Review: This is the first-ever release from Heritage, a UK DJ/producer with a long track record working on the tech side of the industry. Coming on Pete Le Freq's York-based Alpaca Edits label, his debut finds him teaming up with Ed Mahon, a Blackpool-based house DJ/producer who also co-founded online station Cowbell Radio, to rework three classic disco/funk/boogie cuts from Donald Byrd ('Loving You', 1978), The Brothers Johnson ('Strawberry Letter 23', 1977) and Jean Carn ('My Love Don't Come Easy', 1979). No wheels are getting reinvented here, but all three takes are respectfully done, and chunked-up nicely!
Review: Chris Massey's Manchester-based Sprechen label serve up a seven-track collection that, taken as a whole, sits somewhere between house, nu-disco and Balearica. If it's moments of spine-tingling euphoria you're after, then allow us to point you in the direction of Ivan Fabra's 'Incursions' or DJ Steevo's 'Heroes Funk' - the latter being a clear standout, as is reflected by the inclusion of both vocal and instrumental passes. For more contemplative pleasures, try Ed Mahon's piano-led, MLK-sampling 'A Brighter Day' or Indigo Jung's soulful 'For Real', while Trudee Nite's bumpin', garage-y 'Dreams Of Revenge' adds some welcome dancefloor bite. Classy stuff.
Review: To kick-start a fourth year of disco-fuelled madness, Hot Digits chief Fingerman has put together this sizeable compilation of previously unheard exclusives. As you'd expect, there's far more killers than fillers to be found amongst the 28-track deep selection or re-edits and original productions. Highlights include the clarinet-laden electrofunk-meets-disco bounce of Frank Virgilio's "It's Your Boogie Baby", the disco-goes-hip-hop flex of Tony Disco's delicious "Rolling Paper", the sparkling nu-disco goodness of "When It Comes To Funk" by Stephen Richards, the driving disco-house bump of Ash Reynolds' "Cold Girl" and the fuzzy electrofunk wobble of Don Dayglow's "Many Things". Throw in fine contributions from Chewy Rubs, Le Visiteur, norse man Jarle Brathen and, of course, Fingerman, and you have a must-buy collection of cuts.