Review: In a bid to promote their first vinyl compilation, Original & Unreleased Volume 1, the kind lads and lasses at File Under Disco have delivered this digital taster. It features remixes of previously released FUD jams by Drop Out Orchestra and JKriv & The Disco Machine. The former's "The National Theatre" gets a jaunty, extra-percussive refresh from British nu-disco veterans Dicky Trisco and Pete Herbert, who make great use of the original's sharp, swirling strings and low-slung groove. Arguably even better, though, is Get Down Edits' remix of JKriv and company's "Disco Rocket", which expertly laces the original's celebratory vocal around a breezy, sparse, bass-heavy disco groove.
Make It Hot (Ray Mang's High Pressure dub) - (7:55) 122 BPM
Make It Hot (JKriv Meltdown mix) - (5:54) 122 BPM
Make It Hot (Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco mix) - (7:04) 122 BPM
Make It Hot (Ray Mang's Warm Front Extension) - (7:44) 122 BPM
Make It Hot (Balako mix) - (6:26) 116 BPM
Review: It was way back in 2013 that Brooklyn boys J Kriv & The Disco Machine first unveiled "Make It Hot", a languid and summery chunk of 1970s disco revivalism whose manifold attractions included a killer 'walking' bassline and a Tony Montana style vibraphone solo. Seven years on, File Under Disco has decided to offer up a fresh set of reworks. Ray Mang predictably steels the show with two killer rubs: an insanely weighty, driving and dubbed-out "High Pressure Dub" and a more relaxed "Warm Front Extension" that sees him emphasize the pair's superb original instrumentation. Elsewhere, Pete Herbert and Dicky Trisco re-imagine the track as a squelchy nu-disco number and J Kriv devlivers a "Meltdown Mix" that surprisingly sits somewhere between NYC freestyle, Italo-disco and proto-house. Tidy!
Review: Rather surprisingly, this is File Under Disco's first release of 2016. Happily, it's a bit of a doozy, with Brooklyn's J Kriv gathering together The Disco Machine band for the first time since 2013's much-played "Make It Hot". Escort's Adeline Michele guests, adding strong, catchy and attractive vocals to an authentic NYC disco bomb built around a Chic style groove, fluid synths, crunchy Clavinet lines and cowbell-heavy percussion. The authenticity of J Kriv's production is highlighted on the accompanying Instrumental, while old pal Dicky Trisco does his best Walter Gibbons impression on a near 11-minute remix that allows each instrumental part room to breathe.
Review: To date, it's been with their carefully chosen remixes that File Under Disco has most impressed. Here, JKriv and the Disco Machine's recent "Make It Acid" gets a typically out-there dub disco makeover from the Idjut Boys. The veteran duo's remix pits dubbed-out disco drums and echo-laden vocals against a battery of acid field guns - all 303 tweakery, mind-melting riffery and undulating electronics. For those who navigate a course through the twin attractions of house and disco, it should be essential listening. The shorter "Bonus Mix", meanwhile, peppers a robust, cowbell-laden drum track with occasional blasts of eye-watering 303 madness.
Review: Brooklyn based disco-house fella, Jkriv, has doing quite nicely indeed with his own Deep & Disco label, but here we have his productions given a double re-working on File Under Disco. First up is nu-disco royalty, The Idjut Boys, who deliver a beguiling spacey jam that's literally drenched in reverb and delay (and even boasts a xylophone solo). Duff Disco, meanwhile go for a mid-tempo looped and trippy infectious chugger.