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22 Oct 12
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Haze, King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Dicky Trisco, Andrea Rucci, Gazeebo, Sleazy Mcqueen, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Hot Toddy, Alkalino, Spilt Milk, Venice Beach, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Alessandro Otiz, Freddy Love, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Kid Color, D-Funk, Vladislav Moustache Love, Vicmoren, Joseph Terruel, Get Down Edits, Bufi, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Ramsey Hercules, Willo, Kono Vidovic, Grass Green, Monkey Boots
Review: This release reads like a re-edit producer's convention, with four different artists all delivering their own unique takes on selections from disco's past. "Hitney Wouston" is Deep & Disco's funky tech-house take on "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by you know who. It's an enthralling version that competes with Girls On Top's all-time reworking from back in the day. Alkalino's "Ruff N' Stuff" is a killer blend of throbbing bass, cowbells and a retro rap. Debonair's "Mellow Mellow" features a mesmerising, heavily filtered string loop and lots of disco lasers. Retro-house don Jonewaynes wraps things up with the looped slice of shimmering Balearica that is "Number 1".
24 Jan 12
Played by: Timewarp, Jamie 3:26, Paul Deighton, Juno Recommends Disco, John Warren (Aural Graffiti), Neil Diablo, Karim, Eddie Matos, Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Juno Best Sellers 2012, Tulioxi
Review: Anyone who decides to dedicate a fair chunk of his debut edits release to scalpel cuts of tracks from Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane and Stevie Wonder must have gonads the size of watermelons. Sitting down could be an uncomfortable proposition, then, for the mysterious V, whose seven-track debut EP also includes chunky, floor-friendly re-tweaks of The Kinks and Sly & The Family Stone (as well as a couple of stonking disco bangers). While some would argue that much of the material here didn't need messing with, he's done an excellent job. The Dub of "Whole Lotta Love", for example, is pitched just right, offering much more bang and exactly the right amount of disco dubbiness.
15 Oct 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Straightoffthefloors.com, Los Charly's Orchestra, Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Sard Boogie, Danny Massure, Hidden Riddim, Sol Power All-Stars, Venice Beach, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Alessandro Otiz, The Funk Hunters, Karim, Ez Icarus, Nick Bike, Dirty Mckenzie, Get Down Edits, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Mr Doris, Nu Disco Fever, Manjah
Review: For the uninitiated, The Gaff is a Canada-based DJ, producer and prodigious maker of "party breaks" - shorthand for re-edits and reworks that should appeal for those DJs for whom loose rhythms are of more interest than a straight 4/4 pulse. This first contribution to the digital-only Katakana Edits series is full of funk and soul-laden jams with heavy but snappy drums. There's a global feel, too, with excellent forays into afro-funk ("High Life") and Latin beats ("Mambo Number 5"). While all four tracks are carefully tuned to the needs of dancefloors, the afro-flecked disco-funk grooves of "Funny Saga" stands out.
21 Jan 13
Played by: Spec., DJ Drm (Bastard Jazz / Bstrd Boots), Los Charly's Orchestra, Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Disco, Alessandro Otiz, Dionigi, Cc:disco!, Dirty Mckenzie, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Future Feelings, Philosophy Of Sound, Kono Vidovic, Nu Disco Fever
Review: These guys have been flying the flag for quality amongst the disco re-edit community for a while now. This new two-tracker is being hailed as one of their best yet, with the title track being a lean, super-perky chopped up floor filler with infectious female vocals and a just-go-with-it Euro-rap. The second track is from the other side of the tracks: it's the type of slow n sleazy new wave-disco tune you can imagine in a dark early 80s New York fleapit, where the cast of Liquid Sky hang and dance in a beautifully nonchalant manner.
