Italian edit stallion Belabouche is back and he's brandishing possibly his most funky work yet. "Give It Up" starts things in a celebratory mood with tough kicks connecting with bass twangs and all sewn together nicely with smooth diva vocals, "Disco Strut" is sassier and slower too - just a laid back disco-rock jam, "Coming To You Live" features layers of percussion that form a muscular chassis of a particularly cool vintage disco motor. Finally it's all about some serious space boogie on the dancefloor seducer "Get Up An' Dance".
It's been a good four months since the last EP from formidable disco/funk/soul twosome Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee. Here they return to the Editorial label (their usual home) with five more chunks of party-starting scalpel action. Naturally, there's plenty to get the juices flowing, from the rubbery bass, rolling grooves and undulating strings of "Boogie Box", and the whistle-laden disco-funk heaviness of "Groove Catcher", to the unfettered, looped-up sweetness of "Givin' Ya Up". Best of all, though, is the party-in-an-MP3 release of opener "Up 2 Get Down", a horn-totin' slab of disco-funk that hits all the right notes.
Anything Eddie Ruscha touches is generally worth checking, and this latest outing for Lectric Sands offshoot It's A Lectric World is no exception. Ruscha kicks things off with the Electric Dub, an untypically funky fusion of his usual vivid psychedelics, exotic vocal samples, crunchy guitars and an undulating disco-rock groove. The Original Rub - all bubbling electronics, muted guitar licks and deep house warmth - adds a little Balearic disco flavour, before Ruscha returns to more familiar territory with the delay-laden and pleasingly out-there Lectric Dub. Finally, he reaches for the marimbas on the Pleasing dub, an afro-influenced blast of wide-eyed Balearic sunshine complete with lilting pedal steel.
No Judgment (feat Ann Saunderson) - (6:42) 126 BPM
Static Surface 22 - (5:07) 128 BPM
Superstring Theory - (8:56) 122 BPM
Galactic Soul Odyssey - (6:10) 125 BPM
Steady State Model - (6:16) 110 BPM
Lux Stealer - (5:46) 123 BPM
Celestial Love Rising (feat Hard Ton) - (6:58) 126 BPM
Oostende Blues - (7:05) 123 BPM
Given the soul-soaked and generally far-sighted nature of techno veteran Fabrice Lig's music, it's unsurprising to see him popping up on Carl Craig's esteemed Planet E label. Galactic Soul Odyssey more than lives up to its title, too, largely eschewing dancefloor techno rhythms in favour of tracks that bristle with the positivity of P-funk, boogie, broken beat and high class synth-pop (think rubbery slap bass, kaleidoscopic synths, '80s soul vocals and bouncy rhythms). It's a deliciously positive set, all told, with just the right balance between studied retro-futurism and effortlessly melodious atmosphere. Certainly, it's something of a triumph - an accessible romp with enough musical depth to please even the choosiest of heads.