Review: This EP sees the Sound Exhibitions crew adopt the role of musical boxing promoter, pitting two tough talents, Funk Reverse and Phil Disco, against each other in a match where only the audience can win. Phil Disco comes out punching first with the funky Latin cocktail-house vibes of "Leave You". Funk Reverse claims the second round with the breezy lounge jam "Emy House". However they both score a double KO with the killer electro-funk joint effort, "Good Fight".
Review: Surprisingly, there's little information to be found online about the identity and background of Phil Disco, other than that he's French and used to run a regular disco podcast. The Gallic connection is perhaps more obvious when you listen to the seven tracks that make up Disco Deluxe, a breezy, feel-good collection of string-laden disco instrumentals with a subtle house touch. There are sumptuously upbeat moments - see "Rising To The Top" - forays into shirts-off disco-pump ("Hey DJ", "Disco") and, best of all, tantalizingly layered midtempo groovers ("Face to Face", "B-Flop"). We're not sure whether these are edits or originals (our guess is the former), but there's plenty of cheery fodder to please most disco dancefloors.
Review: Dimitri Ferrari's Sound Exhibitions stable welcomes back label regular Phil Disco, who brings us a four-track EP titled in self-explanatory fashion! Opener 'Funky For You' is a midpaced cut whose vocodered vocal and squelchy analogue synths lend it a Daft Punk-ish air. 'So Good' would slide equally nicely into funk or house sets and features a female "we gotta keep it funky tonight' vocal along with more of that synth squelch. The title track ups the tempo again and has a hypnotic, small-hours feel, while finally 'Tape90s' is another pacey affair, underpinned by live-sounding funk bass and topped with piano chords, disco stabs and a cheeky Deee-Lite vocal snip.
Review: Italy's Sound Exhibitions bring us three fine contemporary disco cuts from Phil Disco, who previously featured on the label's V/A 'All Right' EP earlier this year. 'Metrofunk' is a looping funk groove with choppy guitars, squelchy layers of synths and a luxuriant, lounge-y Rhodes topline. 'Afro54' has, unsurprisingly, more of an Afro-centric feel, though mostly in the drums department, topping same with wukka-wukking guitar and extended snatches of indecipherable, presumably sampled female vocal. And then completing the EP comes 'Acid Disco', a hypnotic but 303-free chugger built to keep 'em grooving through the wee smalls...
Review: The Sound Exhibitions label is known for its Afro Dub Series and, as you'd imagine, that's all about African-inspired funk and disco. However, TJ Edit and Phil Disco offer something a little different with this latest compilation comprised of the duo's best tune from the summer of 2016. There's house, disco and much more in here, both from TJ Edit and Phil Disco; the former is primarily in a disco-house mood fuelled by samples and seductive slapbass, while the latter delves more into the boogie sound, and together this makes for a fine release, indeed.
Review: Okay, so: this isn't really a soul album, and as far as we can tell, few if any of the artists involved are from Africa, either! It's still well worth checking, though, as what you get instead are 13 tracks of contemporary funk, jazz-funk and, yes, some soul from artists such as DJ Moy, The Broker, Phil Disco and LTG Long Travel Groove, all of which have purportedly been inspired by African music. Said influences are obvious on, say, DJ Moy's self-explanatory 'Afrojazz' or kiddy chant-laden 'L'Afrikano', less so on tracks like The Broker's 'Tutto In' - a jazz-funk/soul number that could have come from anywhere, at any point in the past 45 years or so - but it all adds up to a rather pleasing neo-funk package anyway.