Review: Larry Holcombe made his debut as Get To Know in the autumn of 2018, offering up some strobe-lit nu-disco/house fusion on Midnight Riot. Earlier this year CR2 released his latest single, "I Just Love", a cut that's now been given the remix treatment by Kosmo Records regular and recent Club Sweat contributor Phil Fuldner. Channeling the spirit of veteran house producer Mousse T, Fuldner re-casts "I Just Love" as a loopy, French Touch style slab of disco-house rich in Chic style guitars, eyes-closed sing-along male vocal snippets, chunky bass and plenty of filter sweeps. It might not be "Music Sounds Better With You" for a new generation, but it operates in similar sonic territory.
Review: Known to his mum as Larry Holcombe, Get To Know's Facebook page describes his musical influences as '80s boogie, disco, indie and house", and it's fair to say that you can hear all of the above in his latest offering. 'Better Love' is supplied in four mixes: the Radio Edit has naturally been shaped to emphasise the track's poppier elements, the Club Mix will suit more commercial floors, the Babert Remix takes things a little more underground with a throbbing 80s bassline while the standout rub comes from Cuz Electric, who drop the tempo and concentrate even more on the bottom end.
Complicated (Get To Know's Boogie mix) - (4:30) 120 BPM
Complicated (Ash Reynolds remix) - (5:54) 122 BPM
Review: The first single on the brand new label named Future Sound Of Then: brought to you by from Larry Holcombe aka Get To Know. The resident DJ for Shut The Front Door draws heavily on influences from '80s disco on "Complicated", which features vocalist Femi Santiago. It is feel good and summery: that hot guitar solo is a nice touch too! It comes with two remixes: a boogie mix from Get To Know himself which is as lo-down, slo-mo and neon-lit as you like. Then finally a pumpin' house styled mix from Slightly Transformed head honcho Ash Reynolds; injected with a rolling funk bassline and 'hands in the air' piano lines.
Review: Midnight Right's Afrobeat, Afro-funk and Afro-disco inspired "Riot In Lagos" compilation is arguably one of the label's standout releases of the last few years, so it's exciting to hear that volume two is on the way. To give us a taste of what's to come, the Yam Who-helmed imprint has offered up this rock solid sampler. Krewcial kicks things off via the jaunty, sax-heavy brilliance of "Mabina" - a kind of swinging, bass-heavy disco tribute to Fela Kuti - before Get To Know cheerily dance through mid-80s Nigerian boogie/synth-soul pastures on the wonderful "Fugar" re-edit. The EP also boasts two versions of Situation's Afro-centric cut "Wonky": a deep and jazzy Afro-house version by Frank Situation rich in glistening jazz guitar solos, and an even hazier and more hypnotic Mr Mulatto take.
Review: If you like your house music to be big, bold, celebratory and served with lashings of mirrorball-friendly disco flavours, this expansive compilation from CR2 should be right up your alley. It boasts plenty of tracks and remixes from modern masters of the revivalist disco scene (think Dr Packer, the Reflex, Birdee, and Sneaky Sound System) plus bona fide legends of the scene who have been operative since the original days of disco-house in the mid-to-late 1990s (Dimitri From Paris, Mousse T, Lenny Fontana and Rhythm Masters, to name just four). The plentiful highlights include Phil Fuldner's fine rework of Get To Know's chunky "I Just Love", the swirling, string-drenched peak-time rush of Exhibit A's "G Minor", Casual Connection's hybrid electrofunk/nu-disco revision of Sneaky Sound System's "Can't Help The Way I Feel" and the all-action, filter-sporting cheeriness of sometime Greenskeepers man James Curd's ace "Shake Yourself".
Review: As the year comes to a close, labels are naturally offering up celebratory compilations showcasing their strongest releases of 2019. The latest comes from Midnight Riot, a prolific imprint that rarely fails to serve up the fieriest contemporary disco heat. As you'd expect, the 26-track selection includes a blend of superb original productions (the nu-disco soul warmth of Jack Tyson Charles' "Glory", Alton Edwards sweaty, synth-bass propelled boogie-house gem "I Just Wanna Spend Time With You", the swirling disco headiness of Arthur Baker's "Reachin' Out") and re-edits/reworks (Dr Packer's gospel boogie revision "The Power", C Da Afro's disco-funk slammer "Party Purpose" and the suitably celebratory "Boogie On Time" by Ladies On Mars). As you'd expect, the quality threshold remains impressively high throughout.
Review: If you haven't been keeping up with UK disco/funk/boogie merchant Andy Williams AKA Yam Who?'s recent work then here's a chance to get up to speed, as Midnight Riot present the first volume in a two-part collection of his 2019 output. Despite the title, there's only one original production in this set, Jaegerossa collab 'This Man's In Love With You': the rest of the album comprises remixes for the likes of Michael Gray, Jaki Graham, Los Charly's Orchestra and Moussa Clarke, and suffice to say any cuts haven't yet been on heavy rotation at the likes of Horse Meat Disco and Glitterbox soon will be! Contemporary mirrorball vibes at their best.
Review: Midnight Riot serve up 18 tracks that encapsulate the house sound of Ibiza in 2019, with elements of tech-house and (nu) disco and a sprinkling of good old-fashioned vocal podium belters. Arther Baker's opening 'Reachin' (as remixed by Hi-Fi Sean and Yam Who?) is one example of the latter, while techier, struttier pleasures can be found on Benjamin Ferreira's ludicrously funky bass workout 'Aerosol'. Manc veterans DJ Paulette and Chris Massey join forces on another funk-fuelled rumbler, 'Sheroes', while deeper, more soulful vibes await on Jack Tyson Charles's 'Glory'. And if you like the sound of those there are 14 more very playable nuggets from the likes of Birdee, Lenny Fontana and Natasha Kitty Kat to choose from!
Review: With the sun finally making its presence felt in the UK, it seems a fitting time for Slightly Transformed to unleash this epic compilation of "Summer Numbers" - cheery, disco-fired chunks of positivity tailor made for al-fresco sets and celebratory shindigs. Featuring a mixture of tried-and-tested re-edits and sample-heavy original compositions, the 19-track set boasts a pleasingly high number of highlights. These include - but are no way limited to - the talkbox-sporting '80s disco/jazz-funk fusion of Shit Hot Soundsystem's "Be With You", the warm and woozy, synth-laden bliss of Chuggin Edits' "Floating", the slow and steady head-nod of Old Chaps wonderfully soulful "Flight With Love" and the fizzing disco rush of Limpdisco's "Gimme Mo". Get To Know's "Music" - a chunky revision of a jazz-funk era dancefloor destroyer by Dayton - is also excellent.
Review: Midnight Riot's compilations are not only uniformly action-packed, but also offer great value for money. The latest edition in the imprint's ongoing "Disco Made Me Do It" series offers up no less than 25 tried-and-tested cuts to pep up your DJ sets. In keeping with the label's party-starting ethos, there's a good mix of disco-fired house cuts (see Michael Gray's "24/7 People"), revivalist disco-boogie (Qwestlife's remix of Nick Reach Up's "Dreaming"), filter-sporting boogie-house (Ladies On Mars), top-notch disco re-edits (Twism's "What I Know"), Tiger & Woods style loop jams (Motte's "Darkroom Boogie") and party-staring 21st century disco-funk ("Chance" by Rees).