Antipodean disco dabbler, Dr Packer, will see you now. He's now reopened his surgery and this fifth volume is simply bursting with stuff that's good for you. There are eight new jams in total including the cheeky pop ragga of "Sensi", the well-oiled bass machine "Get Down" and electro-funk squelcher "One For Me". A fine remedy for any disco related ailment!
Guildford-based Bad Barbie and Evil Smarty first joined forces in the autumn of 2014, releasing an EP of sleazy disco and funk re-edits for French Kiss Recordings. Here they join Yam Who's Midnight Riot imprint, delivering a quartet of disco-reggae re-edits drenched in dub delay, spiralling special effects and subtle additional percussion. Particularly potent is the stretched out, dubbed-out "Get Enough", an excellent rework of a classic reggae cover of Michael Jackson, while "My Bell" layers Anita Ward's famous vocal over a nu-disco tinged dub house backing. The package also includes a future summer sing-along - a tasty revision of a reggae version of Chic's "I Want Your Love".
Mahayana (feat L'ensemble Soufie De Bagneux) - (4:42) 88 BPM
Work (feat Jahdan Blakkamoore) - (4:05) 63 BPM
World Of (feat Pupajim) - (3:22) 69 BPM
Beggars - (4:29) 76 BPM
Only One Stand (feat John Milk) - (3:58) 66 BPM
Every Little Things (feat Biga Ranx) - (3:38) 136 BPM
Seed Balls - (3:22) 133 BPM
Parisian producer Blundetto (the man behind French radio station Radio Nova no less) is back with his third album, World Of. Further pursuing his love of soulful reggae, cinematic scores, and Latin and Afro beats, he's invited some French reggae heroes (Biga Ranx or PupaJim), a New York MC (Jahdan Blakamoore) and new comers John Milk and Marina P to contribute to these rich and intoxicating 12 sizzling tracks. A producer who never lets us down.
Not much is known about Dr Packer but what we do know is that his sound is both inimitable and funky as hell. He's a straight-up edit man, full stop, and this time it's five roots reggae tunes which have been reshaped into more danceable forms. The opener "Someone Has My Number" is particularly groovy and fit for the summer months, but even the steppers, Shaka-style beat on "Chasing Devils" is pretty suited to your sunshine raving.
Jamaican toaster Sizzla seems to be getting more positive with age. "Champion Sound", the fourth single to be taken from his wholeheartedly conscious and cheery Born A King LP, sees him adding his distinctive vocals to a deliciously warm and jaunty reggae riddim. A trio of contemporaries - Johnny Clarke, Burro Banton and Lyashanti - also tackle the same riddim. Each adds their own touch to proceedings, with Clarke's soulful interpretation and Banton's throaty, ragga-influenced toasting sounding particularly potent. There's also an astonishingly epic accompanying remix package, with the likes of Dub Phizix and Skeptikal taking it in turns to throwdown versions variously informed by dancehall, ragga, jungle and Skrillex style wobble-step.