Aroop delivers the third instalment of his "Brazil Breakdown" series with three of his floor-fired reworks to date. "Brilhantina" is a percussion-heavy slice of four-to-the-floor soul with synths straight out of the Detroit playbook. "Quem Vai Querer" ups the ante with a juicy bottom end (think mid 00's Yam Who), feel-good chants and a conga roll so hypnotic you'll be shaking your hips for hours. Finally we hit "O Mestre"; rich in warm reverbed synths and coated with a pristine-polished 80s soul vocal, this will work well on both sides of the night. Honey coated warm up or an emotional finale.
Delusions Of Grandeur have been relatively quiet on the release front this year, but they're back with a bang thanks to this latest collaborative effort from Dan Shake and Medlar. The former has gotten a name thanks to being the first non-Detroiter on Moodymann's Mahogani Music, while the latter has been pushing his disco-friendly take on house music largely via the Wolf Music imprint. They got two cuts on here, the first one being a boogie-leaning, hazy summer club jam in the form of "Walk", and the second one a jazzier affair with plenty of soulful vocals and tribal drums called "I On You". Philpot bossman Soulphiction takes care of transforming "Walk" into a pot of filter-licking madness, where the percussion is stretched and freaked out further out into the ether compared to the original. What a package!
UK veteran edit master Chewy Rubs steps out of his own Chewy outlet and lands on the old-school-friendly Masterworks Music. He's in a disco mood, as per usual, and he's mashing up samples and beats like no tomorrow; we have five juicy pieces of dancefloor gold on here, the more magical moments residing in the funky and riff-driven "Makes You Blind" (Don't Stop edit)", the man's BSP dub of the string-heavy "Burning Up", and his dubbier dub of "Found Love". Party tools.
The mysterious Labor of Love crew has quietly been building a reputation online for some time now, via a combination of free edit giveaways and occasional contributions to compilations from Hot Digits and Deep Sense. Here, they present their debut EP for Hotbox Boogie, a collection of tried-and-tested reworks that offer the perfect balance between house-friendly chunkiness and original disco/boogie flavours. There's much to admire throughout, from the extended saxophone breaks and rubbery disco-funk shuffle of "The Time Is Now", to the hypnotic, Italo-influenced drug-chug of "Ah Suki Suki", seemingly a rework of Fern Kinney's "Groove Me". Best of all, though, is "Sing All Night", a delay-heavy dub disco re-cut of Gaz's "Sing" that wisely emphasizes the classic drum breaks and killer bassline.
For all the success of his re-edits, original Greg Wilson compositions have been few and far between since the veteran DJ's return to action in the early 2000s. "Summer Came My Way" - designed as a vehicle for Merseyside sisters Katherine and Carmel Reynolds - is his first production of note since 2008's Yolanta Sy collaboration with Ilija Rudman. Reworked into a midtempo chunk of hazy, Balearic disco by L.A's Luxxury, it seems destined to become something of an anthem at sun-baked summer festivals. Luxxury's versions - available in radio-friendly and full-on 10 minute variants - are joined by a brilliantly deep, electronic, downtempo revision from Walter Ego that gives due prominence to Katherine Reynolds' brilliant lead vocals.
French house outlet Rebel Hearts dices its way into this week's dance hits with a collaborative effort from Givenchy, who turns in the supremely funky and soulful "Somebody Help Me", Mr Given Raw and beat-driven, get-down monster that is "Got Funk, and "Killin Me Baby" by KS French, a house-disco hybrid for all the dancers. Top work!
Serbia's Tonbe, who goes by the name of Milos Djordjevic, returns to his home label Disco Fruit with a new bundle of party-friendly disco stompers, five funky and soulful late night swingers tailored for hip-swaying action. The production on these little bombs is rather impressive thanks to Tonbe's groovy hooks and pin-point arrangements, something can be heard loudly on the beat-heavy "Always On My Mind", the utterly funky and string-heavy "Dig It", and of course the electro-flavoured "Disco Laser".
Edit deviants Chopshop are here to warm up your summer evenings with their latest split release from a number of familiar faces, all of whom are known for their funky and effective styles. There are five sultry cuts on here, totally groovy and ready for some boogie action, the stand-outs being from the Italian Rollover DJs who turn in the Italo-leaning "Primavera", the driving disco train that is "Billy Groove" by Situation, and the funky, riff-led "Me Touching You" by George Kelly. Do not underestimate this!
In recent years, Dave Lee seems to have been concentrating on remixes, compilations and side projects. As a result, "I Can Hear Your Body Rock" is, somewhat surprisingly, the first original Joey Negro single for two years. As you might expect, it's a deliciously summery affair that effortlessly joins the dots between piano house, early '90s US garage and '80s boogie. Lee concentrates on the latter on the alternative Serious Mix, which pleasingly sits somewhere between the delay-laden proto-house of Paul Simpson's Serious Intention project, and breezy early '90s house. For those who just want more pianos, Lee also obliges with the sumptuous "Pianohead Dub".
Producers eh? You ask for a single, they give you an entire album (that's a saying, right?). Anyway, this is precisely what happened when London's Needwant hit up Ashworth for a release. The resulting 12-tracker, Grain, is due shortly but in the meantime we have this three-track sampler featuring of extended versions of some of the album's highlights. "Cork" kicks things off with a melodic warm gush of electro-house (not unlike In White Rooms-era Booka Shade), "Grain" keeps the warm, positive feel going, adding a little extra chunk but the restless and moody creepiness of "Fireworks" is the true highlight here.
