Dutch DJ and producer Olivier Boogie has been doing his thing in Amsterdam, largely without credit, for the best part of a decade. He's previously released both original productions and re-edits, with two contributions to a split Lumberjacks In Hell release back in 2012 standing out. Here he returns - at long last - with an edit EP of his own for Whiskey Disco. There's naturally much to admire, from the soaring strings, undulating bass and disco-funk hustle of "Got To Have Loving" and jaunty Rodriguez re-rub "Can't Get Away" being particularly potent. He also delivers a dash of head-nodding boogie ("You Know Who"), and turns a little-known funk jam into a shuffling house hustler ("Lost In The Crowd").
Antipodean disco dabbler, Dr Packer, will see you now. He's now reopened his surgery and this fifth volume is simply bursting with stuff that's good for you. There are eight new jams in total including the cheeky pop ragga of "Sensi", the well-oiled bass machine "Get Down" and electro-funk squelcher "One For Me". A fine remedy for any disco related ailment!
Hailing from Mexico, The Funk Disco District are on a mission to spread good vibes courtesy of impossibly slick 'sample based music...made to move people all around the world". Here, through Hotbox Records, they deliver their three latest jams - the deliciously fluid and jazzy Latin-disco-isms of "I'm Gonna Get You Baby", the uber slick, spacey disco-cocktail-house of "Get On Down" and the sumptuously languid Balearica of "Feelin' Alright". Smart!
Disco never dies, and as such it's a real pleasure to see veteran Greek DJ Leonidas (aka Alien Disco Sugar) enjoy a whole new lease of life in the re-edit age. His latest release, the Payback EP boasts four new jams - the bouncy mid-paced sizzler "Lets Get It On", the James-Brown-on-ludes slow-crunch of "JB Payback", the hyperactive hysteria of "Rok Da House" and the breezy, top down glide of "(Looking For) Somebody". Dancefloors everywhere, considered yourselves destroyed!
Germany's A Friend In Need have begun to develop a strong reputation for championing their own unique blend of deep house-not-deep-house. Here we get a new label comp featuring four different takes from four different artists: stop-start loopy funk (78 Edits' "Keep It Up"), deep and spacey jack-fests (Lootbeg & M Ono's "About You"), 303 fizz-outs (Gregory Dub's "Acid Spacejam") and the slow, raw and romantic depth charges of "Acaya" by Zacharias. Boom!
Having recently taken time out to co-produce a big Venice Beach single for Nang, French disco digger DJ Moar returns to the re-edit game with four more desirable reworks. His edits are often characterized by a distinctive house shuffle and liberal use of filters. While that's partially the case here - "La Nuit (Disco Mix)" has a classic US deep house feel, despite the live disco keys and vocals, and "Stereo In Party" sounds like a Soundstream cut-up of Fred Wesley's "House Party", with a little more swing - there's also a pleasing looseness to proceedings. This is particularly evident on the undulating disco-funk flex of "Somebody Funky" and the yearning, Rhodes-laden midtempo goodness of "4 Love", arguably the EP's stand out moment.
Normally one for the grand gesture (his last album boasted 27 tracks!), master of the gently nefarious art of the mash-up, Morlack, comes back down to earth to deliver a mere four edited disco gems for Katakana. As usual, the production quality of his sample-fuelled jiggery is second to none, with the slow and elastic funk of smoocher "The Dude", the slap bass twitcher "Morning", the stormin' electro-funk of "Dusic" and the raw, cowbell bustin' hoe-down of "Spinnin'" proving to be dancefloor devourers one and all.
Earlier this year, Rush Hour announced the focus of their archival attentions would fall on Vincent Floyd, a producer with a small clutch of releases in the mid-90s for Dance Mania, Relief and Gherkin Records offshoot Resound Records. Having reissued Floyd's 1990 Dance Mania release Your Eyes back in February, Amsterdam outpost Rush Hour return to the Chicago artist's canon of work with Moonlight Fantasy, a six track missive filled with unreleased material. Sourced from Floyd's personal DAT tapes, Moonlight Fantasy focuses on his earliest productions and a time when his sumptuous sound was very much in the classic deep house mould of Larry Heard. House music historians will find this a most compelling document!
Vienna-based imprint Luv Shack has started 2015 in positive fashion. After dropping a single from Italian nu-disco/deep house heavyweights Hard Ton, they've now turned to German producer Daso, a man who earned his stripes creating techno. Here, he offers up something far more disco-centric. Lead cut "I Seek" brilliantly combines rubbery nu-disco bottom-end with Italo-influenced synthesizers, cut-up vocals and chords seemingly inspired by Balearic deep house. The Italo influences are even more obvious on virtual flipside "Your Room", which peppers an arpeggio-heavy groove with soaring synth-strings, lazy melodies and just the right amount of baggy, sun-kissed charm.
Poor old Mark "Thunderthumbs" King of Level 42. Despite being a funk jammer extraordinaire, he has struggled to gain respect beyond his own, deeply loyal fanbase. Well, perhaps Alfa Flite's re-edit of Level 42's shimmering jazz-funk classic "Love Games" will go someway to changing people's perception. Retaining that killer bassline, but swapping most of the vox for a pumping house exoskeleton, this is now a cooler beast (without any whiff of Cassandra) indeed.
Not content with having smashed the '90s with his Hardkiss label and international DJ acclaim, San Francisco's Gavin Hardkiss can also boast publishing a novel, the improbably amazingly-titled Cubic Lust. Furthermore, production successes have come through pseudonyms like Namaquadisco, Heatstroke, Love Won Another and +++. Recently he reunited with former production Robbie Hardiss for the album 1991. Here, "Cameras Are Watching" gets the remix treatment featuring Gavin's own psychedelic house rework, Agfa's deep house-funker and Corduroy Maverick's deep funky house rejig - as well as the original's warped '80s Prince-style saucy grind.
After her early explorations into scratchy indie rock and post punk, Lonelady (AKA Manchester-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Julie Campbell) seems to have embraced the potential of electronic pop a little more in recent times. "Bunkerpop" is a great example of this new direction, sitting somewhere in between the rubbery post punk disco strut of the B-52s, Hounds of Love-era Kate Bush and The Knife. The comparisons with the latter are even more obvious on Campbell's alternative Michigan Pitched Down Mix, with has all the makings of a breezy, The XX style, radio-friendly dancefloor jam. Best of all, though, is the glitchy Wrangler Remix, which re-casts the original as a rubbery chunk of post-P-funk-punk fusion.