Review: As the title suggests, this five-tracker from the previously re-edit-happy Editorial imprint showcases slo-mo disco/house crossover cuts from a selection of mostly little-known producers (the fast-rising Matthew Kyle aside). For those who've been digging the superb releases of labels like Sleazy Beats, Wolf Music and Instruments Of Rapture, Slo-Motion Potion comes highly recommended. It's largely impressive stuff, with DJ Butcher's epic "Shake Your Body", Kyle's deliciously sensual "Off My Mind" and 78 Edits' heady opener "Come On Baby" standing out. That said, the whole package is well worth a listen.
Review: Germany's A Friend In Need have begun to develop a strong reputation for championing their own unique blend of deep house-not-deep-house. Here we get a new label comp featuring four different takes from four different artists: stop-start loopy funk (78 Edits' "Keep It Up"), deep and spacey jack-fests (Lootbeg & M Ono's "About You"), 303 fizz-outs (Gregory Dub's "Acid Spacejam") and the slow, raw and romantic depth charges of "Acaya" by Zacharias. Boom!
Review: Put on your gladdest of drags and hit the main thoroughfare; for his debut album Reynolds is taking us to town and he's doing it with serious sonic style. Down To The Strip is a hazy, dusky balmy LA Miami night circa 1985. An album built up around the warmest filters, clever samples and velvet synths cruising at a smooth mid tempo and surprising with plenty of twists in the tale; highlights include the bending chords and slouching breaks of "Hold On", the sublime hypnosis of "Under The Moon", the strange jazzy spring of "Oh!" and the Roule style loopy finesse of "Chuggin Edits". Time to strip things back.
Review: Reversing the usual process, this EP of disco edits begins with a disco-fied take on a house classic, and not the other way around! Adeva's 'In And Out Of My Life' is the classic in question, and Birdee makes a fine fist of the repurposing job he's done. So, too, have Chuggin' Edits with 'Sat Feev', a cheeky Bee Gees refix, though your view on that may vary depending on what you think of the original. Elsewhere on the EP, Soul Avengerz' 'Right For Me' (original source unknown) is a solid disco houser, while Chewy Rubs take us back to the early 80s with their re-edit of The Real Thing's 'Foot Tappin''.
Review: On this latest must-have missive, the Editorial crew has assembled an all-star cast of re-editors and house-loving disco rework merchants. Thrillingly, it contains a now rare outing from slo-mo specialist Duff Disco, whose atmospheric, beatdown style chugger "Always on My Mind" is undoubtedly one of the best things he's released in years. Props, too, to Irish disco-house specialists Get Down Edits, who weigh in with the warm and summery grooves of "Hey (What's Happening)". Elsewhere, Buzz Compass subtly beefs up and filters out a sleazy disco favourite on the constantly rising "U Deserve It", while Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee get the party started in their inimitable style via a touch of disco/hip-hop fusion ("Moonlite").
Review: The scalpel fiends and rework hounds behind the Editorial label rarely disappoint, and this latest split EP is packed with floor-friendly midtempo goodies. The most revelatory cut of all is Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee's "Slow Fire", a delicious 109 BPM bumper that re-casts Gwen McRae's electrofunk-era disco bomb as a stoned head-nodder. It works so well that you wonder why nobody's done it before. Elsewhere, there's some sweet groovery from Feza, a surprisingly percussive disco-funk jam from the usually dawdling 78 Edits, and a decidedly Balearic jazz-funk excursion from Manmademusic and Freshtone. Really, it's only the usually on-point B-Jam who lets the side down with the so-so "Everyday".
Review: Rising stars of the 21st century disco scene, Get Down Edits, join forces with Waterford pal Stephen Richards for a fine crew EP on Fingerman's still smoking Hot Digits label. As you might expect, there's much fun to be had throughout, from the lolloping, mid-tempo, soul-fired disco house loveliness of Richards' "Making Music (Original Mix)" and 6th Borough Style compressed deep house-disco bounce of Get Down Edits' "Our Turn" (a brilliant track for the sample spotters), to the organ-boasting, early '90s New Jersey deep house revivalism of the collaborative "Don't Be Shy". Get Down Edits' heavier, faster and more thrusting rework of Richards' "Making Music" is also rather impressive.
Review: Ireland's Get Down Edit's have developed a real reputation for quality, with many established DJs counting themselves as fans. Even a quick listen to this EP and you'll know why: there's no cheese to found, only well crafted reworks of classy tunes allowed. Label bosses Daz and Martin are first up with the string-laden slow motion "Strategy". The Legendary 1979 Orchestra's "Treating Me" is a steamy stomp with a big chorus, while Stephanie Mill's "Put Your Body In It" is beefed up in fine style by Rayko; Last but not least, Late Night Tuff Guy turns Rose Royce's "Wishing On A Star" into an incredible, and almost unrecognisable, trippy electronic odyssey!
