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09 Dec 09
Played by: Scenery Records
11 Mar 11
31 Mar 11
Played by: Timewarp, Dave Allison, Los Charly's Orchestra, Chris Coco, All Good Funk Alliance, Deadly Sins, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Cottam, James Johnston (No Matter What), DJ Raw Sugar, 78 Edits, Doctormusic Project, Raw Club Radio, Tosses & Varvez, Matthew Kyle, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: Sneaky re-edit imprint Editorial likes to offer good value. As with previous releases, "Cross Corner" features no less than six floor-friendly reworks to satisfy the needs of all but the pickiest disco divas. While there are a couple of merely solid versions of well-known hits (Grace Jones and Marvin Gaye both get cut-up), there are far more high quality re-arrangements of lesser-known gems. Of particular interest are the contributions from The Legendary 1979 Orchestra and Manmademusic, both of whom wonderfully stretch out soul-flecked disco gems with inch-perfect precision.
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.
15 Aug 11
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, 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.
12 Sep 12
13 Jan 12
Played by: This Is A Recording, F3, Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Daughters & Sons, Rotciv, Visti, Alphabet City, Slow It Down, Scenery Records, Stan Tropic, Golden Fleece, Felipe Sá, DJ Steef, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Downtempo, Moustache Mamas, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Neil Diablo, Lou Teti, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Dionigi, Timo Garcia (Yoshitoshi), Zee&eli, Elly K, Tad Wily, Oded Nir, Bufi, Resident Advisor
Review: Numbering musicians from LA, Copenhagen and Auckland amongst their ranks, Parallel Dance Ensemble perhaps epitomise the far reaching remit of Permanent Vacation. Debuting on the Munich label with the digital-only Possessions & Obsessions last March, the band now return in typically well curated remix EP form. Any record that puts the likes of Max D and Maxxi Soundsystem alongside a rarely used collaboration moniker between Studio Barnhus' Boman and Petter (Salax Peep Show) and the Perm Vac mainstays Spectacle is going to get the disco whiskers twitching and your intrigue will be well rewarded here. It's rare that a production from Future Times boss man Max D gets trumped in our affections but the moment the bass line drops on the Maxxi Soundsystem remix of "Shopping Cart" is a real joy to behold!
30 Nov 12
Played by: Seth Merlo, Maurice Aymard, Fernando, Martin Brodin, M.a.n.d.y., Sasha, Dirty Mckenzie, Salon Acapulco, Roel Hoogendoorn
Review: Second time around for John Talabot's brilliant debut album Fin, an expansive exercise in woozy dark-pop, off-kilter dream house and inventive IDM. This time round, the album has been padded out using a mix of previously released remixes, unheard versions and previously unreleased bonus cuts. There are some real gems among the nine additional tracks, from Bullion's breezy, off-kilter pop take on "Destiny" and the shimmering electronica of "Tragedial", to a hitherto unheard 'album version' of Talabot's seminal breakthrough cut, "Matilda's Dream". The droning synth-pop of "I Want Tonight" also impresses, as does the skittering rhythms and bold synths of "Zanzibar (80tapemix)". In truth, it's all pretty hot.
26 Aug 11
Played by: This Is A Recording, Noir, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Kid Who, Martin Haberland, Alexander Robotnick, Chris Coco, Dirt Crew, Mike W - Kolour Ltd, Roberto Rodriguez, M.ono, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Enzo Canale, Campari_safari, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Black Marlin
Review: Munich label Permanent Vacation serve up a second helping of If This Is House I Want My Money Back, presenting twelve tracks of truly cosmopolitan house from some of the best producers out there. Familiar Vacationers such as the Hivern duo of Talabot and Pional return (and provide two of the compilations highlights) along with the likes of Jacob Korn and naturally Permanent Vacation themselves. New arrivals feature more prominently here, and justify their inclusion most notably "Excited", the rough hewn warehouse endeavour from Future Times duo Beautiful Swimmers. The aforementioned Talabot jam "Leave Me" provides the most immediate gratification, demonstrating the Spaniard's true panache for teasing out obscure samples across a track that is constantly twisting with life. However it's surrounded by eleven productions that reveal their own brilliance with time and that's surely the mark of a fine compilation.
