Review: This reviewer has long been an admirer of Natasha Kitty Katt's way with a big, strutty disco-tech stomper, but this team-up with US trumpeter Tommy Tangie finds her treading a somewhat more understated path. 'Space Wave' rides a rolling disco-house rhythm with female vocal snips and the occasional pyowww! stab, but it's the mournful trumpet line courtesy of Tangie that's the star of the show. Said horn also plays a key role in the slightly lower-tempo 'Electrifying', albeit here it's the high-camp and rather 80s-sounding "it's electrifying!" female vocal (presumably from Ms Kitty Katt herself) that takes the leading role.
Review: Few can touch Natasha Kitty Katt when it comes to tuff, strutty disco-tech, but last year's 'Kosmic Oscillations' brought us a glimpse of her deeper side. On this remix package, Ali Aitken funks things up and adds a spoken male hypnobabble vocal, Dexter Jones's Cosmic Glue Mix takes us to the disco/souful house borders, while the Nite Owl Remix is a smoother ride that leans towards the melodic side of things. All three are plenty playable, but the standout for this writer is the deep, throbbing Antenna! Ghetto Disco Mix, which features what appears to be a sampled interview with Ms Kitty Katt herself.
Review: Birdee is a rising star of the nu-disco and re-edit scenes, so it makes perfect sense that Bomb Strikes has recruited him to curate and mix the latest volume in their excellent Disco Funkin' compilation series. As you'd expect, it's a thoroughly and joyous affair, rich in colourful synth sounds, funky disco basslines and beats that flit between housed-up heaviness and more organic-sounding, less pumped-up grooves. There are tons of essential cuts amongst the 25 unmixed tracks on show, with highlights including the sun-bright rush of Pete Herbert's remix of Da Chick's 'Chick a Boom', the crunchy Clavinet-sporting disco-funk of Shaka Loves You's 'Let's Move (SLY Disco Rub)', the slick French Touch style warmth of Birdee's own 'Thinking About You' and Ray Mang's celebratory revision of Smoove & Turrell's 'Do It'.
Review: Ms Kitty Katt has an uncanny knack for turning out classy contemporary disco-house jams at roughly the same rate as half the population are currently turning out Covid mask-related rants (whether pro or anti) on Facebook - there's simply no stopping the woman! Here, she fires forth two more killer salvos from her disco Gatling gun: 'Ninja Dance' goes straight for the jugular with looping phat-ass bass and a spoken male vocal that's married to a female "dance dance dance!" chorus, while 'Cissy' sports a rawer-sounding female soul vocal and some very familiar brass stabs... and both are what Saturday nights were made for.
Review: For the latest volume in their popular Disco Funkin' compilation strand, Bomb Strikes has handed over curation duties to rising star and Midnight Riot regular Natasha Kitty Katt. The Edinburgh DJ/producer's selections are undeniably addictive and on-point, moving between heavyweight re-edits (see her collaboration with Twisted Soul Collective, 'Twisted Katt', solo disco-funk tweak 'Edgarr!' and Oliver Boogie's slamming 'Dance Band'), superior nu-disco originals (Phoenix's piano-heavy 'Nature Dance', Fouk's sample-heavy 'Cat Lady' and the slick boogie revivalism of Lovebirds' 'Give Me a Sign') and loopy disco-house treats (the contributions from Shaka Loves You, Birdee, Hotmood and Mark Lower). Those looking for fresh dancefloor ammunition will find much to enjoy, while the Scottish DJ's accompanying mix is as entertaining and excitable as they come.
Review: Over the past few years Ms Kitty Katt has shaped up into one of the most reliable contemporary disco/disco-house producers around, and this latest four-track EP doesn't disappoint. The title track is a chuggy, bottom-heavy affair topped with cosmic synth squiggles, 'Larry's Code' is a pacier cut that goes to town with the space disco stabs, while 'Up There?' is a more eyes-down workout. The standout for this reviewer though is 'Katt Nip', a heavily electronic, Italo-style chugger with a distinctive posh, male spoken vocal and an actual cat's miaow - the two are connected, but I won't spoil it....
Review: Natasha Kitty Katt joins forces with the UK's Danny Kane, best-known as one-half of Jakkin Rabbit, to produce a three-track EP for the uber-hip Midnight Riot. The lead track, 'Feel It Inside', is a sumptuous, sophisticated jam - all sensuous female vocal, wailing sax and walking bassline - that you can file under 'nu disco' or 'disco-house' as you see fit, and that comes accompanied by a matching instrumental. Completing the package is 'Melted Funk', a tuffer and fairly self-explanatory affair that for this reviewer is the EP standout, with a hefty slap bassline that recalls Nush's remix of Sara Parker's 'My Love Is Deep' from back in the day.
Review: Glitterbox fave drops two tracks of solid gold disco action on Ghetto Disco, the Edinburgh-based label she runs with her father Dennis Probert. Re-edits are Ghetto Disco's stock-in-trade, so that's presumably what these are, though the original source material isn't clear. But what we can tell you is that 'Twisted Katt' is an unhurried, chugging affair that sports a looping female chorus, as well a snatch of male vocal from Bohannon's 'Me And The Gang', while the accompanying 'Cosmic Bitch' is a very serviceable slice of Joey Negro-esque disco house topped with some killer strings.