28 Jan 13
Played by: Gazeebo, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Sleazy Mcqueen, Fingerman, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Jayl Funk, Maurice Aymard, Venice Beach, Juno Recommends Disco, S22, Alessandro Otiz, Freddy Love, Disco B, Cc:disco!, Thomass Jackson, Willo, B.g. Baarregaard, Kono Vidovic, Monkey Boots, Vinyladdicted, Faux Métier
Review: Beards. Where'd they come from, eh? One minute it was all asymmetrical haircuts and 80s electro-pop, then the beards & disco brigade arrived. Well successful re-edit imprint Whiskey Disco proves that beards are still big and happening. YSE has a shady house music history but here displays his love of disco with four quality reworks. "Freeze Frame" is a vocoder-led slow building chant-a-long, "I Own The Boogie" is a deep and intense disco funker with killer basslines (both electronic and live), "Warm Wind Brewing" is a Fantasy Island/Love Boat romantic journey and "Here I Come Again" ends things with some raw disco seduction.
03 Oct 12
Played by: B-Jam, Jimmythetwin, Timewarp, Gazeebo, Chudy, Dave Allison, Trotter, Superbreak, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, The Funk Hunters, Freddy Love, D-Funk, Vladislav Moustache Love, Martin Brodin, Cc:disco!, Get Down Edits, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Willo, Kono Vidovic, Richmed, Nu Disco Fever
Review: The scalpel fiends and rework hounds behind the Editorial label rarely disappoint, and this latest split EP is packed with floor-friendly midtempo goodies. The most revelatory cut of all is Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee's "Slow Fire", a delicious 109 BPM bumper that re-casts Gwen McRae's electrofunk-era disco bomb as a stoned head-nodder. It works so well that you wonder why nobody's done it before. Elsewhere, there's some sweet groovery from Feza, a surprisingly percussive disco-funk jam from the usually dawdling 78 Edits, and a decidedly Balearic jazz-funk excursion from Manmademusic and Freshtone. Really, it's only the usually on-point B-Jam who lets the side down with the so-so "Everyday".
29 May 12
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Homegroove Project, Timewarp, Valique, Superbreak, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, O De Lanzac, Disco Tech, Richard Rossa, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Axe, Alessandro Otiz, The Funk Hunters, Hero Records, Dirty Mckenzie, Tosses & Varvez, Mr Brazil Aka Lono Brazil, Get Down Edits, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Miles Reverse
Review: The mysterious V has got some balls. You see, it's common practice in re-edit circles to steer clear of certain big tunes and artists. V clearly didn't get the memo, because this second volume of party-hearty, floor-filling reworks contains sneaky dubs of tracks by Steve Miller (a smile-inducing version of "Fly Like An Eagle"), the Sex Pistols (a filter-heavy tweak of "Anarchy In The UK"), The Lovin' Spoonful ("Summer In The City") and The Beach Boys ("Good Vibrations", which gets a weirdly breaksy Balearic rework). Better, though, are the versions of the more disco and funk-inclined material. His Betty Wright rework ("Slip & Do It") is particularly magical.
24 Dec 12
07 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, Slow It Down, Fingerman, Kid Who, Superbreak, Alexander Robotnick, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Martin Brodin, Cc:disco!, Dirty Mckenzie, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Ramsey Hercules, Tulioxi, Vinyladdicted
Review: If you're suffering from a post-Christmas slump and are keen to mix things up, this EP of varied edits from Berlin-based producer Alkalino could be right up your alley. Featuring six varied cuts that touch on electrofunk, P-funk, jazz and '80s electro, there's plenty of playable fodder for discerning DJs. Highlights include the talkbox funk and piano solo bizniz of "I Love It", the hustling disco-funk of "Silver Shot" (check the fabulous percussion break halfway through), the jazztime swing of "Janeiro" and the heavyweight Whodini re-cut "Something Funky". Also worth a look is the winding, cosmic oddness of "Warp" - a curious concoction that should appeal to those who like to drop a bit of leftfield disco.
17 Dec 12
Played by: Superbreak, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Tosses & Varvez, Jona Saucedo, Kono Vidovic, Vinyladdicted
Review: DiscoDat continue on their quest to retweak every song from the 1970s charts with another EP, this time by Vinyladdicted; and why not? Sometimes it can actually improve on the original, as in the case of Dr Hook's mid 70s mustachioed romp, "Sexy Eyes", which gets looped and beefed up here. "Don't Break My Heart" soups a little known 1980 anthem by Tonee & Bill Collins, "Miss Ya" is sweet holiday funk but it's a hypnotic reworking of Hot Chocolate's "Stay With Me" that really hits the spot.
