Review: Given his prolific nature, we were rather surprised to discover that "Shaking Boogie Love" marks C Da Afro's first EP for Midnight Riot in almost two years. Predictably, he hits the ground running with the title track, a fine slab of heavyweight electrofunk/disco fusion where jaunty piano lines and sweet female vocal samples ride a bustling house groove. The producer's love of sticking sizeable, hip-wiggling house beats beneath synth-heavy boogie cuts is explored further on '80s soul revision "We Can Go", while "All The Way" is a slightly tooled up version of a sweeping orchestral disco classic. Finally, "The Boogie Man" sees him pepper a rubbery nu-disco groove with snaking saxophone lines and P-funk vocal snippets.
Review: Grecian DJ/producer C Da Afro is beginning to build up an impressive discography. Impressively, Midnight Riot is the 20th label he's released on to date. Soul Grooves is his first EP for the imprint, and contains a quartet of floor-friendly tracks that sit somewhere between remixes, re-edits and original productions. So while "Soul Groove" is based heavily on Matsubara's Paradise Garage fave "S.O.S (Society Of Soul)", C Da Afro has added a swathe of new synthesizer parts to compliment the original's killer jazz-funk guitars. We must presume the same process has been followed on the tactile electrofunk bomb "I've Got This Feeling", and the almost overpowering synthesizer bliss of Balearic boogie closer "You Mae Me Feel So Good".
Review: Greek party-starter C Da Afro seems to save some of his best material for Furious Mandrill, a re-edit imprint that's become one of the most reliable in the business since it launched at the tail end of 2016. For proof, check "You Can't Stop", a bounding, beefed-up take on a horn-heavy disco-funk track rich in parping trumpet blasts, elastic bass guitar, jammed-out electric piano motifs, filtered guitar riffs and heady female chorus vocals. Arguably even better is "The Jam", whose intoxicating mixture of jazzy guitar solos, far-sighted synth riffs, dense disco drums and bubbly nu-disco style electronics should put smiles on the faces of all but the most miserable of dancers.
Review: Manchester-based label Supaearth continues to impress. Here the imprint welcomes prolific Greek producer C Da Afro to its growing roster. The Disco Fruit and Midnight Riot regular starts with a bang via "Disco Bandit", a bouncy chunk of peak-time electrofunk rich in colourful synths, squelchy electronic bass, tight scratches and rolling beats. Even bigger and bolder is slamming disco-house stomper "Straight Up Groove", whose ear-catching piano riffs also play a key role on Cuz Electric's snappy and loopy "Found Jack Remix". If that is not enough to set your pulse racing, we'd recommend checking the clips of horn-toting disco-house workout "Exploding Disco".
Review: When the sun's out, you can depend on Editorial to get their musical guns out. Now the weather's improved and guess what? Here come the Editorial crew with this sizzling collection of five sunkissed edits - all geared to hanging out and having fun in the Great Outdoors. Highlights include the plucky, guitar echoes, Fender Rhodes shimmers and rolling bass of "Tricity" by Matt Hughes, the poolside cocktail house vibes of "Disco Shake" by C Da Afro and the touchy-feely Balearic headnodder "Damn Your Eyes" by Old Chap.
Review: Greek re-edit powerhouse, Chopshop, is back this time with a new various artist's compilation, Lost In Grooves. There's plenty of jollies to be had here, beginning with the high drama of "Lost In Venice" a swirling disco features golden tonsilled sirens and bug thumping drums. Elsewhere Levantine's "Atmosphere" recalls the good old days of French Touch, with its warm, filtered loops, C Da Afro opts for lazy beats and sumptuous strings on "The Sexy Groove" and DJ Laurel mellows things out with some silky 80s synth funk grooves on "Rising On Top". Slick!
Review: A decade has now passed since George Kelly established the Chopshop imprint as an outlet for goodtime grooves, sneaky reworks and club-ready re-edits that blur the boundaries between disco and house. To celebrate the fact, he's gathered together some of his label highlights on an expansive compilation. It's arguably best enjoyed via his action-packed DJ mix, which is tucked away at the end of the collection, though DJs will delight at the sheer volume and quality of the unmixed cuts on offer. Our favourites include the rubbery bounce of HP Vince's appropriately titled "Funky Disco Party", Kelly's killer Marlena Shaw revision ("Raised In The Ghetto"), the bustling funky house pleasures of HP Vince and Dave Leatherman's "Back 2 The Old Skool (House Mix)") and the disco-rap goodness of Captain Futuro's "Club Warzone".
Review: Like its predecessors, Re-Loved's fifth "All Stars" EP is packed to the rafters with peak-time ready fare provided by some of the re-edit scene's most reliable producers. Leading the charge is Discoweey chiefs Hotmood, whose EP opener "We Got It" is an infectious chunk of orchestrated disco whose wild synth solos and rolling groove make it a tried and tested treat. Elsewhere, C Da Afro's "With You" is a loopy, nu-disco tinged disco-house bumper, Da Lukas's slap bass propelled "Be Freak" sounds a little like one of Todd Terje's classic dub disco reworks, and Di Saronno's "Mademoiselle" is a French Touch style re-edit full of rich horn lines, dewy-eyed female vocals and energy creating filter sweeps.
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: Fast-rising DJ/producer Ruff Diamond is the man at the controls for this sun-kissed sprint though beach-friendly nu-disco jams, warm and groovy re-edits and Balearic boogie workouts. His selections are naturally spot on, from the languid nu-boogie shuffle of Sweetooth's superb "Soul Singing" and the drowsy, synth-laden D-Train-goes-to-the-beach warmth of RobJamWeb's "Frontin' & Maxin", to the Latin-fired disco-house bounce of Frank Virgilio's "Hi Sombrero" and the ultra-deep and sultry nu-disco loveliness of Bobsi's "Beached". Further highlights are provided by Rayko, Chuggin' Edits, Cuz Electric and main man Ruff Diamond, whose "Run To Berrinas" is undoubtedly one of his most alluring productions to date.
Review: Hold tight for more boozy dancefloor excess from the Editorial crew, a collective of re-editors whose musical output is always worth a listen. The seven-track missive begins with a chunk of electric piano-laden samba/jazz-funk magic courtesy of Nik M, before sometime Hot Digits and Midnight Riot man Frank Virgillio offers a more piano and percussion-laden chunk of sun-kissed Brazilian magic. Labor of Love gets the disco juices flowing via the cowbell-heavy shuffle of disco funker "Like I Do", The Funk District reach for the Clavinets on hazy roller "Baby Got It" and I Gemin smothers a tasty groove in liquid synths and deep house flourishes on "Oh Baby". To round things off, C Da Afro rearranges a warm and groovy electrofunk jam and Rica lays down some colourful nu-disco deepness.
Review: With 15 tracks from nine different artists, this is the first compilation from Disco Fruit, making it the ideal opportunity to get acquainted with the Serbian label - or just great value for money if you're in search of some fine contemporary disco, funk and boogie grooves. Ranging from the sprightly jazz-house of Munky Five's 'Peace Of Jazz' to the Fatback funk of Mike Woods 'Get What You Need Y'All', via the Parliament/Zapp-esque squelch of JB Boogie's 'Party Underground', the attitude-y disco-house strut of Jack Roy & Peitzke's 'On The House' with its Scissor Sisters-ish vocal and Hiva's cheeky 'Superfreak'-biting 'Yea Yeah', there's no shortage of mirror ball goodness here.