Review: Leading re-edit imprint Editorial continues to deliver the goods, almost eight years to the day since the release of its debut release. Come To The Jam marks the first collaborative endeavour from Italian producers DJ Spranga and Massimo Vanoni. Opting for a warm, jazzy and groovy sound throughout - think jazz-funk brought up to date, with natural nods towards disco, soul and funk - the duo barely puts a foot wrong throughout. Highlights wise, we're really enjoying the clipped guitars, mazy electric piano solos and lolloping grooves of "What You What" and the revised disco-jazz of "Come to the Jam", though the break-driven disco-funk shuffle of "Jungle Beat" and Afro-cosmic throb of "Love Groove" are equally as impressive.
Review: Having previously established his reputation via a string of well received releases on Atop and Hot Digits, Massimo Vanoni has thrown his lot in with '80s Child's Masterworks Music imprint. Midtempo disco-funk throwdown "Wicked Funk" aside, the majority of the EP sees him explore slower territory, joining the dots between head-nodding warm-up fare and more chugging, slow house territory. "Respect" wraps fluttering flute lines around a sinewy, string-drenched disco groove, while "Get Up" is a toe-tapping disco-funk chugger blessed with spacey nu-disco synth flourishes. Best of all, though, is "Keep On", which sounds like a lost LTJ jam. It certainly has the same loose-but-loopy, slowly unfurling feel.
Review: Massimo Vanoni hails from Mantua in the north of Italy and pushes proper disco edits that you'll really dig. "Funky Sensation" while "Wake Up Dead Man" is said to be a working song from a Texas prison recorded in 1965. There's two versions of "I See You" a funky and soulful disco house makeover but "Fingerman's Disco Odyssey Re-edit" is the most authentic sounding one like the original. We could tell you who he sampled here, but you'll soon find out! "For Your Deeper Love" serves up one more loopy soul-funk hoedown for you all.
Review: Dubbed 'The Smoker', Italy's Massimo Vanoni is certainly a producer of stoner-friendly Balearic disco jams if ever there was one. This founder of Atop Records has only been operating under this moniker for less than five years (we suspect he's been around for longer though), here he hooks up with DiscoDat for this varied and lively EP. First up "African Night" is a whirling dervish of intoxicating Afrofunk, "Nameless Brat" lays on the wah-wah guitar riffs a plenty, "They Will Never Be Able To Stop Our Groove" is a long and winding Eurodisco chugger and lastly "My House" is a bongo-tastic white isle chill-fest.
Review: Although the original Italian disco clubs have long gone, the spirit still remains in the likes of Massimo Vanoni. Here his latest missive, the Piano Weapon EP, features a variety of takes on a few of his tunes. The title track is a deep and hypnotic lounge funk workout, which gets a thumping 'jazz hands' remodel in a Jaydee Plastic Dreams referencing remix. The title track is all slinky elastic gyrations and is given a percolating Balearic/yacht rock makeover in the 'Cosmic Inspiration' version. Lastly "Feel This Grove" adds some much needed pan pipe action to the mix.
Review: Label-hopping producer and re-editor Massimo Vanoni has enjoyed a relatively quiet year thus far, with a low-key outing on Atop his only release of note. This EP on Editorial should thrust him back into the spotlight though, as it really is rather good. Its' most headline-grabbing feature is the sedate, slo-mo tempos he's decided to operate at. Sure, there is one 120 BPM workout - the acid-speckled, jazz guitar-laden disco/deep house fusion of sun-kissed stunner "House Revenge" - but everything else hovers around the 100 BPM mark. On standout "Feel It", Vanoni works wonders with a chugging groove, dub delays and snippets from a seriously sweet cut, while "On Your Loving" is a superb sunset-ready groover rich in elastic slap bass, vintage electronics and dreamy chords.
Review: On his return to Atop for the first time in six months, experienced producer and re-editor Massimo Vanoni has decided to operate at a more sedate pace. All three tracks hover around the 105 BPM mark, offering a shuffling, head-nodding take on nu-disco that's suitable for both warm-up sets and the weary last moments of an all-night club session. Our pick of the job is the hazy, warm and glassy-eyed slow-disco head-nod of "Everybody (Love Mix)". That said, many will be drawn towards the two mixes of "Feel My Body", both of which pepper an angular electronic bassline with vintage house vocal samples. Of the two versions it's the EP-opening warmth of the "Vibe Mix" that stands out.
