Review: 'Balearic' was never meant to be a genre: originally, it was about playing all different kinds of music regardless of genre. The latest 'Cafe Del Mar' comp recently reminded us all of that and now, just to underline the point, here comes Vol 6 in Midnight Riot's 'Balearic Headspace' series, which packs in everything from Hi-Fi Sean's deep acid bubbler 'Sunshine Dub' to Amma's fine, fragile and near-bruk Sade cover, via ultra-mellow piano house from Hypnotic Lovers, spaced-out midtempo boogie from Shalvoy, 80s Europop stylings courtesy of Frank Karma and more besides... including, yes, a very 'Balearic', female-sung Steve Miller Band cover from Dominic Dawson.
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).
Review: Fresh from scoring a summer club hit with his Crystal Waters-sporting gospel-house smasher "Testify" (re-released in July by Defected with a swathe of fresh reworks), Hifi Sean once again joins forces with Las Vegas-based chum Shalvoy for a second serving of Slipped Discs on Midnight Riot. As with the material showcased on volume one, these are not re-edits, but rather club tracks that cleverly combine elements from familiar disco and boogie jams with their own beats and musical flourishes. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the hard-wired, proto-house jack of Andre Espeut collaboration" Get Down" and thrusting Italo-disco sleaziness of "Jumpy" and "Charlie", to the Konk-in-space heaviness of hypnotic late night roller "Kinky".
Testify (Luke Solomon's Body edit) - (5:33) 125 BPM
Review: "Testify" is part gospel anthem, part joyful house workout; a perfectly formed song with a heart that reaches out to move you. Originally released in 2016 on Sean's own Plastique Recordings, the track has grown and hooked fans organically, making the playlist at BBC Radio 2 and taking on a life of its own. Signed to Defected in 2017, the label wasted no time in delivering a killer remix package. Steve Mac takes the track underground with industrial drums and a killer four to the floor beat. Tom Stephan aka Superchumbo introduces a Latin flavour into his dub version with syncopated drum work and a beefed up bassline that takes the original's gospel elements up a few gears. Finally to complete the package is an original extended version, with two bonus minutes of the uplifting instrumental bridge.
Review: Having recently delivered a killer 12" with P-funk legend Bootsy Collins, Hifi Sean joins forces with Las Vegas-based New Yorker Peter Shalvoy on Midnight Riot. The experienced twosome delivers a quartet of floor-friendly cuts that gleefully blur the boundaries between disco re-edits, loopy disco-house, and the kind of sample-heavy, cut-up dancefloor fare championed by Tiger & Woods. Our pick of the bunch is probably the slo-mo disco-funk sleaze of "Femme", with the similarly dubby, low-slung and trippy "Kids" (a significantly scrambled rework of a familiar classic) not far behind. Those seeking more up-tempo, peak-time thrills should check the Italo disco-tinged throb of "Soviet", or the hypnotic dancefloor pressure of "Darling".