11 Apr 12
01 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Andy Warburton, Homegroove Project, Franz, Fingerman, Juno Recommends Disco, Disco B, Joseph Terruel, Futurewife, Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Spilt Milk, Nu Disco Fever
Review: With a sly wink and a beckoning wave of the hand, Chopshop invite us into their boudoir for another seductive trip into slinky rework territory. As usual, many bases are covered. Captain Futuro kicks things off with "Love Me Crazy", a slo-mo disco-flecked hip-hop head-nodder. Label supremo DJ Butcher turns Dave Gerard's "Twisted Message" (a sneaky bootleg version of the Furious Five classic) into a disco funk-breaks smasher, before laying down some revivalist rare groove fun in the shape of his own "However Do You Want Me" (a rework of Soul II Soul's "Back To Life"). A decidedly sensual package is completed by the misty-eyed headiness of Ill Advised "Superstition" (yep, a remake of that "Superstitition").
12 Nov 12
Played by: Jimmythetwin, Dicky Trisco, Teniente Castillo, Fingerman, Superbreak, Pete Herbert, Disco Tech, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Vladislav Moustache Love, Dirty Mckenzie, Dan Solo, La Royale, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Kito Jempere / Spdsc, Ramsey Hercules, Vinyladdicted
21 Dec 12
05 Nov 12
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Jimmythetwin, Homegroove Project, Low Slung, Stupid Human, Sleazy Mcqueen, Fingerman, Stan Tropic, Yam Who?, Superbreak, Andrew Clarke, G&d, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Disco B, Electric Boogie (Ism Midnight Riot), Dirty Mckenzie, Joseph Terruel, La Royale, Peza, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Thomass Jackson, Nine Lives, Willo, Inigo, Mosaik, Richmed, Lazy Kiss
Review: With his Midnight Riot compilations, Yam Who has proved to be a shrewd mover. By focusing largely on the edits-not-edits sound - where disco and electrofunk meets deep house - he's managed to catch the zeitgeist of a scene that remains hugely popular. This third volume reads like a veritable who's who of contemporary talent, featuring both well-known names (Ilya Santana, Rayko, Sleazy McQueen, Get Down Edits) and rising stars (Shit Hot Soundsystem, Jimmy The Twin, B-Jam, the excellent Stupid Human). Musically, it largely delivers what you'd expect, expertly moving between delay-laden disco dubbiness, Tiger & Woods-ish disco-house and starlight nu-boogie.
19 Feb 13
Played by: Fingerman, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Hot Toddy, Juno Recommends Disco, The Funk Hunters, Cc:disco!, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Vinyladdicted
Review: There's something admirable about the no-nonsense approach of the Editorial camp. While steeped in a deep love of the disco sound and the genre's deep history, the edits and reworks they release are first and foremost tried-and-tested dancefloor bumpers. The four cuts here are a great case in point. Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's "Do It One More Time" is a hustlin', low-slung treat (recasting Harvey Mason's "Groovin You" as a sweaty chugger), while Rabo & Snob's "Camel Filter" romps along on a formidable disco-funk flex. The biggest surprise, though is Vinyladdicted's "Alright", a rush-inducing chunk of Balearic disco.
11 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Gazeebo, Fingerman, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Vladislav Moustache Love, Disco B, Joseph Terruel, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Vinyladdicted, Albacore
Review: Nope, this ain't the return of mulleted 80s duo Black Lace, it's the latest comp from Dynamicron's Latino-centric nu-disco label Los Grandes. Once again they've searched high and low to gather the hottest re-edits. Highlights this time include Brevil's sultry sweaty "Sexy", Vinyladdicted's shocking percussion-led rework of 'cough', Jimmy Nail's "Ain't No Doubt", PCJ's baddass 70s disco rock freakout "I Like The Sound", DJ Butcher's faithful take on Mister Flaggio's Italo disco masterpiece "Take A Chance", and Craxi Disco's seductive and proggy synth-disco epic "Jerusalem".
