Review: Respectively Italy and France's most prolific editors, Belabouche and KS French, return to FKR with a quartet of super-tight disco jams. Belabouche aims straight for the top with two stone-cold takes on James Brown ("Loud Funky") and Sly & The Family Stone ("Let Me"). Elsewhere Monsieur French Kiss tightens his funk belt with the slippery licks of "Supa Funky" before dropping into horn heaven and harmony heaven a la People's Choice with "Do It Like". Super funky indeed.
Review: Normally home to DJ Moar exclusively, Diggin' Deeper has now opened its doors to the mysterious KS French. It seems access to the DD club has two basic requirements: the first is to have double initials, and the second is to have a seriously funky knack for re-edits. This guy wins on both scores with four slices of prime vintage funk cuts, nipped, tucked and given a bit of extra thump for maximum party potential.
Review: Mysterious Parisian disco-house maestro KS French, has rustled us up three more slices of what he does best as part of his ongoing Super Groove series. "The Fuzz" kicks things off with some beguiling, guitar echoes, elastic basslines, and a sleazy, hissy thump, "Make Me" does its own thing and goes slow, opting instead for dreamy, filtered Balearica-meets soul and lastly "We On It" closes the show with some classy 70s hotel bar-style grooves.
Review: The scarily prolific KS French - France's most productive maker of house-friendly disco re-edits - returns with the third instalment of his ongoing Super Groove series. As usual, there's plenty to tickle the fancy of those looking for tried-and-tested, club-friendly interpretations of classic and little-known cuts. "B Rappin" does an impressive job of tweaking Blondie's "Rapture" - working the groove hard and abandoning most of the vocals - while the standout "See My Baby" offers an addictive interpretation of a familiar, low-slung disco-funk groover. Elsewhere, check the celebratory horns, hustling groove and thrilling vocals of "My Music". While KS French has added his usual metronomic house beats, it's deftly done.
Review: Prolific, filter-loving disco re-editor KS French returns to action with another quintet of floor-friendly revisions. The experienced Parisian impresses with opener "All My Life", a sumptuous, string-laden anthem with just the right amount of contemporary production trickery. There's more spine-tingling fare in the shape of the soulful shuffler "Do For Love", while "Supernatural" turns a disco-funk smasher into a smooth head-nodder. A Motown staple goes under the knife on the sinewy "Take Me Back", while "Think Over" is the kind of grandiose, uplifting disco fare that makes 30-something men want to whip off their shirts and pretend they're dancing in the Paradise Garage.
Review: Some things in life are constant: the sky being blue, gravity pulling things down and almost weekly releases from Paris based re-editor, KS French. This latest instalment sees French exploring retro funk vibe instead of the disco house he's usually known for. Of the four tunes here, the lean and muscular "Do The Wrong Side", the soft & gentle wispy disco of "Over You" and the gritty funk thumper of "Turn It Loose" get our vote!
Review: Greece-born, Paris-raised, Bremen-based DJ/producer KS French has previously impressed with his tasty reworks of classic disco and electrofunk jams. Here he delivers four more tried-and-tested edits for Diggin' Deeper. These range from the familiar (a loopy, filter-heavy take on "You Used To Hold Me So Tight", which sounds like the sort of thing House of Disco would release), to the little known (the similarly filter-heavy '80s soul bump of "Lovers"). Here, though, he's at his best when hitting the more straight up disco flavours hard, as the bass-heavy disco-funk bump of "Make Your Body Groove" and hands-in-the-air anthem "Wear It Out" more than prove.
Review: If you like your disco loopy, with a healthy dollop of heavily compressed house bottom-end, you should check out the re-edits of Bremen-based producer KS French. His successful formula - combining the '90s "French touch" sound (think well known and obscure-ish disco loops with plenty of filter tweakery) with longer sections of the original material - guarantees party-starting material each and every time. Here, he drops more tried-and-tested reworks, from the singalong release of "Good Vibration" (a re-cut of Salsoul classic "Love Sensation"), to the head-nodding slo-mo bounce of "Trippin Dub" and string-laden electrofunk chug of "Loop You Body".
