Spiteri Meets Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel - "The Power Of Disco" - (6:10) 120 BPM
C. Da Afro - "Time To Boogie" - (5:55) 120 BPM
Monsieur Van Pratt - "Space Funk" - (5:48) 122 BPM
Stephen Richards - "The Time Is Now" - (6:09) 121 BPM
J&M Brothers - "Loca Funk" - (6:04) 119 BPM
Review: Nine highly enjoyable slices of contemporary funk and disco here courtesy of Fran Deeper's Mallorca-based Spa In Disco. Some of the artists are well-known, at least in the appropriate circles (C Da Afro, Funk District, Monsieur Van Pratt); some are less so, while there's one genuine first-gen survivor in the form of Spiteri, a legendary Venezuelan player who gave London's 70s disco scene a dose of Latin flava. Don't expect too much in the way of radical reinvention - these grooves are so faithful to the sounds of the 70s that we had to check a few of 'em weren't actually 40 years old! - but the standard throughout is impeccable.
Review: If you're after a near faultless selection of peak-time ready house and disco jams, this special Amsterdam Dance Event compilation from Yam Who's Black Riot could just be the ticket. There's a good mixture of fresh floor-fillers - see the sample-heavy, boompty style Chicago house pulse of The Phantom Revenge's "Workout Music", Phonik D's piano-laden disco-house romp "Talking Vintage" and the smooth, life-affirming deep house warmth of Thatmanmonkz's hazy revision of Amp Fiddler's "Your Love Is All I Need" - and recent revisions of classic cuts. In this category you've find a superb Hi-Fi Sean revision of Psychotropic's rave-era anthem "Hypnotic", a sparkling Kiko Navarro re-make of Kenny "Jammin" Jason's "Can U Dance 2015" and a wonderful, filter-sporting disco-house take on CN Williams "Mr Bump Man" by Yam Who and Jaegerossa.
Review: Spain's J&M Brothers co-own the Good Stuff Recordings label, but here they come to London's uber-hip Midnight Riot, bringing two fine slices of contemporary, sample-based funk action with 'em. 'Work It Out' centres around fluttering funk guitars and a "we can work it out" vocal sample, while brass fanfares buried discreetly in the mix keep the funk factor high without it being too obvious or cheesy. The accompanying 'Party Time' revisits a "get up... it's party time!" vocal sample that'll be familiar to lovers of classic NYC garage, pairing it with a jaunty looped, Wild Cherry-ish six-string lick.
Review: If you're looking for spaced-out disco and tropical-flavoured deep house music, then the J&M Brothers are most certainly a safe bet. The pair have released heaps of quality EPs all over the shop, and they're now on the excellent Midnight Riot with two sparkly nuggets of summer dance. "Moving Theory" is a pure driver, the sort of tune that carries enough bass-weight and groove to drag the party on till' the early hours; "Sexy", as you'd imagine, strums a funky, twisted boogie bass over non-stop 4/4 beats and that irresistible glitterball charm. Fans of Bohannon, please take note...