Review: There's a pretty obvious clue in the name as to what kind of music you're going to find here! What makes this compilation from Greek label Chopshop stand out, though, is that the usual suspects are, for once, notable by their absence: there are contributions from Tonbe and HP Vince, as well as label boss George Kelly, but many if not most of the artists involved here will be new names to many if not most listeners. As such, it's a collection that's well worth investigating, packing 15 uptempo tracks - largely original, if heavily sample-based productions, rather than re-edits - that are long on funk basslines, handclaps and cowbells. What's not to like?
Review: With 17 tracks from nearly as many artists to choose from, you certainly can't fault this nu-disco collection from Rafaell Cancian's Brazilian label About Disco on the VFM front! It's hard to pick holes, too, when it comes to musical variety, with tracks ranging from the rock-tinged funk/soul vibes of Imanol's 'Improv' to the fierce acid meltdown that is Panko Samuele de Santis's 'Caldo Caldo', and calling at pretty much all stations in-between - albeit it's straight-up nu-disco jams from the likes of Jehan and The Secret Soul Society, and raw funkers like JB Boogie's 'Night Drive', that actually work best to these ears. Worth investigating for sure.
Review: Sporting a history with labels like Chopshop, Editorial and About Disco, Mexican producer Levantine brings his sound to the HQ of Ilya Santana with this four-track Cosmic Sessions EP! Honing in on a neon-lit '80s sound the tracks here find themselves caught up between proto-electro, Italo disco and a touch of synth wave. At its most ghouly is the Goblin-esque arpeggios of "Forever Leather" next to the industrial wave and fetish disco of "La Disco Delle Tenebre". Get your break in the clouds through the spiralling and Rocky Horror show theamtics of "Passato Prossimo" with "Punk Love" getting a shade more hardcore with its spiraling synth and bassline to make Giorgio Moroder smile.
Crystal (Monsieur Van Pratt Sax remix) - (5:12) 120 BPM
Review: There's something of a nostalgic, late 90s feel to 'Crystal': with its dreamy female vocal, fluttering guitar and heavy use of the filters, it sits somewhere between Balearic prog and filter disco ? la Spiller, and evokes memories of Ibiza in the days before they roofed over the terraces. The fairly self-explanatory Monsieur Van Pratt Sax Remix has a slightly more uplifting, soulful vibe, while the EP's completed by bonus cut 'Keep On', which centres around a squelchy, early 80s-sounding bass riff and has an echo-y, presumably sampled boogie-style vocal to match, the overall effect recalling a long-lost Larry Levan remix.
Review: Grab the Malaria pills and sun cream: sometime Moiss Musdic man Levantine is taking us on a tropical disco excursion. As you'd expect, it's a humid and sweaty affair. He breaks us in gently via the jaunty synth bass and rainbow synths of "Cosmic Love", before urging is to whip off our shirts to dance to the walking bassline, restless cowbells, sharp strings and hard-wired guitar riffs of "Liquid Disco". "Desire" sees the experienced re-editor craftily reworking a piano-heavy chunk of sleazy, leftfield disco, while "Il Rumore" is a fuzzy but rolling revision of a relatively recent revivalist Afro-disco cut. A happy finish is providing via the filter-heavy disco-house pump of swirling closing cut "Starvue".
Review: Two years ago, our fancy was suitably tickled by the second "Vanguardia" compilation from Mexican edits outlet Deep Sense. Predictably, this delayed eight-track follow-up is also rather good. It kicks off with a spacey, synth-heavy chunk of Brazilian boogie, lightly beefed up by reliable sorts Hotmood, before sprinting through chunky, hip-wigglin' deep disco-soul (the Funk District's "Soul Dose"), bustling peak-time disco-house (Levantine's "Be Myself"), groovy, horn-toting disco sing-alongs (Sould Out's lolloping, mid-tempo rub "Midnite Ride"), sparkling, Jam and Lewis style '80s soul ("Watch Out" by Monsieur Von Pratt) and sun-kissed, sllo-mo Balearic/synth-funk fusion (Flodz's brilliant "Governor's Ball").
