Review: Last summer, building blocks enthusiasts Lego Edit launched the "Original Vintage Edits" series via a tidy collection of fuzzy funk, Afrobeat, soul and disco revisions. So what's on offer on this sequel? Another mixed bag of tightened-up revisions, that's what. Check, for example, the Plantlife-esque purple funk and chunky drums of "Supa People (Lego Classic Edit)", the rubbery bass guitars and insatiable cowbell hits of "Straight To The Bank (Lego Instrumental Edit)" and "Dubby Nassau (Lego Afro Dub)", which delivers a thumping, stripped-back Afro-disco revision of all time classic "Funky Nassau". Arguably best of all, though, is the filter-heavy tribal drum dub that is "Pof (Lego Classic Edit)".
Review: Lego Edit is Italian Diego Lelli, who has been in overdrive the last year: hammering out a few dozen releases already. Does this guy ever sleep between all the edits and DJing? What's your secret pal? On Dancefloor Edits Hot Barbecue, hear that inspirational Martin Luther King Jr speech over an uplifting lo-slung disco groove that is "Billy Groove" (Lego dub 5 AM). Next up, hear the drummer get wicked on the funk explosion of "Hot Stone" (Lego ReFunk) and finally just to provide some variety: we have got some good ol' fashioned funky R&B in the form of a right classic (spliced to perfection!) for modern audiences on "Link Ollins" (Lego dub). All killer no filler right here kids!
Review: Under the Lego Edit alias, Diego Lelli has a penchant for serving up expansive collections of tooled-up reworks that offer excellent value for money. He's at it again here, offering up 18 finger-lickin' "Chicken Edits" that are far more tasty and satisfying than your average 3am fast food takeaway. Naturally, the material on offer is largely peak-time focused, with highlights including the glassy-eyed, filter-heavy disco-house of "Paris By Night", the wiggling, Maceo Parker style funk fun of "Gnomo Gnomo (Lego Re-Funk)", the breezy Brazilian samba-disco bliss of "Latin Maria (Lego dub 5am)", the sweaty loop-house heaviness of "A (BraziLego Edit)" and the percussive, organ-heavy, jazz-wise stomp of "The Crickets (Lego Classic Edit)".
Review: On his latest expansive collection of tastefully tooled-up scalpel cuts, construction toy enthusiast Lego Edit has turned his attention to the world of Rare Groove. The results are naturally on-point, from the lolloping loops, head-nodding grooves and echoing Curtis Mayfield style vocals of "Supa People", to the densely percussive disco mysticism of "Mondo Tibet", where Indian style strings and earthy vocal grunts rise above some suitably heavy drums. In between you'll encounter such highlights as the hypnotic, filter-heavy disco-house pump of "Funk Family", the sizzling Brazilian carnival celebration that is "A2" and the classic disco bounce of certified peak-time stomper "Love In (Lego Edit Disco Cut)".
Review: It was high time for a new instalment of Lego Edits, the new frontrunner in our favourite disco reincarnations, and this is especially true when the tunes in questions are already among our ist of absolute classics! The infamous "African Rhythms", by a certain artist that we can't specify on here, is reworked into a tasty, jazzy sort of stepper carrying a chunky groove full of sweet, kinetic percussion for the dancefloor. The Lego Funk Touch version is reserved for the "Yeah Alright" edit, a more intricate funk nugget taking into account everything from samba through to jazz and even a little bit of that house edge that we all need right about now. Party tools for all!
Review: Under his Lego Edit moniker, Italy's Diego Lelli seems to be on an unstoppable run of form. He is literally giving people what they want - puristic Brazilian vibes for the dancefloor. The Lego dub of "Brazilian Sun" is impossible not to like, thanks to its hypnotic flutes, piano crescendos, and beautifully melancholic sax notes - a winner! The second dub involves "Santa Maria", more of a dance bomb, guided and driven by tough house beats merging wonderfully with soulful pop vocals for the lovers. Bravo!
Review: We may never get to see the Lego Edit Movie - a cheery animated tale about a scalpel-wielding mini-figure who builds dancefloor reworks out of brightly coloured building blocks - so instead we'll have to make do with the titular re-editor's latest two-track missive. First up is the non-stop house party that is "Platinum Funk", a heavyweight version of a horn-heavy disco-funk smasher underpinned by bombastic house drums and smothered in swirling filter effects. It's a weighty peak-time smasher all told, though there's an argument to be made that virtual flipside "Soul Patrol" is even better. Operating at a more chugging tempo, it sees the producer serve up a suitably loved up rendition of a piano-laden slab of dewy-eyed disco bliss.
Review: An all-Italian affair here, and given the EP title it's no surprise that Afro-flavoured vibes are the order of the day. 'Tribal Night' is up first, an irresistible concoction of lively African beats, an ass-shakin' funk bassline and, most importantly, some wild jazz trumpet work. 'Kela Futi' is obviously a tribute to the late Afrobeat legend and sports more fine trumpet action and chanted vox, while the EP's completed by two very different mixes of 'Hard Core', with the Re-Edit continuing in a similar Afro-jazz vein to the first two cuts while the Afro-Acid Dub breaks out the 303 for some proper small-hours jacking action.
Review: Every 12 months, Fingerman's prolific Hot Digits imprint serves up an epic compilation entirely made up of exclusive, previously unheard re-edits, reworks and original productions. They're invariably excellent and this year's edition - the fifth in total - is even more epic than usual. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing amongst the dancefloor focused 32-track selection, from the throbbing Italo-disco style electronic sleaziness of Peza's "I Gotta Little Love" and the bouncy, acid-flecked cheeriness of Limpdisco's "Rush Hour", to the angular nu-disco heaviness of Andy Kidd's "The Dope Cube", the sparkling 80s boogie goodness of LUP INO's "Don't Stop Fooling" and and disco-funk-goes-house pump of Fingerman's "Family Ties". Keep an eye out too for rock solid rubs by Dr Packer, Chuggin Edits, Rayko and Andy Buchan.
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.