To mark reaching fifty releases, Editorial has decided to push the boat out a little, unleashing an album's worth of edits, reworks, re-imaginings and sample-heavy cut-ups from regular contributors Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee. There are few surprises, but plenty of floor-focused groovers and breezy summer jams, in a range of tempos, that variously touch on funk, soul, disco-funk and boogie. It will almost certainly take you a while to really get your head round it all, but it's worth the effort; the fluttering, slap bass-propelled "Phunkosphere" and rip-snorting funk rework "Sho Nuff" are amongst the strongest things they've done to date.
DJ Butcher has gathered together an all-star cast for this latest re-edit missive on his always on-point ChopShop label. Experienced scalpel fiend Leftside Wobble kicks off proceedings with "Dope Love", a heavyweight, hip-hop style funk cut-up that makes great use of Candi Staton's vocal from "You Got The Love". Fast-rising, Warrington-based boogie lover 80's Child weighs in with a deliciously glassy-eyed chunk of downtempo soul, before the lesser-known Love Drop delivers "To Prove My Love", a great blue-eyed soul/AOR disco shuffler made from a classic chunk of West Coast stoner rock. Finally, West Country producers Situation steal the show with "Jay Bee", a tasteful James Brown re-work that bobs and weaves in all the right places.
Armed with a ravishing string/harmony sample that swoons with instant summer breeze, Cole Medina has created this year's essential sunset piece. Armed with the right amount of squelchy low-end weight and groove that won't quit, it's Cole at his very best. For more sample mastery flip for the dubby disco lollops of "Make Your Body Move" and the Vadim-esque cosmic hip-hop meanderings of "Big Pimpin'". Super spacious. Another classic 12" from the Medina discography!
For the first Magic Feet single of 2015, label boss Craig Bratley has decided to showcase the work of two relatively little-known producers; Correspondant contributor Paresse, and Clouded Vision associate Markus Gibb. The former kicks things off with "Nada", a stylish Italo chugger that makes great use of reverb, delay, foreboding electronics and sparkling synthesizers. The Swedish producer also offers up "Little Wanderer", a surprisingly grandiose chunk of fluttering Balearic disco. Gibb flips the script a little on "Prey", a slightly dark, post-punk influenced chugger blessed with fuzzy, atmospheric guitars, before rounding things off with the moody, mid-tempo rave revivalism-meets-new wave throb of "Whistler" (which, incidentally, does feature whistling).
Is it that time already? Yep, yet another installment in Katakana's ever progressing re-edit series is here and this time the spotlight shines on regular label contributor Timewrap who delivers four of his finest. Having last occupied this role covering Duran Duran back on number 14, Timewrap looks more to other eras this time round. We get loose and funky 90s hip-hop vibes on the Beasties-sampling "Dopesmokah" and "Old Bisties". Meanwhile headnodding retro 70s funk meets party rap on "Bambooka" and the breezy, jazz guitar-laced Balearic house of "Jazzme" wraps things up nicely.
It's a while since we last heard from Edinburgh-based re-editor B-Jam, who previously impressed with a couple of excellent EPs on Superbreak. Here he resurfaces on Fingerman's Hot Digits label, delivering a selection of edits clearly aimed at house dancefloors. The real killer is "Sundog", which although based on loops from Clout's Balearic, reggae-disco classic "Sunshine Baby", does a terrific job in chopping up and beefing up the original elements. It's accompanied by a housier, acid-flecked rework from Fingerman. Elsewhere, he turns a disco-funk jam into a straight-up house hustler ("Juicer"), reaches for the filters and heavyweight kick-drums on the synth and slap-bass rinse-out "On It", and delivers another deliciously stuttering dancefloor cut-up ("Good Turn Out").
New York's P-Sol is becoming a trusted source of chunky, floor-friendly reworks. Here he delivers another quartet of gems, on the third volume of his ongoing Mixed Bag series. He kicks things off with "Physical", a tooled-up, floor-friendly re-cut of the Olivia Newton-John pop classic of the same name, before showing Marvin Gaye some love on the sumptuous, filter-heavy loop jam "If You Let Me". Arguably the EP's two strongest moments come last, though; the delay-heavy proto-house dub business of "Tonight", and "Can't Judge", a chunky, bass-heavy re-edit of Cookie's 1982 roller-boogie classic "Can't Judge a Book By Its' Cover". All killer, no filler, as the saying goes.
The wonderful FKR come through with the second instalment of Mr Given Raw's Digger Raw Edits and as per usual, the label have found a new talent to add to their impressive and ever-growing catalogue of disco-filtered deep house. Break, breaks and more breaks from "Fakin The Funk" to "You Sexy Thing", followed by a swift succession of funk-fuelled basslines and twisted strings to get your Saturday night antics on the go. "Funk Your Body" is particularly groovy, a 4/4 beat glides majestically below James Brown vocals and one hell of a guitar riff. Party monsters.
After recent excursions on Funk Fusion and Get Down Edits, Colchester-based rework specialist Shit Hot Soundsystem returns to 80's Child's Masterworks Music. As you might expect, Sexy Dancer largely focuses on heavyweight, seriously compressed cut-ups and re-edits of '80s dancefloor jams. There are a couple of thumping, filter-heavy tweaks of Prince style P-funk jams (see "Aint Nobody" and "Black Coffee"), a dash of slap bass-wielding '80s soul goodness (the excellent "Steady Rocking"), a piano-laden dash of singalong boogie-house ("Charlotte"), and - somewhat bizarrely - a chugging cut-up of Living In A Box's eponymous debut single.
