Review: Germany's Replay bring us two more disco/boogie re-edits from label boss DJ Friction, AKA Frico. First to get the treatment is Phyllis Hyman, as Friction takes on her 1979 classic 'You Know How To Love Me' - in its day, one of surprisingly few tracks ever to acquire anthem status on disco and Northern Soul floors alike - before turning his attention to Black Ivory's even more iconic 'Mainline' from the same year (as later covered/sampled by Jason Load Experience, Love Revolution et al). It's a brave re-editor that decides to mess with two such well-loved tracks, so it's tribute to Frico's skills that he manages the task with considerable aplomb.
Review: DJ Friction AKA Frico brings us two eminently playable disco/boogie re-edits on his own Replay label. 'Got To Have Your Lovin'' revisits the 1982 Steve Kahn & Co cut of the same name; if you don't know the tune, then think the early 80s output of The Gap Band, The Whispers or Fatback and you're somewhere in the ballpark, with brass fanfares, squelchy bass and a near-falsetto male soul vocal. 'Moonchild', meanwhile, is Friction's take on a 1979 track by the great but criminally under-rated Captain Sky which Dave Lee also did a re-edit of ten years ago, and sports some very fine space disco stabs that are worth the price of admission on their own!
Review: German re-edit don Martin Weizer, AKA Frico/DJ Friction, adds two more funk/soul re-edits to a discography that stretches back over 15 years. Brother To Brother's 1976 funker 'Chance With You' now gets the extended remix it never had, having originally only been released on seven-inch single, and fans of the likes of Cameo, Defunkt and Ohio Players would be well advised to check it immediately. Once we've strutted our funky stuff it's then time to turn our attentions to the boudoir, as Weizer brings us a fantastically hot 'n' steamy take on Gwen Guthrie's love ballad '90% Of Me Is You'.
Review: Frico has been serving up tasty, suitably reverential re-edits for longer than most, so it's little surprise that these two re-rubs - like the majority of his revisions - are undeniably on-point. "Never Stop Loving You" sees him gently tease out a Philadelphia International style disco-soul number, cleverly flitting between short vocal and instrumental passages before letting the song build to a stunning conclusion. "Inch By Inch", meanwhile, adds a little early house flavour, extended disco percussion breaks and some late night production effects to a 1981 cut that was once a staple in Larry Levan's sets at the Paradise Garage. It's rather good, all told, and is undoubtedly our pick of two strong reworks.
Review: More from long serving German scalpel fiend Frico (AKA DJ Friction), a producer whose re-edits are consistently amongst the best around. This time he's in a slow and seductive kind of mood, serving up tasty rearrangements of simmering, hip-hop tempo boogie and '80s soul jams. First up is "What's On Your Mind", an evocative, eyes-closed love song smothered in impassioned vocals, darting horns and jazzy, George Benson style guitars and freestyle vocalizing. "I Don't Need Somebody Else" is a slightly more disco-fied affair, albeit a suitably smooth one. There are more headline-grabbing vocals, but also some stellar disco style orchestration and subtle solos aplenty. Smart work, Frico.
Review: Before the world went re-edit crazy, Frico AKA DJ Friction was putting out rock-solid 12" singles of solid scalpel reworks. These days, he rarely bothers with wax, but his appetite for re-editing classics and little known cuts remains. His latest two-track offering is typically tasteful, delivering life-affirming reworks of the artist forever known as the King of Pop. Both "Everybody" and "Lovely One" are typical of Quincy Jones' productions during the disco era, with darting horn lines and sweeping orchestral movements wrapping themselves around killer grooves. Frico's edits extend the tracks in all the right places, with the producer wisely choosing to retain the familiar vocals whilst offering club-friendly arrangements. As a result, both edits sound like party anthems in waiting.
Review: While re-editors come and go, Frico AKA DJ Friction has been serving up fine re-edits in regular intervals for the best part of 15 years. The two scalpel jobs showcased here are arguably amongst his most impressive to date. As the title suggests, "Dance, Dance, Dance" is a rework of a particularly well-known New York disco milestone. While faithful to the original in the opening stages, it gets a little more dubbed-out and eccentric over the course of its near 10-minute duration, with Frico giving greater prominence to the instrumental elements and drum breaks. Hit the virtual flipside for "So You Wanna Be A Star", a tasteful rearrangement of boogie-era disco shuffler laden with wiggly synthesizers and bold vocals.
Review: Martin "Frico" Welzer is one of the nu-disco scene's longest serving editors, having put out his first rare groove reworks on Replay Records back in 2003. His re-edits are usually relatively faithful to the source material, offering astute rearrangements - sometimes with a touch of delay, or the odd filter sweep - that steer clear of cheap thrills. That's certainly the case on his latest pair of tasty tweaks. "Work That Body" is a killer, nine-minute chunk of jazz-funk influenced disco-funk, with well-judged instrumental sections and extended drum breaks eventually giving way to sweaty vocal sections. On "Jump For Joy" he presses the button marked "carefree disco fun", expertly cutting up a vintage Jackson Five cut for maximum dancefloor pleasure.
