Editorial is one of the leading re-edit labels currently doing the business, so it's only fitting that they should enlist some leading re-editors for Love Dubs. Australia's Dr Packer leads the charge with a sublime spaced out version of Teena Maries' slap bass classic Behind The Groove. Further highlights include the slo-mo, hands in the air vibes of "Bionic Love" by Robjamweb and the orchestrated '70s glamour beat of "Smile" by Black Rebel.
Auckland's deep delving duo Monkey Boots are back with a new version of "Whitworth Strut", this time reworked by disco royalty himself, Greg Wilson. Under Wilson's guidance the track becomes like a whooshy, subaquatic disco swim with tides of touchy feely loops washing all over the listener in blessed-out joy. Elsewhere we get a new track "Hold Back The Night", which is a lean and mean slice of linear electro funk (also successfully dubbed out by Andy Hart) that clocks in at a whopping eight minutes!
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.
The good DJ Reverend P has already contributed two tight edits 12"s to the GAMM cause for the disco and house selectors out there and now he surfaces with more of the same for the similarly minded Basic Fingers label. With a summer of European coastline festivals beckoning, "Angels In Africa" is the swooning Chicago house and pop-influenced vocal jam and a perfect fit for sunshine filled dancefloors. And just as Michael Jackson's Xscape hits the shelves, why not get in the mood for some more bubblegum pop - turned house - with a cheeky Justin Timberlake infused "Just In Strawberry". Hee hee.
Staffordshire's Rich Lane made some serious waves recently with slo-mo Balearic bomb "Shelves" getting serious plays from the likes of Emperor Machine and Tronik Youth. For his latest release (on a split EP) he's chosen to present a cool, linear re-edit of A Split Second's 1986 classic "Flesh" - originally a faster punk record, it famously gave birth to Belgian New Beat when DJs played it at 33rpm and slowed to -8. Also included is returning '90s hero Peza (Lee Perry) with a reworked version of No More Nightmares - now stripped back to a slow acidic chugger.
With Bison's long-awaited debut album, Travellers, due to drop in September, band-member Mudd delivers a couple of particularly sleazy extended versions of 2011 7" single "Mandy". The original, which was recorded at Can's legendary Innerspace Studio, was arguably a little too short. Here, the Claremont 56 chief stretches it out impressively, allowing the dubbed-out bassline, cosmic guitars and Holgar Czukay's eccentric, half whispered vocal room to breathe. The results, particularly on the atmospheric dub, are little less than mesmerizing. While the Dub is impressive, the vocal version - complete with Czukay's bizarre ramblings - is probably our pick.
Nu-disco may be on the wane a little, but thankfully there a still a few acts capable of delivering deliciously dreamy and floor-friendly electronic disco jams. German duo Satin Jackets is one of those acts. This three-tracker for Belgium's Eskimo Recordings is full of enveloping chords, shuffling grooves and bright-eyed melodies. Opener "Sunrise In Paradise" sounds like classic Aeroplane with a dash of hazy, horizontal pop thrown in, while "Galee Royale" is so effortlessly sun-kissed that you want to grab your sunnies and head for the beach. Closer "Fall Apart", meanwhile, is almost thrillingly dreamy, with Patrick Barber's guitar and vocal drifting from the speakers as if it was a plastic bag caught in a humid summer breeze.
Guynamakut's belated moved to digital download continues. This edition contains three particularly heavy, dancefloor-ready reworks that previously slipped out on vinyl a few years back. Opener "Shake It Up" is particularly strong, breathing new life into a synth-heavy P-funk jam. The Guynamakut version rises and falls in just the right places, concentrating on the original's hustling groove and urgent vocal. There's more rubbery synth bass to be found on "Lord of the Gospel Funk Groove", whose winding sax, clipped guitars and hazy horns feel deliciously celebratory. Finally, "Low Slung Disco (Parts 1 & 2)" slows things down considerably, delivering an intoxicating blend of heady vocals, shuffling percussion and intergalactic chords.
We've waxed lyrical before about the quality of Tronik Youth's CTRL+S edit series, and particularly his unusual choices of source material. There's plenty of intriguing choices on this fourth installment, starting with "Yo Yo Body", a thrillingly rolling rework of Dr Felix's 1989 new beat classic "Relax Your Body" (the original was a cover of the KLF's '88 version of "What Time Is Love"; the version edited here is the lesser-known flipside remix, which dispenses with Drummond and Cauty's familiar refrain). "Spy vs Spy" breathes new life into a long-forgotten, Italo-era EBM jam, emphasizing the filthier elements of the original, while "Beta Sex" expertly stretches, cuts and tweaks a sludgy, breathless chunk of coldwave sleaze. The result is another on-point collection of weird and wonderful late night re-edits.
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.
Having previously largely focused on re-edits and reworks, Russian producer Bachteen makes the move into original production with a first EP for Alkalino's Audaz imprint. His production style is effortless and fluid, with opener "Raw Draw" lacing classic house riffs and sparkling pianos over pitched-down vocals and a typically tactile groove. "All I Got" is a little chunkier in the groove department, with picturesque melodies and twinkling riffs riding a darting bassline and handclap-heavy percussion. Alkalino remixes the latter track, fusing woozy electronics and warm organ stabs with loose, swinging, disco-influenced beats. It's a looser, slower and altogether groovier take on Bachteen's original.
If you've heard Dutch DJ David Vunk do his thing, there's a fair chance you've also heard "Moustache Italo Anthem". He's been hammering it in his sets for the best part of six years. Finally, he's giving it the release it deserves. Supposedly by a darkwave Italo band from Holland called The Problems (mystery surrounds them, so chances are Vunk has something to do with it), the track sounds like a classic Italo production - all druggy arpeggios, bold chords and twinkling pianos, plus typically cheap but heavy percussion. Vunk himself remixes, delivering a sweaty, 909-heavy reinterpretation bustling with techno intent and glistening breakdowns. Hot stuff, all told.