Review: Stephane Deschezeaux's French nu-disco label (est 2012) bring us their latest V/A collection, which gather together 15 of their most recent slices of contemporary disco, funk and boogie, with the emphasis overall slightly on the latter. HP Vince, arguably the best-known of the label's regular artists, brings us two cuts, driving disco-houser 'Be What You Wanna Be' and boogie-flavoured Le Babar collab 'Baby You', while C. da Afro makes an appearance with 'Disco Fever', an Afro-tinged homage to Chic's 'Dance, Dance, Dance'. The standout for this reviewer, is Henry Navarro's sultry, female-vocalled take on Stevie Wonder classic 'All I Do', which would work on nu-disco and soulful house floors alike.
Review: There's a pretty obvious clue in the name as to what kind of music you're going to find here! What makes this compilation from Greek label Chopshop stand out, though, is that the usual suspects are, for once, notable by their absence: there are contributions from Tonbe and HP Vince, as well as label boss George Kelly, but many if not most of the artists involved here will be new names to many if not most listeners. As such, it's a collection that's well worth investigating, packing 15 uptempo tracks - largely original, if heavily sample-based productions, rather than re-edits - that are long on funk basslines, handclaps and cowbells. What's not to like?
Review: Sometime Springbok and Chopshop regular Andy Bach has been impressively prolific in 2021, with this outing on long-established West Coast US deep house label Salted marking his fifth release of the year to date. He starts in confident mood with 'You Got My Love', a bold, filter-happy chunk of extra-heavy house music rich in old school female vocal snippets, undulating synthesizer motifs and sparkling disco samples. That disco influence comes to the fore on title track 'Body Heat', a thickset and energetic party rocker where Chic style guitar motifs and filter-smothered instrumentation rise above a bustling, bass-heavy beat, while closing cut 'Feel Alright' is the kind of cheery but chunky disco-house number that Ian Pooley used to knock out in his sleep.