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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), 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".
05 Apr 13
Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris - "Glad To Know You" (Ray Mang's Flying dub) - (10:52) 116 BPM
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.
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".
15 Apr 13
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Sleazy Mcqueen, DJ Friction (Germany), Venice Beach, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Get Down Edits, B.g. Baarregaard, Miles Reverse, Monkey Boots, Jakobin&domino, Disco Doubles
Review: Larse is a hard act to track down and although we don't know much about them, one thing we do know is that Larse is very good at getting backsides moving. This turbo-themed EP boasts 4 original deep body-disco cuts, the standouts being the sublime and totally glamorous "Hot" and the (possibly even better?) Adana Twins remix, which is indeed based around a twisting bassline. What's not to love?
10 Apr 13
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Visti, Homegroove Project, Billy Bogus, Cloned In Vatican!, Venice Beach, Juno Recommends Disco, Disco B, Joseph Terruel, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Having found success blending chopped-up disco and soul cuts with head-nodding house rhythms, Luca Trevisi is in no rush the flip the script. Then again, why should he be? As this second collection of shuffling disco/soul/house blends proves, nobody else does head-nodding slo-mo and midtempo groovery quite as well. Ain't Nothing But A Groove offers few surprises, but a whole heap of excellent, floor-friendly productions (some, such as the brilliant "Get Down", which have previously been released as singles). While the balance between disco, funk, soul and house changes throughout - the jazzy "Vuonto Beat", for example, is almost a straight-up murky deep house cut - Trevisi's wonderful way with grooves constantly impresses.
29 Apr 13
Played by: Fingerman, Superbreak, Kisk, Alkalino, The Glue, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Joseph Terruel, Grass Green, Vinyladdicted
Review: The Legendary Sound Orchestra continues his attempt to provide disco edit lovers with something extraordinary, with a third collection of hand picked reworks. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy, from his own sparse, piano-heavy version of Silvetti's Salsoul classic "Spring Rain", to the rolling, bongo-laden goodness of 78 Edits' sprightly but loopy "Don't You Know". Highlights-wise, it's a toss-up between Alkalino's baggy disco-soul shuffler, "Have A Ball", and Jimmy The Twin's superb, TR-707-enhanced "Party Down". The latter, a horn-heavy chunk of upbeat disco-funk, is arguably the Bristol-based scalpel fiend's best work to date.
30 Apr 13
Played by: Sleazy Mcqueen, Fingerman, Superbreak, The Glue, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Weedyman, Kono Vidovic, Grass Green, Monkey Boots
Review: Whiskey Disco returns with a quartet of blisteringly good reworks from Dead Rose Music Company and Satin Jackets. Dead Rose Music Company open proceedings in style with "Nothin To Ya", a brilliantly low-slung, bass-heavy re-edit-turned-remix of the Jones Girls' "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else" that turns the delightful original into a dubbed-out chunk of dancefloor chugginess. The more upbeat "Too Late", based on a lesser-known favourite, is almost as good. Satin Jackets' "The Hustle" provides some looser - but still formidably heavy - dewy-eyed disco-soul thrills, while "I Can See The Light" is more Balearic than a wet, sloppy kiss from a grinning stranger.
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".
05 May 13
Played by: The Groovers
Review: Given his encyclopedic knowledge of music, you'd expect any compilation put together by Bill Brewster to be full of unlikely gems and lesser-known anthems. That's certainly the case with After Dark, the first in a new DJ-focused series from the Late Night Tales camp. From start to finish, Brewster's selections are spot on, from the lowdown, slo-mo disco oddness of Sheffield chanteuse Marti Caine's "Love The Way You Love Me" and wide-eyed, acid-laden kosmiche of Coober Peder University Band's "Moon Plain", to the dirty electrofunk of Zed Bias's "Koolade" (featuring Toddla T, of all people) and mid'80s percussion fest of Martin Kershaw's "Keep On Pokin". If that wasn't enough, Brewster has also unearthed a decent Jamiroquai record. The wonders never cease.
29 Apr 13
Review: Further proof of the blurred boundaries between nu-disco, deep house and '90s house revivalism is provided by this jaunty four-tracker from Auckland-based studio buff Shallow Taxi Club. There's much to admire about the crisp, vintage house pianos, twittering melodies and bumpin' beats of opener "Flashback", but it's the deep, Crazy P-ish nu-disco groovery of "Mark My Words" that most impresses. Choose between the baggy 'Disco Edit' and a delightfully touchy-feely rework from Greg Wilson faves Monkey Boots. The latter also turn "Melody of Creed" into a gorgeous slice of shuffling deep house bliss.
09 May 13
Played by: Mark Knight, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), P A U L I E, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), 2 Good Souls, 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.