Review: Some fine re-edit action here from KS French, AKA Mr Given Raw. 'Funkymama' lifts almost the entire vocal from Ann Peebles' 'Come To Mama' and places it over a heavy funk backdrop, with house-y overtones and much use of the filters. 'Funky Overdose' is a near-instrumental based around a funk bass loop and brass stabs, while 'Magic Your Eyes' is classic-style filter disco topped with the vox from Circle City Band's 1983 boogie gem 'Magic'. 'Glad Bae' has a similar MO to the latter but with an unidentified male soul vocal, while 'World Geto' closes out the EP on a more laidback, jazzy/lounge-y tip.
Review: KS French and Mr Given Raw are like two peas in a pod. A disco-shaped pod. Here they join forces again, both providing both solo tracks and a joint collaboration too. Label boss KS French plonks a platform show on the dancefloor first with the tight James Brown-sampling funk of "Still On the Case". Then MGR takes over for two sizzlers - the catchy soul-pop lament "Beggin You" and the psychedelic soul stomp of "Funky Mama". Finally the titans clash on the phased disco-boogie joy of "Never Give You Up". Good times.
Review: Despite its' matter-of-fact title, the Four Cuts EP is something of a departure for FKR Recordings. It's an all-star affair, designed to showcase the re-edit work of a trio of scalpel-wielding party starters. Mr Given Raw kicks things off with the impassioned, low-slung gospel funk of "Get Up On Girls", before label boss KS French sets aside his filters and house beats in favour of some swinging, bumpin' disco-funk goodness on the rather good "Kiss My Baby". The package is completed by two reworks from Miami native KNG Edits, who recently made his debut on Rebel Hearts. Choose between the effortlessly sweet, groovy and dewy-eyed "So Right", and the camp disco explosion that is "Shoot (Dancefloor Edit)", easily the EP's strongest moment.
Review: There's a reason that Midnight Riot's eponymous compilations frequently charge to the top of the Juno Download charts. Put simply, they never disappoint. This ninth installment sticks to the now tried-and-tested formula - house-friendly re-edits and originals from across the disco, boogie, soul and funk spectrum - but predictably hits the spot throughout. As usual, there's a bonus mix - this time put together by globe-trotting scalpel jockey Rayko - and tracks come from both label regulars ('80s Child, Ziggy Phunk, Chewy Funk) and an impressive array of new or unheralded talents. It's in the latter category that you'll find some of the most impressive fare - see Phil Jaimes deliciously Balearic "Nowhere To Hide" and Cosmocomics' kaleidoscopic synth-funk jam "Mary Jane" - though the standard remains pleasingly high throughout.
Review: Fast-rising DJ/producer Ruff Diamond is the man at the controls for this sun-kissed sprint though beach-friendly nu-disco jams, warm and groovy re-edits and Balearic boogie workouts. His selections are naturally spot on, from the languid nu-boogie shuffle of Sweetooth's superb "Soul Singing" and the drowsy, synth-laden D-Train-goes-to-the-beach warmth of RobJamWeb's "Frontin' & Maxin", to the Latin-fired disco-house bounce of Frank Virgilio's "Hi Sombrero" and the ultra-deep and sultry nu-disco loveliness of Bobsi's "Beached". Further highlights are provided by Rayko, Chuggin' Edits, Cuz Electric and main man Ruff Diamond, whose "Run To Berrinas" is undoubtedly one of his most alluring productions to date.
Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has packed in a lot of releases over the past 12 months, as this expansive roundup of the label's second year in business proves. Featuring 27 tracks and a bonus mix by the South Coast dwelling label boss, there's naturally plenty to admire. Highlights include, but are not limited to, the rolling, head-nodding grooves of Eyeco M's "Keeping It To Myself", the killer proto-house throb of "Tonight" by Bad Barbie vs Evil Smarty, the sexy, string-drenched disco loveliness of P-Sol's "Can't You See", LTJ's trumpet-boasting funk bumper "Fat Thing", and the hard-wired, bass-heavy rework of Julia & Company's "Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)" by Melon Bomb. It is, though, all pretty darn hot.
Review: The first two volumes of Paper Recordings' Trash The Wax series both flew off the (virtual) shelves, thanks in no small part to their on-point selections of modern disco in all its' glorious forms. This third installment is, if anything, even stronger. Beginning with Red Rack'em's killer rework of Solid State's cut-up disco classic "Philly Live", the 17-track collection variously touches on psychedelic disco-rock (Deckard), sweaty, homoerotic disco-acid (Dunn and Massey's filthy "Red Room Disco"), baggy revivalist disco-funk (Skinny Dipp), hustlin' edits (Get Down Edits), synth-laden nu-disco (Julian Sanza), and contemporary Scandolearic treats (Rave-Enka). In other words, it's a hugely strong collection of modern disco treats.
