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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 Schubarth, 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.
10 Apr 13
Played by: Fingerman, Cloned In Vatican!, Superbreak, Venice Beach, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), B.g. Baarregaard, Monkey Boots
Review: Nu disco re-edit label Editorial seem to be continuing on their recent deep slo-mo direction. Their fifth label comp/EP sees them in fine fettle, with Sellouts delivering the deep n loopy "Satisfy" (a deceptively powerful dancefloor builder), Deep&Disco's "Otis Held Tight" is a beautifully sparse yet soulful outing, Manuel Shagun's "So Good" provides an amazing glammy disco stomp, riddled with samples and all the better for it, while the party winds up with the cruising blue sky funk of The Noodleman's "3rd Time".
03 May 13
Review: Here Chopshop welcome Moplen to their clan with an introductory EP of re-jigs. It's an impressive start: "Ma Foom Bey" is brooding Afro house with a slightly Chi-town undercurrent, 80s disco staple "Ain't Nothin Goin On But The Rent" gets a respectful nip and tuck while "Cavern" ends things with a way-out and noodley adaptation of Liquid Liquid's "Cavern".
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 Schubarth, 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.
24 Oct 12
Played by: Jimmythetwin, Fingerman, Jayl Funk, Disco Tech (Discodat), Kid Color, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Nine Lives, Ramsey Hercules, Mosaik, Kono Vidovic
Review: Having been in the game since 1996, Portsmouth-based nu-disco DJ Gregg Holmes knows a thing or two about slick disco re-edits. Here, under his Fingerman alias, he treats us to five vintage reworks. "2 Remember" takes good old Shalamar, stretches them out and wraps them in disco swishes, with more claps than a standing ovation. Elsewhere, Teena Marie's "I Need Your Lovin'" gets gently teased and filtered on "Just A Little Luv". Bloodstone get extra electronic percussion on "Stronger Love" and The Chi-Lites get a dirty house workover on "Move That Bottom".
08 Oct 12
Played by: B-Jam, Jimmythetwin, Gazeebo, Superbreak, Disco Tech (Discodat), 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".
07 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Dicky Trisco, Homegroove Project, Fingerman, Art Of Tones, 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.
07 Jun 13
Played by: Spilt Milk
Review: Canada's Homebreakin' label, so often a home to P-funk and electro influenced party-starters, welcomes a new name to its roster, Laberge. "Falling Away" is a little different to their usual fare, with the title track delivering a deep, shimmering chunk of R&B-influenced nu-disco. Chris James' remix brings out the garage elements of the original (think pitched-up, messed around with vocals) and adds some shuffling beats, while Terrence Pearce's version is a wide-eyed chunk of UK garage nostalgia. As for the bonus tracks, "At Night" is a soaring slice of slo-mo electrofunk (think big synths and big vocals), while "Yesterday" is a near perfect example of how to execute slo-mo nu-disco.
11 Feb 13
Review: The Katwana Edits crew can usually be relied upon to deliver reliable, floor-friendly edits that get just the right balance between contemporary dancefloor chops and original swing. This four-tracker from Timewrap and Lee Mazah is, unsurprisingly, pitched perfectly. The epic "We're Gonna Rule The World" cleverly blends a number of shuffling disco-soul classics, without ever sounding lie a needless mash-up. "Listen To This" ups the tempo, brilliantly chopping up a soaring, basement-friendly disco-funk jam. Lee Mazah's cheeky "Funky Cameron" goes straight for the P-funk jugluar (via an electrofunk take on the US national anthem and some ace party atmosphere samples), while "Revans" is an outlandishly groovy disco-funk stomper.
10 May 13
Review: It appears that Systematic label boss Marc Romboy and his Chicago veteran old pal Blake Baxter have got lost on a road trip. We can just see them now, in a Delorean and struggling with maps and compasses before exiting the vehicle to find themselves in Paris circa 1998. Yep "The Art Of Sound" sees the normally jack-obsessed producers explore the whole French touch sound, and it largely works - the main version being faster, vocal and less retro. Version 2 though is all about looping and filtering those disco samples to within an inch of their lives!
