"Mind Biscuit": Something tasty for your brain to chew on while your feet mulch up the dancefloor. Manchester crew Monkey Boots lay down two jack-slapping originals that dig deep into the true deep house psyche. "Impossible Need" comes with smoky vocal and smouldering bass vibes on the groove while "Yearning For You" slaps with a lighter sensation, all wafty minor key organs and soul-stirring vocals. Remix-wise Reed & Radley subvert "Yearning For You" with a little more space and reverbed magic while The Phantom Flan Flinger gets all reflective and shimmering on the Balearic bomb "Lullaby For Spiderman". Beautiful.
Surgery Edits Vol 3 sees Aussie editor Dr Packer apply the knife to a selection of stone cold disco and funk classics. Extending and exciting at every opportunity, there's an emphatic headnod to the '80s throughout as we ignite with crisp revisions of both Jocelyn Brown's "Somebody Else's Guy" and Change's "Change Of Heart". As the doctor digs deeper we're treated to savage synth boogie badness by way of the slap-bass and horn heavy "Luv Ya Lady", a dubby dedication to George Benson's "Give Me The Night" and some cool filtered flurries on Lace's "Can't Play Around". Weighing in at near-album size, edit collections don't come much more extensive than this.
The last missive from DJ Vas HQ was way back in November of last year. Thankfully the summer's sunny allure seems to have got his creative juices flowing and now we have four new offerings for our aural pleasure. Roy Ayers' "Our Love Will Bring Us Back Together" is teased out into sinewy, high-end boogie and BB&Q's "Imagination" home is improved, getting rebuilt into lasered robot funk. Crown Heights Affair also get two hip swaying brassy tracks featured here, rounding off the euphoric party vibes in style.
This is a special EP because it marks the first results of the recent collaboration between Parisian Afro-beat label, Comet, and Danish deep house imprint, Tartelet. The music reflects this unique fusion by pairing the remarkable vocals of Nigerian-born songwriter Wayne Snow to soulful house. It's a sublime release with the Metro Area-esque soulful punk-funk-disco house of "Red Runner" leading the charge. Remixes come courtesy of Glenn Astro & INMYRMIND (raw, off kilter house) and Session Victim (trance-ish prog euphoria). "Under The Moon", however, is a deep and eerie skewed-funk grind.
All re-edit labels have their own twist on things and Handshakes' thing is classic funk. After messing around with singles for a while, they've bitten the bullet and delivered a long player. It's been worth the wait too as there's a whopping 19 tracks to choose from featuring a mix of names both familiar and new. Highlights include the touchy-feely throb of "Groove On (IMFROMULL edit)", the grey leather slip on electro-funk of "You Wanna Get Up (Dr Packer Funkout)" and the raw, slap-bass heaven of Jam Master's "Party Lights".
Rising Irish star Jay Ru recently smash it with City Vibes on Midnight Riot. Now he brings the heat once more with the brilliantly melodramatic Boney M disco rework "It's Cool", the deep house and soul vibes of "(Oh Baby) Sexy Sexy", the new-wave-funk-meet-R&B of "Enjoy Yourself" and "Edit Life" - a cheeky rejig of Prince's glorious '80s hit, Pop Life.
Alena is a London boogie singer who has found a kindred creative spirit in ISM labelboss Yam Who?. Following the success of Changes, they're back with more original material, with "U Used To Hold Me" being a beautifully authentic slice of mid '80s Brit-synth-funk: crisp, digital and very, very catchy. Inkswel mischievously warps the tune into twisted dysfunctional punk-funk, but '80s Child goes a bit more commercial with his take on the already poppy "Let Me The One".
MAM are heavyweights Miguel Campbell & Matt Hughes who have been creating killer variants of house since Sexy Girl back in '07. Cut to 2014 and they're still nailing it with The Happiness EP on Italy's Nice To Be. Highlights include the almost French touch sheer joy of "Hand In Hand" and the urgent electro-funk of "Foursome". Classy.
Much has changed for Ali Love since the release of his Love Harder in 2010. For starters, he's fallen in with the Hot Creations camp, scored a massive chart hit ("Benediction", with Hot Natured) and seen his reputation soar. This latest full length - the belated follow-up to Love Harder - shows how far he's come. While the bright electrofunk synths, '80s soul vocals and Italo-influenced rhythms of old remain, P.U.M.P contains far more tactile, wide-eyed deep house moments than we've come to expect. It's a subtle evolution - there are still plenty of near Balearic synth-pop moments - but a successful one. The result is an effortlessly sweet and accessible album that blends throbbing dancefloor moments with baggier, more laidback fare.
Spanish vibe maestro Mr Absolutt makes his Midnight Riot debut, adding four more exemplary edits to his portfolio in the process. Slinky, sexy '80s boogie is the order of the day as we're submersed in a sea in a synths, slap bass and lavish melodic textures. Ranging from a cosmic extension of Kool & The Gang's "Emergency" to an epic, horn heaving polish of Phyllis Hyman's cover of Bobby Caldwell's classic "What You Won't Do For Love", Absolutt lives up to his name with complete authority. Monstrously good.
