Review: Here's something a little different from Yam Who's Midnight Riot imprint: a selection of house-friendly disco re-edits and disco/house blends from long-established funk-house brother Seamus Haji. There's naturally plenty to enjoy, from the loopy, midtempo chug of "Giving You" and delay-laden disco-funk badness of "Be My Baby", to the arms-raised disco-soul sweetness of "I'm Happy". He also delivers some thrilling West Indian disco deepness in the shape of "Caribbean Baby", and throws together all manner of classic disco samples on the suitably large "24-7", the EP's most obviously house-centric moment.
Review: Believe it or not, British house producer Seamus Haji has been around for over twenty years, riding high on each wave of popular dance music that this country has witnessed. Midnight Riot is the place, of course, and the third instalment of Re-Loved is the music. "Underground" starts us off with an energetic disco heart-warmer, but the EP gets nastier and deeper with the likes of the electro and boogie emanating from tunes like "London Dread", or "Do It Again". This is quality dance music for the trained ear, so don't sleep: listen.
Review: Seamus Haji's Re-Loved series of re-edits, reworks and DJ-friendly disco tools seems to get stronger with each successive release. This seventh volume is, to our ears at least, the most impressive EP to date - thanks, primarily, to the purist "scalpel edit" style employed throughout. We're particularly enjoying opener "The Road", a thrillingly percussive rearrangement of a steel drums-heavy Trinidadian disco gem, though the low-slung Afro-disco re-edit that follows it, "Omen" (a quite well disguised version of a familiar Caribbean dub disco killer) is nearly as good. Elsewhere, "Dancehall Die" sees him dance jauntily through synth-heavy electrofunk pastures, while "Flight Time" is a jaunty, punchy and horn-heavy re-edit of a fuzzy disco-funk gem.
Review: Four months into his new Re-Loved label revelations, longstanding disco doyen Haji returns with five more deeply-dug, craftily carved oddities guaranteed to please the most eclectic and left-handed of selectors. Afrobeat charm hits hard from the vibrant "Hold Tight" while "Babies Come From Ladies" riffs of a fun source with serious off-beat freakery. "One Kocky Edit" takes us deep into 80s cinematica while "Take A Holiday" brings us back down to earth with soulful style. Feel the love.
Review: Seamus Haji can now certainly be considered one of the UK's tech-house veterans, but he is not credited enough with that sort of status. The man has been active since the late 90s, dipping and diving into all sorts of house permutations while always keeping his mind focused on what gets people DANCING. He's back on his on Big Love imprint, another pillar of the 00s UK house scene, with a Semedo remix of his own "God's Child" bomb; unsurprisingly, this magnificent house anthem is made even more progressive, even heavier on the beats, and absolutely marvelous to mix into at the peak time hour.
God's Child (Hott Like Detroit remix) - (5:51) 123 BPM
God's Child (original mix) - (7:11) 127 BPM
God's Child (acappella) - (0:52) 127 BPM
Review: Chunky house veteran Seamus Haji revived his Big Bang Theory project a few months back via the double A-side "Touch Me/Saw Your Face". That was Haji's first release under the alias for five years. In its original form, this speedy follow-up is a sweaty and energy-packed treat, with filtered disco strings, bass and orchestration riding a bustling, occasionally driving drum track. In other words, it's exactly what we've come to expect from the veteran producer, whose first single dropped way back in 1996. Remixes come from Siege, who opts for a tougher, DJ Sneak style approach, and Hott Like Detroit. The latter's interpretation effortlessly joins the dots between bass-heavy stomp, angular electro-house heaviness, and the shirts-off potential of classic disco.
Ya Underwear (Sonny Wharton remix) - (6:34) 124 BPM
Ya Underwear (original Remastered) - (8:32) 126 BPM
Ya Underwear (Siren-A-Pella) - (1:56) 151 BPM
Review: The Big Love 15 Year remixes continue with one of the the label's first releases back in 2002, produced by Seamus Haji under his Get This! Moniker. It proved to be a highly popular track back then: with it's tongue in cheek vocal hook and infectious P-Funk groove. Vanilla Ace released a track in 2016 called "The Gee" which caught the attention of the label: they thought "Ya Underwear" needed a modern revision and he's done the business on his excellent remake, adding a harder edge but still maintaining the funk. Sonny Wharton chose this track to remix as he was a big fan of the original back in the day: which you can hear on his perfectly crafted tech house makeover which drops the original vibe in the breaks. It's then heads down business on the dancefloor after the drop.
Review: For a long time, Perth's Greg Packer was considered a veteran of the local drum and bass scene, but in the last few years has reinvented himself as Dr Packer - and become one of the best of the best disco editors on the scene at present. It made perfect sense for him to give "Confess" his personal touch for the nu-disco heads, as he was one of the supporters of the track from the very beginning. He stays faithful to the original mix, where he adds an incessant bassline, his trademark beats, disco flourishes and works the arrangement to fever pitch!
Review: Back in the 90s, two fresh faced young DJs Seamus Haji (Big Love) and Aydin (ATFC) met whilst working together at Uptown Records in London (with an even younger Tim Deluxe). The rest as they say, is history. They've not collaborated in ages, so now is as good a time as any to put that right. The Club mix, "Confess" delivers what the pair do best - slammin', chunky, hands-in-the-air diva house that's all about the joy. The original version, based on an old demo of theirs, is less house, and more of a pure disco jam. Good times!
Review: Given his long-held skill in creating funk-fuelled house bombs and disco-sampling dancefloor killers, it's perhaps unsurprising that Seamus Haji's Re-Loved reworks series has been so popular. He kicks off this fourth volume with the loopy, Frontline Orchestra cut-up jam "Gotta Get Away", before going deeper into orchestral disco territory on the superb "You Need Love". The Mighty Ryeders' rich roller-boogie classic "Evil Vibrations" is successfully chopped, looped and extended on stand-out "Evil Edit", while the skittish "I Need A Little More" offers a near perfect balance between stuttering edit-house, and original disco flavour. Midnight Riot boss Yam Who also delivers his own rework of that track, successfully turning it into a smooth nu-boogie roller.