Review: Hot Gorilla's latest must-check missive brings together two rising stars of the nu-disco and edit scenes: label regular Conan The Selector and sometime Tropical Disco, Super Spicy and Disco Balls contributor Toby O'Connor. In its' original form, 'Starlight' is a sparkling slab of anthemic nu-disco that combines 21st century synths and classic disco instrumentation with a stellar lead vocal from guest singer Sulene Fleming. Bold, celebratory and exciting, we expect to hear it lots when British clubs reopen later in the year. Also impressive are the solo dub mixes offered up by each of the producers. First Conan The Selector delivers a deliciously low-slung disco revision rich in rubbery bass, tipsy trumpet solos and Chic style guitar licks, before O'Connor smartly emphasises the beats and bass.
Review: With a growing rep on the UK funk scene, and BBC support from Mark Lamarr and Craig Charles, The Fantastics are on the grow. With new singer Sulene Fleming also on board, they sound magisterial on "Somewhere Finally" - a slow and classically soulful funk song which makes great use of the interplay between Mark Norton's sax and Fleming's warm and swooping delivery. On a more Meters/Jimmy Smith tip, "Up Yours" on the flipside is a Hammond-led slinker, while "Mushroom Strut" goes all out on a 90s Acid Jazz groove. Look out for their second album which should be hitting the stores soon.