Review: With an EP title like 'Boogie Grooves' there are no prizes for guessing what style/era from the dancefloor history books is being paid homage to here. Kelton Prima's opener 'The Lights' is a masterclass in shimmering early 80s synths and chorus'd, slightly chipmunky fem vox, Tony Johns' 'Watching You' revisits the 1980 jam of the same name by Ohio funkateers Slave, 'Slow-N-Funky' drops down into decadent, string-drenched 70s disco mode as it loops up the backing vox from a 1975 cut by Furman & Johnson, but the pick of a fine crop is Pete Le Freq's more house-ified 'Stars Out', a rework of Stargard's 'Wear It Out' from 1979.
Review: We needn't detain you too long with this one - the story's nice and simple, as UK veteran Pete Le Freq brings us his takes on a brace of vintage dancefloor gems, namely Frisky's 'Burn Me Up (With Your Love)' from 1979 and Ray Parker Jr & Raydio's 'It's Time To Party Now' from 1980. Which means the EP also serves as a kind of inadvertent micro-history of Black American dance music, capturing as it does the subtle shift from the handclaps, funk bass and harmonised vox of 70s disco to the more spangly, electronically-inclined sound of 80s boogie.
Review: UK veteran Pete Le Freq gets out the razorblades and Selotape and serves up a brace of re-edits for Hot Gorilla. First under the scalpel is Banbarra's 'Shack Up' from 1975 (as covered by post-punk faves A Certain Ratio later on) - the treatment here is so reverential it's hard to say exactly what the re-edit does differently, but the original was always a stone-cold cert so this should be too! 'Rock Me', meanwhile, revisits 'Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again', a 1974 single by Lyn Collins of 'Think (About It)' fame. Funk-tastic!
Review: Act of Sedition's latest expansive collection of re-edits and reworks, Perfect Pitch, is subtitled 'loose grooves for lazy days' and that's an apt description of the pleasingly warming, afternoon-ready soul, yacht rock and disco revisions on show. The vibe is mostly head-nodding rather than arms aloft, but that's no bad thing. You'll find plenty of playable fare amongst the 13 tracks on show, with our picks including the slow-motion disco-funk of Vibes4YourSoul's 'Dance All Night', Pete Le Freq's tasteful rework of Stevie Wonder classic 'Living For The City', the sun-drenched, loop-powered soul shuffle of Frankee More's 'It's Walter' and the percussion-laden South American disco-reggae madness of 'Rita' by Ferdinand DeBeaufort.
Review: UK stalwart Pete Le Freq cut his teeth on the East Midlands deep house scene, coming up alongside the likes of Inland Knights and DiY, but these days you'll find him working mostly in the disco and funk sphere. And now here comes an 11-track collection that's very much in the latter vein, and whose genesis is rather neatly explained by the title! 'Lip Gloss' reworks Hi-Gloss's 'You'll Never Know' and 'Spidey's Girl' chops up 'Mary Jane' by Rick James; that suggests the other nine cuts are also probably re-edits, but if so he's dug admirably deep for inspiration! Either way, if it's disco and funk from the more traditional side you're after, you'll find much to enjoy here...
Review: A couple of tasty re-edits here from UK veteran Pete Le Freq. First to get the treatment is Steely Dan's 'Peg'. A widely acknowledged classic, 'Peg' has cropped up in enough house ad disco sets over the years that we can safely say a re-edit wasn't strictly 'necesssary'; if it's gonna get one, though, then the man from York is a safe pair of hands and his lightly looped take offers a refreshing alternative to the original. Perhaps the more essential of the two cuts, though, is 'What About', a jaunty lil' funker that loops up a familiar but infuriatingly unidentified male vocal.
Review: Unlike many of its rivals, Fingerman's Hot Digits label doesn't fill its' obligatory annual compilation with back catalogue cuts. Instead, we're offered a vast number of previously unheard re-edits, remixes and original productions. It's a successful blueprint and one religiously adhered to on Hot Digits: Year Seven, the popular imprint's latest must-check collection. There's not enough room to single out every sonic highlight, but our current favourites include the breezy boogie squelch of Ross Fitz's 'I Miss Your Love ('85 Mix)', the driving deep house haziness of Fingerman and Henri Le Blanc's 'Leave Your Cares Tonight', the neo-trance cheeriness of Picklejam's 'Endorphin Situation' and the stab-happy, peak-time house retro-futurism of 'The Feeling' by Downunder Disco.
