Dark Side Of The Disco (original mix) - (6:00) 120 BPM
Dark Side Of The Disco (dub mix) - (8:24) 120 BPM
Dark Side Of The Disco (Tronik Youth Paradise dub mix) - (6:11) 118 BPM
Dark Side Of The Disco (Dubka mix) - (6:10) 120 BPM
Dark Side Of The Disco (Severino mix) - (5:41) 125 BPM
Sometimes, with disco, the twee factor can really go up to 11. Here though, psychedelic beat meister Auxiliary Tha Masterfader gives us the "Dark Side Of Disco". The original is a slice of doom-tingle arpeggiation reminiscent of early Black Strobe and also appears as a longer, more minimal dub. Remix-wise Tronik Youth delivers a charmingly shimmery "Paradise Dub", Dubka goes for the full Chemical Brothers-style acid and Horse Meat Disco legend Severino delivers the best of the lot - a searing, Patrick Cowley-style hiNRG pounder.
Although Cliff Lothar's music has been in demand ever since his first EP on Viewlexx back in 2013, the producer hasn't been outing out tonnes of music. Instead, he's opted to stick close to home and has only released on a handful of labels including Skudge White and the present Riverette out of Spain. The Old Jams Die Hard EP is the first volume of a likely series and its classic Lothar, where the grooves of "Tugeda" are tightly packed and hard-hitting. There's also some funkier moments in "Don't Need Nobody, raw and jacking drum machines oddities on "Going Dutch", and a deeper, meaner kinda vibe on "The Snow Is Falling". Killer.
Releases by this Argentinean-born, London-based producer usually tend to be bursting with sizzling disco edits. Here though we have a one-track teaser, presumably a stopgap until his next big release. However "Keep On Dancing", a stonking six-minute funk express, embellished with tight guitar licks, uplifting brass and a truly elasticated bassline, will most definitely keep us moving until the arrival of his next EP.
15 months on from the release of their superb Body of One full length, Faze Action brothers Robin and Simon Lee have decided to get the album remixed. They start the ball rolling by delivering an '89 style Balearic house dub of "Magic Touch" - all "Good Life" riffs, chopped-up, cowbell-laden percussion and expansive piano solos - before Dicky Trisco weighs in with a more synthesizer-heavy, boogie-inspired re-dub of the same track. Phil Mison reinvents "Echoes of Your Mind" as a drifting Balearic chugger, complete with his own additional guitar, bass and keys, before Emotional emperor Stuart "Chuggy" Leath does his best Dunkelziffer impression via a woozy, fluid and wide-eyed take on "Floating World".
Hampshire-based Groove Motion - AKA DJ/production duo Wayne Altham and Jack Henwood - describe their style as "bangin' soulful music". Certainly, there's plenty of soul to be found throughout this debut release for Midnight Riot. Throughout, they impeccably blur the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original productions, delivering new takes on classic tracks with plenty of cool musical flourishes. Check, for example, the deliciously evocative piano solos on their breezy house version of The Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt" (here renamed "To The Music"), or the sparkling guitars and tactile chords of Sade re-cut "Nothing Can". There's also a cheery, sun-flecked goodness to "So Good To Me", their house-friendly version of Donald Byrd's Paradise Garage classic "Love Has Come Around".
In Flagranti seem incapable of putting out releases that feature more than one track. Of course, when that track is pretty tasty, it's still an enticing proposition. That's certainly the case with "Whenever", which continues their method of blurring the boundaries between re-edits, remixes, and sample-heavy original production. Heavily electronic, a little trippy and seemingly designed for locked-in dancefloor moments, it sits somewhere between groovy proto-house, proto-trance, and the more Balearic end of later Italo-disco. There's also a rather odd spoken word vocal that plays throughout, though it's buried in the mix making it tricky to comprehend. It all adds to the track's inebriated effect.