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: Editorial are here once again to serve up some of that sweet disco goodness with their 4 track release, Body Music. 'Slo Fusion' combines jazz-funk and boogie influences, then tops the lot with a Stingily-esque falsetto vocal, 'Aruban Nights' is a laidback n' lounge-y sunshine groove, 'Summer Love' is a sultry, sexy female-vocalled affair with more of a late 70s feel, while completing the package is 'Spirit Power', which is more uptempo and nudges closer to nu-jazz/bruk beat territory.
Review: If you're in need of some musical positivity in your life, we'd heartily recommend this rushing collection of feel-good gems from Editorial regulars Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee. Naturally, there's tons to get you up and dancing in your living room. Opener "Layover Blues" brilliantly peppers a sludgy, Italo-disco style groove with horn-heavy samples from a disco-funk gem, samples which Nebraska then uses to offer up a thrillingly low-slung disco-house remix. Ed and Dee go in that direction themselves on the deep house/disco warmth of "The Need Inside", while "Dat Funk" is a fine revision of a lolloping funk-soul shuffler rich in punchy sax lines and groovy bass. They simmer things down successfully on closing cut "Lemonade", a bass and break-driven chunk of slo-mo goodness.
Review: As the powerhouse pair behind many of Editorial and Chopshop's greatest hits, Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee needs little introduction. They begin their latest must-check re-edit release with "Arctic Boogie", a cheery chunk of mid-tempo electrofunk blessed with rubbery synth bass and filtered horn lines, before joining the dots between baggy deep house dreaminess and low-slung disco goodness on "Orbit"and the even slicker "About The Music". EP highlight "Heatwave" is a snappy rearrangement of a solo-sporting chunk of sun-kissed boogie positivity, while closing cut "Neptune Rising" expertly joins the dots between oven-hot jazz-funk, head-nodding hip-hop beats and groovy pitched down disco.
Review: Canadian twosome Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee return to Editorial with some "Party Favors". The headline attraction is arguably another outing for Greg Wilson's forgotten 2011 revision of "Flip Da Beat", a delay-laden mid-tempo roller rich in filtered bass, echoing vocal samples, crispy disco drums and super-sweet disco and hip-hop samples. There's plenty to set the pulse racing elsewhere, too. "Stellar Dub" is a fine rework of a punchy Brazilian disco-funk jam that wisely focuses on the killer groove and ear-catching horn lines, while "Name of Luv" sees them straighten out and beef-up a grandiose disco number full of swirling strings, busy Clavinet lines and sugary soul vocals.
Review: The Editorial re-edit label have a deep sense of purpose and that is to hunt down as many top notch spliced and diced classics and release them quick smart. With over 20 releases in just a few years, they must be pretty good at their job. DJ Steef begins proceedings with the slow and loungey "Rising South Coast", before the temperature rises with the guitar-driven and string-laden funk of DJ Moar's 'Funky French' really starts the party. Things get slow and saucy again though, on Hotbox's "Can't Get Enough" before we get in a sublime disco-house spin with Thomass Jackson's "Luv Doctor". Things end in an upbeat fashion with "Music Is Love" an early 70s slow funk anthem re-tweaked by Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee.
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: 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: 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: 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: The scalpel fiends and rework hounds behind the Editorial label rarely disappoint, and this latest split EP is packed with floor-friendly midtempo goodies. The most revelatory cut of all is Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee's "Slow Fire", a delicious 109 BPM bumper that re-casts Gwen McRae's electrofunk-era disco bomb as a stoned head-nodder. It works so well that you wonder why nobody's done it before. Elsewhere, there's some sweet groovery from Feza, a surprisingly percussive disco-funk jam from the usually dawdling 78 Edits, and a decidedly Balearic jazz-funk excursion from Manmademusic and Freshtone. Really, it's only the usually on-point B-Jam who lets the side down with the so-so "Everyday".
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 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: 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: There's something admirable about the no-nonsense approach of the Editorial camp. While steeped in a deep love of the disco sound and the genre's deep history, the edits and reworks they release are first and foremost tried-and-tested dancefloor bumpers. The four cuts here are a great case in point. Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's "Do It One More Time" is a hustlin', low-slung treat (recasting Harvey Mason's "Groovin You" as a sweaty chugger), while Rabo & Snob's "Camel Filter" romps along on a formidable disco-funk flex. The biggest surprise, though is Vinyladdicted's "Alright", a rush-inducing chunk of Balearic disco.
