By now, we should all know what to expect from Serbian scalpel maestro Tonbe. His frequent EPs are aimed fairly and squarely at the dancefloor, delivering a mixture of re-edits, reworks and sample-heavy productions that don't try too hard to impress. This latest EP is full of such cheery, tried-and-tested cuts, from the rolling jazz breaks, comfy Rhodes stabs and fluttering soul vocals of "Gambling Face", and punchy disco-house flavours of "Sweet Love", to the rich, organ-flecked soulfulness of "Those Days", and riotous, disco-goes-hip-house opener "Don't Mess With Us". In other words, it's another rock-solid collection of tasty peak-time bangers from one of the edit scene's most reliable producers.
Italian duo Mena and Melgado step up to the plate with their first appearance on Midnight Riot, bringing with them a quartet of funk-fuelled dancefloor bombs. They begin in confident mood, successfully looping up a breezy, impassioned vocal sample over a tooled-up disco-boogie groove on "Wings of Love", before "African Food" sees them stick a house rocket underneath a horn-heavy Afro-funk jam. "Instant Party" happily lives up to the promise of its' title, with chopped-up chants, spiraling sax links and goodtime grooves ensuring an energetic, club-ready feel. The EP also includes a tasty remix of "Wings of Love" from Masterworks and Hot Digits man Kiu D, who successfully drags the track further towards bumpin' disco-house territory.
Having put out their last release on Chez Damier's Balance imprint (the rather fine Tried & Tested EP), 25 Places return to their previous home, Dirt Crew Recordings. As you'd expect, the Party In The Hills EP contains another clutch of floor-friendly deep house explorations. The title track, which successfully blends chopped-up Brazilian vocal samples, sustained note chords, dirty analogue bass and a hustling deep house groove, is undeniably the EP's strongest moment, though the bold and fizzing "Closing Title Song" and chiming, riff-heavy "Backyard Stories" aren't far behind. Those who fancy something a little more ragged should check Laurence Guy's disco-house-meets-acid rework of "Closing Title Song".
Eric Duncan may be best known for his sterling work in Rub N Tug amongst many other projects, but now he's also to be found cruising the highways and byways of the late night disco underworld under his own name. This release on Not An Animal represents everything you want to hear in a sleazy party spot, with throbbing arpeggios and shimmering lead lines hovering in a perfect retro-futurist reverie that comes on like second nature to the NYC producer. Daniele Baldelli and Marco Dionigi turn in a remix of "Shut It" that raises the temperature a touch without losing that addictive veneer, making this a record perfect for all kinds of neon-lit abandon.
Somewhat remarkably, it's now 20 years since Paul Flynn first donned the DJ Q alias. Since then, he's delivered a string of loopy, tracky, disco-tinged house bumpers for labels including Filter, Glasgow Underground, Go! Beat and NRK Sound Division. Surprisingly, this two-tracker marks his first appearance on the similarly vintage Robsoul Recordings. There are few surprises, but then few make this kind of muscular, energy-packed deep house quite so well. Choose between the hard-worked vocal loops, thumping beats and heavy bass of disco-jacker "Feelin' Moody", and the low-slung, basement-bothering deep house funk of "Inner Groove", where Flynn gleefully makes merry with darting, rave-era stabs and cut-up hip-hop vocals.
Two heroes of the new breed kick off a new mix series for Jamie Jones' esteemed Hot Creations imprint. Jones began Paradise at DC10 (Ibiza) five years ago and it's gone on to be a huge success, inviting the biggest names in the business to come play alongside his crew of residents. The first mix is courtesy of Toronto's Nathan Barato, a frequent collaborator with local heroes such as Carlo Lio and The Junkies and whose career has been on the rise with releases on Cajual, Saved, Circus and Defected. Highlights include the Derrick Carter classic "Where Ya At?" (Mix Originale), Makam's brooding "Loleatta" and Jared Wilson's rusty acid odyssey "Girl, I'm Waitin". UK talent Patrick Topping this year completed his third summer as resident at DC10 in Ibiza for Paradise. Here Topping showcases the sound and style of his sets with high energy from the word go. His mix features several of his own productions guaranteed for maximum dancefloor impact, as well as Metaboman's lo-slung and exotic "Next Please" through to Dave Clarke's massive remix of Jark Prongo's "Movin Thru Your System".
