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13 May 11
Played by: Da Sunlounge, Dirt Crew, Ladybugz, Sean Danke, Jimpster, Nacho Marco, Brandon Bass, Matthew Kyle, 6th Borough Project, David Hoggard (Mit Hus Recordings), Dustyfruit
Review: This second sampler for Craig Smith and Graeme Clark's excellent debut album once again sees them in fine form. While three of the four tracks stick to their tried-and-tested formula - rock-solid deep house built on heavy, head-nodding loops, long, lazy builds and cute, killer hooks - there's plenty to get excited about. The distinctly old skool "Back To Me" (check that analogue bassline) and hynotic head-nodder "Deep C" stand out, with "BURT (The Journey)" not far behind. The most revelatory moment, though, is "Settle", a dreamy downtempo concoction crafted from syrupy soul samples, echo-laden beats and sinewy strings that sounds like an updated version of Minnie Ripperton's more sensuous moments.
19 Apr 10
Played by: The Revenge, DJ Mibor, Mauricio U.m, Jayl Funk, Sean Brosnan, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Disco, Matt Waites, Lucci Capri (Messalina), Sleazy Beats Recordings, Marius Våreid, Psychemagik
Review: Here's the latest installment from the 6th Borough Project, aka Craig Smith and Graeme Clark, and it gets better and better with every release. First off is "Slow Down Baby", a sleazy Love Unlimited-style affair with shimmering strings, analogue bassline and woodblocks. "Change" is also a string-laden affair, with a hankering female vocal straight outta "The Love Boat", while finally "Stratus Quo" picks up the pace with a cut aimed for the dancefloor, a super-funky bassline punctuated by swelling strings and jazzy keys. Highly recommended.
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14 May 12
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Peter Edison, Djberny, Fingerman, Superbreak, Hot Toddy, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Disco, In Flagranti, Heion, Detroit Swindle, Willo, Authentiek Recept
Review: The Use of Weapons imprint has mastered the easy to grasp, hard to master formula of matching clutches of (excellent) original tracks from Cottam and label bosses Deep Space Orchestra with well-chosen and even better executed remixes from the likes of Hunee, Neville Watson and Marcello Napoletano. The fourth release sees a change in tack, with the label opting to focus on original material from 6th Borough Project, Haku, Andy Ash and of course Deep Space Orchestra. Graeme The Revenge Clark and Craig Smith kick off proceedings with the suitable thick set slow burning "Estranged Lover", though it's "Rugo" by Haku that impresses most. The new project of Deep Space Orchestra's Chris Barker, the track is a superb kaleidoscopic concoction of fizzing uptempo live percussion, synths and drum machines that has more than a touch of the Carl Craigs about it. Andy Ash switches proceedings back to chunky mutant discoid dirt with the heads down, tops off vibes of "Somehow" while the Deep Space Orchestra head for the expanses of future tech jazz with the ten minute odyssey "Erase Everything".
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06 Feb 12
Review: Second time around for 78 Edits' excellent Been A Long Time EP, which first appeared on Giant Cuts last summer. The title track is arguably the best 78 Edits cut to date, a chunky, midtempo disco/house bumper that wonderfully morphs into a string-laden disco anthem as it progresses. For those whose DJ sets dart between both house and disco, it's an essential purchase. "The Love You Give Me" wanders off on more of a jazz-funk meets disco-boogie tip - whilst, of course, retaining a suitably heavy bottom-end groove - whilst "Unlimited Love" wraps flute-laden samples and filter tracks around a seriously sturdy house beat.