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: Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee are arguably Editorial's most overworked duo; rarely a release slips out of the label's clandestine, underground HQ without at least one of their sneaky re-cuts on it. Here, they deliver two smart and sassy re-interpretations. The first, "Inner City", is a dubby, jazzy take on Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" that profits from some booming house bottom end. "Magic", on the other hand, has a delightful looseness - all lazy, loping breaks, sweet jazz guitars and rasping horns. Another solid Editorial EP is completed by Virgin Magnetic Material's "Fly", a faithfully Balearic re-incarnation of Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like An Eagle".
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: 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: If you dig Masterworks Music's celebratory, feel-good approach to disco re-edits and reworks, we'd advise picking up this bulging, 26-track collection of killer cuts from the label's recent past. It begins with a superb disco-funk cut-up by The Funk District and ends with a smooth, rolling and glassy eyed boogie-era disco revision by Saskin S that's almost worth the admission price on its own. In between, you'll find a swathe of superb revisions from some of the edit scene's finest - South Beach Recycling, Hotmood, Chewy Edits and Dr Packer included - with the selected tracks variously touching on electrofunk, boogie, P-funk, Latino disco and super-sweet '80s soul.
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: 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: 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: Nu-disco hero 80s Child has come a long way since Masterworks Vol 1, the inaugural release on his Masterworks label a year and a half ago. Now we have the follow-up and it reveals how the label's sound has grown. There are 26 sizzling bangers on board this time, boasting a million delirious dance floor moments. Highlights of which include the fizzy thump-funk of 80s Child's "Computerized", Peza's doomy analogue electro mash up "Filmed Message" and the smooth, synthetic boogie of "Much Too Much" by Deelicious.
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: 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: 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: 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: Dynamicron's Latino-centric nu-disco label Los Grandes, deliver their fourth long-playing comp, gathering the best re-edits they can find. The label boss himself delivers the first of 20 tracks, "She", which sounds like a very subtle edit of an undetermined, but luscious and silky sheeted, Bee Gees track. Elsewhere Brendon P's "Before You Go Away" evokes The Avalanches, Panorama's "Straight From The Heart" is pure cut mid 80s digital soul and on the same tip, Dennis Edwards is edited further by Teniente Castillo on "Don't Dub Any Further". William Devaughn's "Be Thankful" is beautifully teased out by Kompleks before things end with "Shameless Hotel", a crazy take on The Eagles by the Irregular Disco Workers.
Review: Editorial, the label who profess to wanting 'to make you move.... slowly, and with purpose', are back with the 19th instalment in their disco edit series. Containing six tracks of summery re-jigged fun, the EP kicks off with Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee's "Glow Of Dub'. Further highlights include the 70s porno-funk of B-Jam's "Infinity", the Herb-Alpert-does-The- Loveboat vibe of "What Makes You Believe" by The Lonely smoker, but it's Copycat's 'Heaven Or Hell", with it's killer arpeggiated riff and steel drums that's true gem here.
Review: On the back of their decidedly smoochy Show Me Love EP, the scalpel fiends and disco/house crossover monkeys at Editorial HQ take another trip into the world of soft-focus groovery. As usual, there's plenty of decidedly touchy-feely fare to enjoy, from the tough bass and twinkling synths of Elias Tzikas' "Just For You" and Tiger & Woods-on-valium vibes of Sellouts' "Let Me Work", to the sensual, slo-mo soul of Get Down Edits' "Two-Timin' Lady". The ever-cheeky Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee pair up for a silly, delay-laden re-tweak of the Knight Rider theme tune (really), whilst Debonair offers up a slick chunk of rush-inducing disco-house loveliness. Top stuff.
Review: This time round, fast-fingered re-edit evangelists Editorial have set their sights on breathing new life into dusty, obscure and occasionally much-played soul nuggets. Those with a passion for the dubbed-out, slo-mo end of the contemporary re-edit scene will enjoy 78 Edits' typically hypnotic "Slick" and DJ Raw Sugar's charmer "Barry Me Softly" (yep, the Walrus of Love gets a tweak). If you like your grooves a little more uptempo, you'll devour Disco Tech's delightful "Tight Money" - an unlikely anthem in waiting, we reckon - and Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's dubby disco-funk groover "Movin". It all adds up to an impressive selection of well thought-out reworks.
Review: Sneaky re-edit imprint Editorial likes to offer good value. As with previous releases, "Cross Corner" features no less than six floor-friendly reworks to satisfy the needs of all but the pickiest disco divas. While there are a couple of merely solid versions of well-known hits (Grace Jones and Marvin Gaye both get cut-up), there are far more high quality re-arrangements of lesser-known gems. Of particular interest are the contributions from The Legendary 1979 Orchestra and Manmademusic, both of whom wonderfully stretch out soul-flecked disco gems with inch-perfect precision.