Review: Having recently impressed via a tidy two-tracker on the effervescent Dikso label, fast-rising producer and re-editor Levantine makes his bow on Furious Mandrill with two more party-starting treats. First up in "Wilde", a heavy but suitably swinging revision of a blue-eyed disco-funk jam bristling with jaunty horn lines, elastic bass guitar, glassy-eyed vocals and chunky, house style beats. "Body Work", meanwhile, is similarly bouncy but slightly more driving in feel, with soaring disco orchestration and high-register vocal snippets being smothered in filters while weighty beats bob along beneath. It's disco-house, Jim, but not as we know it.
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Editorial's multi-artist edit missives, namely refined party-starting fodder that puts the needs of dancefloors first and foremost. That's certainly what Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee serve up on the bustling, bass-heavy Afro-funk style madness of the first of five "Dope Licks" on the long running label's latest EP. Hotmood's string-powered disco-funk bubbler "Worldwide" also hits the heights thanks to punchy horns and rolling, beefed-up beats, while Levantine's "Right On" is a rolling and relaxed exercise in filter-sporting disco-house grooves. Elsewhere, Melon Bomb's "Sweet Jam" makes merry with rubbery beats, jazzy bass guitar, dubbed-out vocal snippets and clipped funk guitars, while Alex Zuiev's "Get Lifted" offers the perfect balance between Idjuts style dub disco madness and toe-tipping disco-house chunkiness.
Review: Fresh from inspired outings on Smokin' Beat, Chopshop and About Disco, Oscar Levantine makes his bow on Daniel Solar and Andi De Luxe's ace Dikso imprint. Turn first to "Chorus", a filter-sporting mid-tempo disco-house jam whose heady grooves and mind-altering samples continue to rise, fall, build and rise again throughout the track's seductive six minutes. The Mexican producer ups the tempo considerably on "Fairground", a bolder and more percussively energetic affair rich in bounding, bouncy house drums, looped piano refrains, swirling chords and the kind of sweet, dewy-eyed female vocal samples that make you want to hug complete strangers while a hundred percent sober.
Review: Some 18 months on from the release of the label's first retrospective compilation, Brazilian imprint About Disco presents another bumper selection of floor-filling re-edits, reworks and original productions. With 23 killer cuts to choose from, the collection provides excellent value, particularly when you factor in the eclectic nature of the reworked source material. Compare and contrast, for example, the warm and sticky Afro-disco goodness of NFC and Key Sokur's "Coming From Congo", the bass-heavy disco hustle of "Hihache" by Ozzy and the kaleidoscopic, hard-spun synth-funk brilliance of Rafael Cancian's "Queen of Zanzibar". We're also huge fans of J.B Boogie's gently lolloping and exceedingly loved-up "Love To Love", though we could say the same thing about half a dozen of the other included tracks. Stellar stuff, all told.
Review: The Editorial bandwagon keeps on rolling, pushing on through the night like a long distance trucker high on extra-strong coffee and legal stimulants. As usual, there's a veritable skip-load of peak-time goodness to be found on the label's latest collection of reworks and re-edits. We're particularly enjoying the mazy jazz-funk synths and elastic slap-bass action of HotMood's lolloping "Hey You" and the rolling, Blaxploitation fuelled disco-house business of Ed Wizard and Disco Double D's "Diesel Power", though the sleazy boogie swirl of C Da Afro's "Intimate Disco Stories" and the horn-heavy, slo-mo disco-funk bounce of Tonbe's "It's Not Over" also set our pulses racing.
Review: Chop Shop return with another powerful party punch from three artists who've all established solid groove ties with the Greek imprint over recent years. There's a strong twang of the broken beat on both Ten Different and Levantine's offerings. The former digs deep for a little disco dust and break that comes out of nowhere and allows a whole gamut of percussion to enter the fray. The latter goes straight for a rusty old detuned synth rave hook and adds a little cosmic chug. Finally big pimping Vince closes shop with a sprightly filtered house jacker with big full-frontal vocal. Choppy choppy!
Review: The latest missive from the prolific Chopshop stable is a label debut. It comes from up-and-coming Mexican producer Oscar Levantine, who serves of a trio of house-friendly disco heaters. We're particularly enjoying opener "Nassau", which loops up key passages of a chunky, tropical disco-funk classic (yep, "Funky Nassau"), while dubbed-out vocal samples drift in and out of the mix. The similarly impressive "I'm Not In Love" makes use of similar production tricks, whilst throwing in a longer, filter-heavy breakdown to add a little build-and-release tension. Finally, the Mexican demonstrates his ability to make classic disco-house jams on bouncy closer "Dance".