Review: Two sumptuous originals and two matching dubs courtesy of rising French producer Tommy Glasses make up this latest from the ever-checkable Midnight Riot. 'Feel Good' itself sits somewhere between nu disco and soulful house with its plainitive, R&B-style female vocal and incessantly fluttering disco guitar, while 'For Love' sits a little more firmly under the disco banner and sports a similar female vocal, as well as some very 80s-sounding sax doodles. Both are well crafted and plenty playable, with the dubs offering a useful alternative for DJs for whom the vocal is a little too Hed Kandi-esque for comfort!
Review: French producer Tommy Glasses returns to Yam Who?'s Midnight Riot with two sumptuous slices of contemporary (rather than nu) disco here. Up first is 'Addicted To You', whose simple drum machine beats, phat funk bassline and shimmering, 80s-sounding synths pay homage to the boogie/electrofunk era, a feeling that's heightened by the slightly over-wrought stylings of the uncredited female vocalist. The accompanying 'Get You Out Of My Head', meanwhile, is a mellower cut that leans further towards soulful house. Oh, and that has absolutely nothing to do with Kylie Minoque!
Review: Prolific French newcomer Tommy Glasses comes to the Midnight Riot stable with an upbeat, summery EP that, stylistically, sits somewhere between nu-disco and 00s soulful/funky house, with the smooth n' sultry 'All Night' itself leaning a little more to the house side of that equation while the poppier 'Can't Get Enough' errs towards disco. Both tracks come accompanied by matching dubs, and while there's nothing particularly new or groundbreaking going on, those lucky enough to be looking forward to a summer of White Island gigs would do well to grab a copy now.
Review: If you're after some unabashedly retro disco and disco-house thrills, this latest comp from French label Springbok will serve you nicely. With 15 tracks there's no room to detail them all, but to pick some highlights, Tommy Glasses' 'Your Love' channels 80s garage, label boss Stephane Deschezeaux's 'Jump!' harks back to French touch of the late 90s and samples a famous Stacy Lattislaw vocal while it's at it, Saskin S makes similarly free with Randy Crawford on 'Streets', Alan Junior ploughs a deeper furrough on the jazz-funk inspired 'Groove Me', and JB Boogie's 'Woodoo Lady' is a proper brass-parpin' funk fest that sounds 40 years out of date, but in the best way possible.
Review: Midnight Riot's compilations are not only uniformly action-packed, but also offer great value for money. The latest edition in the imprint's ongoing "Disco Made Me Do It" series offers up no less than 25 tried-and-tested cuts to pep up your DJ sets. In keeping with the label's party-starting ethos, there's a good mix of disco-fired house cuts (see Michael Gray's "24/7 People"), revivalist disco-boogie (Qwestlife's remix of Nick Reach Up's "Dreaming"), filter-sporting boogie-house (Ladies On Mars), top-notch disco re-edits (Twism's "What I Know"), Tiger & Woods style loop jams (Motte's "Darkroom Boogie") and party-staring 21st century disco-funk ("Chance" by Rees).
Review: As the year comes to a close, labels are naturally offering up celebratory compilations showcasing their strongest releases of 2019. The latest comes from Midnight Riot, a prolific imprint that rarely fails to serve up the fieriest contemporary disco heat. As you'd expect, the 26-track selection includes a blend of superb original productions (the nu-disco soul warmth of Jack Tyson Charles' "Glory", Alton Edwards sweaty, synth-bass propelled boogie-house gem "I Just Wanna Spend Time With You", the swirling disco headiness of Arthur Baker's "Reachin' Out") and re-edits/reworks (Dr Packer's gospel boogie revision "The Power", C Da Afro's disco-funk slammer "Party Purpose" and the suitably celebratory "Boogie On Time" by Ladies On Mars). As you'd expect, the quality threshold remains impressively high throughout.