Review: There's a pretty obvious clue in the name as to what kind of music you're going to find here! What makes this compilation from Greek label Chopshop stand out, though, is that the usual suspects are, for once, notable by their absence: there are contributions from Tonbe and HP Vince, as well as label boss George Kelly, but many if not most of the artists involved here will be new names to many if not most listeners. As such, it's a collection that's well worth investigating, packing 15 uptempo tracks - largely original, if heavily sample-based productions, rather than re-edits - that are long on funk basslines, handclaps and cowbells. What's not to like?
Review: On his latest one-track missive, Chopshop big beast George Kelly has stated his intention to pack a suitcase, grab his "sunnies" and head "Off To An Island". He's joined on this summery mission by vacation-loving collaborators Idra Kayne and BNC. As you'd expect, it's a wholeheartedly fun and funky affair, with Kelly adding Kayne and BNC's cheery, let's-have-a-good-time vocals to a driving, thickset disco-house groove rich in warm bass, Nile Rodgers style guitar riffs and filtered, presumably sampled orchestration. IT rises and falls in all the right places and sounds like it will light up open air dancefloors if and when we get to enthusiastically dance on them again. In a word: big!
Review: Contemporary boogie is the order of the day on this EP from George Kelly, an Athens-based producer who's also one-half of the duo Capitan Futuro. The original mix of 'Late At Night' finds UK soul vocalist Espeut flexing his tonsils atop a languid, rolling backdrop straight outta 1983. The Guitar Dub then brings some excellent jazz-funk six-string work to the fore - don't be surprised if this one crops up on more than a few 'Ibiza chill-out'-type comps this summer - while completing the package is a Rockfreak Pella that cheekily nods to Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel's classic 'White Lines'.
Review: Chopshop mark the completion of their first decade in the game with this 17-track compilation of funk n' breaks nuggets from the label vaults. Groove Armada and Situation both feature, but generally the emphasis is on less well-known names, who serve up a mixture of cheeky bootlegs, re-edits and original material. Dave Gerrard samples the Average White Band on 'Drop The Pieces' and George Kelly & DJ S's 'Movin' To The Groovin' takes Wild Cherry to the breakbeat party, but the majority of the tracks draw on less obvious sources of inspiration, with standouts including the big beat/lounge-y vibes of Senior Citizens' 'What A Body' and the ghetto disco groove of Appo's 'Getaway'.
Review: A decade has now passed since George Kelly established the Chopshop imprint as an outlet for goodtime grooves, sneaky reworks and club-ready re-edits that blur the boundaries between disco and house. To celebrate the fact, he's gathered together some of his label highlights on an expansive compilation. It's arguably best enjoyed via his action-packed DJ mix, which is tucked away at the end of the collection, though DJs will delight at the sheer volume and quality of the unmixed cuts on offer. Our favourites include the rubbery bounce of HP Vince's appropriately titled "Funky Disco Party", Kelly's killer Marlena Shaw revision ("Raised In The Ghetto"), the bustling funky house pleasures of HP Vince and Dave Leatherman's "Back 2 The Old Skool (House Mix)") and the disco-rap goodness of Captain Futuro's "Club Warzone".
Review: By his usually prolific standards, it's been a relatively quiet year for Chopshop and Our Records boss George Kelly. Surprisingly, "My Thang" is just his second rework-focused EP of the year. Fans will say it's been worth the wait. Opener "Hustlin" is something of a mid-tempo peak-time treat, with the long-serving Greek DJ successfully chopping up a Clavinet-heavy disco-funk cut and underpinning it with suitably swinging, house style beats. Kelly explores the farthest reaches of his record collection on "The Memory", a similarly rolling revision of a deep, starry-eyed jazz-funk-meets-soul workout, before giving the Godfather of Soul a pulverizing, horn-toting disco-house makeover on sweaty closer "My Thang".
