Review: Steve Young may be Werkshy, but he's no layabout. Everyday is his third EP of the year to date, building on the success of outings on Midnight Right and Guesthouse. This time round, he's in a thoroughly cheery and summery mood, first impressing with the effortlessly soulful grooves of "Everyday". The track, which features samples from a self help record as well as some vintage soulful vocal snippets, sits somewhere between hazy deep house and reggae-inspired dub house. If you fancy a slightly straighter, U.S deep house style revision, the 4004 Remix should fit the bill. Also worth a listen is EP closer "Everybody", a rolling chunk of disco-driven deep house goodness with added electrofunk bass.
Review: Anyone who's ever thought that disco's had it's day, well they clearly need to check out Le Spank, the latest bumper packed compilation from Yam Who?'s mighty Midnight Riot label for irrefutable evidence to the contrary. Yes the YM? duo have rustled up a whopping 20 summer jams to soundtrack out summer and boy are we grateful! Highlights include the hot-to-the-touch neon boogie of Qwestlife's "Streetlife" rework, HIfi Sean's campy hiNRG remake of "Shari Vari" and the deep, late 80s Brit house vibes of "Cant Get Enough" by Alan Dixon. Party all summer long!
Review: Given the quality of Steve Werkshy' Young's expansive, nine-track debut on Late Shift - 2016's Reworks & More - we're not surprised that Yam Who has signed him to Midnight Riot. His first outing on the popular edit imprint contains a trio of immaculately crafted reworks. On opener "Don't You Want Me", he carefully fuses elements of '80s soul, jazz-funk and soul-flecked deep house to create a loose, saucer-eyed gem. He utilizes all of his knowledge of build-and-release structure on the similarly soulful "Surrender", which sounds like a 21st century update of the kind of proto-house dubs that were popular in the Paradise Garage circa 1986. He rounds off the EP with "Supermoon", a chunk of loopy, filter and delay heavy disco-house that rises and falls in all the right places.
Review: London's Steve Young aka Werkshy quite candidly admits to serving up these efforts when taking a break from skiving off; more power to him we say! He takes the razor to a bunch or disco classics. Creating some ergonomic versions for DJ use only. We particularly appreciated "Searchin", his sweet take on Unlimited Touch and of course "You Can Bank On It" which is his Shalamar edit that totally works! But it's all good on here, some surefire disco grooves are up there with anything that current scene favourites Dr Packer or Dave Allison are capable of.
Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has always reflected his production style, delivering releases that gleefully blur the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original material, and blend elements of disco, funk, soul, boogie and deep house. This groovy, warm and floor-friendly formula is much in evidence on this first anniversary compilation. Featuring a blend of previously released gear, exclusives and a bonus DJ mix from Fingerman, Hot Digits: Year One is an effortlessly entertaining collection. There's naturally much to admire, from the subtle house beats and P-funk synths of Fingerman's own "Shine Yo Litez" (a rework of an old Grangers tune), and the disco-funk chunkiness of Groove Motion's "Party Now", to the compressed, dubbed-out disco house madness of Chewy Rubs' "Let It Go".