Review: Summer may still be some way off - for those of us in the UK, at least - but that's not stopping Massimo Vanoni from indulging in a little Balearic daydreaming. There's something suitably sultry and humid about the shuffling house grooves, wavy vocal samples and undulating electronics of "Ipanema Sunset", while "Free My Mind" is a near perfect combination of Italian dream house attitude and life-affirming disco flourishes. Elsewhere, "Jin-Go" is a tasty cover of the Candido classic full of cascading trumpet lines and rolling pianos, while Fingerman's Balearic Beatdown remix of "Everybody" is as warm and sensual as a naked hug with the man or woman of your dreams.
Review: If you're a regular buyer of releases on leading disco edit labels of the era - think Hot Digits, Masterworks Music and Spa In Disco - you should already be familiar with Massimo Vanoni. It is, though, Midnight Riot that he's arguably most associated with. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing on the Italian producer's latest outing on Yam Who's imprint. We're particularly enjoying metronomic opener "From The Ghetto", where jazzy electric guitar loops dance atop locked-in beats and an undulating, acid style bassline, though the woozier but no less leisurely warmth of "I Need A Rhythm" is almost as good. "Alchemy of Sounds", a slightly brighter and sharper cut influenced by jazz-funk and P-funk, is also pretty tasty.
Review: Massimo Vanoni (aka The Smoker) hails from Mantova, Italy and has had releases on top labels like Spa In Disco, Hot Digits and Masterworks Music. Continuing on with his knack for disco-infused themes, his new offering in the form of half a dozen tracks for London's Midnight Riot sees him on form as always. There's a familiar hook on "Let Me Get Up" but a respectful enough edit nonetheless. Not to mention a bit of lo-slung funk for good measure on "This Feeling" and "Pushing" respectively, not to mention some sleek, feelgood slo-mo soul explosions like on "About Your Love".
Review: The latest missive from the Editorial camp is something of a summery treat, with a sextet of producers taking it turns to lay down warm and inviting dancefloor treats, First up is Matt Hughes, whose "Lonestar" joins the dots between eyes-closed deep house and rich, bass-heavy Balearic disco. Hotmood lays down a chunk of horn-heavy, party-hearty disco house, while Massimo Vanoni marinades a sweet, sun-kissed disco cut in several gallons of tasty rum punch. Elsewhere, Sunner Soul works the filters hard on the low-slung disco house shuffler "Good Parts", I Gemin gets all sweaty and loopy on "Disco Fevah", and Andy Buchan does a great job reinventing an 80s synth-pop cut as a saucer-eyed slab of peak-time goodness.
Review: There's a reason that Midnight Riot's eponymous compilations frequently charge to the top of the Juno Download charts. Put simply, they never disappoint. This ninth installment sticks to the now tried-and-tested formula - house-friendly re-edits and originals from across the disco, boogie, soul and funk spectrum - but predictably hits the spot throughout. As usual, there's a bonus mix - this time put together by globe-trotting scalpel jockey Rayko - and tracks come from both label regulars ('80s Child, Ziggy Phunk, Chewy Funk) and an impressive array of new or unheralded talents. It's in the latter category that you'll find some of the most impressive fare - see Phil Jaimes deliciously Balearic "Nowhere To Hide" and Cosmocomics' kaleidoscopic synth-funk jam "Mary Jane" - though the standard remains pleasingly high throughout.
Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has packed in a lot of releases over the past 12 months, as this expansive roundup of the label's second year in business proves. Featuring 27 tracks and a bonus mix by the South Coast dwelling label boss, there's naturally plenty to admire. Highlights include, but are not limited to, the rolling, head-nodding grooves of Eyeco M's "Keeping It To Myself", the killer proto-house throb of "Tonight" by Bad Barbie vs Evil Smarty, the sexy, string-drenched disco loveliness of P-Sol's "Can't You See", LTJ's trumpet-boasting funk bumper "Fat Thing", and the hard-wired, bass-heavy rework of Julia & Company's "Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)" by Melon Bomb. It is, though, all pretty darn hot.