Review: Disco casual Rafael Fernandez lands on the disco-friendly Editorial imprint - known for their trigger-happy edits - so it's all fun and games; good vibes all around. As such, "Answer From Above" is a gorgeous, stop-start disco-sampling stomper that reminds us a little bit of Sound Stream if it wasn't for the heavy vocal action, and guess what!? There's also a string-heavy version for all your dancefloor antics. "Corner Street Blues" is more funky, moodier and features Gabriel Covarrubias on the mic, while "Bones" digs and chomps its way across snappy vocal chants and a steady, thumping kick for good measure.
Review: This fourth audio missive from the Wonderful Times stable has been picking up plays from some of the digital re-edit scene's most revered names. Given that all four tracks are tried-and-tested disco-house treats, it's easy to see why the EP has proved popular thus far. Highlights include the sexy sax cut-ups, colossal builds, swirling effects and bumping beats of Rafael Fernandez's "Ode To A.J", the fuzzy electronics, densely layered percussion and whistling melody lines of Sould Out's "Doctor Kongas", and the celebratory disco-funk rush of The Funk District's "Time Will Tell". Hotmood's loopy but essential opener, "In A Disco", is also well worth regular rotations.
Review: If you pine for that mid '80s wine bar funk vibe to return, you're in luck - it's here and it's brought the disco flute with it. Yep, "Your Love" is all basslines smoother than Galaxy, thin and tight guitar licks, shimmering chords and did we mention the flute? Oh we did? Well that too. Meanwhile "La Musique" takes us on a Real Thing-style trip but deeper, housier and more French... and all the better for it!
Review: Last seen over a year ago on Editorial, Rafael Fernandez returns to action via a two-track salvo on Hotmood's consistent Discoweey imprint. He hits the ground running with "Boogie Del Mireyver", a tasty, slightly tooled-up revision of what sounds like an obscure South American disco-boogie cut rich in Spanish spoken word vocals, low-slung dub disco style bass, bouncy drums and sweet synthesizer flourishes. Arguably even better is "Henderson's Sunburst", a jazz-break propelled chunk of P-funk/disco-house fusion that would have jazz dancers busting athletic moves faster than a secret gig featuring Chick Correa, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter from Weather Report.
Review: Mexico's Deep Sense serve up a six-track EP that shows there's more than one way to go about repurposing a classic. Rather than simply looping up chunks of the original, the edits here get a little more creative - Sauco & Manuel Costela's 'Are We Ready?', for instance, takes the vocal from Fatback's 'Bus Stop' vocal and places it over a fresh (and utterly irresistible) funk backing, while on 'Last Nite' Tony Disco uses a similar trick to reinvent an InDeep classic in altogether sultrier, jazzier form. An equally well-known chanted vocal tops the brass-tastic 'Flamingo' from Hot Mood, and there are three more very playable nuggets where those came from!
Review: Two years ago, our fancy was suitably tickled by the second "Vanguardia" compilation from Mexican edits outlet Deep Sense. Predictably, this delayed eight-track follow-up is also rather good. It kicks off with a spacey, synth-heavy chunk of Brazilian boogie, lightly beefed up by reliable sorts Hotmood, before sprinting through chunky, hip-wigglin' deep disco-soul (the Funk District's "Soul Dose"), bustling peak-time disco-house (Levantine's "Be Myself"), groovy, horn-toting disco sing-alongs (Sould Out's lolloping, mid-tempo rub "Midnite Ride"), sparkling, Jam and Lewis style '80s soul ("Watch Out" by Monsieur Von Pratt) and sun-kissed, sllo-mo Balearic/synth-funk fusion (Flodz's brilliant "Governor's Ball").
Review: Not to be confused with the techno-minded Dutch label of the same name, this Deep Sense is based out of Mexico, they have a penchant for the funkier side of the dance and the cheekier side of edit culture. They proved it on their inaugural voyage in November 2014, and they're proving it once again right here... Kicking off with the sax-massaging jack-jam "The Road To Kalakuta" the whole album is an instant party full of sassy sonic surprises. Highlights include the dusty vinyl crackles and heaving harmonics of Rafael Fernandez's "Nothing's Changed", the epic synth-slapping cosmicity of Funk My Jesus "24K", the classic funk guitar squeezes of Chuggin Edits "We Got The Funk". And that's just a handful of party peals to be harvested from this 16-track heavy album. Bon voyage indeed!