Review: Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee come with more contemporary disco vibes on their own Editorial label. 'Be Free' comes on like a long-lost Sister Sledge dub - check those fluttering guitars - before being given a more Euro-flavoured rerub courtesy of Nebraska. Elsewhere, 'Mista Groove' is redolent of early 80s NYC disco from the likes of Raw Silk and Loose Joints, 'Ol School' is a bass-y, mid-paced cut topped with an "interview" vocal - it sounds like Roger Sanchez talking, but don't quote me on that - before the aptly titled 'Western' plays us out on a more downtempo, cinematic note. Good stuff all round.
Review: Mexican funk and disco producer Hot Mood (AKA Guillermo Gonzalez) comes to Canada's Editorial Records on this split EP with label bosses Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee, with a little remix justice from Thatmanmonkz thrown in. The latter's rub of 'Shades Of Blue', with its Gil Scott-Heron 'H20gate' vocal, would sit just as happily in our deep house section, EW&DDD's 'Cantina' is a fat-assed slab of slo-mo, flute-sprinkled funk (and the pick of the EP for this reviewer), while there's - unsurprisingly - a Latin funk feel to Hotmood's two contributions. Contemporary funk/disco at its least cheesy, and hence most satisfying!
Review: We've become accustomed to the Editorial label offering up expansive EPs packed to the rafters with tasty edits and reworks, but even by the imprint's high standards Raw Funk is rather special. It begins with a bumpin' chunk of hazy and excitable sample house courtesy of Cody Currie (the brilliant 'Aquarian Girl') and ends with some slow-motion, downtempo disco sweetness from Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee ('Slippin'); in between, you'll find a fine rearrangement of an organ-laden chunk of sweaty dancefloor soul (the Funk District's 'An Evening With El Diablo'), some slap-bass-sporting disco-funk (Matt Hughes' 'Get Down'), and a righteous trip into driving disco territory (the Owl's low-slung 'Funky Feelin').
Review: There are plenty of re-editors and rework merchants with larger discographies than Editorial regulars Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee, though few who deliver quite as consistently. Further proof arrives via their first outing of 2020, "Soul Shakers", a four-track collection of reworks based around breathing new life into dusty soul jams. The sweatiest and more obviously peak-time focused cut is undoubtedly the dense and energy-packed percussion workout "Spaced Drumz" (and yes, it lives up to the title), though celebratory disco-soul rework "Make Some Love" will also get hearts pounding out on the dancefloor. Of the EP's two slower and chuggier moments, it's the wonderfully hazy opener "Do The Thang" that's our pick.
Review: You're only five years old once, so why not celebrate in style? And here Warrington lad Danny Worrall's disco and re-edits label Masterworks Music do just that, with an anniversary collection packing a whopping 50 back catalogue nuggets. You'll excuse us the full track-by-track, then, but suffice to say that this is the label that helped launch the careers of Dr Packer and Natasha Kitty Katt, both of whom feature here, and with names like Ziggy Phunk, Rayko, Alkalino, Chuggin' Edits and Fabiolous Barker also on bill, you should already have a pretty good idea what to expect. Classy stuff all round, and a great VFM package - here's to five more years!
Review: About Disco's latest compilation focuses on the work of label boss Rafael Cancian, a Brazilian producer who recently made a rare appearance on Razor 'N' Tape. He begins with a deliciously warm and heady Balearic nu-disco revision of Corsican Brothers' "Beuna Vista", before offering up his own piano-powered peak-time groover, "Metaphors of Detroit", and the jaunty New Jersey deep house bump of Left & Right's "Eating The Corners". The highlights continue to appear thick and fast throughout, with our current favourites including a P-funk flavoured rework of C Da Afro, the bustling bass guitars and thrilling piano solos of "Sweet Flute" and the saucer-eyed rush of "Give Me The Moon", the adds another layer of delay-laden muscularity to Chilly's disco classic "For Your Love".