18 Nov 11
Review: Munich label Permanent Vacation's annual Selected Label Works collections are rarely less than essential, and this third volume is no different. As usual, there's an enjoyable mix of dancefloor hits, leftfield disco curiosities, rabble-rousing remixes and atmospheric, occasionally Balearic moments. With such a vast tracklist and the quality threshold high throughout, it's hard picking highlights. Worth particular attention, though, are Todd Terje's quaint dub reggae rework of Europop hit "All That She Wants" (covered under his occasional Chuck Norris guise), the quirky Germanic pop of new signings Candyblasta and Argy's thrilling, Hacienda-style Balearic breaks mix of his own Zodiac Free Arts Club track "NAOE".
10 Jul 09
12 Apr 11
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Rotciv, Gdr, Kid Who, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), John Devecchis, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Tesla Boy
Review: Chopshop Music joins a growing number of labels to endeavour to show their support following the recent devastation in Japan. This Re Birth compilation gathers up tracks from an impressive array of disco centric artists and will hopefully raise the funds that will have some positive effect on the country's attempts to recover. Included are fifteen tracks from the likes of Martin Brodin, Dead Rose Music Company, Tal M Klein and Space Ranger - with a variety of styles and tempos traversed from start to finish. Alongside the raft of edits there are some interesting original tracks present - not least "Kaneda" by Kompleks which features some nifty sampling of an animation classic!
29 Dec 10
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music)
20 Jul 11
01 Jun 12
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), O De Lanzac, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Martin Brodin, Appo, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Moon Runner
Review: Middlesborough-based DJ/producer Appo has been mixing up and chopping up tracks since the late '70s. Here he makes his first appearance on re-edit imprint Chopshop with a five-track, pick 'n' mix assortment of floor-friendly reworks that touches on Balearica, AOR and, of course, disco. In the latter category come slo-mo disco-reggae drum workout "Fantasy Island" and scream-along disco-soul anthem "Getaway". Weirdly, two of the best cuts are also the most esoteric selections. Appo must have had his tongue firmly pressed in cheek when chopping up Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" (really) and JJ Cale's "Cocaine". Both tracks are given a surprisingly Balearic new lease of life.
01 Feb 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Fingerman, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: After honing his skills with a series of well-regarded re-edit releases, DJ Butcher changes tack here, delivering a devilishly sweet fusion of deep electrofunk, B-boy breaks and old skool hip-hop vocals. Clearly designed as a tribute to late '70s/early '80s hip-hop (check out the Sugarhill Gang/Furious Five style vocals), "Sol Wrap" has enough about it to suggest that it will easily slip into contemporary party sets. There's an instrumental, too, for those who can't be doing with the vocal, while Leftside Wobble offers up a slick remix that replaces the bass with pulsing vintage synth hits. The Latin-flavoured Timewrap Remix is pretty tasty, too.
15 Mar 11
13 Dec 10
05 Oct 10
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!
13 Jun 11
Played by: Giom, Shadow Dancer, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Thomas Sonora, Juno Recommends Disco, Frank Booker, Ursula 1000, Sleazy Beats Recordings, The Littlemen, Sccucci Manucci, Campari_safari, Trujillo, Brioski, Navid Izadi, Spirit Catcher, Storm Queen/Morgan Geist, Things Happen
Review: In recent times, many have tried to copy the Tiger & Woods formula, but no one has yet come close to matching the sheer heaviness and timeless quality of their loopy, edit-heavy productions. For proof of their genius, just check this debut full-length. Featuring a mix of new cuts and tracks culled from their previously mysterious white label releases ("Gin Nation" etc), Through The Green offers a lesson to would-be copycats in how to turn a bagful of boogie and electrofunk samples into party-rocking disco/house gold. The beats and basslines are heavier than a skipload of sumo wrestlers after a night at an "all you can eat" buffet, the loops addictively hooky and the builds judged to absolute perfection.
