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12 Jan 12
Played by: The Legendary 1979 Orchestra
13 Aug 12
Played by: Odiggity, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Richard Rossa, Alessandro Otiz, Fab Mayday, Martin Brodin, Nine Lives, Mr Doris, Adriangiordano
Review: Having recently impressed with a string of groovy house productions, Portuguese producer Alkalino returns to the world of the re-edit. There are six sturdy scalpel jobs up for grabs, with familiar favourites and lesser-known cuts getting the cut and paste treatment. Musically, it's surprisingly diverse, touching not just on classic disco ("What You're Doing"), but also soaring '60s soul ("Come Back Baby"), calypso-soul ("Always"), '80s soul ("Throw Your Head Back") and even a spot of Yello ("Moon Sun"). All six edits are impeccably produced, mostly offering the sort of subtle rearrangements that seem to have gone out of fashion of late. As a result, it's an excellent package.
29 Oct 12
Review: A perpetual confounder, Portuguese house producer Alkalino, now returns to re-editing (after having appeared to have switched to original production). This second EP of cut and paste jobs features some clever reworking skills on tunes that range from the obvious ("Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy', George Benson's 'Turn Your Love Around'), to more cult tunes like Liaisons Dangereuses' 'Los NiNos Del Parque' and "Gurls". However the standout track here is the accelerated, super-chic version of Change's "Let's Go Together".
19 Jul 12
25 Apr 13
Review: Lino 'Alkalino' Rodriguez is getting straight to the point with the title of the latest release on his own Audaz label. The music featured also has a similar no-nonsense attitude, being all attention grabbing party starters. "Love That Funk" is an excellent electro-disco-boogie banger with an underlying hi-NRG feel. Ronnie Law's classic, "Always There", is subtly retweaked in sensitive fashion and likewise for Mystic Merlin's storming "Just Can't Give You Up".
24 Sep 12
Review: Portuguese producer Alkalino has enhanced his reputation of late thanks to a series of well-regarded original productions. Having previously concentrated on edits, he now seems fully focused on making his own music. "Hot Like The Sun" is typical of his recent efforts, mixing European deep house sounds with elements inspired by "Iberican" tribal and classic US house. The package also includes a veritable sack full of reworks, of which Panaroma Groove Express's classic deep house tweak most impresses. That said, the chiming synth-marimba vibe and tactile drums of the Tonto Dub runs it close.
28 Mar 13
07 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, Slow It Down, Fingerman, Kid Who, Superbreak, Alexander Robotnick, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Martin Brodin, Cc:disco!, Dirty Mckenzie, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Ramsey Hercules, Tulioxi, Vinyladdicted
Review: If you're suffering from a post-Christmas slump and are keen to mix things up, this EP of varied edits from Berlin-based producer Alkalino could be right up your alley. Featuring six varied cuts that touch on electrofunk, P-funk, jazz and '80s electro, there's plenty of playable fodder for discerning DJs. Highlights include the talkbox funk and piano solo bizniz of "I Love It", the hustling disco-funk of "Silver Shot" (check the fabulous percussion break halfway through), the jazztime swing of "Janeiro" and the heavyweight Whodini re-cut "Something Funky". Also worth a look is the winding, cosmic oddness of "Warp" - a curious concoction that should appeal to those who like to drop a bit of leftfield disco.
01 Dec 11
26 Mar 12
Review: Portuguese producer Lino "Alkalino" Rodriguez has proved to be a shrewd operator when it comes to the art of re-editing, successfully breathing new life into obscure and little-known disco material. Root Edits offers up seven more immaculate scalpel jobs. Opening with the string-drenched soul bump of "Lucky Fellow", Rodriguez offers up a slick selection of smooth and groovy dancefloor faves. Across the seven tracks, he variously touches on anthemic synth disco ("Jamming", a 'fixed' version of The Jammers' "Be Mine Tonight"), curious Italo (a strange cover of Ace's hoary rock classic "How Long"), disco-reggae, disco-rock and, most excitingly, slap bass-wielding 80s alt-disco. All are re-sculpted with the finesse of a true craftsman.
