Review: Some seriously sweet ass edits again courtesy of the discerning Discoalition authority, a label based in Bordeaux (France) and managed by head honcho SEEN ON TV. First up A Digital Needle takes the razor to Bruni Pagan's 1979 digger's delight "Fantasy", UK heroes Imagination get an ergonomic edit too, but for DJ use only with Rare Cuts' version of their 1981 classic "So Good". Finally "One And Only" by Coutel has those feel good, summertime, soul disco vibes with a loop taken from a particular classic but we don't kiss and tell on this one: keep diggin'!
Review: Some would argue that Aeroplane's productions have not been the same since Vito De Luca and Stephen Fasano went their separate ways. While Fasano is rebuilding his career as The Magician, De Luca has been left to carry on producing and DJing as Aeroplane alone. Here he brushes aside criticism of his debut album with a debut mix set. It's actually rather good, offering a typically accessible and synth-heavy mix of groovy contemporary disco (Cosmonauts, Drop out Orchestra, Poolside), unreleased exclusives (his own, auto-tune heavy "Save Me Now") and forgotten gems (Stars On 33) that touches on curious Balearica, Italo and punk-disco. This digi version is available in its intended mixed form, but you can also buy the tracks featured individually!
Death On The Balcony - "Imagination Of Ourselves" - (9:11) 121 BPM
Rui-Z - "Random Noise Generator" - (6:51) 123 BPM
Review: 20/20 Vision offshoot 20/20 Editions inaugurated the New Editions series this time last year, primarily to champion producers the label thinks will be doing big things in the weeks and months to come. Think of this second volume, then, as a primer for 2018. Austin Ato kicks things off with the lo-fi drum machine bounce, acid bass and drifting late night chords of "Restless Snare", before Salvione doffs a cap to early noughties 20:20 Vision releases on the bustling tech-house/deep house fusion of "Champion Sound". Scene stalwarts Death on the Balcony impress via the layered percussion, rising organs and restless low-end chug of "Imagination of Ourselves", while Rui Z channels the spirit of David Morales' early '90s Red Zone remixes on EP standout "Random Noise Generator".
Review: Back in April, Bordeaux-based Seen On TV launched the Discoalition label with an expansive EP of his own disco, soul and funk re-edits. For this belated follow-up, the Frenchman has decided to do things differently, recruiting a bunch of little-known producers to deliver a split EP of floor-friendly treats. While his own "Back To Chicago" - a grandiose, soaring chunk of hands-aloft disco-soul beefed up with house-centric beats - impresses, there's plenty more to excite elsewhere. Check, for example, DJ Pats' effortlessly jazzy, subtly beefed up version of Maze's smooth classic "Joy & Pain" (here retitled "Sunshine & Rain"), and the sharp strings, rising horns and celebratory vocals of Brexio's tasty opener "Surrender". Both, like the rest of the EP, are spot on.