Review: Spain's Rare Wiri serve up four disco/nu-disco cuts that aren't actually as Latin-leaning as the title may lead you to believe. Label boss Rayko and Fran Deeper join forces on a cover of The Steve Miller Band's classic 'Abracadabra' that has a few flamenco guitar flourishes at the start, sure, and the panpipes that grace Hotmood's 'Rapture' (NB: not the Blondie track) hint at South/Central American influences, but elsewhere Cuz Electric's 'Got The Feeling' is a sleazy electric disco-funker with an early 80s feel while Monsieur Von Pratt's 'Tonight' is sheer late 70s NYC exuberance. So check for this whether you're a Latin lover or not!
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Editorial's multi-artist edit missives, namely refined party-starting fodder that puts the needs of dancefloors first and foremost. That's certainly what Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee serve up on the bustling, bass-heavy Afro-funk style madness of the first of five "Dope Licks" on the long running label's latest EP. Hotmood's string-powered disco-funk bubbler "Worldwide" also hits the heights thanks to punchy horns and rolling, beefed-up beats, while Levantine's "Right On" is a rolling and relaxed exercise in filter-sporting disco-house grooves. Elsewhere, Melon Bomb's "Sweet Jam" makes merry with rubbery beats, jazzy bass guitar, dubbed-out vocal snippets and clipped funk guitars, while Alex Zuiev's "Get Lifted" offers the perfect balance between Idjuts style dub disco madness and toe-tipping disco-house chunkiness.
Review: More multi-artist action from the effervescent Editorial label, a stable that has consistently delivered some of the strongest re-edits, remixes and reworks of the last few years. The imprint's most storied outfit, Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee, kick things off with the lolloping, piano-heavy disco positivity of "Spirit Power" - where sampled female speech provides an interesting focal point - while slow disco stalwart Duff Disco delivers the head-nodding, toe-tapping warm-up warmth of "Burning Hot". Elsewhere, Hotmood ups the heat and tempo on the P-funk-fired stomp of "I Was Born in Mexico" and Alex Zuiev lightly beefs up a swirling peak-time disco jam on EP standout "I Feel Funky".
Review: We may not be able to gather to dance outdoors under a blazing sun or a blanket of stars, but there's no harm in a little musical daydreaming. That's what the latest multi-artist Ravenelli Disco Club release is all about: summery escapism that comes with a big dollop of rush-inducing disco release. Ethyene sets the tone with the colourful boogie-house fusion of "Let Love" - all twinkling synth motifs, echoing percussion hits, thickset grooves and hazy vocal samples - before Carlo raises the temperature via some jazzy deep house heaviness in the vein of Derrick Carter's "boompty" era. Over on side B, Hotmood's "Magical Flight" is a surging, string-drenched disco-house roller, while Rees' "The Way You Mood" is a tooled-up take on what sounds like a classic Philadelphia International cut.
Review: Four varied slices of contemporary disco make up this EP from Mexican producer Hotmood. 'Dance Spirit', in its Original form, shows distinct influences from Mexican music (trumpets feature prominently, for a start), while George Feely's Energy Mix is reminiscent of gypsy swing from a decade or so back, but with an NY house breakdown in the middle. There are Latin touches too to 'Don't Leave Me', though 70s soul would be the obvious touchstone here, while finally 'To The Sky' is a slab of uplifting disco-funk that to these ears sounds a little like Lipps Inc given a house-ified makeover.
Review: Based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Hotmood made his name on the re-edits scene but has been turning out more original productions of late, two fine examples of which can be found on this new EP for his own Discoweey imprint. 'Dance With Me' is a sprightly, string-led slice of disco euphoria that's got dancefloor energy by the bucketload, if you can handle the slightly cheesy, Euro-style harmonised vocal. The killer, though, is 'What's Going On Here', a low-slung funk bass workout topped with snatches of spoken vocal - a track that speaks directly to the hips and ass, and will drag both onto the dancefloor in 30 seconds flat!