Review: Pete Le Freq has contributed tracks and EPs to countless labels in recent years - Spa in Disco, Alpaca Edits and Rare Wiri included - but never before has he appeared on the fast-rising Hot Gorilla imprint. He's predictably brought his A-game, delivering two killer edits-not-edits packed with party-starting grooves and rush-inducing builds and drops. 'Feline Manhunt' turns a quirky, leftfield disco classic into a bouncy, rubbery, filter-sporting treat full of cut-glass strings, quirky anglicised European vocals and elastic bass, while 'Let it Dazz (Dub)' delivers a largely instrumental, stripped-back take on a seriously squelchy, mid-'80s electrofunk treat by Cleveland's finest funk outfit.
Review: Sub-titled 'Late Night Cruisin' Classics', Midnight Riot's first compilation dedicated to Yacht Rock & Disco is a loved-up saunter through colourful hybrids of blue-eyed soul, revivalist disco and the kind of slick and soulful nu-disco that sounds like it should be sound-tracking a sea-bound party put on by millionaire playboys. Across the compilation you'll find shiny cover versions of blue-eyed soul classics (Change Request's 'Lowdown' and DJ Mark Brickman's 'I Keep Forgettin'), deliciously downtempo excursions of the Balearic kind (the sugary street soul flex of Saucy Lady & U-Key's 'What You Won't Do For Love', Sweetooth's simply superb 'So Into You', the Ned Doheny-ish excellence of JIM's 'Whisper In The Wind'), and a really quite remarkable Sade cover (Samma's 'Sweetest Taboo'). In a word: lovely.
Review: Pete Le Freq's re-edit series reaches Volume 5, with more cryptic artist names providing cheeky clues as to the sources. 'Day And Night Working' by Son Of Jack is an obvious one (The Jacksons, 'Working Day And Night', 1982), while Salsoul Orchestra's 1975 'Chicago Bus Stop' provides the basis for 'Sheffield's Bus Station' by Sal's Really Big Band. Elsewhere, 'Tried, Tested & Positive' and 'Discovered A Vaccine', both credited to AAS, are a couple of string-drenched, uptempo 70s-style disco stompers with big diva vocals - and were known in a previous life as 'Tried, Tested And Found True' and 'Found A Cure' by Ashford & Simpson.
Review: A stalwart of the UK's deep house scene for over 20 years, Pete Le Freq comes to Alpaca Edits here with four very classy reworkings. Given that the original tracks in question are Skyy's 'Here's To You' (in Vocal and Dub flavours), Smokey Robinson's 'Being With You' and The Jones Girls' 'Nights Over Egypt', you certainly couldn't accuse the man of willful obscurantism when it comes to source material, but all three/four are very well done - especially 'Being With U', which has always been something of a guilty, schmaltzy pleasure for this reviewer and which just got one helluva lot easier to programme!
Review: Known first and foremost as a deep house producer, the UK's Pete Le Freq takes a tour of more disco-oriented pastures on this three-tracker for Rayko's Rare Wiri label. The tracks are essentially re-edits, but there's no five-minute 'loop it up and chuck a 4/4 kick under it' shoddiness here, and you could equally see them as being fresh tracks that are merely 'inspired by' vintage cuts. 'Believe In You' is based on Patti Jo's 'Make Me Believe In You' from 1973, N-Joi's 1991 rave classic 'Anthem' (1991) gets disco'd up on 'Anthemic' and 'Love Is Sweet' sees Anita Baker's 1986 soul gem 'Sweet Love' given a nu-disco makeover.
Review: Multi-track maestro Pete Le Freq is back with a third selection of hot-to-trot reworks created using original vocals and instrumentation from a range of disco and boogie-era cuts. He successfully teases and filters out the Jackson Sisters on "Refreq'ed Miracle", before putting his stamp on Phreek's Patrick Adams-produced Paradise Garage anthem, "Weekend". He then delivers two storming cuts based on Dan Hartman's "Relight My Fire": an extended instrumental ("Pete's Got Vertigo") and a sing-along version with added Loleatta Holloway ("Relight Dan's Fire"). Elsewhere, he successfully tampers with a Salsoul classic ("Twenty Percent") and sticks a bouncy house beat beneath a string-laden disco classic ("Luv Town").
