Review: KS French, also known as MR Given Raw is a Parisian DJ and producer who heads up the FKR Maison De Groove and Disco Addict labels - known for good groovy music. On his new offering The Soul Trip EP, it's largely a low slung affair: from the sexy crooning on the late night boogie-down action of the title track, the roaring female vocals atop of some sultry mood music on "Next To You" and an oldie but a goodie to be experienced on the final track "If I Can Fly" - which you can most certainly file under 'respectful edit'.
Review: Ultimate house, disco and funk edits from Maison Du Groove outta France that's seen the legendary KS French deliver all manner of classic disco and house manipulations to the world this past decade. Celebrating seven years in the game, this anniversary compilation sends in a collection of sleeping and revamped classics given a new skin for the modern day. There's a slo-mo groove and chunk to most the tracks here with more uptempo rhythms coming in the form on "Soulmate", "Take Me Back" and "Geto Disko", with overtly house numbers to be found in "Funk Overdose" and KS French's "Do It Bae". 7th heaven!
KS FRENCH - "HaPpiness Your Love" - (4:44) 120 BPM
KS FRENCH - "Glad Bae" - (5:30) 117 BPM
KNG EDITS - "Roma My Way" - (6:24) 100 BPM
KNG EDITS - "God Soul" - (6:50) 118 BPM
KNG EDITS - "Damn Girl" - (4:58) 114 BPM
BELABOUCHE - "A Party" - (6:38) 120 BPM
MR Given Raw - "Boogie Magic" - (4:56) 114 BPM
KS FRENCH - "Love Vibration" - (6:35) 114 BPM
KNG EDITS - "Give Me What You Got" - (6:36) 116 BPM
KS FRENCH - "FunkyMama" - (5:15) 118 BPM
Review: The 'French Touch' sound was a short-lived phenomenon in the late 90s/early 00s - or so musical history would have you believe. Mais si le French Touch est mort, vive le French Touch! For seven years now, French label FKR Maison Du Groove have been proving that you can't keep a good sub-genre down, and here the best of their output over that time is collected together in one place for your listening and dancing pleasure. So: if you dig deep, dusty, looping disco grooves you'll love this album, whereas if you're not a fan of same, then you definitely won't. Not much more to say, really.
Review: FKR maison du groove boss KS French, AKA Mr Given Raw, comes with another set of re-edits following in the footsteps of his previous 'Raw Soul Edits', 'Supa Funky Edits' and 'That Disco Sound' EPs. The EP opens with 'In Love', a dusty, looping, heavily filtered take on Lamont Dozier's 'Why Can't We Be Lovers' from 1972, while 'Closer' moves a little forward in the same decade, being a percussion-led disco jam whose source material we sadly couldn't tell you. Closer 'Thankful', meanwhile, is similar in feel and approach to 'In Love', but this time drawing on Bill Withers' 'Don't It Make It Better' from 1978.
Review: Some fine re-edit action here from KS French, AKA Mr Given Raw. 'Funkymama' lifts almost the entire vocal from Ann Peebles' 'Come To Mama' and places it over a heavy funk backdrop, with house-y overtones and much use of the filters. 'Funky Overdose' is a near-instrumental based around a funk bass loop and brass stabs, while 'Magic Your Eyes' is classic-style filter disco topped with the vox from Circle City Band's 1983 boogie gem 'Magic'. 'Glad Bae' has a similar MO to the latter but with an unidentified male soul vocal, while 'World Geto' closes out the EP on a more laidback, jazzy/lounge-y tip.
Review: While it can be hard keeping up with KS French's packed release schedule, you have to admire the Parisian re-editor's dedication to his craft. Given the sheer volume of material he puts out, we imagine he probably spends much of his time chained to his computer knocking out new filter-heavy reworks to delight his dancefloors and ours. So what's on offer this time round? Opener "Amore Piaccio" is a delightly low-slung, bass-heavy affair: a tidy house style rework of a Latin disco chugger which naturally comes complete with the Frenchman's trademark special effects and energy-building trickery. "Light My Fire" meanwhile sees him add a little subtle house bump to a glassy-eyed late '60s soul cut inspired by the Doors record of the same name.
Review: Given his insane productivity, we wouldn't ne surprised if KS French was chained to his computer day and night, whizzing through another batch of re-edits on Ableton Live while planning world domination. While the reality is probably a little less glamorous, he's produced another strong collection of reworks here. Opener "Love Vibration" delivers a lightly beefed-up, filter-sporting revision of a mid-tempo, string-laden disco classic, while "My World About You Bae" applies similar sonic trickery to a glassy-eyed chunk of disco-soul bliss. Elsewhere, "Back For" is a lolloping, head-nodding and toe-tapping take on another familiar favourite, while "Baggi" is a heavily filtered take on what sounds like a sun-kissed Italian disco gem. If you're after mind-altering loops and head-nodding dancefloor pressure, closing cut "Soul Cry" should be essential listening.
Review: Gallic producer KS French has been operating on the house-friendly end of the disco re-edit spectrum for some time, serving up popular, club-ready reworks on his label FKR Maison Du Groove. This is his first outing of 2018 and contains a trio of tried-and-tested reworks. Plenty will love opener "Can't Fake", a sprightly, synth-heavy revision of a Geraldine Hunt classic that's less compressed and house style than many of his popular reworks. Elsewhere, "Bae Sweet Love" sees the Frenchman make merry with a dewy-eyed chunk of late night '80s soul, while killer closing cut "Runin" [sic] flits between stripped-back sections of disco-funk groove and celebratory, piano-sporting passages of rushing peak-time goodness.
Review: By his dizzyingly prolific standards, KS French has been eerily quiet of late. In fact, "Kate Edits" is the Gallic producer's first release for some six months, following several years spent serving up a new EP almost every month. Perhaps the break has done him some good, because all three tracks are amongst his strongest outings for some time. Opener "You're The One", for example, brilliantly alternates between glassy-eyed mid-tempo disco goodness and loopier sections seemingly influenced by the classic edits of Mark E and the Revenge, while "Le Good Time" is a drowsy chunk of filter-sporting deep house that makes expert use of dub delays and loved-up disco samples. "Heaven", meanwhile, is an emotion-rich rework of what sounds like a Barry White classic.