01 Apr 13
Review: Hot on the heels of last month's label sampler, Siberian disco fantasist Alexander Chebankov delivers a new selection of songs from his stable. Chebankov himself, under his Sunner Soul alias, is one of the two artists featured; delivering the tight filtered funk of "The Dream Bird", the laid back cosmic jam "Day After Day" and the sweaty cowbell workout that is "Anytime To Funk". The Sunlight Disco Band step up to handle the other three tunes here: the light and breezy, almost French touch-esque "Streetlight", the looped exoticism of "Renaissance Hotel" and the quirky 80s-style party romp "Morning Exercise".
26 Mar 13
Review: How many edit series can boast reaching a tenth volume? Ok, well how many can boast of attaining ten successful ones? Here French funk party commander Morlack provides five new top-notch retweaks that take no prisoners. "Loose It" is a tight James Brown-style jam that occasionally veers into French electro territory, "Let's Boogie" is all funk grooves and tough hip-hop breaks, "Big Pill" is total rubberband disco-funk,"Capital S" is more electro-boogie and finally "Tough" wraps things up with a big ole slap bass and flute singalong!
25 Apr 13
Review: Lino 'Alkalino' Rodriguez is getting straight to the point with the title of the latest release on his own Audaz label. The music featured also has a similar no-nonsense attitude, being all attention grabbing party starters. "Love That Funk" is an excellent electro-disco-boogie banger with an underlying hi-NRG feel. Ronnie Law's classic, "Always There", is subtly retweaked in sensitive fashion and likewise for Mystic Merlin's storming "Just Can't Give You Up".
08 May 13
01 Apr 13
Review: A key member of the Mullet contingent, Elijah Collins has quite regularly stolen the show on many a release via his beefy electro-house remixes. Here we get a whole EP of his and he's in a particularly frisky mood! "Shake Dat" is a sleazy hip-houser built around a nasty, stripper-friendly bassline that certainly gets our dollars in it's thong! There's also an extended instrumental version that's a totally awesome jack-fest!
05 Apr 13
Review: In certain sections of society a 'beard' is a euphemism for someone who helps another to disguise their true identity. In the case of this EP, it appears that Groove Motion have renamed their source material to (musically) do just that: "Girl" is a competent electro-house re-run of Freeez's 1983 hit, I.O.U., the origins of hazy retro houser "Yats" are a little more shady (but it's sound evokes the period that gave us early Omar) and finally "Shame Its A" is a big hearty mash-up of Monie Love and what sounds like "He's The Greatest Dancer" by Chic.
08 Apr 13
Ost & Kjex - "Milano Model" (Mongolian Jetset remix - A Thrilling Mungophony In Two Parts mix) - (11:10) 123 BPM
22 Apr 13
Review: Venice Beach's DJ Moar goes it alone again for the latest in his long line of classy disco re-edit EPs. The Philly in the title betrays his love of those string arrangements best found here in the lazy disco-rock of the title track. "Bass N Key" instead fuses slap bass funk, mellow keys and dreamy synths, but the highlight here is the almost warped deep and spacey loops of "New Star".
29 Mar 13
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".
05 Apr 13
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29 Apr 13
Played by: The Glue
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 Apr 13
Review: The Italian nu-disco dons Ajello are back on home ground following their recent foray into African sounds on the Kalimba Tune EP. Released on their much loved Demo Disc label, these three new tracks see them doing what they do best: "Soomee" begins things on a slow, head-nodding, quirky funk tip, "Sport" is the kind of accelerated slice of amazing hiNRG electro-disco not heard since the days of the late great Patrick Cowley, and "Joker" is a cool excursion into leftfield electronic disco, full of eccentric twists and turns that lead to a bonkers Italo crescendo.
05 Apr 13
14 May 13
Review: Russian producer Valique is back with the latest installment of his successful disco edit series. He specialises in toughened, quanitised beats, lending old stuff a modern electro-house groove. Highlights here include his highly danceable take on The Smiths' "Barbarism Begins At Home", the skippy, cut up house shuffle of "Angry Brides" and the infectious electro-funk anthem "Like Dancing".
19 Apr 13
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Review: This duo of edits was originally released by DJ Ionic's imprint, Kojak Giant Sounds, a few years ago. Although the choice of source material here is undeniably obvious, Rayko is fairly restrained in his rework's of Nick's AOR classic "Edge Of Seventeen" and Cara's 1983 benchmark electro-disco tune "Breakdance", providing a little bit of vintage class to modern dancefloors in the process.
15 Apr 13
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Sleazy Mcqueen, Fingerman, Cloned In Vatican!, Alexander Robotnick, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Peza, Monkey Boots
Review: To date, it's been with their carefully chosen remixes that File Under Disco has most impressed. Here, JKriv and the Disco Machine's recent "Make It Acid" gets a typically out-there dub disco makeover from the Idjut Boys. The veteran duo's remix pits dubbed-out disco drums and echo-laden vocals against a battery of acid field guns - all 303 tweakery, mind-melting riffery and undulating electronics. For those who navigate a course through the twin attractions of house and disco, it should be essential listening. The shorter "Bonus Mix", meanwhile, peppers a robust, cowbell-laden drum track with occasional blasts of eye-watering 303 madness.