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29 Jun 11
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Matty Gillespie (Ibiza Sonica), Kirsten Sees, Gazeebo, Billy Bogus, Dario Piana, Dave Allison, Los Charly's Orchestra, Superbreak, Chris Coco, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Deadly Sins, Juno Recommends Leftfield, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), DJ Raw Sugar, Sleazy Beats Recordings, 78 Edits, Doctormusic Project, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, Craig Alexander, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, The Unity Agency, Mr Brazil Aka Lono Brazil, Don Crisp, Hotbox
Review: As the title suggests, this five-tracker from the previously re-edit-happy Editorial imprint showcases slo-mo disco/house crossover cuts from a selection of mostly little-known producers (the fast-rising Matthew Kyle aside). For those who've been digging the superb releases of labels like Sleazy Beats, Wolf Music and Instruments Of Rapture, Slo-Motion Potion comes highly recommended. It's largely impressive stuff, with DJ Butcher's epic "Shake Your Body", Kyle's deliciously sensual "Off My Mind" and 78 Edits' heady opener "Come On Baby" standing out. That said, the whole package is well worth a listen.
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03 Mar 12
Played by: Phunktastike
Review: Here's an unlikely combination: synth-heavy nu-disco re-rubs of a bizarrely titled dubstep wobbler from producer A Contrari. How very post-modern! It's little-known producer Serj V who delivers the unlikely combination, a sludgy fusion of Euro-disco arpeggios, bold synths, floppy-haired posturing and odd, cut-up auto-tune vocals. Exactly what it has to do with fish we'll never know, but it has a cutesy kind of appeal. Olej's Deep Lake remix, meanwhile, casts a line into deeper waters, offering up a fluid, downbeat house version that ebbs and flows delicately. It's arguably the more impressive of the two versions, if only for its unflinching dedication to ticklish melodies.
18 Mar 13
Played by: Martin Brodin
09 May 13
Played by: Mark Knight, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), P A U L I E, Fredeverything, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), 2 Good Souls, Jeremy Glenn, Lesale, Disco Doubles
Review: The fantastically named A/Jus/Ted - veteran producers Justin Strauss and Eddie Mars on a collaborative tip - make their debut on Under The Shade. "A Brighter Light", featuring the treacle-thick soul vocals of Jeremy Glenn, sits somewhere between electro-soul, early Chicago house and Balearic nu-disco. As you'd probably expect from the soul-minded Strauss, the resultant track is effortlessly soulful, quietly uplifting and brilliantly produced. The same could be said of the more instrumental Re A/Jus/Ted remix, which blends skittering proto-house rhythms and electrofunk dub elements with woozy modern deep house. Like the original, it's excellent.
20 May 13
Review: Somnambulant sonic flavours abound as NY house duo make their debut on Southern Fried with "Stay Up Here". Swaying with delicate pianos yet pumping with a prominent acid hook and sparkling with Miss Bee's lush vocal, it's deep without any danger of limpness. Remix-wise both Bonar Bradberry and The Rhythm Odyssey deliver the goods. Bonar spaces things out a little and adds a trippier, more yearning edge to the groove while The Rhythm Odyssey (AKA Dean Meredith from Chicken Lips) dub-funks out the whole affair with a powerful synth bassline. Lovely.
21 Jun 10
Played by: John Clements
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23 Apr 10
Played by: Bonar Bradberry
Review: Your Disco Needs You bring some retro disco shine courtesy of AAA presents SGT Lovebody. "Crystal Skies" lets an upbeat and wildly funky bassline lead the way as jazzy piano keys join in the ride. "Tumble Down" has a solid percussive backbone to which more piano motifs are cast alongside slick grooves.
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21 Aug 11
Played by: Q-Burns Abstract Message, Kid Who, DJ Steef, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Disco, Agoria
Review: Abstraxion may hail from France, but you'd be forgiven thinking he was Italian on this stomping, discofied romp. Rather than the clunky beats of a lot of the current retro Chicago house music, "Jus Acid" positively steams ahead with the kind of propulsion that made Italo disco so popular, and it works here a treat. On the remix tip, In Flagranti take things on a more cosmic house tangent, while Jacque Renault slopes in with a weird, discordant and utterly brilliant take. All three have their merits, but Renault wins out for pitching the perfect creepy late night vibe.
20 Feb 12
Played by: Lou Teti
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