Review: David James, AKA Deadly Sins AKA Mr DJ, returns with a four-track EP on his own Giant Cuts label. High octane disco-house with a distinct late 90s feel is the order of the day on the first two tracks, 'Here 4 U' and 'Feeling In Me'. 'Are U Ready?' is a chuggier, funk-fuelled affair with a not-so-subtle nod to the mighty Fatback Band, and then 'Something's Up' sees us back in disco-house territory, this time with the aid of some wukka-wukking geetar. Have no fear, the funk is strong in this one.
Review: Following an excellent Springtime outing on KAT Records, scalpel specialist Deadly Sins returns 'home' to the Giant Cuts label he's run successfully for the last half-decade. Those who heard that KAT EP will feel right at home, as some of the cuts here appeared on that vinyl-only affair. Regardless, there's much to admire, from the hazy, Clavinet-heavy Afro-disco goodness of "Afro Groove", to the rolling sweetness of "Get Orf My Laaand" (a rework of Curtis Mayfield classic "Give Me Your Love"). Mary Wilson rework "Groovy Mary" is a red-hot disco-funk smasher, while "Ooh Eye" delivers a smart, dancefloor-friendly rearrangement of Crown Heights Affair's brilliant "Say A Prayer".
Review: Having spent much of the last few years delivering killer re-edits on his own Giant Cuts label, experienced scalpel specialist Deadly Sins transfers to KAT with arguably his strongest EP to date. Opener "El Afro" is an impressively sweaty affair, with addictive clavinet lines, twittering flutes, undulating strings and sleazy saxophones riding a hustling groove. "Shave A Pair" delivers a trippy, life-affirming take on Crown Heights Affair, while Curtis Mayfield gets a makeover on the wonderfully evocative "Get Off My Sister". As for "Maryas Red Hot Groove", it turns a Mary Wilson disco/soul/funk jam into a rolling, rising dancefloor delight. Great edits are a rarity, but these are genuinely superb.
Review: London based re-edit don David James (aka Deadly Sins) has been consistently delivering sensitive-to-the-original retweaks of killer vintage jams all year. Here's his latest offering, serving up four 'reworked and rearranged' gems including the thumpingly fat (bell) bottomed, '70s female-fronted-funk of "Cloudy Days", the dubbed out seven minute Bee Gees banger "Across The Floor" and the loopy, swirly exotica of "Rio Groove". Class in a cocktail glass.
Review: Serial re-edit fiend Deadly Sins (AKA North London veteran David James) can usually be relied upon to deliver floor-friendly re-edits that get just the right balance between compressed, house-centric loopiness and baggy, original disco and boogie flavour. Predictably, the three tracks here hit the mark. The highlight is probably the smooth, groovy, '80s soul flex of "So In Love", whose sweet pianos, treacle-thick vocals and head-nodding, bass-heavy groove are excellently accentuated by James' loopy, head-nodding production. The '80s freestyle vibes of the drum machine-and-synthesizer heavy "Attraction" are also well worth checking, while hypnotic electrofunk jam "Blow My Mind" rises and falls in all the right places.
Review: It's been a while since we've heard from notorious North London party-starter Deadly Sins. Here he returns to his Original Cuts imprint with an EP of floor-friendly, sample-heavy party-starters. There's plenty for disco-minded house DJs to enjoy, from the heavy electrofunk-meets-disco thump of "Keep Movin (DS Straight Ahead Mix)" and Rocco Raimundo-ish '80s soul slickness of "Out In The Night", to the filter-heavy, electric piano vibes of "So Delicious" and stomping "Satisfied". Opener "The Thrill", with its distinctive jazz-funk flute loop, is also worthy of consideration. Good stuff, all told.
Review: Here we have another EP of smooth disco re-edits. "Nothing Beats The Music" is a classic Studio 54-era joint with tight funk guitar, big, funky bass and blissful chimes and female vocals. Only the slightest tweaks have been made to embellish this classy gem. "Can You Feel It" is an eye brow-raising version of Phil Collin's austere classic, In The Air At Night, now given a slow, Balearic stomp which surprisingly works! "Fever" is beautiful, dreamy cosmic disco with a melancholic vocal and "Movin, Don't Stop" is the kind of pulsating high energy stuff that soundtracked Stefanie Powers and Robert Wagner in TV's Hart To Hart!
