Review: Reversing the usual process, this EP of disco edits begins with a disco-fied take on a house classic, and not the other way around! Adeva's 'In And Out Of My Life' is the classic in question, and Birdee makes a fine fist of the repurposing job he's done. So, too, have Chuggin' Edits with 'Sat Feev', a cheeky Bee Gees refix, though your view on that may vary depending on what you think of the original. Elsewhere on the EP, Soul Avengerz' 'Right For Me' (original source unknown) is a solid disco houser, while Chewy Rubs take us back to the early 80s with their re-edit of The Real Thing's 'Foot Tappin''.
Review: Australian producer Superbreak has made a habit of using his label to introduce new talent. Here he showcases the re-edit work of mysterious Brit Chewy Rubs, a recent hit on Soundcloud. There's plenty for disco heads to enjoy, from the epic, percussion-heavy strobelight rinse-out of "Hi Gloss" - probably the highlight - and proto-house dubbiness of Serious Intention re-dub "Seriously", to the classic NYC electro flavour of "Boogie Down Bronx" (a Man Parrish re-rub, unsurprisingly). There are a couple of misses, if truth be told, but the hits really do hit hard. "Hi-Gloss", in particular, is superb.
Review: UK veteran edit master Chewy Rubs steps out of his own Chewy outlet and lands on the old-school-friendly Masterworks Music. He's in a disco mood, as per usual, and he's mashing up samples and beats like no tomorrow; we have five juicy pieces of dancefloor gold on here, the more magical moments residing in the funky and riff-driven "Makes You Blind" (Don't Stop edit)", the man's BSP dub of the string-heavy "Burning Up", and his dubbier dub of "Found Love". Party tools.
Review: Unheralded re-edit master Chewy Rubs pops up on Midnight Riot with four more tried-and-tested chunks of discoid gold. The rubbery, delay-laden boogie of "Universal Love" - think slap-bass, echoing vocal samples, synth squiggles and shuffling house drums - kicks things off, before "Party On & Get Down" successfully rearranges a smooth disco-funk shuffler. There's a dash of subdued disco bounce in the shape of "I'll Tell You", before "Let It Lay" delivers the knock-out punch - a righteous chunk of squidgy P-funk with just the right amount of delay-laden low-slung disco flavour. All four tracks are expertly teased and tweaked, suggesting they'll prove popular on disco floors over the next few months.
Review: There's almost no information available on Soundcloud re-edit hero Chewy Rubs, except that he hails from the UK. Instead he prefers to let the music do the talking and this time he's, cough, eschewed his normal nu-disco fare in favour of some acidic grit. Track one takes "Ooh I Love It" by the Salsoul Orchestra and gives it a bouncy 303 injection, Track two arpeggiates the bassline for some seriously moody electro-disco business and track 3 wraps things - and the listener - up in swathes of trippy jackin' delirium.
Review: On a retro TV show, Imagination singer Lee John discussed how everybody thought they were an impossibly glamourous an beautifully produced American soul act...until they learnt that they were from Brixton. After that they were just dismissed as a camp joke. Thankfully the passing of time has proved them to be the former, resulting in many respectful tributes, if maybe one too many unnecessary re-edits. Also included are retweaks of Alphonse Mouzon's wonderful "Everybody Get Down" and the electro-squiggles/funk of Stephanie Mills' "You Can Get Over".
Review: Since making his debut on Superbreak back in 2012, hirsute edit fiend Chewy Rubs has delivered a steady stream of rock solid rework EPs. Morphed sees him make his first appearance on Fingerman's label, Hot Digits, and boasts six solid servings of dancefloor fun. There's an attractive breeziness about wiggly, synth-laden P-funk rework "See The Light", while "Rockit 2 Me" sees him expertly working a slap-bass and percussion-laden boogie stomper. He's always been good at packing plenty of energy into his edits, and this side of his work is expertly showcased on the EP's three strongest moments, "Shake It Now", "Get Dancing", and the almost broken-disco shuffle of "First Voyage".