The masterful Lazy Flow has cooked up a rather special compilation for France's Folistar, showcasing the French capital's best and brightest house music stars. Although you get a mixed and continuous version of this comp, you can also cop the singles. All centred around the 4/4 continuum and the Chicago dynasty, it's up to you to hear what you require for your weekend evening sets...bumping, deep, hard and dubby, its all in here. Comprehensive to say the least!
Tonbe is keeping himself busy. This fifth volume in the Serious Edits series, credited to his alternative Loshmi alias, comes hot on the heels of the fourth. As usual, it's an expansive collection, delivering tidily put together reworks that get the right balance between the original material and the needs of contemporary dancefloors. Kicking off with the fluid disco-funk of "Evil Girls", the Serbian producer variously touches on swinging, blue-eyed soul ("George The Man"), hot-to-trot disco hustlers ("Goodbye", "Her Shine"), Solar Records style '80s vocal disco ("I Wanna Be Ready"), and filter-heavy versions of radio-friendly disco anthems ("This Is The Night"). Best of all, though, is "Secret Game", a breathy, sleazy exercise in Rhodes-laden disco sweatiness.
Scott 'Robot 84' Ferguson has previously worked with Yam Who man Andy Williams, but has apparently gone solo on this first single since 2013. Dedicated to the more electronic side of disco - with clear house and Balearic influences, of course - Ferguson drops a trio of floor-friendly gems for Paper Disco. The title track is the real killer, with appealing synth melodies and woozy, near Balearic chords riding a hard-wired, Italo style arpeggio. "Automatic" is a bouncy nu-disco number with clear deep house influences and more analogue-sounding synthesizers, while "Ego" sees him explore the world of classic dub house via ricocheting
If you read interviews with Stuart Leath, you'll probably be aware of the amount of work he was put into tracking down Trinidadian husband-and-wife team Carl and Carol Jacobs. Some 24 months later, the fruits of his efforts have materialized in this superb reissue of their obscure (and ludicrously hard to find) 1986 electro-calypso gem "Robot Jam". It's one of those records that shouldn't work - it's effectively a fusion of replayed and re-sung bits from records by Santana, Rock Master Scott and Rappin' Duke - but still sounds brilliantly futuristic nearly 30 years after its' initial release. The two-part original is joined on the flip by a brilliantly fitting, echo-laden "re-rub" from Nick The Record and Dan Tyler, better known as one half of the Idjut Boys.
Greek re-edit king MaJah has found that his cheeky productions work in his favour; the producer is being re-enlisted to take charge of another volume in Katakana's edit series (he only just recently helmed vol 25!). This time he presents six new tracks, again laying off the disco/Afro in favour of different sounds. Highlights include the lazy funk rock of "Sleaze", the big-beat-goes-big-band-isms of "Give Me What You Got" and the vintage reggae rhyme hip-house crackler "Volume".
KS French is a disco-house specialist, never shy to bring out the party goods on whichever label he releases on. This time the man appears on KFR with four choice cuts, filled to the brim with jazzy waves and an altogether soulful kinda vibe. "Return Of The Funk" takes a winding sax solo and drops it over psyched-out riffs and slow-moving beats, while "Miss My Baby" is funkier and "Superjam" housier. Dancefloor treats for all you funk addicts!
Making their mark on Smalltown Supersound, the nine-piece Norwegian Jaga Jazzist ensemble have earned their place on Ninja Tune by supplying the label with five albums and a clutch EPs over the course of five years. It's clear the collective hold a special over at Ninja Tune which perhaps explains why the label have commissioned a remix from fellow countryman Todd Terje who keeps the original's classical theatrics in tow, while also adding his trademark disco touch in a 10-minute production that traverses many genres - and cosmic galaxies.
Ahead of a forthcoming appearance on Clouded Vision, Marseille-based producers Dawad and Mokic join forces for this EP on Nein. "Pink Pants" is undeniably dirty and, at times, dark, with twisted acid lines, discordant electronics, ghostly chords and intergalactic melodies riding a shuffling nu-disco-meets-acid-house groove. "Fake", on the other hand, is an altogether looser and cheerier proposition, with hints of Italo-disco and tech-house amongst the big builds, bold synth lines and bouncy rhythms. These originals are joined by a string of remixes, with the Two Mamarrachos' post-punk disco take on "Pink Pants", and Dynamicron's Headman style rework of the same track, standing out.
Taking the ghosts of disco's past and dragging them, kicking and screaming, onto modern day funky house dancefloors and plying them with heavy filters and compressed loops is the name of Soultronic's game. Here on the Can You Dig It EP, they play their game efficiently with vintage melodic disco samples haunting the contemporary thump and fizz of sizzling Euro-house gems "You & I" and "Dance & Shake". Meanwhile the title track opts for deep and seductive chill-house. Simply made for summer!
Long-standing Japanese house ambassador Gonno return to the mighty International Feel family. And he's done so with three full-flavoured creative departures: "Obscurant" is like standing under a powerful waterfall. Refreshing, stimulating but dangerously strong that you may well lose your footing. "A Life With Clarinet", meanwhile, is a firing breakbeat jazz number that sits somewhere between S.P.Y and Bonobo. Finally Houndstooth's Call Super calms us down with a deep, dubby tech twist on "Obscurant" that switches the original's howling gales to a misty sea breeze.
A right old trip round the '80s this one, with Tom Vine presenting us with four re-edits from the early days of digital disco. It's a body poppin' thrill of a ride too; from the arpeggiated Italo disco/proto house jam "Take My Man Away" to the the NOIA-style slo-mo Euro-disco of "Can't You Feel It". Furthermore there's the glistening, jheri curl-friendly electro-soul of "Love Me Tonight" and the slinkier, more organic funk of "New Sneakers".