Marcel Vogel's Lumberjacks In Hell label shows no signs of slowing as it ramps up a killer new salvo from debutant artist C Scott. "Climb On" is an uptempo workout to capture the absolute peak of the party in the funkiest of ways, while "Hands Free" provides an apt alternative with its slow, organ-led whimsy. Disco remains the backbone of the sound here, whatever tempo the track rolls at and wherever it may head. "Stuttering" demonstrates this perfectly with its heavily treated, head-spinning FX still capturing that classic good-time mood, while "At Ease" finishes on a life-affirming canter of Rhodes led celebration.
This latest release from Yam Who?'s Midnight Riot label, No More War, sees prolific producer Planet Jumper (is it a jumper with planets on it or is it someone who jumps from planet to planet? We may never know...) deliver three new muscular tracks for our disco enjoyment. First up is the tougher than usual "Do It Some More", in which we get a heady cocktail of thumping kicks, looped and filtered vocals and electro-rock riffage. Elsewhere "Can you Get It" is fast n loose sleazy funk and "War" is a slower flutes and rubberband bass grinder.
Covering a Prince-produced electrofunk classic is fraught with danger, but happily UnoMas has managed to pull it off with "Nasty Girl". His original mix of the Vanity6 cover re-casts it as a cheery, 4/4 nu-disco roller full of sparkling synths, tactile house rhythms and breezy vocals. Impressively he repeats the trick with a fine, Ourra-remixed cover of Midnight Express classic "Danger Zone", which is laden with wiggly synth lines, sparkling slap bass, and the super-smooth vocals of Andre Esput. Elsewhere, check out the piano-laden nu-disco bounce of "Hott 4 U (feat. Pirate Stereo)", and the unabashed, party-starting cheeriness of "Get It Girl", which boasts some very familiar samples.
The New York-based four-piece band Soul Inscribed mixes up a heady brew of Hip Hop poetics and sultry R&B/soul vocals, propelled by a sonic blend of jazz, funk and dub instrumentals. The quartet is composed of Baba Israel (MC/production), Duv (vocalist), Sean Nowell (Sax, Flute, FX) and Yako 440 (instrumentation/production). First up, Manchester's finest Irfan Rainy & Rex Leon deliver a typically deep and soulful and fittingly NYC vibe to the track and it's no wonder considering their Community party has brought over the likes of legends Danny Krivit and Timmy Regisford. Speaking of The Big Apple; one of the city's new breed is Eli Escobar who delivers a very hi-tech soul kinda vibe on his rendition. It will appeal to fans of the classic Innervisions sound.
Kiko Navarro is from Palma de Mallorca, Spain and been in the business for nearly twenty years, appearing on a who's who of labels over the years from Nite Grooves and Chez to Pacha and Local Talk. On new single "All Because Of You" he teams up with the inimitable Julie McKnight for her exceptional vocal talents. The original mix channels the spirit of Body & Soul NYC in all its spiritual and life affirming glory and gets some brilliant remixes as well. The "KOKI vocal mix" goes for that dramatic Innervisions style dancefloor drama, while the "Karim Sahraoui Motor City remix" does exactly what it says on the tin: hi-tech soul anyone? Finally Steve Mill's fine rendition goes for that classic Jersey garage sound reminiscent of greats like Todd Edwards.
Having recently made his CHURCH debut on the multi-artist Volumes 003 EP, Jesse Futerman makes a rapid return to the hyped London imprint. Rather impressively, opener "My Favourite Merchant" sees him join forces with Byron The Aqarius for a fluid, rich and musically expansive trip into liquid deep house territory. Futerman shows his skills as a boogie-influenced hip-hop producer on the mazy bump of "See Me Ride", before layering aquatic synths and shimmering chords atop a slamming house rhythm on "Gem". Recent Rhythm Section International signing Hidden Spheres handles remix duties, turning "Gem" into a swirling fusion of hustling deep house and grandiose Balearica.
Skream's Of Unsound Mind returns with Bristolian newcomer Eli Brown who on "Way Of The Underground" creates a surefire dancefloor bomb mixing modern and retro elements alike, then serves up a rolling, peak time tech house groove with diva vocals that will appeal to fans of labels like Lost or Guuv on "Can You Feel It". Final offering "Play Rough" really goes for the jugular on this stomping, hi-octane techno thriller with furious drums and nefarious elements that could appeal to even Berlin's underground.
