Review: Two years have passed since the last Masterworks Music label compilation, so this fourth volume is long overdue. It's another expansive affair, with boss man Danny "80s Child" Worrall offering up no less than 20 exclusives from a mixture of label regulars and new recruits. As you'd expect, there's much to enjoy, with highlights including the rubbery and celebratory disco goodness of Surgery Edits' 'Get Up and Boogie', the hazy house pleasure of Dirtytwo's 'Desire', the string-laden peak-time rush of Chris Grubinza's 'Feel The Rush', the revivalist 80s boogie brilliance of Slync and Evie Adams' 'Fantasy', and the wonderfully loved-up 80s soul-meets-nu-disco warmth of Paper Street Soul's 'Fwok!'.
Review: If tooled-up, house-friendly disco and boogie reworks is your thing, you should already be familiar with Seamus Haji's Re-Loved label. Here the long-serving DJ presents an expansive collection of high-grade edits, revisions and remixes from the label's recent past, plus a couple of bonus all-action DJ mixes. There's naturally not enough room to list all of the highlights, but our current favourites include the celebratory disco-house bump of Birdee's "Start The Weekend", a tasty combo of Class Action vocal snippets and sweeping, string-laden peak-time riches, the percussive Afro-disco/deep house fusion of Frank Virgilio's "Clouds", the sweaty, horn-heavy bump of Hotmood's bustling "We Got It", and the kaleidoscopic electrofunk colour of '80s Child's boogie-soul re-rub "Comin' Back 2 U".
Review: You're only five years old once, so why not celebrate in style? And here Warrington lad Danny Worrall's disco and re-edits label Masterworks Music do just that, with an anniversary collection packing a whopping 50 back catalogue nuggets. You'll excuse us the full track-by-track, then, but suffice to say that this is the label that helped launch the careers of Dr Packer and Natasha Kitty Katt, both of whom feature here, and with names like Ziggy Phunk, Rayko, Alkalino, Chuggin' Edits and Fabiolous Barker also on bill, you should already have a pretty good idea what to expect. Classy stuff all round, and a great VFM package - here's to five more years!
Review: Seamus Haaji has gathered together a suitably impressive cast of producers for this fourth volume in his Re-Loved label's "All Stars" series of EPs. Conan Liquid kicks things off with a heavily compressed chunk of Clavinet-sporting, delay-laden disco house (the fittingly titled "Hot"), before Frank Virgilio flexes his muscles (and squelchy synths) on the down-low P-funk/disco-funk fusion of "Bite My Groove". Chewy Rubs steals this show with an even more tooled up version of what sounds like a Motown style 1960s soul stomper (the bounce-along heaviness of "Good People"), while Danny "80s Child" Worrall serves up a breezy, colourful and cheery rearrangement of a percussively stuttering '80s soul gem.
Review: The first "Masterworks Legends" compilation saw label boss Danny Worrall giving digital debuts to a whole host of previously vinyl-only cuts. We're not sure whether he's taken the same approach this time round, but the quality of the material remains pleasingly high. Beginning with Dr Packer's hot-to-trot revision of Kiu D's Blaxploitation disco workout "Dynamite", Worrall offers up a swathe of hypnotic, disco-tinged house head-nodders (Ooft's "I Am Love" being a glassy-eyed standout), tasty '80s electrofunk revisions (Woodhead, The Silver Rider, Coutel, his own '80s Child project), thumping disco club cuts (Natasha Kitty Kat, Kiu D, James Rod, Ponchartrain) and sparkling nu-disco box jams (Gradient Logic). If you're looking for more tried-and-tested treats to pep up your sets, you should add this to your cart right now.
Review: To kick-start a fourth year of disco-fuelled madness, Hot Digits chief Fingerman has put together this sizeable compilation of previously unheard exclusives. As you'd expect, there's far more killers than fillers to be found amongst the 28-track deep selection or re-edits and original productions. Highlights include the clarinet-laden electrofunk-meets-disco bounce of Frank Virgilio's "It's Your Boogie Baby", the disco-goes-hip-hop flex of Tony Disco's delicious "Rolling Paper", the sparkling nu-disco goodness of "When It Comes To Funk" by Stephen Richards, the driving disco-house bump of Ash Reynolds' "Cold Girl" and the fuzzy electrofunk wobble of Don Dayglow's "Many Things". Throw in fine contributions from Chewy Rubs, Le Visiteur, norse man Jarle Brathen and, of course, Fingerman, and you have a must-buy collection of cuts.
Review: The first installment of the Masterworks' Bag Of Tricks series went down a treat upon its summer release. Now it's the autumn and they've rustled up some more edits, 15 in fact, again featuring some big names on the nu-disco scene. This new comp will one and all swinging from the rafters from fireworks parties to Christmas knees-ups. Highlights include the Cathy Dennis-sound-alike cowbell jam "You Know How" by RobJamWeb, the swaggering guitar strut of "The Walk" by Silver Rider and Rabo & Snob's quirky, perky hiNRG pumper "Harry Rama".