Review: More multi-artist action from the effervescent Editorial label, a stable that has consistently delivered some of the strongest re-edits, remixes and reworks of the last few years. The imprint's most storied outfit, Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee, kick things off with the lolloping, piano-heavy disco positivity of "Spirit Power" - where sampled female speech provides an interesting focal point - while slow disco stalwart Duff Disco delivers the head-nodding, toe-tapping warm-up warmth of "Burning Hot". Elsewhere, Hotmood ups the heat and tempo on the P-funk-fired stomp of "I Was Born in Mexico" and Alex Zuiev lightly beefs up a swirling peak-time disco jam on EP standout "I Feel Funky".
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Editorial's multi-artist edit missives, namely refined party-starting fodder that puts the needs of dancefloors first and foremost. That's certainly what Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee serve up on the bustling, bass-heavy Afro-funk style madness of the first of five "Dope Licks" on the long running label's latest EP. Hotmood's string-powered disco-funk bubbler "Worldwide" also hits the heights thanks to punchy horns and rolling, beefed-up beats, while Levantine's "Right On" is a rolling and relaxed exercise in filter-sporting disco-house grooves. Elsewhere, Melon Bomb's "Sweet Jam" makes merry with rubbery beats, jazzy bass guitar, dubbed-out vocal snippets and clipped funk guitars, while Alex Zuiev's "Get Lifted" offers the perfect balance between Idjuts style dub disco madness and toe-tipping disco-house chunkiness.
Review: In our eyes, prolific re-editors and party-starting mash-up merchants Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee have always been "top of the chops". The Editorial imprint thinks this, too, hence serving up this expansive collection of some of the duo's finest reworks. There are gems aplenty to be unearthed throughout, from the loved-up, delay-laden mid-tempo dreaminess of sultry opener "Summer Love" and the 80s soul-with-filters lusciousness of "Boogie Flight", to the gentle house drums and disco-boogie horns of funk-fuelled favourite "Feel Good Jam". There's more straight-up celebratory disco to be found elsewhere on the compilation, too, with the parping horns and soaring strings of "People's Groove" and the low-slung flex of "Like U Do" standing out.
Review: The Editorial bandwagon keeps on rolling, pushing on through the night like a long distance trucker high on extra-strong coffee and legal stimulants. As usual, there's a veritable skip-load of peak-time goodness to be found on the label's latest collection of reworks and re-edits. We're particularly enjoying the mazy jazz-funk synths and elastic slap-bass action of HotMood's lolloping "Hey You" and the rolling, Blaxploitation fuelled disco-house business of Ed Wizard and Disco Double D's "Diesel Power", though the sleazy boogie swirl of C Da Afro's "Intimate Disco Stories" and the horn-heavy, slo-mo disco-funk bounce of Tonbe's "It's Not Over" also set our pulses racing.
Review: Sounds like a crew, actually a singular chap: Dave Allison's Ed Wizard & Disco Double D project returns with five more slippery soul shakers. "Red Hot" is all about the salubrious bassline wriggles while "We Gonna Shake" instructs on much more of a tight groove, heads-down level and "The Showdown" serves you with seriously slinky talkbox beef. Deeper again we find disco strings and hypnotising percussion on "Diggin' The Scene" before sparking up and dusting off the air piano for "Jazz Wave". Get your freak on.
Review: On this latest must-have missive, the Editorial crew has assembled an all-star cast of re-editors and house-loving disco rework merchants. Thrillingly, it contains a now rare outing from slo-mo specialist Duff Disco, whose atmospheric, beatdown style chugger "Always on My Mind" is undoubtedly one of the best things he's released in years. Props, too, to Irish disco-house specialists Get Down Edits, who weigh in with the warm and summery grooves of "Hey (What's Happening)". Elsewhere, Buzz Compass subtly beefs up and filters out a sleazy disco favourite on the constantly rising "U Deserve It", while Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee get the party started in their inimitable style via a touch of disco/hip-hop fusion ("Moonlite").
