Review: Disco-minded dance soldier Mannix lands on the insufferably seductive Alpaca Edits with two new fiery bits of glitter-ball funk - the Muscle Car Funk edits! "Looking Ahead" is a disco sensation, mashing up heavyweight bass drums with sensual strings and funky guitar bass, while "The World Is A Ghetto" travels at a much calmer pace, churning the vibes through a mid-tempo swagger that makes for the funkiest of funk bombs. Yes!
Review: Austrian DJ and remixer Mannix Kling stands for high quality house music productions with influences from disco, soul, funk and boogie. Over the years, he's had releases on labels such as Purple Music, Favouritizm Records, Sunclock and Lapsus Music. On Muscle Car Funk Pt 2, Mannix lends his deft hand to a bunch of re-takes that sure as hell needed an edit! "So U Wanna Be A Star" is a right disco inferno that sounds quite familiar and while we cannot name it off the top of our heads - it sounds like a fresh revision for modern dancefloors. Secondly we have a respectful edit from a creative source (ahem!) we know that much - "Good Lovin' Is Good Livin'' takes things down a deeper and more sultry route.
Review: It's been a good year for Austrian scene stalwart Mannix Kling, who has supplemented his original deep and soulful house productions with disco-focused outings on Alpaca Edits. Here he invites us to "Dance All Night" via a three-track label debut for Midnight Riot. Our pick of the bunch is probably the title track, a loose and rolling, delay-laden disco-house affair that sees him build energy and impact via some serious filter trickery before unleashing sections from a bouncy, heavily orchestrated 1970s disco original. That said, many will gravitate towards the high-octane thrills of stomping, over-the-top disco-house smasher "True" (seemingly a version of a blue eyed soul/AOR disco number), while "Disco In The Sun" is another wonderfully camp, shirts-off number tailor made for beach-side parties and subterranean sweatboxes.
Review: Austrian producer Mannix returns to Alpaca Edits with two more retro-happy, disco-flavoured jams. Centred around a singalong "why must a girl like me love a man like you?" chorus, 'A Girl Like Me' is a high-camp affair with something of a 70s Eurovision air about it, and hence is probably best served to dancefloors that don't mind a hint of fromage (or formaggio or K?se, if you prefer). Rollicking along at a fairly pacey 127bpm, the accompanying 'You Got Me' operates in similar territory, but has more of an authentic US feel.
Breathless (Mannix Crystal Disko Reprise) - (6:34) 123 BPM
Breathless (Mannix Crystal Disko extended mix) - (8:38) 123 BPM
Breathless (Mannix Crystal Disko instrumental) - (6:42) 123 BPM
Breathless (Tease A Pella) - (4:32) 121 BPM
Breathless (A Capella) - (5:01) 120 BPM
Review: Consummate deep housers Mannix hook up with the sensuously minded spoken word starlet Rainy Payne for a sexy, groove-laden showdown. Complete with a collection of rubs and reversions, each take twists the steamy bed-beckoning vibe in a whole new way. From the heritage M1 organ persistence of REDJ's remix to the timeless garage chugs of Richard Earnshaw's subversions, Duffnote have compiled a package that leaves no house fan ignored. Breathlessly big.
Review: The idea behind Masterworks Music's new "Remix Series" is simple: get two different artists to remix each other's work. This time round the artists in question are Mannix and Patzdasch & Dix. The latter deliver two versions of the former's cheerful and groovy disco-funk-goes-house number "All Because Of You": a "High Remix" that boasts some taught Clavinet riffs, bongos aplenty and woozy new synthesizer solos, and the ultra-deep jazz-funk/downtempo breaks fusion of the "Calm Down Mix". Mannix repays the compliment by re-wiring Patzdusch & Dix's drowsy deep house shuffler "Statement" as a stomping slab of rubbery house smothered in tasty disco-funk instrumentation.
Review: Austrian disco zealots We Mean Disco (run by veteran house DJ Pariz/ Senor Manolo) have tirelessly dug deep to find authentic disco 12"s to shake down, spruce up and reintroduce to the world. Now it's time to take stock with this compilation album that acts as a remarkable sampler of the label's roster so far. Standouts include the glistening glamour-funk of "Love Has Come Around" the synthy bleep-soul of "I Need You Now" and the housed-up Michael McDonald-sampling "I'm In Love". Boom!
Street Players By Victor Simonelli - "Taste A Little Paradise" (produced , mixed, arranged and edited by Victor Simonelli for VJS Prod Engineer Paul Hawkins Special thanks to Jason Orriss Mastered by Jack Smeraglia) - (9:18) 129 BPM
Womack Rework - "Good Times In Life" (Greg Womack) - (7:30) 116 BPM
RLP - "I Dont Love You Anymore" (RLPs French Affair Philly Tribute Session) - (11:23) 118 BPM
Ramsey Hercules - "Ohh Child" - (6:24) 93 BPM
Mr Leigh - "Searchin To Fund Another One" - (5:44) 114 BPM
Review: Here's a tantalizing prospect: an expansive collection of edits and reworks old and new from some of the greatest exponents in the disco scene. With such quality fare on offer, picking highlights is tough, but keep an eye out for the contributions from Frico (a straightened-out and chopped-up version of Orlando Johnson & Trance's boogie classic "Chocolate City"), DJ Prime (a soaring version of disco-soul classic "Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Back"), Manix (the filter-heavy disco-funk workout "Hangin Through") and Alkalino (the heavy P-funk jam "This is a Party"). There's also another chance to enjoy scene classics from Revivra (their brilliant 2010 rework of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?") and The Apple Scruffs (the vocoder-laden Pink Floyd disco cover "Another Brick In The Wall").