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11 Mar 13
Played by: Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Kavita, Venice Beach, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), John Warren (Aural Graffiti), S22, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Tulioxi
Review: Given the title, you'd expect Ajello's latest to feature a prominent kalimba melody. Unsurprisingly, it does, alongside some African-inspired percussion and some seriously squelchy bottom-end in their typical dirty nu-disco style. The result is a track that isn't needlessly deep or overtly banging, instead playing its strengths by delivering the best of both words. Even better is Hardway Brothers' decidedly cosmic remix, which adds some voodoo magic and more than a little acid tweakery. Elsewhere, Verdo's darting remix is pleasingly Balearic in its wide-eyed approach, while Retrospective label bosses Ruben & Ra turn bonus track "Saturday Morning" into a rush inducing chunk of deep electrofunk.
24 Dec 12
13 Feb 12
Review: Given the re-emergence of good old-fashioned house music in the last couple of years, it's little surprise to find another disco/electrofunk imprint abandoning filter-heavy discoid edits in favour of piano-laden old skool goodness. "Soul Brother" is spine-tingling stuff - all early-90s pianos, snappy beats and hazy, sampled vocals. Label bosses Ruben & Ra employ a delicious jazz break on their woozy remix, which turns the anthemic original into a lovingly crafted chunk of mid-90s deep house groovery. "Chord Cracker" offers a starry-eyed take on deep house (with, it should be said, more than a touch of 80s soul), while "Shiver & Breeze" slows things down impressively. Recommended.
06 May 13
Review: Hailing from Romania, Razvan Ghenciu is keeping on the disco pressure, releasing yet another in a sizzling string of recent EPs. He very cleverly manages to straddle the divide between nu-disco and house: "This Time" is slow, synth heavy Balearica with lashings of melancholia and "Big Fever" is all about the boogie stabs, funky basslines and bongos. Remix-wise it's all about the totally 90s Ruben and Ras New York Kitty mix of the former.
01 Aug 11
Played by: Rotciv, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Ilya Santana, D-Funk, Campari_safari, Igor Jadranin, Antek
Review: Spanish edit maestro Rayko pops up on Ruben & Ra's Retrospective imprint with a clutch of synth-heavy electrofunk re-rubs. As the title suggests, the lead track is a heavyweight cut-up of The Whispers' 1984 Reggie Calloway-produced synth-funk jam "Contagious". Like the rest of the edits here (particularly the lush "Whip"), it strikes a neat balance between thick instrumental grooves and the original's simple vocal hooks. There are two versions of twinkling 80s soul groover "Love Come Down" - a smart edit from Rayko and a remix from Ruben & Ra that sounds like a breezier version of Tiger & Woods.
13 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), DJ Agent 86, DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Visti, Fingerman, Cloned In Vatican!, Juno Recommends Disco, The Glue, Ilya Santana, La Royale, Get Down Edits, Things Happen
Review: Barely a week goes by without the release of another 12" or digital single for perpetual re-edit don Rayko. Luckily, this synth-heavy selection box of house-friendly electrofunk dubs is probably one of his strongest releases of recent times. Arguably the strongest cut is "People", which is available in two versions; a tidy 7-minute Rayko 12 mix, and an extended, Tiger & Woods style builder that stretches out for 11 synth-laden minutes. Elsewhere, check the Prince-ish "Revue", sweet "Searching To Find The One" and "Heads Together", a sprightly dub of an '80s O'Jays fave.
30 May 11
Review: Britain's answer to Tiger & Woods return with a four-track disco/house assault full of loopy builds, treacle-thick filters and cheeky 80s soul samples. While disco purists may sneer, the house-friendly Ruben & Ra sound has a lot going for it - not least a chunky, head-nodding pulse and some great dancefloor-friendly builds. They're capable of giving new twists to even the most obvious of sample/edit sources ("The Beat Reaction", for example, gives party staple "Give Me The Night" a pleasing re-boot), while their attempts at slow burning groovers are never less than excellent (see the wonderful builds of "Meet When?"). Worth checking, for sure.
18 Apr 11
Review: After making waves on vinyl, mysterious London duo Ruben & Ra's first edits 12" makes the transfer to digital download. For those who dig the housier end of the disco edits scene, Retrospective 001 should be essential listening. It takes the filter-heavy, muddy low-end disco/electrofunk pulse of Tiger & Woods and gives it a party-friendly, hands-in-the-air twist. So where T&W delight in building slow-burning epics from tracky loops and subtle builds, cuts like "Newer Shoes" (yep, a version of "I Can't Wait") and "Play My Song" prefer to get on with it. What you get is the best of both worlds - fun party jams with enough subtle variations and production tricks to impress the heads.
23 Apr 12
Played by: Audioprophecy, Fingerman, Superbreak, Venice Beach, Karim, Trujillo, Dirty Mckenzie, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Ruben & Ra
Review: Big Juno Download exclusive business here, as anonymous discoid duo Ruben & Ra present One Night At The Disco, tweaking four classics from the early 80s for 2012 floors. Without doubt our pick of the bunch here is "My Love", a tasteful remake of Ned Doheny's "To Prove My Love", although a similarly energised revision of Geraldine Hunt gives it a run for its money. We wont spoilt the source material for other two tracks - where's the fun in that? - but instead recommend you check them for yourselves; you won't be disappointed.
28 Nov 11