Review: The bootlegging DJ Friction calls upon Martin Welzer's Frico alias to rework some more classic rare groove and disco for another essential two-track release. First up is a phase-heavy shake up of Kleer's undeniably funky "Keep your body workin'" with extended break down and bassline sections with extra accapella's thrown on top for extra measure. The alternative is a sped up, high energy stomping re-edit of Steve Bender's beefy 1976 cut "The Final Thing" and it's hot hot hot.
Review: Block rocking party beats abound! Frico's edit of "Big Apple Rappin" by Spyder D is a classic that name drops everyone of the time from Bootsy Collins to even Larry Levan on this Sugarhill Gang like joint! This edit is executed in an ergonomic and modern way for new school DJs and done well, we do say. He also lends his hand to a 1980 classic, Harlem World Crew's "Rapper's Convention" a fine example of early disco inspired hip-hop from NYC and once again given a fine, modern re-edit from Frico aka DJ Friction from Ludwigsburg, Germany. In case you were wondering!
Freakin' Time Parts 1&2 (Frico edit) - (8:42) 114 BPM
Keep On Smilin' (Frico edit) - (4:36) 128 BPM
Review: There's an enviable reliability about the quality of veteran producer Martin 'Frico' Welzer's re-edits. Mind you, he's been wielding a scalpel longer than most, having launched the edit-focused Replay Records imprint way back in 2003. Here he delivers two more high quality rearrangements in his typically reverential style. "Freakin Time" kicks things off, delivering a heady extension and re-shuffle of Funk Fusion Band's disco-funk classic "Can You Feel It". "Keep On Smilin" sees his reach for the dub delay, in the process turning Carrie Lucas's "I Gotta Keep Dancin' (Keep Smiling)" into a New York style 1980s disco dub. It's superb, and easily worth the entrance price on its own.
Review: Given that he's now well into his second decade as a re-editor, it's perhaps unsurprising that DJ Friction's edits for his Replay Records imprint - always credited to his alternative Frico alias - are rarely less than killer. Here he delivers two more typically reverential gems, doing little more than re-arranging the original material and adding well-positioned effects here and there. "Make Up Your Mind" is a sweet, synth-heavy boogie roller that comes complete with a heart-aching vocal, and subtle extensions in all the right places. Even better is "Touch Your Life", a pleasingly dubby, floor-friendly tweak of an obscure boogie-soul cut full of tumbling synthesizer solos and eyes-closed chords.
Review: It may have been a hot minute since DJ Friction last fired up his sizzling Replay edit-loaded imprint, but now it's back in action with the man himself donning his Frico alias to drop two soul-stirring versions to keep you warm the whole night through. First up on the chopping board is Rasa's "When Will The Day Come", the rare meeting between soul music and Hare Krishnas, draped in heavenly Philly strings and that arresting vocal delivery. Gregg Diamond and Luther Vandross's bittersweet "Hot Butterfly" is up next, delivering the original in a pristine condition that does the absolute minimum to make the cut work on a contemporary floor.
Review: Frico presents his first offering of 2015, a slow and slinky two tracker. "Watching You" is a smooth romantic funker originally by Slave, and here it gets a loving expansion to six minutes of disco sunshine. Meanwhile "Is It In?" is the moody one of the pack - all sparse funk riffs, urgent claps and badass vocals. Cool stuff.
Review: Ciao Bella! Looks like DJ Friction has slinked himself back into his disco Lycra bodysuit as he once again dons the Frico moniker, this time for a selection of Italo Disco re-edits. The Italo disco revival reached its peak a good 10 years ago, but that doesn't stuff these tracks being still fun to hear. Naturally purists won't approve of these '80s classics being fiddled with, but the legendary arpeggiated neon riffs of "Feel The Drive" by Doctor's Cat, "Woman" by Mirage and the spacey "Up & Away" are hard to resist - edited or not!
Review: To celebrate the first 10 years of his occasional Replay Records re-edit series, DJ Friction has decided to collect together some of his finest re-edits for the imprints under the Frico moniker. There's naturally much to enjoy, from brilliant '80s NYC style re-dubs of D-Train's "Keep On" and Exodus's "Together Forever" (the latter stretched out to a trippy 13 minutes), to party-friendly cuts of soul and funk classics from Spanky Wilson (the superbly choppy "Sunshine of Your Love") and Peggy Lee (a riotous rework of her classic over of Otis Redding classic "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"). Friction is, unsurprisingly, reverential to the source material while adding just enough fancy effects and production tricks to emphasize each track's dancefloor potential.
Review: It's party o'clock round the Replay offices right about now with label boss DJ Friction (aka Frico) celebrating his imprint's tenth anniversary. A decade in the music game is no mean feat, and listening through the 13 tracks selected here you can hear how it's the quality of the edits that's got them where they are now. Highlights include the hazy scratchy take on "It's A Family Affair", the peaks and troughs rearrangement of "Is It All Over My Face" and the dreamy Italo disco of "It's Alright". Here's to the next ten years!
