Review: You're only five years old once, so why not celebrate in style? And here Warrington lad Danny Worrall's disco and re-edits label Masterworks Music do just that, with an anniversary collection packing a whopping 50 back catalogue nuggets. You'll excuse us the full track-by-track, then, but suffice to say that this is the label that helped launch the careers of Dr Packer and Natasha Kitty Katt, both of whom feature here, and with names like Ziggy Phunk, Rayko, Alkalino, Chuggin' Edits and Fabiolous Barker also on bill, you should already have a pretty good idea what to expect. Classy stuff all round, and a great VFM package - here's to five more years!
Review: After impressing earlier in his career via fine EPs on El Diablo's Social Club and Silhouette, Lup Ino (real name Fiore Lupino) popped up on Masterworks Music earlier in the year with his first solo missive on Danny Worrall's prolific imprint. It was good, but this two-tracker for the same label is even better. Opener "Come On You" is a warm and celebratory disco-house style re-edit perfectly structured to tease maximum impact from the producer's lesser-known source material. If anything, the accurately titled "Just Funk" is even better, with Lupino successfully beefing up a horn-heavy, electric piano solo-sporting slab of disco-funk heaviness.
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: 13 months on from his last outing on NYLO, former El Diablo's Social Club and Silhouette sort Lup Ino makes his debut on Masterworks Music. The Italian producer hits the ground running with "You Can't Lose", a subtly tooled-up and house-friendly revision of a bold and breezy '80s soul jam, before reaching for the filters on a chunky, filter-heavy disco-house revision of a glassy-eyed old gem on "I Never Felt". Those with a hankering for a rolling house version of a crunchy disco-funk ham should check "Positive Love", while "Macumba Rocker" is a nod-along, mid-tempo shuffler that peppers a familiar disco groove with choice vocal samples and plenty of dub delays.
Review: Alkalino's Audaz imprint has become the one stop shop for some of the most exciting adventures in modern deep house and nu-disco flavours. The Portuguese expat turned Munich machine now presents the second volume in his Audaz Heroes series, serving up over a dozen surefire grooves by up and coming talent from Germany and beyond. It's all killer no filler, rest assured, but for our money we can sure bet on: Italian Daniel Puz and his slow motion disco funk as displayed on "Elisir" or "Mulholland Drive" alike; the latter having a melody reminiscent of a certain Marvin Gaye classic. Elsewhere there's British expat in Dubai Andy Buchan with the dark Italo horror of "Dylan's Dream", Brooklynites Will Buck and PTRMNTO with the sexy and pumping late night groove "Hot 4 U" and of course head honcho Alkalino who serves up several killers but we particularly liked his deep down and dirty epic "Vulture".
Review: German label Audaz has been predominantly guided by its founder and bossman, Alkalino. The nimble and versatile producer has made sure that his label encompasses the full spectrum of house sounds, and his own productions have been there to led the cause. This time, however, he acts solely as A&R man in this tight, thirteen-track compilation names Audaz Heroes. All shades of house are included here, and there's not much we don't like the sound of. From the mechanical tech-house swings of "Give A Message" by Micka Blaster, to the deeper, more esoteric harmonics of the excellent "The Way" by Trobar, and the nutty, spaced-out nu-jazz of "Groove 1" by 54th Street Hustler, this compilation is not to be underestimated. Instead of relying on your usual, perhaps more hyped labels and artists, you should do yourself a favour and check this bad boy of a comp. Tipped and recommended!"