22 Mar 13
Review: Following the success of the first three volumes of his AOR-tinged V's Edits series, Russian producer Valique (best known under his usual pseudonym for disco-flecked funk breaks) unleashes another EP of scalpel jobs. This time, the sources are a little more obscure (the silly artist names offer clues), but the party-starting remit remains. So, we get some chunky low-slung, Fleetwood Mac-ish rock ("Because"), a dash of hustling disco-funk ("Up"), a sprinkling of synth-bass laden funk-rock ("Soul Francisco"), a thickset house version of a soul classic ("Good Or Bad") and a big chunk of '90s US garage silliness ("Love You Too") - all tweaked and teased with an eye on dancefloor devastation.
01 Oct 12
11 Feb 13
Played by: Timewarp, Zamali, Trotter, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, The Funk Hunters, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Tulioxi, Vinyladdicted
Review: Timewarp have been putting out bangers since 2005 on their own Timewarp Music, a Greek label dedicated to only the most alluring electronic sounds. This is their new LP and it's choc-a-bloc with surprises for you; starting from the opener "Bullshit", an irresistibly hip-swanking trip-hop number, it goes all the way through "Disco Frisco" featuring the one like Leon for a smooth but rough-ready house roller, and ends up in places never expected like "Latin Cookies", a track so joyful and packed with good vibes that it can't be properly catalogued into one genre...it has one hell of a bass line though - much like everything else on this sweet full-length from the boys at Timewarp.
05 Dec 12
05 Nov 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Ya Dun Know, Dave Allison, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Sw, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), S22, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Fab Mayday, Shouts!, Karim, Sccucci Manucci, Leg Jazz, Nine Lives, Ramsey Hercules, Willo, Jack Fell Down, Top Billin DJ Team, Richmed, Felipe Le Conteè
Review: Sccucci Manucci once again proves its dancefloor chops with its fifth release, the Cinquemila Lire EP, which sees the London based imprint curl its moustache in the direction of deep house. Manchester based duo Toyboy & Robin open proceedings with "No More Sunshine", an insouciant mix of soulful vocals, shuffling garage percussion and burning deep house organ stabs. It's a heady, intoxicating mix, and it's one that's matched on the A-Side by Sahin Meyer's effort; the husband and wife duo turn in the gorgeous "Spread Love", a cut that wrings every last drop of emotion out of a classic, drummy arrangement. Flip over for "Saif" by Illyus, a twinkling late night excursion into melodic, star gazing house, and "Feel Love" by Firas, one half of the Waze & Odyssey, who rounds off another killer Sccucci 12-inch with raw-thentic smacky beats and an addictive loopy vocal and bassline.
26 Nov 12
Played by: Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Qdup Foundation, Mooqee, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Mr Doris
Review: Feel good breakbeat vibes are the order of the day as German duo CMC & Silenta serve up their first collaborative album. Loaded with cameo mic moments from the likes of Vanessa Iraci, MC Fava, Kawele, Linda Friedel, The Root Sellers and the legendary Ragga Twins, there's a true sense of party as we're led through all styles of party vibe. An ideal winter warmer that will grow and grow as you gear towards another summer, highlights include the Kraak & Smaak style disco boogie ("Where We Started From"), the sexy-smooth organ work and heavenly horn toots on "Love Is Drawn" and Madness-meets-Monkey Mafia musicianship of the album's title track. A very accomplished, not to mention funky, debut album.
06 May 13
Played by: B-Jam, Fingerman, Yam Who?, Jayl Funk, The Funk Hunters, The Glue, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Weedyman, Caserta, Peza, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Lesale, B.g. Baarregaard, Grass Green
Review: Arriving at a fourth Midnight Riot label compilation in little over a year is no mean feat for Yam Who?'s ISM operation, and the key to their success lies in the diversity of sounds you can include within the overarching theme of nocturnal grooves. And of course the high standard of artists that contribute, with this bumper 23 track selection no different as Yam Who? call on some respected names to contribute; seeing the likes of Joey Negro, Ilya Santana, Rakyo and LTJ Experience puts you at ease as you know you are in good hands - the Negro edit of Yambee's Ballistic Brothers classic "Blacker" is a notable highlight. Yet the fact these established names don't overshadow the contributions of lesser known Midnight Riot newcomers such as Dan Butler and Caserta - indeed the latter Boston based producer provides perhaps the best example of a 'nocturnal groove' with his slow burning, beat down house cut "Get Down".