Review: Keep on moving... A mantra for the dancefloor, a mantra for a life, a mantra for the professor-level choppers and dicers at Editorial. Switching up the slate from last month's Slo Mo Disco from label lynchpins Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee comes this uptempo collection of star-lit disco house. Lavish organic instrumentation, loose grooves and insatiable energy running throughout; highlights include the juicy slapbass of Difusion's "You Got Everything I Want" the classic sample flip of Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's "Daydreamz", the powerful p-funk fusion on The Funk District's "Do Yo Thang" and the sultriness and high hip Chi-town struts of Sunner Soul's "We Make Love". Get on the move...
Review: Elusive duo Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee have been delighting dancefloors around the globe since 2009. With their signature brand of chunky disco dubs infused with hip-hop flavours and a slow mo house feel. They have had numerous releases on great labels around the globe like Whiskey Disco , Disco Deviance, Paper & more in addition to having their tracks played by the likes of Soul Clap and Derrick Carter. Not to mention being remixed by legend Greg Wilson, so these guys definitely have credentials. With no plans to slow down , they now drop the "Slo-Mo Disco" LP on the mighty Editorial Records this summer. A perfect way to light up any daytime disco pool party, BBQ or dancefloor!
Review: 'Lovergirl' has us recalling images of early Prince with 80's power ballad screams next to sexy breathy spoken vox and hard drums which begin to morph into a calm shuffling near techno vibe.
'Love Me Too' is just as funky, but we're treading in more suave waters, with chilled shakers and real bass guitar and strings. 'Need Your Love' is the most modern sounding piece on the release and also our favourite track, with all the groove and swag needed to pull off good disco, it has this nu-school sounding unescapable loop, which captures you in a way that's almost magnetic. You'll recognize elements of Modjo's ever classic 'Lady' or Miss Khan depending on your generational tastes. 'Sonico Amor' is more relaxed, and focused on the beat.
Review: When the sun's out, you can depend on Editorial to get their musical guns out. Now the weather's improved and guess what? Here come the Editorial crew with this sizzling collection of five sunkissed edits - all geared to hanging out and having fun in the Great Outdoors. Highlights include the plucky, guitar echoes, Fender Rhodes shimmers and rolling bass of "Tricity" by Matt Hughes, the poolside cocktail house vibes of "Disco Shake" by C Da Afro and the touchy-feely Balearic headnodder "Damn Your Eyes" by Old Chap.
Review: Paper Disco's Trash The Wax compilation series certainly offers a lot of bang for your buck. This fourth installment continues the trend, serving up 22 tried-and-tested dancefloor jams for disco-loving DJs. As usual, the selected tracks are a mixture of killer edits (Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee, Solid State, Electric Pendergrass, DJ Rocca & Chris Massey), sparkling remixes (a tasty '80s electrofunk rework of Reggie Got Beats' "It's On Tonight" by Norwegian eccentric Ralph Myerz), and stellar original productions (see 2 Billion Beats' "Bob", Daco's Gladys Knight-sampling throb-job "I Heard It", Picotropico's decidedly Balearic "Time Will Tell"). There's possibly a little more Italo-disco on this edition, but that's no bad thing - especially as the arpeggio-heavy cuts showcased here are universally excellent.
Review: Editorial regulars Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee join forces once more, this time to celebrate the joys of drunkenly dancing in a pub's backyard. There's a definite alfresco looseness to electric piano-laden jazz-funk opener "Basement Jazz", while the groovy and hypnotic "Disco Thang" - which boasts a sneaky nod or two to Yellow Magic Orchestra - may cause a few dancers to spill their pint. Elsewhere, a P-funk classic gets turned into a shuffling house number on "Down With The Groove", the duo drops some more low-slung, string-laden disco on "Come Back Baby", and "Get Down" is a riotous fusion of rubbery disco-boogie grooves, punchy horns, and funk-fuelled freestyle vocals.
