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16 Nov 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), The Groovers, Fingerman, Cloned In Vatican!, Andrew Clarke, In Flagranti, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Re-edit heavy hitters Chopshop are back following their recent killer Greg Wilson/Groove Armada EP, and the big guns are out in force. Andrew Clarke is first up with "My Desire", an exotic funk bass and shimmering grand piano orgy. Then Yam Who? arrives at the party armed with "Quested": an immense synth-boogie looper that will slay you without even trying. Not to be outdone, DJ Butcher's "The Future Is Ours" risks weirding out the dancefloor with its twisted leftfield funk, and succeeds (possibly due to the dog barking bit). Lastly Appo ends with a classic: an arpeggiated disco cover of Chain Of Fools.
14 Oct 11
01 Jun 12
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), O De Lanzac, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Martin Brodin, Appo, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Moon Runner
Review: Middlesborough-based DJ/producer Appo has been mixing up and chopping up tracks since the late '70s. Here he makes his first appearance on re-edit imprint Chopshop with a five-track, pick 'n' mix assortment of floor-friendly reworks that touches on Balearica, AOR and, of course, disco. In the latter category come slo-mo disco-reggae drum workout "Fantasy Island" and scream-along disco-soul anthem "Getaway". Weirdly, two of the best cuts are also the most esoteric selections. Appo must have had his tongue firmly pressed in cheek when chopping up Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" (really) and JJ Cale's "Cocaine". Both tracks are given a surprisingly Balearic new lease of life.
28 Oct 10
01 Sep 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Dave Allison, Juno Recommends Disco, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Chopshop regulars DJ Butcher and BnC have enjoyed considerable success since joining forces as Captain Futuro. Unlike their solo releases, which flit between funtime disco re-edits and housed-up party jams, their Captain Futuro material delves into the party-hearty world of hip-hop, old skool electro and, in this case, reggae. Both the cheeky "Natural Fun" (it samples, we think "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun") and "Dancehall Style" meld together elements of reggae, disco, hip-hop and electrofunk, largely with great success. "Gimme Some More" recreates classic '80s electro, while closer "Girls Wanna Dance" offers a new take on perennial party fave "I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
01 May 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Stan Tropic, Dave Allison, Funk Ferret, Juno Recommends Disco, B-Dub, Appo, Tosses & Varvez, Get Down Edits, Willo
Review: Something a little different from the Chopshop camp, as DJ Butcher and BnC join forces for a project inspired by the disco-biting world of early hip-hop. It's a definite progression for the Chopshop crew, who previously stuck largely to straightforward re-edits and mash-ups. Of course, there's plenty of reliance on classic samples - see the bumpin', jazz-flecked disco breaks of "Like We Say" and rubbery disco-funk groovery of "Freak The Groove" - but also plenty of invention within the bouncin', block-party grooves of "Firehoes" and "Play It Again". It's the latter - all head-nodding bump, twittering flutes, disco horns and addictive rap - that really stands out.
01 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Andy Warburton, Homegroove Project, Franz, Fingerman, Juno Recommends Disco, Disco B, Joseph Terruel, Futurewife, Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Spilt Milk, Nu Disco Fever
Review: With a sly wink and a beckoning wave of the hand, Chopshop invite us into their boudoir for another seductive trip into slinky rework territory. As usual, many bases are covered. Captain Futuro kicks things off with "Love Me Crazy", a slo-mo disco-flecked hip-hop head-nodder. Label supremo DJ Butcher turns Dave Gerard's "Twisted Message" (a sneaky bootleg version of the Furious Five classic) into a disco funk-breaks smasher, before laying down some revivalist rare groove fun in the shape of his own "However Do You Want Me" (a rework of Soul II Soul's "Back To Life"). A decidedly sensual package is completed by the misty-eyed headiness of Ill Advised "Superstition" (yep, a remake of that "Superstitition").
