Review: Three complementary but contrasting cuts make up this latest salvo from Greek disco regular JB Boogie. Up first is 'Motel', a jazz-tinged 70s-style funker with gloriously sleazy sax work and a nagging lil' guitar-and-bass figure at its heart. Next, to drag us onto the disco floor, comes 'Music Play', a more sumptuous, sophisticated and string-drenched affair - the kind of thing you imagine you might have heard through a quaalude haze at Plato's Retreat. And then completing the package is 'About Love', a slower, more contemplative cut that sits somewhere between soul and jazz-funk and sports some fine chorus'd male/female vox.
Review: Time now to take a saunter down the funkier side of the street, in the company of the ever-dependable J.B. Boogie. 'Non Stop' itself gets the ball rolling, a brass-tastic slab of Blaxploitation-style funk given the very lightest of disco-house top coats. There are no such concessions to contemporary floor appeal on 'Next Step', a lounge-y, jazz-funk- tinged and very late 70s-sounding affair that'd sound great in the First Class departure lounge while you await the 22.15 shuttle to Mars, while finally there's 'Ko Ko', which is dense and shuffle-y and comes toting brass, flutes and a nice hefty bottom-end.
Review: Here we have the second full-length outing from Giannis Mpizas AKA J.B. Boogie, following 2018's 'Funky People', but as he's released about 27,000 EPs in the intervening three years, you should have a pretty good idea what to expect! The Greek producer is more about faithful homages to the sounds of the 70s and 80s than he is about cutting edge sonic experiments, but that's by no means a criticism: the "if it ain't broke" rule often applies when it comes to moving bodies on dancefloors and as such you'll find plenty of solid club ammunition here, whether you're after squelchy, brassy funk ('Fela's', 'Play'), early 80s boogie vibes ('Lovely Day', 'Jam To Boogie') or gloriously camp disco proper ('Run To Me', 'Music On').
Review: Greek producer J.B. Boogie comes to Hot Gorilla with a couple of nifty lil' re-edits here. 'Magic Music' is a re-working of Karen Young's 1983 boogie gem 'You Don't Know What You Got', complete with nice squelchy bassline, 80s-sounding stabs and synth-strings and soaring sax wails, while 'In My Mind' reaches back a little further in time to plunder Archie Bell & The Drells' string-drenched 1979 Philly International cut 'Strategy'. The man from Athens takes a very light-touch approach to both, meaning if you already own the originals you could just play those: if you don't, though, these two'll do just fine!