Review: Since his last outing on Retrofit, 2013's Prime Beef, DJ Steef has mostly released hush-hush 12" singles of tasty re-edits. Here, he returns to original production, though his disco influences - manifested via manipulated samples - are dotted throughout the E.P. Arguably the most potent cut, though, is the rolling tech-house/deep house fusion cut "Love Machine", though the warehouse-friendly chug of "Values", and dreamy deep house disco of "Dionisos Disco" both push it close. The EP's title track, "Sidernation" - a kind of old school deep house interpretation of early Danny Tenaglia productions - is also rather fine.
Review: Colorado label Gazeebo International has cut a steady path through the dance world over the last few years with their unique blend of erotically charged slo-mo disco. Label stalwart DJ Steef provides their latest release, which features five slice of quirky leftfield dance. "Source Bal" is total stoned-on-a-beach cosmic disco joy, "Music Of The Hot" is heavily compressed electro-disco, "Satisfied V1" is loopy minimal tech-house with a surprise blues vocal sample, "Tiger Lady" is more your Italo-disco fare and finally "Satisfied V2" goes deeper than original for some afterhours vibes.
We Could Be Together (explicit lyrics) - (7:42) 100 BPM
We Could Be Together - (5:47) 100 BPM
Raining (Wet mix) - (5:54) 100 BPM
Raining (Fkclub remix) - (6:10) 110 BPM
Raining - (5:56) 100 BPM
Review: Veteran disco/house fusionist DJ Steef returns with a treacle-thick EP of slo-mo and midtempo deep house. Opener "We Could Be Together" makes great use of heady, intoxicating disco strings and tear-jerking pianos, as well as a curiously downbeat vocal sample. There are slightly more upbeat thrills to be found on "Raining", which impressively fuses folksy guitar samples and deep house atmospherics with a heavily electronic nu-disco groove. The FkClub mix injects a bit more energy into the deeper original - think electro-house meets disco-house - while the even deeper Wet Mix sounds like a disco-minded house producer's take on Orbital's "Attached".
Review: Marseille's finest DJ Steef steps up to the plate for the next Foto release, supplying three hefty house tracks of varying tempo's and moods. Main jam 'Shaking' kicks off proceedings with a chopped-up break and kicking groove before a piano-laden mid-section sends the temperature rising. Next up Freeters hits heavy on the pitch-down vibe with some wonky electronics underpinned by a solid 4/4 low end. Over on the flip big bossman The Revenge hits back with a trademark stripped-out mix of Shaking which is heavy on the machine funk. Rounding things off Mojica Tribe is an altogether deeper number with smooth pads and an ethereal atmosphere.
Review: A French DJ with a cheeky sense of humour, Steef tends to alternate between disco edits and original productions. Here, after a break of quire a few months, we get the latter with two tracks of original box jams. "Palpitany" is a chunky, slow burning, electro-jazz-funk-shuffle with gradually ascending Fairlight melodies and acidic squelches. The Survet mix of "Canebiere Man" meanwhile does dip into some vintage sampling for a long and trippy Italo-disco mantra with heavy cosmic overtones.
Review: Following fine outings from Aimes, Rayko and Mufti, the Wonder Edits series continues via an expansive joint effort from DJ Steef and Mr Bard. Opener "All The Way" is dreamy and drowsy, layering echo-laden disco strings and spoken word vocals atop a metronomic, synth bass-driven slo-mo groove. It is followed by a dreamier, warmer "Dub Mix" as well as the cheeky high-energy stomp of "Vibes" - all quirky vocals, arpeggio style bass and trippy electronic flourishes - and the foreboding, piano-heavy dub disco head nod of "Jungle". To round things off Aimes interprets "All The Way", pushing up the guitars and offering for a far more trippy rhythm track.
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: With Valentines Day just around the corner, Editorial changes tack and takes a step into the world of loved-up, slo-mo groovery. It's a smart move. They've got some great up-and-coming producers involved, with Matthew Kyle's pal Joseph Terruel and Aussie moustache man Rocco Raimundo both offering deliciously deep, spine-tingling rubs. The latter's epic, filter-heavy "Looking For You" is arguably one of the best things he's done to date - a sinewy, string-laden disco slow dance that should impress all but the most miserable of disco purists. Heion's "Run" and DJ Steef's "I Can Win" are gorgeous, too, offering loopy, bass-heavy grooves with just the right amount of lip-smacking charm.
Review: Since launching earlier this year, Disco Tech's DiscoDat label has picked up a lot of attention within the re-edit community. Here, Disco Tech gathers together a bunch of previously unreleased reworks from some of his pals in the scene. It's a good collection, variously alternating between dubbed-out slo-mo soul (see his own "Stormy", Reflex's "Thrill Is Gone" and Andrew Clarke's excellent "Mellow Blow") and dancefloor disco (Steef's "Whole Lotta Love", B-Jam's cut-up gem "Seen It All"). He also finds space for Copycat's excellent "You'll Like It Too", a gospel-tinged soulful number that should impress all those who like their disco soulful, musical and uplifting.
Review: The Editorial crew present their 18th release in less than two years, and it's another bumper selection of scalpel jobs primed for house dancefloors. 78 Edits opens proceedings with a typical slow burner, before DJ Steef delivers one of the highlights - a simmering soul chugger that rises and falls in all the right places. The Candy Dealers opt for a super dubbed-out electrofunk vibe on their vast "Don't Stop", before DJ Butcher provides some sturdy, floor-friendly fare in the shape of "Clap & Stomp". The undisputed highlight, though, is The Lonely Smoker's "Keep The Same", a loopy, chunky version of Thelma Jones' soul classic "How Long" that's got serious chops.
Review: On the back of their decidedly smoochy Show Me Love EP, the scalpel fiends and disco/house crossover monkeys at Editorial HQ take another trip into the world of soft-focus groovery. As usual, there's plenty of decidedly touchy-feely fare to enjoy, from the tough bass and twinkling synths of Elias Tzikas' "Just For You" and Tiger & Woods-on-valium vibes of Sellouts' "Let Me Work", to the sensual, slo-mo soul of Get Down Edits' "Two-Timin' Lady". The ever-cheeky Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee pair up for a silly, delay-laden re-tweak of the Knight Rider theme tune (really), whilst Debonair offers up a slick chunk of rush-inducing disco-house loveliness. Top stuff.
Review: Editorial Records have been delivering top selling 'slo-mo disco and deep grooves...from around the globe' since 2009. Here they keep the heat on with a new summer-friendly compilation, Golden Grooves. There are 15 choice cuts here, all of which employ a formula of providing a mellow house frame on which to hang some filtered vintage samples. Highlights include the serpentine bassline of Matt Hughes' cocktail-houser "Rodeo Warrior", the Minnie Ripperton-with-a-backbeat haze of "The Spirit" by The Groovers and the spacey hiNRG disco of "Body Heat".