George Kelly & DJ ''S'' - "Movin To The Groovin" (feat Sparky-T - original mix) - (4:09) 110 BPM
George Kelly & DJ ''S'' - "Movin To The Groovin" (feat Sparky-T - More Sparky mix) - (4:08) 110 BPM
Delly - "Movin To The Groovin" - (5:14) 124 BPM
Review: Chopshop's latest outing is an all-star affair, with George Kelly, DJ "S", Sparky-T and Delly all lending a hand. The undoubted highlight is Kelly and DJ "S" throwdown "Movin' To The Groovin", which offers up a bumpin' and low-slung romp through toe-tapping, hip-swinging disco-funk territory in the company of turntable Wizard Sparky T. The turntablist's dexterous scratches perfectly compliment the duo's punchy, sample-heavy rework of a killer disco-era funk slammer, with the "More Spanky" rework featuring even more hip-hop style deck manipulation. To complete a fine EP, Delly weighs in with a fantastically energetic, bass-heavy, peak-time U.S house cut that gleefully takes inspiration from the same source material as Kelly and DJ "S". It sounds like a guaranteed dancefloor winner.
Review: Greek disco extraordinaire George Kelly continuously exceeds our expectations: the Chopshop boss presents not only the vocal talents of who is possibly the finest vocal talent of the moment (Andre Espeut) but also gets remixed by some right legends in nu disco and house music. From the man of the moment Dr. Packer on the neon-lit boogie down version of "I Got You", to Chicago 'Mushroom Jazz' champion Mark Farina on the sleazy and acid-inflected "Bright Lights" or when the British legend Meechan aka Chicken Lips delivering an electrifying version of "Tipsy Talkin": these guys seriously know their stuff!
Review: Producer/Remixer/Label Owner George Kelly aka DJ Butcher is back on his adored Chopshop imprint again. Expect to hear anything from jazz, funk, hip hop and disco all the way to house, electro and big beat on this fine label. Here Kelly goes deep into sexy and groovy territory with his new EP "The Nudist Camp". The title track is a sunny and evocative disco jam that's perfect for Sunday open-air bliss: bring on the third (is that what we're up to?) Summer Of Love! Next up "Aquarian Dream" is a looped up funky house groover which is once again on the disco tip and at some points could almost pass for early noughties Hed Kandi or Defected: a compliment if there ever was one. Finally "Venga" is as lo-slung and slo-mo and you like it: perfect for drifting and getting stoned into the groove.
Review: Chopshop's chief scalpel fiend, George Kelly, returns to action with another three-track assault of goodtime grooves. First up you'll find "Last Forever", a swinging chunk of sumptuous, string-drenched, saucer-eyed disco funk goodness that derives much of its instinctive sweetness from a hip-hop style breakbeat, fluttering dub effects and some particularly tasty horns. Kelly pushes up the tempo a little on "Satisfaction Express", a rework that benefits greatly from the producer's on-point rearrangement skills and subtle effects. It may not be that revolutionary by re-edit standards, but it's certainly very, very good. He completes a great package with the bouncy, Brass Construction style goodness of "The Brass Band".
Review: Back in the day, US rock band Kiss created quite a furore when they were finally unmasked. Now it's the turn of veteran re-edit maestro DJ Butcher who, for this new LP, now steps beyond the moniker to reveal himself as George Kelly. Staying true to his heart he album delivers 11 tracks of what he does best - expert disco scalpel jobs. Highlights include the retweaked Eric B & Rakim/Coldcut jam "Music Just Turns Me On", the six-minute, string laden clap along "Turn It Up" and the squelchy funk grooves of "No Taboos".
Review: ChopShop Digital barely deviates from its' well-worn formula, which involves serving up multi-artist EPs full of tried-and-tested reworks. Happily, they're at it again here. BnC kicks things off with the break-driven funk shuffle of "Good Times Roll", before Woodhead & Hebegebe raise the temperature with the heavy funk-goes-Italo-disco surge of "Pony Up". West Country scalpel fiends Situation serve up the dusty soul sweetness of "Change For A Coke", while Senior Citizens attempt to outdo them with the similarly luscious and soulful "The Perfect Plan". Finally, label boss George Kelly steals the show with a killer re-cut of Willie Bobo/Ronnie Laws favourite "Always There".