12 May 11
25 Jun 12
Sly & Lovechild - "The World According To Sly & Lovechild" (Andrew Weatherall Soul Of Europe mix) - (8:21) 120 BPM
Review: It's a commonly held belief that, bar a few exceptions, early UK house wasn't very good. Here, Richard Sen sets out to prove otherwise, digging through the archives to unearth a string of dusty gems. Eschewing the usual hits ("Carino", "Voodoo Ray" etc), Sen proves conclusively that British producers were every bit as talented as their Chicago and New York counterparts "back in the day". Interestingly, many of the cuts here are deeper and more musically well-rounded than their US equivalents - hell, Baby Ford's "Crashing" could easily pass for Dream 2 Science or Mr Fingers - while the more aggressive acid cuts (see the contributions from Man With No Name and Return Of The Living Acid) are every bit as raw as you'd expect.
15 Aug 11
Played by: Mat Hoods, Rotciv, Cbas, Superbreak, DJ Steef, Maurice Aymard, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Cottam, M.ono, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Cyclist, Elly K, Joseph Terruel, Antek, Dplay, Matthew Kyle, Alexander Maier, Black Marlin
Review: It's fair to say Running Back have not put a foot wrong this year with headline releases from Tiger & Woods and Todd Terje complemented by some lesser celebrated but by no means less impressive twelve inches from Marco Passarani, Disco Nihilist and that stunning Son Of Sam reissue. Their latest release sees the focus shift to another under the radar producer in Suzanne Kraft, whose Green Flash EP makes for one of this year's most attractive releases. Kraft adopts a pleasantly midtempo poise on "Morning Come" with swathes of melodies infused with sunset gradually rising to the fore. This joyous feeling flushes through the rest of the EP with both "Turning" and the title track sounding like Tiger & Woods performing from the deep end of the pool. "Femme Cosmic" provides an excellent finish to proceedings, unfolding from a tinnily reverberant slowed down proto house drawl into some midnight cruise through dubbed out mutant 80s disco boogie.
24 Oct 11
Played by: Rudy's Midnight Machine, Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, In Flagranti, Bravura, Monkey Boots
Review: Factory Records has always been a source of fascination for music historians and reissue merchants, though their focus has usually been on the label's indie credentials. Here crate-digging experts Strut take a different approach, shining a light on the label's contribution to dancefloor culture in the post-punk years. Largely steering clear of the biggest anthems, FAC Dance offers a good mix of familiar tunes ("Love Tempo", "Confusion", "Cold As Ice" etc), long-forgotten gems (see the alt electro-funk of A Certain Ratio and Marcel King's E'd-up Hacienda anthem "Reach For Love") and genuine curiosities (check The Duratti Column's dubbed-out proto Balearica, the piano-laden Latino vibes of Quando Quango's "Genius" and Biting Tongues oddball post-punk Afro-fusion). A fitting tribute to a truly visionary label.
04 Mar 13
Review: Fresh from the success of their Salty Days LP, Julis Steinhoff and Just Von Ahlefeld sneak over to Running Back to deliver another master class in delicately poised but righteously pumping deep house. "Nofretete" chugs along at a steady pace, but the interlocked locomotion of the drums and the arpeggios keeps a healthy amount of energy in what is ostensibly a deep cut. "Ninja Restaurant" slips into a more prominent groove, keeping the beat sparse and funky, and the smatterings of synth touches freaky. "In The Jungle" heads into a more jacking refrain, rich and warm in equal measure whilst still tapping into that tripped out mindset that comes with the Smallville set.
17 Oct 11
23 Aug 11
02 Sep 11
Played by: This Is A Recording, Shantisan, Rotciv, Timewarp, Gazeebo, Trotter, DJ Steef, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), John Devecchis, DJ Raw Sugar, Campari_safari, Matthew Kyle, Hotbox
Review: The tireless Jon Nedza once again dons his Gazeebo guise, this time for a remixed version of his Made In Mars mini-album. There are three tracks from the original set under the remix knife ("Hyperspace Hotmix", "Planet Boogie" and "Red Eye To Saturn"), with a pleasing variety of reworks on offer. Contrast, for example, the electroboogie-era hip-hop vibes of DJ Raw Sugar's version of "Hyperspace Hotmix" with Roctiv's two deep house-meets-electrofunk mixes of the same track. While all of these rubs hit the mark, it's Trotter who delivers the stand-out remix, layering subtle scratches and hip-hop vocal samples over a laidback disco groove featuring live bass, pianos and clavinet chords.
