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25 Feb 10
Review: As a bitingly cold English February draws to a snowy close, Ajello bring a cocktail shaped piece of summer with "Hot July." Maxi Discs has been on a steep ascent to notoriety since their birth in 2008 courtesy of their inimitable tropical house sounds. Their fourth release is no different, offering three tracks that will have you stripped off to just your underwear and sunglasses (with heating whacked up to full blast).
Italian production duo, Ajello who are friends of the burgeoning label are on hand for this release. They bring with them a highly danceable piece of feel good disco-house music. Fresh from working with Fred Ventura, Luca Roccatagliati and Fabrizio Tavernelli return with some piano-driven fusion of old school house and funky disco. Merging this sound with their Italian influences, the pair manage to blend a modern sound with an old feel, giving the track an instant classic vibe. Its sunny disposition warms up every dancefloor it reaches, the only drag being that it's not warm enough yet to have this one belting outside.
Two remixes from Marius and Pete Herbert surround the original here. Marius opens proceedings with his shinning, New York influenced remix. Reminiscent of the city's infamous Studio 54 but also keeping the European and Italian flavour, this is one for the warehouses - guaranteed to get any large, sweaty space moving. Closing the release is Maxi Discs owner, Pete Herbert who strips the track down and adds a chunky, UK style house bassline that adds a 90s style to groove, perfect for the dancefloor.
Another solid release from Maxi Discs, they seem to have mastered the art of rounding up the sort of disco and house that gets people on their feet and dancing. An exciting label to keep an eye on, the future is set to hold some big moments from Maxi Discs.
04 Mar 13
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Discomendments, Fingerman, Pete Herbert, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Alessandro Otiz, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Vladislav Moustache Love, Future Feelings, Monkey Boots, Lazy Kiss, Dixfisical
Review: Brighton's Alphabet City is clearly destined for the nu-disco premier league if he keeps dropping bombs like this! "Colder Boogie" is a gloriously mournful mid-tempo electro-house yearner that swaggers along in a melancholic stupor - evoking memories of awesome Noughties Belgian labels like Strobe or Suicide. Dicky Trisco meanwhile, steps in, puts an arm round its shoulder, says 'cheer up mate' and takes it out dancing where there's music and lights and lots of pretty girls. Pete Herbert also delivers a mix that's cleverly somewhere in between the previous two. Hot stuff!
24 Jan 11
Played by: Gazeebo, Billy Bogus, Discomendments, Scenery Records, Juno Recommends Disco, Downtown Party Network, Nacho Marco, Trujillo, Sare Havlicek, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76)
Review: The Discondments, known to mothers and others as Birmingham duo Lee Fisher and Paul Kaminski, demonstrate their growing panache for original production with a debut release for Pete Herbert's Maxi imprint. "Sleeping Giant" begins at a languid pace, but once the bassline unfurls to latch onto the slo mo beat it's a satisfying experience complemented by the dash of vintage house strings that appear towards the end. Up next, Pete Herbert reworks the track into a pacier disco not house bump that's heavy on the additional synths whilst Dicky Trisco opts to add some weight to the beat on a dubbier, cosmic effort.
05 Apr 09
05 Nov 12
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Teniente Castillo, Cloned In Vatican!, Andrew Clarke, Pete Herbert, Husky (Random Soul), Alessandro Otiz, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Marius Våreid, La Royale, Nine Lives, Inigo, Future Feelings, Lazy Kiss
Review: It must be tricky being Dicky Trisco. We've lost count of the number of labels under his management, but it must be in double figures by now. Maxi Discs, one of his original imprints, has recently enjoyed something of a renaissance. "Discomagnifique" is arguably the label's best for a while. The title track bristles with piano-laden Balearic disco positivity, a feeling confirmed by the thrilling retro-house rework from Pete Herbert. Accompanying track "My House" is pretty tasty, too, delivering a late '80s groover that's propelled forwards by heavy synth bass and twinkling synths. Peter Herbert and Dicky Trisco remix, adding some touchy-feely deepness to proceedings.
29 Aug 11
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Dicky Trisco, Julian Sanza, Pharao Black Magic, Gdr, Martin Haberland, Alexander Robotnick, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Lusty Zanzibar, Roberto Rodriguez, Tom Lown (Acryl/Um Records/Lmd), Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Doctormusic Project, La Royale, Gsd
Review: This latest audio missive from Glasgow's Maxi Discs label could certainly be described as Balearic. In its original form, "Glow Of Filter & Dub" flits between heavy, afro-influenced percussion sequences and moments of sunny, almost blissful electronic riffery. It's a combination that works brilliantly, ensuring that "Glow Of Filter & Dub" delivers both dancefloor thrills and sublime, eyes-closed moments. 6th Borough Project take the track even further towards eyes-closed Balearic deep house territory on their excellent rework, while Maxi Discs regular Dicky Trisco goes for a low-slung dub disco vibe on his no-nonsense take. It all adds up to one of Maxi Discs' strongest releases to date.
26 Feb 10
23 Jul 12
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Visti, Julian Sanza, Stan Tropic, Pete Herbert, Kerry And Casio, Quincy Jointz, Alessandro Otiz, Martin Brodin, Brioski, Juan Soto, Elly K, La Royale, Peza, Oded Nir, Get Down Edits, Heion, Nine Lives, Salon Acapulco, Inigo, Jona Saucedo, Moon Runner, Adriangiordano
Review: Mexican duo Moon Runner deliver their strongest EP to date, this time for Dicky Trisco and Pete Herbert's Maxi Discs imprint. "House Track One" has a New York '87 feel to it, all dubbed out proto-house riffs, chunky beats, twittering synth flutes and neat boogie touches. Mr Herbert remixes, adding some Balearic (or possibly Adriatic) flavour alongside a thunderous synth bassline. "House Track Two", meanwhile, goes deeper and dubbier whilst retaining the same proto house vibe, sounding not unlike an early Paul Simpson house production with a slightly tighter groove. An excellent package concludes with Dicky Trisco's bouncy, piano laden re-cut.
07 Sep 09