Having previously plied his trade on Midnight Riot, Hot Digits and Hotbox Boogie, amongst others, Perth-based Casual Connections makes his debut for DiscoDat. Those familiar with his smooth, dubby and floor-friendly re-edits will feel right at home. Like fellow Aussie Rocco Raimiundo, Casual Connection is a master at looping and dubbing out forgotten '80s soul and electrofunk gems, giving them filter-heavy, house-friendly tweaks whilst retaining the essence of the original tracks. There's plenty to enjoy across the eight tracks featured here, from the re-imagined disco-funk shuffle of "Do Thangs" and horn-totin' throb of "Shake It", to the delay-laden boogie-dub antics of "Sugar" and string-drenched sweetness of "Do You Believe".
Greek DJ, producer and re-editor Alien Disco Sugar has been busy recently, averaging a new EP of disco reworks a month on his Digital Wax Productions imprint. This latest four-track salvo offers many more reasons to be cheerful, not least the spacey filters, sweeping strings and surprisingly Balearic bump of "Jungle Eyes". "So Good, So Right" offers a wonderfully tactile, piano-laden take on the Imagination record of the same name, updating the legendary Larry Levan dub for a new generation. Elsewhere, "Denise" is a synth heavy reggae-disco delight, while the pitched-down "Don't Let Go" throbs, rises and falls in all the right places.
Taken from their summer album Broken Toys, modern day Northern soulsters Smoove & Turrell unleash this instantly hooky number. Galvanised with a life-affirming chorus and chord changes that sound so natural, you'll be singing along by the end of the first listen, it's one of the album's strongest tracks. And it comes with some very strong remixes, too! Ashley Beedle adds his trademark strut and disco bubbles, Opolopo gets his jazzy jack on while The Porters take S&T to the very edge of the cosmos on a ship made of twinkling arpeggios. Beautiful.
There's been some serious rare groove mining at Wall Of Fame HQ lately and they've come up with four chrome-plated gems for "Edits Vol 2". "Family Affair" kicks things off with a slap bass attack laced with some soulful female vocals, "Funk Giver" is a hot mess of phased funk guitar licks and a shimmering, chant-led stomp along. However the real stars here are the fuzzy, ecstasy-fuelled Balearic loops of "Marcy Hustle" and the percussion-heavy moody jam, "Mission".
When it comes to consistent quality, few re-edit labels can match Midnight Riot! Yam Who's label rarely gets it wrong, and the veteran producer has so far given debuts to a swathe of future re-edit heroes. Here he's at it again, offering Tom "TV" Vine a chance to flex his scalpel skills for the first time. Vine delivers four mature, floor-friendly concoctions that range from the Balearic rock-meets-dub disco vibe of "Games People Play" and delay-laden boogie hustle of the decidedly dubwise "Body Movement", to the surging electrofunk-meets-proto-house throb of "Shalama". It's this latter track that impresses most, with darting synths and Prince style fuzz guitar coasting waves of Italo-style arpeggios.
Havard "Hwah" Kvangarsnes is the man behind Stellar Disco, a little-known but well loved club night in Oslo. The Norwegian DJ is also a fearless editor, and here showcases three recent productions on Deadly Sins' Giant Cuts imprint. There's something pleasingly straightforward about the house loops, celebratory vocals and 80s soul flex of "U Got", while "Celebratee" does an impressive job of rearranging a forgotten disco-funk gem - think urgent rhythms, hustlin' P-funk vocals and crunchy funk guitars. There's an even stronger P-funk influence to be found on the slap-bass boasting "Funkyship", whose handclap-heavy groove is the perfect accompaniment to a veritable meteor shower of intergalactic synths and stargazing vocals.
Re-edit maestro and disco/house producer Tonbe dons the lesser-used Loshmi alias for this four-tracker on his Disco Fruit imprint. This time out, he's exploring a P-funk/electrofunk flex, delivering Serious Edits that subtly toughen up and rework a quartet of little-known '80s jams. There's a delightfully celebratory feel about opener "Bring Me There", whose jaunty horns, party atmos and synth squiggles are backed by a superbly rubbery low-end groove. There's more urgent slap bass action to be found on the baggier "Fighting For Nothing", while "Wsoop Wsoop" and "Whatever You Do" both deliver heavy, floor-friendly P-funk workouts. In other words, Tonbe delivers all killers, no fillers.
Hull-based Imfromull has been making his name in the re-edits scene this year, with a series of well-regarded digital-only EPs for his Cut a Rug imprint enhancing his blossoming reputation. By and large, his edits use contemporary production trickery well, while emphasizing the original instrumentation and - crucially - killer percussive passages. This latest salvo features no less than nine fresh scalpel works. There's naturally plenty to enjoy, from the heavy disco-funk chug of "Cut Your Motor Off" and the filter heavy disco-soul release of "Janice" - all parping horns, swirling strings and cheeky pianos - to the winding filter funk of "Right On A Street Called Love" and delay-laden late night hustle of "Back In Time".