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.
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: 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: 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: KS French either has a ridiculously large archive of edits, or he works unfeasibly fast. Either way, the Paris-based producer has put out a staggering amount of music this year; unbelievably, Super Groove V2 is his 31st EP of 2014. Happily, his knack for creating floor-friendly edits has not deserted him. The expansive, bass-heavy Curtis Mayfield rub "Tuerie II" is particularly potent, while there's a sweaty, low-slung sensuality to the head-nodding grooves and electric vocals of "Hot Night Tool". Best of all, though, is "Touch Me", a filter-heavy disco-house rework of Space classic "Carry On, Turn Me On". It's subtly done, but sounds like a guaranteed floor-filler.
Review: Greek born, Paris-raised producer KS French never stops working and this is his latest (disco) missive. "Soul Addicts Edits" features four reworks, all with a soulful feel. Highlights include the Eurodisco stomper "All Nite", the prowling-tiger-of-love low-slung funk of "Tuerie C" and "I Really Want U: a retweak of Diana Ross' supremely funky cover of Marvin Gaye's I Want You.
Review: Some records are funky, some are really funky and then some are so funky that they actually become 'fonkeh'. For Diggin Deeper, KS French has gone 'fonkier', delivering four sumptuously plump disco nuggets: the loopy backbeat 'n' keys driven "The Groove", the Chic-getting-lasered diva soul of "Dancin' With My Love", the celebratory clap-a-long "True Funk Affair" and finally, the tight 'n' sassy funk of "They Say Nothin".
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: 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: KS French and Mr Given Raw are like two peas in a pod. A disco-shaped pod. Here they join forces again, both providing both solo tracks and a joint collaboration too. Label boss KS French plonks a platform show on the dancefloor first with the tight James Brown-sampling funk of "Still On the Case". Then MGR takes over for two sizzlers - the catchy soul-pop lament "Beggin You" and the psychedelic soul stomp of "Funky Mama". Finally the titans clash on the phased disco-boogie joy of "Never Give You Up". Good times.
Review: Despite its' matter-of-fact title, the Four Cuts EP is something of a departure for FKR Recordings. It's an all-star affair, designed to showcase the re-edit work of a trio of scalpel-wielding party starters. Mr Given Raw kicks things off with the impassioned, low-slung gospel funk of "Get Up On Girls", before label boss KS French sets aside his filters and house beats in favour of some swinging, bumpin' disco-funk goodness on the rather good "Kiss My Baby". The package is completed by two reworks from Miami native KNG Edits, who recently made his debut on Rebel Hearts. Choose between the effortlessly sweet, groovy and dewy-eyed "So Right", and the camp disco explosion that is "Shoot (Dancefloor Edit)", easily the EP's strongest moment.
Review: A label that likes its edits 'deep n' thick', Editorial have rustled a killer new compilation, Funkquinox, of their favourite recent slo-mo disco. Some of our faves from this eight-track compilation include Bloody Tadi's deep, soulful and sublime houser "Take A Ride", the shimmering disco haze of Alfonso's "Only Love" and Suptil's beautifully distant sensuous future-memory, "Metro To Paradise 84".
Review: KS French spreads the love for his latest French Kiss release - gathering an all-star cast of re-edit dons to share the load over these six tracks. Never just content with straightforward editing, French Kiss releases always add extra production techniques to the loops, creating something fresh in the process. Highlights here include KS French's own "Money We Make It" which cleverly incorporates a Marvin Gaye vocal into a deep funk shuffle, the loopy, phased guitar heaven of P Sol's "Feel Me Baby" and the tough, stomping warped disco house of "Another Wish" by DJ Moar. C'est bon!