Fancy flavours may be all the rage, but there's little more delicious and refreshing on a hot summer's day than a cornet stuffed to the brim with vanilla ice cream. Certainly, that's the view of the guys and gals at Chopshop, who've named their latest collection of party-starting disco and electrofunk jams after the stuff. As usual, there's much to enjoy, from the rubbery bass and twinkling chords of Quincy Jointz and Shaddy's breezy "Rebel On The Run", to the sun-baked disco-house warmth of Brick Fever's "A Lot To Offer". As for George Kelly's title track, we can safely say it's the lick (sorry).
Having spent recent times darting between proper party fodder and strobelight disco delights, the Chopshop crew return with an EP the dips the tempo and depends the grooves for an altogether more slow burn feel. As usual, there's plenty to devour, from the warm chords and deep house sassisness of Peter Francis and James Omarta's "Slo Grind", to the lolloping, break-driven jazz-funk of Dj Butcher's "The Perfect High". Elsewhere, Andy Kidd doffs a cap to '80s rare groove with the soulful head-nodder "Remind Me" (arguably the EP's stand out track), and Rotarydisco76 impresses with the blazed, wide-eyed deep Latin funk of "Ultima Chance".
DJ Butcher's excellent re-edit label Chopshop has entertained many different takes on disco, but has yet to tackle dub. Until now that is. Here we get four different artists all delivering some seriously dubbed out sonic adventures. Voodoo Whiskey goes first with the seriously cool, low-slung funk haze of "Cairo", while DJ Ace's "Viva La Raza" manages to combine Balearic beats with very light reggaeton vibes. Situation take it further with a totally toasted version of The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb", whilst the label boss himself wraps up things with the laid back, glistening electro-funk of "No Taboos".
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