Review: With releases on Paper, Midnight Riot and Disco Fruit under his belt, Pretoria, South Africa-based Brian Snr comes to Rayko's Rare Wiri with two funk-fuelled nu-disco workouts. 'Ocean Drive' itself rides chugging 4/4s and a simple two-note bass throb with parping, echoed sax and jaunty disco six-string chops, and should go down well wherever nu-disco is played, but 'Flashback 2' is equally strong with its two competing vocals, opening with a "check it out now" loop that then recedes into the background as a second, sleazy, Euro-style vocal takes the lead while assorted synth squiggles maintain the musical interest.
Review: Number eight in the series, and do you really need us to tell you that it's an object lesson in how to do 21st Century disco properly? Tracks range from the Kraftwerk/Yello-isms of From Beyond's 'Hypersleep' to Kooky & Damoon's genre-defying 'Confidence Of Ignorance (Dub'), which tops a sumptuous, jazzy funk/soul cut with a liberal dose of acid squelch, and from Jahn Solo's Ecstasy, Passion & Pain-biting piano houser 'Touch Me' to the sleazy early 80s Berlin throb of Brian SNR's 'Hot Shot', with a side-order of syprupy soul courtesy of The Secret Soul Society. Big names may be in short supply here but adventurous, imaginative grooves are not!
Review: As it is now 15 years since the birth of his Yam Who? project, Midnight Riot main man Andy Williams is naturally in a celebratory mood. To mark the occasion, he's releasing a series of 'Best of' collections featuring a mixture of original productions and remixes. There's naturally tons to set the pulse racing on this second compilation, from the chunky revivalist boogie brilliance of Williams' previously unreleased dub of the Patchworks Band's 'Rock Your Body' and the Rhodes-laden, jazz-funk-goes-nu-disco warmth of his revision of Situation's superb 'Take Me Or Leave Me', to the bass-heavy, string-laden disco-house chunkiness of his Din Jay remix ('Sweet & Sour') and the soulful house-meets-electrofunk goodness of the Phil Jaimes' rework ('My Sensitivity').
Review: Fresh from the market, Disco Fruit offers up a suitably large pallet of juicy re-edits, tasty revisions and sun-ripened reworks. As you'd expect, there's plenty to get your teeth into from start to finish. Our highlights include the fuzzy 21st century disco-funk of Brian SNR's "Down For Some Loving", the bouncy, synth-bass-propelled funkiness of C Da Afro's "Music Is Love", the sleazy sweatiness of Frank Virgilio's flash-fried "Thick As A Brick (The ReThink)", the throbbing goodness of Loshmi's Italo-disco/80s rock revision "Palm Springs", the mid-tempo disco bliss of Mitiko's "It's Over, It's Over" and the disco-house bump of Tonbe's "Make It Last Forever".
Review: This time last year Brian Basil van Heerden delivered his strongest single to date under the now familiar Brian Snr alias. The good news is that "Hot Shot" - his first EP for 12 months - is arguably even better. In its original form (track two), "Hot Shot" is sleazy, throbbing and overtly sexual; a revivalist chunk of mid-tempo Italo-disco headiness full of whispered spoken word vocals, razor-sharp alien synthesizer lines and an arpeggio style bassline so druggy it may induce hallucinations. It comes accompanied by two fine remixes: the "Hober Mellow Dub", which re-casts it as a chunk of dubby deep house dreaminess, and a superb Yam Who revision which re-builds the track as a sparkling slab of revivalist disco-boogie cheeriness complete with Balearic piano stabs and swirling strings.
Review: This undeniably epic set by Brian Basil van Heerden under the familiar Brian Snr alias offers up a handful of unheard cuts and a dizzying array of remixes of previous Disco Fruit singles "She's Superfly" and "Down 4Some Loving". In the former category you'll find "Let's Dance", a hard-wired disco chugger rich in rasping saxophone solos, the piano-sporting disco-funk strut of "Like A Fever" and the low slung dub disco/electrofunk fusion of "Lover's Delight". Remix-wise, we're rather enjoying the stripped back mid-tempo chunkiness of SNR's revision of "She's Superfly", the Clav-happy, slo-mo breakbeat sludge-funk that is Mitiko's remix of "Down 4 Some Loving" and C Da Afro's electrofunk take on the same track. That said, the quality threshold remains high throughout.
Review: Some hot nu-disco grooves from South African producer Brian Basil van Heerden here on the Wild Cat EP. He is founder and owner of the legendary vinyl store Camino Records, DJ since 1998, founder and owner of Strutmode Recordings - in addition to being one half of Janova Jacks and Southside High. From the slo-mo/lo-slung sleaze of "Funking It Up" and the title track - which is followed by by an electric rendition by label stalwarts Yam?Who and the late night boogie down groove of "Flashback" - it is clear that Brian Snr can bring the funk, whatever the occasion!
Review: Down for some loving and kisses but not doing the dishes? Speak to Brian. He's so frank about the topic he's written a whole tune about it. A pretty darn slinky spacey discofied tune at that. Big sax, lolloping bass and a surging sense of steamy sentiment, it's a real meltdown session of a jam from Cherry Cola. Loaded with a more groove focused dub mix, this is much more than a one-off quickie. Dish cloth not included.
Review: Serbian edit king Tonbe digs deep into the vaults of his prolific Disco Fruit stable, returning with a 10-track selection of club-ready highlights. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing, from the swirling strings and sumptuous, Barry White style grooves of Mitiko's "As You Grow Up" and the acid-laden wiggle of Evil Smarty's fantastic revision of The Osmonds "I,I.I" (here titled "Feel The Fire"), to the pumping drums, low-slung bass and flash-fried, Hendrix-style guitars of Loshmi's "Drugstore". Tonbe himself drops a bouncy chunk of disco-house pressure in the shape of "Don't Mess With Us" (complete with hip-house style sampled vocals), while C Da Afro impresses with the cheeky synths and quirky boogie backing of "One Step".
Review: Given the nature of his re-edit work, it's perhaps unsurprising that there's little information out there about Brian Snr. All we know is that he's from South Africa, and the Nice 'N' Slow EP marks his first appearance on Disco Fruit, following a smattering of successful singles on other imprints. The title track is something of a rubbery, disco-funk treat, with the South African making merry with an elastic bassline, wah-wah laden guitars, taut horn lines and sleazy, spoken word vocals. The killer groove and occasional flute solos are emphasized further on the accompanying Dub Mix, before label boss Tonbe gives the track a subtle disco-house makeover.
Review: The mysterious Brian SNR from 012, South Africa; all we know is that he's naughty but nice! Let's Dance" is some of the sleaziest deep disco funk you'll hear this year: think of a year 2016 re-incarnation of Right Said Fred and you'll get the right idea. And yes; there is one absolutely hot saxophone solo in this one, supported by some retro cliches of the best kind.