Having previously appeared on Homebreakin' records, it was probably only a matter of time before Vancouver's Darren Woodhead popped up on Montreal's Editorial Records. Next To You is a typically cheery, floor-friendly EP, blending classic funk, soul disco and boogie samples with subtle house and breaks grooves. As a result, there's plenty to excite, from the jazzy guitar solos and sun-kissed disco grooves of "You Blew It", to the dreamy electrofunk shuffle of "So Devine". Those in search of straight-up dancefloor dynamite should head for opener "Party Hearty", a swinging, good-time funk/nu-disco hybrid featuring rubbery bass and razor-sharp horns aplenty.
Vancouver's Darren Woodhead (aka Woodhead) claims to be a "West (Canadian) coast institution". We can't vouch for that, but we do know that he switched from touring in many popular punk bands, and this shift to disco has so far been very successful indeed. His latest offering, The Music EP, features four new tunes to get your chops round: the slo-mo funked-up house of "The Music", the party-fuelled clap-along "On The Floor", the smooth and lush boogie bomb "Electricity" and finally the contemplative, emotional funk of "Crazy Motion".
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