15 Jun 12
18 Dec 12
Review: Shaggy haired Aussie surfer dude, Jad Lee, has chosen an eyebrow-raising moniker for his slick disco edits and remixes persona, but it certainly gets him noticed! Anyway ladyboys and slick disco edits are perfectly in keeping with saucy groove peddlers, Gazeebo International. "Closer" takes a loop from one smooth early 80s synth-funk cut, perfect beach party fodder. "Babe" is hypnotic electro-boogie, but it's the monumental "What About George & Ringo", which takes some recent sentimental ramblings of Paul McCartney and sets them to a throbbing Balearic rhythm, that hilariously steals the show.
28 Jan 13
25 Apr 11
Played by: Philippos N (Freshit Recordings), DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Visti, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Cloned In Vatican!, Andrew Clarke, Chris Coco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Marcus Marr, Ilya Santana, Erdbeerschnitzel, Raw Club Radio, 6th Borough Project
Review: The newly rebranded Under The Shade come correct with the latest disco talent to surface from the prodigious shores of Italy. Rampi has form, having contributed bass duties to several tracks for The Heels Of Love and his debut solo endeavour certainly impresses. Revolving around a languid beat and an analogue bassline that gets stretched out brilliantly, "Feel It Burn" is made all that more special by the soft vocal turn from UTS acolyte Miss Bee. UTS regulars Ray Mang and Mario Basanov step up for remix duties - the former adds some crunch to the beat and really goes to town on that grinding analogue bass, whilst the Lithuanian goes for a glistening house refix that's underpinned by an electrofunk bassline Dam Funk would applaud. Furthermore, Bonar Bradberry dusts off his cowbell for an uptempo dextrous and thumping disco take on another Rampi production "Panzerotti" which should be filed under Class A Coconut Shaker.
10 Sep 09
01 Nov 10
08 Apr 12
11 Mar 13
Played by: Fingerman, Superbreak, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Vladislav Moustache Love, Cc:disco!, Ramsey Hercules, Willo, Monkey Boots, Albacore
Review: It's been a while since we've heard from notorious North London party-starter Deadly Sins. Here he returns to his Original Cuts imprint with an EP of floor-friendly, sample-heavy party-starters. There's plenty for disco-minded house DJs to enjoy, from the heavy electrofunk-meets-disco thump of "Keep Movin (DS Straight Ahead Mix)" and Rocco Raimundo-ish '80s soul slickness of "Out In The Night", to the filter-heavy, electric piano vibes of "So Delicious" and stomping "Satisfied". Opener "The Thrill", with its distinctive jazz-funk flute loop, is also worthy of consideration. Good stuff, all told.
28 Dec 11
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Julian Sanza, Homegroove Project, Timewarp, Billy Bogus, Redsoul, Fingerman, Stan Tropic, Golden Fleece, Cloned In Vatican!, Superbreak, Flash Atkins, Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), D-Funk, Elly K, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Psychemagik
Review: With everyone from Metronomy to Azari & III tapping up Psychemagik for remixes this year, the duo will surely be hot property in 2012, however this release, the second in their series of edit EPs, sees them take the knife to another two lost gems. The name of the amusingly titled "Ass Nation" comes from the presumably misheard lead vocal, which is combined with some low-slung bass guitar, trumpet solo action and heavily delayed guitar licks. "Upskirt" meanwhile is a disco-blues number, whose slow pace is given a rocket fuelled push with some searing, high-octane guitar work, topped off with some cosmically charged sound effects.
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.
09 Jul 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Martin Brodin, Bufi, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Ah yes, "For Your Love", the 1978 Euro Disco classic from Chilly, hasn't that been re/edited by at least 78% of Soundcloud's disco edit community? Correct - it's actually second only to the gazillion marketing tools presented as a remix that are helping to power forward the career of Lana Del Rey. Psychemagik are yet to remix Lana Del Lips so we can forgive them for adding to the slew of edits of Chilly's Yardbirds cover version already released. As it stands the Psychemagik version of "For Your Love" is a commendable revision which beefs up the low end and extends everything beyond the ten minute mark. Much better is the sun blessed take on Joyce's "Aldeia De Ogum" which should come with a Punta Del Esta Approved stamp.