Review: Javi Frias is rapidly turning into one of Europe's most consistently on-point re-editors. Equally as inspired by funk, soul, disco, boogie and house, the Madrid-based producer has previously released on Street Edits, Giant Cuts, Editorial and Midnight Riot. Here he pops up on Hotbox Boogie with more floor-friendly reworks of overlooked or obscure boogie, street soul and disco-funk gems. While largely re-tooled to suit house dancefloors, Frias' edits pay due reverence to the source material, with cuts such as "Shining Bright" and the superbly soulful "The One" emphasizing the original tracks' killer grooves. Picking a standout track is tough given the high quality threshold throughout, but we're particularly enjoying the heavy, extra-percussive Dub of hands-aloft disco-boogie gem "The Way".
Review: Madrid native and disco devotee Javi Frias comes correct with two quite different tracks on this latest dispatch from his own Night Shift label. 'Just Give It Up' has a chorus reminscent of Sparks' 'Beat The Clock', and similarly comes that place where disco and new wave collide, with the whole track underpinned by a throbbing synth line that suggests the influence of a certain Mr G Moroder, though the full female vocal helps ensure the soul is still in full effect. 'Come On & Take Me', on the other hand, takes a much rawer, more funk-inspired path, complete with male harmonies and brass fanfares.
Review: The first EP on new edit imprint Nightshift Recordings comes from Javi Frias, an experienced scalpel fiend whose rearrangements have previously appeared on Street Edits, Midnight Riot and Giant Cuts. The four reworks here all sound like they've been extensively tried and tested on dancefloors, and tend towards the party-starting variety. The Madrid-based producer wisely keeps things varied, pairing the sweet and groovy "Make It Happen" with the boogie-era gospel disco of "Power". Then, you'll find the sweaty, tooled-up, peak-time disco-house pump of "Gonna Feel So Good" and the punchy, horn-heavy disco-funk swagger of "Hard Edge & Paint"
Review: Spanish funk, soul and disco champion Javi Frias returns with the second release on his Night Shift label, bringing more of that classically informed party-starting business for those who love their classic disco edits. "Tender Feeling" sounds like a perfect transplant from the dancefloor of Studio 54, while "Move To The Groove" is equally entrenched in the finest 70s-styled heat. "Supah Stah" and "Swahili Dance" are equally no slouches when it comes to channeling the best elements of that golden era disco sound - Javi Frias has this music in his blood and anyone that feels the same will be all over this record, dancers and DJs alike.
Review: It feels like barely any time has passed since Javi Frias last set our bags alight with "Just Give It Up", but he's back once more on his own Night Shift with more of those oh-so-cool edits to share with the world. The strain of disco funk he's digging into on this EP is just sublime, particularly with the self-explanatory "Party Music" and sweet string sizzle of "Keep On". Following, there's a fiercer uptempo slant to "So Tight" and a more classic soul feel to "Everything" - one to bring a crowd together in a moment of heartfelt expression whether they know the words or not.
Review: Some 18 months on from the release of the label's first retrospective compilation, Brazilian imprint About Disco presents another bumper selection of floor-filling re-edits, reworks and original productions. With 23 killer cuts to choose from, the collection provides excellent value, particularly when you factor in the eclectic nature of the reworked source material. Compare and contrast, for example, the warm and sticky Afro-disco goodness of NFC and Key Sokur's "Coming From Congo", the bass-heavy disco hustle of "Hihache" by Ozzy and the kaleidoscopic, hard-spun synth-funk brilliance of Rafael Cancian's "Queen of Zanzibar". We're also huge fans of J.B Boogie's gently lolloping and exceedingly loved-up "Love To Love", though we could say the same thing about half a dozen of the other included tracks. Stellar stuff, all told.
Review: Since launching in 2018, Midnight Riot's gospel-fired "Take It To Church" compilation series has proved hugely popular, hence this third volume of re-edits, remixes and sample-heavy original productions. As usual, there's much to set the pulse racing from start to finish, with highlights including the jazz-funk fired soulful house bump of Opolopo's remix of "Follow Me" by Sense of Sound Singers, the gospel disco/disco-house fusion of Sarah Dash's "Something Inside (DJ Spen & Reelsoul Remix)", the rubbery goodness of Carlton Low's 1980s sounding "Peace, Love, Happiness", the gospel-boogie brilliance of Jack Tennis's filter-heavy "Won't You" and the gospel scalpel science that is Divine Situation's superb "Goin' On" re-edit.