Four explosive bootlegs from Bristol badman X-Ray Ted (or X-Ray Edward as he's known on his birth certificate). First up is a low-tempo swagger jack rendition of Mary Jane Girls "All Night Long". The heavenly vocal remains intact while mid-range bass worms and wriggles amid the beats. "The Two" flips us up the tempo while D.O.C's Dre-produced "It's Funky Enough" gets a savage nu-funk turbo charge. "Don't Stop" sees Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris's "Yeah" get a Michael Jackson-level revamp while "Let's Groove" revisits Earth Wind & Fire with gusto. Each one guarantees serious floorplay.
It's that devilish X-Ray Ted, back again on the unstoppable Goodgroove. At the moment, the Bristol crew seems to be holding it down for the UK, with the majority of new artists on our disco/funky charts coming from the West of the country. It's natural, it's in the city's DNA, and even these four new burners from X Ray Ted pack enough rave sensibility to please three to four different generations of British head-nodders. "Rollin'" and "My House" are simple tunes, but they do what they do with utter class - the finest of house rolling that we've come across. "Salsoul Lover" is, of course, a disco inspiration taken from the legendary label's outlandish back catalogue, and "Blue Skies" rocks to a slower, more broken boogie vibe that has everything from the bass to the synths, in the right places. Mighty fine!
Bristol's X-Ray Ted is about the light and fun party jams, no cool digger's obscurities welcome here. Here he serves four guaranteed floor fillers starting with "Mild Mild West", a loose-limbed disco rendition of the Good The Bad and The Ugly theme, next "Too Good" sees Aretha Franklin get a house-shaped whoosh under her backside, "EveryMoney" meanwhile sees some vintage soul fused with classic Kelis and ODB and finally "Hold Tight" sees the show close with some sizzling neon-flecked arpeggiated disco..
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