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".
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".