06 Jul 12
17 May 13
Played by: S22
12 Nov 12
Played by: Jimmythetwin, Dicky Trisco, Teniente Castillo, Fingerman, Superbreak, Pete Herbert, Disco Tech (Discodat), Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Vladislav Moustache Love, Dirty Mckenzie, Dan Solo, La Royale, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Kito Jempere, Ramsey Hercules, Vinyladdicted
01 Jun 13
Review: Portuguese nu-funk fella Mr Bird doesn't hang around; having only just recently dropped the long player 'Know Your Rodents", he's already back with this new two tracker. "Sun Beams Rising" is an impeccable slice of Balaerica all sustained tension and sultry sunset grooves, oh and some seriously badass synth lines. "Telephonik" is less seductive, but goes for a perky, jazzier electro-funk jam that's certainly pleasant enough.
23 Apr 13
Review: With their new-ish label Young Adults, Leeor Brown and David Fisher's aim is to source the best underground house and nu-disco being made across the globe. This has led them to releasing a new mini mix, entitled House Slippers, and here are the eight tracks featured in the their full, unmixed glory. It's an impressive selection that covers such territory as the Michael McDonald fronting Junior Boys-isms of "Only This Moment", the cloud nine electro-house of "Maybe Snakes (Permanent Vacation remix)", the retro French Touch loops of "Fake Bitches" and the synth-laden proto-acid of "Just Wear It".
22 May 13
Review: On a retro TV show, Imagination singer Lee John discussed how everybody thought they were an impossibly glamourous an beautifully produced American soul act...until they learnt that they were from Brixton. After that they were just dismissed as a camp joke. Thankfully the passing of time has proved them to be the former, resulting in many respectful tributes, if maybe one too many unnecessary re-edits. Also included are retweaks of Alphonse Mouzon's wonderful "Everybody Get Down" and the electro-squiggles/funk of Stephanie Mills' "You Can Get Over".
17 Jun 13
Played by: Cloned In Vatican!
06 May 13
Review: Wow! Fans of either Escort or modern nu-disco (or both!) can now rejoice as the retro New Jersey band's eponymous LP has now been remixed by a string of key producers. It's a veritable feast, a smorgasbord even, of pulsating electronics, female vocals and the kind of music that makes you imagine you're Richard Gere in American Gigolo. Highlights include the voodoo weirdness of Sub Swara's take on "All Through The Night", the high octane Proper Heat mix of "Chameleon Chameleon" and Ewan Pearson's Tom Tom Club-esque version of "Cocaine Blues".
06 Jul 12
Played by: Pimpsoul, B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Jimmythetwin, Los Charly's Orchestra, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Disco, Killer Funk Records Usa, Smoove, Mr Doris
Review: Two new excursions in funk from the excellent Gamm label, who drop Reviva Alias Estephe & Vulzor's epic reworking of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" on this split single this week. Cleverly using outtakes, instrumental versions and accapellas of the original, the team craft a fresh remake - and an absolutely huge break down and build half way in too. "Dreaming On The Riviera" is another fine edit job, making for a breezy disco-funk jam that DJs will be pining for after just a few bars.
30 Oct 12
Played by: Dave Allison, Superbreak, Chris Deepak, Venice Beach, The Funk Hunters, Joseph Terruel, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Thomass Jackson, Willo Schubarth, Inigo, B.g. Baarregaard, Future Feelings, Richmed
Review: The Editorial re-edit label have a deep sense of purpose and that is to hunt down as many top notch spliced and diced classics and release them quick smart. With over 20 releases in just a few years, they must be pretty good at their job. DJ Steef begins proceedings with the slow and loungey "Rising South Coast", before the temperature rises with the guitar-driven and string-laden funk of DJ Moar's 'Funky French' really starts the party. Things get slow and saucy again though, on Hotbox's "Can't Get Enough" before we get in a sublime disco-house spin with Thomass Jackson's "Luv Doctor". Things end in an upbeat fashion with "Music Is Love" an early 70s slow funk anthem re-tweaked by Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee.