Review: Chopshop founder George Kelly has called on the services of Andre Esput on numerous occasions in the past, so it's little surprise to see the soul man lend his honeyed vocals to two cuts on the Grecian producer's new EP. Both are predictably luscious and breezy, tiptoeing the fine line between organic, soulful house and revivalist disco-boogie. The duo begins with the wild, jammed-out organs, clipped Chic guitars and shuffling grooves of "Nothin' Sweeter", before throwing their hands in the air on the sun-kissed, live soulful house jam "Generations". Although Esput's vocals are superb and enhance both tracks, Kelly has also included a pair of solid instrumentals.
Review: George Kelly's most recent appearance on his Our Records label was something of a slick, soulful treat, with vocalist Andre Esput lending his honeyed tonsils to a pair of luscious nu-boogie gems. "Uptempo Cruise" is an altogether different beast. The "Club Version" is warm, rich and melodious, with Kelly peppering a shuffling nu-disco groove with jammed-out Rhodes keys, dreamy chords and undulating, acid-style electronics. The Grecian DJ/producer completely flips the script on the "Acoustic Mix", retaining the Rhodes lines but replacing the electronic groove with fantastic, Bossa-influenced live drums. This replacement rhythm gives the track a breezy, summer-fresh feel that's wholly in keeping with Kelly's hazy keys.
Review: This latest split EP from the ever-reliable party-starters at Chop Shop introduces two new faces to the roster: the previously unheard "DJ S", and sometime Vintage Music, Disco Fruit and Rebel Hearts types Gradient Logic. The former delivers a bouncy, slightly toughened up re-interpretation of Deodato's Brazilian disco-funk classic "Night Cruiser" (here re-titled simply "Cruiser"), while the latter get knee deep in Funkadelic on the kaleidoscopic synth-funk bump of "What About The Groove". Elsewhere, label talisman George Kelly drops a future re-edit anthem in the shape of the punchy, disco/boogie fusion "Feet Start Moving", and Vaudafunk teases out a killer saxaphone line on the distinctly big and bold "Sugar".
Review: Situationism is run by a mysterious 'collective of DJs and producers from the five valleys'. Although little is revealed about their identities, we do know that this compilation is their biggest release yet and it boasts the mighty "On It" by Peza. The track's clever fusion of a boogie sample (Starguard's High On The Boogie) and some subtle 303 work has got people talking and dancing already. The quality stays high over the remaining tracks too, highlights including George Kelly's melancholic Italo gem, "Trip to Jupiter", Vampire Disco's moody synth prowler "Orbit" and the chilled cocktail grooves of Alkalino's "Trigger".
Review: On his last outing, Grecian producer George Kelly successfully joined forces with vocalist Andre Esput to showcase the soulful side of his output. Here, he's back in solo mode, returning to the Chopshop imprint he founded some years back. The Big McGhee doesn't take long to get into its' stride, starting as it does with a slamming, decidedly heavyweight house rework of Marlena Shaw's "Woman Of The Ghetto". Jimmy 'Bo' Horne rework "Spankbank" is similarly stomping, with Kelly expertly cutting up and rearranging the original's famous electric piano riffs over a bounding house groove. Finally, the title track delivers a tightened up, straightened out version of Francine McGee's infamously wild disco smasher "Feelin' Good".
Review: Chopshop regular George Kelly must be one of the busiest producers on the nu-disco scene. In 2015 alone he released a substantial amount of material on Audaz, Chopshop and Our Records. Here he returns to the latter, with modern soul vocalist Andre Espeut in tow, to lay down a couple of revivalist boogie jams with a contemporary nu-disco twist. Choose between the P-funk influenced cheeriness of "I Got You", and "Let Me Prove", a much more sensual and loose-feeling chunk of Amp Fiddler style deep house-soul. The latter comes accompanied by a tasty, Rhodes-heavy instrumental version.
