Review: York might not be the disco capital of the world, but the way the gang at Alpaca Edits carry on it might just as well be! They've been trotting out world class soul, disco and funk edits for a good while now, and here they deliver the second instalment of their compilation in aid of testicular cancer support. There are 15 quality scalpel jobs this time around, with highlights including the rumbling, evening poolside boogie of "I Need A Drink" by Hotmood, the punchy electro-disco of "Head Lights' by Stephen Richards and the white-hot 70s disco rock of "I'm A Man" Pontchartrain.
Review: The lads and lasses behind Thunder Jam were clearly impressed by Charlie Brown Superstar's re-edit outings on Alpaca Edits and Sound Exhibitions, as they've given the producer the chance to showcase an expansive selection of reworks. The six-track Keep On is quietly impressive, with the producer variously chopping up and rearranging peak-time disco anthems ("Keep On", the filter-heavy "Ain't No Way"), rolling disco-funk (the slipped, tooled-up beats and horn-toting hustle of "Please Don't Stop"), Stephanie Mills ("Got My Eyes On You", a loopy disco-house update of "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin"), The Jackson Sisters and killer space funk (the dub disco thrills of "Chicken Lickin").
Review: Charlie Brown Superstar is no stranger to a bit of space boogie, and the Alpaca Edits crew seems like the perfect place for him to socialise in. In fact, "Givin' It Up" is a lovely, laid-back chat-starter, the sort of banger you put on to impress that special person on a night out - what a bassline! Now that tune is difficult to beat, but "Goin' South" does a good job at delivering a highly sensual, dubbed-out house rush, "Never Gonna Stop" flaps its funky disco wings at a steady pace, and the excellent "Oh Yeah" ties this absolutely stellar EP off with a west-coast, blue-eyed soul kind of swagger - for fans of Ned Doheny. TIP!!