Review: Like fictional super-spy James Bond, Chewy Rubs prefers his re-edits "Shaken Not Stirred". "Took My Love Away (Chewy Rubs Deep Disco Vox"), the opening cut from the Star Wars-loving producer's latest EP, is every bit as potent and tipsy as a pint of Vodka Martini, with deliciously glassy-eyed female vocal snippets rising above a loopy disco-house groove. Similarly impressive is chugging, mind-altering throb-job "Love A Groove (Chewy Rubs Extend-it)", where spacey synthesizer arpeggio lines and quirky vocal samples rise above a pulsating, mid-'80s dancefloor groove. Elsewhere, "Garage Disco III" is a electric piano-heavy revision of a mid-80s NYC house jam rearranged in cahoots with pal Moke, while "Rake The Moon (Chewy Rubs Space Dust Rub)" is a creepy, ever-growing, house-friendly tweak of a weirdo space disco workout.
Review: Here, Seamus Haji's reliable Re-Loved imprint serves up a third collection of club-ready reworks from long-serving British re-editor Chewy Rubs. Turn first to the stomping peak-time fun of "Aux Naturally", where the hirsute scalpel specialist turns swirling, life affirming disco classic into a find slab of loopy disco-house gold. Things get sweatier and denser on the wonderfully percussive disco-house sleaze of "Everybody Disco", while "Space In Raver" is a fine fusion of raw, bombastic UK garage style bass, jaunty piano riffs and rolling house drums. Finally, the Chewy one reaches for the cowbells and dub disco bass on "Bunch of Grapes", a low-slung late night roller rich in delays effects and jammed-out keys.
Review: Since launching the Bandolier digi-label earlier this year, hairy scalpel sort Chewy Rubs has served up some seriously fine cuts. Predictably, there's plenty more dancefloor gold to be found on the rework Wookie's latest four-track missive. "Garage Disco II", a rolling peak-time sequel that wraps new synth parts and sampled disco orchestration around a seriously muscular, shirts-off peak-time groove, sets the tone, before our hero joins forces with Moke for the disco-fied deep house roll of "Control Z". He returns to straight re-edit pastures on the fiendishly heavy, low-slung dub disco pump of "I Didn't Know", while "Hanging By A String" is a wonderfully cheery and sun-kissed exploration of orchestral disco pastures.
Review: Hirsure, Star Wars-loving scalpel fiend Chewy Rubs is one of the disco scene's more reliable re-editors. Over the years, he's delivered superb floor-friendly re-rubs for most of the scene's most checked labels, often prioritizing percussive grooves and low-slung basslines. That's exactly what you get with "Garage Disco (Chewy Rubs Dub)", the opening gambit from the disco Wookie's latest EP. The track is built around heavy, rubbery punk-funk style bass, dense pots-and-pans percussion and some mind-altering dub effects, but retains a strong link with peak-time dancefloors throughout. Elsewhere, Moke lends a hand on the driving, dub disco-meets-disco-house bounce of "Keep Improving On (Bubble Dub)", while "Somebody That Loves You (T&B Perc Dub)" is low-slung, bass-heavy dub disco delight.
Review: Hairy heroics: Chewy returns to the controls of his own new label Bandolier with four more expert edits. "Here Comes The Law" struts with brilliant momentum that's both gradual and dynamic before paying off with big funk sleaze. Elsewhere "The Game" is more of a hip-slinker with its trouser dropping slinky bassline, alluring percussion and sexual come-from-nowhere sax antics while "Get Some Lovin'" is the ultimate soaking wet chugger with lolloping slap-bass and classic loopy discoid vocal shots. Finally "Doing It Tonight" goes back to the source with brazen orchestral blasts over an addictive stripped back groove before dropping into a very well-known hook mid-way. The perfect tool for the best creative DJs, Chewy's got you covered.
Review: UK comer Chewy Rubs (Deep Sense/Chopshop/Situation Sounds) is up next for London's Midnight Riot. It's all things retro ("Cosmo Disco"), slo-mo ("To The Party") and indeed lo-slung ("Gonna Make You Feel"), these four lush and loopy disco jams that still retain their dusty and vintage sensibilities and are quality jams that are welcome additions to any serious Disco Stu's arsenal.
