Review: Since ditching his bass music-inspired Chrissy Murderbot alias some time back, Smart Bar resident Christopher Shively has become a man in demand. Following a string of hot deep house productions for Classic, Freerange and Chi-Steez, he pops up on Razor 'N' Tape with a quartet of killer re-edits. He begins with the bassline-driven disco-funk stomp of "Discoglide", before applying his magic touch to Ragtyme's forgotten 1987 hip-house jam, "Fix It Man", in the process toughening up the original's classic Chicagoan groove. Shively successfully dips the tempo to deliver a dubbed-out, extra-gritty interpretation of Double Exposure classic "Everyman" (here re-titled "Every Person"), before reaching for the horns on the righteous disco stomp that is "Standing Passengers".
Review: You have to admire the work ethic of Smart Bar resident Chrissy, whose reputation as a house and disco DJ/producer has recently grown following years championing Juke under the Chrissy Murderbot guise. Here he pops up on Freerange with an EP of perfectly pitched deep house grooves. "Growl", featuring the unfussy vocals of Shaun J Wright, offers a great balance between quiet soulfulness and frayed, analogue-inspired deep house sleaze. The producer's love of wobbly, analogue sounding riffs and classic drum sounds comes to the fore on "Presidential Astrologer" (which is also smartly remixed by Savile), while "Loudness Wars" is a Classic Music-style stomper that's guaranteed to get 'em sweating out on the dancefloor.
Review: A week after releasing a fine compilation of previously vinyl-only treats from his Cool Ranch series, Chrissy has decided to offer up alternative remixes of the very same tracks. Thus, the producer's quirky blends of contemporary grooves, classic disco samples and mind-altering electronics are given another tasty twist. Remarkably, everything hits the spot, something that makes selecting highlights tough. Our current favourites include Eli Escobar's wonderfully percussive, spaced-out deep house revision of "Nothing", Paul Johnson's eccentric version of "Bi-Coastal" (all dewy-eyed vocals, tipsy disco horns, drunken electronic drums and heavy bass), Violet's sub-bass-sporting breakbeat house re-wire of the decidedly dreamy "South Pacific State" and Eddie C's formidably dubby, pitched down re-fix of "Nights Like This".
Review: Chrissy is a hugely diverse producer who makes everything from booty to acid and whose catalogue boasts appearances on Planet Mu and Classic. For his debut on Jerome Hill's label, he dons his Chicago house hat; "Truth Bomb" is a stomping 303 workout featuring a soulful vocal sample and tough drums, like Chrissy's own take on "I'm Strong" by Fingers Inc. "Stumble" is more down tempo and teased out, while "We're Movin" sees Chrissy combine uplifting vocals with a pulsating electronic bass.The only divergence of sorts from this acid / Chicago theme is "24 Hour Puppy People", where a driving New Beat rhythm track hammers away, but it took is cloaked in wired, warbling acid.
Review: Since ditching his juke-focused "Murderbot" project a few years back, Chris "Chrissy" Shively has found success as a producer of giddy, good-time dance music shot through with references to all manner of classic UK and U.S styles and sub-genres. "Resilience", his first full-length as Chrissy, continues on this theme, delivering a whirlwind trip through three decades of sweaty, party-starting UK and U.S dance music. Shively begins with the smile-inducing rave revivalism of "Like A Fantasy" and the "Sweet Harmony"-esque "Do What You Feel", before in sequence turning his hand to 1980s piano house ("Your Ghost"), heavy London hardcore ("We Need Love"), acid-fired ghetto-house ("U Can't Stop"), Kariya (the "I Want You Tonight" style brilliance of "So I Go Dancing") and early jungle/drum and bass ("Call On Me").