Review: Alpaca Edits heavyweight Pete Le Freq continues to make merry with the multi-track tapes of dusty disco, soul and electrofunk classics. This second selection of "freak-outs" is every bit as on-point as its predecessor, with the self-proclaimed "Freq" sprinting through the soaring disco-soul brilliance of "The Playa" before slinking into '80s soul/AOR pop mode on the dreamy and quietly groovy "Any Further" (a period 12" Dub style revision of a well-known radio favourite). Elsewhere he tampers with Janet Jackson's Jam and Lewis produced classic "What Have You Done For Me Lately" with typically impressive results before successfully "talkin' about bad girls" on punchy rework "Naughty Girls". Best of all, though, is "Let No Man", a loose and life-affirming edit of one of the greatest disco records of all time.
Review: Right now it seems like a week doesn't pass without the release of a new re-edit EP from Pete Le Freq. While it's not that surprising - the disco edit scene is full of prolific rework merchants - what is eyebrow-raising is the way that the Alpaca Edits regular is able to keep the quality threshold impressively high. For proof, check the glassy-eyed yacht rock/AOR disco-soul brilliance of "Before", the all-action, slap-bass and string-laden disco heaviness of "Stompy McStompface" (this week's most humorously titled re-edit), and the filter sporting, dub disco style "Boo Ghee Nights", where one of disco's most famous cuts gets a tidy 21st century makeover.
Review: We'd like to think that Pete Le Freq completed these glassy-eyed '70s and '80s yacht-rock edits while dressed in suitable attire, specifically a pastel coloured, loose fit jump suit and boat shoes. Sadly, he probably didn't, but happily his "rewinds" will suit all those yearning for a bit of warm, sun-kissed positivity. Our pick of the bunch is "Say", where a string-laden classic from blue-eyed soul maestro Boz Scaggs is gently tooled up, dubbed-out and rearranged for maximum dancefloor impact. Elsewhere, "Yah Mo" is a tasty version of an eyes-closed, synth-laden '80s soul/yacht rock classic, while "Puddin' & Pie" is a groovy, occasionally echoing version of soft focus Toto classic "Georgy Porgy" that's just crying out to be rocked on an Adriatic boat party.
Review: Alpaca Edits founder Pete Le Freq is on a roll at the moment, with a string of high-grade EPs still to drop in coming weeks. "Burnin" is the first of these and is every bit as essential as the producer's previous edit EPs. He starts in confident mood offering up a groovy, subtly beefed-up revision of a Gwen McRae classic that wisely gives dcue prominence to the original track's killer bassline. "Turn Your Love" sees the friendly Freq get busy with filter tricks on a breezy version of a 1980s George Benson favourite, while "Dreamin' The Dream" is a driving, low-slung revision of a powerful disco-funk workout. Arguably best of all, though, is "What About Nile", a gently breezy, filter-sporting slab revision of a sleek, chic and lovelorn disco classic.
Review: Pete Le Freq is Alpaca Edits and Llama Farm head honcho, serial re-editor and reworker of soul funk and disco. Here he presents three respectful edits such as "L.O.V.E." where he delivers a lo-slung and funky affair: Greek style, no guesses who he resplices on "Shake It Up Cheryl" - it's an oldie but indeed a goodie. There's also a 1979 British soul classic thats given a nice modern revision here on "One More Step" - timeless stuff! Pete's been djing for the last 20 years, has played all over the UK and Europe, spinning with the likes of Inland Knights, The Littlemen, Soydan, Cagedbaby, DIY, Matt Shrewd and loads more. His productions have taken elements of disco, soul, funk and jazz with a large dose of wobbly bass and blended them all together in a deep house smoothie.
Review: Pete La Freq is a Cambridgeshire DJ that heads up Alpaca Edits and its parent label Llama Farm. On "Freq Show" be prepared for a Cameo sounding, neon-lit boogie funk edit that could well have been on the soundtrack to classic '80s films like Beverly Hills Cop or Action Jackson. And that P-funk bassline, manalive! Next up he serves up some lo-slung, deep disco business on "Stuff" that goes for that late '70s NYC kind of vibe. Finally "Changing Transport" is the kind of feel good and sunny 'respectful edit' that will appeal to fans of other equally lauded disco Stus of the moment - such as Perth's Dr. Packer or The Noodleman from Toronto. This follows up some awesome releases on the label in recent times, from the likes of Andy Buchan, RockNRolla Soundsystem and the charmingly titled C Da Afro.