Hotbox Boogie is the deep disco offshoot of Denver edit label Hotbox. Release schedules are there for a reason, and this time it's the turn of shady funk fiend Brutal Disco to step up to the plate. He doesn't do badly either with the slap-bass showdown of "This Kinda Lovin" and the smooth 90s lounge vibes of "Make Me Feel Good" hitting the spot, but it's the epic joy of filtered disco house beast "Keep On" that really steals the show.
Moscow producer Alexander Lay-Far has enjoyed a productive EP, delivering effortlessly soulful deep house releases for City Fly, Lazy Days and Atjazz's eponymous imprint. Here he pops up on Local Talk with four more reasons to be cheerful. "Side To Side (I Just)" sets the tone, impressively fusing attractive electronics and shuffling, US house-influenced beats with warm chords and soulful vocal samples. Fouk remixes the same track, bringing out the bluesy elements in the vocal while offering a smoother, eyes-wide-shut, piano-laden interpretation. Elsewhere, Lay-Far shows his disco side on the baggy, horn heavy loop-jam "Get On It", while "Feel Like Making Dub" is an expansive, sun-kissed trip into boss-house territory complete with sumptuous keys and a rich bassline.
When you think of Basic Fingers, it's hard not to associate the label with the seasoned disco tweaking activities of Koko Garito, a man whose been integral in establishing the label within the edit community from the very off (remember that slick Skipworth & Turner edit on FINGERS001?) As you might have gathered from the title, this is the fourth solo Koko release for Basic Fingers and commences in jazz funk heaven with an edit of Deodato called "Family Affair" which shows off his skills for rearrangement and deft EQ for nine glorious minutes. Meanwhile, "Welcome Aboard" sees Koko flipping a Barry White and Webster Lewis arrangement in equally silky fashion, making it a perfect nugget for the early afternoon boat parties this summer.
Serbia's Tonbe is back with a new sizzler, the Kindle EP, following success on the Midnight Riot label. He's definitely on a roll as the tunes here are all on a proper celebratory tip. From the Zapp-esque slow jam opener "Are You " to the G-funk of instrumental closer "Easy Ride Again" via the electro-funk-pop of "Western Wind" (and the killer electro stomp remix by Fingerman), it's one fun ride!
Despite the pretty bling name, Nick Monaco's music suggests that he's more Dalston Basement than West End. The deep and hypnotic, vocal chant-houser "Private Practice" is a perfect teaser for forthcoming LP Mating Call, suggesting that this veteran of labels like Dirtybird and Soul Clap has perfected his own form of evocative house. There's also an unplugged (or "unclubbed") version included as well as jazzy deep disco number "I Can't Breathe Without You", which gets a tribal overall by Wolf + Lamb themselves.
Having first appeared back in January on the Undercover Sounds label, Shit Hot Soundsystem have now reappeared on Yam Who's Midnight Riot stable. "In Heavy Rotation" kicks things off with a slimmed down take on Fat Larry Band's Act Like You Know. Elsewhere we get funky electro-house on "Kevin Spacey", chopped and looped dreamy synth-soul ("Girls") and the laser light-led disco house of "Bashful".
The EBM (yes, that's a 'b') revival has been subtly bubbling under for the last few years and now it seems even the disco brigade are feeling body music fever. Portugal's Alkalino is normally known for his cosmic forays, but for "Revolution", his collaboration with the amazingly-named Sex Bongs, we get a so-cool-its-cold metal march that really takes off when it goes dark Italian piano house. Meanwhile the ravier side of that late '80s sound is explored to trippy effect in "Music For The Film Inside Your Head".
Dangerous Girl finds Italian-in-Berlin Adapter (AKA producer Antonio Russo) in fine form, delivering a pleasingly eclectic EP for Get Physical. The title track, a tribute to '80s electro and synth-funk complete with winding melodies and cheap sci-fi electronics, offers a radio and dancefloor-friendly opening, before "Me & You" scampers off on a Visionquest-does-pop tip. It's similarly undulating, with atmospheric vocals and a bubbling, tech-tinged groove. Finally, vocalist Jesse Monroe lends a hand on "Remember", a rave-inflected stomp through flickering strobelights accompanied by the sickly-sweet smell of human sweat. It's foreboding, intoxicating and atmospheric: just what you want at three in the morning when your feet are telling you to go home.
Heretic is a side project of Timothy Clerkin, better known as one half of the Eskimo Twins. The latest home for Heretic is Robi Headman's Relish label and for whom he has produced these three new sizzlers. The whole EP is a riot of electro-house that touches on trance in "44 Squadron", acidic and warped no wave ("Flesh") and poppers-fuelled hi-NRG ("Soviet"). Monoblok and PSLTKR also remix the title track, almost turning it into Yazoo in the process.
Step up player one this NYC/London duo have put some more credit in the arcade machine and it's your turn to check out their latest level of disco action. These two latest offerings are more in the mash-up category than before with "Booty (Night) Call" splicing Kavinsky with some sunkissed and shimmering electro-house. Better though is hearing Les Rhythmes Digitales reworked with a female vocal on "Lets Jacques", evoking memories of Mylo's Muscle Car in the process.
Alkalino's Audaz imprint keeps on serving up the good stuff as "Spread The Love" lives up to its name in every way. Deep, driving and dreamy, the strong sense of positivity is reined in with intricate groove subtlety. Flip for label boss Alkalino's remix; lolloping along with its low-swung bassline and well-spaced rhythmic vocal textures, it plays the perfect counter to the straight up deep house original. Can you feel the love? We certainly can.