Review: Three very serviceable re-edits here from the ever-prolific Katakana stable. It's a brave man or woman who thinks they can improve on a Prince track, but 'Push It!' makes a surprisingly good fist of 'Push' all the same, beefing up the beats 'n' bass for the house/disco floors while keeping the original's Sugarhill-like funk intact. Not sure where 'La Cotorra' is sourced from but its disco bassline, energetic hand percussion and frantic, almost angry-sounding Spanish-language vocal will rock floors without doubt, while 'I'll Send You All My Love' closes out the EP on a Balearic note, looping up Chris Rea's 'Josephine' to hypnotic effect.
Review: Fresh from causing a commotion on nu-disco dancefloors with his suitably heavy "Grip My Hips" single, Fabiolous Barker offers up a belated sequel to his 2017 EP "Burning Bridges". This time round, he's in full-on funky re-edit mode, serving up reworks of a trio of little-known cuts. Opener "Get Down" is a rubbery, bass guitar dominated slab of synth-laden disco-boogie business rich in quirky female vocals and spacey chords, while "Camenergy" is a sax-laden stroll through chunky disco-funk territory in the company of a restless drummer and wired lead guitarist. Arguably best of all though is "Jam It", a multi-coloured P-funk romp tailor made for writhing dancefloors and suitably celebratory house parties.
Review: Argentine scalpel fiend Fabiolous Barker is rightly regarded as one of the best re-editors in the game, an opinion more than validated by this first EP for Tonbe's Disco Fruit stable. He does a terrific job in building excitement on the sweaty, horn-heavy disco slammer "Back On Love", before dipping the tempo and subtly rolling out the grooves on the boogie era disco-funk shuffle of "Delicious". Speaking of boogie, he expertly stretches out a Jheri curl-sporting 80s soul/synth disco classic on "Don't Turn Around", before making merry with all manner of synth and electric pianos on the rubbery, instrumental disco-funk flex of "Get Down".
Review: Having been a DJ since the 1980s - first in his native Argentina, and now in London - Fabiolous Barker knows how to work a dancefloor. That knowledge came to the fore on his debut release for Funkfusion last year. Here, he transfers to '80s Child's Masterworks Music imprint and delivers a sextet of impressive re-edits. He kicks things off with the boogie-era disco bounce of "Back On Love", before slowing things down with the shuffling, P-funk style chug of "Sticky Party". There's a dash of piano-laden disco funk ("Funktime"), a tasty Whodini rework (the electro synths and rubbery bass of "Houdini"), and a tasteful Taana Gardner rework ("Heartbeat"). Oh, and a slice of harmonica-laden rare groove soulfulness ("Manhattan").
Review: Having recently delivered cheery, DJ-friendly edits and reworks for Midnight Riot, Masterworks Music, Argentinian-in-London Fabiolous Barker offers up more glassy-eyed fare on Hotbox Boogie. There's much to admire throughout the five tracks, which - like many edits these days - expertly blend scalpel style rearrangement with compressed, 'straightened out' house grooves. Highlights include the addictive, honky tonk piano solos and disco-funk chunkiness of "Hooked", the thrillingly over-to-the-top "Try Me" (a version of a lesser-known cover of Gino Soccio's "Dancer"), and "You Stepped Into My Mix", a loved-up, house-friendly revision of a disco-era Bee Gees cut later made famous by Melba Moore.
Review: Another one-tracker from disco-edit Londoner Fabiolous Barker. "The City" is a celebratory trek through the mind of someone like Rick James - all twangy, skintight lurex basslines, snappy snares and golden choruses. Totally dope.
Review: Argentinian-in-London seems to be building up something of a head of steam this year, delivering a swathe of fine releases on the likes of Sound Exhibitions, Masterworks Music, Hotbox Music and Midnight Riot. Here he returns to the latter with more tried-and-tested blends of disco re-edits and groovy house rhythms. His default mode - as expertly outlined on the soaring sweetness of "The Real Thing" and "Liquid Gold" - is effortless party starting, offering exactly the right balance between 21st century house swing and cheery disco authenticity. The EP also boasts a couple of reworks-of-edits, most notably from Midnight Riot boss Yam Who. His chunky, loopy version of "Music" is an undoubted EP highlight.
Review: An Argentinian born, London dwelling, veteran DJ with about three decades experience of rocking dancefloors, Fabiolous Barker is a seasoned pro. Here he delivers more of his hard-hitting disco house reworks for Midnight Riot. There's a maturity to these tunes - with highlights including the deep and synthy sauce-house grinder "The Paradise", the campy '70s disco-rocker "Tattoo" and the cool Miami freestyle electro restyling of Bryan Ferry's "Limbo". Sophisticated boogie!