Review: Nu-disco hero 80s Child has come a long way since Masterworks Vol 1, the inaugural release on his Masterworks label a year and a half ago. Now we have the follow-up and it reveals how the label's sound has grown. There are 26 sizzling bangers on board this time, boasting a million delirious dance floor moments. Highlights of which include the fizzy thump-funk of 80s Child's "Computerized", Peza's doomy analogue electro mash up "Filmed Message" and the smooth, synthetic boogie of "Much Too Much" by Deelicious.
Review: New Mexican disco edits label Deep Sense throws its first release in our direction. A various artist compilation showcasing their new found roster of talent. There's so much to choose from on here but for our money, we'd put a wager on Monsieur Van Pratt's Ghostbusters referencing nu-disco floor filler "Ecto 1", the throwback deep house vibes of Perfect Straight's "Sundaze" which sounds like a lost tape off of Prescription or Alleviated while The Funk District's "Bodyshaker" gos for the tightly looped disco DJ tool vibe like early Nick Holder or Moodymann and thats right up our alley!
Review: Thunder Jam's latest release is something of a sprawling epic; a 23-track "Invasion" featuring some of the hottest names in the re-edit and nu-disco scenes, alongside contributions from lesser-known talents. There's much to admire throughout, from the low-slung boogie bass and cut glass disco strings of Phil Da Burn's "Wallflower" and the spacey synth-funk of Funk Bank's wiggly "Jamming With The Thunder", to the bouncy disco/New Jersey garage fusion of BOI's "The Gift" and the straightened-out sunshine soul of Dee Bunk's "Little Brown Eye Girl". Throw in solid contributions from Don Dayglo, Belabouche, C Da Afro and Andy Buchan, and you've got a pleasingly varied set of floor-friendly excursions.
Review: The Editorial crew present their 18th release in less than two years, and it's another bumper selection of scalpel jobs primed for house dancefloors. 78 Edits opens proceedings with a typical slow burner, before DJ Steef delivers one of the highlights - a simmering soul chugger that rises and falls in all the right places. The Candy Dealers opt for a super dubbed-out electrofunk vibe on their vast "Don't Stop", before DJ Butcher provides some sturdy, floor-friendly fare in the shape of "Clap & Stomp". The undisputed highlight, though, is The Lonely Smoker's "Keep The Same", a loopy, chunky version of Thelma Jones' soul classic "How Long" that's got serious chops.
Review: Having impressed with the first collection of re-edits earlier in 2012, the Legendary 1979 Orchestra gather together more floor-friendly reworks from friends and associates on their own Legendary Sound Research imprint. With different tempos, sounds and styles at play, it's a well-rounded collection. Contrast, for example, the tough 80s-electro-goes house vibes of Legendary 1979 Orchestra's "Burning" and the slow, soulful bump of 78 Edits' "Can't Have My Love". Or, for that matter, the breezy party vibes of Andrei's "Let's Go Raw" and the heavy funk of Richmed's "Do Your Thang". There's also some more 80s disco tweakery from Spanish edit workhorse Rayko.
Review: This time round, fast-fingered re-edit evangelists Editorial have set their sights on breathing new life into dusty, obscure and occasionally much-played soul nuggets. Those with a passion for the dubbed-out, slo-mo end of the contemporary re-edit scene will enjoy 78 Edits' typically hypnotic "Slick" and DJ Raw Sugar's charmer "Barry Me Softly" (yep, the Walrus of Love gets a tweak). If you like your grooves a little more uptempo, you'll devour Disco Tech's delightful "Tight Money" - an unlikely anthem in waiting, we reckon - and Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's dubby disco-funk groover "Movin". It all adds up to an impressive selection of well thought-out reworks.
Review: Sydney-based scalpel fiend Superbreak - AKA DJ/producer Kosta Ellis - has achieved something of a rare feat: running a digital-only re-edit imprint that's turning heads. Here, he offers up a flavour of things to come with an extended EP of tracks from many of the label's regular contributors. Heion and 78 Edits provide some groovy, house-friendly groovery, Edinburgh-based B-Jam provides the obligatory soulful slow dance number ("Down Baby"), and Thomass Jackson [sic] delivers a jaunty, darting, delay-laden take on a forgotten disco gem. There's also a heavyweight, filter-laden percussion jam from Brother J and a cheeky rework of "Whole Lotta Love" from Ellis and pal Brevil.
