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21 Oct 11
Review: Los Angeles producer Jose Marquez has previously made his mark with a series of solid remixes that fuse solid, floor-friendly house grooves with a variety of world music influences. Here he continues that theme, turning in heavyweight versions of tracks from Latin artist Celia Cruz and Afrobeat veteran Femi "son of Fela" Kuti. It's the Cruz version that really stands out. Really, it's little more than a heavy drum workout with the addition of the original vocal chants and the thinnest sliver of techno synth, but it works brilliantly. While the Femi Kuti rework doesn't have the same impact, its Afrobeat sweetness is surprisingly addictive.
18 Nov 11
Played by: B-Jam, Visti, Subsoil Recordings, Sleazy Mcqueen, Superbreak, Venice Beach, Disco Tech, Deadly Sins, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Sccucci Manucci, Martin Brodin
Review: One for those who like their disco loopy and bumpin', as Stockholm-based studio hermit ChangED delivers some delicious dancefloor thrills on the back of a cheeky Love Unlimited Orchestra sample. While dubby, sax-laden flipside "Tiden Bara Gar" - an illicit rework of a Swedish jazz-funk classic - is a winner, it's the Barry White and co-sampling A that really hits the heights. Utilising the same sweet, atmospheric approach as Matthew Kyle and The Revenge, ChangED weaves vocal and horn loops around a thick, low-slung groove that emphasizes boogie bass and party-hearty crowd vocals. It's tastefully done, with enough subtlety in the production to impress both heads and punters alike.
08 Jul 11
17 Aug 12
Played by: B-Jam, Fingerman, Cloned In Vatican!, Sol Power All-Stars, Juno Recommends Disco, Richard Rossa, Martin Brodin, B.g. Baarregaard
Review: More from mysterious Swedish scalpel fiend Gredits, who returns to the ever-reliable Basic Fingers with a pair of sultry reworks in the label's traditionally soulful style. "Sister Peak" sets the tone, offering a soulful head-nodder that sits somewhere between touchy-feely disco and the sort of tackle recently delivered by the House of Disco imprint. "Musique Love" is an altogether sweatier affair, impressively rearranging a string-laden disco jam that should be familiar to fans of the genre. The beats have been beefed up considerably, but it's done with the sort of subtlety that shows due respect to the original material.
24 Feb 12
Review: After a pair of well-received 12" singles on Mad Mats' GAMM imprint, Jazzy Jens pops up on Basic Fingers with a couple of admirably reverential re-edits. The first sees him tackling Mascara's recently re-released, string-laden disco-soul classic "See You In LA", a track featuring early vocals from Luther Vandross. Jens' edit is perfectly pitched, utilizing the repirse outro from a different Mascara track ("Jet Plane Ride") as a thrilling, piano-laden intro. It has "end of night anthem" written all over it. "I Want You", meanwhile, turns another soulful classic into a horn-laden chunk of breezy dancefloor goodness via the addition of some well-judged disco beats.
07 Sep 12
Played by: Jimmythetwin, Dave Allison, Los Charly's Orchestra, Cloned In Vatican!, Trotter, Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape)
Review: Hot off the back of being hailed the "edit king of 2012" by Gilles Peterson and dropping THAT Gold Fingers release, Kon steps back into Basic Fingers mode to deliver two more sublime disco boogie cuts for the more funk friendly floor. "Get It Together" has summer written all over it, burning into action with a killer horn loop before the bass kicks and the track heads for the stars. Kon demonstrates his skill and understanding of structure throughout, dropping the groove to a lull before building it right back up throughout, and the sweetly soulful vocals have that eminently sing-along quality. The tempo drops to a low slung bump on the flip as Leroy Burgess gets expanded with equal aplomb on the seemingly infinte "Strong Love (Everlasting)".
16 Mar 12
Played by: Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Veteran Swedish producer Daniel Savio once again dons his Kool DJ Dust hat for a trip into disco re-edit territory on the ever-impressive Basic Fingers imprint. As the EP title none too subtly hints, all three tracks here have a distinct flea market discovery vibe. Lead cut "Editsa Alexandria" sounds like a foreign language cover of "Going Back To My Roots" - all urgent disco grooves, soaring strings and hammered-out pianos. "Take It To Jesus" is a synth-fried gospel disco groover, while "Dancing Suite" has a distinct Mike Theodore Orchestra feel to it - all high-energy bottom end, booming electric bass and dub-laden synths and horns.
01 Jun 12
Played by: Yukari Bb, Kid Who, Cloned In Vatican!, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Sccucci Manucci, Touchsoul, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Ruben & Ra
Review: In a world where every man and his dog is putting out so-so disco edits, the Basic Fingers crew can usually be relied upon to inject some soul-flecked quality into proceedings. That's certainly the case here, as Koko cuts up much-loved cuts by Norman Connors and giant nappy-wearing Brit-electro types Imagination. The version of Connors' "Stay With Me" is pleasingly upbeat, building up from a chunky, percussive start into a hazy disco-soul singalong. The beats are reliably sturdy, but most of the original musicianship remains in tact. The version of Lee John and company's "Burning Up", meanwhile, is nothing less than a jaunty stomper, with occasional vocals interspersed between a flurry of piano solos. Hands skywards, please.
15 Jun 12
Played by: Jazztronik (Ryota Nozaki)
Review: The dusty-fingered scalpel fiends at Basic Fingers don't let up. Having consistently impressed with their faithful but floor-friendly tweaks of forgotten and overlooked soul and disco gems, they deliver another double dose of goodness in the shape of two good KGO edits. Rahni Harris' disco-soul jam "Six Million Steps" is first for the chop, being turned into a twinkling instrumental number that rises, falls and rises again over seven gorgeous minutes. Even better is the version of the Blackbyrds' "Something Special", which tightens up the beats and emphasises the original's twinkling pianos. Jazz-funk heaven.
29 Jun 12
Review: Like his previous outing on Basic Fingers, this release sees Latin house/disco producer Jose Marquez breathe new life into a pair of vintage Latin releases. Marquez excels when it comes to drum programming, and both remixes here are propelled forwards by heavy Brazilian drums. As remixes go, they're delightfully sparse, with the action built on heavy percussion and the originals' jaunty vocals. The Tego Calderon rub introduces some spooky electronic noises, but they largely take second fiddle to the cacophony of drums that should ensure sweaty arm waving out on the dancefloor. Did somebody say "carnival"?
06 Apr 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Jimmythetwin, Golden Fleece, Disco Tech, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Disco, B-Dub, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Leg Jazz, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: Perennial re-edit fanciers Basic Fingers have enjoyed a productive 2012 to date, dropping a series of impressive scalpel works from Jazzy Jens and DJ Kool Dust. Here, they offer up more revelatory reworks, this time from famed crate-digger Kon (he of "and Amir" fame). While the breezy disco-funk of "Chicago" is worthy of plays, it's the epic Sylvester re-cut that's really worth your attention. It sounds like Kon managed to get the multi-track tapes for "You Make Me Mighty Real", because he's reconstructed it from scratch, building up from little more than background handclaps to a veritable orgasm of falsetto disco screamery in 10 absorbing minutes.