Review: London-based Argentinian producer FabioLous Barker only released his first record five years ago, but he's been in the DJ game since the late 80s - which probably explains the undoubted floor-friendliness of the track presented in two mixes here! Barker's Original is a very solid nu-disco chugger comprising a walking, quite Euro-sounding bassline, guitars that go chika-chika-chik, and two vocals: one a male rap in a hip-house style, the other chant-like and female-sounding (though as it's clearly been through the FX mill, it could actually be the same singer). Copenhagen's own nu-disco king Ziggy Phunk then supplies a 2AM Remix that'll cross over more readily to house floors.
Review: Known for his work on Midnight Riot, Sound Exhibitions and Disco Fruit, among other labels, here London-based Argentinian producer Fabiolous Barker comes to the Katakana stable with three very fine re-edits. 'Only Fools Fall In Love' is a midtempo groover with female vocal harmonies, subtle guitar chops and an overall early 80s boogie vibe, 'Sending My Love' centres around a full-phat funk bassline and the Cameo-esque male "sending my love from me to you" vocal, while finally 'Weakness' has a male scatted vocal and tinkling keys. The source material has our disco detectives beat this time out, but all three are eminently spinnable.
Review: Less than a week after he dropped the second volume in his continuing "Burning Bridges" series, Fabiolous Barker delivers a two-track missive that's every bit as alluring and equally as essential. Lead cut "Love Talkin' (Honey It's You)" is as loved-up and wide-eyed as the title suggests, with sweet non English-language vocals rising above a sumptuous mid-tempo disco groove rich in heady piano riffs, rubbery slap-bass, glistening synthesizer refrains and ear-catching guitar riffs. The London-based Argentine flips the script a little on "Bomber", taking his scalpel to what appears to be a Japanese disco-funk workout heavy on crunchy guitar licks, disco bass and tidy drums.
In The Beginning (Percapella dub) - (3:28) 122 BPM
Funk Off It All 2019 - (5:21) 115 BPM
Review: In the beginning, as we all know, there was Jack. Yes, it's another run-out here for Chuck Roberts' famous acapella from 1987, with 'In The Beginning' served up in four mixes which, being titled Disco Mix, House Mix, Instrumental Mix and Percapella Dub, are by and large fairly self-explanatory! It's the Disco Mix that stands out, though, with its 'Funky Town'-like bassline, Rodgers-esque guitars and happy hands-in-the-air Italo-house pianos, while oddly titled bonus cut 'Funk Off It All 2019' recalls the punk-funk likes of A Certain Ratio, ESQ or Liquid Liquid at their intense, claustrophobic best.
Review: Curiously, we'll have to wait a while to hear the original version of Fabiolous Barker's latest release, "Grip My Hips", as it's not scheduled to appear in stores until late September 2019. Instead, the London-based Argentine producer has decided to serve up a remix package first. He kicks things off with a throbbing "Dub" mix that sees flash-fried, rush-inducing vocal samples and Nile Rodgers style disco guitar riffs rise above a masculine groove reminiscent of Lipps Inc classic "Funky Town". Fray Bentos takes over and offers up a fine disco-acid take full of psychedelic TB-303 lines, before RobJamWeb delivers a deeper, Italo-disco style take that's deliciously warm and woozy. Arguably best of all though is the mind-altering disco-tech stomp of Disco Funk Spinner's all-action "Club Mix".
Review: As the matter-or-fact title makes clear, Fabiolous Barker's latest EP for Ganbatte offers up a quartet of cuts that have previously only been available to his nearest and dearest. As you'd expect, there's plenty to set the pulse racing, from the piano-driven, turn-of-the-90s Euro-house rush of "Let Me Be (Promo Instrumental)" to the pitched-down Balearic nu-disco warmth of "Sorry (Uni Instrumental)" - all whistling synthesizer motifs, Pet Shop Boys melodies and Johnny Marr style guitar - via the driving, fretless bass-propelled cheeriness of "Dancefloor (Unpaid Instrumental)". The track sandwiched in between, the "Radio Instrumental Edit" of glassy-eyed 80s synth-pop number "Dance Dance Dance", is also rather good.
Review: To our mind, Fabiolous Barker is one of the most dependable re-editors around. For proof, check his previous releases for the likes of Midnight Riot, Alpaca Edits and Disco Fruit, and of course his latest outing on regular home Katakana Edits. "Let's All Chant (Everybody Move The Body Mix)" sees him making merry with a bold, sing-along disco workout rich in electronic bass, Chic style guitars, energy-packed handclaps and rolling beats. It sounds like a peak-time anthem in the making. On the virtual reverse you'll find the "Nobody Move The Mix" version), which strips out a lot of the vocals, offers a stripped-back and heavy build-up, and surprisingly showcases a clarinet solo. It works well, of course, though it's not quite as spine tingling as the other mix.
