Review: Before he jumps on a plane and heads for a series of DJ gigs in Europe, Melbourne-based scalpel fiend Kosta Ellis unveils a bumper collection of never-before-heard re-edits. From The Archives Volume 1 digs deep, presenting a serious of surprisingly faithful, trickery-free re-cuts from the depths of Ellis's hard drive. Musically, there's less straight-up disco as you might expect. Instead, Ellis offers up a cheery mix of funk rock, instrumental soul, disco-funk and even, in the case of the epic "Messin Around", a thrill-a-minute jazz-funk solo-fest. It goes without saying that each track is suitably floor-friendly and heavy on the (original) percussion.
Review: Sydney-based scalpel fiend Superbreak - AKA DJ/producer Kosta Ellis - has achieved something of a rare feat: running a digital-only re-edit imprint that's turning heads. Here, he offers up a flavour of things to come with an extended EP of tracks from many of the label's regular contributors. Heion and 78 Edits provide some groovy, house-friendly groovery, Edinburgh-based B-Jam provides the obligatory soulful slow dance number ("Down Baby"), and Thomass Jackson [sic] delivers a jaunty, darting, delay-laden take on a forgotten disco gem. There's also a heavyweight, filter-laden percussion jam from Brother J and a cheeky rework of "Whole Lotta Love" from Ellis and pal Brevil.