Review: A Tokyo-based, Melbourne-born producer with over ten years industry experience, JSquared has of late been enjoying success as a disco re-edit meister (the likes of Kraak & Smaak having been including his work in their sets). Here he drops a new reworked version of Sharon Redd's "Never Gonna Give You Up". As you can expect it's a total '80s synth-funk explosion of leather tracksuits, perms, big sharp snares and bigger vocals. So in other words: party dynamite!
Review: Combine influences of Daft Punk, Ed Banger's Breakbot and Justice, with some chunked up disco beats, guitar licks, cosmic synths and vocoded vocals - like JSquared's done for Alpaca Edits - and you have a bona fide dancefloor bomb. Justice (get it) and homage is done to The Ol'Jays 1983 original, "Put Our Heads Together" which is rip-roaring enough, but if you're after that contemporary touch of modernism, this the edit.
Review: An Aussie in Japan with a worryingly intense obsession with early 80s boogie, Jsquared is not your average nu-disco producer. This of course is a good thing, because, well, he knows those grooves like no other. His latest missive is "Don't Stop", which takes a killer slap bass and glitter vintage disco-boogie jam and adds some bang up to date thump. Result? A seriously slammin' retro floorfiller.
Review: Yam Who?, London's resident nu-disco heroes, are taking a step with the duo's Ism label looking to the far east and a whole new sound for their latest signing. This new addition to their roster being Jsquared aka the Tokyo-based artist John Enston and singer Honami 'Amy' Furuhara. "Dangerlove" is a smoothly produced slice classy...Europop in which Enston and Amy gently duet over a tropical beat that even touches on sunkissed RnB vibes. Remixes include the Autocycle version, which starts with a killer guitar riff and builds into dreamy arpeggiated disco and Yam Who?s own's piano house rework. Cool.
Review: Dealing strictly in extended collections, Funk Fusion continues its extensive work into 2015 with a 22-track compendium of killer edits, bootlegs and reversions. With an emphasis on fine-tuned, low-swung party jams; highlights include the subtle acid treatment of En Vogue ("Get It"), silky, synth-slapping disco boogie ("Mistery Island"), badass blue grass ("Bluesy Bounce"), Chic-style Public Enemy subversion ("Funky Enemy Number One") and smoke-stacked skank science ("Method Man"). Fusion by name, funky by nature: no party should be without this collection.
Review: York-based soul/funk label claims "we make what we like in headphones come out the big speakers" and we like the way they think! There's a who's who on here who give credit to the edit. The Perth, Australia legend that is Greg "Dr." Packer features with the funky "Shane's Got The Power" and teams up with Mr Rhodes on "Comin' Off" which is a smoother ride on the soul train. Fellow Aussie Casual Connections serves us with boogie vibes of "Your Love" while loveable pranksters Alfa Flite give us the smooth re-edit of soul queen Sade on "Nothing" among others.
Review: ISM's tenth anniversary celebrations tend towards the epic, with the Yam Who-helmed label serving up a series of bulging retrospective compilations stacked to the rafters with imprint highlights, dancefloor hits and overlooked gems. This second selection boasts 24 more tried-and-tested ISM classics, from the rubbery disco-funk bounce of Birdee's "Chemistry" and the synth-laden electrofunk revivalism of Qwestlife's D-Train style revision of "Streetlife" by Natasha Watts, to the spiraling Balearic disco throb of Pete Herbert's killer remix of Gemini Brothers' "Jeckermich" and the piano-powered nu-disco-soul of Rocco Raimundo's "Higher Lovin", featuring the smooth vocals of Stee Downes. Other highlights include the boogie-soul revivalism of Sweetooth's "Make Believe" and the hypnotic deep house/electrofunk fusion that is Mark E's fine revision of Heion's "Follow Me".