Review: Recently, Escort has been on their travels around the U.S, providing support for soul revivalist Cee-Lo Green. Here, the Brooklyn-based disco revivalists change tack a little, blending their usual Nile Rodgers guitars, spiraling horns, bold vocals and Vincent Montana strings with surging synthesizer arpeggio lines that recall contemporary synth-pop, rather than original Italo-disco. Little Boots flips the script on her remix, making great use of Escort's Konk-style horns, delay-laden instrument snippets, and a heavy new synth bassline. Elsewhere, Jacques Renault re-casts "Cabaret" as a booming, low-slung, percussion-rich house bomb, while fellow Let's Play House types Tippy Toes bring the bass-heavy, tech-house wonkiness.
Review: No one does contemporary disco like Dimitri From Paris. And no one has the compilation licensing clout like Defected. Naturally this is a match made in glitterball heaven as DFP spans 40 years of grooves with a spotless collection of his own edits and upfront jams. Ranging from his own twists on standard disco gems such as "Le Freak" and "Lost In Music" to the likes of Disclosure's "F For You" and Todd Terje's "Delorean Dynamite" this is, without question, one of Defected's most extensive, expansive and exciting collections to date - which really is saying something. A natural fit for all house, disco and funk fans young and old.