In recent years, Paris seems to have become awash with disco re-editors, most of whom - and in particular the well-loved Venice Beach and KS French - seem to specialise in adding a little filter-heavy house bounce to their '70s and '80s source material. Lord Funk - real-name Dalmasso Romain - is part of the same Parisian scalpel set, and here pops up on Marilin following a number of outings on Boogie Butt. Choose between the lolloping disco-funk sunshine of "Get On Down", the tough boogie looseness of "How Sweet The Love Can Be" - complete with bongo workouts and killer synthesizer lines - and the cuddly Balearic disco sweetness of "Black Lagoon (Retouch)".
All of a sudden, Rayko is getting a little nostalgic. Here, he goes Back To The Roots of his Rare Wiri imprint, offering up brand new remixes of the cuts that appeared on the label's first release way back in 2008. First up, Phunktastike and Julian Sanza remix Ilya Santana's "Instrumental Odyssey". Sanza steals the show with a sparkling Balearic disco re-rub built around his own rubbery electric bass, chugging beats and flowery synth solos. There's a similarly terrace-friendly feel about Sportito's breezy and atmospheric take on Rayko's "White Russian", while Lone Soldier turns the same track into a low-slung, Italo-influenced chugger.
With the gamut of disco out there sometimes all you need is the one compilation to get you through at least some of the night. Should you be after such a collection, Vintage Music deliver the perfect package with this 16-track compilation of sultry disco, funk-laced soul. Letta M's opener is a highlight and might remind you of early Kylie mixed with newer disco vibes, while the smokey vocal of Mike F's "After Your Love" turns up the heat to 11. For some dubbed out, Tropicana and cosmic vibes it's all about "Chain Reaction" and you'll know you've reached the end of this latest Vintage Music journey with the space bleeps of Sunner Soul's "On The Way To The Stars".
All-things-funky specialists Midnight Riot are known for their collaborative EP's from all corners of the nu-disco world, but they've got a hot new single from The New Black, a producer who has already appeared a number of times on the label. He's got five slices of party-ready madness this time around, the jewels of which have to be the boogie-tastic "I Never Knew", slo-mo jazz-house piece "A Single Number", and the funky percussive bomb "Coming Back". Hot off the trod!
Portugal's Moulinex, otherwise known as Luis Clara Gomes, has made his name on his native Discotexas label, an outlet reserved for positive, disco-filtered house music. This latest effort sees Gomes' "Take A Chance" tune being rewired, remangled and transformed by a pair of remixers; the first is by Satin Jackets who goes for a strictly hazy, utterly boogied-out approach for the summer months, while Black Loops takes care of turning the original into a dark, dubby and pulsating floor stomper with subtle filter-house waves.
Given that original vinyl copies are increasingly hard to come by, it's great to see Lord of the Isles' Hot Blobs EP - one of Neil McDonald's earliest outings, from back in 2011 - finally get a digital release. While recent outings have seen him indulging his love for Highlands-inspired ambience, Hot Blobs sees him in full-on club mode. The ten-minute title track sets the tone, delivering a typically tactile blend of Detroit techno electronics, dreamy pads, heady vocal samples and a killer, nu-disco inclined groove. McDonald proves his deep house credentials on "Tell Your Soul" - a luscious combination of Larry Heard chords, eyes-closed melodies and single-malt strength grooves - while "This Way" is an aquatic disco-funk-meets-deep house chugger that was supposedly designed for the warm-up at Sub-Club. That might be hearsay, but it's certainly a bit of an early doors killer.
Rasputin's Stash member and Chicago legend Martin Dumas Jr turns up on BBE via this 'slight' edit by Zaf Love Vinyl and it's a funky as the original, losing no soul whatsoever. It's a solid 10-minute journey that balks at the idea of radio airplay and sends its sultry sound into the underground for everyone, be they 'white, yellow or brown' (as the song suggests) to dance the night away together in disco-fevered harmony. Meanwhile "Nonstop To The Top" sees offsetting vocals deliver velvet smooth versus while searing high notes are hit in the chorus. Put those shoes on and get down like its 1979!
Here's a treat for those of a laidback persuasion: a timely re-release of Scottish combo Love & Money's 1988 Balearic soul classic "Strange Kind of Love". The original 12" version - here re-titled 'Main Mix' - remains a wonderous thing: a tactile, glassy-eyed fusion of baggy funk guitars, shimmering strings, twinkling keys and John Grant's impeccable blue-eyed soul vocals. There's an even more grandiose 2015 Version (complete with lusher orchestration), a sumptuous trip-hop interpretation from Haraket, and a cheerier synth-pop goes Balearic rework from Port Sulphur. Best of all, though, is Chris Coco's Extended 12" Remix, a 10-minute rush of eyes-closed instrumentation, tantalizing builds, swirling strings, spine-tingling breakdowns and those vocals.
Fledgling house deviant Giom has impressed us with his signature brand of deep, techy house in the past, but 2015 started off slowly for the producer. He now appears for the inaugural release of new label Supremus with a pair of smooth, laid-back house swellers. "The Message" is driving and swinging thanks to its electrifying percussion flex and crystalline synths, and "Night Strong" has a Detroit kinda vibe to its groove, a sliding percussion weakling away amid starry strings and jazzed-out bass tones.
The Kooky and Damoon duo land on Paper Disco with their musical debut and they're in a mood to party thanks to these four golden, boogie-laced slices of dancefloor funk. "Loving Me Now" is a tune you could have one anywhere, at any time of the day - its bassline being instantly hummable - while "Good For You" features Thomas Butcher and it too has something of a poppy, memorable edge. You also get Neil Diablo's disco dub of "Loving Me Now" and Dan Wainwright's more progressive vision of the same track.