Review: Having recently taken time out to co-produce a big Venice Beach single for Nang, French disco digger DJ Moar returns to the re-edit game with four more desirable reworks. His edits are often characterized by a distinctive house shuffle and liberal use of filters. While that's partially the case here - "La Nuit (Disco Mix)" has a classic US deep house feel, despite the live disco keys and vocals, and "Stereo In Party" sounds like a Soundstream cut-up of Fred Wesley's "House Party", with a little more swing - there's also a pleasing looseness to proceedings. This is particularly evident on the undulating disco-funk flex of "Somebody Funky" and the yearning, Rhodes-laden midtempo goodness of "4 Love", arguably the EP's stand out moment.
Review: Here we have the first release of the year form Paris' finest, DJ Moar. As usual, things are slick and classy, with four smooth jams to slink about to. Highlights include the slightly melancholic slap-funk-hip-hop of "On & On" and the blow-waved, high glam orchestrated disco joy of "Runaway".
Review: In order to keep the funk wolf from the door, veteran Parisian re-edit DJ Moar returns with a quick stop-gap one-off "Top Jeebin'". Steering further away from the housier stuff he's released of late, this track reignites his love affair with hip-hop, being a killer mash-up of Audio Two's "Top Billin" and a classic James Brown instrumental.
Review: Paris-based crate digger DJ Moar is no newcomer to the re-edit game; he released his first illicit reworks and bootlegs in the mid-2000s, and in the last few years has successfully divided his time between solo jaunts and work as one half of disco/house fusion duo Venice Beach. This soul EP of soul and funk flavoured reworks is arguably his best for some time. Each of the four tracks is deliciously playable, from the horn-heavy disco-funk of loose-limbed opener "High Groove" (arguably the highlight of a strong collection), to the vocoder-laced Afro-disco loop-grooves of "Afro Disorder". There's a slower, deeper gem, too, in the shape of the intoxicating, sun-kissed "Funky Cat".
Review: Parisian DJ Moar seems to be enjoying his recent solo forays so much that it's amazing that he still finds time to release stuff with his band Venice Beach too (but somehow he does). Here he presents four more sweaty, slap-bassy, late night pelvis grinders, the most of obvious of which "Disco Jazzers Delight" takes the overly familiar ("Rappers' Delight") and rearranges it into something completely fresh and new. Elsewhere the source material is less obvious but equally as good and funky with the clean, tight and linear '80s soul grooves of the title track, "Funky Execution" being a real highlight.
Review: Venice Beach member DJ Moar knows a thing or two about crafting sturdy, floor-friendly reworks of disco, funk and soul classics, as anyone who's picked up his previous edit-minded digital-only singles will confirm. Here, he's at it again, dropping another trio of tried-and-tested instrumental groovers. "Dream Lovers" and "Come On Baby" both chop up loops from familiar disco classics, beefing up the bottom end and adding new house-centric beats for guaranteed peaktime pleasure. It's the latter that ticks the most boxes, if only for its righteous slap bassline and oh-so-familiar guitar melodies. "Together", meanwhile, is an altogether sweeter and groovier excursion, focusing the action around delicious jazz guitar licks and wide-eyed chords.
Review: Fans of this Parisian nu-disco chap, a member of Venice Beach no less, might be in for a shock with this new release. With a swift change of direction, "Jazz Soul Scent" (the clue's in the title) sees DJ Moar deliver five tunes of authentic jazzy soul and RnB. With lazy late '90s beats (think Fugees or Erykah Badu) gently guiding some choice neo-soul and accomplished vocals from Sarsha Simone, this is a different but credible departure for Moar.
Review: Still enjoying his solo vacation from his Parisian nu-disco band Venice Beach, DJ Moar is back with another fine EP on Digging Deeper. The clue is in the label name, certainly where the title track's concerned anyway. "Girlz" is a sublime slice of slinky and seductive deep disco house - all '80s funk bass, lazy beats and looped atmospherics. Elsewhere "She's The One" and "Thanks" explore more straight up retro funk vibes; the former evoking memories of Shakatak and the latter possibly sampling a certain Marvin Gaye.
Review: Parisian party starter Moar has spent the last couple of years concentrating on his work as part of nu-disco/house/disco fusionists Venice Beach, yet his career stretches way back to the '90s. Here he presents his first solo single for a couple of years, an expertly teased and tweaked chunk of heavy funk given a loopy house makeover. "Funk Recycle" is expertly executed, Moar building the pressure thanks to a tasty combination of sturdy funk drums, house loops, occasional filters and just the right amount of yelps, guitars, horns and bass from the source material. As you'd perhaps expect, it has all the makings of a sweltering summer party smash.
Review: DJ Moar continues his solo vacation from his day job in nu-disco act, Venice Beach. This EP doesn't even feature any remixes, from VB or anyone else for that matter: it's all about his own stuff this time round. We've got three productions here and they all hark back to his earlier days as a hip-hop DJ: "The Show" is all funky, retro bloc-rocking' breaks, "La Nuit" is a features lithe, sensual bass work and "Kingston Discoteque" ends things on perky slap 'n' clap funk terms.
