Review: Michael The Lion pops up on the ever-reliable Razor N Tape imprint following high quality outings on Soul Clap and Giant Cuts. This time round, he's following the Kon blueprint of blending edit style rearrangement with the heavyweight swing of house production. He begins with the soulful disco-house throb of "Anytime" - all extended percussion breaks, piano-heavy sweetness and life-affirming vocals - before charging off on a cheeky Italo-disco direction with "The Don". "Get More" is a killer, high octane re-cut of Lorraine Johnson's obscure cover of Teddy Pendergass favourite "The More I Get, The More I Want", while closer "909s and Herb" - a co-production with Sammy Bananas - blends elements from Herb Alpert disco classic "Rise" with all manner of brand new synths, drums and samples.
Review: Given his history in the disco re-edit scene, it's perhaps unsurprising that Michael Fichman's first EP for Soul Clap contains a couple of bona fide mirrorball treats. Chief amongst these is "Get it On (Bosq Remix)", a brilliant chunk of revivalist vocal disco full of authentic instrumentation, including Nile Rodgers style guitars, a fine walking bassline and on-point percussion. DJ Bruce provides two killer, gospel inspired revisions of the track, too: the pared-back, pianos-and-bongos vibe of the "Feeling Mix" and the stretched-put, organ heavy gospel disco roller that is the standout "On & On Mix". Fittingly, both make much of Amy Douglas's inspired vocal. Elsewhere, "Side of Life" is a preacher-sporting chunk of sunshine disco and "The Changer" joins the dots between chugging dub disco and throbbing Italo-disco.
Review: Given the retro-futurist feel of Michael The Lion and Amy Douglas's recent collaborative EP, it's perhaps unsurprising that Soul Clap requested remixes from original disco mixer John Morales. He provides vocal and dub remixes of two tracks: "Find A Way" and "Drink You Up". It's his "M+M Remix" of the former the kicks off the EP in fine style, with the NYC remix king layering hazy chords, crunchy Clavinet lines, jaunty strings, toasty bass and Douglas's superb vocal a particularly percussive disco groove. A slightly more spaced-out "Dubish Mix" featuring plenty of early 80s style arrangement tricks follows, before Morales dances his way through the synth-laden disco skip of "Drink Me Up". The "Dub Mix" of that, a far more stripped-back but still excitement-filled affair, is also superb.
Review: Three years ago full-throated disco diva Amy Douglas made a guest appearance on "Get It On", the standout track from Michael The Lion's first EP on Soul Clap. Here they go one step further by joining forces for a full EP of collaborative cuts. They hit the ground running with "Drink You Up", a tasty slice of wonky NYC dub disco with typically strong lead vocals from Douglas, before soul man Steven Klavier joins her behind the mic on the effortlessly soulful and groovy "Find A Way". Elsewhere, "James Is The Message" is a fuzzy slab of horn-heavy disco-funk, "Social Love Song" is a triple-time glam-disco stomper and "Willing" is a laidback soul ballad.
Review: Since launching back in 2012, Brooklyn imprint Razor-N-Tape has been responsible for releasing some of the finest reworks the re-edit scene has to offer. For proof, check out this second trawl through the label's rapidly expanding back catalogue. There's nary a duffer in sight, with highlights including the mid-tempo, eyes-closed disco brilliance of Michael The Lion's "Any Time", the swirling deep house/disco fusion of Junktion's "I'm Wishing" and the tactile boogie throb of Deep&Disco's sought-after "So Tight" (the best Thelma Houston rework we've ever heard), to the spiraling saxophones of Tom of Brooklyn's tasty "Summer Jam" and COEO's wonderfully evocative and slightly beefed-up Escort rework, "Light Star".