Review: The second release on Homage comes from Chevals, and once again the vibe is quintessential deep house infused with more than a little soul stew. "See You When I Git My Heart Broken" has funk licks aplenty to keep the party popping, while "Please Don't" sees that as some kind of challenge to up the ante with even more sassy samples and sizzling strings. "Tres Racas" finds the Chevals getting a little more choppy in the drum department, and then "Big Man" finishes the EP off with a raucous African atmosphere to set the club alight.
Review: Should you have missed his previous EPs on Better Listen, Kolour and Editorial - amongst others - you may still be blissfully unaware of Chevals, a self-styled "French house producer, disco cutter and horse". Should that be the case, we suggest that you check out this fine four-tracker - his first for Masterworks Music - as soon as possible. It begins with a fantastic slab of gospel-powered disco house (the peak-time stomp of "My Feet Keep Changing") and ends with a throbbing club cut rich in fizzing P-funk synths, bumpin' beats and purple-tinted electronics ("Love Somebody"). In between, you'll find a deliciously jaunty, horn-rich mid-tempo jam ("This Time Is Dedicated To Love") and a hybrid remix/re-edit of a smooth '80s soul cut ("Never Will I Leave You Baby"). Insatiable stuff.
Review: Since first tickling our fancy with a killer EP on Better Listen, Chevals has gone on to release similarly impressive outings on Whiskey Disco, Kolour Ltd and Masterworks Music. Here the fast-rising French producer makes his Editorial bow with another fine four-track salvo of beefed-up, house style re-edits. He hits the ground running with "Left Behind", a glassy-eyed loop jam that layers slightly sped-up soul/R&B vocals onto a mid-tempo '80s soul groove. Elsewhere, he delivers a house style revision of a summery jazz-funk number on "I Of Love", while EP closer "Time" is sumptuous, bass-heavy, heady and loved-up in the best possible way.
Review: You're only five years old once, so why not celebrate in style? And here Warrington lad Danny Worrall's disco and re-edits label Masterworks Music do just that, with an anniversary collection packing a whopping 50 back catalogue nuggets. You'll excuse us the full track-by-track, then, but suffice to say that this is the label that helped launch the careers of Dr Packer and Natasha Kitty Katt, both of whom feature here, and with names like Ziggy Phunk, Rayko, Alkalino, Chuggin' Edits and Fabiolous Barker also on bill, you should already have a pretty good idea what to expect. Classy stuff all round, and a great VFM package - here's to five more years!
Review: Going by the volume of tracks on show, it would be fair to say that Masterworks Music's "Bag of Tricks" is not a little handbag, but more like a Mary Poppins style bottomless carpetbag. The label's latest rummage through its seemingly endless contents has been a successful one, with the 20 showcased cuts including a wealth of fine fusions of disco, house, boogie, electro and 80s soul. It's uniformly dancefloor-focused, with highlights including the Afro-house/disco-tech fusion of JB Dizzy, the driving, spaced-out disco-house grooves of Mike Woods, the loose-limbed, off-the-wall edits of Chewy Rubs, the sweet disco-soul bounce of RocknRolla Soundsystem, the delay-laden synth sing-along styles of Rayko and the hot-to-trot brilliance of Downunder Disco.