Review: Another set of 'Edits & Sexy Things' from Argentina's Heartbeat Revolutions, coming hot on the heels of September's Vol 1. Those involved have dug deep: Rick J's 'Hot Blooded' and Prinz's 'Up Town' draw on Rick James and Prince, respectively, but the source material for the other three remains a mystery, though the fluttering early 80s funk and chanted vox of label boss Julian Sanza's 'Say Something' have a naggingly familiar feel. Elsewhere, T Hook's 'Indian Girl' is all funk guitar and Native American-style vox, while Butterchops' 'She's The Boss' is another funk chugger with more guitars, analogue-sounding synths, house-y pianos and cut-up female vocal snips.
Review: Veteran producer Julian Sanza from Mar del Plata, Argentina is responsible for an extensive discography under many different aliases like Silver City, Ciudad Feliz, The Spirals, 2020 Soundsystem (with Ralph Lawson) and Cielo 45 among others. His new one for Big Mama Records is "Tunnel Of Tunnel '' featuring some sublime tech/progressive house excursions. From the slinky and hypnotic vibe of "DM2" which also receives two impressive reworks by India's Lola Allen: the deep and dusty Menopause edit, followed by the tribal polyrhythms on the Retrograde Edit. Finally we have the evocative and euphoric slow burner that is the title track.
Juan Soto - "Oh Ziggy, Wil You Ever Win?" - (6:44) 113 BPM
Ilya Santana - "Obscure" - (5:08) 109 BPM
Alex Arcocha - "Take Me Out" - (6:57) 126 BPM
Aimes - "Cafe Disco" - (6:55) 118 BPM
Review: As the title suggests, Spa In Disco's latest multi-artist extravaganza is aimed aquarely at dancefloors, though in these times is more likely to inspire bedroom DJs to dance around their kitchens or living rooms. There's plenty to get the juices flowing amongst the eight tracks on show. Check first the rubbery bass, sparkling pianos and summery nu-disco vibes of Future Feelings' rushing "Bold Drink", before turning your attention to the revivalist Italo-disco chug of Sauco's "Orion" and the hard-wired, acid-flecked analogue chug of Ilya Santana's superb "Obscure". Highlights elsewhere on the EP include the revivalist electrofunk chunkiness of Juan Soto's "Oh Ziggy, Will You Ever Win", the dreamy Balearic breakdowns of Rayko's "Jungle" and the up-beat nu-disco cheeriness of Aimes' "Caf? Disco".
DJ Bee - "No Drama" (Bonetti remix) - (7:41) 123 BPM
Review: "Perspectives" is a new compilation series from Adaption Music that sees respected and up-and-coming DJs gather together some of their favourite deep house releases. Volume one comes courtesy of Yan Gordo, an artist who has been serving up singles (and a sole album, last year's overlooked "Roller Disco") since 2012. There's plenty to get the juices flowing within his action-packed 20-track selection, with highlights including the bouncy, tech-tinged warmth of Julian Sanza's "London Story", the rolling and melodious goodness of Tom Conrad's "Cascaded Jade" (one of a handful of memorable contributions by the producer), the starry peak-time bounce of Demarkus Lewis's "I Had U First (Roland Nights Mix)" and the U.S garage influenced deep house soul of Gordo's own "Take It Easy".
Review: Silver City/The Spirals veteran Sanza links up with NYC label AntiDEEPressant for his latest opus, which comes complete with remixes from Vincent Inc & LA and Christian Lamper. Sanza's original is a deep, druggy chugger that sits right on the deep house/disco cusp, with a lil' hint of prog to boot. A much more straight-up disco sensibility informs Vincent Inc & LA's remix, which comes dripping in funk geetar chops, while Lamper opts for a dreamier, more late-night vibe. Vincent Inc & LA's rub is the obvious pick for disco lovers, then, but all three takes are eminently playable.
Review: Hearty congratulations to Rayko, whose Rare Wiri label has just turned ten. To celebrate the label's decade in dance, the Spanish producer has put together this fittingly fine collection of archive cuts. It features no re-edits, just original tracks and associated remixes. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the Clavinet-sporting crunchiness of Limpdisco's compilation-opening "Moving To '70s" and Spiritcatcher's D-Train style NYC boogie revision of Julian Sanza's "Can't Stop The Feeling", to the jazz funk-flecked deep house/disco fusion of Nowsense's "Smile" and Situation's wonderfully atmospheric electro-acid revision of James Rod's "Disco Rocket". Naturally, there are plenty of Rayko tracks and remixes dotted throughout, including a wonderfully spacey and bass-heavy take on Ilya Santana's "Electrik Mind".
Review: Ukrainian label Manuscript has enlisted the services of a trio of top talents to remix Crimean studio don Vincent Inc's "Abstract Life" single. Julian Sanza steps up first, delivering a driving chunk of dub-disco/deep house fusion rich in sparkling synthesizer lines, sun-kissed chords and his own rubbery post-punk bass. U.S deep house veterans Mateo and Matos wrap drifting vocal samples, lilting electronics and warm Fender Rhodes chords around a chunky groove on their fine interpretation, while DJ Ra-Soul opts for a brighter and breezier deep house vibe on a remix that benefits greatly from a squeezable synth bassline and some undulating TB-303 style acid motifs.
Review: What better way to celebrate a decade in business than by getting Chicago deep house legend Larry Heard to select and mix a double-disc compilation of label highlights? Hats off, then, to Rebirth, who managed to persuade Mr Fingers himself to deliver his first commercially available DJ mix. As you'd expect from both label and DJ, it's a wonderfully atmospheric and melodious affair, with Heard selecting and blending emotion-rich tracks and mixes from Chromatic Filters, Bocca Grande, NuFrequency, Tevo Howard, Motor City Drum Ensemble and James Teej. The first disc, in which Heard races through 28 tracks in just over 70 minutes, is particularly memorable.
Review: Hot on the heels of former Silver City man Julian Sanza's Can't Stop The Feeling EP comes this hot-to-trot remixed version. Belgian boogie revivalists Spirit Catcher steal the show with a wonderfully bouncy, positive and synthesizer-heavy reinterpretation of the title track, while Ilya Santana joins the dots between punk-funk, Balearica and Italo-disco on his stellar rework of "Cannot Dance". Elsewhere, Phunktastike press the big purple button marked "nu disco" and deliver a throbbing-but-wavy take on "Yayaya", before Yam Who turns the musicality up to maximum on his attractive remix of "Sunset". Happily, there's not a duffer in sight, but plenty of dancefloor-ready goodness.