Review: Britain's premier disco wookie, Chewy Rubs, has decided to launch his own label, Bandolier Records. Here, he delivers the debut release, an enjoyable mixture of original tracks and sneaky, peak-time re-edits. He begins with the mid-tempo throb of "Baby Get Down", a colourful, bass-heavy fusion of hip-house, boogie and warehouse-friendly deep house, before charging towards peak-time via the classic disco/sparkling nu-disco fusion of "Disco Chicago". "Strange Love" is a pulsating, mind-altering re-edit rich in heavy bass, rising orchestration and cut-up freestyle vocal samples, while fine closer "Watch Out" (co-produced by Charles Christian) sits somewhere between hypnotic, Afro-tinged house and Clavinet-sporting disco-chug.
Review: The re-edit scene's tallest, most hirsute scalpel fiend invites us to step aboard the Millennium Falcon for a five-track party of intergalactic proportions. There's naturally much to set the pulse racing, from the epic, proto-house style delays and sharp synth stabs of sleazy electrofunk chugger "Everybody Follows A Leader (Retro Dub)", to the hard, sax-laden disco funk romp of "Feel Good Today" and locked-in Balearic deep house trip of "Talk About Free Love". Also impressive is the hairy one's loose, jazzy and rolling hook-up with Disko Tech sort M Christian, "Sesh 1". In other words, it's another strong set of reworks from a galaxy far, far away.
Review: Having previously used the Re-Loved label as a vehicle for his own party-hearty reworks, Seamus Haji has now asked Midnight Riot regular Chewy Rubs to join in the fun. Typically, he's hit the mark, delivering a couple of booming, tooled-up edits that put the demands of the dancefloor front and centre. Opener "Dance", for example, boasts a killer groove built around a rubbery, low-slung bassline, onto which dubbed-out vocal snippets and occasionally crunchy Clavinet lines are layered. "Summer Radio", meanwhile, is given the "Chewy Dub" treatment, with the acclaimed editor turning a jangly, piano-heavy electrofunk number into a heavy chunk of disco-house loop-funk. Haji delivers a bonus version of the latter, delivering a similarly loopy workout in his classic funky house style.
Review: There's a fine line between the re-edit and the sample track, and it's a line that gets notably blurred on this latest Chewy Rubs EP from Re-Loved, though the latter tag probably fits slightly better. 'Everybody' is a stuttery nu-disco/disco-house jam topped with familiar diva vocal snippets, the rolling, bass-y Seamus Haji Remix of 'It's Not Over' impressively breathes new life into the well-worn First Choice vocal, 'Too Much, You Know' operates at the jazzier end of the contemporary funk spectrum and will likely prove the connoisseurs' choice, while 'Doing It' is straight-up Euro dancefloor exuberance, late 70s-style.
Review: The ever-prolific Chewy Rubs issues forth four more re-edited vintage dancefloor nuggets from his secret underground lair. The funk-fuelled boogie of 'Furry Mover' (a rework of One On One's 'Body Music' from 1981) opens proceedings, followed by 'Get Up Off Your Arse' (original source unknown), which has another big PHAT bassline, dramatic synth stabs and a western movie-like trumpet/bugle line. 'Love Your Glow' has an early 80s feel and much use of filters and FX, while completing the EP is 'Get Enough', a more smooth-rollin' affair that harks back to first-generation disco-house of the mid-90s.
Review: Chewy Rubs' output has been rather impressive of late, so it's no surprise to find that the producer's fifth EP for Re-Loved is another essential outing. He begins with the rolling disco-funk bounce of cheeky Chic rework "Dance, Clap & Move Everybody (Chewy Rubs Future Dub)", where headline-grabbing chorus vocals rise above incessant guitar and vibraphone loops and a suitably heavyweight groove. "Live For-Ever (Chewy Rubs Irene's After-Party Dub)" is a wild, acid-flecked, Tiger & Woods style loop jam destined to ignite early morning dancefloors, while "Airs Groove (Chewy Rubs Rollin' Dub)" is a percussion-laden breakbeat disco smasher straight from the top drawer. If that's not enough to set the pulse racing, insatiably funky closing cut "Feel Good (Chewy Rubs Rub)" should give you serious heart palpitations.