29 Dec 10
15 Apr 13
04 Apr 11
Played by: Josh The Funky 1, Philippos N (Freshit Recordings), Rotciv, Fish Go Deep, Mmdrec, The Revenge, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Sean Gormally (Sean And Dev), Adam Bozzetto, Faze Action, Kid Who, Ben Pistor, Estroe, Dana Bergquist, Minimatic, Alexander Robotnick, Chris Coco, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Eddie Niguel Aka Edel, Hot Toddy, Dirt Crew, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Disco, Downtown Party Network, Sean Danke, Marbeya Sound, Kruse & Nuernberg, Cosmonauts, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Tesla Boy, Space Ranger, Brioski, Doctormusic Project, Tornado Wallace, Neurotic Drum Band, Aliooft (Foto Rec.), Slow Hands, Smash Tv, Juno Electro House Podcast, Rone, Telesynth, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Ali Tillett (Warm Agency), Chicago Damn, Pete Gooding, Mixmaster Morris
Review: Terje Olsen doesn't release many records, but when he does they tend to be pretty special. This surprise EP for Running Back is his only his fifth original single in seven years, but it's arguably his best yet. "Ragysh" is devilishly simple, a naggingly hypnotic house/ electronic disco head-nodder that builds to a gasping climax of chic, intergalactic melodies. It's partnered by "Bonysh", a dubwise beats track that ekes maximum thrills from little more than ever-changing percussion. "Snooze For Love" - available in dancefloor and downtempo versions - continues the stargazing theme, offering up an uber-Balearic mix of bleep melodies, dozy chords and sleepwalking percussion.
04 Jul 11
Mungolian Jetset - "Moon Jocks 'N' Prog Rocks" (Todd Terje's Schlong Tong vocal version) - (5:02) 118 BPM
Sir John Roberts & The Sophisticated Funk Orchestra - "Ain't Nothing Like Making Love" - (6:38) 113 BPM
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Alphabet City, Andrea Rucci, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Yam Who?, Faze Action, 40 Thieves, Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Mighty Mouse, Steve Lee, Dionigi, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Tasun, Campari_safari, Dirty Mckenzie, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Leg Jazz, Faze Action, Alberto Sabatini
Review: The third edition of Horse Meat Disco's cowbell revue arrives on Strut at a time when the genre is in the midst of a golden period and thus it's no surprise to see the concept behind this collection mirrors that. Whilst the two previous editions have focused on the underground NYC disco sound of the late 70s/early 80s, this third selection bridges the gap between then and now with the first twelve inch strictly contemporary productions chosen by Jim Stanton and Severino. It's a smart selection too ranging from the gritty arpeggiated funk of Leftside Wobble's revision of L.I.F.E.'s proto house cover of Marvin Gaye to Yam Who's bottom heavy diva anthem "I'm In Love" and Tom Trago in glistening disco pump mode. James Hillard and Luke Howard take the controls for the more vintage sounds, with the camp flex of Rose Lauren's "American Love" and the MOR Philly disco of Idris Muhammed particular delights. Available in both mixed and unmixed form too, which is very nice indeed!
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.
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".
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.
23 May 13
Review: Every so often, somebody comes along with a genius-like idea and turns some dusty gem into dancefloor gold. That's arguably the case with "Hey Sucker", a sneaky re-edit/rework of bizarre German '80s popsters Hong Kong Syndikat. The band specialized in making the sort of eccentric, off-kilter fare that could be described as 'Balearic', so it's fitting that it's their most wide-eyed moment - 1984 album track "Samba Olec" - getting the scalpel treatment. The virtual A-side sticks closely to the original, cutting, slicing and pasting in all the right places. It's the B-side - a jaunty but surprisingly subtle house re-imagining - that probably has more potential for crossover her success. Silly, but refreshingly so.
03 Jun 13
Review: Melodic pop-house producer Nick Shaw continues his quest to reach the top ten with another sugary dance bomb! "Ta Tada" features Shep Pettibone-style freestyle production and layers of breathy female vocals. Basically it sounds like the kind of anonymous 80s dance tune, usually discovered hidden in a bargain bin, that turns out to be gold when brought home and brought back to life on your turntable.
17 May 13
Played by: Monkey Boots
Review: With his previous disco re-edits for German imprint Replay, Frico has usually dug a bit deeper, sourcing more obscure material. This time round though he's going straight for Loose Joints' tried and tested "Is It All Over My Face", and due to his decision to really only make it slightly dubbier, gets away with it. "Together For Ever" re-jigs Exodus' 1979 disco classic and makes the most of its frenetic Latino percussion and hyper elasticized bassline.