Review: On the back of their decidedly smoochy Show Me Love EP, the scalpel fiends and disco/house crossover monkeys at Editorial HQ take another trip into the world of soft-focus groovery. As usual, there's plenty of decidedly touchy-feely fare to enjoy, from the tough bass and twinkling synths of Elias Tzikas' "Just For You" and Tiger & Woods-on-valium vibes of Sellouts' "Let Me Work", to the sensual, slo-mo soul of Get Down Edits' "Two-Timin' Lady". The ever-cheeky Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee pair up for a silly, delay-laden re-tweak of the Knight Rider theme tune (really), whilst Debonair offers up a slick chunk of rush-inducing disco-house loveliness. Top stuff.
Review: There's been plenty of online chatter about this collection of slo-mo groovers, pitched-down disco edits and soft-focus midtempo deep house from Yam Who's ISM label. It's not hard to see why. It pretty much features all of the artists making their name on the slo-mo scene - Matthew Kyle, Rayko, 78 Edits, Sleazy McQueen, Heion etc - alongside familiar names pitching it down a notch or two (Yam Who, Trujillo, Ajello etc). There are some great slow house contributions, from the touchy-feely goodness of Martin Ruez' "Golden Sugar" and the low-slung stoner funk of Mr Chicago's "Bad Dub", to the snugly 80s soul/AOR flex of Magnetic Soul's "Head Over".
Review: Teniente Castillo's Madrid-based disco/nu-disco imprint Play Pal Music got off to the perfect start last year, delivering a sweet compilation of re-edits, reworks and original tracks that found its way into the playlists of many top selectors. This follow-up repeats the formula, delivering a wide range of goodness, from the string-drenched nu-Balearic goodness of Trip Guitar's "El Vuelto", to the baggy, horn-heavy, filter-sporting disco-funk revivalism of Disco Tech's "Let Me". Highlights are plentiful, from the superb re-edits of Get Down Edits (whose touchy-feely "Holdin' Me Back" is excellent) and Beaten Space Probe (check "Gotta Play Funk", with its woozy synth doodles), to the heavy electrofunk of Juan Laya and Thomass Jackson.
Review: The Legendary Sound Orchestra continues his attempt to provide disco edit lovers with something extraordinary, with a third collection of hand picked reworks. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy, from his own sparse, piano-heavy version of Silvetti's Salsoul classic "Spring Rain", to the rolling, bongo-laden goodness of 78 Edits' sprightly but loopy "Don't You Know". Highlights-wise, it's a toss-up between Alkalino's baggy disco-soul shuffler, "Have A Ball", and Jimmy The Twin's superb, TR-707-enhanced "Party Down". The latter, a horn-heavy chunk of upbeat disco-funk, is arguably the Bristol-based scalpel fiend's best work to date.
Review: Dynamicron's Latino-centric nu-disco label Los Grandes, deliver their fourth long-playing comp, gathering the best re-edits they can find. The label boss himself delivers the first of 20 tracks, "She", which sounds like a very subtle edit of an undetermined, but luscious and silky sheeted, Bee Gees track. Elsewhere Brendon P's "Before You Go Away" evokes The Avalanches, Panorama's "Straight From The Heart" is pure cut mid 80s digital soul and on the same tip, Dennis Edwards is edited further by Teniente Castillo on "Don't Dub Any Further". William Devaughn's "Be Thankful" is beautifully teased out by Kompleks before things end with "Shameless Hotel", a crazy take on The Eagles by the Irregular Disco Workers.
Review: For their latest excursion, Ireland's Get Down Edits crew have invited a bunch of mates along for the ride. The result is a bumper 10-track voyage into house-flecked disco edits, sumptuous soul reworks and DJ-friendly party bangers. Highlights are plentiful, from the sensual shuffle of Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's "Get It Together" and LTJ's typically loopy-and-groovy "Music", to the bold bass and soaring horns of Smart Edit's Chaka Khan remake "All This Love". If you're after something a little more pumping, Get Down Edits' deliver some shirts-off fare in the shape of the riotous "Do What You Wanna", while Jay Ru's "If You Wanna Be" is grandiose disco - with a sturdy, DJ-friendly groove - on a stellar scale.
Review: Editorial's policy of giving their split EPs of edits and reworks a distinctive theme has always been a bit of a winner. Here, they return to the world of slo-mo, soul-flecked edits, with a quintet of sumptuous scalpel works for our delectation. 78 Edits impresses with the winding sax, horizontal bump and head-nodding grooves of "Meet Patti", while DJ Moar offers up a slinky, electric bass-driven ride into slow disco-house territory in the shape of the Rhodes-laden "King Bob". Hot Box and P-Sol both deliver heavily compressed, filter-sporting toe-tappers for those warm-up moments where you just want to get locked into the groove, while Jona Saucedo brilliantly combines dubbed-out modern soul vocals with an attractive loop from Fonda Rae's boogie classic "Touch Me".