Review: Editorial are back with more throwback disco sounds for our decadent dancefloor (guilty) pleasure! Starting out with the sublime deep soul of Slow Steps "We Won't Have To Cry No More (re-work)" they then launch into Los Angeles' Dino (yes, not Gino!) Soccio's "West Athena Funk" which stays on the soul train for a while until the epic boogie drama of Rayko's "Magic Number" ups the tempo, good and proper. Danny Deluxe serves up some summery Balearic vibes on "The Best Years" but they leave the best for last with Sunner Souls' "Show Me Your Love", a funky disco house groove for late night fashion crowds, which is ironically by a Siberian producer! We can dig it!
Review: Danny '80s Child' Worrall's nu-disco Masterworks Music imprint regularly drops quality re-edits that are crafted for maximum dancefloor destruction. Here we have some 80s jams reworked for the pleasure of our dancing feet. First up a very famous South London boogie trio have one of their biggest hits tweaked by Mike Woods into "Muzik" featuring that signature twangy electronic bass line coupled with tougher drums. Elsewhere we get filtered, glittery synth soul courtesy of the Shit Hot Soundsystem's "Spinnin", "Stay With Me" adds some killer freestyle drums patterns and "Let You Go" by Ruben & Ra is pure, nasty electro-funk at its finest.
Review: Robert "Robjamweb" Webster's contribution to Editorial's 2014 Love Dubs EP earned him many new fans. Amongst them was Masterworks Music boss Danny "*)s Child" Worrall, who here hands the producer his first solo EP. Webster duly delivers, serving up a quartet of mirrorball-friendly, disco-house re-edits. He begins with the heavily compressed bump of "Lover's Groove", before unfurling the triumphant "Just A Little More" - a rock solid filter-house revision of a Teddy Pendergrass belter. "Like This" makes superb use of swirling strings and bold piano motifs, while closer "Clap Your Hands To The Music" is the kind of disco earworm that will be stuck in your head for weeks.
Review: The latest missive on Yam Who's Blackriot label comes from Robjamweb, a Derby-based producer who has recently been in a rich vein of form. Roots & Elements is tinted with more than a hint of rose-tinted nostalgia, with piano-heavy opener "House Muziq" coming on like a vintage Frankie Knuckles remix with Eric Kuper on keys. "Heads Down At Five AM" reaches for the acid bass while paying tribute to the deep and dreamy brilliance of Larry Heard. The latter influence is all but removed from the TrueSelf Dub, which wisely emphasizes the floor-filling potential of Robjamweb's machine groove. Those looking for something a little looser should head for "Ghetto Laureate", where an inspirational spoken word vocal rides a jazz-fuelled Afro-house groove and deliciously heady Rhodes chords.
Review: Fast-rising DJ/producer Ruff Diamond is the man at the controls for this sun-kissed sprint though beach-friendly nu-disco jams, warm and groovy re-edits and Balearic boogie workouts. His selections are naturally spot on, from the languid nu-boogie shuffle of Sweetooth's superb "Soul Singing" and the drowsy, synth-laden D-Train-goes-to-the-beach warmth of RobJamWeb's "Frontin' & Maxin", to the Latin-fired disco-house bounce of Frank Virgilio's "Hi Sombrero" and the ultra-deep and sultry nu-disco loveliness of Bobsi's "Beached". Further highlights are provided by Rayko, Chuggin' Edits, Cuz Electric and main man Ruff Diamond, whose "Run To Berrinas" is undoubtedly one of his most alluring productions to date.
Review: A label that likes its edits 'deep n' thick', Editorial have rustled a killer new compilation, Funkquinox, of their favourite recent slo-mo disco. Some of our faves from this eight-track compilation include Bloody Tadi's deep, soulful and sublime houser "Take A Ride", the shimmering disco haze of Alfonso's "Only Love" and Suptil's beautifully distant sensuous future-memory, "Metro To Paradise 84".
Review: Editorial is one of the leading re-edit labels currently doing the business, so it's only fitting that they should enlist some leading re-editors for Love Dubs. Australia's Dr Packer leads the charge with a sublime spaced out version of Teena Maries' slap bass classic Behind The Groove. Further highlights include the slo-mo, hands in the air vibes of "Bionic Love" by Robjamweb and the orchestrated '70s glamour beat of "Smile" by Black Rebel.