Chopshop Music Turns Me On Vol 2
CHOPDIGI 020
01 Mar 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Capitan Futuro - "Love Me Crazy" - (5:47) 112 BPM
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Dave Gerrard - "Twisted Message" (DJ Butcher mix) - (5:45) 101 BPM
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DJ Butcher - "However Do You Want Me" - (5:09) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ill Advised - "Superstition" - (5:18) 98 BPM
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Review: With a sly wink and a beckoning wave of the hand, Chopshop invite us into their boudoir for another seductive trip into slinky rework territory. As usual, many bases are covered. Captain Futuro kicks things off with "Love Me Crazy", a slo-mo disco-flecked hip-hop head-nodder. Label supremo DJ Butcher turns Dave Gerard's "Twisted Message" (a sneaky bootleg version of the Furious Five classic) into a disco funk-breaks smasher, before laying down some revivalist rare groove fun in the shape of his own "However Do You Want Me" (a rework of Soul II Soul's "Back To Life"). A decidedly sensual package is completed by the misty-eyed headiness of Ill Advised "Superstition" (yep, a remake of that "Superstitition").
The Mango Beats EP
CHOPDIGI 072
22 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Generation Five - (5:01) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Repeat The Funk - (5:49) 111 BPM
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You Got The Stuff - (6:42) 103 BPM
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Review: Stafford's Dave Gerrard has been around for over 30 years so you can trust the DJ on this one. He's back on his usual stomping ground for more disco goodies on DJ Butcher's Chopshop out of Athens, Greece. He first takes the knife to the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine" on "Generation 5" (great edit this one!), then he turns in an edit of a proper soul funk classic on "Repeat The Funk" (any guesses?) but finally he gives a Bill Withers classic a makeover on "You Got The Stuff". Class!
Rip The Funk
CHOPDIGI 037
08 Feb 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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What We Gonna Do Here - (5:27) 116 BPM
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Fifty Four - (5:56) 111 BPM
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Drop The Pieces - (5:38) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rip The Funk - (7:56) 108 BPM
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Review: Stafford-based producer Dave Gerrard specializes in creating cut-and-paste tracks that blend the best elements of familiar disco, funk, boogie and hip-hop jams. What really marks him out, though, is the classy way that he does it. Check out the way he shifts between basslines, grooves and samples on the boogie-tinged house jam "What We Gonna Do Here" (inspired, if that's the word, by Midnight Express's "Danger Zone") or the way he breathes new life into the Average White Band on the thrilling "Drop The Pieces". There's also a riotous tribute to the giants of P-Funk on "Rip The Funk", arguably the EP's strongest moment.
Rip More Funk EP
CHOPDIGI 049
17 Oct 14
Funk
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Like A Funk Mashine - (4:57) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Do It (Like To) - (5:27) 56 BPM
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Boom Chuck Chuck - (5:28) 106 BPM
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Keep Your Body Workin' - (6:34) 60 BPM
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Review: Funk fantastic Dave Gerrard is back where he belongs - with Chopshop, the re-edit label run by the one and only DJ Butcher. Rip More Funk is all about the fun and contains four reworks of fairly familiar party funk favourites with the likes of James Brown appearing on "Like A Funk Mashine" alongside the more obscure disco chant-a-long "Do It (I like To) and the elastic boogie of "Keep Your Body Workin'".
Sound Of The 80's
MMD 010
10 Aug 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Imagination - (6:12) 107 BPM
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Let's Go All The Way - (5:13) 102 BPM
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Automatic - (8:05) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just Can't Get Enough - (5:10) 127 BPM
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Who's Afraid - (5:03) 120 BPM
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Review: A veteran of esteemed edit labels like ChopShop, Sound Exhibitions and Hot Digits, Dave Gerrard is back on Masterworks Music with the Chorley FM-style EP "Sounds Of The 80s". Going straight for the party jugular, he tackles some megahits of the decade of excess - dubbing out Belouis Some's sleaze-popper "Imagination" and speeding up Sly Fox's pounding electro funk stomp "Lets Go All the Way". Then it's time for a subtle tweak of The Pointer Sisters much loved "Automatic", Depeche Mode's "Just Cant Enough" gets a percussive makeover and The Art Of Noise's proto industrial chaos is intensified on "Who's Afraid".
Freshly Squeezed EP
HOTDIGIT 009
16 Feb 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Use My Body - (5:35) 96 BPM
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Coming To You Live - (6:29) 115 BPM
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Something That You Do - (6:23) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Feel So Good - (5:48) 112 BPM
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Review: Of late, Dave Gerrard has been gallivanting around town, flirting with all the hottest re-edit labels going. His latest musical paramour is none other than Hot Digits, a freshly squeezed clinch of which the fruits are certainly not made from concentrate. Once again uplifting '70s party vibes are the order of the day, with "Use My Body" being a slow, twanging raunch-fest, while "Coming To You Live" is a hypnotic brassy disco pulsator. "Something That You Do To Me" sounds like the Jackson family at their glittery peak, and finally "Feel So Good" ends proceedings with a breaky, melodramatic mood-jam.
