The latest volume in the Surgery Edits series is something of an epic affair, with scalpel-wielding hero Dr Packer offering up no less than eight intricate procedures. It's naturally a mixed bag, with the Australian offering gently beefed-up and quantized versions of both well-known cuts (a well-loved Marvin Gaye classic gets the treatment on "Give It Up", while "Disco Squares" is a punchy revision of a Rick James produced Teena Marie favourite) and lesser-known floor-fillers (the bubbly '80s soul flex of "Your Love Baby", the heavyweight P-funk strut of "Move That Bottom"). There's not a duffer in sight, with jazz-funk style closer "Smoov Groove" and righteous disco-funk bumper "Party Time" arguably the pick of an impressive bunch.
Andalusian siblings the J&M Brothers are no newcomers to music production. Over the last six years, they've released a range of house, techno and disco tracks on a wide variety of labels. Fan The Flames sees them pop on Midnight Riot for the first time, with a quartet of tasty cuts that sneakily combine classic disco samples with their own beats, synths and musical flourishes. Cheery opener "Back To The Dancefloor", for example, embellishes samples from a killer old Peter Brown disco cut with sparkling new synths and wavering melody lines, while "Give It All" beefs up a head-nodding, 110 BPM disco-funk groove with chunkier drums and throbbing bass. Elsewhere, "You Got Me" is a sun-kissed chunk of Italo-disco/Balearic boogie fusion, while "Dubbing Funk" lives up to its' self-explanatory title.
six fully mixed and mastered Construction Kits with 10 bonus loops inspired by top producers like Mark Lower, Vanilla Ace, Croatia Squad, Me and My Toothbrush and many others from top Disco charts and labels.
Mexico-based Geordie Man Power has been on the rise for some time, picking up plaudits for the quality of his releases on Throne of Blood, ESP Institute, Hivern Discs and Correspondant. Now, he's decided to go it alone, launching the MeMeMe label as a vehicle for his own productions. "Tachyon" is something of a sleazy, late night treat, with the British ex-pat concentrating the action around a deliciously dirty, mutant Italo arpeggio, nagging electronic loops, and punchy drum machine percussion. DJ Tennis takes the track in a different direction, smothering Man Power's sleazy groove in melodious marimba lines, drowsy chords and elastic electronics.