Review: A special dedication to his formative days praying at the good church of hip-hop, cutting and pasting in Sunday school, Venice Beach member Moar gets down and does the caterpillar. An eclectic ensemble of loops and compositions, this lick shots from Senor Coconut to Bambaataa and back again with its frenetic arrangement of swinging drums, cheeky samples and crafty editing. Highlights include the bongo and fuzz box fusion of "2 vs 2" and low-swung bass shuffle and swing of "Bump On". Moar please!
Review: The Editorial re-edit label have a deep sense of purpose and that is to hunt down as many top notch spliced and diced classics and release them quick smart. With over 20 releases in just a few years, they must be pretty good at their job. DJ Steef begins proceedings with the slow and loungey "Rising South Coast", before the temperature rises with the guitar-driven and string-laden funk of DJ Moar's 'Funky French' really starts the party. Things get slow and saucy again though, on Hotbox's "Can't Get Enough" before we get in a sublime disco-house spin with Thomass Jackson's "Luv Doctor". Things end in an upbeat fashion with "Music Is Love" an early 70s slow funk anthem re-tweaked by Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee.
Review: Back in 2012, house-inclined disco editor DJ Moar decided to return to his hip-hop roots, joining forces with fellow long-serving Parisian crate digger Lord Funk to pay tribute to the legendary Ultimate Breaks & Beats series of battle records. Ultimate Disco Breaks - first released on wax and now finally available digitally - was created with hip-hop influenced funk freaks and disco deviants in mind, delivering a range of dancefloor-friendly fixes that emphasize groove, rhythm and energy over production trickery and stretched-out scalpel works. For the most part, that means familiar disco and disco-funk staples being chopped and lopped for maximum excitement, with no extraneous middle eights, needless verses and noodling solos. In other words, it's all killer, no filler.
Review: More killer edits from the Chopshop boys, who this time provide us with "Disco Non Stop" - a collection of tunes by four different producers. It's top-notch party fodder as always, but special shoutouts go to "Mary" by Ten Different, where (an apparent) mid-eighties Rick James goes slo-mo house, labelboss DJ Butcher who gives us the frenetic cosmic banger "Disco Strings" and the Corsican Brothers and their accelerated hiNRG epic, "Big Apple Rock".
Review: To kick-start a fourth year of disco-fuelled madness, Hot Digits chief Fingerman has put together this sizeable compilation of previously unheard exclusives. As you'd expect, there's far more killers than fillers to be found amongst the 28-track deep selection or re-edits and original productions. Highlights include the clarinet-laden electrofunk-meets-disco bounce of Frank Virgilio's "It's Your Boogie Baby", the disco-goes-hip-hop flex of Tony Disco's delicious "Rolling Paper", the sparkling nu-disco goodness of "When It Comes To Funk" by Stephen Richards, the driving disco-house bump of Ash Reynolds' "Cold Girl" and the fuzzy electrofunk wobble of Don Dayglow's "Many Things". Throw in fine contributions from Chewy Rubs, Le Visiteur, norse man Jarle Brathen and, of course, Fingerman, and you have a must-buy collection of cuts.
Review: Parisian label Trad Vibe have always marched to the beat of their own bass drum, and here's a reminder of how they've lasted ten years, now at 30 releases strong. The French Evolution features 11 tracks including unreleased tunes and remixes by DJ Cam, 20syl (C2C/Hocus Pocus), Venice Beach, Lord Funk, Blanka (La fine Equipe / Juke Box Champions) as well as material from brand new artists LS Brigandes (NYC), Moar & Elodie Rama, DJ Suspect & Doc TMK and Madjir. Not bad for a label who originally released material on vinyl only.
Review: Editorial's policy of giving their split EPs of edits and reworks a distinctive theme has always been a bit of a winner. Here, they return to the world of slo-mo, soul-flecked edits, with a quintet of sumptuous scalpel works for our delectation. 78 Edits impresses with the winding sax, horizontal bump and head-nodding grooves of "Meet Patti", while DJ Moar offers up a slinky, electric bass-driven ride into slow disco-house territory in the shape of the Rhodes-laden "King Bob". Hot Box and P-Sol both deliver heavily compressed, filter-sporting toe-tappers for those warm-up moments where you just want to get locked into the groove, while Jona Saucedo brilliantly combines dubbed-out modern soul vocals with an attractive loop from Fonda Rae's boogie classic "Touch Me".
Review: KS French spreads the love for his latest French Kiss release - gathering an all-star cast of re-edit dons to share the load over these six tracks. Never just content with straightforward editing, French Kiss releases always add extra production techniques to the loops, creating something fresh in the process. Highlights here include KS French's own "Money We Make It" which cleverly incorporates a Marvin Gaye vocal into a deep funk shuffle, the loopy, phased guitar heaven of P Sol's "Feel Me Baby" and the tough, stomping warped disco house of "Another Wish" by DJ Moar. C'est bon!