Review: Daniel Solar's hook-up with longtime pal Andi De Luxe was one of the undoubted highlights of his 2015 debut full-length, Rubicon. Here, the superb original - an undulating, bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed trip into deep house/disco fusion - is joined by two new remixes. Fast-rising production starlet Eli Escobar steps up first, dragging the track further into dreamy, U.S style deep house territory whilst retaining the original's deliciously elastic bassline. Vhyce sticks closer to the original, adding some well-placed filters for extra disco-house pleasure. There's also a rather tasty bonus cut in the shape of "La Cupola", where razor-sharp disco samples, sustained note strings and twinkling pianos ride an extra-percussive house groove.
Review: One year in and the 'House of Disco' label continues to move from strength to strength. The label, spawned from a blog to which is shares it's name, has risen majestically to the top of an ever increasing pile of disco imprints. There is no real mystery surrounding its success, only the best productions and edits find their way onto the labels releases, carefully hand picked with due care and attention. The digital age has made owning a label no longer the pastime of millionaire playboys with a penchant for cylindrical percussive instruments, any Tom, Dick & Harry can claim to own a label these days, and often all three do... it would be churlish to suggest there are no decent digital only imprints out there, a couple of labels spring to mind, however, the discerning jock understands that any label willing to take the time, effort and risk of pressing up some vinyl must really believe in what they are doing and have a deep understanding of the scene's DJs and fans. This, the fourth release on the label entitled 'Busy Tone EP' is a great example of the complimentary A&R which is a mainstay of the label. First up we have a slo-mo looper from Scottish producer (Ali) OOFT! The track respectfully uses a synth and vocal sample from disco group 'Maze', slowly building into a real crowd pleaser. Next up we have German duo Daniel Solar & Andi De Luxe, taking time out from running their own label (Dikso) to drop the string led dance floor bomb 'Seventh'. 'Debonair' makes his second outing on the 'House of Disco' this time turning in an impeccable rework of the Garage classic 'Just How Sweet is Your Love'. And last up we have loop master 'Late Nite Tuff Guy' who brings the EP to a chugging finale, amazing strings and a hypnotic beat make this one of the highlights of the EP. Collectively; this is a great package, individually; all the tracks are must haves.
Review: The ever-flourishing Dikso imprint turns in some of its finest remixes to date for digital consumption. The wonderfully stompy Roberto Rodriguez remix of Larse's "So Much Fun" is a long time favourite here at Juno HQ, as is the sultry Homework "Perspective" of Duff Disco's slow burner "I Won't Forget" and the sweat-riddled, Strictly Rhythm-in-its-90s-pomp cut "Turning Slow" by Soho808, as reigged by Daniel Solar.
Review: Dikso unveil their fifth EP of pan European disco meets house moments which commences in fine form with the ubiquitous Duff Disco. The London based producer is cranking up the heat and delivers a finely poised deep house bump on "I Won't Forget" with the glowing chords and delicate keys riding the muscular house groove with real aplomb. The surfeit of angelic cooing that gently ripples in the nether regions has the requisite emotive effect and the belated arrival of some twisting acid just demonstrates his variety. Alongside this, "The Music We Play" from We Play - the latest alias of two producers with far too many to list - gets a French House revision from Leeds based Mam which dovetails nicely with the loose boogie joint that is "So Much Fun" from German producer Larse. Dikso's own Andi De Luxe makes his belated label appearance to round off proceedings with the low slung beatdown sounds of "Boobsie Collins".