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".
Review: The third edition in Midnight Riot's White Isle-friendly compilation series arrives right on time for the summer and brings back a huge package full of sublime cosmic & spiritual soundtrack from around the globe. No surprises from the label, it's packed with hypnotic delights with touches of blue eyed soul, slo mo disco and tropical low slung groovers. Upping the standard it contains unreleased tracks & Balearic revisions from many of the Midnight Riot crew featuring Shalvoy & Hifi Sean, FSQ, Jack Priest, Northern Souls, Chewy Rubs, Dim Zach, Chuggin' Edits & Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia) plus loads more all curated by label boss Yam Who?
Review: The second edition in Midnight Riot's White Isle-friendly compilation series arrives some eight months after its predecessor, right in the midst of a long Ibizan summer. Predictably, it's a fine collection of steamy, sultry, sun-kissed fare, with highlights including the Rhodes-heavy jazz-funk bliss of Mushrooms Project's "Rivea Corymbosa", the gently dubbed-out dancefloor shuffle of "Kids" by Shelvoy and Hi-Fi Sean, and the loose and loved up haziness of White Elephant's brilliant "Up For Air". Throw in brilliant contributions from the likes of JazzyFunk, Joe Morris, Yam Who, Jon Dorsey and Joutro Mundo, and you have an essential collection of horizontal treats and saucer-eyed shufflers.