08 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), The Groovers, Redsoul, Fingerman, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Freddy Love, Vladislav Moustache Love, Cc:disco!, Weedyman, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Italodisko, Monkey Boots, Nu Disco Fever, Numoment
Review: A belated but welcome return for Brooklyn's Razor 'N' Tape crew. This time round, though, they're not cutting-up classic boogie tunes in a Tiger & Woods-ish disco-house style. Instead, they offer up three woozy, all-enveloping deep house cuts from The Groovers. "Here's To You Mr Robinson" laces a classic jazz vocal over a smooth-as-silk deep house groove, while "Make Me Feel" turns a delicious jazz-funk jam into a deep, soulful treat - all twinkling Rhodes, edible horns and sweeping strings. "Where You Belong", on the other hand, goes further into slow dance territory, lacing fluid funk guitars, sensual pianos and a delightful vocal over a deep rare funk groove.
05 Apr 13
Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris - "Glad To Know You" (Ray Mang's Flying dub) - (10:52) 116 BPM
08 Oct 12
Played by: B-Jam, Jimmythetwin, Gazeebo, Superbreak, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Karim, Cc:disco!, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Nu Disco Fever
Review: Proving that's there's still life in old re-edit disco dog yet, the guys at fledgling label DiscoDat continue their ascent with a second instalment in this series. Aiming to collect unreleased reworks from the players on the re-edit scene, this album boasts, amongst others, Karim's fleshed-out rework of Millie Jackson's "Keep The Homefires Burnin", Copycat's extended "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers and label boss himself, Disco Tech's teased-out version of Sister Sledges' 'Pretty Baby".
08 Mar 13
05 Mar 13
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Ross Couch, Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Julian Sanza, Homegroove Project, The Groovers, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Thang, Cloned In Vatican!, All Good Funk Alliance, Pete Herbert, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Alessandro Otiz, Vladislav Moustache Love, Martin Brodin, Tad Wily, Ramsey Hercules, Tulioxi, Kono Vidovic, Nu Disco Fever, Lazy Kiss, Disco Doubles, Dixfisical, Thomass Jackson
Review: Belgian duo Spirit Catcher have been producing uber-slick, disco-tinged electro-house/proto nu-disco for almost ten years. However, their sound can maybe veer towards being a bit too tasteful, a bit dry, so teaming up with pastel clad 80s enthusiasts Mullet has awoken a playful sense of fun in their style. "Final Call" is an electro-boogie anthem featuring the cheeky vocals of Mr Renard and "Never Give Up" sees the pair embark on a delicious analogue synth-funk mission. Label boss Casio Social Club remixes the lead track in a Mylo stylee but it's Tad Wily's deep n spacey odyssey that's really floating our yacht.
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23 Mar 12
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Homegroove Project, Giom, Timewarp, Fingerman, Stan Tropic, Los Charly's Orchestra, Jayl Funk, Moon Boots, Chris Deepak, Venice Beach, Mad And Spectral, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Megadon Betamax, Tasun, Karim, Vladislav Moustache Love, Martin Brodin, Cyclist, Denny Loco, Matthew Kyle, Leg Jazz, Peza, Get Down Edits, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Ramsey Hercules, B.g. Baarregaard, Del Strange, Kono Vidovic, Monkey Boots
21 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Gazeebo, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, The Funk Hunters, Joseph Terruel, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Willo, Future Feelings, Del Strange, Grass Green, Vinyladdicted
Review: Having previously danced the night away, the extended musical family behind the Editorial imprint sit down together for a nice spot of Sunday Brunch. In practice, that means a slightly deeper, groovier flex than some previous outings. There's plenty to enjoy, though, from the low-slung mutant nu-disco of JKriv's "Something Special" and the tumbling goodness of Sonicvibe's "Wet Level" (based on Rick James' "Cold Blooded"), to the original boogie sweetness of DJ Butcher's "All My Dub" (a much-needed tweak of Major Harris's long-forgotten "All My Life"). Of course, there are a couple of peaktime stompers, with Feza's Bohannon-ish "Feel Like" standing out.
