Review: When Andy Bull AKA Bully Boy launched the Act of Sedition label a couple of years back his aim was to release "the finest 45 edits" on seven-inch double-packs. It's something of a surprise, then, to see the label land on digital download with a sprawling collection of previously vinyl-only reworks and bonus edits. Expect a gloriously vibrant and floor-friendly mixture of gospel-tinged psychedelic soul (Jimi Hendrix's "Freedom"), Clav-happy disco-funk squelch (Disco-Tech's "Assassination"), sweet disco sing-alongs (SanFrankDisko's "Get It Right"), sweaty punk-funk/dub disco heaviness ("Cavern Dance" by V's Edits), high octane disco-camp (Mighty Mouse's cheerfully silly "Got To Have Nothing") and much more besides.
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).
Review: More from Mighty Mouse, a long serving producer who has recently become the undisputed champion of the on point, single track salvo. "Where In The World" sees him return to the warm embrace of Nightfilm, a record label he's enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with over the years. The track itself is chunky and ear catching, with Mighty Mouse building from a deep and woozy start towards a triumphant, glassy-eyed conclusion. Along the way, the talented producer treats us to chunky, Italo-disco style arpeggio bass, kaleidoscopic chords, lilting new wave style synth, soundtrack-esque piano flourishes and just the right amount of hands-aloft electronics.
Review: Although primarily known as a fine exponent of original nu-disco productions, Mighty Mouse can re-edit with the best of 'em. He's delivered plenty of top-notch examples of his scalpel work of late, with "Midnight Mouse (Revisited)" - released in January - being particularly potent. Predictably, "Forever" is another sumptuous dancefloor killer. Wisely, he's chosen to emphasis the killer mid-tempo groove underpinning his chosen source material, teasing it out with the addition of some neat filter tricks before building up the breathy, glassy-eyed vocal. There are some also neat - and surprisingly subtle - "stop-start" and rewind tricks included later on to ratchet up the loved-up rush further.
Review: On this cheery and DJ-friendly two-tracker, heavyweight nu-disco producer Mighty Mouse delivers a pair of party-starting revisions that sit somewhere between straight-up, scalpel style re-edits and sneaky remixes. The most startling of the two tracks is "Midnight Mouse (Revised)", a new version of a 2011 re-edit that makes merry with a 1970s Swedish disco-pop anthem. While the famous vocals and sing-along chorus finally make an appearance in the final two minutes, this rush is built up to via an acid-flecked fusion of Italo-disco and head-nodding nu-disco chug. "Time Out Of Mind", on the other hand, is a more traditional re-edit of what sounds like a West Coast jazz-rocker's take on New York disco.
Fire Flowerz - "Offensive Language" - (3:48) 128 BPM
Review: Everybody knows that if you want an overload of hoover-style bass shenanigans, than Herve's Cheap Thrills label is pretty much a one-stop-shop. What's lesser know, however, is the other side of the label, the disco side of things. This compilation collects ten of the finest disco-orientated party tunes that emerged on the label. Highlights include the chopped up Frank Farian-style bonanza "I Think I Like It" by Fake Blood, the absurd Billy Ocean-led knees up "54321 (Voodoo Chili Edit)" by Kill Frenzy and the sleek Mighty Mouse Euro-disco rework of "Robot Rock" by The Glamour.