Review: A decade has now passed since George Kelly established the Chopshop imprint as an outlet for goodtime grooves, sneaky reworks and club-ready re-edits that blur the boundaries between disco and house. To celebrate the fact, he's gathered together some of his label highlights on an expansive compilation. It's arguably best enjoyed via his action-packed DJ mix, which is tucked away at the end of the collection, though DJs will delight at the sheer volume and quality of the unmixed cuts on offer. Our favourites include the rubbery bounce of HP Vince's appropriately titled "Funky Disco Party", Kelly's killer Marlena Shaw revision ("Raised In The Ghetto"), the bustling funky house pleasures of HP Vince and Dave Leatherman's "Back 2 The Old Skool (House Mix)") and the disco-rap goodness of Captain Futuro's "Club Warzone".
Review: All we could find out about the mysterious J.B. Boogie is that he is from Athens and definitely has credentials - when you consider that he has released on tastemaker labels such as local imprint ChopShop, Springbok, SpinCat and now London's Midnight Riot who present his new Forbidden Kiss EP. The funky disco loops of the title track are evidence of a respectful edit that at the same time does not forego DJ functionality: with that absolutely epic brass section this is your next secret weapon. "Like It" is a lo-slung boogie number for long hot sexy nights and the way he works that low pass filter throughout: gives it an absolute midas touch. Finally "Never Stop" is another fine piece of edit action and this one is a real treasure that was well worthy of a modern revision. Nice one!
Review: With 15 tracks from nine different artists, this is the first compilation from Disco Fruit, making it the ideal opportunity to get acquainted with the Serbian label - or just great value for money if you're in search of some fine contemporary disco, funk and boogie grooves. Ranging from the sprightly jazz-house of Munky Five's 'Peace Of Jazz' to the Fatback funk of Mike Woods 'Get What You Need Y'All', via the Parliament/Zapp-esque squelch of JB Boogie's 'Party Underground', the attitude-y disco-house strut of Jack Roy & Peitzke's 'On The House' with its Scissor Sisters-ish vocal and Hiva's cheeky 'Superfreak'-biting 'Yea Yeah', there's no shortage of mirror ball goodness here.