Review: A DJ since the '80s, Argentinian by way of London Fabiolous Barker has appeared previously on Midnight Riot, Masterworks and Funkfusion and presents us with some quality disco edits. "Sticky Party (ReVamp 2016)" is a funky excursion to soul heaven that you'll never forget, while it's back to the disco on "The Boogie" which reworks Uncle Louie's "Full-Tilt Boogie" from 1979. "Into The Disco Scene" is the kind of recycled disco loops that Thomas Bangalter would be proud of while "The Crown" mashes up a few disco nuggets actually, but absolutely to perfection; try and guess which ones... but don't forget to dance!
Review: High-grade schmokin' disco is on the menu here on the latest Katakana Edits installment, courtesy of Fabiolous Barker and Amir Perry. The former flexes his re-edit muscle over three beguiling tracks: the frisky funk fizz of the housey "Sing", the sultry low-slung "NightGrooving" and the punchy Flash & The Pan 80s rework "Why D'Ya Run Away". Perry mans the decks for the final tunes - the diva-funk strutter "Watch The Dub" which comes in both standard and extended versions.
Review: Ganbatte's latest affair may be all-star affair, but Fabiolous Barker rightly takes top billing thanks to delivering two takes on his latest track, "The Expert". He opens the EP with a hybrid electro/disco flavoured "Old Skool Re-Master" full of whispered vocals, crunchy guitars, throbbing synth-bass and tight horn blasts, before returning at the end with a "Funka-Masta-House" version that underpins the music with a head-nodding house style beat. In between you'll find the bouncy, Hi-NRG era Latin disco-house insanity of Dim Zach's "La Habernaro", the dreamy harmony vocals and ear-pleasing nu-disco grooves of Carlos Gatto's "Call It Love" and the alien funk masterclass that is Don Dayglow's "Gotta Say Yes", a suitably throbbing revision of an old Yello favourite.
Review: There's a reason that Midnight Riot's eponymous compilations frequently charge to the top of the Juno Download charts. Put simply, they never disappoint. This ninth installment sticks to the now tried-and-tested formula - house-friendly re-edits and originals from across the disco, boogie, soul and funk spectrum - but predictably hits the spot throughout. As usual, there's a bonus mix - this time put together by globe-trotting scalpel jockey Rayko - and tracks come from both label regulars ('80s Child, Ziggy Phunk, Chewy Funk) and an impressive array of new or unheralded talents. It's in the latter category that you'll find some of the most impressive fare - see Phil Jaimes deliciously Balearic "Nowhere To Hide" and Cosmocomics' kaleidoscopic synth-funk jam "Mary Jane" - though the standard remains pleasingly high throughout.
Review: It may be detox January for some, but for Yam Who, it's champagne o'clock as he sees his label series reach its tenth volume. There's a mind boggling 27 tracks featured here, a veritable smorgasbord of deliciously disco tuneage. Highlights include the chaotic hiNRG of Seamus Haji's "ReLoved", the tough, but soulful, jacker "Many Lovers" by Judge Funk and the smooth, synth-boogie of "Takes Me Out" by G Prajekts.
Review: Ever wondered what, when the western world was amok with disco in all its forms, was going down over in Japan? Well, Yam Who? and his Midnight Riot cohorts are here to educate you. There are 15 newly revived 'Japanese disco and boogie gems' here, all slightly beefed up and tweaked for the dancefloor's benefit. Highlights include the raw guitar licks and slap bass of "You're So Fine" by Chewy Rubs, the tight electro-boogie of "Robot Cafe" by Jessie Funk and the saucy space-grind of "Big In Japan" by Judge Funk.
Review: If life teaches you anything it's to expect the unexpected. Here the mighty re-edit label Katakana deliver their 42nd instalment of scapel jobs. However, this time, rather than have a specific producer curate an EP, they've shaken up the formula and delivered a compilation of edits. There's a whopping 24 reworks to enjoy too, many thrills and spills, but our favourites include Morlack's explosive drum-lead MJ cover, "Don't Stop", Mister Vagz' corny 60s mash-up "Love Me Venus" and Dim Zach & Deem's baggy rework of the Happy Monday's sublime "Loose Fit".
Review: In the hustle and bustle of the disco edit scene, the Disco Fruit crew are committed to keeping the spirit of classic '70s sounds alive. The modern elements are pushed to the back as JB Dizzy gets raunchy with the guitar licks, horn sections and some divine vocoder action on "Midnight Power". Mike Woods meanwhile knows just how to treat "Do You Like The Way That It Feels?" by Tempest Trio, keeping the soul of the original party burner alive while beefing up the drums just a touch. Across this 10-track collection the quality remains unflappable in its channeling of true disco principles.
