Review: Chewy Rubs is one nu-disco producer who's never afraid to throw in the odd curveball, and seldom has this been more evident than on 'Pluckers Luck', which sounds like a crazed disco producer jamming with an entire Russian orchestra - pretty sure we actually heard a bassoon in there at point! And there's DEFINITELY a kazoo... The EP's other three cuts are all perfectly serviceable nu-disco jams, by turns eyes-down ('Feel The Groove'), uplifting ('Boogie 1Nite') and lo-slung and funky ('Get A Lift'), but it's 'Pluckers Luck' that'll have 'em running up to the booth demanding track IDs.
Review: Veteran US label Salted have always had a fine ear for dancefloor-friendly deep house of the funk-fuelled and bumpin' variety, and this latest despatch from the San Francisco camp doesn't disappoint. 'Lovely' itself borrows the well-known "life can be so shady" vocal from C&C Music Factory's 'Keep It Comin', placing it atop a parping, organ-led groove and looping up the "I've got to keep on, you've got to keep on" section - dancing will ensue, mark our words! The accompanying 'Sweet Sunday', meanwhile, is a slab of bottom-heavy electronic funk augmented by soaring, summery brass and a spoken male vocal.
Review: What we have here is only the third release from Bonfido Disques, a Greek label that launched last year and whose speciality is disco and funk with strong influences from African and other global musics. This EP is no exception: Panama Cardoon's 'Marisa', for instance, has a lot more in common with hi-life, or with Alpha Blondy's distinctive west African reggae style, than it does with Chic, The O'Jays or GQ. The other three cuts are a bit more obviously "disco" but the Afro influences are still firmly in evidence, making this one for those who dig polyrhythmic percussion and sing-song vocals.