Review: Now based in Boston, Massachussetts, British producer Ben Adams AKA GMGN (the name stands for 'good morning, good night') serves up five solid tracks for Midnight Riot, most of which have something of a late 90s/early 00s filter disco feel. 'That Feelin'' centres around a fluttering six-string riff, 'You Are My Love' foregrounds a female vocal sample, 'Let It Go' is a deeper, funkier groove, 'I'm The One' loops up AOR-ish samples in a Balearic kinda way and then finally 'Train To Love' is a slower, chuggier cut that brings the EP to a hazy, looping close.
Review: Those with good memories may remember GMGN's first outing on Midnight Riot, 2015's Striped Red EP. It was something of a party-starting affair, with the Boston-based producer gleefully joining the dots between surging house, dusty disco, and punchy, electro-influenced breaks. This follow-up is similar in ethos, but sticks more closely to a sample heavy disco-house blueprint. First he works the filters hard on sweet shuffler "Check That Attitude", before letting the orchestration and vocals flow on the similarly minded "The Feeling's Right" (which, it seems, doffs a rather large cap to Michael Jackson). Finally, he reaches for the rubbery disco-funk bass on the chunky, undercover bounce of "In The Groove".
Review: Boston, Massachusetts-based Brit Ben Adams has previously contributed tracks to Midnight Riot compilations, so it's little surprise to see him being given a full EP on which to showcase his wares. Under the GMGN guise, Adams has developed a sound that joins the dots between surging, party-friendly house, disco re-edits, and punchy, electro-influenced breaks. That fun-time, floor-friendly blend is evident through the five tracks here, from the sweaty bump of opener "Make Lemons Not War", to the bustling, bass music-influenced disco-house throb of "Senior Runner". Arguably the best of a strong bunch of "Striped Red", which sees Adams' make merry with weighty beats, crunchy looped guitars, tweaked filter effects and some seriously heavy horn solos.
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: 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're after a near faultless selection of peak-time ready house and disco jams, this special Amsterdam Dance Event compilation from Yam Who's Black Riot could just be the ticket. There's a good mixture of fresh floor-fillers - see the sample-heavy, boompty style Chicago house pulse of The Phantom Revenge's "Workout Music", Phonik D's piano-laden disco-house romp "Talking Vintage" and the smooth, life-affirming deep house warmth of Thatmanmonkz's hazy revision of Amp Fiddler's "Your Love Is All I Need" - and recent revisions of classic cuts. In this category you've find a superb Hi-Fi Sean revision of Psychotropic's rave-era anthem "Hypnotic", a sparkling Kiko Navarro re-make of Kenny "Jammin" Jason's "Can U Dance 2015" and a wonderful, filter-sporting disco-house take on CN Williams "Mr Bump Man" by Yam Who and Jaegerossa.