Review: Reliable jams from a reliable bunch on this reliable compilation from the reliable Deep Sense. Mr Absolutt opens with the P-funky, cosmic number "The Road Club" - perfect for cruising - while Alex Harrington goes a little techier, white noise build up filter house in "Tanlines". FabioLous Barker takes huge inspirations from Ray Parker Jr in his poppy hit "Girls Are More Fun" while Latin guitars are introduced into Situations' "Flying With Wings". Sould Out slows things down in "Feelin' Moody" leaving Delicious to liven things up with a MJ number in "Let's Get Back". Quality productions abound!
Review: Not to be confused with the techno-minded Dutch label of the same name, this Deep Sense is based out of Mexico, they have a penchant for the funkier side of the dance and the cheekier side of edit culture. They proved it on their inaugural voyage in November 2014, and they're proving it once again right here... Kicking off with the sax-massaging jack-jam "The Road To Kalakuta" the whole album is an instant party full of sassy sonic surprises. Highlights include the dusty vinyl crackles and heaving harmonics of Rafael Fernandez's "Nothing's Changed", the epic synth-slapping cosmicity of Funk My Jesus "24K", the classic funk guitar squeezes of Chuggin Edits "We Got The Funk". And that's just a handful of party peals to be harvested from this 16-track heavy album. Bon voyage indeed!
Review: Dealing strictly in extended collections, Funk Fusion continues its extensive work into 2015 with a 22-track compendium of killer edits, bootlegs and reversions. With an emphasis on fine-tuned, low-swung party jams; highlights include the subtle acid treatment of En Vogue ("Get It"), silky, synth-slapping disco boogie ("Mistery Island"), badass blue grass ("Bluesy Bounce"), Chic-style Public Enemy subversion ("Funky Enemy Number One") and smoke-stacked skank science ("Method Man"). Fusion by name, funky by nature: no party should be without this collection.
Review: Thunder Jam's latest release is something of a sprawling epic; a 23-track "Invasion" featuring some of the hottest names in the re-edit and nu-disco scenes, alongside contributions from lesser-known talents. There's much to admire throughout, from the low-slung boogie bass and cut glass disco strings of Phil Da Burn's "Wallflower" and the spacey synth-funk of Funk Bank's wiggly "Jamming With The Thunder", to the bouncy disco/New Jersey garage fusion of BOI's "The Gift" and the straightened-out sunshine soul of Dee Bunk's "Little Brown Eye Girl". Throw in solid contributions from Don Dayglo, Belabouche, C Da Afro and Andy Buchan, and you've got a pleasingly varied set of floor-friendly excursions.
Review: The first installment of the Masterworks' Bag Of Tricks series went down a treat upon its summer release. Now it's the autumn and they've rustled up some more edits, 15 in fact, again featuring some big names on the nu-disco scene. This new comp will one and all swinging from the rafters from fireworks parties to Christmas knees-ups. Highlights include the Cathy Dennis-sound-alike cowbell jam "You Know How" by RobJamWeb, the swaggering guitar strut of "The Walk" by Silver Rider and Rabo & Snob's quirky, perky hiNRG pumper "Harry Rama".
Review: Here's something you can feel good about buying: a charity collection of re-edits and original productions that aims to raise fund for testicular cancer research. The Alpaca Edits crew has done a superb job in rounding up contributions from some of this generation's most popular scalpel fiends, including '80s Child, Dr Packer, Fingerman and Fabiolous Barker. Highlights come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from the head-nodding, horn-heavy funk of Rafael Fernandez's "Uh-Oh", and Stephen Richards' house-friendly Kool & The Gang rework ("Fresh"), to the piano-totin', boogie brilliance of Bad Barbie Vs Evil Smarty's "Loose Juice", and Goldboy's standout nu-disco jam "Under Game".
Review: This decidedly epic collection marks Katakana Edits's first foray into the compilation market and is designed as a "best-of" style outing. It boasts 30 reworks, mash-ups, remixes and re-edits gleamed from the prolific imprint's first 50 singles. Naturally, club-ready material comes thick and fast, with a multitude of genres - think swamp funk, disco, dub disco, electrofunk, Italo-disco, hip-hop, reggae and dancehall - and wide variety of tempos represented. Naturally, some of the reworks tend towards the well known, though there are also plenty of rubs of lesser-known gems for those who want to dig deeper than familiar peak-time anthems. Most importantly, the standard remains impressively high throughout.
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!