Review: The nu-disco scene's premier scalpel-wielding wookee returns with a sixth selection of roaring reworks for Seamus Haaji's disco-house inspired Re-Loved label. The experienced editor hits the ground running in some style on "Let It Go", a bold, slightly loopy and undeniably low-slung affair that cleverly combines lifts from a familiar disco favourite with what sound like vocal samples from a completely different record. "Overhanging Love" is his driving, sweaty and life-affirming take on Diana Ross's most potent disco hit, while "Boogie Strut" turns a wedding disco favourite into a driving, bass-heavy chunk of disco-house heat. Finally, "Funktion" is an extra percussive chunk of late night dub disco heaviness that's by far and away the EP's standout moment.
Review: Tom Vine AKA Chewy Rubs fires forth four more salvoes from his disco machine gun. 'Disco Hook' gets the ball rolling, a lively affair that sports some killer space disco stabs and a looped "disco music" vocal, and that recalls Joey Negro's work with The Trammps. 'Party Tool (Chewy Rubs G-Funk Disco Dub)' is another one that doesn't take much explaining, given that the relevant keywords are right there in the title; ditto 'Garage Disco IV', which rocks a super-infectious bassline not dissimilar to last year's 'Sombrero' and old-school "jack!" vocal samples, while finally 'Hypnotizin', as you've probably already guessed, borrows from Raw Silk.
Review: Anonymous edit artist Chewy calls up Italian DJs Giacomo Fioranelli and Matteo Verdini to help him rekindle the fire of house music's oldest roots. The result is a bumping, piano-struck session that promises serious dancefloor wriggles and giggles. "Piano Attack" is an epic homage to the piano, all perky and jazzy thanks to the playful subversions of the key riff. "Prince Street" follows a similar suit but with added slap-bass and a gutsy soul vocal. "Heaven", meanwhile, looks more towards the Mr Fingers style of early house music with big 808s, smouldering bass tight, sharp 909 hi-hats. Timeless.
Review: Everybody loves a good collaboration and Chewy Rubs is happy to oblige, hooking up here with fellow acclaimed producer, Fingerman. We get four meetings of minds here, covering feelgood piano stomps ("Everybody Loves A Good Thing"), strings 'n' guitar jams ("Power"), cool and sparse low-slung bass workouts ("Hit On You") and discofied electro-funk ("Take You Home"). More please!
Review: For those who didn't live through the '90s, it was once the done thing to refer to ravers by their rhyming slang title: "Quavers". Therefore this collaborative EP from Chewy Rubs and Fingerman is aimed fairly and squarely at disco ravers. The title track brilliantly sets the tone, peppering a low-slung disco-house groove with intergalactic electronics, echoing spoken word samples and delay-laden string stabs. "Theory Funker" is a lesson in disco-tech heaviness - all swirling samples and acid-fired electronics - while "Maintain the Groove" is a lolloping dance into hazy dub disco territory. The most "disco-rave" cut of all, though, is closer "Maintain The Acid", a mind-altering re-make of the above cut smothered in psychedelic TB-303 acid lines and echoing disco samples.
Review: In between promoting the latest Star Wars flick and fighting the evil Empire, hairy re-editor Chewy Rubs has somehow found time to join forces with old pal North Laine for a second collaborative EP on Bandolier. They begin by offering a punchy instrumental take on Deodato's horn-heavy jazz-funk era gem "Night Cruiser" (here re-named "Night Cruising") before successfully looping up a soaring, over-the-top disco classic ("Second Chance"). "Biological" is a fine, floor-friendly revision of a lesser-known swamp funk gem, while closing cut "Lovin'U" is a slightly tooled-up version of a glassy-eyed '80s soul sing-along. As the old saying goes, this EP is "all killer, no filler".