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: This two-tracker from Midnight Riot has all the makings of a future disco-house anthem. It comes courtesy of label regular Natasha Kitty Katt, imprint big cheese Yam Who and vocalist Jacqui George. In its EP-opening "Gospeldelic Mix" form, "Into Your Life" is a rushing fusion of rolling house grooves, spacey synth solos, jangling gospel house pianos and a stunning lead vocal from George that should get the hairs on the back of your next leaping heavenwards. Danny Kane handles remix duties, offering a slicker and smoother interpretation that sits somewhere between nu-disco (check the squidgy new synth parts), soulful house and bouncy disco-house. Like the version that preceded it, Kane's mix is a genuine winter warmer.
Review: Midnight Riot serve up 18 tracks that encapsulate the house sound of Ibiza in 2019, with elements of tech-house and (nu) disco and a sprinkling of good old-fashioned vocal podium belters. Arther Baker's opening 'Reachin' (as remixed by Hi-Fi Sean and Yam Who?) is one example of the latter, while techier, struttier pleasures can be found on Benjamin Ferreira's ludicrously funky bass workout 'Aerosol'. Manc veterans DJ Paulette and Chris Massey join forces on another funk-fuelled rumbler, 'Sheroes', while deeper, more soulful vibes await on Jack Tyson Charles's 'Glory'. And if you like the sound of those there are 14 more very playable nuggets from the likes of Birdee, Lenny Fontana and Natasha Kitty Kat to choose from!
Review: Edinburgh DJ and producer Natasha Kitty Katt is very much a current darling of the disco-house scene - and with good reason, as she demonstrates on this two-tracker for the mighty Paper Disco. Rollicking along at a healthy 125bpm, 'She's Cruel' is positively pacey by 2019 standards and sports an uber-camp spoken "she never stops" vocal that lends the track something of vogue/ballroom kinda feel, while 'Twisted Katt' drops the tempo to 115bpm and rides a hefty, lolloping funk bassline with chorused fem vox and several competing vocal snips. Both will fire up dancefloors in the apposite discotheques for sure.
Review: Glasgow's Shaka Loves You has rightly earned a reputation as disco-centric duo on the rise. Because of this, it's little surprise to see them at the controls on Bomb Strikes' first foray into the disco-focused compilation market. The Scottish pair have naturally pulled out all the stops for the occasion, selecting 20 hot-to-trot cuts that aptly blur the boundaries between disco, funk, nu-disco, electro and boogie. Highlights include, but are in no way limited to, the hazy, sun-kissed soul of Lack of Afro's "Back To The Day", the thickset P-funk revivalism of Kraak & Smaak's "Dynamite" and the rubbery disco-house-meets-UK soul flex of the Reflex's remix of Omar's "Vicky's Tune". Throw in a tasty selection of the pair's productions and you have a suitably strong collection.
Review: The first "Masterworks Legends" compilation saw label boss Danny Worrall giving digital debuts to a whole host of previously vinyl-only cuts. We're not sure whether he's taken the same approach this time round, but the quality of the material remains pleasingly high. Beginning with Dr Packer's hot-to-trot revision of Kiu D's Blaxploitation disco workout "Dynamite", Worrall offers up a swathe of hypnotic, disco-tinged house head-nodders (Ooft's "I Am Love" being a glassy-eyed standout), tasty '80s electrofunk revisions (Woodhead, The Silver Rider, Coutel, his own '80s Child project), thumping disco club cuts (Natasha Kitty Kat, Kiu D, James Rod, Ponchartrain) and sparkling nu-disco box jams (Gradient Logic). If you're looking for more tried-and-tested treats to pep up your sets, you should add this to your cart right now.
Review: Midnight Riot's first release of 2019 sees two label regulars, Danny Kane and Natasha Kitty Kat, join forces for what we believe is the very first time. Vocalist Sophie Paul lends a hand on superb EP opener "Wear It", a brilliant fusion of rolling house and head-in-the-clouds disco rich in gospel style piano riffs and sweeping strings. "Ascend To Love" sees the duo brilliantly wrap fluttering, spaced-out vocal samples and disco loops around a metronomic house groove, while the "Instrumental Mix" of "Wear It" allows the duo's brilliant instrumentation (including the cut-glass disco strings and bouncy piano riffs) room to breathe. An impressive start to the year from one of digital disco's most reliable imprints.
Review: While gospel has always been a strong influence in the worlds of house and disco, the volume of spiritually charged dancefloor tracks has rocketed in recent times. Hence this fine compilation from Midnight Riot and "gospel supremo" the Showfa, which gathers together new, recent and overlooked gospel-fired dancefloor jams. We're particularly enjoying Yam Who and Alan Dixon's brilliant new version of the Soup Dragons' "I'm Free" - think classic, Balearic-era baggy house with more prominence given to the London Gospel Choir's vocals and Dixon's wild organ lines - Le Visiteur's low-slung re-edit of an old gospel-disco gem ("Let The Sunshine") and the rubbery boogie-gospel-goes-filter-house excitement of Benjamin Ferreira's "What U Will". That said, there's barely a duffer to be found amongst the 19 tracks on show, with the emphasis rightly on celebratory positivity throughout.
Review: A rising star not just in the DJ world but now as a respected producer, Miss Kitty Katt has released a series of disco house workouts for some time - and her new Midnight Riot debut is no exception. Born and raised in Edinburgh into a soul music obsessed family, Natasha was introduced to rare soul, funk, boogie and rare disco from a young age. Some of her earliest musical influences would probably be classed as northern or modern soul. "Let's Make Love" is already causing dance floor mayhem with its fervent love fever, whilst the lo-slung boogie down jam "Windy City" is given a modern day revision. Originally a pirate radio anthem in the late 80s, Natasha Kitty Katt has turned out an intense late night bumper, full of swagger and will be a go to classic for years to come.