Every one's favourite Deborah Harry rap gets a cosmic workshop makeover in Dr Packer's edit of Blondie's seminal "Rapture", the track that opens this sixth Surgery Edits release. Each track of this edition, as is the way with disco edits, hints to the listener where the track originally stem. And for some fun, we suggest you do some digging/guessing to find the origins of productions like "Oh What Wow", the crooning funk of "Just A Little More", and the legendary "One More Time". Light up your next party with the Best Surgery edits release yet.
Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has always reflected his production style, delivering releases that gleefully blur the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original material, and blend elements of disco, funk, soul, boogie and deep house. This groovy, warm and floor-friendly formula is much in evidence on this first anniversary compilation. Featuring a blend of previously released gear, exclusives and a bonus DJ mix from Fingerman, Hot Digits: Year One is an effortlessly entertaining collection. There's naturally much to admire, from the subtle house beats and P-funk synths of Fingerman's own "Shine Yo Litez" (a rework of an old Grangers tune), and the disco-funk chunkiness of Groove Motion's "Party Now", to the compressed, dubbed-out disco house madness of Chewy Rubs' "Let It Go".
Bless up Marcus Intalex! Whilst he's engaged on delivering techno tools of the highest order as Trevino, the Manchester man is not letting his Soul:R empire slack one bit. Here the prospering Fourfit series returns and it sees a full release from the excellent LSB, who delivered a soulful highlight of the last edition. Much the same can be said of the four tracks here, with LSB really showcasing the breadth of his production palette. Lead cut "Snap Funk" rolls with an alluring darkness, whilst "Mist Of You" possesses some quite beautiful piano tones. Deep junglist vibes run through the pensive roller "Walking Blues" whilst "Omega" stands tall with brushed steppah vibes and industrial strength basslines.
Daniel Leseman and Hans 'Junktion' Peeman first joined forces under the Fouk moniker late last year, delivering an impressive debut EP, First Things First, that skillfully combined the former's jazz-tinged rhythms with the latter's smooth deep house nous. There are plenty more reasons to be cheerful on this debut for Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings imprint, not least the driving bass, jaunty jazz samples and warm chords of "Kill Frenzy". There's even more soul present on the loose house beats, glassy-eyed vocal samples and rich textures of "Leftys Bar", while "Ken Sent Me Release" is as woozy, wavy and dreamy as you'd expect. Soothing stuff, all told.
Calibre on Exit... Need we say more? Four tracks deep, each one as subtle and classy as you'd expect. "Strumpet" balances swooning somnambulant strings, distant harmonies and a bumping bass that guffs with the perfect amount of gruff. "Stranger" is a sharper, steppier blend with metallic twists to the undulating subs, "The Sweet" is all about the rhythm thanks to insistent percussive jungle shakers and a drum dynamic that switches from lean to mean at the drop of a snare. Finally we hit "Concrete". The hardest track of the pack; here we find Calibre in a more unrelenting mood as an array of bass tones ebb and flow over a thicker, more robust rhythm. Calibre is indeed a sonic strumpet of highest order.
Veteran UK house act Crazy P (aka Danielle Moore, Jim Baron and Chris 'Toddy' Todd) are back with a defiant new long player courtesy of the Walk Dance Talk Sing label. It's been a few years since we've had a album from the group, and this 11-track-strong effort doesn't disappoint. Highlights include the sumptuous opener, the sleepy disco of "Like A Fool", the slinky and soulful synth odyssey "Echo" and the beguilingly honeyed female vocal chorus of the title track. Walk Dance Talk Sing fits the bill for this Saturday's night party or Sunday morning's chillout soundtrack.
Jacksy-juddering jams from a man who knows his way around both a studio. The title track bumps and grinds in the lewd, sweaty way you would imagine. It's joined by five more equally bouncy, summer-primed workouts. Highlights include the "Basement Track"-esque Lafayette Afro Rock Band sampling "Steppy Stones", the twisted ragga vocals and sharp steppy triplets on "Tour" and lean, minimal make-up and the tripped out bass tones of "Bionic". Stabby.
Dave Gerrard has been a member of the Chop Shop family for some time, making his first contribution to one of their split EPs way back in 2012. Here, he returns with his third EP for DJ Butcher's imprint, following appearances on Sound Exhibitions and Hot Digits. He begins in sensual fashion, dropping a straightened-out, string -laden head-nodder ("Get On Up") for the slo-mo disco crew. "Say Yes Sir" sees him turn a classic chunk of rabble-rousing funk into a hip-wigglin' house shuffler, while "Shake At The Disco" sees him return to a slower tempo with a killer chunk of horn-heavy disco-funk. He rounds things off with "What You Gonna Dow", a James Brown style funk number given a swinging 4/4 makeover.
A Brazilian/British tag team tear-up of peaktime proportions, the pairing of Critycal Dub and Heist is a straight up classic jump up jungle homage. With Yush's sing-along toasting, it boasts and flexes every hallmark a cut needs to be filed under 'timeless D&B banger'. Dig deeper for the chewier "90% Rusk". All gristle and no thistle, the chubby subs ooze toxicity while rampant shakers and percussion do all the big man talk. Classic Heist.
Let Ruffneck Ting present you with all the junglism you need right now to have yourself the first big weekend of the summer. Expect more than a jump up rampage, this LP has a dose of all the good stuff ready and waiting, from the old school majestics of "Inside Out" to the wile out jungle of Jinx's "Killing Vibes" and "Do you Love". It's a varied collection of tracks ranging from the sublime to the downright dutty and to be honest, there's not much else you need in the world, is there? Turn it up, snap open a can and get shufflin.