22 Oct 12
Review: On his previous two releases, this shady re-edit guy, only known as 'V', caused many a cough and splutter within production circles over his decision to re-work largely well-known commercial hits. Maybe he's taken this on board, as here his selection is a lot less recognizable. "Miracles" is certainly identifiable as "I Believe In Miracles", but he's used the lesser know original by Mark Cappani as source material. Elsewhere, Betty Everett's "Hey Lucinda" gets almost doubled in length and Natalie Cole debut "Everlasting Love" gets stripped back. Bigger names do surface later though, including Nina Simone's "I'm Going Back Home" and even T.Rex's "Children Of The Revolution".
15 Mar 13
07 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Dicky Trisco, Homegroove Project, Fingerman, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Weedyman, Al Macario, Ramsey Hercules, Tulioxi, Kono Vidovic, Monkey Boots
Review: Continuing their forays into the world of yesteryear grooves unabated, those pesky hell-dwelling Lumberjacks are at it again, this time drafting in O Boogie and Red Greg for some disco funk finesse for the smoothest get-downs. O Boogie is up first, leaning heavy on a rich piano hook that hammers lower register chords over an incessant disco tick, while evergreen track "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" gets re-versioned in such a floor-burning fashion you'll need asbestos boots just to get out alive. Red Greg's "Inner Rhythm" plies familiar tropes into a sweet instrumental groove that makes all the right moves.
11 Mar 13
Played by: Alkalino, Chris Deepak, G&d, Juno Recommends Disco, Weedyman, Ramsey Hercules, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: Lino 'Alkalino' Rodriguez continues to yo-yo between edits and original productions. Following some decent deep house outings for his own Audaz imprint, here he returns to the world of edits with a ten-track collection of impressively varied reworks. Predictably, he merrily switches between styles at will, touching on '80s AOR B-sides ("Shine On"), Italo (the excellent "Let's Give It A Try"), Balearica ("Secret Life", a rework of "City Lights"), disco-funk (the bumpin' "Untie Me Down"), art-disco (Arthur Russell rework "Keep On Doing") and industrial funk (the Nietzer Ebb-ish "New Beat"). Predictably, all sound like they'd do suitable damage on dancefloors.
19 Feb 13
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Dicky Trisco, The Groovers, Maurice Aymard, Hot Toddy, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Alessandro Otiz, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Cc:disco!, Dirty Mckenzie, Ramsey Hercules, Kono Vidovic, Grass Green, Nu Disco Fever, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: JKriv's Deep & Disco label have come up with a winner with this fine, vintage sounding raw disco track by contemporary Chicago act, The Right Now, remixed by a host of nu-disco regulars. The new-wave meets brass-led disco of the original, in which singer Stefanie Berecz summons the spirit of Chaka Khan, is stretched into lovely dreamy dub by Dicky Trisco and wound down into the sound of a balmy Fire Island summer night by Hot Toddy. Jkriv himself also steps up to the mark with two mixes - a bleepy house one and a sleazy Balearic 'Booty Call' mix.
05 Nov 12
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Homegroove Project, Andrew Clarke, Henri Kohn, Pete Herbert, Fab Mayday, Cc:disco!, Bruno From Ibiza, Future Feelings, Monkey Boots, Jakobin&domino
Review: Ten years ago, Eskimo Recordings emerged from Ghent, as an outlet for mix albums from hometown heroes the Glimmers. Since then, the label has gone on to be a leading light on the nu-disco and nu Balearic scenes. Fittingly, this expansive tenth anniversary set was put together by the Glimmers, and features two solo DJ mixes featuring label highlights aplenty. For DJs, the real bonus is the huge selection of unmixed tracks on display, which adeptly showcases the depth and variety of the label's output. Highlights are plentiful, from the woozy Scandolearic vibes of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and brilliance of early Aeroplane, to the sun-bright dream pop of Hiem, and the bouncing dancefloor groovery of LHAS Inc.