Review: This time round Replay boss DJ Friction (aka Frico) is taking a whirl with another label, releasing "I'll Do My Best" through increasingly popular We Mean Disco! imprint. First up he tackles "I Owe You One", a pulsating early anthem by '80s glitter-soul heroes Shalamar. From there classic US female act The Ritchie Family's 1982 electro-boogie sizzler "I'll Do My Best For You" get muscled and stretched. That's not all: we also get the elastic bass twangfest "I've Been Watching You" and the piano samba lounge-soul of "I Want You". A quality re-edit package.
Review: It's disco o'clock and Frico (aka DJ Friction) is just the man to serve up the goods. Following on from his top selling Action 78, we now have two more nuggets, edits of some vintage smokin' grooves, to salivate over. The first tune, featuring accelerating guitar, brass and anthemic vocals, implores us to "Check Out This Groove" and gives us over nine minutes to do so. Meanwhile it's all about sleazy, nonchalant French funk on "Stop Ou Encore". C'est magnifique!
Review: Replay boss DJ Friction continues to trade under his Frico name, and here delivers his first newie since that Rock Freak edit way back in April. This EP captures both sides of his more recent choices - one obscure and one more obvious. The former plays on the feverous, endless percussive mania of the Erotic Drums Band's "Action 78", while the latter goes for the Yellow Magic Orchestra's "Computer Games"; an electro tune that inspired hip-hoppers as much as New Romantics.
Review: The recent rebirth of DJ Friction's long dormant Replay imprint is good news for those looking for high quality, sympathetic re-edits of stone cold classics. Having previously delivered two tasty tweaks of Gino Soccio classics, he now turns his attention to Yardborough & Peoples' electrofunk killer "Don't Stop The Music" and Afro-Cuban Band's largely slept-on "Something's Gotta Give". The former is expertly teased and stretched out to nigh on nine minutes, giving time for the incredible groove to breath. The latter, a sumptuous chunk of string-laden disco-soul, is dubbed out a touch, with clever extensions to the breaks and cuts in all the right places. Thankfully, the original's superb vocal remains in tact.
Review: It's nice to see DJ Friction re-launching his hush-hush edits imprint Replay, which has lain dormant since 2005. For two years before that, the label released some simple but killer re-edits of soul, funk, boogie, disco and rare groove jams. On this first 2013 outing, Friction (under his Frico guise) takes his rusty scalpel to two tracks from Italian disco legend Gino Soccio. On the (virtual) A, "Dancer" gets the treatment, with Friction cleverly building dancefloor pressure thanks to a few well-timed groove extensions, cuts and well-executed delays. It's the same deal on the flip, where "It's Alright" gets straightened up, remastered and rearranged to perfection.
Review: With his previous disco re-edits for German imprint Replay, Frico has usually dug a bit deeper, sourcing more obscure material. This time round though he's going straight for Loose Joints' tried and tested "Is It All Over My Face", and due to his decision to really only make it slightly dubbier, gets away with it. "Together For Ever" re-jigs Exodus' 1979 disco classic and makes the most of its frenetic Latino percussion and hyper elasticized bassline.
Review: GQ were a successful 1970s American soul/disco act whose biggest hit was probably 1978's "Disco Nights (Rock Freak). Here Frico provides a cheeky re-edit, which really just teases out the goodness of this excellent rock guitar-heavy disco classic. Also included here is an edit of "Groovin' You", complete with killer extended break and immediately recognisable 'dum, dum, dum, dum, dum" chant.
Review: Em Vee's on-point Lumberjacks In Hell imprint reaches its fifth release with another three disco edits par excellence. This time around, it's the turn of Germany's Frico and British edit specialist Mannmademusic to supply the goods. Frico dominates with his fast-moving edit of Coffee's "Casanova", teasing out its vocal hook with an extended piano build-up. Mannmademusic offers two cuts; first up is "Circles", a guitar led stomper with loose percussion, which serves as the perfect contrast to the slow moving, symphonic disco strings and syrupy vocals of "Easy Lover". Another winner for what is surely one of the more discerning disco labels out there.
Review: We Mean Disco! deal in quality and they also like to tease - they released a short preview of their latest comp a whole month ago, whetting appetites to a frenzy. Well, Allstar Nuggets Volume 3 is finally here and it's bursting with a whopping 26 pumpers including the chrome and carpet slap-bass jam "Double Express", the breezy Eurodisco of Butch Le Butch's "He's So Shy" and Max K's uplifting retweak of Tullio De Piscopo's hazy classic "Stop Bajon".
Review: Austrian disco zealots We Mean Disco (run by veteran house DJ Pariz/ Senor Manolo) have tirelessly dug deep to find authentic disco 12"s to shake down, spruce up and reintroduce to the world. Now it's time to take stock with this compilation album that acts as a remarkable sampler of the label's roster so far. Standouts include the glistening glamour-funk of "Love Has Come Around" the synthy bleep-soul of "I Need You Now" and the housed-up Michael McDonald-sampling "I'm In Love". Boom!