Review: This quality compilation brings together tracks previously featured on Chrissy's "Cool Ranch" series of vinyl-only singles. These delivered peak-time focused tracks that combined extensive samples from off-kilter cuts with brand new drums, basslines and electronic instrumentation by the party-starting producer. Highlights are plentiful, from the densely layered tribal drums and quirky Hawaiian instrumentation of "South Pacific State" and the odd but ace easy listening-goes-house shuffle of "Nights Like This", to the intergalactic bass-heavy bump of "Nothing" and the faintly foreboding, warehouse ready stomp of "Aaaaaaaaah!". The collection includes plenty of disco-sampling workouts for those seeking straight-up celebratory release.
Review: Having spent 2019 flitting between Chiwax, Super Rhythm Trax and the Nite Owl Diner labels, San Francisco-based rave revivalist and party-focused musical fusionist Chrissy kick starts 2020 by making his bow on Dusky's 17 Steps label. He's in predictably formidable form, too, with opener "In Paradise" delivering a near perfect fusion of energetic, hardcore style breakbeats, booming Jungle-esque sub-bass, swirling synth chords and the kind of wavy female vocal samples that set pulses racing at intoxicated outdoor raves. Ghere's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing elsewhere across the EP too, from the jacking cheeriness of "New Atlantis" and the stomping ghetto-tech rush of "New Instruments", to the deep breakbeat hardcore warmth of "Composition for Sampler, Flexatone & Vibraslap".
Review: "Your Ghost" was one of the standout cuts from Chrissy's surging, rave-tastic 2019 album "Resillience". Here the revivalist, turn-of-the-90s style piano house vocal number gets the remix treatment via Needwant. Chrissy steps up first, offering up a chunkier, weightier and arguably even more potent "Club Edit" rich in echoing drum machine hits, addictive synth-bass, hammered-out piano riffs and rush-inducing vocals courtesy of Maria Amor. Brooklyn-based X-Coast takes the track in a totally different direction on his sweaty and throbbing remix, cunningly re-casting it as a piano-heavy slice of mid-90s "hardbag" (think muscular, trance-influenced house grooves, rave style piano motifs and addictive vocal snippets). 21st century ravers will love it.
Review: Since first popping up on Classic back in 2015, Chicago stalwart Chrissy (once famed for his juke productions as Chrissy Murderbot, but not embracing his house and disco roots) has barely put a foot wrong. "Back in Time", his third single for Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's label, is another surefire hit; a delightfully celebratory vocal workout blessed with nods towards classic disco, Maurice Fulton's Syclops project (check the meandering analogue synth bassline) and sing-along house. Of the producer's two versions, it's the Extended Mix, with its additional bassline pressure and punchy drum fills, that's the superior choice. Arguably even better is Crackazat's swinging, piano-heavy Extended Remix, which comes on like a long-lost vocal house anthem from the mid '90s.
Review: Following the juke/footwork-isms of his recent Greatest Hits album, Chicago's Chrissy Murderbot teamed up with pawn for the more dancehall inspired Original EP. It went down so well that they've now commissioned remixes of the EP's tracks to keep the booties shakin'. Calculon & Austin Speed distort the kick for a punishing electro-bass meets D&B version of the title track. Meanwhile it's all about the minimal doom-bounce vibes on Moresounds' rejig of "Your Words". Werk!
Review: Jamie Odell aka Jimpster's London based label Freerange returns with a new compilation series entitled Almanac which showcases this highly regarded deep house imprint's current extended roster and believe us right now when we tell you: there's a who who on offer here! Featuring Aussie Andy Hart, Dutch duo Detroit Swindle and Hamburg's Kollektiv Turmstrasse to name but a few. Our favourites, again, if only we could pick a few, are as follows: We Play House main man from Belgium Red D with the sultry and emotive deepness of "Chez", Montreal's undisputed king of latin-microhouse Guillaume Coutu Dumont with the summery disco sleaze of "You Lost It" and Pittsburgh Track Authority with the dusty MPC jack of "Gold Trim". Oh and one more? It'd have to be Chicago's Chrissy with the sexy late night EBM noir crossover of "Presidential Astrologer" which will also appeal to fans of the Comeme or Correspondant sound of late.