21 Jan 13
Played by: Chudy, DJ Self, Actual Sounds, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Alessandro Otiz, Rory Hoy, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Bialson Hajsy
Review: The Polish party vibes keep flowing at Tru Funk as Chudy returns to the stall with another fine mess of well-laced booties and nu-funk nuggets. "Happy Joint" is the perfect opener, fusing Art Of Fighters with a Michelle Wallace classic. "Looking For Somebody", meanwhile, is the perfect heater; jumping and jiving with a more cut-up sound, it takes an L.T.D joint to a whole new groove dimension. "Where's The Party At" rides with more of a playful, sexy swing while "Keep The Beat" ends on more of a b-boy flavour with added pianos. And that's before we even get to the wide range of remixes! Another must-have from Tru Funk.
12 Mar 12
Played by: Rotciv, Peter Edison, Stan Tropic, DJ Friction (Germany), Neighbour, Mr Chombee, All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Disco, Moustache Mamas, John Warren (Aural Graffiti), Fab Mayday, Marcello Giordani (Italo Deviance), Electric Boogie (Ism Midnight Riot), Nhan Solo
Review: Jay Shepheard's Retrofit imprint reaches its seventh release with this fine EP of old school sounds with an undeniably modern feel. "Hefty Done Me Right" begins proceedings with a house-disco hybrid sporting a particularly meaty analogue bassline, 80s electro vocal samples and shimmering pop synths, while "The Electric Model" marries a distinctly Kraftwerk-esque motorik vibe with Balearic disco sweeps and horns. Up next, "One Night In Puzon" opens with a tense rising string line, broken with a crystalline piano mosaic and deep squelching bass. Finally, TW closes proceedings with his own dub take on "Hefty Done Me Right", amping up the electro feel of the original with an MPC cut-up style reworking filled with heavy vocal samples and rolling piano stabs, transplanting the original from its Italian roots to 80s Harlem.
05 Apr 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Dicky Trisco, Redsoul, Fingerman, DJ Friction (Germany), Los Charly's Orchestra, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Alessandro Otiz, The Funk Hunters, Disco B, Weedyman, Peza, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Lesale, B.g. Baarregaard, Lazy Kiss, Vinyladdicted
Review: Trust us, in our experience when encountering someone who goes by a nickname like Fingerman, it's usually best not to enquire as to how they came to be christened so. Here though he seems intent for us to know his true story, and luckily for us he's explaining it through the language of music. "I Know Its Mine" is a snazzy, brassy anthemic jam, "Lenny's Disco" is super camp fun of the Carl Bean variety, "Outta Sight" is more low-slung stuff, and "Honky Honk", with its incredible sliding bassline, is the sound of a roof being raised!
25 Mar 13
Played by: B-Jam, Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Sleazy Mcqueen, Yam Who?, Superbreak, Sw, Maurice Aymard, Benny Badge (Freekwency/Nite Class), Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Willo, Monkey Boots, Thomass Jackson
Review: ISM Records' two Futurism EPs have proved so popular that label boss Yam Who has decided to use them as the inspiration for an expansive compilation of previously unreleased gems. Unlike the label's other popular strand, Midnight Riot, there's always been a bit more of an open-minded, eclectic feel about the Futurism releases. This is no different. Whilst rooted in nu-disco and deep house, Futurism: Shades of Space also touches on 21st century jazz-funk (Manmademusic), bongo-laden spiritual house (Nu Ak's "Fly Away"), fluid garage (Nega Tiv's excellent "Liquid Call"), woozy Balearica (Ben La Desh and Plan DAqua), block party boogie (Questlife feat Wildstyle, Freekwency) and nu-jazz (Hamish Balfour). More importantly, the quality threshold remains high throughout.
