Review: Chris Robinson AKA Ruff Diamond has an impressive musical CV, with official remixes under his belt for the likes of Beyonce, Estelle and Teedra Moses, and session work as a guitarist for The Shapeshifters and Maxi Priest. Now back in his native Manchester after many years in Los Angeles and London, here he serves up a brace of disco-housers from the more commercial side: 'Disco Freakin' has competing layered vocals, big dramatic synth-strings and an overall Hed Kandi-esque feel, while the accompanying 'Disco Trippin' aims at slightly more discerning floors with its live-sounding congas and space disco stabs.
Review: A four-track V/A offering here from Seamus Haji's re-edit label Re-Loved. Ruff Diamond gets the ball rolling with the low-slung west coast funker 'Drop N Shake', which comes complete with rap vocal snips and some Zapp-esque talkbox action, before Probably Shouldn't take us into uptempo disco territory with 'Don't You'. The source of those first two is unknown, but we're on more familiar territory with South Beach Recycling's 'Good Love In', an authentically 70s-sounding soul/funk cut based on MFSB's 'Plenty Good Lovin', while Dennis Edwards classic 'Don't Look Any Further' gets a soulful house-inspired makeover courtesy of Ian Ossia.
Review: If tooled-up, house-friendly disco and boogie reworks is your thing, you should already be familiar with Seamus Haji's Re-Loved label. Here the long-serving DJ presents an expansive collection of high-grade edits, revisions and remixes from the label's recent past, plus a couple of bonus all-action DJ mixes. There's naturally not enough room to list all of the highlights, but our current favourites include the celebratory disco-house bump of Birdee's "Start The Weekend", a tasty combo of Class Action vocal snippets and sweeping, string-laden peak-time riches, the percussive Afro-disco/deep house fusion of Frank Virgilio's "Clouds", the sweaty, horn-heavy bump of Hotmood's bustling "We Got It", and the kaleidoscopic electrofunk colour of '80s Child's boogie-soul re-rub "Comin' Back 2 U".
Review: The world's most famous Irish-Iranian DJ/producer serves up a fourth collection of disco and boogie re-edits on his own Re-Loved label. The album features 19 full-length tracks plus two hour-long mixed versions from Haji himself, and the artist roster reads like a Who's Who of the re-edit scene, featuring as it does names like Dr Packer, Chewy Rubs, Birdee and Chuggin' Edits. What's most pleasing, though, is the non-obvious nature of the tracklist: sure, Ian Ossia's opener 'Someone To Count' borrows from Dennis Edwards but that's about as far as we got with trying to identity source material before shrugging our shoulders and just sitting back to enjoy...
Review: Going by the volume of tracks on show, it would be fair to say that Masterworks Music's "Bag of Tricks" is not a little handbag, but more like a Mary Poppins style bottomless carpetbag. The label's latest rummage through its seemingly endless contents has been a successful one, with the 20 showcased cuts including a wealth of fine fusions of disco, house, boogie, electro and 80s soul. It's uniformly dancefloor-focused, with highlights including the Afro-house/disco-tech fusion of JB Dizzy, the driving, spaced-out disco-house grooves of Mike Woods, the loose-limbed, off-the-wall edits of Chewy Rubs, the sweet disco-soul bounce of RocknRolla Soundsystem, the delay-laden synth sing-along styles of Rayko and the hot-to-trot brilliance of Downunder Disco.
Review: Every 12 months, Fingerman's prolific Hot Digits imprint serves up an epic compilation entirely made up of exclusive, previously unheard re-edits, reworks and original productions. They're invariably excellent and this year's edition - the fifth in total - is even more epic than usual. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing amongst the dancefloor focused 32-track selection, from the throbbing Italo-disco style electronic sleaziness of Peza's "I Gotta Little Love" and the bouncy, acid-flecked cheeriness of Limpdisco's "Rush Hour", to the angular nu-disco heaviness of Andy Kidd's "The Dope Cube", the sparkling 80s boogie goodness of LUP INO's "Don't Stop Fooling" and and disco-funk-goes-house pump of Fingerman's "Family Ties". Keep an eye out too for rock solid rubs by Dr Packer, Chuggin Edits, Rayko and Andy Buchan.