Following his recent soul-inflected diversion, Paris-based edit junkie KS French is back to what he's better known for - slinky, cocktail bar disco reworks. The ninth instalment in his Parisien Edits series coughs up five new velvety gems, the best of which include the stomping golden funk loops of "No Big Thing", the hands-in-the-air camp melodrama of "All I Wanna Do" and the raunchy low slung grinder "Think Of You".
More killer edits from the Chopshop boys, who this time provide us with "Disco Non Stop" - a collection of tunes by four different producers. It's top-notch party fodder as always, but special shoutouts go to "Mary" by Ten Different, where (an apparent) mid-eighties Rick James goes slo-mo house, labelboss DJ Butcher who gives us the frenetic cosmic banger "Disco Strings" and the Corsican Brothers and their accelerated hiNRG epic, "Big Apple Rock".
Greek born, Paris-raised producer KS French never stops working and this is his latest (disco) missive. "Soul Addicts Edits" features four reworks, all with a soulful feel. Highlights include the Eurodisco stomper "All Nite", the prowling-tiger-of-love low-slung funk of "Tuerie C" and "I Really Want U: a retweak of Diana Ross' supremely funky cover of Marvin Gaye's I Want You.
London's re-edit sleuth Magnetic Soul is known for providing DJs with tasteful reworks of little known gems, but here on Coastal Drift, he provides us with more familiar tunes to mark the warm summer vibes. Gravel-voiced '80s soul belter Paul Young's synthy slap bass pop colossus "Come Back And Stay" gets a bizarre warping - being slowed down into an ethereal Balearic gem. Elsewhere we get string-laden, guitar-shredded phaser disco ("Night Fantasy"), sub-aquatic hypnotic funk ("Eastside") and even the Alan Parsons Project's AOR classic "Eye In The Sky" appears, albeit with a menacing techno growl woven into the song's fabric.
Discotheque Credits are a New York/London production outfit who provide 'forward thinking instant disco credit for DJs'. Here on their second offering they serve up a seductive sax-heavy Balearic rework of two Godley and Creme tracks on "Ready for Ralph's Problem?" On the digital flipside we get "Love The Look", a seven-minute plus retweak of Trevor Horn's own dub mix of ABC's 80s pop classic "The Look Of Love" - here appearing as more stripped back and slinky electro-funk.
It's been an epic year so far for Milos Djordjevic. Kicking off with his debut album and a string of lavish originals on the likes of Editorial, Midnight Riot and Manuscript, here we find him launching his own label Disco Fruit, and he's doing it with a vibrant trio of cuts that sit pretty in the endless green pastures between the lands of house and disco. "Bring Out The Love" wades into the fray with a lolloping DFA style bassline and Paqua-style slinky guitar washes, "Don't Make Me Wait" struts with Joey Negro-level string-striking disco fever while "Keep Moving" ups the jack factor with a set of crunchy drums, an array of cosmic disco bubbles and a bassline so funky you'll be convinced it's 2003 all over again. Guaranteed to bring out the love, Tonbe continues to smash 2014 into smithereens.
The Wait is over for fans everywhere of Portugal's funk fiddler Mr Bird as the long awaited Lo-Fi Classics, his collaboration with honey-voiced blue-eyed-soul warbler Greg Blackman, has arrived. Aside from first single "Since You've Been Gone" highlights include the perky Stax-style ditty "The Morning's Coming", the Afro-soul percussion masterclass "Get On Through" and the deep disco instrumental "GB's Groove".
The Dynamics EP marks the artist debut from Caserta, a future star for sure. He tries his hand at a bit of everything over these six tracks, including the deep cowbell soulful grooves of "If It Wasn't For You", the lean sample-laden electro-house of "Dynamics" and the elegantly wasted, blissed out synthpop of "My Dreams". It's all sewn up with quirky interludes and outros too, making for an impressively cohesive release.
The Chewy label returns just in time for the hottest part of summer with an EP containing four equally scorching edits from the mysterious A Digital Needle outfit. Whether its the brass and string-heavy "I Who Have", the deft piano ripples of "Music", the swung bass and saxophone riff of "Keep" or the psyched-out flange funk of "Roll Her", there's something here guaranteed to set any dancefloor on fire.
It's been almost two years since we last spotted LOTI on Phonica. Since then he's made some awesome documents on the likes of Permanent Vacation, Firecracker and Catune, constantly whittling his sharp, timeless techno stick with the perfect amount of subtle drama. "Greane" leads the charge with a majestic 10 minute production; lolloping with equal amounts of comic soul and techno attitude, he conjures a powerful sense of atmosphere before dropping into a moment of guitar-shimmered bliss (in a way that's not too far from his fellow countrymen Silicone Soul) Meanwhile on "Gigha" we're treated to a softer palette of sounds as a tubular riff slowly evolves into a string-drenched serenade. As the original riff morphs into a sinewy acid lick, the strings take hold with classical theatrics. Drop at the right time and there won't be a dry eye in the house.