The Butchers Apprentice EP
CHOPDIGI_ 060
18 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Get On Up - (5:04) 102 BPM
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Say Yes Sir - (4:55) 119 BPM
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Shake At The Disco - (4:58) 100 BPM
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What You Gonna Do Now - (5:22) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Dave Gerrard has been a member of the Chop Shop family for some time, making his first contribution to one of their split EPs way back in 2012. Here, he returns with his third EP for DJ Butcher's imprint, following appearances on Sound Exhibitions and Hot Digits. He begins in sensual fashion, dropping a straightened-out, string -laden head-nodder ("Get On Up") for the slo-mo disco crew. "Say Yes Sir" sees him turn a classic chunk of rabble-rousing funk into a hip-wigglin' house shuffler, while "Shake At The Disco" sees him return to a slower tempo with a killer chunk of horn-heavy disco-funk. He rounds things off with "What You Gonna Dow", a James Brown style funk number given a swinging 4/4 makeover.
Your Love
SE 126
06 Sep 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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You Can't Hide Your Love - (7:04) 115 BPM
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Bump N' Hustle - (5:40) 102 BPM
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Tom Tom Boogie - (5:30) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Dave Gerrard has cut his teeth on the mighty Chopshop label, but for his latest EP he's opted to move to Sound Exhibitions. Perhaps this explains the poppier choice of edit material as this one's straight up party fodder. The lead track is a tasteful, if quite restrained version of David Joseph's classic 1983 funk-meets-proto-house anthem "You Can't Hide Your Love". Then it's back to the '70s and the familiar hustle flute rears it head on the beefed up grooves of "Bump N Hustle". Finally "Tom Tom Boogie" goes for the jugular - speeding up "Genius Of Love" to a feverish pace.
Summer Is Early Volume 2
CHOPDIGI 027
02 Aug 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Groove Motion - "Why Not" - (7:45) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dave Gerrard - "Glow At Night" (dub) - (4:50) 117 BPM
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Ilya Santana - "Boomerang" - (5:16) 115 BPM
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Touchsoul - "Mazed Projections" - (6:29) 120 BPM
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Review: More gung-ho re-edit and rework business from the long-running Chopshop imprint, this time with a distinctly summery feel. As usual, there's plenty of variety, and tried-and-tested reworks that lock classic cuts into contemporary trends. Groove Motion gets things going with a distinctly dubbed-out take on Carly Simon's Balearic classic "Why" - think filters and delay aplenty - before Dave Gerrard delivers a sparkling, loopy dub of "Glow at Night" - all lazy jazz guitar solos, flexible disco bass, twinkling pianos and clipped guitars. Ilya Santana provides some decidedly dubby, quirky early '80s post-punk chunkiness in the shape of the excellent "Boomerang" (probably our pick), before Touchsoul instils some percussive swing and disco-funk sassiness to his late night delight "Mazed Projections".
Chopshop Music Turns Me On
CHOPDIGI 011
06 Jul 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ill Advised - "Inside Out" - (4:09) 104 BPM
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Capitan Futuro - "Booty Xpress" - (4:18) 105 BPM
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Dave Gerrard - "In The Mix" - (6:22) 110 BPM
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DJ Butcher - "Music Turns Me On" (Greg Wilson Re-Touch) - (8:11) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from re-edit/mash-up/rework specialists Chopshop; namely the kind of sophisticated, floor-friendly concoctions that appeal to both geeks and party-starters alike. This split EP features plenty more material to tickle the fancy of DJs, from the Clav-heavy disco groovery of Ill Advised's "Inside Out" (a smart Odyssey cover) and block party disco-funk of Captain Futuro ("Booty Express"), to the needless-but-fun Indeep cut-up "In The Mix" by Dave Gerrard. Best of all, though, is the fluid re-touch by Greg Wilson of DJ Butcher's "Music Turns Me On", a sweet cut-and-paste effort that's pitched just right.
Don't Hold Back
CHOPDIGI 084
18 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Saint Mathieu - "What The Funkin Idea" - (5:48) 118 BPM
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DJ Laurel - "Don't Hold Back" - (5:04) 104 BPM
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Dave Gerrard - "Glow Of Dub" (Morning mix) - (7:25) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cordycep - "The Key" - (8:28) 122 BPM
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Review: Another month, another solid split EP from long-running edit imprint Chopshop. This time round, there's no unifying concept, just a quartet of cuts guaranteed to get things going out on the dancefloor. Saint Mathieu kicks things off with a chunky, party-starting rearrangement of a lesser-known European P-funk workout from the turn of the '80s, before DJ Laurel drops the cheery, chop-heavy disco-house chug of "Don't Hold Back". Label regular Dave Gerrard steals the show with "Glow Of Dub (Morning Mix)", a superior rework of a tactile, '80s soul favourite, while Cordycep closes proceedings with a hard-edged scalpel rework of a throbbing, early '80s, Prelude style electrofunk-meets-rap stomper ("The Key").
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