Review: Under the DJ Butcher alias, George Kelly has turned the Chop Shop imprint into one of the world's most reliable sources of party-starting re-edits, remixes, mash-ups and sample-heavy productions. Hello My Name Is... Chop Shop celebrates the label's successes so far, with a hot-to-trot DJ mix from the man himself being joined by 18 hand picked highlights from the vaults. Tiptoeing the fine line between original scalpel-work (see the high-tempo, summery celebration of Le Visiteur's "Let The Sunshine" and Corsican Brothers' ace "Big Apple Rock"), house-friendly rubs (Sam Palmer's filter-drenched "Hurt Me", an excellent Latin disco-house cut from The Silver Rider), and balls-out, party starting cut-ups (the block party flex of DJ Agent 86), Kelly has curated an excellent selection of peak-time gems.
Review: If you weren't aware already, Yam Who? is one ambitious, tirelessly active chap. First emerging at the turn of the century with some superb edits of poppy R n'b (anyone remember his boogie take on "Frontin" by Pharrell?) the Yam master has gone on to build quite the empire with his Midnight Riot label. The latest MR release reflects his nature, a new mix featuring 20 killer rollerskate jams from friends as well as some outright classics. Highlights include the glistening, chrome-plated funk of George Kelly's "Turn It Up", the sleek and synthy 80s jam "Living A Lie" by Freekwency and the slammin Linn drum freestyle action of "On The Upside (High Drummer edit)" by Wonkar.
Review: George Kelly AKA DJ Butcher - a fine Greek purveyour of soul, funk and boogie edits - is back with another collection of block rocking beats. No guessing who he samples on "Slim Shaddy" over a low slung funk groove. "Happy Moog" goes funky house, utilising that Pino D'Angio sample, and damn well. "You Dont Stop" is a good re-edit of Tom Tom Clubs "Wordy Rappinghood", "Need Some" is a hi-HRG version of "Hot Stuff" and if that wasn't enough, "Black Jeans" is a cheeky remix of you guessed it; Billy Jean by MJ. This collection of hot tracks are all you need for the next hoe down!
Review: Edit deviants Chopshop are here to warm up your summer evenings with their latest split release from a number of familiar faces, all of whom are known for their funky and effective styles. There are five sultry cuts on here, totally groovy and ready for some boogie action, the stand-outs being from the Italian Rollover DJs who turn in the Italo-leaning "Primavera", the driving disco train that is "Billy Groove" by Situation, and the funky, riff-led "Me Touching You" by George Kelly. Do not underestimate this!
Review: Fancy flavours may be all the rage, but there's little more delicious and refreshing on a hot summer's day than a cornet stuffed to the brim with vanilla ice cream. Certainly, that's the view of the guys and gals at Chopshop, who've named their latest collection of party-starting disco and electrofunk jams after the stuff. As usual, there's much to enjoy, from the rubbery bass and twinkling chords of Quincy Jointz and Shaddy's breezy "Rebel On The Run", to the sun-baked disco-house warmth of Brick Fever's "A Lot To Offer". As for George Kelly's title track, we can safely say it's the lick (sorry).
Review: Our Recordings chief George Kelly has spent much of his career flitting between deep house and disco, delivering singles for labels including Audaz and Master Press. Here he pops up on ChopShop with an EP that joins the dots between warm, floor-friendly deep house, classic jazz, disco and a dash of string-laden soul. There's much to admire, from the breezy jazz-breaks fo "Sookie" and hip-wigglin' deep house hustle of "Runaway Jazz", to the stomping, St German style jazz-house of "Cut It One Moment Please", all throbbing drums, intense trumpet solos and sneaky jazz breakdowns. Almost as good is "African Flower", a deliciously organic deep house/jazz fusion.
Review: Although he sounds like he could be a 1940s Hollywood dancer, or indeed a 1950s music hall entertainer, or possibly even a surreal hybrid of both, George Kelly is in fact the label owner of Our Records. He must know what he's doing because one of his first signings is the mighty Chicken Lips. Here we get Kelly's own sultry slice of slinky disco-house, "Tipsy Talkin", with the 'Lips providing two remixes: the club version (sleazy electro-house) and the dub (sizzling electro-disco). Get in!