Review: If you weren't aware already, Yam Who? is one ambitious, tirelessly active chap. First emerging at the turn of the century with some superb edits of poppy R n'b (anyone remember his boogie take on "Frontin" by Pharrell?) the Yam master has gone on to build quite the empire with his Midnight Riot label. The latest MR release reflects his nature, a new mix featuring 20 killer rollerskate jams from friends as well as some outright classics. Highlights include the glistening, chrome-plated funk of George Kelly's "Turn It Up", the sleek and synthy 80s jam "Living A Lie" by Freekwency and the slammin Linn drum freestyle action of "On The Upside (High Drummer edit)" by Wonkar.
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: Fresh from the runaway success of his brilliant "Sunny Bigler" single, Leon Sweet has been installed as the man behind the decks for the second volume of Paper Disco's Trash The Wax series. Sweet's two-hour DJ mix is excellent, of course, but it's the unmixed tracks - a combination of unheard bits and recent Paper gems - that make this compilation essential. Expect a range of re-edits and original tracks that variously touch on nu-disco, Italo, boogie and, of course, house. Highlights are plentiful, and include a trippy slow acid version of The Balearic Beat Boy's "Waiting For Me", a typically rubbery mid-80s soul re-cit from 80s Child, and a killer, filter-heavy rework of Melba Moore by Neil Diablo.
Review: Having already carved a decent name for himself in the nu-disco universe, 80s Child (aka Danny Worrall), now turns his hand to running labels. Masterworks is his new imprint, and this eponymous compilation is its debut release. It's a total all-you-can-eat buffet of contemporary disco, featuring a whole host of familiar names. There are a whopping 23 tracks on here, some of the best include Tomas Malo's sultry grinder, "After The Rain", Yam Who?'s bouncy sunkissed disco joint "Find Out" and the digi-freestyle breaks of TV's "Love Situation".
Review: To help turn a Halloween house party into something like the Rocky Horror Show or Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, let Nude_isco's Night Of The Living Edits scare those trick-or-treaters away. There's jamming horror P-funk from Swifft Edits, '80s pop, rock and disco from 80s Child, a floor-filling edit of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer", and some Afrika Bambaataa inspired electro from Funk Hunk - with plenty more shocks and horrors to devour.
Review: Warrington's Danny Worral has carved out a niche for himself delivering robust, floor-friendly re-edits that specifically rework synth-laden '80s electrofunk, soul and boogie jams. Here he presents his first album of reworks for regular home Midnight Riot. The source material is a mixture of the well known and slightly obscure, with the likes of the Whispers, Prince and the Aleems under the scalpel. Worral keeps the feel of the original tracks - including, in most cases, the vocals - giving them a little more contemporary dancefloor swing, largely thanks to extra-fat beats, subtle house rhythms and thick synth basslines. It's an attractive proposition for anyone who enjoys synth-laden '80s jams. Highlights are plentiful, from the glassy-eyed fun of the title track through to the soulful house shuffle of closer "In Your Life".
Review: We Mean Disco! deal in quality and they also like to tease - they released a short preview of their latest comp a whole month ago, whetting appetites to a frenzy. Well, Allstar Nuggets Volume 3 is finally here and it's bursting with a whopping 26 pumpers including the chrome and carpet slap-bass jam "Double Express", the breezy Eurodisco of Butch Le Butch's "He's So Shy" and Max K's uplifting retweak of Tullio De Piscopo's hazy classic "Stop Bajon".
Review: Hot on the heels of his well received Night Vision EP on Yam Who's Midnight Riot label, electrofunk-obsessed edits fiend Danny Worrall returns to Ruben & Ra's Retrospective imprint with the second installment of his Back To The 80s series. Those familiar with his particular blend of '80s nostalgia should know what to expect, namely tweaked but fairly faithful reworks of well-known cuts and underground classics. As usual, there's plenty of solid dancefloor material on show, from the teasing build-ups, rousing horns and jumpy synths of "Don't Let Go" and stretched-out '80s soul fun of "Baby Love", to the singalong disco rush of "Wear It Out".
Review: It's pretty clear from the get go that 80's Child is all about going back to the future. As the door of his Delorean opens upwards and the billowing smoke clears, we see that he has brought back four 80s dancefloor wonders which he sensitively retweaks with contemporary flair. "Keep On Lovin Me" is that kind of lazy electro-boogie jam that's all about that crisp snare drop, "Tryin' To Get Over" is more your upbeat brassy funk number, "Serious" is Donna Allen's 1986 snarling New Jack beast of a tune and "Plane Love" end things with a soul-meets-Latino funkout. Hot stuff!