Review: Tom Lonsborough and Col Hamilton, better known to most as 2 Billion Beats, return to their regular home of Paper Recordings with three tracks of synth-y contemporary disco. 'Down The Docks' has echoes of 80s synth-pop and centres around a fat squelchy bassline that's married to a jaunty, nagging keys riff. 'Empty Boulevard' (the pick for this writer) is a smoother ride that would slide nicely into deep or progressive house sets, while finally 'Beats Of No Nation' is a quirkier cut with multiple competing vocal samples and synths that get more and more acidic as the track progresses.
Review: Hailing from Riccione, Italy, former guitarist turned electrodisco DJ and producer Albert Melloni owns and runs the Raibano Records label. Here, though, he comes to Golden Soul with a track that lifts the vocal from Imagination's 'New Dimension' (1983), and that's served up in a choice of three mixes. Melloni's original is a fast-paced throbber with weighty 4/4s, big dramatic piano chords and something of an 80s feel. Madrid's Lebollet (Miguel Redondo) takes us down a druggier, more acidic path, while a mellower, dubbier pass from James Rod completes the EP. It's Leee John's distinctive falsettto that carries it, though, whichever rub you opt for!
Cosmic Phunk (extended club mix) - (12:09) 119 BPM
What Cha - (9:49) 117 BPM
Review: WE MEAN DISCO!! bring us the sixth in a series of re-edit EPs from Discofiasco, which packs reimaginings of three well-known dancefloor cuts from days of yore. First to get the treatment is Donald Byrd's 'Think Twice' from 1974, as previously sampled by everyone from Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock and Peanut Butter Wolf to The Orb and Armand Van Helden. 'Cosmic Phunk' revisits Mad Dog Fire Department's 1979 TK Disco gem 'Cosmic Funk', while finally we're treated to a very faithful and eminently playable take on Stephanie Mills' soul/disco classic from the same year, 'What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin''.