07 Mar 11
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Combo (Bangana/Sumo), Hot Toddy, Juno Recommends Disco, Space Ranger, Matthew Kyle
Review: Cazbee is best known for his collaborative re-edits and reworks with Padded Cell man Richard Sen, most of which have been nigh on essential. Here he steps out of Sen's shadow for a four-tracker on DJ Butcher's Chopshop imprint. As you might expect, it's pretty good, offering up smart re-edits across a range of styles and tempos. There's the sweet, synth-laden disco-funk of "Get On Up", a breathless afro-funk stomper ("Travellin Man"), and a sultry, sensual stroll through slo-mo pastures (the 'erection section' groove of "Second Time Coming"). Best of all, though, is "Stand Up", a riotously percussive disco workout that gets the right balance between lo-slung funk and peaktime pressure just right.
01 Dec 12
Review: Label regular Cazbee has hooked up with Chopshop boss himself, DJ Butcher, for a new three-track groove-fest. Title track, "You Don't Know", is a slow burner, coming across like The Scissors Sisters doing a 70s ballad...produced by Morcheeba. "Hyped Up" is more party-orientated fare, capturing a killer vintage funk sample, looped over an almost AC/DC-style 4/4 beat and adorned with rationed synth flourishes. Finally, "In Search Of Phenomena" is fast and furious disco-funk, with rolling bongos and a meaty bass synth riff, all punctuated with some effective action from the brass section.
01 Oct 12
Review: There's a whole bunch, ten in fact - count em! - of high-end Parisian disco re-edits to choose from here. Proceedings begin with six-minute jam, "Get It", which is a tantalising re-edit of a well-known female's disco-funk record. It's so well chopped up, it'll be on the tip of your tongue as to its identity, but we're not going to spoil it for you. Further on, we have the accelerating, string-laden "Differente", the glistening boogie of "Victim Dub", the Italo sadness of "Nite Time" (originally 'The Night' by Valerie Dore), the self-explanatory "Percussions" and the haunting new romanticism of "Berlin 83". C'est bon!
17 Feb 12
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), DJ Agent 86, Jeff Daniels, Chudy, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Trujillo, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: Having previously delivered both chunky disco edits and cheeky, bootleg style reworks, the usually reliable Chopshop crew offer up an EP dripping with soul and funk. Included is a loose, hip-hop tempo rework of deep jazz-funk standard "Nautilus" from Copycat (ideal for those bar sets/warm up moments), a head-nodding, heavy 4/4 tweak of an odd electrofunk record from DJ Raw Sugar, and a dubbed-out take on James Brown ("The Boss") by Discotech. Best of all, though, is DJ Agent 86's "Give It To Me Baby", a cheeky, horn-toting rework of freaky 80s funk legend Rick James.
09 Dec 11
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Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music)
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Review: To date, DJ Butcher has earned himself a reputation as a purveyor of fine party-starting tackle - the kind of edits-not-edits that blur the boundaries between remixes, mash-ups and original productions. This latest EP for his Chopshop label continues on a similar theme, with lead cut "Boyz" sitting somewhere between old skool electro, breaks, house and boogie. "Need Some" - available in vocal and dub flavours - sounds like a long lost New York freestyle cut from 1985 (no bad thing in our book), while "The Party Has Just Began" [sic] fixes heavy synth bass to the sort of acid-laden breakbeat-house jam that was all the rage around '89-90. All four tracks are, of course, buckets of fun.
01 Feb 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Fingerman, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: After honing his skills with a series of well-regarded re-edit releases, DJ Butcher changes tack here, delivering a devilishly sweet fusion of deep electrofunk, B-boy breaks and old skool hip-hop vocals. Clearly designed as a tribute to late '70s/early '80s hip-hop (check out the Sugarhill Gang/Furious Five style vocals), "Sol Wrap" has enough about it to suggest that it will easily slip into contemporary party sets. There's an instrumental, too, for those who can't be doing with the vocal, while Leftside Wobble offers up a slick remix that replaces the bass with pulsing vintage synth hits. The Latin-flavoured Timewrap Remix is pretty tasty, too.
15 Mar 13
05 Apr 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Dicky Trisco, Redsoul, Fingerman, DJ Friction (Germany), Los Charly's Orchestra, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Alessandro Otiz, The Funk Hunters, Disco B, Weedyman, Peza, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Lesale, B.g. Baarregaard, Lazy Kiss, Vinyladdicted
Review: Trust us, in our experience when encountering someone who goes by a nickname like Fingerman, it's usually best not to enquire as to how they came to be christened so. Here though he seems intent for us to know his true story, and luckily for us he's explaining it through the language of music. "I Know Its Mine" is a snazzy, brassy anthemic jam, "Lenny's Disco" is super camp fun of the Carl Bean variety, "Outta Sight" is more low-slung stuff, and "Honky Honk", with its incredible sliding bassline, is the sound of a roof being raised!
