Review: "Loving U More", the title track from label-hopping Norwegian Kellini's first EP for Midnight Riot, sounds like a long lost chunk of breezy, life-affirming '80s soul. The track's stylistic authenticity is particularly evident on the vocal version, where Sweetooth singer Sarah Lazonby chirps seductively over a Jam and Lewis influenced backing track. It's backed by a terrific dub version, in which Paul Withey's superb synths and sumptuous guitar flourishes happily take centre stage. Elsewhere, "Trampoline" is the kind of low-slung, boogie influenced dub disco affair you'd half expect to hear from fellow Norsemen Todd Terje and Prins Thomas, while "Meitemark" blends the low-slung heaviness of dub disco with the camp throb of Italo-disco.
Review: Norway's Kellini has been tentatively branching out from his safe enclave at the Walking Disco label, dipping his toe of late in the waters of new and different labels like Thunder Jam and now, Hot Digits. Its been good for him to stretch his creative legs, with this new five track EP a case in point. Displaying a newfound maturity, highlights of the release include the West End Records-style warm boogie of "Varighet", the title track's raunchy arpeggiated knees up and the moody electro-funk of "Landomrader". Quality retro dancefloor vibes.
Review: Waking Disco regular Kellini is Thunder Jam's newest recruit. For his first outing on the prolific label, the Norwegian producer has delivered an impressive, seven-track selection that serves as a superb advert for his production and musicianship. There are no edits here, just original tracks laden with fuzzy electric bass, clipped guitars and thickset vintage synth sounds. There's naturally much to admire throughout, from the breezy, melodious and floor-friendly title track and low-slung disco-funk pressure of "Vekslepenger", to the thrilling synth boogie/house fusion of "Siste Forsok" and impressively tactile Scandolearic bubbler "Slapper Av". The latter may well be the EP's standout moment, though Italo-inspired closer "They Say" is almost as good.
Review: Norwegian nu-disco maestro Kellini is up next on Warrington's Masterworks Music with a bunch of super tasty boogie down treats. He has had releases on Hot Digits Music, Midnight Riot, Thunder Jam and Walking Disco Records thus far - so he's on a bit of a roll we must say. From the Arp driven opener "Prove It" to the absolutely electric "One Decision From Disaster" which would make even Tensnake stand up and notice. "Urge" is the EP's most energetic moment and our highlight - where this Moroder-esque synth journey will take you on a groove mission to the stratosphere. Kellini is Kjetil Lagesen, a 35 year old producer and DJ from Skien in Norway.
In & Out (Gael De L'Ivresse remix) - (4:37) 121 BPM
In & Out (Saskin S remix) - (6:58) 120 BPM
Review: Norwegian nu-disco sort Kellini is a hard-working chap. "In & Out", his return to Walking Disco after a nine-month absense, comes hot on the heels of 2018 EPs for Midnight Riot and Masterworks Music. His original version is a deliciously giddy and up-beat affair, with Chic style clipped guitar riffs, sweaty vocal samples and spacey P-funk electronics clustering around loose, boisterous beats and a fantastically addictive bassline. There are four remixes to choose from, beginning with the sweet, piano-laden Balearic disco smoothness of Basura Blanca's ear-pleasing rework. Elsewhere, look out for an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink piano house mix by Blueberg and a wonderful interpretation from Saskin S that draws inspiration from the sunrise flutter of early Italian dream house.
Review: Kellini may not be Norway's most famous exponent of nu-disco, but his track record is undeniably impressive. Further proof arrives via "Same Same But Different", a decidedly glassy-eyed and Balearic three-tracker made in cahoots with newcomer Lazy Kay. Throughout, it's the yawning, sun-baked warmth of his synth-pop influenced chord progressions and the glistening brightness of the guitar flourishes that catches the ear. Title track and opener "Same Same But Different" sets the tone via bubbly mid-tempo beats and heaps of summery colour, while "Outchill" is the audio equivalent of wrapping yourself in a warm blanket to gaze at an autumnal Adriatic sunset. If you require a little more energy, head for the woozy synth solos, jaunty grooves and restless cowbells of closing cut "Got To".
Review: Thunder Jam's latest release is something of a sprawling epic; a 23-track "Invasion" featuring some of the hottest names in the re-edit and nu-disco scenes, alongside contributions from lesser-known talents. There's much to admire throughout, from the low-slung boogie bass and cut glass disco strings of Phil Da Burn's "Wallflower" and the spacey synth-funk of Funk Bank's wiggly "Jamming With The Thunder", to the bouncy disco/New Jersey garage fusion of BOI's "The Gift" and the straightened-out sunshine soul of Dee Bunk's "Little Brown Eye Girl". Throw in solid contributions from Don Dayglo, Belabouche, C Da Afro and Andy Buchan, and you've got a pleasingly varied set of floor-friendly excursions.
