Review: Two years have passed since the last Masterworks Music label compilation, so this fourth volume is long overdue. It's another expansive affair, with boss man Danny "80s Child" Worrall offering up no less than 20 exclusives from a mixture of label regulars and new recruits. As you'd expect, there's much to enjoy, with highlights including the rubbery and celebratory disco goodness of Surgery Edits' 'Get Up and Boogie', the hazy house pleasure of Dirtytwo's 'Desire', the string-laden peak-time rush of Chris Grubinza's 'Feel The Rush', the revivalist 80s boogie brilliance of Slync and Evie Adams' 'Fantasy', and the wonderfully loved-up 80s soul-meets-nu-disco warmth of Paper Street Soul's 'Fwok!'.
Review: If you're in the hunt for some sizzling hot re-works of relatively obscure, lesser-known tunes, we'd recommend checking out the latest edition of Chris Grubizna's Rare Edits series. Our picks of a very strong bunch are 'Daydream', a bouncy, loopy and seductive re-work of an old Stephanie Mills disco-soul classic, and the urgent, extra-percussive disco-funk sweatiness of 'Love Express'. Of course, there's much to admire across the rest of the EP, from the sweet bogie-soul slickness of opener 'Right on Time', to the slowly-building, mid-tempo disco-rock heaviness of closing cut 'Superfly'. Rock solid!
Review: Two months after making his Masterworks Music comeback with an EP of tidy re-edits of rare and obscure jams, Chris Grubizna returns to Danny Worrall's popular label with a similarly minded sequel. There are six tracks to choose from, all of which have been given a slightly more metronomic swing and a bit more bottom-end weight to suit contemporary dancefloors. Highlights include rush-inducing opener "All You Need" (a rubbery revision of Barbara Roy and Ecstasy, Passion & Pain's 1981 gem 'If You Want Me"), the clavinet-heavy disco-funk chug of "Gettin' Down", the low-slung Miami Funk/disco fusion of "Miami Vice", and the jazzy disco sunshine that is closing cut "Summer Joy".
Review: 15 months after he made his Masterworks Music debut, Chris Grubizna returns with a selection of "Rare Edits". We assume this means that the tracks he's edited are rare and obscure rather than the edits themselves, but either way there's much to enjoy across the four tracks. First up is the bass guitar-driven disco-funk bounce of, "Dance With U", where filtered snippets of his source material come underpinned by metronomic house drums, before Grubinza applies the same tooling-up techniques to the disco shuffle of "Say What". Even better is the deep, soulful house smoothness of "Talkin About", which bobs along at a beatdown-friendly 106 BPM, while closing cut "Gonna Shake It" sees our hero get busy with a slab of disco-funk rich in rubbery bass and flash-fried guitar licks.
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: Like a Wild West gunslinger impatiently waiting for High Noon, Chris Grubizna has invited us to a "Showdown". With the assistance of Masterworks Music, he's hoping to slay us with a quintet of weapons-grade reworks. He first proves his credentials via the jaunty sax loops, flanged funk guitars, booming bass and swinging house drums of "Rollin' On Da Groove", before dressing entirely in purple and reaching for the P-funk synths on insatiable '80s electrofunk revision "Right-On-U". Elsewhere, he successfully beefs up a punchy disco-funk cut using heavy beats and drowsy deep house chords ("Cuban Affair"), dips the tempo and gets seriously sensual ("Shamanic Affair") and nods his head in time with some bumpin', sax-happy hip-hop beats ("Dope Jam (Bonus Beat)").