03 May 13
Review: Given how many re-edit releases he's had over the last few years, you have to wonder whether Rayko will soon run out of fresh scalpel material. Thankfully, he's not reached the 'barrel-scraping' stage, as this breezy two-tracker proves. "Enjoy Your Life" is the epitome of summery disco-soul, all shuffling beats, addictive vocals, darting strings and wiggly funk guitars; it's the sort of thing that should be booming out of a boat party soundsystem somewhere in the Adriatic. "Emotion", meanwhile, sees Rayki return to his love of electrofunk drums, turning a synth bass-laden disco jam into a touchy-feely instrumental delight.
26 Mar 13
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15 Apr 13
Played by: Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), DJ Friction (Germany), Juno Recommends Disco, Del Strange, Disco Doubles
Review: Another week, another example of more 80s-tastic joy brought to us by the Mullet crew. In a move away from their more electro-housey releases of late, this time we have a cover of Gamble & Huff's classic "Now That We've Found Love" presented to us by an act that almost sounds like an amazing mythical collaboration between the 90s ravers SL2 and a distant relative of our favourite Bo Selecta crooner (Frankie David). Anyway this cover is a musically dexterous, but still faithful, version. Remix-wise Luke Brancaccio and Tony Lovatt take things into soothing deep house territory.
18 Apr 13
Review: Living in Siberia has never stopped Alexander Chebankov from donning the proverbial Hawaiian shirt and producing soundtracks for dreamier, sunnier climes. Here, as Sunner Soul, he deliver three slowed down wonders - "Love Will Find A Way" is a sumptuous production that teases out a velvety 80s soul sample of Lionel Richie at his most seductive. "So Much Time" is a cosmic jam that builds into a soul belter, and finally "Together Again" demonstrates how vintage funk when edited, looped and filtered kind of becomes vintage house.
10 Apr 13
Review: GQ were a successful 1970s American soul/disco act whose biggest hit was probably 1978's "Disco Nights (Rock Freak). Here Frico provides a cheeky re-edit, which really just teases out the goodness of this excellent rock guitar-heavy disco classic. Also included here is an edit of "Groovin' You", complete with killer extended break and immediately recognisable 'dum, dum, dum, dum, dum" chant.
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".
08 May 13
25 Mar 13
Review: Established nu-disco label Pizzico have really outdone themselves with this latest release by Sweden's Richard Rossa. It's all about the decadent party vibes here, with "Tophat" coming across like a particularly percussive and sleazy vintage Bobby O banger. Lured in by the original's pong of amyl nitrate, a salivating In Flagranti turn in a slightly dubbier, electro-house version. Monitor 66 go a different route - opting for a gorgeous aquatic 80s Miami sound. Bonus track "Cosmopolitics" is a cool, drawn-out electro-pop joint, which gets a positively sumptuous reworking by Rambla Boys.
03 Apr 13
Played by: In Flagranti
22 Apr 13
Review: DJ Ionic's Finnish disco-boogie label Kojak Giant Sounds goes digital with this re-issue of a successful single from a few years back. "I'd Like To You" is some baddass electro-boogie with a heavy kick adding that extra thump needed. "Poyson" is a slow and tight Larry Levan-style funk jam, with extra-elastic bass and a tough talkin' diva to boot!
22 Apr 13
Played by: Fingerman, Alexander Robotnick, Joseph Terruel, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Tulioxi
Review: For his latest offering, Los Grandes label boss Dynamicron lets the Launching Satellites crew handle the release work while he handles the music side of things. Good job too as it's a very strong release indeed: "Hard To Find" is a deliciously slowly building electro-disco opener, the mean 'n' moody "Leave No Trace" follows with sinister panache, "Dust" is over seven minutes of laid back Balearic vibes and "Early Colours" is an experimental funk-out of the highest order.
12 Apr 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Del Strange, Disco Doubles
Review: When it comes to disco reversions, remixers don't come much bigger than Metro Area's Darshan Jesrani. Here we find him slicing up intriguing new synth pop act Disco Double. The main mix rolls with a delightfully playful analogue bassline that complements every second the falsetto vocals. For something a little deeper head for the spit-roast dub where the drums are stripped back to a more tribal flavour and the synths are dubbed out to perfection. Release your "Demons" within today!
01 Apr 13
Played by: Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), The Funk Hunters, Spilt Milk, Lazy Kiss, Disco Doubles, Thomass Jackson
Review: Here we have some seriously badass electrofunk from Dutch duo Bumper, aka Geoffrey T and the legendary Mr Pauli. "Sexy Moves" is vocoder-driven 80s style electro-boogie that's had the sheen stripped off, leaving it raw and nasty (the way we like it!). "NY Nights" evokes vintage late nightclub action and features super-funky Prince-esque guitar licks. Remix-wise Neighbour delivers some killer arpeggiated electro-disco and Kreap speed things up for a funky house rework.