25 Feb 13
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), The Groovers, Straightoffthefloors.com, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Gazeebo, Pete Herbert, Lusty Zanzibar, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Cc:disco!, Tad Wily
Review: Although sounding like a Manhattan laundry or maybe a pizza delivery service, Sixth Avenue Express are in fact a nu-disco duo from Peckham. They've generated some pretty large interest since forming in 2011 and now finally we have a much-anticipated new release from them. "Can't Stop Feelin" is not just an anthem for everyone out there incapable of keeping their hands to themselves. No, it's a deep and sensuous slice of the kind of mellow electro-house favoured by the likes of DJ T, and to which Pete Herbert adds some extra percussion and ravey stabs. Classy!
21 Mar 13
Played by: Visti, Gazeebo, Fingerman, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Ramsey Hercules, B.g. Baarregaard, Future Feelings, Monkey Boots, Vinyladdicted, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: It's been a while since we've had contact with Beaten Space Probe, but presumably his probe is still operational because here we have a follow up to last year's debut. Once again this Japanese producer (aka Shota Tanaka) is in party mood with four authentically 70s sounding slices of disco. "Boogie Rice" marries Philly strings with a killer funk riff and "In Your Soul" is a tour de force of female belters; "Feel Like Dancing" is the standout with a Nightfever funk that'll make you strut like Travolta, although "River Magic" come a close second with its emotional orchestration and tight guitar licks.
01 Apr 13
Played by: B-Jam, Andrea Rucci, Redsoul, Fingerman, Superbreak, Kisk, Maurice Aymard, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Richard Rossa, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), S22, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Disco B, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Willo, Kono Vidovic, Monkey Boots, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: Volume Six of the esteemed Sccucci Manucci operation sees the Tom Selleck of disco flecked house rack up the air miles with an international cast of talent contributing. Contemporary disco connoisseurs should be fully aware of Gredits, the Swedish producer with previous on the Basic Fingers label; "Doing It Deep" does it right, seductively teasing out a killer looped up disco groove that gets more flirtatious with every listen. German dwelling Greek producer Elef takes us into classicist house terrain with the infectious bump and shuffle of "Lazy Liz", whilst a long promised Sccucci weapon from The Candy Dealers (aka Christian Malloni & Jay West also sees release. Glaswegian Illyus rounds out the EP, as he returns for a second bite of the Manucci cherry with the late night dubby house goodness of "Movin House".
11 Feb 13
Played by: Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Alessandro Otiz, Sccucci Manucci, Salon Acapulco, Lesale, Kono Vidovic, Kolombo
Review: Having previously impressed with an EP of shuffling deep house disco on Gazeebo International, Australian musician/producer Jad Lee drops an EP of woozy, floor-friendly deepness on Toy Tonics. "Do It Get Up" is indicative of his trademark sound, delivering a strobelight-friendly fusion of chunky bottom-end, wiry synths and thickset chords. Kolombo remixes, offering up a delightfully wonky, stripped-back version that sounds like Sweet Exorcist making nu-disco, under the influence of helium. "Tipsy" throws some weighty electrofunk bass into the mix with impressive results, while the boogie sampling "Lovin" tickles and teases with its blend of jackin' beats and Tiger and Woods-ish cut-ups.
14 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Dicky Trisco, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Dave Allison, Cloned In Vatican!, Alexander Robotnick, Juno Recommends Disco, The Funk Hunters, Drop Out Orchestra, Fab Mayday, Cc:disco!, Random Soul, Dirty Mckenzie, Joseph Terruel, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), DJ Ermi, Ramsey Hercules, Future Feelings
Review: Having already stormed up the sales charts on vinyl, Ron Basejam and Dicky Trisco's Drop Out Orchestra reworks finally make their way to digital download. Trisco's mix is particularly good fun, offering the perfect balance between percussion-laden disco revivalism (check the low-slung walking bass, jazz guitar and heavyweight timbales hits) and slick nu-disco (tasty synth melodies, some 21st century FX). Crazy P man Ron Basejam opts for a housier approach, weighing in with a mix that sits somewhere between electrofunk revivalism, jazz-funk and string-laden deep house. Expect to hear it plenty of times on disco dancefloors over the next six months.