Review: Since launching back in 2012, Brooklyn imprint Razor-N-Tape has been responsible for releasing some of the finest reworks the re-edit scene has to offer. For proof, check out this second trawl through the label's rapidly expanding back catalogue. There's nary a duffer in sight, with highlights including the mid-tempo, eyes-closed disco brilliance of Michael The Lion's "Any Time", the swirling deep house/disco fusion of Junktion's "I'm Wishing" and the tactile boogie throb of Deep&Disco's sought-after "So Tight" (the best Thelma Houston rework we've ever heard), to the spiraling saxophones of Tom of Brooklyn's tasty "Summer Jam" and COEO's wonderfully evocative and slightly beefed-up Escort rework, "Light Star".
Review: Long-standing French funk veteran Vas delivers another deep disco dispatch... "Wizard Funk" lives up to its name with a ballsy, almost dubby stomp and a bassline so juicy it could grow flowers in the desert. "Cream" dims the lights, dips the tempo and slowly strips off every musical garment to reveal a slinky, naked bassline. "The Moment" is subverted repurpose of Inner Life's Salsoul standard "Moment Of My Life" where the groove and backing vocals hog the spotlight. Ending on a sweet, skanky high, Vas brings this show to an end with a beautiful rework of Keith Hudson & Family Man's "I'm Alright". Sporting a new coat of drums and a tripped out synth lines, it's an instant soul soother... And a great way to end an awesomely broad EP.
Review: Some re-edit guys go for pop, some do disco and others opt for novelty jams. Not French funkateer DJ Vas, however, nope, no-way, not ever. He deals exclusively in quality, sumptuous disco. Here he delivers four more cuts, you know, the ones that sound like silly o'clock joy at the Paradise Garage - the loose, Fender Rhodes back beat shuffle of "Go Get The Money", the sparkly tingles of spacey funker "Double Journee", the slappy raunch-bass of "Hold On Me" and the New York in the bad old days electro-funk joint "Gigolo". The real deal.
Review: French funkateer Vas lays down four more floor-focussed edits. "Tell Me" gives Mayfield a turbo-charged groove restructure. Thumping, unashamed funk, it will ignite any party within a 20 mile radius. "The Q" then shoots us straight up into a space with a subtle touch on Doctor Dru's cult cosmic jam "The Voice Of Dru". Dig deeper for the infectious party chants of Trouble Funk edit "What Funk" before Vas shuts us down with the best edit of the set... A gritty, low-down take on Cameo's "Keep It Hot", it's guaranteed to ignite big moves.
Review: The last missive from DJ Vas HQ was way back in November of last year. Thankfully the summer's sunny allure seems to have got his creative juices flowing and now we have four new offerings for our aural pleasure. Roy Ayers' "Our Love Will Bring Us Back Together" is teased out into sinewy, high-end boogie and BB&Q's "Imagination" home is improved, getting rebuilt into lasered robot funk. Crown Heights Affair also get two hip swaying brassy tracks featured here, rounding off the euphoric party vibes in style.
Review: We're not sure if Gil Scott Heron ever found himself stood on an Ibizan tabletop, utterly off his nut and singing praises to the throbbing sunrise, but the mesmerising DJ Vas re-edit of this GSH tune is evidence enough for us. Elsewhere he ain't bad either - subjecting some disco-era Herbie Hancock to heavy filtering frolics, getting his nasty groove on applying some proto EBM vibes to some killer funk cuts on "The Price" and winding up with some hands-in-the-air, sunny French Touch-style thrills on "Sweet Power Your Embrace".
Review: DJ Vas, a former member of 1990s French house outfit Kojak, returns to action with a slinky selection of floor-friendly re-edits. First up, early Cameo jam "C To The Funk" gets a rolling, undulating rework - all looped grooves, parping horns, urgent vocals and '70s funk attitude. Vas then adds a little house swing to Joe Bataan's clav-heavy "Call My Name", stripping out most of the vocals to emphasize the original's killer groove. The un-credited "One Love" is a wide-eyed chunk of sensual sweetness, while Kleeer's "Winners" gets turned into an inspired slab of soaring jazz-funk goodness. Impressive stuff.