Veteran producer Pierre Demuir has largely impressed since resurrecting his career in 2013, in the process releasing a swathe of fine EPs for such labels as Farris Wheel, Nite Grooves, Great Lakes Audio, and Frosted Recordings. This solid three-tracker marks his first appearance on Simma Recordings' offshoot Simma Black. Given the title, it's little surprise to find that "The Roots of House" is a loose, groovy and funk-fuelled affair, with clear funk, soul and disco influences amongst the bumpin' beats, effects-laden guitar lines and righteous spoken word vocals. It's accompanied by a tasty, vocal-free Dub, and a dusty, sample-heavy deep house roller (think Andres with heavier bass) entitled "The Ghetto Mind".
Anonymous People are a collective of DJs and producers headed by Exodus and Devious. They've been releasing records of all genres over the past 35 years, plus working with some of the industry's finest artists. Names such as Lee John, Artful Dodger, Dreem Teem, Chrome & Time and Boy George to name but a few. "It's Over" was originally intended for an end of summer release, but here we have it! As the label themselves were quick to point out the track is full of soulful house vibes with bassy undertones and accompanied by the beautiful voice of June Mitchell. It gets some wicked remixes too: DubKore's "Vox mix" goes for the early noughties UK garage vibe of MJ Cole while GiLLi's "Over mix" gets back onto the vocal house vibe but going for a deeper, late night vibe than the original.
Back in June Greenmoney Recordings introduced us to their latest signing, the queen of Nigerian Afro-soul, Kayefi. Hailing from Ogun State Kayefi (blends a fusion of Ijala (a traditional African hunting chant) with elements of RnB and soul. Her introductory track "Oreske" boasted lush and soulful, widescreen orchestration, undulating rhythms and multi-layered vocals. Now we have a new remix from Jus Now, who turns in a s sultry tropical dub-out for all the deep heads out there.
Despite a very impressive track record - check out his previous EPs on Yoruba, Sounds of the Universe and 22a for proof - Tenderlonious has not quite attracted the same level as hype as some other Peckham-based beat makers. On Flute, a mini-album of gently tropical workouts, kaleidoscopic fusion cuts and hard-to-pigeonhole treats, could well change all that. Highlights come thick and fast, from the wild flute solos and swinging disco grooves of "Song For My Father", and humid synth-jazz outing "In A Sentimental Mood", to the haunting tropical spookiness of "Oedo Bushi", and cheery afro-jazz-funk of "Ghana". In other words, it's an inspired, musically rich mish-mash of styles that doesn't disappoint.
Brandishing an 'ethos of the love and flamboyance of the dancefloor', Huddersfield's very own Ryan Blyth is a rising star who has already graced the decks of such hallowed establishments as Sankeys and Ministry Of Sound. Here he continues his commercial quest by hooking up with After 6 for the 90s homage, "Show Me". With more than a nod to the house music of his youth, the track features a retro organ bass riff, skippy beats and powerhouse vocals courtesy of Malisha Bleau. Watch out for this one, it's coming to get ya!
Great Stuff truly live up to their name with this absolute belter from London's As I Am, an artist who has appeared in recent times for Simma Black, Defected and Glasgow Underground so he's certainly got credentials! Starting off with the rolling, white noise treated, main room groove that is "Ride On (Body Movin)", this one will totally rock a loved up summertime crowd on The White Isle this season. He's then into the funky house influenced vibe of "Don't Stop" with its tight rhythm and euphoric house organ stabs supporting some sampled diva vocals.
Brummie dance music legend Steve Lawler continues on with the 10 year celebrations of his respected VIVa Music; aptly titled Decadedance and this is part three following up two superb volumes previously. There's more great grooves on this month's edition, with the UK's finest Eats Everything serving up the bumpy main room electro house jam "Prog-Le-Matic", Spaniard Andrea Oliva's "Rider" too; which is dirty, rolling tech house aimed squarely at Ibiza peak time dancefloors and finally American producer MANIK provides some jacking and retro flavoured acid house dirt on the sexy late night shenanigans of "The Right Moves".