Although hailing from Germany, DJ Umbo is now running his disco breaks empire from Croatia. Having developed a cult following with a series of remixes on labels like Goodgroove, now he appears to have settled with Greece's Timewarp. His latest release for the Hellenic funk crew features two tracks - the funky sax workout "Sunday Jam" and the urgent groove attack of "Keep That Beat On". Basement Freaks remix the former into a pulsating disco banger, while on the latter Caytaro deliver a sizzling live jam version.
Given that Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart is a past master at creating warm, comfy floor-friendly cuts that blend original instruments with deep house textures, it's a little unsurprising that "Boogie" is a bit of a gem. First released in 2008, it's very reminiscent of his Patchworks material (think live bass, guitars, vocals, flutes, snappy beats and classic deep house organs), which in our eyes is no bad thing. This reissue features a stonking eight different remixes, most of which follow a similar approach. If we had to pick favourites, we'd recommend Uruaz Kurt's lounge-friendly Mellow Mellow Mix, the urgent house hustle of the SOS Remix, and the pitched-up disco-house madness of the Teemit Re-Edit.
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (feat Noel MC Koy - Uraz Kurt remix) - (6:39) 118 BPM
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (feat Noel MC Koy - The Gemini Bros Afternoon edit) - (5:37) 121 BPM
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (feat Noel MC Koy - SOS remix) - (5:33) 124 BPM
You've Got to Have Freedom (feat Janice & Ange - Uraz Kurt remix) - (8:53) 118 BPM
You've Got To Have Freedom (SOS remix) - (6:27) 124 BPM
You've Got To Have Freedom (feat Janice & Ange - Patchworks remix) - (5:48) 122 BPM
Lyons' Uptown Funk Empire made a splash a year or two ago with groove-packed album, The Empire Strikes Back. Now here's the accompanying long player, literally bursting with remixes of a selection of cuts. "Now" gets reworked as piano-soul by Uraz Kurt, as avant garde funk by Staro75 and straight up disco-house by Patchworks. The Gemini Bros give "Boogie" a flute-heavy makeover, while Moto take it in and electro-house direction. "No One's Gonna Stop Us Now" gets turned into Jamiroquai by Uraz Kurt and skippy funk-house by The Gemini Bros. Also "You've Got To Have Freedom" gets some retro Tijuana Brass stylings by Patchworks.
Although commonly described as being a modern soul producer, Istanbul's Uraz Kurt has many more strings to his bow, and has used this five track EP to prove it. "Voice Of Your Heart" begins in a sleepy manner, with lazy hip-hop beats, classy orchestration and a (fairly successful) retro-jazz vocal by Cagri Ultay. "Missed Contact" ups the funk factor, with groove-locked keys and a real buzzy bassline that intertwines with choppy vocals perfectly. Elsewhere "Turkish Funk Interlude" marries traditional arrangements with wah-wah guitar and synth-pop; "She Doesn't Want To See" is slick disco-house while conversely "One More Idea" ends things on a noisy, peak-time, electro-house high.
Sticking with his new home - French label Soulab - for his full-length album is Turkish producer Uraz Kurt. Although having hip-hop roots, Kurtz always looks further afield for inspiration; over these 18 cuts we get the trip-hoppy RnB of single "Voice Of Your Heart", the '70s soul grooves of "Everybody Looks The Sunshine and the shimmering future-soul of "Fall Straight Away".