Review: This expansive charity compilation marks the debut of Mostly Cozy, a new sub-label from Honey Butter Records. It's a pleasing confident first outing, with the showcased music - most of which comes from up-and-coming or under-appreciated artists - flitting between sun-kissed warm-up warmth, jazzy, sample-heavy deep house, melodic bumpers and heavily electronic dancefloor goodness. The album's many highlights include the filter-heavy, disto-tinged chunkiness of Justin Jay's 'Red Dress', the boompty-influenced heaviness of 'Just Breathe' by Cassettes For Kids, the ultra-deep house jazziness of Jehan's 'All You Got' and the drowsy dreaminess of Iner's 'Kali Laska'. A fine selection that should help keep us all entertained while we patiently wait for clubs to re-open.
Review: With 23 tracks to choose from, there's no faulting the value for money offered by this summer compilation from London's Slightly Transformed label. Such an extensive tracklist also offers plenty of scope for stylistic variety, with tracks ranging from laidback, groovesome boogie/soul jams like opener 'What Are We Gonna Do' to the mellow Balearic haze of 'Summer In The City', via the strident 80s attitude of 'Edgy', the looping filter disco of 'Something About Love', the authentic-sounding Blaxploitation funk of 'Mac And Carly Go Uptown', the Zapp/Cameo-isms of 'Firebabe' and even a bossa nova cover of Bill Withers. Serve poolside, accompanied by several mojitos, for maximum impact!
Review: Having recently notched up a sixth year in business, Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint is in a celebratory mood - hence this all-action round-up of recent delights and unheard treats from the disco-loving label. Encompassing no less than 30 tunes, the collection giddily skips between warming beatdown disco (P-Sol's "Walter"), Mark E style slo-mo loop jams (Vigi's "I'll Be There") and glassy-eyed Balearic nu-disco (Picklejam's "Untitled Love"), before raising its hands skywards as the peak-time party-starters begin to appear thick and fast. Highights in this category include the vibrant jazz-house flex of Dexter Jones' "Swing Thing", the bustling boogie re-edit business of Monsieur Von Pratt's "Let's Dance" and the hearty disco-funk heaviness of Chewy Rubs' "Funky Bee Bop".
Review: With the sun finally making its presence felt in the UK, it seems a fitting time for Slightly Transformed to unleash this epic compilation of "Summer Numbers" - cheery, disco-fired chunks of positivity tailor made for al-fresco sets and celebratory shindigs. Featuring a mixture of tried-and-tested re-edits and sample-heavy original compositions, the 19-track set boasts a pleasingly high number of highlights. These include - but are no way limited to - the talkbox-sporting '80s disco/jazz-funk fusion of Shit Hot Soundsystem's "Be With You", the warm and woozy, synth-laden bliss of Chuggin Edits' "Floating", the slow and steady head-nod of Old Chaps wonderfully soulful "Flight With Love" and the fizzing disco rush of Limpdisco's "Gimme Mo". Get To Know's "Music" - a chunky revision of a jazz-funk era dancefloor destroyer by Dayton - is also excellent.
Review: There's certainly no shortage of synth-led, Euro/Italo-inspired disco around right now, and here we get four more slices of such to choose from courtesy of Vigi, a producer from Nice, France whose work has previously appeared on Spa In Disco, Slightly Transformed and NDYD Records, among others. There are three rubs of 'Unknown Lover' but they don't vary hugely, truth be told: Aleito's mix is a tad darker, James Rod's a touch more psychedelic and druggy, but these are very subtle distinctions. Bonus cut 'Never Forget', meanwhile, couldn't be more Moroder-esque if it changed its name to Giorgio!
Review: London re-edit label Slightly Transformed bring us a two-tracker from French producer Vigi. No idea what the original source for the strings-drenched, male-vocalled 'Acid Lies' might be, but the track presented here is simply dripping in 80s soul/boogie goodness, while a gentle dash of 303 freakery adds a little more contemporary appeal towards the end. 'Because Of You' is similarly boogie-inspired, but has a pacier, more disco-oriented feel. Good stuff, but be careful out there, people - a couple of spins and you may find yourself overcome by a sudden yearning for shiny suits and enormous shoulderpads...
Review: Vigi is from the super-chic south of France and he makes disco (edits). This is his debit release and he's scored big, cos its on the mighty Disco Fruit label. Still, considering where he's from, he's bound to have the chops, it's in the air down there y'see. There are four jams here, all slow and groovy; "Move On" features punchy drums with cleverly layered string laden samples, "Everything Gonna Be Alright" is stoned, summery synth pop, "He & She" is a perky retro boogie joint (literally) and 'I Got You" is full of elastic basslines and saxophone aplenty!