Review: Seamus Haaji has gathered together a suitably impressive cast of producers for this fourth volume in his Re-Loved label's "All Stars" series of EPs. Conan Liquid kicks things off with a heavily compressed chunk of Clavinet-sporting, delay-laden disco house (the fittingly titled "Hot"), before Frank Virgilio flexes his muscles (and squelchy synths) on the down-low P-funk/disco-funk fusion of "Bite My Groove". Chewy Rubs steals this show with an even more tooled up version of what sounds like a Motown style 1960s soul stomper (the bounce-along heaviness of "Good People"), while Danny "80s Child" Worrall serves up a breezy, colourful and cheery rearrangement of a percussively stuttering '80s soul gem.
Review: Four more vintage gems get a 21st Century makeover on this joint EP from North Laine and the ever-prolific Chewy Rubs. First up is a faithful refresh of Sharon Redd's Prelude classic 'Love How You Feel', which lets Redd's spirited vocal do the heavy lifting. Then there's 'DehctiwS', a beefed-up take on an unknown disco/boogie nugget, followed by 'Let's Take A Ride', wherein Fat Larry's Band's 'Center City' gets a glitzy, shmaltzy reboot. But the MVP award goes to 'Sombrero', which is as infectious and irresistible a slice of stomping, piano- and flute-sprinkled Latin disco as you're likely to come across this year.
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: As you might extrapolate from the title, Riot In Lagos is Midnight Riot's tribute to the endearing influence of African dance music. In typical style, this is achieved through a blend of contemporary productions, sample-heavy cuts and edits of original African material. The standard is impressively high throughout, with little in the way of fluff or filler. Highlights include, but are not limited to, the inspired deep house/Afro-disco fusion of Mena & Melgado's "African Food", the rich deep house bump of Yam Who's "How We Do", the dense percussion and glistening guitars of Drop Out Orcherstra's Candido tribute, "Jin Go La", and the pitched-down, Fela-in-dub chug of Hober Mallow's "Egbe Mi O". Oh, and Jonny Walters' hypnotic Afro-boogie shuffler "Jam Bo Ree".
Review: Nu-disco hero 80s Child has come a long way since Masterworks Vol 1, the inaugural release on his Masterworks label a year and a half ago. Now we have the follow-up and it reveals how the label's sound has grown. There are 26 sizzling bangers on board this time, boasting a million delirious dance floor moments. Highlights of which include the fizzy thump-funk of 80s Child's "Computerized", Peza's doomy analogue electro mash up "Filmed Message" and the smooth, synthetic boogie of "Much Too Much" by Deelicious.
Review: Ever wondered what, when the western world was amok with disco in all its forms, was going down over in Japan? Well, Yam Who? and his Midnight Riot cohorts are here to educate you. There are 15 newly revived 'Japanese disco and boogie gems' here, all slightly beefed up and tweaked for the dancefloor's benefit. Highlights include the raw guitar licks and slap bass of "You're So Fine" by Chewy Rubs, the tight electro-boogie of "Robot Cafe" by Jessie Funk and the saucy space-grind of "Big In Japan" by Judge Funk.
Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has always reflected his production style, delivering releases that gleefully blur the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original material, and blend elements of disco, funk, soul, boogie and deep house. This groovy, warm and floor-friendly formula is much in evidence on this first anniversary compilation. Featuring a blend of previously released gear, exclusives and a bonus DJ mix from Fingerman, Hot Digits: Year One is an effortlessly entertaining collection. There's naturally much to admire, from the subtle house beats and P-funk synths of Fingerman's own "Shine Yo Litez" (a rework of an old Grangers tune), and the disco-funk chunkiness of Groove Motion's "Party Now", to the compressed, dubbed-out disco house madness of Chewy Rubs' "Let It Go".
Review: The third edition in Midnight Riot's White Isle-friendly compilation series arrives right on time for the summer and brings back a huge package full of sublime cosmic & spiritual soundtrack from around the globe. No surprises from the label, it's packed with hypnotic delights with touches of blue eyed soul, slo mo disco and tropical low slung groovers. Upping the standard it contains unreleased tracks & Balearic revisions from many of the Midnight Riot crew featuring Shalvoy & Hifi Sean, FSQ, Jack Priest, Northern Souls, Chewy Rubs, Dim Zach, Chuggin' Edits & Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia) plus loads more all curated by label boss Yam Who?