Review: Given that Furious Mandrill is based in Cancun, we were rather surprised to learn that the label has not previously released any edits or original productions by Mexico's most storied disco artist, Hotmood. This rock-solid two-tracker, the eighteenth volume in their Mandrill Cuts edit series, sets the record straight. First up is 'Positive Energy', a gently beefed-up slab of disco-funk heaviness rich in psychedelic organ sounds, bold bass, Afrobeat horns and clipped guitars. Arguably even better is 'Carnaval', a wilder and sweatier revision in which mazy Hammond lines, sharp funk guitar riffs and rising horn lines leap above a weighty, fill-heavy drum track. The edit is certainly accurately titled, as it feels like a bona-fide, carnival-ready party-starter.
Review: Mexican (nu) disco stalwart Hotmood serves up two complimentary but contrasting cuts on his own Discoweey imprint. In the red corner we have 'Away From You', a summery, uplifting near-instrumental that blends disco-house and sunny Balearica and that's driven by a warping, heavily effected bassline and an incessant piano riff, with vibes coming out to play in the mid-section. The accompanying 'Spill The Wine' treads a chunkier, funkier path, and busts out a flute halfway through to give it that mid-70s Harlem feel. Both tracks have a Dave Lee-esque kinda feel, and both will get 'em moving for sure.
Review: Over the past five years Mexico's Guillermo Gonzalez Santana, better known as Hotmood, had dropped a good 30 or so singles/EPs on a number of imprints including Tonbe's Disco Fruit, who now round up his previous output for the label in album form. Regular disco buyers may have most of what's here in their collections already, then, but if you've yet to get acquainted this is the perfect opportunity to do so, with standouts including the irresistible lil' jazzy, funky hip-wriggler that is 'Mr Funkyman', the laidback, handclap-tastic disco groove of 'My Disco Collection' and the looping cut-up soul of 'Clean Cuts'.