Review: The best thing about spring is all the new stuff starts to arrive. Editorial have taken this idea quite literately and have rounded up a whole bunch of fresh new faces and tunes. There are nine fine jams contained on Spring Thing comp, some of the (many) highlights include the sweet and tender boogie-pop of "Good 4 You" by the artfully-punned Serge Gamesbourg, the throbbing bass loops of the sublime "Closer & Closer" and the mesmerising fusion of punk-funk bass and sunshine keyboard melodies on "Brighter" by Dagfest.
Review: Whilst others are only just getting back to speed, re-edit chiefs Editorial have already been back delivering a packed schedule of choice jams since January. The heat doesn't let up yet either with this new multi-artist mini comp. Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee start proceedings with the uplifting clavinet boogie of "Peoples Groove" and Matt Hughes' "Sunshine" takes what sounds like a subtle O'Jays sample and gives it a laid back disco sheen. Elsewhere The Owl's "Pimp Talk" provides perfect evening cocktails by the pool vibes and Rahaan closes the show with the chic electro-boogie of "Fine Feelings".
Review: For as long as any of us can remember, the Editorial label has led the way in multi-artist re-edit EPs. Their latest missive is, unsurprisingly, a bit of a Christmas cracker. Tomas Malo kicks things off with "Welcome Distraction", a filter disco-house revision of Escort's 2006 revivalist disco gem "Starlight", before label regulars Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee drop the ultra-positive, disco-with-bells-on fun of "Your House Tonite". Pontchatrain gets "Nasty" with a chunk of righteous, floor-friendly disco-rock/house fusion, Sunner Soul delivers some horn-totin' disco-funk brilliance, and P-Sol confirms a "Luv 2 Dance" by cutting up a familiar old disco staple. As for Mars, he heads for the end-of-night close dance via sensual R&B vocals, nods to P-funk and some superbly sumptuous synths.
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".
Review: To mark reaching fifty releases, Editorial has decided to push the boat out a little, unleashing an album's worth of edits, reworks, re-imaginings and sample-heavy cut-ups from regular contributors Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee. There are few surprises, but plenty of floor-focused groovers and breezy summer jams, in a range of tempos, that variously touch on funk, soul, disco-funk and boogie. It will almost certainly take you a while to really get your head round it all, but it's worth the effort; the fluttering, slap bass-propelled "Phunkosphere" and rip-snorting funk rework "Sho Nuff" are amongst the strongest things they've done to date.
Review: The long-standing Editorial stable have welcomed many choice boogie and disco heads to do the honours in reviving classic gems from the seemingly endless mine of 70s and 80s wares, and they're at it once again with the Good Fot Get Down collection. Regular contributors Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee keep things lightly shuffling and laid back on "Let U Go" while The Owl gets into a more stripped and stiff floor-focused funk. The Funk District have more clear intentions in getting the party started with "Disco Dynamite", while Spankie Hazard gets a little jazzy on "Party". Whatever your funky needs, Editorial have it all and more.
Review: It's been a good four months since the last EP from formidable disco/funk/soul twosome Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee. Here they return to the Editorial label (their usual home) with five more chunks of party-starting scalpel action. Naturally, there's plenty to get the juices flowing, from the rubbery bass, rolling grooves and undulating strings of "Boogie Box", and the whistle-laden disco-funk heaviness of "Groove Catcher", to the unfettered, looped-up sweetness of "Givin' Ya Up". Best of all, though, is the party-in-an-MP3 release of opener "Up 2 Get Down", a horn-totin' slab of disco-funk that hits all the right notes.
Review: Editorial is one of the leading re-edit labels currently doing the business, so it's only fitting that they should enlist some leading re-editors for Love Dubs. Australia's Dr Packer leads the charge with a sublime spaced out version of Teena Maries' slap bass classic Behind The Groove. Further highlights include the slo-mo, hands in the air vibes of "Bionic Love" by Robjamweb and the orchestrated '70s glamour beat of "Smile" by Black Rebel.
