Review: Seamus Haaji has gathered together a suitably impressive cast of producers for this fourth volume in his Re-Loved label's "All Stars" series of EPs. Conan Liquid kicks things off with a heavily compressed chunk of Clavinet-sporting, delay-laden disco house (the fittingly titled "Hot"), before Frank Virgilio flexes his muscles (and squelchy synths) on the down-low P-funk/disco-funk fusion of "Bite My Groove". Chewy Rubs steals this show with an even more tooled up version of what sounds like a Motown style 1960s soul stomper (the bounce-along heaviness of "Good People"), while Danny "80s Child" Worrall serves up a breezy, colourful and cheery rearrangement of a percussively stuttering '80s soul gem.
Review: Fresh from a fine EP on Hot Digits and a killer contribution to Editorial's compilation style "Margarita Magic" EP, Frank Virgilio returns to Midnight Riot for the first time since December 2018's excellent "Exstasy". The self proclaimed "visionary remixer" kicks this off with "An Affair", a radical house style revision of a familiar disco favourite rich in jammed-out electric piano riffs, fuzz-tone guitar riffs, psychedelic organ solos and the kind of drifting female vocal samples that will get stuck in the heads of seriously inebriated dancers. In contrast, "My Obsession" is built around a metronomic, lower tempo groove, with Virgilio making the most of his source material's swirling disco strings, fluid piano motifs, vintage synthesizer lines and razor-sharp funk guitars.
Review: Neapolitan disco editor Frank Virgilio is back on the scene after great releases on Hot Digits, Midnight Riot and Good Stuff. He's really hitting the big time now if this appearance on Masterworks says anything! Featuring four scorchers guaranteed to cause a disco inferno pretty much anywhere, The Black Hole EP features the sexy and lo-slung title track, the late night boogie-down antics of "Electronite", as well as "C.B.E Way" which is on the funked-up acid jazz tip, and finally "Extraordinary Night" which will loop you into submission with its sublime brass section reminiscent of classic Salsoul kinda vibes.
Review: To us the name Frank Virgilio conjures up impressions of an Italian-American medallion man, a master of disco, strong cologne and exposed chests (of all kinds). The distinct waft of the 1970s will emanate from your speakers when you press play. There are four tough and strutting cuts here, as hard hitting as Rocky. "Inside Out" sees the Gibbs take ecstasy and get looped outta their minds, "2 Late" is a slow, New Beat style re-edit of an electro soul gem and "Meltin Melton" is a loose and live heavy funk cut. Lastly "Somebody Else" ends things with some serious, chopped-up attitude.
Review: Although he's contributed numerous tracks to recent compilations, this three-tracker from Frank Virgilio is actually the enthusiastic label-hopper's first single since the spring. He begins by applying his magic touch to a prime slice of horn-heavy purple funk, wrapping the original's flash-fried guitars, tasty trumpets and scat style vocals around a chunky disco-house style groove. He dips the tempo - but not the floor-friendly intensity - on "Cat In Rio", a low-slung dub disco affair that boasts a suitably heavy bassline and plenty of sun-kissed, samba-soaked synths, while closing cut "Matt's Ring" is a loopy, disco-house style cut-up of Matsubara's "SOS", a jazz-funk/disco fusion classic that used to get regular rotation at David Mancuso's legendary Loft parties.
Review: According to his Soundcloud bio, Frank Virgilio is a "visionary remixer". It's a bold claim, for sure, but helpfully you can now judge for yourself thanks to this two-tracker on Midnight Riot. In this instance, his approach is slow and loopy, with slowly building opener "Extasy" [sic] wrapping an LTJ Experience style groove in swirling string lines, gentle piano riffs and tasty vocal samples. It's naturally a little hypnotic, but also surprisingly breezy in feel. "Keep On Time", meanwhile, sees him stick a groovy, slow-house beat beneath dewy-eyed female vocals, right-paned guitar motifs, hypnotic bass loops and twinkling vibraphone solos. Visionary or not, both tracks are very good.