Review: A real 'pick and mix' selection of re-edits and mash-ups here from newcomers Deadly Sins on the Giant Cuts Digital imprint. There's a touch of straight-up disco in the shape of "Keep It Hot", a neatly building, horn-heavy rework that never gets too loopy. Marvin Gaye's "A Funky Space Reincarnation" gets handily cut down on "Space Funk", while Metro Area and Soulsonic Force clash on the ever-so-cheeky mash-up "Metro Electro". The stand-out cut, though, is "Can't Stop", a smokin' Italo disco jam that boasts some particularly sweet electric piano riffage - think Bobby O fused with Shoom style piano house.
Review: The Giant Cuts crew come through with a late bunch of cuts for the warm months, a collaborative collection of tracks to mark their first Summer Heat series. London disco nutter and label regular Deadly Sins delivers six cuts in total, starting with the sublimely funky "Keep It Hot" and ending with the synth-heavy "Dance Star", an instantly hummable tune that's full of good vibes. DBC serves up three equally charming and effective disco tools, the killer in the lot certainly being "Jump Dub", an instrumental boogie attack with a dubby twist.
Review: Having already carved a decent name for himself in the nu-disco universe, 80s Child (aka Danny Worrall), now turns his hand to running labels. Masterworks is his new imprint, and this eponymous compilation is its debut release. It's a total all-you-can-eat buffet of contemporary disco, featuring a whole host of familiar names. There are a whopping 23 tracks on here, some of the best include Tomas Malo's sultry grinder, "After The Rain", Yam Who?'s bouncy sunkissed disco joint "Find Out" and the digi-freestyle breaks of TV's "Love Situation".
Review: It seems that the nu-disco trend of re-edits is one that just keeps growing. Everyone from Siberia to Greece is doing it, and now the fever has spread to Ireland too in the form of the Get Down Edits label. Thankfully these guys don't (usually) pick the obvious stuff - Fingerman samples Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much" on "Too Much" so they lose points for that, but generally it's all good jazzy, funky retro jams.
Review: There's been plenty of online chatter about this collection of slo-mo groovers, pitched-down disco edits and soft-focus midtempo deep house from Yam Who's ISM label. It's not hard to see why. It pretty much features all of the artists making their name on the slo-mo scene - Matthew Kyle, Rayko, 78 Edits, Sleazy McQueen, Heion etc - alongside familiar names pitching it down a notch or two (Yam Who, Trujillo, Ajello etc). There are some great slow house contributions, from the touchy-feely goodness of Martin Ruez' "Golden Sugar" and the low-slung stoner funk of Mr Chicago's "Bad Dub", to the snugly 80s soul/AOR flex of Magnetic Soul's "Head Over".
Review: The Sccucci Manucci label has done a fine job of handpicking artists on the rise for their releases to date, collaring the likes of Casino Times, Francis Inferno Orchestra and Toomydisco as well as the odd established name like Jacques Renault. The label's fourth release Forza Quattro is still grounded in the disco/house sensibility that has served them so well, though the presence of Waze & Oddysey demonstrates the Sccucci A & R team are willing to deviate. The elusive US pair are in the midst of a hot patch right now with releases already burning on Body Work and Southern Fried and plenty more due over the coming months, so their presence here is a real coup. "I Can't Hear You" sounds vaguely like a extra bouncy cover of the classic "RIP Groove" and definitely ranks alongside their output to date. The EP also has tempo traversing contributions from Fil Lavin, Sellouts and Deadly Sins, with the latter's slow and chuggy "Don't You Know" a particular highlight.
Review: If you weren't aware already, Yam Who? is one ambitious, tirelessly active chap. First emerging at the turn of the century with some superb edits of poppy R n'b (anyone remember his boogie take on "Frontin" by Pharrell?) the Yam master has gone on to build quite the empire with his Midnight Riot label. The latest MR release reflects his nature, a new mix featuring 20 killer rollerskate jams from friends as well as some outright classics. Highlights include the glistening, chrome-plated funk of George Kelly's "Turn It Up", the sleek and synthy 80s jam "Living A Lie" by Freekwency and the slammin Linn drum freestyle action of "On The Upside (High Drummer edit)" by Wonkar.