Prolific producer Alien Disco Sugar (AKA London-based Greek DJ Leonidas) drops his seventh digital-only EP of 2016, and the fourth in his ongoing Bootleg series. Predictably, he aims for peak-time dancefloors from the off, effortlessly turning a Logg style, synth-heavy early '80s disco classic into a bouncy, instrumental disco-house bomb. There are two versions of the stomping disco number "FunTime"; the "Sunny Mix" rolls out the full vocal from his original source material, while the superior "Stars Mix" focuses more on the rubbery slap bass, sparkling pianos and razor-sharp guitars. The epic, string-and-flute drenched "Who Is He To You" completes another typically tasty package.
Having recently delivered a killer 12" with P-funk legend Bootsy Collins, Hifi Sean joins forces with Las Vegas-based New Yorker Peter Shalvoy on Midnight Riot. The experienced twosome delivers a quartet of floor-friendly cuts that gleefully blur the boundaries between disco re-edits, loopy disco-house, and the kind of sample-heavy, cut-up dancefloor fare championed by Tiger & Woods. Our pick of the bunch is probably the slo-mo disco-funk sleaze of "Femme", with the similarly dubby, low-slung and trippy "Kids" (a significantly scrambled rework of a familiar classic) not far behind. Those seeking more up-tempo, peak-time thrills should check the Italo disco-tinged throb of "Soviet", or the hypnotic dancefloor pressure of "Darling".