Review: Get your skates on: there's a roller-disco at Midnight Riot HQ and everyone's invited! Naturally, there's heaps of highlights to be found on the imprint's third tribute to the early '80s roller-boogie sound. Amongst the 19 party-starting gems on show you'll fid a brilliant BB Boogie collaboration with original electrofunk sensation Leroy Burgess (the wonderfully soulful "Tonight We're Gonna"), a storming disco-house rub of Tom Vine's "Disco Scene" by Classic chief Luke Solomon, a fantastically rubbery P-funk excursion by C Da Afro and a typically expansive and musically rich Al Kent revision of Soundersons' "He Doesn't Love Me". Throw in killer cuts from Rayko, Sweetoth and Kellini, and you have another stellar collection of skate-ready jams.
Review: Notching up a decade in the business is big news for any label, so congratulations must go to Yam Who's ISM label. He's decided to mark the imprint's first decade in some style via a series of compilations that highlight some of the killer nu-disco, boogie, disco, house and Balearic jams nestling in ISM's bulging back catalogue. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the Imagination-inspired electrofunk flex of Ron Basejam's killer rework of Alena's "Changes" and the synth-heavy rush of Balearic disco maestro Pete Herbert's revision of M Roberto & Nikolay Denev's "Be Yourself", to the breezy, soul-fired dancefloor warmth of Jonathan Ryno's "Don't Know Love" and Mark E's terrifically loved-up deep house tweak of Robot 84's "Lookin' For Love".
Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits label has now notched up 50 releases. To celebrate this landmark occasion, the man himself has selected 25 of his favourite cuts from the label's rapidly expanding back catalogue. As a showcase for everything that's good about the imprint, it does a bang up job, gleefully jogging between exotic mid-tempo disco and disco-funk (Frank Virgilio, Dr Packer, The funk District), slo-mo disco-acid (Fingerman's tremendous rework of B-Jam's "Sundog"), kaleidoscopic, reworked '80s boogie business (Casual Connection, Melon Bomb, the hard-tweaked filters and heady loop business of Chewy Rubs), tried-and-tested party-starters (Smashed Atoms, Get Down Edits remixing Stephen Richards) and giddy peak-time workouts (Shit Hot Soundsystem, Dave Gerrard, Thomas Maslo, Kiu D). As the old saying goes, this is all killer, no filler.
Review: Serbia's Disco Fruit Records present a 15-track collection packed with disco, nu-disco and disco-house goodness. It's very much an in-house affair - label boss Tonbe contributes two tracksm while Disco Fruit regular Mitiko is behind a further six - which makes the general standard of what's on offer even more impressive. Highlights include Mitiko's boogie-ish 'Do You Really Want My Love?', Loshmi's gloriously camp, Euro-inspired 'Easy Night Drive', Hotmood's lazy, low-slung 'Let's Ride' and Tonbe's phat-assed jazz-funker 'That Sample', while special mention should be made of Kellini's 'No Balance' which, to older ears, is Animotion's 'Obsession' in disguise.
Review: To kick-start a fourth year of disco-fuelled madness, Hot Digits chief Fingerman has put together this sizeable compilation of previously unheard exclusives. As you'd expect, there's far more killers than fillers to be found amongst the 28-track deep selection or re-edits and original productions. Highlights include the clarinet-laden electrofunk-meets-disco bounce of Frank Virgilio's "It's Your Boogie Baby", the disco-goes-hip-hop flex of Tony Disco's delicious "Rolling Paper", the sparkling nu-disco goodness of "When It Comes To Funk" by Stephen Richards, the driving disco-house bump of Ash Reynolds' "Cold Girl" and the fuzzy electrofunk wobble of Don Dayglow's "Many Things". Throw in fine contributions from Chewy Rubs, Le Visiteur, norse man Jarle Brathen and, of course, Fingerman, and you have a must-buy collection of cuts.
Review: If you dig Masterworks Music's celebratory, feel-good approach to disco re-edits and reworks, we'd advise picking up this bulging, 26-track collection of killer cuts from the label's recent past. It begins with a superb disco-funk cut-up by The Funk District and ends with a smooth, rolling and glassy eyed boogie-era disco revision by Saskin S that's almost worth the admission price on its own. In between, you'll find a swathe of superb revisions from some of the edit scene's finest - South Beach Recycling, Hotmood, Chewy Edits and Dr Packer included - with the selected tracks variously touching on electrofunk, boogie, P-funk, Latino disco and super-sweet '80s soul.
Review: An 11-track compilation of modern day funk and disco here from Norway's Walking Disco stable. While Rayko and C Da Afro are both represented, the emphasis generally is on lesser-known names, but there's still plenty of quality on offer. Fingerman conjures the classier, jazzier end of 80s boogie nicely on 'Mind Fonk', while equally convincing are the mid-70s velvet-suited disco vibes of Disco Funk Spinner's 'Fascinating Strike'. Funk Hunk apes classic Moroder on 'After Dark', while label owner Saskin S bookends the collection with two slow-moving funk jams, 'Yes, You Know I'm Right' and 'My Pnoop'. Classy stuff.