Review: Greek producer C Da Afro returns with three doses of retro-fuelled dancefloor fun. 'Feel Alright' is a lively disco workout with some killer synth stabs, exuberant brass and a treated female "feels all right" vocal chorus. The title track is an altogether more low-slung funk number that recalls the likes of Cameo, Zapp or Ohio Players, while completing the EP is 'Let's Talk About It', a phat-assed, funked-up disco-houser that'll whisk you straight back to the mid-90s. There's plenty of stuff like this about, admittedly, but nearly 10 years into his recording career, Christos Antoniou does it better than most...
Review: Spain's Rare Wiri label serve up three fine contemporary disco cuts from Athens native Christos Antoniou, better known C Da Afro. The EP opens with 'From Da 80s', a rolling, sunny groover with fluttering guitars, period synth stabs and a vocal sampled from the movie '54'. The instrumental 'Endless Groove' itself has a very similar MO in terms of style and instrumentation, but with a hazier, druggier feel, while completing the EP is 'The Funk Master', which is altogether chunkier and, well, funkier, nodding to the likes of Cameo and Zapp and sporting a boogie-style "I love music, music is the rhythm of the soul" vocal.
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: 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".