we hope is a long series of collaborative EPs which features the production talents of Lemakuhlar, Social Disco Club and Metrobox. No prizes for guessing the sounds that will roll out your speaker cones, but this is still some truly classy house music. Red D shares the first two tracks with compatriots Lemakuhlar, serving up a slice of vintage Chicago bump on "Is Limited" laying out an infectious piano hook before an almighty wave of Midwest emotive textures arise and take hold! Alongside it "Is Essit" presents a rawer, dusted sound with rough jacking pads splayed underneath a freaked out vocal hook - the left turn into sumptuous strings provides the wow factor. Up next, the Portugal vs Belgium dust up gets off to a great start with an exposition on the state of jacking house that is "We Made This Jack" which sees Metrobox's European tones ride the heavy jacking rhythms with aplomb. "Need You" is a more broken affair, with sparse percussion allowing the subby rhythmic thrust the space to dominate.
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01 Mar 10
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Philippos N (Freshit Recordings), Timewarp, Justin Miller, Gomma Dance Tracks, DJ Magazine, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Eddie C
Review: The Hands of Time reaches its third release will the help Social Disco Club. Electronic, acid jazz of the highest order from the Portuguese producer offers a statement of intent for 2010 for both him and the label.
Hands of Time are a young label, currently led by Humberto Matias' Social Disco Club whose "I'm Good For You" is already the producer's second release of the label's entire back catalogue of three releases. The previous two outings were edit based, coming from Social Disco Club themselves and then The Beat Broker. However, now they kick start proceedings with an original production from the Portuguese artist. An infectious jazz sample house groove sets in from the start as a neat piano chord hook and a steady bassline set the tone. Tidy percussion with some jazzy high hats and symbols are soon joined by a lush, authentic sounding soul jazz female vocal. Adding a playful feel to this suave and sophisticated number gives it real character and personality - something that Social Disco Club is proving to be able to effortless bring to his tracks.
Dr Drunks re dunk adds an unstoppable rolling four note bassline to the original, making it a groovier and dancier versions for the dancefloor. Tiago strips the track before patiently building it up and up with stabbing synths and swirling sounds in this driving disco take on the original. Finished by a funky dub version, this release highlights Social Disco Club as an act to watch throughout 2010. As his building reputation continues to grow, we can only wait and see what he has up his sleeves next.
08 Jul 11
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Rotciv, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Mighty Mouse, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe)
Review: Despite a solid discography, it would still be fair to say that Humberto 'Social Disco Club' Matias has built his fast-rising reputation largely on the back of some excellent re-edits. While his original productions are rarely less than noteworthy, they regularly lack a bit of sparkle. For the first few minutes, "Let's All Chant" looks as if it's wandering off down the same route, with a relentless, drugy bassline sparring with so-so percussion. But then, just as all seems lost, a hooky disco vocal samples drops in (at least on the strangely named "Gay Version") and we're away. It's very simple, but it works brilliantly. Good work, Humberto.
23 Jul 12
Played by: King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Audioprophecy, Fingerman, Chris Deepak, Venice Beach, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Pat Lok (Homebreakin/On The Fruit), Martin Brodin, Elly K, Craig Alexander, Mr Brazil Aka Lono Brazil, Moon Runner
Review: Given the quality of his previous releases this year - most notably the Lilt EP of original productions - 2012 could be a breakthrough 12 months for Portuguese producer Humberto Matias, better known as Social Disco Club. Here, he goes back to the disco edit scene where he first made his name, offering up two lip-smacking party jams. Lead cut "Na Mouche" is particularly good, fluctuating between growling disco-rock and percussion-laden party disco for seven sweaty minutes. "Disco Sucks (Again)" offers a formidably tough and driving version of Harvey Mason's iconic 80s boogie cut "Groovin You", wisely concentrating on the track's famous percussion and widely sampled backing vocals.
03 Feb 11
Review: You know what you're getting from Coyote's label - sun-kissed grooves tailor-made for White Isle inclined DJs with exquisite taste. This latest single from Portugal's Social Disco Club is a good example. "Peaceful Warrior" is a chugging mid tempo house/nu-disco groove pepped up by lazy West Coast guitar solos, flutes and the deftest of 303 touches. It's pretty tasty, all told, though the remixes really take it to another level. Soft Rocks provide a low-slung, punk-funk influenced take (very Rong Music), the Pacific Horizons mix focuses more on the acid freakery, and the Pharoa Black Magic mix opts for something altogether more OTT - think Reverso 68 jamming with the Phenomenal Handclap Band.
28 May 12
Played by: Electronic Youth, Sw, Chas Bronz, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Tasun, Space Ranger, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra
Review: If the sparse beats-and-old skool acapella intro of "Lilt" doesn't get you going, you're clearly in need of serious House Therapy. Like Portuguese producer Social Disco Club's other recent work, it bristles with late night intent, offering a sweaty blast-from-the-past and long, drawn-out chords that could have been stolen from "Sueno Latino" or "Pacific State". "Simple Dreams" is positively warm and cuddly in comparison, all darting synth bass, loose percussion and jazz keys. Then there's "Unknown Sea", a stretched-out, retro-futurist nu-disco jam that bubbles and fizzes with electronic intent. Social Disco Club has always showed promised; he's now delivering.
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01 Oct 12
Played by: Pete Dafeet, King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Rotciv, Low Slung, Peter Edison, Reed And Radley, Gazeebo, Cloned In Vatican!, Andrew Clarke, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Deep House, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Enzo Canale, Cc:disco!, Leg Jazz, Thomass Jackson, Tulioxi, Monkey Boots
Review: Having made his name with some impressive edits, Portugal's Social Disco Club is now pushing on as a producer of suitably atmospheric deep house jams. "Just One Touch" sees him pop up on the always reliable Under The Shade imprint with the sort of warm, touchy-feely, piano-heavy vocal that will have dancers reaching for the lazers in no time. As usual, Under The Shade are on-point with their choice of remixers. First, The Mekanism give the original some bumpin', garage-influenced swing - all fluid electric pianos and drawn-out chords - before Francis Inferno Orchestro goes all dark, tribal and intoxicating. With an instrumental thrown in for good measure, there's plenty to get excited about.
08 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Visti, Homegroove Project, Peter Edison, Justin Miller, Blacksoul, Mannmade Music, Sean Gormally (Sean And Dev), Mathew Bandy (Souldier), Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Disco, Claudio Giordano, Sccucci Manucci, Matthew Kyle, Get Down Edits, Nhan Solo
Review: The esteemed Dikso imprint presents the sixth edition of their Super Sound Singles series with quite the all-star continental line up. Representing Portugal is the prolific and magnificent Social Disco Club, whose "You Got To Stay" nestles nicely between house and disco, whilst Kitano's "For The King" plunges deep into the chugging, bass heavy house refrain. Soho 808 are on top form at the moment with appearances on Wurst and Mystery Meat and their return to the Super Sound series is magnificent. "Turning Slow" features the Ditto style vox of Lydia Caesar and present a near flawless contemporary update on the classic disco sound. The excellently named Satin Jackets close this release with aplomb on the twilight tinged "Girl, Forever".