Review: 10 months after his last outing for Hot Digits, self-proclaimed "visionary remixer" Frank Virgilio returns to Fingerman's label with an EP packed to the rafters with floor-friendly fare. The Neopolitan producer is renowned for blurring the lines between remixes, re-edits and original productions, so it's little surprise to find that much of the music here treads a similar path. Check, for example, "Marco's Groove", a head-nodding, toe-tapping slo-mo loop jam that combines samples from an old Claudja Barry jam with heavy new drums and fuzzy electronic bass. Elsewhere, "It's Really True" is a bumping chunk of dub disco/deep house fusion, "Let's Go (The Rethink)" is a bouncy disco-house treat and "Special 79" a pleasingly low-slung chunk of warming deep house rich in boogie bass and sparkling electrofunk synths.
Review: Fast-rising DJ/producer Ruff Diamond is the man at the controls for this sun-kissed sprint though beach-friendly nu-disco jams, warm and groovy re-edits and Balearic boogie workouts. His selections are naturally spot on, from the languid nu-boogie shuffle of Sweetooth's superb "Soul Singing" and the drowsy, synth-laden D-Train-goes-to-the-beach warmth of RobJamWeb's "Frontin' & Maxin", to the Latin-fired disco-house bounce of Frank Virgilio's "Hi Sombrero" and the ultra-deep and sultry nu-disco loveliness of Bobsi's "Beached". Further highlights are provided by Rayko, Chuggin' Edits, Cuz Electric and main man Ruff Diamond, whose "Run To Berrinas" is undoubtedly one of his most alluring productions to date.
Review: Hold tight for more boozy dancefloor excess from the Editorial crew, a collective of re-editors whose musical output is always worth a listen. The seven-track missive begins with a chunk of electric piano-laden samba/jazz-funk magic courtesy of Nik M, before sometime Hot Digits and Midnight Riot man Frank Virgillio offers a more piano and percussion-laden chunk of sun-kissed Brazilian magic. Labor of Love gets the disco juices flowing via the cowbell-heavy shuffle of disco funker "Like I Do", The Funk District reach for the Clavinets on hazy roller "Baby Got It" and I Gemin smothers a tasty groove in liquid synths and deep house flourishes on "Oh Baby". To round things off, C Da Afro rearranges a warm and groovy electrofunk jam and Rica lays down some colourful nu-disco deepness.
Review: We all need our own personal headspace from time to time, however the Yam Who? duo behind Midnight Riot have gone one step further and given Balearic Headspace. Volume 'Uno' contains 18 slinky white isle gems to groove to. Highlights include the slow Euro-beat grind of opener "Bestinspace" by Emmanuelle Kant, Massimo Vanoni's "For Your Love (Cosmic Inspiration mix)" features uber cool raw electronic arpeggiation, swirly Moon Safari acoustic vibes on "Come Outside (Sweet Love)" by Laurels & Hardlies and the stompin' beats and slappin' bass of "Love Echo" by Camino.
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 team behind Thunder Jam is dreaming of a "Fantasy Fling". Given that the compilation is an expansive, 21-track affair (sorry), it would be safe to say that they're thinking of a steamy, all-action romance rather than a disappointing one-night stand. Musically, the cuts on offer tend towards the warm and loved-up, with Adata's dreamy deep house opener "Marlena Soul" and the glassy-eyed Balearic disco heat of Aure Zwins' "Long Way" setting the tone. Highlights include the loopy, filter-heavy bounce of Celestino's Lionel Richie-sampling "Rhythm", the twinkling, picturesque nu-disco cheeriness of Double F.O.G's "Bang Bao Boulevard", the synth-heavy boogie revivalism of "Fangkok" by Ivan Fabra and the low-slung dub disco-goes-jazz flex of Noil Rago's "J.Club".
Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits label has now notched up 50 releases. To celebrate this landmark occasion, the man himself has selected 25 of his favourite cuts from the label's rapidly expanding back catalogue. As a showcase for everything that's good about the imprint, it does a bang up job, gleefully jogging between exotic mid-tempo disco and disco-funk (Frank Virgilio, Dr Packer, The funk District), slo-mo disco-acid (Fingerman's tremendous rework of B-Jam's "Sundog"), kaleidoscopic, reworked '80s boogie business (Casual Connection, Melon Bomb, the hard-tweaked filters and heady loop business of Chewy Rubs), tried-and-tested party-starters (Smashed Atoms, Get Down Edits remixing Stephen Richards) and giddy peak-time workouts (Shit Hot Soundsystem, Dave Gerrard, Thomas Maslo, Kiu D). As the old saying goes, this is all killer, no filler.
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.