Review: Guillermo Gonzalez is in fine form on his first Hotmood outing for Chopshop, which follows a string of self-released singles and solid EPs for Star Creature, Giant Cuts and Disco Fruit. Opener "Arabian Affair" somehow manages to sound both loose and groovy, and locked and sweaty, with the Mexican producer successfully tooling up and reworking an obscure slab of flute-sporting Middle Eastern disco. "I'm Going Home" boasts similarly addictive, low-slung drums and bass, both of which help Gonzalez re-frame a disco-funk number as a hypnotic slab of dub disco heaviness. Like it's predecessor, it offers the right balance between heads-down hedonism and righteous dancefloor release.
Review: Hotmood's two-track edit missives on their Discoweey imprint have yet to disappoint. In fact, it could be argued that each successive release has been stronger than its predecessor. The imprint's 15th release is certainly special; opener "De-Cocktail", in particular, boasts exactly the right balance of infectiousness, heaviness and headiness. It's a largely instrumental affair that combines ear-catching disco orchestration with chunky drums and a synth bassline so squeezable you'll want to take it home to meet your parents. Virtual flipside "You Are My Baby", a swirling slab of rolling disco-house crafted from cut glass strings, looped vocal samples and bumpin' drums, is almost as impressive.
Review: It's been three years since the last installment in the "Giant Cuts Presents" series, so this fiery and funky four-tracker from Mexican hero Hotmood is long overdue. He's naturally in fine form, brilliantly joining the dots between loopy disco edits, James Brown and groovy deep house on tasty opener "The Rhythm Is There", before serving up a slightly deeper flavour of disco-house on the dewy-eyed bounce of "My Darling (Dina)". Doc Jam does his best Tiger & Woods impression on his loopy and life-affirming house revision of "The Rhythm Is There", while closing cut "Tropical Space" is an inspired fusion of jazz-funk, disco-house and evocative tropical jazz samples that's as summery as test match cricket, family barbecues and disappointing package holidays to half-built Spanish seaside resorts.
Review: Four months on from his last outing, Guillermo "Hotmood" Gonzalez returns to the Discoweey label he established in 2018 with another two-track treat. Opener "Disco Love" is a bouncy peak-time treat, with Gonzalez adding bumpin' house beats, mazy synth solos and lashings of production trickery to an on-point rework of Donna Summer classic "Love To Love You Baby". In contrast, virtual B-side "Four On The Floor" provides a rolling and locked-in interpretation of a fine slice of jazz-funk/disco fusion rich in evocative electric piano solos, Herbie Hancock style synthesizer wizardry and hazy spoken word samples.
Review: Since delivering the debut release on their Discoweey imprint last November, Hotmood has preferred to showcase the work of other like-minded producers, namely Selva, Hurlee and the amusingly named Monsieur Van Pratt. This return to their own label is, then, well overdue. They start in typically confident fashion via "Touch Me", a rubbery, synth-bass powered chunk of disco-house cheeriness rich in razor sharp string lines, Chic style guitars and dewy-eyed female vocal samples. It sounds like a tried-and-tested peak-time workout, and most likely is. Virtual B-side "Get It Baby", meanwhile, is a funky little wiggler that expertly chops and loops a quirky, solo-laden chunk of mid-tempo disco-funk silliness.
Review: Even by the standards of the disco edit scene, where producers and scalpel fiends think nothing of chucking out new EPs left, right and centre, Hotmood Man Guillermo Gonzalez is impressively prolific. Unlike some of his contemporaries, though, his high standards never split. There's naturally plenty to admire on this return to Disco Fruit, from the baggy-but-bouncing brilliance of "Afro Vibrations" - all lolloping beats, Fela Kuti style sax solos, layered percussion and rich Afro-funk guitars - to the humid and sun-kissed chug of "Tropical", which appears to mix samples lifted from a cover of a well-known jazz-funk jam with warm and wozzy new instrumentation. Also impressive is "Shiny Stockings", a loopy, boogie-driven jam that sits somewhere between Tiger & Woods and Nang-style nu-disco.
Review: Guillermo Gonzalez continues to churn out the hits at a furious rate. This tasty EP on Disco Fruit follows two other missives last month (one EP on Empire Studio, the other on Poetry in Motion) and marks the Hotmood man's sixth release of 2018. He begins with the loose and undulating, Herb Alpert-goes-house warmth of "Let's Ride", before turning a chunky Latino roller into a weighty slab of bass-heavy mid-tempo house on EP standout "Mr Funkyman". Elsewhere, "My Disco Collection" sees him re-cast an obscure disco-funk cut as a rolling disco-house loop jam, while "Clean Cuts" is a subtly beefed up take on a sweet and sultry soul cut from the 1960s.
