Review: Athens-based funk n' disco producer Christos Antoniou returns to Hot Digits Music with three original tracks here, while fellow label regular Frank Virgilio supplies the obligatory remix. The instrumental 'Dancefloor Stories' itself has something of an 80s, Miami Vice-ish kinda feel, thanks largely to the nagging synth riff that forms its backbone. Elsewhere, 'Papercllp Jam' is a squelchy funker with Zapp/Cameo leanings, 'Solaris' marries fluttering Chic-y guitars to authentically 70s-sounding brass, while finally Naples native Virgilio takes the title track down a darker path, toning down the original's spangly 80s sheen and adding layers of tribal percussion.
Review: The two tracks here are called 'Saxalicious' and 'Congalicious', which gives you a little bit of a clue as to what they might sound like! 'Saxalicious' is up first and looks to vintage African funk for inspiration, though whether the distinctly 80s-esque sax line (which is applied surprisingly sparingly) comes from the same source or has been added by C Da Afro himself isn't clear. 'Congalicious' treads similar ground, but leans more to the funk rather than the Afro side of the equation, and as such could have slightly broader dancefloor appeal - if you'd told us it was a long-lost Brass Construction joint, we'd have believed you!
Review: In some cases it's useful to name-check some of the labels a producer has released music on; in the case of re-edit scene stalwart C Da Afro, it's easier to name the handful of imprints he's not appeared on. Here the prolific Greek rework merchant returns to Midnight Riot for the first time in almost five months, which by his standards is an eternity. As usual there's plenty to set the pulse racing across the EP, from the lolloping, electric piano-sporting orchestral disco brilliance of "Party Purpose", to the dewy-eyed, slap-bass sporting goodness of "Get Happy" and the filter-smothered disco-house revision business of bouncy closing cut "The Love For The Music".
Review: These days, C Da Afro seems to be pushing the likes of Rayko, Sunner Soul and Mitiko hard for the coveted title of "most prolific remixer and re-editor". The Greek producer is once again in fine form on this Furious Mandrill outing, offering up a quartet of cuts that are funkier than a gurning gibbon after a night out with the Goodies. Our pick of a very strong bunch is sturdy, filter-sporting disco-highlife revision "Highlight Groove", though sweet, string-laden opener "Coconuts" and the colourful, synth-laden tropical disco number "Tropical Boogie" push it close. Kwaito/Afro-boogie number "Zooming", which closes the EP in fine style, is also worth a listen.
Review: In a sea of wonked-out cosmic/Italo-influenced productions, this EP from C Da Afro stands out like a beacon for those in search of more straight-up disco pleasures. 'My Disco Lady' has a harmonised "super lady, super girl" female chorus, a struttin' bassline and synthesized brass stabs, while 'Move Your Feet' is an uptempo cut that sits right on the disco/disco-house cusp and sports some fine Philly-like strings. The sax-tastic 'Let's Go Downstairs' then nudges closer to jazz-funk territory, while completing the EP is 'Keep It Real', with hefty drums, house-y pianos and parping sax designed to give the dancefloor a proper workout.
Review: Greek producer C Da Afro steps up to the plate with four more re-edits here. The source of the first two is a mystery, but 'Gambling In Vegas' itself has clearly been drawn from the loungier end of the 70s disco spectrum while 'Knock Out Groove' moves a little forward in time to the boogie era of the early 80s. 'True To The Cause' reworks Cheryl Lynn's 'If You'll Be True To Me' from 1981 and is packed with hand-clappin', finger-poppin' disco energy, while Leon Hayward's 1983 Casablanca single 'I'm Out To Catch' provides the basis for EP closer 'Disco Tonic'.
Review: On his latest EP for Fingerman's Hot Digits label, Athens hero C Da Afro is in full-on synth-boogie mode. Raiding his collection of '80s soul records for inspiration, the prolific producer offers up a trio of reworks rich in bold synth-bass, dewy-eyed vocals and colourful melodies. Choose between the aptly titled "Slick", the elastic, P-funk-tinged bounce of "Can't Get Enough" and the fliter-and-saxophone-sporting haziness of "Gonna Get You", another '80s soul revision that's been subtly tooled up for contemporary dancefloors. Remix wise, the killer contribution comes from Chewy Rubs, whose Dub mix of "Slide" is an on-point study in hard synth bass, ricocheting guitars, chunky guitars, echoing vocal samples and delay-laden synthesizer flashes.
Review: Fresh from lending his sublime scalpel skills to Editorial as part of the label's latest multi-artist extravaganza, C Da Afro returns to Disco Fruit with another tasty two-track missive. The Grecian producer is in predictably fine form on chunky, bass-heavy opener "Music Is Love", where dubbed-out vocal snippets, jazzy guitar motifs, swirling strings and fuzzy organ riffs cluster around a rubbery, all action disco-house groove. "Sugar Love" is an altogether more synth heavy beast, with C Da Afro applying his successful formula - all beefed-up bottom end and excitement building filter sweeps - to a dazzling slab of colourful '80s Euro-boogie goodness.
Review: While Christos Antoniou AKA C Da Afro releases rather a lot of tidy re-edits, he often saves his best work for Midnight Riot. Or at least that's how it seems to us. Certainly, there's much to enjoy on the Greek producer's latest outing on Yam Who's label. Highlights include "Feel Like Dancing" - a rolling, pumped-up revision of a 1986 94 East private press jam to which Antoniou has added a thickset synth bassline - and the soaring orchestration and thumping disco-house grooves of "Heaven". Slick P-funk revision "Tonight" - all bubby synths, kaleidoscopic solos and Roger Troutman style talkbox vocals - is also worth a listen.
Review: Greek producer C Da Afro (Christos Antoniou) has been plying his disco trade for a few years now, with releases on labels such as SpinCat, About Disco and Disco Fruit, but here he comes to the ultra-hip Midnight Riot with a three-tracker that'll delight those in search of some authentically 70s-sounding grooves. 'Yesterday' is a lavish affair topped with female vocals in a near-chanted style, 'Disco State' has a vaguely Candido-esque feel and sports some fine parpin' saxophone, while completing the package is 'The Flip Track', which is considerably pacier than the other two, operating at an almost hi-NRG tempo.
Review: York based Alpaca Edits is run by Pete Le Freq and makes make what you like in the headphones come out the big speakers with their top edits, reworks and remixes. Now he has hot C Da Afro - see what he did there - from Greece who has appeared previously for Midnight Riot, SpringBok, Editorial and Spa In Disco. Filtered late-night Miami vibes abound on "Touching You Feeling You", sexy deep disco for lovers awaits you on "Weekend Madness" and "With Cristine In The Disco" features some sultry saxophone action that would make a grown man cry.
Review: Edit imprint Furious Mandrill has barely put a foot wrong since debuting back in November 2016. The label's latest hot-to-trot missive comes from C Da Afro, a talented Greek producer and re-editor who has spent the last five years releasing party-starting grooves on some of the rework scene's most lauded labels. He kicks things off with "Only", a rework of a killer Nigerian boogie favourite smothered in glistening new pianos, meandering synth solos and cowbell driven disco drums. It's a tasty and tactfully execution revision, all told. "Serious Jam" inhibits similar sonic territory, serving up a sparkling tweak of another boogie-era Nigerian instrumental rich in jaunty piano stabs, elastic bass and glassy-eyed dancefloor positivity.