02 Nov 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Dicky Trisco, The Groovers, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Yam Who?, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Ave Blaste, Fab Mayday, Martin Brodin, Cc:disco!, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Thomass Jackson, Lennox Hortale
Review: Clash Of The Titans here, with Clapham house heroes Groove Armada having their back catalogue given a good seeing to by Manchester's tape-wielding disco maniac, Greg Wilson. It's quality from the get go, starting with "The Girls Say" now reworked into an awesome early 80s synth funk workout that would make Rick James proud. "DIY Disco" is celebratory retro electro-disco at it's finest, while "Love Sweet Sound" is a happy-sad cowbell disco journey of immense proportions. Finally we end proceedings on old skool electro tip with 'Save Our Souls" sounding like a vocodered alien invasion.
06 Jul 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Dicky Trisco, Rotciv, Timewarp, Gazeebo, Fingerman, Los Charly's Orchestra, Jayl Funk, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Dirty Mckenzie
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from re-edit/mash-up/rework specialists Chopshop; namely the kind of sophisticated, floor-friendly concoctions that appeal to both geeks and party-starters alike. This split EP features plenty more material to tickle the fancy of DJs, from the Clav-heavy disco groovery of Ill Advised's "Inside Out" (a smart Odyssey cover) and block party disco-funk of Captain Futuro ("Booty Express"), to the needless-but-fun Indeep cut-up "In The Mix" by Dave Gerrard. Best of all, though, is the fluid re-touch by Greg Wilson of DJ Butcher's "Music Turns Me On", a sweet cut-and-paste effort that's pitched just right.
03 May 13
Played by: Disco B
Review: Here Chopshop welcome Moplen to their clan with an introductory EP of re-jigs. It's an impressive start: "Ma Foom Bey" is brooding Afro house with a slightly Chi-town undercurrent, 80s disco staple "Ain't Nothin Goin On But The Rent" gets a respectful nip and tuck while "Cavern" ends things with a way-out and noodley adaptation of Liquid Liquid's "Cavern".
20 Sep 10
Played by: Shantisan, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Timewarp, Gazeebo, Fort Knox Five, Zamali, Los Charly's Orchestra, Hot Toddy, D.end, Badboe, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Badboe, Audited Beats, Sleazy Beats Recordings, D-Funk, Telephunken, The Dead Rose Music Company, Hero Records, Smoove, Big M, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
07 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Spilt Milk, Chris Deepak, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Martin Brodin, Nine Lives, Ramsey Hercules, Vinyladdicted
Review: Serial re-edit fiend Rayko enjoyed a busy 2012, releasing countless well-regarded EPs of floor-friendly electrofunk and disco rubs. Here he kicks off 2013 with a first solo outing on Chopshop. Like previous outings, it provides a quartet of synth heavy re-dubs and the odd peaktime re-cut (see the mostly instrumental take on The Whispers' "And The Beat Goes On"). Opener "Shake Your Body" is probably the standout, building a formidable electrofunk groove around thickset synths and heavy low-end. "Put The Freez On" ups the tempo and laces chunks of vocal over a particularly sweet and soul-flecked synth groove, while "Superman" rolls along on a Roger Troutman flex - all heavy P-funk synths and fancy talkbox vocals.
20 Jul 11
12 Apr 11
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Rotciv, Gdr, Kid Who, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), John Devecchis, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Tesla Boy
Review: Chopshop Music joins a growing number of labels to endeavour to show their support following the recent devastation in Japan. This Re Birth compilation gathers up tracks from an impressive array of disco centric artists and will hopefully raise the funds that will have some positive effect on the country's attempts to recover. Included are fifteen tracks from the likes of Martin Brodin, Dead Rose Music Company, Tal M Klein and Space Ranger - with a variety of styles and tempos traversed from start to finish. Alongside the raft of edits there are some interesting original tracks present - not least "Kaneda" by Kompleks which features some nifty sampling of an animation classic!