Review: Hotmood - known to his nearest and dearest as Guillermo Gonzalez - seems to be in a rich vein of form. This outing on Poetry In Motion follows hot on the heels of acclaimed outings on Editorial and Whiskey Disco. As usual, there's plenty of blurring the boundaries between re-editing, remixing and original composition, with opener "The Drum Beat" smothering a metronomic house groove in jazzy electric piano solos, lilting orchestration, heady female choral vocals and rubbery disco bass. The breezy, superior disco-house vibe continues on "Flying Sample", where looped and chopped strings and horns cluster around a rock solid mid-tempo groove, while "I Don't Want Nobody" is a bluesy and summery disco shuffler.
Review: Following a superb outing on Whiskey Disco earlier in the year, Guillermo "Hotmood" Gonzalez returns to Editorial with his first EP for the label in almost two years. First up you'll find "Don't Care", a rolling and summery chunk of string-laden disco warmth with added house chops, before Gonzalez brilliantly reworks a hazy (un-credited) disco-funk classic by putting extra emphasis on the track's mazy saxophone solos. More disco sweetness is provided in the form of the head-in-the-clouds dancefloor bliss of "I Can Be You", before the producer doffs a cap to Tiger and Woods on the loopy Latin disco/deep house fusion of closer "You Can't Play That".
Review: Having made his name with a string of fine rework releases on the acclaimed Tugboat Edits imprint, Guillermo "Hotmood" Gonzalez makes his first appearance on Whiskey Disco. Disco De Los Muertos ("Disco of the dead", if our Spanish is up to scratch) is predictably full of cheeky dancefloor moments that should appeal to both house and disco DJs alike. Our pick of the bunch is probably the low-slung "Playing The Groove For An Hour", where fizzing synth stabs ride a ridiculously rubbery slap bass riff and rolling house groove. That said, the deeper and dreamier "The Camel" is rather good, while the horror-tinged Mexican funk-goes-house fare stretched across the A-side is both rock solid and highly playable.
Review: Mexican producer Hotmood can usually be relied upon to bring the goods, and so it proves on this tasty new four-tracker for SFSB Recordings. We're particularly enjoying lolloping opener "Let's Get It", where jammed-out synthesizer and Clavinet motifs rise above a supple groove, though loopy, housed-up re-edit "Last Soul" is also rather tasty. "The G Groove" sees him reach for the filters and deliver a slinky, bass-heavy take on a lesser-known disco-funk cut, while "Keep on Dancing" chops and rearranges a punchy, horn-heavy cut previously re-edited by Todd Terje some years back. The edits and loops are quite short, leading to a version that feels more suitable for house dancefloors than straight-up disco ones.
Review: Hotmood may well be the hardest-working outfit in the nu-disco scene right now. The Mexican combo have already accrued a sizeable discography and show no signs of slowing down. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy on their latest outing for Nomada. There are three tasty original cuts to choose from: the lolloping mid-tempo disco cheeriness of "Disco Flava", the sleazy and sweltering "Brazilian Groove" and the sublime, jazz-flecked summer sunshine that is "Psychomania". To complete another strong package, Felipe Gordon delivers a bouncy and loopy, peak-time disco-house rub of "Disco Flava", before Discoholycs invite us to bathe in sunshine via a deep but groovy, jazz-house-propelled tweak of "Psychomania".
Review: Mexican combo Hotmood now has a sizeable discography under their belt, with releases on a clutch of well-regarded labels - think Editorial and Ganbette, for starters - offering proof of their 'rising star' status. This outing on Masterworks Music is predictably strong, too. Check, for example, the punchy Tijuana brass, lolloping beats and undulating disco bass of opener "Funjazoul", or the tasty edit action of "Hundred of Times", where a hustling disco-funk number, complete with rich electric piano chords, slick guitar riffs and rubbery bass, is expertly looped up and rearranged. They finish with a flourish, too, upping the ante on the bouncy, peak-time disco-funk pump of "Let Me Hear You Say Yeah", which sounds like a tried and tested party-starter.