Review: Having previously appeared on a dizzying number of split EPs from the Chopshop and Editorial labels (amongst others), Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee are finally given a release they can call their own. The Chop 40 (we sniggered, at least) is typical of their output to date, flitting between loopy, filter-heavy takes on sumptuous soul and disco jams (see the baggy house grooves and classic horns of "Push Da Groove" and slap bass-boasting "Bounce & Shake"), straight-up funk edits (the riotous "Sho'nuff") and slower excursions. It's the latter that arguably stand out here, with the string-laden sweetness of "Dance 2 Da Musique" and decidedly Balearic "Pinky" both impressing.
Review: For their latest excursion, Ireland's Get Down Edits crew have invited a bunch of mates along for the ride. The result is a bumper 10-track voyage into house-flecked disco edits, sumptuous soul reworks and DJ-friendly party bangers. Highlights are plentiful, from the sensual shuffle of Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's "Get It Together" and LTJ's typically loopy-and-groovy "Music", to the bold bass and soaring horns of Smart Edit's Chaka Khan remake "All This Love". If you're after something a little more pumping, Get Down Edits' deliver some shirts-off fare in the shape of the riotous "Do What You Wanna", while Jay Ru's "If You Wanna Be" is grandiose disco - with a sturdy, DJ-friendly groove - on a stellar scale.
Review: Aside from their digital-only content (and there are new EPs every couple of weeks, it seems), Editorial also release on vinyl. Here, their most recent 12" outing comes to digital (hence the "Waxed" title). As usual, there's plenty to enjoy, as a quartet of imprint regulars explore the middle ground between disco and warm, sunny deep house. Jay West impresses with the unfussy sweetness and dreamy soulfulness of "Now That You Know", while Luvless works the filters hard on his chunky "Deluvation". Arguably the best material, though, comes from label bosses Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee. Of their two tracks, it's the bumpin', funk-influenced grooves, rising strings and bumpin' bottom end of "Sweet 2 Me" that most impresses.
Review: Over the last few years, the Editorial imprint - an outlet for disco, electrofunk and house-centric re-edits and reworks - has established a winning formula: expansive, compilation style EPs featuring tracks from a wide range of scalpel-wielding talents. This 33rd excursion sticks to the script, offering another quintet of floor-friendly rubs. There's a dash of heavyweight P-funk (Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee's forthright "Saturday Night"), some cut-and-paste, sampleadelic beats (Future Feelings' Steinski-ish "Basement Jam"), a sprinkling of deep disco-house (Matt Hughes, P-Sol) and a fluid, Aim-ish trip into downtempo instrumental hip-hop territory (Riccio's electric piano-heavy "Reflections").
Review: The cheeky scamps at Editorial can usually be relied on to bring the goodness. This latest split EP is, predictably, bulging with highlights. Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee drop a bit of deep house/rubbery disco fusion on the head-nodder's fave "The Way You Move", while Aussie Jad & The Ladyboy ops for a sinewy, seductive, ultra-deep house vibe on his sumptuous "Love Is". B-Jam's "Have Some" is an almost X-rated chunk of electrofunk cut-up madness, all backwards cuts, grunting grooves and stuttering edits. There's a dash of straight-up disco in the form of Joutro Mundo's stretched-out "Body Heat", while Tonbe impresses with "Hot Ivy", a hip-grinding slice of electrofunk badness with analogue synths by the shipload.
Review: More from the popular and hard-working Editorial camp, as they unfurl another five track exercise in joining the dots between disco and house. Label regulars Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee kick things off with "In Funk We Trust", a groovesome disco-funk edit with just the right amount of contemporary production wizardry (think tightened up grooves and drawn-out filters). Loz Goddard dips a toe into deep disco-house territory with the woozy "Over Ur Shoulder", while Tonbe gives a classic funk tune the 4/4 treatment on "Boss of Funk". The two standouts, though, are Brutal Disco's baggy, boogie-influenced head-nodder "Get Down", and Woodhead's midtempo delight "You Gotta Go", a low-down chunk of pitched-down soul.