Review: Edit superstar C. Da Afro comes fresh off the back of a series of big outings on labels like Tropical Disco, Samosa Records, Masterworks Music, and many more. Once again this increasingly vital studio whizz comes correct with a series of playful disco house bombs. 'Don't Give Up The Groove' plays with filters, layers up the funky riffs and soars on a diva vocal. 'Wantin' U' is a classic house tune with authentic old school production chops and 'Holding On' is a super sweet outside party tune for the warmer months. 'The Solo Groove' sends you home on some feel good strings that melt any heart.
Review: Rare Wiri's 'Retro Future Disco' series, launched in 2016, reaches its third installment - and with 10 tracks on offer, many of them coming from scene big-hitters like Alkalino, Ilya Santana, C Da Afro, Andy Buchan and of course label boss Rayko, nu-disco lovers will be salivating already! Generally speaking it's synth-tastic grooves inspired by Italo and cosmic disco that lead the charge here - though, given the talent roster, you'd expect a certain degree of stylistic variety, and you'll find such in Buchan's rawer, more funk-leaning 'Family Kings' and the soulful vibes of The Beatbroker's 'Belong 2 Me'.
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: Unlike many of its rivals, Fingerman's Hot Digits label doesn't fill its' obligatory annual compilation with back catalogue cuts. Instead, we're offered a vast number of previously unheard re-edits, remixes and original productions. It's a successful blueprint and one religiously adhered to on Hot Digits: Year Seven, the popular imprint's latest must-check collection. There's not enough room to single out every sonic highlight, but our current favourites include the breezy boogie squelch of Ross Fitz's 'I Miss Your Love ('85 Mix)', the driving deep house haziness of Fingerman and Henri Le Blanc's 'Leave Your Cares Tonight', the neo-trance cheeriness of Picklejam's 'Endorphin Situation' and the stab-happy, peak-time house retro-futurism of 'The Feeling' by Downunder Disco.
Review: Here's one of those releases that really doesn't need a lot of explaining - anyone with even a passing interest in nu-disco should be more than familiar with all four artists involved, as well as the label! Hotmood brings the 70s vibes on the string-drenched, guitar-flecked 'You Are A Star', C Da Afro fast-forwards to the 80s boogie era with the shiny-suited 'So Good For Me', while Loshmi arguably gets the most inventive, mixing up Afro, Latin and spy movie soundtrack vibes on 'Regah'. It's the lazy, laidback funk/jazz-funk of Mitiko's 'Back To Dance', though, that takes the gold.
Review: Party days can't be that far away now, and Cardiology continue to have you covered with some of the choicest slabs in the edit game. This time it's C. Da Afro on the buttons, shining bright after a massively productive 2020 in which he slipped out no less than five releases. He's clearly not short on material to get busy on the slice and dice with, given the quality of the gear he's presenting on this new EP. As you'd expect for Cardiology the tracks aren't that easily trainspotted, ranging from the insanely catchy disco delights of 'Hustle' to the housed-up funk of 'Hold Up'. It's serious music for serious heads, but with that universal party starting appeal that any self-respecting disco edit should have.
Review: The latest musical journey from London label The Disco Express is driven by Monsieur Von Pratt and C.Da Afro, two producers and remixers who have made a big impression within the re-edit scene over the last few years. The four cuts here are all edits, albeit ones that boast subtle musical additions and chunky, tooled-up beats. MVP steps up first with two tidy workouts: the elastic slap-bass, woozy synths, rolling beats and hazy female vocals of 'Funk Force', and the more traditional disco-funk re-edit vibes of the excitable 'Shoot Your Shot'. C Da Afro, meanwhile, successfully beefs up a jazz-funk flavoured disco number full of sweet scat vocals and jaunty piano stabs ('Orange Juice'), before offering up extended, filter-smothered breakdowns and bouncy boogie-house beats on the string-drenched sugariness of 'Let's Do It'.