The second London/NYC Transatlantic session within four months; it's clear the fusion between the two city's labels is healthy, creative and ultimately fertile. Highlights across this international modern bass romp include the delicate jazz samples of Matt Deco's spacious stepper "Absent Minder", the juicy digidub bubbles and woozy horns of Dubsworth & Tapa's "Backflipper", Bakir's percussive snake-hip wriggler "Hyperion" and the breezy hums, distant yearns and dampened rim shots of Jobanti's "Afrique".
This is Jungle Strikes' first release and the artist has done everything possible to make it count. Sampling classic track "Express Yourself" for first siren-scattered party starter "Everybody On the Floor", this is a taste of feel-good, grin-inducing drum and bass that you don't hear all that often. Flipping over for "Payback Sound" the party continues, keeping the tempo and energy up with more classic references and rapid rolling drums underneath hot brass.
After releasing Luke Vibert's acid-heavy Ridmik set, Hypercolour boss Jamie Russell asked the Cornishman if he had any disco-flavoured Kerrier District material knocking about. He answered in the affirmative, and 4, Vibert's first full-length under the alias for a decade, was born. Although the project was initially inspired by Black Devil Disco Club's warped electronic disco (and, presumably, the smoother grooves of Metro Area), a decade on Vibert's approach is noticeably different. While the fluid synths, undulating disco basslines and cheery grooves remain in place, the intoxicating depth of the original has been replaced by a cheekiness more readily associated with Vibert's Wagon Christ pseudonym. It is, then, a different beast than previous Kerrier District outings, but no less entertaining.
Initially appearing mainly on compilation EPs, The Allergies have recently graduated to starring on their own eponymous releases. Here they team up with the respected Jalepeno for sizzling four tracker, Kicking Up The Dust. It's an extremely varied affair, providing both different styles for different tastes or, simply just different cuts for different parties - "God Walked Down" is breaky, gospel-tinged soul, "Be With You" is low-slung and loose disco-house, meanwhile "Flip The Scripture" is rockified West Coast groovy hip-hop and "Hold It" goes straight back to a world of 70s cop car chases. Cool!
Given that this two-tracker is one of Razor-N-Tape's strongest releases to date, it's good to see it coming out digitally at long last, some 6 months on from its initial vinyl release. Lovebirds man Sebastian Doring takes time out from crafting luscious deep house to deliver a pair of similarly warm and sensual re-edits. "Free (Lovebirds Beautiful Rework)" kicks things off, delivering a wonderfully tactile and breezy blend of Balearic sunshine, reggae-disco rhythms and just the right amount of deep house swagger. "Downandchooback (Lovebirds Edit)" is a more traditional affair, with Doring cutting up a familiar disco favourite, extending the groove in all the right places whilst giving the original vocal pride of place in the nix.
The second single to land ahead of Spectrasoul's highly-anticipated sophomore set The Mistress, "Shelter" emanates the duo's most sensitive, touching sides. Leaning heavily on a woozy half beat, full focus on placed on Lily's yearning, heart-torn vocals. D&B doesn't get any more emotional than this. Remix-wise Two Inch Punch lays down a darker, barbed beats twist with a treacle-thick slo-mo stomp while Spectrasoul themselves jump on the VIP with a 170 refix that's tailored for prime time floor flattening. The full package.
Running Back boss Gerd Jansen has already shown a love of DJ-focused rhythm tracks via beat-focused releases from Redshape and Todd Osborne. Here he goes one further, pulling together a six-track collection of drum workouts from an impressive roll call of producers. Amongst the drum machine-heavy treats you'll find a brilliantly loose, metallic workout from Disco Nihlist (track four), a smacked-out chunk of tropical oddness from the ever-impressive I:Cube (track 2), a surprisingly jackin', cymbal-heavy roller from Ame (track 5), and a dense chunk of afterparty voodoo from Radio Slave (track 6). Manuel Tur's dirty, low-down opener is pretty darn tasty, too.
We've been waiting for this a long, long time... "N To The Gs" is The Generals' most generous release since the "Five Star" EP two years ago. Five tracks deep, each one reminding us how hard Footsie and D Double E work. "Levels" will be recognisable to all house heads as they murk the Dickens out of a My Nu Leng vibe. "Bang Boi" updates the angular, aggy eski beat riddim with additional voices from Brakeman & Chronic while "Murking Yearly" nods its head to a classic west coast hip-hop mood. The most critical moment for many, though, will be an update of the 2003 classic "Frontline" wherein original member Monkstar returns for the first time in about a decade. Heritage hype.
Having previously plied their trade on their own eponymous imprint, the We Mean Disco crew join Solid Fool, for another foray into party-starting re-edit territory. As with previous excursions, the So Wot?! EP blurs the boundaries between disco, boogie and house, offering re-edits laden with additional percussion and the latest production trickery. There's plenty to enjoy, from the deep house meets disco warmth of "Dancing Machine" and tooled up, filter-heavy tweak of "Lost In Music", to the baggy, party-hearty warmth of opener "Wot", arguably the EP's stand-out moment.
DJ Zinc's Bingo Bass chalks up its third Structures releases and it comes from the main man himself; Benjamin Pettit's long awaited return is taking shape. Prior to these Structures releases, Zinc's last flurry of music came out in 2010, and the UK producer's sonic palate is seemingly evolving with this current stream of funky, UK bass and big room house sounds, just check out opening track "Right Here". Bouncy, knees up drum and bass is the order for the DnB mix of "Back Up" while dark UK funky rears its head in "Back N Forth". Stepping drum and bass makes its way into the EP with "Boppa" alongside the electro of "273" and breakbeats of "Fraction".