25 Oct 12
Review: Since moving to Germany, Portuguese producer Alkalino seems to have wholeheartedly embraced the world of original production. Having previously delivered a smattering of deep house tracks here and there, he finally cuts loose on his own Audaz imprint with a quartet of late night shufflers. As with previous, there's plenty of old-skool influences on show - particularly on the soul-flecked, basement-bothering highlight "Much Love" (named after his short-lived project with Alphabet City) and early Orbital flex of "Jungle Dee" - but also some heart US garage-influenced rhythms (see "To Nice") and retro-futurist riffage (check the pianos on "We Jiggle").
11 Mar 13
Played by: Alkalino, Chris Deepak, G&d, Juno Recommends Disco, Weedyman, Ramsey Hercules, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: Lino 'Alkalino' Rodriguez continues to yo-yo between edits and original productions. Following some decent deep house outings for his own Audaz imprint, here he returns to the world of edits with a ten-track collection of impressively varied reworks. Predictably, he merrily switches between styles at will, touching on '80s AOR B-sides ("Shine On"), Italo (the excellent "Let's Give It A Try"), Balearica ("Secret Life", a rework of "City Lights"), disco-funk (the bumpin' "Untie Me Down"), art-disco (Arthur Russell rework "Keep On Doing") and industrial funk (the Nietzer Ebb-ish "New Beat"). Predictably, all sound like they'd do suitable damage on dancefloors.
21 May 12
Review: Portuguese producer Alkalino continues to move further towards deep house territory following early excursions into disco and piano-laden Balearic house. This EP for regular home Audaz is arguably one of his strongest releases to date and features three deep, chunky and decidedly groovy cuts built around spoken word vocals and shuffling percussion. Choose between the bubbling chords and dense disco percussion of "Heavy As Stone", the retro-futurist riffage and goodtime vibes of "Distant Future", and the Italian deep house-aping "Pedal Polarity 3000". The EP also includes a fantastically jaunty boompty/swing/hip-house fusion from Mem that sounds like it's primed for peaktime plays.
04 Nov 10
11 May 11
Review: Should deep house with just a hint of simmering soul be your thing, this split EP from Jonas Gorke and Mem is well worth a gander. Gorke's contribution, in particular, is excellent. Entitled "December Girl", it offers 10 minutes of delicious but gorgeously simple deep house built around the sparsest of elements. There's little more than a bunch of great loops - a wonderfully evocative piano figure, a teasing female vocal sample, some snappy snares, a nagging bassline and the faintest of strings - but it works wonderfully. Mem's "We've Got Soul" - offered in two different mixes - is similarly simple, but boasts a much more old skool vibe.
28 Feb 11
18 Aug 11
27 Jun 11
Played by: Linosaur
12 Sep 11
24 Jul 11
11 Feb 13
Review: For the latest release on his fast-improving Audaz imprint, Alkalino has turned to fellow Portugese producer Pedro Faria. "What I Want" sits somewhere between fluid, deep-tech house, Crosstown Rebels-ish cocaine house (check the wonky vocal) and '90s garage revivalism - all tactile grooves, topsy-turvy melodies and distant piano riffs. Alkalino delivers a more straightforward shuffling deep house tweak, while Miguel Matoz injects some percussive energy on his remix. The most interesting track of all, though, is bonus cut "Nicotine" - a wobbly, bass-heavy trip into 21st century jazz-house that should appeal to the Hypercolour generation.
11 Jun 12
Review: Portuguese producer Alkalino and Spaniard Rayko are both known for their superb, high-calibre disco/boogie/funk edits, which makes this combined pooling of seven splendid new edits a must-have for fans of crate-dug obscurities. Everything from midtempo '80s boogie ("Sexy Sassy"), '70s sex soul ("Back Again") right through to funky rock brilliance ("Cosmic Dust") gets a look in, all superbly extended and restructured for maximum floor-rocking joy.
24 Mar 11
26 May 11
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Rotciv, Visti, Michael Mckenna (Keep Schtum), Sleazy Mcqueen, Fingerman, Los Charly's Orchestra, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Mighty Mouse, Trujillo, 78 Edits, Elly K, Joseph Terruel, Audio Parallax Records, Navid Izadi, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Jean Claude Gavri, Linosaur, Auxiliary Tha Masterfader