Numbers aren't giving much away about the identity of Deejay Deer - unless, of course, he is genuinely a forest-dwelling animal with a sideline in synth-laden late night house, as their amusing press release claims - but in many ways it doesn't really matter. Both tracks here are superb, with "Natural" offering a fizzing, melodious take on deep house with clear Floating Points, Tiger & Woods and Joy Orbison influences. There's also a touch of Caribou about virtual flipside "Unantural", whose fluid waves of synthesizer and exotic, almost psychedelic chords seductively crash over a wide-eyed, loose-limbed jazz groove. It's impressively produced, suggesting this is the work of a seasoned pro rather than a little-known newcomer.
Vintage Music, Siberia-based producer Sunner Soul's disco and house-leaning imprint, continues to impress with tracks that blur the boundaries between re-edits and original production. This first label compilation - exclusive to Junodownload - does an excellent job in outlining his party-friendly vision, gathering together both heard and unheard productions from himself, Symbol Skrip and The Sunshine Disco Club (his joint project with Banana Lover). Highlights are plentiful, from the surging electrofunk-meets-French Touch of "Baby" (a cut-up of an old D-Train classic) and uncomplicated sweetness of Sunner Soul's own "Disco Action", to the delicious Jimmy Ross revisionism of Banana Lovers' "Pleasure Boat" and the disco-flecked deep house bliss of Symbol Skrip's "You Attract Me".
Following his recent appearance on Smokecloud, Sleazy returns to his Whiskey Disco home to celebrate its 25th release. As you'd expect from McQueen, it's an instant disco funk showdown laced with all manner of well dug sources and sounds. From the tight loop and lolloping bass of "Teeny Lovin'" to the more upfront glitter-sprinkled funk of "In The Year 2014" via an extended, head-turning cover of "Dancing In The Streets", each one of these cuts sparkles with Sleazy's skills and reminds us that Whiskey Disco is still very much on-point with every single release.
Ciao Bella! Looks like DJ Friction has slinked himself back into his disco Lycra bodysuit as he once again dons the Frico moniker, this time for a selection of Italo Disco re-edits. The Italo disco revival reached its peak a good 10 years ago, but that doesn't stuff these tracks being still fun to hear. Naturally purists won't approve of these '80s classics being fiddled with, but the legendary arpeggiated neon riffs of "Feel The Drive" by Doctor's Cat, "Woman" by Mirage and the spacey "Up & Away" are hard to resist - edited or not!
Former Silver City man Fernando Pulichino seems to be mellowing with age. Having previously explored punk-funk, nu-disco and deep house on his solo releases, he's now switched his focus to dub-influenced, slo-mo Balearic synth-rock. Many of the old trademarks are still present - think rubbery live bass, fluorescent, vintage-sounding synths and unfussy beats - but are here joined by fuzzy guitar solos and an evocative vocal from guest star Fiorucci. It's a potent blend, reminiscent of early '80s cosmic rock with a little more nu-disco nous. The original vocal version is joined by a delicious Extended Dub, which impressively stretches out the infectious, head-nodding groove.
More from Munich-based Lino "Alkalino" Rodriguez, who, having recently showcased his re-editing and original production skills, delivers a pair of previously unheard remixes. There's a warped, bass-heavy, techno-tinged late night feel to Rodriguez's version of Arno's "Lokalderby", with the Portuguese producer wrapping rave-influenced stabs and late night electronics around a booming, after party-friendly groove. There's a similarly murky feel about Rodriguez's version of Deep Blast & Ricco Rizzo's "Lufthans", with detached electronics and bittersweet melodies riding a shuffling, early morning groove. Both tracks seem designed to be played loud in dark German basements, somewhere around 4am.
Pat Mahoney and Dennis McNany's Museum of Love project has always been an enticing proposition. The duo's two singles to date, "Down South" and "Monotronic", tickled the fancy of all those with a penchant for wide-eyed, Balearic-leaning pop - all soft-focus electronics, shuffling rhythms and yearning vocals. This much-discussed debut album continues in a similar vein - albeit with a little more grittiness in places - with Mahoney doing his best Bryan Ferry impression over McNany's warm, loose and melodious production. It's a formula that guarantees great results, from the low-slung, disco-influenced shuffle of the trumpet-laden "The Who's Who Of Who Cares", to the classic DFA swagger of the raucous rock-out "The Large Glass".