03 Jun 13
Review: SW7 is the postcode for Knightsbridge, and although it might sound glamourous (if not a little ridiculous) to imagine an underground disco house act writing their tunes while gazing at Harrods through their window, the reality is that they're a prolific duo hailing from Belfast. We have two killer original tunes here: "If You Want" is a delicious orgy of 80s claps and melancholy late 80s house pads (remixed in a Latin-house style by Club Silencio) and the sax n' funk guitar-heavy "Move Back", which is given an awesome jacking in Giorgio Luceri's remix.
03 Oct 12
Played by: B-Jam, Jimmythetwin, Timewarp, Gazeebo, Chudy, Dave Allison, Trotter, Superbreak, Disco Tech (Discodat), 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 Schubarth, 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".
12 Sep 12
24 Aug 12
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.
24 Dec 12
23 Jun 11
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Low Slung, Justin Miller, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Guy Williams/D.r.w (Dan Williams), Gdr, DJ Friction (Germany), Minimatic, Jayl Funk, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Disco, Deadly Sins, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Alessandro Otiz, Freddy Love, M.ono, John Devecchis, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Karim, D-Funk, Dirty Mckenzie, Elly K, Phunktastike, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, The Unity Agency, Linosaur, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Alberto Sabatini, Psychemagik, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Ramsey Hercules, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: Amsterdam dwelling editor par excellence Em Vee took the solo reigns on the inaugural Lumberjacks In Hell - and truly excelled with a great reimagination of "Miss You". The second release on the label sees the German share duties with Spanish edit demon Rayko. First up is an expert rearrangement of Candi Staton's cover of the Bee Gee's standard "Nights On Broadway" which strips the track of its orchestral leanings to focus on the groove! Following this is a meaty take on a classic, with Barbara Keith's cover of "All Along The Watchtower" reinforced with some bottom end bump. Em Vee spreads a special disco version of Alma Lee's late 70s Philly delight "Gimme Your Love" with an extended intro that fully displays his edit talents.
21 Oct 12
Played by: B-Jam, Homegroove Project, Andrea Rucci, Gazeebo, Dave Allison, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Vladislav Moustache Love, Cc:disco!, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Monkey Boots
Review: Ireland's Get Down Edit's have developed a real reputation for quality, with many established DJs counting themselves as fans. Even a quick listen to this EP and you'll know why: there's no cheese to found, only well crafted reworks of classy tunes allowed. Label bosses Daz and Martin are first up with the string-laden slow motion "Strategy". The Legendary 1979 Orchestra's "Treating Me" is a steamy stomp with a big chorus, while Stephanie Mill's "Put Your Body In It" is beefed up in fine style by Rayko; Last but not least, Late Night Tuff Guy turns Rose Royce's "Wishing On A Star" into an incredible, and almost unrecognisable, trippy electronic odyssey!
14 Feb 12
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.
29 Apr 13
Review: Nelue is a man who knows which side his disco toast is buttered on: the floor-friendly party side. As such he doesn't hold back; Sinead O'Connor's definitive version of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" gets whisked up in a whoosh-filled blender and arrives back in bouncey, housey form. Stevie Wonder gets a furious electro-disco makeover on "Walkers" and elsewhere "The Real Deal" is attitude-heavy electroboogie and "All My Love" is an emotionally stirring anthem with belting female vocals.
01 Mar 13
Uptown Funk Empire - "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (feat Noel Mc Koy - Uraz Kurt remix) - (6:39) 118 BPM
Review: France's Soulab label is largely known for it's jazzy, soulful sounds. Here though, it's all about the lazy, hazy sounds of the 70s & 80s. Over 13 tracks we get taken on an analogue party heavily indebted to the likes of Roger Troutman & Shalamar. The mellow g-funk of Uptown Funk Empire's "Take You Out" starts things lying down, before the electro-soul of Fatback 4Way's "Sweet Summer Daze" livens things up. From then on we get classic boogie (Cool Million "Lift Me Up") , retro pop (Confection "Lift Me Up") and even flute-core (Uptown Funk Empire "Boogie").
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, Martin Hayes (Rose Records), 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.